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Emmys 2018 exclusive: Universal Television categories for ‘SNL,’ ‘Will and Grace,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Universal Television. For this season, the studio has returning Emmy contenders “Saturday Night Live” (Kate McKinnon) and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Ellie Kemper), the revival of previous champ “Will and Grace”, newcomers “A.P. Bio” (Glenn Howerton) and “Rise” (Josh Radnor) plus variety special “Jesus Christ Superstar” (John Legend) as part of their 2018 campaign.

Below, the list of Utv lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. This article includes shows they produce for NBC and such networks as Fox, Hulu and Netflix among others. More names might be added by the studio on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

If you’re looking for popular program “This Is Us” on this list, it is
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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law returning for new special

Eleven years after the original series ended its run, Adult Swim has announced that Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is returning later this year for a half-hour animated special.

Created by Erik Richter and Michael Ouweleen, who are executive producing the special, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law follows ex-superhero Harvey T. Birdman from Hanna-Barbera’s Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, who is now working as an attorney for Sebben & Sebben, a law firm staffed by former superheroes. Among their clients are various Hanna-Barbera characters such as Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo.

The half-hour special will see Birdman (Gary Cole) being appointed as Attorney General when his billionaire bos Phil Ken Sebben (Stephen Colbert) becomes the U.S. President. In this new role, it’s up to Birdman to find a way to remove the President from office before everyone starts to worry it’s more than the ridiculous plot to an animated show.
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TV News Roundup: ABC Sets ‘Take Two’ Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, ABC sets summer premiere dates for three of its series and Adult Swim announces new “Harvey Birdman” special.


ABC has set premiere dates for three of its summer series. “The Proposal,” a new dating show from the creator of “The Bachelor,” will have its series premiere June 18 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt and Season 3 of “Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, will return June 21 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. New crime drama “Take Two,” starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian, will follow, premiering June 21 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.


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‘Harvey Birdman, Attorney General’ Lands At Adult Swim With New Special

Fans of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law will be happy to know that the winged superhero is making his big return to Adult Swim with Harvey Birdman, Attorney General. The series is set to debut this fall. The new half-hour animated special will feature the original voice cast with Gary Cole voicing the titular hero and Stephen Colbert voicing megalomaniac billionaire President Phil Ken Sebben. The new special features Birdman as the country’s next Attorney General — as…
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Fox’s ‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’ Adds Ian Lake; Tamala Jones Joins ‘What Men Want’

Ian Lake has joined Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Keira Armstrong and Martin Donovan in the film adaptation of Garth Stein’s bestselling novel, The Art Of Racing In The Rain, from Fox 2000. It’s the story of aspiring race car driver Denny (Ventimiglia) and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve, their young daughter Zoe, and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo (Kevin Costner), who understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack…
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Gary Cole & Kathy Baker Cast In ‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’ From Fox 2000

Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, and Ryan Keira Armstrong round out the cast of Fox 2000's The Art Of Racing In The Rain, which has officially begun production. Milo Ventimiglia stars in the Simon Curtis-directed film adaptation of Garth Stein’s Nyt bestselling book about a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo, voiced by Kevin Costner. Written by Mark Bomback, the film follows aspiring Formula One race car driver, Denny (Ventimiglia), and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve…
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Gary Cole, Kathy Baker Join Milo Ventimiglia Drama ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

Gary Cole, Kathy Baker Join Milo Ventimiglia Drama ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’
Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong have joined Milo Ventimiglia’s drama “The Art of Racing in the Rain” for Fox 2000.

The movie has begun principal photography in Vancouver. The project is based on Garth Stein’s best-selling novel of the same name, narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo who has insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Ventimiglia will portray the dog’s owner, an aspiring Formula One race car driver. Amanda Seyfried will portray his spouse and Martin Donovan will play her father. Enzo is voiced by Kevin Costner.

The film is directed by Simon Curtis and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Patrick Dempsey, and Tania Landau. Donald J. Lee and Joannie Burstein are executive producers. The screenplay is by Mark Bomback (“War for the Planet of the Apes
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Ed Asner Attends 2nd Annual AutFest Film Festival

Sony Pictures Entertainment, ABC’s The Good Doctor, Netflix’s Atypical, and several filmmakers were honored for their contributions to autism awareness “From Spectrum to Screen” by the Autism Society of America at the 2nd Annual AutFest International Film Festival (April 28-29), held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

Ed Asner at 2nd Annual AutFest Film Festival

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AutFest screened over 16 feature films, shorts and television programs that promote autism awareness and/or are made by autistic filmmakers.

Seven-time Emmy winner and autism advocate Ed Asner presented Sony Pictures Entertainment with the AutFest Visionary Award, bestowed upon Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter at the festival’s closing reception. ABC’s The Good Doctor and Netflix’s Atypical received Spotlight Awards, honored for their exceptional portrayal of autism in a positive light
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The Future of Netflix Might Be Interactive TV, and It’s Already Here

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The concept of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling isn’t a new one; just ask any ’80s kid who grew up reading the classic book series, where you jumped from section to section based on your own decisions. But Netflix has now evolved the experience off the page and on the screen — taking advantage of the streaming model in new ways for TV storytelling.

The animated young adult series “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” recently debuted a special episode titled “The Breakout,” in which the three heroes at the core of the series have to track down a number of escaped villains causing chaos in their city.

“The Breakout” features an impressive voice cast, including Clancy Brown, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gary Cole, Keith David, Will Friedle, Kelly Hu, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and Steven Yeun, but more importantly there’s a twist to the action — watch it on your computer or via select devices,
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The Good Fight Sneak Peek: Christine Baranski Conveys So Much Drama Without Uttering a Single Word

The Good Fight Sneak Peek: Christine Baranski Conveys So Much Drama Without Uttering a Single Word
Old wounds are reopened when Megan Hilty guest stars on The Good Fight. In the above exclusive sneak peek of The Good Fight's "Day 457," Smash veteran Hilty returns as Holly Westfall, a character she originated on The Good Wife, and Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) isn't thrilled to see her. Holly, a ballistics expert taught by Diane's husband Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole), is on the stand under questioning from Alan Alda's Solomon Waltzer, a new character opposing Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart. Diane's firm is representing an African-American undercover cop who was left crippled after being shot by another Chicago police officer. Just look at that look on Diane's face as Holly...
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Sony Pictures Entertainment to be Honored at the 2nd Annual Autfest Film Festival

Sony Pictures Entertainment will be receiving the Visionary Award at the 2nd Annual Autfest International Film Festival presented by The Autism Society at a VIP Reception on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.

Honorees include Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter. The announcement was made by Matthew Asner, VP of Development for The Autism Society. Autfest is sponsored by Hyundai Motor America and SAG-AFTRA.

Said Scott Badesch, President of Autism Society of America: "To think that one studio can represent almost one full day of programming at Autfest Film Festival is almost unthinkable. Obviously, Sony Pictures understands that autism is a part of all of our lives and we are very proud to honor them with our Visionary Award at this year’s Autfest. Each of
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How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’

How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’
Kay Cannon’s “Blockers” scored big at the weekend box office with $21.4 million. The R-rated comedy is like “Bridesmaids” meets “American Pie,” with a script that follows a group of three high school seniors (played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. When their parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena) find out about the scheme, they try to foil it.

Blockers” follows in the tradition of Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Trainwreck,” as an R-rated comedy that takes no prisoners. But in Hollywood, for the most part, these films are typically made by men. Cannon, a first-time director who produced “Pitch Perfect” and wrote for “30 Rock,” is shattering a glass ceiling by proving female directors can join that club. She spoke to Variety about the film, how it plays in the Time’s
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Film Review: Bottom Line is ‘Blockers’ Has Some Decent Laughs

Chicago – Comedy is purely subjective, and the new film ‘Blockers’ sets out to prove it, by expectorating joke after joke in all categories of sophistication. Physical pratfalls, witty asides, gross-out, sex, nudity, drugs, surrealism and more are all on the humor buffet, so pick, choose and laugh, as they pile it on.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Produced by the comedy mavens Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, among others, the story is basically framed within their style of keeping the humor flowing fast and furious. Some joke doesn’t land? They’ll be another one in a about a minute. It’s interesting in a pace like this frenzy that the film still seems overlong, but that really just has to do with the plot… parents wanting to deny their teenage daughters the opportunity to lose their virginity on prom night. It’s easy to guess the outcomes, which pretty much come to form within a bunch of clichés,
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Movie Review – Blockers (2018)

Blockers, 2018.

Directed by Kay Cannon.

Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Ramona Young, Gina Gershon, Miles Robbins, Gary Cole, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bellinger, T.C. Carter, and Hannibal Buress.


Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

Preparing young adults for their first sexual encounter is as awkward as life lessons come, and while parenthood is not necessarily a requirement to relate to these party-ruining cockblockers, it certainly is going to amplify the volume of the numerous and consistent laughs to be found. Director Kay Cannon (most known as a writer on the Pitch Perfect series) has accomplished a great deal to admire with her debut feature Blockers; not only is it the rare teen-sex comedy from the perspectives of young women, but it challenges society’s archaic perception of sexuality. From a mainstream marketing trailer, one might
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‘Blockers’ Review

Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Geraldine Viswanathan | Written by Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe | Directed by Kay Cannon

From Porky’s to American Pie to Superbad, mainstream comedies about teenagers trying to lose their virginities have almost always unfolded from a male perspective. Blockers takes the extremely refreshing step of presenting that familiar story from a female point of view and the results are very funny indeed.

Directed by Kay Cannon (the screenwriter of the Pitch Perfect movies, making her feature debut), Blockers centres on three teenage girls – Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) – who have been friends since their first day at school. On prom night, the three make a sex pact to lose their virginity: Julie to her steady boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips), Kayla to her laid-back lab partner Connor (Miles Robbins) and Sam to her dorky prom date
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Film News Roundup: Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Gets Theatrical Release in China

Film News Roundup: Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Gets Theatrical Release in China
In today’s film news roundup, “Annihilation” gets a China release, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is set for October and Holliday Granger teams with Alia Shawkat in “Animals.”

Distribution Agreements

Skydance Media has reached an agreement with Vision Film Entertainment to distribute Natalie Portman’s science-fiction thriller “Annihilation” in China in April.

Skydance Media controls the China distribution rights for the film. Paramount is handling distribution in North American, where grosses have hit $30 million in four weeks. It sold streaming service Netflix most international markets earlier this year.

Alex Garland directed “Annihilation” from his own script, based from the “Southern Reach Trilogy” novels by Jeff VanderMeer.

Portman portrays a biologist and former soldier who joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson,
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‘Blockers’ Director Kay Cannon at SXSW: ‘I am a Woman, I Directed Something, and It’s Rated R!’

SXSW has gained a reputation for premiering R-rated comedies that go on to earn $100 million or more at the domestic box office, but this year’s prospect, “Blockers,” is the first from a female director.

“I’m so happy to be here and I am a woman,” Kay Cannon informed the Paramount Theatre crowd immediately before Saturday night’s premiere. “I directed something. And it’s rated R! And a comedy! And it’s soon-to-be released. I feel pretty good about that.” A former “30 Rock” writer, Cannon also wrote or co-wrote the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy and created Netflix’s now-canceled “Girlboss.”

Read More: ‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018

During the post-screening Q&A, the first-time director thanked Point Grey, fellow production company Good Universe, and distributor Universal Pictures “for hiring me based off of potential,” something that “doesn’t
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‘The Good Fight’ Bosses on Keeping a Light Tone in a ‘Dangerous’ Second Season

‘The Good Fight’ Bosses on Keeping a Light Tone in a ‘Dangerous’ Second Season
The Good Fight,” like its predecessor “The Good Wife,” has never shied away from incorporating real world news into its own storytelling, and that trend will continue in the second season of the CBS All Access drama.

“We’ll do any topic,” series co-creator Michelle King tells Variety. “We’re avoiding, if anything, earnestness, but that’s a tone, not a topic.”

This season, which bows March 4, will take on hot topics like the Democratic party wanting to impeach Donald Trump to the way the Aziz Ansari story played out in the media, says co-creator Robert King.

“We always feel
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The Good Fight Season 2 Trailer Touts Audra McDonald, Strange Bedfellows, Warns 'Death Is Everywhere'

Shakespeare’s “Kill all the lawyers!” is a theme in the Season 2 trailer for CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, which in part teases a storyline in which local litigators are being offed one by one.

RELATEDThe Good Fight to Explore Impeachment of President Trump by ‘Shameless’ Means

Front-and-center in the uncensored trailer, meanwhile, is new cast member Audra McDonald, who is reprising her Good Wife role of Liz Reddick-Lawrence — aka Adrian Boseman’s estranged ex-wife. So of course she is surreptitiously invited by others to join his firm.

Guest stars on display include Gary Cole and Jane Lynch, returning
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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble

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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble
Congratulations to the cast of “Veep,” receiving the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Receiving the award were stars Dan Bakkedahl, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Margaret Colin, Kevin Dunn, Clea Duvall, Nelson Franklin, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Richardson, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sarah Sutherland, and Matt Walsh.

This year, the category featured no shortage of returning veterans along with one scrappy newcomer. This year marked “Black-ish’s” second nomination and “Veep’s” fifth, while “Curb” (returning after several years of hiatus) racked up its third recognition.

Coming into this year’s awards, “Orange is the New Black” might have been the supposed favorite, since the Netflix prison series has won for the last three years (notably, this is one of the few awards ceremonies where the comedy-drama hybrid competes in the comedy category as opposed to drama,
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