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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content

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Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »

- Linda Ge

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‘The Big Bang Theory’: Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Reach New Deals

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.

Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons, Variety has learned. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.

A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each. Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and »

- Daniel Holloway

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Finale Sinks to Series Lows

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The Hannah Simone-hosted “Kicking & Screaming” season finale slipped to series lows on Thursday, matching its worst-ever TV rating in the key 18-49 demographic and setting a new low-water mark among total viewers. That disappointing performance dropped Fox behind Telemundo for the night, and into a tie with Univision. ABC topped primetime in the main demo with its “Tgit” lineup, while CBS claimed another overall audience victory. The Disney-owned broadcaster was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Empire'. »

- Tony Maglio

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'La La Land' Director Plots New Musical TV Show 'The Eddy'

21 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

La La Land director Damien Chazelle will direct a new musical TV series called The Eddy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will center around a club in modern-day Paris, its owner, the house band and "the volatile city that surrounds them."

British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne will write The Eddy. Thorne is known for co-writing the This Is England spin-off series with Shane Meadows and creating the supernatural BBC show The Fades. He's also written for the hit teen drama Skins and the original British version of »

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America's Got Talent Season 12 Adds Laverne Cox as Guest Judge

22 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The roster of guest judges for America's Got Talent season 12 is growing.

Following NBC's announcement that DJ Khaled and Chris Hardwick would be stopping by the summer's hottest reality series to help the AGT judges decide which acts will be moving on in the competition, E! News can exclusively reveal that Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will be bringing a bit of her fierceness to the judges table, as well. The fourth and final guest judge, however, still remains a mystery.

The guest judge rounds will begin on NBC in mid-July and carry over through the beginning of August. Laverne, however, will only appear in one episode. The Golden Buzzer, which allows the judges to send one act straight »

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HBO to Make ‘Wag the Dog’ TV Adaptation

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A series adaptation of the 1997 film “Wag the Dog” is in the works at HBO, TheWrap has learned. Director Barry Levinson will adapt his own film, a political satire starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, as a half-hour comedy series. The series is described as “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment, and yes, non-profits. In the 21st Century with the tools of social media at their hands, nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Allison Janney (‘Mom’) could be the one to take down Emmy queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’)

22 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Allison Janney (“Mom”) is moving up to the Best Comedy Actress race at this year’s Emmys, where she may finally provide a real challenge to fellow awards titan Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”). Janney, who plays recovering alcoholic Bonnie Plunkett on “Mom,” will be campaigning in the lead category for the show’s fourth season after previously winning two Emmys (2014 and […] »

- Kevin Jacobsen

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A&E Announces ‘Bates Motel’ Was Its Last Original Scripted Show

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A&E is exiting the scripted programming space. Following Monday’s conclusion of “Bates Motel,” there will be no more scripted series on the cable network for the foreseeable future. Going forward, A&E will be shifting its focus back to the unscripted programming on which the brand was built. The network has not ordered a new scripted series or pilot since 2015. The network’s most recent original scripted drama, “Damien,” Glen Mazzara’s “The Omen” spinoff series, was canceled last May after just one season. Also Read: Leah Remini's 'Scientology and the Aftermath' Renewed for Season 2 by A »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans: Learn the Art of Dothraki Language at Berkeley This Summer

27 April 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dothraki, the made-up language from “Game of Thrones,” is the latest fake language to capture the curiosity of fans, as evidenced by a new course at UC Berkeley.

“The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention,” will be taught for six weeks over the summer by language creator David J. Peterson. UC Berkeley announced the class on its website last week.

Peterson is a UC Berkeley alum and says his love of creating languages dates back to his very first linguistics class at the school. He earned his Masters in Linguistics at UC San Diego in 2005 and just. »

- Carli Velocci

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Canceled or Renewed?: Take the Quiz to Find Out Whether Your Favorite Show Will Survive

38 minutes ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For shows on the bubble, survival comes down to one thing: Money.

If you’re generating solid revenue for the network, then other concerns can be addressed down the road. But if your ratings are low (honestly, that’s almost every show these days), your creative is weak and executive support is wavering… then you better at least be owned by the network and bringing in nice international or streaming dollars.

“Every show is its own little business,” said one network scheduling executive. “You look at each and its profit or loss at the end of the year.”

Added a rival network exec: “The strategy is, how can we make the most money from all of our assets? [Renewal] discussions these days are very different.”

Read More: Ten Ways to Figure Out Which TV Shows Will Be Renewed or Canceled

With so much more data to parse, some networks (especially ABC »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Vets to Cast

43 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” has added five additional actors to its upcoming debut season. Among the new cast members are Shazad Latif of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” and Rekha Sharma of Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.”

The new cast additions are:

Shazad Latif (“Penny Dreadful”): Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Rekha Sharma (“Battlestar Galactica,” “The 100″): Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club”): Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Clare McConnell (“Dim the Fluorescents”): Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. Damon Runyan (“Suits,” “Supernatural,” “Gangland Undercover”): Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire.

The new actors join a cast that includes “The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and »

- Daniel Holloway

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Emmys: Netflix Ramping Up Campaign Strategy With Monthlong ‘FYSee’ Program Targeting Voters

43 minutes ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Netflix, which has consistently been increasing the breadth and depth of its Emmy campaigns since jumping into the race in a big way a few years ago with House Of Cards, is going for it again in a big way with a month long campaign platform called “FYSee” taking place in a 24,000 square foot participatory exhibition space in Beverly Hills beginning Sunday May 7 when the streaming network throws a private kickoff party. Then on May 8 the first of numerous In… »

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‘The Gong Show’ Revival Sets British Comic Tommy Maitland As Host

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ABC’s The Gong Show revival now has a host. British comic Tommy Maitland has been tapped to emcee the rebooted talent show competition executive produced by Will Arnett. The show, which premieres June 22, will feature non-traditionally talented performers plucked from the internet and put in front of a revolving panel of Hollywood judges. Along with his TV and film credits, Maitland previously hosted the ’80s British game show Tell You What, a charades-based adventure… »

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‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘Episodes’ Get Summer Premiere Dates; ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale Also Slotted

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Showtime has slotted summer premiere dates for its hit series Ray Donovan and Episodes, along the two-part finale for Twin Peaks, the anticipated follow-up to David Lynch’s cult ABC series. Season 5 of Ray Donovan will premiere at 8 Pm Sunday, August 6. Also beginning that Sunday, Twin Peaks will move to the 9 Pm slot from its previous 8 Pm. The Twin Peaks finale will air with two back-to-back parts from 8-10 Pm Sunday, September 3. Episodes will premiere its fifth and… »

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‘Dear White People’: Why the ‘Scandal’ Parody Isn’t Just Fun, But an Essential Part of the Show

46 minutes ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dear White People” creator Justin Simien wants to be clear about this: When IndieWire brought up “Defamation,” “Dear White People’s” fictional show-within-a-show, we were the ones who made the obvious comparison.

“I didn’t say ‘Scandal,'” he said, laughing. “You said that.”

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

But between the “black political fixer in love with the President” narrative, the fabulous coats, and the distinctive camera-shutter sound effects, it’s pretty obvious what “Dear White People” is referencing with “‘Defamation’ Nights,” a staple of black culture at Winchester University, which finds itself rocked by racial politics over the course of the first season.

Starting in the first episode, group-watching the primetime soap adventures of “Olive Bishop” are clearly a regular part of the lives of Sam (Logan Browning) and her fellow students, as well as a »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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How ‘There’s… Johnny’ Series’ Cast and Creators Treated Johnny Carson’s Legacy With Reverence

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Tribeca audiences were transported back to the 1970s on Thursday night when Seeso’s “There’s… Johnny!” had its premiere screening.

Audiences got to see episodes one and four of the series about Andy, a young man from Nebraska, and Joy, a talent coordinator on the show, as

they work behind the scenes on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”

After the screening, stars Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy, creators Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, and executive producer David Gordon Green spoke about bringing the seven episode series to life 17 years after it was conjured up by Reiser and Simon. The show, which is set in Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973, will premiere later this year.

Here are nine things we learned from the conversation about the series that, according to Simon, is not “That ’70s Show” with wacky Johnny

Carson clips.

1. Johnny Carson is played by Johnny Carson. Reiser »

- Addie Morfoot

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CBS’s Mom Once Again Proves A Comedy Can Tackle Important Issues

47 minutes ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Comedies are formats made to give us levity in times of crisis, confusion, and general exhaustion of our daily grind. Broad comedies take the mundane and turn everything on its head into the absurd. A really great broad comedy can approach the most difficult issues with respect, yet still find those small niches for comedic tone. Mom is a show that has done this from the very beginning by showing the trials and tribulations of a mother and daughter who struggle with sobriety every day. The CBS hit comedy has tackled a few other social issues too, but none more

CBS’s Mom Once Again Proves A Comedy Can Tackle Important Issues »

- Araceli Aviles

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Big Bang's Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Ink New Deals Ahead of Season 11

51 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The whole universe was in a hot, tense state as it awaited word on the status of Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s Big Bang Theory contract renewals. Now, our sister site Variety reports that both actresses have reupped for Seasons 11 and 12, for which they’ll receive hefty pay raises.

RelatedMay Sweeps/Finale Preview: Get 140+ Spoilers, Plus Exclusive Photos!

Bialik and Rauch will make $500,000 per episode for Seasons 11 and 12 — each of which will consist of 24 episodes — up from the reported $175,000–200,000 per episode they’re currently making in Season 10.

Ahead of the two-year renewal first announced in March, it was reported »

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Twin Peaks Revival Gets Finale Date, New Teaser Revealing... Twin Peaks

51 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

How are we talking about the ending before it has even begun…?!

Nonetheless, Showtime has announced that its upcoming Twin Peaks revival — premiering Sunday, May 21 at 9/8c, with two episodes — will wrap its “18-part” run on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 8 pm, where it will again serve up double episodes.

RelatedEpisodes’ Final Season, Ray Donovan Get August Premiere Dates

As also announced Friday, after debuting in the 9 o’clock hour, Twin Peaks will move to 8 pm starting Aug. 6, where it will lead into Season 5 of Ray Donovan.

Showtime also released the teaser above, which takes us on a tour of that wacky little northwestern town. »

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

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American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

For the record, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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