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TV News Roundup: ‘Walking Dead’ Gets Super-Sized Finale, ‘Bloodline’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

Netflix’s “Bloodline” sets a Season 2 premiere date; “The Walking Dead” will get an extra-long Season 6 finale; “The Talk” will once again announce the Daytime Emmy nominations, and more from across the dial in today’s news round-up.

SCHEDULING:

The Walking Dead” will extend its Season 6 finale timeslot to 90 minutes, according to EW. Much like last year’s finale and the Season 6 premiere, the extended episode will run for an hour and a half on AMC, presumably to maximize the zombie mayhem in an episode that star Andrew Lincoln says made him “physically sick” after reading the script.

For the second year running, CBS’ “The Talk” will exclusively reveal the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations live on Thursday, March 24 from 2-3 p.m. ET; 1-2 p.m. PT/CT. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will then release the full list online following the live announcement.

Season 2 of Netflix drama “Bloodline” will premiere on Friday, May 27, the streaming service announced Monday. According to the Season 2 logline, the latest installment begins with the Rayburn family struggling to conceal their unthinkable crime. Mysterious strangers from Danny’s past arrive with a dangerous agenda, law enforcement is closing in on the truth behind Danny’s murder, and the tight-knit family’s once harmonious relationship is poisoned by paranoia and mistrust as it slowly begins to unravel. The series stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett, Enrique Murciano and Owen Teague.

DEVELOPMENT:

Ava DuVernay will direct TV movie “The Battle of Versailles” for HBO, Variety has confirmed. The project, which the premium cabler has put into development, tells the story of the 1973 Palace of Versailles fashion show that put American designers and black models on the map. The “Selma” helmer is co-writing the film — as first reported by Deadline — that is based on Robin Givhan’s 2015 book “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History” with Michael Starrbury.

DEALS:

Comedian Quincy Jones will headline his first HBO comedy special this spring, having scored a deal with the premium cabler following an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Jones, who has terminal cancer, got the opportunity to tell his story on DeGeneres’ daytime talker after friend and fellow comedian Nicole Blaine, along with her husband, Mickey Blaine, launched a Kickstarter campaign. The special, which will be taped at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on April 4, will be written by Jones, with Mickey Blaine directing. Jones and the Blaines will serve as executive producers alongside Andy Coleman for Link Entertainment and Lisa Shapiro and Olivia Doud for Mosaic.

EXECUTIVE NEWS:

Entertainment Studios Networks has appointed Cindy Kelly as president of advertising sales for the division. In the new role, Kelly will be responsible for advertising sales, building and recruiting a sales staff, in addition to managing and supervising advertising and sponsorship accounts across all seven of the Entertainment Studios portfolio of cable television and digital networks (Pets.TV, Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, Cars.TV, ES.TV, MyDestination.TV, and JusticeCentral.TV), which are available on Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink, AT&T U-verse and DirecTV.

“Cindy Kelly brings an enormous amount of industry advertising sales experience to our networks,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “With the addition of Cindy to our team, we have increased our competitive edge as we continue to expand our global initiatives and distribution platforms.”

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