12 items from 2016
Now that creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with actors Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo, have left the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” the show’s producers get to find out if the story of Alexander Hamilton has staying power beyond the appeal of the original cast. Of course, there’s every indication that the show will do — and is doing — just fine, despite those departures. The musical, which recently won 11 Tony Awards, remains sold out for months in advance, and tickets for a production opening in Chicago in the fall have been selling at a brisk clip. A touring show — with a different cast than that of the Chicago “Hamilton,” which will stay put — is also in the works, as is an upcoming London edition.
Of course the rest of the show’s cast and members of the public were sad that Miranda, to quote one of the show’s lyrics, had »
- Maureen Ryan
The sold-out hit Broadway musical gets a cast shakeup after three leads leave next month – but an upcoming PBS film will give fans a taste of the original cast
Time has nearly run out to see the original Hamilton cast on Broadway, but a PBS special about the Tony award-winning musical will air in October, featuring at least 15 minutes of performance footage, along with behind-the-scenes footage and high-profile interviews.
PBS announced its Great Performances series episode featuring Hamilton months ago, but time has only increased its resonance. Since then, the show has won 11 Tonys, a Pulitzer prize and a Grammy.
Related: How did Hamilton become Broadway's breakout hit?
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- Steph Harmon and agencies
PBS has set its fall primetime schedule, including premieres for a special on the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton,” coverage of the 2016 presidential election and the premiere of dramas from the “Masterpiece” series.
“Hamilton’s America,” a look at the making of the Broadway musical, will kick off the broadcaster’s annual Arts Fall Festival. The two-hour special, part of the “Great Performances” series, will premiere Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.
In September, PBS will debut new documentary programming revolving around the presidential election. New series “The Contenders — 16 for ’16,” which will look at campaigns from elections past, will premiere Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.. “The Choice 2016,” from “Frontline,” will return Sept. 27 at 9 p.m..
New U.K. drama imports from “Masterpiece” will begin debuting in September, with feature film “Churchill’s Secret” premiering Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., followed by the season two premiere of “Indian Summer” at 10 p.m. “Poldark” will return later in the fall at a date »
- Daniel Holloway
His name is Alexander Hamilton and he’s (again) coming to your TV.
A 90-minute Hamilton documentary film, Hamilton’s America, will air as a part of PBS’ Great Performances series on Monday, Oct. 17, Playbill reports.
RelatedTony Awards 2016 Performance Videos: Watch Waitress, Hamilton and 10 Others
Creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda says he filmed sit-down interviews for the documentary, and his performance in the Tony-winning Broadway show will be filmed in front of a live audience later this month.
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Update 3 Pm: The filming and broadcast will be directed by David Horn, executive producer of public television’s Great Performances. Earlier: The Roundabout Theatre Company’s lauded Broadway revival of the musical She Loves Me will be telecast live June 30, bringing Broadway a step closer in line with popular pay-per-view ventures as NTLive, produced by the UK’s National Theatre, and Live From the Met, produced by the Metropolitan Opera. The cost to stream the show… »
On one of the final episodes of the podcast, a listener asked if there would ever be a surprise TV show release, in the spirit of Wilco or Beyoncé dropping albums without any advance warning. Fienberg and I mused on how difficult this would be to pull off, given the number of collaborators involved in making a TV show, and speculated that even if such a thing could be produced in secret, all involved would want to make sure the world knew of its existence long before it was released. Well, leave it to Louis C.K. — who yesterday morning released the first episode of a new series called Horace and Pete on his website — to make fools of us both. But then, I'm amazed in hindsight that neither of us thought to mention C.K. as the kind of person who might be able to pull this off, given how »
- Alan Sepinwall
“We’re very happy today,” PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., basking in early ratings for the debut of the new drama “Mercy Street,” which had bowed to a 2.2, exceeding expectations. An additional 200,000 streamed the show, giving a boost to the multi-platform effort behind the launch. “I think we’ve begun an important conversation.”
Still, she resisted repeated efforts to commit to an early renewal for the show. “I haven’t seen scripts for a second season,” she said, “but we have very much left the door open.”
Given that “Downton Abbey” is now in its final season, the network can breathe a sigh of relief that its drama slate seems secure with the Civil War-set series. She defended the use of her limited marketing budget to support that transition, telling reporters, “We’re constantly evaluating how »
- Debra Birnbaum
Announced during the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA) today, PBS will air "Hamilton's America," a feature film documentary taking audiences behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically-acclaimed, award-winning stage production, "Hamilton." The documentary will follow Miranda, his crew and cast during the two years leading up to the musical's Broadway opening, and will air as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in the fall of this year. Produced by RadicalMedia, per the press release, "Hamilton's America" combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Announced during the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA) today, PBS will air "Hamilton's America," a feature film documentary taking audiences behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically-acclaimed, award-winning stage production, "Hamilton." The documentary will follow Miranda, his crew and cast during the two years leading up to the musical's Broadway opening, and will air as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in the fall of this year. Produced by RadicalMedia, per the press release, "Hamilton's America" combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York. Audiences will sit with Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom. They’ll take a trip to Virginia with Chris Jackson – the African American actor who portrays George Washington –...
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Hamilton’s America” will showcase the making of the hit Broadway musical, following creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with his team. The project will feature interviews with key thinkers and artists, plus scenes from “Hamilton,” including never-before-seen footage.
“PBS is thrilled to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this sensational — and sold out — Broadway musical,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming at PBS. “With this level of access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team, PBS continues to live up to our mission of giving »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Leonardo DiCaprio goes all in with his latest effort, a two-and-a-half-hour plus epic of a film featuring a mostly all-male cast, little dialogue, grizzly bears and tons of blood, guts and dirt.
Alejandro González Iñárritu goes for the Oscar one-two following on from his 2014 effort Birdman, the Michael Keaton-led drama that won Iñárritu the Best Director award at last year’s Academy Awards. The Revenant, a motion-picture monster that took a whopping nine-months to shoot in the icey conditions in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur-trapper from the early 1820s, who, along with a team of fellow pelt-hunters, are ambushed in the mountains by Native American tribe, the Arikara. With the team cut down by two-thirds, the »
- Paul Heath
Previously on Pt 1: The Hateful Eight and Comedy Performances of 2015
Pt 2 is here now. Joe, Katey and Nick --soldiering on awesomely without Nathaniel at this week's recording session -- are talking Anomalisa, and streaming recommendations to complete your film year. I hope you enjoy their conversation as much as I did!
14:40 Reader Question: Great performances in not so great films? When actors do all the work themselves.
20:10 Catching up with 2015 films we missed. Streaming recommendations!
34:30 Goodbyes & Plugs & Happy New Year
Films discussed include but are not limited to: Phoenix, The Man From Uncle, Blackhat, and Goodnight Mommy
Joe's Decider column on future cult classics
Nick's new giant Actress project
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. »
- NATHANIEL R
12 items from 2016
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