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‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Jay Hernandez in Lead Role

‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Jay Hernandez in Lead Role
The “Magnum P.I.” reboot pilot has cast Jay Hernandez as the titular private eye, Variety has learned.

Hernandez will play Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck, who currently stars in the CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” played the role in the original series.

Hernandez’s recent film roles include the DC Entertainment film “Suicide Squad” and appearances in both entries in the “Bad Moms” comedy franchise. He has also appeared in films like “Friday Night Lights,” “Hostel,” and in the Netflix fantasy-action film “Bright.” On the television side, he has recently appeared in “Scandal,” “Nashville,” and “The Expanse.”

He is repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and Fuller Law.

Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-o” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on the new version of “Magnum P.I.,” which
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'Magnum P.I.' Goes Undercover Again at CBS

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Magnum P.I.”The theme of this pilot season is nostalgia, and it’s in full swing at the networks as they start picking up ideas sprung from television of yore. CBS is heading back to the ’80s to give a well-known property, “Magnum P.I.,” its second chance at prime time. This announcement started a long string of classic show reboots popping up over at the Eye, with “Cagney & Lacey” and “Murphy Brown” also in the works at the network. “Magnum P.I.” has officially received its pilot order; the revamp will star a brand-new Thomas Magnum, a former Navy Seal, as he hunts down bad guys as a private investigator in Hawaii. It’s unknown if the original Magnum, Tom Selleck, will return in any capacity,
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Early Emmy spotlight: ‘One Day at a Time’ season 2 confirms it as one of the best multi-camera sitcoms of the 21st century

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Early Emmy spotlight: ‘One Day at a Time’ season 2 confirms it as one of the best multi-camera sitcoms of the 21st century
In the era of peak TV multi-camera sitcoms have largely fallen out of fashion. Shows like “Friends” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” filmed in front of a live studio audience have mostly given way to more cinematic-style single-camera network shows like “Modern Family” and “The Good Place” and cable comedies like “Veep” and “Atlanta.” Nostalgia is bringing some of those old classics back to the airwaves — like “Will and Grace,” “Roseanne” and “Murphy Brown” — but you don’t need to go back in time for an award-worthy multi-cam series. There’s a relatively new one on Netflix right now, “One Day at a Time,” whose second season premiered on January 26. It was mostly overlooked by the Emmys in 2017, but season two is even better, and voters have plenty of “Time” to get caught up before voting in a few months.

Okay, so “One Day at a Time” is also kind of a throwback.
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2019 Emmys comedy queens showdown: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) vs. Candice Bergen (‘Murphy Brown’)?

2019 Emmys comedy queens showdown: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) vs. Candice Bergen (‘Murphy Brown’)?
The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards aren’t even here yet, but you have every reason to be pumped for the 2019 ceremony because it could feature a battle royale between our two Emmy queens: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Candice Bergen.

Days after Matt Walsh confirmed that “Veep”’s seventh and final season won’t air until 2019 to accommodate Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer treatment, CBS announced Wednesday that Bergen will return for a 13-episode “Murphy Brown” revival next season. That means next year’s Best Comedy Actress race could pit five-time champ Bergen against seven-time champ — and six-time reigning champ — Louis-Dreyfus.

See Julia Louis-Dreyfus elected as this decade’s best Comedy Actress Emmy winner by you [Poll Results]

Bergen’s five trophies for “Murphy Brown” were tied with Mary Tyler Moore‘s haul — Moore’s were for two roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — for the most in the category
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‘Murphy Brown’ To Return With Candice Bergen Set To Reprise Role

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Fan favourite comedy series “Murphy Brown” is the latest TV show revival in the works. The sitcom’s original network, CBS, has ordered a 13-episode series order of the 1988 comedy. Fans of the show will likely be in for a familiar vibe as creator Diane English and star actress Candice Bergen are set to return for the reboot. Related: Meryl Streep Confirmed For
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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival With Candice Bergen Coming to CBS

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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival With Candice Bergen Coming to CBS
CBS has given a 13-episode order to a revival of “Murphy Brown” with original star Candice Bergen. Bergen will reprise her role as the titular broadcast journalist, bringing the character back to CBS 30 years after she first debuted it in 1988. The modern-day revival will see the show’s characters take on “a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.” Original series creator Diane English will serve as writer and executive producer on the show from Warner Bros. Television. Bergen will also executive produce. Also Read: CBS Orders Three Pilots From Female Executive Producer-Writers The...
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CBS Orders ‘Murphy Brown’ Revival With Candice Bergen

CBS has given a 13-episode order to a revival of the classic sitcom “Murphy Brown.” Original star Candice Bergen is set to reprise her role as the titular broadcast journalist. The multi-camera comedy will be part of CBS’ 2018-19 season and will see Bergen’s character returning to television news at a time of political and cultural upheaval.

The revival hails from Warner Bros. Television, which also produced the original series. Original series creator Diane English, represented by ICM, will serve as writer and executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions. Bergen will also exec produce.

The original “Murphy Brown” aired on CBS from 1988 to 1998. The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 18; was nominated for 15 Golden Globe awards and won three; was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild awards; was nominated for five Directors Guild Awards and won two; and was nominated for four Writers Guild Awards and won two. Bergen won five
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Murphy Brown Revival Ordered at CBS; Candice Bergen Reprising Title Role

CBS is ready to make you feel like a natural woman all over again.*

The network has ordered a 13-episode revival of the classic sitcom Murphy Brown with star Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English returning to their respective roles.

Murphy Brown, which ran on the Eye Network from 1988 to 1998, starred Bergen as an investigative journalist working at the newsmagazine Fyi — a role that earned her five Emmys. Per CBS, “Murphy Brown returns [30 years later!] to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”

After Murphy Brown’s final sign-off, Bergen went
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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Set At CBS With Star Candice Bergen & Creator Diane English

‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Set At CBS With Star Candice Bergen & Creator Diane English
Another beloved comedy series is coming back for a new installment on its original network. CBS has given 13-episode series order to Murphy Brown, a revival of the 1988 sitcom with its creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen both set to return. Warner Bros. TV, which was behind the original series, is the sole studio. Bergen will reprise her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI Network, as Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable…
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Daryl Sabara

Daryl Sabara was born in Torrance, California, on June 14, 1992. He is an American actor who began his career as a child actor in 1992 when he played the role of Baby Brown in the television series ‘Murphy Brown’. He made his film debut when he provided the voice for Noburu in the 1999 film ‘My Neighbors the Yamadas’. He has since gone on to establish a successful career in both television and film. He is particularly well-known for his role in the ‘Spy Kids’ series of films in which he played Juni Cortez. Other movies for which he

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Daryl Sabara
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86

Peter Baldwin, an actor turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, has died. He was 86.

Baldwin died Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California, his son, Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, announced.

A former actor and contract player at Paramount Pictures, Baldwin cut his teeth behind the camera in Italy when he served as an assistant director under the legendary Vittorio De Sica on Woman Times Seven (1967)...
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Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86

Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, an actor turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, has died. He was 86.

Baldwin died Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California, his son, Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, announced.

A former actor and contract player at Paramount Pictures, Baldwin cut his teeth behind the camera in Italy when he served as an assistant director under the legendary Vittorio De Sica on Woman Times Seven (1967)...
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Scott Bryce

Scott Bryce is an actor who was born on January 6, 1958, in New York City. He is sometimes credited for his work as Scott M. Bryce and the ‘M’ stands for his middle name, Macalister. Bryce has had a successful career in both television and film, although he is most famous for his television performances. One of his earlier television roles was playing Rick Bonner in ‘The Facts of Life’ in 1988. He went on to play Nick Sterling in ‘2000 Malibu Road’ and Will Forrest in ‘Murphy Brown’. However, he is now probably best-known for playing the role

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Scott Bryce
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Spotlight: Lily Tomlin's Charity Work

Throughout her extraordinary career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys and a recent nomination for her narration on “An Apology to Elephants”; a Tony for each of her one-woman Broadway shows, Appearing Nitely and Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to national prominence in December 1969 in the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, NCIS, and the acclaimed FX series, Damages. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms.
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‘Big Bang’s Lee Aronsohn Makes Feature Documentary Debut With ‘Magic Music’

‘Big Bang’s Lee Aronsohn Makes Feature Documentary Debut With ‘Magic Music’
Exclusive: He is a very well-respected name in television known for Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Murphy Brown, and now Lee Aronsohn can add documentary filmmaker to his repertoire. For Aronsohn’s documentary feature debut, he went back to his college days. He wrote, produced and directed 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie, which is about his quest to find out what happened to a well-known band that would play on the campus of his alma mater — the…
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Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Co-Write, and Produce CBS Funeral Home Comedy

Six Feet Under” fans, take note: A new series about a family-run funeral business is in the works. Deadline reports that Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on to star, co-write, and executive produce “Quality of Life,” a multi-camera comedy that’s currently in development at CBS.

Described as a “multi-generational sitcom” about the family’s funeral home and “the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you,” the pilot will be co-written by Curtis and Janis Hirsch (“Will & Grace,” “Murphy Brown”).

While “Quality of Life” sounds like a lighter, more network-friendly take on the family biz than “Six Feet Under,” we can still expect some dark humor given its subject matter. It’s also great to see a series led by an actress who’s nearly 60 (Curtis is 58). As a recent study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film reported, “Few characters of either sex age into their 60s and beyond.” In the 2016–17 season, just four percent of male characters and two percent of females were 60 or above on broadcast network series.

Curtis starred in Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” from 2015–16. The comedic horror anthology series ran on Fox for two seasons before being cancelled. She earned an Emmy nod in 1998 for her role in “Nicholas’ Gift,” a TV movie.

Less than a week ago Curtis made headlines with the news that she’ll be returning to the “Halloween” franchise, reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode. The latest installment of the horror series will bow October 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Produce Funeral Home Comedy in Development at CBS (Exclusive)

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Produce Funeral Home Comedy in Development at CBS (Exclusive)
Jamie Lee Curtis will star in and executive produce a new multi-cam comedy in development at CBS, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Quality of Life” is described as a multi-generational sitcom set at a family-run funeral home, tackling life through the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you. Curtis will play the family matriarch. She and Janis Hirsch came up with the story for the project, with Hirsch writing the script. Both Curtis and Hirsch will also executive produce, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. CBS Television Studios will produce.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Curtis will reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming “Halloween” film. Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, the ghoulish masked figure who has plagued her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Franchise
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Emmys 2017: “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Lena Waithe Win Big

Kidman won best lead actress in a limited series for “Big Little Lies”: CBS/YouTube

The 2017 Emmy Awards were a great night for women in television. Not only did the two biggest awards go to women-centric series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home the best drama series statuette and “Veep” was named best comedy — the ceremony marked several Emmys firsts for women. “Master of None’s” Lena Waithe is now the first black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy writing, for example. What’s more, winners like Waithe, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Elisabeth Moss used their speeches to honor women’s stories and the social issues women face every day.

Here are some of the highlights from last night’s ceremony:

Nicole Kidman Shines a Light on Domestic Abuse

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Kidman, who won best lead actress in a limited series for portraying “Big Little Lies’” Celeste, a woman caught in an abusive marriage, took a moment from her speech to acknowledge the pervasiveness of domestic abuse in the real world. “Sometimes when you’re acting you get a chance to bring a bigger message,” the Oscar-winning actress observed. “We shine a light on domestic abuse [in “Bll”]. It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame, secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award it shines a light on it even more.”

Lena Waithe Thanks Her Lgbtqia Family

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Waithe and Aziz Ansari shared an Emmy for writing “Thanksgiving,” an episode of “Master of None” that traces the years-long coming out story of Waithe’s character, Denise. Waithe used her time at the podium to recognize her “Lgbtqia family.” “I see each and every one of you,” she gushed. “The things that make us different — those are superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there an conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”

Waithe, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Reed Morano Blaze Some Trails

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As mentioned, last night’s ceremony saw many firsts for women in TV. Louis-Dreyfus became the first performer to win six consecutive Emmys for the same role. Until this year’s Emmy Awards, Louis-Dreyfus had been sharing the record with “Murphy Brown’s” Candice Bergen.

Perhaps most exciting is Reed Morano’s outstanding directing for a drama series victory for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The “Meadowland” helmer is the first woman in 22 years to take home the honor. The last time a woman was recognized in the category was in 1995, when Mimi Leder won an Emmy for directing an episode of “ER.” This honor couldn’t be more well-deserved, but damn, 22 years is a depressing amount of time to go without a woman winning this award, so as sweet as this victory is, it’s a powerful reminder of how little recognition women directors have received.

Women-Centric Series Dominate the Night

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All three of the “best series” prizes went to women-driven shows: “The Handmaid’s Tale” won outstanding drama series, “Veep” outstanding comedy series, and “Big Little Lies” outstanding limited series. If that wasn’t exciting enough, “Handmaid’s Tale” also saw wins for Morano and stars Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd. Adding to “Bll’s” success was Kidman’s win and Laura Dern’s for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie.

When “Bll” was named best limited series, stars Kidman and Reese Witherspoon both called for more stories about women on the small screen. “Bring women to the front of their own stories, make them the hero of their own stories,” Witherspoon emphasized. Kidman added that her creative partnership with Witherspoon on “Bll” came from “a frustration because we weren’t getting great roles. So, now, more great roles for women, please.” (It must be noted, however, that “Bll” was written and directed by men. As important as it is for women to get great roles, we also need to ensure they get great roles behind-the-scenes too.)

During her speech Moss specifically thanked Margaret Atwood, who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel. “Thank you for you did in 1985 and thank you for what you continue to do for all of us,” Moss said. The author appeared onstage — and received a huge reaction from attendees — when “The Handmaid’s Tale” was named outstanding drama series. She’s credited as a supervising producer on the dystopian drama.

“Well, one take-away would be ‘never believe it can never happen here,’” Atwood herself told the La Times about the underlying message of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” About the series’ Emmy win, she said: “In a way, you can say the handmaids have escaped. They’re out there, and they’re coming to you again in Season 2!”

All of the female winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards are below. List adapted from CNN.

Outstanding drama series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding comedy series

Veep

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live

Outstanding limited series

Big Little Lies

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding writing for a comedy series

Lena Waithe, “Master of None” (with Aziz Ansari)

Outstanding directing for a drama series

Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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Emmy Winners Make History: Firsts, Mosts and Other Milestone Wins

Emmy Winners Make History: Firsts, Mosts and Other Milestone Wins
While every Emmy win is noteworthy, several this year were downright historical.

Take Atlanta auteur Donald Glover, who early in Sunday night’s ceremony became the first black person to win an Emmy for directing for a comedy. Ever. And this was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. (Later in the night, Glover claimed a second prize, for lead comedy actor.)

“I’m glad I was able to make history, but that’s not what I was trying to do. I’m trying to make the best product,” Glover said backstage after winning. “I believe the people deserve quality, and when they taste it,
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