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Starz Orders Drama ‘The Rook’ From Stephenie Meyer, Liberty Global and Lionsgate
The series marks Liberty Global’s move into original drama in partnership with Lionsgate. The supernatural spy thriller will be executive produced by “Twilight” saga creator Stephenie Meyer and Stephen Garrett (“The Night Manager”).
Playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft (“Rules for Living”) and Al Muriel (“Precious & Rich”) have adapted the 2012 novel by Daniel O’Malley for TV. Garrett will serve as showrunner under his Character 7 banner. The project was previously set up at Hulu.
Liberty Global, the international cable arm of John Malone’s empire, has been looking to expand its original production activity. Liberty Global owns a small stake in Lionsgate and its CEO, Mike Fries, sits on the studio’s board of directors. Malone was also the major shareholder in Starz, which Lionsgate acquired last year.
- Stewart Clarke
The Girlfriend Experience Season 2: Get Premiere Date, Photos of New Cast
The Girlfriend Experience will continue — times two — when the Starz series uncorks its dual-storyline Season 2 on Sunday, Nov. 5th at 9/8c, it was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
As previously reported, the anthology series — executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman — during its 14-episode sophomore run will follow two parallel stories, set in Washington, D.C. and in New Mexico.
The storyline written, directed and exec-produced by Lodge Kerrigan is set against the backdrop of the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections and follows Erica Myles »
Bryan Fuller Originally Wanted ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to Be an Anthology Series
I was so excited when it was announced Bryan Fuller, who previously worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager and went on to create fascinating shows like Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal, would be running a new Star Trek series. I was deeply bummed out when he left, and I’ve been seriously disappointed with everything I’ve seen so far from Star Trek: Discovery. That disappointment has only deepened with a new EW story about what Fuller intended for the new series. According to EW [via TrekMovie], Fuller wanted to do for sci-fi what … »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley Has ‘Dreams Of Leaving’ With TV Series
After directing one of the best films of 2015 with the sweet, and lovely “Brooklyn,” director John Crowley has been pretty quiet. Granted, bringing an adaptation of Donna Tartt‘s literary sensation “The Goldfinch“ to life is probably a whole job itself, and it looks like the filmmaker is going to turn to TV as that movie keeps developing.
Screen Daily reports that Crowley is set to direct “Dreams Of Leaving.” Based on the novel by Rupert Thomson, with Nick Payne (“The Sense Of An Ending,” “The Crown“) writing the script, the series will follow a young man from the city, who returns to his childhood town of more “traditional” values, where secrets will be revealed:
New Egypt is a village somewhere in the South of England.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 is Almost Done Filming, Creators Still Open to Making Sequels
It’s a great time to be a “Black Mirror” fan. The anthology series’ third season debuted on Netflix last October and earned serious buzz, with episodes like “Nosedive” and “San Junipero” breaking out and becoming some of the series’ most talked about installments. The latter even earned two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding TV Movie and another for Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic special.
Fans have been wondering when the series will return for a fourth season, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem likely that it will be this year. Joining Variety on its Remote Controlled podcast, co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones confirmed they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth and final episode of Season 4. Because of the lengthy post-production process required for each episode, »
- Zack Sharf
Patti Deutsch, Nasally Comedienne on 'Laugh-In' and 'Match Game,' Dies at 73
Patti Deutsch, the witty comedian and voiceover artist with the nasally delivery who was a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and on game shows like Match Game and Tattletales, has died. She was 73.
Deutsch died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, her family announced.
Deutsch came to fame as a member of the 1960s-'70s improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company, which also featured Fred Willard, Bill "You Can Call Me Ray" Saluga, Michael Mislove and George Memmoli.
- Mike Barnes
‘UnREAL’ Renewed for Season 4 at Lifetime, ‘Mary Kills People’ Renewed for Season 2
The renewal for “UnREAL” comes ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere in early 2018. The scripted series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a hit dating competition program. THe series is led by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer. It also stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Josh Kelly, Brennan Elliott, and Genevieve Buechner.
Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and produced by A+E Studios, Seasons 3 and 4 are helmed by showrunner and executive producer Stacy Rukeyser. Season 3 is also executive produced by Shapiro, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Peter O’Fallon and David Solomon.
“Mary Kills People,” which also returns in early 2018, follows single mother Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner Des (Richard Short), a former plastic »
- Joe Otterson
Alexander Skarsgard (‘Big Little Lies’) takes the lead in the Emmy race, according to Experts
Before Emmy nominations were announced on July 13, our Experts were confident Alexander Skarsgard would be nominated for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for his role as sadistic domestic abuser Perry Wright in “Big Little Lies,” but not that he would win. Now that the nominations have been announced, however, he has soared to the top […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Priyanka Chopra Developing Comedy Series About Bollywood Star at ABC (Exclusive)
ABC is developing a comedy series about a former Bollywood star executive produced by Priyanka Chopra, Variety has learned exclusively.
The currently untitled single-camera series would follow a former Bollywood star who settles down in the suburbs of America with her bi-cultural family and tries to bring her colorful lifestyle to an otherwise dull town. The series is based on the real life of Madhuri Dixit, who will also executive produce. »
- Joe Otterson
TV Sitcoms That Lasted Way Longer Than They Should Have
There are TV shows that come and go without doing much more than scratching the collective consciousness of the American public and then there are those that stick around for a while because we love them so much. But after so many seasons some shows don’t feel the need to move on or develop any further and it becomes a drag to see them churning out the same thing day in and day as they begin to grow stale and dull. You really hate to see this happen to your favorite shows but there are times when even the best
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: When Will Gabi Realize Chad Isn’t Hers?
Days of Our Lives spoilers are mostly all about our questions about Chad and Gabi. The first question we have is all about what Chad plans on doing to save Abby. We know she didn’t exactly tell him what’s going on in her life, but we also know that she’s looking to save his. Her new husband is using her and has a photo of Chad that might just make him look guilty of murder. And that’s not good. So what might happen when that photo comes out? If Chad was aware that this is what has Abby being held
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- Tiffany Raiford
Five Reasons We’ll be Seeing “My Friend Dahmer”
Before writing this article, I actually downloaded and read the comic “My Friend Dahmer”. After viewing this source material for the new movie of the same name, I think that Derf Backderf should have called his graphic comic “That Damaged Kid Who I Used to Amuse Myself, Dahmer.” Def paints himself as the so called “normal” kid who was nearly perfect in every way. He compares his own life to “Happy Days” He’s just a happy go lucky sort of nerd who just happened to sporadically hang out with a future serial killer for laughs. Here are five reasons why
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- Virginia Repka-Franco
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Niccol
While the actors and actresses in Hollywood get all of the glory and open exposure, the people behind the scenes have a great influence on the success of the television programming and cinematic films that launch and sustain the careers of actors and actresses. Screenwriters, producers, and directors play a massive role in the development production and presentation of visual entertainment, but only a handful have received international acclaim for the work that they have done. Most of these geniuses remain behind the scenes creating magic. One screenwriter that has experienced a great deal of success is Andrew M. Niccol,
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- Rick Wallace
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Rick Famuyiwa
Everyone knows that actors must face a great deal of rejection as they audition for roles. What most people do not realize, however, is that directors often have their own fair share of disappointment. Such was the case for the highly talented Rick Famuyiwa, who was announced as the director for the upcoming film The Flash before plans fell through. However, his departure from the project has opened up his schedule for other projects, with rumors linking him to a martial arts picture called Son of Shaolin. While Famuyiwa has had a highly successful and decorated career, many people do
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- Timothy Hickey
Breaking Down Pennywise and the Latest “It” Trailer
There’s a lot of buzz about the upcoming movie It. Some that hold the original miniseries dear to their hearts claim that despite the new special effects that this new version won’t be nearly as good as the old one. Others claim that Tim Curry was and should be the only Pennywise that history remembers. There are still those however that are willing to give this new attempt a chance. Already it’s looking promising thanks to the special effects and the fact that several more factoids out of the book will be making an appearance. There are several other factors
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Five New Reveals about Legion Season 2 To Get You Pumped
Why should we be pumped about season 2 of Legion? Well there are a lot of reasons really but if you’re a comic book fan then you might be able to pull out a hundred different reasons all on your own. The character is actually one of the more interesting personalities to come along in a long time and that’s saying something considering how hard Marvel has been pushing their heroes into the spotlight. The one thing about Legion however is that he’s not so much a hero as he is a truly disturbed individual. He has personalities aplenty in
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Glenn Fleshler
Not much is known yet about Glenn Fleshler which is odd considering that he’s been active in Hollywood since 1993. He’s been in several TV shows and movies but has either been featured in films that did not get a lot of attention or cast into roles that were of little to no significance. As of late he’s been gaining more and more notice as he finds himself being placed into more prominent roles. The actor is as of late starting to really come into his own as a real talent and is showing that he has what it takes
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‘Room 104’ Director Breaks Down the Mind-Boggling Ending to Episode 1 — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The below interview and analysis includes spoilers for “Room 104,” Episode 1, “Ralphie.”]
“Room 104” welcomed guests with an absolutely wild first episode, setting a high bar for the season to come (but one they do meet).
In “Ralphie,” a single father (Ross Partridge) leaves his adolescent son, Ralph (Ethan Kent), with a babysitter, Meg (Melonie Diaz), while he goes out on a date. The job seems simple enough: Feed the kid, get him in bed at a reasonable hour, and expect the dad to return relatively early. Granted, Meg wasn’t explicitly instructed not to strangle Ralph to death, but she also wasn’t warned of an evil, identical twin brother named Ralphie who terrorizes them both.
…if that’s what happened. Thanks to a few well-placed clues as to Meg’s mental state, including a lack of references, as well as the creepy vibes of the room itself, it’s plausible she might have imagined the whole thing. Ralph could have »
- Ben Travers
Patti Deutsch Dies: ‘Laugh-In’ And ‘Match Game’ Regular & Veteran Voice Actor Was 73
Patti Deutsch, a comic who was a regular on the last season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, appeared often on the 1970s Match Game and went on to a successful voice-over career, has died. She was 73. Her family said she died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh on December 16, 1943, Deutsch worked alongside Fred Willard in the improv troupe Ace Trucking Company in the 1960s and early ’70s. The group, which made multiple… »
Kathy Griffin Says She’s Been “Cleared” In Federal Probe Of Her Severed Trump Head Photo
Kathy Griffin, who caused a firestorm in May after a doing a photo shoot that showed her holding a fake severed head that resembled PResident Donald Trump, tweet today that the federal probe into the incident is “closed” and that she has been “completely exonerated.” Today. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28… »
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