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Netflix Greenlights ‘Atypical’ Autism Family Comedy Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh

17 October 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to “Atypical,” a dark comedy about a family with an autistic son, set to star Jennifer Jason Leigh, Variety has confirmed.

“Atypical” landed an eight-episode order for the first season of the coming-of-age story that follows an 18-year-old with autism and his search for love and independence.

How I Met Your Mother” alum Robia Rashid created the family comedy. She will pen the series and serve as an executive producer with Mary Rohlich and Seth Gordon, who is set to direct the pilot. The project marks a reunion for Rashid and Gordon, who worked together on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” Sony Pictures Television, where Gordon is under an overall deal, is the studio.

In addition to starring in “Atypical,” Leigh is also credited as a producer.

British actor Keir Gilchrist will play the autistic teen, Sam. Leigh will play Sam’s mother, co-starring alongside Michael Rapaport, who »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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HBO Inks Overall Deal With Writer-Producer Ron Fitzgerald

10 October 2016 5:07 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ron Fitzgerald has signed an overall deal with HBO to develop new series projects for the premium TV network. Fitzgerald began his career as a writer on Showtime’s long-running dark comedy Weeds starring Mary-Louise Parker. His other series credits include Showtime's United States of Tara, starring Toni Collette; NBC/DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights; NBC’s Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello; and ABC’s Last Resort. Fitzgerald is repped by Wme and Larry Shuman of the Shuman… »

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10 TV Shows That Outstayed Their Welcome

29 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's hard to walk away from a successful show; for every Breaking Bad or Seinfeld that goes out on top, many more stick around too long trying to milk it dry. Some of the greatest shows – even a few that made our mammoth "100 Greatest TV Shows" list – have hung around for an extra season or 12. Like these 10 series, for example.

True Blood


Strange how everybody loved this Southern-gothic vampire-sex fantasy for a few years there—then it started turning into self-parodic leprechaun porn.

How I Met Your Mother

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Nora Ephron Starts a Revolution in Good Girls Revolt — Watch Trailer

24 September 2016 8:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt (releasing on Friday, Oct. 28), Nora Ephron inspires a group of young women to stand up for themselves and attempt to gain equal footing in the world of journalism.

VideosWoody Allen, Miley Cyrus Clash in Amazon’s Crisis in Six Scenes Trailer

Appropriately enough, Newsroom alum Grace Gummer guest-stars as the the would-be novelist/playwright who confronts her boss (Show Me a Hero‘s Jim Belushi) when he refuses her a byline. This in turn prompts a group of female newsroom researchers to rally against sexism in hopes of one day being published in a male-dominated industry. »

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Web Series ‘Twentyfiveish’ Relays a Weekend’s Worth of Quarter-Life Reevaluations

22 September 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


Logline: Rosie travels with her best friend, Tucker, for a weekend getaway, reuniting with former high school friends who face equally uncertain futures.

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#adulting is hard. “Twentyfiveish” follows Rosie, in the midst of a quarterlife crisis, who escapes for a weekend trip with her best friend Tucker. Upon arrival, she is surprised by former high school friends, some welcome and some not, who also face equally uncertain futures. Together, over the course of the weekend, they try to navigate their way through being twentyfiveish.

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Brendan Robinson


Brendan is an American actor known for playing »

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Alison Brie To Star In Netflix’s Pro Wrestling Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ From ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator

29 August 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Community/Mad Men actress Alison Brie has signed on to star in Netflix’s pro wrestling television series G.L.O.W. Based on the real-life 1980’s female wrestling league “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” the new comedy series comes from Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is The New Black and Weeds. Find out more details of about Netflix’s Wrestling TV Series G.L.O.W., hit the jump. […]

The post Alison Brie To Star In Netflix’s Pro Wrestling Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ From ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Matt LeBlanc’s ‘Man With a Plan’ Adds Kevin Nealon

2 August 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ freshman comedy “Man With a Plan” has cast Kevin Nealon as a series regular alongside star Matt LeBlanc, Variety has learned.

Nealon will play Don, older brother to LeBlanc’s Adam, and his business partner in their contracting business. The show recently recast the role of Adam’s wife, Andi, tapping Liza Snyder to replace Jenna Fischer, who exited the show after it was picked up to series.

Nealon’s notable television credits include “Saturday Night Live” and “Weeds.” His feature credits include “Anger Management,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Daddy Day Care.”

Man With a Plan” hails from CBS Television StudiosJackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Michael Rotenberg, Troy Zien and LeBlanc will serve as executive producers. The series premieres Monday, Oct.  24 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.


- Laura Prudom

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‘Man With A Plan’: Kevin Nealon Joins Matt LeBlanc CBS Sitcom

2 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Saturday Night Live and Weeds alum Kevin Nealon has landed a series regular role in Matt LeBlanc’s CBS multi-camera comedy series Man with a Plan. Written by Jeff & Jackie Filgos and directed by James Burrows, Man with a Plan stars LeBlanc as Adam, a contractor who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his self-assured wife Andi (newly recast Liza Snyder) returns to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, while Adam agrees to take… »

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Brenton Thwaites, David Strathairn Starring in ‘An Interview with God’

30 June 2016 1:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brenton Thwaites and David Straithairn are starring in the faith-based drama “An Interview with God,” which is wrapping shooting in the New York City area.

Perry Lang (“Weeds”) is directing from a screenplay by Ken Aguado. The cast also includes Yael Grobglas (“Jane The Virgin”), Hill Harper (“Concussion, CSI: NY”) and Charlbi Dean Kriek.

Aguado and Fred Bernstein are producing with Richard L. Jackson, founder of Giving Films, and Paul Kurta.

An Interview with God” is set in New York City with Thwaites playing an up-and-coming journalist when he’s granted an interview with a man who claims to be God, portrayed by Strathairn.

“We wanted to make an accessible film that explored core aspects of faith and inspiration, but one that would also stand on its own as great entertainment,” Aguado said in a statement.

Bernstein added, “Through a provocative story, ‘An Interview with God’ poses a simple yet »

- Dave McNary

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4: Matthew Weiner Talks Directing Episode 12 ‘The Animals’

27 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: The following interview discusses the entire fourth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Do not read unless you’ve watched.]

The last time Matthew Weiner directed an episode of television was the series finale of his beloved creation, “Mad Men.” So it’s only fitting that his follow-up gig makes just as much noise, and the twelfth episode of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 4 has certainly caused a stir.

The episode, titled “The Animals,” closes with the death of fan favorite character Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) in a tragic scenario that echoes a real-life murder at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement. But even beyond that devastating climax, the season’s jam-packed penultimate installment is full of memorable scenes: Sophia (Laverne Cox) finally returns to general population; Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) and Boo (Lea DeLaria) settle their differences; the prisoners put aside racial divides to stage a peaceful protest; the list goes on.

It would be an intimidating assignment even for one of the show’s veteran directors, and »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Meet the New Voice of Nemo in Finding Dory! (And Where Is the Original Voice Actor Now?)

17 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In order to prepare to voice Nemo in Disney's Finding Dory, 12-year-old Hayden Rolence got a pretty cool homework assignment. "I had to watch the original Finding Nemo over and over again," the Illinois native tells People. "And I never got bored of it!" The actor who voiced Nemo in 2003's Finding Nemo was Alexander Gould, now 22, and after his turn in the film, he appeared in a slew of TV shows - including a regular stint as Mary Louise Parker's character's son, Shane Botwin, on Weeds. He went on to study philosophy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, »

- Mia McNiece

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Meet The New Voice of Nemo in Finding Dory! (And Where Is the Original Voice Actor Now?)

17 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In order to prepare to voice Nemo in Disney's Finding Dory, 12-year-old Hayden Rolence got a pretty cool homework assignment. "I had to watch the original Finding Nemo over and over again," the Illinois native tells People. "And I never got bored of it!" The actor who voiced Nemo in 2003's Finding Nemo was Alexander Gould, now 22, and after his turn in the film, he appeared in a slew of TV shows - including a regular stint as Mary Louise Parker's character's son, Shane Botwin, on Weeds. He went on to study philosophy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, »

- Mia McNiece

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Orange Is The New Black Season 4 Review

16 June 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

There are nearly infinite reasons why Orange Is The New Black has resonated so loudly with so many people in such a short span of time. Its honest characters, juicy drama, and unashamedly blunt depiction of what life in a prison is like (as a woman, a black woman, a Dominican woman, etc) are bound to constitute a few of those. Others might appreciate Jenji Kohan’s masterfully laid-back tone that – after four years – still ebbs and flows into mouth-covering shockers with ease – which makes sense, given the woman essentially created the bedrock of the unforgettable season finale in Weeds.

I like its simple insights. Suzanne, aka Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), has slowly been getting more to do – and be – since her pie-throwing meme-ifying in season 1 and, as things go downhill for her in season 4, she reminisces about the speechless cues her parents »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Mary-Louise Parker, Chris Noth Wage War In ‘Chronically Metropolitan’ – Trailer

16 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here’s a first look at Chronically Metropolitan, having its world premiere next week at the Nantucket Film Festival. Directed by Xavier Manrique (Hope Springs) and written by Nick Schutt (Blood & Oil), the New York  City-set film stars Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and Josh Peck (Ice Age: The Meltdown) and will have its world premiere at the island fest. It’s about… »

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Scott Ellis Set as Director for NBC’s ‘A Few Good Men’ Live Play, Aaron Sorkin Discusses Casting & More

14 June 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scott Ellis has been tapped to direct NBC’s upcoming live adaptation of “A Few Good Men.”

Aaron Sorkin broke the news Tuesday morning at Variety’s annual TV Summit, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Sorkin said of Ellis directing.

Ellis is a multi-time Tony-nominated director, having worked on the stage productions “She Loves Me,” “Steel Pier,” “1776,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “You Can’t Take It with You.” On the television side, Ellis was exec producer on Showtime’s “Weeds.” He has directed episodes of “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier” and “30 Rock,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

Sorkin spoke about “A Few Good Men” at the Variety event on a panel with NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Kenny Leon, who directed NBC’s “The Wiz Live” and is on board to direct “Hairspray Live.”

“If something happens to Scott, let me know. I’m waiting in the wings!” Leon joked on the panel, pitching himself to direct the live play. Greenblatt chimed in: “You’re busy doing ‘Hairspray.'”

For the NBC live adaptation, Sorkin is re-writing “A Few Good Men,” which originally started as a Broadway play, before the 1992 film, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

“I am very exited to write it up again. It was my first play, it was my starter play. I’m very proud of it, but it still feels a little bit like my high school yearbook picture to me. I think, or I at least hope, I’m a better writer now,” Sorkin said. “I’m looking forward to attacking it just for the sake of a re-write, as well as it should be written for this particular production.”

As for casting, the panel said that they’re getting into the process.

“We are reaching out to people. We’re beyond having just a list,” Sorkin revealed, adding that the creative team is getting many phone calls, now that the new wave of live TV productions has blown up. “Actors don’t get the opportunity to do that a lot,” he said of performing live on television.

The panelists praised Carrie Underwood for being the first actor to step into the new world of live TV with NBC’s “The Sound of Music” in 2013. Three years later, actors are jumping at the opportunity to flex their creative muscles on live TV.

“I’m going to give you the long list of scaredy-cats from ‘Sound of Music’ because there are some big people who said, ‘I can’t do that,'” Greenblatt said for “A Few Good Men” casting.

In addition to talent getting excited, the entire Hollywood community has welcomed the live programming wave.

“We got a call out of the blue from Tyler Perry,” Zadan said. “He called and he said, ‘I’m calling to help you because I’m going to mobilize a social media campaign for ‘The Wiz’ because this has to succeed.’ He called Oprah and he called everyone else that he knows and they started tweeting…the support that we got from the community was so overwhelming…because they know that failure means there won’t be anymore. We needed those ratings for this to continue because they’re so expensive.”

The new trend of TV musicals come with a learning curve — and being the first live play on television in decades, “A Few Good Men” even more so.

“I have been for years wanting to see live theater come back to television,” Sorkin said. “I was thinking, ‘Boy I hope [NBC] expands into non-musicals next’ — not thinking for a second that my play would be the canary in the coal mine.’

Surely Sorkin’s revitalized play will launch a new wave of more live plays on television, just like “The Sound of Music” inspired more NBC musicals, including “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz,” and Fox’s “Grease Live.” And up next at the broadcast networks is Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and ABC’s “Dirty Dancing.”

“There are no barriers between Broadway, movies and television anymore,” Greenblatt said. “Tt’s completely interwoven now.”

Up next for NBC is “Hairspray Live” in December. But, Greenblatt teased that it won’t be long for “A Few Good Men” to come.

“We’re probably going to do it in February,” the NBC exec revealed. “We haven’t locked in the date.”

While February will bring a new cast and a new script to Sorkin’s hit, he assures that the live production will stay true to form.

Quoting the film’s most famous line, Sorkin quipped: “It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Man.’ You can’t handle the truth! It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Men.'”


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Stranger Things: Watch First Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

9 June 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The truth… just may be in Hawkins, Ind.

That’s our takeaway from the first trailer for Stranger Things, an X-Files-by-way-of-Stand-By-Me supernatural drama, starring Winona Ryder, that debuts on Netflix this summer.

Set in the Midwest in the 1980s, the series follows the hunt for a boy who goes missing under very odd circumstances. Ryder (Reality Bites) plays his mother, Joyce, whose desire to find her son “unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl,” per the official description. Meanwhile, the boy’s friends’ efforts to make sense of what »

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The True Story Behind Orange Is the New Black

3 June 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you're a fan of Orange Is the New Black, then you know by now that it's based on the real experiences of Piper Kerman. Kerman, known as Piper Chapman (and played by Taylor Schilling) on the show, published a bestselling memoir of the same name. While Kerman says the show, headed by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, is not a docudrama whatsoever, her real-life experience does come through in the series. Obviously, the show has diverted a lot since we've been through seasons two and three, (plus the upcoming fourth season!) but here are factual details that inspired the series. The Crime After college, the real Piper Kerman fell for a woman caught up in an international drug ring. In the book, she calls her Nora, and if you watch the show, you know her as Alex (played by Laura Prepon). The real Piper smuggled $10,000 from Chicago to Brussels, Belgium, »

- Annie Gabillet

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Jenji Kohan Producing Netflix Comedy Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ About ’80s Female Wrestling League

31 May 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has greenlit “G.L.O.W.,” a comedy series based on the 1980’s female wrestling league, which will be exec produced by Jenji Kohan, Variety has learned.

Founded in the mid-’80s, G.L.O.W. — which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — was a popular professional wrestling troupe on a self-titled show that ran until 1990, and also toured for live shows.

Inspired by the real story behind the wrestlers, the half-hour series will be the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. “G.L.O.W.” will be set in Los Angeles and is described as showcasing “big hair and body slams.”

In 2011, a critically-praised and award-winning documentary on the group, titled “Glow: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” was released. The upcoming comedy series is an extension of the “G. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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First trailer for police drama Apb

17 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox has released the first trailer for its upcoming police drama Apb. Inspired by true events, the show follows an eccentric tech billionaire who purchases a trouble precinct and looks to turn it around with a high-tech, cutting edge approach. Take a look here…

Police work isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. Inspired by true events, Apb is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (Lucifer, “Underworld”) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”). Sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption: the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department is spiraling out of control. Enter billionaire engineer Gideon Reeves (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, “Tyrant,” “Weeds”). After his best friend is murdered in a botched attempted robbery, and the killer remains at large, Gideon demands justice. Putting up millions of dollars of his own money, he makes an unprecedented »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Prison Break,’ ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and More Trailers From Fox’s 2016-17 Season

16 May 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.


Lethal Weapon

Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

The Exorcist

Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. »

- Laura Prudom

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