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Inside TV Academy Honors: Tears, Laughs and Socially Conscious Shows

  • Variety
As Emmy season kicks into high gear, the Television Academy took a moment on Thursday to celebrate a handful of programs that have tackled critical social issues.

Hosted by “Claws” star Niecy Nash and held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the event honored the dramas “A Million Little Things” (ABC) and “Pose” (FX); the children’s show “Alexa & Katie” (Netflix); the documentary specials “I Am Evidence” (HBO) and “Rbg” (CNN); and documentary series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” (Paramount Network) and “My Last Days” (The CW).

“Get your Kleenex ready,” Nash quipped at the start of the hour-long ceremony. “These seven honorees carry with them the gravity of each story and power of each singular voice to speak his or her own truth.”

Indeed, the night started off on an emotional note when Sybrina Fulton, the mother of unarmed slain teenager Trayvon Martin, took the stage to
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‘Pose,’ ‘Rbg,’ ‘A Million Little Things’ Lead 12th Television Academy Honors

For over a decade, the Television Academy has been saluting TV programming that motivates social change. For its 12th Television Academy Honors this year, the group has singled out seven different honorees, that span genre, format, and platform.

On the series side, FX’s groundbreaking “Pose” and the ABC drama “A Million Little Things” garnered recognition. Netflix’s multi-cam sitcom “Alexa & Katie” is the lone entry from the world of streaming. A pair of documentary series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” and “My Last Days,” joined the list alongside doc features “Rbg” and “I Am Evidence.”

Of “Pose,” this Academy’s commendation singled out the way that the series “explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball-culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast
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Television Academy Names 2019 Honors Recipients, Including ‘Pose’ and ‘A Million Little Things’

  • Variety
The Television Academy has announced the seven recipients of its 12th annual Television Academy Honors, which it says represents “some of the most powerful and impactful television of 2018.”

The shows, which are recognized for using the medium “to inspire social change,” include the dramas “A Million Little Things” (ABC) and “Pose” (FX); the children’s show “Alexa & Katie” (Netflix); the documentary specials “I Am Evidence” (HBO) and “Rbg” (CNN); and documentary series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” (Paramount Network) and “My Last Days” (The CW).

“As the television industry continues its unprecedented growth and global reach, it’s even more apparent that stories told on television are highly impactful and meaningful to their audiences,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. “We are thrilled to be honoring showrunners and producers who are channeling the extraordinary influence of television to advance positive change in our communities.”

The
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Netflix Casts 6-Foot-1 Newcomer for ‘Tall Girl’ Movie

  • Variety
Netflix has launched production in New Orleans on the comedy movie “Tall Girl,” with newcomer Ava Michelle in the title role following a worldwide casting call.

Michelle, who fits the billing at 6-foot one-inch, will play a 16-year-old who is the tallest female at a high school, where she has never felt completely comfortable.

“It was essential for us to find an actor to portray our lead who can speak to the challenges and lessons that Jodi experiences from a very personal place of authenticity,” said Nzingha Stewart, the film’s director. “Ava’s ability to beautifully and uniquely showcase those attributes stood out to us in a way that we believe audiences will connect with. ‘Tall Girl’ showcases that embracing the very qualities that make you different is what allows you to overcome anything.”

Griffin Gluck (Netflix’s “American Vandal”) will star as the best friend of Michelle’s character.
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Netflix Finds Its ‘Tall Girl’ Lead for New High School Comedy

  • The Wrap
Netflix has found its tall girl. The streaming service announced on Thursday that it has cast actor, dancer and model Ava Michelle to play the lead role in its upcoming live action comedy “Tall Girl.”

This will mark Michelle’s feature film debut. As part of the casting process, Netflix held a worldwide casting call, searching for girls 5-foot-10 or taller between the ages of 13 and 21 years old to star as the film’s lead, 16-year-old Jodi. Michelle is 6-foot-1.

Production on “Tall Girl” will begin this week in New Orleans.

“It was essential for us to find an actor to portray our lead who can speak to the challenges and lessons that Jodi experiences from a very personal place of authenticity,” said Nzingha Stewart, the film’s director, in a statement. “Ava’s ability to beautifully and uniquely showcase those attributes stood out to us in a way that
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Exclusive Photo: Tiffani Thiessen Invites Us to ‘Pull Up a Chair’

Chicago – Tiffani Thiessen’s career has been “cooking” lately, as she’s been hosting “Dinner at Tiffani’s” for the Cooking Channel and has a new recipe book out called “Pull Up a Chair.” The former “Saved by the Bell” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star recently appeared at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville (Illinois).

Tiffani Thiessen at Anderson’s Bookshop for “Pull Up a Chair”

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

She was born Tiffani Amber Thiessen in Long Beach, California, and began her career as a teenager. After being crowned Miss Junior America in 1987, she was named Cover Girl Magazine’s “Model of the Year” in 1989, the same year she began her four season stint on “Saved by the Bell” as Kelly Kapowski. There were spin-offs of the original show (“The College Years” and “Wedding in Las Vegas”), until she graduated to “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1994, where she
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‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Young Sheldon,’ ‘Angels in America’ Among TV and Theater Artios Award Nominees

  • Variety
Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” HBO’s “Barry,” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and CBS’ “Young Sheldon” are among the TV nominees for the 34th annual Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America.

On the legit side, “The Boys in the Band,” “Lobby Hero” and “Angels in America” were among the productions recognized.

The Artios kudos will be handed out on Jan. 31 in simultaneous ceremonies held in Beverly Hills and New York.

The casting team behind shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Glee,” and “Supernatural” will be honored. Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer of Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting will receive the Hoyt Bowers Award for their outstanding contribution to the casting profession.

“It has been an exceptional year on stage and screen,” said Russell Boast, Csa president in announcing the first wave of Artios nominations. Nominees for feature film will be unveiled early next year.

Csa members submitted
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Multi-Cams Are Staples of Broadcast TV — Will Streaming Follow Suit?

  • Variety
Heading into the fall, multi-camera comedies are poised to have their biggest season in years on broadcast television. The Big Four have ordered eight multi-cams among them for the 2018-19 season, up from just four the year before.

The format can trace its roots back to the first days of television, with some of the biggest and most celebrated series in history being multi-cams: “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Cheers,” “All in the Family,” “I Love Lucy” among many others.

Yet despite their proven track record, and the fact they are notably cheaper to produce than single-camera comedies, most networks and streaming services outside broadcast have long shied away from multicams.

There are exceptions, of course, including Tyler Perry’s “The Paynes” on Own or children’s shows on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. But beyond that, the pickings get slim. Comedy Central, for example, airs no multi-cams. The same for goes for TBS,
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Netflix’s ‘Alexa & Katie’ Returns For Season Two

Netflix’s very first tween sitcom Alexa & Katie is set to return for a second season. Sophomore year, here we come! Season 1 of Alexa & Katie launched on March 23 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Watch it Here!

About Alexa & Katie:

Alexa & Katie, Netflix’s first fully produced tween sitcom, is a funny and heartwarming show about two best friends eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. Despite the fact that Alexa (Paris Berelc – Mighty Med, Lab Rats: Elite Force) is undergoing cancer treatment, her outgoing personality and enthusiasm for life never falter, especially with her loyal and awkwardly adorable best friend Katie (newcomer Isabel May) by her side. At times they’re left feeling like outsiders, during a period when what seems to matter most is fitting in. Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar, Saved By The Bell) also stars as Lori, Alexa’s determined and protective mother.
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Alexa & Katie Renewed for Season 2

Alexa & Katie Renewed for Season 2
Alexa & Katie‘s vitals are looking good; Netflix has renewed the teen comedy for a second season.

The sitcom stars Paris Berelc (Mighty Med) and newcomer Isabel May as Alexa Mendoza and Katie Cooper, two best friends whose freshmen year of high school takes a dramatic turn when Alexa is diagnosed with cancer and begins undergoing treatment.

Its renewal comes less than a month after all 13 episodes of Season 1 became streamable on March 23, 2018.

Alexa & Katie also stars Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell) and Eddie Shin (Westworld) as Alexa’s parents, Emery Kelly (Lab Rats) as Alexa’s brother, Finn Carr
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‘Alexa & Katie’ Boss Discusses How That Kooky Ending Was Believable and Season 2 Possibilities

‘Alexa & Katie’ Boss Discusses How That Kooky Ending Was Believable and Season 2 Possibilities
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Alexa & Katie” Season 1.]

In the Season 1 finale of “Alexa & Katie,” freshman Alexa Mendoza (Paris Berelc) is preparing to attend the Winter Formal with math tutor-turned-crush Dylan (Jack Griffo). After she initially refused his sweet “Love, Actually”-style overture (complete with hand-written signs) and then worked through some misunderstandings, they’re finally set to have the classic Hollywood high school ending. And then the flu hits.

As a young woman with cancer, Alexa can’t risk being exposed to infectious diseases and therefore is resigned to sit out the dance. But there’s a reason why this show isn’t named just plain ol’ “Alexa.” True to form, Katie Cooper (Isabel May) comes to her best friend’s rescue by orchestrating an unexpected solution: everyone at the dance, not just Alexa, dons surgical masks covering their mouths and noses. Imagine all of these exquisitely coiffed and attired teenagers but with half-concealed faces dancing (and presumably smiling,
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‘Alexa & Katie’ Review: Netflix’s Warmly Goofy Teen Sitcom Combats Cancer With Friendship and Grit

‘Alexa & Katie’ Review: Netflix’s Warmly Goofy Teen Sitcom Combats Cancer With Friendship and Grit
Alexa & Katie” answers the question that no one had thought to ask: What does the Disney-fication of cancer look like? That is by no means a knock on the series, but rather a question that reveals more about how our society shields its kids from the harsh realities that many of them unfortunately have to face every day.

The new teen comedy is part of Netflix’s recent offerings of Ya programming that has ranged from the darkly transgressive “End of the Fucking World,” to the more realistic “On My Block” and the angsty “Everything Sucks!” “Alexa & Katie” is the most lightweight of them all despite the cancer storyline. Everything about the series screams Disney Channel comedy, from the cutesy color palette and kooky shenanigans to the conspicuous laugh track and uniformly beautiful cast.

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TVLine Items: Dove's S.H.I.E.L.D. Role, Twilight Author's New Series and More

TVLine Items: Dove's S.H.I.E.L.D. Role, Twilight Author's New Series and More
Dove Cameron’s secret role in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.… is no longer such a secret.

Cameron will play Ruby, a brainy young woman who has “a mysterious obsession” with Daisy Johnson, according to Entertainment Weekly. Ruby is also the daughter of General Hale, the stone-cold military type who kept Fitz prisoner for months after his teammates’ diner abduction.

The former Disney channel star will make her debut on the ABC series on Friday, March 2.

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