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HBO makes huge Amazon Prime deal: See which shows are going online

Big news for HBO fans: You can now watch many shows from the pay cable service without actually paying for cable, or buying the DVDs (or pirating the shows).

HBO has made a major deal with Amazon that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to past seasons of shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood, as well as select seasons of current series such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. (See the full list below.) This is HBO’s first deal licensing its content to a streaming service. On average, the deal covers content that is at least three years old. For newer seasons, sorry — HBO still requires you get a subscription with a cable or satellite provider.

The network has previously licensed some content to basic cable networks, a move that’s actually keeping a few shows off Amazon Prime for the time being since they’re tied up in other deals (namely, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm). READ FULL STORY

Starz greenlights half-hour comedy from LeBron James

And it’s a slam dunk for executive producer LeBron James.

Starz has officially picked up Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour comedy from James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter, and Paul Wachter. Written by O’Malley, Survivor’s Remorse will explore what happens when an athlete leaves the world of professional basketball behind.

“Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I’ve wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball,” O’Malley said in a press release. “Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom’s legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul’s wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series.”

The series will focus in on Cam Calloway, a young 20-something who’s thrown into the basketball world with a multimillion-dollar contract. From “opportunistic family members” to the ups and downs of stardom, Cam and his cousin Reggie will have to face everything that comes along with being a well-known professional athlete.

Survivor’s Remorse is set to debut its six-episode first season in the fall.

Katie Couric leaving ABC News for Yahoo: report

Katie Couric’s next move appears to be online.

An ABC News executive who requested anonymity because talks aren’t complete said the veteran news anchor has an opportunity at Yahoo that is too good to pass up.

Couric has been working at ABC News, but published reports have said that Yahoo is seeking her to host an interview show to be aired on the company’s website.

A spokesman for Couric declined comment.

Couric is in her second season on an ABC daytime talk show, which is not expected to be renewed.

Andy Cohen steps down as Bravo exec, steps up with development deal

Mazel, Andy Cohen!

Bravo announced today that one of cable’s biggest machers has inked a new deal with the network, including a first-look, multi-year development agreement and at least two more years of his boozy talk show Watch What Happens Live. And though Cohen will officially be stepping down from his position as Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development, he’ll continue to executive produce the channel’s tentpole Real Housewives franchise — and to host various reunions and specials. Current Bravo VP of Development Lara Spotts will assume Cohen’s executive duties upon his departure. READ FULL STORY

'Charmed' reboot may work its magic at CBS

It has been 15 years since Charmed‘s Halliwell sisters first cast their spell on us, but if CBS has anything to say about it, the power of three could find its way back to our television sets.

EW has confirmed that CBS TV Studios has given a script deal to a reboot of the popular WB series, which ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan as the powerful witches who used their powers (and one very helpful grimoire) to fight evil.
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Demi Lovato returning to 'The X Factor'

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One deal closed, now two more go: Fox announced today that Demi Lovato will return as a judge for the third season of The X Factor.

Last season, Lovato served as a mentor in the young adults category alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears. Naturally, Cowell will stick around but Reid and Spears both said they won’t return.

“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year,” said Cowell in a statement. “She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying – I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists. I’m especially pleased she’s back even during her world tour!”

“I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on The X Factor,” added Lovato in a statement. “Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!”

Lovato’s new deal will help maintain some continuity on the show, which will undergo more change before returning this fall. No word yet on who will replace Reid or Spears, and it’s unclear whether Khloe Kardashian will return as a co-host.

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CBS developing comedy for Jim Gaffigan

CBS has ordered a comedy pilot that will star Jim Gaffigan as married pop in New York.

The laugher from Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Gaffigan would feature the comedian as a happily hitched father of five, “just as he is in real life,” CBS says. It will be a single-camera comedy.

Sony is the studio on the project. Other executive producers are Michael Wimer and Alex Murray.

Gaffigan’s most recent comedy album,“Mr. Universe,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award. His new book “Dad is Fat” comes out in May.

Angus T. Jones outburst: Has he breached his 'Two and a Half Men' contract?

Angus T. Jones could be in breach of contract for making a shocking declaration via You Tube today that Two and a Half Men is “filth” and that viewers should stop watching, some industry experts say.

Most actors’ deals typically include disparagement clauses that prohibit them from making negative statements about their show in public, but it’s rare for any studio to enforce such a codicil because what can be considered disparagement is so subjective and, as one high-powered source says, “What moron would stab the show that pays him?” Jones, as well as his costars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, renewed his contract in May for Men‘s current season. He’s earning a reported $300,000 per episode.

Warner Bros. TV would not comment on whether Jones’ deal includes such a boilerplate clause. And even if it did, it seems unlikely WBTV would act on it considering Jones is only 19 and also plays an integral role on the show, which is currently ranked as TV’s third most-watched comedy. Asks an exec at a competing studio, “What are they going to do, fire him?”

Jones gave his testimony to religious conspiracy theorist Chris “The Forerunner” Hudson, who no doubt hoped his surprising interview with the star would shine a larger spotlight on his end-of-days beliefs.

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Bravo set to adapt 'Heathers' as a scripted series

Veronica Sawyer is coming to Bravo!

No, she’s not a Real Housewife just yet, but Bravo has announced that they want you to watch what happens as they delve into scripted television with a series based on the 1988 teen classic, Heathers. The show will take place in the present day, and will have Veronica (the Winona Ryder character from the film) move back to Sherwood with her teenage daughter. The daughter must deal with a new generation of high school drama in the form of the Plastics “Ashleys,” the daughters of the surviving Heathers.

The show is being executive produced by Mark Rizzo (The Man Date, Zip) and Jenny Bicks (The Big C, Men In Trees).

But that’s not all of Bravo’s scripted series news: The network is also development The Apartment, a drama about two siblings who “rent out [their late mother's] beautiful Upper West Side apartment to people who want a private space to have their own extra-marital affairs,” according to a press release. READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl' scoop: [SPOILER] to return for the final season -- EXCLUSIVE

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This fall, viewers will say goodbye to The CW’s pop culture phenom Gossip Girl, but not without a few visitors from the past. We’ve already seen the return of Bart Bass (Robert John Burke) in last season’s final batch of episodes. And there have been paparazzi photos of Yin Chang’s Nelly Yuki arriving on set. Who else will be back for the final installments of the glitzy soap? There are so many in the GG world that have gone MIA. Vanessa Abrams? Jenny Humphrey? Eric van der Woodsen? Carter Baizen? Find out our exclusive reveal after the jump… READ FULL STORY

Does 'SNL' need a new Romney? Jason Sudeikis ponders leaving 'Saturday Night Live' in new interview

Mitt Romney may be deep in the throes of finding a VP, but television viewers may also soon need to find a new Mitt.

Jason Sudeikis, who has been portraying the presidential candidate on Saturday Night Live, still hasn’t committed to returning to the program in the fall. Earlier, the smart money seemed to be on Sudeikis sticking around at least through the November election, but in a new interview with the L.A. Times, Sudeikis spoke candidly and said not even riding the fame train during the zeitgeist-y election season could be enough to keep him around.

“I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there,” Sudeikis told the newspaper. “It’s more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in. To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye — of being Mitt Romney — is not enough.” READ FULL STORY

La Toya Jackson lands new reality show on OWN

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The Jackson family’s love-hate relationship with the limelight will teeter toward love when La Toya stars in her own reality series next year. Life With La Toya is one of the newest shows added to the Oprah Winfrey Network’s fall schedule. The series will follow the singer/author as she juggles her demanding career with her even more daunting family life.

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The CW in talks to develop cult film fav ‘Battle Royale’ into TV series

Kids killing kids doesn’t exactly scream ‘prime time hit.’

Or, at least, it didn’t before the crazy success of The Hunger Games (final domestic box office: over 405 million dollars). Now fights to the death seem as profitable as shows about vampires.  The CW is reportedly developing a show based on the cult Japanese movie Battle Royale. EW has confirmed that The CW has “inquired about the rights.”

For the uninitiated, Battle Royale is a 2000 film about a group of Japanese school children. The group is rounded up and moved to an island where, much like The Hunger Games, on the government’s orders they must kill each other until one remains. Needless to say, it’s a blood bath.

The L.A. Times points out that a sticking point in the deal might be the approval of original novel author Koushun Takami, who, according to Japanese law, must sign off on the deal.

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