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‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Veep’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks

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‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Veep’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks
Executive producers of top Emmy contender comedy, drama and limited series weigh in on what shows they hope will see awards recognition this year.

Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws”)

“I love ‘Insecure’ because it’s so bold and honest. Its relatability is universal and it might be one of the funniest shows on television.”

Jordan Cahan and David Caspe (“Black Monday”)

“What the Kings are doing on ‘The Good Fight’ is just crazy. Under the clever disguise of a legal procedural they’ve hidden the most brilliantly f—ed-up show on TV. The tone whips from sophisticated satire to social thriller to character study to goofy farce — while tackling impossible issues like race, gender, and politics through songs and soliloquies, courtroom battles and cartoons.” — Cahan

“ ‘Pen15’ is somehow hilarious and heartbreaking, broad and grounded, all at the same time. And it proves that an idea, which I’m sure some people told them was too sketchy,
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Drama Showrunners Talk WGA-Ata Dispute, Evolving Industry at Variety’s ‘A Night in the Writers’ Room’

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The WGA-Ata saga loomed large at Variety‘s “A Night in the Writers’ Room,” where showrunners and lead writers from several of the year’s best dramas gathered to discuss their business and craft.

The big four agencies and the WGA finally agreed to return to the negotiating table last week after a weeks-long stalemate. But with guild-represented writers compelled to fire their agents as a result of the conflict, it’s fair to say it’s been a tumultuous couple months.

“It’s a tough situation for everybody. I know a lot of lower level writers that didn’t get staffed this year and my heart breaks for them,” said “Good Girls” showrunner Jenna Bans. “At the same time I think the issues we’re fighting for are real and legitimate and I think we all want a solution that reflects the writers’ interests and we hope we get one very soon.
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How You Made You Fall In Love With Joe Goldberg on Purpose...At First

How You Made You Fall In Love With Joe Goldberg on Purpose...At First
If you couldn't help but feel a little bit attracted to Penn Badgley's character in You, congrats! That's exactly what was supposed to happen, at least at first.  In a couple of new interviews, You showrunner Sera Gamble has been talking about adapting the show from the books by Caroline Kepnes, and the way the character and the show were designed to make Joe Goldberg (Badgley) the ultimate leading romcom man...until you discover that he's an extra creepy stalkery murderer.  "There's a very vocal contingent of fans of Caroline Kepnes' book who were like, 'I heart Joe.' Essentially what she's done is taken the classic romantic hero and just peeled back the gloss and...
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‘Dirty John’ Boss on Filling Her Office With Confidence Boosters

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‘Dirty John’ Boss on Filling Her Office With Confidence Boosters
The writer’s office for true crime series “Dirty John” closed down after the first season, but ended up in the same space on the Universal lot for the second season. Showrunner Alexandra Cunningham set up her space for maximum comfort — including testing various couches before she found the one with the right “squishability” — as well as functionality. “Originally my [story] cards were hung on the other side of the room,” she says. But she had them moved to the wall her desk leaned against so she could just turn her head and look up to see her whole season come together.

Star Power

Directly across from Cunningham’s desk hangs the framed poster for the first season of “Dirty John,” featuring Eric Bana and Connie Britton. “Those two actors signed on before I had ever even written a stitch, which gives you a warm glow,” she says. Looking at the
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‘You’ Boss Breaks Down Adapting Joe Goldberg’s Gaze for the Small Screen

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‘You’ Boss Breaks Down Adapting Joe Goldberg’s Gaze for the Small Screen
When Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti sat down to co-write the pilot of “You,” based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name, the first decision they made, Gamble says, was to start the story in the same place as the book — inside protagonist Joe Goldberg’s head as he first catches sight of his soon-to-be obsession Beck in the bookstore where he works. “That inner monologue was the key to the whole thing,” Gamble explains. “The voice of the entire novel is the second person, intimate monologue of Joe’s true thoughts, and in the show, you’re experiencing his behavior and how he talks to everyone in the outside world, and it becomes even more about the friction between what he is saying and what he is doing.”

Making the Male Gaze

The first word of Kepnes’ novel is literally “You,” as Joe narrates seeing Beck for the first time,
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Sera Gamble on Mixing ‘Horror and Fairytale Whimsy’ in Her Series and Writers’ Office

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As showrunner of Syfy’s “The Magicians” and Netflix’s “You,” Sera Gamble has two writers’ rooms, right across the street from each other in Hollywood. But, because she has been in her space for “The Magicians” longer, she says that office feels like her “home base.” Gamble says every writers’ room has its own personality, and the one for “The Magicians” is “a nice mix of horror and fairytale whimsy,” which has “always been my aesthetic.”

Woman’s Best Friend

A common fixture at Gamble’s side is her dog Franklin, whom she adopted about a year and a half ago. Although she never brought her previous pooch to the office, “everyone knew that he was my heart and soul” so after he passed away and she got Franklin, everyone wanted to meet him. “Part of climbing the ladder as a TV writer is that you are subject to
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The Magicians Season 4: The Secret Ending Even the Cast Didn’t Know About

Michael Ahr Apr 18, 2019

With a major character exiting, a false ending was filmed for The Magicians season 4 finale, keeping the truth even from the cast.

This article contains Major spoilers for The Magicians season 4.

Fans of The Magicians are having mixed feelings after the tragic sacrifices made in the season 4 finale, and it’s not all about a major character having died. After all, Penny and Marina died in season 3, and the nature of the series allowed copies from another timeline to rejoin the cast with different personas. Quentin’s heroic demise, however, was made much more final by the announcement that Jason Ralph has decided to move on from the series, but the secondary shock comes from finding out that his departure was kept secret even from fellow cast members.

According to an interview Ralph did with Entertainment Weekly, the decision to keep things on the down low was
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‘The Magicians’ Breaks Hearts and Changes the Game in a Shattering Season Finale

‘The Magicians’ Breaks Hearts and Changes the Game in a Shattering Season Finale
Wow. I came into the Season 4 finale of The Magicians ready for some major shit to go down, especially since showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble have been hinting that this finale will be particularly intense, and intense it was. Warning: Major spoilers ahead! I was serious about the spoilers! Go watch the episode […]

The post ‘The Magicians’ Breaks Hearts and Changes the Game in a Shattering Season Finale appeared first on /Film.
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The Magicians Shocker: Why This Key Character Is Leaving the Show

The Magicians Shocker: Why This Key Character Is Leaving the Show
Goodbye to you, [Spoiler]. Yes, The Magicians said goodbye to [Spoiler]. And this is your last warning. In the season four finale, Quentin (Jason Ralph) sacrificed himself to save his friends. And yes, he's really dead and Ralph is leaving the show. On a show like The Magicians, that has to be specified. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Sera Gamble revealed plans were hatched for Ralph to exit and Quentin to die at the end of season three. "We had a wonderful creative conversation about Quentin's arc as a character throughout the series, and where the end of that arc might be. [John McNamara] and [Henry Alonso Myers] and I tend to take very seriously ideas that scare us,...
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Magicians EPs on [Spoiler]'s Shocking Exit and Emotional Musical Tribute

Magicians EPs on [Spoiler]'s Shocking Exit and Emotional Musical Tribute
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Wednesday’s The Magicians season finale.

A-Ha’s “Take on Me” has never sounded so sad. During The Magicians‘ Season 4 finale, Quentin, Alice and Penny 23 traveled to the mirror world to toss the monster and his sister into the seam between worlds. However, their quest was interrupted by Everett, who broke the mirror. After doing some minor mending, Quentin was able to send both siblings into the seam — but also sacrificed his own life in the process, as Alice watched on in anguish. (Remember, magic is a no-no in the mirror world.)

Following his death,
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Sera Gamble on Her Banner Year and Deconstructing Tropes in 'You' and 'The Magicians'

Sera Gamble has two shows on the air, two writing staffs at work and two bustling production offices on either side of L.A.'s famed Melrose Avenue, which should provide a snapshot of the kind of 2019 she’s having. Syfy’s The Magicians, which has steadily gathered critical buzz and a cult following since its debut four years ago, just reopened its writers room for season five. Meanwhile, buzzy Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama You is in the thick of production on season two: its final episodes are being broken in its writers room, while earlier episodes are in production and postproduction....
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10 Predictions We’re Making for The Magicians Season 5

We all love a good story, and that is why it always feels terrible when we don’t get the endings we hope for in interesting fantasies. If only the insanely and insatiably interesting book by Lev Grossman determined how ‘The Magicians’ ended, we wouldn’t have a Season Four. We would be horribly distraught, although season four still crashes us. However, as Sera Gamble and John McNamara find a way to make elongate the series and keep the drama running, we are privileged to keep enjoying the ride. It is almost impossible to predict what happens next with this series, and

10 Predictions We’re Making for The Magicians Season 5
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‘Dollface’: Shay Mitchell Joins Hulu Series In Recasting

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‘Dollface’: Shay Mitchell Joins Hulu Series In Recasting
Exclusive: Former Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is set as a lead opposite Kat Dennings and Brenda Song in Dollface, Hulu’s 10-episode comedy series starring and executive produced by Dennings, in a recasting. Mitchell will play Stella Cole, Madison’s (Song) other best friend from college, free spirit, and charming hedonist. She replaces Lex Scott Davis, who was originally cast in the role.

Dollface hails from writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn), ABC Signature Studios and producers Margot Robbie and Brett Hedblom from LuckyChap Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan from Clubhouse Pictures (I Tonya).

Written by Weiss, Dollface follows a young woman (Dennings) who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

Dollface is Mitchell’s first lead role in a comedy series.
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Wbtv’s ‘You’ Creators On Bonding With a Serial Killer — The Contenders Emmys

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Wbtv’s ‘You’ Creators On Bonding With a Serial Killer — The Contenders Emmys
No doubt about it: Penn Badgley looks more like the handsome boy next door than a serial killer. That’s exactly why the actor was the perfect choice to play the murderous Joe Goldberg in Wbtv’s You, said creators and star of the psychological thriller at today’s Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys panel.

Badgley joined co-creator/executive producer/writers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble at the panel moderated by Peter White. The series, written by Berlanti and Gamble based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, first aired on Lifetime before moving to Netflix, was renewed for a second season prior to its debut. Badgley’s character, a charming bookstore owner with a very disturbing secret life, connects with equally attractive customer and aspiring Guinevere Beck, portrayed by Elizabeth Lail.

Berlanti said the book was helpful in figuring out how to get into Goldberg’s mind.
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Lucifer, Arrow, The Magicians, Grey's, GoT, Jane, New Amsterdam, The 100 and More!

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Lucifer, Arrow, The Magicians, Grey's, GoT, Jane, New Amsterdam, The 100 and More!
What other surprise awaits Lucifer‘s Chloe? Could Arrow kids get spun off? Is New Amsterdam ready to deliver? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Anything new on Lucifer? I’ll take literally anything, please. —Paola

Chloe can’t be faulted for assuming that she is the only human, and certainly within her circle of friends, to know Lucifer’s true identity. So as you can imagine, it’s quite an amusing moment when she discovers that is not in fact the case. Talking to Maze, “She’s like, ‘You don’t know the
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‘You’: Charlie Barnett To Recur In Series’ Second Season On Netflix

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‘You’: Charlie Barnett To Recur In Series’ Second Season On Netflix
Exclusive: Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll) is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You.

You follows bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). In the freshman season, which was based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling novel and aired on Lifetime, Goldberg becomes obsessed with his customer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), using social media and the Internet to stalk her.

The show’s second season is loosely based on the author’s second book in the series titled Hidden Bodies and will be released by the streaming service under the Netflix originals banner. It will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady.

Barnett will play Gabe, Love’s (Pedretti) oldest friend and closest confidant. He’s a successful acupuncturist and psychedelics aficionado living L.A. life to the fullest.
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Supernatural Creator Breaks The Silence On The Show Ending

After a groundbreaking fifteen years, Supernatural is finally about to reach its end. Stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins released a video on social media yesterday afternoon that revealed the news that the upcoming fifteenth season of The CW’s jewel in the crown will be its last. A joint statement from showrunners Robert Singer and Andrew Drabb then followed, along with an outpouring of grief from the devoted fanbase.

Now, original creator Eric Kripke has commented on Supernatural coming to a close as well. Directing his response to the fans, Kripke encouraged them to remember that the bond of the community that’s built around the show will outlive the thing itself.

“#SPNFamily please remember: shows end. But family is forever. That never changes & that’s what you’ve created here. All my love & thanks to the cast & crew & most of all you, the family.”

#SPNFamily please remember: shows end.
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‘You’: Chris D’Elia To Recur In Series’ Second Season On Netflix

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Undateable alum Chris D’Elia is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You.

D’Elia will play Henderson, a designer-hoodie, black Ray-Bans, expensive sneakers-wearing famous comedian with a “hard-life-lessons man-of-the-people” thing working for him.

You follows bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). In the freshman season, which was based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling novel and aired on Lifetime, Goldberg becomes obsessed with his customer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), using social media and the Internet to stalk her.

The show’s second season is loosely based on the author’s second book in the series titled Hidden Bodies and will be released by the streaming service under the Netflix originals banner. It will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady.

You is produced by Berlanti Productions,
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‘You’ Casts Marielle Scott; Georgina Reilly Joins ‘City On A Hill’

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‘You’ Casts Marielle Scott; Georgina Reilly Joins ‘City On A Hill’
Marielle Scott has booked a recurring role on the upcoming second season of the hit psychological thriller You on Netflix. Scott will play Lucy, an edgy-chic literary agent with a deadpan wit and a sense of humor about her own La-ness. Her career-driven nature is balanced by her earthy partner Sunrise and their toddler. Developed by Sera Gamble & Greg Berlanti based on the book by Caroline Kepnes,You launched as a Lifetime series with Netflix as Svod/international partner. Starting with Season 2, You will be a Netflix original. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Scott is currently filming The Friend, alongside Jason Segel, Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson. She’s repped by Gersh and Mosaic.

Georgina Reilly is set for a recurring arc on City On A Hill, Showtime’s upcoming drama series executive produced by Ben Affleck,
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"Stargirl" Casts Cameron Gellman; Carmela Zumbado Joins "You"

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Cameron Gellman (Heathers) is set as a series regular in DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl series. Based on the DC characters, Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. Gellman is playing an undisclosed DC character. Geoff Johns, who created the Stargirl character in 1999, will be writing the first episode and executive produces with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Melissa Carter. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Gellman most recently appeared in Heathers, Mary Harron’s Charlie Says, The Fosters and The Middle. He also played alongside Annette Bening & Elle Fanning in the feature film 20th Century Women. He’s repped by
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