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RuPaul Biographical Dramedy In the Works From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot
Now here’s an idea that sounds just crazy enough to werk.
A half-hour period dramedy series is in the works about the rise of drag superstar RuPaul — and we apparently have J.J. Abrams to thank for it.
RelatedRuPaul Makes Herstory, Wins Emmy for Outstanding Reality Show Host
Abrams’ Bad Robot is teaming with World of Wonder (responsible for giving us RuPaul’s Drag Race) to produce the series, which will also count RuPaul among its executive producers, our sister site Deadline reports.
‘Five Came Back’ Review: Hollywood Filmmakers On Front Lines Of WWII As Told In Brilliant Netflix Series
Usually my colleague Dominic Patten covers the TV review beat, but he graciously let me steal this one from him since it really is all about movies and their directors. Netflix’s new three-part, three-hour documentary series Five Came Back chronicles the not-so-well-known efforts of five extraordinary Hollywood directors who put their careers on hold to join with the U.S. government in creating propaganda films during World War II. The five iconic helmers, Oscar winners… »
‘The Carmichael Show’: How A Live Audience Taught the NBC Comedy What It Couldn’t Say About Oprah
“There are things that you learn from your audience about what upsets them,” star Loretta Devine said on Monday, during NBC’s annual summer press day. “We’ll find out something simple like you can’t talk about Oprah in certain situations. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was something like ‘if Oprah died…’ and they just weren’t having it. There are certain things you can’t say about Oprah. You can’t put ‘Oprah’ and ‘death’ in the same sentence.”
But that doesn’t mean the NBC sitcom shies away from controversy. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny on Being in Front of the Camera for His Unscripted Series ‘Upscale’
“Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny swears up, down, and sideways that he never intended to be in front of the camera — the former “Happy Endings” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer has been very happy writing comedy behind-the-scenes. But as he explained to Variety, becoming successful meant learning how to buy things better. “Upscale with Prentice Penny,” debuting Tuesday, Mar. 21 on TruTV, is an unscripted tutorial on how to be a more conscious consumer — with an eye toward luxury, quality, good taste, and the finer things in life. In the first episode, Penny uses a (fictional) cheesy R&B music video from the ’90s as inspiration to upscale his date night, which leads him to search for better bedsheets, a nicer evening robe, quality champagne, and a couple of candles to set the mood. (He never does reveal if his wife went for his efforts, but he probably wouldn’t have been in such good spirits when we talked if »
- Sonia Saraiya
Dave Chappelle: Watching ‘Key & Peele’ ‘Hurts My Feelings’
Dave Chappelle has certainly never been one to shy away from controversy, and in his latest interview to promote his new comedy special on Netflix, the comedian addressed his feud with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and his departure from Comedy Central head on.
During the Roots Picnic festival last year, Chappelle took a shot at comedy duo Key & Peele, implying that they had taken the idea for his show.
“Put some respect on my name, y’all don’t know what I’ve been through … watching Key & Peele do my show the last five f—ing years,” Chappelle said at the time.
During his interview with “This Morning” co-host Gayle King on CBS, Chappelle sought to clarify his comments, insisting that he is a fan of the show, but suggesting that he should be credited for some of the show’s “conventions.”
“I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition »
- Will Thorne
Are Your Suffering From Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder? Try Impeachara
Do you find yourself feeling depressed? Hopeless? Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you struggle with frequent panic attacks? Are you constantly arguing and irritable more often that you’d like to be? Are you fighting with friends? Or even friends of friends on Facebook? Do you find yourself yelling at your phone or computer screen with the constant urge to pull out your hair or bang your head against the wall? If any of these sound familiar you may be suffering from T.I.A.D or Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder. Turns out there’s a new drug called Impeachara which may help. Impeachara
Are Your Suffering From Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder? Try Impeachara »
- Nat Berman
The Carmichael Show to Air Episode Featuring Uncensored N-Word
Hold the bleeps: NBC’s The Carmichael Show will broadcast the racial slur “n—-r” in its entirety during an upcoming Season 3 episode.
“‘N-word’ is childish… say it!” star/executive producer Jerrod Carmichael told reporters during NBC Universal’s summer press day on Monday. “We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.”
He added that the word is heard unedited “like, six times” during the half-hour, which will run with a parental advisory warning. »
L. Scott Caldwell Joins ‘The Trustee’ ABC Drama Pilot; Irene Choi In The CW’s ‘Insatiable’
L. Scott Caldwell (Mercy Street) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who… »
Bad Robot To Produce Period Dramedy Series Based On RuPaul’s Life
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has teamed with RuPaul and reality production company World of Wonder (RuPaul’s Drag Race) for a half-hour dramedy series project, a fictionalized version of RuPaul's rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star. Written by Power executive producer Gary Lennon, the drama is set in New York City during the Reagan era 1980s. Warner Bros TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio. The series is expected to be taken to the marketplace… »
NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Brings Jennifer Lopez Back to Her Roots: ‘It’s the Perfect Job for Me’
“It’s like a dream come true and, like, the perfect job for me. In a sense, we created literally the perfect show for me to be a part of,” Lopez said Monday at a NBC press event in Beverly Hills., California, speaking on a panel with her fellow judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, host Jenna Dewan Tatum and executive producers Matilda Zoltowski, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina.
Lopez, who started as a dancer and first broke through as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color,” is a judge and executive producer on the reality show, and was integral in the development of the series. At the press event, she explained that “World of Dance” — which will feature solo artists, duos »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Thandie Newton Says There Aren’t Enough Roles For People of Color In The UK
Thandie Newton is addressing the lack of roles for people of color in the UK. The London-born actress, who stars in HBO's Westworld, said that due to British television focusing on period dramas, she can't work in her native country. "I love being [in the UK], but I can't work, because I can't do Downton Abbey, can't be in Victoria, can't be in Call the Midwife," Newton, who lives in Los Angeles, told Sunday Times Magazine. "Well, I could, but I don't want to play… »
How to Promote a TV Show the Right Way, From Online Treasure Hunts to Melting Blocks of Ice
Over the past few weeks, HBO’s marketing department has been exploring new techniques to build anticipation for a few of the premium cable network’s hit shows. Instead of simply dropping trailers for fans to go crazy over, HBO has been doing something a little different while promoting the third season of “The Leftovers” and the much-anticipated (and delayed) seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”
The best of HBO’s innovative marketing plan can be seen through how they went about releasing the newest trailer for “The Leftovers,” which came in the form of a scavenger hunt that sent fans searching the web for seven different portions of the trailer. From Damon Lindelof’s Instagram, to HBO’s official Facebook page, the network challenged fans’ knowledge of the show, while creating a fun way for viewers to actively engage with the show’s marketing. While some may have found this method inconvenient and time-consuming, »
- Michael Gonzalez
‘Being Mary Jane’ Gets Summer Return Date On BET
With that legal action in the rearview, BET is moving forward with Being Mary Jane. The Viacom-owned cable net today confirmed July 18 as the premiere date for the 10-episode second half of the series’ third season. The future of BET's signature drama appeared to be in doubt after Union filed a lawsuit in October that alleged the network and the show's producers had reneged on an agreement to have a significant break between the 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons of the… »
American Horror Story Season 7 Election Fanposter and Potential Cast
In some unfortunate news over the weekend I shared with you that Kathy Bates would not be playing the role of Donald Trump in American Horror Story Season 7. As many of us already know, the 2016 election is said to be a big part of Ahs’s theme for its upcoming 7th season. Ryan Murphy has hinted at some people actually playing the fictional Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump but has not indicated which actors will do so. Murphy also said that Sarah Paulson is already being looked at as Hillary Clinton in the next season but he wants people
American Horror Story Season 7 Election Fanposter and Potential Cast »
- Nat Berman
‘Shut Eye’ Renewed For Season 2 By Hulu With John Shiban As New Showrunner
Hulu has given a second-season pickup to drama Shut Eye starring Jeffrey Donovan with a new showrunner. Former Hell On Wheels showrunner John Shiban will take over the helm of the show under a new overall deal he has signed with Sony Pictures TV. Shiban will replace David Hudgins who was showrunner in Season 1. Created and executive produced by Les Bohem, Shut Eye, which launched in December, centers on Charlie Haverford (Donovan), a scammer with a small chain of… »
Bull to Switch Showrunners as CBS Nears a Season 2 Renewal
CBS’ Bull has a new man in charge… which sets the stage for a possible Season 2.
TV veteran Glenn Gordon Caron is taking over as showrunner of the freshman legal drama, according to a report from our sister site Deadline — but only if the series, starring NCIS alum Michael Weatherly as a high-priced jury consultant, returns for a second season. Caron will join Bull for the remainder of Season 1 as a consultant, with current showrunner Mark Goffman transitioning to a development role at season’s end.
‘Bull’ Enlists Glenn Gordon Caron as Season 2 Showrunner
“Bull” is getting a new showrunner in the form of television veteran Glenn Gordon Caron, Variety has confirmed. Caron is best known for creating the series “Moonlighting,” which was an early starring vehicle for Bruce Willis, and the supernatural drama “Medium,” which starred Patricia Arquette. The shows ran for five and seven seasons respectively.
The move comes as part of a multi-year overall deal Caron has signed with CBS TV Studios, which produces the one-hour drama. Caron will join the show immediately as a consultant on the remaining episodes of Season 1. Mark Goffman will continue as showrunner for the remainder of Season 1 before transitioning out to focus on development under his own deal with CBS TV Studios. Caron was previously set up under an overall deal at 20th Television, working as an executive producer on the FX series “Tyrant.” He is repped by Wme, 3Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.
- Joe Otterson
Colin Farrell To Star In Oliver North Iran-Contra Limited Series In Works At Amazon
Amazon is developing a limited drama series about Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair, with Colin Farrell attached to star as North. Written by Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson (The Callback), the Untitled Oliver North Project follows the Iran-Contra affair through the eyes of a man at the center of it all – Oliver North. The series will be executive produced by Red Hour's Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) is set to direct. The Iran-Contra… »
Jennifer Lopez Claims No Knowledge Of Possible ‘American Idol’ Reboot On NBC
Jennifer Lopez came to NBCU Summer Press Day to plug NBC’s new World Of Dance reality competition series on which she is executive producer, as well as a member of the judge panel also including Derek Hough and Ne-Yo. They talked about the format for the series debuting May 8, which pits solo dancers against duos and dance crews of all ages, and especially the $1M grand prize, which they claimed was unprecedented for a dance competition series. Even so, Lopez was asked… »
TV News Roundup: Star Chris Messina to Star Opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’
Chris Messina has been cast as the male lead opposite Amy Adams in the upcoming HBO drama “Sharp Objects.” Messina will play Kansas City Detective Richard Willis, who is drafted to support to a small town Sheriff in the search for the killer of a young girl. However, he struggles with the investigation until he meets Camille (Adams), who is covering the crime for a St. Louis paper. The series is based on the book by Gillian Flynn, with all eight episodes directed by Jean Marc Vallée. Marti Noxon, who wrote the pilot, will serve as showrunner. Messina is repped by Wme. Deadline first reported the news.
NBC‘s “What About Barb?” pilot has cast Tyler Sanders as Siggy, the overly ambitious, hardworking »
- Will Thorne
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