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Facebook Watch In Talks For Soccer Reality Show About Cristiano Ronaldo

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In what would be one of its biggest programming splashes yet, Facebook Watch is in talks with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for a reality series about his day-to-day life, Deadline has confirmed. The planned 13-episode series would add to the sports lineup at Facebook Watch, which already distributes the basketball-themed Ball in the Family and Tom Brady close-up Tom vs. Time. While the social media giant has not disclosed viewership data, the strong promotional… Read

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‘Big Brother’: CBS Responds To “Inappropriate Behavior & Offensive Comments” By Cast Members

CBS has released a statement following outrage by fans over inappropriate behavior and racist comments by some cast members in Season 20. “Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone,” CBS said in a statement to Deadline. “The producers have addressed two such incidents… Read

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‘TKO: Total Knock Out’ Premiere Moved To Post-‘Big Brother’ Slot On CBS

CBS brass have re-thought the time slot for the premiere of the Kevin Hart-hosted TKO: Total Knock OutThe new obstacle-course series had been set to bow at 8 PM July 11 as a lead-in to Big Brother but instead will follow the reality stalwart at 9 PM that night. Total Knock Out then will settle into its regular pre-BB slot at 8 PM the following week. Hailing from producer Mark Burnett, the 10-episode hourlong series formerly known as TKO features one player racing… Read

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‘Swamp People’ And ‘Miami Ink’ Producer To Pay $282,000 In Uncompensated Overtime In Settlement With NY AG — Update

UPDATED with a statement from Original Media The television production company behind such reality TV shows as Swamp People and Miami Ink agreed to pay $282,000 in uncompensated overtime as part of a settlement agreement reached with New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood. The attorney general’s investigation that Original Media had misclassified employees, including production assistants and associate producers, as exempt from overtime pay. As a result, many… Read

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‘The Contender’: Mark Burnett’s Boxing Competition Revival Gets Premiere Date On Epix

Friday will be fight night on Epix later this summer. The Mark Burnett-produced revival of boxing competition series The Contender will answer the bell at 10 PM August 24, the premium cabler said today. Burnett is producing the 12-episode series along with his longtime executive producer Eric Van Wagenen. MGM Television and Paramount Television are producing the show hosted by former champion Andre "Son of God" Ward — who retired last year with an undefeated record. The… Read

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‘Bachelorette’ Scores On Monday While ‘Salvation’ Slips

CBS' Salvation (0.4, 3.34M) started Season 2 tying a series demo low, tumbling 43% relative to last season’s launch. In its defense, Salvation’s starter had enjoyed a Big Brother 1.9 demo rating lead-in last summer, compared to last night’s Man With a Plan and its 0.6 demo rating. Following Salvation, Elementary (0.5, 4.00M) suffered a 1/10th demo slip compared to previous week. Meanwhile, ABC's in-the-news-but-not-in-good-way Episode 2 of The Proposal (0.8, 3.65M) held… Read

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‘The Proposal’ Creator Mike Fleiss Vows “To Do Better” After Contestant Scandal

The Proposal creator Mike Fleiss, after first seeming to take a not-really-our-fault stance after accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced about one of the male contestants on the ABC show, tweeted a pledge to “find ways to do better,” apparently a reference to weeding out what he called “abusive assholes” from his shows. On Friday, ABC and Warner Horizon announced that this week’s episode of The Proposal had been pulled following allegations by a Milwaukee woman that… Read

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Richard Harrison: ‘Pawn Stars’ Family Remembers “The Old Man”

Refresh for updates Family, friends and co-workers – in most cases all three – remembered Richard Harrison today, better and affectionately known as “The Old Man” of History’s Pawn Stars. The 77-year-old pawn shop patriarch died Monday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease, son and costar Rick Harrison disclosed on Instagram. Here are some of the social media remembrances. Deadline will update as others arrive. Read

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Crime Reality Show ‘Bounty Live’ In Works By ‘Busted Live’ & ‘Over The Limit’ Producers

The executive producers of MTV’s Busted Live and truTV’s Over The Limit are now focusing on bounty hunters in Bounty Live, a new live weekly reality show, produced by John Stevens and Spike Feresten’s Hangar 56 Media. Co-created and executive produced by Stevens and Feresten, Bounty Live features fugitive recovery agents from across the country chasing fugitives and making arrests. Per the producers, "The series is launching digitally and will explore network, cable and… Read

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‘American Idol’ EP Trish Kinane Talks Series Revival, Technological Innovations That Have Made The Series A Success

Reviving singing competition staple American Idol after only two years off the air, showrunner and executive producer Trish Kinane worked to refresh the series for another run, while coming up against challenges she knew all too well from previous experience in the unscripted space—problems of technology. As FremantleMedia North America’s President of Entertainment explains, Idol has always been a pioneering vehicle in the unscripted space—even back in 2002, when the show… Read

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‘Castaways’: ABC Launches Reality-Competition Series With A Twist – Trailer & Premiere Date

Here is the latest spin on the reality-competition genre. ABC has set a premiere date for Castaways, which it describes as “testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued.” The show premieres at 10 PM Tuesday, August 7, after the Season 5 premiere of Bachelor in Paradise. Watch the first-look trailer above. In what… Read

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‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Season 5 Gets Summer Premiere Date On ABC

ABC has set summer premiere dates for Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. The reality-competition series will launch with a two-hour episode at 8 PM Tuesday, August 7. Coming off a scandal-plagued fourth season, Bachelor in Paradise again returns unchosen contestants from The Bachelor or The Bachelorette for a second (or third) chance at finding love. Out to mend those broken hearts, they will travel to a romantic paradise in hope of turning a potential summer fling into… Read