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Tyrant Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Spring

7 July 2016 2:55 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

New characters, new democracy, same old Abuddin.

Jamal's recovery might have been the final shocker of Tyrant Season 3 Episode 1, but it was far from the only one.

Prisoner exchanges, faked suicides, and resignation announcements all shook up the political minefield that is Abbudin. Who will end up in power is anybody's guess. 

Watch Tyrant Season 3 Episode 1 Online

The season premiere introduced us to a few new characters, which only makes sense when you think about how many died in Tyrant Season 2. In the fight for Abuddin, everybody is power hungry, so Barry better watch his back. Aziz (the previously unseen butler) has already declared an alliance with Leila in the most disturbing way.

If he's willing to have Nusrat, another member of the royal first family, killed to help his "madame," who knows what else he's willing to do?

What was especially tragic to me about Nusrat's death is that »

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‘CSI: NY’ Alum Trey Callaway Named Co-Showrunner of Fox’s ‘Apb’ with Matt Nix (Exclusive)

14 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Trey Callaway has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, and will join Fox’s upcoming drama “Apb” as co-showrunner and exec producer, Variety has learned exclusively.

In addition to joining “Apb,” on which he’ll share showrunner duties with Matt Nix, under the new pact, Callaway will develop new projects with the studio for network, cable and streaming services.

An alum of “CSI: NY,” Callaway served as a writer/producer on the procedural for more than 120 episodes. Last TV season, he was co-exec producer on CBS’s “Rush Hour,” which was not renewed for a second season, freeing up his schedule for “Apb.”

Callaway boarding “Apb” comes after Fox’s midseason drama saw a shuffle up top with Nix stepping in to overhaul the script that was originally penned by “Apb” creator David Slack, who exited the project over creative differences. In the pilot phase, Nix was co-running with director and exec producer Len Wiseman. At the time of the behind-the-scenes changes, Variety reported that should the project go to series, a new showrunner would be named.

Apb” follows a tech-billionaire who purchases a poor police precinct. Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Caitlin Stasey, Taylor Handley, Eric Winter and Ernie Hudson star.

Callaway was showrunner and exec producer on “The Messengers,” which was on the CW for one season. He was co-exec producer on NBC’s “Revolution.” On the film side, he wrote the screenplay for “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Callaway is repped CAA and Rain Management Group.

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‘You’re the Worst’ Star Aya Cash Explains Why You Shouldn’t Vote For Her at the Emmys (But You Really, Really Should)

14 June 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Aya Cash is not the kind of actress who’s desperate for awards attention.

When the “You’re the Worst” star says she’s just happy to be mentioned among the contenders, Cash uses the same statement to quickly shift focus to those other worthy women. She’s the kind of person who, mid-interview, will repeatedly ask if she’s doing okay. If she’s answering the questions properly. If she’s being a worthy contributor to the conversation.

And it’s not because she’s worried about how she’ll come across, but because she wants to genuinely help you, the interviewer, get whatever you want.

Here’s what we want: to see Cash win an Emmy for her monumental performance in “You’re the Worst” Season 2 — and plenty of other people do, too. The performance speaks for itself, and she’s letting it do just that, but such humility combined with a deep connection to the character makes Cash exactly the kind of person we should be heaping attention on, starting with an Emmy.

Not only was it a portrayal of groundbreaking significance — as Cash’s character, Gretchen, unflinchingly depicted the daily struggle of clinical depression — but the actress herself was fearless in attacking the darkest corners of her subject’s fragile psyche. Never before have we seen someone so beaten down by an unseen force — one that plagues so many of us on a daily basis —on TV, in a comedy, and the actress gave no credence to her own appearance or ego. IndieWire recently spoke with Cash, who has earned praise for depicting Gretchen with the same modesty and honesty she lives her life — humanizing herself, the character and the disease all at once.

When were your first presented with the idea of Gretchen being clinically depressed?

I got the first four scripts about two weeks before we started shooting, and I think I was on vacation. I remember reading them by a pool feeling semi-glamorous, you know? When does one get to read scripts for a TV show you’re on by a pool? And I got to the end of the fourth episode — when Gretchen is leaving in the middle of the night with no explanation — and I was like, “Well, you can’t do that to me!” That’s when I talked to Stephen about what was going on. He gave me a heads up of  “This is what’s up. You’re crying in your car and this is why.”

Do you remember how much of that arc he gave to you ahead of time? How far down the rabbit hole she was going to go?

No, I didn’t know how far she was going to go. I didn’t know about the stalking episode with Justin Kirk and Tara Summers until I read it. I understood she was struggling with clinical depression and, even though there’s a spectrum on that, it’s a pretty serious issue and I knew that she was going to get dark. But I did joke with Stephen at one point: “So we’re doing a comedy and in every episode, she cries in her car?” I was like, “Wow, it’s going to be a lot.” But I loved it.

There’s a lot that goes into finding the truth and the authenticity in Gretchen while still staying true to the comedy format of the show.

I think it’s just as scary to be delivered a laugh-line as it is to be delivered lines that need emotional depth. They’re both terrifying. I’m not a naturally hilarious person. I’m not a storyteller. I’m not a joke-teller. I can barely remember jokes to save my life. I have decent comedic timing, and I have great writing.

It’s always intimidating when someone says — in the script — “I’m so sorry, I’m crying,” because you’re like, “Well fuck, I guess my decision is that I’m going to be crying in that moment.” And that can be intimidating, but you also can’t go in there and go, “I’m going to cry on this line,” because that would be fake. So I understand that it has to be emotional, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be, “And…cue the tears!”

[pause]

I feel like I haven’t done an interview in a couple months and I’m like, “Oh, what are these? What do I do?” You can just punch me up in any way you need. [laughs]

Perfect. It’s the ideal interview if I can just kind of make up the answers for you.

Great. “Dear Emmy Voters, Aya says she’s not very funny and not to vote for her for Best Comedy Actress.” [laughs]

It felt like this storyline opened things up a bit for Season 2; more (deserved) attention and there seemed to be a bit of a ground swell around the show in general.

I think Stephen and all the writers are really clued into something in the air. Like the amazing collective unconscious or something, because I feel like there’s a couple of shows that now have been talking about depression specifically in a very out way: “BoJack Horseman”; I think it was referenced in “Broad City.” There’s something in the air where it’s starting to come out, and we happened to be there at the beginning.

Was it daunting at all to be the face of that all of a sudden? I’m going to guess that you had to really engage with this conversation.

I felt a great responsibility and — I sound like such a ridiculous Miss America answer — but I felt honored to be a part of the conversation. It’s something that has hit very close to home for me and it’s really important to demystify because so many people struggle from depression of varying degrees.

I’m subject to that as well. I didn’t feel particularly brought down by the shooting of it, but I did actually have a very hard time, to be honest, when it aired; feeling sort of similar to how Gretchen was feeling. I had sort of a delayed reaction to it all and then felt I had to be sort of up for it when I actually myself felt down.

It’s just a big responsibility, and I felt so moved by people who reach out and said that they were struggling with depression and that it helped them. I was so excited that people, for the most part, seemed to be excited to see a fun, comedic character go through that and not be like, ‘Where’s my comedy? I wanted the sex and the fun. Where’s fun Gretchen?’ The truth is fun Gretchen is partly fun because of her depression. A lot her “fun” things that she does are self-medicating. So, it’s all tied together.

In Episode 7, “There’s Not Currently a Problem,” there was so much Gretchen had to go through — all in a moment. It was so vehement, I have to imagine that shooting that scene was pretty exhausting simply from a physical standpoint.

Yeah, I was actually very sick and they moved that shoot day a couple days so that I could at least be slightly coherent for it, which was so insanely lovely. I was a mess.

Don’t judge me for sounding like a pretentious asshole, but coming from “theáter,” [laughs] I actually really enjoy getting to roll into something, so I like a long take. It’s a lot of work and you have to make sure you’re really on top of it, but we’re pretty good about that anyway, so it’s really fun to take a five-page scene and be able to just go and rev up and try different things. We just played. Everyone else had to have stamina, too. I mean, watching me stutter for five pages takes some stamina.

Acting is so bizarre. I think the most important thing is to be there for someone else. Ultimately, if you’re there for someone else, you’ll make yourself look good, too, because you’ll be doing the right thing for what’s happening in the moment.

“You’re the Worst” Season 3 premieres August 31 on Fxx.

[Editor’s Note: IndieWire’s Consider This campaign is an ongoing series meant to raise awareness for Emmy contenders our editorial staff and readership find compelling, fascinating and deserving. Running throughout awards season, Consider This contenders may be underdogs, frontrunners or somewhere in between. More importantly, they’re making damn good television we all should be watching, whether they’re nominated or not.]

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‘You’re the Worst’ Star Aya Cash Explains Why You Shouldn’t Vote For Her at the Emmys (But You Really, Really Should)

14 June 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Aya Cash is not the kind of actress who’s desperate for awards attention.

When the “You’re the Worst” star says she’s just happy to be mentioned among the contenders, Cash uses the same statement to quickly shift focus to those other worthy women. She’s the kind of person who, mid-interview, will repeatedly ask if she’s doing okay. If she’s answering the questions properly. If she’s being a worthy contributor to the conversation.

And it’s not because she’s worried about how she’ll come across, but because she wants to genuinely help you, the interviewer, get whatever you want.

Here’s what we want: to see Cash win an Emmy for her monumental performance in “You’re the Worst” Season 2 — and plenty of other people do, too. The performance speaks for itself, and she’s letting it do just that, but such humility combined with a deep connection to the character makes Cash exactly the kind of person we should be heaping attention on, starting with an Emmy.

Not only was it a portrayal of groundbreaking significance — as Cash’s character, Gretchen, unflinchingly depicted the daily struggle of clinical depression — but the actress herself was fearless in attacking the darkest corners of her subject’s fragile psyche. Never before have we seen someone so beaten down by an unseen force — one that plagues so many of us on a daily basis —on TV, in a comedy, and the actress gave no credence to her own appearance or ego. IndieWire recently spoke with Cash, who has earned praise for depicting Gretchen with the same modesty and honesty she lives her life — humanizing herself, the character and the disease all at once.

When were your first presented with the idea of Gretchen being clinically depressed?

I got the first four scripts about two weeks before we started shooting, and I think I was on vacation. I remember reading them by a pool feeling semi-glamorous, you know? When does one get to read scripts for a TV show you’re on by a pool? And I got to the end of the fourth episode — when Gretchen is leaving in the middle of the night with no explanation — and I was like, “Well, you can’t do that to me!” That’s when I talked to Stephen about what was going on. He gave me a heads up of  “This is what’s up. You’re crying in your car and this is why.”

Do you remember how much of that arc he gave to you ahead of time? How far down the rabbit hole she was going to go?

No, I didn’t know how far she was going to go. I didn’t know about the stalking episode with Justin Kirk and Tara Summers until I read it. I understood she was struggling with clinical depression and, even though there’s a spectrum on that, it’s a pretty serious issue and I knew that she was going to get dark. But I did joke with Stephen at one point: “So we’re doing a comedy and in every episode, she cries in her car?” I was like, “Wow, it’s going to be a lot.” But I loved it.

There’s a lot that goes into finding the truth and the authenticity in Gretchen while still staying true to the comedy format of the show.

I think it’s just as scary to be delivered a laugh-line as it is to be delivered lines that need emotional depth. They’re both terrifying. I’m not a naturally hilarious person. I’m not a storyteller. I’m not a joke-teller. I can barely remember jokes to save my life. I have decent comedic timing, and I have great writing.

It’s always intimidating when someone says — in the script — “I’m so sorry, I’m crying,” because you’re like, “Well fuck, I guess my decision is that I’m going to be crying in that moment.” And that can be intimidating, but you also can’t go in there and go, “I’m going to cry on this line,” because that would be fake. So I understand that it has to be emotional, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be, “And…cue the tears!”

[pause]

I feel like I haven’t done an interview in a couple months and I’m like, “Oh, what are these? What do I do?” You can just punch me up in any way you need. [laughs]

Perfect. It’s the ideal interview if I can just kind of make up the answers for you.

Great. “Dear Emmy Voters, Aya says she’s not very funny and not to vote for her for Best Comedy Actress.” [laughs]

It felt like this storyline opened things up a bit for Season 2; more (deserved) attention and there seemed to be a bit of a ground swell around the show in general.

I think Stephen and all the writers are really clued into something in the air. Like the amazing collective unconscious or something, because I feel like there’s a couple of shows that now have been talking about depression specifically in a very out way: “BoJack Horseman”; I think it was referenced in “Broad City.” There’s something in the air where it’s starting to come out, and we happened to be there at the beginning.

Was it daunting at all to be the face of that all of a sudden? I’m going to guess that you had to really engage with this conversation.

I felt a great responsibility and — I sound like such a ridiculous Miss America answer — but I felt honored to be a part of the conversation. It’s something that has hit very close to home for me and it’s really important to demystify because so many people struggle from depression of varying degrees.

I’m subject to that as well. I didn’t feel particularly brought down by the shooting of it, but I did actually have a very hard time, to be honest, when it aired; feeling sort of similar to how Gretchen was feeling. I had sort of a delayed reaction to it all and then felt I had to be sort of up for it when I actually myself felt down.

It’s just a big responsibility, and I felt so moved by people who reach out and said that they were struggling with depression and that it helped them. I was so excited that people, for the most part, seemed to be excited to see a fun, comedic character go through that and not be like, ‘Where’s my comedy? I wanted the sex and the fun. Where’s fun Gretchen?’ The truth is fun Gretchen is partly fun because of her depression. A lot her “fun” things that she does are self-medicating. So, it’s all tied together.

In Episode 7, “There’s Not Currently a Problem,” there was so much Gretchen had to go through — all in a moment. It was so vehement, I have to imagine that shooting that scene was pretty exhausting simply from a physical standpoint.

Yeah, I was actually very sick and they moved that shoot day a couple days so that I could at least be slightly coherent for it, which was so insanely lovely. I was a mess.

Don’t judge me for sounding like a pretentious asshole, but coming from “theáter,” [laughs] I actually really enjoy getting to roll into something, so I like a long take. It’s a lot of work and you have to make sure you’re really on top of it, but we’re pretty good about that anyway, so it’s really fun to take a five-page scene and be able to just go and rev up and try different things. We just played. Everyone else had to have stamina, too. I mean, watching me stutter for five pages takes some stamina.

Acting is so bizarre. I think the most important thing is to be there for someone else. Ultimately, if you’re there for someone else, you’ll make yourself look good, too, because you’ll be doing the right thing for what’s happening in the moment.

“You’re the Worst” Season 3 premieres August 31 on Fxx.

[Editor’s Note: IndieWire’s Consider This campaign is an ongoing series meant to raise awareness for Emmy contenders our editorial staff and readership find compelling, fascinating and deserving. Running throughout awards season, Consider This contenders may be underdogs, frontrunners or somewhere in between. More importantly, they’re making damn good television we all should be watching, whether they’re nominated or not.]

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A previous winner for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on “Transparent.” Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.

Saturday Night Live” always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of “SNL’s” resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the “SNL” cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.

Also stealing scenes in the political world were Martin Mull, Peter MacNicol and John Slattery in “Veep.” MacNicol has already won one Emmy, for “Ally McBeal, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Watch New Fox Show Trailers: 'Prison Break,' '24: Legacy,' 'Exorcist,' More

19 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Everything old is new again on Fox. Now that the network no longer has "American Idol," it's looking to new dramas and comedies to fill that ratings void.

Onetime Fox hits "24" and "Prison Break" return, the former with a new star and the latter as a limited series. Also on deck are adaptations of movies "Lethal Weapon" and "The Exorcist." And to capture the magic that "Empire" brought to Fox, the network has ordered another Lee Daniels' series in "Star."

Here are the trailers for Fox's new shows:

"24: Legacy," with Corey Hawkins as a new agent seeking to save the world from terrorists:

"A.P.B", with Justin Kirk as a tech billionaire who buys himself a police precinct:

"The Exorcist":

"Lethal Weapon":

"Making History," with Adam Pally as a time traveler who woos Colonial era Leighton Meester:

"The Mick," starring Kaitlin Olsen as a »

- Kelly Woo

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First trailer for police drama Apb

17 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox has released the first trailer for its upcoming police drama Apb. Inspired by true events, the show follows an eccentric tech billionaire who purchases a trouble precinct and looks to turn it around with a high-tech, cutting edge approach. Take a look here…

Police work isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. Inspired by true events, Apb is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (Lucifer, “Underworld”) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”). Sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption: the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department is spiraling out of control. Enter billionaire engineer Gideon Reeves (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, “Tyrant,” “Weeds”). After his best friend is murdered in a botched attempted robbery, and the killer remains at large, Gideon demands justice. Putting up millions of dollars of his own money, he makes an unprecedented »

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Apb: First Look at Fox's New Cop Series

17 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48843" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Apb TV show on Fox. L-r: Justin Kirk and Caitlin Stacey in Apb premiering midseason on Fox. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes / Fox.[/caption]

Below, watch the official trailer for the the Apb TV show premiering mid-season on Fox. Inspired by recent events, Apb is a new police drama with a high-tech twist. Apb comes from executive producer and director Len Wiseman and executive producer/writer Matt Nix.

Justin Kirk stars in Apb as billionaire engineer, Gideon Reeves. The series also stars Natalie Martinez as street-smart Officer Theresa Murphy. Eric Winter is Scott Murphy. Ernie Hudson is the skeptical Sgt. Ned Conrad. Taylor Handley is the determined Officer Nicholas Brandt. Tamberla Perry is the also determined Officer Tasha Goss. Caitlin Stasey is Ada Hamilton, a gifted tech officer.

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‘Prison Break,’ ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and More Trailers From Fox’s 2016-17 Season

16 May 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.

Fall:

Lethal Weapon

Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

The Exorcist

Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. »

- Laura Prudom

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Fox schedules 'Lethal Weapon' for fall, saves '24' & 'Prison Break' sequels for midseason

16 May 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Upfront week continues with Fox's schedule announcement for next season. Technically, you need three for a trend, but based on Fox's plans and what NBC announced yesterday, it does seem as if we may be heading for a season where the broadcast nets save most of their new material for winter and spring, and lean heavily on returning series in the fall, when the attrition rate tends to be higher. Fox's fall schedule will only have a trio of newbies — two of them, Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist, adapting popular movie series — while the network plans to roll out nine different freshman series — including high-profile sequels to 24 and Prison Break, plus Lee Daniels' first new series since Empire — after the calendar turns to 2017, with both new and returning shows shuttling on and off the air between January and spring to avoid repeats wherever possible. The schedule, night-by-night: Monday: Status quo »

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First Looks at New TV Shows for the 2016-17 Season (Updating Photos)

11 May 2016 7:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Here are some first looks at TV shows for the 2016-17 TV season: NBC’s “Trial & Error” stars John Lithgow as an eccentric professor accused of murdering his wife. Jeff Astrof (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Matt Miller are the writer-producers. NBC’s “Powerless,” the first comedy set in the DC Comics universe, stars Vanessa Hudgens as an insurance adjuster who investigates damages caused by superheroes. Fox’s “Apb” is a crime drama set in Chicago, complete with coverups and police corruption. Justin Kirk plays the tech titan who finances his own security force to bring justice to the city. »

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"Exorcist," "Lethal Weapon" Set For Series

11 May 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

TV series adaptations of "The Exorcist" and "Lethal Weapon" franchise have been ordered to series by Fox as the network locks down its 2016-17 schedule. Four other shows are scoring series orders including dramas "Pitch" and "Apb" along with comedies "Making History" and "The Mick".

All, save for "Lethal Weapon," hail from studio sibling 20th Century Fox Television as the network wants to have an ownership stake in as much of its new series as possible.

Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans Sr. play Riggs and Murtaugh respectively in the "Lethal Weapon" series which McG will executive produce. "The Exorcist" stars Geena Davis in the story of two different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession.

"Pitch" will follow the first woman to play in major league baseball, "Apb" follows a tech billionaire (Justin Kirk) who purchases a troubled police precinct, 'History follows three friends who become accidental time travellers, »

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Exorcist and Lethal Weapon TV Shows Get Series Orders at Fox

10 May 2016 7:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas Apb and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.

The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. »

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Fox Orders ‘Making History,’ ‘The Mick,’ ‘Apb,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & ‘Pitch’ for 2016-17 Season

10 May 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is the first broadcast network to jump into the 2016-2017 television season.

Variety has learned that comedies “Making History” and “The Mick” have landed series orders, along with dramas “Apb,” “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch.”

As Variety reported yesterday, Fox was looking to pick up three to five dramas and two to three comedies with all of the official series listed an in contention in our report. “Making History” has been an early favorite at Fox all along, and “The Mick” was a comedy frontrunner in the past few weeks. On the drama side, “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch” also received big buzz early on. “Apb” become a late favorite after changes were implemented behind the scenes.

The six new series join the previously ordered “24” spinoff “24: Legacy,” Lee Daniels’ drama “Star,” the “Prison Break” reboot, the event series “Shots Fired” and Jason Sudeikis’ hybrid comedy “Son of Zorn. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Burn Notice’ Creator Matt Nix to Overhaul Fox Pilot ‘A.P.B.’ After Production Shut Down

24 March 2016 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox’s procedural pilot “A.P.B.” will undergo some changes behind the scenes, with “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix joining the show as an executive producer to overhaul the script, as the pilot’s creator and original writer David Slack has left the project due to creative differences, Variety has confirmed.

Sources tell Variety that Nix will be co-running the pilot with director and executive producer Len Wiseman, with a new showrunner to be named at a later date if the show is picked up to series.

Production on the pilot has been temporarily halted until next week, and given the heavy re-writing, reshoots will likely be required. The project has been shooting in Chicago.

A.P.B.” centers around a tech billionaire (Justin Kirk) who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. The series will explore whether the eccentric and enigmatic man’s cutting-edge approach »

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‘Apb’: Matt Nix Named Showrunner Of Fox Pilot As Creator Exits, Production Stops

24 March 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox’s drama pilot Apb starring Justin Kirk is undergoing a creative overhaul. Production on the pilot, directed by Len Wiseman, has been shut down temporarily, and Burn Notice creator Matt Nix has been brought in as writer-showrunner. He replaces the project’s creator-writer David Slack, who has departed over creative differences. Nix is currently rewriting the pilot script. Filming on the pilot, which was suspended earlier this week, is slated to resume Monday in… »

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Ernie Hudson Joins Fox Drama Pilot ‘Apb’

15 March 2016 7:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

GhostbustersErnie Hudson is set to co-star opposite Justin Kirk and Natalie Martinez in Fox's drama pilot Apb, from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans," Apb explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire, Gideon Reed, (Kirk) purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's murder. Hudson will play Sgt Ed… »

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Justin Kirk To Topline Fox Drama Pilot ‘Apb’, Eric Winter Co-Stars

11 March 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Weeds alum Justin Kirk has been cast as the lead in Fox’s drama pilot Apb. Also cast in the pilot, directed by Len Wiseman, is Eric Winter (The Mentalist). Written by David Slack, Apb was inspired by the New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs The Streets Of New Orleans." It explores what happens when enigmatic tech billionaire Gideon Reed (Kirk) purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a dear friend's murder. Gideon, a creative genius with a childlike… »

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Justin Kirk and Eric Winter Cast in Fox’s Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

11 March 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Justin Kirk and Eric Winter have landed series regular roles in Fox’s “A.P.B.,” Variety has learned. “A.P.B.” revolves around a tech billionaire who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a friend’s murder.

Kirk (“Weeds,” “Wayward Pines”) will play Gideon Reed, a multi-billionaire and creative genius with a childlike curiosity, whose awkwardness is balanced by an undeniable charm. After a tragic crime claims the life of a dear friend, Gideon buys a police precinct, and sets out to rethink everything about the way cops do business.

Winter (“The Ugly Truth,” “The Mentalist”) will play Sergeant Tom Murphy, a vice cop who’s a tough guy with a big heart. A family man, Tom is married to homicide detective Amelia Murphy (Natalie Martinez), with whom he has two children.

The series, from 20th Century Fox TV, is executive produced by David Slack, Len Wiseman, »

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Justin Kirk Moves In To ‘Tribes Of Palos Verdes’; Alicia Silverstone & More Also Join

18 February 2016 7:34 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Justin Kirk has been tapped to join the cast of The Tribes Of Palos Verdes, the coming-of-age drama based on Joy Nicholson's debut Ya novel that is being toplined by Jennifer Garner. The is the role originally set for Stephen Moyer, who was slated to play Garner’s husband and father to their two kids, one half of a couple whose marriage is disintegrating. He departed the pic earlier this month when his schedule didn’t mesh, and the filmmakers worked fast to… »

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