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Televisa Exec Adolfo Lagos Shot and Killed in Mexico

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Adolfo Lagos, head of Televisa's cable TV platform Izzi, died on Sunday after he was shot by armed men attempting to rob him of his bicycle during a ride outside Mexico City.

State of Mexico authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred on Sunday along the Tulancingo-Piramides highway, the road to the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Lagos died in a local hospital that day as a result of the gunshot wound.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto offered condolences to Lagos' family on Twitter and said federal and state authorities were working together to find and arrest the assailants.

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- John Hecht

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Bet Scraps Plans for 'The Breaks' Season 2 (Exclusive)

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Bet has scrapped plans for a second season of The Breaks.

The Viacom-owned cable network announced in April that the hip-hop drama would move from Bet to VH1 for a second season. That will no longer happen and the series has been canceled after its lone season on VH1.

The Breaks started as a back-door pilot on fellow Viacom cabler VH1. It was based on Dan Charnas' best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. The book is considered one of the most comprehensive accounts of the history and business of hip-hop. Charnas documented the rise of the »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Brian K. Vaughan on TV's Comic Book Evolution and Why 'Y: The Last Man' Is More Relevant Than Ever

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Comic book fans have waited almost 15 years for Marvel's Runaways, dreaming about the hopeful day that the world at large would know the likes of Alex Wilder, the Pride, Fistigons, the Staff of One and Old Lace. Seeing the six teens at the heart of the new Hulu series (launching Nov. 21) gathered together for the first time in poster form was certainly a surreal sight for anyone tracking the beloved comic's live-action adaptation process — and that includes Brian K. Vaughan, the writer who brought Runaways into existence.

"I cannot begin to describe it," Vaughan tells The »

- Josh Wigler

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'The Punisher' Showrunner on Violent First Season: "The Show Is Pretty Realistic"

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[Warning: This story contains full spoilers for the first season of Marvel's The Punisher.]

Within the first three minutes of Marvel's The Punisher, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) commits an act of international violence.

The man known throughout the Marvel Universe as the Punisher lies in wait on a rooftop in El Paso, Texas, staring through a sniper scope at the lone survivor of the cartel involved in killing Frank's family, rolling up to his welcome home party in Juarez, Mexico. Frank patiently waits until he has a decisively clear shot at the man, and the viewer »

- Josh Wigler

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Why 'Transparent' Should Replace Jeffrey Tambor With a Trans Actress (Guest Column)

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How do you solve a problem like Maura Pfefferman?

You don't, you just recast her with a transgender actress.

Even before series star Jeffrey Tambor's sudden departure from Transparent over the weekend, questions had been swirling about what to do with his character next season. The actor is facing a series of sexual harassment allegations from trans actresses and co-workers on the series, who said he made numerous inappropriate remarks and also "got physical." Amazon has launched an investigation into the claims. (Amazon and creator Jill Soloway have yet to comment on Tambor's decision to exit the series.)

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- Dorothy Snarker

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Della Reese, 'Touched By an Angel' Star, Dies at 86

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Della Reese, the music legend and star of Touched by an Angel, has died, a rep for Reese's Touched by an Angel co-star Roma Downey confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 86. 

"On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away  peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love," the statement reads. "She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and »

- Ryan Parker,Mike Barnes

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Showtime's 'The L Word' Revival Finds Its Showrunner

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Showtime's The L Word revival just inched a step closer to becoming a reality.

Playwright and screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan has been tapped to serve as showrunner and exec producer of the drama, which remains in development at the premium cable network.

The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken will also exec produce alongside Ryan and original series stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice).

"Ilene and the original L Word made me believe that my voice mattered,” Ryan said. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to usher in the next generation of diverse queer people. I couldn’t imagine a better time »


- Lesley Goldberg

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LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment Sets Basketball Docuseries at YouTube

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YouTube is going into business with LeBron James

The Google-owned streamer has ordered basketball-centric docuseries Best Shot from James' SpringHill Entertainment, Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital arm of Warner Bros. Television Group.  

The eight-episode series, which will debut on YouTube's Red subscription service in 2018, will follow a group of high school basketball players. Former NBA player and Espn analyst Jay Williams will work with the team to reach its goals. 

Best Shot will be directed by Michael John Warren, who is known for his work on Netflix series Fearless and documentary Jay-z Fade to Black

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- Natalie Jarvey

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TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Surges, AMAs Hold With 2016

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Sunday Night Football returned to form with Philadelphia Eagles' punishing win over the Dallas Cowboys last night.

Ahead of a week of Thanksgiving games, the matchup surged to the primetime franchise's best showing since week one of the season — climbing 13 percent from the comparable 2016 game and a much more impressive 17 percent from last week.

The game averaged a 13.5 overnight rating, trouncing the American Music Awards in the process by more than double. Though even with stiffer NFL competition this year, the ABC telecast of the music kudos held in the demo with 2016. It averaged another »

- Michael O'Connell

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Sarah Silverman on Hollywood Harassment, Jewish Representation On Screen

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Vulture Fest attendees expecting the signature quirky punchlines and cleverly deployed profanity that Sarah Silverman is known for witnessed the actress and comic’s more serious side as she offered her considered takes on topics ranging from Middle American voters to sexual harassment to Jewish representation in Hollywood to the tactics of President Donald Trump.

Silverman – who currently headlines Hulu’s satirical series I Love You, America, in which the progressively political host often travels across the country seeking common ground with people of wildly diverging political and cultural views — joined New York Magazine’s left-leaning op-ed writer »

- Scott Huver

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Mother of Kevin Spacey Accuser Reveals She's Heard From at Least 8 More Alleged Victims

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The mother of one of Kevin Spacey's accusers spoke out against the actor in her first on-air interview, with NBC News' Megyn Kelly Monday morning, revealing she’s heard from “at least eight other alleged Spacey victims."

During her sit-down with Kelly, Heather Unruh spoke candidly about her disheartening feelings for Spacey, claiming that there are more victims who haven’t come forward yet. “To be honest with you, I’ve heard from at least eight other alleged Spacey victims,” Unruh said. “And I think there are so many more who are still afraid to come forward, or are just too embarrassed.”

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- Lexy Perez

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Ben Silverman Nabs Ripped-From-Headlines Book 'Poison' for TV (Exclusive)

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It was one of the strangest stories to play out in the New York press in recent years. Indie director-producer Galt Niederhoffer (The Romantics) accused her high-profile ex-boyfriend of poisoning her with arsenic. Now, Niederhoffer's thinly veiled novel about the relationship, Poison, has been optioned for a scripted TV series by Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content.

The book, which will be published by St Martin’s Press on Nov. 21, is a psychological thriller set in a seemingly perfect marriage that unravels when Cass Connor begins to suspect her husband is trying to kill her. The book, which harkens back to such films »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Megyn Kelly Takes Aim at Hollywood Hypocrisy Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

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Megyn Kelly has been opening her NBC morning talk show with a daily recap of the growing list of Hollywood figures to have sexual misconduct claims leveled against them in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. "The growing list of men accused of misconduct, it's looking like Santa's scroll," she said on Monday's show.

On the Megyn Kelly Today hour, the host referenced an NBC News report that said the Lapd is currently investigating nearly two dozen cases of alleged sexual criminal misconduct connected to multiple people in the entertainment industry. 

"This is the same industry that has been »

- Jackie Strause

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Jill Soloway, Lena Waithe Offer 13 Suggestions on How to Change Hollywood's Harassment Culture

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Jeffrey Tambor’s run on Amazon Studios' Transparent may have come to an end but series creator Jill Soloway has other ideas about how Hollywood can change.  

The Emmy-winning actor on Sunday stepped down from his starring role on the Amazon series, citing a “politicized atmosphere” following sexual assault and harassment accusations leveled against him by two transgender women.

His exit came less than a day after Transparent creator Soloway declined to address the accusations during a panel at Vulture Fest L.A., where they appeared onstage alongside Master of None writer-star Lena Waithe.

“Because there is an investigation that »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Walking Dead': Rick Faces Heaps of Trouble in New Season 8 Preview

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A wise man once said, "The negotiations were short." This man was clearly not speaking about the ongoing conversation between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) of Alexandria and Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) of the Garbage People.

Rick faces off again with a phantom menace of sorts in the next episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, called "The King, the Widow and Rick," as seen in the trailer for the coming outing. At the end of this past week's episode, Rick was walking off on his own toward enemy territory with nothing more than an assault rifle as company, while »

- Josh Wigler

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Spike Lee Talks 'Black Klansman' Movie and Why He Regrets the Rape Scene in 'She's Gotta Have It'

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She's Gotta Have It," he says, sitting in an editing bay at his sprawling 40 Acres and a Mule office in Brooklyn. "People always ask me if there's one thing I could take back, a do-over. The first thing I say is the rape scene in the original film from 1986. So I'll apologize again right here. That should've never been in there."

A generation has passed since the director's breakout hit about a young woman with too many lovers — one played by Lee »

- Craigh Barboza

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'One Tree Hill' Alum Details "Frat House" Vibe in "Misogynistic" Writers Room (Guest Column)

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Bad behavior exists on a continuum. Now that we're finally talking about it, it's important to remember that rape is not the same as demanding sex in exchange for a job, is not the same as creating a hostile work environment in which women feel undervalued, afraid to speak up or in any other way disempowered because of their gender. And yet, at some point, all of this needs to be addressed, including work environments that are hostile in ways that have nothing to do with one's gender, and everything to do with a megalomaniac at the top and the »

- Stacy Rukeyser

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Separate Art from the Artist? THR Critics Debate Hollywood's Harassment Impact

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With Jeffrey Tambor leaving Amazon's Transparent, Matthew Weiner's book tour being disrupted by accusations against him, FX cutting ties with Louis C.K., and a chorus of new voices calling out Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons, Hollywood seems to have entered a new era of accountability when it comes to sexual misconduct. To examine the extent to which these allegations have complicated, and perhaps changed, the way they do their job, three THR critics started a conversation over email. Below are excerpts. 

Tim Goodman The three of us are sitting down to have this conversation in the middle of an ongoing period of »

- Tim Goodman,Todd McCarthy,Inkoo Kang

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U.K. Camera Operator Dies Filming Stunt Scene for BBC, Netflix Drama

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British camera operator Mark Milsome has died filming a stunt scene for upcoming BBC and Netflix drama The Forgiving Earth.

The BBC confirmed the 54-year-old's death Monday. "We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news," it said in a statement. "Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."

The Guild of British Camera Technicians (Gbct) said: "The Gbct board and its membership are absolutely devastated by this tragic news. Mark Milsome was not only an incredibly talented camera operator, he was also one »

- Georg Szalai,Alex Ritman

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Kew Media Group Hires Former eOne Exec Carrie Stein to Grow Drama Slate

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Kew Media Group has expanded its scripted TV division by naming former Entertainment One and 3 Arts Entertainment exec Carrie Stein as executive vp global scripted series.

Based in Los Angeles, Stein joins the indie producer after it bought a stake in Jeff Norton's U.K.-based Awesome Media & Entertainment, creator of Metawars and other IP set to be adapted into primetime TV series. Toronto-based Kew Media and Norton will bring his novels and other character franchises to life as TV series, with Wme on board with packaging.

Kew Media also recently acquired Cardinal producer Sienna Films. Stein was most »

- Etan Vlessing

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