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‘Killing Reagan’ Dodges Bill O’Reilly Book Controversy By Focusing On Six Months Surrounding Assassination Attempt – TCA

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Tackling biopics about Ronald and Nancy Reagan has  proven to be fraught with peril. NatGeo’s adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan will dodge controversy about the book’s suggestion the assassination attempt on Reagan triggered intellectual decline reflected while he was in office, by not dealing with it, the project’s creative team said today. “We deal with the assassination attempt in a limited way,” screenwriter Eric Simonson told TV critics at TCA.  “One of… Read

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‘Vice Principals’ Star Rebuffs Racism Criticism: “This Is What Casting Equality Looks Like” – TCA

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The cast and creatives of HBO’s Vice Principals rebuffed criticism at today’s TCA for the series’ depiction of two white men pitted against an African American female character. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who plays principal Dr. Belinda Brow quickly dismissed the negative notion, stating “This is what casting equality looks like. There is an inherent question about her ability to be strong enough to stand with these people.” She continued, “I just feel really strongly that… Read

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‘Insecure’ Creator & Star Issa Rae: No “Universal Way To Be Black” – TCA

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HBO 'Insecure' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 3, Los Angeles, USA - 30 Jul 2016

The characters on Insecure, the new HBO comedy from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae, might seem to have little in common with such strong TV African-American female characters as Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. After all, the show is called Insecure. There is a “notion that there’s a universal way to be black,” Rae said at today’s TCA show panel. “It’s been portrayed throughout media and has been accepted by mainstream media, [but] what does… Read

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Magic On The Streets Of London: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Gala Opening Review

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After a preview period of nearly two months, London's new two-part stage extravaganza, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally took its opening gala bow today at the Palace Theatre, announcing the start of a run that will soon book through December 2017 and seems certain to extend even further. Since Deadline reported on the first preview nights of Part One and Part Two, there haven’t been any seismic changes. But the final play is tighter and the emotional beats more… Read

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Katie Couric’s Nat Geo Documentary To Examine Gender Revolution – TCA

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National Geographic Channel announced this afternoon that Katie Couric Media, along with National Geographic Studios, are joining forces on two-hour documentary Gender Revolution (working title), billed as an “unflinching look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture” on “gender fluidity.” The docu will premiere on the National Geographic Channel globally in 171 countries and 45 languages, timed to the January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic… Read

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Nat Geo Acquires Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Documentary – TCA

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National Geographic Channel has acquired worldwide rights to the untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Oscar-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Martin Scorsese is executive producer. The film looks at how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. It presents visual evidence of a worsening environmental crisis that is… Read

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Kathryn Bigelow’s VR Documentary Short On Ivory Poaching Set At Nat Geo Channel – TCA

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National Geographic Channel announced production of its first virtual reality documentary short film, The Protectors, co-created by Oscar-winning director Kathyrn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Esmail (The Displaced, Valen's Reef). The project, according to Nat Geo, will expose the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. The 12-minute VR film will be made in partnership with Here Be… Read

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Graham Yost, Bruce C. McKenna To Adapt Michael Crichton Manuscript ‘Dragon Teeth’ For Nat Geo

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National Geographic Channel has closed a drama series script development deal with Amblin Television, Sony Pictures Television and CrichtonSun for a global limited series based on the soon-to-be-published Michael Crichton manuscript Dragon Teeth. Crichton, who died in 2008, wrote the novel during his most prolific years as a writer and filmmaker, and the book was discovered in his archives by wife Sherri Crichton. Adapted for television by Graham Yost and Bruce C… Read

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Sarah Jessica Parker Returns To HBO With ‘Divorce’, But Couture Stays Retired

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Making her return to series TV and HBO, Sarah Jessica Parker said her outfits will not be one of the stars of Divorce, as they had been in her longrunning Sex and the City.  “Early on was this desire on my part… I really wanted to think about 70’s cinema and the look of cinema of the 70’s,”  Parker told TCA. “Pretty much everything Frances wears is used…from vintage or thrift shops along the Northeast Corridor. This was a very specific idea about somebody who has an… Read

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‘Westworld’ Producer Insists Sexual Violence “Not About Fetishization” But “Exploring With Dignity”

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After taking a boatload of questions about the quantity and graphic nature of on-screen violence against women on HBO series, with Westworld, The Night Of and Game of Thrones mentioned, HBO’s new-ish programming chief Casey Bloys returned to the stage for the TCA session about Westworld, a remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie. But answering the one question on the subject during the Q&A fell, not surprisingly, to the show’s female co-creator/EP, Lisa Joy. The… Read

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HBO President On ‘Vinyl’s Demise, On-Screen Violence -TCA

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HBO Executive Session Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 3, Los Angeles, USA - 30 Jul 2016

HBO had renewed Vinyl for a second season and installed a new showrunner when the premium cable network reversed course and canceled the show. It was one of the first programming decisions made by Casey Bloys after he succeeded Michael Lombardo as President of Programming. At TCA’s HBO executive session on Saturday, he was asked about making the call to end the high-profile (and expensive) period drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. “It didn’t land,” Bloys said… Read

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‘The Night Of’ Explores Islamophobia And Eczema – TCA

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HBO Executive Session Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 3, Los Angeles, USA - 30 Jul 2016

Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s eight-hour HBO limited series The Night Of, based on a four-part UK series Criminal Justice, is “chess, not speed chess,” Price said today at TCA. Price called the project the “antithesis of Law & Order… put-in-the-microwave-hit-60-seconds-and-serve.” The Night Of  focuses on a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones, examining the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system… Read