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Netflix Announces Premiere Date, First Look at ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season

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Netflix Announces Premiere Date, First Look at ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season
The seventh and final season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ will premiere on Netflix on Friday, July 26, announced the streamer, offering up a first look at some of the last images of life at Litchfield.

Viewers will get to see Piper’s struggle with life on the outside, Taystee’s friendship with Cindy as she faces a life sentence, among other inmates’ stories.

In a teaser video for the last season, the cast — including Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and others — sings the theme to the opening credits, Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time.”

Created by Jenji Kohan, the series has received four Emmys across 19 nominations since its premiere in 2013, including two wins for Uzo Aduba in 2014 and 2015.

The cast first announced in October that Season 7 would be its last.

Here are a couple of first-look images from the final season:
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The Voice Season 16 Crowns a Winner

The Voice Season 16 Crowns a Winner
Congratulations are in order to Maelyn Jarmon, and her coach, John Legend. Maelyn was just announced as the winner of season 16 of The Voice, which should come as no surprise to anyone who saw her blind audition, which turned all four chairs with "Fields of Gold." She chose newbie coach John Legend and continued to be stellar all season long. Even if all you saw was last night's performance of her original single "Wait For You," you know why she won. Because she's already a star, basically. While the night started with four, Andrew Sevener and Dexter Roberts were eventually named the fourth and third place finishers, and Gyth Rigdon won...
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Stephen Colbert Scores First ‘Late Show’ Ratings Win Over ‘Tonight Show’ in 24 Years

Stephen Colbert Scores First ‘Late Show’ Ratings Win Over ‘Tonight Show’ in 24 Years
Stephen Colbert has brought the TV ratings crown back to CBS after more than two decades. “The Late Show” host scored the first season-long win among adults 18-49 in 24 years, just barely edging Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” on NBC.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC finished third in the key demo, as well as in total viewers.

In terms of total viewersy, Colbert separated himself by Fallon by a pretty wide margin, claiming his third-straight victory there. Below are the Nielsen averages through May 19, 2019.

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Adults 18-49 Ratings

“Late Show”: 0.52 “Tonight Show”: 0.51 “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.38

All three of broadcast’s main late-night shows saw their ratings decline double digits from the previous season. Fallon’s drop was the harshest at 22%, while Jimmy Kimmel fell by 18%. Colbert’s key-demo average slipped just 12% year over year.
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Judge in Writers Guild Suit Against Agencies Replaced Again

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine W. Mandel has replaced Craig D. Karlan to handle the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against Hollywood’s four major talent agencies.

Mandel was appointed Wednesday. She is the third judge assigned to the case, which was filed April 17 by the WGA against CAA, Wme, UTA and ICM Partners over the issue of agencies accepting packaging fees from studios, which the guild alleges violates the agencies’ fiduciary duty to clients. Mandel was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The WGA, using its only preemptory challenge, removed Los
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TV News Roundup: Bravo Announces First Ever BravoCon

In today’s roundup, Bravo announces its first ever BravoCon and the trailer for the fourth season of “Queen Sugar” dropped.

Dates

The buddy comedy “Partners in Wine,” starring Lauren White and Jasmine Curry, will be available for streaming on Amazon Tuesday, May 28. It follows best friends Mia and Anne, who support, challenge, and judge each other as they discuss marriage, dating, and motherhood over lots and lots of wine. Nathaniel Nauert directed.

First Looks

TNT released the official season three trailer for “Claws.” The series about five manicurists in Florida returns Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. The series stars Niecy Nash,
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Agencies Offer to Restart Talks With WGA to End Packaging Fee Standoff

Hollywood’s largest talent agencies have offered to restart negotiations with the WGA to end the standoff over the guild’s effort to impose new rules on talent agents.

In a letter to WGA West president David Goodman sent Wednesday, UTA co-president Jay Sures extended an olive branch and suggested resuming talks next week. UTA later sent the letter as an email message to its former writer clients. Goodman had been a longtime client of UTA until the breach that began on April 12.

“If this dispute is truly about addressing Packaging and Affiliate Production, then we are ready to get
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The L Word Revival Has a Brand New Title and Poster

If you've been waiting for more The L Word, you won't have to wait much longer. The Showtime show is slated to go into production this summer, with a release eyed for sometime this fall. While not too much is known about the series, we do know that it has a title, The L Word: Generation Q.

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Elementary Ep Previews Final Season's Big Moves, 'Complicated' New Foe

Sherlock and Joan’s life across the pond will be shaken up when Elementary returns for its seventh and final season this Thursday (CBS, 10/9c).

In addition to dealing with a serious case of homesickness and the baggage they left behind in New York City, the Pi duo — who are now working as consultants for Scotland Yard -— will find themselves challenged by “their greatest foe to date” this season, per the network description.

Below, showrunner Rob Doherty previews the “life-altering decisions” ahead for the characters, as well as Sherlock and Joan’s new frenemy.

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FX to Develop Series Adaptation of Akwaeke Emezi’s ‘Freshwater’ With Tamara P. Carter (Exclusive)

FX is in early development on a series based on Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel “Freshwater,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The series focuses on Ada, a Nigerian student in her final year of college who finds out that she has three spirits living in her subconscious. They eventually take control of her, threatening to ruin her life and sanity.

Emezi will write and executive produce the project along with Tamara P. Carter. FX Productions will produce with Kevin Wandell and Lindsey Donahue overseeing the project for FX.

“Freshwater” has drawn notable praise for Emezi. The novel is a finalist for the Nypl Young Lions Award,
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Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series

Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series
Since Albert and Allen Hughes — known professionally as the Hughes brothers — split up around 2004 to direct solo projects, individual output has been uneven in terms of volume, acclaim and box office. Allen’s highlight was the 2017 HBO documentary series “The Defiant Ones,” about music producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. While Albert directed his first solo feature film in 2018, the historical adventure “Alpha.” While the former’s follow-up remains a mystery, the latter will make his first major foray into television, signing up to direct and executive produce Showtime’s limited series based on author James McBride’s 2013 book, “The Good Lord Bird,” replacing Anthony Hemingway.

A winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, the first person narrative follows Henry Shackleford, a mid-19th century slave in Kansas who accidentally encounters abolitionist John Brown and joins his movement. Ethan Hawke, who is also co-writing and executive producing the series,
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Martin Short Joins Whitney Cummings, Lee Daniels Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’

The cast of the Amazon comedy pilot “Good People” continues to grow, with Martin Short becoming the latest big name star to sign on to the project.

Short joins previously announced cast members Lisa Kudrow, Greg Kinnear, and Whitney Cummings. Cummings is also writing and executive producing the pilot with Lee Daniels.

“Good People” centers on three generations of women working in the Ombusdmans office of a college navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class,
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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 9 Actors in Hollywood on the Books and Films That Inspired Them

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 9 Actors in Hollywood on the Books and Films That Inspired Them
“There’s a quote that, ‘You cannot be what you cannot see,’ and we think there’s a lot of truth in that,” says Peter Ash Lee, the New York-based editor behind the Asian-American arts and culture magazine Burdock. “Growing up, we didn’t see many reflections of ourselves in media, and when we did, they were often portrayals lacking any depth.”

The feelings of being “unseen” and a desire for multi-dimensional Asian-American experiences were what inspired Lee and his sister, Hannah, to create Burdock, which launched in April at New York’s Apex for Youth Gala.

“We’ve often
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The Voice Needs to Give Adam Levine a Season (or Two) Off — Here's Why

Let’s get one thing straight upfront: I’ve got nothing against The Voice’s Adam Levine. I’ve been attempting to sing Maroon 5 songs in the shower since “Harder to Breathe.” I only wish I was cool enough to pull off the I-just-grabbed-this-out-of-the-laundry-hamper look that he favors. And I’ve really admired some of the contestants that he’s coached on NBC’s talent show (especially Season 13’s Addison Agen).

But it’s time for Levine to take a break for a season or two, and here’s why: He lost a lot of face with the audience when
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‘Deadwood’ Review: David Milch’s HBO Movie Is a Bittersweet and Brutally Honest Triumph

‘Deadwood’ Review: David Milch’s HBO Movie Is a Bittersweet and Brutally Honest Triumph
The closing line of David Milch’s “Deadwood” movie is one of the greatest ever written. Part epitaph, part rebuke of that very thought, the ending note to Milch’s long-awaited follow-up to an epic western cut short is every bit as enlivening, powerful, and motherfucking final as fans could want. Of course, the words won’t be spoiled here, but the same encouraging sentiments can be said for the film overall, as a cast emboldened by grand dialogue and towering themes returns for a simple story, beautifully told.

Given the brevity of the film, as well as its unencumbered plotting, here are the few details you need to know before diving in:

The “Deadwood” movie picks up 10 years after the end of Season 3, as the citizens of Deadwood gather to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. These festivities serve to bring everyone back in one place, and all of the
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Exclusive: There's a Very Important Bonus Scene in the Perfectionists Finale

Update 2:27 p.m. Pt: TV Guide has confirmed the bonus scene will be featured as an ad within the body of the episode, not as an end-credits sequence, so keep your eyes peeled! The original story is below.

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100 Most-Watched TV Shows of 2018-19: Winners and Losers

As traditional ratings continue to decline, so do the networks’ reliance on those numbers as a benchmark. Nowhere was it more noticeable than at this month’s upfronts presentations in New York, where the “r” word on everyone’s tongues wasn’t “ratings” — it was “reach.”

Sure, everyone still touted their No. 1 status when they could — but what does that even mean in an age where live + same day ratings, or even live + 7 stats (covering the first seven days of time-shifted viewing on demand and via DVRs) only tell part of the story?

“We went from households to demos and
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Sam Champion Returns to Disney’s Wabc

Sam Champion Returns to Disney’s Wabc
Sam Champion, one of the nation’s best-known weather anchors, will return to the station where he rose to greater fame.

Walt Disney’s Wabc said Champion would join its staff as a weather anchor on its weekday morning and noon newscasts. He will start Monday, June 3. He is expected to also contribute to ABC News.

Champion was a fixture at the company for many years, serving as a weather anchor at Wabc between 1988 and 2006 before moving to ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” He was part of the team on that show that helped push the program ahead of NBC rival “Today” in viewership.
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The L Word: Showtime Unveils Official Title, Poster for Upcoming Revival

The L Word: Showtime Unveils Official Title, Poster for Upcoming Revival
At least one thing will be different about The L Word when it returns to Showtime later this year: its title.

The drama’s forthcoming revival will be called The L Word: Generation Q, the premium cabler announced Wednesday.

As previously reported, the sequel series — which received an eight-episode order in January — will reunite original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. Per the official logline, their alter egos will be alongside “a new generation of self-possessed Lgbtqia characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in Los Angeles.”

Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar) will serve as showrunner
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‘Room 104’: Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Down His ‘Incredibly Terrifying’ Musical Episode

‘Room 104’: Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Down His ‘Incredibly Terrifying’ Musical Episode
[The following article contains spoilers for “Room 104” Season 2, Episode 6, “Arnold.”]

Between all the flashing lights, choreographed dances, and live performances, the crux of “Arnold” — Brian Tyree Henry’s musical episode of “Room 104” — came down to a man staring at his phone.

“At the core of it, we always zeroed in on this moment when he looks at his phone and realizes what the word ‘falling’ meant,” writer and director Julian Wass told IndieWire. “It’s this fatalistic view of ‘falling’ — of course it wasn’t falling in love, it was falling off a building.”

“Falling” is the third word uttered by Arnold (Henry) as he stumbles, wet and confused, out of Room 104’s bathroom. He doesn’t know where he is, why he’s there, or how he ended up in a hotel, but Arnold starts singing “the yellow jacket… Kiki Alvarez… falling” — and he starts to remember more.

“That’s sort of the beginning of the memory, and each
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Everything We Know About the Lord of the Rings TV Series

If you've been dearly missing the Shire, Amazon has some great news for you. The streaming service has a Lord of the Rings TV series in the works, and although details are sparse about what this series will look like and when we can expect it, we're already amped to return to Middle-earth.

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