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HBO Boss On Jon Stewart’s Scrapped Animated Series & Possible Late-Night Return

After a lengthy R&D period, HBO and Jon Stewart in May pulled the plug on his planned topical digital animated series, which had been greenlighted by the previous HBO regime. "We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” the two parties said at the time in a joint statement. During HBO’s portion of the summer… Read


HBO: “Very Good Relationship” With Bill Maher Despite Recent Language Controversy – TCA

Bill Maher

HBO has a “very good relationship” with Bill Maher and his Real Time producers, network programming president Casey Bloys said at TCA this afternoon. This after asked, of Maher, “How are the numbers doing? How long is the contract for? Are you very happy with the show? How closely is the network watching the show? Do you get a collective heart-jump-in-the-mouth moment?” and “Give us a sense what the notes are like”  – all in one breath, by one TV critic. Bloys at first… Read


‘Ghost In The Shell’ Star Chin Han To Scale ‘Skyscraper’ With Dwayne Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary’s upcoming 3D action-thriller Skyscraper has added Chin Han to the cast. The Ghost In The Shell actor will join Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell in the movie written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The movie stars Johnson a Will, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been… Read


James Franco & Maggie Gyllenhaal 1970s Porn HBO Series ‘The Deuce’: It’s Not Misogyny, It’s Business – TCA

“If we made something titillating, then damn us,” said EP and co-creator David Simon about his upcoming HBO series The Deuce which is set in the New York City 1971 world of porn and prostitutes. “Misogyny isn’t the currency,” asserted Simon, “It’s what the show is about. That’s what the product was and we don’t sell beer or a Lincoln Continental (nowadays) without sexual imagery.” The Deuce, which was also co-created by George Pelecanos, follows Vincent and Frankie… Read


Larry David Contrasts His Political Incorrectness With Donald Trump’s: “I Don’t Consider Myself A Pr*ck” – TCA

Larry David says he returned for another season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm after a six-year break because "I got tired of people asking me when is the show coming back." Talking at TCA about the new season, one TV critic told him that now he’s got competition when it comes to saying offensive and inappropriate things in our newly elected President Donald Trump, and wondered if he saw any similarities. "Well, I don't consider myself a prick,” David shot back. "Our… Read


‘Amélie’ Star Phillipa Soo Signs With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo, who played Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multiple-award-winning musical Hamilton, has signed with UTA. Soo most was recently seen in the title role of the short-lived Broadway musical adaptation of Amélie. The Juilliard School grad also originated the female title role in the off-Broadway runs of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, earning wide critical acclaim for her performance… Read


‘Shooter’ Season 2 To Be Cut Short By Star Ryan Phillippe’s Injury, Will End With Ep. 8

EXCLUSIVE: The current second season of USA Network’s drama series Shooter will consist of eight episodes instead of the originally ordered ten. The trim stems from the off-set injury suffered by series star Ryan Phillippe who broke his leg on July 16. At the time, Shooter was in the midst of filming the ninth episode of its 10-episode second season. While production went on for a bit without Phillippe, it has since been shut down. And USA, along with the series producing… Read


Netflix ‘Triple Frontier’ Eyes August Start; Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal In Talks

Mark Wahlberg Overnight At 42nd Street

EXCLUSIVE: The JC Chandor-directed thriller Triple Frontier has regained its footing at Netflix for a potential August production start. Mark Wahlberg is now in talks to replace Ben Affleck, who dropped out last week. The film will shoot in Hawaii and Colombia and will star Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, Mudbound‘s Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal, coming off Game of Thrones and Narcos. Wahlberg is coming off Transformers: The Last Knight. Still in the mix is Adria Arjo… Read


ROAR Signs Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz; Jacov Bresler Boards Global Management Associates

Writer-director duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the duo behind the short film music visuals for Jay-Z’s Kill Jay-Z track off his latest studio album 4:44, have signed with Beverly Hills-based management film for representation. Bush and Renz are said to engage different platforms to raise the visibility of a host of social justice and cause-based issues impacting society. Their other work includes the Icelandic Glacial Water campaign Pure Authenticity, championing… Read


Scripps Networks Ends Sale Talks With Viacom, Continues With Discovery

Scripps Networks told Viacom today that it will not pursue a sale to the entertainment company, electing to continue talks just with Discovery Communications, we’re told. The decision followed a four hour meeting yesterday by the Scripps family. It’s said to have concluded that Discovery’s ability to finance a deal is more secure. In addition, the programming company behind HGTV, Food Network, and the Travel Channel was seen as better aligned culturally with Discovery… Read


Potential ‘Citizen Kane’ & ‘Cat People’ TV Series At Heart Of RKO Lawsuit

In this age of endless reboots, reimaginings and revivals, small-screen versions of Citizen Kane and Cat People might offend purists but could make absolute sense to content-hungry programmers – depending on how a new lawsuit against RKO Pictures gets resolved. "Defendants agreed with plaintiffs to pursue this business venture under the banner of 'RKO Television' and the parties undertook substantial performance in furtherance of the venture, but defendants later… Read


Susan Lacy Explains Making Of Her Steven Spielberg Documentary For HBO – TCA

“He in no way tried to steer this film; he did not see it until it was finished,” Susan Lacy told TV critics of her Steven Spielberg docu for HBO, when asked what the director told her he did and did not want to see in the 2 1/2-hour project. “We did not talk about what I was going to do and wasn’t going to do,” she bristled at Wednesday afternoon’s TCA Q&A on Spielberg, which debuts October 7. Lacy conducted nearly 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg for the doc. “I'm… Read