Portlandia (2011) - News Poster

(2011–2018)

News

‘Fallout’ Series at Amazon Finds Its Showrunners, Jonathan Nolan to Direct

‘Fallout’ Series at Amazon Finds Its Showrunners, Jonathan Nolan to Direct
The “Fallout” TV series in the works at Amazon is beginning to take shape, with the series bringing on board a pair of showrunners.

Variety has confirmed that Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner are now attached to serve as co-showrunners on the video game adaptation. In addition, Jonathan Nolan will direct the first episode of the series. Nolan and Lisa Joy were previously announced as executive producers on the project under the Kilter Films banner.

Robertson-Dworet is best known for her work on the screenplays for the 2018 “Tomb Raider” film starring Alicia Vikander and for the 2019 Marvel film “Captain Marvel.” Wagner’s past credits include “Silicon Valley,” “Portlandia,” “Baskets,” and “The Office.”

The “Fallout” Amazon series was first announced as being in the works in July 2020 with a series commitment penalty attached.

The series hails from Amazon Studios and Kilter Films in association with the games’ producers Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks.
See full article at Variety »

Monkees' Michael Nesmith Dead at 78

Monkees' Michael Nesmith Dead at 78
Michael Nesmith, a member of the 1960s-era music group The Monkees and star of the sitcom of the same name, died Friday, our sister site Rolling Stone reports. He was 78.

“I’m heartbroken,” onetime bandmate Micky Dolenz shared on Twitter. “I’ve lost a dear friend and partner. I’m so grateful that we could spend the last couple of months together doing what we loved best – singing, laughing, and doing shtick. I’ll miss it all so much. Especially the shtick. Rest in peace, Nez.”

More from TVLineTVLine Items: Temptation Renewed, Kathie Lee's Final Today and MoreTVLine Items: Wynonna Earp Future in Jeopardy,
See full article at TVLine.com »

‘The Other Two’ Producer Kaylani Esparza Joins Podcast Company SomeFriends

‘The Other Two’ Producer Kaylani Esparza Joins Podcast Company SomeFriends
Exclusive: Kaylani Esparza, who was formerly director of development at Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, where she produced series such as HBO Max’s The Other Two, is moving into audio.

Esparza has joined SomeFriends, the podcast company launched by former A+E Networks exec Andrew Kuo and ex-New York Times exec Kareem Rahma.

She becomes Head of Development at the company to oversee its slate of original fiction and non-fiction podcasts.

Separately, the business has received additional funding from New Media Ventures.

During her time at Broadway Video, Esparza worked on shows such as Detroiters, Documentary Now!, Shrill, Portlandia, and Los Espookys and prior to that she worked at CAA with managing partner Steve Lafferty.

SomeFriends launched earlier this year to increase stories by and about people of color in the audio sector. Its upcoming slate includes projects from creators behind popular television shows, including Abdullah Saeed, a Pakistani-American writer who
See full article at Deadline »

Pete Aronson Joins ‘Sherman’s Showcase’ Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle’s J30 Studios

  • Variety
Pete Aronson Joins ‘Sherman’s Showcase’ Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle’s J30 Studios
Former AMC Networks, Disney and Regency TV exec Pete Aronson has been named head of development and production at J30 Studios, the new company founded by “Sherman’s Showcase” and “South Side” creators and stars Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle.

Aronson was most recently exec VP, programming and production at AMC Networks’ IFC, overseeing series such as “Portlandia,” “Documentary Now!,” “Sherman’s Showcase,” “Brockmire,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Year of the Rabbit,” “Maron” and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Aronson already worked with Salahuddin and Riddle on “Sherman’s Showcase,” and Aronson was an exec producer on the recent one-hour special “Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Spectacular”; he’ll continue to serve as EP on the show’s upcoming Season 2. Aronson will also serve as an exec producer with Riddle and Salahuddin on series made under their Warner Bros. TV overall deal.

“I have known and worked with the guys for over a
See full article at Variety »

Raw Milk, Jaywalking and Cuban Cigars: US Laws That Puzzle Sitcom Viewers in the UK

Raw Milk, Jaywalking and Cuban Cigars: US Laws That Puzzle Sitcom Viewers in the UK
England and America are two countries separated by a common language but – as George Bernard Shaw would doubtless have added if he’d had a Sky TV package in the 1990s – joined by a common love of The Simpsons. Homer and co. are universal. It doesn’t matter if you buy your groceries at Walmart or do your big shop at Asda, The Simpsons speaks to us all.

Every so often though, what The Simpsons speaks to UK viewers is momentarily baffling – a reminder that wherever Springfield is, it’s not where we’re from. The same goes for other US sitcoms beloved in the UK. However much kinship we share, our rules are different. These are the American sitcom plots that introduced British TV fans to some of the curious legal differences between us.

Having to file a tax return when you’re not self-employed… as seen in The Simpsons
See full article at Den of Geek »

Tara Beppel Joins Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment

Tara Beppel Joins Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment
Exclusive: New York-based manager and producer Tara Beppel has joined Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. Beppel, who has experience booking clients on such series as Showtime’s Ziwe, brings with her a roster of multi-hyphenate talent.

Beppel was previously a manager and producer at Grlbnd, and before that, Imagine Artist Management. Prior to management, she worked as a senior coordinator in scripted development and production at IFC where she was part of the team that developed series like Portlandia and Documentary Now! and also worked on the The Independent Spirit Awards.

“We’ve known Tara for years,” said principals Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero. “Her eye for talent is impeccable and she’s earned an esteemed reputation as a tastemaker and strategic thinker. We’re thrilled she joined us.”

Beppel is a longtime producer and talent booker of live comedy shows in New and Los Angeles.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Ope,
See full article at Deadline »

Aidy Bryant Strikes Overall Deal With Universal Television

Aidy Bryant Strikes Overall Deal With Universal Television
Saturday Night Live star and Shrill co-creator/star Aidy Bryant has closed an overall deal with Universal Television.

Bryant, who returned this month for her 10th season as a cast member on the long-running NBC comedy variety series, will develop and produce projects for the studio.

She co-created, starred in, wrote, directed and exec produced Hulu’s Shrill, which recently ended after its third season. The comedy was produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Bryant now will focus on projects for the NBCUniversal-owned studio.

It comes as SNL creator Michaels is giving some of his star cast more flexibility to develop, produce and star in projects outside of the Saturday night show.

Bryant’s other TV credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Portlandia, Broad City, Documentary Now! and animated kids series Danger & Eggs as well as such films as
See full article at Deadline »

Aidy Bryant Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television

Aidy Bryant Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television
Aidy Bryant, best known for starring in “Saturday Night Live, has signed an overall deal with Universal Television to develop and produce projects for the studio.

Bryant is currently in her tenth season at “SNL.” Most recently, she co-created, wrote, directed, executive produced and starred in “Shrill,” the three season Hulu comedy based on Lindy West’s essay collection of the same name. Bryant is a four-time Emmy award nominee: she’s received two nominations for supporting comedy actress and one for original music and lyrics for “SNL” as well as a nomination for lead comedy actress for “Shrill.”

On television, Bryant has also appeared in the live action comedies “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Portlandia,” “Documentary Now!” and “Broad City,” with a recurring role in “Girls.” She has also voiced a lead character in the Amazon animated children’s series “Danger & Eggs” and co-starred in the films “The Big Sick” and “I Feel Pretty.
See full article at Variety »

‘The Listener’: Tessa Thompson To Topline Latest Feature From Director Steve Buscemi

‘The Listener’: Tessa Thompson To Topline Latest Feature From Director Steve Buscemi
Exclusive: Emmy winner Steve Buscemi has wrapped production on his newest feature The Listener, starring Emmy nominee Tessa Thompson, Deadline has learned.

The contained film written by Oscar nominee Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) features only one on-screen role. It tells the story of Beth (Thompson), a helpline volunteer who is part of the small army that gets on the phone every night across America, fielding calls from all kinds of people feeling lonely, broken, hopeless, worried.

Over the last year, the tide has become a tsunami, and as Beth goes through her shift, the stakes rise: is this the night she will lose someone? Save someone? Put a mind at ease? Make someone smile?

Eventually, Beth’s own story comes to light, revealing why she does it. All along we remain with her: listening, comforting, connecting – patching the world back together, one stitch at a time…
See full article at Deadline »

Phoebe Robinson Comedy Series ‘Everything’s Trash’ Ordered at Freeform

Phoebe Robinson Comedy Series ‘Everything’s Trash’ Ordered at Freeform
Freeform has ordered a half-hour comedy series called “Everything’s Trash” from executive producer and writer Phoebe Robinson and Jonathan Groff.

Robinson, known for her podcast and HBO series “2 Dope Queens” as well as serving as a writer on “Portlandia,” will star as Phoebe, a 30-something podcaster with a messy life who’s trying to figure out adulthood with the help of her friends and family. She’s forced to grow up when her older brother Jayden (Jordan Carlos) becomes a political candidate, and the two must learn to set boundaries as Jayden’s “Barack Obama-esque aspirations” clash with Phoebe’s wild side. The series is based on Robinson’s book “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.”

The cast also includes Toccarra Cash as Phoebe’s podcast producer and friend Malika, Nneka Okafor as Phoebe’s sister-in-law Jessie and Moses Storm as Phoebe’s best friend and roommate Michael.
See full article at Variety »

AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll To Exit, Ending His 34-Year Tenure As M&a Speculation Continues To Swirl

AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll To Exit, Ending His 34-Year Tenure As M&a Speculation Continues To Swirl
Ed Carroll, the longtime chief operating officer of AMC Networks, has decided to exit at the close of 2021 after 34 years at the company.

The exec, who had a key role in ushering in signature hits like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, was named COO in 2009. He has a five-year contract due to expire on December 31. His departure follows word last month that former CEO Josh Sapan was also stepping down after his own 26-year tenure. The company has installed former Showtime boss Matt Blank as interim CEO.

The Sapan-Blank news fueled speculation that after more than a decade as a publicly traded company, AMC Networks was perhaps taking a closer look at the vibrant M&a marketplace. The home of The Walking Dead has long been bruited about as a potential takeover target, but that decision rests with a small group of shareholders: the Dolan family, which controls the company.
See full article at Deadline »

Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo Join Apple’s ‘Wool’ TV Adaptation

Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo Join Apple’s ‘Wool’ TV Adaptation
Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo have joined the cast of Apple TV+’s upcoming adaptation of “Wool,” a world-building drama series based on Hugh Howey’s trilogy of dystopian novels, the streaming service said Wednesday.

Per Apple, “Wool” is set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them.

Jones and Oyelowo will play a married couple on the series, with the “#blackAF” star set as Allison, “Holston’s wife who works at It,” and the “Selma” star in the role of Holston, “the Silo’s sheriff.”

They join Rebecca Ferguson, who stars as Juliette, “an independent and hardworking engineer,” and Tim Robbins who will play Bernard, “the head of It for the Silo.”

Graham Yost, who is also currently writing for
See full article at The Wrap »

Watch St. Vincent Perform ‘The Nowhere Inn’ on ‘Kimmel’

Watch St. Vincent Perform ‘The Nowhere Inn’ on ‘Kimmel’
St. Vincent appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the title track from her recent film, The Nowhere Inn. The singer gave a soulful rendition of the tune, appearing with her live band, who wore matching Annie Clark wigs.

The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary written by and starring Clark and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, arrived earlier this month. Presented as a behind-the-scenes concert documentary directed by Brownstein and centered on Clark, The Nowhere Inn takes the depiction of a touring musician to its most psychological extremes, with the filmmaker and
See full article at Rolling Stone »

‘New-Gen’: Henry Rollins Joins Voice Cast Of Animated Series As Deadalus

  • Deadline
‘New-Gen’: Henry Rollins Joins Voice Cast Of Animated Series As Deadalus
Exclusive: Punk rock musician Henry Rollins has joined the voice cast of New-Gen, an animated series based on the Marvel comic book series by J.D. Matonti, Chris Matonti and Julia Coppola of A.P.N.G. Enterprises. He joins Lena Headey, Luke Wilson, Anya Chalotra Finn Wolfhard and Nick Wolfhard.

Co-created by Matonti and showrun by Brent Friedman New-Gen follows twin brothers and nanotech-enhanced superheroes (Finn Wolfhard and brother Nick Wolfhard are the voices) as they work to save the world of New-Gen from destructive war. The futuristic utopia of scientific and mechanical wonders seeks to balance nature and technology, weaving together an ecologically sustainable paradise. Its existence becomes threatened by a nanotech war and heroes from Earth and New-gen are called to defeat the encroaching evil.

Rollins will voice Deadalus, the series’ villain. Deadalus is a nanotech-scientist who was banished from the titular utopia.

Also a spoken word poet, actor, author and DJ,
See full article at Deadline »

‘The Nowhere Inn’ Film Review: St. Vincent Meta-Documentary Becomes Tedious and Trite

‘The Nowhere Inn’ Film Review: St. Vincent Meta-Documentary Becomes Tedious and Trite
This review of “The Nowhere Inn” was first published after the film’s premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

The Nowhere Inn” — a new meta-concert doc produced, written by and starring Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Annie “St. Vincent” Clark — is a collection of comedic and musical sketches that are not funny, weird or thoughtful enough to sell its creators’ insistent, but mostly trite and undeveloped, ideas about the performative nature of self-fashioning and creative authenticity.

Directed by Bill Benz (Brownstein’s semi-regular “Portlandia” collaborator), “The Nowhere Inn” is initially presented as a dramatized version of Brownstein and Clark’s real-life attempts at filming a St. Vincent concert movie. So at the start, the movie’s sketchier qualities appear to reflect both the surreal emotional peaks and troughs of a live musical tour.

Unfortunately, the movie’s cringe humor-style gags are mostly thin and monotonous, and even a few psychedelic
See full article at The Wrap »

Annie Clark Unzips Her St. Vincent Persona for Meta Mockumentary ‘The Nowhere Inn’

Annie Clark Unzips Her St. Vincent Persona for Meta Mockumentary ‘The Nowhere Inn’
Annie Clark unzipped out of her St. Vincent musical persona more nakedly than ever with the release of the 2017 album “Masseduction,” a chronicle of fame and excess that deals in drugs, sex, and broken relationships. While Clark argues that “you do know me if you listen to my music,” as the former Polyphonic Spree guitarist turned divine solo act explained to IndieWire, that album offered listeners a more raw St. Vincent than they’d heard before, especially in the aftermath of high-profile romances with stars like Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne.

Now, the singer/songwriter has stepped into the world of acting and screenwriting with her new film “The Nowhere Inn,” co-written with her pal Carrie Brownstein (herself a musician as part of Sleater-Kinney) and directed by Bill Benz (who worked with Brownstein on “Portlandia”). The trio dives into the modern madness of fame through the prism of a mock
See full article at Indiewire »

The Nowhere Inn Review: St. Vincent’s Genre-Bender is as Eclectic and Mysterious as Its Subject

The Nowhere Inn Review: St. Vincent’s Genre-Bender is as Eclectic and Mysterious as Its Subject
“How can anybody have you and lose you. And not lose their minds, too?”

The criticism of any film, narrative or documentary, wherein a musical artist plays him or herself is that it begins to play like branded IP rather than a natural extension of the artist’s work as the artist. For some, like Bruce Springsteen, a level of self-awareness about their process and inspiration is a design feature rather than a bug. For so many others, such as the Beatles or Spice Girls, big-screen outings were largely fan service. This brings us to the enigma of Annie Clark, who is painfully aware of her persona as a woman of mystery. In fact, she’s frequently mistaken or told she’s an unknown; outside of certain alt-rock circles, perhaps that is true. For some she means the world. For others—like a limo driver and bouncer who don’t
See full article at The Film Stage »

St Vincent Calls Her Film ‘The Nowhere Inn’ a Perfect Bookend to the ‘Masseduction’ Era

St Vincent Calls Her Film ‘The Nowhere Inn’ a Perfect Bookend to the ‘Masseduction’ Era
St. Vincent’s metafictional film “The Nowhere Inn” may not be a real documentary. But more than a year-and-a-half after it first premiered at Sundance, she says she has realized the movie captures some real moments in her career that already feel like a lifetime ago.

When St. Vincent — or the indie rock star also known as Annie Clark — first debuted “The Nowhere Inn,” it was as part of the album cycle for her Grammy-winning record “Masseduction.” Since then, she’s reinvented herself yet again for her sixth album “Daddy’s Home,” a sleazy and swanky-sounding ’70s throwback that’s far removed from the kinky, neon pop she was touring behind while making the film. And oh yeah, a global pandemic completely disrupted the live-concert scene, too.

Clark, in speaking with TheWrap, said that given the circumstances, “The Nowhere Inn” felt like a “perfect bookend” and “chapter closing” to an old moment in her career.
See full article at The Wrap »

What We Do in the Shadows Season 3: What is an Energy Vampire Anyway?

What We Do in the Shadows Season 3: What is an Energy Vampire Anyway?
This article contains spoilers for What We Do in the Shadows season 3’s first two episodes.

Boredom, tedious, tiresome, flat. These are not the first words which jump to mind when thinking of vampires or comedy, but What We Do in the Shadows wields them like secret weapons without sacrificing a single laugh or scare. The FX horror farce, which is a series adaptation of the 2014 feature film created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, follows four vampires. They have been roommates since, well, forever, but one is different from the rest.

Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Nadja of Antipaxos, (Natasia Demetriou), and Laszlo Cravensworth (Matt Berry), are traditional vampires. They drink blood, a virgin’s if possible. This is usually supplied by their familiar-turned-bodyguard Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). A probable virgin himself, but off limits. Even vampires know not to feed on their own supplier, especially one who has taken
See full article at Den of Geek »

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan Steps Down After 26-Year Run; Ex-Showtime Chief Matt Blank Takes Top Job In Interim

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan Steps Down After 26-Year Run; Ex-Showtime Chief Matt Blank Takes Top Job In Interim
AMC Networks is undergoing a significant changing of the guard, as CEO Josh Sapan has announced he will step down after a 26-year run in the corner office.

Former Showtime chief Matt Blank will take over on an interim basis, in a one-year appointment designed to maintain stability during a search for a permanent CEO. Sapan will become executive vice chair of the company as of September 8.

The move by Sapan, 70, is a milestone but not entirely a surprise. When he re-upped as CEO in late 2020, his contract included an option to transition to executive vice chairman.

In an SEC filing, the company included some strong hints about what Sapan is planning to do next. Along with working with management to “to support the overall advancement of the company,” per the filing, Sapan is poised to focus on the film business. In 2023 and 2024, it said, AMC Networks has agreed to
See full article at Deadline »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

External Sites


Recently Viewed