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‘Midnight Cowboy’ Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91

‘Midnight Cowboy’ Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91
Midnight Cowboy” actress Georgann Johnson died June 4 in Los Angeles. She was 91.

With a career spanning six decades, the Iowa native first appeared on television in 1950s commercials, later appearing opposite James Dean in TV drama “Life Sentence” (1953).

Johnson’s live TV performances include the original production of “Bang the Drum Slowly” (1956) with Paul Newman as well as playing Tony Randall’s wife in “Mr. Peepers” from 1952 to 1955.

The actress recalled: “It was a terribly good and terribly funny show and yet very gentle. I realized how much a special thing it was at the time.”

Her dream of singing
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‘Amazon Women on the Moon’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Donald F. Muhich, Monique Gabrielle, Lou Jacobi, Erica Yohn, Phil Hartman, Corey Burton, Peter Horton, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Steve Forrest, Forrest J. Ackerman, Sybil Danning, David Alan Grier, Steve Guttenberg, Henry Silva, Robert Picardo, Rip Taylor, Ed Begley Jr., Dick Miller, Matt Adler, Kelly Preston, Howard Hesseman, Russ Meyer, Andrew Dice Clay, Carrie Fisher, Paul Bartel | Written by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland | Directed by Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, Robert K. Weiss, John Landis

One of many, many anthologies to have graced the silver screen over the years (another of which, the horror anthology Nightmares is also being released on Blu-ray by 101 Films), Amazon Women on the Moon features madcap sketches and shorts centred around the eponymous film-within-a-film, a satire of low-budget, 1950s-style sci-fi. Featuring appearances from Rosanna Arquette, Carrie Fisher, Steve Guttenberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sybil Danning and Ed Begley,
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Carissa's Corner: Roseanne, Flyover States and the Nostalgia Factor

Up front, you need to know talking politics isn't my thing.

They're going to make a bit of an appearance in this Carissa's Corner, though, just by the nature of the topic. Bear with me!

It came to no surprise to TV Fanatics that the Roseanne revival premiere soared in the ratings. Everything relating to it has been indicating the revival was highly anticipated.

The question I have is why Hollywood seems to be so stunned at the ratings' success.

During the 2016 election process, if there was one thing that became clear, it was that a large part of the United States felt under-represented. Despite the candidate or his political views, people were grasping for representation they felt they didn't have in public office.

Can the same be said for the terrific ratings Roseanne received on Tuesday? That will depend on the ratings for the remainder of the season.

A good indicator for Roseanne,
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Göteborg Film Review: ‘The Return’

Two Danish-Korean adoptees return to their native land to seek some answers about their birth parents in Danish helmer Malene Choi’s compelling, beautifully shot, docu-fiction hybrid “The Return.” The fictional framework permits a gripping, quasi-experimental approach to the cinematography, editing and sound design while still leaving room for impactful documentary scenes. Based on the filmmaker’s own experience and that of many others she interviewed, the film registers strongly as a provocative mood piece about loneliness and belonging. Choi, a talent to watch, can expect a bright future for her film on the festival circuit before it segues into specialized arthouse play and broadcast.

Thirtysomething Denmark-raised Karoline (Karoline Sofie Lee) and Thomas (handsome theater thesp Thomas Hwan, from Danish TV’s “Follow the Money,” extremely good in his first cinematic leading role) meet at Koroot, a Seoul guesthouse especially for returning Korean adoptees, where English is the lingua franca and the comfortable living room, dining room and
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Playwright Susan Miller On Her New Play “20th Century Blues” and Hit Web Series “Anyone But Me”

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Susan Miller is certainly not new to the New York stage scene. She’s a two-time Obie Award-winner and Guggenheim Playwriting Fellow. She’s known for her solo show “My Left Breast,” which has been performed across the United States, as well as a long list of plays at the Public Theatre, Second Stage, and Naked Angels, among many other well-known theaters. She also served as a consulting producer and writer on Showtime’s “The L Word” and ABC’s “Thirtysomething.” She won The Writer’s Guild of America Award for her web series “Anyone But Me” about teenagers coming of age.

Miller’s returning to the stage with “20th Century Blues,” a new play at the Pershing Square Signature Center. It’s about four women who met one night in jail 40 years ago. One of the women, a photographer, had taken a photo of the group and gets
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Children Of The Corn (1984) The Arrow Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Stephen King films can be a mixed bag. For every really good film adaptation (Carrie; The Shining; Misery) there’s a bad one (Maximum Overdrive; Graveyard Shift; The Dark Tower). There are also a whole slew of Stephen King films that fall somewhere in the middle. I think Children of the Corn is one of the films that falls squarely in the middle of the pack.

There are some real strengths in the film. It has some genuine star quality, with soon-to-be action star Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and TV heartthrob Peter Horton (Thirtysomething) starring as married couple Burt and Vicky, who become stranded in a town filled only with murderous, brainwashed children. The children are led by Isaac (John Franklin), who has a direct connection with an evil entity the children worship called He Who Walks Behind the Rows, and Malachai (Courtney Gains), Isaac’s mean-spirited enforcer.
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'Thirtysomething' at 30: The Highs, Lows and How the ABC Drama Broke the Mold

Had it not been for some home remodeling, there might never have been a Thirtysomething.

Marshall Herskovitz and his partner Ed Zwick had taken a development deal with MGM Television in the mid-1980s, even though they were far more interested in making movies than a TV show to follow their Emmy-winning telefilm Special Bulletin. That’s why, Herskovitz now admits, “we felt we were scamming people a little.”

“It was a sleight of hand on our part,” he recalls of the deal that would lead to thirtysomething, the seminal ABC drama that on Sept. 29, 2017, celebrates the 30th anniversary of...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: 'This Is Us' Ep Ken Olin Signs With Wme

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Still Thirtysomething

This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with Wme. The television veteran, who also has helmed a few episodes of the NBC breakout drama, previously served as Ep for shows including Sleepy Hollow, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. He continues to be represented by Jackoway Tyerman.

Wme also has added Groundswell Productions vp Hilary Zaitz Michael as an agent in literary packaging. At Groundwell, Michael oversaw series including Hulu’s...
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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show

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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show
NBC sacrificed “Must See TV” for the sake of “This Is Us.”

The Peacock network had big plans this season to bring back the storied “Must See TV” label by moving “This Is Us” to Thursday nights this fall – along with the return of “Will & Grace”). But NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told fans at the Atx Television Festival on Friday that the network abandoned those plans in order to air more episodes in the fall. (“Must See TV” may still be resurrected for the night, however, as “Will & Grace” remains there, among other things.)

Now, by keeping “This Is Us” in its Tuesday slot behind “The Voice,” the show will air 10 consecutive episodes this fall. On Thursdays, there was only room for six episodes before “Thursday Night Football” took over the night.

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ To Help NBC Relaunch ‘Must See TV,’ and Lands Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

The show’s producer,
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Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates

Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates
The American Film Institute will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees on Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, and Edward Zwick at its commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Herskovitz and Zwick are graduates of the AFI Class of 1975. The date of AFI’s commencement exercises marks the 50th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s formation in 1967. AFI noted Tuesday that 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler, and John Williams.

Burnett has received six Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Herskovitz won four Primetime Emmy Awards.
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It Came From The Tube: Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.

Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:

Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)

L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired
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The Comeback, thirtysomething, This Is Us: Panels Announced for Atx

Austin is gonna be packed this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year's Atx Television Festival will include reunions for The Comeback and thirtysomething as well as a This Is Us panel.The Comeback starred Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former "It Girl" who is desperately clinging to the spotlight. The HBO comedy was cancelled in 2005 and then renewed for a second season in 2014. Thirtysomething starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, and Polly Draper as a group of baby boomers negotiating their thirties. The show premiered on ABC in 1987 and ran for four seasons.Read More…
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Nashville Producer Explains Rayna’s — and Connie Britton’s! — Shocking Exit (Plus What’s Next)

Nashville Producer Explains Rayna’s — and Connie Britton’s! — Shocking Exit (Plus What’s Next)
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Nashville may have lost a very bright star, but as they say: the show must go on. Below showrunner Marshall Herskovitz details to EW the moment Connie Britton told him she wanted to leave the Cmt series, how he and the writers constructed Rayna’s heartbreaking exit, and explains what comes next for Nashville now that Britton is exiting the show.

Entertainment Weekly: So you and Ed Zwick pitched your vision of Nashville to ABC, then the show was canceled, then Cmt picked it up. What happened next with Connie?
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What to Expect on ‘Nashville’ After Connie Britton Shocker

What to Expect on ‘Nashville’ After Connie Britton Shocker
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on Cmt on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Connie Britton’s “Nashville” character, Rayna, was killed of this week’s episode of the country music series, sealing Britton’s fate — the actress is leaving the show.

Britton’s decision to leave the show was a creative choice that was made soon after the show moved from ABC to Cmt, according to “Nashville” showrunner Marshall Herskovitz.

“When Cmt picked up the show, Connie came to [co-showrunner] Ed Zwick and myself and said that she felt inner conflict. She felt that creatively, she wanted to move on from the show, and she was very torn because she loved the show. She loved the people on the show and it was like a family, but after four years, she felt she needed a different challenge, which is something I really understand as an
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Life After Death for Nashville? How Other TV Shows Coped With the Loss of a Main Character

Life After Death for Nashville? How Other TV Shows Coped With the Loss of a Main Character
The show must go on. (This is your spoiler warning.) Nashville said goodbye to Connie Britton, but the show is far from over, its creative team wants you to know that. "Shows always move forward. Grey's Anatomy moved forward. Thirtysomething moved forward after Gary died. This is such a rich cast and such a rich group of characters there's so many great stories to tell," executive producer Marshall Herskovitz told EW. Britton's presence will be felt, via flashbacks, and stories about how the other characters are dealing with loss. "But the show of Nashville is a world, it's not about one person. As great as Connie is and Rayna was, it was never just one person. What people will find as they...
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Producers Guild Announces ‘Produced By’ Conference Dates

The Producers Guild of America has set its ninth annual “Produced By Conference” for June 10-11 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

The PGA, which has more than 7,000 members, has lined up Arri; Ben, Branded Entertainment Network; Final Draft; Prg, Production Resource Group; Panasonic; and The Molecule to sponsor the event, alongside Fox Studios.

The event is a forum for producers in film, television and new media, held through the Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity, the PGA Foundation. It’s hired supervising producer Barry Kaplan (Ekg, Inc.), program director and marketing consultant Kristin Petrovich (Createasphere), programming consultant Madelyn Hammond (Madelyn Hammond & Associates), and sponsorship director Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global).

Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons and “Transformers” producer Ian Bryce were among the notable speakers last June at the 8th annual conference, held on the Sony lot.

Others at the 2016 event included “Sicario” producers Basil Iwanyk and Molly Smith
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Lionsgate Sets Up Vietnam War Series ‘The Suck’ at Discovery

Thirtysomething” creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Vietnam war drama “The Suck” is coming to Discovery Channel. The project from Lionsgate has received a 10-episode series commitment from Discovery, to air in 2018.

Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the series presents a unique and unexpected view of the American experience in the Vietnam War, blending humor, tragedy, and terror. At the same time, it dramatizes the story of the Vietnamese in a way not previously explored in television. Zwick will direct the first episode.

“We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey. It’s great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.

“This
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From VHS to VOD #1

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Nashville Season 5 Episode 1 Review – ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’

Rachel Bellwoar reviews the first episode of Nashville season 5…

Thursday night Cmt treated viewers to an early look at the first half of Nashville’s two hour fifth season premiere. ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’ marks the first episode of Nashville on its new network, Cmt, and the first under new showrunners, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (Thirtysomething). Resurrected after ABC cancelled the show in May, fans who campaigned to have it saved won’t be disappointed.

That’s not to say the show doesn’t feel a bit different under new management. Where old Nashville might’ve strung viewers along about Juliette’s fate, as it did with Rayna and Deacon’s constantly in flux walk down the aisle, new Nashville doesn’t. Season four ended with Avery waiting at the airport for news of Juliette’s plane, which had sent a distress call. That Juliette would be killed off, without
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‘Nashville’ Season Premiere Gets Sneak Peek on Dec. 15 on Cmt, New Trailer

‘Nashville’ Season Premiere Gets Sneak Peek on Dec. 15 on Cmt, New Trailer
“Nashville” Season 5 will have its two-hour premiere on its new network on Jan. 5 at 9/8c, but to satiate any pent-up demand from “Nashville” fans who’ve been jonesing for the new stuff, Cmt will be airing the first hour of the premiere on Dec. 15 at 9/8c. For those without a pay TV subscription, the first hour of the premiere will be available on Hulu the next day, just as the streaming service will be home to all new “Nashville” episodes the day after air.

To go along with the sneak peek, Cmt has also released the first official trailer for the new season, which you can check out above. The new footage kicks in toward the end, with two pairs of new-old lovers arguing over telling their stories through song. Per Cmt, Season 5 begins with Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) facing a new normal — daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) is now back home, and
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