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ATX Television Festival Adds ‘Younger’, ‘Station 19’ & ‘Genius’ Panels

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The seventh annual ATX Television Festival has added three series to its lineup and expanded the panels for two others. TV Land’s Younger is returning to the fest — set for June 7-10 in Austin — for a fourth time with a panel and sneak peek at Season 5. The Q&A will feature creator/EP Darren Star, series lead Sutton Foster and fellow castmembers Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard, and Charles Michael Davis. ABC’s freshman Grey's Anatomy… Read

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‘I Love You, America’s Sarah Silverman Talks Importance Of Finding Commonalities & Forging Connections – The Contenders Emmys

Hours before Hulu’s Contenders panel for Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, Americathe final panel of the day—the streaming service announced that the hit variety series will be back for another 11 episodes, to begin airing on September 6—just in time for conversation centering on the midterm elections. Speaking with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Silverman first discussed her initial conception of the series, which tries to take an even-keeled look at the current political… Read

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‘Loudermilk’ EP Talks Appeal Of “Anti-Social, Hard To Get Along With” Characters & More – The Contenders Emmys

“I always like characters like this who are anti-social, hard to get along with, but there's still something within them that's likeable and can help other people,” Loudermilk EP Bobby Mort told Dawn Chmielewski today at The Contenders Emmys. With Sam Loudermilk—the misanthropic recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor portrayed by Sam Livingston in the AT&T Audience Network series—Mort has found his latest great character. Known for comedies in the film world… Read

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Cast & EP Talk Complexity Of Characters, Reveal Season 2 Premiere Date – The Contenders Emmys

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes will be back for a ten-episode second season on August 22, AT&T Audience Network told Deadline during the show’s panel at The Contenders Emmys. Director Jack Bender joined stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch and Holland Taylor to discuss the series’ first run. Speaking with Deadline’s Joe Utichi, Bender offered his first impressions of Mr. Mercedes. “When Stephen first sent me the galleys, I was thrilled,”… Read

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‘Grown-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi On What’s In Store For Spinoff’s Sophomore Year – The Contenders Emmys

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Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi teased Season 2 of Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff series today at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys, and reflected on her transition from the show’s mothership Black-ish. “I know little to nothing about Season 2. What I can say is I'm really looking forward to Zoey actually going to class,” Shahidi said during ABC Studios’ panel session at the DGA Theater. “Season 2, I'm excited to have a breath, in terms of extending these storylines. Zoey’s now a… Read

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Eugene Levy On Pop TV’s “Little Engine That Could” & Its “Fanatic” Viewers – The Contenders Emmys

Schitt’s Creek creator/stars Eugene and Daniel Levy joined co-stars Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event today to discuss the Pop TV series’ evolution over four seasons. Starting out, the elder Levy commented on the way in which the show has functioned like “the little engine that could,” building awareness as it’s gone along to the world of Netflix and beyond. “Pop TV was the network that looked at our pitch and said, 'Yes, this is… Read

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Women’s Media Summit Draws Hollywood Gender Equality Activists

Some of Hollywood’s leading gender equality activists will take part in the second annual Women’s Media Summit, including keynote speaker Dr. Stacy Smith, producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, and attorney Kalpana Kotagal — the co-creators of Hollywood’s "inclusion rider.” The summit will be held April 5-7 in Provincetown, Ma. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the USC/Annenberg School of Journalism, first proposed the adoption of "inclusion… Read

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‘Supernatural’ EPs & Cast On Potential Season 14 Pick Up & What To Expect In The Remaining Episodes

The cast and creatives of the CW’s Supernatural made their way to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for PaleyFest 2018. Before they stepped on stage for a panel discussion led by Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill, the audience members were treated to a world premiere screening of Scoobynatural, the upcoming animated Supernatural and Scooby-Doo crossover episode. Sitting onstage were Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, along with Exec… Read

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How Barbra Streisand Avoided #MeToo Moments In Her Career: ‘I Worked With Great Men’ – PaleyFest

Tonight at the Dolby Theatre, renaissance entertainment icon Barbra Streisand opened PaleyFest with a bang, joining Ryan Murphy (9-1-1American Crime Story) for a sprawling conversation about her legendary career. The only musical artist ever to have #1 albums spanning six decades, Streisand was honored tonight with the Paley Center for Media’s Icon Award, acknowledged for her groundbreaking work as an actress, director, producer and singer-songwriter which, over the… Read

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Endeavor Content’s Graham Taylor: “We’re Trying To Make Dreams Come True” – INTV

By way of explaining Endeavor Content's aim, Co-President Graham Taylor told the INTV conference here in Jerusalem today, “All we're trying to do is make dreams come true.” He was being slightly cheeky at the close of a panel titled “Disruption in Film,” but added quite seriously, “Apathy and cynicism are the death of great art and great artists.” The panel was moderated by power attorney and dealmaker Craig Emanuel, who is exiting firm Loeb & Loeb to join Paul Hastings… Read

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Ashley Grace Fosters Dialogue On Child Abuse Epidemic With Socially Conscious Short ‘Hunter Gatherer’

An actress known for turns in Chronicle, True Blood and True Detective, Ashley Grace (née Hinshaw) appeared at United Talent Agency last night for a screening of her first directorial outing, a socially conscious dramatic short entitled Hunter Gatherer. Shot in Grace's native Indiana last fall when the director was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, the short follows Rose (Grace), who goes to reconcile with her drug-addicted brother, instead finding in his home the nephew… Read

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Black Showrunners Talk Diversity And Progress At The Paley Center

There was a time, not that long ago, when each of the six Black showrunners at tonight's "They Run the Show" panel at the Paley Center were the only African Americans in the writers' rooms they started out in. "I was the diversity," laughed Power showrunner Courtney Kemp about her days breaking into the business. "After I left Girlfriends, I didn't work with another black individual for eight years," said Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny. "Eight years!?" marveled… Read