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High Maintenance: Season Four Ratings

After a season in primetime on Sunday nights, HBO has returned High Maintenance to late nights on Friday nights where the ratings are likely to be lower. Should that be legal? Will High Maintenance be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned.

An HBO comedy TV series from married creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance stars Sinclair as a nameless Brooklyn cannabis deliveryman, known only as “The Guy.” Each episode features customers of “The Guy” and viewers get a different glimpse of Big Apple living. New and returning guest stars in the fourth season include Crystal Monee Hall, Heléne Yorke, Ken Leung, Julianna Luna Vasquez, Avery Monsen, Rob Morgan, Max Jenkins, Chris Roberti, Becca Blackwell, Chris McKinney, Birgit Huppuch, Ira Glass, Nick Kroll, Rebecca Hall, Larry Owens, and Calvin Leon Smith.

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‘High Maintenance’ Season 4 Review: The Only Show That Gets New York Is Still Flying High

Back in HBO’s heyday, “Sex and the City” defined a particular highly-branded image of New York City: Cocktail bars with velvet ropes serving Cosmopolitans to sexually-liberated thirtysomething women. New York was Carrie Bradshaw’s true first love, and it was the fifth member of the gang, as much a part of the show as Mr. Big or Manolo Blahniks. While acknowledging all of its humor and heart, the world of “Sex and the City” was moneyed, white, and apolitical. More than 20 years later, HBO is airing a very different little show, one that is just as in love with the unique texture of New York City while reflecting the breadth of characters that make it so beautiful.

In its fourth season, “High Maintenance” is still riding high. While certain vignettes will always resonate more than others, early episodes of Season 4 prove that creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld still
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‘High Maintenance’: HBO Releases Season 4 Trailer and ‘The Guy Is Back to Keep Spirits High’ (Exclusive)

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‘High Maintenance’: HBO Releases Season 4 Trailer and ‘The Guy Is Back to Keep Spirits High’ (Exclusive)
In this IndieWire exclusive, HBO has released the Season 4 trailer for its cannabis-based comedy-drama series “High Maintenance.” As the trailer promises, “The Guy is back to keep spirits high.”

The trailer (which you can watch below) also promises that this season will get you into a particular groove, if the 1981 Dave Raynor jam “Leave Me Alone Tonight” that plays throughout as Ben Sinclair’s The Guy travels all around New York City to deliver colorful characters their weed. And he does so with a bike —having said farewell to the Rv from Season 3 — and a canine companion riding sidecar.

Also set to get you into the groove of this season is Ira Glass, who — alongside his team at NPR’s “This American Life” — guest stars as himself. In addition to Glass, this season of “High Maintenance” will see new guest stars in the form of Nick Kroll, Rebecca Hall, Larry Owens,
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How Big Beach Backed Two 2020 Golden Globe Contenders

How Big Beach Backed Two 2020 Golden Globe Contenders
Humanistic, life-affirming stories don’t sound like a Hollywood business plan, but for the last 15 years it’s worked for financier Big Beach. On paper, partners Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf produce titles that may not seem overtly commercial — but they have a knack for finding concepts that connect with audiences.

For 2019, they backed Lulu Wang’s 2019 Mandarin-language drama “The Farewell,” which is nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe as well as Best Actress Musical or Comedy for frontrunner Awkwafina, as well as Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which has Tom Hanks vying for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Fred Rogers.

“We have very specific taste,” said Turtletaub. “People want to see stories that touch their heart. That’s hard to define.”

These have ranged from “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) and “Safety Not Guaranteed” (2012) to “The Purists,” a 2019 play that Billy Porter directed in Boston,
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How Big Beach Backed Two 2020 Golden Globe Contenders

How Big Beach Backed Two 2020 Golden Globe Contenders
Humanistic, life-affirming stories don’t sound like a Hollywood business plan, but for the last 15 years it’s worked for financier Big Beach. On paper, partners Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf produce titles that may not seem overtly commercial — but they have a knack for finding concepts that connect with audiences.

For 2019, they backed Lulu Wang’s 2019 Mandarin-language drama “The Farewell,” which is nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe as well as Best Actress Musical or Comedy for frontrunner Awkwafina, as well as Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which has Tom Hanks vying for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Fred Rogers.

“We have very specific taste,” said Turtletaub. “People want to see stories that touch their heart. That’s hard to define.”

These have ranged from “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) and “Safety Not Guaranteed” (2012) to “The Purists,” a 2019 play that Billy Porter directed in Boston,
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Leslie Jones: Time Machine’ Special Date, Teaser

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Leslie Jones: Time Machine’ Special Date, Teaser
In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released the launch date and teaser for “Leslie Jones: Time Machine” and HBO announced the premiere date for “The Plot Against America.”

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“High Maintenance” will return to HBO for Season 4 on Feb. 7. Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the show’s fourth season follows The Guy (Sinclair) back traversing the city on his bicycle, having said goodbye to last season’s Rv. With a new friend by his side, The Guy drops in on a variety of customers whose disparate lives, jobs, identities and circumstances reveal the human connection that we all seek. Returning guest stars this season include Crystal Monee Hall, Heléne Yorke, Ken Leung, Julianna Luna Vasquez, Avery Monsen, Rob Morgan, Max Jenkins, Chris Roberti, Becca Blackwell, Chris McKinney and Birgit Huppuch. Ira Glass and his team at “This American Life” will be featured in the upcoming season as new guest stars.
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Girl power from Love Island's top agony aunts – podcasts of the week

Anna, Amber and Yewande are back ... and they can save your relationship! Plus: comic duo Max and Ivan lead a stellar cast including Adam Buxton in their new tech thriller

The podcast explosion has reached an impressive new milestone with the announcement that podcasts (and radio shows) will now be Pulitzer-eligible. From 2020, the most prestigious award for Us journalism will add a category “for a distinguished example of audio journalism that serves the public interest, characterized by revelatory reporting and illuminating storytelling”. Game on, Ira Glass!
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‘Limetown’ Star Jessica Biel on Giving a Face to the Voice Behind the Podcast

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‘Limetown’ Star Jessica Biel on Giving a Face to the Voice Behind the Podcast
“Limetown,” the podcast from creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, was a runaway hit when it debuted in 2015 largely due to its use of format. Four years later, its creators are teaming up with Jessica Biel and Facebook, hoping “Limetown” can make a similar mark on screen.

Premiering at the height of the post-“Serial” true crime podcast boom, the audio version of “Limetown” borrowed the genre’s most distinctive trademarks to tell a fictional story about 300 people who disappeared from a shady Tennessee research facility without so much as a note. Framed as a radio series, the story was told through the voice of Lia Haddock, a journalist for the fictional American Public Radio whose uncle Emile Haddock was one of those who went missing.

“The best part was Jessica called me in a panic after she finished it, literally — she thought it was real,” Biel’s producing partner
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Guild of Music Supervisors Reveals Mondo.NYC Conference Program

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The Guild of Music Supervisors has partnered with Mondo.NYC for the second year. An incubator confab for the music and tech industries that includes a multi-venue festival showcasing emerging artists from around the world, Mondo.NYC is scheduled for Oct. 15 – 18 at the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn.

The final day, Oct. 18, billed as the Second Annual NYC Guild of Music Supervisors Education Event & Film Festival, will feature panels with music supervisors Trevor Gureckis and Sue Jacobs, composer and music supervisor, respectively, of “The Goldfinch;” publishing professionals Andrea Minze, Senior Director, Music for Advertising, Umpg, and James Armstrong, VP Creative Marketing, Sony/Atv; and business development executives Jennifer Freed, CEO, Trevanna Tracks and Cestjon McFarland, general counsel/head of business affairs, SyncFloor.

Topics planned include how technology is improving the work of music supervisors; how composers and music supervisors can work better together and a case study on the campaign roll-out for Weedmaps’ Museum of Weed.
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Comedian Jacqueline Novak Sets Off Broadway Run With Comedy World On Its Knees

Exclusive: Comedian Jacqueline Novak will launch a new Off Broadway comedy at The Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this summer, and if the title and subject matter don’t get your attention, the comedy world support certainly will.

Executive produced by Mike Birbiglia and presented by Natasha Lyonne, Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees debuts July 10, with an official opening set for July 22. The limited engagement runs through Aug. 18.

The official description: Get On Your Knees is the most high-brow show about blowjobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph.

Ira Glass has called the show a “nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else.” Amy Schumer says Novak’s comedy “is the
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Mike Birbiglia Headed To Broadway: ‘The New One’ Bows Next Month

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Mike Birbiglia Headed To Broadway: ‘The New One’ Bows Next Month
Mike Birbiglia’s sold-out Off Broadway show The New One will move to Broadway’s Cort Theatre next month, the producers announced today.

The limited engagement begins previews on Oct. 25, with an official opening set for Nov. 11. The limited engagement runs through Jan. 20, 2019.

“I’m so excited to be bringing The New One to The Cort Theater on Broadway which is where I saw the great Kenneth Lonergan play This Is Our Youth,” Birbiglia said at the start of a very long statement (read it all below). “Which is fitting because this show is about somebody’s youth. Not mine.”

Written by Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me), with additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein, The New One is directed by Seth Barrish with set design for Broadway by Beowulf Boritt (Bernhardt/Hamlet), lighting design by Aaron Copp, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.

The New One will be produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum,
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‘Serial’ Season Three to Document Year of Cleveland Court System

‘Serial’ Season Three to Document Year of Cleveland Court System
Serial, one of the most popular podcasts of all time, is changing course for its upcoming third season — rather than focusing a single extraordinary case, as it did in its first two runs, the show’s new episodes will chronicle a full year inside the Cleveland, Ohio criminal court system. The first two installments will premiere September 20th, and subsequent episodes will follow weekly on Thursdays.

“If you’ve listened to Serial before, you probably know that our first season was about a murder case in Baltimore,” host Sarah Koenig
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UTA And Cadence13 Launch Ramble Podcast Network For Digital Stars

  • Deadline
UTA is teaming with podcast and media company Cadence13 to launch Ramble, a podcast network that will feature digital stars including Rhett and Link, Hannah Hart and Flula Borg. The new network will feature a team of producers that will work alongside talent to create audio-focused content, with the plan to extend their brands beyond podcasting to social media, events and merchandise.

The Hollywood agency already has a dedicated podcast division repping networks including Wondery, Gannett, Tenderfoot and HowStuffWorks, and creators including Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig, Marc Smerling, Chris Hardwick, Aaron Mahnke, Anna Faris, Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Jake Brennan and Guy Raz. It also has expanded the scope of some podcast IP — 2 Dope Queens, My Favorite Murder, Lore and Comedy Bang Bang among them — into TV, touring and endorsements. The division also brokered Amy Schumer’s comedy podcast deal with Spotify.

“As we evaluated the podcast business landscape, we
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NPR, This American Life, Wbez and Wnyc Buy Podcasting App Pocket Casts

  • Variety
Public radio giants NPR, Wnyc Studios, Wbez Chicago and This American Life have come together to buy the popular podcasting app Pocket Casts. The startup will continue to work on the app, as well as additional tools for listeners and creators.

With the acquisition, Pocket Casts is also getting a new CEO: The company will now be led by Owen Grover, who previously served as executive vice president and general manager of iHeartRadio. Company founders Philip Simpson and Russell Ivanovic will stay with the company, and the startup’s entire staff is staying on as well.

“For months now, I’ve been using Pocket Casts and recommending it to friends,” said “This American Life” host Ira Glass in a statement. “It’s a great app – with a super-intuitive interface – and I’m excited for the things we’re hoping to add to it.”

Pocket Casts has been available on iOS,
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‘Brockmire’ Review: Hank Azaria Is Much More Than a Cartoon in a Surprising Season 2 that Steps Out of the Baseball Booth

There’s a point in Season 2 of the IFC series “Brockmire” when the title character comes to the realization that people like him best when he’s drunk. For anyone who watched the first eight episodes of the show last summer, that was a belief that seemed to be held by the show’s creative team as well. So it’s equal parts surprising and satisfying to see so many assumptions that the show made in its initial run get re-examined, now that the show about a rehabilitating baseball announcer has returned. From the way it handles addiction to how it utilizes the outsized personality at its core, these new episodes are a major improvement in nearly every single way.

With Hank Azaria in the role of Jim Brockmire, a substance-adoring, golden-voiced pinnacle of play-by-play debauchery, this show has a Swiss Army knife at its disposal. Azaria has always served
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‘Come Sunday’ Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Performance Main Reason To See Netflix’s Preachy Religious Drama

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Following a Sundance Film Festival debut in January, Netflix unveiled Come Sunday, its true-life religious story of the Rev. Carlton Pearson, over the weekend on its streaming service and in some theaters. I caught it Sunday (naturally), but the low-energy dramatics didn’t grab me, with the exception of the lead performance from the always reliable Chiwetel Ejiofor as Pearson, a media-age preacher caught up in a crisis of conscience.

Based on This American Life’s segment entitled “Heretics” that focused on Pearson and the controversial decision to tell his flock that Hell doesn’t exist, director Joshua Marston (who made an impressive first film in 2004 with Maria Full of Grace but has largely worked in television since) and screenwriter Marcus Hinchey struggle to give the compelling true story of Pearson some much-needed dramatic mojo. A little more life should have been poured into the biopic which, appropriately for Netflix if not Sundance,
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‘Serial’ Subject Adnan Syed Will Get a New Trial 18 Years After Murder Conviction

The central character of “Serial” season one has had his murder conviction vacated 19 years after his arrest. Adnan Syed will receive a new trial for allegedly kidnapping and committing the first-degree murder of Hae Min Lee, 18, his ex-girlfriend and former classmate. Maryland Court of Special Appeals panel announced its ruling Thursday. Lee’s body was found a month after her January 1999 disappearance, in Baltimore’s Leakin Park.

Today, Adnan Syed’s appeal in his case was affirmed by the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. https://t.co/kMALyCmTGq

— Serial (@serial) March 29, 2018

According to the three-judge panel, Syed’s attorney during his original trial failed him by neglecting to call witness Asia McClain — a “Serial” source — to the stand. If true, McClain’s alibi “would have made it impossible for Syed to have murdered Hae.” Syed, now in his late 30s, served 16 years of a life sentence for the crime.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Experiences a Crisis of Faith in First Trailer for ‘Come Sunday’

Maria Full of Grace and The Forgiveness of Blood director Joshua Marston returned to Sundance this year with his new drama Come Sunday. Led by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Bishop Carlton Pearson, it tells the true story of how most of his congregation turned their backs on him after he shied away from biblical rhetoric and got to the heart of Jesus’ message. Produced by Ira Glass, ahead of a Netflix release, the first trailer has now arrived.

Dan Schindel said in his Sundance review. “It’s rare that mainstream filmmakers attempt to take seriously matters of faith – a subject personal to a majority of people but which movies have historically handled clumsily. This perhaps exposes the gap in the competencies between the greats and the merely good, Ok, or less. It takes a true understanding of an art form to use it to express the ineffable, spiritual aspects of human experience.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor puts in a powerful performance in trailer for Netflix feature, Come Sunday

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After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, a trailer has been revealed by Netflix for the biopic, Come Sunday. Telling the story of a pastor who questioned the existence of hell, Carlton Pearson played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Inspired by This American Life, a radio program hosted by Ira Glass. The 2005 episode “Heretics” examines Pearson’s work as an evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and how he “cast aside the idea of hell.

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Directed by Joshua Marston (Complete Unknown, Maria Full of Grace), the film stars Ejiofor alongside Martin Sheen, rising star Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta), and stage actress Condola Rashād, the daughter of former NFL star Ahmad Rashad.

Related: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim on playing Jesus Christ’s apostles Peter and Judas in Mary Magdalene

The feature is
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Trailer Revealed For Netflix Film ‘Come Sunday’

The upcoming Netflix film Come Sunday will begin streaming on April 13, 2018 and we are pleased to share the trailer for your viewing pleasure. The film follows internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson — experiencing a crisis of faith — who risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic. Even though Come Sunday is based on actual events, the film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed critical reception.

Come Sunday is directed by Joshua Marston and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Jason Segel, Condola Rashad, Lakeith Stanfield and Danny Glover. The film was written by Marcus Hinchey and produced by Ira Glass, Julie Goldstein, Alissa Shipp and James D. Stern. Here’s the trailer, along with the official synopsis and some images for the film below:

From director Joshua Marston, Come Sunday stars Academy Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Segel,
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