20 items from 2017
'The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow is just getting started! HollywoodLife.com has an Exclusive sneak peek of the July 18 episode, featuring Damon Wayans Jr. being transformed into a puppet! »
- Avery Thompson
Comedian and actor Damon Wayans Jr. took to Twitter on Tuesday to join in the 4th of July celebrations. The “Happy Endings” actor tweeted out “Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day” and some of his followers did not find it very funny. Related: Piers Morgan Gets Trolled By Co-Host Susanna Reid On Live […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Damon Wayans Jr. stirred the wrath of many Twitter users when he made a joke about America's Independence Day. The comedy actor and former New Girl star wrote on the Fourth of July, "Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day." More than 1,100 people liked the tweet, while more than 1,200 replied to it. And many were pretty angry. "Just another example of Hollywood talking down to Americans. They hate this country & their fans. #FabricatedRacism sadly returns @wayansjr," replied user @ViperNTheTemple. "A joke some took too personally. So what. Jokes aren't illegal," Wayans replied. Many people definitely did not see his »
Amanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX's futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Lund will play Anna, an unfailingly optimistic, sweet, book-smart Ph.D. graduate who no longer has use for her degree and finds joy… »
After winning the Oscar for 2014’s “Big Hero 6,” producer Roy Conli was lured to what seems to be a far-flung project: a Disneynature doc, “Born in China,” which explores the life cycles of wild pandas and other native Chinese wildlife. However, he said that it was less about the animals and more about their collective capacity to communicate complex emotions and ideas.
“I’ve always loved the structure of multiple stories,” said Conli, a longtime Disney Animation executive who famously mounted the premiere of “Angels in America” at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. “There are multiple characters that you need to fall in love with, and they will add up to one story. That was the same with this. You had five species, but you concentrated on three animal families.”
- Bill Desowitz
Michelle Buteau has joined the pilot, which stars Damon Wayans Jr. as a guy who seeks out all the pleasures technology has to offer in a future world. Buteau, who has had parts in Broad City and Key and Peele, will play Wayans' girlfriend, Nancy. She is described as an opinionated and outspoken woman who knows what she wants and liberally uses technology to get it.
The pilot, which was picked up by FX in August after a multiple-network bidding war, takes place in a future where where »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Quantico, Legends of Tomorrow and Scandal!
RelatedSleepy Hollow Ep Breaks Down Crane’s Stunning Deal With the Devil
1 | In the Sleepy Hollow finale, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Lara to sacrifice her soul to the devil — rather than Ichabod — given that there are basically two of her in this timeline (and she’s kinda the surplus one)?
2 | Which Grimm finale death »
A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.
Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched the season 6 finale of New Girl, “Five Stars for Beezus.”
After watching that tied-up-in-a-bow season ender that saw Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) finally rekindle their romance, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) expecting, Winston (Lamorne Morris) call his father with Aly’s (Nasim Pedrad) help, »
- Breanne L. Heldman
By mid-May, the broadcast networks must make some tough calls as to which series will return for the 2017-18 TV season, and which… won’t.
As that deadline draws near, TVLine is singling out a few “bubble” shows and sizing up their prospects — based in large part on creative strides (and stumbles) and future potential, but also with a requisite nod to cold, hard numbers.
Next up is Fox’s current longest-running, live-action sitcom.
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
The Show | Fox’s New Girl (Tuesdays at 8/7c)
The Case For Keeping | While even New Girl »
Sons of Anarchy fans, meet the new Jax Teller! (Sort of.)
Jd Pardo (Revolution, East Los High) has been tapped to star in FX’s Anarchy spinoff Mayans Mc, our sister site Deadline reports. Pardo will play Ezekiel “Ez” Reyes, whose hopes for a better life were stolen from him by cartel violence. In seeking revenge, he’ll be thrust deep into a world he never intended to enter in the first place.
Set in a post-Jax world, Mayans Mc follows Ez’s entrance into the Mayan Motorcycle »
Broderick will portray Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) Director Michael D. Brown aka “Brownie”), who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. He joins a cast that also includes Annette Bening, who is set to play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series won’t launch until 2018, network boss John Landgraf told reporters at the »
Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr. has booked a lead role in Singularity, FX’s futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Wayans, who was sought-after for broadcast pilots with multiple offers, will play Doug, a guy who loves to be in the moment and is… »
RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The Happy Endings alum has nabbed the starring role in the FX comedy pilot Singularity, from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The futuristic sitcom, created by Silicon Valley scribe Sonny Lee, takes place in a world where artificial intelligence has triumphed over human intelligence, resulting in dramatic changes to everyday society.
In the pilot — which is described as similar in vein to Rogen and Goldberg’s 2013 film This Is the End — Wayans Jr. »
“Singularity,” which hails from “Silicon Valley” and “The Real O’Neals” scribe Sonny Lee and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, takes place in a world where artificial intelligence has been woven into daily life. In tech parlance, “the Singularity” will mark the point at which AI overtakes that of its human creators, leading to, essentially, the end of the era of homo sapiens on earth.
Wayans Jr. will play Doug, a guy who loves to be in the moment and is often dressed in Yeezy streetwear. Contrary to some, Doug is happily reliant on AI and seeks out all the pleasures technology has to offer.
Lee, who is also a co-exec producer on Netflix’s “Girlboss,” will serve as an exec producer as well as writer. Rogen »
- Oriana Schwindt
Damon Wayans Jr. has lined up his next TV role.
The actor, who has been fielding multiple broadcast pilot offers, has been tapped to star in FX comedy Singularity, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Picked up to pilot in August after landing at FX following a multiple-network bidding war, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society.
Wayans will star as Doug, a guy who loves to be in the moment and is often dressed in Yeezy street wear. Contrary to some, Doug is »
- Lesley Goldberg
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Legion recap here.
Another week of Legion, another week of delving into the thicket of repressed angst that is David’s brain. But things got even wilder this week… and more dangerous for everyone involved.
David is still worried about his sister Amy, who’s being interrogated by that Phil Spector-looking creep, The Eye. But he dives back into more memory work with Melanie, who promises they’ll speed things up by focusing on big events. (“The s—t that scares you the most,” as Ptonomy puts it.) They zap back »
In a move that guarantees its 2017 Emmy eligibility, Fargo‘s third season will begin unspooling on Wednesday, April 19 at 10/9c, FX announced.
Official Season 3 logline below:
Set in 2010, the third season centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (both played by McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, »
After largely flying under the radar early on, La -> Vegas, from writer Lon Zimmet (NBC's Superstore) and Gary Sanchez Prods., is starting to emerge as one of Fox’s hottest comedy pilots this season. It was one of a slew of pilots to court the highly sought-after Damon Wayans Jr. this year and the one he is seriously considering. Now La -> Vegas has landed Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan — Emmy winner for his directing work on the ABC comedy series — as director… »
Next week is poised to be a busy one for pilot castings, as the first wave of (largely) far-fetched offers is coming to a close and broadcast networks hone in on top stars.
With about 20 fewer pilots to select from this season, the competition is especially fierce among the broadcast networks, who again are forced to compete for talent against cable networks and streaming services who offer shorter orders, cache and big bucks.
- Lesley Goldberg
These actors all signed onto network TV projects before pilot pickups — and now, their pilots have in fact all been given the green light.
This development season saw a growing trend of casting stars well before pilot season began, giving the potential series a leg up against the hefty competition.
While certain projects have always been developed specifically for a star, the bulk of TV shows are typically put into development without talent, then greenlit to pilot and then casting begins. But for the 2017-2018 season, studios were strategic in attaching more actors than ever before to projects in the midst of the development cycle.
Now at the halfway point of pilot season, some of the first pilots to be picked up were McEntire’s ABC series with Marc Cherry, Feuerstein’s CBS comedy “9J, 9K »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
20 items from 2017
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