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TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
11:52 am
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Really? Read What Jon Gosselin (‘Jon & Kate Plus Eight’) Plans to Do Next (NY Post)

Even with a number of odd jobs under his belt since “Jon & Kate Plus Eight,” Jon Gosselin’s next gig still comes as a surprise. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the 39-year-old former reality star is about to begin working as a stripper.

Gosselin’s first “adult dance number” is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 — and the story notes that it’s not an April Fool’s joke — at Dusk nightclub’s “Untamed Male Revue” show in Atlantic City, N.J.

Gosselin made headlines in July of last year when it was revealed that he was working as a cook at T.G.I. Fridays. But lately he has apparently been working at the Dusk club.

He reportedly told “Entertainment Tonight”: “I’m a member of the Senate DJ group and I also help with promotion. I DJ at the club sometimes, but I find promotion is more rewarding both financially and emotionally. I like taking care of people and making others feel welcome.”

Gosselin reportedly said his routine will be an “integral” part of the evening.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
11:38 am
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Why Cher Backed Out of TV Project (Deadline)

Singer and actress Cher has dropped out of a TV project, saying she would not be able to travel to Toronto, where the production is set to film. Deadline.com reports that Cher cited a family issue that would prevent her participation in the Lifetime TV movie “Flint,” about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

“The movie, executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, has been in the process of casting the other roles,” Deadline notes. “The Sony TV-produced film remains on track to start filming in April as scheduled. It is unclear whether the part, which was written for Cher, would be recast.”

Cher issued a statement saying: “This has been a project so near and dear to my heart, and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story. Unfortunately, I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming. I’m so glad that Craig and Neil plan to move ahead, and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”

Cher has been active in raising awareness of the crisis in Flint, and had reached out to the producers of “Flint” to express her interest in being a part of the movie. She was to play a Flint resident whose family was impacted by the crisis.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
11:24 am
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CBS Announces Airdates for Upcoming Season Finales (TVWeek)

CBS today released the airdates for all of its upcoming prime-time season finales, from the closer for season one of “MacGyver” on Friday, April 14, through the season 29 finale of “The Amazing Race” on Thursday, June 1.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, April 14

8:00-9:00 PM              MACGYVER (1st Season Finale)

Saturday, April 15

8:00-9:00 PM              RANSOM (1st Season Finale)

Monday, April 17

9:30-10:00 PM            2 BROKE GIRLS (6th Season Finale)

Friday, May 5

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS (7th Season Finale)

Monday, May 8

8:00-8:30 PM              KEVIN CAN WAIT (1st Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              SUPERIOR DONUTS (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 10

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS (12th Season Finale)

Thursday, May 11

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (10th Season Finale)

8:30-9:00 PM              THE GREAT INDOORS (1st Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              MOM (4th Season Finale)

9:30-10:00 PM            LIFE IN PIECES (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 12

9:00-10:00 PM            HAWAII FIVE-0 (7th Season Finale)

Sunday, May 14

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8th Season Finale)

Monday, May 15

8:30-9:00 PM              MAN WITH A PLAN (1st Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          SCORPION (3rd Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 16

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS (14th Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (3rd Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 17

9:00-11:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 19

8:00-9:00 PM              UNDERCOVER BOSS (8th Season Finale)

Saturday, May 20

9:00-10:00 PM            TRAINING DAY (1st Season Finale)

Sunday, May 21

9:00-10:00 PM            MADAM SECRETARY (3rd Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (5th Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 23

9:00-10:00 PM            BULL (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 24

8:00-10:00 PM            SURVIVOR (34th Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          SURVIVOR LIVE REUNION SHOW

Thursday, June 1

10:00-11:00 PM          THE AMAZING RACE (29th Season Finale)

“Ransom” (CBS)

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
9:19 am
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Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s Bad for America — Here’s the Video (CBS)

A confrontation between veteran newsman Ted Koppel and Fox News host Sean Hannity, which was part of a piece on the country’s political polarization presented by “CBS Sunday Morning,” has been getting a lot of attention.

Here’s the full report, posted by CBS, with the Hannity segments at 3:30 and 5:50 …

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
8:30 am
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Producer of ‘Summer of ‘42’ Dead at 76 (Deadline, THR)

Richard A. Roth, who produced the 1971 coming-of-age romance “Summer of ’42” and the 1975 Gene Wilder movie “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother,” has died. Deadline.com reports that Roth died March 17 at his home in New York City.

Roth reportedly died of natural causes. He was 76.

“According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the ‘Summer of ’42’ screenplay from a slush pile,” Deadline reports. “He borrowed $5,000 from his father, optioned the screenplay and pitched it to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ director Robert Mulligan.”

Shot on a budget of $1 million, the movie became a hit, grossing $32 million and earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, winning an Academy Award for the score by Michel Legrand.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Roth “had a bit part as an aide to Inspector Kemp (Kenneth Mars), the guy with the creaky prosthetic arm, in Wilder’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974).”

Roth also worked for CBS Entertainment in the 1980s.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
7:44 am
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Ion Television Signs Deal for New Investigative Drama Series (TVWeek)

Ion Television today announced its newest partnership with global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), signing an agreement for the original series “Private Eyes,” starring Jason Priestley. The deal makes Ion the exclusive U.S. television home for current and future seasons of the drama series — the latest in a string of successful originals to join the network from eOne.

“Private Eyes” follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Priestley), who irrevocably changes his life when he decides to team up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. Through their new partnership, Shade is forced to examine who he has become and who he wants to be while investigating high-stakes crimes.

“We are thrilled to continue what has become a very fruitful relationship with eOne by bringing our audience this exciting new original program,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO, Ion Media Networks. “The success we’ve achieved with our current original roster is a testament to the network’s steady approach to original series production, and we look forward to building on those achievements going forward.”

“We are delighted that Ion will be the U.S. home to ‘Private Eyes.’ The series has been a ratings success internationally, achieving record-setting numbers when it debuted in the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, and Belgium,” said John Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television. “It’s exciting to continue our successful relationship with Brandon and the whole Ion team with another standout series.”

The new drama series is the latest addition to the network’s lineup of scripted original program offerings, including eOne’s “Saving Hope,” as well as “The Listener” and a robust catalog of made-for-TV holiday movies. The series also joins Ion Television’s acclaimed library of hit programming, including “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Blue Bloods.”

Created by Shelley Eriksen and Tim Kilby, “Private Eyes” is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and COGECO Program Development Fund. The series is executive produced by John Morayniss and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, Alan McCullough, James Thorpe and Tassie Cameron. McCullough and Piller are also showrunners.

— press release from Ion, March 27, 2017

“Private Eyes”: Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley (Ion)

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 24, 2017
3:21 pm
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Emmy-Nominated Actress Dies

An actress and singer who was known as one of the most stylish actresses in Hollywood in the 1950s has died. Lola Albright died Thursday at a home in Toluca Lake, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 92.

Albright became a star in feature films in the late 1940s and early 1950s, then transitioned to a long career in television. She is probably best known for her run as the sultry singer Edie Hart on the detective series “Peter Gunn” from 1958-1961. She received an Emmy nomination for the role in 1959.

“While the series was on the air, Albright released the album ‘Dreamsville,’ backed by Henry Mancini’s orchestra (he, of course, composed the theme song for ‘Peter Gunn’), in 1959. She had done an album two years earlier, ‘Lola Wants You,'” THR reports.

Her other TV work included a stint on “Peyton Place,” where she filled in for Dorothy Malone in the role of Constance after Malone suffered a pulmonary embolism. Albright also had a run on “Burke’s Law” in the mid-1960s and a recurring role on “The Bob Cummings Show” in the 1950s, along with guest appearances on “Gunsmoke,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Wagon Train,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and many other shows.

“On the big screen, the blue-eyed blonde was memorable in a leading role as an aging burlesque stripper who seduces a teenager (Scott Marlowe) in ‘A Cold Wind in August’ (1961), and she received the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for portraying Tuesday Weld’s suicidal mother in ‘Lord Love a Duck’ (1966),” THR reports.

Albright’s other feature film work included a memorable performance in the Kirk Douglas boxing classic “Champion” (1949) and the 1950 film “The Good Humor Man,” in which she played opposite her future husband, Jack Carson.

Here’s a clip of Albright performing “How High the Moon” on “Peter Gunn” …

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 24, 2017
3:17 pm
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Chilling Trailer Released for ‘Casting JonBenet’

Netflix has posted a chilling — one might even say disturbing — trailer for a film that blurs the line between documentary and drama in examining the death of 6-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey.

“Casting JonBenet,” from director Kitty Green, arrives on the streaming service on April 28.

Here’s the trailer …

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 24, 2017
1:19 pm
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Drama Series Parts Ways With Exec Producer

A drama series that has yet to make it to the air is already undergoing a key change behind the cameras. Deadline.com reports that “Counterpart,” which has a two-season direct-to-series order at Starz, is parting ways with Amy Berg.

Production of the series is currently between the first and second 10-episode seasons, having recently wrapped shooting in Los Angeles on season one.

Created by Justin Marks, the sci-fi thriller stars J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd and Ulrich Thomsen. Berg’s departure is a mutual decision among all parties, according to the report.

The series comes from from MRC, Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. Marks is showrunner on the series. Morten Tyldum is directing the first episode.

“Berg will still be credited as an executive producer on Season 1 alongside Marks, Tyldum, Gary Gilbert with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros with Anonymous Content. Simmons also serves as a producer,” Deadline notes.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 24, 2017
1:04 pm
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Netflix Inks Four-Movie Deal With Former ‘SNL’ Star

Netflix has just signed a new deal with former “Saturday Night Live” cast member turned movie star Adam Sandler. The AP reports that the streaming service has signed on to make four more feature films with Sandler.

“As part of a previous four-movie deal, Sandler has already produced and starred in two films for Netflix,” the story reports. “While neither ‘Ridiculous 6’ nor ‘The Do-Over’ received anything close to good reviews, Netflix said Friday they are the biggest film releases for the service. Sandler’s next Netflix film, ‘Sandy Wexler,’ debuts April 14.”

The report notes: “To date, the majority of Netflix original films have been smaller dramas or documentaries. But some of its most ambitious and priciest acquisitions are due out this year, including ‘War Machine’ with Brad Pitt and ‘Bright’ with Will Smith.”

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