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Warner Bros.’ Mike Darnell On Growing Slate, Expanding ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise, Possible ‘American Idol’ Return & More

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In May 2013, reality chief Mike Darnell left Fox after 18 years to join his former Fox boss Peter Roth at Warner Bros. As the studio’s president of unscripted and alternative television, he put the network reality production operation of Warner Horizon, cable-focused production company Shed and first-run syndication house Telepictures under the same roof. Since Darnell joined the company, its portfolio has grown from 3 broadcast reality series, The Bachelor, The Bacheloret… »

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Adds ‘Game Of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen; Charlotte Riley Returns As May

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With Season 4 of BBC Two period gangster epic Peaky Blinders having begun shooting last week in Liverpool comes news of further casting for the next installment of the Shelby clan’s saga. Game Of ThronesAidan Gillen has joined Steven Knight's award-winning drama along with Happy Valley and The Last Kingdom actress Charlie Murphy. In what’s sure to be the subject of much speculation among series fans, Charlotte Riley is also set to return as May Carleton, the champion… »

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NBC To Broadcast 2018 Winter Olympics Live In All Time Zones

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NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea, will be broadcast live across all time zones, a first for the Winter Games. "Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online," said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming. "That means social media won't be ahead of the action in… »

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WGA Strike Talk: Insiders Lay Out What’s At Stake

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Editors Note: As Hollywood braces for the possibility of its first work stoppage since the devastating 100-day WGA strike of 2007-2008, Deadline is opening the opportunity for insiders to dissect the thorny issues that created an impasse between the union and the studio reps over a new film/TV contract to replace the one that expires in May. We expect some of the dialogue here to be delivered anonymously at such a delicate time; the hope is to capture the challenges… »

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Michael Phelps Will Swim With The Great Whites For Discovery Channel’s Shark Week – Upfronts

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Liars and tigers and sharks, oh, boy: Heartless criminals and frenzied animals will continue to make up the lion’s share of the Discovery’s multiple-network menu. But count on more scripted shows, sports, plus an commitment to increase the world’s endangered tiger population, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav told ad buyers and media journalists during today’s breakfast upfront at New York’s Time Warner Center. But Zaslav saved a big tease for the end of his… »

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NBC Orders ‘The Handmade Project’ Crafts Competition Reality Series Hosted By Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman

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Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions are making a foray into unscripted TV with The Handmade Project, a competition reality show which has received a six-episode straight-to-series order by NBC. Poehler is reuniting with her former Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman on the show, which celebrates artisanship and the makers who can create amazing things with their hands … and a few tools too. Poehler and Offerman will host the series, which hails from… »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Taps Harry Styles As Musical Guest For First Live Coast-To-Coast Show

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Saturday Night Live will kick off its live-coast-to-coast shows next month with Harry Styles as musical guest for the Jimmy Fallon-hosted April 15 show. Styles, who rose to fame as one-fifth of One Direction — the British boy band that has assaulted pop charts around the world during the 2010s — is making his feature acting debut with a role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Dunkirk and might show off those chops in some skits. Fallon’s previously announced hosting gig will… »

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Gurney Productions Founders Not Back In Charge Of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Company Now

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(Updated With Statement From Gurneys’ Lawyer) A week after Scott and Deirdre Gurney looked poised to take back their Duck Dynasty producing company after ITV America gave them the boot last year, a few words from the court today knocked their house of cards down again. In a verbal denial in a hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the clerk for Judge Susan Byrant-Deason declined the couple's attempt for an ex parta. If that move for a future hearing date had gone… »

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Sol Negrin Dies: Emmy-Nominated Cinematographer Was 88

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Sol Negrin, five-time Emmy-nominated cinematographer, best known for his work on Kojak (1974-77) and St. Elsewhere (1982), died on March 20, Icg confirmed today. He was 88. Born in New York City, after planning to become a naval architect, he decided to pursue his love for photography in the movie industry, starting as a camera assistant from 1948 to 1960. Negrin then became a camera operator on the TV series The Naked City, The Defenders, Car 54, Where Are You? and The P… »

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Francesca Eastwood Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners

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Francesca Eastwood has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners for management. Eastwood starred in the SXSW festival film M.F.A. and was the lead actress in Outlaws and Angels alongside Luke Wilson and Chad Michael Murray, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She’ll next be seen in a starring role in Angie Wang's Cardinal X, which premieres next month, and the Dan Bush thriller The Vault opposite James Franco and Taryn Manning, which will be released… »

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‘The Chi’: Sonja Sohn & Jenn An Set To Recur On Showtime Drama

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Former The Wire star Sonja Sohn and Jenn An have booked recurring roles opposite Jason Mitchell on Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. Sohn will… »

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Fox Network Head Of Marketing Angela Courtin Exits

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Fox Broadcasting Co. is shaking up its marketing department, with Evp and Chief Marketing Officer Angela Courtin departing after a year and a half in the job. Courtin, who joined in late-summer 2015 from Relativity Media, succeeding Joe Earley in the top Fox marketing post, will stay on for a short transition period. Her exit is said to be amicable and a mutual decision, with the job — her first as a TV executive — deemed not a great fit for her. There is no immediate… »

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‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Cast Reunites For Maxin’-Relaxin’ Photo

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Hmm, this might be all right. It’s been more than 20 years (!) since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air left primetime, but that’s the stuff reunions are made of. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the preppy Calrton Banks on the 1990s NBC comedy, posted a “Here They Are Now” photo of six key cast members including star Will Smith on social media: Pictured are, from left: Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Will Smith (Will), Daphne Reid (the second Aunt Viv) and Joseph… »

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Darlene Cates Dies: ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Was 69

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Darlene Cates, who starred as the housebound mother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has died. Cates died in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Forney, Texas. She was 69. Her daughter Sherri Cates Morgan announced her mother’s death on Facebook (see below). In the announcement, Morgan wrote "We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father.” Cates is best known for her role of Bonnie Grape, the housebound, overweight… »

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Stephen Colbert Hangs On To Total Viewer Lead With “Illusion” Episodes

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CBS's Late Show with Stephen Colbert hung on to its total-viewer lead in late night, by airing original episodes Monday-Wednesday of last week that had been taped one week earlier. (Thursday and Friday broadcasts were excluded due to Ncaa Basketball overruns). NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon trailed in total viewers, though the 32K viewers difference was the smallest gap since week of January 30, when just 12K viewers separated the two late-night shows. Colbert… »

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Animal Planet Picks Up Six New Series, Renews ‘Puppy Bowl’ & ‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ – Upfronts

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Ahead of the Discovery Communications upfront presentation today in New York, Animal Planet has announced new series Animal House (working title), Expedition Mungo, My Fat Pet, and Monster Rivers (working title). They join Rescue Dog To Super Dog (working title) and Cat Meets Dog (working title), which Deadline previously announced. Among the returning series and special programming are Pit Bulls & Parolees, Puppy Bowl Xiv and The Vet Life, among others. The 2017–2018… »

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TLC To Revive ‘Trading Spaces’ As Part Of 2017-18 Programming Slate – Upfronts

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TLC unveiled its 2017-2018 programming lineup today during its upfront presentation in New York, headlined by the announced return of Trading Spaces, one of its most iconic and successful series to date. Based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms, Emmy-nominated Trading Spaces ran for eight seasons on TLC and Discovery Home from 2000-2008.  The series, which featured two sets of neighbors redecorating one room in each other’s home, was generally credited with sparking a… »

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Claus Von Bulow Scripted Series & Son Of Sam Special Get ID Greenlights; Science Channel Eyes Eclipse & More – Upfronts

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Investigation Discovery has given a greenlight to The Von Bulow Affair, the network’s first scripted limited series, and has set premiere dates for its first two scripted movies as part of parent Discovery Communications’ upfront presentation today in New York. The network also has ordered a three-night event docuseries Son Of Sam: The Hunt For A Killer, its latest effort in that realm after the successful JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery and Is O.J. Innocent?: The Mis… »

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Discovery Sets Shark Week 2017, Documentary Slate, Souped Up Motor Monday & More – Upfronts

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Discovery Channel is unveiling 18 new series and 20 returning series for its 2017-2018 season for its upfront presentation to advertisers today in New York. New series and specials in the works at Discovery Communications’ flagship network include its scripted anthology series debut Manhunt: Unabomber, which has received an August 1 airdate; five new documentaries features including Nasa: 60 Years And Beyond from Oscar winner Rory Kennedy; a revamped Cash Cab; and three… »

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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Gets August Premiere Date On Discovery

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Discovery said today it will premiere its scripted anthology series Manhunt: Unabomber with a special two-hour episode Tuesday, August 1 at 9 Pm. The series depicts the true story of the FBI's famed hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany star as FBI agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald and Ted Kaczynski, respectively. Fitzgerald was a fresh-faced criminal profiler and newest member of the Unabom Task Force, and faced an… »

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