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John Ridley, the creator of ABC’s “American Crime,” won an Oscar two years ago for “12 Years a Slave.” But TV came first for the writer-producer, whose got his start on NBC sitcom “Rhythm & Blues” in 1992. His initial mention in Variety came in 1995, as co-producer of “The John Larroquette Show.”
What was “Larroquette like?
I was there for one season, and it was groundbreaking for me. It was the first time I had a deal. I worked with Mitch Hurwitz, a writer-showrunner who has one of the most creative minds around. “Larroquette” was a challenging show. It was about a recovering alcoholic, set in a bus terminal, with a cast that was black, white, Hispanic. I was also working with (exec producers) Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas; their legacy in this business is close to unrivaled.
What did you learn?
I learned from Mitch’s work ethic. Plus he »
- Tim Gray
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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