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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
Octavia Spencer, LeBron James Team on TV Series About Entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker (Exclusive)
NBA superstar LeBron James is continuing to make moves off the court. James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is adding the first scripted drama to its growing slate. The project also boasts Oscar-winning talent: Octavia Spencer.
Sources tell Variety that Netflix is interested in the series and is the likely destination. The steaming service had no comment on their involvement in the project. »
- Justin Kroll
‘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… »
TV News Roundup: Joy Nash to Star in AMC Series ‘Dietland’
AMC has announced that Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role for the network’s upcoming project “Dietland.” The original 10-episode drama series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name, and explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Nash plays Plum Kettle, obese all her life and preparing for lap band surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the ‘war of the sexes’ becomes literal. Marti Noxon serves as writer, showrunner, and exec producer in addition to directing several episodes. “Dietland” is a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are executive producers, along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Jackie Hoyt. Nash »
- Erin Nyren
Code Black Ups Moon Bloodgood to Series Regular for Season 3
Bloodgood signed on to join the CBS medical drama back in June in the recurring role of tough-as-nails L.A. paramedic Rox Valenzuela, who’ll be saving lives alongside ride-along partner Dr. Willis, played by Rob Lowe. (Lowe’s character shifts his focus to field medicine in Season 3, either by ambulance or helicopter.) Now Rox will be a full-fledged member of the cast, starting with Season 3’s fourth episode.
John Oliver Tackles North Korea on Last Week Tonight
Where to start? Let me stop laughing first so I can actually hit the keys in the right order and then we’ll get going. Okay, let’s get to it. First off, funny, funny, and hilariously funny. John Oliver goes off on a rant that goes full frontal and then spins to the side then spins to the other side and then does a severe pivot before dashing ahead again. And then we do it all again as he continues to lambaste Trump and North Korea alike. You would think the guy would be exhausted at some point but somehow he
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The Top Five Movie Superheroes Who Don’t Have Super Powers
Lately it seems like a lot of people are up in arms about superheroes not being able to relate to the common human being. I would say “duh” but it seems a bit redundant at this point. But really there is a case to be made for this even if you don’t want to get so bent out of shape. Super-powered individuals might have the same concerns as regular people but they’re still in a class by themselves simply because they tend to have other concerns that are far and beyond what the average person might think about. Heroes that
YouTube Taps Jon Wax As Head Of Drama, Angela Courtin Heads Originals Marketing
Former Wgn America head of scripted Jon Wax is joining YouTube as head of Drama, Scripted & Current Programming. He is one of two high-profile new executives hires by the Google-owned online video platform tied to the company's YouTube Red Originals, along with former Fox Broadcasting Chief Marketing Officer Angela Courtin, who has been named Global Head of YouTube TV & Originals Marketing. The appointments, along with a promotion for Dustin Davis to Head of Comedy… »
The Top Five Moments From Animal Kingdom Season 2
Season two of the popular TNT Network series “Animal Kingdom is fully underway. Fans were excited that it was brought back for another run and there have been some exciting moments. The show turned out to be one of the hottest dramas of the summer. The show is about a crime that happened in Southern California. Ellen Barkin leads the cast as the mother of the Cody family. Her eldest son is played by Shawn Hatosy and he’s a bit on the volatile side and slightly mental. They’re also joined by Scott Speedman, the second in line alongside Ben Robson,
- Dana Hanson-Firestone
Chris Harrison Defends Bachelor in Paradise's Handling of the Scandal
Tuesday's Bachelor in Paradise finally dealt with the incident between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that led to production getting shut down for a week in June. Host Chris Harrison sat the returning contestants down for a conversation about what happened, how everyone was feeling
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- Liam Mathews
RuPaul Has a Powerful Message on Why The Bigots and Hate Groups Are Going to Lose — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
This fall will mark 25 years since the release of “Supermodel You Better Work,” RuPaul’s smash hit single that quickly made him a household name. The superstar hasn’t stopped working since then, and is now enjoying more success than ever with the Emmy-nominated “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” about to enter its tenth season.
Following a move to VH1, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” just delivered its most viewed season ever. And the show and its companion series “Untucked” has been nominated for 8 Emmys, including outstanding reality competition series and outstanding reality host for RuPaul, who won the category last year as well.
“My whole career, it’s never been about getting validation from the status quo,” he told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. »
- Michael Schneider
5 Memorable Movie Soundtracks From The 90s
A movie can be good, it can be great, and it can even be epic all on its own. But with the right soundtrack it can be legendary in a way that few pieces ever attain on their lonesome. With a killer soundtrack it’s possible to elevate a movie to the level that puts it in a realm all its own, where nothing else can touch it. There is something about pairing the right kind of music with a film that allows it to become something different, something that wasn’t originally intended but is so much better that you can’t
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Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay and Reese Witherspoon to Host Variety’s Television Nominees Celebration
Variety has announced the host committee for the annual Variety & Women in Film Television Nominees Celebration, which will take place Friday, Sept. 15 at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood.
The cast of “Big Little Lies” will make a big showing at the event, with Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman all part of the committee. Emmy-nominated actresses Thandie Newton of “Westworld” and Claire Foy of “The Crown” will also make appearances, as well as Ava DuVernay, who received three Emmy nominations this year, and network and streaming executives like Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu and Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. Lena Waithe, who became the first black woman to be nominated for outstanding writing for a comedy series this year for “Master of None,” will also attend.
“We are excited to be partnering once again with Women In Film on our annual party that celebrates all the inspiring work female actors, executives »
- Variety Staff
ABC Nabs FBI Darkly Comedic Drama From Regina Corrado, Felicity Huffman & NBCU International Studios As Put Pilot
In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Kristy Kottis, a comedic hourlong drama, from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado, American Crime alumna Felicity Huffman, Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and Working Title. NBC Universal International Studios is the studio. Written by Corrado, Kristy Kottis is inspired by the real-life Vespa riding, shit kicking, former New York City public school teacher-turned-fbi agent, Kristy Kottis. The is a darkly… »
This Is Us: Randall's Adoption Plans Won't Go as Smoothly as He Hopes
There might be a new kid on This Is Us, but it won't be an easy addition.
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) ended Season 1 by telling his wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) that he wants to adopt a child and viewers are anxiously awaiting her response to that truth bomb. According to Brown, it's not going
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- Megan Vick
Once Upon a Time Mega Buzz: Hook Is Searching for Something -- or Someone?
Welcome to Mega Buzz, your go-to place for the latest and greatest spoilers on your favorite TV shows. We know you have questions, and we have answers! If you're craving scoop on something in particular, e-mail us your question at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide. You
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- Lindsay Macdonald
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