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Critic's Notebook: ABC at TCA

John Cho, Karen Gillan

The verdict is still out regarding ABC's middling batch of new shows for the fall — as often happens, many of the network's more tantalizing projects are being held until midseason — but as ABC stepped into the TCA press-tour spotlight on Tuesday, the vibe was unusually positive because of one overarching hot-button issue: diversity. (For more ABC news, go here.)

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12 Years a Slave Screenwriter "Regrets" Not Thanking Director Amid Feud

John Ridley, Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has apparently softened his stance towards director Steve McQueen.

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Felicity Huffman to Star in ABC Drama Pilot from 12 Years a Slave Writer

Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman will star in ABC's drama pilot from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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Feud Between 12 Years a Slave Writer, Director Causes Tension at Oscars

Steve McQueen, John Ridley

The creative team behind 12 Years a Slave had plenty of reasons to celebrate at Sunday's Oscars, including the film taking home Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. But it wasn't all smiles for director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley, who are reportedly feuding with each other.

The beef started when McQueen asked Ripley if he could have a shared screenplay credit on the movie, and Ripley refused, according to TheWrap. Ripley raised eyebrows at the Academy Awards on Sunday when he snubbed McQueen on his way to the stage to accept the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and neglected to thank McQueen in his speech.

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12 Years a Slave, Gravity Top Oscars

12 Years a Slave

Gravity dominated Sunday's Academy Awards, taking home seven trophies, but lost the Best Picture prize to 12 Years a Slave.

Gravity dominated Sunday's Academy Awards, taking home seven trophies, but lost the Best Picture prize to 12 Years a Slave.

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As it has done all season, Steve McQueen's slavery drama won few awards during the night — this time just three — but prevailed with the top honor. 12 Years, whose producers include Brad Pitt, is the first film directed by a black filmmaker to win.

12 Years also won adapted...
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The Complete Pilot Report: ABC Has David Schwimmer, Jennifer Carpenter and Kevin Hart

David Schwimmer, Kevin Hart

The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Friends' David Schwimmer, and from proven producers like How I Met Your Mother bosses Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Arrow's Greg Berlanti.

To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the projects in contention — there are nearly 100! — and check back for updates on their status. Here are the ABC pilots: read more

ABC Signs Eve to Development Deal, Orders Pilot From 12 Years a Slave Writer

Eve

Eve is eyeing a possible return to TV. The rapper, who previously starred on the self-titled UPN sitcom from 2003 to 2006, has signed a development deal with ABC, TVGuide.com has learned.

Eve will also executive-produce the project, which is being targeted for the 2014-2015 development slate, with Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). She most recently appeared on the big screen in Bounty Killer and guest-starred on two episodes of Glee.

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HBO Developing Series Loosely Based on Mike Tyson's Life

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is bringing a loose version of his life to HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series titled Da Brick will be directed by Spike Lee, written and run by John Ridley and have some participation from Entourage creator Doug Ellin and his producing partner, Jim Lefkowitz...
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Barbershop's Immigrant Gets a Makeover

Gbenga Akinnagbe

When Showtime adapted the Barbershop film franchise into a series (Sundays at 10 pm/ET), actors' faces weren't the only thing that changed. Some character names got a tweak, too. Case in point: The resident impressionable foreigner known as Dinka on the big screen is now Yinka (that is, an actual African name). Here, Yinka's portrayer, Gbenga Akinnagbe tells TVGuide.com what it's like to inherit a film role, why you absolutely should not let him near your hair and why  Nigerian actors are a force to be reckoned with. TVGuide.com: A couple of the Barbershop TV series' characters are new, but yours [originally played by Leonard Earl Howze] is a holdover from the film Does that make it easier or harder for an actor?Gbenga Akinnagbe: A lot of us are playing characters who were in the movie, but I think it was read more

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