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After landing a series order at NBC for Midnight, Texas, inspired by the books by best-selling author Charlaine Harris, producer David Janollari has set up another project at the network based on Harris’ literary works. Redliners, which will be written by Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comic creator Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), is based on short stories by Harris, whose books also inspired HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood. In the tone of Mr. an… »
Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.
This is based on information provided by the five broadcast networks, which gave Variety the names of the showrunners of their new scripted programs (a total of 50 across 38 new series). Variety independently confirmed the race and gender of each, via multiple sources. All names and data used for this story is available below. (Showrunner designations were not yet available for four series — two at NBC and two at ABC — and information on those programs was not included in the statistical analysis of the new season.)
Showrunners not only determine the creative direction of their programs; they also oversee the hiring, »
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Go somewhere over the rainbow, and check out these new photos from the Emerald City TV show coming to NBC. The Peacock Network's journey to Oz features Adria Arjona as a 20 year-old Dorothy Gale. Vincent D’Onofrio is the Wizard. Florence Kasumba plays the Wicked Witch of the East. Oliver Jackson-Cohen is Lucus, the Scarecrow.
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Chicago – Television has changed so much in the last generation that it’s hard to imagine a time of only three networks and a limited number of shows premiering every fall. But in the 1970s there were two such TV series, “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” starring Parker Stevenson, and “What’s Happening!!,” starring Ernest Thomas. They both made appearances at the “Hollywood Show” in Chicagoland.
The “Hollywood Show” is an event in which fans can mingle, take photographs and get autographs from the celebrities who appear there, and takes place in Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The next session will take place in Los Angeles on January 8th-10th, 2016. For complete details and ticket purchase information, click here.
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