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What They Watch: The TV Diaries of Dynasty Showrunner Sallie Patrick

What They Watch: The TV Diaries of Dynasty Showrunner Sallie Patrick
Welcome to the official launch of E! News' newest weekly feature, What They Watch, a profile of those working in TV and their TV loves and habits both past and present.  If you're a lover of primetime soaps, Sallie Patrick is probably a name you should know.  Patrick served as producer and writer on ABC's Revenge, The CW's Life Unexpected, and CBS' short-lived Limitless (which was admittedly not exactly a soap, but was delightful nonetheless), but she's currently at the helm of The CW's reimagining of classic '80s drama Dynasty, which she developed alongside fellow TV geniuses Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Given its legendary source material, the show is...
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Shondaland Drama For the People Shuts Down Production Temporarily

Shondaland Drama For the People Shuts Down Production Temporarily
Filming on Shonda Rhimes‘ new legal drama will be taking a brief recess.

The ABC midseason series For the People has temporarily shut down production “for some additional script work,” according to our sister site Deadline. The delay is only expected to last about two and a half weeks and shouldn’t affect the planned rollout next year. (ABC hasn’t given For the People a premiere date yet.)

RelatedABC Titan Shonda Rhimes’ Defection to Netflix: Your Burning Qs Answered

Deadline chalks the delay up to the recent recasting of two key roles: Britt Robertson (Girlboss, Life Unexpected) took over
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notkatniss: someone: how are you me: Amazon Studios has put in development Cleopatra, a drama series...

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me: Amazon Studios has put in development Cleopatra, a drama series about the famous Egyptian queen. The project hails from the Black Sails trio of co-creators/executive producers Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive producer Dan Shotz. Written by Levine, Cleopatra is described as a revisionist take on one of history’s most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom. In addition to writing, Levine is executive producing alongside Steinberg and Shotz of Quaker Moving Pictures and Mary Beth Basile (Life Unexpected) of Basile Ring Entertainment.
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Britt Robertson to Star in Shondaland ABC Drama For the People in Recast

ABC’s new legal drama has announced a change in representation at the top.

RelatedABC Fall Premiere Dates: Xl Grey’s Return, Scandal‘s Swan Song and More

Britt Robertson will now star in the upcoming Shondaland drama For the People, replacing Britne Oldford, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Robertson will play the lead role of Sandra, a fiercely independent public defender who was driven to become a lawyer after her family suffered a grave injustice. (Oldford played Sandra in the original pilot.)

People, centering on a group of young lawyers working on both sides of the courtroom, is slated to debut at midseason,
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Writing from Pain and Joy, ‘Too Close to Home’ Panel, Atx Festival

Catharsis was the word of the day yesterday, at least for an hour at the Atx Television Festival. In the ‘Too Close to Home’ panel four writer-producers talked about how they took their personal (often painful) experiences, bounced them around the writers room and turned them into scenes, subplots or episodes. Natalie Abrams from Entertainment Weekly moderated the panel consisting of Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected), David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), Robia Rachid (Atypical). Ms Tigelaar discussed her experience growing up adopted in Dallas, TX in the 1980s. When she realized she’d been adopted, her parents told her

Writing from Pain and Joy, ‘Too Close to Home’ Panel, Atx Festival
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Drama About Cleopatra in the Works at Amazon

Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra

History nerds, rejoice: Amazon Studios is developing a drama about Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra. Described as a revisionist take “on one of history’s most misunderstood women,” “Cleopatra” takes place after its titular character nearly dies in a bloody coup. Deadline summarizes, “Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.”

The series hails from “Black Sails” creators Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive producer Dan Shotz. Mary Beth Basile (“Life Unexpected”) is among the project’s other EPs.

Cleopatra was born around 69 B.C. and killed herself in 30 B.C. The most famous onscreen depiction of the ruler is 1963’s “Cleopatra,” an Oscar-winning biopic starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Amazon’s current slate of series includes “Transparent” and “I Love Dick,” both from Jill Soloway, and Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody’s “One Mississippi.”

Drama About Cleopatra in the Works at Amazon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Ingrid Michaelson to Star in Hulu Series from Liz Tigelaar

Ingrid Michaelson: Michaelson’s official site

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is heading to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter writes that she’ll star in Hulu’s “The Way I Am,” a semi-autobiographical series she co-created with “Casual” showrunner Liz Tigelaar. The half-hour single-camera comedy shares its name with one of Michaelson’s highest-charting singles.

Michaelson has previous acting experience. She studied theater at Binghamton University, where she was a member of “a theater repertory company and the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group,” THR writes. She started playing piano when she was just four years old, and released her debut album in 2005.

The project has secured a script commitment following “a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding,” THR reports. Tigelaar will pen the script. She’ll also serve as executive producer alongside Michaelson and Lynn Grossman.

“I believe in myself and I’m very supportive of my female friends and artists, Michaelson has said. “When I first started, there were definitely people who said I shouldn’t wear my glasses. But I hate contacts. I’m not getting Lasik and I’m pretty blind, so I’m wear my glasses. My mother wore her glasses never did her nails or made up her hair. I’ve never called myself a feminist; I just was one since birth,” she observed. She added, “If you love yourself and respect yourself and you’re proud of yourself and you’re a woman, you’re a feminist. There’s a sliding scale of feminism whether you’re extremely vocal about it or not. I think you can be quietly feminist and have your own core strength. To each her own.”

Tigelaar created the CW family drama “Life Unexpected.” She’s written for series such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” and “Brothers & Sisters.” Tiglaar has a TV adaptation of Jami Attenberg’s 2012 novel “The Middlesteins” in the works at Showtime.

Ingrid Michaelson to Star in Hulu Series from Liz Tigelaar was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Girlboss Star Britt Robertson, Ep Tease Netflix Comedy's 'Underdog' Story

Girlboss Star Britt Robertson, Ep Tease Netflix Comedy's 'Underdog' Story
Don’t let the title of Netflix’s new comedy Girlboss fool you: Although its protagonist does find success in the business world eventually, she begins the series at the very bottom rung of the corporate ladder.

Actually, when we first meet Sophia, the ladder doesn’t even exist.

RelatedJane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez to Voice Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego

Girlboss — which drops on the streaming site Friday — is loosely based on the life of Sophia Amoruso, who founded the fashion brand Nasty Gal after first building an empire on eBay, where she resold vintage clothing that she bought for very little.
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Girlboss Introduces Britt Robertson's Fashionista-in-Training: Watch Trailer

Girlboss Introduces Britt Robertson's Fashionista-in-Training: Watch Trailer
“Go ahead, underestimate me,” Britt Robertson’s Sophia growls in the new trailer for Netflix’s Girlboss, “I’ve got it all figured out.”

Yeah, we kinda doubt that, based on what we see in the Netflix series’ new trailer, which was released Monday. But she’s certainly on her way.

Let's do this. @Netflix Original Series #Girlboss arrives April 21. pic.twitter.com/0sWKsIB5Eb

Girlboss (@girlbossnetflix) April 3, 2017

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The upcoming dramedy, which launches April 21, follows Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, who turned her travails
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‘UnReal’ Star Shiri Appleby Inks Overall TV Producing Deal With A+E Studios

‘UnReal’ Star Shiri Appleby Inks Overall TV Producing Deal With A+E Studios
Shiri Appleby has inked an overall deal with A+E Studios for television producing, Variety has learned.

Under the multi-year pact, Appleby — who stars in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” which hails from A+E Studios — will develop, create and produce original programming for both the A+E portfolio of network and other buyers. All projects created under the deal will be produced by Appleby’s banner, Appletree Pictures.

Along with the deal, Appleby will also serve as a brand ambassador for A+E Studios and Lifetime, representing the brands are various events throughout the year.

“Shiri is a phenomenal talent, and working closely with her on ‘UnREAL’ has been both a personal and professional highlight. I look forward to bringing her distinct voice to new projects at A+E Studios,” said Erica Bello, vice president of creative affairs at A+E Studios.

Appleby commented, “I’m so grateful to A+E Studios for this incredible opportunity and can
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Anne of Green Gables Adaptation, Girlboss Premieres Set at Netflix

Anne of Green Gables Adaptation, Girlboss Premieres Set at Netflix
Two very different, yet incredibly forthright, ladies are about to make their Netflix debuts.

Anne, the streaming video site’s adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel, will premiere on Friday, May 12, Netflix announced Wednesday.

Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) will serve as writer and showrunner of Anne‘s eight-episode first season, in which a 13-year-old redhead orphan named Anne is sent to live with an elderly woman and her brother in 1890. The series will expand on the original concept by dealing with issues of sexism, bullying and prejudice, among others.

In other premiere news, Girlboss, a comedy
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Britt Robertson Loves Dr. Phil, and More Tidbits From The Space Between Us Set

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Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield come from two different worlds - at least they do in the new movie The Space Between Us. Coming out on Friday, the sci-fi romance tells the tale of Tulsa (Robertson) and Gardner (Butterfield), teens who begin a friendship online. What Tulsa doesn't know is that Gardner is from Mars. (Now is the time for any "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus" jokes you want to toss out.) We visited the film's Albuquerque set back in October 2015 and chatted with the down-to-Earth actors . . . see what I did there? Because it's a movie about space. Here's what we learned from the budding* superstars! Robertson loves Dr. Phil: "Today I watched a really crazy episode of Dr. Phil that I recorded yesterday. It was about the Subway guy, Jared, and the tapes. They play all the recordings of when he was speaking to this
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Gabriel Iglesias Comedy From Ep Ryan Seacrest in the Works at ABC

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Gabriel Iglesias Comedy From Ep Ryan Seacrest in the Works at ABC
ABC has put into development a Gabriel Iglesias comedy from executive producer Ryan Seacrest, TheWrap has learned. Written by “Nashville” and “Life Unexpected” alum Taylor Hamra, the untitled comedy follows a commitment-phobe bachelor as he reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since pre-school. Iglesias is attached to star as well as executive produce the project alongside Hamra and Seacrest, as well as Nina Wass and Andrea Shay of Ryan Seacrest Productions. Also Read: Pilot Season 2017: TheWrap's Complete Guide The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios. Joe Meloche, Jay Lavender,
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Gabriel Iglesias to Star in ABC Comedy From Ryan Seacrest

ABC looking to Cristela alum Gabriel Iglesias for its next comedy.

The network is teaming with exec producer Ryan Seacrest for a comedy starring the Cristela alum and stand-up comedian, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The comedy, which is in development, revolves around a commitment-phobe bachelor who reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since preschool. Iglesias is attached to star.

The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios and will be written by Taylor Hamra (Nashville, Dallas, Life Unexpected). Seacrest will exec produce alongside his Ryan Seacrest Productions' Nina Wass and...
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This Is Us Casts The Walking Dead's Alexandra Breckenridge as Pearson Pal

This Is Us Casts The Walking Dead's Alexandra Breckenridge as Pearson Pal
This Is Us‘ Kate has been having a rough time lately. That’s why it’s a good thing (we think) that she’ll have an old friend around soon.

The Walking Dead‘s Alexandra Breckenridge is joining the NBC comedy as Sophie, one of Kate’s childhood pals, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Breckenridge will recur on the family drama, which airs its fall finale Tuesday at 9/8c. No word on whether Sophie’s re-entry into Kate’s life will affect her recent decision to undergo weight-loss surgery.
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Ratings: Supergirl Soars to CW Highs, Lucifer Eyes Biggest Season 2 Audience

Ratings: Supergirl Soars to CW Highs, Lucifer Eyes Biggest Season 2 Audience
Supergirl on Monday night (technically!) kicked off the #DCWeek “Heroes v Aliens” crossover event with 3.5 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, rising 33 and 20 percent week-to-week to hit and match its best numbers on The CW to date.

RelatedSupergirl Recap: Earth-1 to Kara! (Plus, Let’s Talk About All That Kissing)

Jane the Virgin in turn marked its own season highs, up 20 and 25 percent to 1.2 mil and a 0.5. All told, The CW enjoyed its most-watched Monday night since Jan. 18, 2010 (when One Tree Hill/Life Unexpected averaged 2.5 mil), and its highest-rated one in five years.

RelatedJane the Virgin Fall Finale
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Exclusive: ‘UnREAL’ Star Shiri Appleby Finds Her Voice Behind the Camera

Exclusive: ‘UnREAL’ Star Shiri Appleby Finds Her Voice Behind the Camera
Earlier this year, Shiri Appleby fulfilled a goal she’d laid out for network executives while filming the pilot for Lifetime’s UnREAL: to direct an episode of the hit series. “I told them all that I’ve already done the work and was really hoping for the opportunity,” says Appleby, who plays weary reality dating competition producer Rachel Goldberg on the Bachelor-inspired drama.

Stepping behind the camera, the actress helmed the season-two episode “Casualty,” making her prime-time directorial debut. But this wasn’t merely a vanity project to appease a network star. For Appleby, it’s a next step in her career that she’s been working toward ever since the CW series Life Unexpected was canceled in 2011.

Still most famous for playing Liz Parker on Roswell at the time, Appleby was ready to take more control over her career. “I started feeling like I was capable of doing more than just acting,” she tells Et
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No Tomorrow: Will You Give The CW's Apocalyptic Rom-Com a Second Date?

No Tomorrow: Will You Give The CW's Apocalyptic Rom-Com a Second Date?
It’s the end of the world as we know it (maybe) on The CW’s new dramedy No Tomorrow, and the guy behind the doomsday theory is fiiiine. But did you fall for his charms like the show’s heroine did?

RelatedDynasty Reboot in the Works at The CW; Updated Version Will Be More Diverse

Before you chime in with your thoughts, a recap of Tuesday night’s premiere: Evie (The L.A. Complex‘s Tori Anderson) is a play-it-safe kind of gal who works at an Amazon-like company warehouse. She’s got a supportive family – maybe too supportive — that
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Lethal Weapon Recap: Smile, Though Your Heart Is Breaking

Lethal Weapon Recap: Smile, Though Your Heart Is Breaking
Need to catch up? Check out last week’s Lethal Weapon recap here.

In a recurring bit sprinkled throughout this week’s Lethal Weapon, Murtaugh and Riggs bicker about how best to describe their partnership. Are they surf and turf? Ham and pineapple? Chips and salsa? Tango and Cash? Starsky and Hutch?

Likewise, I spend a lot of the hour wondering the best way to describe this odd show to people who haven’t seen it. Action with heart? Comedy with action? Completely unbelievable stunts interspersed among fun-but-forgettable police cases? One man’s desperate cry for help flecked with one-liners
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Lethal Weapon: Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill) to Guest on Fox Series

Is Murtaugh too old for this? One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton will guest star in the first season of the Lethal Weapon TV show on Fox. TV Line reports she will play DEA Agent Megan Palmer, who is described as “tough and smart” and “not afraid to speak her mind.”Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected, Ringer) will also guest star in Lethal Weapon season one. The action-adventure crime drama stars Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh. The Lethal Weapon TV series cast also includes Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Johnathan Fernandez, Chandler Kinney, and Dante Brown.Read More…
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