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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer

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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer
Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are returning to the music industry scene with a new drama series project. The duo has teamed up with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Craig Brewer, writer-director of music-themed series Empire and movie Hustle & Flow, for a one-hour series pitch that has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. The drama hails from Ventimiglia & Russ Cundiff’s Divide Pictures and 20th Century Fox TV, where Lavender, Ulin and Divide are under deals.

Written by Lavender and Ulin, the untitled project centers on gifted musician Madison, who fears her life in the music business is over after an epic breakdown on stage goes viral. With a new boldness she teams up with her musical prodigy sisters, to form a band that might be more than what they bargained for. Thrust into a world that is far more
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Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz

Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz
Outlander is headed to the New World. Today, Starz announced the TV show's fourth season will debut in November.

Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, the historical drama follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse who finds herself mysteriously thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Annette Badland, Stephen Walters, and Laura Donnelly.

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from the Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.

Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal Ucp is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, Ucp’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.

I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its Bourne ties, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner,
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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For
Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If […]

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series
TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s bestelling The Alienist, with Alienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning returning for the follow-up in an all-new storyline.

A huge critical and ratings success, TNT’s The Alienist is 2018’s top new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

A gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.”

Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much as $37 million. That’s a promising launch given the low price tag typically attached to horror movies.

The Nun,” a spin-off to “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It is set in Romania in 1951 and centers on a Catholic priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. The first four iterations in the “Conjuring” universe — including “Annabelle” and its sequel — have generated over $1.1 billion globally.

It won’t come close to matching the surprise success of the same weekend last September when
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Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’

Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’
Ruth Wilson stoked speculation about the reason for her departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” when she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about the situation during a TV appearance Thursday morning.

Wilson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about the dramatic exit of her character, Alison, from the Showtime drama that examines the impact of an extramarital affair from multiple perspectives. There had been speculation Wilson left because she was earning less than her male co-star, Dominic West. Asked by “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King directly about the pay parity question, Wilson replied: “I’ve never
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Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series

Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series
It’s official: black-ish creator Kenya Barris is headed to Netflix with a rich multi-year overall deal. The pact had been rumored for months. I hear the agreement with Netflix was made awhile ago but could not be announced until Barris formalized his exit from his ABC Studios deal. Barris and ABC Studios last month announced that his overall deal there would terminate in August, a little over a year into its four-year term. I hear the date was Aug. 15, thus today’s…
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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’

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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’
Renée Zellweger has been cast to star in Netflix’s new drama series “What/If,” it was announced Friday.

The 10-episode anthology series will explore what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things, and each season will look at a different morality tale. Zellweger will play a woman named Anne, though further details about the character have not yet been announced.

Revenge” and “Swingtown” creator Mike Kelley will act as showrunner and write the series. He will also executive produce with Melissa Loy for Page Fright, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven for Atlas Entertainment, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke for Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari Entertainment will be co-executive producer.

The role marks the “Bridget Jones” alum and Academy Award winner’s first major foray into television since her acting debut in the 1992 made-for-tv movie “A Taste for Killing” on USA.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
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Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’

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USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” may be powering down after its upcoming fourth season, if what Christian Slater says is true.

The actor, who plays the deceased father of Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson who appears only to Alderson as the eponymous Mr. Robot, told Collider that he expects the fourth season to be the hacker drama’s last.

“Yeah, Season 4, and I believe that will be the last season. [Show creator] Sam [Esmail] always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline,” Slater told Collider in an interview. “So, I think that Season 4 will be it.”

Also Read: Rami Malek, 'Mr. Robot' Creator Sam Esmail Team Up for 'American Radical' Movie

Despite his comments, there has been no official word on the fate of the show after the fourth season. A rep for USA Network declined to comment.
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How Netflix Accounts for Huge Deals With TV Creators Like Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, Ryan Murphy

Netflix keeps raiding the TV biz for big-name creative stars. And it’s tucking the bulk of the eight-figure annual salary commitments and all of the production costs for those pacts into a separate area of its ledger, rather than accounting for them as current operating costs.

Yesterday, the streaming giant announced a pact with Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish,” worth $100 million over three years, Variety reported. That’s after Netflix landed Shonda Rhimes (whose hits for ABC include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”) in a pact reported to be worth $150 million over five years and signed Ryan Murphy in
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‘Queer Eye,’ ‘United Shades,’ ‘Born This Way,’ Other Reality Shows Confront Social Issues

‘Queer Eye,’ ‘United Shades,’ ‘Born This Way,’ Other Reality Shows Confront Social Issues
Look at Emmy nominees across this year’s reality categories and you’ll see that a growing number of unscripted series are facilitating discussions about sensitive subjects including disabilities, addiction, race, Lgbtq issues — and even religion. Some shows tackle a bit of everything, such as “Queer Eye” and last year’s unstructured reality program Emmy winner, “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell.”

Reality shows can promote understanding by introducing viewers to people and communities they might not otherwise encounter and facilitate conversations.

“One of the biggest challenges our country still has is empathy,” says Tom Greenhut, exec producer of “Intervention.
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Caitlyn Smith, Cody Johnson

Maggie Rose’s buoyant “Hey Blondie,” Travis Meadows’ inspirational “Underdogs” and Logan Brill’s clever “Good Story” are among the 10 country and Americana tracks you must hear right now.

Chase Rice, “Eyes on You”

The country songwriter who professed his faith in “Three Chords and the Truth” takes a joyride here, heading from the beaches of Big Sur to the streets of Paris with an unnamed lover on his arm. Blindsided by her beauty, he winds up missing most of the scenery unfolding in the background. “Don’t matter where we’ve been.
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Trump Is Sad Because He Had to Cancel His Ridiculous Military Parade

President Trump values few things more than the might of the American military. Since taking office he has sought to accumulate fighter jets, warships and other hardware, and he’s long sought to show off this billion-dollar toy collection with an extravagant parade down the middle of Washington, D.C. An event was scheduled to take place on Veterans Day, but cost estimates have soared. On Friday morning, the president announced on Twitter that he has canceled the parade, blaming local politicians he claims are trying to squeeze the administration.
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How Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano Bring HBO’s ‘Animals’ to Life

How Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano Bring HBO’s ‘Animals’ to Life
Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano are not only the creators of HBO’s adult cartoon series “Animals”; they’re also the show’s animators, directors, writers and bringers of coffee.

Are they control freaks? “We have production coordinators and all that,” says Matarese, “but when it comes to the nitty-gritty of quality control, I oversee every single step of it, and we’re very much ingrained in every aspect of the show.”

One of the draws for fans is the show’s star talent, who, along with Matarese and Luciano, provide the voices for the various animals. Names include Aziz Ansari,
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Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format

Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO’s six-part series “The Jinx,” about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.

Just months after the widespread success of “The Jinx,” Netflix’s true-crime 10-part series “Making a Murderer” was released and that also became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Both series officially reinvigorated the long-form, true crime docuseries format and primed audiences for ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America.
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Vma Exec Producer Jesse Ignjatovic Talks Aretha Franklin Tribute

No matter how many big shows a person might have attended, the sight of a major arena production being assembled still astonishes. On Friday morning, approximately 80 hours before MTV’s Tk annual Video Music Awards begin, New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall was in the process of being transformed: the stage was loaded with towering sets and light structures swooping overheard, a giant lighting rig covered approximately a third of the ceiling, 1,500 seats had been removed to expand the main stage or clear the way for other stages and camera platforms, and the venue’s iconic lobby was
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Regina King Reveals Secret Weapon for Her Emmy-Nominated ‘Seven Seconds’ Performance (Video)

Regina King Reveals Secret Weapon for Her Emmy-Nominated ‘Seven Seconds’ Performance (Video)
This story about Regina King first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Filming “Seven Seconds” was not easy for Regina King, but for one key episode she had a remarkable ally.

In the Netflix crime drama from creator Veena Sud, King plays the mother of a black teenager who is hit while riding his bicycle by an off-duty police officer. And the episode where she learns, in a quietly wrenching scene, that her son has died of his injuries was directed by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme, who died last year shortly after production wrapped.

“It was a gift to have the opportunity to work with him, and that scene was a collaborative one,” said King, whose Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie nomination was the sole nom for “Seven Seconds.”

Also Read: Jonathan Demme's 10 Best Movies, From 'The Silence of the Lambs
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The Wasp Should Lead Any All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie, Peyton Reed Says

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The Wasp Should Lead Any All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie, Peyton Reed Says
If an all-female “Avengers” movie comes to fruition, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” director Peyton Reed said he would like to see Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne take charge.

“I’d like her running things. I’d like to see her as the head of the all-female Avengers,” Reed told The Huffington Post.

Of course, he added, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) — who has “captain” in her name — might ultimately beat The Wasp out for the role of lady Avenger ringleader.

“Maybe that would be ‘Captain Marvel,’ because she does have the word ‘captain’ in her name. But I think Hope van Dyne is a very decisive leader and a tactician, in addition to being a brilliant scientist. So she checks a lot of boxes in terms of who’s going to be running the Avengers, theoretically,” Reed said.

In a previous interview, Reed said Hope van Dyne had her own
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