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Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times. Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16. Asked if he was interested in, or… »
Norman Lear offered new updates on a possible Latino remake of One Day at a Time at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Saturday. News of the project first broke in January, but Lear teased some potential changes to the classic sitcom when he appeared to tout his upcoming American Masters documentary, set to premiere on PBS in 2016. One Day at a Time, which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984, starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced single mother raising her two daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli). The prolific writer and executive producer said the updated version would also
- Kate Stanhope
A sharp 93-year-old Norman Lear graced the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour Saturday, when he talked everything from politics (“You will not fuck with my Bill of Rights”), potential reboots of his classic shows, to PBS, which is honoring the TV icon via an upcoming “American Masters.” Lear updated reporters on his plans to remake an English-language all-Latino version of “One Day at a Time,” a reboot that was first reported in January. Lear told reporters on Saturday that he’d like the single mother to have a son and a daughter this time as opposed to two daughters, »
- Tony Maglio
At Saturday’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Lear, who was on hand to promote his PBS “American Masters” special, offered up new details on the potential remake of his sitcom “One Day at a Time,” this time with a Latino cast.
“I just love the idea because I don’t see enough of that representation on the air in any place,” Lear said of Latino families on television. “I don’t mean to say it doesn’t exist — I don’t see it any place. There isn’t enough of it, and I think it’s a rich idea.”
Lear, who has been in talks for the potential reboot as of January of this year, suggested that shooting a pilot is »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The musician also known as Chan Marshall has boarded Janis ahead of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere in Venice. Content holds worldwide rights.
According to a press release Amy Berg’s documentary examines the “raw, sensitive, innocent, uncensored and powerful woman behind the legend”.
Marshall’s voice will help bring Joplin to life through her letters to family and lovers.
The Joplin Estate has supported the production and the soundtrack will feature hits like ‘Cry Baby’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘Piece Of My Heart’.
Alex Gibney produced Joplin via his Jigsaw Productions with Berg and Jeff Jampol from Jam, Inc. Susan Lacy, Michael Kantor, Noah Haeussner, Michael Raimondi and Stacey Offman serve as executive producers.
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The documentary will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was selected Wednesday to screen out of competition.
The film will include Marshall reading Jolpin’s own letters to her family and lovers, while the soundtrack will have her hits “Cry Baby,” “Summertime” and “Piece of My Heart.”
“After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen,” Berg said. “This has been a labor of love, and I cannot wait to share Janis’ unique, intimate story with the world. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis’ by reading her letters.”
- Dave McNary
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
The Emmy Award nominations are out. Unleash the hounds!
What new outrages have the TV Academy committed? Who have the voters overlooked? How can the process ever be taken seriously again after, well, insert your favorite oversight here?
Other than being announced this year at a less-ungodly hour, the annual unveiling has assumed an element of predictability in the digital age. Early-morning phone calls extending congratulations to and soliciting thoughts from the nominees, almost immediately followed by peals of righteous indignation on behalf of the deserving souls who are not, alas, among them.
Both of these are legitimate pursuits, but neither really tells the full story – or, for that matter, exhibits much perspective about the expanded roster of options now available and the increased viability of niche-oriented programming, which can survive on prestige longer than was once feasible in the days of ad-supported broadcast networks and a couple of premium channels. »
- Brian Lowry
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
Surrounded by publishing acquaintances, Harper Lee lunched in Monroeville, Alabama, roughly two weeks ago to celebrate the release of her long-lost, 58-year-old novel Go Set a Watchman. What made the outing extra special was the presence of filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy, who nabbed exclusive video footage and pics of the elusive author for PBS — a first since news broke months ago about the writer's exit from the one-hit-wonder book club. In this American Masters web video, Murphy & Co. shed more light on the book's torturous publishing journey in one-on-one video interviews with Lee's lawyer, agent, and friends. "It's not Mockingbird," Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, says. "Anybody expecting the wonderful, flowing flower of Mockingbird might be disappointed, because this is a first submission. It is a complete book, but it is not edited." In a 1950s-dated note from Lee's original agent to an editor, Watchman is called an "eye-opener »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
She's back! Harper Lee was photographed for the first time in six years last week. The iconic author, 89, made a rare appearance to promote her new book, Go Set a Watchman. Lee will debut her sophomore novel to much hype more than 55 years after the release of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee was snapped discussing her new book in a chat with her longtime friend and benefactor, Joy Brown, and documentary filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. Murphy, who led the new PBS special Harper Lee: American Masters, [...] »
Harper Lee probably wasn't expressly trying to drum up interest in her second book in..well, ever... But the girl can't help it! The first new photo in six years of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has surfaced thanks to the documentary Harper Lee: American Masters, which has been updated ahead of the release of Go Set a Watchman, the 55-years-in-the-offing sequel to the 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird. (Which, incidentally, Lee wrote before Mockingbird.) In the picture, taken in late June in her hometown of Monroeville, La., at the Prop & Gavel Restaurant, Lee is flanked by director Mary McDonagh Murphy and Joy Lee, described as the writer's friend and benefactor, hardback copy of the »
Raise your hand if you remember The New Dick Van Dyke Show. Ok, a few of you wily veterans. How about When Things Were Rotten? Anyone? Well, Dick Van Patten sure remembered them. The TV stalwart, who died Tuesday at 86, was in both 1970s series, and he tells the story in this outtake from PBS’ American Masters program Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Van Patten relates how series creator-writer Carl Reiner cast him as the title star’s boss in New Dick Van Dyke, which aired for… »
Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »
- Dave McNary
Harper Lee’s fans were stunned — and then thrilled — by recent news that a rumored early manuscript by the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird scribe was unearthed and being readied for publication. With Go Set a Watchman set for release on July 14 (and in celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird‘s 55th anniversary on July 11), PBS will present an updated edition of Mary McDonagh Murphy’s glorious documentary Harper Lee: Hey Boo, which aired on the network in 2012. American Masters: Harper Lee will premiere July 10 at 9/8Ct (check your local listings to confirm the air time in your area). According to the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, Watchman takes … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Fifty-five years after Harper Lee published her first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was later adapted into the iconic American film starring Gregory Peck as unshakably decent attorney Atticus Finch, PBS docuseries "American Masters" will celebrate the release of her second by presenting an updated version of filmmaker Mary Murphy's "Hey, Boo." The re-airing comes as part of a 13-day slate of on air, online and community programming by New York PBS affiliate Thirteen, which produces "American Masters." Murphy, who updated the film after receiving advance access to Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman" (to be published by HarperCollins July 14), also plans to live tweet the premiere, set for July 10 at 9pm on PBS. The highly anticipated novel, which is the most preordered book in the history of the HarperCollins, according to the publisher, arrives under a cloud of. »
- Matt Brennan
PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters. Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere on September 4. The network has also set a November celebration of America’s diverse musical history in American Epic, a series that will document the roots of modern music. Over 3 nights, audiences will rediscover the families whose music was recorded (early blues,...
- Tambay A. Obenson
PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters. Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Premiering on American Masters on PBS, the documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History, celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary, delves into the rich history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies. Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns has combined intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with Abt’s key figures from the past and present to showcase why it’s one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. During this exclusive interview with Collider, professional ballerina Misty Copeland (the third African American female soloist and first in two decades at Abt) talked about the incredible honor of being a part of American Ballet Theatre, the importance of making ballet more accessible to contemporary audiences, her experience as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, that her love and passion for ballet was instantaneous, why her naivete about the challenges of becoming a professional dancer worked to her advantage, »
- Christina Radish
At the very start of Ric Burns’ duly masterful American Masters documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History, which premieres tonight on PBS, dance historian Jennifer Homans offers up this assessment of the dancer’s experience: “If you are a dancer and you stand at the barre in these positions which have been prescribed for over 400 years and you go through this ritual — it’s a ritual of repetition, a ritual of physical discipline — you have to focus purely on the body. On what’s going on inside you. As you do that, you sort of end up letting go of all … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
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