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Kelly Clarkson Syndicated Talk Show Set For Fall 2019 Launch On NBC Stations, Replaces Steve Harvey Talker

Kelly Clarkson

We have the first daytime syndicated series set for next fall, a one-hour talk show hosted by former American idol winner and current The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson. NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution has sold The Kelly Clarkson Show to the NBC Owned TV Station group for a fall 2019 debut. The show is getting a prime slot on the NBC stations where It will air as the lead-in to daytime anchor Ellen. That is a time period that had been occupied by a Steve Harvey talker… Read


Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks & Queensbury Pictures Wrap Shoot On Haunted House Thriller ‘Girl On The Third Floor’

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot has wrapped on haunted house thriller Girl On The Third Floor, starring former WWE star Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks. The first movie for fledgling genre production and distributrion outfit Queensbury Pictures was shot in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, Illinois, in a house that has drawn speculation for being haunted. Brooks stars as Don Koch, a man who is failing as a husband. He now views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes… Read


Sky Unveils First-Look At Season Two Of Tim Roth-Fronted Arctic Crime Drama ‘Tin Star’

Tim Roth is back as ex-police chief Jim Worth in the second season of Sky drama Tin Star and the pay-TV broadcaster has unveiled the first images. The first season launched on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Amazon in the U.S. last year. After being left destroyed by the chaos that had followed Jim and his alcoholic alter ego Jack Devlin, played by Roth from the UK, the second season picks up with the unlikely hero cut off in the remote Rockies wilderness with his grieving and… Read


Former LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Resigns Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Los Angeles Times

UPDATED with a statement from one of the women who came forward The former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times has resigned after the news organization completed its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The Times had suspended Jonathan Kaiman this spring, after two women came forward with accusations of sexually aggressive behavior. One fellow journalist, Felicia Sonmez, wrote a letter to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China in May to… Read


Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Talks M&A, UK Hulu-Style Service & Ad-Stuffing

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has opened up about a range of topics including its approach to M&A, its interest in partnering with UK broadcasters on a Hulu-style on-demand service and accusations of ad-stuffing, but once again swerved hot topics such as a potential merger with CBS, Shari Redstone and Les Moonves. Bakish was in London on the second day of his UK media tour, this time speaking at a breakfast organized by the Broadcasting Press Guild, following a keynote appearance… Read


Viacom’s Channel 5 Doubles Down With Drama; Adds Three Originals To Slate

British broadcaster Channel 5 is doubling down in drama – unveiling its first scripted slate since Viacom acquired the channel in 2014. This comes a month after Deadline revealed Cold Call, C5's first original drama in four years. The network has ordered ten-part drama Clink, 15 Days, based on a Welsh format and an untitled feature-length murder mystery. Clink (w/t), which will launch on C5's digital station 5Star, is set in a female prison and is produced by LA… Read


‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ Book To Be Developed Into Drama Series By ‘The Cry’ Producer Synchronicity Films

Heather Morris' book The Tattooist of Auschwitz is set to be turned into a "high-end" international drama series after British scripted producer Synchronicity Films secured the rights. The company, which is producing forthcoming Jenna Coleman-fronted BBC drama The Cry, won the hotly contest auction for the book, which was published by imprints Echo and Zaffre – part of Bonnier Books UK – in January 2018. The book tells the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner who… Read


Foreign Language Oscar: Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Hit ‘Capernaum’ Enters Race As Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia Declare


Nadine Labaki’s critical hit Capernaum, which was snapped up by Sony Classics in May, has been selected as Lebanon’s Foreign Language Oscar submission. The Cannes Jury Prize winner, directed by Nadine Labaki, focuses on a 12-year-old boy in a fictitious Middle Eastern village who sues his parents for bringing him into a world of such suffering. The film features mostly non-professional actors. This year, The Insult by Ziad Doueiri won Lebanon’s first ever Academy Award… Read


Dennis Norden Dies: Veteran UK TV Host & Comedy Writer Was 96

Veteran TV host and comedy writer Denis Norden has died aged 96, his family has said. Best known as the frontman for long-running ITV blooper show It’ll Be Alright On The Night, Norden died on Wednesday morning following a spell in a London hospital. He hosted the hit ITV series from 1977 until his retirement aged 84 in 2006. After an early career working in cinemas, Norden began scriptwriting during the Second World War. He wrote his first script for the BBC at the age… Read


Emmy Sweethearts Glenn Weiss And Jan Svendsen Make Surprise Appearance On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

After stealing the show (and our hearts) at Monday night’s Primetime Emmys telecast by proposing to his girlfriend, Glenn Weiss and his new fiancee  Jan Friedlander Svendsen appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Liveto talk about The emotional highlight of the Emmys was when director Glenn Weiss, who won for directing the Oscars, paid tribute to his late mother and gave his girlfriend Jan the surprise of her life on live television. We know Glenn, so we tracked the love birds down… Read


WGA West Announces 2018 Board Of Directors Election Results

WGA West

The Writers Guild of America West have announced the results of the 2018 Board of Directors Election. Eight members were elected to the WGAW's Board of Directors for two-year terms. They include Patti Carr (incumbent), Ashley Gable, Betsy Thomas, Deric A. Hughes, David Slack, Jonathan Fernandez (incumbent), Patric M. Verrone (incumbent), Travis Donnelly. Their terms are effective immediately. "This vote represents the largest turnout in Guild Board election history, due… Read


‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Review: Michael Moore’s Latest Is Politically Explosive In Ways You Might Not Expect

In 2004 Michael Moore’s documentary aimed straight at the George W. Bush administration and the war in Iraq, Fahrenheit 9/11, won him the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and became the highest-grossing documentary of all time. He has made several movies in the meantime, most notably Sicko, but now is back with perhaps his most powerful film since that classic. In so doing he has simply reversed the numbers to Fahrenheit 11/9, referring to the morning after Donald… Read