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    Hollywood Remembers Craig Zadan: Kevin Bacon, Neil Patrick Harris And Others Pay Tribute To Prolific Producer

    By Dino-Ray Ramos 4 mins ago

    Refresh for updates Hollywood figures and celebrities took to Twitter to honor prolific producer Craig Zadan, who died Tuesday after complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Zadan is known for championing musical theater and produced Oscar telecasts as well as the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the musical Chicago. He is also known for bringing live musical events to NBC including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, the Wiz, Hairspray, and most recently… Read

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    Craig Zadan Dies: ‘Chicago’ Producer Who Led Oscar Telecasts & NBC Live Musicals Was 69

    By Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski 1 hour ago

    Craig Zadan, prolific producer of movies, television, and Broadway musicals, including the Oscar-winning Chicago, Gypsy, Annie, Cinderella, Steel Magnolias, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, five live musicals on NBC and three Oscar telecasts on ABC, has died unexpectedly. He was 69. "It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery,&#8221… Read

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    Kenan Thompson On Staying at ‘SNL’ “Forever” & His Dream Of “Taking The Tom Hanks Approach” To Movies

    By Antonia Blyth 1 hour ago

    Last year Kenan Thompson officially became the longest-running Saturday Night Live cast member, with 15 seasons under his belt. And, when he started on the show in 2003, he was the show's youngest performer—a situation that seems worthy of some sort of SNL careerist medal. Instead, this year he got his first Emmy nom focused entirely on acting–last year's was shared with Chance the Rapper for their co-written comedy song “Last Christmas”. Of being recognized in the… Read

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    Nne Ebong Exits As ABC Studios Head Of Drama Development

    By Nellie Andreeva 2 hours ago

    EXCLUSIVE: ABC Studios’ SVP Drama Development Nne Ebong is leaving the studio after 12 years, the last five as head of drama development, I have learned. I hear Ebong is leaving for another opportunity. No one would confirm where she is headed but there has been increasing speculation that she may reunite with former ABC boss Paul Lee and join his independent studio wiip,, which is backed by CAA. For the past couple of months, Ebong had been rumored for a number of… Read

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    ‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5

    By Denise Petski 2 hours ago

    Skylan Brooks (The Get Down) and Meta Golding (Behind the Movement) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of Fox's hit musical family drama Empire. Brooks will play Quincy, a young man wrongly incarcerated who develops a relationship with Andre (Trai Byers). Golding will portray Teri, the mother of wrongfully incarcerated Quincy (Brooks). She is a heartfelt beauty who works with Andre (Byers) while they fight to free her son. Empire, created by Lee… Read

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    Mark Strong, Carice Van Houten & Daniel Mays To Star In Sky & Hera Pictures Drama ‘Temple’

    By Andreas Wiseman 3 hours ago

    EXCLUSIVE: Mark Strong (Kingsman), Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) will star in the Sky-commissioned thriller series TempleThe high-concept eight-parter, produced by Hera Pictures head Liza Marshall (Riviera), is playwright Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation of the acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien about the workings of an illegal and subterranean clinic. We first announced Strong for the darkly comic drama last summer when it was still… Read

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    ‘Doom Patrol’: Brendan Fraser To Star As Robotman In DC Universe TV Series

    By Nellie Andreeva 3 hours ago

    EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser has been cast as one of the leads, Robotman/Cliff Steele, in DC Universe's upcoming live-action series Doom Patrol, from Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros TV. A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable. Cliff's brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body. Fraser will provide the voice-over for Robotman and will appear in flashback scenes as… Read

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    British Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright To Outline Post-Brexit Plans For UK Broadcasting – Edinburgh

    By Peter White 3 hours ago

    British Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright is set to claim that the British TV business will "remain a vital part of what Britain offers the world" regardless of its Brexit settlement. Wright, who is giving a keynote speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Wednesday, will say that the UK has a "broadcasting sector that's really worth shouting about.” This comes amid fears that the British broadcasting sector will be worse off when the UK leaves the… Read

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    Donald Trump’s Very Bad Day Gets Worse As ‘Apprentice’ Contestant Demands Docs On Alleged Misconduct

    By Dominic Patten 3 hours ago

    On the same day Donald Trump's ex-right hand man Michael Cohen told a federal judge he paid a porn star and a Playmate hundreds of thousands of dollars of election-influencing hush money "at the direction of the candidate," Summer Zervos wants the former Apprentice host to hand over more information on his "sexual misconduct" with a dozen other women. Or put it this way, if Trump thinks less is more and could help make the defamation action just go away, the ex-Apprentice… Read

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    ‘A Very English Scandal’s Russell T Davies Focuses On AIDs in The 1980s For C4 Drama ‘The Boys’ – Edinburgh

    By Peter White 3 hours ago

    Fresh from the success of A Very English Scandal, writer Russell T Davies is focusing on AIDs in the 1980s for his next British drama project. The Doctor Who writer (above) has created The Boys, a five-part series for Channel 4. The series is produced by Studiocanal-owned Red Production Company, which recently made Netflix's Michael C Hall-fronted thriller Safe. The Boys follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and the story of three boys, Ritchie, Roscoe and… Read

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    UK Broadcaster Channel 4 Turns Up The Grime With Doc Series & ‘The Big Narstie Show’ Spin-Off – Edinburgh

    By Peter White 3 hours ago

    British broadcaster Channel 4 is doubling down on grime with a three-part documentary series set in Blackpool, handing The Big Narstie Show a second season and giving Narstie's co-host Mo Gilligan his own series. The network revealed its latest slate of youth-skewing shows at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. It's Grime Up North (w/t), which is produced by BBC Studios, follows the lives of a group of young MCs on the Blackpool grime scene. It will follow artists… Read

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    ‘The End Of The F***ing World’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

    By Denise Petski 3 hours ago

    Netflix has picked up a second season of Emmy-nominated dark dramedy The End of the F***ing World, based on the award-winning comic series by Charles Forsman. Adapted by Charlie Covell (Burn Burn Burn) and produced by Clerkenwell Films and Dominic Buchanan Productions, The End of the F***ing World is described as a darkly comic road trip tale. It follows James (Alex Lawther, Black Mirror) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden, Penny Dreadful)  – a self-proclaimed psychopath and a… Read

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