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‘Blunt Talk': First Look At Patrick Stewart In Starz’s Scripted Comedy
“Blunt Talk,” from exec producer Seth MacFarlane and starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz released the first photos from the scripted comedy Wednesday.
The half-hour comedy from Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and series creator Jonathan Ames who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis was given a 20-episode, two season commitment.
“It was a great first day on the set of ‘Blunt Talk,'” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. And that was before the first shot. Later, in character as Walter Blunt, he was all those things and more.”
The original series, set in L.A., follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Maya Rudolph, Jaden Smith Join HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Brothers in Atlanta’
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.
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Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »
- Travis Reilly
‘Justified’s’ Graham Yost and Noah Wyle Developing Pre-wwii Limited Series at FX (Exclusive)
“Those Angry Days,” from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., will focus on the period between 1937 and 1941, as war spread across Europe while isolationist forces in Congress and elsewhere railed against the prospect of America coming to Britain’s aid in the fight against Hitler.
CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow is said to be a character in the series, as is President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wyle is believed to be on board to play Murrow. The project is in the early stage of development with a script commitment at FX.
Yost (pictured left) and Wyle (right) are exec producers along with Jim Katz and Danny Sussman.
Yost is about to wrap up six seasons as exec producer of FX drama “Justified, »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 7 First Look Teases New Judges, Edgier Drag Queens (Video)
Logo TV’s amping up the return of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with a teaser trailer ahead of the Season 7 premiere.
In the video, the aspiring drag queens compete head-to-head on the runway as they vie for the crown to become a world renowned performer like host RuPaul Charles.
“You probably know what to expect,” RuPaul says in the trailer. “You don’t.”
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The season appears to be glittered with grittier insults, colorful makeup and edgier drag queens than ever before. One contestant even walks the runway »
- Alicia Banks
Soda Pictures Grabs Sundance Pic ‘Slow West'; Aussie ‘Suspects’ Coming To UK: Global Showbiz Briefs
The UK's Soda Pictures has picked up Canadian rights to Slow West, the Sundance pic that premiered over the weekend. The debut feature from John Maclean stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius. This is the third British film acquired for Soda's 2015 slate in Canada, a new division of the company that is now part of the wider Thunderbird Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Bruce Jenner ‘Journey’ Docuseries In Development At E!
E! is developing a docuseries following Bruce Jenner’s “journey,” Variety has learned.
The former Olympian and newly divorced husband to Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan, which stars in several unscripted series at the cable network, has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender.
The development process has gone as far as the head of publicity at E! planning a meeting with GLAAD about how to handle such a sensitive subject. Variety reached out to reps for E!, which declined comment.
But the project is not far enough along to have a title, premiere date or episode order.
“It’s in the very beginning stages, but it’s a go,” an insider close to production tells Variety.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Empire Recap: Bang! Bang! There Goes His Heart!
Everything important about this week’s installment of Empire can be summed up by a Gif of Cookie Lyon’s perfectly stacked backside — packaged in a blue print minidress that underscores the effectiveness of a once-daily prison-yard-workout.
Of course, the image would have to include her ex-husband Lucious in the foreground, eyes blazing with a mix of lust and love and a liberal dash of amusement, because at present, this is Cookie’s game. And whether she chooses to use her physical, intellectual and emotional powers to humiliate a rival, inspire a multi-platinum hook, snatch back her man or pave »
'Arrow': 15 Awesome Quips from 'Midnight City'
With Oliver still missing and presumed dead, Starling City fell to the criminals on Arrow Season 3 Episode 11 titled, "Midnight City."
With Laurel out on the streets alone as the Black Canary, the group came together to fight against the criminal threat. In addition to helping Team Arrow, Felicity decided to help Ray with his project too.
Through it all, the episode had quite a few awesome quips. Check them out! »
The Americans Season 3 Premiere Recap: Nyet Matrix
Two ops go irrevocably awry in The Americans‘ third season opener, and not even all the vodka in Vladivostok can make things right.
But that’s probably a good thing; you — and the Jennings — are going to want a clear head to handle everything that goes down during the hour.
We’ve got the death of one of Philip’s operatives! We’ve got two characters exploring the Kama Sutra in sweaty, naked detail! We’ve got Elizabeth physically fighting FBI head honcho Gaad! We’ve got the exchange of a bake-sale brownie! (Believe me, that last one is just »
Pilots: ABC Orders Flesh and Blood Thriller from Scandal/Grey's Vet
ABC is Flesh-ing out its pilot orders with a thriller from a Shondaland vet.
The potential series centers on a politician’s son who shows up nearly 10 years after his presumed death and rocks the local community. His reappearance, naturally, has repercussions for the neighbor jailed for his murder and the police officer that handled the case.
Post Mortem: Suits Boss Talks Louis' (Unforgivable?) Actions, Donna's Sex Confession and Multiple S-Bombs
Be careful what you wish for.
That adage might come to haunt Louis after Wednesday night’s winter premiere of Suits, in which the lawyer finally got the name partnership he craved. But will the terms of his deal at the firm — he’s now a co-conspirator in keeping Mike’s secret — tarnish his achievement?
“Louis is always in that kind of situation, because part of his problem is that he’s not really satisfied with himself, internally,” explains executive producer Aaron Korsh. “He’s always going to find dissatisfaction in whatever he gets.”
His prize also came about through »
ABC Orders Drama Pilot From ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Producer
The series will follow the return of a local politician’s son who was presumed dead, after disappearing more than a decade earlier. While the mysterious young man is welcomed back to his family and community, his presumed murderer and neighbor is released from prison, and the cop responsible is forced to re-examine the case from many years ago.
ABC Studios will produce.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ Drama Pilot Picked Up at CBS, Plus 2 Comedies
Bradley Cooper is heading behind the camera for CBS’ drama pilot “Limitless,” based on the 2011 movie of the same name. The net also picked up two comedies — “Angel From Hell” and an untitled project from Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren.
“Limitless,” from CBS TV Studios, in association with Relativity Media and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products banner, follows a man who discovers the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound, powerfully drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
Cooper will serve as an exec producer, along with Neil Berger (who directed the feature film), Craig Sweeny, Todd Phillips, Heather Kadin, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, plus Kurtzman and Orci, who wrote the “Transformers” screenplay and produce “Hawaii Five-o” and “Scorpion” together. Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will co-exec produce. Sweeny will pen the hourlong drama pilot, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Pilots: CBS Orders Bradley Cooper- Produced Limitless Drama, 2 Comedies
In the original 2011 thriller, Cooper starred as Eddie Morra, a writer who with the help of the experimental drug Nzt is able to access 100 percent of his mind, and in turn rockets to success in the financial world.
The TV take, penned by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, The 4400) and counting Cooper among its executive producers, follows a man who uses his newfound Nzt-enhanced abilities to (of course) solve weekly cases for the FBI.
Post Mortem: The 100 Ep, Stars on Bellamy & Lincoln's 'Conflict' — Plus: Who Won't Make It to the City of Light?
Below, executive producer Jason Rothenberg, along with Ricky Whittle (Lincoln) and Isaiah Washington (Jaha), discuss some of this week’s biggest twists — including Bellamy and Lincoln’s uncertain futures — and offer a sneak peek at what’s to come in the later half of Season 2.
Bellamy & Lincoln | Let’s begin at Mount Weather, where Bellamy and Lincoln are both in dire straits. Bellamy will find himself “in a bad way,” notes Rothenberg, and he »
Arrow Recap: Black-and-Blue Canary
If you were among those caterwauling about it being too soon for Arrow‘s Laurel to ably assume the Canary persona, boy oh boy, this episode was for you.
At the top of this week’s episode, Laurel-as-Canary goes to save a damsel in distress, and though she gets a few licks in, she soon enough is on the losing end of the fight, her bacon only saved by Roy/Arsenal, who says: “I think we need to talk.” Uh, yeah!
The thing is, Danny “Brick” Brickwell is tearing through Starling City, kidnapping Aldermen in the name of leveraging madame »
Nashville Pics: Rayna & Her Girls Pack The Bluebird, Deacon Gets a Visitor
Maddie and Daphne Conrad, you have arrived.
After all, what other kid your age has played the legendary Bluebird Cafe — and with his or her superstar mother sharing the stage?
These photos from Nashville‘s Feb. 11 episode (10/9c) give us a peek at the First Lady of Country Music and her girls playing to a packed house while family and friends — like Bucky — look on in admiration.
Per the episode’s official description, Rayna battles rumors about her breakup with Luke by returning to the public eye on her own terms, and — as we see in the other photos in »
American Idol Recap: Stop and 'Frisco
As the fathers of soon-to-be 4-year-old twins, my husband and I have a perpetual fascination with the “Stanford marshmallow experiment.” For the uninitiated, I’m talking about a psychological test from the late 1960s in which children were offered the choice of one fluffy, white confection or — if they were willing to sit unattended in a room with said snack for 15 minutes (and not devour it) — the reward of two tasty treats.
“Oh Em Gee, Slezak, but what does this have to do with American Idol?!” you ask.
See, I’ve got a theory. The producers of The House in »
‘The Americans’ Star Matthew Rhys: ‘I’d Love Philip to Defect’
FX’s critically acclaimed “The Americans” returns tonight for its third season, which finds spy couple Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) at odds over whether to recruit their daughter into the family business. Variety talked to Rhys about what’s in store for the secret agents:
What would you say is the theme of this season?
The enormous one, the prevailing one, is the arc of our daughter, Paige, and the cavernous division between the two of us as to the decision of where her future lies and whether she’s told the truth or not. My position is vehemently no. I want to protect her and her innocence and her life as much as possible. But Elizabeth is reneging. In season one, she was, no, we should never tell the kids. Turncoat!
Could this fight break up the marriage?
It’s a subject that could. It »
- Debra Birnbaum
Supergirl Scoop: Jimmy Olsen to Be Played by Desperate Housewives Alum
Supergirl‘s version of Jimmy is described as a smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara — played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist — works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret, and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara’s interest.
Other Supergirl roles still to be »
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