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Critics Pick Their Favorite TV Fathers of All Time

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question:Who’s your favorite TV father? Why? (Characters from current and old shows are fair game.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

I wrote a piece for NPR a few years ago about how most of what I learned about being a dad, I soaked up from TV. My own father is gone now; we reconciled when I was older, but when I was a kid, he wasn’t around as much as I wanted. I never lived with a father in the house, so I knew nothing about what it was like. For a long while, I thought most married couples were like Rob and Laura Petrie in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; sleeping in two twin beds separated by a nightstand. So when I saw John Amos as James Evans Sr.
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Super Bowl Mvp Julian Edelman, Assaf Swissa Launch Coast Productions With Showtime Injury Recovery Docu ‘100%’

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Showtime has set a June 28 date to air 100%, a documentary about New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman’s recovery from a devastating knee injury that shelved him in 2017, through a Ped suspension that cost him the first four games of 2019, to being named Super Bowl Mvp in February when his 10 catches helped fuel the Pats to a 13-3 victory over the Rams.

Edelman and Assaf Swissa are using the docu to launch Coast Productions, a Boston-based company that will mount projects that include a romantic comedy set in the world of pro football, and a pseudo-autobiographical half hour dramedy series they will pitch around town with their ICM Partners reps in July. The film and TV projects were written by Swissa, Edelman and Kyler Schelling, who directed the Showtime docu, and wrote it with Swissa.

Schelling, Swissa and Edelman cut their teeth on a number of humorous videos that Edelman stars in,
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Super Bowl Liii Mvp Julian Edelman Is Subject of New Showtime Sports Documentary Film

The life and unlikely career of New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl Liii Mvp Julian Edelman is the subject of a new Showtime sports documentary film, the network announced Monday.

Titled “100% Julian Edelman, it is narrated by actor Michael Rapaport and features original conversations with Mark Wahlberg Snoop Dogg, Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Deion Sanders. The film will premiere on Showtime on Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m.

“100%” follows Edelman’s underdog journey from being an undersized college quarterback who was drafted with the 232nd round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, to becoming one of the most productive receivers in post-season history.

Also Read: Super Bowl Liii Mvp Julian Edelman on the 'Ups and Downs, Ebbs and Flows of the Season'

The three-time Super Bowl champion’s career was stalled during a preseason game in 2017 when he tore his Acl and was placed on injured reserve for the entire season.
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‘Atypical’: Eric McCormack To Recur As Art Professor On Season 3 Of Netflix Dmedy

‘Atypical’: Eric McCormack To Recur As Art Professor On Season 3 Of Netflix Dmedy
Class is in session for Eric McCormack on Atypical next season. The Will & Grace star is set to recur in Season 3 of Netflix’s coming-of-age dramedy as an eccentric university art professor who loves to challenge and inspire his students.

The series follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: What does it really mean to be normal?

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery, Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug, and Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s sister, Casey. In Season 2, Elsa and Doug faced the aftermath of their marriage crisis and Casey tried to adjust to her new school,
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Atypical: Eric McCormack to Recur on Netflix Dramedy's Third Season

Atypical: Eric McCormack to Recur on Netflix Dramedy's Third Season
Travelers may have come to an end, but Eric McCormack will stay employed at Netflix. The actor has joined Atypical‘s third season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned.

The dramedy centers on Sam Gardner (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum who is searching for love and independence. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport and Brigette Lundy-Paine respectively co-star as Sam’s mother, father and sister.

McCormack will appear in Season 3 as Professor Shinerock, an eccentric university art professor who loves to challenge and inspire his students. He’ll join The Conners actress Sara Gilbert, who
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'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Heads to Netflix's 'Atypical'

'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Heads to Netflix's 'Atypical'
It looks like Eric McCormack is about to get a new student.

The Will & Grace star, who is now a law professor on the NBC sitcom revival, will be lending his teaching skills to Netflix's Atypical in a recurring role for the forthcoming third season.

"Really excited to spend a few weeks on one of my fave shows," McCormack wrote on Twitter Friday about the casting.

The critically acclaimed dramedy from Robia Rashid centers around Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, and his family — mom Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), dad Doug (Michael Rapaport) ...
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Robia Rashid (‘Atypical’ creator) on exploring diversity in the autism community in Season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]

One of the things Robia Rashid wanted for the second season of “Atypical” was “a little more involvement from the autism community.” The veteran writer and producer created this Netflix series about Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager on the spectrum who decides he’s ready for a little more independence. Watch our exclusive video interview with Rashid above.

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Going into the second season, which premiered on the streaming service last September, Rashid hired David Finch, “a consultant who’s on the spectrum” and also serves as a writer. “He reads all our scripts, watches all our cuts, and comes to set here and there” to provide his input.

The show “also hired a lot more autistic actors to play both roles of people with autism, but also neurotypical roles,” Rashid says. “That was
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Groundbreaking Director John Singleton Dies at 51

Tony Sokol Apr 30, 2019

John Singleton broke open doors with hard truths and an authentic vision.

Trailblazing director John Singleton died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 51. The family of the director, producer and screenwriter of Boyz N the Hood, said they had directed doctors to pull him off life support after he suffered a massive stroke on April 17. Singleton had been in a coma.

“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died," The Singleton Family said in a statement. "We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”

Singleton was the youngest person and first African American ever nominated for a best director Oscar. He was 24 years old, and a
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Sara Gilbert Joins the Cast of Netflix Series Atypical in Its Third Season

Atypical is one of my absolute favorite shows right now. The series stars Keir Gilchrist as Sam, a young adult on the autism spectrum who is learning how to handle life as a kid transitioning to adulthood. It focuses on his home life, with dysfunctional parents played by Michael Rapaport, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, a teenage sister played by Brigette Lundy-Paine with issues of her own, and his social life holding down a job, navigating relationships, and dealing with the struggles of growing up and being autistic. It’s such a great show that feels so real and truthful.

Just weeks after Sara Gilbert announced her departure from her daytime show, The Talk, Gilbert has been added to the third season of the Netflix series, Atypical. Gilbert will play “Professor Judd, a university Ethics professor who is generally irritable and chronically underwhelmed, yet capable of compassion.” I think this is
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Sara Gilbert Joins Season 3 of Netflix’s ‘Atypical’

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Sara Gilbert Joins Season 3 of Netflix’s ‘Atypical’
Sara Gilbert has joined the third season of Netflix original series “Atypical” as a recurring character, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

The third season will have 10 half-hour episodes. Gilbert will play Professor Judd, a university ethics professor who is generally irritable and chronically underwhelmed, yet capable of compassion.

The actress and producer tweeted a picture of her and star Keir Gilchrist Tuesday. “So excited to be a part of one of my favorite shows Season 3,” the “Roseanne” alum said in the tweet.

Also Read: 'Gentleman Jack': How a 19th Century Lesbian's Coded Diary Became an HBO Series

Gilbert announced that she was leaving as co-host of CBS daytime show “The Talk” earlier this month, saying that her “life was slightly out of balance.”

“I’m just feeling like I don’t know how I’m gonna do it all,” she said. “I was looking at the next six months and just thinking,
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‘Atypical’: Sara Gilbert To Recur On Season 3 Of Netflix Series

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‘Atypical’: Sara Gilbert To Recur On Season 3 Of Netflix Series
The Conners‘ Sara Gilbert is set for a recurring role on the third season of Atypical, Netflix’s critically praised series from creator/executive producer Robia Rashid and director/executive producer Seth Gordon.

Atypical, from Sony Pictures TV, is a coming of age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery, Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug, and Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s sister, Casey.

In season two, Elsa and Doug faced the aftermath of their marriage crisis and Casey tried
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Michael Rapaport Rips Jeanie Buss, You're Killing the Lakers!

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Michael Rapaport Rips Jeanie Buss, You're Killing the Lakers!
Michael Rapaport has a message for Jeanie Buss -- "Stop running the Lakers like it's a mom and pop donut shop!" Rap was leaving The Improv in Hollywood on Thursday when he went off about what's Wrong with the Lake Show ... and it's clear, he thinks the problem starts at the top.  "Here's the point about the Lakers," Rapaport said ... "Jeanie Buss, everybody loves you. I love you. I've met you, you've been nothing but nice to me.
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‘Atypical’ Creator Robia Rashid Renews Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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“Atypical” creator Robia Rashid has signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio fronting the Netflix series.

Rashid is the showrunner and executive producer of “Atypical,” which focuses on a teenage boy, played by Keir Gilchrist, on the autism spectrum. It also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Michael Rapaport. As part of the deal, Rashid will continue her work on the show, which is in production for its third season, while developing new series projects. She has been at Sony TV since 2013.

“Atypical” has been acclaimed for its nuanced handling of autism, and was nominated for a Peabody Award on Tuesday. Rashid also received the WGA West Evan Somers Memorial Award, which recognizes people representing the disability narrative. AutFest, which aims to raise awareness about autism through the media, honored the show with its spotlight award in 2018.

Rashid first wrote for NBC’s “Will & Grace,
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‘Atypical’ Creator Robia Rashid Re-Ups Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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Exclusive: Atypical creator Robia Rashid has signed a substantial new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind the Netflix series.

Rashid, who has been at Sony TV since 2013, serves as executive producer and showrunner on her acclaimed Netflix series Atypical, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Michael Rapaport. Under the pact, which I hear is in the seven figures, she’ll continue her work on the show, which is currently in production on the third season, as well as develop new series projects. Rashid executive produces Atypical with Mary Rohlich.

Atypical, which has been hailed for its depiction of autism, on Tuesday was nominated for a Peabody Award. For the series, Rashid also received the WGA West Evan Somers Memorial Award, which honors individuals who are showcasing the disability narrative. Additionally, AutFest 2018 honored Atypical with its Spotlight Award.

Rashid got her start on the
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Michael Rapaport Reacts to Magic Johnson Stepping Down as Lakers President: ‘What the F— Did You Do Now, LeBron?’ (Video)

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Michael Rapaport Reacts to Magic Johnson Stepping Down as Lakers President: ‘What the F— Did You Do Now, LeBron?’ (Video)
Michael Rapaport delivered a passionate response to news Tuesday that Magic Johnson is stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, squarely taking aim at recently-minted Laker LeBron James.

In a finger-pointing, decibel-heavy, profanity-fueled reaction video, Rapaport hurled accusatory language at James, who came aboard the Lakers last year, asking, “What the f— did you do now, LeBron?”

Also Read: Michael Rapaport Tells 'Snowflakes' to 'Move On' From the Mueller Report (Video)

“What the f—? What the f— am I hearing, that Magic Johnson is stepping down from basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers? What the f— did you do now, LeBron?” Rapaport asked.

“What the f— did you do to Magic Johnson? What the f— have you done? What the f— is going on?” Rapaport continued.

The “Atypical” star added. “What the f— is going on with Magic Johnson, LeBron? What did you do this time?
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Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground

Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground
There has been a lot of talk about The Craft remake this week. Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures are resurrecting the high school witch thriller, which originally starred Neve Campbell. The project was initially set up as a true sequel to the 1996 classic. But those plans fell through. Don't worry, we'll still get our Neve Campbell fix, as she has just joined the crime drama Castle in the Ground. Eh, who needs The Craft 2?

Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist have joined the cast of writer/director Joey Klein's (The Other Half) Castle in the Ground.

The upcoming crime-drama will star Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots. William Woods under his Woods Entertainment banner and Michael Solomon under Band With Pictures will produce. Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors developed the project with Woods and Solomon and is executive producing alongside Tom Spriggs, Rob McGillivray, Ben Stranahan, George Stranahan, John Hansen,
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Opioid drama 'Castle In The Ground' adds Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen, Keir Gilchrist

William Woods, Michael Solomon on board as producers.

Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist have joined Hereditary star Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots on the cast of opioid drama Castle In The Ground.

William Woods is producing through Woods Entertainment with Michael Solomon of Band With Pictures. The story centres on a teenager who befriends his troubled neighbour after his mother dies, and is sucked into a world of addiction and violence as the opioid epidemic takes hold of their small town.

Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors developed the project with Woods and Solomon and is on board
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Mike Tyson Says He Wouldn't Have Let Michael Jackson Hang With His Kid

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Mike Tyson Says He Wouldn't Have Let Michael Jackson Hang With His Kid
Mike Tyson says he loved Michael Jackson ... but there's no way in hell he would've let his kids hang with Mj unattended. The legendary boxer joined Michael Rapaport on his "I Am Rapaport" podcast (coming to Luminary this spring) ... where he was asked about the explosive "Leaving Neverland" documentary. Of course, Wade Robson and James Safechuck -- the two centerpieces of the HBO special -- accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as children. Tyson --
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Luminary Media Sets Podcast Launch Lineup With Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah And More Than 40 Others

Luminary Media, a new entrant in the burgeoning podcast market, has announced its launch slate of 40-plus creators, including Hollywood names like Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.

Once the company officially launches, its streaming app will be available as an $8-a-month, ad-free subscription version and free version with ads. Some of its shows will be existing podcasts moving over to Luminary as their new exclusive home, and others will be Luminary originals.

Podcasting, of course, has its own roster of A-list talent best-known to people who wear earbuds a good portion of the day. Three such figures are making their next shows for Luminary: Guy Raz, known for How I Built This and the Ted Radio Hour; Leon Neyfakh, the creator and host of Slow Burn; and Adam Davidson, the creator of Planet Money.

While it
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Wendy Williams Sets Return Date Following Extended Medical Absence

Wendy Williams Sets Return Date Following Extended Medical Absence
Following a six-week leave of absence, Wendy Williams is set to return to her eponymous daytime talk show on Monday, March 4, Variety reports.

Williams has been M.I.A. since Jan. 18 to deal with complications from Graves’ disease. At the time, Williams’ family released a statement that explained that her treatment would involve “significant time” in the hospital and that she hoped to return to work soon.

Prior to announcing her hiatus, Williams had taken time off to recover from a shoulder fracture that she suffered in December. Despite her absence, the show resumed production on Jan. 28 with a rotating series of guest hosts,
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