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Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals Nudity Was Just One Reason She Had to be Convinced to Tackle Sex and the City Role

20 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thanks to a new Hollywood tell-all, we can't help but wonder: "What would Sex and they City have been without Sarah Jessica Parker?" In an excerpt from James Andrew Miller's new book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists, Parker reveals she was hesitant to take on the role of Carrie Bradshaw. Within Miller's book, exclusively excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter, the 51-year-old actress recalled how her agent Kevin Huvane was the middleman between her and Satc creator Darren Star. "He called me up and said, 'Darren Star reached out to me. He's written this pilot [Sex and the City] and »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals Nudity Was Just One Reason She Had to be Convinced to Tackle Sex and the City Role

20 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thanks to a new Hollywood tell-all, we can't help but wonder: "What would Sex and they City have been without Sarah Jessica Parker?" In an excerpt from James Andrew Miller's new book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists, Parker reveals she was hesitant to take on the role of Carrie Bradshaw. Within Miller's book, exclusively excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter, the 51-year-old actress recalled how her agent Kevin Huvane was the middleman between her and Satc creator Darren Star. "He called me up and said, 'Darren Star reached out to me. He's written this pilot [Sex and the City] and »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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Younger: India de Beaufort to Recur in Season Three of TV Land Series

1 July 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

India de Beaufort has landed a recurring role in the third season of TV Land's Younger TV show, from Darren Star. Deadline says de Beaufort will play, "...Radha, an Indian woman who begins dating Charles (Peter Hermann)." The actress previously played Jules Jackman on the Blood & Oil TV show, which was cancelled by ABC, after it reduced the drama's episode order from 13 to 10.Younger stars Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a 40-year who pretends to be 26 years old, to get a job in the youth-oriented publishing field. The Younger TV series cast also includes: Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, and Molly Bernard.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Central Park West: Darren Star's Primetime Soap Ended 20 Years Ago

28 June 2016 7:04 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Sex and the City was hardly Darren Star's first trip to New York City. Twenty years ago today, Star's primetime soap Central Park West aired its final episode on CBS.The drama, which debuted in 1995, followed the affluent and scheming staff of the Manhattan-set Communique magazine. The cast included Mariel Hemingway, Tom Verica, Ron Leibman, Lauren Hutton, Madchen Amick, John Barrowman, and Raquel Welch.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Emmy Awards: 18 Underappreciated Shows That Deserve a Vote

16 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy Awards voting has never been more complicated, with more series than ever vying for those coveted few slots in 2016. And while the usual suspects will naturally get attention, it’s those hidden gems that tend to get buried in the stacks of “For Your Consideration” mailers. To cut through the clutter, Variety’s TV team has selected a few favorites that we think deserve your vote.

Baskets,” FX

Starring Zach Galifianakis as “non-identical” twins Chip and Dale, Louie Anderson as their Costco obsessed mother, Christine, and 47-year-old acting novice Martha Kelly as the romantic lead, Martha, FX’s “Baskets” is not like any other comedy, or show, on television. The funny-sad serialized storytelling of showrunner Jonathan Krisel takes all of these characters on unexpected journeys full of emotional discoveries, pratfalls, bittersweet self-reflection and fart jokes. It’s completely silly, completely serious and completely wonderful. — Geoff Berkshire

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- Variety Staff

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Talking the Modern Romantic Comedy at Variety’s Night in the Writers’ Room

14 June 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy scribes Aline Brosh McKenna, Mark Duplass, Stephen Falk, Zander Lehmann, and Darren Star talked about the modern romantic comedy at Variety’s Night in the Writers’ Room event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

The showrunners behind “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Togetherness,” “You’re The Worst,” “Casual,” and “Younger” discussed how they ended up creating and shaping their innovative relationship comedies — from how to set up their writers’ rooms to when and how to showcase characters having sex.

Chief on the writers’ minds was how television afforded so many more opportunities for the types of relationships each writer wanted to explore. Television, Duplass said, “is better for living inside those interpersonal dynamics than movies are.”

“Movies aren’t interested in [romantic comedies] anymore,” McKenna said. She pointed out that the shows represented on the panel were all “high-concept shows that would have been high-concept movies.” But with film romcoms, “What was out there was so grindingly formulaic — so cookie-cutter. And they tanked.”

“Movies that are released on a bunch of screens — they lack curiosity and an adult point of view,” Lehmann said. Outside of independent film, “movies don’t really cater to that audience anymore.”

The scribes also shared observations on creating comedy in the era of Peak TV. There were more opportunities than ever, it was agreed. McKenna pointed out, “Every show on this panel would have been canceled halfway through the episode, just based on the ratings. TV shows can do more things now than just grab eyeballs.”

But the downside to great opportunities for television comedies with vision is that more and more great ideas are taken. Lehmann said he’s afraid to watch more than an episode or two of these comedies, because he’s afraid “It’ll come out in [my] show.”

Plus, Falk pointed out that in comparison with prestige dramas, comedies are still seen as less important, because they’re “half as long.” He joked: “I’m not saying drama’s easy, but… drama’s f**kin’ easy, you guys. You don’t have to put in any jokes!”

Each showrunner pointed out that their individual takes on the typical romance created a theme that made the show move forward. For Falk, it was about taking the bad behavior that he loved in villains from Falstaff to Al Swearengen and putting it in a romantic comedy. “I always like the bad guys.”

For Star, it was a different angle. “In TV, you have to have themes to explore, and in ‘Younger,’ that’s the generation gap. How does someone over 40 function in the world of social media?” Star said. “You can really reflect the world you’re living in, immediately, commenting on our times right now.”

Mckenna said that she and co-showrunner Rachel Bloom (who is also the star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) don’t think of their show as a romcom. “We frame it as one person’s descent into her own personal issues,” she said, adding that AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is a big inspiration for the show, as unlikely as that seems. Star cited the same show as an influence, because both “Younger’s” protagonist and “Breaking Bad’s” are carrying a secret. “I’ve never seen it!” he confessed. But they’d discussed a great deal in the writers’ room. “I know it so well.”

Duplass said that after “Togetherness”’ first season aired, he was surprised to find that the relationship that struck viewers most was the romance between “the two boys” — best friends Brett and Alex, played by Duplass and Steve Zissis. And that led to another topic for the writers, about the difficulties of managing audience reaction in the age of social media.

“The audience wants the characters to be happy, which is the end of the story,” Star said. “You have to defy expectations while still being true to the characters…. The audience is so much savvier than they used to be.”

“The first season was agonizing,” Lehmann said. “It’s the first time you’re getting feedback. But now with the second season, the people who didn’t like it have just stopped watching, thankfully.”

He added: “Sorry audience, you’re not going to get everything you want. And sometimes you will! But we have feelings, too!”

Duplass said, “My stance is that you can’t look on Twitter and look at those things… and then I always go and read about my show.”

Star’s social media strategy is more strategic. “I have many pseudonyms with which I respond,” he said, to laughter from the crowd.

The writers also shared war stories on how to wrangle sex scenes through network standards and practices. Falk discovered that on Fxx, you can’t show pubic hair. McKenna learned they couldn’t use the word “crap.” And Duplass shared “Togetherness”’ self-imposed principle of “balls equality,” wherein if there was a scene with female nudity, the show had to respond with an equal amount of male nudity. “And of course I’m in the show, so, they’re mostly mine,” he said.

The overall feeling from this collection of showrunners, who came from backgrounds as diverse as independent film and TV recapping, is that this is a great time to be in TV. “All the filmmakers I loved as a child,” McKenna said, “I feel like they would be doing television now.”

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- Sonia Saraiya

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‘Younger’ Renewed for Season 4 Ahead of Season 3 Premiere

14 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land has renewed “Younger” for season 4, Variety has learned.

The comedy, from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, has been picked up for a 12-episode fourth season, it was announced Tuesday by Keith Cox, executive vice president of development and original programming for the network. Season 3 will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 10 p.m., followed by the season 2 premiere of “Impastor,” which was originally scheduled for a summer debut.

“The show is a force in and of itself, so it’s a no-brainer to renew it again,” said Cox. “Critics and fans love it, and I know Darren and the entire cast and crew behind ‘Younger’ will continue to deliver at the top of their game.”

The series stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard. Created, executive produced and written by Star, “Younger” is executive produced by Tony Hernandez of Jax Media, along with Dottie Zicklin and Eric Zicklin, who also serve as writers on the series.

Season 2 of “Younger” grew in ratings year to year, finishing with double digit gains among all key demos (up +67% with adults 25-54; +66% among women 25-54; +63% with adults 18-49; +60% among women 18-49) versus the series’ season 1 average. Seasons 1 and 2 are available in full on TV Land On Demand and the TV Land app.

Younger” follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year-old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Now working under the prickly Diana (Shor), Liza has to figure out how to balance her real life with best friend Maggie (Mazar), and her “pretend” life with her new crew – friend/coworker Kelsey (Duff) and fashion publicist Lauren (Bernard). Liza’s love life is in disarray as she tries to choose between on-again/off-again boyfriend Josh (Tortorella) and her boss Charles (Hermann), with whom she has an undeniable connection.

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- Laura Prudom

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‘Younger’ Gets Early Season 4 Renewal at TV Land

14 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TV Land announced Tuesday that it has renewed “Younger” for a 12-episode fourth season, well in advance of the Season 3 premiere. The comedy, from creator Darren Star, was just renewed for a third outing at the TCA winter press tour in January. Season 3 began production this week and is set to premiere on September 28. “The show is a force in and of itself, so it’s a no-brainer to renew it again,” said Kevin Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land. “Critics and fans love it, and I know Darren and the entire cast and. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Younger’ Renewed Early For Season 4 By TV Land, Gets Season 3 Premiere Date

14 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TV Land is giving another big vote of confidence to Younger, the Darren Star series that helped establish the network's new single-camera comedy brand. Younger has been renewed for a 12-episode fourth season ahead of the show's third season premiere, which has been set for September 28. It will be followed by the Season 2 debut of TV Land comedy Impastor, which has been pushed from its originally announced June 26 premiere date. This marks the earliest renewal for the… »

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Alyson Hannigan & Megan Hilty to Star in TV Land’s ‘First Wives Club’ Remake

3 June 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty have been cast in TV Land’s “First Wives Club” pilot, Variety has confirmed.

The duo will star in the television reboot of the 1996 film, which will take place in modern-day San Francisco. Like the original rom-com, the story revolves around three women who were friends and classmates in the ’90s and reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.

Hannigan and Hilty will play two of the three leads. The original movie starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.

The casting is a huge “get” for TV Land, as “First Wives Club” will mark Hannigan’s first major role after “How I Met Your Mother” and Hilty’s since “Smash,” which turned her into a household name. While the project has only been greenlit for a pilot, with the two ladies now attached, the series should be appealing for a full series order. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Younger’ Stars and Creator Talk Bridging Generational Divide With Snapchat (Video)

19 April 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

One of the most prominent themes throught “Younger” is the differences between Millenials and Gen X, which has helped to broaden the show’s audience to those of all ages. But it’s also posed interesting challenges to the cast and writers. At TheWrap’s screening of the final two episodes of “Younger” Season 2 on Monday, creator Darren Star, writer Dottie Zicklin and stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff explained how they often have to learn from each other, because the generational divide can be so great. For instance, Zicklin said she’s had to learn about Snapchat because it »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Younger’ Season 2 Finale Is TV Land Comedy’s Most-Watched Episode

28 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Season 2 finale of TV Land’s Younger posted a personal best viewership for the series. The March 23 episode titled “No Weddings and a Funeral” drew 1.3 million viewers in Live+3. Watch a clip above. Created by Darren Star, the comedy stars Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old who pretends to be 26 in order to land a job in the highly competitive world of publishing. Miriam Shor, Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff, Molly Bernard, Nico Tortorella and Peter Hermann also star in the… »

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Ratings: TV Land Comedy ‘Younger’ Ends Season 2 With Series-High Viewership

28 March 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land comedy “Younger” capped a solid second season last Wednesday by drawing its largest audience to date — and continuing to live up to its name as the show with the youngest audience profile on the network.

The March 23 season finale of the Darren Star-created comedy, which featured a shocking death and unexpected kiss, averaged 1.30 million viewers, including 676,000 adults 18-49, according to Nieslen’s “live plus-3” estimates. This marked the fourth time in the last five weeks that it had set a viewership high, surpassing the previous high of 1.26 million one week earlier.

Younger” continues to be among the biggest percentage gainers in time-shifted viewing on all of television. Last week’s finale more than doubled in the demo from its same-day delivery (676,000 vs. 291,000) while rising 92% in total viewers (1.30 million vs. 678,000). And for the season, the comedy grew in “live plus-3” on average by 84% in total viewers (614,000 to 1.13 million »

- Rick Kissell

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Viacom, Under Scrutiny, Puts New Hope in TV Upfront

28 March 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sumner Redstone, founder of Viacom, is no longer much involved in the media giant’s daily business, but executives there continue to heed one of his long-held maxims: Content is king.

Over the last several weeks, the New York owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon has unveiled big programming swings it hopes will help restore its cable networks to former glory. At Cmt, executives are betting on a sudsy musical drama, “Million Dollar Quartet,” that examines the early lives of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. TV Land has signed veteran producer Darren Star, who backs its trendy series “Younger,” to a new contract. In days to come, Viacom will shine a spotlight on Comedy Central – the first time in that network’s history it will make a standalone pitch to advertisers — and then introduce a sweeping overhaul at flagship MTV.

“We really have supercharged what we are devoting to fresh, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves

24 March 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He's got two ears and a heart, doesn't he? Many fell under the spell of Chris Noth on Sex and the City, but would Mr. Big have won viewers' - and Carrie Bradshaw's - affection with a different actor? Just maybe. The series' creator Darren Star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial pick for the role was none other than the man who would go on to play 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy."I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially [in Sex and the City]," Star shared. "I don't really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves

24 March 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He's got two ears and a heart, doesn't he? Many fell under the spell of Chris Noth on Sex and the City, but would Mr. Big have won viewers' - and Carrie Bradshaw's - affection with a different actor? Just maybe. The series' creator Darren Star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial pick for the role was none other than the man who would go on to play 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy."I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially [in Sex and the City]," Star shared. "I don't really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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‘Younger’: Sutton Foster, Darren Star on Finale Shockers, Matthew Morrison Episode, What’s to Come in Season 3

23 March 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched the Season 2 finale of “Younger,” which aired on March 23.

TV Land’s critical darling “Younger” wrapped up its second season Wednesday night, and while the ladies’ friendships all ended on a high note, Liza’s (Sutton Foster) love life is at an all-time high of complexity.

In the aftermath of Thad’s (Dan Amboyer) sudden death, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) is shaken up at her fiancé’s funeral and matters only get worse when Liza comes clean about knowing that Thad was cheating on her. Kelsey blows up at Liza who handles the fight by quitting Empirical Publishing to start a new life and give Kelsey her own space. By the end of the episode, Liza and everyone around her realizes that leaving Empirical is not the answer and — probably coerced by her boss Charles (Peter Hermann) finally kissing her! — she »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Heathers TV Series in Early Stages of Development

17 March 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s hard to look at high school cliques the same way after seeing Heathers. The film has found an ever-growing following since its Us release in 1989, and now TV Land is in the early stages of developing an anthology series based on the cult classic:

Press Release: “New York, NY – March 16, 2016 – Dating a murderous psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best friend’s suicide are typical teen problems for Veronica Sawyer. With a pilot script order for “Heathers,” TV Land is digging into the pitch-black comedy for their first anthology series, based on the cult classic film. Set in the present day, our heroine will be dealing with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script is written by Jason Micallef (“Butter”), and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.

The pilot script order for “Heathers” comes on the »

- Derek Anderson

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Heathers Series Headed To TV Land… Probably

17 March 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Once there’s a musical, pretty much everything is fair game, and with that in mind, TV Land has started the ball rolling on a Heathers anthology series.

It’s tricky to imagine what the series might look like, but it apparently it focuses on Veronica coming out the other side of her time with the first Heathers to find herself in the present day with a new group of Heathers. You have to imagine that Veronica has grown into a rather interesting person, one way or another, after the experiences that have now become pop culture canon.

Skeptics might not look too highly on the idea of taking this crazy black comedy for a spin, but the script is coming from Jason Micallef, who wrote the fantastic film Butter.

While the original helped launch the careers of those involved, a new version may come down to finding just the »

- Marc Eastman

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TV Land Orders "First Wives Club" Pilot

4 March 2016 7:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following their success together with "Younger," TV Land has signed producer Darren Star to a new pact that will have him develop a new project for the cable network while continuing as executive producer "Younger".

The network unveiled its new plans at an upfront presentation yesterday, confirming it has renewed "Teachers" for a twenty-episode second season along with ordering pilots for three projects.

The most notable is a TV series adaptation of "The First Wives Club" written by Rebecca Addelman and exec produced by Jenny Bicks. This new version of the 1996 film will shift the action tomodern-day San Francisco and revolves around three women who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.

The other two are the comedy "Nobodies" which Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone will executive produce and follow three struggling comedians desperately trying to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed. »

- Garth Franklin

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