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‘Will & Grace’ Cast Reunites for Modern-Day Episode on the Election

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UPDATED: The cast of “Will & Grace” stirred up a Twitter firestorm with cryptic tweets that began surfacing over the weekend. As it turns out, the stars of the NBC series were getting together for a new, nearly ten-minute modern-day episode regarding the 2016 election — released just hours before the big Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate… Read more »

‘Deepwater Horizon’ Again Leads Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Lionsgate again claims the top spot in TV ad spending with “Deepwater Horizon.” Ads placed for the Mark Wahlberg vehicle had an estimated media value of $11.07 million through Sunday for 968 national ad airings across 29 networks. Behind it in second… Read more »

Seth Meyers Developing Two Scripted Comedies at NBC

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Seth Meyers is stepping behind the camera. The “Late Night With Seth Meyers” host is developing two scripted comedy series with the network he calls home, Variety has learned. Both projects hail from trusted writers with whom Meyers has worked with at NBC. The first is a untitled single-camera comedy, which comes from writer Amber Ruffin, a writer/actress on “Late… Read more »

‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Trailer: Mike Colter and Mahershala Ali Wage War in Harlem [VIDEO]

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Bullets and punches bounce off Luke Cage in a new all-action trailer for the upcoming Netflix show. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” centers around the seemingly indestructible titular character, a former convict played by Mike Colter, who wages a war against gangster nightclub owner Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and organized crime in Harlem. The new trailer sees Stokes (Mahershala Ali)… Read more »

Adam Brody, Amanda Crew to Star in Thriller ‘The Wanting’

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Adam Brody and Amanda Crew are set to star in the thriller “The Wanting” with “The Road” director Yam Laranas helming. Rob Heydon is producing the adapted screenplay, which was written by “Milton’s Secret” scribe Donald Martin. Sid Ganis and Joni Sighvatsson are executive producing. The film is based on a short story by Gin… Read more »

TNT Orders Suburban Family Drama Pilot ‘Hinges’

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TNT has given a drama pilot order to “Hinges,” a project from Warner Horizon Television that examines two families of different races living in suburbia. The project from “ER” and “Criminal Minds” writer Janine Sherman Barrois is based on her short story “The Boom.” She exec produces with “ER’s” John Wells, Anthony Hemingway (“The People… Read more »

Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘The Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

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Horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, known as the “Godfather of Gore” for his bloody exploitation movies that launched the splatter genre in the 1960s with films such as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs,” died Monday at 87. The Something Weird Video site announced his death. “Blood Feast,” made in 1963 in Miami, was considered… Read more »

NBCUniversal Looks to Grow ‘Trees,’ ‘Pendulum’ With Tom Hardy

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NBCUniversal Intl. Studios has set two projects for development as part of its first-look deal with actor Tom Hardy’s production company Hardy Son & Baker. “Pendulum,” a crime thriller set in the digital underworld about an everyman targeted by a serial killer, will be developed as a television series with British writer Adam Hamdy adapting… Read more »