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‘Red Oaks’ Star Jennifer Grey: “The ’80s Were Very Good To Me” – TCA

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“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons –  the ’80s were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon. “I felt like it was a movie,  as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.” But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA. “One of the things we wanted to… Read

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Controversy Becomes Amazon With Additions Of Jeremy Clarkson & Woody Allen

(L-R) Head of Drama Development at Amazon Studios Morgan Wandell, Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price and ?Head of Comedy at Amazon Studios Joe Lewis speak onstage at the Amazon Studios portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A few days after Jeremy Clarkson ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that his new car show had landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond for an Amazon Prime series, Amazon execs got asked what ground rules, if any, they’d set for Clarkson in terms of language, slurs and staff assaults. Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed via Twitter ”… Read

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‘Mozart In The Jungle': Through The Chaos Is Passion For The Music – TCA

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The cast and creatives appeared via satellite to talk about the musical drama Mozart In The Jungle today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The Amazon series, which will debut its second season in January, has been well-received by the classical community. “It was really amazing to be welcomed into the orchestra world and be around the actual scene. said Paul Weitz, exec producer. “They like the idea that there’s a show exposing classical music to… Read

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Jill Soloway: ‘Transparent’ “Taking Bubble Wrap Off ” From Here On Out – TCA

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“Our culture has caught up to Transgender 101,” Transparent creator Jill Soloway  said of events that have transpired since the launch of her Amazon series, most particularly the very public transition of Caitlyn Jenner. Soloway said recently that Jenner’s post-transition visibility and widely discussed speech in accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards last month only helps her further the storytelling on her Emmy-nominated comedy series. "[Jeffrey… Read

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‘The Man In The High Castle’s Challenge To Create An Alternate History – TCA

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Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if Nazis won the war? This is what Amazon’s series The Man In The High Castle explores. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour today, the showrunners and cast delved into the controversial premise and its possible impact on society. Being such a controversial topic, it only makes sense that this show had some problems getting off the ground. When discussing the origins of the project, “when we started 8… Read

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‘Hand Of God’ Creator And Cast Discuss Rape Scene And Likable Women – TCA

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The rape that sets off events at the heart of Amazon’s new series Hand Of God is not prominently dramatized at the outset, because it does not directly unhinge the town's hard-living, law-bending judge, Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), creator Ben Watkins told reporters at TCA this morning. In the series, Harris, with a wife in the house and a call girl on the side, begins hearing God's voice in his head when his son attempts suicide by shooting himself after the rape tears… Read

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Walt Disney Was Enigmatic, Uncompromising But Not Anti-Semitic, ‘American Experience’ Panel Insists – TCA

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Walt Disney could be a ruthless boss who instilled employee terror or a beloved father-figure to his staff, but he was not a Nazi sympathizer, said panelists this afternoon at PBS’s Television Critics Association press tour for Walt Disney, a four-hour American Experience documentary that airs September 14 and 15. Though the film doesn’t delve into allegations that Disney was pro-Hitler, the panelists didn’t shy away from the topic as they painted Uncle Walt in just about… Read

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‘Raymond’ Creator Phil Rosenthal Bites Into Cake, ISIS And New Series – TCA

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Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and host of PBS’s upcoming world-hopping food series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having seems serious – sort of – about food’s power to unite. “It’s all about expanding your mind a little bit,” Rosenthal told reporters this afternoon at the Television Critics Association press tour. “If those boys from ISIS would sit down and have chocolate cake with me, everything would be okay,” he said. If comparisons to Anthony Bourdain‘s… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: No Script Or Plan *Yet*, Gareth Neame Says – TCA

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March 26, 2015 will be marked as a dark day for PBS, given that Downton Abbey single-handedly put the network’s Masterpiece franchise back on the map and in the black. Masterpiece EP Rebecca Eaton that morning acknowledged the series has "been a game-changer" for the franchise that struggled for years to find a corporate sponsor, until Downton came along and made it once again the prettiest frock in the shop. Ending Downton with Season 6 set in 1925, rather than taking… Read

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Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day At A Time,’ ‘Good Times’ Reboots – TCA

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Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times.  Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16. Asked if he was interested in, or… Read

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‘Mercy Street’ Very Contemporary In Subject And Facial Hair – TCA

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PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street follows doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists in Union-occupied Alexandria, VA in the early years of the Civil War,  but could not be more relevant, co-creator David Zabel told journalists at TCA this afternoon. “This show is not a political show – we’re trying to capture a cross-section of characters, as the War is just getting going,”  Zabel said in response to a question about… Read

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‘Sherlock’ Victorian-Set Special Remains Shrouded In Mystery After Q&A – TCA

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Sherlock EP Steven Moffat and PBS’s Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton worked like gangbusters this morning, for the better part of an hour, making sure to convey no actual information about the Sherlock one-off special, which will be set in the Victorian era. Though it’s been widely reported the program will be a Christmas special in the UK, and a trailer of what has been described as such was screened at Comic-Con (watch it below), Eaton and Moffat steadfastly declined to… Read