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Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings"

Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings", dramatically showcases "the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs", including "Jolene", "These Old Bones", "If I Had Wings", "JJ Sneed", "Two Doors Down", "Down from Dover", "Sugar Hill", "Cracker Jack" and "Two Doors Down", streaming exclusively November 22, 2019 on Netflix:

Cast includes Parton, Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dallas Roberts, Kathleen Turner, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kyle Bornheimer, Gerald McRaney, Brooke Elliott, Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver, Delta Burke, Tim Reid, Colin O'Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman, Mac Davis, Vanessa Rubio, Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens, Michael Willett, Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim, Mary Lane Haskell, Patricia Wettig, Timothy Busfield, Virginia Gardner, Tom Brittney, Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Jessica Collins and Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings"...
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Red Sea Media launches Afm sales on 'Judy Small' (exclusive)

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle producer William Teitler directs.

Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media has picked up international sales rights to Judy Small starring Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone and launches sales at the Afm on the completed comic thriller.

Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone star in the story of a couple who seek the help of a marriage counsellor who is more than she seems.

The key cast includes Aisha Tyler, Sarah Shahi, Haley Joel Osment, Dichen Lachman and Anna Pniowsky.

William Teitler, producer on Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, directed Judy Small from a screenplay by Nancy Doyne.
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TVLine Items: Kate McKinnon Takes On Joe Exotic, Nailed It! Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Kate McKinnon Takes On Joe Exotic, Nailed It! Trailer and More
Kate McKinnon has lined up another limited series: The SNL star will headline and executive-produce an adaptation of the Joe Exotic podcast, which is currently in development at Universal Content Productions, aka the studio behind Homecoming and Dirty John, our sister site Deadline reports. No network is attached yet.

The project follows big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin (McKinnon), who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding big cats for profit. After Carole sets out to shut Joe down, he stops at nothing to expose her hypocrisy, with results that prove deadly.

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The InBetween Cancelled After 1 Season

The InBetween is no longer hovering between life and death. Rather, the supernatural-themed procedural has been cancelled after one 10-episode season and will not return for Season 2, a NBC source has confirmed to TVLine. The show’s freshman finale aired on Aug. 14.

Greenlit back in mid-May 2018 but not premiering until over a year later, The InBetween averaged 2.6 million total weekly viewers and a 0.4 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers), and hit its lowest numbers as recently as July 24. Amongst NBC’s summertime fare, it ranked last in the demo, as the network’s only scripted series airing originals.

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‘Stumptown’: Yes, a Network Procedural Is One of the Best New Shows on TV

  • Indiewire
One of the biggest surprises of the 2019-2020 television season is ABC’s “Stumptown.” The Cobie Smulders-led P.I. drama is somehow — and also quite easily — one of the best new shows of the season; the only series that’s really even challenged it for that position is HBO’s unbeatable “Watchmen.”

The reason this is such a surprise is that “Stumptown” is also a network television procedural, which automatically makes its quality up for debate even more than it would if it were a cable show. For good reason, network television is seen as the land of homogeny, where the same types of stories are told again and again, a point which also lends itself to the procedural genre.

But “Stumptown” is a genuine small screen miracle. It isn’t marred by either trying (and often failing) to be like “Lost” or telling the millionth cop or lawyer or doctor or firefighter story.
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Actress Gina Torres on Getting Started in the ‘Urban Drama’ Era: ‘I Wasn’t Black Enough’

  • The Wrap
Actress Gina Torres on Getting Started in the ‘Urban Drama’ Era: ‘I Wasn’t Black Enough’
“Pearson” actress Gina Torres said it’s not enough for women of color in Hollywood to be good.

“The cross that we bear as people of color in this industry is that we have to be extraordinary,” she said Friday at the WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit on Friday. She was part of an actors panel that also included Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz, Sarah Shahi and Kelly McCreary.

Each of the women shared stories of how they were treated when they first started in the entertainment industry.

Also Read: Crystal Kayiza's 'See You Next Time' Wins Telling Our Stories Film Competition at Wrap Women's 2019 Power Women Summit

“My unique perspective here is that I’m Cuban-American. Both parents are Cuban. And I grew up Catholic in the Bronx, so my experience was not that of an African-American youth. Very different experiences, which a lot of people did not or would not understand or recognize,
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Stars Attend 13th Annual Evening Before Benefitting Mptf

Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 21st, where the entertainment industry came together for the 13th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Stars Attend 13th Annual Evening Before Benefitting Mptf

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The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from Mptf’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.

“Mptf’s Evening Before once again brought our industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of the corporate sponsors and donors from the television community who came out to support and sustain our mission,
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'City on a Hill' Star Sarah Shahi Hopes For a Rachel and DeCourcy Romance in Season Two

Showtime's Boston drama City on a Hill, from executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is closing out its first season this Sunday (Aug. 18), and star Sarah Shahi is already looking ahead for her character Rachel Benham, as the series has been renewed for a second season.

Sharing her hopes for season two, Shahi told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, "I hope Rachel has a juicy storyline. I wouldn't mind if she and DeCourcy (Aldis Hodge) had a little thing. That'd be spicy. There'd be some drama there."

In the series, set in early 1990s Boston,...
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‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

  • Variety
‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime
City on a Hill” has been renewed for a second season at Showtime. The announcement was made Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The news comes ahead of the Season 1 finale, which is set to air on Aug. 18. The series stars Aldis Hodge, Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, and guest star Sarah Shahi.

It was created and is executive produced by Chuck MacLean with Tom Fontana serving as showrunner and executive producer. According to Showtime, the series is averaging 3.5 million viewers per episode in multi-platform viewing.

“’City on a Hill’ is that addictive kind of meaty and messy show we love at Showtime,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime Networks. “With the inspired pairing of Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge and the inspired writing of Tom Fontana and Chuck MacLean, we believe
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 by Showtime

  • The Wrap
Showtime has renewed its Kevin Bacon-led drama “City on a Hill” for a second season, the network announced Friday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

“‘City on a Hill’ is that addictive kind of meaty and messy show we love at Showtime,” said Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine. “With the inspired pairing of Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge and the inspired writing of Tom Fontana and Chuck MacLean, we believe there is a rich future for this compelling series.”

The drama stars Bacon as a corrupt FBI agent who teams with Aldis Hodge’s assistant district attorney. The first season sees the two take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston. It also stars Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea
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‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Renews Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge Drama For Second Season – TCA

  • Deadline
‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Renews Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge Drama For Second Season – TCA
City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, is to return for a second season at Showtime. The premium broadcaster has handed the crime drama another run ahead of its season one finale.

Showtime said that the Sunday night drama was reaching 3.5M viewers per week. The announcement was made by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, at the TCA summer press tour.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from
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Exclusive Interview: Robin Givens Teases 'Ambitions' is Full of "Drama, Drama, Drama"

At long last, Jamey Giddens' highly anticipated primetime soap opera, Ambitions, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Own, following a new episode of The Haves and the Have Nots. Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Full descriptions of ensemble below:

Givens plays the sophisticated Stephanie, who hails from a long line of distinguished attorneys. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of her family's prestigious law firm and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

We Love Soaps caught up with Givens when we visited the Ambitions set in Atlanta. Check out what she had to say in our interview below.
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Exclusive Interview: Brian J. White Loves Shooting 'Ambitions' in Atlanta

We are only four days away from the premiere of the Jamey Giddens-penned and Will Packer-produced primetime soap opera Ambitions, which debuts on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. Et on Own. Ambitions is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city. Brian J. White stars as Evan Lancaster, the Mayor of Atlanta who is married to attorney Stephanie Carlisle (Robin Givens). Evan's dream is to be the first African-American governor of Georgia and there's no line he won't cross to get there.

The all-star cast also includes Essence Atkins as Amara Hughes, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney's Office who has newly arrived in Atlanta with her husband, Titus (Kendrick Cross); Brely Evans as Rondell, Evan's sister, who runs a
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Exclusive Interview: Brely Evans Recommends You have a Glass of Wine and a Fan When Watching 'Ambitions'

We are only one day from the premiere the most anticipated new series of the summer, the Jamey Giddens-penned Ambitions. Brely Evans stars as Rondell Lancaster, the sister of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian J. White) and manager of the Thelma's Place restaurant. As the new face of an anti-gentrification campaign, she never thought would become a crusader for the people, but it's a badge she wears with pride – and nobody is removing it.

Check out what Evans had to say when We Love Soaps traveled to the set in Atlanta back in April.

We Love Soaps: What was your first reaction when you read the script for Ambitions?

Brely Evans: When I read the audition sides I thought to myself, “I know her,” because she’s me. She’s outspoken and not afraid to have an opinion. She really doesn’t give a f*** if someone has something opposing to say.
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City on a Hill

Network: Showtime.

Episodes: Ongoing (hour).

Seasons: Ongoing.

TV show dates: June 16, 2019 — present.

Series status: Has not been cancelled.

Performers include: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O'Brien, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Jere Shea, Kevin Chapman, Jill Hennessy, Sarah Shahi, Kevin Dunn, Rory Culkin, Georgina Reilly, Gloria Reuben, James Remar, Cathy Moriarty, Dean Winters, and Samantha Soule.

TV show description:

From creator Chuck MacLean and based on an original idea by MacLean and Ben Affleck, the City on a Hill TV show is an American drama which unfolds in 1990s Boston, at the dawn of the "Boston Miracle." Also known as "Operation Ceasefire," the so-call miracle was named for the results of a problem-oriented policing approach that Boston implemented
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‘City on a Hill’ Review: Boston-Set Crime Drama Runs on Wicked-Good Acting

An early episode of Showtime’s new Nineties-set Boston drama City on a Hill opens with two characters discussing the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings (set in Boston Public Garden) and the city’s 1980s school-busing controversy. The only way the series — produced, of course, by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, along with creator Chuck MacLean and the Oz duo of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson — could more loudly declare its geographic bona fides would be for one of them to mention the time his buddy Sully
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‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Offers First Episode Of Kevin Bacon Drama For Free Online – Watch It Here

  • Deadline
As it sometimes does with new shows, Showtime has posted the first episode of its Kevin Bacon-Aldis Hodge period drama City on a Hill online for free. The series premieres June 16 on the premium cable net, but you can watch it above.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean and based on an original idea by Ep Ben Affleck, the 10-episode City on a Hill is set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. It centers on Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
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‘Batwoman’, ‘Katy Keene’ & ‘Nancy Drew’ Picked Up To Series By the CW, ‘Glamorous’ Still In Contention

  • Deadline
IP rules the CW’s new series orders. The network has picked up to series Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose; Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, headlined by Lucy Hale; and Nancy Drew, toplined by Kennedy McMann. Batwoman, featuring a lesbian superhero, and Katy Keene come from Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV; Nancy Drew hails from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios.

Watch the first Batwoman teaser below.

The three pilots, along with Glamorous, had been standouts at the CW this pilot season. Glamorous, whose star Ben J. Pierce has been getting strong reviews, remains in contention, with a pickup decision pending. It could come before the CW’s May 16 upfront presentation.

The Lost Boys, which did not come as strong as the CW had hoped but remains a concept the network brass are very high on, will be re-piloted off-cycle and reshot with possible recastings.
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Is Chicago Fire Pair Heating Up? Isn't Thrones Plan a Bad One? Big Bang Nerds Didn't Preorder?! And More Qs

Is Chicago Fire Pair Heating Up? Isn't Thrones Plan a Bad One? Big Bang Nerds Didn't Preorder?! And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Veep, Arrow, Chicago Fire and Supernatural!

1 | Doesn’t anyone on Game of Thrones think that hiding in the crypt from an invading army of undead soldiers — an army that has the ability to raise the dead to fight alongside them, mind you — is a spectacularly bad idea?

2 | More shocking Veep twist: Selina and Dan sleeping together, or Amy transforming into Jonah’s very own KellyAnne Conway?

3 | Has American Idol‘s elimination process somehow
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"Nancy Drew": The CW Pilot Casts Original Nancy Drew Pamela Sue Martin

  • The Wrap
The CW’s “Nancy Drew” pilot has added a familiar face to its cast.

Pamela Sue Martin, who portrayed the amateur teen detective in the first TV adaptation “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” in 1977, has been cast in the reboot as Harriet Grosset, a small-town psychic who offers her talents to help Nancy investigate a murder — and ends up delivering an otherworldly clue that neither of them bargained for.

Newcomer Kennedy McMann is taking up the mantle as the latest version of the classic literary character. McMann’s Drew is described as a brilliant teen sleuth whose college plans and sense of self have been derailed by a recent family tragedy – but when she ends up a suspect in a murder, it rekindles her love for detective work, even though the clues lead her to believe that a long-dead local girl may be the killer.

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