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From Chris Rock to Jane Fonda: 8 Actors, Directors, and Comedians on Why they Love Netflix

15 August 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For this week’s cover story on Netflix, Variety asked eight directors, actors, and comedians to tell us why they love working for the streaming giant. Here’s what they had to say.

Jason Bateman

Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have something they could be proud of than a generic effort that’ll simply gather a larger group of viewers. Obviously, not being beholden to ratings or box office allows that kind of position, but it still takes some discipline and restraint to take advantage of that.

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The first time I met Ted Sarandos was on “Arrested Development” in 2012, when we were doing the first batch of episodes »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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From Chris Rock to Jane Fonda: 8 Actors, Directors, and Comedians on Why they Love Netflix

15 August 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For this week’s cover story on Netflix, Variety asked eight directors, actors, and comedians to tell us why they love working for the streaming giant. Here’s what they had to say.

Jason Bateman

Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have something they could be proud of than a generic effort that’ll simply gather a larger group of viewers. Obviously, not being beholden to ratings or box office allows that kind of position, but it still takes some discipline and restraint to take advantage of that.

The first time I met Ted Sarandos was on “Arrested Development” in 2012, when we were doing the first batch of episodes. He came with his son and was so warm and »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Everything We’ve Been Told About Online Passwords Is Wrong

8 August 2017 8:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You’ve probably followed this go-to password strategy countless times online: a letter, number, at least one uppercase letter and a special character. But the person that helped spread this doctrine is now walking it back, saying it’s largely been ineffective. “Much of what I did I now regret,” said Bill Burr — not the comedian — told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday. “It just drives people bananas and they don’t pick good passwords no matter what you do.” The 72-year-old outlined what has become password Gospel while working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2003. Burr suggested. »

- Sean Burch

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New York Comedy Festival 2017: Jessica Williams, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith Join Lineup

7 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The New York Comedy Festival has set the initial batch of performers for its 14th annual edition, with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s “2 Dope Queens,” Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Nick Offerman, Bill Maher and Vir Das among the names on the lineup.

The six-day festival, produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS, will encompass some 200 comedians spread across more than 60 shows at venues across New York City. Among the 2017 offerings are a week of Conan O’Brien’s TBS series “Conan,” recorded at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, as well as an episode of “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” performed before an Nycf audience.

The festival will also include acts like TruTV’s “The Impractical Jokers” starring The Tenderloins at Madison Square Garden; Brian Regan at Carnegie Hall; Jon Lovett’s “Lovett or Leave It” podcast as well as Nick Offerman and Ron White at the Beacon Theater; and Jim Norton, Tom Segura »

- Dixie Limbachia

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Will Smith, On The Important Lesson He Learned From Daughter Willow’s Head-Shaving Meltdown

1 August 2017 7:06 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Will Smith is opening up about an incident that taught him to be a better father, sharing the revelation during a candid conversation in Jay-z’s new “Footnotes of Adnis” video, available exclusively on Tidal. Joined by Jay-z, Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Mahershala Ali and Lil Rel Howery during the freewheeling discussion, the “Suicide Squad” star […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

30 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix.

Based on Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed film of the same name, the series is set at a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. A group of students of color must navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness, and activism in the millennial age.

The series stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson. Production on the ten-episode second season is slated to begin later this year.

Simien created the series in addition to executive producing. Yvette Lee Bowser will also return as showrunner, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev again executive producing. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, which also produces “Orange Is the New Black,” for Netflix. Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions released the original movie.

The film version began life in 2012 as a »

- Joe Otterson

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F Is for Family: Season Three Renewal for Netflix Animated Comedy Series

28 June 2017 6:17 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Bottoms up, everyone. Frank Murphy's buying. Netflix has renewed its F Is for Family TV show for a third season. Bill Burr, who created the series with Michael Price, announced the season three renewal on Twitter. Netflix just released season two on May 30, 2017. A 1970s animated sitcom, F Is for Family centers on embittered Korean War vet Frank Murphy (Burr), his wife and kids, and their life in a Pennsylvania suburb. The Netflix voice cast also includes Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Sam Rockwell, Haley Reinhart, Mo Collins, Trevor Devall, Phil Hendrie, Kevin Michael Richardson, David Koechner, Kevin Farley, Gary Cole, and Joe Buck. Read More… »

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Netflix Orders F is for Family Season 3

28 June 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

F is for Family, from stand up comedian Bill Burr and television veteran Michael Price, gets an official season 3 order from Netflix. »

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Netflix Animated Comedy ‘F Is for Family’ Renewed for Season 3

28 June 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix has renewed the Bill Burr animated comedy “F is for Family” for a third season. “F is for Family,” co-created by Burr and Michael Price (“The Simpsons”), follows a family that lives in Middle America during the 1970s. Netflix describes the time period as one where “political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary.” Burr announced the series renewal on Twitter Wednesday. Netflix also confirmed the news. Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of Fiff. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV pic.twitter.com/YVowj4j7yE »

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‘F Is For Family’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix

28 June 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Netflix has ordered a third season of animated series F Is For Family, from Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television and Gaumont Television. Series co-creator Bill Burr announced the news on Twitter: Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of Fiff. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV pic.twitter.com/YVowj4j7yE — Bill Burr (@billburr) June 28, 2017 Created by Burr and Emmy winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) F Is For Family is set… »

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'F Is for Family' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix

28 June 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

F Is for Family will be back.

Netflix has renewed the animated comedy for a third season, co-creator Bill Burr announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of Fiff. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV pic.twitter.com/YVowj4j7yE

Bill Burr (@billburr) June 28, 2017

The pickup comes nearly a month after the launch of the series' second season.

The raunchy comedy is inspired by the life of stand-up comic Burr and features Laura Dern, Justin Long and Sam Rockwell, »

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‘F Is for Family’ Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix

28 June 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Netflix animated comedy series “F Is for Family” has been renewed for a third season.

The series was created by Bill Burr and Michael Price. Burr tweeted the news on Wednesday saying, “Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of Fiff. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV”

The series follows the Murphy family, an Irish-American clan living in the 1970’s, a time when political correctness was the last thing on people’s minds. Burr voices family patriarch Frank, while Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, and Sam Rockwell also provide voices on the series.

Burr also executive produces along with Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Price, who also serves as showrunner. Michael Lagnese and Victoria Vaughn from Wild West Television are co-executive producers on the series.

The series marks the latest collaboration between Netflix and Burr. The streaming service has run four of Burr’s stand up comedy specials, including »

- Joe Otterson

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TVLine Items: White Princess Star Gets Killing, Depp's True Crime and More

28 June 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

BAFTA-nominated actress Jodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen) has been cast opposite Grey’s Anatomy alum Sandra Oh in the BBC America original series Killing Eve.

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The drama, based on novellas by Luke Jennings, centers on Villanelle (played by Comer), a talented assassin, and Eve (Oh), the quick-witted security operative tasked with hunting her down.

Comer’s previous television credits also include BBC One’s Doctor Foster and E4’s My Mad Fat Diary.

Killing Eve is slated to debut in 2018.

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‘F is for Family’: The Darkest New Netflix Drama Worth Watching Is an Animated Comedy

19 June 2017 12:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The more prestige dramas there are, the harder it is to watch all of them. They’re long. They’re heavy. And for most content on Netflix, they’re far too loosely edited, which only makes them feel longer and heavier. So as the streaming giant prepares to release a 30-minute live-action comedy-drama hybrid this week (the much-anticipated “Glow”), it’s important to note Netflix has been killing it when making shorter dramatic content, with the most recent example being “F is for Family.”

And by killing it, I do mean death is but a heartbeat away in Bill Burr’s R-rated, animated take on “Married With Children.” It’s not so much that the ’70s-set family show deals with existential fears (like “BoJack Horseman”) or knocks off characters left and right (like most dramas these days), but that Burr’s fictionalized memoir of growing up deals with the era — and those living through it — as if though there’s no going back.

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Literally, there isn’t (until Doc Brown gets around to inventing the DeLorean), but “F is for Family” approaches its period story as being stuck in time rather than nostalgic for a time gone by. Take, for instance, the opening credits, which show a young, happy, idealistic Frank Murphy (voiced by Burr) slowly transform into an old, frowning, pessimistic father of three. There’s no next step for Frank. His arc, literally embodied by flying up into the air and plummeting back to earth, is closed. He started with dreams, and he’s ended up here.

The show itself mimics this mentality with a nuanced thematic goal for its lead character. Frank struggles to regain the dreamy perspective he once had, but he’s only hoping to remember specific bits, rather than dramatically change his life. He’s unable to turn back the clock, and he knows it. So how does he survive in the now?

Season 2 focuses on his marriage and how the destruction of his dreams led him to de-prioritize his wife, Sue (Laura Dern). Throughout the 10 new episodes (released May 30, just in time for Emmy consideration), viewers are given telling flashbacks to how Frank and Sue met, and it’s unclear if we’re seeing the beginning and end of their marriage arc — witnessing its end in the present day and its beginning in the past — or if we’re meant to see why Frank might have an ounce of hope (and why the ever-patient Sue stays with him).

Without spoiling the result, the not knowing is what makes “F is for Family” Season 2 such intriguing TV. If the safety nets presumed to be included with 30-minute animated TV shows aren’t completely gone, they’re lowered far enough to be out of sight and out of mind. And the other plots of Season 2 only make this reflective character study all the more unsettling.

Kevin (Justin Long), the teenage son, gets into a spot where he’s technically the victim of statutory rape. While presented, at first, as the dream conquest of any pubescent boy, Kevin’s moral struggle and inability to talk about what happened is fleshed out well. Bill (Haley Reinhart), the youngest of three kids, learns a harsh life lesson too soon and resorts to operating outside the innocent moral parameters of boys his age. Last season, he saw things he can’t un-see (and neither can we), but this season finds Bill making seemingly minor choices that could permanently change the man he’ll become.

And then there’s Sue. In Season 1, there was a nagging lack of outside perspective when it came to how Frank treated his family. The series felt far too supportive, understanding, or, at the very least, permissive of an emotionally abusive father. But Season 2 is Sue’s season, and she’s had enough of her husband’s attitude. Fixing their relationship involves respecting Sue as a full partner, not just someone who handles the kids while Frank’s at work.

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Her determination to make Frank see her as an equal gives the new episodes a stronger sense of self-awareness as well as a darker edge. Frank has had a tough go of things, but that’s no longer a good enough reason to behave the way he does. “F is for Family” isn’t a comedy making light of horrific childhood moments; it’s a drama depicting how pain can be transferred from husband to wife, father to son, family member to family member.

While “Bloodline” and “House of Cards” may earn the accolades at awards shows and attention from critics, Netflix has been steadily churning out deeper, more challenging dramas in briefer installments. “F is for Family” illustrates why it’s important to see series for what they are, rather than through the genre lens thrust upon them. But it’s also a show that benefits from unveiling its drama in shorter, 30-minute chunks, rather than stretching out episodes to fit the hour-long standard perpetuated by the industry.

As more and more scripted series are produced, hopefully more are allowed to be told in whatever format and whatever length is best. Animated series have long usurped expectations, from “The Simpsons” to “South Park,” but it’s time all series follow suit and upend these outdated genre assumptions.

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‘F is for Family’: The Darkest New Netflix Drama Worth Watching Is an Animated Comedy

19 June 2017 12:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The more prestige dramas there are, the harder it is to watch all of them. They’re long. They’re heavy. And for most content on Netflix, they’re far too loosely edited, which only makes them feel longer and heavier. So as the streaming giant prepares to release a 30-minute live-action comedy-drama hybrid this week (the much-anticipated “Glow”), it’s important to note Netflix has been killing it when making shorter dramatic content, with the most recent example being “F is for Family.”

And by killing it, I do mean death is but a heartbeat away in Bill Burr’s R-rated, animated take on “Married With Children.” It’s not so much that the ’70s-set family show deals with existential fears (like “BoJack Horseman”) or knocks off characters left and right (like most dramas these days), but that Burr’s fictionalized memoir of growing up deals with the era »

- Ben Travers

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Animated Program

14 June 2017 11:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Year’s Winner: “Archer

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: “South Park” has been nominated four years in a row, 12 of the last 13 years. “The Simpsons” has been nominated two years in a row, but previously had a 24-year hot streak before it missed out on a nod in 2014.

Fun Fact: “The Simpsons” and “South Park” have been duking it out in this category for as long as the latter has been in existence. Fox’s iconic comedy has 10 awards and 25 nominations, while Comedy Central’s most heralded series of all time has five wins and 15 nods.

With one of last year’s nominees no longer eligible — “Phineas and Ferb,” which aired its final episode in 2015 — there’s at least one open slot in the Outstanding Animated Program category. That’s good news for the newcomers and those denied entry for past season. We’re hoping that bodes well for “BoJack Horseman, »

- Ben Travers

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F Is for Family

30 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 18, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Sam Rockwell, Haley Reinhart, Mo Collins, Trevor Devall, Phil Hendrie, Kevin Michael Richardson, David Koechner, Kevin Farley, Gary Cole, and Joe Buck. TV show description: An animated sitcom from Bill Burr and Michael Price, the F Is for Family TV show takes place in the 1970s. It centers on embittered Korean War vet Frank Murphy (Burr). Frank is an Irish-American who lives in a Pennsylvania suburb and works as a baggage handler at Mohican Airlines. He receives a promotion, after his supervisor is killed in a horrific accident, on the job. »

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‘F Is For Family’ Star Bill Burr on Why His Own Family Hasn’t Watched the Show

29 May 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Burr would like you to watch Season 2 of his “F Is for Family” next week when it drops Tuesday on Netflix. And while you’re at it, catch up on Season 1 over this long holiday weekend. That goes for you too, Burr family. The stand-up comedian and star and co-creator of the animated family sitcom told TheWrap that his own parents haven’t seen the show yet, simply because they can’t figure out how to use Netflix. He doesn’t think anyone else in his family has seen more than “bits and pieces either.” Also Read: 'F Is for Family »

- Tony Maglio

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‘F Is for Family’ Creator Bill Burr Wrote a Standalone ‘Colt Luger’ Episode

25 May 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. In Bill Burr’s case, that meant setting aside his script for a planned standalone “Colt Luger” special. The co-creator and star of Netflix’s “F Is for Family” told TheWrap that he wrote a full script for an entire episode of his show-within-a-show, but Burr ultimately spiked the idea after seeing “BoJack Horseman” did a “Horsin’ Around” Christmas special. “I wrote a whole half-hour script. I’ve got that somewhere on my computer — a first draft of it,” he said. “It just was gonna be too similar. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘F Is for Family’ Season 2 Trailer: The Murphys Are Back and So Are All Their Issues

19 May 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the trailer for season 2 of its original animated series “F Is for Family.” Co-created by comedian Bill Burr and Michael Price, the series follows the Murphy family back to the 1970s, “when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV.”

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The show stars Burr as the voice of Frank Murphy, the family’s extreme patriarch; Laura Dern as the voice of Frank’s wife, Sue; and Justin Long voices the family’s oldest son, Kevin. Season 2 finds the Murphy Family in the winter of 1974. Frank does not have a job and Sue is the one supporting the household. “I’m not working, that means I’m not a man,” Frans says on the trailer.

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