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“Mom” Renewed for Season 6. Will The Show Bring on More Female Directors?

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We haven’t seen the last of Christy and Bonnie Plunkett. The mother-daughter duo are set to return for a sixth season on “Mom,” The Hollywood reporter confirms. Anna Farris and recent Oscar winner Allison Janney topline the CBS sitcom, which recently wrapped filming on its fifth season.

Farris plays Christy, a single mom who moves to Napa, California to start over with her two children. Still working on addressing her past of drug and alcohol abuse, she lands a job as a waitress and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Bonnie, who is portrayed by Janney, is also a recovering addict. Janney’s taken home two Emmy Awards for her role on the series, which just celebrated its 100th episode.

“‘Mom’ has been a linchpin comedy for us over the last several years,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said Sunday in a statement. “It’s a fearless series that tackles
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Isabelle Fuhrman to Topline Deborah Kampmeier Drama About a Predatory Producer

Fuhrman in “Masters of Sex”

“Hunger Games” alumna Isabelle Fuhrman has signed on to star in “Tape,” a timely indie drama sure to be associated with the #MeToo movement. Written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier and based on a true story, the Full Moon Films’ pic sees Fuhrman playing an ambitious actress who crosses paths with a Harvey Weinstein-like producer.

The pair meet at an open call audition. It’s not long before he invites her to his hotel to discuss a potential role. “What he doesn’t know is that another actress (Annarosa Mudd) is waiting to exact her revenge against him,” Deadline summarizes.

“The screenplay is based on the events that occurred to a dear friend of mine whose story I knew needed to be told,” said Kampmeier in a statement. “This was before the #MeToo movement took hold of the country and shone a light on
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Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Remembered as ‘Brilliant Executive’ and ‘Class Act’

Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Remembered as ‘Brilliant Executive’ and ‘Class Act’
She was the first TV executive to champion Shonda Rhimes as a series creator. She was “a class act” and “a brilliant executive” in the view of those who worked with Suzanne Patmore Gibbs during her tenures at ABC and Sony Pictures TV.

Many in the TV industry expressed shock at news of the death of Patmore Gibbs, the head of Sony’s TriStar Television banner who died suddenly on Thursday morning. She was 50.

Rhimes, director Paris Barclay and others took to social media to pay tribute to the executive who championed series ranging from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “Desperate Housewives” to “The Blacklist,
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Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, TV Development Executive, Dies at 50

Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, TV Development Executive, Dies at 50
Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, a widely respected TV development executive who shepherded “Grey’s Anatomy” during her time at ABC and most recently headed Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar TV banner, died Thursday after complications from minor surgery. She was 50.

Patmore Gibbs died early Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“All of us at Sony Pictures Television were touched by Suzanne’s passion and friendship. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to all who worked with her,” Sony TV chiefs Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter said in a memo to Sony staffers. “She will be greatly missed and our
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Gambit Secures New Filming Start Date; Director Announcement Imminent?

For Gambit, there may well be light at the end of the tunnel after all.

According to Omega Underground’s sources, filming on the Remy LeBeau spinoff movie is now expected to get going on June 19th in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is also set to play host to Captain Marvel in the coming months.

This tells us that 20th Century Fox is finally – finally – ready to spearhead the troubled production after it was placed on ice soon after the departure of Gore Verbinski, who became the third director to walk away from the X-Men solo flick after Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow 2). Perhaps we’ll hear word of Verbinski’s replacement sooner rather than later?

Channing Tatum, meanwhile, remains attached to the title character, whose standalone pic has been described as “having a heavy comedic tone revolving around a heist, [and] will do better as a summer Marvel movie.
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Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly Sign ABC Studios Deal

Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Through their company Timberman-Beverly, they will develop projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services.

“Sarah and Carl will be an incredible asset to our studio,” said Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios. “Their deep relationships in the creative community and extensive experience as producers is unparalleled.”

Since forming their production company in 2003, Timberman and Beverly have produced 11 series — among them “Justified” at FX, “Masters Of Sex” at Showtime, “Kidnapped” at NBC, “Hindsight” at VH1, and “Elementary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Odd Couple,” “Doubt,” “A Gifted Man,” and “Seal Team” at CBS.
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‘Younger’ Books Christian Borle for Season 5 (Exclusive)

‘Younger’ Books Christian Borle for Season 5 (Exclusive)
TV Land comedy “Younger” has booked Christian Borle in a guest starring role for its upcoming fifth season, Variety has learned exclusively.

Borle will portray journalist Don Ridley, a man who intrigues Liza (Sutton Foster) with his charm. Liza will take “interest” in Don and later confide in him.

Borle is scheduled to appear in two episodes of the season, which premieres in the summer of 2018. His debut will be in the fourth episode.

This marks the most recent reunion for Borle and Foster since “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” for Netflix.

Borle, whose other television credits include “The Good Wife,
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Good Omens adds Nick Offerman to its cast

As Amazon and BBC continue production of the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett adaptation of his supernatural drama Good Omens, the show has jus gained another cast member. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) has joined the upcoming series as as a U.S. ambassador and father to the child Warlock.

“There may not be anyone alive who can deadpan a line quite as well as Nick Offerman. He’s a terrific performer, and has to say a lot of things in Good Omens that are humanly impossible to deliver with a straight face. Fortunately, Nick is not entirely human,” said Gaiman.

Offerman also offered a statement on his casting and his love of the source material, saying “If you had told me when I first read Good Omens in the early 90’s that I would one day visit South Africa to giggle with Neil Gaiman at laptop-screened footage of Dr.
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‘Masters Of Sex’ Star Michael Sheen Would “Absolutely” Take A Pay Cut To Be Paid The Same As An Actress

‘Masters Of Sex’ Star Michael Sheen Would “Absolutely” Take A Pay Cut To Be Paid The Same As An Actress
Masters of Sex star Michael Sheen has said that he would "absolutely" take a pay cut if it meant being paid the same as an actress. Speaking yesterday at gender equality event March4Women in London, the actor said it was “absolutely imperative that no matter what the industry, no matter what the profession, that people should be paid the same for doing the same work.” The march took place hours before Sunday night's Oscar ceremony which was dominated by the #MeToo and…
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David Tennant says Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens is “quite unlike anything I’ve ever been in before”

For the past few months, Neil Gaiman has been hard at work on Good Omens, Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 fantasy novel, which stars David Tennant the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale.

During an interview with The Herald, former Doctor Who star Tennant has been speaking about the six-part miniseries, describing it as “quite unlike unlike anything I’ve ever been in before”.

“It’s quite hard tonally to get a grip on what Good Omens is, because it’s this very unique world that comes from Terry and Neil’s novel – and from the scripts, which Neil has adapted pretty faithfully from that novel,” said Tennant. “I think it’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever been in before and possibly anything many people have seen before. It’s like a sort of fairy tale with a kind of very real world setting.
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Constance Zimmer Didn't Watch The Bachelor Until She Was Cast in UnREAL: 'It Was Never My Thing'

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Constance Zimmer Didn't Watch The Bachelor Until She Was Cast in UnREAL: 'It Was Never My Thing'
Sometimes art doesn’t imitate life — and truth be told, Constance Zimmer never considered herself a part of Bachelor Nation.

She may play a producer on UnREAL, a behind-the-scenes show about a fictional dating competition show, but before being casted as Quinn, Zimmer didn’t spend her Monday nights tuning in to The Bachelor.

“I never watched it,” the 47-year-old tells People in this week’s issue. “It was never my thing. I watched it because when I got cast on the show, I read a script and I was so confused. I didn’t understand what this was, so
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Critics Pick the Best Bottle Episodes on TV – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. (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: What is the best bottle episode? (Current and past shows are fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Last season’s Harriet Tubman-centric “Underground” episode “Minty” was a wonderful and unique bottle episode, not just a single location but effectively just a single character doing a monologue. I guess “American Bitch” from “Girls” probably counts and that was a good one (though “Girls” probably had another bottle episode or two that were at least equally strong). I’m partial to some fairly obvious sitcom bottle episode classics, including the “Friends” episode, “The One Where No One’s Ready,” and a couple “It’s
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Sterling K. Brown to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ — will he get his third Emmy in three different categories in three years?

Sterling K. Brown to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ — will he get his third Emmy in three different categories in three years?
Sterling K. Brown is heading to Studio 8H: The “This Is Us” star will host “Saturday Night Live” on March 10, NBC announced Tuesday. It’ll be Brown’s hosting debut and if all goes well, he could pick up his third Emmy in a third category in three years.

Brown, who will be joined by musical guest James Bay, won two years ago for his supporting turn in limited series champ “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and last year in Best Drama Actor for “This Is Us,” becoming the category’s first black winner in 19 years. He would be up in comedy guest actor for his “SNL” gig and that category has been very friendly to “SNL” hosts since they were ruled eligible to compete there nine years ago: Five “SNL” hosts have won, including Dave Chappelle last year.

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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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Czech Locations Conjure Bohemian Rhapsody for Foreign Shoots

Czech locales have been fully booked throughout the past year, with international features and TV series such as Amazon’s “Carnival Row” continuing to roll in, while indie projects such as Daisy Ridley vehicle “Ophelia” have incorporated the country’s remarkable Bohemian settings.

The latter project, a Hamlet retelling from the point of view of the love interest whom Shakespeare relegated to the role of his most poignant victim, was filmed in Czech castles and sylvan river valleys in addition to recreating the court of Elsinore at Prague’s Barrandov Studio.

Co-starring with Naomi Watts as Queen Gertrude and Clive Owen as Claudius, Ridley’s Ophelia manages to parry court intrigues far better than the lovesick, doomed version of her character known to readers up to now. The production chose to set up shop in the Czech Republic in part because of its fairytale looks and relative affordability, but also because of the incredible craftsmanship of crews
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Pilot News: Salem Star Joins Hospital Drama, Fargo Vet's Justice and More

Pilot News: Salem Star Joins Hospital Drama, Fargo Vet's Justice and More
Paging Dr. Janet Montgomery.

The Salem alumna will star in NBC’s untitled Bellevue hospital drama pilot as an attending ER doctor who is spreading herself too thin, our sister site Deadline reports.

Montgomery — who recurred on This Is Us last season — joins an ensemble that includes Freema Agyeman (Sense8, Doctor Who) and Anupam Kher (Sense8).

In other pilot casting news, per Deadline:

* Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will headline the CBS legal drama Main Justice, which is inspired by the life and work of Eric Holder, the first African-American Attorney General of the United States.

* Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) will co-star in
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‘American Crime Story’s’ Annaleigh Ashford to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Three Rivers’

‘American Crime Story’s’ Annaleigh Ashford to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Three Rivers’
Annaleigh Ashford has been cast in the lead role of the ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Three Rivers,” Variety has learned.

Ashford will star as Rebecca, who left her family’s Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York. But after being promised ownership of the ranch by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau, she’s back and ready to utilize her big city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination spot oozing Southern hospitality. Getting her siblings to fall in line with her vision will be the real thorn in Rebecca’s side. And that’s going to be even harder once Beau reveals a life-changing family secret.

Ashford currently appears in the FX anthology series “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” in the role of Elizabeth Cote. Her other credits include Fox’s reboot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” where she played Columbia, and the Showtime
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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Help’

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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Help’
Allison Janney had a rocky road to success as an actress and probably had many doubts that she would ever achieve the level of success she has. That’s all behind her now with her seven Emmy wins for acting placing her in second place all-time just one trophy behind Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And now with her 2017 film “I Tonya” bringing her the biggest silver screen success of her career, let’s take a look back at her stellar work in movies.

SEEAllison Janney (‘I, Tonya’) on giving heart to a monster: ‘I hooked into her sadness’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Janney faced great challenges in her early career and has stated she was told there was no place in the acting world for a six foot tall woman unless the woman was drop dead gorgeous like Sigourney Weaver. In a business that prizes youth it is interesting to note that Janney
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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Allison Janney had a rocky road to success as an actress and probably had many doubts that she would ever achieve the level of success she has. That’s all behind her now with her seven Emmy wins for acting placing her in second place all-time just one trophy behind Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And now with her 2017 film “I Tonya” bringing her the biggest silver screen success of her career, let’s take a look back at her stellar work in movies.

Janney faced great challenges in her early career and has stated she was told there was no place in the acting world for a six foot tall woman unless the woman was drop dead gorgeous like Sigourney Weaver. In a business that prizes youth it is interesting to note that Janney’s career only began on the New York stage when she was in her thirties
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Sarah Silverman Hilariously Announces Breakup With Michael Sheen

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Sarah Silverman Hilariously Announces Breakup With Michael Sheen
You have to hand it to Sarah Silverman; even amid a romantic split, she brings the funny. “Jesus Is Magic” comedian Silverman took to Twitter on Monday to announce that she split with her boyfriend, “Masters of Sex” star Michael Sheen, with a tweet that managed to laugh in the face of the relationship’s disintegration. “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ – like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight,” Silverman wrote. “We just live in...
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