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TV News Roundup: Pilot Casting, Disney Channel Renewals & First Look at 'Real Housewives of NYC'

NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot has cast the role played by Reese Witherspoon in the original movie, and Disney Channel has renewed series “Best Friends Whenever” and “Bunk’d.” Also in today’s TV news roundup: much more pilot casting, and the first trailer for season eight of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York City.” 639 more words

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If Donny Deutsch Can Get On TV, Maybe You Can, Too

Donny Deutsch has never taken an acting lesson in his life and never studied improv or theater. Even so, he had two other things that served him well in his quest to star in his own TV show: a dream and $175,000 to fund his own trial episode. 1,015 more words

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Interview: Donny Deutsch Moves From CNBC Talk Show Host to USA Comedy Star

What makes people do the crazy things they do? To answer this question, we need to narrow focus a bit more, right? O.K., so, let’s ask pointedly, ‘What makes Donny Deutsch, former ad exec and former CNBC talk show host, think that he can star in his own comedy series?’ 1,083 more words

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TV Review: 'Donny!'

Designed as a vehicle for ad-man-turned-personality Donny Deutsch, “Donny!” wants to be “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and in terms of comedy series built around people who didn’t need one, comes a whole lot closer to “Emeril.” USA describes the show as “soft-scripted,” which is an insult to both writing and softness, given how blunt most of the jokes are. 500 more words

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In Donny Deutsch's New USA Show, Ads Crash Into Content

Donny Deutsch wants to take Madison Avenue down a tricky road.

On his new sitcom, “Donny!,” Deutsch, a former ad-agency executive who has since moved on to host and contribute to talk shows, will break from the action in a scene and start to hawk everything and anything from barbecue sauce to vodka to a vacuum cleaner. 1,245 more words

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