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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Chandler Riggs Insists ‘Carl Wasn’t Being Forgotten’

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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Chandler Riggs Insists ‘Carl Wasn’t Being Forgotten’
Of all the deaths we’ve been through on “The Walking Dead,” the death of Carl Grimes just might hit the hardest — especially because of the cliffhanger way the audience found out about his fate. Actor Chandler Riggs, who plays the one-eyed son of the show’s main character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), is happy with the legacy his character is leaving behind, though. “It’s really cool knowing that my character still has a legacy that was left behind,” Riggs said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Carl wasn’t being forgotten. He might be gone, but he’s leaving behind something that’s...
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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The Top Uses of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts” in Movies or TV

The funny thing about R.E.M.’s song Everybody Hurts is that during the making of the song the band was kind of thinking along the lines of making this for teenagers. They reasoned that going into high school was like entering a portal to hell, which is how some people might view it I suppose. But the song was meant for people of all ages, though there were only two band members that really created the track while all of them were in on the writing of the song, as they always were. The drums were synthesized and the entire song

The Top Uses of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts” in Movies or TV
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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Review: Tangled Tale Falls Out Of Fashion

Coming off the moonshot of 2016's multiple Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, it was almost inevitable that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story would fly a lot closer to Earth. So narrative gravity is very much a force in the January 17-premiering Acs, and despite a vivid aesthetic reminiscent of the slain fashion designer's work — and some great performances from a cast led by Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Judith…
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Media Content Wars Will Require Both Scale And Reach; “A Brand Only Gets You So Far” — Natpe

Traditional media execs have been assailed in some corners for their allegiance to the notion of a brand — be it a network, a studio or talent — that they rely on to draw audiences to content. An executive panel closed out the Streaming Summit at Natpe by considering how dramatically the idea of brands has changed — and in some ways how vital it remains. Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson said Disney’s public posture on its Ott strategy changed from, essentially, “kids…
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Ken Kwapis To Produce & Direct Series Adaptation Of ‘Every Second Counts’ Based On Book

Adam Richman and Jenette Kahn’s Double Nickel Entertainment and Alexandra Beattie and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots are teaming to produce an adaptation of Donald McRae’s nonfiction book Every Second Counts: The Race To Transplant the First Human Heart, as a limited series. BAFTA-winning scribe Nick Fisher (The Giblet Boys) is attached to pen the adaptation and Kwapis will direct. Set in 1967, Every Second Counts focuses on charismatic South African heart surgeon Christiaan…
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How Adrenaline Can Turn You Into The Hulk According to Science

On the plus side science isn’t lying when it says that you can turn into the Hulk, in a way, when adrenaline is involved. Have you ever done anything you couldn’t explain that wouldn’t be possible when you weren’t afraid or somehow stressed out? This could mean that they grew super strong for a moment or had a sudden rush of energy that made them move and act faster than normal. That’s what’s called an adrenaline rush. What happens is that the body, sensing the need for increased response, taps the adrenal glands to release added amounts of adrenaline and

How Adrenaline Can Turn You Into The Hulk According to Science
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Telemundo International Studios Unveils First Drama Series at Natpe

Miami — In a sign of Telemundo’s growing investment in scripted content, Telemundo International Studios has unveiled its first drama series production, prison thriller “El Recluso.”

Telemundo showed off the 13-episode series at a screening Tuesday evening for Latin American TV buyers held as part of the Natpe conference here.

“El Recluso” (The Inmate) stars Argentine actor Ignacio Serricchio, an alum of “Bones” and “The Young and the Restless,” as a former Marine who enters a maximum security prison on the U.S.-Mexico border to investigate the kidnapping of the daughter of an American judge. Ana Claudia Talancón, Luis Felipe Tovar, David Chocarro, Tiaré Scanda, Guy Ecker, and Isabella Castillo also star.

Telemundo International Studios was created specifically to produce scripted programs in formats other than the Spanish-language TV staple of telenovelas. Content licensing outside the U.S. is seen as a big growth arena for Telemundo.

“It is greatly rewarding to see our first production
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Ruth Wilson To Play Her Grandmother In Masterpiece’s ‘Mrs Wilson’ For PBS, BBC

Ruth Wilson will star in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother, Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton told TV critics at TCA on Tuesday. Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, who is a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out, Rebecca Eaton told TV critics, that…
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TV Review: ‘Black Lightning’ on the CW

If you are familiar with CW’s comic-book shows — a family of programs that includes DC Comics’ “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and of course the Archie Comics’ oddity “Riverdale” — then you probably know what to expect from the network’s debut “Black Lightning,” which takes the story of an embattled high-school principal and turns him into a community crusader. The superpowers in executive producer Greg Berlanti’s shows all have the same splashy, glowing quality — as do the teenage romances, whose ups and downs are irresistible even for an audience well past their teen years.

But of course “Black Lightning” is different, in one way that feels both really big and really minor: Its titular superhero is a black man. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), principal of Garfield High, is trying to keep his students safe so they can all invest in the neighborhood around them. Those students include his two daughters — Anissa (Nafessa Williams), now a teacher
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This is Kelly Bundy Coming in the Front Door Every Season of Married With Children

Despite the simplicity of the act of Kelly Bundy walking through the front door on Married With Children was almost always the beginning or the culmination of a classic moment. A lot of times she wasn’t alone when she walked through the front door, and at least half of those times she was with a male friend that her father didn’t approve of and likely wasn’t all that bright. As a matter of fact those were some of the best times since Al got to show the boyfriend just what he thought of a young man sneaking into his house

This is Kelly Bundy Coming in the Front Door Every Season of Married With Children
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Premiere Date, Trailer For ’90s Comedy ‘Everything Sucks!’

In today’s roundup, Netflix announces premiere date for “Everything Sucks!” and PBS is developing a three-part drama with Ruth Wilson.

Dates

Netflix will release new series “Everything Sucks!” on Feb. 16. Starring Peyton Kennedy and Jahi Winston, the show follows a 1990s high school, set in Boring, Oregon, and two friends who join forces to make a movie. Watch the trailer below.

Casting Christian Convery has been cast in the Hallmark movie “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Traveled.” In the ninth film in the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” film series, the Postables take a road trip in an old Winnebago in order to track down a small boy, Danny (Convery) who they fear may have been kidnapped. The discovery of a 1980’s era instant camera and the unusual photographs it contains, sends our team on a wild ride across Colorado using the pictures as a guide. It also stars Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, [link
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MPAA: Film, TV Industry Paid Out $49 Billion in 2016

The American film and television industry paid out $49 billion to local businesses across the country in 2016, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA, which represents the six major studios, announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry supported 2.1 million jobs in 2016 — up 100,000 from the previous year. Total wages paid out rose by $4 billion to reach $139 billion, with an average salary 42% higher than the national average.

The MPAA also said jobs directly related to the production and distribution of films and TV shows increased by 24,000 over the prior year to nearly 700,000 jobs.

“While the awards season often focuses on glitz and glamour, it’s important to recognize that the impact of America’s film and television industry extends far beyond the red carpet,” said Charles Rivkin, chairman and chief executive officer of the MPAA. “This industry is one of the nation’s most powerful cultural and economic resources, supporting 2.1 million
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The Top Five Uses of Cole Porter’s Song ‘Anything Goes’ in Movies or TV

Cole Porter is something of a legend when it comes to music. He wrote a great many songs but Anything Goes seems to encompass his rather gregarious spirit as a younger man and a composer. He was fond of having fun with his music and with entertaining others when he first started out and never shied away from the chance to expand his influence when it came to tickling the keys of a piano or creating something new for people to enjoy. It’s not too hard to think that his grandfather might have been disappointed, the man did want him

The Top Five Uses of Cole Porter’s Song ‘Anything Goes’ in Movies or TV
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New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has confirmed. Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders. Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at…
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