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Comedy Showrunners Discuss WGA Staffing Boost, Filming in L.A. at Variety’s ‘A Night in the Writers’ Room’

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The WGA writers boost and representing Los Angeles on screen were two of the topics most passionately discussed at the comedy panel for Variety‘s “A Night in the Writers’ Room” event.

While the drama panel earlier in the evening delved into the struggle that newer writers face as a result of the WGA-Ata impasse, the gathering of esteemed comedy writers and showrunners shared positive side stories which resulted from the #WGAstaffingboost — the social-media initiative meant to make less experienced writers more visible to showrunners hiring during the impasse.

Vida” creator Tanya Saracho said that she felt it was her duty to participate in the staffing boost and reach to aspiring, often unrepresented writers on social media. She received a mountain of scripts in response, but delightedly revealed that she found someone she wants to hire for Season 3.

“I met with five and I’m staffing one from Twitter,
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‘The Eight Hundred’ to Open Shanghai Festival, Which Has No U.S. Titles in Competition

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‘The Eight Hundred’ to Open Shanghai Festival, Which Has No U.S. Titles in Competition
The Shanghai International Film Festival unveiled a competition lineup Tuesday that features entries from countries ranging from Indonesia to Estonia – but not the U.S., which is engaged in an increasingly bitter trade war with China.

The government-affiliated festival, which runs June 15-24, will open with the premieres of two Chinese films: Huayi Bros.’ patriotic World War II epic “The Eight Hundred,” directed by Guan Hu, and “Chuanyue Shikong de Huhuan” by Zhang Jiarui, according to Chinese website Mtime. Actor Wu Jing – whose “Wolf Warrior II” and “Wandering Earth” are the top two earning films in Chinese film history – will be the festival’s ambassador.

Fifteen films from around the world will vie for the Golden Goblet Award in the main competition. Notable among them are “Many Happy Returns,” a new title directed by Germany-based Uruguayan filmmaker Carlos Morelli and produced by Germany’s Weydemann Brothers, and “Chicuarotes,” Gael Garcia
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The Goldbergs To Pay Tribute to “Perfect Strangers”

What if you could convince your favorite band to perform your favorite 1980s sitcom theme song? That’s what happened when Adam F. Goldberg, executive producer of The Goldbergs (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC-tv), convinced I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, to record a cover version of the theme from Perfect Strangers. The Goldbergs will pay tribute to Perfect Strangers with an all-new episode entitled “Our Perfect Strangers” on ABC-tv on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 p.m. In the episode, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) are not happy when their distant relative Gleb (Joey Slotnik)

The Goldbergs To Pay Tribute to “Perfect Strangers”
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Filmax Boards Int’l Rights To Comedy ‘I Can Quit Whenever I Want’ From Telecinco & Mod Producciones — Efm

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Key Spanish seller Filmax has taken international rights to comedy I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Lo Dejo Cuando Quiera) from local giant Telecinco Cinema, producers of the successful Spanish reboot of Perfect Strangers, The Impossible and The Orphanage, and Mod Producciones, producers of The Tribe and The Summit.

The anticipated Spanish-language film is a remake of hit Italian crime-comedy Smetto Quando Voglio, about three college professors, recently unemployed due to the economic crisis, who develop a multi-vitamin that allows them to party all night long without side effects. They launch themselves into the world of nightclubs and shady dealings, hoping to find a market for their new wonder drug.

This one sounds like a lot of fun. English-language remake potential seems clear.

Starring are David Verdaguer (Summer 1993), Ernesto Sevilla (We Are Pregnant), Carlos Santos (Smoke and Mirrors), Cristina Castaño (Under the Same Roof), Miren Ibarguren, Amaia Salamanca (Our
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‘Birds of Passage’ Snags Best Picture at 5th Fenix Awards

  • Variety
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” Colombia’s official entry to the Oscars’ Foreign-Language category, took home the best picture Fenix Award in a glittering ceremony held in Mexico City on Nov. 7. Its lead actress, Carmiña Martínez, clinched the best actress Fenix.

However, Argentine period drama “Zama” by Lucrecia Martel snagged the most awards, including cinematography, editing, sound and art design.

In a nod to the boom in premium TV series, the Fenix have included included television nominees since last year. Alex Pina’s Atresmedia-produced Netflix heist thriller series, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”), nabbed best series while Gael Garcia Bernal and Kyzza Terraza’s “Here on Earth” won best ensemble cast for a family drama-thriller series which toplines some of the most renowned actors in the Spanish-speaking world, such as Mexico’s Daniel Giménez Cacho, Chile’s Luis Gnecco and Spain’s Ariadna Gil.

Marcelo Martinez
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The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which character(s) on a TV show that aired in 2017 deserves their own spinoff?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I would be down for a show built around Laura Dern’s one-episode role on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as Wendy Hebert, the flaky “mystery bitch” who wanted to marry Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Mostly because Dern is the absolute shit and she should be doing more comedy. And secondly because this could be, as the theme song says, a fascinating transition from the lightly touched-upon trauma Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) endured at her kidnapper’s hand to a darker comedic exploration into the
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The Strangest Stranger Things Mash-Up We've Ever Seen Is Here and It's, Welp, Strange

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Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to come up with the perfect mash-up of one '80s sitcom and a current show that has tons of '80s references. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reprised their roles as Larry and Balki from Perfect Strangers, and the boys from Stranger Things joined them for the ultimate blend of Perfect Stranger Things. Things are stranger than ever in the skit, especially because Jimmy Kimmel is playing "Dem O'Gorgon" (get it?). Watch it all go down above.
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33 Things You Don't Know About Full House

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Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Well, now is the perfect time to test your knowledge, because the series turns 30 years old on Sept. 22, prompting all kinds of nostalgia. To celebrate the anniversary, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, and it was set to follow three comics who lived together. Family sitcoms were so popular at the time, though, that the show's creator, Jeff Franklin, decided to shift the theme. The theme song was cowritten and performed by Jesse Frederick, who was also behind the theme songs for Family Matters, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers. The Full House family lived in one of the homes called
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‘TGIF’ Lives! Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to All 800 Episodes of Iconic ’90s Lineup

‘TGIF’ Lives! Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to All 800 Episodes of Iconic ’90s Lineup
Did Hulu do thaaat?

Yes, it did. In a new agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Hulu has acquired the exclusive streaming subscription video on-demand (SVOD) rights to all episodes of 1990s series “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” You can go ahead and do The Urkel over the news. The deal includes more than 800 episodes, and it marks the first time these show have all streamed together since those family-friendly Friday nights.

The full libraries of all five Warner Bros.
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Battle of the Network Stars Review: Reviving Nostalgia Is No Field Day

Battle of the Network Stars Review: Reviving Nostalgia Is No Field Day
It was some fun, and of course games, as ABC revived the Battle of the Network Stars competition on Thursday night.

RelatedBattle of the Network Stars Reboot Brings New Blood, Extreme Dunk Tank and a Hulk With Something to Prove

The inaugural edition of the reboot pitted a “TV Sitcoms” team (populated by Fuller House‘s Dave Coulier, Roseanne‘s Tom Arnold, The GoldbergsAj Michalka, Growing PainsTracy Gold and Perfect StrangersBronson Pinchot) against a brood of “TV Kids” (Facts of Life‘s Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence, High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu,
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Goodbye, 'The Leftovers': How HBO's Show Went From Good to Canon-Worthy Great

Goodbye, 'The Leftovers': How HBO's Show Went From Good to Canon-Worthy Great
The Leftovers began as a portrait of a small New York town tearing itself apart after a national tragedy. It ended with a final season that revolved, in large part, around an international scientific conspiracy involving Cousin Larry from Perfect Strangers. And over the course of getting from bereaved jus' folks to Mark Linn-Baker, Damon Lindelof's mediation on mourning in America became one of the most moving and thrilling television dramas of the young century.

How the hell did that happen?

It's hard to believe now, after the merry
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The Leftovers Boss Damon Lindelof and Star Carrie Coon Defend Nora's Unspeakable Act of Cruelty

The Leftovers Boss Damon Lindelof and Star Carrie Coon Defend Nora's Unspeakable Act of Cruelty
Nora Durst, how could you?

In Sunday’s The Leftovers, Carrie Coon’s wounded yet resilient heroine embarked on something of a wild goose chase in search of her Departed husband and children, completely icing out current love Kevin (Justin Theroux) in the process (read full episode recap here).

As a longtime acolyte of the Kevin-Nora relationship, it was difficult to sit back and watch her emotionally and physically detach from her life partner (and, as far as I’m concerned, soul mate) as she pursued this Mark Linn-Baker-fueled fantasy. Intellectually, I (mostly) understood why she needed to untether herself from Kevin.
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Walking Dead, Fuller House, Good Fight, Big Bang, Supernatural, Once and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Walking Dead, Fuller House, Good Fight, Big Bang, Supernatural, Once and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’m having Walking Dead withdrawal already. Help! —Nick

Ausiello: Help is on the way, Nick — literally. Ahead of Season 8’s Saviors/Scavengers-vs.-Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom war, AMC’s monster smash is casting two new recurring good guys: Dillon, a sexy, blue-collar twentysomething whose survival skills include sarcasm, and Abbud, an innately likable Muslim American whose nerves are, let’s say, jangled, because he’s flown solo for too long in zombieland. Of the pair, the former
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When Breaking Bad Meets Perfect Strangers: A Mashup

Ever since I posted that article talking about Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reuniting for the first time in 25 years, I cannot get the Perfect Strangers theme song out of my head. So far I’m not sick of it yet, as in I kind of like that it’s in my head. But it’s only a matter of time before “standing tall, on the wings of my dreams” starts to get to me. However, until I get to that point, I’m just singing away in my office here. I have a feeling that other Perfect Strangers fans out there are

When Breaking Bad Meets Perfect Strangers: A Mashup
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The Leftovers Recap: Nothing's Gonna Stop Her Now (It's Her Life)

The Leftovers Recap: Nothing's Gonna Stop Her Now (It's Her Life)
“I think I’m going crazy,” Nora admitted in Sunday’s (as-usual) intriguing episode of The Leftovers. And by the time the hour was through, you might have felt like you were starting to lose it, too. For, although we got some big answers — about, for instance, what happened to Lily and what Mark-Linn Baker has been up to since “departing” — we were left with some even bigger questions. Such as? Read on…

RelatedThe Leftovers Boss Talks ‘Ridiculous, Exhilarating’ Perfect Strangers Homage

‘Can’T You Give A Man A Little Grace?’ | As “Don’t Be Ridiculous” began, the infamous
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‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene

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‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene
[Editor’s note: This piece contains spoilers for “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Mark Linn-Baker started watching “The Leftovers” because he was in it — though he didn’t know why.

Before the first season of the HBO drama began airing, the veteran actor got a call from his agents informing him that the show wanted to use clips from “Perfect Strangers,” the classic 1980s sitcom he starred in from 1986-1993. However, they didn’t provide any context.

“So that first season, I was watching, because I was curious what this show was,” Linn-Baker told IndieWire via phone. And his attention was definitely rewarded by the supernatural drama, which wonders what would happen to the world if two percent of the population just suddenly vanished.

“It was a fascinating show,” Linn-Baker said. “Extremely well-produced, extremely upsetting — in a good way! Very engaging, and extremely imaginative.”

One of the first season’s most imaginative conceits: That the entire cast of “Perfect Strangers” was included in the Great Departure.
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‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Immediate Reaction:

Another episode of “The Leftovers,” another mind-blowing last-second twist. After an episode spent entirely with Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), we took a trip to the Outback in the final minutes and watched a police officer named Kevin get drugged, tied up, and drowned by a group of women on horseback who are somehow connected to Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn).

Now, it appears as clear as anything in “The Leftovers” can be that this was a case of mistaken identity: The women, led by the tremendously talented Lindsay Duncan, thought Australian Kevin was American Kevin (Justin Theroux). They believed he would rise from the dead, as Kevin has, but why they wanted him to briefly die and how they found out about him in the first place remain mysteries. Does Kevin Sr. know them? Did he have a copy of Matt’s book? Is this even the present day,
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The Leftovers Boss Talks 'Ridiculous, Exhilarating' Perfect Strangers Homage

The Leftovers Boss Talks 'Ridiculous, Exhilarating' Perfect Strangers Homage
Warning: The following story features spoilers from this week’s The Leftovers. Proceed at your own peril.

In Sunday’s The Leftovers, exec producer Damon Lindelof rekindled his love affair with Perfect Strangers in a big way (read full recap here). Not only did the auteur bring the ’80s sitcom’s star, Mark Linn-Baker, back for a (far meatier) encore, but he played the comedy’s iconic theme music over the opening credits (and then reimagined it again later in the hour during Nora’s road trip).

RelatedLost vs. The Leftovers: Damon Lindelof on the Joy of Plotting
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Perfect Strangers Stars Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker Reunite For First Time in 25 Years

“We’re live with “Balki & Larry” from one of our favorite sitcoms from the ’80s and ’90s, Perfect Strangers! This is the first time they’ve had a reunion in 25 years.” Can you even imagine getting to be the radio host to utter those lines? I cannot believe how jealous I am. But that’s exactly what happened yesterday as the Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn Baker stopped by 106.7 Lite FM to talk shop to Christine Nagy. The duo is reuniting for their first public appearance together since they starred as “Balki” & “Cousin Larry” and will be headlining the

Perfect Strangers Stars Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker Reunite For First Time in 25 Years
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Horror Highlights: Talking With Chris Hardwick Guests, Larry Cohen Retrospective Screenings, Teenage Ghost Punk

Chris Hardwick is truly the man with many talk shows! Soon, AMC will introduce viewers to Talking with Chris Hardwick, which premieres on Sunday, April 9th! The lineup of guests is pretty interesting and includes Bryan Cranston and Elijah Wood. Also: details on screenings of Larry Cohen's films at The Quad and release details for Teenage Ghost Punk.

Talking With Chris Hardwick's First Lineup of Guests Revealed: Press Release: "New York, NY – March 30, 2017 – AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” an extension of the #1 talk show on television, “Talking Dead.” Guests include (not in air order): Michelle Monaghan, Charlie Hunnam, Connie Britton, Justin Theroux, Bryan Cranston, Elijah Wood, Damon Lindelof, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the cast of “Silicon Valley.” Additional guests will be announced soon. “Talking with Chris Hardwick” premieres on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m.
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