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Exclusive: Dan Stevens Embraces the Unknown to Bring ‘Legion’ to Life

14 June 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Dan Stevens has a lot to be grateful for.

Previously best known for playing Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, the culmination of his work in the five years since leaving the Masterpiece series has come to fruition as the actor leads back-to-back high-profile projects, most notably Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and the FX X-men series Legion. The former dominated the box office, taking in $1.2 billion worldwide, while the latter debuted to critical acclaim and has since earned considerable Emmy buzz. The success of those two projects, coupled with the releases of Colossal with Anne Hathaway, Kill Switch, The Ticket and the Tribeca Film Festival debut of Permission, not only makes Stevens feel like the man of the hour, but also makes Crawley seem like a distant memory.

“I've felt like I've grown so much as an actor,” Stevens tells Et of the opportunity to showcase a transformation from lord and lover to a multifaceted »

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‘Victoria’ Producer On Why Jenna Coleman-Led Series Is Perfect For PBS – The Contenders Emmys Video

9 June 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"What if an 18-year-old girl who had been sheltered her entire life suddenly became the Queen of England, the most powerful woman in the world?" Masterpiece senior series producer Susanne Simpson asks rhetorically on the basic premise behind PBS' Victoria. "When we started reading scripts for Victoria we were so excited, because we thought, 'Here's the kind of show the Masterpiece audience is going to love,' " Simpson added of the eight-episode series conceived and… »

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'My Cousin Rachel' Review: Rachel Weisz Sells This First-Rate Gothic Potboiler

6 June 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's easy to pre-condemn period pieces – like, say, this take on famed author Daphne du Maurier's 1951 throwback potboiler – as yet another droning Masterpiece Theatre snorefest. Except when they work, of course – and My Cousin Rachel works just fine, thank you. Credit Rachel Weisz, who's just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent or a fortune-hunting seductress who could be a cold-blooded killer. How delicious to watch the star keep us guessing.

Adapted by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) from the novelist's Victorian-era bodice-ripper, »

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Watch: “Victoria” Season 2 First Look Sees the Monarch Embracing Motherhood

24 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Victoria”

In the inaugural season of “Victoria,” audiences saw the titular young queen (Jenna Coleman) as she settled into her life as a monarch. Victoria was coronated, broke away from her mother (Catherine Flemming), distanced herself from Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), cultivated her own methods as a ruler, and married Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). A new clip for the show’s second season suggests that it will focus on how Victoria integrates motherhood into her royal responsibilities.

The first look of the ITV and PBS series’ sophomore season depicts the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, who was born in the first season finale. According to Variety, the clip was released May 22 in honor of Victoria Day, the anniversary of the queen’s birth.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin will again serve as writer and Ep on the upcoming season, which includes eight episodes and a two-hour Christmas special. The new season will pick up a few weeks after Princess Victoria’s birth. Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”), Martin Compston (“Line of Duty”), and Bruno Wolkowitch (“Spin”) are joining the cast. “Rigg will play the queen’s Mistress of the Robes, Compston will guest star as social activist Dr. Robert Traill, and Wolkowitch will portray French King Louis Philippe,” Variety writes.

Mammoth Screen’s Kate McKerrell and Damien Timmer exec produce the historical drama, as does Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton. Paul Frift produces.

Season 1 of “Victoria” was ITV’s highest-rated drama of 2016.

Season 2 of “Victoria” is currently in production. It will air on ITV in the UK this fall and on PBS in the U.S. in early 2018.

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Watch: “Victoria” Season 2 First Look Sees the Monarch Embracing Motherhood was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2

22 May 2017 5:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece have released a first-look clip of the second season of their hit historical drama “Victoria.” The short clip, released Monday to mark Victoria Day, the anniversary of the British monarch’s birth, sees stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The clip shows the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, in February 1841. It can be seen here:

The eight-part second season of “Victoria,” which is still in production, is once again written and executive produced by the show’s creator, Daisy Goodwin, and sees the story picking up six weeks on from the end of the first season. It follows the young monarch as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and queen, while Albert continues to struggle to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife.

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- Robert Mitchell

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Arclight, Masterpiece, PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'

16 May 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New producers are behind Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern reunion.

Arclight Films and PBS have announced that PBS label Masterpiece is producing its first feature in the shape of Chaperone, which will reunite Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and star Elizabeth McGovern.

Based on Laura Moriarty’s Us novel the film will be directed by Michael Engler and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past.

Speaking at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said: “It feels so right »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Arclight and PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'

16 May 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New producers are behind Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern reunion.

Arclight Films, PBS and the PBS label Masterpiece are producing Chaperone, which will reunite Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and star Elizabeth McGovern.

Based on Laura Moriarty’s Us novel the film will be directed by Michael Engler and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past.

Speaking at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said: “It feels so right to reunite Julian Fellowes, Elizabeth McGovern, and director »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Colin Callender’s Playground Strengthens U.K. TV Drama Team

15 May 2017 5:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Colin Callender’s New York- and London-based production company Playground has restructured its U.K. television production team with two key promotions and a new hire. The move is is designed to help support Playground’s expanding slate of television productions.

Playground has promoted its former creative director, Sophie Gardiner, to head of drama and executive creative director, overseeing Playground’s U.K. television production and development slate. Gardiner originally joined Playground in 2014 after having been commissioning editor for drama at U.K. broadcaster Channel 4.

The company has also hired Melissa Gallant as creative director to strengthen its U.K. production team. Gallant joins Playground from U.K. production company Fifty Fathoms, where she served as head of development. Recent Fifty Fathoms productions include John Ridley’s “Guerrilla” for Showtime in the U.S. and Sky in the U.K.

Gallant will serve alongside Katie Draper, who has been promoted to creative director from senior development »

- Robert Mitchell

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Little Women Miniseries Coming to PBS

4 May 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

PBS and Masterpiece are about to take on a true masterpiece.

The classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is being adapted into a three-part miniseries for Masterpiece, PBS announced Thursday. Playground, the production company behind PBS’ 2015 Emmy nominee Wolf Hall, will produce.

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Set in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Little Women follows the March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy — as they develop into womanhood while their father is away at war. Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas will pen the three-part adaptation, with Vanessa Caswill (BBC America’s Thirteen) directing. »

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‘Kill Switch’ Teaser Trailer: Dan Stevens Stars in Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Thriller — Watch

2 May 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dan Stevens is everywhere these days. The star of this year’s “Colossal” and “Beauty and the Beast” will appear next in “Kill Switch,” the sci-fi action film from first-time feature director Tim Smit. In the movie, Stevens stars as Will Porter, a pilot who battles to save his family (and the planet) after an experiment for unlimited energy goes drastically wrong. Charity Wakefield and Bérénice Marlohe (“Skyfall”) co-star.

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Smit is a visual effects supervisor who also did the visual effects for “Kill Switch,” which looks at times like a cross between “District 9” and a video game movie. Saban Films acquired the North American distribution rights to the movie out of the Berlin Film Festival when it was still called “Redivider.” The movie is based on a short film of Smit’s »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Victoria’ Producer On The Elements Of “The Quintessential Masterpiece Program” – Contenders Emmys

9 April 2017 5:24 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

PBS’ Victoria, about the 18-year-old British queen’s ascension to the throne, was created by Daisy Goodwin after getting into a tiff with her own teenaged daughter and thinking, “What if my daughter was now the queen of England?” Masterpiece senior series producer Susanne Simpson explained at The Contenders Emmys confab today. Victoria is the quintessential Masterpiece program, Simpson insisted. “Most of you here probably know about Downton Abbey,” she joked. “Those were… »

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Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai to Star in ‘The Miniaturist’ for BBC

7 April 2017 5:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai and Alex Hassell will star in period thriller “The Miniaturist” for BBC One, the broadcaster announced Friday. The adaptation of the novel by Jessie Burton is produced by The Forge for the BBC and co-produced with PBS’ Masterpiece.

Now filming, “The Miniaturist” is set in 1686 and stars Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of recent horror hits “The Witch” and “Split,” as a young country woman who arrives in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of a wealthy merchant (Hassell). When her husband presents her with a wedding gift of a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, furnished by an elusive miniaturist, she realizes the tiny creations mirror what is happening within the household and appear to predict the future with disturbing precision.

Garai plays Hassell’s cold and domineering sister.

“I couldn’t be happier to tell this amazing and atmospheric story with such »

- Robert Mitchell

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Kelly Macdonald Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Drama ‘The Child in Time’

4 April 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Three new cast members have joined Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC drama “The Child in Time,” which has started filming in and around London. Directed by Julian Farino it is the first production of Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch TV production banner.

Boardwalk Empire” star Kelly Macdonald will play the estranged wife of Cumberbatch’s children’s author Stephen Lewis, who struggles to find purpose in life following the disappearance of his daughter two years earlier. Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves have also joined the production playing Lewis’ best friends.

Adapted by Stephen Butchard (“The Last Kingdom”) from a novel by Ian McEwan, “The Child in Time” is a one-off 90-minute drama produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One. It is co-produced by PBS’ Masterpiece.

“I’m delighted to have such a talented cast join Benedict, Julian and the team and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them bring Stephen’s script to screen »

- Robert Mitchell

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley on Season 2 Release Plans, Finale Easter Eggs, and David’s Burgeoning Clarity

29 March 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Legion” Season 1 finale, Episode 8, “Chapter 8.”]

In the aftermath of the Season 1 finale of “Legion,” fans can rejoice because showrunner Noah Hawley already has a premiere date planned for Season 2 of the surrealist superhero show. Currently, Hawley’s goal is to have 10 episodes for Season 2, with the same 2018 premiere date as Season 1.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Finale Review: Noah Hawley Goes Full Marvel Without Losing What Makes This Series Revolutionary

With a surprise ending, and an even more surprising mid-credits scene (props to the Marvel fans who stuck it out), a lot of questions were left to delve into in the second season. In a joint call with showrunner Noah Hawley and other reporters, a few things were cleared up looking back on Season 1, with exciting ruminations on what to look for in the not-so-far-off Season 2.

Division 3’s Secret Weapon

When asked about the supposed “peacemaker” Division 3 has on hand during the finale, Hawley alluded to its »

- Maya Reddy

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley on Season 2 Release Plans, Finale Easter Eggs, and David’s Burgeoning Clarity

29 March 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Legion” Season 1 finale, Episode 8, “Chapter 8.”]

In the aftermath of the Season 1 finale of “Legion,” fans can rejoice because showrunner Noah Hawley already has a premiere date planned for Season 2 of the surrealist superhero show. Currently, Hawley’s goal is to have 10 episodes for Season 2, with the same 2018 premiere date as Season 1.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Finale Review: Noah Hawley Goes Full Marvel Without Losing What Makes This Series Revolutionary

With a surprise ending, and an even more surprising mid-credits scene (props to the Marvel fans who stuck it out), a lot of questions were left to delve into in the second season. In a joint call with showrunner Noah Hawley and other reporters, a few things were cleared up looking back on Season 1, with exciting ruminations on what to look for in the not-so-far-off Season 2.

Division 3’s Secret Weapon

When asked about the supposed “peacemaker” Division 3 has on hand during the finale, Hawley alluded to its »

- Maya Reddy

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6 Things We Learned About Noah Hawley, ‘Fargo,’ and ‘Legion’ at SXSW

11 March 2017 4:05 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“It’s a weird-ass show.”

During an hour-long chat at SXSW, this was probably the most obvious thing Noah Hawley said. The Austin-based writer, director, and showrunner was referring to “Legion,” but such a blunt descriptor could certainly apply to “Fargo” as well.

Hawley covered both of his signature FX shows and much more during a conversation with Philipp Meyer, the creator of AMC’s upcoming western, “The Son” (which is set to premiere at SXSW on Sunday). Below, we’ve pulled out all the highlights from Hawley’s talk, and we can safely say they’re anything but obvious.

Legion” Season 1 will have an ending.

Hawley was far more comfortable talking about “Legion,” which is currently airing its first season on FX, than “Fargo,” which doesn’t return until April 19. That’s not typically the case with creators and returning shows, but “Fargo” starts a new story each season, »

- Ben Travers

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6 Things We Learned About Noah Hawley, ‘Fargo,’ and ‘Legion’ at SXSW

11 March 2017 4:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It’s a weird-ass show.”

During an hour-long chat at SXSW, this was probably the most obvious thing Noah Hawley said. The Austin-based writer, director, and showrunner was referring to “Legion,” but such a blunt descriptor could certainly apply to “Fargo” as well.

Hawley covered both of his signature FX shows and much more during a conversation with Philipp Meyer, the creator of AMC’s upcoming western, “The Son” (which is set to premiere at SXSW on Sunday). Below, we’ve pulled out all the highlights from Hawley’s talk, and we can safely say they’re anything but obvious.

Legion” Season 1 will have an ending.

Hawley was far more comfortable talking about “Legion,” which is currently airing its first season on FX, than “Fargo,” which doesn’t return until April 19. That’s not typically the case with creators and returning shows, but “Fargo” starts a new story each season, »

- Ben Travers

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TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching

24 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In this era of “Peak TV” there doesn’t seem to be enough time to bother with drama and comedy imports. But while there are more than enough American shows to binge, it would be a mistake to bypass great foreign TV. After all, that would mean missing out on fan favorites like “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black,” “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.”

Foreign TV has spawned hit U.S. adaptations like “Homeland” and “The Office,” as well as pale imitations of the original. Remember the failed American versions of “The It Crowd” and “Coupling”? Yeah, we’d like to forget ’em as well.

Read More: The TV Show You Need to Watch on Every Network, Right Now — A Running List

It’s a shame that the major streaming services rare;y showcase their foreign acquisitions as well as their homegrown originals. We get it; there is just too much damn TV »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Legion’: How The Sets Helped Create the ‘X-Men’ FX Show’s Insanity From the Ground Up

17 February 2017 8:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Production designer Michael Wylie stands in the middle of an apartment made from scratch on a Vancouver soundstage, a place deliberately created to avoid being pinned down by space or time. “I’ll try to explain a little bit of what we’re doing but not too much,” he told reporters. “Because I have no idea what we’re doing.”

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

It was a joke, just to be clear, but it spoke to the spirit of FX’s “Legion,” the newest TV show to draw upon the rich legacy of Marvel Comics – specifically, the “X-Men” universe. What was being built up in Canada by Wylie and his team, under the direction of creator Noah Hawley, bore very little resemblance to past Marvel adventures. Instead, “Legion’s” inspirations include Pink Floyd, Stanley Kubrick, Bollywood and a style of architecture actively despised »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Legion’: How The Sets Helped Create the ‘X-Men’ FX Show’s Insanity From the Ground Up

17 February 2017 8:29 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Production designer Michael Wylie stands in the middle of an apartment made from scratch on a Vancouver soundstage, a place deliberately created to avoid being pinned down by space or time. “I’ll try to explain a little bit of what we’re doing but not too much,” he told reporters. “Because I have no idea what we’re doing.”

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

It was a joke, just to be clear, but it spoke to the spirit of FX’s “Legion,” the newest TV show to draw upon the rich legacy of Marvel Comics – specifically, the “X-Men” universe. What was being built up in Canada by Wylie and his team, under the direction of creator Noah Hawley, bore very little resemblance to past Marvel adventures. Instead, “Legion’s” inspirations include Pink Floyd, Stanley Kubrick, Bollywood and a style of architecture actively despised »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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