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‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Series Is Not About Eleven, Steve or Others: It’s ‘1000 Different’

‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Series Is Not About Eleven, Steve or Others: It’s ‘1000 Different’
“Stranger Things 4” has been a pop culture phenomenon for Netflix and ranks as the streamer’s most-watched English-language TV season. The show is easily the streaming giant’s most blockbuster franchise, so it’s hardly shocking to hear it will continue even after the fifth and final season. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer are developing a “Stranger Things” spinoff, but don’t expect a series entirely centered on the likes of Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven or Joe Keery’s Steve.

“It’s not following…I’ve read these rumors that there’s gonna be an Eleven spinoff, that
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Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Faithless’ Set for TV Adaptation by ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Director Tomas Alfredson

Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Faithless’ Set for TV Adaptation by ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Director Tomas Alfredson
Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Let the Right One In,” is set to direct a TV series adapted from “Faithless,” a 2000 film written by Ingmar Bergman and directed by Liv Ullman.

Miso Film, a Fremantle company, is producing with Swedish broadcaster Svt.

Sara Johnsen (“July 22”) is writing the script of the six-part series. The project was revealed on July 2 at the annual Bergman Week on Fårö island, where Sara Johnsen, Tomas Alfredson and Svt’s head of drama Anna Croneman discussed the series.

“Faithless” explores the relationship between passion and love through an erotic triangle. David falls in love with his best friend Mark’s wife, the beautiful Marianne. David and Marianne’s love affair has painful consequences for two families.

“Sometime during the winter of 2001, I contacted Ingmar Bergman and asked if I could reinterpret his story. Initially he said it sounded like “a drunken idea,
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The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked

The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked
A bonafide staple of TV sitcom excellence, “Seinfeld” still lands. Co-created by namesake star Jerry Seinfeld and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” auteur Larry David, NBC’s iconic half-hour comedy received mixed reviews when it aired its pilot on July 5, 1989. The episode, titled “The Seinfeld Chronicles” was funny, no question. But the brilliantly understated beats of a stand-up comedian in New York City and his three closest friends talking about “nothing” ad infinitum wasn’t yet optimized for its raucous comedic potential. Fast-forward that metaphoric VHS a few years and you’ve got one of the most successful eight-handers in the history of the small screen, heralded by a bass line just as recognizable.

Seinfeld appeared as a fictionalized version of himself opposite Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer for a whopping nine seasons. Over the series’ 180 episodes, the “Seinfeld” gang explored
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‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters

‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters
Any “Stranger Things” spinoff series will not be following the core tweens in the current franchise starter.

Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed during the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that a spinoff show is in the works, but fans should not expect a standalone story for Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven or Joe Keery’s Steve. Instead, the upcoming series will be “1,000 percent different” than the current flagship show.

“I’ve read these rumors that there’s going be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s going be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it’s another number,” the Duffer Brothers said. “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”

The Duffer Brothers added that the spinoff will maintain the same “storytelling sensibility” fans have come to love from “Stranger Things,
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David Zaslav Sees ‘Opportunity’ Amid Industry Turmoil as Moguls Convene in Sun Valley

David Zaslav Sees ‘Opportunity’ Amid Industry Turmoil as Moguls Convene in Sun Valley
Sun Valley, Idaho — David Zaslav was upbeat as he arrived in Sun Valley, Idaho on Tuesday for Allen & Co.’s gathering of business media and tech moguls. The Warner Bros. Discovery CEO had kind words for Netflix and “Stranger Things,” and he told reporters that he expects the annual summit to be “a great week” amid “a lot of turmoil in the business.”

Zaslav indicated that Warner Bros. Discovery is weighing quality vs. quantity concerns as it plots strategy for the combined company’s streaming future.

“That means, I think, a lot of opportunity,” Zaslav told Variety as he pulled
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New Animation Contract Narrows Gender Pay Gap

New Animation Contract Narrows Gender Pay Gap
Teri Hendrich Cusumano went into contract negotiations with the major studios with the goal of making major gains for animation color designers. Such workers choose the color palette for animated films and TV shows, and traditionally they have tended to be women.

They have also been paid about 300 per week less than the designers who do characters, backgrounds and props. While she emphasized the gender disparity in her presentations to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, that argument did not persuade the employers.

“The studios do not want to acknowledge they are engaging in gender discrimination,” she said.
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Your Honor to End With Season 2 on Showtime, Bryan Cranston Says

Your Honor to End With Season 2 on Showtime, Bryan Cranston Says
Your Honor won’t be bending the rule of law much longer. In a new interview, series star Bryan Cranston says Season 2 of the Showtime legal drama will be its last.

“I am [currently] preparing for the second and last season of Your Honor, which is a limited series that I did for Showtime,” Cranston said on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “As they tell me, it got higher ratings than any other series they’ve ever had — and so, one more season of that.”

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Nickelodeon’s Sabrina Caluori Promoted to Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing as Jenny Wall Exits as Chief Marketing Officer

Nickelodeon’s Sabrina Caluori Promoted to Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing as Jenny Wall Exits as Chief Marketing Officer
Nickelodeon has elevated Sabrina Caluori to executive vice president and head of marketing and brand strategy. She enters the role as Jenny Wall exits as chief marketing officer, having stepped down this week.

Caluori previously served as senior vice president of brand and content strategy. She will now lead on- and off-air consumer marketing and content launches globally across the brand’s linear, digital and social platforms. She will report to Brian Robbins, president and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon and chief content officer of kids and family content for Paramount+. She will also add senior vice president and
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‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’

‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’
Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman opened up about the misstep in referring to Chandler Bing’s transgender parent, played by Kathleen Turner, in the original series as a man.

Kauffman, who created the 1994 to 2004 series with David Crane, admitted that “referring to her as ‘Chandler’s father’, even though Chandler’s father was trans” was a “mistake.”

“Pronouns were not yet something that I understood. So we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake,” Kauffman said during “The Conversation” on the BBC World Service (via The Huffington Post).

Matthew Perry as Chandler endured numerous jokes about his “dad,” played by Turner, on the series. Turner played Chandler’s parent Charles Bing, who performed as Helena Handbasket for her drag stage show Viva Las Gaygas. The series never explicitly addressed whether Charles was trans, but Kauffman confirmed that she was.

Kauffman added that she set out to
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‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ on Pause at Bravo (Exclusive)

‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ on Pause at Bravo (Exclusive)
“Million Dollar Listing New York” — a key installment in Bravo’s long-running real estate franchise — won’t be returning anytime soon, sources tell Variety. Bravo never uses the word “canceled,” instead considering series to be “paused,” since it sometimes brings shows back years later, as was the case with the revived “Real Housewives of Miami” on Peacock last year.

In the case of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” the network had no comment, but the current incarnation of the show is over.

The series is a spinoff of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” which premiered on Bravo in 2006. The “New
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‘The Boys’: Laurie Holden on Singing as Crimson Countess & Working With Jensen Ackles

‘The Boys’: Laurie Holden on Singing as Crimson Countess & Working With Jensen Ackles
[Warning: The below contains Major spoilers for Season 3, Episode 7 of The Boys, “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed.”] The Boys Season 3 may have introduced new twists for fan-favorite characters, but it also made way for several showstopping newbies like Laurie Holden‘s Crimson Countess. Although she wasn’t long for the screen after Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) essentially vaporized her with his nuclear powers in Episode 5, she made quite the impression. Whether it was her compassion for chimps, her dazzling musical performances, or her fabulous costume, there was no shortage of great moments for the Season 3 Supe. Following the show’s seventh installment, “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” Holden is giving viewers a peek behind the curtain at her role. She’s also sharing thoughts on the storylines introduced heading into the finale, which she says, “I can’t really tease anything about other than it’s epic and explosive.” (Credit: Prime Video
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Fall 2022 Broadcast TV Schedule: Premiere Dates for NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW

Fall 2022 Broadcast TV Schedule: Premiere Dates for NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW
Halfway through Summer, networks are already gearing up for fall TV.

While it will still be a few months until broadcasters NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW air their new and returning fall series, the networks have revealed the debut dates for the shows on their respective lineups.

Below Variety has rounded up the premiere dates for broadcast TV’s fall 2022 shows, which kicks off with the Season 3 premiere of “DC’s Stargirl” on The CW Aug. 31, and concludes with the return of “Young Rock” and the premiere of “Lopez vs. Lopez” on NBC on Nov. 4. In between, dozens
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TVLine Items: grown-ish Promotion, Issa Rae's Rap Sh!t Trailer and More

TVLine Items: grown-ish Promotion, Issa Rae's Rap Sh!t Trailer and More
Luca’s little sister just got some big news: Daniella Perkins, who recurred in grown-ish‘s fourth season as Kiela, will be a series regular when the Freeform comedy returns for its revamped Season 5, TVLine has confirmed.

We’ll also be meeting six new recurring characters, including Tara Raani as sophomore Zara, an overachieving Muslim student who is proud and open about being queer; Justine Skye as freshman Annika, an ambitious newbie who chose Cal U because it’s “good for her brand”; and Amelie Zilber as freshman Lauryn, a devout Christian who often overcompensates for her naivety.

More from
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‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem

‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Stranger Things” Season 4, as well as “Game of Thrones.”]

In the trailer for “Stranger Things 4: Volume 2” it seemed certain someone would die.

And someone did die, but just one someone and not necessarily a someone who seemed in terrible danger before the two supersized episodes hit Netflix July 1 (or who even existed before the first batch of episodes debuted May 27). Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), newcomer and fans’ Season 4 favorite, went out in a blaze of glory, decimated by otherworldly bats while he bought time to save everyone else. In fact, he died the exact death that almost befell Steve (Joe Keery) in “Volume 1,” but the Duffer brothers wouldn’t dream of killing Steve — or any of its other longtime leads, it seems — with another season left to go.

Quickly disposing of Eddie was never a guarantee, based on the show’s track record. Sadie Sink’s Max joined in
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‘Ted Lasso’ Star, Writer Brett Goldstein Signs With WME

‘Ted Lasso’ Star, Writer Brett Goldstein Signs With WME
Brett Goldstein has signed with WME for representation, Variety has learned. He continues to be repped by Mosaic and Hansen Jacobson in the US, as well as B-Side Management and Lark in the UK.

Goldstein is best known to American audiences for his breakout role as veteran footballer turned coach Roy Kent in the Apple sports comedy series “Ted Lasso.” He won the Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy for his work on the show’s first season, with Season 2 also expected to pick up nominations when they are announced next week.

Goldstein is also a writer
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David Harbour Picks Jacob Elordi to Play Young Hopper in Potential ‘Stranger Things’ Prequel

David Harbour Picks Jacob Elordi to Play Young Hopper in Potential ‘Stranger Things’ Prequel
David Harbour isn’t precious when it comes to the future of his fan-favorite “Stranger Things” character Jim Hopper. In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the actor said he is eager to see another performer take over the role should series creators Matt and Ross Duffer decide to create a spinoff series centered on the character. Harbour even has his pick for the actor who should play a young Hopper in a “Stranger Things” prequel series: “The Kissing Booth” and “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi.

“He could pull off being as handsome as I was at 20,” Harbour quipped to GQ.
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Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV

Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV
Evil” began strong, smuggling complex moral, spiritual, and sociopolitical issues into its procedural format with wit and style, and it has only gotten deeper, more moving, and more frightening over the course of three seasons. By focusing on a team of three investigators — forensic psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), newly ordained priest David (Mike Colter), and tech expert Ben (Aasif Mandvi) — who the Catholic Church has hired to look into various unexplainable occurrences, series creators Robert and Michelle King are able to deliver a sophisticated inquiry into the nature of belief and the origins of evil on a weekly basis, in a show that’s often diabolically funny as well as heartbreakingly tragic and poignant.

When it comes to delivering the horror-show goods, the most recent episode, “Demon of the Road,” is a case study in what “Evil” does best. The three leads head out to a long stretch of lonely highway,
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‘Married at First Sight’ Season 15 Cast Previews Their Road to the Altar

‘Married at First Sight’ Season 15 Cast Previews Their Road to the Altar
Married at First Sight is ringing in a special milestone as the Lifetime reality program enters its 15th season. While the social experiment remains the same, the participants and location are changing once again as the show heads to San Diego. Among the five matches are Lindy and Miguel, Krysten and Mitch, Alexis and Justin, Stacia and Nate, and Morgan and Binh. Together, these couples are taking the big leap towards leading the married lives they’ve always dreamed of. Below, the cast members are teasing their experience with the social experiment in Season 15 ahead of the July 6 premiere. Lindy & Miguel (Credit: Lifetime) On paper, matching 29-year-old doctor of physical therapy, Lindy with 35-year-old associate medical director Miguel seems like an obvious thing, but it still surprised Miguel that they seemed to mesh well from the start. “There were a few things that surprised me, the foremost being how well Lindy and I got along,
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HBO Max Drops Trailer for ‘Rap Sh!t,’ New Series from Issa Rae and City Girls (TV News Roundup)

HBO Max Drops Trailer for ‘Rap Sh!t,’ New Series from Issa Rae and City Girls (TV News Roundup)
HBO Max on Tuesday released the official trailer for “Rap Sh!t,” an original comedy series from from Emmy nominee Issa Rae (“Insecure”). The series premiere on July 21 with two episodes at 6 p.m. Pt/9 p.m. Et. The eight-episode season continues with one episode weekly until September 1.

The series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion). The two reunite to form a rap group, forming a new bond along the way. The series also stars Jonica Booth, Devon Terrell and Rj Cyler.

Rap Sh!t” is executive produced by Issa Rae and showrunner Syreeta Singleton,
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Set as ABC’s Next Live-Action & Animated Musical Event

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Set as ABC’s Next Live-Action & Animated Musical Event
The next Disney animated classic to get a live-action reimagining is Beauty and the Beast, just in time for a key anniversary: the 30th anniversary of when it became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC will present the two-hour animated and live-action blended special, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, on Thursday, December 15 at 8/7c. Executive produced by Jon M. Chu and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the event will pay tribute to the original film and its legacy by showcasing the movie alongside new, memorable musical performances — performed at Disney Studios and woven through the original feature film — as well as brand-new sets, and breathtaking costumes. The cast will be announced at a later date. “Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story and we’re so fortunate to work with creative mastermind Jon M.
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