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7 items from 2016


Holly Hunter Cast as Lead in HBO’s New Alan Ball Drama

17 November 2016 10:24 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar winner Holly Hunter will head up a multi-racial family in HBO’s upcoming untitled Alan Ball drama, Variety has confirmed.

Hunter will play Audrey Black, the therapist-turned-lawyer wife to as yet uncast philosophy professor Greg, and matriarch of the Black-Bishop family. Audrey and Greg decided to build a family by adopting children from Vietnam, Somalia, and Colombia before having their own child in their forties.

Once a therapist in private practice, Audrey now reluctantly uses her skills as a psychologist in the corporate world, balancing her more progressive personal philosophy with the need to make money. Yet the “smart, caring” Audrey feels adrift now that her children have grown, and the outwardly idyllic Black-Bishop clan contains deep fractures that begin to show, including a child who is beginning to see things that might not be there, and a husband suffering from depression.

The drama was ordered straight to series at the premium cable network back in »

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HBO Orders Alan Ball Family Drama to Series

29 July 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has given a series order to a new project from “True Blood” executive producer Alan Ball, Variety has confirmed.

The untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.  This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts.  Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot.  Is it mental illness?  Or something else?  The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.

Ball serves as executive producer alongside Peter Macdissi; the series hails from Ball’s Your Face Goes Here production banner.

The project is the first new series created under Ball’s recently extended two-year overall deal with the premium cabler. In addition to “True Blood,” which ran for seven seasons, Ball previously created and executive produced HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” which »

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Rose Byrne Teams With Oprah For HBO

16 July 2016 3:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rose Byrne is set to star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO's upcoming feature "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction best-seller of the same name, the biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (Winfrey), a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951.

Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.

Byrne will play Skloot, a young journalist who formed a close bond with Henrietta's charismatic yet complicated daughter Deborah as part of her effort to tell the story of Henrietta's 'immortal' cells.

Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce. George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues," "Angels in America") wrote the screenplay and will direct the film which begins production this summer.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Banshee: Cinemax Teases TV Series Finale (Spoilers)

6 May 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48550" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Banshee TV show on Cinemax is ending with season four. Image via Cinemax.[/caption]

We have spoilers on the last three episodes of the Banshee TV show on Cinemax, including "Requiem," the Banshee TV series finale. Check them out, below. While Cinemax did not cancel Banshee, the creative team decided to end the show with a fourth and final season. From the audience's perspective, that leaves Banshee effectively cancelled. The Banshee TV series finale is slated for May 20, 2016.

An American action drama, Banshee stars: Anthony Starr, Ivana Miličević, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Matt Servitto, Ryann Shane, Lili Simmons, Tom Pelphrey, Eliza Dushku, Casey Labow, Chris Coy, and Ana Ayora. Banshee was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. It debuted on Cinemax in January 2013. Banshee is executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum, and Ole Christian »

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Oprah to Star in HBO Films’ ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

2 May 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oprah Winfrey will star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which has been greenlit by HBO Films.

The premium cabler made the announcement on Monday.

Based on Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, Winfrey will also serve as an exec producer on the film, along with Alan BallPeter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher. Skloot will serve as a co-exec producer. George C. Wolfe will direct and wrote the screenplay.

The project has been in the works for years. First announced in 2010 when Winfrey’s Harpo Films acquired the book rights, the media mogul was attached to produce, alongside Ball, for HBO Films. The project has sat in development, but now with Winfrey attached to star, has been put on the fast-track with filming beginning this summer.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create »

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Oprah Signs For HBO's "Henrietta Lacks"

2 May 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oprah Winfrey has signed on for the title role in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" for HBO Films.

Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction bestseller, the story follows a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.

Both Winfrey and "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball have been attached as executive producers for several years, but the project is only now moving forward and will begin shooting this Summer.

George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues," "Angels in America") wrote the screenplay and will direct, while Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Banshee Returns for Fourth and Final Season April 1

11 March 2016 1:03 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Banshee returns for its eight-episode fourth and final season Friday, April 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on Cinemax. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen executive produce. Debuting in Jan. 2013, Banshee stars Antony Starr (“Wish You Were Here”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Other cast members include Ivana Milicevic (“Aloha,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who lives in

Banshee Returns for Fourth and Final Season April 1 »

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