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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” posted FX’s top limited series premiere in the key 18-49 demographic since “Legion.” The latest installment of the anthology show drew 1.5 million viewers in that age range and 5.5 million overall when it debuted on Jan. 17. Both Nielsen numbers include the premiere telecast, three encores, and multiplatform viewing over three days of delayed viewing. The premiere telecast on its own contributed 3.6 million of those viewers in Nielsen’s Live+3 data, making it one of the top cable premieres since 2016. For reference, the Dan Stevens-led sci-fi series pulled in 1.8 million...
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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Did Kevin Spacey Cost Netflix $39 Million?

Did Kevin Spacey Cost Netflix $39 Million?
Did Kevin Spacey cost Netflix nearly $40 million? The streaming giant posted a banner fourth-quarter earnings report on Monday, but it included a $39 million write-down for content the company “decided not to move forward with”… and the “House of Cards” star immediately came to mind. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheWrap the write-down was tied to cancelled Spacey projects. The story was first reported by Bloomberg. The Golden Globe and Oscar winner was exiled from the Netflix political drama following accusations of sexual misconduct in November. The streaming media and video-on-demand service later decided to bring the...
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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NBC Orders Four Multi-Cam Comedy Pilots, Including Two From Ep Sean Hayes

NBC has ordered four multi-camera comedy pilots, marking the network’s first comedy orders for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.

Two of the projects boast “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes as an executive producer. The first is titled “Like Family” and follows Aubrey and Artie, who formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care. But they are now discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.

Suzanne Martin will write and executive produce with Hayes and Todd Milliner also executive producing via their Hazy Mills banner. Universal Television will produce along with Hazy Mills, which is under an overall deal at the studio.

Martin previously created the TV Land comedy series “Hot in Cleveland,” which ran on the cable network for six seasons. She also created the “Hot in Cleveland” spinoff series “The Soul Man” starring Cedric the Entertainer, as well as the NBC comedy “Crowded.” Hayes executive
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jenny Pellicer

Jenny Pellicer is the actress who played opposite of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character in “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story.” This show, which aired on Lifetime on Saturday, January 20, 2018, focused on the life of Griselda Blanco; however, it is Blanco’s girlfriend, Carolina, who is played by Pellicer that have many people talking. If you are also curious about this actress, find all you need to know here. She’s Originally from Norway Born in Olso, Norway, Jenny Pellicer’s father is a Mexican diplomat, and her mother is a Norwegian American. Thanks to this mixed heritage, Jenny is able to speak

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jenny Pellicer
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NBC Orders 4 Multicamera Comedy Pilots From Suzanne Martin, Greg Malins, Brian Gallivan & Josh Malmuth

Likely fueled by the success of the revival of Will & Grace, which is NBC’s highest rated and most watched comedy series, the network is making a push in multicamera sitcoms. It’s been a major trend during pitch season, with all Big 4 broadcast networks stockpiling on multicam projects, which are more lucrative from a business standpoint because they are cheaper to make and repeat better. NBC has given pilot orders to four multi-camera comedies, Suzanne Martin’s Like Famil…
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Ann Curry Tells ‘The View’: “I Did Not Have A Button In My Office” At ‘Today’

Ann Curry, promoting her PBS show We’ll Meet Again on various TV talk shows whose hosts do their best to turn the talk to Matt Lauer, visited The View on Tuesday. “You were the victim of quite a bit of abuse, if it was not sexual, it was a nasty behavior toward you… And you said you became inured to it,” Joy Behar jumped in. "Places where we work can be a little bit like a Hall of Mirrors,” Curry said. “All of a sudden, things you would never imagine that you would accept…
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Supernatural Preview: 'Haunted' Donna Searches for Mia Niece in 'Creepy' Hour

Supernatural Preview: 'Haunted' Donna Searches for Mia Niece in 'Creepy' Hour
It’s a good thing the Wayward sisterhood rescued Dean and Sam from The Bad Place last week, because during this Thursday’s Supernatural (The CW, 8/7c), one of the ladies will need the Winchesters’ assistance.

RELATEDSupernatural: The Wayward Sisters Cast Hails Timely Spinoff’s ‘Powerful’ Females

In a harrowing turn of events, “Donna’s niece goes missing,” Briana Buckmaster, who plays the sheriff, previewed during a break from filming the episode last November. “She’s very close to her niece. So it’s a situation that she doesn’t necessarily feel is necessary to get help for, but she is desperate,
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NBCUniversal Cable Taps Bet Exec As VP Programming & Diversity

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has hired former Bet programming exec Chika Chukudebelu as Vice President, Programming & Diversity. In her new role, Chukudebelu will be responsible for driving diversity strategies with a focus on growing talent and bringing new and creative voices to the company’s portfolio. Additionally, she’ll partner on the Diversity & Inclusion team to plan, execute and expand Cable Entertainment’s diversity programs. Chukudebelu moves to NBCU Cable…
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AMC Urges Judge to Pause Frank Darabont’s ‘Walking Dead’ Suits

AMC has responded to Frank Darabont’s latest lawsuit, in which the fired “Walking Dead” director claims he is owed additional tens of millions of dollars on top of the $280 million he has been seeking for the past four years.

In a three-page letter to Judge Eileen Bransten, AMC attorney Orin Snyder argues that Darabont and co-plaintiff CAA are seeking a “second bite at the apple” in case they fall short in their original complaint. The original case, which was filed in 2013, is now awaiting a ruling on summary judgment in Bransten’s court.

In his letter, Snyder asks that Bransten suspend the proceedings in her court until the new lawsuit can be addressed. Snyder argues that because the allegations in the second claim concern the same parties and contracts as the first claim, they should be combined into a single case.

“Plaintiffs are, in effect, still throwing legal theories at the wall in the hopes one will
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Altice Returns Fire at FCC Against Starz as Tyler Perry, 50 Cent Weigh in on Carriage Battle

Altice USA has fired back at Starz over the cable network’s FCC request for emergency injunctive relief in the carriage standoff that is now in its fourth week.

Starz has been dark on Altice USA systems since Jan. 1. Last week, Starz asked the FCC to order Starz-Encore channels back on Altice USA systems because the operator violated FCC rules regarding giving subscribers notice of a major programming change. Altice on Tuesday argued in its response to the FCC that Starz’ complaint “has no basis in fact, law or policy.”

Altice argued that it did not violate the FCC rule requiring 30 days notice of a major programming change like the loss of a channels group because Altice had no certainty until the wee hours of Dec. 31 that the 17 Starz-Encore channels would go dark. Negotiations were ongoing up through New Year’s Eve. Although Starz has maintained that it never ordered Altice to drop the channels, the expiration
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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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AMC Wants ‘Walking Dead’ Suit From CAA & Frank Darabont Halted Over New Case

The ever-escalating game of legal chicken over The Walking Dead gunned it again today with more pedal-to-the-metal over profits from the blockbuster AMC series. In a letter sent Tuesday to a New York Supreme Court judge over a new lawsuit filed in the nearly $300 million battle, AMC accuses CAA and ex-Twd showrunner Frank Darabont of wreaking "even more havoc on these proceedings" and wants the case first filed by the uber-agency and Darabont in late 2013 stopped – at…
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The Top Five Rachel McAdams Movie Roles of Her Career

Believe it or not some people still get Rachel McAdams confused with Elizabeth Banks. The truth is however that they’ve had vastly different careers and McAdams has kind of had an up and down relationship with Hollywood so far as her career is concerned. There’s nothing negative about it, she’s simply become the ‘it’ girl and then bowed out for a couple of years presumably to take a break or perhaps to distance herself from the hustle and bustle while doing other things. But she did manage to come back and take her rightful place again within the spotlight as

The Top Five Rachel McAdams Movie Roles of Her Career
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The X-Files' Darin Morgan Teases Fake News, Fan Goodies in Zany Season 11 Ep — Plus: Watch a Sneak Peek!

The X-Files' Darin Morgan Teases Fake News, Fan Goodies in Zany Season 11 Ep — Plus: Watch a Sneak Peek!
If you’re an X-Files viewer who likes your Mulder a little goofy, your Scully a little put out and your callbacks to previous episodes plentiful, this week’s Darin Morgan-written and –directed hour is a bleepin’ dream.

“The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” (Fox, Wednesday at 8/7c) takes the same irreverent tone as the producer’s previous X-Files eps, which include Season 3’s “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’,” as well as last season’s “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” It examines the concept of The Mandela Effect — which happens when masses
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Altice USA Fires Back At Starz FCC Petitions: “No Basis In Fact”

Altice USA has responded to the two petitions filed with the FCC this month by Starz, seeking relief in the companies’ three-week-old carriage dispute. Not surprisingly, the response does not hold back, saying one of the two Starz petitions is "untimely and has no basis in fact, law, or policy. It is simply a transparent attempt by Starz to manipulate a regulatory process reserved for emergency situations to secure the carriage it failed to obtain based on the merits of…
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A Brief History of the London Lumiere Festival

The Christmas holiday season in the United States is filled with light, with homeowners and businesses alike decking out their buildings with a combination of red and green colors. Some go to great lengths (and are willing to pay very high electric bills) to make their visual mark on the holiday and in their city or town. Artichoke, a company that sponsors outdoor art exhibits in London and the U.K., has put together opportunities for visual artists to display their talents throughout the city in what are known as Lumiere events. The idea began back in 2005 and has been

A Brief History of the London Lumiere Festival
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All3Media America Executive Shakeup: CEO Greg Lipstone & COO Dan Donahue Exit Company

Exclusive: Greg Lipstone is stepping down as CEO of All3Media America after two and a half years. Also exiting the company is All3Media America COO Dan Donahue after a year or so on the job. Both departures are effective immediately. Lipstone was a founding partner and board member at ICM Partners representing All3Media when he left to run the company in August 2015. He was later joined By ICM Partners Chief Operating Officer and partner Donahue. "We would like to thank…
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On-Location Filming In L.A. Fell 3.4% Last Year Despite Tax Credits

On-location filming took a nosedive in Los Angeles last year, with feature films, TV pilots and reality shows all hitting five-year lows despite the $330 million in annual tax incentives offered by the state. Compared to 2016, the number of on-location shooting days on feature films fell by 19.8%; TV shows were down 7.6%; Web-based TV shows slipped 9.2%, and TV pilots plummeted 40.2%. Check out the report in chart form here. Despite the gloomy numbers, 2017 proved to be…
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