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Watch 'Hand in Hand' Hurricane Relief Telethon

12 September 2017 4:45 PM, PDT

Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Drake, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are among the stars who came together for a live hurricane relief telethon, airing across the big four broadcast networks and on various other channels.

The event raised more than $44 million overnight for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with more than $14 million raised by the end of the East Coast broadcast. Organizers continued accepting donations overnight.

The one-hour event, Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, was originally designed to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey but was »

- Arlene Washington

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How 'Black Mirror' Predicted New Apple Technology

12 September 2017 3:24 PM, PDT

Black Mirror strikes again.

Another once far-fetched technology idea dreamed up by the series' creator, Charlie Brooker, has materialized, this time on the screens of the new iPhone X.

Shortly after the unveiling of Apple's new $1,000 iPhone on Tuesday, the social account for the Netflix anthology series tweeted out a cryptic image that only fans of the Black Mirror universe would be able to decode. 

The image appeared to be a screengrab of the new emojis that were on display during the presentation at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. The iPhone X will have several new »

- Jackie Strause

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Hillary Clinton Responds to Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Criticism of Her Book

12 September 2017 3:11 PM, PDT

Hillary Clinton, during a Wednesday morning appearance on The View, pushed back on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' criticism of her and her new book, What Happened, during Tuesday's press briefing.

"I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, the last chapter of her public life is going to be defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks," Sanders had said.

Asked about Sanders' comments, Clinton told the co-hosts of The View: "I honestly don't pay much attention to what she says. We're not »

- Jeremy Barr

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'Better Things' Season 2: TV Review

12 September 2017 2:15 PM, PDT

As Pamela Adlon's superb FX series Better Things returns for its second season, enriched, its wonderful little moments more confidently evocative, all of its truisms told a little better than before, her strength as a writer and, especially, her growth as a director on display, the three key ingredients of the series remain.

Adlon knows the hardscrabble elements of parenting (while still immersed herself in being a daughter to an aging, complex, possibly unknowable mother).

As a mother raising three daughters of her own, she seemingly knows all the complications, emotional nuances and deep mysteries of girls (and by extension, »

- Tim Goodman

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Amazon Sets University of Michigan Football Reality Series

12 September 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Amazon is further expanding its reach into sports programming.

The streaming giant has ordered a University of Michigan football series that follows coach Jim Harbaugh and the 11-time national championship team throughout the 2017 season.

Produced by Btn Originals, The Montag Group and Jim Jorden Productions, the as-yet untitled series will offer exclusive access to the college football team. The cameras will follow Harbaugh, his assistant coaches, the student athletes and their support system on and off the field, giving viewers an inside look at the team, game, practice and life in Ann Arbor. »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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'Waco' Trailer Raises Questions About Life and Death of David Koresh

12 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT

The trailer for Paramount Network's Waco is taking a second look at one of the most infamous standoffs in U.S. history.

The six-episode limited series from brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle explores true-life events leading up to and including a 51-day siege in 1993 in Waco, Texas, between the FBI, Atf and the Branch Davidians, a religious sect led by David Koresh.

Friday Night Lights grad Taylor Kitsch plays Koresh, who faced off against FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon). The standoff culminated in a deadly fire on the sect's compound that killed 76 men, women and children, »

- Aaron Couch

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'Alias Grace': TV Review | Tiff 2017

12 September 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

With its Margaret Atwood pedigree, concealing bonnets and backdrop of a society in which women are either decorative or chattel, there will be an instinct to compare Netflix and CBC's miniseries Alias Grace to Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

It's an instinct best avoided, because for all of the ways in which The Handmaid's Tale is bombastic and incendiary, Alias Grace is internalized and simmering and harder to instantly mobilize around. Consistently literate, thoughtful and insinuating, Alias Grace also boasts an intriguing and deliberately evasive lead performance by Sarah Gadon, work that again probably shouldn't be compared to the juggernaut that »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Ride With Norman Reedus' Renewed for Season 3 at AMC

12 September 2017 12:20 PM, PDT

AMC is ready to hit the road (again) with Norman Reedus.

His unscripted series Ride With Norman Reedus has been renewed for a third season at the cabler. 

Season three will bow in 2018. Along with the renewal, AMC announced Tuesday that the second season of Ride will launch Sunday, Nov. 5, at 11 p.m. Et/Pt.

The show centers on the Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast as he travels the open road, normally with a riding companion, to examine local biker culture and highlight the best collectors, mechanics and craftsmen across the U.S. 

“There's not much I love more »

- Kate Stanhope

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Hillary Clinton "Propping up Book Sales With False and Reckless Attacks"

12 September 2017 12:12 PM, PDT

When a White House reporter asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Hillary Clinton's new book in a briefing Tuesday afternoon, she was prepared.

"I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, the last chapter of her public life is going to be defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks," Sanders said, looking down at her notes while speaking.

Sanders said she is "not sure" if Donald Trump will read the book, What Happened, which was released Tuesday and is being promoted heavily by Clinton »

- Jeremy Barr

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Layoffs Hit Viacom as TV Land, Paramount Network Merge Key Operations

12 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

With Paramount Network's launch a few months away, Viacom continues to merge its central operations under Kevin Kay and Keith Cox. As part of the effort, about 20 employees from Spike (which is being rebranded as Paramount Network in January), TV Land and Cmt are being trimmed from Viacom's workforce.

Shortly after Cmt programming chief Jayson Dinsmore announced his exit Tuesday from the network — with Cox, already tasked with overseeing development at TV Land and Paramount, adding the country music channel to his purview — Viacom is further aligning key operations between Paramount Network and TV Land.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Cmt Programming Chief Jayson Dinsmore Exits as Part of Viacom Realignment

12 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Viacom is shifting to a centralized development team for Kevin Kay's Global Entertainment Group.

As part of the reorganization, Cmt's executive vp development Jayson Dinsmore is exiting the company. His position as head of development and programming will now be absorbed by Viacom rising star Keith Cox, who will add Cmt to his portfolio that now includes the upcoming Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) as well as TV Land. Additional staffing changes are excepted, including layoffs.

The news was announced Tuesday via a pair of internal memos from Dinsmore and Cmt Gm Frank Tanki. Tanki was promoted to Gm of »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'Vikings' Scores Early Season 6 Renewal at History

12 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

History continues to show faith in Vikings.

The A&E Networks-owned cabler has handed out an early, 20-episode season six renewal for the drama from showrunner and creator Michael Hirst. Additionally, series regular Katheryn Winnick will make her directorial debut and helm an episode during season six. Production is set to begin in the fall in Ireland.

Vikings has creatively sailed to monumental lengths. The series has evolved from early raids in England, to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar Lothbrok, to the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army, and now we’ll see the sons of Ragnar exploring and conquering the »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'Will & Grace' Revival Taps Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells for Guest Roles

12 September 2017 10:48 AM, PDT

Even after 11 years off the air, Will & Grace continues to land impressive guest stars.

Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells are both set to guest-star on the forthcoming NBC revival, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Details on their characters are being kept under tight wraps, except that they will appear on the same episode, which begins production this week.

Lynch and Rannells join previously announced guest stars including Tony winner Ben Platt, as well as returning faces Harry Connick Jr., Minnie Driver and Bobby Cannavale.

During Will & Grace's original eight-season run, the Emmy-winning multicamera sitcom amassed some of the »

- Kate Stanhope

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'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Renewed at HBO Through 2020

12 September 2017 10:04 AM, PDT

HBO has handed out another big renewal.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has earned a three-season pickup at the pay cabler, which will keep it on the air through 2020, it was announced Tuesday.

The supersized renewal will bring Last Week Tonight to season seven. Each upcoming season will include 30 episodes, bringing the total to 90 episodes.

“We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent »

- Kate Stanhope

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Olivia de Havilland's Age (101) Could Present Difficulty in 'Feud' Lawsuit

12 September 2017 9:52 AM, PDT

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear Olivia de Havilland's motion for an expedited trial in her lawsuit against FX over her depiction in Feud: Bette and Joan. She's claiming that the Ryan Murphy series violated her publicity and privacy rights by featuring her likeness (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) in distasteful ways. She requests a trial as soon as November in advance of her 102nd birthday. An attorney for FX has suggested that January would give both sides more time to conduct discovery and prepare for trial, but there's not any real opposition to »

- Eriq Gardner

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Jim Parsons to Produce Fox Medical Drama

12 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Fox is teaming with Emmy winner Jim Parsons to develop medical drama The Family Gene.

The drama, based on the memoir of the same name by Joselin Linder, follows Dr. Gwendolyn Langer as she saves lives in a cutting-edge clinic that brings together high-stakes medical procedures with the miraculous advances of genetic medicine.

Heroic and passionate, flawed and funny, Gwen takes every case personally — because she and her sister, surgeon Evie Langer, have inherited a deadly disease of their own.

In success, each episode would take on compelling and emotional medical mysteries — as Gwen and her team refuse »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Mindy Project' Cast Breaks Down Final Season Premiere Twist, Chris Messina's Return

12 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday's season six premiere of The Mindy Project, "Is That All There Is?"]

The Mindy Project is no stranger to babies. After all, the Hulu comedy revolves around a single mom, Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling), who also happens to run a fertility clinic.

However, it was one of her patients in the season six premiere that caught many by surprise: Tamra (Xosha Roquemore), who came to Mindy asking for help as she dove head-first into single motherhood.

"I think it was the right time," Roquemore tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It makes »

- Kate Stanhope

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'Survivor' Season 35 Player Profile: Meet Joe Mena

12 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Welcome to the Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers preseason! THR's Josh Wigler reports from his exclusive visit to the show's shooting location in Fiji, where he interviewed host Jeff Probst, as well as the 18 new castaways battling it out for the million dollar prize.

Click here to make sure you're all caught up on our stories from the island, including our weekly podcast series "First One Out," an in-depth look at all of the new players, culminating in an interview with the first person voted out of the season.

Many things about »

- Josh Wigler

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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jason George Joins Firefighter Spinoff (Exclusive)

12 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Jason George is going to be pulling double duty for Shondaland.

The actor is set to join ABC's upcoming firefighter-focused Grey's Anatomy spinoff as a series regular. He joins an ensemble cast that includes the previously announced Jaina Lee Ortiz as the offshoot's leading lady.

Details about George's transition to the spinoff are being kept under wraps. Just how George will move to the spinoff will be a key part of his storyline on the upcoming 14th season of Grey's Anatomy. George will continue to be a series regular on Grey's Anatomy season 14 until production of the »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Peter Hall, Visionary British Theater Director, Dies at 86

12 September 2017 8:12 AM, PDT

Peter Hall, a visionary theater director and impresario who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and helped build Britain's National Theatre into a producing powerhouse, has died. He was 86.

Hall died Monday at a London hospital surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said Tuesday. He had been suffering from dementia.

Passionate, prolific and supremely self-confident, Hall was one of the most influential figures in British theater since World War II. Richard Eyre, one of his successors at the National Theatre, said he "created the template of the modern director — part magus, part impresario, part celebrity."


- the Associated Press

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