EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES ‘GET SHORTY’ FROM MGM TELEVISION TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 @ 10:00PM

EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES GET SHORTY FROM MGM TELEVISION TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 @ 10:00PM

First Look Photos Revealed

NEW YORK – May 16, 2017 – Premium cable network EPIX® has set the premiere date for its original series Get Shorty. The 10-episode dark comedy from MGM Television, based in part on the 1990 best-selling novel of the same name by  Elmore Leonard, will debut on EPIX Sunday, August 13 at 10:00PM ET/PT, 9:00PM CT.

First look images are available here: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/dblXZ8j8rp

The cast, led by Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA TV Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Sapphires,  Bridesmaids) and multiple Emmy® winner Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Parenthood”), includes Sean Bridgers (“Rectify,” Room); Lidia Porto (Horrible Bosses 2); Megan Stevenson (“Review”); Goya Robles (11:55); Lucy Walters (“Power”) and Carolyn Dodd (The Adventures of Catty Wompus).

O’Dowd plays Miles Daly, a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind and win back his recently-estranged family.  There, he meets Rick Moreweather (Romano), a washed up producer of low quality films who is desperately hanging on to the rungs of Hollywood relevancy and begrudgingly becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of show business.  Along with his criminal associate Louis (Bridgers), Miles attempts to keep his worlds from colliding as he balances the demands of filmmaking while keeping the suspicions of the crime ring’s chief – and production bankroll – Amara (Porto) and her dangerous nephew, Yago (Robles) at bay.  Also involved in the production is ambitious studio executive April Adams (Stevenson), who started in the business as Rick’s assistant, as well as Miles’ beloved daughter Emma (Dodd) – despite objections from Miles’ estranged wife, Katie (Walters).

Created for television by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), Get Shorty is executive produced by Holmes and Emmy nominee Allen Coulter (The Sopranos,” “Damages”) who also directs the first episode. Adam Arkin (“The Americans,” “Billions”) directed three episodes of the series and is also a co-executive producer. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

Get Shorty is the third original series premiere for EPIX, joining its timely, critically-acclaimed drama Berlin Station and comedy Graves (which garnered a Golden Globe nomination for star Nick Nolte).  Both series are slated to return for second seasons in 2017.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”) announced last week that it closed a deal to acquire full ownership of EPIX, having reached an agreement to acquire the interests held by joint venture partners Viacom, Paramount and Lionsgate.

About EPIX

EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and was the fastest growing premium network over the past five years. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere,” EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, TiVo, Chromecast, and Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. The premium network is offered nationwide through cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), You Tube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.

About MGM Television 

MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and “The Hobbit” trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include “Fargo” (FX); “Vikings” (HISTORY); “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu);  “Get Shorty” (EPIX); “The Voice” (NBC); “Survivor” (CBS); “Shark Tank” (ABC); “Beyond the Tank” (ABC); “The New Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC); “Teen Wolf” (MTV); Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (ABC); “Beat Shazam” (FOX); “Lucha Underground” (The El Rey Network).  Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” is currently airing its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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 Contacts:

Maureen Granados / [email protected] / 212-846-9359

Jennifer Price / [email protected] / 323-965-1990

EPIX ORIGINAL DARK COMEDY SERIES “GET SHORTY,” INSPIRED BY ELMORE LEONARD’S BEST-SELLING CLASSIC NOVEL, FROM MGM TELEVISION TO START PRODUCTION

 

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EPIX ORIGINAL DARK COMEDY SERIES “GET SHORTY,” INSPIRED BY ELMORE LEONARD’S

BEST-SELLING CLASSIC NOVEL, FROM MGM TELEVISION TO START PRODUCTION

 

SERIES STARS CHRIS O’DOWD AND RAY ROMANO JOINED BY SERIES REGULARS

SEAN BRIDGERS, LIDIA PORTO, MEGAN STEVENSON, GOYA ROBLES, LUCY WALTERS, CAROLYN DODD

 


NEW YORK – November 1, 2016 – Premium cable network EPIX® announced today that production will begin on the original series Get Shorty, produced by MGM Television, on November 8, 2016 with shooting to take place in Los Angeles, CA and Albuquerque, NM. Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA TV Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (“Girls,” St. VincentBridesmaids) and multiple Emmy® winner Ray Romano (“Vinyl,” “Parenthood,”“Everybody Loves Raymond”) are set to star in the 10-episode one hour straight-to-series dark comedy inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling classic novel of the same name. Joining Romano and O’Dowd will be series regulars: Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Sean Bridgers (“Rectify,” Room); Lidia Porto (Horrible Bosses 2); Megan Stevenson (“Review”); Goya Robles (11:55); Lucy Walters (“Power”); Carolyn Dodd (The Adventures of Catty Wompus).

O’Dowd is set to play “Miles,” a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind.  Romano is set for the role of “Rick,” a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.  Bridgers will play Miles’ partner within the organization, “Louis.” Porto will portray “Amara,” the godmother of a Nevada crime ring. Stevenson is set for the role of “April,” an attractive and ambitious studio executive. Robles will portray “Yago,” Amara’s dangerous nephew. Walters will play “Katie,” Miles’ wife from whom he is separated. Dodd will play Miles and Katie’s 12-year-old daughter “Emma.”

Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), Get Shorty will be co-executive produced by Adam Arkin (“The Americans,” “Billions”), who will also direct three episodes, and Emmy nominee Allen Coulter (“The Sopranos,” “Damages”), who will direct and also executive produce the first episode. The series is produced by MGM Television with MGM serving as lead studio and the international distributor.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to partner with MGM on Elmore Leonard’s timeless classic, which will be re-envisioned by Davey Holmes and directed by Allen Coulter,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “Ray and Chris are a dynamic team and with a strong supporting cast, we are anticipating that “Get Shorty” will be another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its audience.”

Steve Stark, President, MGM’s Television Production & Development, added “The marriage of Elmore Leonard’s classic work with Davey Holmes’s twisted comedic voice flips the classic Hollywood story on it’s head. Davey has created sharply-witted stories and characters that our audience is going to love.”

“Elmore Leonard’s work was formative for me, and the world of ‘Get Shorty’ felt ready for a reinvention, while staying true to the creative spirit of the book,” said Davey Holmes. “Leonard had a fantastic ability to illuminate thuggish characters and find not only menace, but also comedy that springs from their humanity.  It’s a story about murderous tough guys with wistful dreams and fragile egos.”

Over the past few years O’Dowd has carved out a hugely successful movie career. He can currently be seen in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Christopher Guest’s Mascots. O’Dowd’s other movie credits include Stephen Frears’ The Program; John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary opposite Brendan Gleeson; Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires; Judd Apatow’s This is 40 opposite Paul Rudd; Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids alongside Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig; Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, also opposite Kristin Wiig; Jay Roache’s Dinner for Schmucks opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell; Rob Letterman’s Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Gareth Carrivick’s Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel opposite Anna Faris. He also lent his voice to Chris Wedge’s animated blockbuster Epic alongside Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Sudeikis. His TV credits include “The IT Crowd,” “Moone Boy” and “Family Tree.”

O’Dowd is repped by WME Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment and Gordon and French.

From 1996 to 2006, Romano starred in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” one of the most respected sitcoms in television history, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2002. As one of the show’s executive producers, he also received Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2005 for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” and shared a 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award® with the show’s cast. Romano’s other TV credits include “Vinyl,” “Parenthood” and “Men of a Certain Age.” He also stars in The Big Sick, produced by Judd Apatow and written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani. Other film credits include the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, Ice Age, and the four sequels, including Ice Age: Collision Course. He also appeared in Welcome To Mooseport, Rob the Mob and the documentary 95 Miles To Go. In 1998, he wrote the New York Times best-seller, Everything And A Kite, and with his brothers penned the children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers. In 2002, Romano’s comedy album, Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy.

Romano is repped by ICM Partners, The Conversation Company, and lawyer Jon Moonves.

Arkin is repped by ESA, Gersh and Principal Entertainment.

Get Shorty is the third EPIX original scripted series on the network’s slate.  EPIX recently premiered the original series Berlin Station and Graves on Sunday, October 16 at 9/8C and 10/9C, respectively.  Berlin Station is a contemporary, fast-paced spy thriller that looks at Berlin’s CIA office in the midst of an investigation into a now-infamous whistleblower. Graves tells the story of President Richard Graves, a former two-term POTUS as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House.

 

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Media Contacts:

For EPIX:

Marlea Willis / [email protected] / 212.846.6748

Emily Spitale / [email protected] / 347.281.0843

 

THE LIPPIN GROUP:

Pam Golum / [email protected] / 323.965.1990

 

For MGM

Kristin Cotich / [email protected] / 310.449.3606

 

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all of its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

 

About MGM Television

MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and “The Hobbit” trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects on air or in production include: “Fargo” (FX); “Vikings” (HISTORY); “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu);  “Get Shorty” (EPIX); “The Voice” (NBC); “Survivor” (CBS); “Shark Tank” (ABC); “Beyond the Tank” (ABC); “Celebrity Apprentice”(NBC); The People’s Choice Awards” (CBS); Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (ABC); and “Lucha Underground” (The El Rey Network).  Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” is currently airing its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

 

ALLEN COULTER TO DIRECT FIRST EPISODE OF THE EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES ‘GET SHORTY’ A DARK COMEDY PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION AND SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016

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ALLEN COULTER TO DIRECT FIRST EPISODE OF THE EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES ‘GET SHORTY’

A DARK COMEDY PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION AND SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 30, 2016 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today that Emmy® nominee Allen Coulter (“The Sopranos,” “Damages”) has signed on to direct the first episode of the network’s original dark comedy series Get Shorty, a one hour drama series produced by MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), Get Shorty is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s eponymous 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall for a summer 2017 premiere.

A seven-time Emmy nominee, Allen Coulter has directed the pilot episodes of a variety of high-profile television series including “Damages,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Ray Donovan.”

“Allen is one of the most talented and sought after directors in TV today and we’re proud to have him on board to set the tone for Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “He has directed some of the most iconic television shows of the last 15 years, and along with Davey, we could not have found more appropriate and dynamic filmmakers to explore and expand upon the dark comedy elements from Elmore Leonard’s original novel.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a brilliant and accomplished director,” said Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. “With Allen launching the series and Davey’s creative genius, we can’t wait to share this twisted and immersive story with audiences worldwide.”

In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.

 

Media Contacts:

For EPIX:

Marlea Willis / [email protected] / 212.846.6748

Emily Spitale / [email protected] / 347.281.0843

 

THE LIPPIN GROUP:

Don Ciaramella / [email protected] / 212.986.7080

Jennifer Price Keith / [email protected] / 323.965.1990

Elina Adut / [email protected] / 323.965.1990

 

KATHIE BERLIN PR:

Kathie Berlin – [email protected] / 917.459.1998

 

For MGM:

Kinley Cross / [email protected] / 310.449.3741

 

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

About MGM Television

MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and “The Hobbit” trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include “Fargo” (FX); “Vikings” (HISTORY);  “The Voice” (NBC); “Survivor” (CBS); “Shark Tank” (ABC); “Beyond the Tank” (ABC);”Celebrity Apprentice”(NBC); “Teen Wolf” (MTV); “500 Questions” (ABC); “The People’s Choice Awards” (CBS); “America’s Greatest Makers” (INTEL/Turner), “Coupled” (FOX) and “Lucha Underground” (The El Rey Network).  Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” is currently filming its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

EPIX® REIMAGINES ELMORE LEONARD’S CRAFTY NOVEL ‘GET SHORTY’ FOR TELEVISION PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION, THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS A DARK COMEDY SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016

EPIX® REIMAGINES ELMORE LEONARD’S CRAFTY NOVEL ‘GET SHORTY’ FOR TELEVISION

PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION, THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS A DARK COMEDY SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24, 2016 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today it will go into production on Get Shorty from MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), the one hour drama series is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall and air summer 2017.

In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada.  For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film.  But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice.  Get Shorty promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”

“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways. We are thrilled to bring these irreverent characters to fans and audiences around the globe with our fantastic partners at EPIX,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM.

MGM, a joint venture partner in EPIX, produced the 1995 movie version of Get Shorty that starred John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito and was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Travolta won the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the lead character Chili Palmer and the film received a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

 

Media Contacts:

For EPIX:

EPIX: Marlea Willis / [email protected] / 212.846.6748

THE LIPPIN GROUP: Don Ciaramella / [email protected] / 212.986.7080

THE LIPPIN GROUP: Jennifer Price Keith / [email protected] / 323.965.1990

THE LIPPIN GROUP: Elina Adut / [email protected] / 323.965.1990

 

For MGM:

MGM: Kinley Cross / [email protected] / 310.449.3741

 

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, comedy and music specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across Chromecast, Apple® iPhones® and iPads®, Android TV and more and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

 

About MGM Television

 

MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and “The Hobbit” trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include “Fargo” (FX); “Vikings” (HISTORY);  “The Voice” (NBC); “Survivor” (CBS); “Shark Tank” (ABC); “Beyond the Tank” (ABC);”Celebrity Apprentice”(NBC); “Teen Wolf” (MTV); “500 Questions” (ABC); “The People’s Choice Awards” (CBS); “America’s Greatest Makers” (INTEL/Turner), “Coupled” (FOX) and “Lucha Underground” (The El Rey Network).  Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” is currently airing its third season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

 

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