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Amazon Passes on Pilots Starring Bridget Everett and Glenn Close

Amazon is batting 0-3 with its 2017 comedy pilots: The streamer has passed on its entire half-hour pilot slate, including Glenn Close’s Sea Oak, Bridget Everett’s Love You More and Diarra Kilpatrick’s The Climb.

As noted by Deadline, which first reported the news of the trio’s demise, the quasi-canecllations come just weeks after the male execs who greenlit them, Amazon Studios boss Roy Price and his No. 2, head of comedy and drama development Joe Lewis, left their posts in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Amazon Passes On All 3 Pilots From Fall 2017 Pilot Season: ‘Sea Oak’, ‘Love You More’ & ‘The Climb’

Exclusive: I have learned that Amazon Studios has opted not to pick up any of the three comedy pilots that were part of the current fall 2017 pilot season. That includes Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close; Love You More, from Patti Cake$' Bridget Everett and Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King; and Diarra Kilpatrick's The Climb. There is no renewal decision yet on comedy series One Mississippi, and Amazon has yet to weigh in on the future of I Love Dick. The decision to…
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Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast: ‘American Koko’s Diarra Kilpatrick Talks Diverse Storytelling In The Digital Space

Writer, actress, producer and Internet “Koko” queen Diarra Kilpatrick stopped by the New Hollywood podcast to talk about her ABC digital series American Koko and her Amazon pilot The Climb. Kilpatrick has joined the ranks of creators who have used the digital space to fashion unique stories that have crossed over into the TV world. With her roots set in theater, Kilpatrick is a new voice in the industry that deserves your ear, giving us a fresh point of view with her two…
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‘The Climb’ Creator Reflects on Her Public Pilot, From Pitch to Premiere

Diarra Kilpatrick is the creator and star of Amazon's The Climb, a Detroit-set comedy about an assistant who ditches her job to find internet fame. The pilot, alongside two others, rolled out in November and is currently in contention for series order at the streamer. It could be among the last of its kind, as Amazon leans more towards traditional development and series orders.

The Set Up

My agent Jacqueline Sacerio is leaving CAA to become a producer at Mark Gordon Company. I’m already developing a half-hour pilot for FX, but she says she wants to produce my next idea. I think this is...
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: Ranking the New 2017 Entries From Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: Ranking the New 2017 Entries From Worst to Best
Amazon released three new pilots on Friday, November 10, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “Love You More,” “The Climb,” and “Sea Oak” make up the 2017 fall pilot season, and whether you like ’em, love ’em, or they’re just not your cup of tea, the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read IndieWire’s reviews below to gain insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

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If we were evaluating pilots on the basis of the quality of their hearts, “Love You More” would get an A++++. Starring the increasingly ever-present (and delightfully so) Bridget Everett as Karen, a woman balancing her love of chardonnay and casual sex with her job as a counselor
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Watch Three New Amazon Prime Pilots

Amazon Prime has released its annual crop of pilots, inviting subscribers to watch and give feedback to help decide what shows get picked up to series. This year's pilots are comedies The Climb, Love You More and Sea Oak.

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TVLine Items: Arrow Mom Returns, Episodes Vet Visits P.D. and More

TVLine Items: Arrow Mom Returns, Episodes Vet Visits P.D. and More
Mama Smoak is headed back to Star City.

Charlotte Ross will reprise her Arrow role as Felicity Smoak’s mother Donna during a Season 6 episode, TVLine has confirmed. Further details about the guest spot are unavailable, but the series is currently in production on its midseason finale, so perhaps Donna arrives to (belatedly) help Felicity celebrate her… new business with Curtis? Or something?

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Ross — who hinted at her return in an Instagram post — last appeared on the CW superhero drama during the Season 4 finale. Her character
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Glenn Close Amazon Pilot ‘Sea Oak’ Gets November Debut With Fellow Comedies ‘The Climb’ & ‘Love You More’

Amazon has set the lineup for its upcoming fall pilot season with new half-hour comedies Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close; Love You More, from Patti Cake$’ Bridget Everett and Sex and the City‘s Michael King; and Diarra Kilpatrick’s The Climb. All will premiere November 10 on Amazon Prime Video. “We’re excited about, and committed to, telling diverse and risky stories from the best storytellers in the world,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and Vr, Amazon Studios. “We…
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TV Agent Ashley Holland Exits CAA for Wme (Exclusive)

CAA agent Ashley Holland has joined Wme’s scripted television department, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The Stanford alumna began her career as an intern at CAA in 2009 and rose to agent in 2013, where she has worked with clients including Ava DuVernay, Eva Longoria, Helen Hunt, playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), Insecure executive producer and director Melina Matsoukas, comedienne and writer Robin Thede, The Americans writer Tracey Scott Wilson and actress/writer Diarra Kilpatrick (ABC digital series American Koko).

A key member of CAA’s multicultural development group, Holland appeared onstage at the agency’s Amplify summit last month...
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American Koko: Season Two; ABC Renews Digital Series

American Koko is back on the case. This week, ABC announced season two of the digital TV series is now available online.From producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, the short-form comedy stars Diarra Kilpatrick as Akosua Millard (aka "Koko), a specialist who "investigates and solves sticky racial situations in a post-racial America as a member of the E.A.R. Agency (Everybody’s A little bit Racist)."Read More…
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TV Roundup: Kevin Spacey to Be Honored With International Emmy Founders Award

TV Roundup: Kevin Spacey to Be Honored With International Emmy Founders Award
In today’s roundup, Kevin Spacey is honored with the International Emmy Founders Award, CBS welcomes Daniel Henney to the cast of “Criminal Minds,” and Comet TV partners with the UFO Festival for the 70th anniversary.

Award Shows

Kevin Spacey will be receiving the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize Spacey at the 45th International Emmy Awards Gala on Nov. 20, 2017, in New York City. Spacey is a two-time Academy Award winner and has received 10 Emmy Award nominations. He has also won a Golden Globe, Tony, SAG, and BAFTA award in his storied career.

Casting

Daniel Henney has been cast in the CBS series “Criminal Minds,” reprising the role he played on the recently canceled “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Henney will play Special Agent Matt Simmons, who has consulted with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in the past, including helping with the release of Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) when
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‘American Koko’: Viola Davis-Produced Digital Series Launches Season 2 In Honor Of Juneteenth

ABC's streaming service today launched the second season of the Diarra Kilpatrick-created short-form digital comedy series American Koko, in honor of Juneteenth. June 19, known as Juneteenth, commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (June 19, 1865) and producers Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, felt it was an appropriate date on which to premiere Season 2 of the racially-themed series. American Koko stars Kilpatrick as Akosua Millard, code-named "Koko”, an…
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Amazon Near Pickups Of Comedy Pilots From Michael Patrick King, George Saunders & Diarra Kilpatrick

Exclusive: I hear Amazon Studios is finalizing deals for pilot orders to three single-camera comedy projects, Love You More, from former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King, which stars Bridget Everett; the genre-bending Sea Oak, from short-story writer George Saunders; and the Detroit-set The Climb, starring and written by Diarra Kilpatrick, from the Mark Gordon Co. The current pilot season at Amazon, home of such original comedy series as Transparent and Moz…
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ABC Digital Acquires Viola Davis-Produced ‘American Koko,’ Renews ‘Newborn Moms’ & ‘Forever 31’

ABC Digital Acquires Viola Davis-Produced ‘American Koko,’ Renews ‘Newborn Moms’ & ‘Forever 31’
ABC has ordered second seasons of original web shows “Newborn Moms,” “Forever 31,” and “I Can Find $3000 In Your Home” as part of ABCd, the network’s new digital programming platform.

ABCd is also home to the original series “Boondoggle” and “All My Gay Friends Are Getting Married,” as well as library fare (which the network is calling “Throwback” shows) like “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “Ugly Betty,” “Ellen,” and the tragically short-lived “Trophy Wife.”

Read More: ABC Brings Nostalgic Favorites Like ‘My So-Called Life’ and ‘Trophy Wife’ Back to Life on Relaunched Streaming Site

The network also acquired “American Koko,” which follows a satirical agency that solves sticky racial situations. The series is created by Diarra Kilpatrick (who also stars), and is produced by Viola Davis’ and Julius Tennon’s JuVEe Productions. Originally distributed via Kilpatrick’s YouTube channel, “American Koko” received the Best Web Series Award from the American Black Film Festival.
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ABCd Orders More ‘Forever 31’, Acquires Jenny Mollen Project & More – TCA

ABC has ordered additional installments of ABCd series Forever 31, created by and starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger; I Can Find $3000 In Your Home, featuring eBay millionaire Linda Lightman; and Newborn Moms, created by and starring Aurora Browne and Nadine Djoury. Additionally, the network has acquired I Like You Just the Way I Am, from New York Times best-selling author and actress Jenny Mollen, joining previously announced American Koko, from Diarra Kilpatrick and…
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ABC Renews Iliza Shlesinger Digital Series, Orders Viola Davis Project

ABC Renews Iliza Shlesinger Digital Series, Orders Viola Davis Project
ABC has ordered second seasons of three digital short-form series — “Forever 31” from comedian Iliza Shlesinger; “I Can Find $3,000 in Your Home”; and “Newborn Moms.” The broadcaster has also ordered new short-form series “American Koko” from Diarra Kilpatrick and Viola DavisJuVEe Productions and “I Like You Just the Way I Am” for its new ABCd initiative.

Forever 31” is a scripted comedy about a group of single friends, produced by Avalon Television. “I Can Find $3,000 in Your Home” is an unscripted series in which eBay millionaire Linda Lightman searches for objects in peoples homes to sell. “Newborn Moms” stars Aurora Browne and Nadine Djoury as a pair of new mothers and hails from Avalon Television, Inc. and Don Ferguson Productions.

American Koko” follows a satirical agency that solves racial situations with sensitivity, vulnerability, honesty and humor. “I Like You Just the Way I Am” is based on the best-selling memoir that by Jenny Mollen, who
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TVLine Items: Gh Star's Return Date, Rose Byrne Joins Oprah Pic and More

TVLine Items: Gh Star's Return Date, Rose Byrne Joins Oprah Pic and More
You patience shall be rewarded in less than three weeks. Kirsten Storms is set to return as General Hospital‘s Maxie on Wednesday, Aug. 3, an ABC rep tells TVLine.

The soap vet took a leave of absence back in May because of “breakouts due to stress,” she explained on Twitter. After all, Storms added, “in this biz, appearance is important.”

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Days of Our Lives alumna Molly Burnett has been playing Maxie since early July. (And no, there are zero updates on Tyler Christopher‘s status as Nikolas.)

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ABCd Picks Up Viola Davis-Produced ‘American Koko’ Digital Series From Diarra Kilpatrick

ABC’s streaming service ABCd has acquired American Koko, the digital series created by and starring Diarra Kilpatrick. Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis is producing through her JuVEe Productions, which she runs with her husband, producer Julius Tennon. American Koko follows a satirical agency that solves sticky racial situations. "Diarra is an exceptional talent in that she cannot be put in a category," says Davis. "She has a unique voice that transcends her…
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TV Writers See Little Diversity Progress, WGA Reports

Women and minority writers have seen minimal progress in television, the Writers Guild of America West has reported.

The guild’s television staff brief found that female writers accounted for 29% of TV staff employment during the 2013-14 season, down from 30.5%. Minorities accounted for 13.7% during the 2013-14 season, down from 15.6%.

“Over the years, the fortunes of diverse writers in the television sector have ebbed and flowed,” said the report author Darnell M. Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. “While the general pattern consists of an upward trajectory in diverse sector employment, the rate of progress has failed to keep pace with the rapid diversification of the nation’s population.”

The Wgaw’s 2015 report examines employment patterns for nearly 3,000 writers working on close to 300 TV shows airing on 36 broadcast and cable networks during the 2013-14 season.

Hunt said the report carries implications for the TV industry’s bottom line.
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Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Ctg's The Royale

The world premiere of the powerful, intense new play 'The Royale' by Marco Ramirez opened yesterday, May 5 at the CTGKirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Daniel Aukin, 'The Royale' delivers a knock-out punch with its vivid depiction of a man fighting for his place in history. 'The Royale' continues through June 2, 2013. The cast includes Robert Gossett, Diarra Oni Kilpatrick, David St. Louis, Keith Szarabajkaand DeSean Terry. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening below
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