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ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne was swift and decisive after series creator/star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. But might the network be considering bringing the cast, minus Barr, back for a different show? The cast members had their options picked up for 13 episodes, and will still have to be paid by producer Carsey-Werner. (Jimmy Kimmel’s suggestion: Dan.) A “well-placed source” told CNN it was too soon to talk about bringing the comedy back in some form … but “there will be time to sit down and look at all options.”
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In a memo to staff, Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood apologized to the people who “poured their hearts and lives into [Roseanne] and were just getting started on next season. We’re so sorry they were swept up in all of this.” In the end, said Sherwood, the decision to cancel the show “came down to doing what’s right.”
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Meanwhile, Barr has spent post-cancellation time on Twitter, veering from apologizing for her abhorrent “ape” tweet, to blaming the post on sleep drug Ambien, to telling her supporters, “you guys make me feel like fighting back. I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U.” Barr also retweeted a claim that ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey had a “long conversation” with former First Lady Michelle Obama before deciding to cancel the show.
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Ambien maker Sanofi was quick to jump in. “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication,” said the company.
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This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman said the path for NBC’s hit is plotted “kind of to the end. We know where it ends and we have a path for each season of the show.” At the series’ For-Your-Consideration event in LA, Fogelman didn’t reveal how many seasons the show has left, but said, “I don’t think this show, despite any success it might have, will overstay its welcome.”
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There could be a new beginning for The Middle. ABC is considering a spin-off of the comedy, which just ended its nine-year run, reports Variety. Show would focus on Sue Heck, the character played by Eden Sher.
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The estate of Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit against ABC, claiming last week’s two-hour special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson, used songs, films and videos without permission. While ABC had removed an image from promotional material as “a courtesy,” the program “does not infringe on his estate’s rights,” said ABC News on May 23.
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Lionsgate grabbed a majority stake in 3 Arts Entertainment, whose TV slate includes It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man With a Plan, The Office, and Silicon Valley, among others. “This deal checks all the boxes – a strategic and accretive transaction for our shareholders and a win/win partnership for both companies,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “It enables us to deepen our already successful relationship with 3 Arts and allows them to offer a richer palette of opportunities to their clients.”
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The first round of presenters were announced for the Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 10 at 8p on CBS. Set to appear are Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto.
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Comcast has moved some channels, including Food Network, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and truTV out of its economy package and into a pricier tier, reports USA Today. Comcast “understands that some customers find this programming valuable,” a spokesperson told the paper, “and we will work with them to explain options that may help them continue to watch this programming or other content like it.”
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Page Six TV named Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens), Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and New York Post Page Six senior reporter Carlos Greer as co-hosts. Page Six editor Emily Smith and deputy editor Ian Mohr will continue to offer newsroom updates. The half-hour daily pop culture program has been renewed through the 2018-19 season on markets covering 95% of the country.
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21st Century Fox and the Walt Disney Co. have set July 10 as the date for shareholder meetings to vote on Disney’s $52 billion offer for Fox assets, with the boards recommending shareholders say “aye.” Fox acknowledged an adjournment of its meeting was a possibility if Comcast makes a counter offer, expected to be about $60 billion.
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Showtime is developing an untitled comedy about swingers, from Dynamic Television and Alanna Thompson. Series follows a monogamous couple, an open couple and two singles who meet and fall in love at a swingers party.
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Mattel greenlit another series of Thomas & Friends to premiere in 2019, continuing the themes of exploration and discovery while adding new locations and friends. The order brings the Thomas & Friends library of content to over 550 episodes.
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Comedy Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as poet Emily Dickinson, landed a straight-to-series order from Apple. Series comes from new studio wiip., David Gordon Green, Darlene Hunt, Michael Sugar and Anonymous Content.
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TLC renewed its reboot Trading Spaces for a season two (10 if you count the original run). In its return season, Spaces ranks #1 in cable in its premiere time period among A25-54/18-49.
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Comedy Central ordered weekly interstitial series Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, designed to intertwine the net’s Friday night stand-up premieres with its archive of classics. Distefano (Benders) and a new guest each week will do their best to answer truly stupid questions.
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Showtime’s Our Cartoon President is back with seven new episodes starting Sunday, July 15 at 10:30p. During its first 10-ep run, the animated series averaged over two million weekly viewers.
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The National Hockey League debuted a multiplatform video series featuring NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. The Great One on One is being previewed during the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, with the first three episodes featuring Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Taylor Kitsch (Waco) and David Boreanaz (SEAL Team). The show will return with more episodes in the fall.
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Please Understand Me, a five-episode comedy created for Facebook Watch, was released yesterday. Each stand-alone episode features two purposefully mismatched up-and-coming comedians who hash out the problems of their fake relationship with a real therapist who is in on the joke. Sarah Silverman is among the exec producers. Also coming to Facebook Watch: Huda Boss, starring beauty influencer Huda Katten, on Tuesday, June 12.
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Sundance Now thriller Next of Kin will make its U.S. debut Thursday, June 21 on the streamer. Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Jack Davenport (White Famous) star.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, along with his brother Zach, has entered a partnership deal with Outdoor Sportsman Group to create the net’s first digital original series. Wentz Bros Outdoors will be available on OutdoorChannel.com beginning Tuesday, June 5, and ending in September.
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The lead-up to the royal wedding the week of May 14 gave a nice boost to syndicated entertainment magazines. Entertainment Tonight was up 7% week to week, to 3.1 in Live+SD Nielsens; Inside Edition grew 7%, to 3.1; Access Hollywood rose 8%, to 1.3; and Extra grew 9%, to 1.2.
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EstrellaTV announced that its flagship station KRCA Channel 62 in LA finished #1 in Nielsen Ratings from 8p-9p for the May Sweeps among A18-49 and A25-54, with original production Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. The net was also the #3 nationally ranked Spanish-Language net during the 8p hour for the show’s season run.
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Fox Business Network’s pre- and post-market coverage posted year over year gains. FBN:AM delivered its highest rated month ever, growing its viewership by 33% over last year, while Mornings with Maria saw a 35% increase over last year.
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Fox News Channel topped basic cable in total day with P2+ for the month of May, according to Nielsen. In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million in total viewers, marking the 23rd consecutive month that the network dominated all of basic cable in total day.
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The season two premiere episode of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why drew 6 million viewers in three days, according to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings. 75% of viewers were 34 and under.
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The series finale of UniMasLa Tierra Prometida reached 2.3 million total viewers on Sunday and 1.5 million among A18-49. In its full run, the show averaged 1.1 million total viewers and 428,000 in the demo.
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BROADWAY
The Boys in the Band with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver is opening on Thursday May 31, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/boys-band/

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