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Donald Trump Doubles Down On NFL Stance: Kneelers Should Be Fired

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President Donald Trump says “making millions of dollars” in the NFL or any other league is a privilege: Stand for the National Anthem or be fired. His Constitutionally-challenged opinion, complete with his reality-show catchphrase, comes as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lambasted Trump’s earlier comments on the matter “divisive,” and LeBron James tweeted that the president is a “bum.” “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other… »

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LeBron James, Jemele Hill, Kobe Bryant Choose Team Curry In One-On-One With “Bum” Trump

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Refresh for updates LeBron James is calling foul on President Donald Trump’s White House dis-invitation of Steph Curry this morning – pointing out that Curry already said he didn’t want to go anyway. “U bum,” James tweeted today. “@StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” Tweeted Espn’s Jemele Hill, “You can’t be uninvited to something you weren’t going to anyway.” The… »

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‘Overtime’ Revelation: Barney Frank Tells Bill Maher His Cousin Was A Stooge

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Yes, you heard right. If you were watching the YouTube-only Overtime segment of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tonight, you might have learned something new about former congressman Barney Frank: His cousin was a Stooge. Shemp, to be specific, and a first cousin once removed, to be precise. The former Massachusetts congressman, along with Maher and Real Time guest Bob Costas, were discussing the controversy over Espn’s Jemele Hill, who caused a firestorm by tweeting that… »

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‘Real Time’: Bob Costas Proposes Solution To NFL’s Anthem Problem

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Update, with video With President Donald Trump tossing out some red-meat comments tonight about NFL players who protest the National Anthem – “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” – NBC sportscaster Bob Costas offered up a slightly more elegant solution. Costas, appearing tonight on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, didn’t seem willing to go quite as far as Maher in blanket-defending Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee – and lost a career – to protest police… »

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CAA Head Of TV Literary Ryan Ly Exits

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Exclusive: In a surprising move, Ryan Ly has exited Creative Artists Agency after 12 years, most recently as the head of the agency’s TV lit department. After a brief stint at UTA right after college, Ly started at CAA in 2005. He had been a rising star at the agency where his clients have included Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould, Castle Rock co-creator creator Sam Shaw, and Good Girls Revolt Dana Calvo. Details about the circumstances surrounding Ly’s sudden… »

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Disney And Altice Trade Jabs As Carriage Contract Deadline Looms

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A week of speculation about carriage negotiations between Disney and cable operator Altice USA has ended with Disney suggesting that a “potential loss” of programming is possible and Altice calling for the owner of Espn and ABC to stop the threats. The drumbeat has grown recently over negotiations to carry Disney-owned networks on the nation’s No. 4 cable operator following deals to acquire Cablevision and Suddenlink that give Altice 4.3 million subs. Disney also owns… »

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‘The Exorcist’ Reveals Biting New Photos + Key Art Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere

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Exclusive: A week before Season 2 of The Exorcist debuts, the Fox horror drama today pulled back the curtain to unveil a new peek at some of upcoming backwoods action. Premiering on September 29, the new cycle of Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels-led series based on William Peter Blatty's infamous bestseller moves from urban Chicago to the islands and forests of the Pacific Northwest. However, as the new key art and photos from the season opener show, it looks like none of… »

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Two Comedy Projects From Mike Schur, Including Jeffrey Seller-Produced Musical, Set At NBC With Big Commitments

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Exclusive: As The Good Place kicked off its second season on NBC this week, the network has bought two high-profile new projects executive produced by The Good Place creator/executive producer Mike Schur. Both have received put pilot commitments with significant penalties attached. One, a musical, is a collaboration with The Good Place co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan as well as Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. The other is an unlicensed bar comedy he… »

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David Lyle Dies: Former National Geographic CEO Was 67

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Prominent TV executive David Lyle passed away today at his Los Angeles home after a tough, long fought battle with cancer. He was 67. Lyle, respected and well liked by his peers, has been a fixture in the U.S. unscripted business for almost two decades with stints as president of FremantleMedia North America and CEO of National Geographic Channels. Throughout his career, he fought for indie producers, most recently via trade associations PactUS and Npact, and was a… »

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The CW Buys Football & Reincarnation Dramas Produced By Greg Berlanti

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The CW is developing two more drama projects from its most prolific producer Greg Berlanti, and his Berlanti Prods. They are an untitled high school football drama inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger and produced by La Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, and Hold Fast, a reincarnation love epic set in the Reconstruction-era South and present-day Charleston. Both hail from Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods is based with the company’s Berlanti… »

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Live After-Show Gets New Name; Matt Mira Set As Host

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Star Trek: Discovery‘s live after-show premieres this Sunday, September 24 on CBS All Access with newly named host Matt Mira and a new title. Originally named Talking Trek, the after-show is now titled After Trek. It will debut at 11 Pm Et/8 Pm Pt Sunday following the CBS Access launch of the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. Guests on the inaugural show include Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), James Frain… »

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‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Review: NBC Series Lacks Juice

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There is a point in  Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders where the Eddie Falco-portrayed Leslie Abramson assures Gus Halper's Erik Menendez that, as his defense lawyer, she won't let him be rolled over by the cops and prosecutors for the killing of his parents. Unfortunately, with too many distracting wigs, monologues and a lack of drama, NBC's latest outcropping of Dick Wolf's empire that premieres September 26 does try to roll you, and that's a real TV… »

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Nielsen Suing ComScore Over “Extended TV” Offering

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Nielsen has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York seeking an injunction against a new measurement service from rival comScore that it says makes use of Nielsen’s Personal People Meter data in violation of previous agreements between the companies. In the latest legal skirmish between the audience measurement companies, Nielsen claims that comScore is breaching a remedial agreement for using Nielsen’s Ppm data “to provide services in the ‘CrossPlatform’ market… »

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Fox Nabs Culture Clash Comedy From Lee Daniels & ‘Modern Family’ Ep As Put Pilot

22 September 2017 12:38 PM, PDT

Empire and Star co-creator Lee Daniels has emerged as one of Fox and 20th TV’s most prolific producers this development season. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled single-camera culture-clash family comedy from Daniels, Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran and Endemol Shine Israel. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lee and Chandrasekaran are based, is the studio. Written by Chandrasekaran, the project is based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young M… »

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‘Maya The Bee’ Producer Apologizes For Penis Drawing In Episode

22 September 2017 12:29 PM, PDT

The Belgium-based producer of Netflix’s children’s cartoon Maya the Bee apologized Friday for a drawing of a penis that appeared in an episode of the animated series. The episode was scrubbed from the streaming service earlier this week after an alert mom noticed the image, clearly visible in a scene from Season 1, and posted it on social media. “An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes… »

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‘Happy!’: Debi Mazar & Michael Maize Set To Recur In Syfy Series

22 September 2017 11:44 AM, PDT

Debi Mazar (Younger) and Michael Maize (Mr. Robot) are set for recurring roles in Syfy’s new live-action/animated series Happy! from Universal Cable Productions. Based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's graphic novel, Happy! centers on Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni), an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop-turned-hitman who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly… »

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CW’s DC Superhero Crossover Gets Title & Key Art

22 September 2017 11:36 AM, PDT

Production has begun on the CW’s upcoming crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and now it has a title: Crisis on Earth-x. The CW and Warner Bros. commissioned legendary comic artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman) to create a custom comic book cover paying homage to the annual comic book crossovers: "We conceived this year's crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked… »

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Jimmy Kimmel Thanks Sen. John McCain For “No” Vote On Gop Health Bill

22 September 2017 11:21 AM, PDT

Jimmy Kimmel jumped on news McCain said he cannot vote for the latest Gop health care plan. McCain said this afternoon he will not support the bill without a Cbo score and bipartisan input, sticking to what he previously had said he would do, despite his relationship with bill co-author Sen. Lindsey Graham. With McCain’s “no” vote, bill is now just one additional thumbs down from failing. Sen. Rand Paul has vowed to vote “no” and Sen. Susan Collins is expected to follow… »

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Gordon Ramsay ‘24 Hours To Hell & Back’ Restaurant Series Gets Fox Order

22 September 2017 11:15 AM, PDT

Gordon Ramsay is expanding his Fox portfolio with a new unscripted series. The network has ordered eight episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back, a restaurant makeover show from the Emmy-nominated host, chef, producer and hospitality expert. Produced by Studio Ramsay, the series will feature Ramsay going through hell in order to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all within 24 hours. It’s in the vein of Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, in which he… »


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‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016

22 September 2017 11:08 AM, PDT

In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »


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