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Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner

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Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner
Norman Lear accepted Variety’s Creative Conscience Award Tuesday night at the publication’s annual Showrunners Dinner. The award honors Lear for his work promoting important causes both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

Lear, who appears on the current cover of Variety, recently renewed his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television.

Speaking at the Showrunners Dinner at Eveleigh in West Hollywood, Lear revealed the secret to how he keeps on working at 97.

“It amazes me to hear me described as 97 years old and that in three years I cross 100. But here’s another absolute fact I’d like to tell you, and that is I’ve always believed — that laughter adds time to ones life,” he said.

The legendary TV producer has been bringing laughter into people’s homes for decades, whether it be with his classic sitcoms like “The Jeffersons” and “All in the Family,” or with his
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‘The Stand': Whoopi Goldberg to Play Mother Abagail on CBS All Access’ Stephen King Adaptation

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CBS All Access has found Mother Abagail for its upcoming adaption of Stephen King’s “The Stand,” revealing during “The View” on Wednesday that Whoopi Goldberg will play the role.

Mother Abagail is a 108-year old prophet who receives visions from God and guides survivors of the superflu, a plague that decimates the world’s population. Along with Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke and Daniel Sunjata have also joined the series. Previously announced cast members include James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga.

The Stand” is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Loses Walter Mosley From Writers’ Room After Racial Epithet Complaint

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Loses Walter Mosley From Writers’ Room After Racial Epithet Complaint
Acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley revealed today that he decided to leave Star Trek: Discovery after his use of a racial epithet in the writers room of the CBS All Access series resulted in Human Resources telling him that “I could not use that word except in a script.”

“My answer to H.R. was to resign and move on,” the Easy Rawlins mystery novels author and Snowfall consulting producer wrote in an op-ed entitled “Why I Quit The Writers’ Room,” published Friday on the New York Times website about the fallout from his use of the N-word.

“I was in a writers’ room trying to be creative while at the same time being surveilled by unknown critics who would snitch on me to a disembodied voice over the phone,” Mosley asserted, while never naming the Sonequa Martin-Green-led Discovery he had a short stint of less than an month on.
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Walter Mosley Exits ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writers’ Room After N-Word Complaint

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Walter Mosley Exits ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writers’ Room After N-Word Complaint
Author Walter Mosley says he recently quit a television series on which he was writing after another writer complained about his use of the n-word in the writers’ room.

Mosley, who is African-American and Jewish, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times that he had used the word while telling a story from his past. “I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n—-rs in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n—-r neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good,” he wrote. “I was telling a true story as I remembered it.”

He said that after that day, he received a phone call from the studio’s Hr department. “A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writers’ room.’ I replied,
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‘Star Trek: Picard,’ ‘Discovery,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ & More From CBS Studios Beaming Into New York Comic Con

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‘Star Trek: Picard,’ ‘Discovery,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ & More From CBS Studios Beaming Into New York Comic Con
Exclusive: Coming off a triumphant Hall H debut at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, the Star Trek Universe now is set to engage with the Big Apple at New York Comic Con next month.

With Sonequa Martin-Green, Sir Patrick Stewart and Trekverse kingpin and executive producer Alex Kurtzman at the helm, both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard will be appearing October 5 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, I have learned.

Similar to the extravaganza at Sdcc, the Nycc panel will run as a two-headed Federation experience from 1-2:30 p.m. on the penultimate day of the confab. Along with the respective leads and Ep Kurtzman, Discovery’s Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz and David Ajala are expected onstage to deep dive into the upcoming third season of the CBS All Access series.

Also, the 2020-debuting Picard’s Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd,
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Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2019

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Variety has announced its 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2019, an honor the publication has bestowed for over a decade.

This year’s honorees will be feted in the October 8th issue of Variety as well as at a reception at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 13th.

“For decades, the Mill Valley Film Festival has been an essential stop on both the festival circuit and during awards season for key taste-maker screenings” said Steven Gaydos, executive vice president of content at Variety. “We are excited to begin this new partnership with the festival to showcase this year’s group of groundbreaking screenwriters to the discerning audience in Northern California.”

“We are honored to host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Screenwriters provide an essential part of the filmmaking process,” said Mill Valley Film Festival founder and director, Mark Fishkin. “Their contributions cannot be overemphasized,
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Ethan Peck Wants To Return As Spock For Captain Pike Star Trek Spinoff

Ethan Peck joined the Star Trek universe as the latest incarnation of Spock in Discovery season 2. Though he made a big impact with the fans, don’t expect to see him back in season 3, as the last time we saw the U.S.S. Discovery crew, they were shooting off 1,000 years into the future. Trek lovers are hoping, however, that CBS will give us a spinoff series to continue the adventures of Peck’s Spock, Anson Mount’s Captain Pike and Rebecca Romijn’s Number One (Una). And that’s something that Peck himself would want, too.

The actor attended the Trekonderoga convention in Ticonderoga, New York over the weekend and was asked about the difficulty in wearing the Vulcan make-up. Peck discussed that it’s not particularly comfy, though the ears actually are. He then went on to talk about the prosthetic “eyebrow blockers” he has to wear and,
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John Hlavin Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

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Exclusive: Shooter creator John Hlavin has closed an overall with CBS TV Studios. Under the two-year pact, Hlavin recently joined the studio’s new CBS All Access drama series The Man Who Fell To Earth as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet who co-wrote the pilot script.

Based on the Walter Tevis novel and the cult classic 1976 film starring David Bowie, The Man Who Fell To Earth centers on an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.

Hlavin, co-wrote of the 2012 feature Underworld: Awakening starring Kate Beckinsale. He recently served as executive producer/showrunner on USA’s drama series Shooter, inspired by the story of American veteran Bob Lee-Swagger, and SyFy’s dystopian thriller Blood Drive. He is currently in development on two features, Untitled Heist Movie, produced by Steven Spielberg and Steve Zaillian,
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‘Instinct’ Canceled By CBS After 2 Seasons

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And then there were none. CBS has opted not to pick up drama series Instinct starring Alan Cumming for a third season.

The network in May postponed a renewal decision on four midseason drama series, which were either still airing or yet to premiere — sophomore Instinct, freshmen The Code and The Red Line, and third-year Canadian import Ransom. The Red Line, The Code and Ransom have since been canceled. They are now being joined by Instinct.

Instinct creator/executive producer Michael Rauch announced the cancellation on Twitter, revealing that the series will be double pumped this Sunday and will air its Season 2 series finale next Sunday, Aug. 25.

“I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season,” Rauch wrote. “Thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness. And a giant thank you
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‘Hawaii Five-o’: Katrina Law Set As New Series Regular For Season 10 Of CBS Drama

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‘Hawaii Five-o’: Katrina Law Set As New Series Regular For Season 10 Of CBS Drama
Katrina Law (The Oath) has joined the upcoming 10th season of CBS’ hit drama Hawaii Five-o as a new series regular.

Law plays Quinn Liu, a former staff sergeant with Army Cid recently demoted for insubordination. After an explosive collision with Five-o on a case involving veterans, she soon becomes a loyal ally to the team that always has valued integrity over playing by the rules. Sharp-tongued in several languages, Quinn has a deep understanding of military culture, a mysterious past, and a deft ability to match wits with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin).

“We are thrilled to have Katrina join the 10th season Hawaii-Five-o as a series regular,” executive producer Peter Lenkov said. “She dazzles as Quinn, the team’s newest recruit, and viewers are going to love seeing how she first encounters McGarrett and Danny. If you know the show well, you’ll be feeling some déjà vu.”

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Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton Dressed Up As Riker For A 1980s Themed Party

Wil Wheaton, who appeared as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, payed homage this week to the show by suiting up as Commander Riker for a 1980s-themed costume party. Wheaton went with the choice of Will Riker from the third season of the classic sci-fi series, and certainly looks the part, even down to the beard. The reason behind the costume was Wheaton’s wife’s 50th birthday party, but it also gives us a nice idea of how the actor might look if he joined the cast of Star Trek: Picard.

Commenting on the Instagram photo, which you can see below, Wheaton explained:

“Last night, we had a 50th birthday party for @annewheaton. She requested an 80s costume party, so I went as Commander Riker from season three of Tng.”

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CBS Exec Says There’s A Limitless Appetite For Star Trek On TV

The Star Trek movie franchise might be in a weird state right now, with Star Trek 4 cancelled and the Quentin Tarantino film sounding so strange it’s hard to imagine it happening, but Trek‘s flourishing on its original medium: TV. We already have Discovery and Short Treks and they’ll soon be joined by Picard and a couple of animated series. More shows – like the Section 31 spinoff with Michelle Yeoh – are also in development, too.

But how far will this expansion of the Trek universe go? Well, Julie McNamara, the head of original programming for CBS All Access, touched on this topic while speaking at the TCA Summer Press Tour. She explained that the network sees “limitless interest” in producing more content, though they are aware of the importance of choosing what they do “carefully.”

“We feel like any show that we add to that franchise needs to carve
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Alex Kurtzman's Sci-Fi Alien Series The Man Who Fell To Earth Picked Up by CBS All Access

Alex Kurtzman’s sci-fi series The Man Who Fell To Earth has been given a series order by CBS All Access. The show is based on the Walter Tevis novel as well as the cult classic 1976 film that starred David Bowie.

The series project will “center on an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.” Kurtzman talked about the alien character saying, “He is truly unique and strange.” Co-writer Jenny Lumet added, “He introduces technology that evolves us and has to be dealing with the consequences of that. What a better way of looking at human behavior.”

Kurtzman and Lumet were inspired to develop the series “12 years ago when Steve Jobs got on stage and introduced the iPhone to the world, changing forever the way we communicate.” Kurtzman then thought, “What if he was an alien?
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The Man Who Fell to Earth TV series in development at CBS All Access

CBS All Access has given a series order to a TV adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was previously brought to the big screen in 1976 with Nicolas Roeg directing David Bowie.

As per Variety, the series “will follow an alien who arrives on earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.”

Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) has created the series with Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and the duo will serve as co-showrunners, with Kurtzman also directing.

“Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film but if you haven’t seen the film or haven’t read the novel, it’s fine,” Kurtzman told Variety, revealing that the series will explore “the next chapter” of the story in the book and movie. “You’ll get to have an experience that’s entirely singular.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth: CBS All Access Orders TV Series from Alex Kurtzman

Are you a fan of the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth? CBS All Access just announced they've ordered a new TV show based on the 1976 film and Walter Tevis novel.

From Alex Kurtzman, the drama series "will follow an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future."

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Nancy O’Dell Exits as Co-Host of ‘Entertainment Tonight’

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Nancy O’Dell Exits as Co-Host of ‘Entertainment Tonight’
Nancy O’Dell is leaving her post at “Entertainment Tonight” after nine years of co-hosting the show.

“Tonight, I’m excited to tell you about the start of a new chapter in my life,” O’Dell said on Friday night’s broadcast. “It means leaving this position, but it does not mean I am leaving the genre. I’ll be back and it won’t be long.”

The longtime TV personality said she plans to “enjoy some time off with the most wonderful gal in my life, my daughter” before she starts her “new project.”

She also took a moment to honor the late William Morris talent rep John Ferriter.

Also Read: CBS and Viacom Inch Closer to Merger With Preliminary Deal on New Leadership Team

“My manager, agent and dear friend of 20 years, John Ferriter, helped me get this job at Et. He passed away just a week ago.
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Daveed Diggs to Play Frederick Douglass in Ethan Hawke’s Showtime Limited Series ‘The Good Lord Bird’

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Daveed Diggs to Play Frederick Douglass in Ethan Hawke’s Showtime Limited Series ‘The Good Lord Bird’
Daveed Diggs and Wyatt Russell have joined “The Good Lord Bird,” Ethan Hawke’s Showtime drama, the premium cable channel revealed during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday.

Diggs will play Frederick Douglass, the historical figure, orator and leader of the abolitionist movement. “Lodge 49” star Russell will star in several episodes as U.S. Army Officer Jeb Stuart. Hawke executive produces and stars as John Brown.

The eight-part limited event series comes from Blumhouse Television and is based on the novel of the same name by James McBride. It is set to premiere in February.

According to Showtime, “The Good Lord Bird” is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid
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CBS All Access & Writer/Producer Alex Kurtzman To Adapt The David Bowie Film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ As A New Series

In 2019, we’ve seen plenty of remakes, reboots, and revivals. But what CBS All Access and Alex Kurtzman plan to do with the film “The Man Who Fell To Earth” is something a bit different. Sure, the studio and producer are taking the cult classic David Bowie film from 1976 and adapting it as a new TV series, but there’s a twist, as the entire premise is a getting a bit of retooling.

Continue reading CBS All Access & Writer/Producer Alex Kurtzman To Adapt The David Bowie Film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ As A New Series at The Playlist.
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David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ is Becoming a CBS All Access TV Series [TCA 2019]

CBS All Access announced that Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, and John Hlavin are developing a streaming series based on The Man Who Fell to Earth. The 1963 novel by Walter Tevis was previously adapted into a movie starring David Bowie, directed by Nicolas Roeg. Kurtzman is already working with All Access on the Star Trek […]

The post David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ is Becoming a CBS All Access TV Series [TCA 2019] appeared first on /Film.
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CBS All Access Announces Cast for The Stand, Orders The Man Who Fell to Earth

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CBS All Access had a few announcements to make at the TCA summer press tour. They have an impressive cast for the upcoming limited series, The Stand, and they've announced The Man Who Fell to Earth will join their slate.

And if you were hoping to catch Nancy Drew when it comes to Netflix, we have news on that, as well.

Dig out your copy of Stephen King's The Stand because you might want a refresher before the latest incarnation comes to television.

This will be the second time The Stand gets the TV treatment, and it's still only limited in nature.

The Stand is King's apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.

The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied
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