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TV Ratings: CBS' 'Star Trek' Gets a Strong Sampling Before Streaming Move

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Promising news for CBS' new spin of Star Trek. The streaming drama, which got a linear sampling on Sunday evening, has already been seen by nearly 10 million viewers.

CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery reached 9.6 million viewers in its premiere telecast. That's ahead of substantial anticipated multiplatform lifts, which CBS research touted as a potential gross 15 million viewers on Monday morning.

Star Trek: Discovery switches over to All Access exclusively starting next Sunday evening. The drama is now the 3-year-old streamer's de facto flagship, joining The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight and a robust library of »

- Michael O'Connell

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'Pretty Little Liars' Spinoff Starring Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish a Go at Freeform

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Freeform is going back to Pretty Little Liars.

The Disney-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, with Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish set to star and reprise their roles from the flagship.

The Perfectionists is based on the Sara Shepard book and is being adapted by Pretty Little Liars showrunner I. Marlene King. The project was first put in development at Freeform in November 2014, with King and Shepard, the author of the original Pretty Little Liars book, opting to connect it with the original hit.

"At Freeform, we are committed to »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'Veep' Creator Armando Iannucci Returns to HBO With Space Comedy Pilot Order

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Veep creator Armando Iannucci is returning to HBO.

The pay cabler has ordered a pilot for a space comedy from the acclaimed writer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Avenue 5 (working title) is described as a comedy set in the future, mostly in space. In addition to a pilot, HBO has also ordered backup scripts for the show.

The series marks Iannucci's first TV endeavor since he left Veep at the end of season four. Iannucci exited the Julia Louis-Dreyfus political comedy due to the long commute between his home in London and the show's Los Angeles-based production. (The first »

- Kate Stanhope

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'Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders' Attempts to Shine a New Light on an Old Case

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When Rene Balcer first wrote about the Menendez murders for a 1991 episode of Law & Order, the story had a very different outcome.

"Everybody said 'Oh, they killed their parents for greed.' I said, 'Do kids really kill their parents for money? They already had money.' So we wrote that the Russian mob did it because it was New York and the Russian mob was ascendant," Balcer tells The Hollywood Reporter.

"Now we know the Russian mob doesn’t kill dysfunctional parents. They put them in the White House."

All joking aside, Balcer is reopening the case as the showrunner »

- Kate Stanhope

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'South Park' to Skewer White Oppression, Genealogy Sites

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South Park is taking a shot at white people who feel they are oppressed by an overly politically correct society. 

In a preview for Wednesday's episode “Holiday Special," Randy watches a commercial for a website that claims to help Caucasians identity their genealogy, DNA and Me, which leads them to feel oppressed once they discover a small percentage of minority ancestry.

"Turns out I'm not totally white. I am also part northern Asian and even some Kurdish. I'm a victim of oppression," one white character says in the commercial Randy watches. "I used to get in trouble for always using the N-word. But with »

- Ryan Parker

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Sanaa Lathan Joins 'The Affair'

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Sanaa Lathan has joined the cast of Showtime's The Affair.

The Shots Fired actress will recur on the Golden Globe-winning drama as Jenelle, a tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah (Dominic West) teaches. She intrigues him, though she’s got a lot to prove to her school's oppositional administration and faculty, who seem to fight her at every turn. The Affair is currently in production on its fourth season in New York and Los Angeles.

From creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, The Affair stars West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, and explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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7 'Star Trek' Easter Eggs From the 'Discovery' Series Premiere

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.]   With the beginning of Star Trek: Discovery came the return of many things that are very familiar to the franchise's most die-hard fans. Though Discovery is set ten years before the start of the original Star Trek series, producers on the CBS All Access drama have paid special attention to the details Trekkies will be looking for as they immerse themselves in this new iteration.   That starts with the introduction of characters like Ambassador Sarek (James Frain), who happens to »

- Chris E. Hayner

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'Survivor': A Tour Through Season 35's Tribal Council

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Welcome to the Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers preseason! The Hollywood Reporter'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.

In »

- Josh Wigler

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Monday Night Football to Air National Anthem, NFL Unity Ad Amid Protests

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Monday Night Football on Espn will feature the national anthem this evening, a portion of the pre-game which is not always televised. 

In addition to the anthem being shown, the NFL’s "Inside These Lines" unity ad, which also aired during Sunday Night Football, will be shown during a commercial break. 

Both moves are occurring after a polarizing weekend of debate concerning whether professional athletes should be forced to stand during the national anthem. 

The debate was reignited Friday night when Donald Trump said during a rally for another political candidate that players who sit during the anthem should be fired by their »

- Ryan Parker

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Paramount Network to Launch With Live 'Lip Sync Battle' Special in January

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Paramount Network has an official start date.

The Viacom-owned cable channel will switch over from Spike on Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. with an hourlong live Lip Sync Battle telecast.

More details, including the celebrity guest list, will be announced in the coming weeks, but the special will be filmed, fittingly, at the Paramount lot in Hollywood. 

The Lip Sync Battle special will be followed by the original six-part miniseries Waco, which hails from Weinstein Television, later in January. The burgeoning cable network's original series slate also includes a anthology reboot of the beloved film Heathers, the Kevin Costner drama »

- Kate Stanhope

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Blowing Up the Binary: How 'Transparent' Season 4 Is Personal for Jill Soloway

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the entire fourth season of Amazon's Transparent.]

Jill Soloway isn't sure which came first.

The Transparent creator now identifies as gender non-binary and prefers to be described with the gender-neutral pronouns of they, them and their. On the fourth season of the Amazon comedy, which was released in full on Friday, the youngest of the Pfefferman clan, Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), is on the brink of identifying as non-binary after years of questioning her identity.

Soloway's parent coming out as transgender in 2011 inspired the writer to create Transparent, something they now refer to as an »

- Jackie Strause

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Viacom Loses Bid to Avoid Defamation Trial Over Vh-1 Biopic

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Unless Viacom strikes a settlement or something else unexpected occurs, the media conglomerate is heading to a rare defamation trial concerning a docudrama. On Friday, a federal judge in Georgia largely denied Viacom's bid to reconsider summary judgment in a case brought by Perri "Pebbles" Reid over CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a biopic about the 1990s R&B group that aired on Vh-1 in 2013.

Reid is the former manager for TLC who alleges in a $40 million suit that she was presented in an unflattering light. In September 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen ruled a jury should decide whether CrazySexyCool defamed her »

- Eriq Gardner

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Megyn Kelly's New Morning Show Starts on an Emotional Note

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Megyn Kelly, in a series of prelaunch interviews, has been very clear about the show she wants to run every day at 9 a.m. on NBC — one that's light on politics but heavy on inspiration and fun. She followed through on that early vision with the Monday morning launch of Megyn Kelly Today, which replaces the 9 a.m. hour of Today.

"As you heard, we have the entire cast of Will & Grace live, along with the show creator," Kelly told her live studio audience. "And then we'll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump! Oh, wait! We »

- Jeremy Barr

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'Star Trek: Discovery' Boss Gets Candid About Those Big Delays and Season 2

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On Sunday, nearly two years after CBS All Access announced that it would be bringing a new Star Trek series to its subscription VOD platform, the Alex Kurtzman-produced Discovery made its long-awaited TV debut.

Originally slated to premiere in January 2017, the drama starring The Walking Dead grad Sonequa Martin-Green was delayed to May. And then showrunner Bryan Fuller — who grew up as a Trekkie — exited the series to focus on his Starz show American Gods, with longtime collaborators Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts taking over after the Hannibal creator broke the season one outline. Recognizing the »

- Lesley Goldberg

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FX Expands Ad-Free Service to Cox Subscribers, Adds 'Atlanta,' 'Better Things' Seasons

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FX is expanding its ad-free service to more cable subscribers. 

The network has inked a deal with Cox to bring the $6-per-month offering to the cable company's members. Beginning next month, Cox subscribers will be able to add FX+ to their bundles to give them commercial-free streaming of FX shows. 

The deal comes about two weeks after FX launched the service with Comcast, offering in-season stacking of all 17 current FX and Fxx original series, in addition to all seasons of older FX shows such as Damages and Nip/Tuck. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says Cox is the second of »

- Natalie Jarvey

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Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Steelers Boycotting Anthem; Trump Supports Fan Boos

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Ben Roethlisberger on Monday afternoon released a statement saying he regretted his Pittsburgh Steelers boycotting the national anthem on Sunday. 

The NFL team was the first of three to not come out for the pre-game ritual. 

"I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday," the Super Bowl-winning Qb said in a statement. "The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did »

- Ryan Parker

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TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Dips in Week 3, Oprah's '60 Minutes' Debut Pops

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Capping off a tumultuous weekend for the NFL, one in which the league and its players were put on the defense by incendiary comments from the U.S. president, Sunday Night Football again saw its ratings lot take a hit from that of the previous year.

The NBC match-up between Oakland and Washington averaged an overnight 11.6 rating among households. The preliminary score, a low for this season, was down 11 percent from early scores the same night a year ago and 9 percent from the week before — albeit with a lopsided score that saw Oakland scoreless well »

- Michael O'Connell

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'Empire' Primer: Where Things Left Off and What to Expect in Season 4

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No one can accuse the Lyon family of being boring.

Ever since the 2015 series premiere of Empire, the many twists and turns of the famed (fictional) family have kept viewers hooked. Whether it's shocking deaths (R.I.P. Rhonda) or hookups (Anika and Hakeem's baby-making affair) or just the many internal family feuds amongst the Lyons since Cookie left prison after 17 years, there's been no shortage of drama on the hip-hop soap opera. However, all those jaw-dropping moments can also sometimes make it hard for viewers to keep track of just where everyone stands. In advance of the show's season »

- Kate Stanhope

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Growing Up Urkel: How Jaleel White Is Owning His Legacy

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When you interview Jaleel White about his 36-year career in show business, there's inevitably an elephant in the room — and it's wearing suspenders.

For nine seasons, White played catchphrase-spouting supernerd Steve Urkel on ABC's Family Matters, a character so beloved by audiences that it saved the then-struggling sitcom from an untimely cancelation. But since the show signed off after its nine-season run on ABC (and then CBS) in 1997, it has been a difficult legacy for White to shake. While this is in many ways a testament to how good he was in the role, it's an association not »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Jordan Klepper on Launching a Late-Night Series in Trump's "Paranoia" Era

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If you believe the Comedy Central promos, Jordan Klepper will be the voice of "the new America."

Or so says Comedy Central, which will introduce his late-night entry, an alt-media satire entitled The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper, on Sept. 25. It will fill the 11:30 p.m. slot formally occupied by two other Daily Show alumni: Stephen Colbert and then, briefly, by Larry Wilmore.

In a bid for topicality, Klepper will adopt an Alex Jones-esque persona, much as Colbert once did a then-timely Bill O'Reilly one. And though the initial announcement of Klepper's series caught flak — another white guy gets a late-night show? — the »

- Lacey Rose

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