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19 items from 2016


‘Outsiders’ Season Two Trailer: The Farrell Clan Goes To War In New Season of Wgn America Drama

15 November 2016 12:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the past couple years, Wgn America has beefed up its original programming lineup, most recently with the period drama “Underground,” which examines the Underground Railroad. Soon, the network will premiere a new season of their rural thriller “Outsiders,” which follows the Farrell clan, a family of mysterious isolationists who live in the Appalachian hills and constantly battle with the townsfolk below for sovereignty. Watch an extended trailer for the second season below.

Read More: Here’s What Wgn America’s Rural Thriller ‘Outsiders’ Has In Common With ‘Star Trek

This season, the battle between the Farrells and the town escalates as their uneasy truce has recently come to an abrupt end. Now, everyone is put to test when they’re faced with new challenges and enemies. The series stars David Morse (“Treme”) as Big Foster, the gruff and powerful de facto patriarch of the Farrell family and Thomas M. Wright »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Outsiders’ Season Two Trailer: The Farrell Clan Goes To War In New Season of Wgn America Drama

15 November 2016 12:01 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the past couple years, Wgn America has beefed up its original programming lineup, most recently with the period drama “Underground,” which examines the Underground Railroad. Soon, the network will premiere a new season of their rural thriller “Outsiders,” which follows the Farrell clan, a family of mysterious isolationists who live in the Appalachian hills and constantly battle with the townsfolk below for sovereignty. Watch an extended trailer for the second season below.

Read More: Here’s What Wgn America’s Rural Thriller ‘Outsiders’ Has In Common With ‘Star Trek

This season, the battle between the Farrells and the town escalates as their uneasy truce has recently come to an abrupt end. Now, everyone is put to test when they’re faced with new challenges and enemies. The series stars David Morse (“Treme”) as Big Foster, the gruff and powerful de facto patriarch of the Farrell family and Thomas M. Wright »

- Vikram Murthi

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Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Date & Trailer Released by Wgn America

4 October 2016 6:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you ready to return to Shay Mountain? Below, watch a teaser for the second season of the Outsiders TV show, premiering on Wgn America, Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Wgn America will present Outsiders season two at New York Comic Con, on Sunday, October 9th.A drama featuring the Farrell Clan, Outsiders is created and written by Peter Mattei, who executive produces with Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Paul Giamatti, and Dan Carey. David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, Joe Anderson, Francie Swift, and Rebecca Harris star.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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How Denis Leary Brought Us The Best and Weirdest ‘Hamilton’ Tribute of The Year — Watch

1 September 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This month, FX aired something insane and magic and impossible to describe. It came courtesy of a show you are likely not watching – unless you’re a diehard fan of Denis Leary and/or single-camera comedies about rock music. It stars an artist whose contributions to film, television and theater are prolific and vast, who performs an homage to Broadway’s most game-changing musical of the last several decades.

Read More: Denis Leary Explains How ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Season 2 Blossomed With A Woman’s Touch

Really, the only way to explain it is simply to show you — so below, please watch Campbell Scott (as “himself”) perform the climatic track of “Feast,” the “Hamilton”-inspired musical-within-a-show created this season for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.”

Yes. Campbell Scott is rapping.

How did this happen? Indeed, it started with “Hamilton” — but David Bowie also had a lot to do with it.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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How Denis Leary Brought Us The Best and Weirdest ‘Hamilton’ Tribute of The Year — Watch

1 September 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This month, FX aired something insane and magic and impossible to describe. It came courtesy of a show you are likely not watching – unless you’re a diehard fan of Denis Leary and/or single-camera comedies about rock music. It stars an artist whose contributions to film, television and theater are prolific and vast, who performs an homage to Broadway’s most game-changing musical of the last several decades.

Read More: Denis Leary Explains How ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Season 2 Blossomed With A Woman’s Touch

Really, the only way to explain it is simply to show you — so below, please watch Campbell Scott (as “himself”) perform the climatic track of “Feast,” the “Hamilton”-inspired musical-within-a-show created this season for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.”

Yes. Campbell Scott is rapping.

How did this happen? Indeed, it started with “Hamilton” — but David Bowie also had a lot to do with it.

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“Sex »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ Done: No Season 3 For TV Land Comedy Series

22 August 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Last night’s Season 2 finale of The Jim Gaffigan Show was in fact a series finale as the comedy won’t continue beyond its two seasons on TV Land. The show, created by Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, made the difficult transition from a broadcast network — it originated as a pilot for CBS — to basic cable. It had to adjust its broadcast-size budget to make the show work on TV Land. But producing the single-camera comedy for the cable network remained a challenge, especially… »

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Sony TV’s New Leaders Reveal Growth Strategy

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jamie Erlicht was on vacation in Oregon when he got the call from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton. Erlicht and his partner of more than a decade, Zack Van Amburg, officially were being elevated at Sony Pictures Television, assuming many of the duties of ousted chief Steve Mosko. When the news was announced June 2, a deluge of congratulatory calls and comical gifts followed. “Why didn’t they consult me first because I may have some things to share,” Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan emailed. The GoldbergsAdam F. Goldberg sent over a vintage stand-up arcade game with a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Hasil Is Ready to Kill in New ‘Outsiders’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

19 April 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hasil (Kyle Gallner) is ready to fight to the death in an exclusive clip of the “Outsiders” season finale obtained by TheWrap. After he and the group of conspirators escaped from the clutches of Big Foster (David Morse) in the last episode, Hasil says they can’t run forever and must face their enemy. Hasil plans to lure Big Foster to their location and kill him. The others are at first reluctant, but decide they would rather die fighting than live in fear. Playwright Peter Mattei wrote and created the series in addition to executive producing. Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy Award winner Peter Tolan, »

- Joe Otterson

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‘The West Wing,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Ugly Betty’ Casts to Reunite at Atx Television Festival

7 April 2016 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Atx Television Festival is beefing up its busy line-up with a number of cast reunions and freshman panels. The cast of Aaron Sorkin’s hit political drama, “The West Wing,” will be reuniting for a panel discussion dubbed “The West Wing Administration” at the Austin, Texas-based fest.

The panel, which marks the 10th anniversary since the series finale, will feature Sorkin, director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme and cast members Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney, with more to be announced.

Another show hitting a 10-year mark is “Ugly Betty,” which premiered in 2006. Cast members including America Ferrera, Eric MabiusBecki Newton, Michael Urie, Ashley Jensen, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Mark Indelicato, Vanessa Williams and Rebecca Romijn will be part of a reunion panel on the closing night of the festival.

Ferrera will also participate in a panel for her current NBC show “Superstore, »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Garry Shandling's Larry Sanders Show Coming to HBO, Streaming Services

24 March 2016 6:17 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fans looking to honor the late Garry Shandling, who passed away Thursday, will soon have the perfect venue to do so.

RelatedGarry Shandling Dead at 66

TVLine has confirmed that reruns of The Larry Sanders Show, which ran from 1992 to 1998, will return to HBO and will be available on the network’s streaming services soon, per a deal series creator/star Shandling completed before his death.

Larry Sanders starred Shandling as a late-night talk show host, Rip Torn as his assistant and Jeffrey Tambor as the show’s producer; additional regulars included Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven and Bob Odenkirk.

On Larry Sanders, »

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Garry Shandling Dead at 66

24 March 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Comedian Garry Shandling, star of Showtime’s It's Garry Shandling's Show and HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, died Thursday, TMZ reports. He was 66.

Per the site, Shandling passed away after he was transported from his home to a Los Angeles-area hospital.

On Larry Sanders, Shandling was a five-time Emmy Award nominee for Lead Actor, and he grabbed gold once (with Peter Tolan) for Outstanding Writing. The comedian also amassed three American Comedy Awards across his career, 12 CableACE Awards, two Golden Globe nods and a pair of Writers Guild Award noms (both for Larry Sanders).

In addition to his two starring roles, »

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Garry Shandling Dies at 66

24 March 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling, known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” died Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 66.

A spokesman for the Lapd said they received a 911 call from Shandling’s home on Thursday, saying the comedian suffered from a “medical emergency.” He later died at an L.A. hospital.

Shandling wasn’t known to be suffering from any illnesses, and just a few days ago retweeted Kathy Griffin’s photo of himself, her and Bob Odenkirk.

The influential comedian was known for his neurotic observational humor, particularly about romantic relationships, and his no-holds-barred skewering of showbiz in his inventive TV shows. “The Larry Sanders Show” was one of the early pillars of HBO’s original series strategy, garnering Emmy Awards and critical acclaim during its 1992-1998 run.

Born in Chicago, Shandling was raised in Tucson, Ariz., and »

- Alex Stedman

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Outsiders Will Return For A Second Season With Wgn America

16 March 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wgn America is continuing to make strong headway with its move into original scripted programming, with a second season renewal for Outsiders – the network’s third such project. After a strong reception for its first 13-episode season, which premiered in January, the drama is now confirmed as returning with a further 13 instalments next year.

Created by Peter Mattei, the show boasts Peter Tolan (Rescue Me, The Larry Sanders Show) and Paul Giamatti (John Dies At The End) among its executive producers. It weaves the fictional story of the Farrell clan – an isolationist group that has long resided in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. As their way of life is threatened by coal corporations seeking to mine into their hill, the clan vows to protect their lifestyle – which brings them into conflict with the residents of the nearby town of Blackburg. Internal power struggles set the clan on a dangerous path, »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Outsiders’ Renewed for Season 2 at Wgn America

11 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America has ordered a second season of its Appalachian family drama “Outsiders.”

The Sony Pictures TV/Tribune Studios series by all measures ranks as a hit for the Tribune Media cabler, drawing solid numbers since its Jan. 26 premiere and growing week to week. To date the show is averaging 2.8 million viewers in live-plus-7 ratings.

The timing is good for Tribune as the company has accelerated efforts to find a buyer for some of all of its TV and digital assets. The refurbishing of Wgn America as an general entertainment channel offering original series has been a big investment for the Tribune team during the past few years.

Outsiders” is Wgna’s third original series and looks to be its most successful. It’s boosted Wgna’s primetime average by double-digits in total viewers and adults 25-54. The momentum from “Outsiders” and strong reviews helped Wgna get its fourth series, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Here's What Wgn America's Rural Thriller 'Outsiders' Has In Common With 'Star Trek'

19 February 2016 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Wgn America's latest effort to break into the premium drama game is easily one of the most unusual shows on television right now, in part thanks to an eclectic range of talent behind the camera, including executive producer Paul Giamatti, legendary producer Peter Tolan and creator Peter Mattei. Read More: Watch: The Hills Have Scary Guys in Wgn America's 'Outsiders' Trailer While this is Mattei's first major TV project, Tolan has been in the business for decades, starting with sitcom fare like "Home Improvement" and "Murphy Brown" before moving onto shows like "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Rescue Me." Indiewire sat down with the pair at the TCA Winter Press Tour to talk about their unique take on a clan of mountain dwellers who have created their own society in the woods, but find their way of life under attack from the outside.  Mattei was there from the beginning, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Outsiders': Will Wgn's Emmy luck continue with new David Morse drama?'

5 February 2016 4:09 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Last year, WGN entered the big leagues by winning its first-ever Emmy Award (Best Main Title Design for "Manhattan"). Will their luck continue this year with the new David Morse drama "Outsiders"? Produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, this rough-and-tumble drama series follows a clan of mountain men -- the Farrells -- who live on the outskirts of civilization and believe they are above the law. Morse plays Big Foster, the next in line to be the Farrells' king and who's in an unknowing war with the town deputy played by Thomas M. Wright. Among the supporting cast, Joe Anderson portrays Foster's cousin who left the clan when he was younger, Ryan Hurst is the son of Foster who's always loyal to his dad, and Kyle Gallner is a young clansman who becomes romantically interested with one of the girls in town. »

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Ratings: Strong Premiere-Week Sampling for WGN America’s ‘Outsiders’

1 February 2016 12:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last week’s commercial-free premiere of WGN America’s “Outsiders” has become the most-watched premiere of an original series in network history.

The regular-timeslot premiere on Tuesday drew 1.75 million viewers and 818,000 adults 25-54 in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, up vs. its same-day averages by 66% and 85% respectively. The demo total is more than nine times what the network has been averaging in primetime this season.

The total rises to 3.9 million when same-day encores and digital viewing are included. And overall, when repeats later in the week are also included, the number of viewers who sampled “Outsiders” grows to 5.5 million.

“We felt that ‘Outsiders’ was exceptional, but there is no greater validation than this kind of viewer response,” said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, Wgn America and Tribune Studios. “We’re grateful for the stellar cast and creative team, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, and our producing partners at Sony Pictures Television, »

- Rick Kissell

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TV Review: ‘Outsiders’

22 January 2016 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America is still seeking to define itself, having garnered acclaim for “Manhattan,” if less for “Salem.” With “Outsiders,” its newest drama, the Tribune programmer zeroes in on FX Lite territory, in an Appalachian-set series peppered with hints of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified,” and perhaps a pinch of “Mad Max” for good measure. Featuring David Morse and Thomas M. Wright (again terrific after his turn in “The Bridge”), the casting trumps much of the material, but the series quickly establishes a strong sense of place in the wilds of a still-untamed pocket of America.

At the center of it all are the Farrells, a rural clan that lives by its own brutal code and traditions, ensconced on the mountain it has occupied for 200 years. The group exists under what amounts to an uneasy truce with the townsfolk below, with members occasionally venturing down to thieve some necessary supplies, but otherwise minding their own business. »

- Brian Lowry

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Winter TCA: The People and Panels We Want to Hear From

5 January 2016 1:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If it’s January, it’s time for television industry insiders to convene in Pasadena, Calif.

The winter Television Critics Association press tour begins its annual two-week stand at the Langham Huntington Hotel Tuesday afternoon with presentations from Espn and indie cablers Ovation, Outdoor Channel and Up. Streaming, cable and broadcast are all slated for later in the schedule, hoping to make an impact with their dizzying lineup of A-list stars and showrunners.

In the Peak TV era, there’s entirely too much information to process amid a non-stop schedule of panels, interviews and parties. But here’s our best guess at the people we won’t want to miss during the cable portion of the tour this week.

Wednesday:

Alison Brie: With “Mad Men” and (likely) “Community” now in her rear-view mirror, Brie comes to TCA wearing a producer hat as part of the panel for TV Land’s comedy “Teachers, »

- Variety Staff

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