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NBC Downplays Trump Salary Reports, Sydney Penny Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Donald TrumpReports of Donald Trump getting millions of dollars from NBC for two more years of 'Celebrity Apprentice' are "inaccurate," according to NBC.

The New York Post reported Trump got a raise from NBC, bringing his and producer Mark Burnett's earnings to a staggering $160 million. Trump would reportedly pocket $65 million a year.

However, NBC is firing back at the report.

"The financial information reported today in regards to 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is grossly inaccurate and has been significantly overstated," the network said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "While it is our policy to keep financial information strictly confidential, neither the production costs of the show nor what Mr. Trump makes personally is in the realm of reality. Donald Trump and 'The Apprentice' franchise remain a key part of the NBC primetime lineup and we are looking forward to another compelling cycle next season."

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Luke Grimes Headed to 'Outlaw Country'

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 7th 2010 11:40AM
luke grimes FX Outlaw CountryYoung actors Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett have landed key roles in the upcoming FX pilot 'Outlaw Country.' The pair joins the previously cast Mary Steenburgen in the Nashville-set crime-tinged family drama/thriller, reports Deadline.

'Justified' and 'Sons of Anarchy' director Michael Dinner has signed to direct the pilot, which will explore Nashville's organized crime underground while offering a slice of the city's celebrated music scene (with help from music supervisor Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings).

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Mary Steenburgen Joins 'Outlaw Country'

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 21st 2010 5:40PM
Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen is officially the first actor cast in the new FX drama, 'Outlaw Country,' according to Deadline.com. The pilot is described as a "crime thriller/family drama" set in Nashville and involving southern organized crime.

The show will have a musical element, not surprising given its setting, and Steenburgen is reported to sing in the role. Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, is also reportedly on board as an executive consultant and music supervisor.

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FX Heads to 'Outlaw Country'

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:15AM
Ever since 'The Godfather' became a cultural phenomenon back in the early 70's, organized crime has been a staple of the entertainment industry. From 'The Untouchables' to 'Goodfellas' to 'The Sopranos,' film and television have turned bad guys into big money and big ratings. But besides a life of crime, the characters in those stories all had something else in common: they were all from the North.

Well, not anymore. According to Variety, FX has decided to show the world that Southerners can break the law, too, as they have ordered a pilot for 'Outlaw Country,' a "thriller and family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime."

Details are still sketchy, but at least one bona fide son of the South will be involved in the series: Shooter Jennings, son of the legendary country star Waylon Jennings and no stranger to Hollywood himself (he played his father in the big screen Johnny Cash biopic 'Walk the Line'), is on board as an executive consultant and music supervisor.

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