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Donald Trump Son-In Law Jared Kushner Discussed Secret Communication Channel With Russia: Report

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to establish a “secret” and “secure” backchannel with the Kremlin, which he hoped the Russian embassy in this country would help facilitate, the Washington Post reported Friday night. This one day after WaPo reported Kusher had come under FBI scrutiny, a report that seemed to confirm Kushner was that senior White House official close to Trump who had been reported to be a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia… »

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Stephen Colbert Explains How Donald Trump Alpha-Dogged His Way Through Nato Summit

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Late Show, Stephen Colbert walked viewers through the various ways President Donald Trump went alpha-dog and metaphorically peed on the bushes at the Nato summit in Brussels this week. That includes Trump initiating another of his hilarious handshake matches, with French President Emmanuel Macron.  Colbert read from the White House press pool description of the handshake: Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and… »

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‘The Simpsons’: Donald Trump Gets A Thank-You From Richard Nixon’s Ghost

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The Simpsons is poking the Potus bear again. A month after it skewered President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, the stalwart Fox toon is ripping him in a ripped-from-the-headlines short that covers a seemingly NBA-ready Jim Comey; Presi-, er Vice President Mike Pence; First Hand-Slapper Melania Trump; even — ever briefly — the Glowing Orb of Saudi Arabia. Watch it above. The clip is highlighted — if that’s the word — by a visit from the Ghost of Presidents Past… »

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Viacom’s Great Program Migration: Guide To Which Show Moved Where

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As part of the big realignment of the Viacom cable networks announced by new CEO Bob Bakish early this year, with the channels divided into flagship and reinforcing and a mandate for closer cooperation, there has been a great deal of movement of shows from one network to another. Scripted series had been gravitating towards the soon-to-be launched Paramount Network (currently Spike), earmarked as Viacom’s flagship scripted channel, and Bet, also a flagship brand. So far… »

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs New Deal; Whither Goest Lawrence O’Donnell?

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MSNBC's president Phil Griffin has a new mult-year contract, according to an informed source, settling one personnel question about the network. Still no announcement on 10 Pm star Lawrence O'Donnell who tweeted May 17  that his contract expires June 4, promising to let fans know “where you can watch me June 5 if it’s not msnbc,” adding, “I’m sorry this situation has become public.” MSNBC is riding a primetime ratings wave these days as viewers flock to latest antics of… »

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‘The 100’ Ups Tasya Teles To Regular; ‘Supergirl’s Floriana Lima To Return As Recurring

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We’ll be seeing a lot more of Echo in The 100‘s Season 5. Tasya Teles, who has recurred on the CW serialized sci-fi drama since Season 2, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season. Echo was last seen in Wednesday’s Season 4 finale escaping Praimfaya with Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) on a rocket to the Ark. When we next see Echo, it will be six years after she blasted off to outer space. Teles’ promotion was first reported by tvgui… »

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‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Gets Modest Live+3 Bump; Strong Streaming Lift

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The premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival drew 619,000 viewers in Live+3, up 113,000 from the soft Live+same day linear viewership of 506,000. For the premiere night, the audience total has grown to 804,000 viewers in L+3. The linear viewership for the reboot’s debut was edged by the streaming one, with the total for the two-part premiere at 1.7 million across platforms, including streaming and on demand. As we reported previously, the return of David Lynch’s iconic… »

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‘House Of Cards’ Season 5 Review: Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright Swagger Back

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Back for its fifth season on May 30, House of Cards has re-discovered its swagger in a new political era that makes the ruthless Frank and Claire Underwood look pretty great, reasonable and ever appealing as the Netflix series goes for the full soap opera, as I say in my video review above. No spoilers, but while the ever watchable Kevin Spacey is still going for the full Lbj, Bill Clinton and Nino Brown cocktail and Robin Wright never lets you look away, the now Frank… »

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The Horse’s Mouth 8: The Importance Of Feeling Important

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The Horse's Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of the more head-scratching comments and/or crazy conversations we've had with people in the industry that made us laugh. We thought we'd share them with you as we roll into Memorial Day weekend: Publicist: Can you capitalize his title in front of his name? Reporter: Why? Publicist: It makes him feel more important to have it capitalized. —————————————————————————————————————— Producer: I have no movies. I lost my… »

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Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump To Richard Nixon, Hopes For Similar Term End

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Hillary Clinton kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend news cycle comparing President Donald Trump to Richard Nixon, hoping his tenure ends similarly, and warning that people in power who invent their own facts and attack those who question them mark the beginning of the end of a free society. Delivering Friday’s televised commencement address at Wellesley College, the former Dem presidential candidate noted she’d similarly given a commencement speech when she graduated the… »

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Croisette Queen Nicole Kidman On Coming To The Fest With Four Films & The Runaway Success Of ‘Big Little Lies’ — Cannes

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Nicole Kidman has been a household name for nearly 30 years now, but her star never seems to wane. Rocketing to fame in the '80s, she survived the spotlight of a high-profile celebrity marriage to Tom Cruise and emerged triumphant from trial by tabloid. While her peers, and some of her predecessors, chased box-office success in romcoms and franchises, Kidman went for the interesting role, starting in 1995 with Gus Van Sant's mordant black comedy To Die For. Since then… »

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Will ‘Underground’ Become Casualty Of Sinclair’s Tribune Takeover? Hopes For Acclaimed Drama Fade As Decision Looms

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Time is running out for Wgn America’s only remaining original scripted series, Underground. While the praised drama has not been canceled, its future on the upstart cable network looks bleak. Official decision is expected next week. I hear at the time of Wgna’s cancellation of fellow sophomore drama Outsiders in April, Sony Pictures TV, which produces both series, exposed Underground to other networks in hope of finding a new home as the writing was already on the wall at… »

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How ‘Search Party’ Broke All The Rules Of Television On Its Way To TBS Success – The Contenders Emmys Video

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TBS’ new series, Search Party did not follow the orthodox route to becoming a hit show. In fact as executive producers and creators Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss put it, it really was approached more like making an independent film than a network show. They actually shot the pilot without any commitment and then went out to find distribution, or in this case, TBS, which sparked to what the pair put together. At last month’s all day Deadline event, The Contenders… »

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Cavaliers’ Win Scores NBA Playoffs Ratings Victory, ‘Beat Shazam’ Solid

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The first night after the end of the fall television season saw a lot of laughter and giving, a couple of debuts and a return to the NBA Finals for third year in a row for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Putting away 35-points in the Cavs 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James has now surpassed Michael Jordan as the league's all-time playoff scoring leader. In a series full of blowouts, the Cavs triumph in Game 5 of… »

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NBC’s Lester Holt Wins May Sweep In Demo; ABC’s David Muir Dominates In Total Viewers

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NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt has won its eighth straight sweep in the news demographic, viewers 25-54. ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir took the May sweep in total viewers, after February and November sweep wins in same metric, marking ABC News’ first such streak since Peter Jennings anchored 21 years ago. Holt averaged 1.714  million viewers in the news demo in May, besting Muir (1.537M) and CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (1.303M). NBC’s newscast has… »

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‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Discusses Reason Why New York Talents Are Being Discovered Later In Their Careers

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When casting a television series, there can be few tasks more daunting than piecing together a believable TV family—as any viewer of NBC’s hit series This Is Us can surely tell you, family is complicated. This is the task casting director Tiffany Little Canfield took on, alongside her New York partner, Bernard Telsey, playing a critical role in the series’ success in bringing together one of the most beloved families on television. Canfield’s assignment was… »

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Summer Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2017 Edition

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The 2016-17 TV season is over, so here's our annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. The list covers about 300 broadcast, cable and streaming programs bowing from late May through August and some high-profile one-off programs. Please send any additions or adjustments to erik@deadline.com. We’ll update the post regularly as more dates are revealed. May 24: Dirty Dancing (ABC, new telefilm) Bakers vs. Fakers (Food Network… »

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Donald Trump Applauds Win As Greg Gianforte Apologizes For “Response” To “Liberal Journalist” Trumpcare Question

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Only after winning Montana’s special election for the state’s one seat in the House of Representatives did Greg Gianforte apologize for allegedly body slamming a reporter who had asked him a question about House-passed Trumpcare legislation. “Last night I learned a lesson; last night I made a mistake,” Gianforte told his fans while taking his election victory lap. “And we forgive you!” someone interrupted. “…and I took an action that I can’t take back,” the politician… »

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Red Nose Day Actually: ‘Love Actually’ Short-Film Sequel With Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy & More

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We’ve gotten a look at the long-awaited Love Actually short film sequel which aired last night on NBC’s Red Nose Day special. The short, which originally aired two months ago as part of the UK’s Red Nose Day, features familiar faces from the original film, including Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster back on the Thames park bench. We see Keira Knightley opening her front door to Andrew Lincoln and his cue cards (“How do you like the beard?”; yes, the characters have… »

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‘Timeless’ Ripoff Lawsuit Looks To Be A Thing Of The Past

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(Updated From May 25 Pm) Having been cancelled and then resurrected, Timeless will be back for another season on NBC but the Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke executive produced series won't be facing any more time in federal court. Over eight months after plaintiff Onza Entertainment went after the EPs, the Comcast-owned net, and Sony Pictures Entertainment with claims that the not yet even debuted time travel drama was "ripped off" from their Spanish drama El Ministerio del Tie… »

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