ABC Reality Chief on 'Bachelor in Paradise' Controversy, Diversity and Franchise's Future

For two weeks this summer, it looked as if Bachelor in Paradise would be washing up on the cutting room floor.  As has been heavily reported, an on-set investigation into a sexual encounter between two contestants, Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, delayed production on the Bachelor spinoff series and nearly derailed its fourth season. Ultimately,…

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HBO Hackers Leak 'Curb' Episodes

4:08 PM PDT 8/13/2017 by the Associated Press The hackers also released Sunday night’s episode of ‘Insecure’ and what appear to be episodes of ‘Ballers’ and other programming. Hackers continue to pester HBO, releasing several unaired episodes of the highly anticipated returnof Curb Your Enthusiasm on Sunday in their latest leak. Season nine of Larry…

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Emmys: Why the Documentary Category Suffers from “Meaninglessness” (Guest Column)

The film and TV academies have different ideas about what constitutes an eligible title, and Ezra Edelman’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’ is the latest to capitalize. Last year, when I and the other jury members of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards convened to hash out the best nonfiction films of 2016, the most heated…

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What Is SoftBank's Endgame in the U.S.?

With the world’s largest tech fund at his disposal (a cool $ 93 billion), the Japanese conglomerate’s brash CEO Masayoshi Son has spent big on everything from robotics to pharmaceuticals, and now he hopes to leverage his investment in Sprint for an aggressive push into pay TV. It’s been hard to miss the flurry of aggressive…

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Critic's Notebook: The Mooch Admits He Made an “Unforced Error” in First TV Interview

9:21 AM PDT 8/13/2017 by Frank Scheck Anthony Scaramucci gave his first televised appearance since being fired after only 11 days as White House Communications Director on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ Sunday’s edition of This Week With George Stephanopoulos did not make for lighthearted viewing. From Charlottesville’s deadly white nationalist protest march to the growing possibility…

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When a Horror Movie Shows Too Much

No matter how good a film like ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is, unraveling the mystery behind its antagonist makes it less scary. [Warning: This story contains spoilers for Annabelle: Creation] Less really is more when it comes to horror. And with Annabelle: Creation, something is lost by exploring the backstory of the haunted doll first introduced in 2013’s The Conjuring.…

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Ryan Murphy ('Feud: Bette and Joan')

“The only difference between me and the ten guys and women who were in my writing group when I first started out here in Hollywood is that I’m the only one of those people who just didn’t take no for an answer and didn’t become devastated over the rejection,” says Ryan Murphy, the writer, director,…

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1 Dead, Dozens Injured as Car Plows Into Crowd in Charlottesville

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. At least one person is dead and numerous others were injured after a motorist plowed into a crowd who gathered to protest a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville Saturday afternoon. Video of the car mowing through the group was posted to social media.  Charlottesville Mayor Mike…

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'Bachelor in Paradise': Chris Harrison Details Production Shutdown, How It Will Play Out On-Air

When Bachelor in Paradise premieres on Monday, host Chris Harrison will be walking along an empty beach. Instead of his usual meet-and-greets as the castmembers make their way to the beachfront resort in Sayulita, Mexico, the host of the ABC reality franchise will open the fourth season solo, with a humble introduction that brings viewers…

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'Atlanta,' 'Silicon Valley,' More TV Show Bosses on Trump, Best Zingers and Biggest Challenges

Courtesy of Netflix In season three of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, the Netflix comedy went out of its way to up its absurdity quotient. That included an elaborate parody of Beyonce’s Lemonade, a brutal critique of the NFL and the Washington Redskins, and — perhaps most left field — a flashback-fueled subplot that incorporated a cruise…

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