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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s… Read

Business

Fox Corp. Appoints Jeff Taylor As EVP And Chief Litigation Counsel

Fox Corp., which is still in its initial days as a stand-alone company after the close of the historic Disney deal, has appointed Jeff A. Taylor as EVP and Chief Litigation Counsel. Taylor will report to Chief Legal and Policy Officer Viet D. Dinh. He will oversee litigation, labor and employment, content protection and compliance for all of the company’s operations. The company sold its film and TV studios as well as assets like Star India, National Geographic and FX… Read

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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Broadway Review: The Temptations, Saved By Song

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is further proof, as if we need it, that the term “jukebox musical” just isn’t fair – to jukeboxes. Feed a juke some cash and it delivers music, free of the blunt exposition that passes for librettos in so many of these stage biographies. Even with source material as glorious as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and the song that gives this production its title, the result feels less… Read

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WarnerMedia Will Add A Diversity Executive To Top Management Team

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WarnerMedia chief John Stankey has told employees that he plans to add a Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer to the executive ranks of the AT&T subsidiary. The message comes during a period of transition for the company formerly known as Time Warner, which has seen the top executives of all of its business units exit over the past month amid a restructuring. Kevin Tsujihara left his post as head of Warner Bros. after admitting to a lapse in judgment in a relationship… Read

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‘The Conners’: Lecy Goranson Joins Co-Stars In Closing New Deal, ABC Renewal Pending

EXCLUSIVE: The last missing piece in The Conners main cast puzzle has fallen into place. I have learned that The Conners co-star Lecy Goranson has closed a deal to return for the upcoming second season of the multi-camera family comedy, whose official pickup is expected as early as this week. Goranson joins fellow Roseanne alums Sara Gilbert, who also serves as an executive producer on The Conners, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, who also just closed new agreements. Like… Read

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Fox Consumer Products Chief Jim Fielding Joins Post-Disney-Deal Layoff List

Jim Fielding, a veteran consumer products executive, is one of the high-ranking Fox managers who will be exiting in the wake of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of Fox. He had joined the company in 2017 from DreamWorks Animation, taking the title as President of Consumer Products and Innovation for Fox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film. Fielding oversaw licensing, product development and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space… Read

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Dev Patel Checks In To ‘Hotel Mumbai’; Director László Nemes Brings ‘Sunset’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Two historic dramas headline a comparatively slow weekend for new Specialty roll outs vs. last weekend's heavy roster. Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures' Hotel Mumbai with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer will have a minimal start in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a fairly wide release in the coming weeks. The film recounts the true events in 2008 when terrorists laid siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Sony Pictures Classics is opening… Read

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Fox Television President Greg Meidel Out As Disney-Fox Layoffs Continue

Another top Fox executive is leaving in the first wave of layoffs following the completion of the Disney-Fox deal. Greg Meidel, president of Twentieth Television, is out. He is the first high-level TV departure post-merger. The distribution operations of Disney and Fox were expected to be especially hard hit by the consolidation, both on the film and TV side. His departure joins today’s exit of Fox International Distribution President Andrew Cripps, one of a slew of… Read

Business

Screen Media Parent Chicken Soup For The Soul Sets Senior Executive Trio

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, whose holdings include established specialty distributor Screen Media, has appointed three top executives to its management team. Philippe Guelton has been named EVP of CSS Entertainment and president of VOD networks. David Fannon has been promoted to EVP of distribution for CSS while remaining president of Screen Media. And George Lansbury has been named EVP of content strategy for CSS and president of CSS originals. CSS… Read

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Harvey Fierstein To Play Bella Abzug In World Premiere Off Broadway Play

Torch Song playwright Harvey Fierstein’s new biographical play about New York’s legendary, hat-wearing “political firebrand” Bella Abzug will make its world premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club Off Broadway next October, with Fierstein himself taking the title role. A solo show, Bella Bella, directed by Kimberly Senior, will begin previews Tuesday, Oct. 1  at MTC’s New York City Center Stage 1, with an opening night of Oct. 22. The Fierstein play is one of three world… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived Two Surgeries For Brain Aneurysms

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Game of Thrones star Emila Clarke revealed in a first-person essay just published on The New Yorker website that she weathered two life-threatening brain hemorrhages since the start of 2011 —  the same year that the HBO fantasy series premiered and catapulted the then-24-year-old actress to international success in the role of Daenerys Targaryen. “Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life,” the three-time Emmy… Read

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Comcast Debuts Xfinity Flex Streaming Service For Internet-Only Customers

Aiming to meet growing demand for video content by its internet-only customers, Comcast is rolling out Xfinity Flex, a new streaming service that will combine VOD, free, ad-supported live streams and access to subscription apps. The new offering, launching March 26, costs $5 as an extra fee for current Xfinity internet customers. It will feature 10,000 free, ad supported VOD film and TV titles and a handful of live services such as ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, Cheddar and… Read