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Title: Assorted TV news
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 04, 2016, 03:42:19 PM
Here's a list of which shows have been renewed or cancelled, recently updated:


Note: "cancelled" in many cases just means "ended."
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 16, 2017, 01:33:06 PM
Buckle up...

Upcoming premieres of note:

Better Call Saul
April 10 (AMC)

Mystery Science Theater 3000
April 14 (Netflix)

The Leftovers
April 16 (HBO)

April 16 (HBO)

April 19 (FX)

Bill Nye Saves the World
April 21 (Netflix)

Master of None
May 12 (Netflix)

Twin Peaks
May 21 (Showtime)

House of Cards
May 30 (Netflix)

Game of Thrones
July 16 (HBO)

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: Fuzzy Dunlop on March 16, 2017, 07:41:46 PM
...And Andy Daly's REVIEW is coming back tonight for a shortened final season!
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: Fernando on March 22, 2017, 12:17:18 PM
Buckle up...

Upcoming premieres of note:


Silicon Valley
April 23 (HBO)

Orphan Black
June 10 (BBC America)
Tatiana Maslany is incredible in this.

Currently Airing.

The Americans (FX)
Wonder if anyone here watches that.

It's still fun, what isn't is Carrie is out of the CIA, she's in, she's out!

Big Little Lies (HBO)
Forgot this one, so far so good.

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 04, 2017, 12:19:44 PM
If you're trying to get me to like superhero movies, this is not working...

E: Apparently this is a TV thing.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on May 16, 2017, 10:41:13 PM
‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For ‘Lovecraft Country’ Drama Series; Misha Green Writing
via Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is teaming with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television on Lovecraft Country, a one-hour drama that has been given a straight-to-series order by HBO. The pilot will be written by Underground executive producer/showrunner/writer Misha Green. Peele will be exec producer along with Green, Abrams and Ben Stephenson. Green will be showrunner.

There is connective tissue to Peele’s breakout genre feature Get Out, which brought a Black Lives Matter theme to the horror genre. Lovecraft Country, the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black. After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.

Peele brought the book to Bad Robot and enlisted Green.

“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green said. “Jordan, JJ, Bad Robot, Warner Bros and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project.”

This comes after his Monkeypaw banner was staked to a first-look film deal at Universal. Universal-based Blumhouse made Peele’s breakout genre hit Get Out, which has grossed $215 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. He formed Monkeypaw in 2012 to tell stories in comedy, horror and other genres, but his genre work is quickly overtaking his previous identity in comedy from MADtv and the Emmy- and Peabody-winning Comedy Central series Key & Peele.

Monkeypaw also produced Keanu, the film he starred in with his longtime TV series partner Keegan-Michael Key.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on June 07, 2017, 11:12:15 PM
This sounds great for associative reasons

‘The Lou Pearlman Story’: Limited Series About Boy Band Mogul-Turned-Convict In Works From ThinkFactory, Songwriter Duo
via Deadline


Leslie Grief’s ThinkFactory Media is teaming with hitmaking songwriter-producers Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson on The Lou Pearlman Story, a limited series about the man behind megaplatinum boy bands Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC who went from mogul to inmate after being convicted of running a huge Ponzi scheme.

Years after shepherding his boy bands to global stardom, Lou Pearlman was caught on the run and pleading guilty to conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. By some estimates, he swindled investors out of more than $500 million, partly by creating a phony private jet company he called Transcontinental Airlines. Sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2008, he served eight years before dying in prison nearly a year ago.

ThinkFactory, Child and Carlsson have rights to 2007 Vanity Fair article titled “Mad About the Boys (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2007/11/pearlman200711)” by Bryan Burrough and 2008 crime thriller The Hit Charade by Tyler Gray, upon which the series will be based.

Child and Carlsson are frequent collaborators who have penned hits together or separately for Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC along with big hits by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin and many others. Child is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with the gifted Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson in telling the story of Lou Pearlman and his world,” said Grief, who will exec produce with Child and Carlsson. “The music business is in ThinkFactory’s DNA, and I can’t think of a better follow-up to our successful limited series Sun Records about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s than this story of fame, excess and the birth of the boy bands in the 1990s. Desmond and Andreas wrote the huge songs of the era and knew Lou Pearlman — they lived this story. They are the special ingredients that will help us tell this compelling tale as nobody else can.”

Said Carlsson: “Lou Pearlman changed the course of popular music, and what he envisioned created the entertainment business as we know it today. I couldn’t think of better partners than Desmond and Leslie to bring the most exciting chapter of my career to life.” Added Child: “I am absolutely thrilled to join forces with Andreas Carlsson, Leslie Greif, ThinkFactory and our UTA team to bring Lou Pearlman’s larger than life story to the screen.”

UTA and Bob Lange of Kleinberg Lange are repping the project, which is separate from a planned Pearlman biopic to which Child and Carlsson were attached last year. They no longer are involved in that project.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: polkablues on August 05, 2017, 12:44:36 AM
You had me at electric dicks.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: WorldForgot on August 05, 2017, 10:50:39 AM
Incredibly jealous I cannot be in that writer's room..... But intrigued because of the great BryBry CranCran, and Travis Beacham!
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on September 14, 2017, 01:45:13 PM
Jim Carrey & Michel Gondry Reteam For Showtime Series ‘Kidding’
via The Playlist

Showtime has given “Kidding” a first season order, with Carrey starring and executive producing the half-hour comedy that will be directed by Gondry. The show will find Carrey playing Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on October 13, 2017, 10:53:59 PM
Amazon Severs Ties With TWC: Drops David O. Russell Series, Takes Over ‘The Romanoffs’
via Deadline

Amazon Studios has made a decision on the two Weinstein Company series it was “reviewing options” on. The company “no longer plans on moving forward with the David O’Russell Project. As for Matthew Weiner’s  The Romanoffs, Amazon intends to move forward without the involvement of The Weinstein Company,” the company said Friday night.

The pricey untitled David O.Russell series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore and The Romanoffs got caught up in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, which engulfed his now-former company, TWC,  including its television division, Weinstein TV.

Following Amazon’s cancellation, the A-list trio involved in the untitled David O. Russell series announced that they are pulling the plug altogether. “We support Amazon’s decision as In light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” David O. Russell, Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore said in a statement.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on October 18, 2017, 03:53:46 PM
Casey Affleck To Star In Alfonso Cuarón Horror Drama TV Series
via Deadline

A drama series package featuring two Oscan winners, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and actor Casey Affleck, has hit the premium TV space. I hear the Anonymous Content project is being pitched to pay cable and streaming outlets, garnering interest from multiple networks.

Details about the projects are being kept under wraps but I hear it is a horror genre series that tracks the origins of a cult. Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing; Affleck is starring and executive producing. Anonymous Content, which signed Cuarón earlier this year, is producing.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on February 23, 2018, 01:39:48 PM
eOne Teams With Vicky Jones & Phoebe Waller-Bridge On Romantic Comedy Thriller Series ‘Run’
via Deadline


Entertainment One is teaming with Vicky Jones (Killing Eve) and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge via Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite banner, on romantic thriller comedy series Run. The project was announced by Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital at eOne’s annual Drama Preview Thursday morning in London.

Written by Jones with Waller-Bridge in a recurring role, Run is a romantic-comedic-thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message – “RUN” – and impulsively disappear together. Run is their story. Jones and Waller-Bridge will executive produce alongside Emily Leo of Wigwam Films (BAFTA-winning Under the Shadow).

The series will be spearheaded by Carolyn Newman and Polly Williams for eOne.

Jones directed the plays Mydidae and Fleabag and penned the plays Touch and The One. In addition to creating and starring in Fleabag and Crashing, Waller-Bridge’s credits include an upcoming role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as roles in Broadchurch, The Cafe and The Iron Lady.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on March 05, 2018, 01:20:15 PM
Emma Thompson Sets Up Long-Lost Hollywood Script ‘Harrow’s Alley’ With Bad Wolf
via Deadline

One of Hollywood’s long-lost scripts, period horror thriller Harrow’s Alley, could finally see the light of day after British actor and writer Emma Thompson partnered with His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf to develop it for the small screen. The project is set up at HBO, sources said.

The original script was written by Walter Newman, who was nominated for three Oscars, 1951’s Ace In The Hole, 1965’s Cat Ballou and 1978’s Bloodbrothers, in the 1960s but never managed to make it to screen, despite the involvement of George C Scott and other high-profile talent, as a result of its dark subject matter and big-budget requirements.

Thompson, who has been involved in helping it along since the early 2000s, has now parked it at Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s UK/U.S. drama production company Bad Wolf in order to take advantage of the major budgets associated with the global drama boom. I understand that Bad Wolf, which is backed by HBO and UK’s Sky along with Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment, is in the “very early stages” of development with the project.

Harrow’s Alley is set during the black plague in the 17th century and follows an English town as it deteriorates. It follows the fortunes of two men, likeable but lawless rogue Ratsey and well-meaning alderman Harry, who are both trying to survive the dangers of the time.

Newman called Harrow’s Alley the “high point of my professional life, a creative frenzy for nearly 12 wonderful months”. Of his 172-page script, which has been widely circulated online and used in film classes, in 1978, Newman told the New York Times that the likes of My Fair Lady star Rex Harrison, Room At The Top star Laurence Harvey and The Stepford Wives (and Deadfall (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11691.msg352763#msg352763)) director Bryan Forbes had been attached at various points. Newman, who died in 1993, said that he was given the opportunity to produce it for network television, but said, “I just couldn’t see squeezing it into a Universal movie‐of‐the‐week budget. That would have strangled it.” But he added, “Someday, somehow, I’m going to get at made. That’s all I can tell you.”

While, Thompson, who had previously attempted to make it as a feature with Miramax, is best known for her role in front of the camera in films such as Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter and Saving Mr Banks, she has a number of A-list writing credits including Bridget Jones’ Baby, Nanny McPhee and HBO’s Wit, which she co-wrote with Mike Nichols. Here’s hoping Thompson can be the person to finally make it happen.


Ace in the Hole is a classic Hollywood screenplay high point, and Emma Thompson is great in everything, so fingers crossed

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: jenkins on October 02, 2018, 02:31:08 PM
‘The Righteous Gemstones’ First Look: Danny McBride and John Goodman are Part of a Televangelist Family (https://www.indiewire.com/2018/10/righteous-gemstones-danny-mcbride-john-goodman-televangelists-1202008892/)

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: Sleepless on February 21, 2019, 01:00:16 PM
S2 of The Haunting of Hill House to be based on The Turn of the Screw (https://deadline.com/2019/02/theme-the-haunting-2nd-installment-revealed-the-haunting-of-bly-manor-1202561824/)

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: polkablues on February 21, 2019, 06:35:58 PM
Sounds good to me.

Also, this is happening:

Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilberfan on June 10, 2019, 11:36:36 PM

CNN Takes Viewers to "The Movies" on Sunday, July 7

New Six-Part CNN Original Series, Executive Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, Features Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, Ron Howard, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and More

NEW YORK - June 10, 2019 - Emmy Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog bring The Movies to CNN on Sunday, July 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The new six-part CNN Original Series explores American cinema through the decades and the cultural, societal and political shifts that framed its evolution. Combining archival footage and interviews with leading actors, directors, producers, critics and historians, the series showcases the most pivotal moments in film that have stirred the imagination and influenced our culture.

The series features interviews with Paul Thomas Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, Morgan Freeman, Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Amy Heckerling, Ron Howard, Holly Hunter, Angelica Huston, Baz Luhrmann, Julianne Moore, Ed Norton, Rob Reiner, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Ridley Scott, John Singleton, Steven Spielberg, Sharon Stone, Robert Zemeckis and many more.

The Movies, which follows in the footsteps of CNN's popular Decades series, kicks off with a two-hour episode highlighting the groundbreaking films of the 80s including The Empire Strikes Back, E.T., The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Coming to America, When Harry Met Sally and Do The Right Thing.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for The Movies (all times are Sunday, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT) -

(7/7) The Eighties - The episode explores the crowd-pleasing titles of the 80s such as The Empire Strikes Back, T. and The Breakfast Club.

(7/14) The Nineties - The episode explores movie stars of the 90s like Julia Roberts and Will Smith and beloved films such as Jurassic Park, Titanic and Pulp Fiction.

(7/21) The 2000s To Today - The episode explores popular films of the 2000s such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge.

(7/28) The Seventies - The episode explores the films of the 70s that pushed the medium of movie-making such as The Godfather, The Exorcist and Jaws.

(8/4) The Sixties - The episode explores the popular films of the 60s such as West Side Story, Bonnie and Clyde, and The Graduate.

(8/11) The Golden Age - The episode explores the most iconic films from the 1930s through the 1950s such as King Kong, Casablanca and A Star is Born.

CNN is producing a six-part companion podcast to The Movies where entertainment experts Lisa France, Sandra Gonzalez and Kristen Meinzer discuss the groundbreaking films of each decade and talk to some of today's biggest movie stars. The podcast will launch Monday, July 8 on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms, with new episodes available weekly.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilder on July 30, 2020, 02:11:02 AM
I Want My MTV premieres on A&E September 8th. Won't dive deep but still looks damn fun

Quote from: Brian Orndorf
To do the story of Music Television justice, a production would probably need a limited series to even begin to scratch the surface of the entertainment empire. For “I Want My MTV,” directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop give themselves 80 minutes, and they only examine the highs and lows of the 1980s. Business world evils and nostalgia compete for attention in the documentary, which tries to understand how a cable channel initially promoted as “video radio” grew into the top force of pop culture domination during the ‘80s, working its way from a roster of 250 videos to complete control of a generation. It’s a fascinating tale of trial and error, brilliant marketing, and the sheer power of music. Measom and Waldrop don’t get anywhere near a satisfying understanding of the MTV experience, but they certainly achieve a compelling overview of technical hurdles and the evolution of a trendsetting media behemoth.

While one might expect the saga of Music Television to begin with the debut of the first video shown on the channel (“Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles), “I Want My MTV” actually commences with a Mike Nesmith interview. The musician was part of the early formation of music videos, with The Monkees building on the success of The Beatles and their movie, “A Hard Day’s Night.” Taking that experience into the 1970s, Nesmith won accolades with his “Rio” video, inspiring the debut of “PopClips,” a program created in 1979 that brought short-form music video filmmaking to the masses. Or at least an audience hungry to see their favorite bands in motion. Warner Cable showed interest in the concept, and while Nesmith bowed out of production responsibilities, the corporation elected to move ahead with a new version of “PopClips,” soon called Music Television, or MTV.

Measom and Waldrop attempt to collect as many interviews as possible with key players in the birth of MTV, using anecdotes and memories to best understand how the first staff was gathered, including the initial round of Video Jockeys, with Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter representing the pack in the documentary. A quest for financial support commences and graphic choices are made, with a small amount of cash from Warner Cable and cheap, simplified visuals helping MTV reach its launch date of August 1, 1981, using imagery from the moon landing to announce to the world that a new television innovation has arrived. Trouble is, few cable empires carried MTV, pushing the company to define its appeal through attitude, hoping to reach a young audience, and a small assortment of videos, including a plethora of British artists already used to the challenge of creating music clips.

Of course, talk of MTV’s rise is highly enjoyable, tracking their slow growth as American artists slowly caught on to the value of appearing on the channel. Requiring a show of force to spread MTV across the country, the execs came up with the “I Want My MTV!” campaign, enlisting The Police, Pete Townshend, and Pat Benatar to help encourage kids to pester cable providers for Music Television. The scheme worked, helping to turn the channel into a juggernaut, influencing music, movies, and adolescents, with the documentary identifying a few of the artists who became royalty during their time on the air, including Michael Jackson and Madonna. The rise of directorial creativity is also examined, with the helmers highlighting A-Ha’s partially animated “Take on Me” as a classic example of artistry mixing with promotion. The buzz of success doesn’t last for long, with “I Want My MTV” examining accusations of racism initially fueled by Rick James and gracefully probed by David Bowie, who asked Goodman why black artists weren’t featured more often on the channel (Goodman admits he botched his response). Also troubling is the rise of misogyny in video production, with Nancy Wilson of the band Heart sharing her experiences with objectification.

There’s a lot to process in “I Want My MTV,” and not a lot of run time to allow the production a chance to really work its fingers through the history of the channel. Only short highlights and lowlights remain, and the story ends with MTV’s sale to Viacom, who worked extremely hard to remove music from Music Television, creating reality shows instead, including “The Real World.” Measom and Waldrop don’t have enough energy to really pick a fight with the horrors of MTV as it delved into grody exploitation aimed at impressionable minds. In fact, they celebrate the “16 and Pregnant”-ification of the channel, which is very odd, but “I Want My MTV” isn’t exactly journalism. It’s meant to be a party filled with memories, old clips, and famous faces discussing the glory days of music videos. With low expectations, the documentary entertains, though this subject deserves a more exhaustive and critical dissection.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: WorldForgot on July 30, 2020, 10:59:29 AM
Hell yes!

There's a book that reads like an 'oral history' of this network's creation by the same name  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_My_MTV_(book)). It is a very fun read, and I highly recommend it if, like me, you grew up wanting more music videos than cartoons. Also, I write some of our network/show promos at the network I'm at and -- ' I Want My MTV ' -- iz still considered a gold standard of personality-branding.
Title: Re: Assorted TV news
Post by: wilberfan on July 30, 2020, 11:40:41 AM
I watched "I Want My MTV" a week or so ago, and quite enjoyed it--even tho I've never had cable, and my prime music-consuming years were starting to be behind me.  (My MTV was "Friday Night Videos"--anyone remember that program?)