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According to Variety, Lionsgate recently extended the media maven’s contract until 2022. The global entertainment company’s CEO, John Feltheimer announced the decision during an earnings call with the brand’s analysts Tuesday. Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury branch has nationally syndicated Williams’ daytime talk series, “The Wendy Williams Show,” since 2009. Ironically, when producers first approached Williams in 2007 about the television series that fans have come to know and love, she was reluctant. “I thought, ‘here we go again,’ ” Williams recalled during a chat with Detroit News. However, they quickly won her over and thankfully for the former radio personality, she decided to give television one more shot…
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ABC Commits To Pilot Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, “Murder Town”

It looks like Jada may has a new job, y’all. According to Deadline, ABC has committed to a pilot starring and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. The series titled “Murder Town” will center around Wilmington, Delaware’s first Black District Attorney. Pinkett’s character will be forced to take on a high-profile, racially charged case while dealing with a shocking revelation about her murdered husband. The script was written by showrunner Barry Schindel based on an original script by Rob Fresco. Schindel will executive produce the series alongside Pinkett, and Miguel Melenzdez for Overbrook Entertainment and A+E Studios. Since ABC has already committed to the pilot, they’ll likely be hit with a fine in the event that “Murder Town” is not picked up as a series.
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DraftKings and FanDuel Declared Illegal Gambling Sites In NY

Fantasy sports fans looking to win a buck or two or thousands, in New York, just got sacked. DraftKings and FanDuel have been declared illegal gambling sites by the New York State attorney general. All bets are off, and your state may be next. Reports the New York Times: The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation’s professional sports teams. Given the New York attorney general’s historic role as a consumer-protection advocate, legal experts say the action will most likely reverberate in other states where legislators and investigators are increasingly questioning whether the industry should operate unfettered by regulations that govern legalized gambling…
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