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YouTube Expands Originals Team With Jon Wax, Angela Courtin

8 hours ago

YouTube is bolstering its originals team as it pushes further into scripted programming.

The company has hired former Wgn America programming executive Jon Wax and former Fox Broadcasting marketing head Angela Courtin. The pair will serve as development and marketing executives, respectively, in newly created positions at YouTube Red. Wax will oversee drama, scripted and current programming, while Courtin will serve as the global head of YouTube TV and originals marketing.

YouTube has been ramping up its investment in original programming recently, unveiling at the Television Critics Association's press tour earlier this month »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Own Orders Coming-of-Age Drama From 'Moonlight' Writer and Michael B. Jordan

11 hours ago

Own is teaming with an Oscar winner for its next drama series.

The Oprah Winfrey-led cable network has given a straight-to-series order to a new project from Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Also executive produced by Michael B. Jordan, the untitled coming-of-age series centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects. Haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied upon by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, he must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in »

- Kate Stanhope

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Kanye West Approves Cuts for 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'

11 hours ago

Kanye West gets to approve cuts of him in Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The rapper's wife, Kim Kardashian, says in The Hollywood Reporter's cover story that she shows West the cuts so he can give his Ok.

"I will get it and show him. He knows that I'm really protective of him," she says, adding: "He doesn't like to film everything. It's not his show."

She makes a point not to talk about him while filming her E! reality show.

"I won't really ever talk about something that's going on with Kanye," she says. "I'll talk about »

- THR Staff

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Top 15 International Film Schools Revealed

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- THR Staff

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Kris Jenner Denies 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Was Ex Caitlyn's Idea

11 hours ago

Kris Jenner is refuting that her ex, Caitlyn Jenner, was the one who came up with the idea for Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

In her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, published this year, Caitlyn implies that the series may actually have been her brainchild.

She writes, "The house is awash in puberty and adolescence and young adulthood and two parents with very different styles. It seems to me something is there for television. … Kris says she is the one who came up with the idea …"

In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story, Kris refutes »

- THR Staff

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'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath' Season 2: TV Review

11 hours ago

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath offered few surprises in its debut season, at least to those of us who have attempted to keep up with the flood of criticism against the church in the past few years. Even without the benefit of shock or revelation, the popular A&E docuseries delivered heartbreaking stories from former Scientologists in every episode, mostly focused on the practice of “disconnection,” or the shunning of ex-members by friends and family. Journalistic accounts like Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief or Alex Gibney’s documentary of the same name may provide a fuller »

- Inkoo Kang

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'Game of Thrones': Jon Snow's Winter War Heats Up in Latest Season 7 Photos

11 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the fifth episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season, "Eastwatch."]

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his companions are facing severe odds as they travel beyond the Wall to capture a member of the Night King's army, but it looks like the scales could very well tip in their favor.

New photos for the next episode of Game of Thrones, called "Death Is the Enemy," feature the Eastwatch elite trekking through the winter wasteland on what's almost certainly a suicide mission for one or more of these warriors. Surprisingly enough, however, the »

- Josh Wigler

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Khloe Kardashian Says She Pulled the Plug on 'Khloe & Lamar': "I Never Wanted to Do It"

12 hours ago

Khloe Kardashian says she never wanted to do a Keeping Up With the Kardashians spinoff with her ex-husband, Lamar Odom.

In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story, the reality star says it was Odom who wanted to do Khloe & Lamar — and she was the one who pulled the plug after two seasons.

"I never wanted to do Khloe & Lamar; my ex-husband did," she says. "He has his career, but he really fought for it. I said, 'You have to go into E! and promise them that you have the time.' He sold it, and I let it »

- THR Staff

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'Game of Thrones': What George R.R. Martin's Early Outline Reveals About the End

12 hours ago

[Warning: This article contains potential spoilers for the outcome of Game of Thrones.]

Who's going to survive Game of Thrones when all is said and done — assuming anyone survives at all? We won't have to wait long for the answer. There are only eight episodes left in the HBO fantasy series, expected to resolve within the next year or two, though there's still no word on when exactly the final season will air. 

But if that feels like too long to wait, you could always give an early outline from author George R.R. Martin »

- Josh Wigler

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Take Me to the Pilots '17: ABC's 'Ten Days in the Valley'

12 hours ago

[I'll remind you at the top of every single one of these: These entries are not reviews. They're gut reactions to not-for-air pilots that could change in big and small ways between now and September or October or midseason. Full reviews will come then. They'll be longer. And more carefully considered. The opinions may even change. Who knows?]

Show: Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)

The Pitch: "Remember Red Widow and Missing?" "Only a little." "How about Somewhere Between?" "No." "Good God, it's on TV now!" "Sorry." "No worries. Then this'll feel new."

Quick Response: [ABC made multiple »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Al Franken Books 'Real Time' Return After N-Word Boycott

13 hours ago

Al Franken is returning to Real Time.

More than a month after bowing out of his appearance on Bill Maher's show over the host's highly criticized use of the N-word, the Democratic senator is set as Bill Maher's top-of-the-show guest on Friday's episode.

Franken was last set to appear on the June 9 edition of the long-running HBO series. However, after Maher used the N-word in what many deemed to be an inappropriate way on his June 2 episode, Franken pulled out of his planned appearance and has not appeared on Real Time since.

“Senator Franken believes that what »

- Kate Stanhope

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Carlton Cuse Returns to ABC With $20M Mega-Deal

13 hours ago

Days after seeing Shonda Rhimes exit for a game-changing deal with Netflix, ABC Studios has reunited with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

The Disney-owned studio has inked a massive four-year overall deal with Cuse and his newly launched Genre Arts banner in what is said to be a pact worth more than $20 million plus a percentage of the backend on programming created under the partnership.

Under the pact, Cuse and Genre Arts — headed by president Lindsey Springer — will create and produce content across all network, cable and streaming platforms while also working with other writers.

Sources note »

- Lesley Goldberg

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TV Ratings: 'Talent' Hits a High, 'Paradise' Slips in Night 2

13 hours ago

NBC helped compensate for the absence of World of Dance on Tuesday night with a three-year ratings high for America's Got Talent.

The dominant summer series moved up to a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, its best showing this season in the key demo and tie for a three-year high. Among total viewers, it also topped the night with 13.2 million viewers. New neighbor Hollywood Game Night scored its best demo showing since early 2016, a 1.3 rating, and ranked as one of its most-watched telecast ever (5.4 million viewers.)

The second consecutive night of Bachelor in Paradise was no »

- Michael O'Connell

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Kendall Jenner's Reaction to Pepsi Commercial Backlash

14 hours ago

Kendall Jenner faced serious criticism in April after the debut of her Pepsi commercial.

The campaign featured the reality star and model leading a group of fellow millennials in a protest over an unspecified issue that seemingly was resolved when Jenner handed a police officer a can of Pepsi.

The spot was criticized for making light of serious issues and co-opting protest movements like Black Lives Matter, the women's marches and travel ban protests to push a product.

"If this Pepsi ad is the choice of a new generation, I'm gonna need that generation to turn »

- THR Staff

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'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale

14 hours ago

It's official: USA Network is moving ahead with a potential Suits spinoff starring Gina Torres.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.

The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »


- Lesley Goldberg

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Leslie Jones and Keegan-Michael Key Play "True Confessions" on 'The Tonight Show'

14 hours ago

Jokes and gut feelings were on hand when Keegan-Michael Key and Leslie Jones joined Jimmy Fallon for a game of "True Confessions" on Tuesday's Tonight Show. The contestants read a statement about themselves that is either true or a lie.

Key went first, getting distracted by the fact that the coffee on the table wasn't really coffee and was just a prop. He spoke about dressing as a caveman for a singing telegram company and "Detective Jones," as Key called Jones, said she believed him.

When it was Fallon's turn, his truth or lie was that he rode on the »

- Lorena O'Neil

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Tribeca Launching Inaugural TV Festival in September

15 hours ago

Tribeca is coming twice this year.

Tribeca Enterprises, the company behind Jane Rosenthal's, Robert De Niro's and Craig Hatkoff's annual lower Manhattan film festival, announced Wednesday that it will now toast television as well. The first Tribeca TV Festival is set for September.

"We have always been about good stories, no matter what the platform is," Rosenthal told The Hollywood Reporter. "We've been talking about doing this as a stand-alone for years. If we screen something at Tribeca, we're putting our stamp on it, we're inviting conversation and giving that curatorial sense that we do for the film festival but »

- Michael O'Connell

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'Game of Thrones': Why Gendry Can't Die Beyond the Wall

15 hours ago

Seven soldiers passed through Eastwatch and into the frozen world beyond: Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the King in the North; Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Foreman of the Free Folk; Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), the Lightning Lord; Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), the Red Priest; Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), the Hound; Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), the Sword of the Queen; and a blacksmith named Gendry (Joe Dempsie) suddenly returned after three years on a rowboat.

Okay, he wasn't actually rowing for three years, but it sure felt that way. Gendry, last seen on Game of Thrones in the »

- Josh Wigler

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'The Defenders': Where Everything Stands in Netflix's Marvel Universe

15 hours ago

Four years, four heroes, and well more than four episodes have passed since Marvel and Netflix launched a partnership leading up to this moment: The Defenders, the television answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Avengers strategy.

Originally announced in 2013, the eight-episode limited series serves as the culmination of four different Marvel shows: Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind attorney who fights for justice using the law, super senses, and an impressive ninja background; Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter as the title character, a hard-drinking and harder-hitting detective caught in an internal and external war against »

- Josh Wigler

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Oprah Winfrey Says '60 Minutes' Gig Grew Out of Post-Election Roundtable

15 hours ago

Oprah is returning to broadcast television next month as a 60 Minutes special contributor. In a recent interview with Vogue, Winfrey explained that the idea for her return was tied to Donald Trump's election win.

O Magazine hosted a roundtable of female Trump and Clinton supporters two weeks after the election. Winfrey said she was inspired by the results of the conversation, which initially started out with some women not wanting to sit at the same table as the women who voted for the opposing candidate.

“By pressing the conversation in such a way that people »

- Lorena O'Neil

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