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Weinstein Co Acquires ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ With Judi Dench & Dustin Hoffman

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The Weinstein Co has secured all U.S. rights, except theatrical, to Roald Dahl's Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. The 90-minute TV adaptation of the Dahl classic was originally commissioned by BBC One and is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones' Endor Productions. Hoffman is Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, Mrs Silver (Dench). Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on Alfie… her pet tortoise. The project came… Read

Raycom Media TV Stations Blacked Out By DirecTV In Carriage Dispute


More than 50 local stations owned by Raycom Media went dark on DirecTV today after the two sides failed to reach a new carriage agreement. The companies also engaged in contentious negotiations three years ago before reaching a deal. Negotiations continue, Raycom said in a statement on its Web site.”This is frustrating for DIRECTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment,” Raycom Media CEO Paul McTear said. “We share their frustration and… Read

RATINGS RAT RACE: MDA Telethon Even, ‘Big Brother’ Down & ‘Reckless’ Surges As CBS Wins Night


NBC, Fox and the CW aired encores last night, but the last Sunday of summer was not a languid night in primetime. Back for a second year in its new two-hour, single-network format, the MDA Show of Strength Telethon (0.2/1) dominated ABC's night. The 9-11 PM show had the crew from the recently completed Rising Star plus performances from Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, and Poison frontman and reality show love-looker Bret Michaels. Raising more than $52 million… Read

N Korea Warns UK Over C4 Political Thriller: “Anti-DPRK Hysteria” Would Bring “Disgrace And Self-Destruction”

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The Western entertainment industry has angered North Korea, again. A vitriolic statement from Pyongyang on Sunday took aim at British broadcaster Channel 4 - and the UK government - over planned political thriller Opposite Number, saying it "malignantly" slanders the DPRK and warning, “Reckless anti-DPRK hysteria would only bring disgrace and self-destruction.” I wrote about the 10-part action series by Matt Charman from the Edinburgh TV Festival last month. It kicks off… Read

Union-Crazy Hollywood Hearts Labor Day

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Hollywood might be the most unionized town in America, with one of the few remaining industries where there's a shop collecting dues from almost everyone. So as we celebrate this Labor Day, it's worth remembering that unions created the middle class; crusaded for Social Security and Medicare; pushed through the 40-hour week, overtime pay, the minimum wage and paid vacations; campaigned for civil rights; won the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike; fought… Read

Venice: Lars Von Trier Speaks, Sort Of; Helmer Prepping English-Language TV Series, Eyes “Huge Cast”


UPDATE: TrustNordisk has released further details of Lars von Trier's TV series project which was first mooted during a press conference in Venice this morning. A “huge” international cast will star in The House That Jack Built with von Trier to start working on the script this fall for a 2016 shoot. Plot details are being kept close to the vest, but exec producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said the series will be “without precedent” and cautioned, “You better hold your breath."… Read

‘X Factor UK’ With Returning Simon Cowell Sheds 1M+ Viewers On Sunday (Video)


The Sunday episode of X Factor UK was down 1.7M viewers on last year's equivalent installment, according to overnight ratings. And that's with Simon Cowell back on the judging panel. After Saturday night's debut scored the best series launch since 2011, last night's viewers tallied 8.2M and a 34.9 share. That was a drop of 1.3M viewers from Saturday's 9.5M in overnights. The Sunday edition of X Factor was nevertheless the most watched show of the night, peaking with 9.4M… Read

‘Meet The Press’ Introduces Chuck Todd: Video


NBC News this morning began warming up the Meet The Press audience for its new host Chuck Todd, who debuts a week from today. The canned piece features Brian Williams, Todd's wife and mother, Savannah Guthrie and Tom Brokaw — who said he not only wants to extend good wishes to Todd, but also to David Gregory, the guy NBC News dumped to give him the slot. Aw, snap! Watch the video… Read

UPDATE: FT Vet Rona Fairhead Named First Woman Chair Of BBC Trust

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UPDATE, SUNDAY 12:19 PM PT: It's official: The British government has confirmed that former publishing executive Rona Fairhead has been named as next chair of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC, one of the world's largest and most influential broadcasters. PREVIOUS, SATURDAY 11:18 PM PT: Former Financial Times Group chief executive Rona Fairhead is understood to have been selected by the British government as the next chair of the BBC Trust, the body that… Read

UPDATE: Joan Rivers Remains In Serious Condition Following Thursday Cardiac Arrest

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UPDATE, Sunday, Aug. 31, 12 PM:  Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement today, saying her mother Joan remains in serious condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest Thursday during throat surgery, but “our fingers are crossed.” Melissa Rivers also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers. UPDATE, Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:44 PM: Mt. Sinai Hospital had no further official updates on Joan Rivers' physical condition today when reached by Deadline, nor did… Read

‘Doctor Who’ Down 1.59M UK Viewers In Sophomore Outing

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Into The Dalek, the second episode of Doctor Who's new season averaged 5.2M viewers on BBC One on Saturday night from 7:30-8:15PM local. The sophomore turn by Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord earned a 24.7 share. It was BBC One's most watched show of the day, but 1.59M, or 23.4%, down on last week's season 8 launch. Its lead-in, gymnastics competition show Tumble, fell to 2.74M viewers, its lowest rating of the series, but Doctor Who is expected to increase with… Read

Simon Cowell’s Return To ‘X Factor UK’ Scores Best Launch Since 2011 With 9.5M Viewers

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In a much ballyhooed return, creator Simon Cowell is back on the judging panel of ITV's singing competition show The X Factor UK. The 11th cycle kicked off last night with 9.49M viewers and a 43 share from 8-9:25PM local. (It peaked with 10.6M viewers and a 47 share.) Over the last decade, the show's best debut rating was in 2011 with 11.3M viewers; the low end of the scale was the 2004 kickoff with 4.9M. Last night's bow is tied with 2007 for the No. 5 best perf. This… Read


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