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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President
Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

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Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and
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Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory

“The Tiger Company”

Lena Khan’s feature directorial debut has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Shout! Factory has acquired all of the North American rights to “The Tiger Hunter,” a timely comedy about a young immigrant’s life in the U.S.

Set in the 1970s, “The Tiger Hunter” follows Sami Malik (Danny Pudi, “Community”), a young Indian man who travels to to the U.S. with the hopes of becoming an an engineer, a job that will help him live up to the legacy of his father, who is a legendary tiger hunter, and impress his childhood crush. “When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is … or perhaps ever could be,” the project’s logline reads.

The supporting cast includes Karen David (“Once Upon a Time”) Rizwan Manji (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”).

Khan co-wrote the script with Sameer Gardezi (“Mr. Sunshine,” “Aliens in America”). The film was produced by Khan, Megha Kadakia, and Nazia Khan.

The Tiger Hunter” was partly “inspired both by my grandfather, who was a larger than life tiger hunter in India, and also from growing up hearing so much about what it was like for so many young immigrants like my father to come to America in the 1970s,” Khan has explained in an interview. “My dad, for example, once told me how he stole a stool sample from some Europeans in order to get an expedited Visa to America! And from there, I interviewed dozens of immigrants who came at the same time, and they had tons of heartfelt and hilarious stories that worked with the narrative I wanted to tell.” Since launching her career in the film industry, her goal has been “to make entertainment that calls attention to some of the more salient and overlooked social issues of our society.

Khan has previously directed three shorts: “A Land Called Paradise,” “The Sleeper Cell,” and “Circumstance.”

Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory 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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Netflix Orders High School-Set Teen Comedy Series Alexa & Katie

Netflix Orders High School-Set Teen Comedy Series Alexa & Katie
Netflix is setting its sights on a much lighter teen series, following the release of the high school drama 13 Reasons Why.

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The streaming service has given a 13-episode order to Alexa & Katie, a multi-camera sitcom starring Paris Berelc (Disney Xd’s Lab Rats: Elite Force, Mighty Med) and newcomer Isabel May, our sister site Deadline reports.

The series centers around lifelong best friends Alexa (Berelc) and Katie (May), who are eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. The pals confront a crisis that
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Supernatural's Richard Speight, Jr. on the Show's Wackiest Episode Yet

Supernatural's Richard Speight, Jr. on the Show's Wackiest Episode Yet
Supernatural has crafted a universe where fairies attack and Dorothy of Oz exists, but this may be the show’s wackiest scenario yet: Sam’s childhood imaginary friend isn’t all that imaginary — and he needs the Winchesters’ help!

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In tonight’s episode (The CW, 9/8c), the aforementioned pal, Sully (played by Mr. Sunshine‘s Nate Torrence), seeks out Sam and Dean when things get bloody in his world. Off screen, there was a returning friend involved in the action as well: the installment marks the TV directorial debut of actor Richard Speight,
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‘Supernatural’ Casts ‘Hello Ladies’ Star for Surreal Guest Role

‘Supernatural’ Casts ‘Hello Ladies’ Star for Surreal Guest Role
Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) will get a blast from the past in “Supernatural’s” upcoming 11th season. The CW’s enduring horror series has cast Nate Torrence as Sully, Sam’s imaginary friend from childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sully appears in episode 1108, titled “Just My Imagination,” because he needs Sam and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) help. The episode will be directed by “Supernatural” alum Richard Speight Jr., who memorably played the angel Gabriel (and moonlighted as The Trickster) in various episodes between seasons two and nine. Speight and fellow “Supernatural” fan favorite Rob Benedict also moderated the show’s 2015 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and are currently working on a crowdfunded webseries called “Kings of Con” which raised almost $300,000 earlier this year.

Torrence was most recently seen in Fox’s midseason comedy “Weird Loners,” and previously appeared on HBO’s “Hello Ladies,” ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine” and NBC’s
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Shaft Remake In The Works With Black-ish Creator

With its Vacation remake out this Friday, New Line is already reaching back to the ’70s to dust off another title. Shaft, the cult 1971 Blaxploitation flick starring Richard Roundtree, is being remade with a new script from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs.

John Davis, who produced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well as the upcoming Victor Frankenstein, will produce this new take alongside Ira Napoliello.

The plan is for Shaft to adhere to the action roots of the original while adopting a comedic tone – perhaps in line with Sony’s 21 Jump Street remakes.

The original film centered on a private detective (Roundtree) who was hired to find a missing girl in Harlem. It attracted praise and criticism for its place in the Blaxploitation genre – though films like Shaft seemed to empower black individuals and afford black actors the opportunities to
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‘Shaft’ Remake Gears Up With ‘Black-ish’ Creator

‘Shaft’ Remake Gears Up With ‘Black-ish’ Creator
New Line’s reboot of the “Shaft” franchise is gaining traction with a pair of writers on board — “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Goldbergs” executive producer Alex Barnow.

New Line began developing a new “Shaft” earlier this year by acquiring the remake rights and setting up the latest version with producer John Davis.

MGM’s 1971 blaxploitation film was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft was portrayed by Richard Roundtree, who navigates mob neighborhoods in New York City to find the missing daughter of a mobster.

The film was a major success at the box office, pulling in $13 million on a budget of $500,000. Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for original song. Parks and Roundtree also teamed on “Shaft’s Big Score” in 1972 and “Shaft in Africa” in 1973. “Shaft” was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry
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Mr. Robot: Can the USA Network Computer Drama Hack It?

Mr. Robot: Can the USA Network Computer Drama Hack It?
“I know what it’s like to be different. I’m very different, too.”

That confession, uttered by protagonist Elliot on Mr. Robot‘s series premiere, might just be the understatement of the year.

As we quickly learn in the USA Network hacker drama, which premiered Wednesday, Elliot (Rami Malek, The War at Home) is exceedingly unique. A cybersecurity engineer by day, Elliot spends his nights as a vigilante hacker, prying into the computer files of pedophiles and cheaters who don’t want anyone to know they’re pedophiles and cheaters. (Case in point: Elliot kicks off the pilot episode
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USA Network's Mr. Robot Adds Shield, Queer as Folk and Smash Alums

Fresh off its feting at the Tribeca Film Festival, USA Network’s Mr. Robot has fleshed out its cast.

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Premiering June 24, the techno thriller stars Rami Malek (The Pacific) as Elliot, a cyber-security engineer by day/vigilante hacker by night who is recruited by the leader (Christian Slater) of an underground group to destroy the very firm, E Corp, he is paid to protect. The regular cast also includes Portia Doubleday (Mr. Sunshine), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallström.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Michele Hicks (The Shield) has boarded
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The Television of Career of Matthew Perry

If you have read any of my previous work here at TVOvermind (and I hope you have), you can get a pretty good grasp of which television shows I love. One of those series is Friends, which ran on NBC from 1994-2004. I have wrote dozens of articles devoted to the series, including picking the best episodes from each season and ranking the boyfriends and girlfriends of our favorite group of six. One of the actors of the series is currently starring on a new CBS sitcom. That man is Matthew Perry, and he and Thomas Lennon are the lead characters on the remake of the classic series The Odd Couple. Matthew Perry has a career in television that spans over five decades. We decided to take a look at the 45-year-old actor’s career, which includes some highs (Friends) and some lows (Mr. Sunshine). First Role (1979) Matthew Perry would first grace the screens of…
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The Odd Couple Review – TV CBS

Rebooting The Odd Couple is a dangerous game, and adding to the mix of potential kills, Matthew Perry just can’t catch a new sit-com break.

Studio 60 should have killed, Mr. Sunshine was rather funny, and though I wasn’t a believer in Go On for a while, it got to me after a few episodes. None of them lasted two dozen episodes, but they didn’t get yanked after, let’s say, four either, so they got some chance to get moving. For whatever reason, where other Friends stars have had certain success (Joey, oddly enough, has one of the best shows on television right now), there’s a certain, “Look Dude, you’re Chandler,” vibe that seems to still be following Perry.

More importantly, there’s something very ’70s about The Odd Couple, as a play, an idea, and something we have to work with week after week.
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Review: CBS' 'The Odd Couple' remake feels even older than the source material

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Review: CBS' 'The Odd Couple' remake feels even older than the source material
The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender. But the CBS version is the first to suggest the concept has lost its elasticity. It feels like nothing so much as a sock that won't stay up on its own, but which you can't throw out because you've had it around forever. This time around, Matthew Perry is Oscar and Thomas Lennon is Felix. Producer Bob Daily ("Frasier," "Desperate Housewives") has made a few nods to the changing era — Oscar is now
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What’s “Odd” is new again: Matthew Perry reboots The Odd Couple for CBS

One could excuse Matthew Perry if he feels snakebit. Since Friends disbanded in 2004, Perry has led respectable but ultimately rejected efforts in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On. Fortunately, Perry’s latest project, a sitcom reboot of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, has a few things going for it that his previous attempts did not. It’s got a solid foundation of well-known source material from the 1968 Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau film and the 1970s Tony Randall/Jack Klugman TV series. It’s got an incredibly simple premise. And it’s on CBS, who’s giving it a plum premiere … Continue reading →

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The Odd Couple Team Talks Rebooting 'Iconic, Timeless' Comedy Series

The Odd Couple Team Talks Rebooting 'Iconic, Timeless' Comedy Series
After spending 10 years in the role of Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry’s return to a multi-camera sitcom could have been daunting.

But the actor maintains that working on CBS’ The Odd Couple reboot has allowed him to check an item off the bucket list.

“It’s been a dream come true to play Oscar Madison,” Perry said Monday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “It’s been big shoes to fill, but we’re playing it differently.”

But that’s not to say Perry doesn’t get nervous, even after more than 200 episodes in front of a live audience on Friends.
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TheWrap’s 19 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2015: From ‘Better Call Saul’ to ‘Westworld’

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TheWrap’s 19 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2015: From ‘Better Call Saul’ to ‘Westworld’
Every year, TV networks trot out a raft of new offerings to compete for viewers’ eyeballs — an increasingly difficult task, given the ever-growing number of options available to the public. But even in what some have dubbed the new Golden Age of Television, there are bound to be some shows that are less deserving of your time than others.

In 2015, the viewing public will be faced with choices that include, not one, but two new shows from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan; an update on iconic sitcom “The Odd Couple;” and a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte
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‘Better Off Ted’ Star Andrea Anders Joins ‘Modern Family’ as Horrible Neighbor

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‘Better Off Ted’ Star Andrea Anders Joins ‘Modern Family’ as Horrible Neighbor
The Dunphys are about to get some annoying new neighbors. Andrea Anders has been cast in a recurring role on season 6 of ABC's “Modern Family,” playing wife to “Treme”‘s Steve Zahn and part of a horrible family who move in next door to the Dunphy family, played by Julie Bowen, Ty Burell, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould. Also read: Emmys Winners 2014: The Complete List Anders is a mainstay at ABC, where she also had starring roles on “Better Off Ted” and “Mr. Sunshine.” She is repped by Gersh and Jr Talent Group. “Modern Family,” which just won its fifth Emmy.
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TVLine Items: Modern Family Adds Anders, Office Vet to B99 and More

TVLine Items: Modern Family Adds Anders, Office Vet to B99 and More
Andrea Anders is moving into the neighborhood on Modern Family.

The Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine actress will recur on Season 6 as the matriarch of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan, EW.com reports.

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As previously reported, Steve Zahn (Treme, Mind Games) will play her husband, Ronnie.

Modern Family returns Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c.

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Andrea Anders returns to ABC on 'Modern Family'

Andrea Anders returns to ABC on 'Modern Family'
Modern Family has cast Andrea Anders for a recurring role in season 6, EW has learned exclusively.

Anders, who previously co-starred on ABC comedies Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine, will play Kim, the wife of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan. As previously announced, Treme’s Steve Zahn will play the husband, Ronnie.

Both will first appear in one of the early episodes of the upcoming sixth season.

Modern Family returns on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. Et on ABC.
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Allison Janney on Her Double Emmys Win and Post-‘West Wing’ Act in TV

Allison Janney on Her Double Emmys Win and Post-‘West Wing’ Act in TV
When “The West Wing” ended in 2006, Allison Janney was secretly terrified.

She worried she would never find another TV series role as powerful as the one she held in the Bartlet administration for seven seasons. She was nervous about being typecast as a specific breed of alpha-female. And she fretted that reality TV was going to take over network TV entirely, turning high-end scripted shows into endangered species.

Boy, was she wrong.

Janney, 54, is the embodiment of the extraordinary range of opportunities available to established actors in television’s ever-widening programming landscape. She took home two Emmys (Nos. 5 and 6 on her mantle) this month for her work in two very different series: the CBS comedy “Mom” and the Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex.”

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As fellow winner Julianna Margulies observed as she accepted her trophy for “The Good Wife” at the Aug. 25 Emmy Awards, “What a
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Allison Janney Thrives with Her Second Act in TV

Allison Janney Thrives with Her Second Act in TV
Allison Janney picked up Emmy No. 5 on Saturday at the Creative Arts kudos, but the bigger win for the actress has been the fact that she’s in the midst of an extraordinary second act in TV following her run on “The West Wing” more than a decade ago.

“I’m really lucky that I got to play this part. They don’t come around that often, these kinds of roles,” said Janney said backstage at the ceremony held at the Nokia Theater. She won for guest actress in a drama series for her role on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” And she’s a double nominee this year, for supporting comedy actress in the CBS comedy “Mom.”

Janney acknowledged her good fortune in landing not one but two meaty roles last year. It was not easy for her to move on after “West Wing” ended its seven-season run in 2006, she said.
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