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AMC Networks pays $200 million in deal to operate BBC America

AMC Networks has completed a deal to acquire a 49.9% equity stake in BBC Worldwide's BBC America cable channel for $200 million.

 The deal forges a relationship between the cable network company, which boasts such shows as "The Walking Dead" and "Rectify," and the cable outlet that is home to such shows as "Doctor Who" and "Orphan Black."

As part of the joint venture, which was announced Thursday after months of talks, New York-based AMC will take over operational control. It will handle affiliate and advertising sales and manage the channel "consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies."

AMC chief Josh Sapan told The Times on Thursday that it was a logical move for the two parties.

"We really have for a long time appreciated the effect and success of BBC America and what they've done from a content point of view. Their work speaks for itself. We share an editorial vision. And joining forces improves and increases all of that."

BBC America is currently available in...

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Mayor Eric Garcetti thanks CBS for keeping 'The Late Late Show' in L.A.

"The Late Late Show" is, as expected, leaving its heart (and production) in Los Angeles--and for that, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is thankful.

Early on Thursday, CBS revealed the dates of the baton hand-off for its often overlooked "Late Late Show." Craig Ferguson will step down from his hosting perch on Dec. 19 after a 10-year run, with his replacement, British comedian James Corden, stepping onto the stage on March 9.

But for Garcetti, the bigger cause for celebration is that there's a victory for L.A. in all of this, given that the talker will stay put in Southern California.

"I want to thank CBS for keeping 'The Late Late Show' in Los Angeles," Garcetti said in a statement. "We are proud to be home to so many CBS productions that provide thousands of jobs for Angelenos. This is why I've fought hard to make sure L.A. remains the entertainment capital of the world. Under my administration, L.A. is open for business and my office stands ready to cut red tape and provide white glove...

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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Grimm' on NBC

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The Amazing Race The contestants are in Morocco, and a double U-turn looms in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS

Last Man Standing Mike and Chuck (Tim Allen, Jonathan Adams) argue over the merits of a measure that would merge their upscale neighborhood high school with one in the inner city, in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC

Hawaii Five-0 This new episode opens on the fourth anniversary of the death of McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) father (William Sadler), and a woman helps McGarrett with the last unsolved case his dad worked on. Greg Ellis and Mirrah Foulkes guest star; Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park also star. 9 p.m. CBS

Grimm In the season premiere, Nick (David Giuntoli) struggles to accept that he's no longer a Grimm in the aftermath of Rosalee and Monroe's (Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell)...

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James Corden's 'Late Late Show' gets a start date

The new "Late Late Show" with host James Corden will debut on CBS on Monday, March 9.

The British actor and comedian was announced earlier this year as the successor to Craig Ferguson, whose final episode of "Late Late Show" will be on Dec. 19.

Additionally, the network announced on Thursday that Corden's version of "The Late Late Show" would be executive produced by the host's longtime friend, Ben Winston. The pair have known each other since Winston was 17.

Winston is also well known as the executive producer of the U.K.'s version of "The X Factor."

The pair worked together for Corden's four years hosting the Brit Awards, and co-wrote several sketches for Corden during the Red Nose Day charity telethons.

This year will also see Corden appearing on the big screen in "Into the Woods" and "Begin Again."

With a start date for the new "Late Late Show" in place, the big question mark is now figuring out when David Letterman will end his "Late Show" tenure for Stephen Colbert to take his...

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Jimmy Kimmel follows up on Hollywood Boulevard character brawl

On Tuesday, the normal craziness of Hollywood Boulevard was disrupted by a brawl between Mr. Incredible and Batgirl, two of the costumed characters that mingle with tourists throughout the day for tips.

The scuffle was quickly joined by Waldo (of Where's Waldo? fame) and Chewbacca, with Freddy Krueger looking on. The incident was caught on video

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported from the incident, so beyond the initial video, most news outlets did not pursue the story.

Not Jimmy Kimmel. On Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the host got Waldo and Chewbacca, along with rapper R.J., who was selling his CDs on the boulevard when the fight broke out, to discuss the incident.

Unfortunately, details from the characters were sparse. They didn't know the cause of the fight, they didn't even know Mr. Incredible's real identity.

Kimmel even tried to get R.J. to admit that he'd punched Mr. Incredible off camera.

"That's hearsay, man," R.J. said.

"Did you ever think...

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TV Picks: 'Grimm,' 'Death Comes to Pemberly,' 'A Poet in New York'

"Grimm." Just in time for Halloween, NBC's super-good supernatural thriller returns, with a whole new set of good/evil Wesen, and an ever-more intricate spider web of plot.

A study in cliff-hangers, the season three finale left most of the characters in extremis. Hoping to retrieve her (very powerful) baby from the scheming Royals, Adalind (Clair Coffee) had stripped Nick (David Guintoli) of his abilities to see, and presumably fight, Wesen, making the young and inexperienced Trubel (Jacqueline Tobani) the only Grimm in Portland. Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) lay on death's (and Nick's) door, shot by a renegade (and Wesen) FBI agent; Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) did manage to get married but not before their wedding turned into free-for-all; and Sergeant Wu (Reggie Lee) is finally figuring out that the creature who sent him to the mental hospital may have been real after all.

So, obviously, there's a lot going on in early episodes of season 4, all of it laced...

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