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‘Dopesick': Fox 21, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Option Rights to Opioid Crisis Best-Seller

‘Dopesick': Fox 21, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Option Rights to Opioid Crisis Best-Seller
The American opioid crisis is jumping from a real-life problem to a show on the small screen.

After a highly competitive bidding war, Fox 21 Television Studios and “Handmaid’s Tale” producer Warren Littlefield’s The Littlefield Company announced Friday they have optioned the rights to adapt best-selling author Beth Macy’s “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” into a TV series.

Littlefield and Macy will serve as executive producers on the project, with Peter McGuigan and Richie Kern producing.

“Every once in a while, you come across a piece of material that is that rare diamond in that it’s an incredibly arresting story, and, even more, is timely and important,” Bert Salke, President, Fox 21 Television Studios said. “Beth’s dissection and thoughtful emotion
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‘The Alienist’ Will Keep 2018 Limited-Series Emmy Nominations Despite Renewal

  • Variety
TNT’s decision to effectively renew “The Alienist” for a second season will not change the drama’s status as a nominee in two limited-series categories for the 2018 Emmys.

“The Awards Committee reviews categorization on an annual basis,” a Television Academy spokesperson told Variety Thursday. “Some first-year limited series continue the story line into subsequent seasons and are re-categorized as Drama Series, e.g., ‘Downton Abbey,’ and others return with a new, stand-alone story, e.g., ‘American Horror Story,’ which allows them to remain in Limited Series. Dependent upon which direction ‘The Alienist’ goes, the Awards Committee will categorize it accordingly.”

The Academy will not, Variety has learned, revisit the show’s categorization for 2018, considering it “locked in.” “The Alienist” is currently nominated for two Primetime Emmys — for best limited series and best cinematography in a limited series or movie. Voting for the Primetime Emmys is currently open and closes Aug.
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Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse
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Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse
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Four Women Have a Score To Settle in New Trailer For the Heist Thriller Widows

"The best thing we have going for us is being who we are."

We've got a great new trailer for you to watch from the upcoming crime thriller Widows. The story centers on four women who team up for a heist to pay off a debt that they are left with after their criminal husbands are killed. 

The movie is set in Chicago, "amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms." The film is described as a "blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption."

The movie was directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) from a script written by bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The movie also stars Colin FarrellBrian Tyree Henry,
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Ronald D Moore’s Apple Sci-Fi Series Adds Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones

Ronald D Moore’s Apple Sci-Fi Series Adds Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones
Welcome to the space race, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones.

The trio of actors have been cast as series regulars in the upcoming untitled scripted drama from Emmy Award-winning “Outlander” executive producer Ronald D. Moore, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

Kinnaman has been cast as Edward Baldwin, one of the top Nasa astronauts.

Dorman and Jones will play Gordo and Tracy Stevens, a prominent Nasa couple.

Also Read: Rob McElhenney-Charlie Day Comedy Gets Series Order at Apple

The yet-to-be-named scripted space drama from Moore explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.

Moore’s series is one of over 20 originals the tech company has ordered since beginning its content harvest last year, including three from Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” the drama “See” from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, the docuseries “Home” from Matt Tyrnauer and Matthew Weaver,
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Best Movie/Mini Actor: Rob Licuria, Chris Beachum debate who wins 2018 Emmy [Watch]

  • Gold Derby
“I think it’s three and three,” Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum proclaims about the Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Lead Actor. “Three people have a really strong shot and I could debate which one it is, and the other three I don’t think have much of a chance. Not that they can’t do it as there’s always surprises,” Beachum says about his three frontrunners Darren Criss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Antonio Banderas. Beachum recently teamed up with senior editor Rob Licuria, the original Gold Derby duo, in a series of slugfests this week about all six lead acting races at the Emmys. Watch their lively discussion about Best Movie/Mini Actor above. Also watch our recently-published videos about Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Actress, Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Actress.

Banderas received his second career Emmy nod for his work on National Geographic’s “Genius: Picasso,
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado Arrives on 4K and Blu-Ray This October

  • Cinelinx
Sony Pictures has revealed the release date and bonus feature details for the home entertainment release of Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Come inside to learn more!

If you've been wanting to watch (or rewatch) the intense Sicario sequel, you'll get the chance in the upcoming months. On September 18th you'll be able to watch the digital version of the film, but if you want to snag the 4K Ultra HD/blu-ray, you'll have to wait a couple more weeks when it arrives on October 2nd.

Experience the high octane action of one of the year’s most engrossing thrillers, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, as it debuts on digital and redeemable via the Movies Anywhere App, on September 18, and comes to 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD October 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Delving into the ruthless underworld of the war on drugs, Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro
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A History of Creepy Small Towns on TV, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Riverdale’ (Photos)

“Quiet town, peaceful, low maintenance. It can stay that way,” says a federal agent to the sheriff of the small town at the center of the new ABC drama “The Crossing,” airing on April 2 at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Ct. Yeah, good luck with that. In TV and movies, crazy, creepy, sci-fi, monster movie junk always goes down in quaint, tiny, Middle American suburbs far more often than it does in a big city. Who has time for aliens in New York? Give me a full on invasion or nothing. Leave the odd-goings on and the mysterious, unsolved disappearances to the town folk. This list charts the history of America’s fictional creepy small towns from kind of weird to David Lynchian-grade bananas.

Collinsport, Maine – “Dark Shadows” (1966)

The classic soap “Dark Shadows” started out as just the story of a woman trying to trace down her wealthy family’s mysterious
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FX TV Show Ratings (updated 8/10/18)

FX has been churning out a lot of original scripted series. Some have been hits while many others have not. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!

Scripted FX shows listed: American Crime Story, American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, Archer, Atlanta, Baskets, The Bastard Executioner, Better Things, The Bridge, The Comedians, Fargo, Feud, Justified, Legion, Louie, Married, Partners, Pose, Saint George, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Snowfall, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Taboo, Trust, and Tyrant.

Last update: The most recent ratings added for Snowfall.

There's a lot of data that FX execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are a major factor. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.

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Will Ryan Murphy (‘Versace’) win his first individual Emmy since 2010?

Will Ryan Murphy (‘Versace’) win his first individual Emmy since 2010?
Ryan Murphy has won four Emmys, but only one of them has been a solo victory. That was his very first win in 2010, for directing the “Glee” pilot. Could he finally take home a second one all by himself this year for directing “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”?

Since Murphy’s “Glee” victory, his other three wins were shared with his fellow producers on “The Normal Heart”, “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”.

But he hasn’t been able to convert any of his subsequent individual nominations into wins: directing for “The Normal Heart” (2014), directing for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (2015), directing for “O.J.” (2016), and directing and writing for “Feud: Bette and Joan” (2017). He also lost his very first Emmy bid: directing for “Nip/Tuck” in 2004.

See ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (E-l)

Here's the status of TV shows like East Los High, Easy, The Eddy, The Eleventh, The End of the F***ing World, Episodes, Escape at Dannemora, Euphoria, Everything Sucks!, Extinct, The Expanse, F Is For Family, The Fairly Odd Parents, Falling Water, Family Time, Famous in Love, Fargo, Fast Layne, Fear the Walking Dead, Feud, Fever, Five Points, The First, First Wives Club, Flack, Flaked, Fleabag, For Better Or Worse, The Forgotten Army, Fortitude, The Fosters, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Freakish, Friends from College, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Frontier, Full Circle, Fuller House, Future Man, Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, Game Shakers, Game of Thrones, Games Divas Play, Gangs of London, Genius, Get Shorty, Ghost Wars, The Girlfriend Experience, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Glitch, Glow, Godfather of Harlem, Godless, Goliath, Gone, Good Behavior, The Good Cop, Good Omens, Good Trouble, Good Witch, Grace and Frankie,
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PGA splits long-form TV category into limited series, streamed or TV movies

‘This shift in our industry has given producers the opportunity to deepen their skills in creating limited series shows and streamed or televised movies.’

Recognising what it describes as “a shift in our industry,” the Producers Guild of America (PGA) is splitting its long-form television award category into two separate categories, one for limited series, the other for streamed or TV movies.

The first awards in the new categories will be presented as part of the PGA awards ceremony next January.

Up to now, both limited series and TV movies have been eligible for the PGA’s David L Wolper
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13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Ahs’ Deets, Why Kenya Barris Bailed on ABC, and Just What Is Going on at CBS?

  • The Wrap
13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Ahs’ Deets, Why Kenya Barris Bailed on ABC, and Just What Is Going on at CBS?
Finally, mercifully, the 2018 Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour has come to a close. We ate a lot over the past 15 days, sure, but we learned even more.

Below are 13 of our top takeaways from the never-ending TV media event occupying the Beverly Hilton ballroom. Thanks for all of the coffee, but now we need some sleep.

Ironclad Details on the Iron Throne

Casey Bloys shed a little more light on the upcoming final season of “Game of Thrones” and its first approved prequel. We already knew that the eighth installment of the fantasy series is coming sometime next year, but Bloys closed the window a little bit by telling reporters that it will arrive sometime in the first half of 2019. It seems like that time frame will be a busy one for Westeros: Bloys also told TheWrap that HBO hopes to start production on the prequel series in
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Producers Guild Expands Long-Form Television Awards

  • Variety
Producers Guild Expands Long-Form Television Awards
The Producers Guild of America has created a second awards category in long-form television. Both will be presented at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19.

The guild announced Wednesday that the former David L. Wolper award for outstanding producer in long-form television has been renamed the David L. Wolper award for outstanding producer of limited series television. The PGA said the new award has been created to separately acknowledge distinguished work and will be called the award for outstanding producer of streamed or televised movies.

In January, producers Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker won the David L. Wolper award for Netflix’s fourth season of sci-fi anthology series “Black Mirror.” FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” won in 2017 and FX’s first two seasons of “Fargo” won the previous two years.

“Long-form television has exploded in recent years with exciting, daring new programming and new voices,
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
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Gal Gadot to Star in Hedy Lamarr Series From ‘The Affair’ Creator at Showtime

  • Variety
Gal Gadot to Star in Hedy Lamarr Series From ‘The Affair’ Creator at Showtime
Gal Gadot is gearing up to play another wonder woman.

Sources tell Variety that Gadot is attached to star in and executive produce a Showtime series based on the life and career of Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr was born in Austria and went on to become one of the most famous American film stars of her generation, appearing in classics like “Samson and Delilah,” “Boom Town,” and “Come Live With Me.” Lamarr was also a celebrated inventor, credited with creating a frequency-hopping signal during World War II that could help the Allies disrupt radio controlled torpedoes.

The series has not been formally picked up at the premium cabler, but it would be a limited series should the deals become finalized.

Showtime declined to comment.

Sarah Treem, the creator and showrunner on Showtime’s acclaimed drama “The Affair,” would serve as writer and executive producer on the project. Warren Littlefield, executive producer
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
See full article at Gold Derby »

Greenlit: New Seasons of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Fargo’ Announce Casting + More Projects to Watch

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Star TrekPatrick Stewart will boldly go where he has gone before, according to recent news, he will be starring in a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his iconic role of Captain Jean Luc Picard. The series has been in talks since rumors began in June, but now, the news is official, following a surprise announcement by Stewart at the recent Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. The new CBS All Access show will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life. Junie Lowry-Johnson has previously done the casting work for “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and more, so she could be the one coming aboard to cast the full project. Keep your
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Inside the 2018 TCA Awards: Robin Thede’s New Gig, John Oliver Delights From Afar

  • The Wrap
The 2018 TCA Awards are all handed out, but there was more to see Saturday than just some trophy presentations. TheWrap was in attendance at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, where Robin Thede emceed the annual summer event.

Here’s what else we witnessed:

We’re All Winners!

Well, not really — but here’s the complete list of people who did win.

Also Read: TCA Awards Winners: 'The Americans' Nabs Top Honors, Anthony Bourdain Wins Posthumously

Robin Thede’s New Gig

In July, Bet canceled late-night comedy series “The Rundown With Robin Thede.” On Saturday, Thede was all ours.

To open, Thede asked all in attendance to stand with hands over hearts, then cued the theme song to “The Americans,” our new national anthem. Politics aside, it was the FX thriller’s night. Later in the monologue, Thede cracked jokes about the Trumps, “Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” Rachel Dolezal,
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