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WGA Says It’s Ready To Return To Bargaining Table

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Update with more info: Responding to press inquiries, the WGA says it's willing to return to the bargaining table "whenever the AMPTP is ready to meet and invites us back" – even as WGA leaders are urging their members to authorize a strike. The talks for a new film and TV contract broke off Thursday, and even though both sides have committed to returning to the bargaining table post-haste, just how far apart they remain is evidenced by the fact they can't even agree… »

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CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller On Medical Leave Through Upfronts

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CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller is taking a medical leave after suffering what he characterized as a “mild heart attack”. He is “on track for a full recovery” but will be out for the rest of pilot season, returning at the end of May, after the upfronts. Geller just made the announcement internally in a memo. (you can read it below the post). In an accompanying email to the company staff, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said that there will be no designated interim… »

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Lindsey Kraft To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Living Biblically’

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Lindsey Kraft is set as the female lead opposite Jay R. Ferguson in the CBS comedy pilot Living Biblically, from The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and Warner Bros TV. Based on A.J. Jacobs' bestselling book The Year of Living Biblically, the project, written by Patrick Walsh and directed by Andy Ackerman, centers on Chip (Ferguson), a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible. Kraft will play Chip’s (Ferguson) wife Leslie… »

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Amazon Tuning Grateful Dead TV Series; ‘Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman To Write

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Exclusive: Amazon Studio’s passion for The Grateful Dead will extend beyond the four-hour Amir Bar Lev-directed feature documentary Long Strange Trip that it acquired at Sundance last January. Also in the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his Straight Outta Compton script about the formation of seminal hip-hop group N.W.A. Herman will adapt the untitled series based on Home Befor… »

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Ivanka Trump Joins ‘Celebrity White House’ As Unpaid Employee

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Donald Trump's White House looks one step more like an edition of Celebrity Apprentice with Ivanka Trump’s formal announcement this afternoon that she is joining the administration staff as an “unpaid employee.” This after insisting she would not take a position at the White House, except for that of First Daughter. Last week the White House had announced Ivanka would get an office, but no position. Plans changed when the office-and-security-clearance plan raised… »

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‘Imaginary Mary’ Review: Jenna Elfman Sitcom From ‘Goldbergs’ Trio A Bad Dream

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There is, as I say in my video review above, nothing imaginative about ABC's Imaginary Mary. Debuting tonight at 8:30 Pm in a preview after The Goldbergs before moving to its regular Tuesday slot following Fresh Off The Boat on April 4, the sitcom from Goldbergs trio Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison may have seemed like a good idea once, but it turned out to be more of a bad dream in the end. Tired, dull and cliché-heavy, the series starring Jenna Elfman… »

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SAG P&H Plans’ “Unreasonable” Fees And Expenses Appear To Have Violated Federal Law, Doj Probe Finds

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Exclusive: Recently concluded investigations by the U.S Department of Labor into the SAG Pension and Health Plans have concluded that the plans' trustees "appeared" to have breached their fiduciary obligations by charging $756,027 in "unreasonable" fees and expenses to the Plans in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the federal law that governs private sector pension and health plans. "Based on the facts gathered during those investigations, it… »

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‘The Simpsons’ Schools Springfield On Trump University Scandal

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Mr. Burns goes to college, sort of, in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Titled “Caper Chase,” the story has Springfield’s wealthy villain, fed up with collegiate political correctness, starting his own for-profit university. Naturally, Homer is hired as a professor. Hmm, Trump University? Exec producer and showrunner Al Jean insists the story idea pre-dated that scandal. “It was conceived originally as a satire of for profit college, before Trump University hit it… »

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‘House Of Cards’ Star Michael Kelly Signs With Wme

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House of Cards star Michael Kelly has signed with Wme for representation in all areas. Best known for his role as chief of staff Doug Stamper in Netflix’s praised political drama series House of Cards, which launches its fifth season in May, Kelly also has had key roles in features Everest, Changeling, The Adjustment and Now You See Me.  His previous TV credits include The Sopranos, Generation Kill and Person of Interest. Kelly’s other most recent projects include his… »

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‘Black Lightning’ Pilot: First-Look Image Of Cress Williams As Title Character

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The CW has released a first-look image of Cress Williams as title character Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce) in the DC drama pilot (see full photo below). Production is currently underway in Atlanta. Written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Williams). He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter… »

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UTA Signs Olympic Champ Shaun White

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Shaun White, the Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder who has branched out into fashion and festivals among other business interests, has signed with UTA. The agency has been involved in Air + Style, the annual action sports and music fest that takes place in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and in which White is majority shareholder. White had been with CAA Sports. UTA will rep White’s interests in live events, music, film, TV, licensing and endorsements, digital media and… »

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Sean Spicer Hugs It Out With April Ryan At White House Press Briefing After Head-Shake Fracas

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hugged it out with American Urban Radio Network reporter April Ryan at Wednesday’s briefing, one day after ordering her – twice –  to stop shaking her head, when she asked him about the White House’s “image” in the midst of all the Russia probes. Spicer, who seemed to have done some deep breathing exercises before today’s presser that he had so badly needed one day earlier, called Ryan’s name first as he moved to the Q&A portion of… »

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Pay TV Cord Cutting Poised To Accelerate Based On 2016 Data, Analyst Says

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What a difference two months make. In late January, SNL Kagan forecaster Tony Lenoir made what he deemed an “aggressive” prediction when he said that the number of homes subscribing to broadband — but not pay TV — could grow 83% from the end of 2016 to 28.0 million in 2021. Now he says the prediction “could end on the conservative side given the speed at which the TV ecosystem and U.S. broadband landscape are evolving.” The subscription data for the end of 2016, he says,… »

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Creative BC Hires Film Commissioner; ‘Lion’s’ Saroo Brierley To Speak At Nafa Charity Event; Starz Play Inks Deal With NBCUni Int’l — Global Briefs

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Canada's Creative BC, the independent society that supports British Columbia's creative sector, has appointed Sandi Richter Cooper as its next BC Film Commissioner and Director of Production Services. She'll report to CEO Prem Gill and will lead Creative BC's production services team in the delivery of provincial film commission services, from locations marketing and physical production resource support to industry and community relations services. Cooper has more than 25… »

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‘Sharp Objects’: Will Chase, Jackson Hurst & Jennifer Aspen Join HBO’s Amy Adams Series

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Will Chase (Nashville), Jackson Hurst (NCIS: Los Angeles, Drop Dead Diva) and Rodney and Party of Five alumna Jennifer Aspen are set for recurring roles opposite Amy Adams in HBO's eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Television. Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects centers on crime reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), who, fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric… »

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Bet Programming Shakeup: President Stephen Hill & Evp Zola Mashariki Exit

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Bet Networks said that President of Programming Stephen Hill is stepping down at week’s end, and Evp Head of Original Programming Zola Mashariki is also departing. Connie Orlando, Svp Specials, Music Programming, and News, will serve as the interim Head of Programming, according to chairman and CEO Debra Lee, who broke the news to staff at the Viacom-owned network via memo (read them below). The news comes a month ahead of Bet Networks’ annual upfront presentation to… »

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‘Time After Time’ Pulled By ABC Schedule After Five Episodes

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ABC has pulled freshman drama series Time After Time from its schedule after five low-rated episodes. The Kevin Williamson time-travel drama will be replaced by Match Game on Sunday nights for now, ABC announced Wednesday. The move effectively cancels the new series. There are no plans at the present time to air the remaining episodes. Time After Time has been a poor ratings performer, averaging just 2.2 million weekly viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating in Live+same… »

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Jay R. Ferguson To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Living Biblically’

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The Real O’Neals star Jay R. Ferguson has been cast as the lead in the CBS comedy pilot Living Biblically, from The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and Warner Bros TV. The casting is in second position  to ABC's softly-rated sophomore family comedy series which is not expected to get a third season. Ferguson is the second Real O’Neals cast member to book a big pilot role in second position, joining Matt Shively, cast as the lead in NBC's space-travel comedy pilot Space… »

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‘This Is Us’ Logs First No. 1 Total Viewers Finish For NBC Scripted Series In 13 Years, Becomes Season’s Top Drama In Demo

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The March 14 finale of NBC’s This Is Us posted a new Live+7 viewership record for the hot freshman drama. The closer grew 4.940 million viewers from Live+Same Day to L+7, hitting a series-high 17.776 million viewers in L7 and edging NCIS (17.713 million) after trailing the CBS stalwart by 1.321 million viewers in L+Sd. This was the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series has topped all broadcast and cable shows for the No. 1 spot in total… »


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Veteran La Newsman Paul Magers To Retire From CBS 2

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Veteran television newsman Paul Magers is hanging up his mic. After 38 years in television news, including the past 13 years as an evening anchor with CBS2 in Los Angeles, Magers is retiring. "By retiring now while I'm relatively young and healthy, I look forward to doing all the things with family and friends that are hard to schedule when you have a fulltime job that includes odd hours,” Magers said in a statement. “I definitely won't miss putting on a suit, tie and… »

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