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SAG-aftra Board Candidate Shaan Sharma Calls On Union To End Partisan Bickering

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Exclusive: Partisan bickering and factionalism have led to "crippled leadership" at SAG-aftra and an "unfair election process" created by the union's two rival parties, according to Shaan Sharma, a candidate for the local and national board of directors. He’s calling on the rival factions to "put aside their differences" for the good of the members and the union. It's a sentiment Deadline has heard repeatedly from members and candidates alike in the run-up to Thursday's… »

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Donald Trump’s Afghanistan About-Face Eclipses Cable News’ Solar Blackout Crowd Of 5.1 Million TV Viewers

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Monday’s cable news cycle included two huge ratings events: a rare cross-country total eclipse of the sun, and an equally historic Donald Trump total walk-back on his position about American involvement in Afghanistan. Given President Donald Trump’s obsession with TV ratings and winning, we’re happy to report Trump obliterated the sun. No competition. On the cable news networks, the sun scored its biggest crowd on Fox News Channel, whose wildly enthusiastic Shep Smith… »

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‘Murdertown’ Comedy From Jillian Bell & Hayes Davenport Set At Fox With Penalty

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Fox has handed a script commitment with penalty to Murdertown, a single-camera comedy executive produced by Idiotsiotter co-creator/star Jillian Bell. Written/executive produced by writer-comedian Hayes Davenport (HBO’s Divorce), Murdertown centers on a New York radio journalist who, after a career-ending gaffe, returns to her hometown in Cape Cod and takes a job at the local newspaper, hoping to uncover a headline-grabbing true crime story that will get her back in the… »

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Channel 4 Spies Thriller ‘Jerusalem’ From Bash Doran, 42 & Twenty Twenty – Edinburgh

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Channel 4 has ordered six-part period espionage epic Jerusalem, written and created by Bash Doran. This is the Masters Of Sex and Boardwalk Empire writer’s first original commission for British television. It’s set in the aftermath of WWII, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. The news comes on the eve of the Edinburgh International Television Festival which kicks off here in the Scottish capital tomorrow. La- and London-based 42 (Watership D… »

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‘Web Therapy’ In UK Adaptation With Stephen Mangan For Channel 4 – Edinburgh

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Episodes' Stephen Mangan is set to star in a UK adaptation of Web Therapy, the Emmy-nominated Showtime series that was co-created by and starred Friends alum Lisa Kudrow. Channel 4 has ordered six-part half-hour comedy Hang Ups to be produced by the UK’s Slam Films. Mangan, who is co-scripting with Robert Delamere, will play a therapist with a checkered career who finds himself at a crossroads and starts treating patients via webcam. Billed as a mix of farce and family… »

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Donald Trump’s Afghanistan Plan Unveiling Clocks 28 Million Viewers

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An estimated 28 million people watched Donald Trump deliver his speech about plans to maintain troops in Afghanistan. That includes 17.4M viewers ages 55 and older, 7.1M ages 35-54 and 2.1M ageds18-34, according to Nielsen stats. Nielsen tracked viewing on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. While coverage varied by network, these networks aired live coverage from about 9-9:30 Pm Et. That tally includes about 5.8M who viewed on NBC… »

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Steve Mnuchin’s Actress Wife Apologizes For Her “Let Them Eat Cake” Instagram Moment

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“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive," Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary and Hollywood producer Steve Mnuchin, said this afternoon in a statement. She was apologizing for her gone-viral “Let Them Eat Cake” Instagram moment that tore up today’s TV news turf. In addition to her clenched-teeth statement, the Treasury Department says the Mnuchins have promised to reimburse the cost… »

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‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers Hint At Four Seasons For Series

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Netflix’s Stranger Things, the hit throwback sci-fi supernatural mystery series that landed 18 Emmy nominations this year, might already have an endgame. Creators/showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer told New York Magazine in an interview posted today that they envision four seasons for the series, which returns for its Season 2 on October 27. "We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out," Ross Duffer told the magazine, which featured the show on its latest… »

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‘Malcolm X’ Series Based On Manning Marable’s Biography In Works By Critical Content

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Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention, is being adapted as a television series by Critical Content and writer David Matthews (Boardwalk Empire, Tyrant). Matthews will pen the adaptation with Critical Content’s Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, and Ray Ricord executive producing. Dr. Leith Mullings and Michael Tyner will serve as producers and consultants. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention is considered the definitive history of… »

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ABC Developing Legal Thriller From Marcia Clark & Mandeville TV

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ABC has put in development a drama from former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, writer-producers Elizabeth Craft & Sara Fain (The 100), ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville TV. Penned by Clark, Craft and Fain, the untitled project is described as “part legal thriller, part confessional, part revenge fantasy.” It centers on a female prosecutor who loses the trial of the century and is shredded by the media in the process. The drama chronicles what happens when 8… »

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CBS CEO Leslie Moonves And Hispanic Groups Meet About Latino Representation Commitments

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A group of Hispanic advocacy organizations says CBS, whose top programming execs took tough TCA questions about casting diversity, has agreed to “record commitments to represent Latinos at the network.” The National Hispanic Media Coalition says CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves met last week with Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and chair of the National Latino Media Council, and Alex Nogales… »

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Jay & Dr. Phil McGraw’s Stage 29 Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios, Taps Julia Eisenman As Head Of Scripted

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Following the successful start of CBS drama Bull, series executive producers Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw are ramping up their scripted efforts. The father-and-son duo have signed a first-look deal for their Stage 29 Productions at CBS Television Studios, the studio behind Bull, and have recruited Julia Eisenman, Svp Development at EveryWhere Studios, to head up scripted television at Stage 29. Under the pact, the McGraws, through Stage 29, will develop new scripted… »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Dp Tod Campbell On His Visual Approach To Sam Esmail’s Dark, Off-Kilter World

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Splitting his time of late between two of television’s most visually stunning dramas, Mr. Robot and Stranger Things, cinematographer Tod Campbell earned his first Emmy nomination this year for his work on the former series. Based in the experience of New York hacker Elliot Alderson—who suffers from a dissociative disorder—Mr. Robot and its shadowed, nightmarish world lend themselves to delicious low lighting and great feats of visual imagination. Below, Campbell outlines… »

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Trailer Teases Trump’s Influence On New Season Of FX Anthology

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Just yesterday we were treated to the opening-credits sequence to American Horror Story: Cult, the next installment of Ryan Murphy’s FX horror anthology. After teaser posters and videos of clowns and bees, FX has released the first trailer to the series, which reveals a plot that seems to stem from the repercussions of the 2016 election. Based on the opening credits, Murphy’s Instagram teases and the title-reveal stunt at Comic-Con, Cult has been hinting that the Donald… »

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Sharon Levy Joins Endemol Shine North America As President Of Unscripted & Scripted Television

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Former Spike TV head of programming Sharon Levy has been tapped as President of Unscripted and Scripted Television for Endemol Shine North America. She will report to Cris Abrego, Chairman of Endemol Shine Americas and CEO of Endemol Shine North America. Levy was most recently Evp Original Series at Spike TV. She left the network in February amid a Viacom corporate restructuring after spending 12 years building Spike's brand with unscripted and scripted series as well as… »

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Riley Keough & Gina Gammell Launch Production Company Felix Culpa With Trio Of Book Deals

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Exclusive: Riley Keough and producer Gina Gammell have taken the wraps off their new production company, dubbed Felix Culpa. They already have acquired rights to three books and will team on projects both in film and TV with producers including Studio 8, Scott Free, Pilgrim Media Group and Regan Arts. "Gina and I are so excited to launch Felix Culpa with three distinctive, character-driven stories,” said Keough, whose acting credits include The Girlfriend Experience,… »

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Fox News Channel Dominates Cable News During Donald Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

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Fox News Channel clocked 4.725M viewers from 9-10 Pm Et covering President Donald Trump’s  speech about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, putting it on top of the cable news ratings race in the hour. Trump spoke about his about-face on the topic and plans to maintain troops in the region from 9-9:30 Pm, followed by half an hour of analysis. MSNBC, meanwhile, logged 2.909M viewers in the hour and CNN averaged 2.504M viewers. Fnc also topped its cable competition in the news… »

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Michael Bolton On His ‘Honest Trailers’ Debut & New Comedic Outlet Alongside Andy Signore: “How Did This All Happen?”

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An iconic, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who has sold over 75 million records and recorded eight top 10 albums, it would seem that there is little Michael Bolton hasn’t done. Reaching the zenith of the music industry, recording alongside the likes of Celine Dion, opera powerhouse Luciano Pavarotti and mentor Ray Charles, Bolton has felt a little boxed in by the success he has achieved as a musician, only recently given the opportunity to explore another… »

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‘Maniac’: Sonoya Mizuno Cast As Regular & Julia Garner To Recur In Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Netflix Series

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Sonoya Mizuno is set as a series regular and Julia Garner will recur opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in the high-profile 10-episode Netflix series Maniac. Character details for both are being kept under wraps. Filming recently began on the Paramount TV/Anonymous Content dark comedy in New York City, with Cary Fukunaga set to direct all episodes. Maniac, written by Patrick Somerville based on the 2014 Norwegian series, revolves around the fantasy worlds of Hill and… »

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Anthony Scaramucci Delivers Stephen Colbert His Second Biggest Weekly Win Ever

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Stephen Colbert's Late Show won Scaramucci Week by the program's second largest margin ever, topping NBC"s Tonight Show by 770K viewers. Monday's Late Show broadcast, featuring America's shortest-tenured White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci clocked 3.6M viewers – Colbert's biggest ever Monday crowd. The Mooch was a big get, also putting Colbert on top that night among viewers aged 18-49, 25-54 and 18-34. But Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show won the week of… »

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