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White House Cancels ‘State Of The Union’ Interview With John Bolton After Trump’s “Fake News” Attack On CNN

Jake Tapper was set to interview National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday’s State of the Union, but the White House decided to cancel the appearance. The cancellation comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday. Tapper took to Twitter to announce the news saying that Bolton’s interviewed was locked. “Then the president attacked CNN during his UK presser, and our WH… Read

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Will Broadcast Drama Writing & Directing Ever Get Emmy Recognition Again?

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There was a sigh of relief and a lot of high-fiving in the broadcast industry last year when, after a six-year draught, a network series, NBC’s This Is Us, landed a best drama nomination. Dan Fogelman’s hit family drama repeated the feat this year, even with Emmy juggernaut Game of Thrones back in the race. That was a great achievement. But while This Is Us has gone toe to toe with cable and streaming dramas in the the best series field, for a second consecutive year, the… Read

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‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Season 13 Teaser & Key Art: Dennis, Is That You?

Don’t look to today’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia tweets — with new key art and a teaser promo — for answers on whether Glenn Howerton’s Dennis will be on the show when it returns September 5 for Season 13 on FXX. But there are clues on this Friday the 13th. Sorta. In the new key art, Sunny‘s Charlie DayRob McElhenneyDanny DeVito and Kaitlin Olson are pictured, in slasher-flick style, running terrified from a secluded cabin. In the background, on the cabin… Read

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GLAAD, Hollywood Transgender Community React To Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rub & Tug’ Exit

Scarlett Johansson’s withdrawal from Rub & Tug, in which she’d been cast as a transgender man, is a game changer in Hollywood’s portrayal of the transgender community, GLAAD said today. The LGTBQ media-advocacy organization also cited “the transgender voices” who spoke out about the film. “Hollywood changed how Americans understand gay and lesbian lives,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement, “and TV is starting to do the same for transgender… Read

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‘Scandal’s George Newbern Joins ‘Law & Order: SVU’ As Recurring

EXCLUSIVE: George Newbern has booked his first post-Scandal TV series gig — a recurring role on the upcoming 20th season of NBC’s crime drama Law & Order: SVU. Newbern will play Dr. Al Pollack, a charming, handsome and very wealthy doctor who is a past and future love interest to Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish). They’ve had a tumultuous relationship in past and he has a bit of a wandering eye, but when they reconnect, things might be different this time — or… Read

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Broadway’s Gypsy Robe Gets New Name; 68-Year Tradition Outlives Moniker

An old Broadway tradition has a brand new name: The “Gypsy Robe,” part of an opening night ceremony dating back to 1950, will now be called the “Legacy Robe.” The name change, prompted by sensitivities to the term “gypsy,” was announced today by Actors’ Equity Association. Equity members chose the new name through a survey. "The Legacy Robe reminds us why our tradition exists,” said Mary McColl, Equity’s Executive Director. “It emphasizes the history of Chorus performers… Read

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HBO Nabs Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Nevers’ With Series Order

HBO has given a series pickup to The Nevers, a new series from The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon. The pay cable network landed the project in a competitive situation, with Netflix said to be among those pursuing it. Whedon is the writer, director, executive producer and showrunner of The Nevers, an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change… Read

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Alan Johnson Dies: Mel Brooks ‘Young Frankenstein’ Choreographer Was 81

Alan Johnson, a three-time Emmy Award winning choreographer whose work spanned Broadway and Hollywood – and included four scenes from Mel Brooks’ comedies that became instant, irreverent classics – died July 7 of Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. His death was confirmed to news outlets by his nephew Todd Johnson. Johnson began his career as an understudy dancer for Broadway’s original 1957 West Side Story production and went on to include notable… Read

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‘In the Dark’: Rich Sommer To Co-Star On The CW Drama Series In Recasting

Mad Men alum Rich Sommer has been cast in a lead role opposite Perry Mattfeld on the new CW midseason drama series In the Darkfrom CBS TV Studios and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. He will play Dean, replacing Austin Nichols, who played the role in the pilot. Written by Corinne Kingsbury and directed by Michael Showalter, In the Dark centers on Murphy (Mattfeld), a flawed and irreverent woman who just happens to be blind and is the only "witness" to the murder of her… Read

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El Rey Hires Univision Veteran Melissa Maravi As Its New CFO

EXCLUSIVE: El Rey Network has appointed veteran Univision exec Melissa Maravi as its new CFO, reporting to president and GM Daniel Tibbets. Maravi will oversee all finance functions for the company, which was launched in 2013 by filmmaker Robert Rodriquez, and liaise with Tibbets and the El Rey board on strategic matters. Before joining El Rey, Maravi spent more than 20 years rising through the ranks at Univision. Her most recent post at the Hispanic media giant was… Read

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AT&T CEO Calls Chance Of Time Warner Merger Reversal “Really Remote”

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In a lengthy appearance on CNBC from Sun Valley, where he is attending the Allen & Co. retreat, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson dismissed any threat from the government’s appeal of a judge’s decision allowing the company’s merger with Time Warner. “We think the likelihood of this thing being reversed and overturned is really remote,” he said. “This changes nothing. … The merger’s closed. We own Time Warner.” Investors and the entire media and entertainment sector are still… Read