11 items from 2017
The film premiered earlier this month at the 2017 Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles. The Orchard is planning for on digital and on demand releases in North America on Oct. 24.
“Espionage Tonight” centers on a TV reality show created by the U.S. government in which real world spies compete in undercover missions around the world with the lines between reality, propaganda and fiction blurring.
“We are so »
- Dave McNary
New blood is bound to infuse the category this year as four of last year’s nominees (including winner Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey”) are ineligible. Smith’s show came to an end, and the three other nominees were for “Game of Thrones,” a series that returns in July, thus missing the deadline for 2017. That’s good news for two of last year’s nominees, Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) and Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”), who could repeat this year. It also opens the door for previous winner Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”) to return, along with Margo Martindale, who won in the guest category last year on “The Americans” and has been promoted to supporting this year. But there are several new shows to consider, and many introduced brand new faces we’ve come to love. Two virtual unknowns won our hearts in the past year: Millie Bobby Brown on “Stranger Things” and Chrissy Metz on »
- Variety Staff
Filmmaker Rob Bralver (best known for his editing work on “Gore Vidal: The United States of America”) turns his attentions to a different side of filmmaking with his feature narrative debut, “Espionage Tonight,” bound for a world premiere at Dances With Films next week. The film stars Sean Astin, Lynn Whitfield, Joe Hursley, Greg Davis Jr., Chasty Ballesteros, and many more.
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Bralver wrote and directed the film, billed as “an inventive and sly critique of American media culture and politics,” which blends some timely issues around politics, “fake news,” the value of supposedly fact-based entertainment, and good old-fashioned espionage into a very amusing mix.
But there is some real meat here and, as Bralver explained in an official statement, some warnings, too. Said Bralver, “What used to be an intersectional space »
- Kate Erbland
Miles Gaston Villanueva has been cast as Lyle Menendez in the upcoming drama series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” coming to NBC this fall. Villanueva spent five years working in professional regional theater, including Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Kingsman Shakespeare, before moving to L.A. in 2013. He previously guest-starred on various TV shows, including “Chasing Life,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Rosewood,” and recently co-starred opposite Al Pacino and Judith Light in the new play “God Looked Away,” which had its first full production at the Pasadena Playhouse last winter. His manager is Scott Zimmerman and agency is Sdb Partners. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” also stars Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, the defense attorney for the Menendez brothers, who »
- Erin Nyren
Vulture WatchWill the congregation receive a benediction? Has the Greenleaf TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Own? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Greenleaf season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Own cable channel, Greenleaf stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White, GregAlan Williams, Benjamin Patterson, Anna Diop, and Terri J. Vaughn. Oprah Winfrey recurs. The drama explores the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. Scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Read More… »
Own renewed its Greenleaf TV show for a second season, prior to the series' June 2016 premiere. The cable network's faith in the church family mystery proved justified. Although relatively low-rated compared to broadcast fare, Greenleaf season one was one of Own's top scripted series, in terms of both its demo numbers and total audience size. How will season two perform? Will Greenleaf be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.Greenleaf stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White, GregAlan Williams, Benjamin Patterson, Anna Diop, Terri J. Vaughn, and Oprah Winfrey. The Own drama explores the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. Scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.Read More… »
Is Oprah moving on from Greenleaf? Recently, the star and executive producer spoke with TVInsider about season two of the Own TV series.The drama revolves around the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. The cast also includes Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, and Deborah Joy Winans.Read More… »
"This is what you've been keeping from me all this time?" Own has released a new trailer for season two of Greenleaf.The drama revolves around the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. The cast includes Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Deborah Joy Winans, and Oprah Winfrey.Read More… »
Own’s hit drama “Greenleaf,” starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield, explores a family that runs a megachurch in Memphis — but with deep-seated secrets. The series has been a ratings success for the cabler — and Netflix recently nabbed Svod rights.
Oprah Winfrey, who executive produces the series, has also played a recurring role in the drama as Grace’s (Merle Dandridge) Aunt Mavis — and from the looks of the season two trailer, she’s set to make an on-screen return.
The first season ended on a cliffhanger, with David’s Bishop Greenleaf threatened by the exposure of a crime he may have committed years ago. “Get ready: The judgment’s coming” he’s warned in the promo.
The women in his life will be facing problems, too: “When you feel that resentful spirit rising up inside of you, that’s when you’re actually in serious spiritual trouble.”
- Debra Birnbaum
Netflix and Lionsgate have inked a deal for the global streaming rights to “Greenleaf,” Variety has learned exclusively.
New episodes will still air in the U.S. on Discovery’s Own, but under the pact with Netflix, those new episodes will be available to Netflix customers outside the U.S. and Canada the day after their U.S. debut. All 13 episodes of Season 1 will be available to everyone on the service starting March 3.
The show has done well for the Oprah Winfrey Network: The June premiere was the biggest in Own’s short history in its target demographic of women 25-54, with a 2.18 rating in that demo, and it delivered an average of 2.1 million viewers per episode for its first season in Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings, and around 3 million once viewing within three days was counted. Own ordered another season of the series before it even premiered; Season 2 will bow on March 15.
“Greenleaf,” created »
- Oriana Schwindt
Own has set the Season 2 premiere of original drama “Greenleaf” for Wednesday, March 15. The upcoming 16-episode season will be divided into two, with the first eight episodes airing in March, and the remaining eight episodes airing in summer 2017. In season two, the Greenleaf family tree will split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker) ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), struggles with Jacob’s decision to abandon the family. Oprah herself will also return in her guest starring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Greenleaf and a close confidante to Grace Greenleaf. “Greenleaf” is produced by Lionsgate.
- Will Thorne
11 items from 2017
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