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MGM TV's 'The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair' starts production

MGM TV's 'The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair' starts production
Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr, and Virginia Madsen star in 10-part series based on Joël Dicker’s novel.

MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films have begun production in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on a 10-part TV series event for Epix network based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair.

The series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures with MGM serving as the lead studio.

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair takes place in coastal Maine and centres on Marcus Goldman, who is visiting Harry Quebert’s home to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. Marcus’ plans are suddenly upended when Harry is implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for many years.

Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of Black And White In Color, will make his
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Al Pacino Stars as Joe Paterno in HBO First Look Photo

HBO Films has released a first look photo of Al Pacino starring as football coach Joe Paterno in it's untitled Barry Levinson project.

Pacino will play Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history who becomes tangled in a sexual abuse scandal involving his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The scandal challenges his legacy and forces him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Levinson will direct and executive produce the HBO film along with his producing partners at Levinson/Fontana, Tom Fontana and Jason Sosnoff, and Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane. Levinson...
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A Sister for Maxwell Lue! Playing House's Lindsay Sloane Welcomes Daughter Pippa Jean

A Sister for Maxwell Lue! Playing House's Lindsay Sloane Welcomes Daughter Pippa Jean
Lindsay Sloane is officially a mom of two.

The actress gave birth to her second daughter — whom she and husband Dar Rollins have named Pippa “Pip” Jean Rollins — on Friday, May 19, at 6:27 a.m., Sloane tells People exclusively. Born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the new baby girl measured 20 inches and weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz.

“She has already proven to be a romantic by showing her love for sunrise walks around the house, nights cuddled on the couch watching The Bachelorette and toasting with her mom’s milk (a vintage year) every three hours,” Sloane, 39, jokes to People of Pippa,
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‘Playing House’s’ Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham on Why Season 3 is the ‘Most Important’ Work They’ve Ever Done

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the entire third season of “Playing House,” available now on the USA App and VOD.

Midway through “Playing House’s” third season, Jessica St. Clair‘s Emma gets diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a story ripped from the headlines of St. Clair’s own life, who received her diagnosis only one week after finishing the second season in 2015. She then underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Lennon Parham, her co-star and co-creator of “Playing House,” was by her side every step of the way, taking notes on doctor appointments, medications, and even what elements of this unexpected journey would make for powerful storytelling on their show.

Variety spoke to St. Clair and Parham about how they decided what parts of the cancer journey to explore on-screen, drawing inspiration from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” and why they feel this more serious season is the most important work
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‘Playing House’ Review: Season 3 Still Be Bangin’ Because of the Aspirational Friendship That Conquered Real-Life Cancer

‘Playing House’ Review: Season 3 Still Be Bangin’ Because of the Aspirational Friendship That Conquered Real-Life Cancer
While doing press in January for the third season of “Playing House,” co-creators, writers, stars and real-life best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham hinted that they shared a major bonding experience that they had written into the show. But they decided to keep mum about it until early May, when St. Clair revealed in a post on the StandUp2Cancer website that she had underwent treatment for breast cancer, with her best friend by her side every step of the way.

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The duo had worried that introducing such a serious storyline into the show wouldn’t feel organic or that it would overpower the comedy, but that fear was unfounded. “Playing House” is funnier, more in tune with its beating heart of comedy than ever, because of how the battle with cancer brought the two friends closer together.

Making the series after that was an exercise in gratitude, and the show exudes positivity, hope and joy through every line and scene. If anything, “Playing House” balances out its humor and multiple storylines so well that it’s actually easy to forget that the cancer plot is coming until it happens. And then bam — right there amidst the laughter — a feeling of being blindsided and stunned. And then come the tears.

This is what sets “Playing House” and a few other powerful comedies apart from the pack — their ability to bring genuine pathos and character growth into a genre that usually favors cautious inertia. The series is fearless: It’s unafraid to change, to evolve, to grow up.

When the show began, Maggie (Parham) left her cheating husband just before she’s about to have their baby. Her best friend Emma (St. Clair) leaves behind her job overseas to move in with Maggie to help raise the baby together. But this season, it’s Maggie who’s supportive of Emma through the hard times. In between single motherhood and cancer, the friends are consistently there for each other through all the changes: reentering the world of dating (with a hot new British doctor played by Ben Willbond), turning 40, having a healthy relationship with exes, career changes, and raising children. Aging isn’t a cause for mourning or denial, but is celebrated and yes, mocked mercilessly.

Read More: ‘Playing House’: Jessica St. Clair Reveals Real-Life Breast Cancer Battle Featured in Third Season

Early on in Season 3, when Emma is considering sleeping with an ex she knew in high school, the following exchange takes place:

Real talk: do penises age? Asking for a friend.

Check out this first look at Season 3! We're dying a little with excitement. pic.twitter.com/TfxtuxfNo9

Playing House (@PlayingHouseUSA) June 22, 2017

What’s beautiful about their relationship is that Maggie doesn’t even hesitate to answer in the most earnest and detailed manner possible. Oh yes, “Playing House” is crass, inappropriate, silly, but most of all vital. This season might be about embracing all the ups and downs of age 40, but it doesn’t act its age. Emma and Maggie’s lust for life and sharing is infectious, so much so that a new character introduced in the first episode gets visibly verklempt after hearing about the extent of the women’s friendship. Nobody is immune to the power of their triumphant and gleeful bond.

As strong as their friendship is though, it is not exclusive. Characters on the show get swept up in their wake, only to be embraced as extended family. And while some of the scenes featuring these characters without the benefit of the Bff presence or chemistry falter a bit, that too is part of the growing and learning process. This season we see more of exes Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), Bruce (Brad Morris), Zach (Zach Woods) and even Tina, aka “Bird Bones” (Lindsay Sloane), among a slew of others who are game to ditch their dignity for laughs. And in a way, we the audience are invited into that circle of friends as well.

St. Clair and Parham deciding to incorporate their partnered cancer battle into the show isn’t just brave or smart; it’s generous. And that’s true of how the show has operated from the beginning. Sure, their friendship is a pleasure to watch and even aspirational in its strength, but sharing it in all of its imperfect glory — warts, tumors and all — is the ultimate in honest communication, trust and building a community. We’ve been invited into the house to play, and it’s exactly where we want to be.

Grade: B+

Watch this exclusive sneak peek of the bloopers from Episode 2 below:

Playing House” premieres with back-to-back episodes on Friday, June 23 at 11 p.m. and the entire season will be available on VOD on Saturday, June 24.

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Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in HBO original film

Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in HBO original film
Barry Levinson attached to direct and executive produce.

Al Pacino will star as former Penn State American football coach c in a new HBO film set to be directed by Barry Levinson.

The currently untitled project is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Pacino will play Paterno, the most successful coach in college American football history who became embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna will write the script. Levinson will also serve as an executive producer alongside partners Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana.

Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita, and Lindsay Sloane will also serve as executive producers.

The project marks Pacino’s fourth at HBO following You Don’t Know Jack, Phil Spector and the mini-series Angels In America.

Levinson directed and served as executive producer on You Don’t Know Jack and was an executive producer on Phil Spector. He collaborated
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Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal

Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal
Al Pacino is tackling the Penn State sex abuse scandal head-on.

The Oscar winner is set to play late college football legend Joe Paterno in a currently untitled HBO movie that chronicles the coach’s downfall in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

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The project — directed by Barry Levinson, who teamed with Pacino on the recent HBO pic Wizard of Lies — will delve into how the darkest chapter in Penn State history challenged Paterno’s legacy as the winningest coach in college football history,
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The Odd Couple (2015)

Network: CBS. Episodes: 38 (half-hour). Seasons:Three.TV show dates: February 19, 2015 -- January 20, 2017.  Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown. TV show description:      Based on the Neil Simon stage comedy (which later spawned movie and a couple TV show incarnations), this sitcom revolves around two single friends who are trying to figure out how to live together without killing each other. Endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sports-writer and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Felix has been kicked out by his wife Ashley while Oscar's ex Gaby (Lauren Graham) divorced him because of he's such a
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The Odd Couple: Cancellation Confirmed; No Season Four on CBS

Say goodbye to Oscar and Felix. The Odd Couple TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season four of the CBS sitcom reboot. Deadline has confirmed the cancellation. The Odd Couple centers on two former college pals, slobby sportswriter Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) the uptight Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon), a photographer and neatnik. Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown round out the CBS sitcom’s cast. Read More…
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MGM TV Acquires Rights to Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon Spy Novels

MGM Television lands the adaptation rights to author Daniel Silva’s collection of spy novels based around secret agent Gabriel Allon, Variety has learned

All of Silva’s novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, with eight of them debuting at number one. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and are published around the world by Penguin Random House and most recently HarperCollins. The series follows Allon, an art restorer, spy and assassin.

“I am excited to be working with the talented team at MGM, led by Gary Barber, the home of James Bond, ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’” Silva said. “For the fans of Gabriel Allon, I thank you for your patience. I always said I would wait for the right time and the right partner.”

Silva and his wife Jamie Gangel will serve as executive producers. Steve Stark and Lindsay Sloane, MGM’s president and executive vice president of television production
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The Odd Couple Officially Cancelled After 3 Seasons at CBS

The Odd Couple Officially Cancelled After 3 Seasons at CBS
Oscar and Felix, consider this your official eviction notice.

CBS has formally cancelled The Odd Couple after three seasons, TVLine has learned.

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The writing had been on the wall for the Matthew Perry/Thomas Lennon-led sitcom for months. Back in November, the network opted not to order an additional back-nine episodes for the series’ third season, capping it at just 13. What’s more, co-star Yvette Nicole Brown has already moved on; the Community vet is a series regular on ABC’s new comedy The Mayor.
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Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Will ‘Spark a Lot of Debate,’ Exec Producer Says

The stars of “The Handmaid’s Tale” walked the carpet in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening ahead of the series premiere on Hulu Wednesday, but the spotlight was on Margaret Atwood, the novelist who conceived the dystopian narrative back in 1984.

As Atwood made her way down the carpet, she congratulated each star for their work on the series. However, they seemed more struck by the world she created over three decades ago. “No, thank you,” a stunned Alexis Bledel, who plays Ofglen, responded to Atwood after a hug and congratulations. “That is so amazing to hear from you.”

Bledel was joined by co-stars Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, and executive producer Warren Littlefield, who all gathered in front of a sign that depicts a blurry handmaid with the word “object” etched on top of her face: a double entendre that defines the women as objects or possessions, but also the ways in which these women object to the
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The Odd Couple: Matthew Perry Assumes the CBS Sitcom Is Cancelled

Is The Odd Couple gone for good? Recently, star Matthew Perry revealed he's pretty certain the CBS TV series has been cancelled.Based on the play by Neil Simon, the sitcom follows two unlikely roommates—endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). The cast also includes Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.Read More…
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The Odd Couple: Season Four Would Be a "Surprise" to CBS Sitcom Star

It looks like Telly Vulture isn't alone in expecting there will be no season four of The Odd Couple TV show on CBS. Thomas Lennon, who plays Felix Unger on the low-rated sitcom reboot expects The Odd Couple will be cancelled. Matthew Perry, Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown also star.Speaking to TV Line, Lennon said that although he has not heard anything, and feels The Odd Couple is "hanging in there," he expects it will not return for a fourth season on CBS.Read More…
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The Odd Couple: Season Four of CBS Sitcom Still Possible

Season three of The Odd Couple ended earlier this week, but will there be another season? CBS boss Glenn Gellar recently spoke to Deadline about the future of the CBS TV show.The sitcom stars Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison, a sports writer who lives with his former college buddy, Felix (Thomas Lennon), an uptight neat freak. The cast also includes Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.Read More…
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The Odd Couple: CBS Releases (Series?) Finale Description

Is it time to say goodbye? CBS has released a new synopsis for the upcoming season three (and possibly series) finale of The Odd Couple.The sitcom stars Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison, a sports writer who lives with his former college buddy, Felix (Thomas Lennon), an uptight neat freak. The cast also includes Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.Read More…
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Holiday Cheer! Christy Carlson Romano, Phaedra Parks and More Gather for a Good Cause at Santa’s Secret Workshop

Holiday Cheer! Christy Carlson Romano, Phaedra Parks and More Gather for a Good Cause at Santa’s Secret Workshop
The holidays are all about giving — and celebrities like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Tori Spelling are happy to make it a family affair.

The stars joined other famous moms, including 7th Heaven alum Beverley Mitchell and Catherine McCord — plus expectant celebs like Lindsay Sloane and Christy Carlson Romano! — along with their kids at Saturday’s 6th Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop in West Hollywood, California.

The charitable event is held yearly to benefit La Family Housing which, according to its website, “helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.”

Want
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The Odd Couple’s Lindsay Sloane Is Expecting Baby No. 2!

The Odd Couple’s Lindsay Sloane Is Expecting Baby No. 2!
Lindsay Sloane is pregnant again!

The Odd Couple actress revealed the happy news exclusively with People at the 6th Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop in West Hollywood, California, on Saturday.

“It’s weird being here because last time I was here I was pregnant and it was a fun event for my daughter and now it’s like, oh my God. I have started thinking of all the things I need for a baby,” she told People of her 4-year-old daughter Maxwell with husband Dar Rollins. “Because in five years car seats go out, you can’t keep the same
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The Odd Couple: Cancelled? Season Four Renewal from CBS Unlikely

It looks like Oscar and Felix may be parting ways after 39 episodes. While the sitcom has not been officially cancelled, has decided not to order any more season three episodes and a fourth season renewal is highly unlikely.On The Odd Couple, endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sportswriter and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Despite how exasperated Oscar and Felix make each other, in the end, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from their divorces. Somehow they seem to make their crazy living arrangement work. Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown round out the sitcom's cast.Read More…
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Arrested Development: Jessica Walter to Guest on The Odd Couple

Lucille Bluth is coming to CBS. Entertainment Weekly reports Arrested Development star Jessica Walter will guest on an upcoming episode of The Odd Couple.Based on the 1970s sitcom, the show stars Matthew Perry as the slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as his roommate, the uptight neat-freak Felix Unger. The cast also includes Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.Read More…
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