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Halle Berry & Lena Waithe Add Serious EP Spin To BET’s ‘Boomerang’ Reboot

Over 26 years after she had her breakthrough big screen appearance in Boomerang, Halle Berry is now going to put some serious spin on BET's small screen sequel of sorts, and Lena Waithe is joining her. The Oscar winner and the Emmy winner will be executive producers on the 10-episode half-hour BET Networks and Paramount Television produced series, which is set to drop next year. "I'm thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice… Read

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‘Shark Tank’ Judges And Producers Spill Secrets On Eve Of 200th Episode: “I’m Surprised More Entrepreneurs Don’t Bomb” – Tribeca TV Festival

Tribeca TV Festival feted ABC reality juggernaut Shark Tank, which launched in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009 and is set to start its 10th season next month. Five of the “sharks” who evaluate entrepreneurs on the show — Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Laurie Greiner and Kevin O’Leary — joined executive producers Clay Newbill and Yun Lingner for a panel discussion. (The sixth regular shark, Robert Herjavec, was absent due to a schedule conflcit.) A… Read

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Tracey Ullman Describes Her Political Comedy To Meryl Streep: “I’m Not In Some Liberal Indignation Bubble” – Tribeca TV Fest

Tracey Ullman didn’t name names, but she drew a clear distinction between her approach to political comedy and that of late-night talent. Speaking to her longtime friend Meryl Streep after the Tribeca TV Festival debut of the third-season premiere of HBO’s The Tracey Ullman Show, she offered something of a mission statement for Trumpian times. “I’m not in some liberal indignation bubble,” she said, responding to an audience member’s question. “I can’t be or I’d go mad… Read

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‘Maniac’ Creator Patrick Somerville On Making A “Completely Bonkers” Idea Feel Real – Deadline Q&A

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Patrick Somerville knows about expanding the edge of the TV frontier. The novelist and screenwriter wrote for HBO's The Leftovers, which began by exploring the aftermath of a Rapture-like event and soon evolved into a multi-faceted meditation on relationships and human nature. Similar to that show, Maniac (whose 10-episode debut season is now on Netflix) is about much more than it initially seems. Based on — but very different from — a Norwegian series by the same name… Read

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Sony Crackle’s ‘StartUp’ Season 3 Trailer Adds Mira Sorvino To The Mix

EXCLUSIVE: Before the world premiere this evening of Sony Crackle original series StartUp at the Tribeca TV Festival, the streaming service has released the trailer for the show’s third season. Mira Sorvino appears in the 10-episode season in a guest star role as NSA Agent Rebecca Stroud, who is investigating the show’s centerpiece outfit ArakNet. Stroud, as the trailer shows, is prepared to go to any lengths to try to bring down ArakNet, the creation of a group of tech… Read

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Miss America Contestant: Donald Trump Has “Caused A Lot Of Division” – Report

During a preliminary round in the Miss America competition, the contestant from West Virginia said President Donald Trump has “caused a lot of division,” according to the Associated Press. Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, made the comment Friday night during the last preliminary stage of the competition in Atlantic City, N.J. ABC will broadcast the crowning of Miss America in a live broadcast Sunday night hosted by Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann… Read

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MeTV Owner Weigel Broadcasting And CBS Stations Launch Start TV, A Network For Female-Centric Procedurals

Weigel Broadcasting, the owner of local stations and multicast networks such as MeTV, has teamed with CBS Television Stations to launch Start TV, a new network anchored by female-driven procedurals. The multicast network, which just went live, features syndicated titles like The Closer, MediumThe Good Wife and heart-tugging 2000s drama Sue Thomas, FBEye, about a deaf FBI agent. With CBS stations as its initial foundation, Start will reach 42% of U.S. households at… Read

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Best Of Summer TV 2018: ‘Random Acts Of Flyness’ & Other Top New Shows To Watch This Holiday Weekend

From the sundry skills of Random Acts of Flyness' creator Terence Nance to the latest move in the resurgence of Hugh Grant to the 1980s dancehall visions of Ryan Murphy with Pose and more, this summer has been almost as hot on the small screen as it has been scorching the real world. Now, summer doesn't officially end until September 22 but for most of us the Labor Day weekend is when the season practically winds down All of which means, this holiday weekend presents a… Read

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Netflix’s ‘Disenchantment’ Pilot Draws 4.4M U.S. Viewers In Launch, Skews Toward Young Males – Nielsen

Netflix animated series Disenchantment, which premiered August 17, has drawn a decidedly young and male crowd, with aggregated viewing topping that of the streaming platform’s Lost in Space. The viewing numbers (see full chart below) are from Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings tool, which captures only U.S. viewing. Created by Matt Groening, of SimpsonsFuturama fame, Disenchanted riffs on fairy-tale conventions, portraying the goings-on in a medieval fantasy kingdom called… Read

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In First Original Scripted Series, Cinedigm Spotlights Emily Hahn, Feminist Adventurer Who Chronicled China

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EXCLUSIVE: In its first original scripted series, Cinedigm is embracing its close ties with China by telling the story of Emily “Mickey” Hahn. The noted feminist and adventurer helped introduce Shanghai and greater China to U.S. readers in the 1930s through her articles in the New Yorker magazine. The project is the first about Hahn’s life and the first major green-light for Cinedigm since it was recapitalized by Hong Kong investment firm Bison Capital Holdings in… Read

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Tribeca’s 2nd Annual TV Festival To Feature Anthony Bourdain Premiere And ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 20 Bow

Tribeca has announced details for its second annual TV Festival, which will feature premieres of shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Law & Order: SVU and Ray Donovan as well as a new showcase for indie TV pilots. In 2017, Tribeca launched its fall TV extension as public fascination with the medium and the cross-pollination between the film and TV communities continued to pick up speed. The TV festival landscape has grown more crowded in the U.S., with festivals… Read

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‘Bobby Brown Story’ Promotion Literally Lets Fans Inside Star’s Mind Through BET’s New York Art Installation

A few weeks after an appearance by Bobby Brown at TCA summer press tour raised questions about what was going through the singer’s mind, a new art installation will let fans find out for themselves. The immersive, interactive project from BET Networks and brand studio WP Narrative went on display Sunday at New York’s Harlem Week. It features a 30-foot replica of Brown’s head, complete with “iconic fade haircut.” A press release touting the promotion says it invites… Read