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Exclusive Photos: Comedian Denis Leary Promotes New Book, ‘Why We Don’t Suck’

Chicago – Leave it to acerbic comedian Denis Leary to cut through our times with a new book, “Why We Don’t Suck,” which is subtitled “And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches.” Whether he is the man to stop it all remains to be seen, but he was in Chicagoland in early November to promote the book through Anderson’s Bookshop.

Denis Leary in Naperville Promoting His New Book, ‘Why We Don’t Suck’

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Denis Colin Leary was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Emerson College in nearby Boston. After graduation, he began working his way up the comedy ladder in clubs around Boston. He broke out nationally on MTV, working on “Remote Control” and other promotions for the channel. Noted for his cynical, caustic style of comedy, he later promoted that persona
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Fox Buys Family Comedy From Peter Tolan, John Ross Bowie & Kevin Sussman

As Fox has renewed its push into multi-camera comedy, the network is revisiting a project it first developed six years ago. Fox has given a script commitment to The Ever After Part, a multi-camera comedy from Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and actors-writers John Ross Bowie & Kevin Sussman. Written by the trio, The Ever After Part centers on a couple. When faced with the difficulties of raising their daughter in a hip, on the rise neighborhood, the couple must swallow…
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TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’

TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’
Casting

Francia Raisa and Jordan Buhat have been cast as series regulars in “grown-ish,” the Freeform spin-off series from ABC’s “black-ish.” Raisa will portray Ana, an outspoken conservative freshman at Southern California University, and Buhat will portray Vivek, a first generation Indian-American freshman at Southern California University with a lack of self-awareness. R&B duo Chloe x Halle have also snagged recurring roles on the series as twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the university. “grown-ish” follows Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson as she deals with the various difficulties of going away to college. The 13-episode series is set to premiere in 2018.
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Norman Lear’s Golden-Years Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’ Heads to NBC

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Norman Lear’s Golden-Years Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’ Heads to NBC
NBC has handed a hefty pilot-production commitment to “Guess Who Died,” a single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan. The series will take an irreverent look at the ups and downs of all stages in life, particularly those that come in one’s latter years. “Guess Who Died” hails from Sony Pictures Television Studio, The Cloudland Company and Act III Productions. Legendary television producer Lear is executive producing with “Rescue Me” co-creator Tolan, and the pair are penning the pilot. Brent Miller is also executive producing. Also Read: Norman Lear to Boycott Kennedy Center Honors Reception Over Trump Presidency
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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment

Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment
Peter Tolan and Norman Lear are developing a new comedy series with NBC, Variety has learned.

The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.

Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.

Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning
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Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ Comedy Lands At NBC With Big Commitment

Norman Lear’s longtime passion project Guess Who Died is coming closer to reality. The single-camera comedy, on which he has teamed with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony TV, where Tolan is under an overall deal and where Lear has the Netflix revival of his One Day At A Time, is the studio. Based on Lear’s personal experiences and in partnership with Tolan, Guess Who Died is described as a humorous and inspiring look…
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Norman Lear's Senior Comedy 'Guess Who Died' Moving Forward at NBC

Four decades after Sanford and Son ended its six-season run, legendary TV producer Norman Lear is returning to NBC.

The network has handed out a sizable pilot-production commitment to Lear's long-gestating comedy Guess Who Died. Lear and prolific producer Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) will co-write the script and exec produce the single-camera comedy.  

The project, which Lear has been championing for more than seven years, is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. NBC notes the potential series is inspired by Lear, 95, and his...
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Rumoured descriptions for two new characters in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

The Hashtag Show claims to have uncovered casting breakdowns for two new characters set to join Aubrey Joseph’s Tyrone Johnson and Olivia Holt’s Tandy Bowen in Marvel and Freeform’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger TV series.

[Pastor Francis Diaz] – Recurring Male (25-40)

Pastor Diaz didn’t always intend to become a man of the cloth. Struggling with many demons, Francis Diaz joined the military looking for guidance and stability. But he found himself in religion, becoming a chaplain and pursuing advanced degrees in theology and education to try to discover his own humanity. Still without answers but armed with a position at a prestigious prep school, Pastor Diaz is now helping sculpt young minds. As a school counselor and priest, Diaz is a rock to Travis and sees a lot more in the boy that he would be comfortable admitting. Oppressed by the collar, he leads more through words than example as
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Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’
Norman Lear is moving one step closer to making his long-gestating comedy “Guess Who Died” a reality.

Emmy-winning writer Peter Tolan (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Rescue Me”) has joined the project as co-writer with Lear on the show, which is set in a retirement village. Lear has been working on the show for at least seven years, and frequently brings the project up in interviews. But until recently, he expressed dismay that it might never get made.

But now the legendary TV producer, at age 94, is on another hot streak. Following the recent successful remake of Lear’s 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time,” now reimagined at Netflix with stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, Sony Pictures TV is developing “Guess Who Died” as a spec comedy script.

That means it’s still in very early stages of development, but the addition of Tolan gives it more momentum. Tolan
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Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

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Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’
Norman Lear is moving one step closer to making his long-gestating comedy “Guess Who Died” a reality.

Emmy-winning writer Peter Tolan (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Rescue Me”) has joined the project as co-writer with Lear on the show, which is set in a retirement village. Lear has been working on the show for at least seven years, and frequently brings the project up in interviews. But until recently, he expressed dismay that it might never get made.

But now the legendary TV producer, at age 94, is on another hot streak. Following the recent successful remake of Lear’s 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time,” now reimagined at Netflix with stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, Sony Pictures TV is developing “Guess Who Died” as a spec comedy script.

That means it’s still in very early stages of development, but the addition of Tolan gives it more momentum. Tolan
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Interview: Writer/Director Camille Thoman on the Inspiration Behind Her Psychological Thriller Never Here

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After recently celebrating the world premiere of her thought-provoking thriller Never Here at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with writer/director Camille Thoman to discuss her approach to the project and the inspiration behind her debut narrative feature, working with her talented ensemble, which includes Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Sam Shepard (Blackhawk Down, The Right Stuff), Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire), and Goran Visnjic (ER, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and much more.

Never Here is currently making its way on the film festival circuit, and for those you who are into David Lynch-esque descents into madness, I’d highly recommend checking this one out when you can.

You did a really amazing job with the story, so congrats to you. I wanted to go back a little bit before working on this film, because I
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Vincent Piazza Joins Fox’s The Passage Adaptation

Another cast member has signed on for Fox’s “The Passage,” a series based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy… Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”) will star opposite the previously announced Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the network’s vampire drama pilot. The… Continue Reading →

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TV News Roundup: Jennifer Esposito Exits ‘NCIS’ After One Season

TV News Roundup: Jennifer Esposito Exits ‘NCIS’ After One Season
In today’s roundup, Jennifer Esposito departs “NCIS,” HBO announces Independence Day documentary, and Logo sets programming for Lgbtq Pride Month.

Casting

Jennifer Esposito will depart the CBS procedural “NCIS” after one season as a series regular. Esposito played Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn, a quick-witted and talented agent who left to be an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center until Gibbs lured her back to the field. Esposito previously appeared in the CBS shows “Blue Bloods” and “Judging Amy.” Her other TV credits include “Mistresses,” “Samantha Who?,” “Rescue Me,” “Spin City.” Deadline first reported this news.

Specials

HBO announced its new special “The Words That Built America” will premiere on July 4 at 7 p.m. The documentary will be directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi and with appearances by all living U.S. presidents and vice presidents, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet secretaries, celebrities and media titans. The special, narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, features
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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger to resume production this July

Production Weekly is reporting that filming on Freeform’s upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger is to resume next month in New Orleans and will last through to October.

Although there have been rumours that the show has been renewed for a second season, those reports are inaccurate as the shoot is actually covering the remaining nine episodes of the first season. Only the pilot episode was filmed back in February, under director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who will soon be helming Sony’s Spidey spinoff Silver & Black.

Cloak & Dagger is the first of two Marvel series in the works at Freeform, with the cable network also ordering the half-hour comedy series New Warriors to air in 2018.

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Cloak & Dagger here

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing
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ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series

ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series
ABC has waved its magic wand and added a pair of new series to its primetime lineup.

The network has ordered magician drama Deception and divorce sitcom Splitting Up Together to series, TVLine has learned.

Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) as a disgraced magician who puts his skills of deception and illusion to work as an FBI consultant, helping the feds catch the world’s most elusive criminals. Chuck executive producer Chris Fedak is the creator/Ep, and Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Martin Gero (Blindspot) are onboard as EPs as well.

RelatedABC Orders Five Shows to Series,
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July 16th Premiere Date Announced for Fourth and Final Season of FX’s The Strain

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A nuclear apocalypse has ravaged the world, and with it, the strigoi have risen to become the dominant species on The Strain, returning to FX for its final season on a Sunday, July 16th, with an official synopsis that includes details on the precarious Partnership, humanity's last stand, and the nuclear reign of The Master.

You can read the official press release with full details below, and in case you missed it, watch a promo video for The Strain Season 4.

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Los Angeles, May 9, 2017 - The Strain will return for its fourth and final action-packed season on Sunday, July 16 at 10 Pm Et/Pt on FX.

The Strain, the acclaimed thriller based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers del Toro and Hogan. J. Miles Dale,
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First trailer for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

It may still be around a year away from premiering, but Freeform has given us an early look at its Cloak & Dagger TV series, unveiling the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel show; check it out here…

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul.

Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.

Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But
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Marvel's Cloak & Dagger: First Trailer Released for Freeform Hero Series

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger: First Trailer Released for Freeform Hero Series
Freeform is in a Marvel-ous mood as it tees up its annual Upfronts presentation.

Hours after revealing the characters that will populate its live-action take on New Warriors, the cabler released the first photo and trailer from Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, its other upcoming comic book adaptation.

RelatedMarvel’s New Warriors: Squirrel Girl, Mister Immortal, Lesbian Trickster Populate Live-Action Freeform Comedy

Cloak & Dagger tells the story of Tandy Bowen (Kickin’ It‘s Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (The Night Of‘s Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers from very different backgrounds who find themselves awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously
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Divorce Adds Steven Pasquale as Season 2 Love Interest for Sjp

Divorce Adds Steven Pasquale as Season 2 Love Interest for Sjp
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce character is about to dip her toe into the dating pool.

Rescue Me veteran Steven Pasquale is joining the HBO comedy for Season 2 in a recurring role, according to our sister site Deadline. He’ll play Andrew, a friend of Nick (Tracy Letts) who gets set up on a date with Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker). The two hit it off and embark on a “casual relationship.”

RelatedDivorce‘s Sarah Jessica Parker on Her Return to TV and More Sex and the City

Which makes sense: Season 1 ended with Frances’ bitter divorce from Robert (Thomas Haden Church) far from finalized,
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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger gets 10-episode order

Coinciding with the news that Freeform has placed a straight-to-series order for Marvel’s New Warriors, we now have word from Disney Media Distribution general manager Mark Endemano that the network’s other Marvel project Cloak & Dagger also has a ten-episode order.

“Cloak & Dagger is about character and emotion above all. It tells of a romance between Tandy and Tyrone in a way that we haven’t really seen before in a Marvel TV series,” said Endemano (via Mip). “So think Romeo and Juliet though I can tell you that they won’t be dying at the end of the first episode!”

See Also: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars pose together for the first time

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul.
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