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‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Picks ‘The Ones We Choose’ DNA Novel For TV Series With Lionsgate

EXCLUSIVE: A week after her Dirty Thirty development deal with HBO was unveiled, Courtney Kemp is cranking things up with another strategic small screen move. In association with Lionsgate Television and her new overall deal inked there last year, the Power creator’s End of Episode shingle has optioned the rights to novel The Ones We Choose. Published by Simon & Schuster last year, the debut long-form fiction from Julie Clark explores the realities and consequences of the… Read

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‘Days Of Our Lives’ Producer Swats “Audacious” Sony TV With $20M Lawsuit

(UPDATED 5:51 PM with Sony TV statement) EXCLUSIVE: A little over a month after Days of Our Lives was renewed for a record 55th season by NBC, the producers behind the long running and Emmy winning daytime soap today have squared up against Sony Pictures Television in a distribution legal dust-up that could see tens of millions of dollars in damages and the termination of a half a century old deal. In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday… Read

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In ‘Miracle Workers’, Daniel Radcliffe Is An Anxiety-Ridden Angel Hellbent On Saving Earth — Sundance Studio

In Simon Rich's show Miracle Workers, Daniel Radcliffe gets his wings as a control-freak angel called Craig—a role he says he had to take as soon as Rich told him the premise. "Sometimes you just find material where you're like, 'I want to do this, I want to be a part of this," Radcliffe told Deadline at the Sundance Studio. "And that was what this was from the moment that I read the book and spoke to Simon about the possibility of doing it as a series." Radcliffe… Read

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The Show To Watch This Week: ‘PEN15’, ‘One Day At A Time’, ‘Walking Dead’ And ‘Hustle’ Reviewed

Reviewing TV this week and pinning the badge on the show you have to watch is hard. Especially when the relentlessly ongoing reality series know as Celebrity POTUS had a special, belated, much hyped and well-watched State of the Union episode last night with guest star House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, beyond the cable news frenzy of that showdown, there actually are other things on the small screen this week. For instance, there's the February 12-debuting unholy… Read

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‘Empire’ Showrunner Slams “Cowards” Who Attacked Jussie Smollett; Praises Actor & His Return To Set – TCA

"He's a strong person and we're strong," Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney said Wednesday of Jussie Smollett, a week after the actor was attacked in what the Chicago police are calling a "potential hate crime." "Jussie is a proud, gay black man, and I'm not sure if the cowards were trying to beat the pride, gay or black out of him but he's strong and we're happy he's back at work," Mahoney said onstage during part of Fox's TCA presentation today. "He's been back at work… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ $300M Lawsuit Finally Gets A Trial Date & A New Judge

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Closing in on six years after it all started, the $300 million legal death match between fired The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and CAA against AMC over profits from the zombie apocalypse series is finally going to trial. A newly installed New York Supreme Court justice today declared the parties should prepare for a trial to commence May 11, 2020. Taking over from now retired Justice Eileen Bransten, Justice Joel Cohen told lawyers for both sides at a hearing… Read

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‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed For Season 10 In Non-Shocker From AMC

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A week before The Walking Dead is set to return to the small screen for the second half of its ninth season, AMC said today it’s bringing the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics back for Season 10. With an expanding franchise of Rick Grimes movies, crossovers with spinoff Fear Tthe Walking Dead and more, the least surprising renewal in television was made official online this afternoon: Listen closely. Read

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Super Bowl Viewership Falls To Lowest Since 2008 In Historically Low Scoring Game – Update

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UPDATE, 2:14 PM: The score for the New England Patriots' win yesterday over the Los Angeles Rams was historically low and so is the viewership for Super Bowl LIII. The CBS broadcast game out of Atlanta was seen by a total audience of 100.7 million, according to CBS Sports. That number comes from when you add up everyone who watched on CBS the network, CBS Interactive, NFL digital properties, Verizon Media mobile properties, ESPN Deportes television and other digital… Read

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CBS Boss Ebullient Over “Spectacular” Super Bowl Job By Company

The final numbers for the lowest scoring Super Bowl in the NFL's history aren't in yet but CBS top man has already declared victory. In a memo sent out company-wide this afternoon, Acting CEO Joe Ianniello was full of praise for a day of programming that was "first class, both in front of and behind the camera." Just days after a board meeting for a company still seeking a permanent replacement for disgraced ex-CEO Les Moonves and angling towards new talks on a merger… Read

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HBO & ‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Developing ‘Dirty Thirty’ Cop Drama With Lionsgate

Less than four months after signing a new overall deal with Lionsgate, Courtney Kemp now has a down and dirty project in the works with HBO. As her three-year deep pocketed deal with the Starz parent company provides, the Power creator is developing Dirty Thirty with the Richard Plepler run premium cabler and Lionsgate. The New City City set one-hour drama series from seasoned producer Kemp is based in part on the well known tale of real-life rogue cops that operated out… Read

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Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier & Amazon Ink First Look Deal For Original Series

No word yet how fast the end products will be delivered, but Michael B. Jordan is going into business with Amazon. Just weeks after signing a feature first look deal with Warner Bros, The Black Panther and Creed star's Outlier Society Productions has now strategically inked a first look TV series deal with the Jennifer Salke run Amazon Studios for original series. Putting its morals where its money is, the deal is set not only to bring new series to the Jeff Bezos created… Read

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Maroon 5’s Terrible Super Bowl Halftime Show Lacks Lift-Off Or Soul – Review

Coming out of the first half of a very low scoring 3-0 Super Bowl match-up today between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 proved conclusively that they could pull off a halftime show that put Justin Timberlake to shame – at least when it came to ill-considered timing and strongly bleached blandness… and that's a feat. Nobody's first choice for the once-coveted spot and fighting the backlash from those calling for a boycott in a… Read