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‘Younger,’ ‘Teachers’ Renewed by TV Land

20 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land has renewed original series “Younger” and “Teachers” for additional seasons.

The order for a 12-episode fifth season of “Younger” comes just ahead of the half-hour series’ June 28 season-four premiere. Half-hour comedy “Teachers,” which will return in the fall for the second half of season two, received a 20-episode order for a third season.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing back ‘Younger’ and ‘Teachers’ for more seasons and double down on our dedication to creating smart, funny, honest and compelling originals,” said Frank Tanki, TV Land general manager.

The renewals keep the two original series on TV Land at a time when corporate parent Viacom has begun to shift resources away from its second-tier channels and to core brands such as MTV, Comedy Central, and the yet-to-launch Paramount Network. In March, two series that had been in development at TV Land, “Heathers” and “American Woman,” moved to Paramount Network.

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- Daniel Holloway

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‘Drunk History’: How Lin-Manuel Miranda Got Hammered In The Name Of Culture – Contenders Emmys

9 April 2017 10:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"Some of the best ideas come out of having a couple of drinks," says Drunk History's Derek Waters. Devised by Waters and Jeremy Konner, the idea was born in a Los Angeles comedy club. "It was a show we did at the Upright Citizens Brigade back in 2007," Waters told the Comedy Central panel at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys event Sunday. "We thought it would be funny to get someone drunk, that knows a lot about history, then have someone lip-synch to it. Because history is… »

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‘Teachers’: Why Six Bold Women Named Katie Aren’t Afraid to Get Ugly for Great Comedy

22 March 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you’re wondering what the future of women in comedy might look like, consider Caitlin Barlow’s armpits. “We’re painting my armpit hair on for this episode,” she said to IndieWire. “I grew it out for a week, but it wasn’t dark enough.”

That’s just one example of the sort of creative choice made regularly in the course of making “Teachers,” the bold, profane and hilarious comedy created by sketch comedy group the Katydids and executive produced by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (“Key and Peele”). Having just wrapped the first half of its second season, the TV Land series features Katydids members Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas as an eclectic group of educators who work at an elementary school, doing their best not to warp young minds with their outrageous behavior.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Teachers’: Why Six Bold Women Named Katie Aren’t Afraid to Get Ugly for Great Comedy

22 March 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re wondering what the future of women in comedy might look like, consider Caitlin Barlow’s armpits. “We’re painting my armpit hair on for this episode,” she said to IndieWire. “I grew it out for a week, but it wasn’t dark enough.”

That’s just one example of the sort of creative choice made regularly in the course of making “Teachers,” the bold, profane and hilarious comedy created by sketch comedy group the Katydids and executive produced by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (“Key and Peele”). Having just wrapped the first half of its second season, the TV Land series features Katydids members Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas as an eclectic group of educators who work at an elementary school, doing their best not to warp young minds with their outrageous behavior.

Read More: ‘Baroness Von Sketch Show »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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David Phillips, ‘The Basketball Diaries’ Cinematographer, Dies at 60

23 February 2017 1:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinematographer David Phillips, who served as the Dp on Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1995 film “The Basketball Diaries,” died Feb. 4 of natural causes in New York City, his family announced. He was 60.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University, Phillips spent his early years working on music videos including New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step” and Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night.” He also shot several music documentaries, such as “Midnight Oil: Black Rain Falls” and “Cyndi Lauper: 12 Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.”

Phillips is additionally credited with filming Mark Wahlberg’s popular 1993 workout video “Form… Focus… Fitness, the Marky Mark Workout.”

His first major film was also DiCaprio’s first lead role: “The Basketball Diaries.” The adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiographical memoir, directed by Scott Kalvert, also starred a young Wahlberg.

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Finalists Announced for Atx-Black List Second Annual TV Writing Program

10 February 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Finalists have been announced for the second annual television writing program from the Atx Television Festival and The Black List, Variety has learned.

The scribes will now move on to the second round of Atx’s Pitch Competition and will have the chance to pitch their ideas live at this year’s festival on June 8-11 in Austin, Texas.

The script competition program, which is designed to find TV writers for staffing consideration across networks, studios and production companies, was launched last year.

“We know that writers and showrunners are at the heart of smart, impactful, and entertaining television, which is why we support their work not only through the festival and year-round programming, but also with strategic partners like The Black List,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, co-founders and executive directors, Atx Television Festival. “Our goal is for writers to continue to benefit from our partnership with The Black List, along »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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