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Richard Schiff Says Dr. Glassman’s Fate In ‘The Good Doctor’ Was On Plan From The Start

Richard Schiff doesn’t watch medical shows. Which makes his decision to take The Good Doctor—one of the year’s most robust hits, soon approaching its second season shoot—rather surprising. But creator David Shore jonesed for Schiff to author Dr. Aaron Glassman, the hospital administrator and mentor to the surgeon with autism Dr. Shaun Murphy (played by series lead Freddie Highmore). “I’d never seen [Shore’s show] House, because I don’t watch doctor shows,” Schiff… Read


Conan O’Brien Says His 25-Year Late-Night Career Has Been “A Freak Show” – The Contenders Emmys

Conan O'Brien

Conan O’Brien has been in the late-night game for 25 years, making him one of the longest-serving figures in late-night history. During Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event, O’Brien, who hosts his self-titled Conan show on TBS, says his “career has been a freak show.” O’Brien says many have asked him for advice on how to get where he is in his career, and he doesn’t have an answer — because there really isn’t one. “That’s like me explaining how I got hit by a meteor,” he… Read


Will Ferrell To Star In Netflix Music Pic ‘Eurovision’ As Another A-List Comedy Star Tries A Streaming Vehicle

Will Ferrell Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has set up another feature film anchored by an A-list comedy star. Netflix has set Will Ferrell to star in Eurovision, a comedy he will write with Andrew Steele. The premise revolves around the wildly popular and long running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. It is a contest that began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations participated. This year 43 countries competed for the prize, won in Lisbon by Netta… Read


WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey: No More Top Exec Exits Expected Soon

John Stankey AT&T

Ahead of a series of town hall meetings this week, new WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey told Deadline he did not expect any more high-level management departures in the near term. In the wide-ranging conversation, he did acknowledge some layoffs would result from the $85 billion merger, though most of them would be in administrative roles such as human resources or accounting. A series of rapid-fire announcements last week followed AT&T’s resounding June 12 victory over the Ju… Read


‘Family Guy’ Showrunners On Edgy Emmy Mailers, Kevin Spacey & Harvey Weinstein Predictions & Season 17 Details – Q&A

It’s been almost a decade since Family Guy started an Emmy campaign tradition with its tongue-and-cheek mailers that urge TV Academy members to vote for the animated comedy series via some not-so-subtle messages. Over the years, Family Guy's designated Emmy pitchman, Peter Griffin, as well as Stewie have channeled anyone from Barack Obama and Donald Trump to Kellyanne Conway, Gov. Chris Christie and the girl from Precious in the 2010 mailer that declared "Vote For Us Or… Read


Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Winner ‘Shoplifters’ Continues Japan Box Office Surge, Crosses $16M In Second Week

Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters has continued its mighty start at the Japanese box office, raking in a further $7M in its second week to take its cume to an exceptional $16.3M (¥1.8B) as of June 17 inclusive. Admissions are up to a hefty 1,465,052 for Hirokaza Kore-eda’s widely-praised drama, which is handled locally by Gaga. Last week, the film became the fastest live-action pic this year to cross the billion yen mark in Japan, beating out Hollywood titles Deadpool 2… Read


Christine Baranski On ‘The Good Fight’s Real, Sexy, Powerful Woman; Girl Talk With Meryl Streep & Cher

Christine Baranski

The moment in The Good Wife finale when Christine Baranski's Diane Lockhart slapped Julianna Margulies' character Alicia Florrick in the face not only marked the end of seven seasons of the legal drama, but it also began TV, film and Broadway legend Baranski's move from supporting role to lead in the spin-off The Good Fight. In her new incarnation, Diane Lockhart–liberal stalwart, law partner, and general bad-ass woman–navigated the challenges of a Trump administration… Read


Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Project Sets Up At Paramount Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: The biopic about Sammy Davis, Jr. now has been set up at Paramount Pictures, where producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has his overall deal. The project is on the development fast track, soon to be hiring a writer and a director to make the feature film about the dancer-singer-actor-musician to becoming a reality. The movie will be based in large part on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar. Davis’ heirs… Read


Skinny Bundles To Be 25% Of All Pay-TV Subscriptions By 2022 – Analyst

A new report from UBS predicts a “steeper ramp” than previously forecast for so-called “skinny bundle” services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now in the coming years. By 2022, the financial institution’s media analysts predict, they will represent 25% of all pay-TV subscriptions. “As these offerings continue to improve—closing programming gaps, adding features and improving transmission quality—and traditional TV consumption falls, we expect the streamers to become… Read


Michael Moses Upped To Universal President WW Marketing; Dwight Caines Tapped As Studio’s Marketing Co-President & More

Universal Pictures

Before Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom opens to a deafening roar at the box office with a $135M-$150M start, Universal has announced some promotions and appointments in the studio’s marketing ranks. Eighteen-year marketing guru Michael Moses is being promoted to President of Worldwide Marketing, reporting to Langley. Having worked previously as Co-President of WW Marketing alongside former marketing chief Josh Goldstine who was dismissed for inappropriate conduct back in… Read


Amblin, Sam Mendes Set WWI Drama ‘1917’ As His First Directing Effort Since James Bond Pics ‘Spectre’ & ‘Skyfall’

Sam Mendes Steven Spielberg

EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has won a pitched spec package battle and will finance Oscar winning director Sam Mendes’ World War I film 1917. The film will begin production next April, for U.S. release December 2019 through Amblin’s distribution partner Universal.  Mendes wrote the original script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Mendes will produce with his Neal Street Productions partner Pippa Harris. The package was shopped by CAA Media Finance Group, and the goal was to get a… Read


‘Shades Of Blue’ Ratings Return For Series Low, ABC Tops Night With Game Shows

Summer officially starts in a couple of days but on the Big 4 the season has already kicked in as the third and final season debut of Shades of Blue (0.6/3) proved last night. Back for that one more round, the Jennifer Lopez led NYPD NBC drama returned at a new time of year to an all-time series low among adults 18-49. Down a hard 40% from its Season 2 opener and surely hobbled by a repeat of America's Got Talent (0.7/3) as a lead-in, Shades of Blue not only declined from… Read