6 items from 2016
If you’re looking for the luckiest lady in all the land, her name is Jennifer, and she’s a student in around Hollywood. Jimmy Kimmel sent security guard Guillermo out to Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday night to find a valentine for guest Channing Tatum. Because, you know, Magic Mike has a really hard time with the women. Jennifer proved game, as she took a (love) seat in-studio and cuddled up with the “Hail, Caesar!” star. The courtship simply involved the actor reading and feeding those gross candy hearts to his sudden snuggle bunny. Also Read: Hugh Laurie's Dr. House »
- Tony Maglio
Jimmy Kimmel sees your Friends reunion and raises you a surprise ER reunion. There's just one problem: the only ER cast member who showed up was George Clooney (Julianna Margulies was busy filming The Good Wife, Noah Wyle had Taco Tuesday night with family, Eriq La Salle had jury duty, Anthony Edwards was at SoulCycle, and Sherry Stringfield couldn't get an Uber). But Clooney wasn't alone on stage, for Kimmel played his patient and Hugh Laurie limped in to assist as Dr. House (albeit missing his trademark stubble). I have a feeling Kimmel added a little surprise to the sketch, based on Clooney and Laurie's reaction to whatever was under the sheet and Laurie's inability to keep it together for most of the rest of it. »
- Sara Morrison
Broadway wants to make a match with its new Dolly Gallagher Levi. Bette Midler is taking on the famed role in the upcoming revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” about a grumpy bachelor’s matchmaker. Telsey + Company is sifting through potential actors for the remaining roles. The show will begin previews March 13, 2017, ahead of an April 20 opening in a yet-to-be-named theater on Broadway. Jerry Zaks will direct the musical that is set to begin rehearsals later this year. Hugh Laurie is ready to step back into his medical scrubs, but this time he’s forgoing the cerebral Dr. House and taking on a literary doctor with a serious case of mistaken identity. “Chance,” Hulu’s new series pickup, will take the veteran actor into the realm of neuropsychiatry in its adaptation of Kem Nunn’s book. The series will follow the dramatic happenings of Eldon Chance as he navigates a divorce, a teenage daughter, »
The coughing, the sores, the antihero — surely, Dr. House, the signs point to lupus! But no, it's not lupus. It's Hulu. Yes, Hulu has made a 20-episode, two-season order for Chance, a drama starring Hugh Laurie as doctor — though this time as a forensic neuropsychiatrist named Eldon Chance. But while House mostly kept to the hospital, Chance, which is based on a novel from Kem Nunn, will take Laurie's doctor into San Francisco's criminal underworld, after "an ill-advised decision involving a patient possibly suffering from multiple personality disorder." Room's Lenny Abrahamson is set to direct a few episodes of the series, so here's to hoping the criminal underworld is a little more palatable than Brie Larson's room. Chance is set to premiere later this year, after the release of Hulu's first two dramas, The Path and 11.22.63. »
- Jackson McHenry
If it’s January, it’s time for television industry insiders to convene in Pasadena, Calif.
The winter Television Critics Association press tour begins its annual two-week stand at the Langham Huntington Hotel Tuesday afternoon with presentations from Espn and indie cablers Ovation, Outdoor Channel and Up. Streaming, cable and broadcast are all slated for later in the schedule, hoping to make an impact with their dizzying lineup of A-list stars and showrunners.
In the Peak TV era, there’s entirely too much information to process amid a non-stop schedule of panels, interviews and parties. But here’s our best guess at the people we won’t want to miss during the cable portion of the tour this week.
- Variety Staff
Just when you thought it was safe to disconnect your DVR, the scripted television landscape again becomes crowded with essential viewing material. With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016.
“American Crime” (ABC): Jan. 6
Coming off of a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its freshman season, John Ridley’s dark ABC anthology is back with a new storyline and new characters set among a rattling high school male rape accusation. With strong, fresh cast members (“Falling Skies” alum Connor Jessup playing the victim) and the return of Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King in all new roles, the critically acclaimed drama hopes to see bigger ratings than its first run, which garnered rave reviews across the board for »
- Variety Staff
6 items from 2016
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