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TVLine Items: Hamilton's Drunk History Lesson, Bojack Renewed and More

22 July 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bottoms upLin-Manuel Miranda! The Hamilton creator will appear on Season 4 of Comedy Central’s Drunk History to — naturally! — narrate the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

The guest appearance was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, along with news that Criminal MindsPaget Brewster will narrate the friendship and fight for women’s rights between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps) and Soviet soldier Lyudmila Pavlichenko (Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman.)

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Drunk History returns Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30/9:30c.

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Drunk History: Season Four Coming in September; Lin-Manuel Miranda to Guest

22 July 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The creator of Broadway's Hamilton musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is bringing the story of Alexander Hamilton to Comedy Central. He'll be one of the guests on the upcoming fourth season of Drunk History which will kick off on September 27th. Other season four guest players will include: Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Berg, Rachel Bilson, Paget Brewster, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Ed Helms, Jack McBrayer, Allan McLeod, Thomas Middleditch, Elizabeth Olsen, Busy Phillips, Aubrey Plaza, Ronda Rousey, Liev Schreiber, Alia Shawkat, Duncan Trussell, and Mae Whitman.Here's the complete press release:Four Seasons And Seven Bourbons Ago! "Drunk History" Season Four Premieres Tuesday, September 27 At 10:30 P.M. Et/Pt On Comedy Central(R)Lin-Manuel Miranda Won't Be Giving Away His Shots as He Epically Narrates the »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Hamilton on Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’

21 July 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” will return for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m., and the ten-episode season will bring a slew of guest stars.

The season 4 information was announced Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The new season will transport viewers back in time to hang out with the founding fathers — and Broadway’s “Hamilton” superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda will narrate the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Paget Brewster will narrate the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, played by Busy Phillips, and Soviet soldier Lyudmila Pavlichenko, portrayed by Mae Whitman, and their fight for women’s rights. Allan McLeod explains how the divided dispute on whether British actor William Macready (Jack McBrayer) or American actor Edwin Forrest (David Koechner) was the better thespian.

Other featured players include Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Berg, Rachel Bilson, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Comic-Con: Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Story of 'Hamilton' on 'Drunk History'

21 July 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hamilton is invading Comedy Central's Drunk History. Creator Derek Waters revealed Thursday during the show's Comic-Con panel that Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to narrate the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr during season four. Set to return Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m., season four's guest list also includes Criminal Minds and Another Period's Paget Brewster narrating the friendship among first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Busy Phillips) and Soviet soldier Lyudmila Pavlichenko (Mae Whitman) and their fight for women’s rights. You're the Worst's Allan McLeod will also explain how the divided dispute on whether British actor William

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- Lesley Goldberg

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TV News Roundup: ’12 Monkeys’ Renewed for Season 3 at Syfy & More

29 June 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“12 Monkeys” has been renewed for Season 3 on Syfy; Kris Jenner and more celebrities will appear on E! second season of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry;” VH1 has announced Marc Lamont Hill as the host of its new late night talk show; and Netflix has debuted the first trailer for Season 3 of “BoJack Horseman,” in today’s TV news roundup.

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Syfy has renewed “12 Monkeys” for Season 3, Variety has confirmed. The time-travel drama will return with a 10-episode third season in 2017. The show, based on the 1995 film of the same name, is currently in the midst of its second season, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. on Syfy. “12 Monkeys” stars Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull and is executive produced by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. The show hails from Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment. EW first reported the show’s renewal.

VH1 has announced a new late night talk show titled “VH1 Live!” debuting »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Will Make You Wish Humanity Would Just Give Up

24 June 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back. On June 24th, 2016, we…wish they had won.

In the summer of 1996, Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” reinvented the alien invasion genre for the blockbuster era, using newfangled digital technology to make a B-movie big enough to bring the whole world together. Its reputation may be overinflated by millennials who subsist on a steady diet of their own petrified kitsch, but Emmerich’s war of the worlds has nevertheless come to represent a type of full-bodied studio spectacle for which we all ought to be nostalgic. In fact, the self-described “master of disaster” seems really pissed at the people who aren’t. His lazy insult of a sequel — threatened since the day the first movie first cast its long shadow over America’s multiplexes — is ultimately nothing more than a giant middle finger to »

- David Ehrlich

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Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in ‘Fun Mom Dinner’ (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon are starring in the ensemble comedy “Fun Mom Dinner” with shooting starting Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The film marks the directorial debut of Australian helmer Alethea Jones. Other cast members include Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Rob Huebel (“Transparent”), Adam Levine and Paul Rust.

Jones is directing from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, centering on four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, who decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” When the night suddenly takes an unexpected turn and things gets real, these unlikely new friends soon realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood.

June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions are the production companies. Producers are June Pictures’ partners Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks with Gettin’ Rad’s Naomi Scott. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott will executive produce.

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- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

21 June 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“We had twenty years to prepare… so did they,” states the tagline of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” a cheerfully ludicrous re-encounter of the third kind that doesn’t show any particular evidence of all that planning. Sketchily conceived in all departments but its sensational, more-is-more visual effects — which is, let’s be honest, where its efforts should be concentrated — this belated, cluttered sequel to the 1996 smash “Independence Day” breaks far less ground than its alien invaders, but confirms director Roland Emmerich as modern cinema’s most spirited conductor of popcorn chaos. Perhaps excessively concerned with burnishing the supposed legacy of its predecessor — a distant memory, if that, for much of its target audience — this cinematic Big Mac entertains abundantly on its own second-hand merits. While unlikely to become the pop-cultural behemoth “ID4” was two decades ago, “Resurgence” should cast a sizeable shadow over its box-office competition.

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- Guy Lodge

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Adult Coloring Book Coming from Dark Horse

15 June 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Dark Horse will publish an adult coloring book based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show, which was cancelled after three seasons on Nickelodeon. Caveat colorer: water, earth, and fire are all likely to harm the book, which should hit shelves in October 2016.

The book features forty-five pages of artwork on heavyweight 10 x 10–inch pages. The Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series voice cast includes: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Jessie Flower, Dante Basco, Dee Bradley Baker, Mako Iwamatsu, Greg Baldwin, Grey DeLisle, Jennie Kwan, Cricket Leigh, Olivia Hack, and Mark Hamill.

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DC Super Hero Girls get Animated Feature August 23

15 June 2016 12:24 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (June 9, 2016) – Where can you find the most powerful and prominent Super Teens in the galaxy? Super Hero High of course! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana band together to navigate the twists and turns of high school in DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) on August 9 on Digital HD and August 23, 2016 on DVD (Srp $19.98).

These young Super Heroes discover unique abilities, develop powers, and combat an abundance of overwhelming, exciting and awkward moments to master the fundamentals of being a hero – one day at a time! The group includes:

Wonder Woman was raised on Themyscira, a paradise island overflowing with female leaders. This natural born leader has super strength, the power of flight and a magic lasso that forces anyone to tell the truth. Batgirl is crazy smart – she was accepted to Super Hero High based on her brainpower alone (she wasn’t born with super powers). But this crime-fighting sleuth may be the most influential of all! Her unparalleled intellect, expert martial arts skills, photographic memory and legendary detective skills are a formula for an incredible Super Hero. Supergirl is the most powerful teen on earth, but also incredibly clumsy. She has super strength, super hearing and super speed but will need to be sure she doesn’t trip over her own two feet en route to saving the world. Harley Quinn is the resident class clown who lives for jokes and over-the-top pranks. Nonetheless, this quick-witted gymnast is sneaky and full of surprises. Bumblebee has the ability to shrink, allowing her to sneak around without being spotted. She makes sure her team is never surprised by any villains or enemies up to no good. Poison Ivy, got caught up in a botched lab experiment, and now has the ability to control and summon plants. She’s gradually adapting to her amazing new powers and blossoming into her new life. Katana is an artist with an edge – this fearless martial arts fashionista is up for any crime-fighting test and is never without her sword.

Together, these seven fearless Super Heroes prove that we all have the power to make the world a better place – even while school is in session!

Girls around the world now have their very own Super Hero world to play, watch, read and be inspired! To further bring this all-new universe to life, DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts and TV specials will continue to release over the next year, allowing girls 6-12 to continue reaching their full potential alongside these superstars. Additionally, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, in partnership with Mattel, have brought the DC Super Hero Girls to life, beyond the animated shorts and website, with the first-ever line of 12-inch Action Dolls, 6-inch Action Figures, as well as role play and playsets now available exclusively at Target in the U.S., along with other product, including apparel, accessories, publishing and more. The DC Super Hero Girls global merchandise program will hit retail worldwide, beginning in July 2016, offering a wide range of product to fans around the world. Random House and DC Comics are also releasing an exciting array of DC Super Hero Girls books and graphic novels. Fans can discover more at DCSuperHeroGirls.com and through dedicated social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year features some of the top voice actors in the industry.  Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl), Mae Whitman (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy) Teala Dunn (Bumblebee), and Stephanie Sheh (Katana) join forces to portray some of the newest students to attend Super Hero High.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to team with DC Entertainment to release DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year on DVD,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Wbhe Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We’re excited to bring DC Super Hero Girls to life and create an immersive world to help inspire young women like never before. These characters were developed with girls 6-12 in mind and will deliver epic story lines featuring strong females. It truly embraces and celebrates girls as they discover their own unique abilities.”

Special Features

Six Animated Shorts: Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman Fall into Super Hero High Hero of the Month: Bumblebee Hero of the Month: Poison Ivy Clubbing Saving the Day

Digital Distribution Elements

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting August 9, DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Basics

Street Date: August 23, 2016

Run Time:  72 minutes (approx.)

DVD Price: $19.98 Srp DVD Audio – English »

- ComicMix Staff

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Ray Romano on Leaving ‘Raymond’ Behind With Edgy Role on HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

15 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A decade ago, Ray Romano found himself in the enviable position of never having to work again. The success of his CBS series “Everybody Loves Raymond” had left him flush with the kind of windfall-for-life that only a hit sitcom can deliver. But his nine-year run as Ray Barone on the definitive family comedy of its era also could have easily sentenced him to typecasting as a TV dad for the rest of his professional life. In a conversation with Variety, Romano spoke about the evolution of his post-“Raymond” career, from TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age” to NBC’s “Parenthood” to his most challenging assignment yet: a 1970s record company exec facing a midlife crisis on HBO’s “Vinyl.”

How did you decide your next moves as an actor after “Raymond” ended in 2005?

There was no game plan. To be blunt, I didn’t have to do anything for money after “Raymond” — which is what my wife keeps telling me after she sees me in a threesome in “Vinyl.” One thing I knew was that I didn’t want to do a four-camera sitcom. I was proud of what we did on “Raymond” — that was my legacy — but I wanted to move on.

Were you concerned about typecasting?

[Typecasting] is just natural when for nine years everybody sees you as that. I’m guilty of that. When we were casting actors [for “Men of a Certain Age”], when someone’s name would come up, I would say, “He’s not right.” It’s just ingrained in you.

Were you surprised at how well-received you were in the much more dramatic role on “Men of a Certain Age”? Was that a big boost for you?

Yes, we were very surprised when it debuted. I’m the first one to self-deprecate, but I couldn’t find a bad review. I wasn’t playing a serial killer or a drug addict — I was playing someone real. I was happy people accepted me. It wasn’t a super stretch of a character — it was kind of like a real-life version of Ray Barone going through some deeper issues. This wasn’t “Dallas Buyers Club.” Then we won a Peabody, which means you get canceled. And one cable show that gets canceled helps free you from that branding as a sitcom guy.

How did you wind up on “Vinyl”? Zak Yankovich is pretty far removed from Ray Barone.

Scorsese had never heard of me before. He’d never seen “Raymond.” I put myself on tape and sent in a video. He told his casting director he’d never heard of me — not that he’d never seen “Raymond” before, but he’d never even heard of me. It was the best backhanded compliment I ever got. It helped me get cast. He didn’t have to overcome Ray Barone when he watched me.

Was it hard to get under the skin of the character?

The hardest thing was getting in the head of a guy this tragic, where he contemplates suicide. It was hard to dig into that and feel what that guy is feeling. … When I was on “Parenthood,” Mae Whitman told me that to play [emotional] scenes, she liked to listen to music to get in the mood. She’d be in a bubble under head-phones. I made a playlist, and oddly it worked for me. It can trigger these emotions. I have Coldplay and Jeff Buckley to thank for those scenes.

Do you enjoy the debauchery featured in “Vinyl”? All joking aside, is it hard to play? 

I’ve never had a threesome in real life — I’ll come right out and say that. I was talking to another very good-looking actor on “Vinyl” about that threesome, and I asked him if he’d ever had one. His answer was, “Five or six.” He didn’t even know how many he’d had! I had to be naked, which was terrifying for me. And I had to do it in a scene with Bobby Cannavale. I had to stand up and wear that sock-like wardrobe thing. On the second take, Bobby says to me, “Ray, you don’t gotta wear that for me. Don’t worry about it. I never wear it.” I told him, “I’m not wearing it for you, trust me. I understand why you don’t wear it. I’ve seen that shot of you naked. I need to wear it.” I had to be drunk in that episode, too. For me as an actor, the two scariest things are being drunk and naked. My joke was that the director was never going to yell, “You’re too big!” during the naked scene.

You and Cannavale had such instant chemistry. Did you know each other before the show? 

We’d never met before. We became buddies. He’s a New Yorker. We went to Jets games, and he came down to the [Comedy Cellar] to watch me. The hours that guy has to put in on the show, it’s amazing.

Do you go out of your way to make time to do standup comedy?

I play Vegas about seven times a year, at the Mirage. If I’m in New York, I’ll always drop into the Comedy Cellar. I still love to get up there. The thrill is coming up with new material. “Vinyl” was shooting from May to October [last year], so I went on a lot. I don’t think I’ll ever give that up. Some guys do. If I have to be nice to myself and say one thing I’m good at, it’s doing standup. Everything else I suck at. Golf I really suck at, even though I love doing it.

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‘The O.C.’ Is Still Relevant, Bitch

13 June 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Welcome to ‘The O.C…. panel,” moderator Alan Sepinwall said to a crowd gathered in the State Theater Sunday afternoon. “I won’t say the last word of Luke’s line.”

And with those words and the telling one withheld, the final event of Atx Season 5 began. Though not as prestigious as “The West Wing” — which also held a celebrated reunion at the Austin TV festival — nor as prominently placed as the “Closing Night” honoree (“Ugly Betty’s” elaborate celebration), “The O.C.” Creatives Panel and Script Reading was one of the most exciting, fun and relevant — yes, relevant — activities of the four-day festival, if not the year so far.

With creator Josh Schwartz, writers Stephanie Savage and Leila Gerstein, and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, the Q&A portion was fast and focused. Led by Sepinwall, the panelists were peppered with quick questions they answered with efficiency and insight.

“The model of soaps at the time was that they were driven by female characters. And you’ve got one driven by two brothers and the dad.”

“It was unusual to do a show like that,” Schwartz said. “But luckily I didn’t know that. That was my way into doing a nighttime soap: having a neurotic Jewish guy to comment on [what happens].”

“How comfortable was Fox with the ‘neurotic Jewishness’ of it all?”

“I would say, ‘medium comfortable,'” Savage said. “Seth Cohen was Josh’s way into the show, but because it was unique it was challenging to the network.”

“Why did you decide to kill Marissa?”

“It’s complicated,” Schwartz said. “For reasons both creative and cynical — kind of where we were with the network. We really wrestled with it.”

California, here we come. #TheOC reunion at #atxtvs5 @atxfestival

A photo posted by IndieWire (@indiewire) on Jun 12, 2016 at 3:31pm Pdt

More great pieces of trivia surfaced over the quick, 30-minute Q&A, as well:

Casting Marissa Cooper came down to Mischa Barton and Olivia Wilde, the former of which obviously landed the part, but the latter appeared in Season 2 as a love interest for Marissa. Schwartz said it came down to the fact Marissa needed to be saved, and “Olivia needs no saving.” Arcade Fire was the one band they couldn’t get for the show. “That’s all I’m going to say,” said a clearly disappointed Schwartz. Chrismakkuh, the combination holiday of Hanukkah and Christmas created by Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) on the show, was not, in fact, a tradition celebrated by Schwartz prior to its implementation on “The O.C.” That was something the writers came up with, as a group, in the room. “I did own that sweater that Seth wears, though,” Schwartz said. Schwartz also commented on how the first season felt special, as well as what may have gone wrong later on. “Part of the fun of the first season was how much story we were going through,” Schwartz said when asked about lessons he learned from the series. “If you have characters that people really love, though, you should keep them around.” Other current celebrities who got their start on “The O.C.” include Shailene Woodley as Marissa’s younger, who was later recast (“I wonder what happened to her.”), and Chris Pratt, who the writers loved working with in order to bring some comedy back to the show in Season 4.

But after hearing all these facts, reminiscing about the past and then experiencing the script read live by new cast members, only then did “The O.C.” seem not only like a nostalgia-infused favorite from yesteryear, but a relevant piece of the modern TV landscape.

For starters, the only cast member from the series to reprise his role on Sunday was Tate Donovan as Jimmy Cooper, Marissa’s father (who’s lovable as hell but horrifically bad with money). Otherwise, the parts were played by fresh faces and, more importantly, the roles were gender-swapped. Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) was Seth. Matt Lauria (“Friday Night Lights,” “Kingdom”) was Summer, Arielle Kebbel (“Ballers”) was Ryan Atwood, while Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) nabbed the challenging role of Marissa Cooper. 

While that may simply seem like either a fun and/or necessary thing to do for a panel being held well after most of the fest’s talent had left town (but still in need of somewhat famous faces), what really made the reading pop went back to something Sepinwall noted during the Q&A. Soaps, an inherently trashy endeavor pre-“O.C.,” even in primetime efforts, were often targeted at female audiences. While perhaps not the direct connotation, the focus nevertheless established a connection between sleazy, unrealistic and overblown scenarios being marketed to a female audience, while more of television’s “prestige” dramas were a) of a higher regard, and b) sold to men (just like most entertainment).

The O.C.” did the opposite. The decision to put men front and center — which, as noted, represented a risk — was a feminist choice. Schwartz was, unknowingly or not, creating a show for everyone with respect for its characters, stories and audience. So, by allowing women to play male characters (and vice versa) on Sunday, the series pointed to its past while noting the crucial push for progress right now; as though the group was saying, “Look at what happens when you don’t talk down to your audience, and you take a risk.”

But that’s not all: Schwartz also noted during the panel how they wanted to make a series where the adult storylines were equally enticing to the kids’.

“We really wanted to set the tone that this could be as much for adults as it is for kids,” he said. “As the kids got older, it’s harder to keep the parents involved — there’s a reason with ‘90210’ they spent four years in high school and then went to college and it was exactly the same.”

It’s worth noting Schwartz has said before that he’s never seen “90210.” At the panel, he admitted maybe an episode or a few scenes slipped in somewhere, but he remains largely uninfluenced by the popular (if disrespected) soap when it came to writing “The O.C.” And his show embraced many of the genre’s soapy stories, but they still found a way to make them legitimate; legitimately juicy, yes, but also legitimately good.

There shouldn’t necessarily be any embarrassment connecting the two, but what “The O.C.” tried to accomplish was far more ambitious than anything that’s come before and, arguably, what’s happened since: A series bucking the accepted standards, practices and audience of its genre that spoke to an older crowd as much as its younger fans, “The O.C.” is a relevant piece of TV history — whether you welcome it or not.

All four seasons of “The O.C.” are available to stream on The CW Seed. 

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‘The O.C.’ Is Still Relevant, Bitch

13 June 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Welcome to ‘The O.C…. panel,” moderator Alan Sepinwall said to a crowd gathered in the State Theater Sunday afternoon. “I won’t say the last word of Luke’s line.”

And with those words and the telling one withheld, the final event of Atx Season 5 began. Though not as prestigious as “The West Wing” — which also held a celebrated reunion at the Austin TV festival — nor as prominently placed as the “Closing Night” honoree (“Ugly Betty’s” elaborate celebration), “The O.C.” Creatives Panel and Script Reading was one of the most exciting, fun and relevant — yes, relevant — activities of the four-day festival, if not the year so far.

With creator Josh Schwartz, writers Stephanie Savage and Leila Gerstein, and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, the Q&A portion was fast and focused. Led by Sepinwall, the panelists were peppered with quick questions they answered with efficiency and insight.

“The model of soaps at the time was that they were driven by female characters. And you’ve got one driven by two brothers and the dad.”

“It was unusual to do a show like that,” Schwartz said. “But luckily I didn’t know that. That was my way into doing a nighttime soap: having a neurotic Jewish guy to comment on [what happens].”

“How comfortable was Fox with the ‘neurotic Jewishness’ of it all?”

“I would say, ‘medium comfortable,'” Savage said. “Seth Cohen was Josh’s way into the show, but because it was unique it was challenging to the network.”

“Why did you decide to kill Marissa?”

“It’s complicated,” Schwartz said. “For reasons both creative and cynical — kind of where we were with the network. We really wrestled with it.”

California, here we come. #TheOC reunion at #atxtvs5 @atxfestival

A photo posted by IndieWire (@indiewire) on Jun 12, 2016 at 3:31pm Pdt

More great pieces of trivia surfaced over the quick, 30-minute Q&A, as well:

Casting Marissa Cooper came down to Mischa Barton and Olivia Wilde, the former of which obviously landed the part, but the latter appeared in Season 2 as a love interest for Marissa. Schwartz said it came down to the fact Marissa needed to be saved, and “Olivia needs no saving.” Arcade Fire was the one band they couldn’t get for the show. “That’s all I’m going to say,” said a clearly disappointed Schwartz. Chrismakkuh, the combination holiday of Hanukkah and Christmas created by Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) on the show, was not, in fact, a tradition celebrated by Schwartz prior to its implementation on “The O.C.” That was something the writers came up with, as a group, in the room. “I did own that sweater that Seth wears, though,” Schwartz said. Schwartz also commented on how the first season felt special, as well as what may have gone wrong later on. “Part of the fun of the first season was how much story we were going through,” Schwartz said when asked about lessons he learned from the series. “If you have characters that people really love, though, you should keep them around.” Other current celebrities who got their start on “The O.C.” include Shailene Woodley as Marissa’s younger, who was later recast (“I wonder what happened to her.”), and Chris Pratt, who the writers loved working with in order to bring some comedy back to the show in Season 4.

But after hearing all these facts, reminiscing about the past and then experiencing the script read live by new cast members, only then did “The O.C.” seem not only like a nostalgia-infused favorite from yesteryear, but a relevant piece of the modern TV landscape.

For starters, the only cast member from the series to reprise his role on Sunday was Tate Donovan as Jimmy Cooper, Marissa’s father (who’s lovable as hell but horrifically bad with money). Otherwise, the parts were played by fresh faces and, more importantly, the roles were gender-swapped. Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) was Seth. Matt Lauria (“Friday Night Lights,” “Kingdom”) was Summer, Arielle Kebbel (“Ballers”) was Ryan Atwood, while Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) nabbed the challenging role of Marissa Cooper. 

While that may simply seem like either a fun and/or necessary thing to do for a panel being held well after most of the fest’s talent had left town (but still in need of somewhat famous faces), what really made the reading pop went back to something Sepinwall noted during the Q&A. Soaps, an inherently trashy endeavor pre-“O.C.,” even in primetime efforts, were often targeted at female audiences. While perhaps not the direct connotation, the focus nevertheless established a connection between sleazy, unrealistic and overblown scenarios being marketed to a female audience, while more of television’s “prestige” dramas were a) of a higher regard, and b) sold to men (just like most entertainment).

The O.C.” did the opposite. The decision to put men front and center — which, as noted, represented a risk — was a feminist choice. Schwartz was, unknowingly or not, creating a show for everyone with respect for its characters, stories and audience. So, by allowing women to play male characters (and vice versa) on Sunday, the series pointed to its past while noting the crucial push for progress right now; as though the group was saying, “Look at what happens when you don’t talk down to your audience, and you take a risk.”

But that’s not all: Schwartz also noted during the panel how they wanted to make a series where the adult storylines were equally enticing to the kids’.

“We really wanted to set the tone that this could be as much for adults as it is for kids,” he said. “As the kids got older, it’s harder to keep the parents involved — there’s a reason with ‘90210’ they spent four years in high school and then went to college and it was exactly the same.”

It’s worth noting Schwartz has said before that he’s never seen “90210.” At the panel, he admitted maybe an episode or a few scenes slipped in somewhere, but he remains largely uninfluenced by the popular (if disrespected) soap when it came to writing “The O.C.” And his show embraced many of the genre’s soapy stories, but they still found a way to make them legitimate; legitimately juicy, yes, but also legitimately good.

There shouldn’t necessarily be any embarrassment connecting the two, but what “The O.C.” tried to accomplish was far more ambitious than anything that’s come before and, arguably, what’s happened since: A series bucking the accepted standards, practices and audience of its genre that spoke to an older crowd as much as its younger fans, “The O.C.” is a relevant piece of TV history — whether you welcome it or not.

All four seasons of “The O.C.” are available to stream on The CW Seed. 

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Parenthood: NBC Considered a Holiday Reunion Movie

10 June 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Now this would be something to include in the Thanksgiving Day blessing. It seems last year, NBC considered making a two-hour holiday-themed Parenthood TV show reunion movie. No word if creator Jason Katims would have been involved. Reportedly, it could still happen in the future.

The Parenthood TV series cast includes: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Savannah Paige Rae, Max Burkholder, Joy Bryant, Miles Heizer, Mae Whitman, Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, Tyree Brown, Sarah Ramos, Xolo Maridueña, and Ray Romano.

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Watch the trailer for DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year animated movie

10 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having starred in a series of shorts, DC Super Hero Girls is going feature-length this year with the release of the animated movie DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year; check out the cover art, synopsis and trailer here…

These young Super Heroes discover unique abilities, develop powers, and combat an abundance of overwhelming, exciting and awkward moments to master the fundamentals of being a hero – one day at a time! Together, these seven fearless Super Heroes prove that we all have the power to make the world a better place – even while school is in session!  

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year features some of the top voice actors in the industry.  Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl), Mae Whitman (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy) Teala Dunn (Bumblebee), and Stephanie Sheh (Katana) join forces to portray some of the »

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Tony Hale Trolls Arrested Development Fans (But We Aren't Mad)

10 June 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Fans eagerly awaiting Arrested Development season five, we know you've been waiting for a while. So have the stars, including Tony Hale. "Arrested Season 5. Been a few changes," Hale posted on Instagram. And we have one message for you: Tony Hale you, troll, you. The Veep star, who has taken home two Emmys for his role on the HBO comedy, posted the below photo with his former Arrested Development costar Alia Shawkat on Instagram. Obviously it is not for Arrested Development season five, but we will take whatever Arrested Development reunion that the world gives us, like Shawkat's Atx reunion with Mae Whitman (her?). The two will appear together as part of the State of Grace reunion panel at the Texas »

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DC Super Hero Girls: Hero Of The Year Available on DVD August 23, 2016

9 June 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

World’S Most Powerful Femalesuper Heroes Navigate Thetwists And Turns Of High School Aswarner Bros. Home Entertainmentreleasesdc Super Hero Girls:hero Of The Yearon DVD August 23, 2016

Burbank, CA (June 9, 2016) – Where can you find the most powerful and prominent Super Teens in the galaxy? Super Hero High of course! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana band together to navigate the twists and turns of high school in DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) on August 9 on Digital HD and August 23, 2016 on DVD (Srp $19.98).

These young Super Heroes discover unique abilities, develop powers, and combat an abundance of overwhelming, exciting and awkward moments to master the fundamentals of being a hero – one day at a time! The group includes:·         Wonder Woman was raised on Themyscira, a »

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Posterized June 2016: ‘De Palma,’ ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘Swiss Army Man,’ and More

2 June 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

Welcome to June: The Summer Month of Sequels with five such examples ranging from, “That could be cool” to “Who even wants that?” There are a couple studio pictures with a modicum of interest attached worming their way in and A24 is thankfully bringing out two of its latest to help us cope.

So while there will be a lot of new posters at your local cineplex, most of them will be for the same movie infiltrating half the screens available that weekend. Money talks, though. If we »

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From ‘American Crime’ to ‘The Americans’: Teen Takeover of TV’s Prestige Drama

1 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A funny thing happened on TV while the adults were busy having affairs and plotting political coups. Their kids slowly took over their shows.

Until recently, whether they were used as writers’ ploys to delve deeper into another character — think a doe-eyed Meadow Soprano asking her mob boss dad the question he’s been dreading — or straight-up stupid (“24’s” not-so-epic battle between Kim Bauer and a mountain lion), teen characters on dramas geared toward adults rarely commanded respect.

“I found that depictions of teenagers in television tend to be pretty weak. And it tends to be pretty obvious and very clear that these are characters being written by, usually, men in their 40s or 50s and it creates not-interesting characters,” says Connor Jessup [“Falling Skies”], who stars as Taylor Blaine on the second season of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime,” created by John Ridley.

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Us Briefs: Starz Digital picks up ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’

25 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: The Orchard acquires Operator; Janus Films takes Cameraperson; and more…

Starz Digital has acquired all North American rights from Submarine to Barbara Kopple’s Miss Sharon Jones! and plans a theatrical launch on July 29 followed by digital and ancillary roll-out in autumn.

The film premiered in Toronto last year and features Jones as she battles illness at a critical juncture in her singing career. Kopple and David Cassidy produced.

USA Swimming is partnering with Tugg on The Last Gold, which chronicles the efforts of the 1976 Us women’s Olympic swimming team against the East Germans during a notorious period of doping. The film will open nationwide on July 11 after the world premiere at the La Film festival on June 6. Brian T. Brown directed and Julianna Margulies narrates.The Orchard has picked up from ICM Partners all North American and UK rights to June Pictures’ Operator, Logan Kibens’ directorial debut that premiered at SXSW and stars [link=nm »

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