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Netflix’s ‘Bojack Horseman’ Bucked Off China’s iQiyi Streaming Service – Report

In April, Netflix finally found a gateway into China, via a licensing deal with streaming service iQiyi. At the time, it was unclear what process shows would have to go through to pass the notorious censors. Now, Bloomberg reports that all episodes of Bojack Horseman, the Will Arnett-voiced animated comedy/drama, have been pulled from the iQiyi platform after airing for just two days. The Netflix original was yanked because "Adjustments need to be made to the content,”… Read

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‘The Earliest Show’s Ben Schwartz Discusses His Short-Form Roots & Finding Guests For A Fake Talk Show

With Funny or Die’s The Earliest ShowParks and Recreation alum Ben Schwartz finds himself amongst a venerable group of comedians venturing out as creators in the short-form space, though for Schwartz in particular, this is nothing new. A well-known presence at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, who has sold a series of scripts in between notable turns in film and television, Schwartz started out by building his own online… Read

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‘SafeWord’: MTV Sets Date For Comedy Game Show From ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Producers

A U.S. version of ITV2’s comedy game show SafeWord is coming to MTV. The network will premiere SafeWord at 11:30 PM Thursday, July 13, following a new episode of Wild ‘N Out as part of its “Throwdown Thursdays” comedy block. The series hails from the producers of Spike’s hit game sow Lip Sync Battle. Terrence J (Terrence Jenkins), who’s under a first-look production and talent deal with MTV and VH1, will host and executive produce. Celebrities featured during the season… Read

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‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Co-Supervising Sound Editor On Bringing Musical Instruments Into The Foley Department

Taking the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing last year, Amazon musical drama Mozart in the Jungle‘s sound departments should pose strong competition once again in the contest to come. Traveling to Italy for several episodes, this unique portrait of professional musicians from creators Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz and Alex Timbers branched out into new musical arenas in Season 3, including opera and electronic music, presenting new challenges for co-supervis… Read

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‘Our Fascinating Planet’s Demetri Martin On Short-Form Satisfaction And Expanding The Narrative With ‘Dean’

The last couple of years have been a productive and experimental time for Emmy-nominated comedian Demetri Martin. With his feature directorial debut, Dean, rolling out in theaters this month, Martin also recently created Our Fascinating Planet, a short-form, Cosmos-inspired series, in which he plays Ted Remmarniet, a puffed-up, self-absorbed scientific educator. Comprised of archival footage-driven narratives based in alternative facts, the series was developed before… Read

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‘Casual’ Creator Zander Lehmann On Season 3 Character Developments In Series Run By Three Showrunners

A first-time showrunner when Casual bowed in 2015, Zander Lehmann was thrust into a new world with new responsibilities, alongside executive producers Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar—the latter, the only TV veteran among the bunch. Quickly picking up the process, the Casual creator found an easy rapport among his peers, with tasks divvied up organically amongst the series' four voices. With Season 3, Lehmann was excited about a variety of interesting… Read

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‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read

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‘Westworld’ & ‘American Gods’ Makeup Designer On Developing Sensitivity To Grisly Research Process

Pulling triple duty recently on HBO’s Westworld, Starz’s American Gods and Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet, makeup effects designer Christien Tinsley has become more selective of late, in the projects he takes on and the imagery he looks at in preparation. Viewing the bloody brawls of American Gods or the hacked up bodies of Santa Clarita Diet through the lens of Tinsley’s craft, one can imagine the kind of imagery he has to look at as research, and while… Read

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Trailer & Premiere Date: The Gang’s All Here — Again

Two years later, it’s 10 years later. Confused? You won’t be after watching the first trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later — a prequel sequel, if you will, to Netflix’s 2015 series reboot of the 2001 film. Actually, that is rather confusing. Let’s reset. Launching on Friday, August 4, everywhere Netflix is available, the new eight-episode comedy brings us back to Camp Firewood and comes from the filmmakers behind the cult-classic movie and its prequel… Read

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‘Really?! With Seth & Amy’: Meyers & Poehler Trash Trump/Caesar Protests On ‘Late Night’

It’s been nearly a decade since Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler anchored “Weekend Update” together, but sometimes they’ve been reuniting on his NBC late-night for their old Saturday Night Live segment called “Really?!” Tonight’s edition of Late Night with Seth Meyers has the two erstwhile fake newsers lambasting those who lambast that Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in which the ill-fated title character looks like President Donald Trump. In case you… Read

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‘Casual’s Tara Lynne Barr Talks Singing On Set And A Season Driven By Female Directors

Currently in its third season, Hulu’s standout original comedy series Casual is notable for its unique exploration of familial tensions, but also for its portrait of teenage life today, as seen through the lens of Laura (Tara Lynne Barr)’s experience. Season 3 follows up on previously established questions about Laura’s self-destructive patterns and shifting dynamics in her dysfunctional family, which leave her more alone and less self-assured than we’ve ever seen… Read