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WGN America Renews 'Manhattan' For Second Season

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WGN America has ordered a second season of its critically acclaimed original drama "Manhattan," it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. Among television's most widely praised new series of the year, "Manhattan" is scheduled for its season one finale on SUNDAY, October 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT on WGN America. Created and written by Sam Shaw, directed by Emmy Award®-winning director Thomas Schlamme and produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, the second season of "Manhattan" will begin production next Spring for a 2015 debut.

"'Manhattan' represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the show's widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience," said Cherniss. "Sam, Tommy and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can't wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two."

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'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Premiere Shatters Ratings Record

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The season five premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” delivered the highest ratings in series history. The episode was watched by 17.3 million viewers and 11 million adults aged 18-49, increases of 7% and 6%, respectively, over the season four premiere, the previous record-holder. “The Walking Dead” continues to be the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode outperformed everything else on television in this key demographic, including Sunday Night Football, by over 2.5 million adults 18-49. With time-shifted playback, the season five premiere should exceed 22 million viewers.

“It’s a Dead man’s party. Who could ask for more?” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero – who also directed last night’s terrific premiere – Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the #1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans. ‘The Walking Dead’ is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing. Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?”

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FX Renews 'American Horror Story' For Fifth Season

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Producer Ryan Murphy’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning anthology miniseries American Horror Story has paid big dividends as his newest installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show has broken all ratings records for FX with its premiere episode last Wednesday night (10/8/14, 10-11:32PM). In light of that record-setting performance, FX has rewarded American Horror Story with a 13-episode order for the fifth and next installment of the show, which will debut in October 2015, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.

With Live+3 time-shifted viewing, the premiere telecast of American Horror Story: Freak Show has become the most-watched single program in FX’s 20-year history and that includes all programs with Live+7 deliveries. AHS: Freak Show’s debut delivered 10 million Total Viewers, 6.54 million Adults 18-49, and 4.08 million Adults 18-34, surpassing the network’s previous record holder, the recent seventh and final season premiere telecast of the hit drama series Sons of Anarchy on Sept. 9th (9.25 million Total Viewers and 6.1 million Adults 18-49). American Horror Story: Coven held all previous records in delivery Adults 18-34.

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Syfy Teams With Ben Affleck, Matt Damon For New Drama

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Syfy announced today it is partnering with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios to develop Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.

David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

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FOX Gives 'Gotham' Full Season Order

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FOX has ordered six more episodes of this fall’s breakout new drama series, GOTHAM, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. The announcement raises the series order to 22 episodes.

“GOTHAM debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Walden and Newman. “We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire GOTHAM team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”

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Katie Holmes Returns As Jackie Kennedy In ‘The Kennedys-After Camelot’ Miniseries

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Katie Holmes, who starred as Jackie Kennedy in “The Kennedys” will reprise that role as Jackie O in the new miniseries. Ms. Holmes will also direct one of the four episodes of the miniseries and serve as an executive producer. Jon Cassar, who directed all 8 episodes of “The Kennedys” will direct the other 3 episodes.

“The Kennedys-After Camelot” reunites REELZ with the very talented production team behind the Emmy Award-winning “The Kennedys” that includes Muse Entertainment, Director Jon Cassar (who won the DGA award for the production) and writer Stephen Kronish. Keri Selig, owner and founder of Intuition Productions, who brought the project to REELZ, also serves as an executive producer.

Production of “The Kennedys-After Camelot” is slated to begin in the spring 2015 in Canada with a premiere on REELZ (and Corus Entertainment) in 2016.

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TNT Picks Up Exclusive Cable Rights To 'Grimm'

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Grimm is coming to TNT. The top-rated drama network has closed a deal with NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution that gives TNT exclusive off-net cable rights to the hit series. TNT plans to begin airing episodes from the first three seasons of Grimm in early 2015, with season four episodes available to join the lineup in fall 2015.

"Grimm puts a fresh spin on the traditional crime procedural with an otherworldly premise and compelling storytelling that appeal to young adults," said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "Grimm will be a great addition to TNT's lineup as the network continues to expand its reach with high-quality genre programming."

"We are thrilled that TNT will bring Grimm's clever writing and creative storytelling to its audience," said Bruce Casino, executive vice president, NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution, "continuing our strong content relationship with Turner Entertainment Networks."

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CBS Cancels 'Unforgettable' After Three Seasons

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After renewing Under the Dome, Extant and cancelling Reckless, CBS has made another decision on its last summer series. The network had decided to cancel Unforgettable after three seasons.

This is the second time the series has been cancelled by the network. In its third and now final season, the series averaged 6 million viewers.

Unforgettable starred Poppy Montgomery as detective Carrie Wells who has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything.

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Starz Renews 'Survivor's Remorse' For Second Season

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Only a week after the series debuted on Starz, the network made an announcement today about its immediate future.

Starz announced today a season two pick up of the critically acclaimed slam dunk STARZ Original Series “Survivor’s Remorse” from executive producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O’Malley, Paul Wachter and Victor Levin. The sophomore season of the half-hour scripted comedy series will feature 10 episodes – up from its six-episode first season.

The first episode of “Survivor’s Remorse” debuted on October 4 on STARZ with a multiplatform performance of 1.3 million viewers in the first week.*

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming critical acclaim ‘Survivors Remorse’ has received and we look forward to continuing our partnership with such an all-star team,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz.

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ABC Gives Full Season Orders To 'How to Get Away With Murder', 'black-ish'

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Shonda Rhimes continues to have the magic touch over at ABC. The network just announced it was giving a full season order to the series How to Get Away With Murder. Also announced, the network has given a full season order to its freshmen comedy series black-ish starring Anthony Anderson. The announcement was made today by Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group.

“How to Get Away with Murder” was television's top series debut of the season and the biggest 10 p.m. drama debut in two years in Adults 18-49. “black-ish” opened as the #2 series debut and the #1 comedy debut on television by the same metric. Additionally, “black-ish” had the best-ever viewer retention out of “Modern Family” for any comedy debut.

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