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TVLine Items: John Stamos Joins You, Grand Tour Celeb Guests and More

TVLine Items: John Stamos Joins You, Grand Tour Celeb Guests and More
John Stamos is coming between Penn Badgley and the object of his obsession.

The Scream Queens and Fuller House star will recur on Lifetime’s upcoming psychological thriller You, from executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Sera Gamble (The Magicians, Supernatural), our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell Joins Cast of Lifetime Thriller You

Based on the Caroline Kepnes novel, the series follows bookstore owner Joe (Gossip Girl vet Badgley), who becomes obsessed with aspiring writer Beck (Once Upon a Time‘s Elizabeth Lail) and uses social media to keep tabs on her and
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‘The Last Post’ Trailer: Peter Moffat Follows Up ‘The Night Of’ With a Period Drama for Amazon — Watch

‘The Last Post’ Trailer: Peter Moffat Follows Up ‘The Night Of’ With a Period Drama for Amazon — Watch
Amazon has released the trailer for “The Last Post,” a new series from Peter Moffat. The writer, whose “Criminal Justice” inspired “The Night Of,” based this period drama on his childhood memories of his father’s career in the Royal Military Police. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Read More:‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

Here’s the synopsis: “‘The Last Post’ is set during the social and political unrest of the mid-sixties, in the simmering heat of Aden, Yemen, and centers on the lives of a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families. In ‘The Last Post,’ the men in the police unit don’t have easy jobs: half soldiers, half policemen and full time husbands and fathers who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Based on Peter Moffat’s childhood memories,
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‘The Last Post’ Trailer: Peter Moffat Follows Up ‘The Night Of’ With a Period Drama for Amazon — Watch

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‘The Last Post’ Trailer: Peter Moffat Follows Up ‘The Night Of’ With a Period Drama for Amazon — Watch
Amazon has released the trailer for “The Last Post,” a new series from Peter Moffat. The writer, whose “Criminal Justice” inspired “The Night Of,” based this period drama on his childhood memories of his father’s career in the Royal Military Police. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Read More:‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

Here’s the synopsis: “‘The Last Post’ is set during the social and political unrest of the mid-sixties, in the simmering heat of Aden, Yemen, and centers on the lives of a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families. In ‘The Last Post,’ the men in the police unit don’t have easy jobs: half soldiers, half policemen and full time husbands and fathers who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Based on Peter Moffat’s childhood memories,
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4 Burning Questions People Has in Sherri Papini's Bizarre Abduction Case — 1 Year After She Vanished, Then Reappeared

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Nov. 2, 2017.

It’s been a year since California mother-of-two Sherri Papini seemed to vanish — without a trace — while going for a jog near her home in Redding on Nov. 2, 2016.

Twenty-two days after she suddenly disappeared, she was just as suddenly found alive on the side of a rural road in Yolo County, California, about 150 miles south of Redding.

According to authorities and her family, her body was emaciated, shackled, bruised and branded. She weighed just 87 lbs.

For months the mystery of what really happened to Papini perplexed both law enforcement and the public.
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The Sherri Papini Case One Year Later: What Is the Truth About the Abducted California Mom?

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Nov. 1, 2017.

On Nov. 2, 2016, Sherri Papini vanished without a trace while jogging near her Redding, California, home. Papini’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and a $50,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts — as well as many theories about what happened to the now 35-year-old mother of two.

Papini reappeared 22 days later, on Thanksgiving morning, under mysterious circumstances. A motorist spotted Papini, who was emaciated and weighed only 87 lbs., frantically waving on the side a rural Yolo County, California, road — about 150 miles south of her home.

Papini was bound at the waist by a chain,
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Meek Mill Violated Probation, Judge Sends Him Back to Prison

  • TMZ
Meek Mill's most recent arrests didn't sit well with the judge, who's sending the rapper to prison for a minimum of 2 years for violating probation. Meek was in a Philadelphia court Monday when the judge ruled he'd violated probation from his 2009 drug and weapons case by getting busted for a St. Louis airport fight ... and his reckless driving arrest in NYC. Even though both cases were dropped, the judge said the arrests alone were
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'NCIS' Recap: Reeves Shares a Painful Secret

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'NCIS' Recap: Reeves Shares a Painful Secret
Last time on NCIS, Palmer stepped into Ducky's shoes while Ducky is teaching a semester at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. We also met Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, played by Maria Bello. I think it would be fair to say that her introduction to the team is off to a rocky start.

In this episode of NCIS, titled "Fake It 'Til You Make It," Reeves witnesses his friend's kidnapping, and McGee deals with his awkward teenage years.
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TVLine Items: Good Wife Creators' New Show, Fixer Upper Premiere and More

TVLine Items: Good Wife Creators' New Show, Fixer Upper Premiere and More
The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King are headed back into the courtroom.

Showtime has given a series commitment to Your Honor, a legal thriller written by Peter Moffat (the UK’s Criminal Justice, which was the basis for HBO’s The Night Of) and executive-produced by the Kings.

RelatedThe Good Fight‘s Erica Tazel Exits as Series Regular Ahead of Season 2

Per the official description, the show “follows the son of a respected judge who is involved in a hit-and-run. Soon after, they are both drawn into a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices when
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Showtime Nabs ‘Your Honor’ Legal Drama From Peter Moffat, Robert & Michelle King and CBS Studios With Series Commitment

CBS TV Studios’ high-profile legal thriller drama Your Honor has landed at sibling premium cable network Showtime with a series commitment. The Scripted World-produced project, based on the hot Israeli drama format Your Honor (Kvodo), has been shepherded by the creators of two acclaimed legal drama series: Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO's Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife's Robert and Michelle…
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Showtime Nabs Legal Thriller From 'Good Wife' Creators

Showtime continues to add to its drama roster.

The premium cable network has handed out a series commitment for a legal thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. While not a straight-to-series order, it means that if the project does not go forward, Showtime will have to pay a massive series penalty. 

Your Honor will be written and executive produced by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat, whose BBC drama Criminal Justice inspired HBO's Emmy-nominated limited series The Night Of. The Kings will exec produce.

Your Honor is described as a legal thriller that rips through Chicago society....
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Pregnant 16-Year-Old Killed and Stuffed in Suitcase Allegedly By Boyfriend and His Mother

The body of Emely Peguero, a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic, was found in a suitcase on the side of the road on Friday.

Fetal remains were found in the body of Peguero—who was confirmed to be five months pregnant—and tests also showed that her uterus was punctured and she suffered a blunt blow to the head, according to the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic. The horrific tragedy has caused countrywide outrage and international attention.

Marlon Martinez, the boyfriend of the 16-year-old and a U.S citizen, and his mother Marlyn Martinez have since been detained after
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Ben Whishaw Joins Hugh Grant in BBC’s ‘A Very English Scandal’

Ben Whishaw Joins Hugh Grant in BBC’s ‘A Very English Scandal’
Ben Whishaw is set to play Hugh Grant’s ex-lover in “A Very English Scandal” for BBC One, writer Russell T. Davies said at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival on Friday.

Whishaw will star as Norman Scott, the ex-lover of disgraced British politician Jeremy Thorpe, played by Grant. In 1979, Thorpe, then leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, was accused of conspiring to murder Scott. He was the first British politician in modern times to stand trial for murder.

The three-part drama is based on a book by British journalist John Preston and written by Davies, who created the modern iteration of “Doctor Who” in 2005 and has more recently created gay dramas “Cucumber” and “Banana,” for Channel 4 and E4, respectively. It will be directed by Stephen Frears, whose latest film, “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Judi Dench, sees its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on
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CBS TV Studios Sets ‘Your Honor’ Drama From Peter Moffat And Robert & Michelle King Based On Israeli Series

CBS TV Studios is developing a drama series based on the hot Israeli drama format Your Honor (Kvodo). The U.S. adaptation, eyed for premium cable and streaming networks, will be shepherded by the creators of two acclaimed legal drama series, Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s praised limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King. Written by British TV writer/playwright Moffat, Your Honor follows the son…
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Amazon Enlists In BBC’s ‘The Last Post’; ’60s Drama Hails From Peter Moffat

Amazon has boarded the Peter Moffat-created drama The Last Post as an Amazon Original in the U.S. where it will be available later this year. The six-part period series is set in the 1960s and centers on the lives of a Royal Military Police unit and their families in Aden, Yemen. It’s based on the childhood memories of Moffat who created the UK’s Criminal Justice and is now an Ep on its U.S. version, HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Night Of. The Last Post, which will air on BBC O…
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James Bond: Three Rumored Director Frontrunners — We Break Them Down!

Slowly but surely, the 25th James Bond film is starting to take shape. A couple weeks ago, Craig was rumored to be on his way back to the franchise. Soon after that, MGM and Eon announced an official release date for the new flick, and just yesterday, the New York Times made a report that all but confirmed that Daniel Craig would be returning to the role of James Bond.

Related: Daniel Craig's Return To Bond Is A 'Done Deal'

So what’s next for the film? The next big slot to fill is the director’s chair. Who would be the one to take this upcoming film to fruition? Most recently, there have been rumblings around Christopher Nolan as a potential helmer, but he’s all but said that he wouldn’t do a film that wouldn’t need him, and by all accounts, their re-hiring of Daniel Craig
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TV diversity scheme reveals 2018 details

  • ScreenDaily
Initiative aimed at experienced professionals sends one participant to attend a showrunner programme in La.

London and La-based media consultancy MediaXchange has revealed details of the 2018 edition of its diversity scheme to support UK Bame (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) television workers.

Open to scriptwriters, creative and executive producers, writer-directors and broadcaster and production company executives, entrants must have substantial credits or experience at a management level.

A judging panel will select one participant who will be given the chance to attend MediaXchange’s week-long Showrunner TV Drama Exchange programme in Los Angeles, which will take place in spring 2018.

There, the participant will be able to network with Us showrunners and executives, gaining insight into how Us TV shows are developed, run and maintained.

Last year’s prize was won by Pier Wilkie [pictured], whose credits at the BBC include Don’t Take My Baby, The Song Of Lunch, Criminal Justice and Shakespeare Retold: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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Cold Justice Returns to TV with a Chilling New Season

Cold Justice Returns to TV with a Chilling New Season
Cold Justice is back — and People’s got the exclusive look at its big return.

Dick Wolf’s popular true-crime show, about veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler and the cold cases she helps solve, is coming back to TV after a nearly two year hiatus. And this time, it’s got a whole new look and a whole new network.

The show, which premiered on TNT in 2013 and aired for three seasons, will make its new home on TV’s newest true-crime network Oxygen — with new episodes premiering this summer.

This season, Siegler will be joined by her band of seasoned
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Watch Samantha Bee Slam Jeff Sessions' Draconian Drug Sentencing Policy

Watch Samantha Bee Slam Jeff Sessions' Draconian Drug Sentencing Policy
Samantha Bee eviscerated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for increasing sentences for non-violent offenders caught with drugs. This is a reversal of a policy put in place former president Barack Obama, who aimed to reduce jail time for some non-violent, drug-related crimes.

"The worst weapon in the decades-long War on Drugs were mandatory minimum sentences," Bee declared. Later she added, "It's like Trump nominated a VHS tape of Reefer Madness to run his Justice Department."

Bee argued that modifying or eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing is a rare idea with bipartisan support.
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Chicken & Egg Pictures unveils Diversity Fellows

Participants receive mentorship, $5,000 grant, and Doc NYC festival retreat.

Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the second year of its Diversity Fellows Initiative in support of five projects directed by women of colour making their first or second films.

The 2017 Diversity Fellows Initiative projects are: How To Have An American Baby directed by Leslie Tai; Warrior Women co-directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle; Untitled Race & Criminal Justice Project directed by Ursula Liang; It Rains directed by Carolina Corral; and The Other Half Of The African Sky directed by Tapiwa Chipfupa.

The projects are chosen from a pool of international applicants for the Accelerator Lab Open Call.

Diversity Fellows receive tailored mentorship and workshops, as well as a $5,000 grant and a retreat to the Doc NYC film festival.

At Doc NYC, diversity Fellows will pitch their project to potential funders, producers and broadcasters.

“The Diversity Fellows Initiative provides emerging women filmmakers of colour the practical skill sets needed
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Participants of Diversity Fellows Initiative

Leslie Tai will participate in the Diversity Fellow initiative: leslietai.com

Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the newest participants of their Diversity Fellows Initiative. Now in its second year, the program supports non-fiction projects directed by women of color. The five participants, chosen from a pool of international applicants for the Accelerator Lab Open Call, are making their first or second films.

This year’s crop of films look at birthing vacations in the U.S., the fight for Indigenous rights, and how communities of color navigate the criminal justice system. The lab participants are Leslie Tai, collaborators Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle, Ursula Liang, Carolina Corral, and Tapiwa Chipfupa.

Participants of the Diversity Fellows Initiative will receive both professional and creative support, including a $5,000 grant, mentorship, workshops, and a retreat to the Doc NYC film festival. “At Doc NYC, Diversity Fellows will be given the opportunity to pitch their project to industry decision-makers such as potential funders, producers, broadcasters, [and] supporters for their film,” a press release from Chicken & Egg details.

“The Diversity Fellows Initiative provides emerging women filmmakers of color the practical skillsets needed to navigate the highly competitive industry of nonfiction filmmaking, but it also offers the industry a chance to engage with talented new voices and diverse perspectives,” commented Lucila Moctezuma, Program Director at Chicken & Egg Pictures. She stressed, “It’s not just an opportunity for new filmmakers; it’s an opportunity for the industry as well.”

Check out more details about the participants’ projects below, courtesy of Chicken & Egg.

How to Have an American Baby

Directed by Leslie Tai (Us)

“How to Have an American Baby” is a kaleidoscopic voyage that travels behind closed doors into the booming shadow economy that caters to affluent Chinese tourists who travel to the Us on birthing vacations — in order to give birth and obtain Us citizenship for their babies. Tracing the underground supply chain from Beijing and Shanghai to Los Angeles, the film weaves together vignettes and deeply private moments. In bedrooms, delivery rooms, and family meetings, the story of a hidden global economy emerges — depicting the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people caught in the web of its influence.

Warrior Women

Co-directed by Christina D. King & Elizabeth Castle (Us)

The women of the American Indian Movement fight from a vulnerable place only matriarchs can understand — it is a battle for their children and the culture they hope to preserve for them. “Warrior Women” chronicles the struggle of Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcy Gilbert, a Lakota mother and daughter whose fight for indigenous rights started in the 1970s and continues today at Standing Rock. Through archival footage, verité, and video art, we experience Thunder Hawk’s dedication to Red Power and come to understand that activism is necessary for the very survival and success of Native culture and values for the next generation.

Untitled Race & Criminal Justice Project

Directed by Ursula Liang (Us)

A nuanced look at how two communities of color navigate an uneven criminal justice system, anchored by one polarizing New York City case.

It Rains

Directed by Carolina Corral (Mexico)

Since Oliver was killed, he communicates with his mother María through the rain. He let her know the attorney’s office buried him, along with 117 other corpses, in a hidden mass grave. This sparks a new life mission for María: to hold the government accountable for exhuming them all and returning the bodies back to the families who have been looking for them for years.

The Other Half of the African Sky

Directed by Tapiwa Chipfupa (Zimbabwe)

The Other Half Of The African Sky” follows filmmaker Tapiwa Chipfupa’s attempts to reconcile her estrangement from her family, triggered by a disagreement over her marriage. Through encounters with other women from all walks of life facing their own predicaments, Tapiwa explores how women hold up their half of the sky under a very constrictive and constantly contradictory environment in this very personal, brutally honest, and intriguing document of the disparities and the vast contradictions that women face in contemporary Zimbabwe. The film gives voice to the hopes, fears, and dreams of Zimbabwe’s women while simultaneously revealing a country in flux.

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