Peak TV Treasure: Mary Kills People

Peak TV Treasure: Mary Kills People
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Mary Kills People

Network | Lifetime

Created By | Tara Armstrong (Private Eyes)

Number Of Episodes | 6

Episode Length | 60 mins.

Premise | Mary (Hannibal‘s Caroline Dhavernas) is a divorced mother and ER doctor with a controversial side job: She secretly helps suffering and terminally ill patients who want to end their life.
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Ratings: Ten Days in Valley Stabilizes in Week 3 — Too Little, Too Late?

Ratings: Ten Days in Valley Stabilizes in Week 3 — Too Little, Too Late?
Episode 3 of Ten Days in the Valley delivered 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating (per finals), holding steady week-to-week — but is it too little, too late?

Fwiw, show boss Tassie Cameron promised at summer TCA that Ten Days‘ 10-episode freshman run tells a complete story, but “bombshells kind of drop all the way through that I think would be very interesting territory for a second season, should we be so lucky.”

Opening ABC’s night, The Toy Box (2.3 mil/0.4) , Afv (4.4 mil/0.9) and Shark Tank (4.6 mil/1.1) were all steady.

Related 2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
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Why Erika Christensen Felt Connected to Her 'Ten Days in the Valley' Character (Exclusive)

Why Erika Christensen Felt Connected to Her 'Ten Days in the Valley' Character (Exclusive)
Erika Christensen wasn’t meant to play Kyra Sedgwick’s sister on Ten Days in the Valley -- at least, not the way creator Tassie Cameron originally envisioned. It was Sedgwick, who serves as an executive producer on the heart-pumping 10-episode mystery drama, who hand-picked the Parenthood star -- the two met “once upon a time” in New York, Christensen recalls -- to be her TV sibling.

“The script was written without me in mind and I wasn’t quite right for it the way it was on paper,” Christensen tells Et of her character, Ali Petrovich, the headstrong younger sister to Sedgwick’s Jane Sadler, a television writer whose daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. (Watch an exclusive scene between Christensen and Sedgwick from Sunday’s episode above.) That mystery serves as the driving force for the unraveling of secrets, lies and double lives.

“I had just gotten off another ABC show [the short-lived
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Mipcom: Lionsgate Sells 'Ten Days in the Valley' to France, Italy

Lionsgate has closed multiple territory deals for Ten Days in the Valley, the new drama starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) that airs on ABC in the U.S..

French pay TV group Canal+, Telecom in Italy, Mnet in South Africa and Greece's Ote have all nabbed rights to the drama, in which Sedgwick plays an overworked TV producer and single mother whose young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Erika Christensen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Emily Kinney co-star in the series, which was created and written by Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) and executive produced by Cameron, Sedgwick,...
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Ten Days in the Valley: Season Two? ABC Series Will Have Resolution

ABC's newest thriller Ten Days in the Valley just premiered, but will there be a second season? Recently, showrunner Tassie Cameron spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the TV series.The drama centers on Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick), a busy TV producer whose daughter disappears in the middle of the night. The cast also includes Kick Gurry, Erika Christensen, Josh Randall, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Felix Solis, Francois Battiste, Abigail Pniowsky, Ali Liebert, and Marisol Ramirez.Read More…
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Ten Days in the Valley Star, Ep on the Premiere Line 'We Fought to Keep In'

Ten Days in the Valley Star, Ep on the Premiere Line 'We Fought to Keep In'
In the first few minutes of Sunday’s Ten Days in the Valley premiere, a little girl named Lake confesses to her mother that her court-mandated visits with her father are often very lonely.

“Sometimes when I’m gone, when I’m with Daddy,” she whispers, “I miss you so much that I think I want to go to heaven.”

It’s a jarring line both in the moment and in retrospect, after Lake is kidnapped from her home while her mom, Kyra Sedgwick’s Jane, is working in the backyard. The crime kicks off the 10-episode season, which follows
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Tribeca’s First-Ever TV Festival Reflected Changing Tides for Women in TV

Queen Sugar”: Own

At least some women directors working on the small screen have packed slates. That good news came out at Tribeca’s first-ever, TV-only festival that ran from September 22–24 in New York City. Kyra Sedgwick, whose new ABC series “Ten Days in the Valley” had its premiere at the fest, told the audience that the opportunity to work with women drew her to the project, created by Tassie Cameron and executive produced by Marcy Ross, Jill Littmann, and Sedgwick. Having women directors on board was very important to her, too.

“When you hear the numbers [of female directors], you can’t help but feel responsible,” said Sedgwick. “The statistics are staggering and depressing. You need to make choices based on that knowledge.” So she and her creative team reached out to female directors, only to discover that they could not get as many as they wanted because the female directors they knew were all booked up. Four of the ten episodes ended up being directed by women, far better than the industry average.

A similar point was made about Own’s hit series “Queen Sugar,” which had its mid-season premiere at the festival. Creator Ava DuVernay, along with fellow executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer, committed from the outset to hire only female directors for the family drama. Though none of the seven directors DuVernay hired for Season 1 had the opportunity to direct for television before, an Own-tc spokesperson reported that all of them went on to direct episodes of other TV series following their gigs on “Queen Sugar.” That opened up the opportunity for eight new directors to come on board for Season 2 (along with “Daughters of the Dust” director Julie Dash and returning director Kat Candler, for four episodes), which had been DuVernay’s goal all along. “We always committed to a whole new slate of directors in Season 2,” DuVernay wrote in an email. “But it’s also true that all the Season 1 directors are very busy.”

The screening of “Queen Sugar” was packed. The saga of the Bordelon siblings — uber businesswoman Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), prickly investigative reporter Nova (Rutina Wesley), and new parolee Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) — as they carry on the legacy of managing their family’s Louisiana sugar plantation addresses pressing contemporary issues including police brutality, sexual assault, and Southern racism.

Asked in the panel discussion what it’s like to work with all female directors, Wesley said that women bring a special sensitivity, but added that should not imply weakness. “These women directors are fierce, they know how to run a set, too,” she emphasized. For Gardner, “It does something immediate, something physical to your system. It changes the game, creates an inclusive environment so that people open to ideas differently, listening differently, not assuming. It’s not a frat boy environment.”

“I don’t even remember how it feels to be directed by a man,” Siriboe admitted. “With women,” he said, “there’s meticulousness, an emotional resonance; they understand. And they want to talk about it — they want to get into the details, [and] want to make sure you’re good. It feels like a relationship.” Noting that he’s worked on 29 episodes so far, Siriboe added, “I feel like I’ve had 29 relationships.”

A fraught mother-daughter relationship figures prominently in “Queen Sugar’s” new season, as Charley’s mother, who we’ve heard about a lot about — and not in a good way — finally appears. Turns out, she’s white. The portrayal of their relationship is powerful not only for Charley, but for Gardner as well. “I’m biracial,” Gardner told the audience. “There’s an assumption about biracial and multiracial folks since Obama, that we’re all fine.” But growing up biracial wasn’t “all fine” for Charley or for Gardner. “It was a complicated experience around belonging, feeling apart from, [and] othered within your own family, and doing what you can to integrate yourself and reconcile yourself and being completely alone in that, even with your mother,” she revealed. For Gardner, “bringing that part of Charley’s story to the fore, it felt very, very vulnerable.”

A mother-daughter relationship also figures into the gripping, fast-moving thriller “Ten Days in the Valley.” The idea for the show about a driven TV producer and single mom Jane Sadler came out of creator Cameron’s recurring nightmare. In her dream, she would be working in her writing shed while her daughter was asleep — which Cameron assured us, she never, ever does when her daughter is asleep — and when she came back into the house, she’d have to get through a locked door and her daughter would be gone. That’s exactly what happens to Jane.

In the panel discussion, focus went to Jane’s moral character (she’s not averse to snorting some coke), especially as a mother. “I had to go through a lot of soul searching to write a character this complicated,” said Cameron, who found herself judging the character and herself. “It’s easy to write a male character with all of these flaws,” Cameron observed, “but it’s harder even for women to write women this way.” The other panelists defended flawed female characters like Jane, especially the tendency to judge a woman by her parenting skills. “Did we ever ask if [“Breaking Bad’s”] Walter White was a good father?” asked Sedgwick.

TruTV’s “At Home with Amy Sedaris” also screened at the fest. The series sees the “Strangers with Candy” actress playing different characters and showing off her wildly variable talents — like making “potato ships” out of paper, glue, sour cream, and potatoes — and entertaining guests, including Paul Giamatti, Jane Krakowski, and Justin Theroux. Think of it as a how-to, hospitality, cooking, and crafts show with what co-creator Sedaris described as a “Lawrence Welk-feel.”

An international perspective was represented in the Vr premiere of “Look But with Love,” a five-part documentary live-action series created by two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Tribeca made two episodes — both about women working for change in Pakistan — available. Tazzy Phe, one of three YouTube “Creators of Change” whose work was shown at the festival, also brought an international focus in her clever visual essay chronicling her journey to make peace with being a Muslim living in America and an American-Muslim visiting Pakistan.

As for how participants in this weekend festival felt about playing roles in the second — and more inclusive — Golden Age of television, the question was put most pointedly by an audience member during the “Queen Sugar” panel. “This is a very important show,” she said. “How does it feel to be a part of this revolution in TV with women and people of color, bringing fullness and realness to the screen?”

Gardner responded, “As an actor you yearn to see yourself, to have an opportunity to speak to your experience, your family’s experience, your neighborhood’s experience…to shine a light on what you find unendingly beautiful and dimensional…You miss it for so long, you’re hungry for it for so long, it’s almost a shocking experience [when you finally have it].” She added, “Thank you Ava, thank you Oprah …They are absolutely revolutionizing an industry, with no apology.”

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Kyra Sedgwick Relates the 'Profound Truth' in ABC's 'Edgy' New Kidnapping Whodunit Ten Days in the Valley

Kyra Sedgwick Relates the 'Profound Truth' in ABC's 'Edgy' New Kidnapping Whodunit Ten Days in the Valley
Jane Sadler, Kyra Sedgwick‘s character in Ten Days in the Valley, is a television showrunner. She’s a mother. She’s an ex-wife. She’s a sister. And, at the point that her young daughter goes missing in the series premiere, she’s also a bit of a hot mess.

Which is exactly why Sedgwick, who hasn’t taken a series-regular role since The Closer wrapped in 2012, couldn’t wait to play her.

“First of all, I want to play real people, not likable people. You know what I mean? I love her, and to me she is real and authentic,
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Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Is Distraught Over Her Missing Child in 'Ten Days in the Valley' Sneak Peek

Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Is Distraught Over Her Missing Child in 'Ten Days in the Valley' Sneak Peek
Ten Days in the Valley could be your newest fall obsession.

In ABC's 10-episode freshman drama, Kyra Sedgwick plays Jane Sadler, a television writer who burns the midnight oil one evening to meet an early morning script deadline, only to discover her daughter has been abducted from her own home.

Et exclusively debuts a sneak peek from Sunday's debut episode, in which Jane is hysterically crying over the sudden disappearance of her child.

Crumbled to the floor and sobbing uncontrollably the morning after her daughter's abduction, lead detective on the missing person's case, John Bird (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), arrives to update Jane on the status of the search.

Related: Kyra Sedgwick Stars in Heart-Stopping First Look at ABC's 'Ten Days in the Valley'

"Look, I'm going to have to drive you in," Detective Bird tells Jane, after breaking the news that her ex-husband -- whom she believed to be responsible for her daughter's disappearance -- was no longer
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Kyra Sedgwick on the Guilt Faced By Working Mothers, and How That Plays Into ‘Ten Days In The Valley’ — Turn It On Podcast

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Kyra Sedgwick on the Guilt Faced By Working Mothers, and How That Plays Into ‘Ten Days In The Valley’ — Turn It On Podcast
After seven seasons in her Emmy-winning role as “The Closer,” Kyra Sedgwick was excited to try something different with “Ten Days in the Valley.”

This time, Kyra executive produces and stars as Jane Sadler, an overworked single mother who’s the executive producer of a popular TV cop drama. When her daughter goes missing, Jane’s world starts to implode and she doesn’t know who to trust — including her ex-husband, the cop informant she’s working with, and her secret drug dealer.

The series is deeply influenced by a recurring nightmare that creator and showrunner Tassie Cameron had. Cameron shared that dream with TV critics this summer: “I was working alone late at night in my writing shed about 10 feet away from my house, and that it would be I’d finish writing, and I would come, and my back door would be locked, and I’d break in,
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Fall 2017 TV Preview: New Shows By and About Women to Check Out

Star Trek: Discovery”: CBS Entertainment

We are officially in the throes of the fall television season — and the next couple of months will be an especially good time for women on the small screen. From now until Thanksgiving there will be a bunch of new female-driven projects to check out across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms.

This Sunday marks premiere of the much-anticipated “Star Trek: Discovery,” a feminist prequel to the Kirk and Spock-led 1966 original. The CBS All Access series revolves around two women of color: Starfleet officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).

October will see the bows of several women-created series. Among them are two ABC shows: Tassie Cameron’s child abduction drama “Ten Days in the Valley” starring Kyra Sedgwick, and Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters’ “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” a dramedy about depression, faith, and life. The CW will also debut the reboot of “Dynasty,” co-created by Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick. The update of the classic soap will focus on the not-too-friendly relationship between a woman and her same-aged stepmother-to-be.

Three women-hosted talk shows will also kick off in October. Sarah Silverman and Robin Thede will take on politics and current events in Hulu’s “I Love You, America” and Bet’s “The Rundown,” respectively. And Amy Sedaris will instruct us on cooking and crafting via her manic, twisted worldview in the truTV series “At Home With Amy Sedaris.”

The second Margaret Atwood TV adaptation this year, “Alias Grace,” will hit Netflix in early November. Written by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron, the Canada-set miniseries follows Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant accused and convicted of murder. For lighter November fare, turn to “Smilf” and “She’s Gotta Have It,” both of which are comedies inspired by films. Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” is about a young mother trying to find romantic and professional fulfillment, which is extra difficult since she is also raising a child. “She’s Gotta Have It,” meanwhile, sees an independent Brooklyn artist juggle relationships with three different men.

Here are just some of the new series and television projects from and about women premiering this fall.

Star Trek: Discovery” (Premieres September 24 on CBS All Access)

Star Trek: Discovery”: CBS All Access

What it’s about: Set a decade before Kirk and Spock’s adventures on the Enterprise, “Star Trek: Discovery” centers on a female Starfleet officer named Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green), her captain (Michelle Yeoh), and the rest of the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and beings as they travel throughout space.

Why we’re excited: While the number of black and Asian female characters on TV is slowly increasing, it’s still uncommon for a series to feature more than one woman of color, let alone two female lead characters of color. So it seems “Discovery” will be a trailblazer in that regard. Also, per an early trailer, it appears that the mentor-protege relationship between Captain Georgiou and Michael will be a main focus. We think a feminist, diverse “Star Trek” is the sci-fi project 2017 needs right now.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again” (Premieres September 29 on Netflix)

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

What it’s about: Kate McKinnon will lead this reboot of the classic kids’ series. Ms. Fiona Frizzle — younger sister of Lily Tomlin’s original Ms. Valerie Frizzle — takes the students of Walkerville Elementary on scientific, adventure-filled field trips with the help of a very special school bus.

Why we’re excited: If “Hidden Figures” taught us anything, it’s that young female viewers crave stories about women in Stem fields. “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is both a project that will expose young women to the wonders of science and serve as a worthy successor to the “Magic School Bus” of the ’90s. Plus, with her habit of playing smart, weird, enthusiastic characters, McKinnon is the perfect actress to follow in Tomlin’s footsteps.

“Ten Days in the Valley” — Created and Written by Tassie Cameron (Premieres October 1 on ABC)

“Ten Days in the Valley”

What it’s about: Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick) is the producer of a controversial television series about the police. Also a single mother, Jane’s personal and professional lives are upended when her daughter goes missing.

Why we’re excited: Sedgwick has a knack for playing skilled law enforcement officials (“The Closer,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and also had a memorable turn as a lonely widowed mother in last year’s “Edge of Seventeen.” “Ten Days in the Valley” is a drama that will bridge those two aspects of Sedgwick’s talents and could potentially provide meta-commentary on the way police cases are portrayed on TV versus the way they work in reality.

“9Jkl” — Co-Created by Dana Klein (Premieres October 2 on CBS)

What it’s about: Newly divorced actor Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) returns home to New York City and moves into an apartment bookended by his parents and his brother.

Why we’re excited: “9Jkl” is loosely based on star Feuerstein’s own experiences and was co-created and is exec produced by the actor’s wife, Dana Klein. With a woman in one of the series’ creative roles, it’s likely that “9Jkl” will be more than the typical “dude who can’t get away from his overbearing family” fare. It’s also possible that Klein’s presence behind-the-scenes will mean that the roles of Josh’s mother (Linda Lavin) and sister-in-law (Liza Lapira) will be given more depth than is usual for female characters in broad sitcoms.

The Halcyon” — Created by Charlotte Jones (Premieres October 2 on Ovation)

The Halcyon

What it’s about: This glamorous British import is set in a five-star hotel in WWII-era London. “The Halcyon” takes us into the lives of the socialites and guests who frequent the hotel as well those who work at the venue, and explores how everyone has been affected by the war.

Why we’re excited: “The Halcyon” aired earlier this year in Britain and will finally be available in the U.S. come October. Produced by the people behind “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown,” the series has the potential to become the newest obsession for Anglophiles, fans of period dramas, or anyone who appreciates well-executed costume design. And, of course, “The Halcyon’s” focus on war, politics, and class divisions will also make for some great pop culture think pieces.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” — Created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Premieres October 3 on ABC)

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”

What it’s about: A self-absorbed but unhappy young man (Jason Ritter) is tasked with saving the world by a celestial figure named Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) after he moves in with his widowed sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher).

Why we’re excited: For one, anything from former “Agent Carter” showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters is worth checking out. But “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” also stands out because it appears to be the rare project that explores faith and the role it can play in people’s lives. Considering the series’ description and the fact that ABC categorizes it as “a light drama,” “Kevin” has the potential to join “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” in the growing comedy-with-big-ideas TV genre.

Dynasty” — Co-Created by Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick (Premieres October 11 on The CW)


What it’s about: This reboot of the classic primetime soap will present the epic rivalry between the uber-wealthy Carrington and Colby families through the sparring Carrington women: Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and her very young stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Glamour, betrayal, conspicuous consumption, and murder ensue.

Why we’re excited: Over-the-top soap operas can be a lot of fun and “Dynasty” co-creator Stephanie Savage has a knack for building compelling shows around the equal parts fascinating and revolting lives of the crazy rich (Savage has previously worked on “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl”). Not to mention that the best soaps are the ones whose protagonists are both villains and heroes. It seems the new “Dynasty” will have that in spades with Fallon and Cristal.

“I Love You, America” (Talk Show) (Premieres October 12 on Hulu)

What it’s about: Hosted by Sarah Silverman, the weekly series will be a balanced take on the current political climate and the 45th president. Silverman will present us the week’s most pressing topics with her personal commentary, interviews with people who don’t necessarily agree with her, and of course, many, many jokes.

Why we’re excited: In the Trump era, it can be hard to find any news outlet (comedic or otherwise) that isn’t imbued with despair. And if there’s one thing Silverman’s comedy is known for, it’s the performer’s wonder-filled, childlike persona. Optimism and lightness are in short supply right now, so it will be a relief to have a host like Silverman present the garbage fire that is the world through her trademark perkiness. It will also be interesting to see how many times per episode Silverman will manage to reference “pussy-grabbing.”

“The Rundown With Robin Thede” (Talk Show) (Premieres October 12 on Bet)

Thede: Bet

What it’s about: Robin Thede (“The Nightly Show”) will examine the latest in politics and pop culture through commentary, sketches, and parodies. As Thede told The Hollywood Reporter when news of “The Rundown” broke, “This is going to be a show that is absolutely geared to a black audience and told from a black, female perspective.”

Why we’re excited: Thede is already in the TV history books for being the first black female head writer on a late-night comedy show and she’s sure to bring the insightful, razor-sharp observations about race and gender she honed at “The Nightly Show” to “The Rundown.” Further, while there is the rare white female voice in late-night comedy (Samantha Bee and, soon, Sarah Silverman), black women have not had the opportunity to engage as much with political comedy — so it seems like “The Rundown” will see Thede blaze yet another trail.

“The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” (Docuseries) (Premieres October 20 on Netflix)

Del Castillo: Netflix

What it’s about: Actress Kate del Castillo will share her side of the infamous del Castillo-Sean Penn-Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán story in this three-part Netflix documentary miniseries.

Why we’re excited: While the 2016 meeting between between del Castillo, Penn, and the drug lord El Chapo made international headlines, not many details are known about del Castillo’s role in the rendezvous. It was reported that she “brokered” the meeting and effectively introduced Penn and El Chapo, but the rest of her story has not yet been told. It will be interesting to learn del Castillo’s reasons for working with one of the world’s most-wanted criminals and it seems that Netflix will offer audiences information that has previously been kept from the public, including never-before-seen footage of del Castillo, Penn, and El Chapo’s interaction.

At Home With Amy Sedaris” (Talk Show) — Co-Created by Amy Sedaris (Premieres October 24 on truTV)

At Home With Amy Sedaris

What it’s about: This “Martha Stewart Living” spoof sees actress and writer Amy Sedaris cook, bake, and craft alongside guests like Jane Krakowski, Rachel Dratch, and Sasheer Zamata. Sedaris will present her expertise on the domestic arts through segments like “Entertaining the Grieving” and “The Craft of Love Making” and a song about the appropriate uses for each type of glue.

Why we’re excited: Sedaris has been stealing scenes as a guest star for years (see: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Broad City,” “Difficult People”) and it’s been 17 years since “Strangers with Candy” went off the air. Needless to say, it’s high-time she starred in her own series. Spending a half-hour with Sedaris each week will be amazing and if we learn how to make fancy, probably X-rated center pieces along the way, so much the better.

Alias Grace” (Miniseries) — Directed by Mary Harron; Written by Sarah Polley (Premieres November 3 on Netflix)

Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

What it’s about: Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s historical novel, “Alias Grace” centers on 19th century “murderess” Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who was accused and eventually convicted of killing her employer and co-worker. After 10 years of maintaining her innocence in prison, Grace tells her story — or what she can remember of it — to a psychiatrist (Edward Holcroft).

Why we’re excited: Well, if “The Handmaid’s Tale” is any indication, adaptations of Atwood’s work tend to make great TV. As in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alias Grace” centers on a woman trapped in a terrifying, misogynistic system. What makes “Alias Grace” even more chilling is that it is based on the true story of Grace Marks and it’s unclear whether Grace herself is a patsy or a sociopath. And, of course, the upcoming Netflix show is written by “Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell” helmer Sarah Polley and is directed by “American Psycho’s” Mary Harron. There’s no way we’re missing a project that boasts talented women on and offscreen.

Smilf” — Created by Frankie Shaw (Premieres November 5 on Showtime)

Smilf”: Mark Schafer/Showtime

What it’s about: Frankie Shaw stars in, writes, directs, and produces this comedy about a young single mother who finds it’s hard to balance the duties of motherhood with an active sex life, relationships, and a career. “Smilf” is based on Shaw’s 2015 short film of the same name.

Why we’re excited: “Smilf” appears to be a spiritual spinoff of another one of our favorite shows, “Catastrophe,” the Amazon comedy about a couple navigating the ugly realities of parenthood and marriage. With her sexual frankness, her awkward conversations with her gynecologist, and intense love for her kid, Shaw’s “Smilf” character, Bridgette, could be Sharon Morris’ younger, slightly more insecure American sister.

“Danica” (Documentary) — Directed by Hannah Storm (Premieres November 8 on Epix)

Danica Patrick: Nascarking/Wikimedia Commons

What it’s about: Racecar driver and mogul Danica Patrick looks back on her career in the male-dominated world of racing — and provides viewers a glimpse into her life off the speedway — in this documentary from sports broadcast journalist Hannah Storm.

Why we’re excited: Most people who have heard of Danica Patrick know that she’s a Nascar driver, but probably couldn’t tell you too much else about her. Storm’s doc presents a full picture of Patrick as a person, not just as one of the few women in a sport that’s especially male-driven. We’re confident that Storm’s vision will make “Danica” a particularly compelling story. After building a successful career in the man’s world of sports journalism, the director herself is surely familiar with being known as the only woman in the room.

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars” (TV Movie) (Premieres November 23 on PBS)

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

What it’s about: This sequel to the 2016 TV movie “Anne of Green Gables” sees Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine), now 13 years old, struggling to support her family as her guardian Matthew’s (Martin Sheen) health begins to fail. Anne also discovers she has romantic feelings for Gilbert (Drew Haytaoglu), which threatens her close friendship with Diana (Julia Lalonde).

Why we’re excited: Between last year’s “Anne of Green Gables” and the Netflix series “Anne with an E,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved heroine seems to be making a major comeback. Which makes total sense: Anne is headstrong and true to herself, and must face plenty of hardships at home and at school. That’s something most 13-year-old girls can personally relate to. Keeping that in mind, “The Good Stars” could make for the perfect family — and feminist — Thanksgiving entertainment.

“She’s Gotta Have It” (Premieres November 23 on Netflix)

“She’s Gotta Have It”: David Lee/Netflix

What it’s about: Based on Spike Lee’s 1986 romantic comedy of the same name, “She’s Gotta Have It” centers on artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) as she splits her time between building her career and spending time with her friends and three lovers (Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, and Anthony Ramos).

Why we’re excited: Sex-positive depictions of women on TV have increased in the past few years, but it’s still fairly rare to see a female character who is, on the whole, unconcerned with having a monogamous relationship. Also, “She’s Gotta Have It” seems like the perfect show to fill the “Insecure”-shaped hole in our lives. Like the ladies of Issa Rae’s HBO series, Nola is an intelligent, flawed black woman trying to carve out a space for herself in both the professional and social spheres. And we definitely could see Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany attending one of Nola’s art shows.

Fall 2017 TV Preview: New Shows By and About Women to Check Out 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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Inaugural Tribeca TV Festival to Debut New Gotham, Designated Survivor Episodes, Feature Will & Grace Cast

Inaugural Tribeca TV Festival to Debut New Gotham, Designated Survivor Episodes, Feature Will & Grace Cast
Tribeca Enterprises announced on Wednesday that to supplement its acclaimed annual film festival, this fall it would launch the Tribeca TV Festival, to run Sept. 22 through 24 at Cinepolis in New York City and feature numerous premieres and panel Q&As.

‎”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.
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Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’

Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.

‎”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”

The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.

“We’re launching a new standalone, but
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Tribeca Launches Its First-Ever TV Festival With ‘Gotham,’ ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’

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Tribeca Launches Its First-Ever TV Festival With ‘Gotham,’ ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
As of late, every major fest has included some degree of television in its programming. But Tribeca is demonstrating a new level of commitment to episodic content with Tribeca TV, an entire festival dedicated to the small screen (to use an increasingly antiquated term).

Running September 22-24 in New York, Tribeca TV will feature the world premieres of the upcoming new series “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” as well as “Designated Survivor” Season 2 and “Red Oaks” Season 3. Also getting special previews are Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated “Better Things,” the fourth season of “Gotham,” the upcoming Sundance TV miniseries “Liar,” and NBC’s revival of classic sitcom “Will & Grace.”

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Tribeca TV will also include a Vr component, with the original documentary project “Look But With Love,” from Academy Award-winning Tribeca alum Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

“Tribeca has proven itself to be the
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Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Stars in Heart-Stopping First Look at ABC's 'Ten Days in the Valley'

Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Stars in Heart-Stopping First Look at ABC's 'Ten Days in the Valley'
In ABC's fall drama Ten Days in the Valley, Kyra Sedgwick faces every mother's worst nightmare: your young child gone missing in the dead of night.

Sedgwick plays Jane Sadler, a television writer who burns the midnight oil one evening to meet an early morning script deadline, only to discover her daughter has been abducted from her own home.

And so begins a tale of secrets, lies and potential cover-ups.

Related: Why Kyra Sedgwick Waited More Than 30 Years to Make Her Directorial Debut

Et exclusively debuts the show's heart-stopping new teaser, which sets up the pulse-pounding 10-episode thriller. The miniseries will cover 10 days in the investigation, by asking one question: "What happens when fiction becomes all too real?" Flashes of Sedgwick's character in moments of peril fly by as her desperation reaches distressing levels.

Creator Tassie Cameron revealed the impetus for the show's meta concept earlier this month at the Television Critics Association press tour, sharing that the
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‘Ten Days In The Valley’ Paints Bleak Picture Of TV Cop Drama Showrunning – TCA

Tassie Cameron wrote ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley based on a recurring nightmare she was having. In the nightmare – and the series – a female showrunner is working late at night in her writing shed outside her house and when she tries to return to the house the back door is locked, she breaks in, and her young child is gone. She speculated “my shrink” would suggest she was writing out of her system “my pressures about being a stressed out single mother.” “It was amazingly…
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Ten Days in the Valley Was Born From a Literal Nightmare and Mothers' Guilt

ABC's upcoming kidnapping thriller Ten Days in the Valley was born from a literal nightmare. Creator Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) had a recurring dream that mirrors the plot of the series about a screenwriter whose daughter is kidnapped from her home.

"I was working alone late at night in my


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Wrong Black Guy: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Addressed as Malcolm-Jamal Warner at TCA

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Wrong Black Guy: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Addressed as Malcolm-Jamal Warner at TCA
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a black man and an actor. Malcolm-Jamal Warner is too. They are not the same person, however. Late in the day Sunday during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, one writer in the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom made a pretty bad faux pas while ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley” panel was up on stage. This whole thing requires a bit of setup — Showrunner Tassie Cameron, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kyra Sedgwick, Kick Gurry and Erika Christensen were in the house, representing their new limited series on the broadcast network. While Warner is in the cast, he was not in attendance today.
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