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‘Madam Secretary’ Showrunner Barbara Hall Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (Exclusive)

Barbara Hall, creator and showrunner of the CBS drama “Madam Secretary,” has set a new overall deal with CBS Television Studios.

The three-year pact calls for Hall to continue as showrunner and exec producer of “Madam Secretary” and to develop new projects for the Eye’s TV studio. Toplined by Tea Leoni and Tim Daly, “Madam Secretary” is in the home stretch of its fourth season.

Hall is a prolific writer who is also an accomplished novelist and a singer-songwriter. Her most recent book, “Charisma,” was published in 2013. Beyond the page, Hall has performed with the country-rock ensemble the Enablers
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James Toback, First-Hand: One Accuser Shares Her Story Using Her Diary and a Sketch

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James Toback, First-Hand: One Accuser Shares Her Story Using Her Diary and a Sketch
On October 22, after reading Glenn Whipp’s incendiary James Toback investigation in the La Times, Becky Wahlstrom scoured her journals. A veteran actress whose credits include “Joan of Arcadia” and “Mad Men,” she was 23 when she wrote a seven-and-a-half page entry on August 13, 1998 that described meeting Toback at the Beverly Hills Hotel for approximately five hours the night before.

Ostensibly, it was an audition for his film “Black and White”; Toback requested the meeting after seeing her deliver two lines in Don Roos’ “The Opposite of Sex.” She went to the audition without sides; she loved the idea that Toback liked to build his roles around his actors, a philosophy she embraced while studying at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Says He Knows At Least 15 Women Who’ve Been Accosted by James Toback

At the hotel, she met Toback in
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‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’: The Show’s Unique Premise Owes Inspiration to Jewish Mythology

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‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’: The Show’s Unique Premise Owes Inspiration to Jewish Mythology
[Editor’s note: Light spoilers for the premiere episode of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” follow.]

The new shows that make up the bulk of the fall broadcast TV season fall into pretty obvious categories: military drama (“The Brave”), medical drama (“The Good Doctor”), family comedy/annual expansion of the Chuck Lorre empire (“Young Sheldon”).

And then there’s “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” the ABC drama airing Tuesday nights, which doesn’t fit neatly into any box in particular. The official synopsis, per ABC:

Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish, and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy – in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission… saving the world…

A series of fantastic events, including a meteorite landing near the house, lead
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Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Review: Jason Ritter Is a Gift From the Comedy Gods in ABC's Goofy Dramedy

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Review: Jason Ritter Is a Gift From the Comedy Gods in ABC's Goofy Dramedy
Let’s get this unpleasantness out of the way: Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is a terrible title. It’s too cutesy by half — has any show with parentheses in the title ever survived to see a Season 2? — and also misleading, seeming to promise some kind of epic, globe-spanning battle of good vs. evil. ABC’s new dramedy (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c) is most assuredly not that… but it’s not bad, either, thanks to a sweet soulfulness and a thoroughly charming lead performance from Jason Ritter.

Related Kevin (Probably) Saves the World EPs on Title Tweak, New Celestial Guide

Ritter stars as Kevin,
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Amber Tamblyn Speaks Out on Hollywood's History of Harassment After James Woods' Tweets

Amber Tamblyn Speaks Out on Hollywood's History of Harassment After James Woods' Tweets
Amber Tamblyn is not holding back—not any more that is. The fiery star penned an impassioned op-ed piece in the New York Times earlier today and put both James Woods and Hollywood on blast for calling women who speak out about harassment "liars." The article, entitled "I'm Done With Not Being Believed," details an alleged encounter from her teen years when she says that the former Shark star hit on her and her friends at a diner, as well as time when the former Joan of Arcadia star was 21 years old and she went to a producer to explain she was being harassed by a crew member. Amber writes that after she told the producer what was going on the producer said, "Well there are two sides to...
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Amber Tamblyn Speaks Out in New Op-Ed After James Woods Called Her Accusations a Lie: ‘Women Don’t Get to Have a Side

Amber Tamblyn Speaks Out in New Op-Ed After James Woods Called Her Accusations a Lie: ‘Women Don’t Get to Have a Side
Amber Tamblyn is done not being believed.

In a passionate New York Times op-ed published online Saturday, the 34-year-old actress fired back a those who question women’s accounts of harassment, abuse and sexual assault at the hands of men — while also detailing an “unsafe” experience she had with a male crew-member on the set of what appears to be CBS’ Joan of Arcadia.

Her piece came days after the actress claimed that James Woods tried to pick her up when she was just 16, allegedly inviting her to Vegas and saying “even better” when she told him she was underage.
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“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS

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Barbara Hall is shifting gears from the White House to the CIA. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Madam Secretary” creator and showrunner is working on “Family Business,” a CBS drama about a multigenerational family of spies.

Family Business” will tell the story of a CIA family “through the eyes of its youngest generation,” THR writes, “three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community.” Hall is writing the script and will serve as exec producer.

Madam Secretary” premiered on CBS in 2014. Led by Téa Leoni, the drama traces the professional and personal lives of one the most powerful women in the world: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Bebe Neuwirth (“The Good Wife”), Patina Miller (“Hunger Games” franchise), and Tim Daly (Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice”) also star.

In early 2016 Hall signed a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios. The pact sees the showrunner continuing to oversee “Madam Secretary” while developing new projects for CBS. “Family Business” is presumably part of Hall’s deal.

Moonlighting,” “Northern Exposure,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy,” and “Homeland” are among the writing credits on Hall’s stacked resume.

Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” begins Sunday, October 8 on CBS.

Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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CBS Developing CIA Drama From ‘Madam Secretary’ Creator Barbara Hall, Glenn Geller

CBS Developing CIA Drama From ‘Madam Secretary’ Creator Barbara Hall, Glenn Geller
CBS is developing a new drama series from Barbara Hall and former CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Family Business,” the project would follow a multi-generational CIA spy family, told through the eyes of its youngest generation: three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community. Hall will serve as an executive producer and writer on the project, with Geller also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Hall has a long history with CBS, having most recently created “Madam Secretary,” which is going into its fourth season at the network. She also created the series “Judging Amy,” which ran for six seasons and 138 episodes on CBS, as well as “Joan of Arcadia,” which aired on CBS for two seasons. She has also written for and produced “Homeland,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Army Wives,” and “Northern Exposure.” She is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners
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'A Funny Man. A Good Man': Celebrities React to Death of Cheers & Murphy Brown Star Jay Thomas

'A Funny Man. A Good Man': Celebrities React to Death of Cheers & Murphy Brown Star Jay Thomas
Actor, comedian and radio host Jay Thomas has died at age 69 following a battle with cancer — a loss that has prompted many of Hollywood’s biggest names to fondly remember the late Cheers and Murphy Brown star.

Wrote Parks and Recreation alum Rob Lowe on Twitter Thursday, “Had the pleasure of casting and directing Jay Thomas many years ago. He was fantastic, an underrated dramatic actor. And a great guy.”

Echoed actor Tom Arnold, “I love Jay Thomas. Many unscripted inappropriate laughs everytime we worked together. My thoughts today are with his beloved family. #Rip.”

Had the pleasure of casting
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The Sisterhood Expands! America Ferrera Plants a Smooch on Pal Amber Tamblyn's Baby Girl Marlow in Cute New Snap

The Sisterhood Expands! America Ferrera Plants a Smooch on Pal Amber Tamblyn's Baby Girl Marlow in Cute New Snap
There’s always room for more in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants — though in this case, it may be the traveling diaper for its newest member.

Close friends and former costars America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn got together recently, posing for a snap with the latter’s 5-month-old baby girl Marlow Alice.

“#thefutureisSisterhood,” Ferrera, 33, captioned the cute moment, showing her planting a kiss on the baby’s head as Tamblyn, 34, holds her. The new mom then re-posted the photo to her own Instagram account.

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Exclusive: For Amber Tamblyn, Having a Child Is the Ultimate Expression of Art

Exclusive: For Amber Tamblyn, Having a Child Is the Ultimate Expression of Art
It has been a busy year for actress-director-author Amber Tamblyn. She’s released her feature directorial debut, is starring in a play and just gave birth to her first child.

At 34, Tamblyn is more than used to juggling a personal life and a professional one. She’s been working for over two decades, beginning with General Hospital and then becoming a household face as Joan on the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia before playing Tibby in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But it’s this new job that’s completely unique to her.

“To have my first Mother's Day as a mother is just wild,” says Tamblyn, who married actor David Cross in 2012. And since her self-ascribed motto is “Never mind, I’ll do it” -- also the same name as her production company -- she’ll most likely be taking to her new and busier schedule as mother, writer, director
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Director Amber Tamblyn on Making Art in the Time of Trump

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Director Amber Tamblyn on Making Art in the Time of Trump
When I get actor and director Amber Tamblyn on the phone on Monday morning, she has her hands full. Metaphorically, because the first movie she directed, Paint It Black, is hitting theaters in just a few short days; literally, because she's stocking her fridge with breast milk for her infant daughter, Marlow. In the last 13 months, Tamblyn has somehow managed to finish her first feature film, release her third book of poetry, Dark Sparkler, welcome her first child, and take my call. I am impressed. Paint It Black revolves around the intimate, tense relationship that forms between Josie (Alia Shawkat) and her boyfriend's mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), in the wake of his suicide. (Full disclosure: while I'd never met Tamblyn before, I do have a personal connection to this project. Janet Fitch, who wrote the novel Paint It Black, taught in my Mfa program and remains a mentor to me.
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'Paint It Black' Review: Suicide Sparks Conflict in Savagely Moving Debut

'Paint It Black' Review: Suicide Sparks Conflict in Savagely Moving Debut
It's impossible to quantify what it takes to be a quality director – but damn, you know it when you see it. And you'll see it clear and strong in Paint It Black, a staggeringly impressive feature directing debut for actress Amber Tamblyn.

Adapting Janet Fitch's 2006 novel with her co-screenwriter Ed Dougherty, Tamblyn chooses a hot-button topic for her first behind-the-camera endeavor: suicide. It's a subject that, even when handled daringly – as in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why or in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen – lays itself open to charges of trivialization or,
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ABC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Marvel's Inhumans, Shonda Rhimes' For the People and More New Shows

ABC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Marvel's Inhumans, Shonda Rhimes' For the People and More New Shows
ABC on Tuesday unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, along with previews for its upcoming series, including Freddie Highmore’s post-Bates Motel vehicle The Good Doctor, as well as the Shondaland legal drama For the People.

RelatedABC Fall Schedule: Once Bumped to Friday, black-ish Shifts to Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. M.I.A.

Here at TVLine, we immediately jumped at the chance to screen each trailer — which you can also do by clicking here — and we’re ready to divulge our totally unfiltered, brutally honest snap judgments.

Below, Michael Ausiello, Matt Mitovich, Kimberly Roots, Andy Swift, Dave Nemetz, Vlada Gelman and
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Entertainment or Propaganda? A Brief and Critical Look at 'Christian Films'

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller 'Left Behind' was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular 'faith movies' such as 'Heaven Is for Real,' 'Son of God' and 'War Room.' A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda found in 'mainstream' Christian movies Two films that might be called “Christian movies” opened last week, and I decided that I wouldn't watch them, write about them, or review them – at least directly. I'm not even going to mention their titles here because I don't promote propaganda films, and that's what this recent advent of Christian movies has become: propaganda. After all, since nearly all American cinema is Christian cinema, the New Christian American Cinema is in fact pure propaganda – not cinema. Worse yet, it bores me. So, here's the thing about what we've come to call
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Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Share First Photo of Daughter Marlow -- See Her Cute Face!

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Share First Photo of  Daughter Marlow -- See Her Cute Face!
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross have shared the first photo of their baby girl, Marlow, and she’s a looker!

In a hilarious post on Instagram, Cross described his daughter as a “55-year-old furrier.”

Watch: Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Welcome a Baby Girl With Best (Fake) Name Ever!

“Somehow my wife gave birth to a 55 year old furrier from Crown Heights,” the 52-year-old comedian and actor captioned the cute pic of Marlow lying down and looking right into the camera. “I'm investigating.”

The 33-year-old Joan of Arcadia actress and her husband of four years announced Marlow’s arrival on Feb. 21., by sharing a video of the baby’s foot wriggling around on Instagram.

Once again adding humor to their family news, Tamblyn shared a tongue twister of a fake name to the announcement.

“David and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch Rbg Cross Tamblyn-Bey
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Amber Tamblyn And David Cross Welcome A Baby Girl With Best (Fake) Name Ever!

Amber Tamblyn is officially a new mom! The 33-year-old actress and her husband, David Cross, announced their daughter’s arrival with a cute video of the baby’s foot wriggling around on Instagram on Tuesday. News: Blake Lively Sweetly Cradles Amber Tamblyn’s Baby Bump The former “Joan of Arcadia” star humourously added a long and complicated name […]
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Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Welcome a Baby Girl With Best (Fake) Name Ever!

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Welcome a Baby Girl With Best (Fake) Name Ever!
Amber Tamblyn is officially a new mom!

The 33-year-old actress and her husband, David Cross, announced their daughter’s arrival with a cute video of the baby’s foot wriggling around on Instagram on Tuesday.

News: Blake Lively Sweetly Cradles Amber Tamblyn’s Baby Bump

The former Joan of Arcadia star humorously added a long and complicated name to the announcement.

“David and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch Rbg Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr. #TheFutureIsFemale,” Tamblyn captioned the post.

Tamblyn announced her pregnancy in an editorial for Glamour in October.

News: Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Are Expecting a Baby Girl

"Motherhood has been heavily on my mind because I am going to be a mother soon," she wrote. "I'm pregnant, with a daughter on the way."

Following the news, she reunited with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-star, Blake Lively, who was
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Amy Schumer, Amber Tamblyn And America Ferrera Get Goofy While Waiting For Election Results

Amy Schumer, Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera walk into a voting booth… While it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, it’s actually what happened tonight when the stars of, respectively, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “Joan of Arcadia” and “Superstore” were hanging out together at Hillary Clinton’s election headquarters at the Javits Center in New […]
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Baby Girl on the Way for Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

Baby Girl on the Way for Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
Amber Tamblyn is going to be a mom.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress and her husband, Arrested Development actor David Cross, will welcome a daughter together, Tamblyn revealed in a Wednesday piece for Glamour.

In the essay, she describes once telling her own mother about a traumatizing experience she had with an ex: a story of sexual assault that has since gone viral. She discusses how her mom shared a similar story about herself with Tamblyn, as well as Tamblyn’s grandmother’s resulting response of “Boys will be boys” — a statement passed down for generations that the
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