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TCA: ‘Suburgatory’ Stars Could Be Taking A Shot In ‘Selfie’

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 1:12pm PDT

TCA: ‘Suburgatory’ Stars Could Be Taking A Shot In ‘Selfie’Actors from ABC’s canceled comedy Suburgatory could turn up on ABC’s newest comedy Selfie, said Emily Kapnek, creator and EP of both, at today’s TCA panels.
“I’m absolutely in love with those actors.  If there’s an opportunity to bring them in organically, I would love to,” said Kapnek. She appeared on today’s panel with actors Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Cho (Star Trek), who portray a modern-day Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins in this contemporary update of My Fair Lady/ Pygmalion.
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Jeremy Sisto To Co-Star In A&E Series ‘The Returned’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jeremysistoEXCLUSIVE: Coming off a three-season starring turn on the ABC comedy Suburgatory, Jeremy Sisto is returning to his drama roots with a lead role opposite Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned. An adaptation of the acclaimed French series, Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Sisto plays Peter, a psychologist who runs a grief support group for people in the town who are struggling with the loss of loved ones from a bus accident four years ago. Law & Order alum Sisto, repped by Gersh and the Schiff Co., will segue to Returned after wrapping Fox International’s genre movie The Other Side Of The Door. He recently co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie Break Point, which premiered at SXSW.

Related: Carlton Cuse’s Adaptation Of ‘The Returned’ Gets Series Order At A&E

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Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Among Cast Set For Adult Swim’s ‘Team Unicorn’ Pilot From Robot Chicken Duo

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Production is underwayTeam Unicorn SAFH photo by Eric Blackmon (1) on the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot for Adult Swim. Penned by Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny) and inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, the pilot is described as a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but for adults. It follows the adventures of the four mythical heroines who masquerade as human girls. Danger Maiden Prods’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt executive produce and star alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley (How I Met Your Mother) and Alison Haislip (Attack Of The Show) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) voices the villainous Dark Puba; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub; Tara Strong (The Fairly OddParents) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn; and Kevin Shinick (Mad) is the show’s announcer. Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Green is directing the pilot. Read More »

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UPDATE – Photo Gallery: New Comedy Series

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 5:43pm PDT

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UPDATED WITH MORE PHOTOS: It was a rough season for network comedies, with lots of newcomers getting killed off as well as a few notable veterans, such as Community, joining the dead list. But hope springs eternal in Laugh Land, and the networks have ordered some, but not lots, more comedies for the new fall season. Here’s an updated slideshow rundown of newcomers (OK, we’re including TNT and TBS among the broadcasters here), with brief descriptions for each. Click on a photo to launch: Read More »

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Upfronts 2014: What Pilots Are Still Alive, What Projects Are Being Shopped

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 4:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ecg-pulse-wallpaper17The networks’ pickups and cancellations have been done and their new schedules have all been announced as we wrap another upfront season. Like in a Walking Dead episode, among the countless bodies strewn around, a few are still standing. Here are the pilots and cancelled series that I hear are still alive or hoping for a resurrection in a new home.

Related: Upfronts 2014: Comedy Sputters, Diversity & Adaptations Flourish; Other Trends, Oddities

GaffiganPilots left in contention at the networks they were developed at include comedies Cabot College at Fox, where it has been eyeing a six-episode order; Sober Companion, also at Fox; Gaffigan at CBS; and Old Soul at NBC; as well as drama Agent X, whose pilot is being retooled, at TNT. ABC Brian Gallivan comedy also is a possibility. CW’s Supernatural: Bloodlines is dead but the network will take another stab at a Supernatural spinoff next season.

Related: Networks Play It Safe, Lead-Ins Rule On 2014 Fall Schedule: Full Grid & Top Face-Offs

lowe__131003221649-275x363How I Met Your Dad, which didn’t go to series at CBS, leads the pack of passed-over pilots that are being shopped to other networks. (Digital platforms like Netflix are considered a possibility for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, along with traditional networks like Fox or NBC.) Other pilots that are expected to be taken out include two comedies that were in contention at ABC, Kevin Hart’s Keep It Together and the Michael Imperioli starrer Saint Francis, as well as the Rob Lowe-Rob Riggle half-hour The Pro, which was in the running at NBC.

Related: In Memoriam: The Broadcast Series We Lost To Cancellation This Season

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ & ‘Nashville’ Finales Down, ‘Idol’ Surges, ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale Steady, ‘Chicago P.D.’ Up

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 9:32am PDT

arrow season 2 finaleAnother primetime and another set of finales for the 2013-2014 television season. Over time, there’ll be loads of looking back at what this season meant to TV and what indications for the future it contained but certainly this has been the first week in many years that two superhero related series have wrapped up their seasons. On Tuesday, we had ABC’s first move into the big screen blockbuster Marvel Universe coming to a seasonal end with the renewed Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  ending its first cycle. Next season there will be even more with Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC and The Flash on The CW. Last night on The CW, it was Arrow (0.8/3) reaching the end of its second season with one of those finales that ties up a lot of loose ends but also unravels a lot of new string for Season 3. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., the avenging archer series was even with its previous show last week. However, unlike the freshman ABC series, Arrow also took an 11% hit from its Season 1 finale on May 15 last year. Unlike last year, Arrow’s lead-out wasn’t Supernatural last night but newbie The 100

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ABC’s Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Move To 8 PM, Cultural Diversity Of New Series, ‘Trophy Wife’ Cancellation

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 10:51am PDT

ABC-logo-2014__140506025424-150x150PaulLee__140117213814-275x413ABC programming chief Paul Lee spent a surprising amount of time this morning on the phone trying to calm reporters whose undies seemed bunched over the move of Grey’s Anatomy to 8 PM Thursday (to make room for Shonda Rhimes new drama How To Get Away With Murder at 10 PM) and the quantity of the culturally diverse new series Lee has ordered for next season.

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“We wanted to reflect the changed face of America,” Lee explained, in re the new series’ cultural diversity. But his comment also applied to the many questions he took on his move of Grey’s Anatomy into the timeslot that, decades ago, was known as The Family Hour. It’s a notion that, practically speaking, ended years ago for American viewers,  thanks to the more adult original programming now available in the hour on cable and other programing platforms, and via DVR viewing, etc. But, it’s a concept to which some watchdog groups, politicians, advertisers – and reporters, apparently –  have clung. Lee noted the move was made, not to push the envelope but because the network has “stumbled” at 8 on Thursdays in the past “so this made all the sense in the world.”

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In Memoriam: The Broadcast Series We Lost To Cancellation This Season

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

showcancelledI don’t want dampen the euphoria of the writers, producers and actors who just got their pilots picked up to series — big congrats to you all! — but let’s not forget the extremely high casualty rate of the broadcast business. As a somber reminder, here is a list of the series that got the axe this season, most in the span of the last few days. They will be missed… well, some of them.

Related: NBC 2014 Schedule: ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Move To Thursday To End Comedy Block, ‘State Of Affairs’ & ‘Marry Me’ Get Post-’Voice’ Slots, ‘Parks’ To Midseason

The Assets
Back in the Game
Killer Women
Lucky 7
Mind Games
The Neighbors
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Super Fun Night
Trophy Wife

Bad Teacher
The Crazy Ones
Friends with Better Lives
We Are Men

almosthumanAlmost Human
Raising Hope

Surviving Jack
The X Factor

Community Community
Growing Up Fisher
The Michael J. Fox Show

 Sean Saves the World
Welcome to the Family

The Carrie Diaries
The Tomorrow People

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Several Comedies Looking For New Homes

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 5:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ALAN TUDYK, ALLIE GRANT, JEREMY SISTO, JANE LEVY, CARLY CHAIKIN, REX LEE, CHERYL HINESAs TBS announced today a sixth and final season for Cougar Town, several other comedies are attempting, like Cougar Town, to find a new home after being cancelled or passed over at the broadcast networks. I hear Warner Bros TV’s Suburgatory — which is three seasons into its run the way Cougar Town was when it was facing cancellation at ABC and moved to TBS — is exploring other options for the quirky comedy, cancelled on by Thursday by ABC, with sibling TBS among the possibilities. Similarly, I hear 20th Century Fox TV is determined to work hard on finding a new home for Friends With Better Lives, which was cancelled by CBS today after a short midseason run. 20th TV also is said to be shopping the Kevin Hart comedy pilot starring Romany Malco, which came very close to a series order at ABC. The network instead went with the ABC Studios’ produced Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson on Thursday, with the project’s showrunner Larry Wilmore announcing a day later that he would depart to host a show on Comedy Central.

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ABC Cancels ‘Suburgatory’ & ‘Super Fun Night’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 12:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ALAN TUDYK, ALLIE GRANT, JEREMY SISTO, JANE LEVY, CARLY CHAIKIN, REX LEE, CHERYL HINESABC‘s comedy cleanup continued with cancellations of Suburgatory and Super Fun Night. They join fellow ABC comedy casualties Trophy Wife, The Neighbors and Mixology. Suburgatory and The Neighbors‘ fate was sealed last night when ABC picked up to series comedy pilots Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, and Galavant, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman. Suburgatory had a lot going for it in season one — a big ratings start as a breakout hit and a breakout star in Jane Levy. The series started meandering creatively in Season 2. It attempted a reboot in Season 3 with casting and setting changes but that failed to bring viewers back. Still, ABC president Paul Lee loved the show, whose name sounded great in Lee’s British accent, and there was a small chance for a limited Season 4 order until Selfie got the go-ahead. Still in negotiations for a pickup is Friday comedy Last Man Standing.

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UPDATE: ‘Nashville’ Renewal Focuses On Tax Credit Issues

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ABC Renews ‘Modern Family’, No Returning Comedies From ABC Studios

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 8:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MALIN AKERMANUPDATE: Trophy Wife co-star Marcia Gay Harden confirmed the series’ cancellation on Twitter; Mixology‘s Frankie Shaw too confirmed the cancellation on Twitter. The Neighbors also is not coming back.

Modern_Family__130925234948-275x218PREVIOUS: ABC saved one of the most obvious renewals for last (for today), with flagship comedy series Modern Family picked up for a sixth season. It comes from 20th Century Fox TV, which is yet to get new series pickups from the network, where it has comedies Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat in contention.

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Meanwhile, the buzz tonight is what comedy series did not get picked up. (ABC is not done and will continue the process tomorrow.) One is a head-scratcher, Warner Bros TV’s The Middle, which launched with Modern Family. It is coming back. Also not on the list tonight but expected to return is 20th TV’s Last Man Standing. But the future does not look rosy for the other MIAs: ABC Studios’ The Neighbors, Mixology and Trophy Wife and WBTV’s Suburgatory and Super Fun Night.

Related: ABC Renews ‘The Goldbergs’ For Season 2

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ABC Picks Up ‘Selfie’, ‘Forever’, Jeff Lowell Comedy, ‘Galavant’, ‘The Whispers’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, ‘American Crime’, ‘Black-ish’ To Series

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 7:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPABC logo 2014DATE: Descriptions and credits for each newly picked up series at the bottom of the post.

Related: ABC PILOTS: What Is Still Alive?

WRITETHRU:: ABC has kicked off its new series pickups with a nod to its hottest pilot, legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Also picked up today are two other pilots from ABC Studios, John Ridley’s dark, racially charged drama American Crime starring Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, and comedy Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, with Laurence Fishburne executive producing and set to recur as Anderson’s dad. I hear Richard LaGravenese’s Dangerous Liaisons is not going forward.

Related: ABC Picks Up ‘Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’, Renews ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

ABC is continuigalavantng with its orders from ABC Studios. Next off are fairytale musical comedy Galavant from Dan Fogelman (His sophomore ABC comedy The Neighbors is dead), the alien drama The Whispers (formerly The Visitors) and the under-the-radar Jeff Lowell romantic comedy, now titled Manhattan Love Story. The Whispers marks the seventh series for Amblin TV and third for Dawn Olmstead who left the producing ranks to head development for Universal Cable Prods.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ Season Finale & ‘Idol’ Steady, ‘Arrow’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘The Middle’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Even

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

urlThere was reality show drama, heartfelt tunes, an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and the departure of a longtime character on primetime TV last night as the 2013-2014 season drilled into its final two weeks. No spoiler here, but the departure came on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1.9/6). Wrapping its 14th cycle, the still-strong crime drama rose 12% from last week’s spinoff setup show. Perhaps more importantly, especially on a competitive night of originals, CSI was basically even with its Season 13 ender of May 15, 2013 with just a 5% slip. While one character many be gone, CSI of course is not — CBS renewed the show in late March with leading man Ted Danson coming back too.

CBS’ Wednesday started off with Survivor (2.4/8) which bopped up 4% from last week. That small lift helped lead-out Criminal Minds (2.3/7), which saw a 5% rise from its April 30 episode. Once again, in its head-to-head hour with the two-hour live American Idol (1.7/6), the CBS series finished well ahead. Idol drew a 1.7 and 7.64 million viewers in the 8 PM slot compared with Survivor and its audience of 9.82 million, while drawing a 1.8 and 8.05 million viewers in the 9 PM hour against Criminal Minds and its 10.43 million viewers, which made Criminal Minds the night’s most-watched show. Overall, CBS won Wedensday in adults 18-49 (2.2/7) and total viewers 10.06 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘SVU’ Down, ‘Arrow’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’ Rise

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

Idol judges april 30They packed a lot of action into last night’s 2-hour live American Idol (1.8/6) on Fox with visits from New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, Jason Mraz’s debut as a mentor and the final Top 5 belting out tunes picked by viewers (including according to judge Keith Urban an “awesome” rendition of Whitesnake’s Still Of The Night). However, after seeing upward traction last week, last night’s singing competition fell 14% from its April 23 episode. As preliminary ratings stand right now, Idol hit an all-time Wednesday low last night, though that could change in adjustments later today.

The other long-running reality show of the night might not have seemed as busy as Idol, but Survivor (2.2/7) did have an immunity idol, an auction and of course someone went home from the Tribal Council. That said, the show dipped 4% from last week. In preliminary numbers that’s a season low for Survivor but the show commonly adjusts upward a tenth in the final numbers so don’t be surprised if there’s a change there too. Read More »

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Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Michael Polish Round Out Teen Slasher ‘Some Kind Of Hate’

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

RonenRubinstein_ gracephipps-Ronen Rubinstein (It Felt Like Love) and Disney stars Grace Phipps (Teen Beach Movie) and Sierra McCormick (A.N.T. Farm) will lead the cast of indie horror Some Kind Of Hate, from first-time helmer Adam Egypt Mortimer. Michael Polish (Big Sur), Noah Segan (Looper), Lexi Atkins (Zombeavers), Spencer Breslin (The Happening), Maestro Harrell (Suburgatory), sierramccormickJasper Polish (The Astronaut Farmer), music producer Jeremy Hawkins aka JHawk, and Brando Eaton (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) also star in the slasher about a bullied teenager who’s sent to a desert reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors. Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw co-scripted the pic which takes cues from youngster horror pics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, and Let the Right One In. Caliber Media is producing and arranged financing. The company’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing alongside Revek Entertainment’s Amanda Mortimer and Gabriela Revilla. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Modern Family’ Rise

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 9:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NOLAN GOULD, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS, ED O'NEILL, SARAH HYLAND,  TY BURRELL,With the Top 6 performing, Fox’s American Idol (2.1) last night reversed the recent downward ratings trend, up 11% from last Wednesday’s fast nationals. The singing competition closed the gap with CBS’ Survivor (2.2, even with last week’s fast national) but the CBS reality veteran kept its two-month winning streak over the Fox singing show alive.

ABC’s returning Wednesday comedies came back to originals after a two-week break. Fast nations to fast nationals, The Middle (1.8) was down a tenth from its most recent original on April 2, while Suburgatory (1.6) held steady. Going out of town once again worked for Modern Family. After its Las Vegas episode delivered a ratings bump last month, last night’s Australian episode (3.4) too posted an uptick, +6% from the series’ last original. After being left to fend for itself with no original support for the past two weeks, new comedy Mixology (1.5) perked up with an original lead-in, up 25% from last week but a tenth below its last episode that followed a new Modern Family. ABC aired a Nashville concert special (1.0) at 10 PM, with CBS’ and NBC’ dramas also in repeats. Fox won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
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BUBBLE WATCH 2014: Freshman ABC Comedy ‘Mixology’ Heating Up For Renewal

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 5:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mixology Season 2 Renewal ChancesIt has been a three-way race for renewal among three bubble ABC comedies: sophomore The Neighbors and freshmen Trophy Wife and Mixology, There seems to be some movement within the pack, with the youngest, midseason entry Mixology, gaining momentum. I hear the network and the studio already have put in place a leadership plan for next season, with creators Jon Lucas and Scott Moore set to take over the reins as showrunners from Ira Ungerleider, who will be leaving after running the series for its original 13-episode order. What’s more, in a sign of confidence to Lucas & Moore and their lucasmooreshow, I hear ABC Studios is in negotiations with the duo for an overall deal. At the same time last year, ABC Studios inked an overall deal with Dan Fogelman, with his freshman comedy The Neighbors going on to clinch the only comedy renewal for ABC Studios a few weeks later. Mixology – set in a bar over the course of one night — quickly built a core fan base and has supporters at ABC, including network topper Paul Lee. Its ratings have been lackluster at best, but so have been the numbers for Trophy Wife and The Neighbors. Relaunching a heavily serialized comedy in the fall four months after a brief midseason run would be a challenge, though I hear the story might be reset for Season 2.

Related: Bubble Watch 2014: Where Endangered Broadcast Series Stand

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Director Michael Fresco Re-Ups Deal With ABC Studios

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Studios and ABC have inked a third consecutive deal with director-producer Michael Fresco for him to direct and executive produce a pilot next year. Fresco just completed ABC/ABC Studios’ Jeff Lowell pilot and previously has helmed the pilots for Fox’s Raising Hope and ABC’s Better Off Ted and Suburgatory. He is repped by Paul Alan Smith at ESA.

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Parker Young To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Cuz-Bros’

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 4:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

parkerEXCLUSIVE: From bros on Fox’s Enlisted to cuz-bros in a CBS pilot. Parker Young is set as the co-lead opposite his Enlisted co-star Geoff Stults in CBS’ multi-camera odd-couple comedy pilot Cuz-Bros, from writers David Caspe and Erik Sommers, Sony TV, CBS Studios and Fanfare. It centers on Nick (Stults), a successful, suave ladies man working as a sportscaster for a local Los Angeles TV station whose perfect life gets turned enlistedcropped2upside down when his mess of a cousin, Barry (Young), needs a place to stay. Barry is sweet, clueless and naive with an uncanny ability to say/do the wrong thing at the wrong time, even though he means really well. Both Stults and Young are cast in second position to Enlisted, which has been pulled after a low-rated midseason run on Fridays and is not expected to come back. That series revolves around three brothers (Stults, Young, Chris Lowell) in the Army. Young, who also has a recurring role on ABC’s Suburgatory, is repped by Gersh and David Dean Management.

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