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Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home

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Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home
It took one day at a time, but Norman Lear’s long-gestating comedy project “Guess Who Died” finally has a home: NBC.

The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera comedy, which Lear recently re-developed with Peter Tolan.

Set in a retirement village, “Guess Who Died” has been in the works for at least seven years. Lear had pitched the show around town several times, and expressed dismay that the show wouldn’t get made because of its focus on older characters.

Read More:Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

But “Guess Who Died” gained momentum after Lear, at age 95, earned raves for the recent successful remake of his 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time,” executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett and and Mike Royce. That show comes from Sony Pictures TV, as does “Guess Who Died.
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Here's Where You've Seen Emmy Nominee David Harbour Outside of Stranger Things

We're all impatiently waiting for season two of Stranger Things to hit Netflix, but the teasers can only hold us over for so long! There's good news for fans: the hit series received a whopping 18 Emmy nominations. In the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series category, David Harbour is nominated for his role as Jim Hopper. But where else have you seen the actor before? While the chief of Hawkins Pd is probably his most well-known role, Harbour has been acting since 1999. On the TV front, he started out with guest appearances. If you're an obsessive Law & Order watcher, you might've caught one of his several episodes across the franchise. He's also had supporting roles on shows like Pan Am, The Newsroom, Rake, Manhattan, and State of Affairs. Harbour has also appeared in quite a few films, including acclaimed and star-studded flicks like Brokeback Mountain, Revolutionary Road, Quantum of Solace,
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Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

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Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’
Norman Lear is moving one step closer to making his long-gestating comedy “Guess Who Died” a reality.

Emmy-winning writer Peter Tolan (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Rescue Me”) has joined the project as co-writer with Lear on the show, which is set in a retirement village. Lear has been working on the show for at least seven years, and frequently brings the project up in interviews. But until recently, he expressed dismay that it might never get made.

But now the legendary TV producer, at age 94, is on another hot streak. Following the recent successful remake of Lear’s 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time,” now reimagined at Netflix with stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, Sony Pictures TV is developing “Guess Who Died” as a spec comedy script.

That means it’s still in very early stages of development, but the addition of Tolan gives it more momentum. Tolan
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Game of Thrones' Richard Madden Joins Amazon's Electric Dreams Anthology

Forget dragons and white walkers. For his next TV gig, Games of Thrones alum Richard Madden will find himself in a world full of another unique breed: mutant telepaths.

The actor will appear in a standalone episode of Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

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The installment, titled “The Hood Maker,” is set in a world without advanced technology. As such, mutant telepaths are humanity’s only mechanism for long distance communication. But when the public begins to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives with
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TVLine Items: King Kong Coming to TV, Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials and More

TVLine Items: King Kong Coming to TV, Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials and More
The Flash‘s Grodd may soon have some competition for TV’s Scariest Ape.

A contemporary, female-led King Kong Skull Island series is being developed by MarVista Entertainment and Im Global.

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The project, which will feature a multicultural ensemble, explores the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The WB’s Lone Ranger pilot) will pen the drama, which has yet to be shopped to networks.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
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CBS Casts Female Lead in Alan Cumming’s Drama Pilot ‘Instinct’ (Exclusive)

CBS Casts Female Lead in Alan Cumming’s Drama Pilot ‘Instinct’ (Exclusive)
Bojana Novakovic has landed the female lead in the CBS drama pilot “Instinct,” opposite Alan Cumming, Variety has learned exclusively.

Instinct” — formerly titled “Killer Instinct” and “Dr. Death” — is about Dylan, a former CIA operative, played by Cumming, who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer, and is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Novakovic will play Lizzie, a top detective with the NYPD who approaches Dylan to help with a case.

The TV project is based on James Patterson’s soon-to-be released book. Patterson will serve as an executive producer on the pilot.

Written by Michael Rauch, the hourlong drama hails from CBS Television Studios. Rauch will exec produce with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Patterson. Cumming will also pull double duty, serving as an executive producer, in
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Bermuda Triangle Movie Courting Sam Raimi To Direct

Sam Raimi of Oz The Great and Powerful has come attached to the untitled Bermuda Triangle movie at Skydance, which is one of three competing projects currently simmering in development.

The other two, according to The Hollywood Reporter, have set up shop across Universal and Warner Bros., though with Raimi now in talks to helm the mystery thriller, it seems Skydance’s movie is the furthest along even at this early stage in development.

Centering on the infamous stretch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, the Bermuda Triangle (Aka the Devil’s Triangle) has a long history of aircraft and ships venturing into its waters, only to disappear without a trace. Estimations are all over the place, and ever since the phrase Bermuda Triangle was first coined in 1964, that relatively small channel in the North Atlantic has become something of a worldwide phenomenon among conspiracy theorists, with potential
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Comedy Starring Bojana Novakovic In Works At CBS From Working Title TV

CBS is developing a multi-camera comedy co-written, executive produced and starring actress Bojana Novakovic (Rake). The project hails from Working Title TV, a joint venture between NBCU International Studios, which is overseen by Michael Edelstein, and Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Written by Novakovic, Kate Gersten (Mozart In The Jungle) and Everybody Loves Raymond veteran Tucker Cawley, the untitled comedy centers on a dutiful, people-pleasing…
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‘Disjointed’: Elizabeth Ho Joins Netflix Pot Comedy Series In Recasting

Elizabeth Ho (Rake, Melissa & Joey) has been cast as a series regular opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix's pot-themed multi-camera workplace comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros TV. Ho is a late addition to the series. She replaces Jessica Lu, who was originally cast in the role. Written and executive produced by Lorre and Javerbaum, Disjointed, which has a 20-episode straight-to-series order, stars Bates as Ruth…
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'Preacher: Season One" congregates on Blu-ray and DVD in October

By Seth Metoyer


Preacher is one of my favorite series currently running on TV and it's going to be released on Blu-ray and DVD October 4.

The first season takes a while to get going, mostly because of character development but it really gets going. Lots of gore and is damned hilarious in spots. Very interesting characters as well. Can't wait for season 2. Read more about the upcoming release below.

From the Press Release

Based on the popular 1990s cult comic book series of the same name, the critically-acclaimed Preacher: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The darkly comedic, hard-hitting, supernatural thrill-ride follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, TV’s “Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger) who, after a supernatural event at his church, is thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
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Preacher: You Need to See What Arseface Looks Like in Real Life

We're well into the first season of Preacher, and I still can't take my eyes off Arseface. He's a very unique character, having blown his face inward with a shotgun. The makeup department has done a crazy-good job at replicating what Arseface looks like in the comics, and they clearly cast the right guy. His name is Ian Colletti, and he's been acting since his onscreen debut in a 2004 episode of Blues Clues. (Don't even try to pretend that's not the most adorable thing you've ever heard.) He also appeared in Baby Mama, Rake, and Blue Bloods. If you've been watching Preacher, you'll appreciate this look at the actor behind the, well, arse.
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Sam Raimi To Direct 'World War 3'

While Sam Raimi has been keeping his skills sharp lately on television, helming episodes of "Rake" and "Ash vs Evil Dead," it doesn't mean the director is shying away from the big screen. Three years on from "Oz The Great And Powerful," Raimi is putting together a slate of projects that are certainly eyebrow raising. Last month, we learned he'll tackle a remake of Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," and now he's got another ambitious effort in the works. Read More: Sam Raimi To Direct Remake Of Jacques Audiard's 'A Prophet' Over at Warner Bros., Raimi is now attached to helm "World War 3," and you can probably guess what it's about. The movie will be based on the non-fiction book "The Next 100 Years," by George Friedman, who is professionally paid to think about what lays ahead, and it's pretty bleak/more of the same. Basically, politics are still awful,
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Watch Sam Raimi's Scary New Chevrolet Horror Short

Watch Sam Raimi's Scary New Chevrolet Horror Short
It's been nearly three years since filmmaker Sam Raimi directed a movie, 2013's Oz: The Great and Powerful, and nearly seven years since his last horror movie, 2009's Drag Me to Hell. While the director has been keeping busy on the small screen with Starz's Ash Vs. Evil Dead, which returns for its second season later this year, he also directed a new 60-second horror short film that serves as an ad for Chevrolet's 2016 Malibu and Cruze vehicles. Here's what the director had to say in a statement to AdWeek.

"We approached the development of the Chevrolet trailer in the same way we would an actual movie-by thinking through the plot, characters and eventual outcome. I've been in plenty of theaters where the audience is so concerned for the safety of the main characters that they call out warnings to save them. That's what this is based on."

The ad
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Fox’s ’24: Legacy’ Casts Miranda Otto in Lead Role

Fox’s ’24: Legacy’ Casts Miranda Otto in Lead Role
Fox’s “24: Legacy” pilot has cast Miranda Otto in a lead role, Variety has learned. She’ll join “Straight Outta Compton” breakout Corey Hawkins, who has been tapped to star in the action drama, which will not feature former “24” star Kiefer Sutherland.

Otto will play Rebecca Ingram, the blazing smart former head of CTU. Now married to Senator John Donovan (who has not yet been cast), Rebecca is struggling with second thoughts about having left the counterterrorism agency.

“24: Legacy” revolves around military hero Eric Carter’s (Hawkins) return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Otto is repped by Gersh and Suzan Bymel of Management 360. She was most recently seen in season five of Showtime’s “Homeland,
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Sam Raimi in talks to direct A Prophet remake

Deadline is reporting that Sam Raimi has entered talks with Sony with regards to directing the studio’s planned remake of the 2010 French crime drama A Prophet, which has been written by author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island).

A Prophet was directed by Jacques Audiard and tells the story of a petty criminal who is sent to prison and rises through the inmate hierarchy to become a mafia kingpin. The critically-acclaimed film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and nine Cesar Awards.

Raimi’s last film was 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, although he has since directed two episodes of Rake, along with the pilot for Ash vs Evil Dead.
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‘The Soup’ Hosts: Where Are They Now?

‘The Soup’ Hosts: Where Are They Now?
Long before Joel McHale took the reins of “The Soup,” the “Talk Soup” can opened into the pop culture stratosphere.

Debuting in January 1991, E!’s pop culture comedy commentary show, then known as “Talk Soup,” became a cable TV staple, launching the careers of a handful of comedians.

Though McHale is known to current audiences as the wisecracking emcee of the Emmy-nominated laffer who took a star turn at the helm of “The Soup” for 12 years — right down to his departure statement, in which he thanked “Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family” — it was Greg Kinnear who started off the satirical series.

Before McHale takes his final bow Friday night, take a look back at the comedians who hosted the 22 seasons of “Talk Soup” and “The Soup”:

Greg Kinnear (1991-1995)

After four years on E!, the first host of “Talk Soup
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Preacher Trailer Debuts: Will You Be Watching AMC’s New Comic Book Series?

During last night’s 90-minute episode of The Walking Dead, AMC debuted the first official trailer for its highly anticipated new series Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s DC/Vertigo comic of the same name. The series is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, Agent Carter), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, This Is England) embark on a journey to, literally, find God. Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and Ian Colletti (Rake) also star in Preacher, playing Emily Woodrow and Eugene Root, aka Arseface. The show is being executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who have worked together on numerous projects, including Superbad, This Is the End, and last year’s The Interview,
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Preacher renewed for longer second season

Rob Leane Jun 30, 2016

The Preacher TV series, starring Dominic Cooper, will be back with 13 more episodes next year...

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin's televised take on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's much-celebrated comic book Preacher has been earning decent reviews as its first season airs.

Before this debut run has even come to an end, the powers-that-be at AMC have decided to renew the show for a second season. Preacher will return for a long second season next year, with 13 episodes slated instead of 10.

AMC's Charle Collier released this statement (which Collider shared)...

Preacher is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season. What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to
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Preacher: first trailer for comic book TV series




Dominic Cooper stars in the first trailer for Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin's Preacher comic book TV show...

After years of speculation as to whether Preacher would ever get a live-action adaptation, it finally has. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin have produced a TV series for AMC, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's much-celebrated comic book about a small-town American preacher who embarks on a quest to literally find God. Today we've got a short teaser trailer and a full-length trailer to share with you.

Dominic Cooper stars in the title role. Here's the teaser trailer...

And here's the full trailer...

Assuming that everyone from the pilot has stayed on, Preacher's impressive supporting cast includes Ruth Negga (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Raina), Joseph Gilgun (This Is England, Misfits), Tom Brooke (Wiggy from Sherlock series 3), and Ian Colletti (Rake).

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Preacher Trailer: Are You a Believer?

Preacher Trailer: Are You a Believer?
AMC on Sunday released the first trailer for Preacher, its adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic.

Preacher centers on Rev. Jesse Custer (played by Agent Carter‘s Dominic Cooper), a conflicted Texas minister who merges with a spiritual force called Genesis — making him more mighty than the Almighty.

Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ruth Negga) and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy (MisfitsJoseph Gilgun), Custer begins a violent journey across the country in search of answers from a disenfranchised God.

Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and Ian Colletti (Rake) also star in the project,
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