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Univision Developing Luis Miguel TV Series Despite Singer’s Deal With MGM

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The intensely private Latin American recording artist Luis Miguel will have not one but two TV series based on his life coming to screens soon now that dueling projects are in the works at Univision and MGM. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision announced during the NATPE conference in Miami that it is developing a new series based… Read more »

‘This Is Us’ Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3 at NBC

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NBC has renewed “This Is Us” for two additional seasons of 18 episodes each, the network announced Wednesday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour presentation. “This Is Us” getting an early pickup is expected; what’s a surprise is the double renewal, for two seasons of 18 episodes each. However, the show ranks as… Read more »

Julianne Nicholson Joins Margot Robbie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Movie

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Julianne Nicholson is joining the cast of Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding comedy biopic “I, Tonya” with principal photography launching in Atlanta. She joins a cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Harding’s spouse Jeff Gillooly, Allison Janney as Harding’s mother Lavona, and Paul Walter Hauser as bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt. Nicholson, whose credits include “Sophie and the… Read more »

NBCUniversal to Shut Down Esquire Network Cable Channel, Relaunch Brand as Digital Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

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NBCUniversal will shutter Esquire Network’s linear cable channel and relaunch the brand as a digital-only platform, Variety has learned. The decision to end the cable channel’s operation was spurred by recent negotiations with Charter Communications over a carriage-contract renewal. Esquire Network was dropped last month from AT&T’s DirecTV and U-Verse services. That move resulted in a loss… Read more »

Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Justice’ to Premiere as Part of Crossover, Suspects Trump ‘SVU’ Episode to Air in Spring

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NBC will be devoting all three hours of primetime to executive producer Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series on Mar. 1. That Wednesday, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” will sync up to help birth “Chicago Justice,” the fourth entry in Wolf’s “Chicago” empire. “Chicago Justice” will slide into its 9 p.m. Sunday slot on Mar. 5. “Chicago… Read more »

Former President George H.W. Bush, Wife Barbara Both Hospitalized

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George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush have been hospitalized with separate ailments. Family spokesperson Jim McGrath said that the former president was admitted Saturday and moved to the intensive care unit Wednesday at Houston Methodist Hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” The former first lady was also hospitalized Wednesday “as a precaution… Read more »

John Leguizamo: Jeff Sessions Should Never Be Attorney General (Guest Column)

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Last Wednesday the U.S. Senate held four confirmation hearings on Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. It also scheduled his long-anticipated press conference — largely devoted to Trump’s … intimate relationship with Russia — and a critical vote on the Affordable Care Act budget. Sometimes we, as progressives, aren’t able to be laser-focused because we acknowledge complexity… Read more »

Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson Get Expanded Duties at NBC News, MSNBC

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NBC News reporterrs Katy Tur and Hallie Jackson, who gained recognition on the 2016 campaign trail covering the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, will get some new duties,  according to a memo from NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Ken Strickland. Tur, who has been at NBC News for some time after working at WNBC and… Read more »

‘The Space Between Us’ Star Asa Butterfield Discusses His Favorite Thing About Earth

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What’s your favorite thing about earth? That’s the puzzling question everyone was asking at the L.A. premiere for “The Space Between Us,” the latest offering from British “Shall We Dance” director Peter Chelsom, at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday night. For the film’s lead actor Asa Butterfield, who plays Gardner Elliot, a boy who grows… Read more »

Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ Opens RDV With French Cinema in New York (EXCLUSIVE)

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PARIS– After world premiering on opening night at Berlin Film Festival, Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ will have its North American bow at the start of the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Manhattan-set festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and French film promotion org UniFrance. Rather than a traditional biopic, the film chronicles… Read more »

Former Senator Barbara Boxer Signs With CAA

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Barbara Boxer, coming off of a 24-year tenure in the U.S. Senate, has signed with CAA. The agency said that they would “develop and execute a post-office strategy that furthers her life’s work and the issues she has passionately advocated for throughout her storied career.” Boxer departed the Senate earlier this month after serving four… Read more »