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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment
The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.
Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.
Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning »
- Joe Otterson
‘Stranger Things': Duffer Brothers Say Season 3 Is a Go, Show Might End After Season 4
Season 2 of “Stranger Things” hasn’t even been released yet, but the Duffer Brothers have teased that Season 3 of the Netflix series is a go and that they plan to do one — but just one — more after it. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture, explaining that they can’t have their protagonists constantly running through the Upside-Down. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” brother Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer to Star in ‘A Discovery of Witches’ for Sky
Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer will star in supernatural romantic drama series “A Discovery of Witches” for Sky. The Sky Original Production will be adapted from Deborah Harkness’ novel for Sky 1 and Now TV.
Produced by Bad Wolf, “A Discovery of Witches” is scheduled to begin production at the new Wolf Studios facilities in Wales and on location in Oxford from September. Bad Wolf announced its new production studio, which is based in Wales, in May this year.
“A Discovery of Witches” is described as a contemporary love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, but in a world where witches, vampires and demons live and work unseen amongst humans. Palmer stars as an historian and reluctant witch, denying her heritage, whose discovery of a manuscript throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery and into the path of an enigmatic geneticist (Goode), who is a vampire.
- Robert Mitchell
Common to Lead Starz ‘Black Samurai’ Series From RZA, Jerry Bruckheimer
The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.
“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.”
- Joe Otterson
MTV Orders Second Season of ‘Fear Factor’ (Exclusive)
MTV has plenty to cheer with its “Fear Factor” revival. The cabler has given a 20-episode order to Endemol Shine North America for a second season of the unscripted competition series, hosted by rapper Ludacris.
“Fear Factor” has been a solid performer for MTV with its target young adult demo since its May 30 debut. The show is scheduled to wrap its initial 12-episode run tonight.
MTV put a kinder, gentler spin on the series that made its mark as a gross-out affair on NBC from 2001 to 2006. The post-millennial version of “Fear Factor” emphasizes the aspirational motivation for contestants to face their fears in elaborate physical stunts and games inspired by scenes from well-known movies, viral videos and other pop culture-centric material.
“I’m looking forward to season two of ‘Fear Factor’ and it being more ludicrous than the first season,” said Ludacris. “Pun intended.”
The successful revival of the show in the U.S »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC
Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.
NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.
- Ryan Gajewski
‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »
- Rebecca Rubin
‘Friends From College’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix
“Friends From College” is heading back to town. Netflix has renewed the comedy from co-creators Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco for an eight-episode second season. The series centers on a group of Harvard pals played by Keegan-Michael Key (Ethan), Cobie Smulders (Lisa), Annie Parisse (Sam), Nat Faxon (Nick), Fred Savage (Max) and Jae Suh Park (Marianne). Also Read: 'Friends From College': Every Character Ranked From Hateable to Hopeless (Photos) Stoller (“Neighbors”) directs, and Delbanco is a writer on the series that debuted its first season last month. “Friends From College” joins other recently renewed Netflix series “Ozark,” “Glow” and “Iron Fist. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Will Ferrell, Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions Developing Two New Comedy Series With CBS, CBS TV Studios
The first project, set up at CBS, is based on the book “Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F—ing Idiot,” which was written by Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses, due out later this year. The network is looking to develop the book as a single-camera comedy series that explores how millennials date. Schwartz and Moses will also write the series. Schwartz will executive produce along with Ferrell, McKay, and Kevin Messick. CBS Television Studios will produce.
The second project hails from Gloria Sanchez, the female-centric production arm of Gary Sanchez. It is a comedy series starring Isla Fisher, with the plot currently being kept under wraps. CBS Television Studios is about to go to market with the project. Erica Rivinoja will write with Jake Szymanski directing.
- Joe Otterson
American Horror Story: Cult Trailer — Watch the Political Nightmare Unfold
VideosAhs: Cult‘s Main Title Sequence Features Trump and Hillary
Cult‘s official site (AHSCult.com) on Tuesday revealed a terrifying first look at the show’s upcoming seventh season, which begins on the night Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America.
The focus of the new footage is on Sarah Paulson’s character Ally, whose agoraphobia — not to mention crippling fear of clowns — begins to worsen on election night, »
‘Maniac’: Sonoya Mizuno Cast As Regular & Julia Garner To Recur In Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Netflix Series
Sonoya Mizuno is set as a series regular and Julia Garner will recur opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in the high-profile 10-episode Netflix series Maniac. Character details for both are being kept under wraps. Filming recently began on the Paramount TV/Anonymous Content dark comedy in New York City, with Cary Fukunaga set to direct all episodes. Maniac, written by Patrick Somerville based on the 2014 Norwegian series, revolves around the fantasy worlds of Hill and… »
First American Horror Story: Cult Trailer Pits Sarah Paulson Against Evan Peters
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— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 22, 2017
It's all beginning to make sense! The first trailer for American Horror Story: Cult is here, and now we finally understand all the terrifying clown imagery.
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- Sadie Gennis
Common's Black Samurai Will Be the Hero We All Need
Common's next project will have him teaming up with rap royalty and a famed Hollywood producer. The musician-turned-actor is set to star in Black Samurai, a live-action series based on the novels by Marc Olden which is currently in development at Starz.
The story centers on Robert Sand (Common), a
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- Keisha Hatchett
Anthony Scaramucci Delivers Stephen Colbert His Second Biggest Weekly Win Ever
Stephen Colbert's Late Show won Scaramucci Week by the program's second largest margin ever, topping NBC"s Tonight Show by 770K viewers. Monday's Late Show broadcast, featuring America's shortest-tenured White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci clocked 3.6M viewers – Colbert's biggest ever Monday crowd. The Mooch was a big get, also putting Colbert on top that night among viewers aged 18-49, 25-54 and 18-34. But Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show won the week of… »
Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale Is Officially the Longest Episode Yet
HBO revealed the title of Game of Thrones' upcoming Season 7 finale on Tuesday. The episode will be called (drumroll please)..."The Dragon and the Wolf."
The episode will be the longest episode of Game of Thrones so far, clocking in at a whopping 79 minutes, 43 seconds.
"The Dragon" is obviously
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- Liam Mathews
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Clocks In As Series’ Longest Ever
The final episode of the second to last season of Game of Thrones will be the series' longest so far, HBO officially confirmed today. At 79 minutes and 43 seconds, the Jeremy Podeswa-directed "The Dragon and the Wolf" episode easily outstrips the running time of just over 70 minutes of August 20's game-changing 'Beyond The Wall.' Before Sunday's episode the previous longest GoT was the "The Winds Of Winter" Season 6 finale of June 26, 2016. Executive producers David… »
‘The Night Of’ Emmy Nominee Michael Kenneth Williams On Nephew’s Experience Of “Heavy World” Behind Bars
When Michael Kenneth Williams calls from the South African set of his latest movie, The Red Sea Diving Resort, he's about to head out to dinner with co-stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans for what is presumably a much-needed night off in Williams' extremely busy schedule. Currently Emmy nominated for his turn as long-term prisoner Freddy in HBO's The Night Of, a role partly inspired by his nephew's experiences in prison, Williams is also now in the process of putting… »
MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show to Feature Khalid, Bleachers, Lil Yachty and More (Exclusive)
The MTV Video Music Awards are set to kick off on Aug. 27 with a pre-show concert to be broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Khalid, Bleachers, and Cardi B are due to take the stage at 3 p.m. Pt, two hours before the main event kicks off at 8 p.m. Et, while Lil Yachty will co-host the pre-show alongside MTV’s Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God, and Gaby Wilson.
Bleachers will perform their track “Don’t Take the Money,” while Khalid will deliver a medley of hits, including “Location” and “Young Dumb & Broke,” and a rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.”
The outdoor performance will be streamed live on MTV.com and on Twitter and continue throughout the multiplatform simulcast.
Among the artists on the bill for the primetime broadcast are Katy Perry, who also hosts; Kendrick Lamar; the Weeknd; Miley Cyrus; Ed Sheeran; Lorde; Fifth Harmony; Thirty Seconds to Mars; and Shawn Mendes. »
- Variety Staff
Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home
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.
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. »
- Michael Schneider
Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ Comedy Lands At NBC With Big Commitment
Norman Lear’s longtime passion project Guess Who Died is coming closer to reality. The single-camera comedy, on which he has teamed with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony TV, where Tolan is under an overall deal and where Lear has the Netflix revival of his One Day At A Time, is the studio. Based on Lear’s personal experiences and in partnership with Tolan, Guess Who Died is described as a humorous and inspiring look… »
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