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CBS Develping ‘Siblings’ Comedy From David Hornsby & Brian Keith Etheridge

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CBS Develping ‘Siblings’ Comedy From David Hornsby & Brian Keith Etheridge
CBS has put in development multi-camera comedy Siblings, from David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and The Ranch co-executive producer Brian Keith Etheridge, and CBS Television Studios.

Written and executive e produced by Hornsby and Etheridge, Siblings centers on two very different siblings who decide to live together and raise their kids after one of them gets divorced.

Hornsby has been on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia since the second season, rising to executive producer. As an actor, Hornsby’s credits include Good Girls, The Goldbergs and Baskets in addition to his recurring role on Sunny. This marks Hornsby return to CBS where he created, executive produced and starred in the comedy series How To Be a Gentleman.

Etheridge most recently served as co-executive producer on Netflix’s The Ranch. His other writing/producing credits include a four-year stint on Mike & Molly, along with The Dangerous Book for Boys,
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

Read original story ‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix At TheWrap
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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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Martin Freeman Parenting Comedy ‘Breeders’ Gets Series Order From FX

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Martin Freeman Parenting Comedy ‘Breeders’ Gets Series Order From FX
FX has given a 10-episode series order to “Breeders,” a new sitcom that will star Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.

The first season will be produced by FX Productions, Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions and will debut on FX in 2020.

Co-created by Simon Blackwell, Chris Addison and Freeman, “Breeders” will explore “the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there. Martin Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.”

Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch: Martin Freeman's Criticism of 'Sherlock' Is 'Pathetic'

Blackwell, best known for his work writing for shows like “Peep Show,” “The Thick of It,” and “Veep,” on which he also served as an executive producer and won two Emmys, will serve as showrunner.
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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode

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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode
Transparent” will end its fifth and final season with a musical episode, series creator Jill Soloway told the New York Times on Saturday.

“It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Soloway said. “A little ‘Yentl.'”

The Times reported that the episode will be a two-hour production set to air sometime next fall.

However, an individual with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that the episode’s specific running time, and other creative details, are still being figured out.

Also Read: From 'Transparent' to 'Pose' and Beyond: How Trans Writers Are Changing Hollywood's Script

The upcoming fifth season, which has no premiere date yet, will be the first since the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor was fired by the studio in February.

Tambor was accused last November of
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About Premium Content Closes Major Deals on BBC One Hit Drama ‘Keeping Faith’

About Premium Content Closes Major Deals on BBC One Hit Drama ‘Keeping Faith’
About Premium Content, the Paris-based co-production and sales company, has signed major deals on the hit drama “Keeping Faith,” the British female-fronted thriller which has just been greenlit for a second season by BBC One.

Acorn Media Enterprises has come on board to co-produce the second season and has picked all rights to the show in the Us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as home entertainment rights in the U.K. and Southern Ireland. Acorn Media International will handle distribution rights for the series in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Southern Ireland.

The show will premiere day and date on BBC One,
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Aline Brosh McKenna Talks Changes Still Needed on #MeToo Anniversary: ‘It Is Still 50-Year-Old White Men’ In Charge

Aline Brosh McKenna Talks Changes Still Needed on #MeToo Anniversary: ‘It Is Still 50-Year-Old White Men’ In Charge
Although writers’ rooms have become more diverse in the last few years, the heads of networks or studios are “still in a bubble” when it comes to conversations around #MeToo and Time’s Up, believes “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna. And ultimately, they wield the most power when it comes to diversity in a series.

“You walk into those rooms, and you are aware that it is still 50-year-old white men who are in charge,” McKenna said during a panel on inclusivity and representation held Sunday. “I want to see these companies, these corporations that we work for say,
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Why the New ‘Murphy Brown’ Includes a Dreamer

Why the New ‘Murphy Brown’ Includes a Dreamer
Candice Bergen herself is now vivaciously buzzing over the power of apps.

“On Instagram I just get constant thank yous, and people saying things like, ‘I feel so much better. It has given me hope. It has given me joy,’” Bergen said on Saturday at the “Murphy Brown” panel at PaleyFest.

The 70-year-old star of the bold political comedy joked that she thought she might never work again after years in the industry. Today, she is happy about the attraction to the blast-from-the-past character. “I think people need comfort,” Bergen said. “I think the last couple of years have been
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Veronica Mars: Enrico Colantoni Officially on Board for Hulu Revival

Veronica Mars: Enrico Colantoni Officially on Board for Hulu Revival
Mars Investigations’ founding father will be present and accounted when Veronica Mars resurfaces in 2019. TVLine has learned that Enrico Colantoni — aka Kristen Bell’s TV dad Keith Mars — has signed on to the forthcoming Hulu revival as a series regular.

As we reported last month, the the eight-episode continuation finds Bell’s titular sleuth tracking a serial killer terrorizing Neptune during Spring Break. Franchise overlord Rob Thomas previously revealed that the quasi-fourth season will differ in tone from the 2014 fan-funded feature film.

“The movie was nostalgic — the Hulu limited series isn’t going to be,” Thomas said, adding that the
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday,
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This is the Instrument That Produces Those Weird Sounds in Horror Movies

You know those scenes in movies where something bad is about to happen? Or maybe it’s a scene where someone enters a really strange room and you see a close up of their face. The music in the background kind of represents their fear. Ever notice that when these scenes occur it’s usually with the same instrument? Have you ever stopped to think what instrument that is? I haven’t. But today I came across this video and realized that it’s the waterphone. This particular video is of Richard Waters’ waterphone made by Brooks Hubbert. Brooks is an amazing musician and

This is the Instrument That Produces Those Weird Sounds in Horror Movies
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Europe’s Evolution of Adopting the American Writers’ Room Model

Europe’s Evolution of Adopting the American Writers’ Room Model
Europe hasn’t gone Hollywood quite yet, but it’s getting there, slowly. The standing of the writer within the hierarchy of drama production in Europe has never been higher, but the Hollywood showrunner model, in its purest sense — in which the writer often has the final say in all creative decisions — is still a relative rarity in Europe.

Eight years ago, British exec producer Stephen Garrett, whose credits include “The Night Manager” and is now working on “The Rook” for Starz, persuaded American showrunner Frank Spotnitz to move to Europe and transplant the Hollywood showrunner model in the shape of BBC thriller series “Hunted.
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TV Review: AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

If you’d asked any film critic a year or two ago to rank the arthouse auteurs most likely to direct a tony high-gloss miniseries for the BBC and AMC, South Korean iconoclast Park Chan-wook may not have been at the very bottom of the list — leave some room for Lars von Trier and Béla Tarr — but his brand of heightened genre kink would have pushed him pretty far down. But here we have the director of the original “Oldboy” putting his slinky moves on what those networks have fashioned as the follow-up to their 2016 critics’ pet “The Night Manager
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Superstore Video: Jonah and Amy Lie Their Way Into... Carpool Karaoke?

Will Dina be the next Superstore employee to find out about Jonah and Amy’s secret relationship?

In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek at Thursday’s episode (NBC, 8/7c), the lovebirds struggle to get on the same page when Dina approaches Amy’s car and asks why Jonah’s in the passenger’s seat. They (sort of) agree on the same, clunky lie when Amy suggests they’ve been carpooling to work — and just when you think they’re in the clear, Cheyenne and Justine approach to ask what’s up. Justine, of course, has to go and make things
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Ratings: Supergirl Steady in Sunday Debut, Beats ABC's Alec Baldwin Talker

Supergirl christened The CW’s new stab at Sundays with 1.53 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, matching its Season 3 average and finale (1.8 mil/0.5) in the demo. In total viewers, it matched the superhero series’ fourth smallest audience. TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “B.”

Leading out of that, the Charmed reboot debuted to 1.54 mil and a 0.5. TVLine readers gave that premiere an average grade of “C-,” with 54% planning to stay tuned.

(Because someone will ask: The Mrc-produced Valentine and Easy Money averaged a 0.4 demo rating when they premiered on The CW Sundays a decade ago.)

Elsewhere….

NBC | Sunday
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Mipcom: BBC Studios Partners With China’s Tencent on ‘Dynasties’

BBC Studios has signed a co-production partnership with China’s Tencent on upcoming natural history series “Dynasties,” it announced Monday at Mipcom in Cannes. The deal marks the third landmark natural history co-production BBC Studios has teamed on with Tencent following “Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II.”

The agreement is part of larger multi-year partnership between BBC Studios and the Chinese internet giant which also sees the two companies collaborating on online initiative BBC Earth Tribe – a Chinese fan community site for people who are passionate about natural history and science – which launched Monday night on Tencent Video. BBC
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Batman Prequel Series Casts Both Alfred Pennyworth and Thomas Wayne

Epix’s forthcoming Batman prequel Pennyworth, which will tell the early story of Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, has found its leading man in British thespian Jack Bannon, Warner Bros. announced Monday.

The drama, which received a 10-episode series order in May, will follow a young Alfred Pennyworth as he forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire named Thomas Wayne — who is not yet Bruce Wayne’s father — in 1960s London.

Update: It has also been announced that Ben Aldridge (Reign, Fleabag) will fill the role of Thomas.

Bannon’s version of Alfred, formerly a British Sas soldier,
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Amazon Launches ‘Shark Tank’ Store Featuring Over 70 Products From ABC Competition Show

Amazon is now in the “as-seen-on-tv” business: The ecommerce giant launched an official retail outlet for “Shark Tank,” ABC’s reality-competition show in which entrepreneurs pitch product concepts to vie for funding.

More than 70 products funded from “Shark Tank” judges during seasons 1-9 are now available for purchase on Amazon.com (at this link). Products from season 10 and beyond will be featured in the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection in the future. ABC premiered season 10 of the show on Oct. 7.

Products currently available to purchase from the digital storefront include the $130 Hatch Baby, a combo baby-changing table and smart scale; Third Wave Water,
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‘Derren Brown: Sacrifice’ Trailer: Getting Someone to Take a Bullet for a Stranger Is Latest Experiment from British Illusionist

‘Derren Brown: Sacrifice’ Trailer: Getting Someone to Take a Bullet for a Stranger Is Latest Experiment from British Illusionist
After “The Push” brought his specific audience-of-one psychological illusions to the States earlier this year, Derren Brown is back with another very targeted Netflix experiment.

“Derren Brown: Sacrifice” tracks the possible evolution of Phil, who claims he’s not racist but still believes the U.S. has “an immigration problem.” With Phil’s biases in mind, Brown and his team have built a scenario in which Phil could theoretically decide to risk his life to save an undocumented immigrant.

It’s an elaborate setup reminiscent of “The Push,” where a similar amount of effort went into trying to convince one man that pushing one man to his death would be in the best interest of a number of other people. This time, Phil was chosen from a number of unsuspecting applicants who were not aware they’d be signing up for something this extreme and hyperspecialized.

In the lead-up to Phil’s fateful yes-or-no decision,
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General Hospital Spoilers: Sonny and Jason Have A Serious Conversation

General Hospital fans are excited about the upcoming week, but we all know that there is a lot happening to make last week make sense. For one, we know that Oscar is having so many issues. This poor kid is so sick, his parents won’t be honest with him, and things won’t work out for him if he doesn’t get his life in order. He’s been taking the time to confide in Joss, but she has enough of her own problems that she can’t really handle anything else. She’s been in a lot of trouble, she’s been living with a

General Hospital Spoilers: Sonny and Jason Have A Serious Conversation
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