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‘The Good Doctor’: Lisa Edelstein To Recur On Season 2, Sets ‘House’ Reunion

EXCLUSIVE: Great news for House fans: Lisa Edelstein is set to join the cast of the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor. She is slated to recur in several episodes beginning with the Season 2 premiere, reuniting with The Good Doctor creator/executive producer David Shore for the first time since their seven-year tenure together on another hit medical drama, Fox’s House. On The Good Doctor, from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, Edelstein will play Dr. Blaize, an expert… Read


Johnny Depp’s $650M Film Fortune “Almost All Gone”, New Rolling Stone Exposé Says

Johnny Depp — “alternately hilarious, sly and incoherent” in a major new Rolling Stone profile focusing on the actor’s legal and financial woes — has, according to the article, made $650 million on films that netted $3.6 billion. “Almost all of it,” says the magazine, “is gone.” The piece, titled “The Trouble With Johnny Depp” and written by Stephen Rodrick, details Depp’s lawsuits against The Management Group, run by Depp’s longtime business manager Joel Mandel and his… Read


John Oliver Censored In China After Scathing Winnie The Pooh Segment

Donald Trump famously sued HBO’s Bill Maher when the Real Time host suggested the orange- and-thin-skinned future president was the offspring of an orangutan, and now John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, has gotten himself in dutch with a world leader for bear comparisons. Well, not just any foreign leader: China’s President Xi Jinping. And not just any bear: Winnie the Pooh. Whether it was the Pooh jokes or other parts of a biting segment Sunday about XJ, Oliver… Read


Time Magazine Lays Child Migrant Crisis At President Trump’s Feet

President Donald Trump probably won’t be adding this cover to his reported collection of faux-Time magazines at Mar-a-Lago: This real Time cover, dated July 2 and set to hit newsstands the week of Independence Day, depicts a cluelessly grinning Trump towering over the viral photo of a little girl from Honduras crying for her mother. (See the full Time cover photo illustration inside.) “It was on June 12 when this two-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker was photographed by… Read


MTV Launches MTV Studios With ‘Daria’, ‘Made’, ‘Real World’ & ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Studios

MTV is ramping up production operations and getting into producing programming for other buyers with the launch of MTV Studios. It will be focused largely on developing and producing reboots, revivals and spin-offs of series from MTV's library of more than 200 young adult titles in addition to new shows, predominantly unscripted. MTV Studios' initial slate includes animated comedy Daria & Jodie, a reimagining of MTV’s 1990s feminist series Daria, from writer Grace Edwards… Read


‘The ABC Murders’: First-Look At John Malkovich As Hercule Poirot As BBC/Amazon Drama Rounds Out Cast

The BBC and Amazon have offered the first glimpse of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in the forthcoming adaptation of The ABC Murders. The two broadcasters have also rounded out the cast with filming now underway. Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter), Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Gregor Fisher (Love Actually) and Jack Farthing (Poldark) will join Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Tara Fitzgerald and Andrew Buchan in the Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited… Read


As More Showrunners Speak Up Against Fox News, 20th TV Faces A Short-Term Problem, FBC – A Long-Term One

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It’s been an extraordinary confluence of events. Seth MacFarlane’s Saturday tweet slamming Fox News for their “fringe” appeals to viewers to not believe any other news organizations was quickly magnified by the conservative-leaning news channel’s coverage of the immigrant child separation crisis. As Fox News hosts and talking heads continued to largely support the policy against growing public outrage over it, more and more current and former Fox showrunners started… Read


CWA Leads Guilds’ FCC Petition Seeking To Block Sinclair-Tribune Merger

The Communications Workers of America and two of its major union affiliates have petitioned the FCC to block the long-gestating Sinclair-Tribune merger. The petition by the CWA, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians and the NewsGuild-CWA (read it HERE), says that the merger does not serve the public interest. “It would violate the congressionally mandated 39% national audience cap, reduce competition, harm localism, eliminate jobs, and diminish… Read


Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Denounces Border Policy: “Disgracefully Inhumane And Un-American”

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen broke from his Springsteen on Broadway set list last night, adding both “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and an excoriation of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy that has been separating children from their parents. “I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything,” the Boss, who recently won a Special Tony Award for his Broadway show. “But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded… Read


Disney’s Bob Iger On Need For Fox Deal: “The Consumer Is Voting — Loudly”

Bob Iger

UPDATED with analysis Disney CEO Bob Iger said changes in consumer habits are driving the company’s aggressive pursuit of 21st Century Fox studio and network assets. Facing historic levels of competition from Netflix and other digital players, traditional media powers have no choice but to act, he said in a conference call this morning with Wall Street analysts. "Direct-to-consumer distribution has actually become an even more compelling proposition in the six months… Read


HBO Taps Charlamagne Tha God For Series Of Interview Specials

HBO has ordered The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God, a series of four interview specials hosted by the radio and TV personality. The first of the hourlong specials is set to debut later this year. Guy Code alum Charlamagne Tha God will executive produce The Gray Area with Karen Kinney. Currently there is no information on the guests and topics Charlamagne Tha God plans to tackle in the specials. Charlamagne Tha God is co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop… Read


MSNBC Conservative Steve Schmidt Renounces Trump’s Republican Party

Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and a frequent Republican voice on MSNBC, is renouncing the party to which he’s belonged for nearly 30 years. “It is full the party of Trump,” Schmidt tweeted by way of explanation. “29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership… Read