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OWN Orders Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer, Michael B. Jordan
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given a straight-to-series order to a new drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jordan also executive producing, Variety has learned.
Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write, and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy also serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner. Jordan will executive produce through his Outlier Productions. The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects haunted by the death of his closest friend who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama era, the series was inspired by events in McCraney’s own life. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (Exclusive)
Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.
Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing. »
- Joe Otterson
'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.
The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »
- Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.
”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.
“We’re launching a new standalone, but »
- Joe Otterson
Another ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Hits Piracy Sites Before Premiere
HBO’s summer of cyber-woes continues: Episode six of “Game of Thrones” season seven has been leaked to internet piracy sites, four days ahead of Sunday’s premiere.
This time, it wasn’t hackers or rogue employees at a production facility: The “Game of Thrones” episode evidently leaked out after it was inadvertently published by HBO Nordic and HBO España services. According to HBO, the leak appears to have stemmed from a mistake by a third-party vendor in those territories.
Links to the leaked “Got” episode were posted to Reddit, with the copy shared via YouTube, Twitch and other streaming services. The Reddit posts were swiftly taken down. However, the segment has already been snatched and shared via torrent networks, according to U.K. newspaper the Independent, which reported that it verified the authenticity of what it said was an HD copy.
In a separate incident two weeks ago, the fourth episode of the current season of »
- Todd Spangler
‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Chiara Aurelia Cast In TNT Drama Pilot
Chiara Aurelia is set for a series-regular role opposite Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT's drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption… »
‘The Tick’ Star Griffin Newman Opens Up About His First Big Break as an Unlikely Action Hero
When I first became friends with Griffin Newman, he was an actor whose biggest screen credit was the guy Kevin Costner spills coffee on in “Draft Day” — and I was a freelancer with no idea if I’d ever get a full-time job. Since then, things have improved for both of us, and with Newman’s new series “The Tick” debuting on Amazon, I’m in the unprecedented position of recusing myself from a review. (My colleague Maureen Ryan will be covering it instead). With that caveat, I thought it might be fun to chat with my friend about how much his life has changed, and how jumping from being a fan to having fans is a unique transition. I talked with Newman about his upcoming role starring as Arthur Everest in “The Tick” — a role that has already generated fan enthusiasm — and now that he’s making rent, his most fervent desire: an action figure of »
- Sonia Saraiya
Joi “Sj” Harris Identified as Deceased Deadpool 2 Stuntwoman
The life of a stuntperson can’t be easy. Joi “Sj” Harris was lauded as the first African American female professional road racer and she was a professional stunt woman on the set of Deadpool 2. Unfortunately during filming a tragic accident cost Joi her life recently when a stunt went horribly wrong. Harris went through a plate glass window after losing control of her motorcycle during an action sequence. Unfortunately she was not wearing a helmet as the character she was portraying was not wearing a helmet in the scene either. It might seem a bit irresponsible of the director
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A Look Back at NBC's Infamous Flop Emeril, From Co-Star Carrie Preston
A decade before she won an Emmy for The Good Wife, Preston played kooky (and blonde!) food stylist B.D. Benson on Emeril, which lasted just seven episodes in the fall of 2001. Starring Lagasse as (what else?) a TV chef, Emeril was created by Designing Women alum Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, with a supporting cast that included TV veteran Robert Urich and future The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. But critics were »
‘MTV Unplugged’ Plots Fall Return With Shawn Mendes (Exclusive)
Popular MTV franchise “Unplugged” will return to the network this fall. Shawn Mendes, who’s currently No. 1 at Top 40 radio with his latest single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” will kick off the reboot with a performance from downtown Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” is scheduled to air on Sept. 8.
“MTV Unplugged,” which features music acts reinterpreting their songs — and usually a cover — acoustically, first aired in 1989 and has showcased memorable performances from the likes of Nirvana, Jay-z, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Adele, among others. But for 19-year-old Mendes, it was a clip of Pearl Jam performing on the show in 1992 that got him hooked on the concept — even if it took place years before he entered the world. “It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” Mendes »
- Rebecca Rubin and Shirley Halperin
Watch out for Wizard World: The Latest Comic Con Trend Gaining in Popularity
Wizard World is fast becoming a trend that many cities are starting to accept as it is much like the famed Comic Con but with definite differences. Comic Con is non-profit in San Diego and is dedicated to giving out as much information as is possible to those that are interested in different movies, TV shows, and gaming experiences. It is in general a sharing of ideas and the presentation of different art forms that are brought to life by fans and different companies alike in an attempt to produce a greater, more expansive platform from which people all around
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First Look Media’s Topic Unveils Scripted TV Development Slate: Projects From Alex Garcia Lopez, Channing Tatum, More
First Look Media’s entertainment studio arm Topic has unveiled its scripted TV series development slate, with projects from Alex Garcia Lopez (Utopia, The Walking Dead), Erin Foley-Chan (The President Show) and Channing Tatum’s Free Association, among others. This is the first round of projects in development at Topic, with additional works to be announced. Written by Garcia Lopez, Hunger is described a a geopolitical thriller about the powerful, covert and dangerous… »
Turner Acquires U.S. Rights To UEFA Soccer Games, Plans To Launch Ott Sports Platform
Turner has signed a three-year multi-platform deal for U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer games beginning with the 2018-19 season. Timed to the deal, Turner also plans to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming video service with a collection of UEFA matches serving as a core pillar. The Ott sports platform will debut in 2018. Under terms of the deal, Turner will have exclusive U.S. rights for English-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA… »
Younger: The Invaders
What do chickens, Irish bartenders, ex-wives, and lazy college kids have in common? They all just invaded Younger, and only one of them was gone by the end of the episode. In everything that happened this week, the running thread was small annoyances which blew up into life-sized, long-term problems. Since getting rid of the eggs you hate was as simple as getting rid of the chickens in this episode, it’s easy to see why things are about to get very complicated. Diana has been happily drama free blissfully co-habitating with Richard. It’s the happiest she’s been in years, which
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- Araceli Aviles
Game of Thrones: Why Gendry Can’t Die Beyond The Wall
So the big rumor, at least one of them, in Game of Thrones is that Gendry was thrown back into the mix so that his story arc could finally end as he gets taken down by the White Walkers. Really? A lot of fans are calling this out for the bit of gossip that it most likely is. After all you don’t just take a character out of the story for three seasons then bring him back to kill him off, do you? That would seem like one of the biggest and laziest cheats in TV history, and there have
News Corp. and Telstra’s Foxtel to Merge With Fox Sports Australia
Parent companies Telstra and News Corp. announced the merger Thursday, saying the combined entity would align ownership and management and offer Australian consumers greater choice. The companies aim to complete the transaction in the first half of 2018, subject to the necessary regulatory approval.
News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said the proposed restructuring of the two companies would “unlock value for News Corp. shareholders and provide a clearer vision into the depth and strength of our Australian assets.”
“The new structure will simplify management control and ensure that the company is best placed to leverage the skills of its talented Australian employees and program makers,” Thomson said in a statement. “There is no doubt that the world of content is becoming more complicated and competitive, and »
- Robert Mitchell
Frozen: The Musical on Broadway Is Going to Smash It
If there was ever a film meant to be made into a musical Frozen would be near the top of the list. The story, the music, and the feel of the film simply offer themselves up without question to the idea of Broadway, and there were probably dozens of women, if not many, many more, trying to audition for the roles of Anna and Elsa. The cast will undoubtedly be only the best that Broadway has to offer, and the look of the play will be so spot on you might believe that you’re watching a different version of the
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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?
A Prime Minister looks poised for a landslide victory on Emmy night… but can a dark-horse candidate edge him out for the trophy?
Four of this year’s seven nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series come from freshman series, led by frontrunner John Lithgow, who adopted a British accent to play iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Netflix’s The Crown. (Lithgow, by the way, has a whopping five Emmys on his mantel already, three from 3rd Rock From the Sun.) Other first-timers in the mix: Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright (a winner in 2004 for Angels in America); Ron Cephas Jones, »
‘Locke & Key’: Frances O’Connor To Star In Hulu Pilot From Carlton Cuse & Joe Hill
Frances O'Connor (The Conjuring 2, The Missing) has been cast as the lead in Locke & Key, Hulu’s one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the Idw comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The pilot comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse and Idw Entertainment. Locke & Key, written by Hill and to be directed by Andy Muschietti. revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina… »
The Biggest Rumors Swirling around The Venom Movie Right Now
The upcoming Venom movie is about to be as epic as it gets for a comic book movie. Remember when people lost their minds about Logan finally getting an R-rating for his movie? Well with the latest Venom rumors you should be able to dip right into fantasy land and let your imagination run wild with the facts and rumors that are currently being unloaded on the eager and willing fans. This is a movie that has been in need of being made for a long time now, ever since Spiderman first hit the big screen in fact. Aside from
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