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Lee Daniels Lets Loose On “Pain & Anger” That ‘Empire’ Team Feels Over Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Fake Hate Crime

Putting the notion that there is no such thing as bad publicity to the test, Empire co-creator Lee Daniels today held nothing back in talking about the impact on the Fox drama of Jussie Smollett's alleged fake hate crime. "These past couple of weeks have been a freakin' rollercoaster," the executive producer and Star boss said on social media Wednesday, just hours before the latest episode of Empire aired on the Rupert Murdoch-owned network. "We have, me and my cast have… Read


‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Goes Full 1985 With Mötley Crüe & Summer Fun

Stranger Things Season 3

You’ve got to give Netflix full cross-promotion points for today's first full trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things. Less than 48 hours before the biopic of Mötley Crüe launches on the streamer, the peek at the return of the Duffer Brothers series kicks off with the notorious band's 1985 hit "Home Sweet Home.” This being the latest look at the Emmy-nominated series, there's a lot more than power ballads going on in the mid-’80s summer-set third season with the return of… Read


Viacom Storms DirecTV With ‘Daily Show’ Warning Of Looming Blackout

It's no laughing matter to Viacom that AT&T could be dropping its channels from DirecTV and U-verse in just a couple of day but Comedy Central's The Daily Show became the battlefield in the latest pay-TV carriage war tonight. As host Trevor Noah listened to Neal Brennan's mordacious takedown on the recent rise of socialism in political rhetoric (HINT: blame the rich) on the deliberately fake news show on Tuesday, a warning appeared on the bottom of the screen for a few… Read


‘Ray Donovan’s Pooch Hall Escapes Jail With DUI & Child Endangerment Plea Deal

The clan of Ray Donovan is going to get to stick together thanks to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. In a plea deal unveiled in LA Superior Court today in Pasadena, Marion "Pooch" Hall won't be facing a potential six-years behind bars for charges of driving under the influence and endangering his two-year old son last fall. Instead, the actor who has played half-brother Daryll Donovan on Showtime's Liev Schreiber-led Hollywood fixer series since its… Read


‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Two Major New Characters To Exit At End Of Season 2

SPOILER ALERT:The story includes plot details about the current Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access. EXCLUSIVE: CBS All Access has big plans to expand the Trekverse, but Star Trek: Discovery is slimming down. One of the biggest cast additions for the current second season of Discovery was Anson Mount, who came on board as Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise. He was joined by Rebecca Romijn, who was tapped to play another classic Star Trek… Read


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Plays Nice With Apple (“Great Company”) As New Streaming War Looms

"Our success doesn't determine their success," Reed Hastings said Monday about the increased competition for Netflix in cable and from other streamers, both current and to come. "We will make this a better industry if we have better competitors," he CEO added with a smile, hiding battle scars to come. Despite that good will, at the tail end of a daylong get-together at Netflix's LA HQ, the boss of the home of Oscar Best Picture nominee Roma, multiple Emmy nominee Grace and… Read


Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Chides Apple & Disney For Being “Very Late” To Streaming

EXCLUSIVE: "Absolutely!" Ted Sarandos said Monday when asked whether his attitude toward the upcoming streaming platforms from Apple, Disney and WarnerMedia is a case of "bring it on." "I have no idea what they're doing until we see it," Netflix's chief content officer told Deadline today of Apple's expected new streaming service unveiling March 25, and Disney+ fueled by Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar coming later this year. "So, I have to really reserve comment and… Read


‘Chernobyl,’ ‘The Boys’ Debuts, ‘Mr. Robot’ Farewell With Rami Malek Slated For Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its slate of TV offerings, including world premieres of HBO’s Chernobyl and Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys. The lineup also includes an event marking the final season of USA’s Mr. Robot, including a screening and a farewell conversation with the show’s star, newly minted Oscar winner Rami Malek. The star will be joined by castmates Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin as well as the show’s creator, Sam Esmail. Anniversary screenings… Read


Eliza Dushku On ‘Mapplethorpe’ Movie, Year Of Reckoning, Spielberg, & Healing

"The year has been in some ways just extraordinary in a beautiful way and it's been in some ways extraordinary in a really challenging way," proclaims Mapplethorpe producer Eliza Dushku. From almost any perspective, that seems like an understatement from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Married last summer and expecting her first child this summer, Dushku has seen her more than a decade-long endeavor on the Ondi Timoner-directed film about the controversial and… Read


It’s Official! Starz Renews ‘American Gods’ For Third Season, Finds New Showrunner

American Gods

As Deadline exclusively revealed last month, the cable gods have decided to bless American Gods with another season as Starz made it official today. Just one week into the long awaited second season of the Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane-led series based on Neil Gaiman’s award winning 2001 novel, the Lionsgate-own premium cabler has brought Walking Dead alum Charles "Chic" Eglee on board as the new showrunner for the new season. "Audiences continue to worship at the altar… Read


Lori Loughlin Dropped By Hallmark Channel Amid College Bribery Scandal

Two days after Lori Loughlin flew into town from a Vancouver set to face charges and arrest over the elite college entrance fraud scheme, Hallmark Channel has cut all of its various ties with the actor. “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” a Crown Media spokesperson told Deadline. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels… Read


‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Copyright Suit Settled Ahead Of Season 5 Debut

Less than two months after AMC and Fear The Walking Dead producers were burned in their desire to see Melvin Smith's copyright lawsuit dismissed, both sides have struck a deal. “Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41, Plaintiff Melvin William Smith, Jr., on the one hand, and Defendants AMC Networks Inc., AMC Film Holdings LLC, AMC Network Entertainment LLC, AMC TV Studios LLC, Valhalla Entertainment, Inc., Skybound Productions, Inc., Circle of Confusion… Read