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Katie Holmes, Kal Penn Help Decide Winner of $1 Million Filmmaker Grant

  • Variety
Tribeca Film Festival and At&T gave one young filmmaker a million and one reasons to rejoice at the “Untold Stories” third annual competition.

After a nerve-wracking 10-minute long pitch in front of over 850,000 live stream audience members and a panel consisting of celebrities and industry leaders, filmmaker Kate Tsang was awarded $1 million Monday to bring her script to life on the big screen. But, the awarded budget was not the only thing that was magical for the “Marvelous and the Black Hole” creator.

Reflecting on her winning project that she describes as being “for Asians, women and for anyone who has ever felt invisible” she told Variety, “It’s indescribable. I have had this dream for so long and to be able to actually do it is unfathomable. I am so excited to make this film. With Tribeca giving me this chance, I feel like I am going to be
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Kate Tsang’s ‘Marvelous And The Black Hole’ Named Winner Of At&T Presents: Untold Stories Program

  • Deadline
Filmmaker Kate Tsang took the top award of a $1 million grant at this year’s At&T Presents: Untold Stories. The program is in collaboration with Tribeca and champions inclusive and diverse filmmaking. The event, which took place earlier this morning in New York City, featured five filmmakers pitched ideas for a film in front of the Untold Stories Greenlight committee made up of industry leaders and film experts. After the committee deliberated, Tsang’s film, Marvelous and the Black Hole came out on top.

Now in its third year, Untold Stories was live-streamed and for the first time in the history of the program, all five finalists were female. In addition to Tsang, the finalists were Aslihan Unaldi (Afloat), Kaliya Warren (Expatriates), Maria Victoria Ponce (Washing Elena) and Ellie Foumbi (Zenith). The four other participants will receive $10,000 each to achieve their film goals.

“We are convinced that the five filmmakers
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How Broadcast Networks Fight Streamers to Cast Top Stars in Their Pilots

  • Variety
How Broadcast Networks Fight Streamers to Cast Top Stars in Their Pilots
In a matter of weeks, the broadcast networks will go through the annual process of ordering pilots to series for the fall season.

The casts of this year’s pilot crop feature many broadcast mainstays and strong performers, but also illustrate that cable networks and streaming platforms are now the go-to destination for marquee stars looking to make a splash in TV.

That’s not to say that there are no big names working on broadcast pilots this year. Some notable stars in the arena this year include Heather Graham, Edie Falco, Michael Sheen and Kal Penn.

According to David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, getting big stars for broadcast pilots is no harder than it has been.

“I don’t know that it’s any more difficult if you have good material,” Stapf told Variety. “Case in point: We had a great script from Paul Attanasio about the
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‘At&T Presents: Untold Stories’ To Livestream Diverse Filmmakers Pitch Event Ahead Of Tribeca Film Festival

  • Deadline
Exclusive: At&T is about to give us some major Shark Tank vibes with a film twist with their upcoming At&T Presents: Untold Stories pitch event which will livestream on April 22 ahead of the Tribeca Film Festival which kicks off April 24 and continues through May 5.

Now in its third year, At&T partners with the Tribeca Film Institute to champion inclusive filmmaking, choosing five diverse filmmakers to present their story ideas and film scripts to a Greenlight Committee. The winner of Untold Stories gets $1 million prize and Tribeca provides mentorship from seasoned industry professionals for the deserving filmmaker to develop the pitch into a feature-length film. It will also premiere at next year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The other four filmmakers won’t walk away empty handed as At&T will provide a $10,000 grant for their filmmaking goals.

This year, for the first time in the program’s history all five finalists are female.
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Netflix Orders ‘Q-Force’ Lgbtq Animated Series From Gabe Liedman, Mike Schur, Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills

  • Deadline
Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to Q-Force, a gay spy half-hour adult animated comedy from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, Mike Schur’s Fremulon, Gabe Liedman and Universal TV.

This marks the first animated show and first streaming series for Hazy Mills.

Written by Liedman, Q-Force is about a handsome secret agent (I role I hear is being earmarked for Will & Grace star Hayes) and his team of fellow Lgbtq superspies. Constantly underestimated by their colleagues, the members of Q-Force have to prove themselves time and again as they embark on extraordinary professional (and personal) adventures.

Liedman executive produces and will showrun. Schur, Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner and 3 Arts’ David Miner also executive produce. Universal TV co-produces with Hazy Mills, Schur’s Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Hayes and Milliner had been mulling the idea for a series about a gay spy for a long time.
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The Legacy of ‘You’re the Worst’ — or How a Cult Favorite Lives on in the Age of ‘Too Much TV’

The creator of Fxx series “You’re the Worst” is trying to get his actors in place. “Allan, take a step back toward the polar bear,” Stephen Falk shouts over a din of dancing bodies. “No, toward the polar bear!”

For the series finale, everyone — from the principal cast of Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Kether Donohue, and Desmin Borges, to a slew of recurring favorites like Janet Varney, Todd Robert Anderson, Brandon Mychal Smith, and the bear-adjacent Allan McLeod — is gathered to shoot a wedding reception as they swirl around the ballroom of a giant Silver Lake mansion decorated with ornate fixtures and lots and lots of taxidermy.

It’s mid-September 2018, and it’s here, at the 22,000-square foot historical landmark of the Paramour Estate, that “You’re the Worst” will end its five-season run. The location’s intriguing history aside, its ties to the series run deep: It’s
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Variety Relaunches TV Podcast Offerings With ‘TV Take’ and ‘My Favorite Episode’

  • Variety
Variety is doubling down on tube talk. The entertainment industry news leader has relaunched two podcasts devoted to all things TV: “TV Take with Daniel Holloway” and “My Favorite Episode with Michael Schneider.”

Both podcasts aim to tackle the TV business from unique angles, and feature conversations with some of the industry’s top-tier creators, producers, talent, and executives.

“TV Take” is a relaunch of Variety’s previous TV podcast, “Remote Controlled,” which Holloway took over after being named Variety’s executive editor, TV, in November. “TV Take” features interviews with stars and showrunners from today’s hit shows, as well as conversations with executives and Variety journalists about the key TV headlines of the day.

Recent “TV Take” guests include Paul Simms and Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”), Kal Penn (“This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy”), Ken Jeong, Anna Paquin (“Flack”), and Bradley Whitford
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The Wall, Hollywood Game Night: NBC Announces 2019 Returns

NBC is ready to play. The network just announced the summer 2019 premiere dates for Hollywood Gam Night and The Wall.

Season three of The Wall is coming to NBC on June 20th at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Meanwhile, season six of Hollywood Game Night resumes on July 11th at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. Guests include Derek Hough, Jameela Jamil, Kal Penn, Sasheer Zamata, and more.

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The InBetween Gets May Premiere Date at NBC

NBC is firming up its summer schedule and has announced a premiere date for InBetween.

The series stars Harriet Dyer (No Activity) as Cassie Bedford, a woman who was born with a rare ability.

She has visions … whether she likes it or not. Sometimes Cassie sees events that have previously occurred or will happen in the future.

In addition, sometimes she encounters unsettled spirits who need her help. When her father, Det. Tom Hackett, and his new partner, former FBI Agent Damien Asante, need assistance solving a dark and puzzling murder, Cassie reluctantly agrees to use her abilities and helps solve some of the city’s most challenging cases.

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Anne-Marie Johnson (Jag), Cindy Luna (The Last Ship), Chad James Buchanan (Star), Justin Cornwell (Training Day), and Paul Blackthorne (Arrow) are also attached to star.

Moira Kirland, David Heyman, Nancy Cotton, Matthew Gross
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NBC Summer Premiere Dates: New Drama ‘The InBetween’, ‘Dateline NBC’, ‘The Wall’ & ‘Hollywood Game Night’

  • Deadline
NBC has booked premiere dates for a quartet of its summer series. The character-driven new procedural drama The InBetween, which origianlly was slated for midseason, now will launch at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Also set are the returns of long-running newsmag Dateline NBC (June 10) and game shows The Wall (June 20) and Hollywood Game Night (July 11).

Written by Moira Kirland, The InBetween centers on Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer), who was born with a rare ability. She has visions … whether she likes it or not. Sometimes Cassie sees events that have previously occurred or will happen in the future. In addition, sometimes she encounters unsettled spirits who need her help. When her father, Det. Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne) and his new partner, former FBI Agent Damien Asante (Justin Cornwell), need assistance solving a dark and puzzling murder, Cassie reluctantly agrees to use her abilities and helps solve some of the city’s most challenging cases.
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Grey's, Hawaii Five-0, Gotham, Legends, Walking Dead, Jane the Virgin and More!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Grey's, Hawaii Five-0, Gotham, Legends, Walking Dead, Jane the Virgin and More!
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’d love to know if you have something on Scott Caan/Danny Williams’ future on Hawaii Five-0. The fans are coming up with a lot of theories about him leaving (he filmed less episodes than usual, and Danny’s reconciliation with Rachel makes them fear the couple will move back to Jersey). I’d love to know if I have to start to panic too! —Lisa

Ausiello: I had TVLine’s honorary Five-0 team member,Matt Mitovich,
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The dildo economy: stoner star Kal Penn probes capitalism with sex toys

The Harold & Kumar comic and one-time White House staffer enters the twisted world of global finance in his new docucomedy – and ends up learning to smuggle diamonds under his scrotum

There aren’t many people who can count “working in the White House” and “having sex with a bag of weed” among their career highlights, but Kal Penn’s path hasn’t exactly been routine. The 41-year-old found fame in the stoner film series Harold & Kumar (where his character hallucinated the aforementioned encounter with a bag of marijuana), before taking a brief sojourn into politics for Barack Obama.

Now, Penn has added yet another unique job to his CV, taking on the role of TV host and touring a dildo factory as part of a documentary about the inequities of capitalism. The sex toy production line is just one of the stops he makes in This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy,
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Listen: Kal Penn on Balancing Silly and Serious in Amazon’s Global-Economy Doc Series

  • Variety
Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Kal Penn, the host of the documentary series “This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy,” which is currently available to stream on Amazon.

The series sees Penn travel around the world, meeting key players behind some of the most damaging and absurd movements in today’s economy.

Among the eclectic selection of people Penn sits down to interview are a money launderer for a cocaine cartel, the head of a gigantic rubber company, and a group of barnacle fishermen off the coast of Northern Spain. Penn says hosting a show with such scale required him to tread a fine balance between bringing his own “giant man-child” sense of humor, while also respecting the significance of the stories being told.

“These are deeply serious issues with serious
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NBC Assembles Cast Of Mostly Immigrant Actors For Kal Penn Pilot ‘Sunnyside’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: NBC’s comedy pilot Sunnyside (formerly Untitled Kal Penn/Matt Murray) has cast the seven co-leads opposite Kal Penn. Kiran Deol, Moses Storm, Diana Maria Riva, Samba Schutte, Poppy Liu, Joel Kim Booster and Tudor Petrut will co-star in the single-camera comedy executive produced by Penn, writer-producer Matt Murray, The Good Place creator/executive producer Michael Schur and Universal TV.

Co-written by Penn and Murray, Sunnyside is named after the neighborhood in the historically diverse Queens borough of New York where the show is set. (The photo above shows Penn spending time in Sunnyside last weekend.) It centers on former New York City Councilman Garrett Shah (Penn), who finds his calling when faced with seven recent immigrants — five of them played by immigrant actors — in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.

The seven recent immigrants are Jin Hao, played by South Korea-born Booster; Mallory,
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Michael Schur Inks Mega New Overall Deal To Stay At Universal Television

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Michael Schur Inks Mega New Overall Deal To Stay At Universal Television
In a competitive situation with multipole studios bidding, top comedy creator-producer Michael Schur has opted to stay at his longtime home, Universal Television, with a massive new multi-year overall deal.

Keeping Emmy winner Schur, who is behind three NBC series as well as an NBC pilot, has been hugely important for NBCUniversal, and I hear the company’s top brass got involved in wooing him to stay. Noone would comment on the terms but I hear the deal is for five years and is worth in the neighborhood of $25 million a year.

Along with Chuck Lorre, Schur is the most prolific comedy creator-producer working in television with two established series, NBC’s The Good Place, which he created/exec produces, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which he co-created/exec produces, as well as the upcoming’s Abby’s and an NBC pilot starring Kal Penn, which he executive produces. Schur also co-created/executive produced another beloved comedy series,
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Adan Canto To Star In ‘Hypnotist’s Love Story’ ABC Drama Pilot

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Adan Canto To Star In ‘Hypnotist’s Love Story’ ABC Drama Pilot
Adan Canto (Designated Survivor) is set as the male lead opposite Heather Graham in The Hypnotist’s Love Story, ABC’s drama pilot based on the bestselling book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Canto has been a series regular on Designated Survivor. Like other original cast members, including Kal Penn, he signed a one-year deal to return for the former ABC drama’s upcoming third season on Netflix. The actors are free to do pilots, and Penn is starring in a half-hour one at NBC.

Written by Katie Wech and directed by Francesca Gregorini, The Hypnotist’s Love Story centers on successful hypnotherapist Ellen, who after a string of failed romances is optimistic about her current boyfriend, Patrick (Canto), until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend Sasha (Graham) has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met.
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Sends Fans on the Hunt for Her Co-Stars in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)

  • The Wrap
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Sends Fans on the Hunt for Her Co-Stars in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)
“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik offered an intriguingly interactive behind-the-scenes look at the CBS comedy on Tuesday, sending fans on a hunt to spot her castmates in an Instagram post that was half-“Where’s Waldo?” and half “Mirror, Mirror.”

In her post, Bialik shared a photo of herself gathered with castmates including Jim Parsons and Kevin Sussman with a mirror behind them, and challenged her Instagram followers to pick out co-stars Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch and Kunal Nayyar, as well as guest stars Kal Penn and Josh Malina.

“I know you can see me and @kevsussman and @therealjimparsons but do you spy with your little eye @sanctionedjohnnygalecki @kalpenn @kunalkarmanayyar and @themelissarauch ?” Bialik wrote. “And also @joshmalinasjoshmalina Ftw!?”

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Fans were quick to take up Bialik’s challenge — and it did indeed prove to be a challenge,
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Kal Penn Made a Show About Global Economic Pitfalls for One of the World’s Biggest Companies

Kal Penn Made a Show About Global Economic Pitfalls for One of the World’s Biggest Companies
Kal Penn” is the host of “This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy,” a new series from Amazon Prime Video. Those quotes around his name might be a little bit confusing, but they come from the fact that this comedic docuseries adventure through some of the more complex corners of the international financial world has a character as a guide, even though it may look an awful lot like comedic actor and former Obama White House staffer Kal Penn.

“I’m hosting it, but it’s not me. It’s like that version of Kal Penn the ‘This Giant Beast’ character is,” Penn told IndieWire. Produced by Adam McKay, the series carries the same vignette-laden style found in projects like “The Big Short.” Many of Penn’s comedy compatriots pop up on screen to explain economic concepts like rent-seeking and money laundering. Knowing that people might come in with
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This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy: Who is Kal Penn?

Amazon Prime is releasing This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy tomorrow, February 22, on its streaming service. The 8-part series stars Kal Penn, as he asks questions about the global economy, inquires about money laundering, and takes a look into the criminal world surrounding wealth, cash, and crime. But who is Kal Penn, the man who tries to get all of the answers in this new series? Penn is both an actor and a former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement. Penn, who was 34 years old at the time, worked in the White House throughout the Obama […]

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TV Review: ‘This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy’

  • Variety
“This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy” auditions its audience with its title — a double-barreled burst of affectation that one will either find promisingly offbeat or reaching a bit too hard to impress. The Amazon docuseries, hosted by Kal Penn but defined by the voice of executive producer Adam McKay, is likely to be as divisive. Its attempts to clarify certain undeniably important aspects of life under the present economic system are well-meant, worthy in theory, and likely to appeal to that sizable portion of the audience that’s grown accustomed to the lecturing streak that’s eaten up topical comedy on TV. But for all its flair, the series, like its giant, beastly, title, expends more energy speaking than it does finding something to say.

The show follows Penn as he seeks to crack some essential question of 2010s-era capitalism: How, say, does money laundering work? And what
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