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Trump Launches TV Ad About Clinton’s ’50 Points Ahead’ Question

“Hillary Clinton’s career is a decades-long highlight reel of moments in which Clinton puts her self-interests over the needs of everyday Americans,” Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller stated in a press release announcing the ad.

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CW Network Sets Gay Superhero Cartoon

The CW television network has officially announced that its next superhero cartoon project will star a gay superhero named “The Ray.”

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What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Family Entertainment

There’s so much that’s wrong about ABC’s The Muppets reboot, it’s hard to know where to begin. Even before the premiere last month, there were plenty of red flags signaling that these were not going to be the Muppets children of the ‘70s and ‘80s grew-up with; or even, for that matter, the Muppets in the charming 2011 blockbuster.

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Hollywood Production Spikes after Tax Breaks

In May, the California State Assembly unanimously passed AB 1839, a bill that expanded California’s existing film and TV tax credit and incentive program. According to a new report, the move is working, as Hollywood has seen a resurgence in the number of TV programs being filmed in the state.

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Gut Check: The Jim Gaffigan Show — A Puffy James Dean

Since, like most people these days, I only watch a show in one multi-hour clump of multiple episodes, head resting on a folded pillow, eating dark chocolate almonds under the false assumption they’re healthier (the almonds fill up space where the chocolate is, I tell my wife), I finally caught up with the entire season of the Jim Gaffigan Show.

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Report: ISIS Bans TV, Destroys Satellite Dishes in Areas Under Its Control

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has banned television and demolished satellite dishes to prevent residents of its self-declared “caliphate” from accessing foreign channels deemed “dangerous” due to their anti-ISIS programming, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has learned.

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Study Finds Children Learn as Much from ‘Sesame Street’ as Preschool

A study being called the “most authoritative” review of the impact of the PBS series Sesame Street on children is scheduled to be released this month. In part, the report finds that the decades-old show is just as effective as preschool for educating little ones.

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CA Offers More Money to Keep Film/TV in State

On Thursday, The California Film Commission Board of Directors accepted California’s new tax credit program. The state of California, desperate to keep fleeing TV and film productions from leaving the state, tripled its annual budget for film/TV credits last summer, and now that the Film Commission has approved, will send the measure to the governor’s Office of Administrative Law for review and final approval.

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Variety: Fox News Dominates Cable

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – In a generally overall down year for the cable news genre, Fox News remained the dominant ratings force in 2014, while CNN made some meaningful demo strides relative to a sagging MSNBC.