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Sopranos, Goodfellas actor Frank Vincent dies at 80
By Ariana Bacle, EW.com - Sep. 13, 2017

Legendary film and television tough guy Frank Vincent, who battled James Gandolfini and Robert De Niro in his most famous roles, has died at 80.

“Legendary actor and accomplished musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” his family said in a statement.

The New Jersey native began acting in the 1970s and his career took off after he starred in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull in 1980 alongside De Niro and Joe Pesci. Vincent had earlier partnered with Pesci in the 1970s to form a short-lived comedy duo. (“I would abuse the audience,” Vincent said in a 1996 interview with the New York Times, “and Joe would abuse me.”)

A fruitful collaboration with Scorsese, De Niro, and Pesci would soon follow. Vincent memorably played mobster Billy Batts in Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas, uttering the immortal line, “go get your f—ing shine box,” among other profane zingers. (Vincent’s graphic death scene, at the hands of Pesci’s character, both starts Goodfellas and acts as a narrative turning point later in the story.)

In 1995, the quartet collaborated again for Casino, where Vincent scored a modicum of onscreen retribution against Pesci. In the mafia epic, it’s Vincent who kills Pesci’s character in a similarly graphic fashion.

“Marty has a knack for … picking people who are really not that well known and to develop them as actors,” Vincent said of Scorsese in a 2011 interview. “Joe Pesci and I had the chemistry anyway, from playing together for years. Marty used it three times: He used it [in Raging Bull], he used it in Casino, and he used it in Goodfellas. It was quite a nice thing for us because it brought us into the film business. And we had to learn pretty fast how to do it and what to do.”

More roles would follow Casino, including a part in the TV movie Gotti and work on New York Undercover and NYPD Blue. In 2004, Vincent joined the cast of The Sopranos as Phil Leotardo, the chief antagonist to Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) as the series drew to its close. (Vincent’s character dies in the series finale — again, in graphic fashion.)

“I would say that Phil was [one of the great TV villains], yeah,” Vincent said in another 2011 interview. “He didn’t fool around. Phil was serious. He had a job to do and he thought, you know, ‘This Soprano guy is from Jersey, what does that mean? We are New Yorkers! The Jersey mob is nothing — they don’t even prick their fingers when they do the ceremony.’ Some of the writing for Phil was just brilliant.”

In 2006, as The Sopranos was coming to an end, Vincent also published a book: The Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man. More recently, Vincent appeared on shows like Law & Order: SVU and Stargate: Atlantis, and voiced a character on Adult Swim animated series Mr. Pickles from 2014 to 2016.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary took almost as long to make as the conflict lasted
By Robert Bianco, USA Today - Sep. 12, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Ken Burns is going back to The Vietnam War.

The question is, will America want to go back with him?

Let's just say he hopes we will, because he says there is much to be learned. "Human nature never changes, and Vietnam, particularly because we live in this stew of anger and recrimination ... helps us understand the present moment," Burns told the Television Critics Association Sunday.

Directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, and debuting Sept. 17, Vietnam will air in 10 parts over 18 hours, spread over two weeks. The film features testimony from more than 80 witnesses from all sides of the war's massive social divide: soldiers and anti-war protesters, Americans and Vietnamese.

And as with most of Burns and Novick's films, most of the people interviewed will be unknown to you before you see the film — celebrities and politicians are mentioned, but for the most part are not used as talking heads.

Burns says there's no agenda in the film, other than to use those perspectives to try to get at the truth, something he says has rarely been done with Vietnam. By doing so, he hopes he might "take the fuel rods" out of the division the war sparked and rid us of the "toxicity" he thinks we've inherited from the conflict.

When Burns made earlier films about World War II and the Civil War, he says, the first thing he had to do was "strip away the sentimentality" that had accumulated around those conflicts. The advantage with Vietnam, he says, is that no such sentimentality surrounds it: "There's a through-line to the tragedy, a through-line to the horror of war."

Burns and Novick spent 10 years making this film — something he could not have done, he said, anywhere but PBS. "There is no other place where this could have been made, where we could have spent 10 years. There is no other business model."

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Dancing with the Stars Shocker: Julianne Hough Is Not Returning
By Tim Surette, TVGuide.com - Sep. 13, 2017

When Dancing with the Stars debuts its 25th season in less than a week, it will be a lot less chipper.

Julianne Hough will not return to the judges' table when the dancing show returns on Sept. 18, TV Guide has confirmed. Hough has served as a judge on the series for five of the last six seasons and formed a potent foursome with fellow critics Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Hough, a former pro dancer on the show with two wins under her belt, brought her experience on the other side to the judges' table, but it was her positive personality and energy that made her one of the show's most prominent faces. She was the anti-Len, balancing out his curmudgeonly lashings about "content" and staunchly traditional perspectives with bubbly reinforcement and a thirst for things that pushed the envelope.

There's no explanation why Hough decided to leave the show, but she's undergone a lot of personal changes recently. She is still beaming from her recent July marriage to Brooks Laich, and last season missed some time for a dancing tour with her brother Derek (who left the show last season), in which the two siblings delivered their own interpretations of their troubled family life growing up.

A rep for Dancing with the Stars released the following statement: "We are thrilled to have Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann back in the ballroom and look forward to welcoming guest judges wherever possible."

We'll dearly miss Hough, but if we're looking for guest judges, can we recommend Aaron Carter? He filled in for Hough last season and was fantastic.

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on ABC.

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TV Notes (Cable)
‘Wrecked’, ‘People Of Earth’ & ‘The Guest Book’ Renewed At TBS
By Denise Petski, Deadline.com - Sep. 13, 2017

TBS has renewed its hit comedies Wrecked, People of Earth and The Guest Book for new seasons.

TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly told Deadline during the July TCA press tour that Wrecked was “looking good” for a renewal, but had not yet gotten a green light for Season 3. The plane crash-survivor comedy was a sleeper hit when it launched last summer above expectations. It started its second season down year over year but began creeping up. Its cast includes Asif Ali, Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Brooke Dillman, Ginger Gonzaga, Will Greenberg, Jessica Lowe, Ally Maki and Brian Sacca.

The supernatural-tinged People of Earth, also renewed for Season 3, revolves around a group of alien abductees – or “experiencers” – living in the small town of Beacon, NY. The ensemble cast includes Nasim Pedrad, Michael Cassidy, Wyatt Cenac, Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Cassidy, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Brian Huskey, Nancy Lenehan, Tracee Chimo, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Björn Gustafsson and Ken Hall.

Anthology-style comedy The Guest Book renewed for Season 2, hails from writer and exec producer Greg Garcia (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl). It stems from Garcia’s habit of writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. Season 1 stars Garret Dillahunt, Carly Jibson, Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Lou Wilson, Laura Bell Bundy and Eddie Steeples as residents of a small mountain town who interact with visitors renting the vacation home Froggy Cottage.

“Since rebranding this network just two years ago, we have renewed 100% of our scripted originals, which have all generated impressive audience growth in an environment that’s seeing mostly declines,” said Brett Weitz, EVP Original Orogramming for TBS. “Our shows are connecting with fans and we’re going to keep making these genuinely funny comedies with the best creators in this business.”

The three summer series join TBS’ previous 2017 renewals, including dysfunctional family comedy The Detour and police procedural spoof Angie Tribeca.

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TV/Mobile Notes (Streaming)
AT&T is extending its free HBO deal to Unlimited Choice
By Dani Deahl, TheVerge.com - Sep. 13, 2017

Earlier this year, AT&T announced it would be offering free HBO to customers on Unlimited Plus, its top-tier plan. Now, it’s extending the same deal to Unlimited Choice, beginning September 15th. The Unlimited Choice plan starts at $60, caps data speeds at 3Mbps, and only allows for standard definition viewing, or streaming video at about 480p. As with AT&T’s other plans, there’s also a limit of 22GB a month before your data might be throttled.

As for how you watch HBO, AT&T is offering the same three options it did when it first brought the deal to Unlimited Plus. If you already subscribe through an AT&T service, HBO will be included for no charge, and if you subscribe to an AT&T video service but not HBO, access will automatically be added to your wireless plan. Customers who don’t use any of AT&T’s video services will be able to access HBO through the DirecTV Now and HBO Go apps.

This year, AT&T also started including free HBO service for subscribers of the most expensive channel tiers on DirecTV.

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TV Notes (Streaming)
‘Atypical’ Renewed for Second Season at Netflix
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Sep. 13, 2017

Netflix has renewed the autism comedy “Atypical” for a 10-episode second season, star Michael Rapaport announced on Wednesday.

“I wanna tell all the @atypical @net flix SUPPORTERS Atypical is officially picked up for season 2,” the actor wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of a billboard promoting the show.

The series stars Keir Gilchrist as an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. Rapaport and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-star as Gilchrist’s parents on the series. Brigette Lundy-Paine and Amy Okuda also star.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Atypical” is created and written by “The Goldbergs” and “How I Met Your Mother” alum Robia Rashid. Rashid and director Seth Gordon serve as executive producers along with Mary Rohlich. Leigh also serves as a producer.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
'American Ninja Warrior' Hits New Season High
By Kate Stanhope, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Sep. 13, 2017

American Ninja Warrior notched another season high Monday.

With Nielsen numbers starting to trickle in after a Hurricane Irma-induced delay, the NBC reality competition emerged as Monday's top show with a 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo — a new season high. Warrior also pulled in an average of 6.3 million viewers, the show's largest audience since August 2016.

Warrior's impressive outing helped NBC to best the other broadcast networks. The network also had a steady outing of supernatural drama Midnight, Texas (0.7 adults).

(NBC's New Orleans station was preempted by football.)

On ABC, Bachelor in Paradise wrapped its, ahem, eventful fourth season steady from last week, drawing a 1.3 rating. A new episode of To Tell the Truth (0.7) was flat.

So You Think You Can Dance (0.6 adults) was also even for Fox.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
'The Deuce' Premiere Draws 2.2 Million Viewers
By Kate Stanhope, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Sep. 13, 2017

The premiere of The Deuce did decent business for HBO on Sunday.

The '70s-set porn drama, co-created by The Wire and Treme writer David Simon, has so far amassed more than 2.2 million viewers.

Roughly 830,000 viewers tuned in for the show's linear premiere Sunday. However, that number jumped to more than 1.1 million with a 12:15 a.m. encore telecast also factored in. The pay cabler grabbed another 1.1 million viewers by making the pilot available to view on Aug. 25 on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on demand, among other platforms.

So far, that puts The Deuce on par with the July 2016 launch of the limited series legal drama The Night Of, which drew 2.1 million viewers for its first episode. As HBO noted Wednesday, The Night Of ultimately averaged 8.2 million viewers. (The drama is also up for eight Emmys at Sunday's ceremony, having already nabbed four statues at the two-night Creative Arts Emmy awards.)

While The Deuce's linear numbers can't touch network hit Game of Thrones, the drama is an important awards play for HBO as the channel looks to re-stock its drama slate. Earlier this year, The Leftovers wrapped its three-season run and Game of Thrones has just one six-episode final season remaining.

So far, The Deuce has an impressive 86 percent rating on Metacritic, with THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg praising the first season as "substantive, provocative and entertaining" and also singling out the "remarkable" ensemble led by stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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TV/Technology Notes (Digital)
fuboTV Launches ‘Advanced’ DVR
By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News - Sep. 13, 2017

fuboTV, the sports-focused virtual MVPD, has rolled out premium-level “Advanced DVR” add-on that lets subs store up to 500 hours of programing in the cloud for an additional $9.99 per month.

fuboTV offers a more basic form of its cloud DVR for all packages that lets users store up to 30 hours.

As part of the update, fuboTV customers with the more basic DVR service can keep content stored perpetually, so long as they remain an active subscriber. Previously, customers had ten DVR “slots” for recording that would expire after ten days. The Advanced DVR service also allows recording without a fixed expiration.

fuboTV currently supports cloud-based DVR on web browsers, app for iOS and Android, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices.

fuboTV has also introduced a pair of product updates.

Viewers can now pause and un-pause a live stream when the service is being viewed on supported desktop, mobile web platform and iOS devices.

fuboTV has also added a feature (initially on desktop and mobile web platforms) that lets viewers use their personal storage to jump/seek from a pause stream to live TV, and rewind back to where they started watching.

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Cord Cutting Explodes
22 Million U.S. Adults Will Have Canceled Cable, Satellite TV by End of 2017
By Todd Spangler, Variety.com - Sep. 13, 2017

Winter is here for cable and satellite TV operators.

American consumers are cancelling traditional pay-TV service at a much faster rate than previously expected, according to research firm eMarketer.

In 2017, a total of 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service to date — up 33% from 16.7 million in 2016 — the researcher now predicts. That’s significantly higher than eMarketer’s prior estimate of 15.4 million cord-cutters as of the end of this year. Meanwhile, the number of “cord-nevers” (consumers who have never subscribed to pay TV) will rise 5.8% this year, to 34.4 million.

“Younger audiences continue to switch to either exclusively watching [over-the-top] video or watching them in combination with free-TV options,” said Chris Bendtsen, senior forecasting analyst at eMarketer. “Last year, even the Olympics and [the U.S.] presidential election could not prevent younger audiences from abandoning pay TV.”

Overall, 196.3 million U.S. adults will have traditional pay TV (cable, satellite or telco) this year, down 2.4% compared with 2016, eMarketer predicts. By 2021, that will drop to 181.7 million, a decline of nearly 10% from 2016. The number of pay-TV viewers 55 and older will continue to rise over the next four years, while for every other age cohort the subscriber tallies will decline.

By 2021, the number of cord-cutters will nearly equal the number of people who have never had pay TV — a total of 81 million U.S. adults. That means around 30% of American adults won’t have traditional pay TV at that point, per eMarketer’s revised forecast.



There’s a caveat on these numbers: eMarketer’s estimates for pay-TV viewers do not include “virtual” internet TV services, such as Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu’s live TV service, or YouTube TV. But industry analysts say over-the-top TV subscription services so far have not offset declines in traditional pay television. Moreover, the cheaper OTT packages typically include fewer channels, so the growth of “skinny” TV bundles implies net household losses for many cable networks.

Seeing the writing on this wall, several TV programmers have launched or are prepping direct-to-consumer streaming services themselves. CBS in 2014 launched All Access, while Disney has set early 2018 for the debut of a no-cable-needed ESPN OTT package (although that will exclude NFL and NBA games). In addition, five media companies — A+E Networks, Viacom, Discovery, Scripps Networks Interactive and AMC Networks — reportedly have joined forces to create a non-sports streaming bundle of cable programming to be priced at under $20 per month.

For the TV biz, there’s another worrisome trend: People are watching less traditional television. For the first time, in 2017 average TV viewing in the U.S. is expected to drop below 4 hours per day, eMarketer predicts.

Average time spent watching TV (excluding digital) among American adults will drop 3.1%, to 3 hours 58 minutes this year. Digital-video consumption, meanwhile, continues to climb. U.S. adults will consume 1 hour 17 minutes of digital video per day on average in 2017 (excluding time spent viewing video on social networks), up 9.3% year over year, according to eMarketer.

With the U.S. pay-TV base eroding faster than anticipated and average TV viewing time dropping, eMarketer cut its TV ad-spending forecast for 2017 by a little over $1 billion.

This year, TV advertising will increase just 0.5%, to $71.65 billion (versus the firm’s previous $72.72 billion forecast). As a result, the TV sector’s share of total U.S. media ad spending will drop to 34.9% (vs. 36.6% in 2016) and is expected to fall below 30% by 2021.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that 22.2 million U.S. adults were expected to cancel pay-TV service in 2017; in fact, eMarketer’s estimate represents the cumulative number of cord-cutters projected by the end of the year.

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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Sep. 14, 2017

ABC:
8PM - Celebrity Family Feud: Paula Deen vs. Carson Kressley; Rico Rodriguez vs. Jaleel White
(R - Aug. 14)
9PM - Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson (Special, 120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Stephen Colbert; Nina Dobrev; Dustin Lynch performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Kevin Can Wait
(R - May 4)
8:31PM - Kevin Can Wait
(R - Apr. 13)
9PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - Zoo
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11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (TV host John Dickerson; Michael Rapaport; Grizzly Bear performs)
(R - Aug. 17)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Jenna Fischer; Andrea Riseborough; comic Jesus Trejo)

NBC:
8PM - American Ninja Warrior (120 min.)
(R - Aug. 28)
10PM - Chicago Fire
(R - Mar. 21)
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12:05AM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jake Gyllenhaal; Dr. Jane Goodall; Yo Gotti performs with Nicki Minaj)
1:07AM - Late Night with Seth Meyers (Jennifer Lawrence; Caitriona Balfe; journalist Ezra Klein; Elaine Bradley sits in with the 8G Band)
2:08AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Giancarlo Esposito; Dressy Bessy performs; Mike White)

FOX:
8PM - Beat Shazam (Season Finale)
9PM - Love Connection (Season Finale)

THE CW:
8PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Danielle Panabakers)
9:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Tony Cavalero)
(R - Aug. 10)

PBS:
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
(R - Feb. 16)
9PM - Earth's Natural Wonders: Living Wonders
(R - Oct. 18, 2015)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Seattle
(R - May 20, 2013)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Enamorándome de Ramón
9PM - Mi Marido Tiene Familia
10PM - Hoy Voy A Cambiar

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio
9PM - Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

NFL NETWORK:
7:30PM - Football Night in Cincinnati (LIVE)
8:20PM - Thursday Night Football: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals (Season Premiere, LIVE)

ESPN:
8PM - College Football: New Mexico at Boise State (LIVE)

ESPN 2:
8PM - WNBA Basketball: Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx (LIVE)
10PM - WNBA Basketball: Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks (LIVE)

CMT:
10PM - Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
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11PM - I Love Kellie Pickler

FX:
10PM - Better Things (Season Premiere, 34 min.)

MTV:
11PM - Nick Cannon Presents: Lil Rel; Mia Kang; Ayo & Teo

SHOWTIME:
11PM - Naked SNCTM

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Producer and writer Jill Soloway)
11:31PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Musicians Chuck D and Tom Morello)
(R - Sep. 13)

TBS:
10:30PM - The Guest Book
* * * *
11PM - Conan (Comic Jim Jefferies; journalist Katy Tur; comic Taylor Tomlinson)

POP:
1AM - Big Brother After Dark (120 min., LIVE)


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Technology/Business Notes (Mobile)
Why the Newest iPhone 8, iPhone X Are a Win For Intel and Dish Network
By Aaron Pressman, Fortune.com - Sep. 14, 2017

Apple's decisions about the technologies in its new iPhones will both expand and limit how owners can connect to popular wireless providers, creating winners and losers among those carriers and their suppliers.

The modem chips in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X play a big role in who comes out ahead. So does the wireless spectrum bands and wireless transmission technologies that are included in the devices.

Like with its phones that debuted last year, Apple is thought to be splitting its modem business between Qualcomm and Intel. But the two chip giants don't include the same features in their latest modems—analysts say Qualcomm currently has more advanced chips.

That's why iPhones designed for AT&T and T-Mobile's networks won't work on Sprint and Verizon's networks, for example. The Intel chips certain iPhones don't include an older needed technology, known as CDMA, that Qualcomm brought to market and therefore aren't fully compatible with the networks run by Sprint and Verizon.

Qualcomm chips have other advantages, like the use of multiple antennas to speed data transfers, but last year, Apple even limited some of those features so that iPhones with Intel chips wouldn't be seen as inferior.

That may be happening again, according to analyst Walt Piecyk of BTIG Research. He notes that unlike Android phone makers using Qualcomm's current chips, Apple did not tout the iPhone's ability to reach gigabit-per-second download speeds. Since Intel's current modem chip can't hit that speed, Apple failing to mention the capability in Qualcomm chips is a symbolic win for Intel, he says.

Another big winner from the new iPhones may be Dish Network. The satellite TV service also owns a lot of wireless spectrum licenses, but in bands that haven't been commonly used by phones. After ignoring it last year, however, Apple made its phones announced on Tuesday compatible with Band 66, which covers the rights Dish owns as well as rights licenses several carriers bought at a 2015 government auction. Dish isn't planning to build a phone network anytime soon, but its rights become more valuable if they become more commonly used, Piecyk says. "This is particularly good for Dish, which will see an ecosystem develop for a large block of its vacant spectrum," Piecyk noted in a report on Wednesday.

What about losers? Apple's decision to turn off features in Qualcomm's modems certainly hurts Qualcomm. A similar move involving last year's iPhone forms one of the legal claims the chipmaker filed against Apple in April. Apple sued Qualcomm in January, charging that the chipmaker was abusing a dominant market position to overcharge for royalties. Qualcomm said it had done nothing wrong and charged Apple with intentionally harming its business by, among other things, crippling some of its modem features in iPhones.

T-Mobile and AT&T also lost out when bands of spectrum they own were left off the new iPhones. T-Mobile just spent $8 billion on spectrum in the 600 MHz band, but band 71, which includes that swath, isn'tcompatible with the new iPhones. So too band 14, which includes airwaves that AT&T acquired in its contract to build the government first responder network known as FirstNet.

With its new phones, Apple also appears to be ignoring this year a standard being pushed by Sprint called High Performance User Equipment, or HPU-E, that let devices over longer distances. Sprint's airwaves don't cover the country as broadly as competitors'' networks, but the carrier is hoping HPU-E will help it cover more territory. But that requires manufacturers to build HPU-E features into their phones and few have so far.

And Apple did not include technology for using unlicensed spectrum for phone connectivity known as LTE-U and License Assisted Access, or LAA. Several carriers are experimenting with those bands as ways to add capacity to their increasingly crowded networks. "Verizon has been particularly vocal about this as an alternative capacity source," Piecyk noted, adding his suggested solution for the largest carrier: "We think they should buy Dish."Still, despite all the moves in the 2017 iPhones, Apple doesn't control the entire market and other manufacturers are including some of the overlooked bands and features. And, of course, Apple is likely to introduce new iPhones in 2018.

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Food, AMC, Discovery Among Cord-Cutters’ Must Haves: Study
By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable - Sep. 13, 2017

At a time when cord cutting and skinny bundles are trending topics in the TV world, a new study by Beta Research found that among consumers very interested in dropping cable TV, the channel most said they must have was Food Network.

Other must-have basic cable networks from these potential cord cutters were AMC, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FX, The Weather Channel, TNT and History.

Among all viewers, the must-have channels were topped by Investigation Discovery.

Also high on the list were ESPN, Discovery, AMC, History, Food Network, HGTV and National Geographic Channel.

Investigation Discovery also had the highest perceived value among viewers, who said it was worth on average $1.85. Other highly valued networks include Nickelodeon at $1.80, Disney Channel at $1.77, ESPN at $1.76, Food Network and Cartoon Network at $1.70, ESPNU at $1.69, AMC at $1.65 and HGTV at $1.64.

When asked to name their five favorite cable network, 22% adults in the survey named Food Network and 21% named History.

Also named by a good chunk of viewers were ESPN and ABC at 19%, HGTV and FX at 18%, Comedy Central and Fox News at 15% (probably a different 15%) and Syfy, USA Network and TNT, all at 14%.

The study measured 44 basic cable networks. Beta Research conducted its research during June using a national sample of cable subscribers age 18 and older.

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Starz picks up dramedy 'Vida' from former Chicagoan Tanya Saracho
By Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune - Sep. 13, 2017

Playwright and TV writer Tanya Saracho has moved into the ranks of showrunner. Starz has picked up her series “Vida,” a drama-comedy hybrid about two Mexican-American sisters in East Los Angeles. “Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.”

The cable network, Saracho told me this week, has given her the opportunity to “put an all-Latinx writers room together and that's given ‘Vida’ all the life. This inclusivity has created the sort of short-hand and commiseration that can only come from 'us' getting to tell our own stories. It's a beautiful experiment which I hope becomes the common practice of shows with a specialized gaze into a culture.”

Here is Starz Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht on the series: “Tanya explores identity, culture, gender and sexuality through the lens of a Latinix family and their community. It’s a deeply personal and relatable series about coming back home and finally growing up.”

The show, he said, “reflects the intersecting worlds of Latin and American descendants of all genders and sexualities and speaks to the heart of Starz’s programming commitment to present compelling stories for traditionally underserved audiences. We are very proud to work with Tanya and help bring her vision to life.”

Saracho, who was born in Mexico and grew up on both sides of the Texas border, moved to Chicago after graduating from Boston University. While here, she co-founded the theater company Teatro Luna and was a prolific playwright, with productions at the storefront level as well as the big houses in town, including the Goodman.

Her newest play, "Fade," opens at Victory Gardens Theater Nov. 4 and was inspired by her own experiences as a TV writer working late at the office. The play is a behind-the-scenes drama about a Mexican-born TV writer working for a ruthless boss who soon discovers that the building’s Mexican-American custodian has some plot ideas of his own.

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Syfy Picks Up Nightflyers to Series, Based on George R.R. Martin's Novella
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Sep. 13, 2017

Sure, flying dragons are pretty cool… but Syfy is hoping that flying spaceships are even cooler.

The network has handed a series order to Nightflyers, a sci-fi drama based on a novella by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. (The Hollywood Reporter had the news first.) Set in a future where Earth faces imminent destruction, Nightflyers centers on a group of explorers who head into outer space to find an alien ship that may hold the key to their survival. Their spaceship’s artificial intelligence might have other ideas, though…

No casting has been announced yet, but production has already begun on the pilot, which was ordered back in June. Martin won’t be involved in the project, as he’s busy working on HBO’s proposed Game of Thrones spinoffs — oh, and finishing the book series, of course. Instead, Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) will pen the pilot, with The Blacklist executive producer Daniel Cerone serving as showrunner.

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2017 Emmy Awards: Which nominees will win, and which ones should
By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian - Sep. 12, 2017

The 2017 Emmy Awards are coming up Sept. 17, and in a year packed with memorable performances, bracing comedies and bold dramas, the suspense is building.

Will "Saturday Night Live" keep its steamroller momentum going, and collect even more statues? Will HBO's freshman drama "Westworld" win prizes that might otherwise have gone to "Game of Thrones," which wasn't eligible this year because of a delayed premiere date? And will "This Is Us" defy cable dominance, and produce a major win for a broadcast network?

We'll find out Sunday night. But we can already guess what Stephen Colbert, host of this year's 69th Primetime Emmy extravaganza, will joke about.

After all, "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" saw its ratings spike this year as Colbert took nightly aim at Donald Trump, whose presidency Colbert pokes like low-hanging fruit. And after being overlooked in 2016, "The Late Show" is nominated this year for outstanding variety talk series.

Colbert has made no secret of his low opinion of Trump, and plenty of viewers and Emmy voters have given Colbert a thumbs-up for his takedowns.

It's not a stretch to think that Colbert's Emmy monologue will also make room for jokes about the president, an approach likely to go over well with the reliably liberal showbiz audience who will gather in Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

Whether TV-watchers at home will welcome more Trump punchlines or reach for the remote, the 2017 Emmys are bound to include some well-deserving winners. After years of boring everyone to sleep by choosing the same nominees year after year, Emmy voters have recently shown that they actually seem to be watching TV. How else to explain so many smartly chosen nominees?

Of course, we all have our favorites. And now it's time for me to offer my annual, completely subjective rundown of which nominees deserve to win, and which ones will likely win, in the major categories.

The envelopes, please!

DRAMA SERIES

Nominees:
"Better Call Saul"; "The Crown"; "The Handmaid's Tale"; "House of Cards"; "Stranger Things"; "This Is Us"; "Westworld."

Should win: "The Handmaid's Tale" was beautifully made, with standout performances by Elisabeth Moss and everyone else in the cast. It was eerily timely, and, let's be honest, super-depressing.

Will win: "Westworld" earned a total of 22 nominations, and won five Creative Arts Emmys this past weekend. That signals Emmy voters were impressed with the dystopian sci-fi fantasy.

ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Nominees:
Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"; Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"; Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"; Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"; Milo Ventimiglia, "This Is Us"; Anthony Hopkins, "Westworld."

Should win: Matthew Rhys had another stellar season on "The Americans," but Sterling K. Brown expertly juggled comedy and drama on "This Is Us."

Will win: Sterling K. Brown is the clear standout in an ensemble cast, so even if "This Is Us" doesn't win a Best Drama trophy - it's an upstart, considering the show airs not on cable, but on NBC, a broadcast network -- he's likely to triumph here.

ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Nominees:
Keri Russell, "The Americans"; Claire Foy, "The Crown"; Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"; Evan Rachel Wood, "Westworld."

Should win: Evan Rachel Wood gave the best performance in "Westworld," but Elisabeth Moss was mesmerizing as the oppressed Handmaid who was determined to survive in "The Handmaid's Tale."

Will win: Elisabeth Moss.

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Nominees:
Jonathan Banks, "Better Call Saul"; John Lithgow, "The Crown"; Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"; Michael Kelly, "House of Cards"; David Harbour, "Stranger Things"; Ron Cephas Jones, "This Is Us"; Jeffrey Wright, "Westworld."

Should win: John Lithgow did the near-impossible in "The Crown." An American, he made the much-imitated Winston Churchill not only convincingly British, he rescued Churchill from the curse of caricature.

Will win: John Lithgow.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Nominees:
Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Samira Wiley, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is The New Black"; Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"; Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us"; Thandie Newton, "Westworld."

Should win: In a category filled with strong performances, Millie Bobby Brown stands out for her devastatingly smart and touching performance as Eleven, in "Stranger Things."

Will win: Millie Bobby Brown.

COMEDY SERIES

Nominees:
"Atlanta"; "black-ish"; "Master of None"; "Modern Family"; "Silicon Valley"; "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; "Veep."

Should win: "Atlanta" had an impressive debut season, and "Master of None" featured some of the most delightful moments of the 2017 season. But "Veep," which has overdone the everyone-in-politics-is-a-hack cynicism in the past, had a standout season that showed a bit of depth - gasp! - while also keeping the laughs coming.

Will win: "Veep," which has the most nominations for a comedy series, and won the past two years, looks pretty unstoppable.

ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Nominees:
Donald Glover, "Atlanta"; Zach Galifianakis, "Baskets"; Anthony Anderson, "black-ish"; Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"; William H. Macy, "Shameless"; Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent."

Should win: In "Atlanta," Donald Glover co-created a show that, on one hand, follows the comedy-drama-auteur form we've seen in "Louie" and "Girls." But "Atlanta" had its own fresh spark, and Glover's low-key charm and soulfulness were essential.

Will win: Jeffrey Tambor again sensitively handled the blend of comedy and drama as Maura in "Transparent." But he's won two years in a row, and "Transparent" failed to snag a comedy series nomination. It looks like this is Donald Glover's year.

ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Nominees:
Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"; Tracee Ellis Ross, "black-ish"; Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie"; Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"; Allison Janney, "Mom"; Ellie Kemper, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep."

Should win: Like Donald Glover, Pamela Adlon created a show that seems to reflect her heart and soul. As a single mom trying to balance parenthood and her acting career, Adlon was totally original in what could have been a cliche.

Will win: But there's no way Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to lose. Emmy voters love her (she has a record number of wins for her category) and she had perhaps her best season yet in "Veep."

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Nominees:
Louie Anderson, "Baskets"; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; Alec Baldwin, "Saturday Night Live"; Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Tony Hale, "Veep"; Matt Walsh, "Veep."

Should win: Louie Anderson deservedly won last year, and he'd be a fine repeat victory, along with Tony Hale, who had another terrific season on "Veep."

Will win: But the "Saturday Night Live" juggernaut looks like it will carry Alec Baldwin to victory. Guest host Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy (whose Sean Spicer impression took off) both won Creative Arts Emmys. And Baldwin's Donald Trump impression may not make Trump happy, but it became a pop culture sensation.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Nominees:
Vanessa Bayer, "Saturday Night Live"; Leslie Jones, "Saturday Night Live"; Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"; Kathryn Hahn, "Transparent"; Judith Light, "Transparent"; Anna Chlumsky, "Veep."

Should win: Judith Light, who's always good, has never been better than in Season 3 of "Transparent," where she made Shelly Pfefferman's self-absorption and struggles hilarious and, finally, heroic.

Will win: This category is such a weird hodgepodge of "SNL" sketch players and actresses who play continuing characters, it's a mess. If all those "SNL" nominations don't cancel each other out, Kate McKinnon looks likely to win for her Hillary Clinton impressions in campaign season sketches.

LIMITED SERIES

Nominees:
"Big Little Lies"; "Fargo"; "Feud: Bette and Joan"; "Genius"; "The Night Of."

Should win: I admit I didn't watch "Genius" - sorry, National Geographic, but there are only so many hours in the day - but the other series are all so good this is a fierce battle. My vote goes to "Big Little Lies," which transcended its murder mystery plot to become a layered, perceptive look at how women can get trapped - then, unexpectedly, help each other get free.

Will win: The HBO votes may get split between "Big Little Lies" and "The Night Of," but I'm guessing "Big Little Lies" pulls off a win.

ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Nominees:
Ewan McGregor, "Fargo"; Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"; Riz Ahmed, "The Night Of"; John Turturro, "The Night Of"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: The Lying Detective"; Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies."

Should win: McGregor had the tricky task for playing dual roles in "Fargo," and for the most part, he did it well. Riz Ahmed was all coiled tension in "The Night Of." But John Turturro poured an ocean of emotion into his role as a two-bit lawyer in "The Night Of," without ever getting soppy. He deserves to win.

Will win: Though they may split the vote, Riz Ahmed had the more attention-getting role, and as his character went through agonizing transformations, Ahmed was always fascinating to watch. My guess is voters will applaud him for it.

SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Nominees:
Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"; David Thewlis, "Fargo"; Alfred Molina, "Feud: Bette and Joan"; Stanley Tucci, "Feud: Bette and Joan"; Bill Camp, "The Night Of"; Michael Kenneth Williams, "The Night Of."

Should win: Though there was, in the end, a bit too much of David Thewlis' snaggle-toothed, speechifying villain, V.M. Varga, he definitely made an impression in the third installment of "Fargo."

Will win: Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci may cancel each other out, so I'm betting David Thewlis takes the prize.

ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Nominees:
Felicity Huffman, "American Crime"; Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"; Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"; Carrie Coon, "Fargo"; Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan"; Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan."

Should win: How to pick? This is by far the strongest field of all the major categories. I'm torn between Jessica Lange, whose Joan Crawford was strong yet self-defeating, and Nicole Kidman's smart woman in an abusive relationship. Kidman has a slight edge, though, because the role was far more complicated than it initially appeared.

Will win: I'd be happy with any of this group, but I'm rooting for Nicole Kidman, so I'll say she's the frontrunner.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Nominees:
Regina King, "American Crime"; Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"; Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"; Judy Davis, "Feud: Bette and Joan"; Jackie Hoffman, "Feud: Bette and Joan"; Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies."

Should win: Laura Dern leaned in with a deceptively subtle portrait of a career woman/helicopter mother who had more going on under the surface than we'd guess.

Will win: Laura Dern is likely to get some Emmy love.

TELEVISION MOVIE

Nominees:
"Black Mirror," ''Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love," ''The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"; "Sherlock: The Lying Detective," ''The Wizard of Lies."

Should win: The haunting "Black Mirror" episode "San Junipero" is the one nominated here, and it more than deserves to win.

Will win: I have a feeling Emmy voters probably watched "The Wizard of Lies" in greater numbers than "San Junipero," plus the Bernie Madoff saga had a big star, Robert De Niro, in the lead.

VARIETY TALK SERIES

Nominees:
"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"; "Jimmy Kimmel Live"; "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"; "The Late Late Show With James Corden"; "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert; "Real Time With Bill Maher."

Should win: Though the Trump-bashing has gotten a bit predictable, this was the year that Stephen Colbert found his footing as a late-night show host (who wasn't a Bill O'Reilly-inspired character.)

Will win: I'm guessing "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" will be rewarded for its ratings, and buzzworthiness.

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Nominees:
"Billy on the Street"; "Documentary Now!"; "Drunk History"; "Portlandia"; "Saturday Night Live"; "Tracey Ullman's Show."

Should win: "Portlandia" had an uneven season, but "Documentary Now!" - another IFC comedy series co-created by and costarring Fred Armisen - was better than ever in Season 2.

Will win: "Portlandia" nostalgia might set in, considering the Portland-filmed sketch comedy will air its eighth and final season in 2018. But the show didn't win any Creative Arts Emmys. So, with its 22 nominations, and Creative Arts Emmy wins, this looks like a can't-miss year for "Saturday Night Live."

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards show airs live, at 5 p.m. PT [8 p.m. ET] on CBS/6 Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Food, AMC, Discovery Among Cord-Cutters’ Must Haves: Study
By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable - Sep. 13, 2017

Among all viewers, the must-have channels were topped by Investigation Discovery.

Investigation Discovery also had the highest perceived value among viewers, who said it was worth on average $1.85.

...The study measured 44 basic cable networks. Beta Research conducted its research during June using a national sample of cable subscribers age 18 and older.

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I'm very skeptical about the validity of this survey. I mean, how many people have even heard of Investigation Discovery?
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Actually ID is very popular. It's one reason Oxygen channel has decided to change its programming to compete with ID!



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Just looked at the schedule. It looks as though the channel emphasizes crime-based entertainment. I was hoping that ID would be about scientific research, since the original premise of the Discovery Channel was science, technology, nature documentaries, etc. The current ID lineup seems a lot like a cross between a tabloid newspaper and shows like CSI and Law & Order SVU (which I keep reading as SUV!). Maybe a bit of the spirit of the old, cheap, and not-so-reputable detective magazines thrown in, too.
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Just looked at the schedule. It looks as though the channel emphasizes crime-based entertainment. I was hoping that ID would be about scientific research, since the original premise of the Discovery Channel was science, technology, nature documentaries, etc. The current ID lineup seems a lot like a cross between a tabloid newspaper and shows like CSI and Law & Order SVU (which I keep reading as SUV!)
Yeah, I'm really surprised by this. I've heard of ID, but never felt even the slightest inclination to watch any of their programming. Just seems like a lot of generic true-crime stuff.
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Yeah, I'm really surprised by this. I've heard of ID, but never felt even the slightest inclination to watch any of their programming. Just seems like a lot of generic true-crime stuff.
Maybe it's one of those channels where not that many people care about it, but the ones that do care tend to watch it a lot. If the methodology of the survey gauged intensity of devotion rather than total viewership, that could explain the high value that the survey results assigned to the channel.

Or maybe this is just a crime loving nation where tens of millions of people watch as much TV crime as they can!
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Or maybe this is just a crime loving nation where tens of millions of people watch as much TV crime as they can!
Well, CBS and their glut of derivative and rote crime procedurals is the number one network in total viewers, so I guess we're just a crime-obsessed country.
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... Law & Order SVU (which I keep reading as SUV!)....

You and Christopher Moltisanti - when pitching his movie script to backers, boasts that he's lined up the director from L&O The SUV. (Same ep IIRC where he's introduced to Lauren Bacall and tells her how much he loved her in "The Haves and the Have Nots". Hilarious stuff...)
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Yep, my wife LOVES ID and any other channel that shows the bad guy/girl getting justice. I think these channels are very popular with women.
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Yep, my wife LOVES ID and any other channel that shows the bad guy/girl getting justice. I think these channels are very popular with women.


Yeah not surprised really! For the week of August 28. Investigation Discovery was the 9th most watched cable network!


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History Orders Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series ‘The Breach’ From RJ Cutler
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 14, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: History has given the green light to The Breach: Inside The Impeachment of Bill Clinton, a six-part scripted drama series from R.J. Cutler based on Peter Baker’s bestseller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton. FremantleMedia North America will produce in association with A+E Studios.

Written by Cutler and David K. Israel and to be directed and executive produced by Cutler, the political thriller, which is now casting, looks at how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines. The series will take viewers inside Republican and Democrat war rooms, revealing the infighting among the President’s advisers, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Tom DeLay’s strategy to force President Clinton out of office, and the Democrats’ pressure for Clinton to resign.

“Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, The Breach will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever – the first impeachment of an elected president in American history,” said History’s EVP Programming Eli Lehrer. “This drama builds upon our core scripted programming slate of compelling, contemporary storytelling that embraces our recent history and we are confident R.J. will bring a unique vision to President Clinton’s gripping story.”

The Breach makes it a full circle for Cutler, who started his career as producer of The War Room, the Oscar-nominated documentary about President Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the White House.

“This is a story I have been wanting to tell for a long time,” Cutler said, adding that he “fell in love” with Baker’s book when it came out in 2000.

Cutler calls Clinton’s impeachment “the origin story” that defines the political moment we live in.

”It’s the origin tale of how our Government was broken and has never really healed, of the entrenched divide between the red and blue sates,” he said. “It’s the origin story of Hillary as political figure and the origin story of cyber bullying. It’s also a thrilling tale of personal and professional ambition, of enormous hubris in the name of acquiring power, and of personal foibles, all of which nearly brought down a presidency.”

Additionally, The Breach will chronicle the emergence of 24-hour news networks and the Internet’s rise to political power as it was then-little known blogger, Matt Drudge, who uncovered Clinton’s affair that rocked Washington.

“This is a moment in American history that altered the direction of this country,” said Dante Di Loreto, President of Scripted Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. “It’s a deeply emotional and personal story that caused one of the biggest political storms in our history.”

The story in The Breach “begins the day President Bill Clinton testified to the grand jury and revealed that he was indeed having a relationship with Monica Lewinsky and ends the day he is found not guilty,” Cutler said.

As for Clinton’s relationship with the White House intern, “we are not focused on the scandal per se too much, we gear the storytelling around the impeachment, focusing on the characters involved,” Cutler added.

Ryan Murphy had previously announced the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal as the subject of the fourth installment in his American Crime Story franchise for FX. It is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President, which details the Lewinsky sex scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment.

The Breach originally was announced as being part of an anthology series in development, The Commanders, which would dramatize pivotal moments in U.S. history that defined the legacy of an U.S. President. The Breach may no longer air as the first installment in The Commanders anthology but there are plans for it to be followed by limited series about other presidents. The Breach was one of six such projects put in development this past spring, with the others still in the works.

In addition to The War Room, Cutler, who won an outstanding reality program Emmy for American High, has done several other documentaries about contemporary politics, directing and producing A Perfect Candidate, and The World According to Dick Cheney.

Barry Jossen is executive producing The Breach for A+E Studios. FremantleMedia International will serve as the global distributor for the series.

Cutler is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management and Media. Israel is with CAA.

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Sean Spicer Hands Kimmel a Rare Ratings Win Over Fallon
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Sep. 14, 2017

Sean Spicer may have found his next permanent gig: Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick.

It could be a win/win, as the former White House Press Secretary just handed “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” its top TV rating in three months. Wednesday night, Kimmel hauled in a 2.1 rating/6 share in Nielsen’s households, which tally 56 metered markets.

That’s the best the ABC late-night show has fared since following Game 5 of the NBA Finals back in mid-June.

Excluding that championship series altogether, Wednesday would have been Kimmel’s highest-rated show in six months. And if we only study that specific weeknight, it’s the been the best non-NBA Wednesday finish in eight months.

That 2.1 was 24 percent better than Kimmel’s week-ago numbers. Last night, it topped “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (a 1.8) by 17 percent. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is in repeats this week.

In addition to Spicer, Kimmel also welcomed U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens and musical guest 21 Savage last night.

There’s a note here we have to pass along:

As a result of not meeting the required minimum in-tab thresholds, the following markets have been excluded from Wednesday’s averages: Tampa, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Meyers-Naples.

Yes, that’s on you, Hurricane Irma.

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Jim Carrey to Star in Kidding Comedy, Ordered to Series at Showtime
By Ryan Schwartz, TVLine.com - Sep. 14, 2017

One half of Dumb and Dumber is returning to the idiot box.

Showtime has ordered to series Kidding, a new half-hour comedy starring Jim Carrey, TVLine has learned. The series will reunite Carrey with Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is on board to direct the 10-episode first season.

In Kidding, Carrey plays Jeff, a beloved children’s television star who has turned his role as “Mr. Pickles” into a multi-million dollar branding empire.

“When this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope,” the official logline reads. “The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.”

Said Showtime Networks president David Nevins in a statement, “No one inhabits a character like Jim Carrey, and this role – which is like watching Humpty Dumpty after the fall – is going to leave television audiences wondering how they went so long without him. With his Eternal Sunshine partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic and emotional viewing experience.”

Carrey and Gondry will double as executive producers on Kidding, alongside Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Bad Words), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet) and Michael Aguilar (I’m Dying Up Here). Series creator Dave Holstein (Weeds) will serve as showrunner.

Kidding extends Carrey’s relationship with Showtime, where he also serves as an EP on the recently renewed I’m Dying Up Here. Though he has long since established himself as a movie star, he first rose to fame in the early 1990s on Fox’s long-running sketch-comedy series In Living Color.

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Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K. on how they manage chaos with ‘Better Things’
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - Sep. 13, 2017

Better Things doesn’t shy from uneasy situations.

In the FX comedy, which returns for Season 2 Thursday (10 ET/PT), Pamela Adlon’s Sam is raising a 16-year-old daughter who’s dating a 30-something Euro-hipster; a middle daughter who’s sent home from school after using the boys’ bathroom; and her youngest, whose truth-or-dare games are way too adult for a 9-year-old.

Sometimes, the only moment of peace and solitude for Sam, a single mother of three girls, is when she’s sitting on the toilet. As with many events on Better Things, it's an experience everyone can relate to but that is rarely discussed in polite company.

Adlon, who’s also a single mother of three girls, and her Better Things producing and writing partner, Louis C.K., aren't trying to be overly polite. The series co-creators embrace the unsettling as they explore difficult but real topics.

“What we found out is that when we start going down a road and exploring a story line, if it’s making either of us uncomfortable, we know we’re onto something,” she tells USA TODAY.

C.K., a top stand-up comic who won Emmys as he danced with discomfort on FX’s Louie, pays Adlon the ultimate compliment: “She’s funny. … She's quicker than I am. She takes you by surprise,” he says.

“She’s in full control of her voice. She has a great ear, which comes from years of doing voice work. She’s a wonderful photographer. All these things make her a great director,” which is especially helpful this season, since Adlon is directing all 10 episodes.

In its first season, Better Things earned critical acclaim, including an Emmy acting nomination for Adlon, 51, for her warts-and-all look at Sam, an actress who spreads herself thin raising her daughters, jousting with her politically incorrect mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), seeking acting work and trying to maintain a bit of a personal life.

Things don’t get easier: She’s still trying to separate eldest daughter Max (Mikey Madison) from her older boyfriend without alienating the rebellious teen, while tending to the needs of Max’s younger sisters, Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward).

“Everybody’s growing and changing. That’s completely out of Sam’s control, so all you can do as a parent is try to adapt and guide. Sometimes, kids don’t want you to be involved,” Adlon says. “The theme for me this whole season would be: It takes a village. In my life, it’s certainly true. My friends are my rock.”

Sam’s attempts at a social life aren’t always pretty. In an upcoming episode, her dissatisfaction with a lover leads to a public dressing down both tense and hilarious.

Adlon draws on her family for some Better Things stories, but also on her youthful experiences with friends. “I take notes. I take pictures. I’m like, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do that.’ ”

In contrast to Sam, Adlon is “more patient and a lot more agile. She can turn and pivot and she’s wise,” C.K. says. Sam “is kind of an alter ego and her inner id. She says a lot of things to her daughters in the series that she wishes she could maybe say in real life.”

He's an Adlon cheerleader: "She’s not a glamorous actor. She’s a middle-class working actor. This is somebody working forever who has done nothing but get better. … If I’m an Emmy voter, which I am, it’s the only fun vote,” he says.

Adlon, who won an Emmy for voicing Bobby on Fox's animated King of the Hill, says she was surprised and honored to be nominated for lead comedy actress. She’s less excited about attending Sunday’s ceremony.

“I’m terrified,” she says. “It’s like the best/worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”

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Trevor Noah renewed as Daily Show host for 5 more years
By James Hibberd, EW.com - Sep. 14, 2017

Comedy Central just made a huge commitment to sticking with Trevor Noah as the host of The Daily Show.

Noah has signed a contract keeping him on board as the late-night show’s host for another five years. That means he’ll be on the air through 2020. Noah will also produce and host annual, year-end, Daily Show specials, beginning this year.

“It’s really exciting to renew this contract for either five more years or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all — whichever one comes first,” Noah said.

Noah took over The Daily Show two years ago from Jon Stewart and had a rocky start for awhile, declining notably in the ratings. This year, Noah’s numbers have continually improved and in May he had his highest-rated week ever. Comedy Central notes that The Daily Show is the most-watched daily late-night talk show among millennial viewers.

The news comes on the heels of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver being renewed earlier this week for three years.

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