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BBC Poaches Channel 4’s Piers Wenger As Controller Of Drama Commissioning

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Piers Wenger has been appointed Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning in a move that will see him leave his position as Head of Drama at Channel 4. The appointment comes amid a series of revolving doors at the British networks. Wenger is replacing Polly Hill who defected to ITV in April; she had earlier replaced Ben Stephenson who now runs TV for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot. Wenger will be responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and overseeing more… Read

James Van Der Beek To Star In Sky Comedy ‘Carters Get Rich’ From Roughcut TV

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CSI: Cyber and Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek has joined upcoming Sky 1 family comedy Carters Get Rich. From Roughcut TV, the six-part half-hour series centers on a normal family as they try to hold onto their rags in the face of corrupting riches. It’s due to premiere this fall. Roughcut’s Ash Atalla (The Office) and Alex Smith are exec producing. The series is written by Claire Downes, Stuart Lane and Ian Jarvis. The story follows 11 year old Harry Carter who… Read

Subscription Video Availability Now Equals DVR Penetration, Nielsen Says; Media Consumption Up An Hour Per Day


Nielsen’s 1st-quarter 2016 Total Audience Report marks what the company is calling a milestone in U.S. media: Availability of SVOD – subscription video on demand – is now equal to DVR penetration, with both available in 50% of U.S. TV households. That’s great news for services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, with Nielsen noting that SVOD penetration is growing while DVRs have leveled off. Traditional platforms continue to make up the largest segment of TV media… Read

‘Bloodline’ Co-Creator & Cast Talk Season 2 & Why John Leguizamo Can’t Binge

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of Season 1 & Season 2 of Bloodline. Created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, Bloodline‘s second season launched on May 27 on Netflix and left no doubt that the saga of the Rayburn family was about to go darker than ever – which is saying something if you know the show. Coming off the killing of black sheep eldest brother Danny ( Ben Mendelsohn ) by his cop sibling John (Kyle Chandler), Season 2 was a process… Read

‘Better Things’ Promo: Pamela Adlon Shames People, ‘Game Of Thrones’-Style

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Fans of FX’s Louie know Pamela Adlon as the title character’s kinda sorta girlfriend on that terrific series. Now we get a brief look at Better Things, the upcoming series she’s toplining for the cable network. Adlon, who co-created the new show with Louis C.K., stars as a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters' lives, have fun with a friend or two, and maybe squeeze in some private time once in a while. "That woman (character)… Read

Jon Bernthal On The Punisher’s ‘Daredevil’ Spinoff: “He’s In My Heart. I’m Ready To Keep Going With Him” – Awardsline

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As Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher, in Marvel's Daredevil, Jon Bernthal did such a stellar job that he’s just been given his own spinoff show–which will be Marvel's sixth collaboration with Netflix. Bernthal was no stranger to the comic book genre, having done a stint on The Walking Dead. He credits comic book fans as the most "passionate and intelligent audience there is”. In order to get close to the mindset of Frank Castle, the married-with-children Bernthal forced… Read

Writer LaToya Morgan Inks Overall Deal With AMC, Joins ‘Into The Badlands’

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Coming off her stint as a writer on AMC’s Revolutionary War drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, LaToya Morgan has signed a two-year overall deal with the network to work on existing series and develop new ones. Under the pact, Morgan will join the staff of AMC’s martial arts drama Into The Badlands, which has been renewed for a second season. NAACP Image Award nominee Morgan recently has landed several high-profile feature gigs. She was hired to adapt The Two Minute Rule for… Read

Marta Kauffman On ‘Grace And Frankie’ Season 3 And A ‘Friends’ Reunion: “We’ll Never Do It” – Awardsline


When Marta Kauffman cooked up Grace And Frankie–a show focused on later-life reinvention– she herself was ready for a renewal. As she says, "I knew that we had to come up with something special, and extraordinary, and different." But it was actually her daughter, the show's creative executive Hannah K.S., who came up with the basic concept. "We were literally just sitting in the car and Hannah said, 'Well what if,'" Kauffman says. "She came up with this wonderful idea… Read

Wanted: ‘Late Show’ Staff Writer And Lots Of Free Work To Become One

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UPDATED: Think you're funny? If Stephen Colbert thinks so too, he might just offer you a job on The Late Show, which is looking to hire a new staff writer. But first you'll have to send him a lot of free jokes, and you'll have to knock them out real fast: the deadline for submissions is Tuesday. And you won't get paid unless you're the lucky one hired. "Hello, talented person and/or sentient AI program!" begins the CBS late-night show's amusing help-wanted ad. "We are… Read

Lena Dunham Slams Kanye West ‘Famous’ Video; Calls It “Disturbing”, “Sickening”

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Girls creator Lena Dunham calls Kanye West’s “Famous” video “one of the more disturbing artistic efforts in recent memory.” The controversial video shows 11 nude images of celebrities/public figures, including Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Amber Rose and Rihanna, sleeping next to West and his wife Kim Kardashian in a giant bed. Dunham sounded off in a Facebook post, saying the video makes her “feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch… Read

‘Game Of Thrones’ David Benioff & D.B. Weiss On Shocking Season 6 Finale

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of last night’s Game Of Thrones Season 6 finale. David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO’s George RR Martin novel-based series Game Of Thrones, opened their final episode with a bang and provided enough shocking twists, bloody score-settling and power plays in a series record long 69-minutes to hold their own against last week’s seemingly unbeatable “Battle Of The Bastards.” That episode brought us a battle between forces… Read

‘The Daily Show’ Backtracks After SCOTUS Abortion Tweet Sparks Anger

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is walking back an earlier tweet about the SCOTUS ruling striking down restrictions on abortion providers in Texas that sparked anger in the Twitterverse. Friends, we're certainly not promoting abortions. Just excited about #SCOTUS reaffirming right to choose. — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 27, 2016 Several people slammed the tweet as “vile,” “offensive” and “in poor taste.” Here’s a sampling. .@TheDailyShow This tweet is so… Read