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Fox orders seasons for 2 new comedies

Staff, news services

Freshman comedies “The Mindy Project” and “Ben and Kate” have received votes of confidence from Fox in the form of full-season orders, the network said in a news release Monday.

Mindy Kaling created, writes and stars in “The Mindy Project,” which gets nine additional episodes in its order.

“Ben and Kate,” which stars Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, will produce six additional episodes.

The shows air Tuesdays.

CNN creating unit to produce films

CNN says it is starting a new unit to make feature-length documentaries to show on television and in movie theaters.

Its first project, “Girl Rising,” tells the story of several girls fighting tough odds to achieve their dreams. It features voiceovers by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington and Selena Gomez.

CNN said Monday that “Girl Rising” will premiere in the spring.

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