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It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the race, who might stage a dramatic return and what newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.
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Looking to return: Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” had »
- Geoff Berkshire
Paris – France’s National Film Board said Thursday that it has rejected the idea of granting Netflix a temporary visa for a limited release of the streaming giant’s two films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.”
The decision came a day after Cannes officials unveiled a new rule, effective in 2018, demanding that all films in competition secure theatrical distribution in France.
After Cannes unveiled its lineup last month, Netflix initiated negotiations with Paris-based outfit The Jokers to have the distribution company handle discussions with the film board about a temporary visa for “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories.” Such a permit would allow Netflix to offer a maximum of six public screenings in France for up to one week. Netflix apparently hoped that the limited release would allow it to make the films available for streaming right away, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Now that she's a mom, Alexis Bledel is a lot pickier when it comes to the roles she chooses.
Et caught up with the 35-year-old actress at Hulu's upfronts in New York City on Wednesday, where she shared why she's "passionate" about her part on The Handmaid's Tale.
Exclusive: The Burden of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Yvonne Strahovski
"More than anything, I just think about what roles I take on, and make sure that it's really something that I feel passionate about if I'm going to leave home and go work," Bledel said of how her career has changed since welcoming her son in fall 2015. "I just want to love what I'm doing."
"It's really interesting for me. It's really wonderful to play characters as different from each »
“I heard that she helped you fulfill a lifelong dream,” Connick Jr. said on the talk show.
“Yes, she did,” Krause, 51, admitted. “I got to portray a park ranger on Gilmore Girls the reunion films. And when I was a kid, that was one of the things that I wanted to be — I wanted to be a forest ranger or park ranger. »
- Natalie Stone
So much for Lauren Graham avoiding the kudos clusterfrak known as Emmy’s Best Actress in a Limited Series race.
A Netflix spokesperson confirms that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will compete in the Limited Series categories at the 2017 Emmys after the streamer filed a petition with the TV Academy. Emmy rules state that revivals — even ones only four installments long like Gilmore — should be treated as an ongoing series, which is why A Year in the Life was originally slotted in the Drama Series race.
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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the show 13 Reasons Why.
By now, you've probably heard about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which tells the story behind why Hannah Baker, from a white picket fence town with an almost perfect family, committed suicide. From being raped by a popular boy, to witnessing her friend's sexual assault, to her best friends turning their backs on her, Hannah endured countless acts of bullying, which she chronicles on 13 audio tapes that are passed around to her friends after her death. On the show, »
There has been much speculation about the famed final four words spoken on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the four-episode Netflix special, by fans and the cast alike. But after months of waiting – A Year in the Life was released in November 2016 – Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory Gilmore, has spoken out about her character’s […]
- Jacob Kaye
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Gilmore Girls fans, you may want to curb your enthusiasm about a potential second revival.
Although Netflix is eager to produce a follow-up to last year’s successful Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, leading ladies Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel admit that they have no immediate plans to slip back into their mother-daughter routine.
At Sunday’s Emmy-themed The Contenders event, hosted by TVLine’s sister site Deadline, Graham and Bledel said that no one has approached them about returning to Stars Hollow. But, as Graham noted, »
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Ausiello: As a matter of fact, yes. Remember in the finale, when Sasha said she wasn’t giving up on Eugene, even though he’d reverted to his most spineless self? That was “a hint to what the story is,” showrunner Scott Gimple recently told TVLine. “It certainly looked like he was still a Savior. But is that going to haunt him… change him? »
“We kept things pretty quiet,” Krause said about keeping their relationship hush hush at the beginning.
But before their days on the dramedy, the »
- Natalie Stone
There could be more Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in the future.
“We hope [there are more installments]. We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,” Sarandos told the U.K.’s Press Association.
“The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have »
I can’t believe I’m about to type these words: I don’t think I want Gilmore Girls to return.
This weekend’s news that Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has begun “very preliminary” talks with (presumably) Warner Bros. for a second revival that would (presumably) pick up where last fall’s A Year in the Life miniseries left off initially filled me with excitement. As you know, I lapped up Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino’s four-part continuation like a blue whale coming off a 30-day fast. And, yes, it left me wanting more.
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It’s happening again. Maybe.
In the wake of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s runaway success, Netflix has begun exploring the possibility of a second revival. The streamer’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos reportedly told UK’s Press Association that “very preliminary” talks are underway with (presumably) Warner Bros. for more episodes.
“We hope [it happens],” he said. “We obviously loved the success of the show [and] fans loved how well it was done; it delivered what they hoped. The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, »
Sitting down with Entertainment Tonight, Murray, 35, revealed the reasoning as to why he didn’t come back as his bad boy character, Tristin Dugray, who he starred as in the original CW series from 2000-01.
“I heard and I wasn’t available at the time. I’m pretty positive I was having a baby — my first child,” said Murray, who is expecting a second child — a daughter — with his wife, Sarah Roemer.
- Natalie Stone
Lauren Graham is Linda From Hr.
Exclusive: 'Gilmore Girls' Stars Reveal Their Characters' Reactions to That Shocking Twist in the Last 4 Words!
Linda From Hr will follow Graham's character and the one bad decision that throws her monotonous, boring life into an exciting yet dangerous tailspin -- and a secret that could change everything. The single-camera family comedy was picked up pending casting, but given the go-ahead with Graham's commitment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season, all for comedies. The new gig marks the 49-year-old actress' return to broadcast television following her role as Sarah Braverman on the beloved NBC drama Parenthood. Graham recently reprised her role as Lorelai Gilmore on Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life reboot »
Gilmore Girls fans went into a tizzy when Netflix sent out a cryptic tweet in late December referencing the revival's shocking cliffhanger, prompting many to speculate that more episodes could be coming.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Bledel told a small group of reporters during Hulu’s Television Critics Association press day on Saturday in Pasadena, California, in regards to another installment.
Related: More 'Gilmore Girls'? Netflix Hints Show Might Be Getting Another Season
When asked if she’d be open to reprising her beloved role if and when the time came, the 35-year-old actress wasn’t so sure.
“I don’t know,” admitted Bledel, who next stars in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. “I really don’t know. It hasn’t been a conversation as of yet »
Rory Gilmore, is that you?!
The 10-episode series, based on Margaret Atwood best-selling dystopian future-themed novel, stars Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss as a handmaid named Offred who fights to survive in a male-dominated totalitarian society that was formerly part of the United States. In this frightening new world that’s light years from Stars Hollow, women are »
18 items from 2017
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