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BritBox Beefs Up Offering With Idris Elba, Sean Bean Series in Fall Lineup

18 August 2017 5:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

New series starring Idris Elba and Sean Bean are to debut in the U.S. via BritBox this fall as the subscription streaming service tries to beef up its slate.

A joint venture between BBC Worldwide and ITV, BritBox offers the largest collection of British television in the U.S. But upon its launch in March, it came under some criticism that it mostly offered recycled classics and lacked many of the BBC and ITV’s new headline shows, possibly because those were reserved for other outlets such as BBC America. The new fall lineup, announced Thursday, brings a number of fresh offerings.

Critically acclaimed BBC drama “Broken” (pictured), which stars Bean as a maverick Catholic priest presiding over a parish in Northern England, will make its American debut after having launched in Britain in May. The show, created and written by Jimmy McGovern, co-stars Anna Friel, Adrian Dunbar and “Ray Donovan” star Paula Malcomson.

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- Robert Mitchell

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BritBox’s First Fall Slate Includes Sean Bean Drama ‘Broken’ & U.S. Bow Of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

17 August 2017 3:26 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BritBox, the on-demand service created by BBC Worldwide and ITV that streams UK fare to U.S. audiences, has set its first fall slate. Among the programs on offer will be Broken, a new drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel, and Five by Five, a special created by and starring Idris Elba. Also headed to the U.S. for the first time is Britain’s top-rated competition series Strictly Come Dancing and the latest seasons of reality staple I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of… »

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The Girlfriend Experience Season-Two Trailer Introduces Not One, But Two Whole New Stories

15 August 2017 8:18 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Starring Anna Friel, Carmen Ejogo, and Louisa Krause this go-around. »

- Hunter Harris

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 Trailer: TV’s Most Provocative Drama Returns With A Literal Bang

15 August 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

How do you follow-up one of the most audacious television seasons in recent memory? Fans of Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s “The Girlfriend Experience” have been asking that question ever since the Starz anthology series wrapped up its brilliant first run of episodes, and now we’re beginning to see what’s in store for the ambitious next chapter thanks to the official Season 2 trailer.

Read More:‘Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 First Look: The Best Directed Drama on TV Returns This November

The new season follows two separate storylines. The first is set against the backdrop of the 2018 U.S. mid-term election and tracks the relationship between Erica Myles (Anna Friel), a commanding and finance director of a Republican super Pac, and Anna Garner (Louisa Krause), a confident and intelligent escort provider. The second storyline stars Carmen Ejogo (“Selma,” “It Comes At Night”) as a former high-end escort who enters »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 Trailer: TV’s Most Provocative Drama Returns With A Literal Bang

15 August 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you follow-up one of the most audacious television seasons in recent memory? Fans of Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s “The Girlfriend Experience” have been asking that question ever since the Starz anthology series wrapped up its brilliant first run of episodes, and now we’re beginning to see what’s in store for the ambitious next chapter thanks to the official Season 2 trailer.

Read More:‘Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 First Look: The Best Directed Drama on TV Returns This November

The new season follows two separate storylines. The first is set against the backdrop of the 2018 U.S. mid-term election and tracks the relationship between Erica Myles (Anna Friel), a commanding and finance director of a Republican super Pac, and Anna Garner (Louisa Krause), a confident and intelligent escort provider. The second storyline stars Carmen Ejogo (“Selma,” “It Comes At Night”) as a former high-end escort who enters »

- Zack Sharf

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Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

15 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the third year, the Toronto International Film Festival is bringing TV to the well-respected fest, spotlighting a few highly anticipated upcoming series from Netflix, HBO, and Starz, along with international entries representing new voices in the marketplace.

Read More:tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

As with last year, Tiff is focusing the Primetime line-up on a limited selection of options, but screening multiple episodes of its five picks. According to Tiff programmer Michael Lerman, the limited number of selections was part of a festival-wide decision to shrink the number of events down, in order to “tighten up the focus a little bit.”

“That way, we can hyperfocus on [the screenings] and make them the best events they can be,” he told IndieWire.

Making its Canadian debut will be HBO’s “The Deuce,” the highly anticipated »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

15 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For the third year, the Toronto International Film Festival is bringing TV to the well-respected fest, spotlighting a few highly anticipated upcoming series from Netflix, HBO, and Starz, along with international entries representing new voices in the marketplace.

Read More:tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

As with last year, Tiff is focusing the Primetime line-up on a limited selection of options, but screening multiple episodes of its five picks. According to Tiff programmer Michael Lerman, the limited number of selections was part of a festival-wide decision to shrink the number of events down, in order to “tighten up the focus a little bit.”

“That way, we can hyperfocus on [the screenings] and make them the best events they can be,” he told IndieWire.

Making its Canadian debut will be HBO’s “The Deuce,” the highly anticipated »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Casting Director Carmen Cuba on Finding Kids for Netflix Hit ‘Stranger Things’

10 August 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Casting director Carmen Cuba boasts a great set of credits, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike” and “The Knick.” One of her specialties is casting the right children — as she did on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as the upcoming films “The Florida Project” and “Logan Lucky.”

Is casting kids intrinsically different from casting adult actors?

Training and/or life experience teaches adults how to leave some of their quirks off the table. But kids are mostly unable to cover up the things that make them uniquely who they are — and I love that. In “Logan Lucky” we have a little girl named Farrah Mackenzie who is a tornado of talent, in “The Florida Project” audiences will meet a powerhouse named Brooklynn Prince. And the “Stranger Things” kids are undeniable on every level.

Has the digital world (e.g., audition tapes) made your job easier or harder?

It has allowed me to cast a much »

- Tim Gray

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The Girlfriend Experience: Season Two Debut Announced by Starz

31 July 2017 6:12 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Girlfriend Experience is back. Recently, Starz released new photos and announced the premiere date for season two of the Steven Soderbergh-produced TV show.The new season of the anthology drama "will follow two parallel stories each focusing on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines and locations while exploring the price of intimacy and its emotional consequences." The cast includes Anna Friel, Louisa Krause, and Carmen Ejogo.Read More… »

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’: Season 2 Will Give Audiences More Choices in How to Watch It

28 July 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After one season on the air, “The Girlfriend Experience” has already established itself as one of the most innovative limited series on TV.

Season 2 will add something extra for viewers.

The Girlfriend Experience” Season 2 will follow two parallel storylines, with co-creators Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz directing their respective halves. The upcoming season will air its 14 episodes in hourlong sections over seven weeks, and each creator’s storyline will make up one half of the hour-long pairings.

Separating those storylines means that audiences will be able to select whether they’ll watch the show week by week or binge each storyline individually, all at once, after they’ve been released.

“Lodge and I both had conversations about thematic elements that we wanted to see and wanted to have that conversation with the audience,” Seimetz said. “Once they drop, you can also have the experience of watching a three-and-a-half hour movie »

- Steve Greene

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’: Season 2 Will Give Audiences More Choices in How to Watch It

28 July 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After one season on the air, “The Girlfriend Experience” has already established itself as one of the most innovative limited series on TV.

Season 2 will add something extra for viewers.

The Girlfriend Experience” Season 2 will follow two parallel storylines, with co-creators Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz directing their respective halves. The upcoming season will air its 14 episodes in hourlong sections over seven weeks, and each creator’s storyline will make up one half of the hour-long pairings.

Separating those storylines means that audiences will be able to select whether they’ll watch the show week by week or binge each storyline individually, all at once, after they’ve been released.

“Lodge and I both had conversations about thematic elements that we wanted to see and wanted to have that conversation with the audience,” Seimetz said. “Once they drop, you can also have the experience of watching a three-and-a-half hour movie »

- Steve Greene

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The Girlfriend Experience Season 2: Get Premiere Date, Photos of New Cast

28 July 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Girlfriend Experience will continue — times two — when the Starz series uncorks its dual-storyline Season 2 on Sunday, Nov. 5th at 9/8c, it was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

As previously reported, the anthology series — executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman — during its 14-episode sophomore run will follow two parallel stories, set in Washington, D.C. and in New Mexico.

The storyline written, directed and exec-produced by Lodge Kerrigan is set against the backdrop of the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections and follows Erica Myles »

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‘Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 First Look: The Best Directed Drama on TV Returns This November

28 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last month, IndieWire published its official ranking of the 20 best directed drama series of the 21st century, and sitting confidently in the #1 position was Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” Despite only airing one season, the Starz adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s indie of the same name was so audaciously made and perceptively filmed that it more than deserved to top the list. Suffice to say, we’re extremely excited for Season 2.

Read More‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 1 Dares You To Judge It

Starz has confirmed the second season of “The Girlfriend Experience” will debut on Sunday, November 5 at 9pm Et. All episodes of the first season were available to stream on Starz on demand at once, with episodes airing Sunday nights each week on the network. Starz hasn’t said if it will roll out Season 2 in a similar fashion.

The new season follows two separate storylines, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 First Look: The Best Directed Drama on TV Returns This November

28 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last month, IndieWire published its official ranking of the 20 best directed drama series of the 21st century, and sitting confidently in the #1 position was Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” Despite only airing one season, the Starz adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s indie of the same name was so audaciously made and perceptively filmed that it more than deserved to top the list. Suffice to say, we’re extremely excited for Season 2.

Read More‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 1 Dares You To Judge It

Starz has confirmed the second season of “The Girlfriend Experience” will debut on Sunday, November 5 at 9pm Et. All episodes of the first season were available to stream on Starz on demand at once, with episodes airing Sunday nights each week on the network. Starz hasn’t said if it will roll out Season 2 in a similar fashion.

The new season follows two separate storylines, »

- Zack Sharf

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Broken episode 5 review

27 June 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jun 27, 2017

Broken’s storytelling, writing and performances are first rate. Here’s our review of its penultimate series 1 episode…

This review contains spoilers.

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Despite being led by a bona fide movie star, Broken isn’t a showy drama. It doesn’t inspire hashtags or memes, or attract the sort of headlines and fanfare of other TV programmes. Instead, every Tuesday at 9pm, quietly and deliberately, it breaks our hearts.

With good reason. Broken has a job to do and each week sets about doing it with dreadful efficiency. Through an anthology of stories showcasing the pressures in play on everyday people from within and without, it aims to create empathy and understanding. It keeps breaking our hearts so they heal stronger. 

This week, it did so by setting in motion a course of events that seemed »

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Exclusive: How ‘American Gods’ Producer Bryan Fuller Changed the Course of Kristin Chenoweth’s TV Career

16 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

A magnetic and Tony Award-winning star of Broadway, it only made sense that Kristin Chenoweth would bring her charm to TV. After a false start with the 2001 NBC sitcom Kristin, which was canceled after six episodes, the 4-foot-11 actress, who currently plays Easter on Starz’s hit adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, eventually found her stride on The West Wing, on which she played Annabeth Schott during the NBC drama’s final two seasons.

But Chenoweth’s TV career really started with Pushing Daisies, from American Gods executive producer Bryan Fuller. “He changed my path,” she says of Fuller, who was known at the time for creating Dead Like Me and serving as executive producer on Heroes. Soon after she quoted Hannibal Lecter in a phone conversation with the producer, Chenoweth -- a self-proclaimed sci-fi and horror geek -- and Fuller formed a bond that led to one of the best roles of her career »

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Tuesday’s best TV: Broken; The British Soap Awards; Tried and Tasted

5 June 2017 10:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A moment of hope for Anna Friel’s mum-on-the-edge in part two of Jimmy McGovern’s drama; stars from Street, Square and Farm gather; Britain’s most judicious jaws compare supermarket produce

Such is the grimness of the lives explored in Jimmy McGovern’s latest outing, one might wish Theresa May were encouraged to watch it before slashing more benefits. Set in an impoverished northern parish, tonight’s episode may be less overtly dramatic than last week’s opener, but it’s all the more poignant and troubling for it. There’s a moment of hope for Anna Friel’s mum-on-the-edge Christina, but Sean Bean’s exhausted priest Father Michael inches ever closer to despair. Sophie Harris

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- Sophie Harris, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson and Paul Howlett

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Broken review – Jimmy McGovern blasts us with his misery cannon in this bruising drama

30 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sean Bean and Anna Friel excel in this portrait of poverty and religion. Plus: Grayson Perry explores a Divided Britain

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was … Sean Bean! Through the lattice, playing a Catholic priest – Father Michael Kerrigan – in Jimmy McGovern’s Broken (BBC1). You don’t think of Sean BeanRichard Sharpe, Ned Stark, -Boromir – as being cut from that kind of cloth. But he makes an excellent priest: a good listener, principled, pious, compassionate. Not without his own -issues – flashbacks to a troubled past, an abusive childhood, a complex relationship with his mother and more than a little creeping doubt. But I’d want that – questioning, rather than blind faith – from my priest. I’d be happy to confess my sins to Father Michael.

His parish is an impoverished, forgotten urban community in northern England where every shop – apart from the betting shop – is shuttered up. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Tuesday’s best TV: Broken; Grayson Perry – What Britain Wants

29 May 2017 10:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Essential new Jimmy McGovern drama features superb performances from Anna Friel and Sean Bean, as Perry explores attitudes to Brexit

This new Jimmy McGovern drama (held over from last week) promises to be an essential exploration of desperate lives on the British breadline. In tonight’s opener, spiky but beleaguered Christina Fitzsimmons (Anna Friel) reaches the end of her financial and emotional tether. Sean Bean’s sad-eyed cleric Father Michael Kerrigan tries to help but finds a woman unable to accept assistance. The performances are superb, the writing exemplary, the sense of looming catastrophe unavoidable. Phil Harrison

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- Phil Harrison, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

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Broken episode 1 review

23 May 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor May 30, 2017

Jimmy McGovern’s moving new six-part drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel is anchored by excellent performances…

This review contains spoilers.

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As Christina Fitzsimmons (Anna Friel) gets her kids ready for school in episode one of Broken, she talks her son through his maths homework by breaking a complex problem into individual sums. Christina’s whole life is sums - the oppressive mental arithmetic of not-enough. Not enough time (when we meet her she’s forty minutes late for work) and not enough money (she’s borrowed sixty pounds from the till and is sacked as a result).

Halfway through the episode, Christina makes another calculation: if she waits three days to report her mother’s sudden death, she can draw on her pension and feed her family for… what? »

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