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Ryan Murphy Addresses Controversy of ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ – TCA

Ricky Martin spoke today to Gianni Versace's longtime lover, Antonio D'Amico, who Martin portrays in FX's 10-episode The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. This according to executive producer Ryan Murphy, talking to TV critics for the final Q&A of TCA. D'Amico, who found the designer's body on the front step of Versace's Miami mansion, complained publicly he had not been consulted on the FX series. D'Amico gave an interview in which he blasted a… Read

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Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation Is Life-Changing For Female Directors – TCA

It seems Ryan Murphy’s Half foundation is making big changes for female directors, seven of whom gathered to speak on a panel at FX’s TCA day to express how their careers had been affected. The foundation, launched last year, aims to have 50 percent of all directorships filled by women, people of color and members of the LGBT community and to then help with outreach efforts and provide connections for and mentors for directors. “Ryan Murphy and the Half foundation have… Read

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Gwyneth Horder-Payton Says Frank Darabont Email Was “Pretty Rough” – TCA

Director Gwyneth Horder-Payton has addressed the recent scandal involving derogatory comments former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont made about her in an email when she was working on the show. "That was extreme," Horder-Payton said when asked how she had felt about Darabont's personal comments. His message emerged as part of discovery in a lawsuit brought against AMC by Darabont and his agents at CAA following his dismissal midway through Season 2 of Walking Dead,… Read

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Is “Not What You You Think,” Says EP Alexis Martin Woodall – TCA

We know that Ryan Murphy's seventh offering in his American Horror Story anthology will be entitled Cult and will have some association with the 2016 Presidential election. But at TCA, EP Alexis Martin Woodall said that the new administration will not play the part we might expect. "When Ryan had to make the announcement originally that the season was going to deal with Trump," she said, "I think it's more about what's going on in our world around us." However, the show… Read

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FX CEO John Landgraf On TV Business’ Transformation, Yet-To-Peak TV & Upcoming Battle For Talent – TCA

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FX’s John Landgraf, the designated oracle of the TV industry, closed the two-week marathon of TCA presentations with a speech about the threats to the TV ecosystem, including the rise in monopoly of video distribution, the continuing increase of number of original series, and the strategy of unlimited spending on programming. After very brief pleasantries, he quickly addressed “the elephant in the room at TCA — the massive transformation, disruptions the business is… Read

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Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon Discuss Surge In “Male Sh*ttiness” And Donald Trump – TCA

Pamela Adlon, being the Emmy nominated star, writer, director and executive producer of FX’s first comedy series with a solo female lead, was the perfect person to lead a discussion on the “incremental increase in male shittiness” at the Television Critics Association confab in Beverly Hills. “Can I hug you?” Better Things star Adlon gushed at the male critic who had asked her about this trend during the Q&A for her loosely autobiographical series about a working… Read

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‘Snowfall’ Season 2 Will Hit The Ground Running Says EP Dave Andron – TCA

FX's Snowfall has been picked up for a second season. The show, which depicts the beginnings of the 1980s crack epidemic in Los Angeles, centers around Franklin (Damson Idris) and his friends as they search for ways to support their families and land on crack as a solution to their financial woes.  Season 1 spent some time carefully setting the scene of South Los Angeles both before the advent of crack, and then during its initial, devastating effects. At TCA, co-creator D… Read

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Louis C.K.: ‘Louie’ Will Be Very Different Series If It Returns For A Season 6

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Louis C.K. has no idea if we ever will see another season of his semi-autobiographical FX series Louie, but if it returns it will be a different show. “I don't think I will do that exact version," he said, explaining, "I don't think I'm that guy…stained black T-shirt with kids. They're older now." "I don't think about it much.” Louie debuted in 2010, with C.K. writing, directing, editing, producing and starring as a divorced comedian raising two daughters. In August of… Read

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Zosia Mamet and Lou Diamond Phillips To Join ‘You’re The Worst’ – TCA

Zosia Mamet (Girls) and Lou Diamond Phillips will join the cast of FX hit You’re The Worst, the show’s creator Stephen Falk announced at TCA. Falk said the show’s lead Aya Cash, who plays Gretchen, had “found” Mamet, adding, “she cast her.” Mamet will play Heidi, Gretchen’s estranged childhood friend. The pair will meet again when Gretchen returns home for a visit in episode 7 “Not a Great Bet.” Falk added that Heidi “runs a roller skating rink,” and raised laughs when he… Read

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‘American Crime Story’: John Landgraf “Confident” Katrina Edition Will Air – TCA

“I’m confident it will air,” FX Networks/FX Productions CEO John Landgraf told TV critics about American Crime Story‘s Katrina season when asked at TCA if the show will see the light of day. Creator Ryan Murphy has a “great idea for a pivot” and “now it’s in really good shape,” Landgraf told critics on the final day of summer TCA. Murphy, who is scheduled for a Q&A this afternoon, is “trying to get his ducks in a row to make the announcement… soon,” Landgraf said, though… Read

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Ryan Murphy Expands Half Initiative To Target Social Justice With Half Fest – TCA

Early last year, Ryan Murphy launched his Half initiative, a foundation within his 20th Century Fox TV-based production company, aimed at creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera. Since then, Ryan Murphy Television’s director slate hired 60% women directors and 94% met the minority requirement, according to Murphy. In collaboration with John Landgraf and FX Networks, the director slate increased from 12% female/diverse directors in 2015 to… Read

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Seth MacFarlane: ‘The Orville’ Occupies Sci-Fi Space ‘Star Trek’ Left Behind En Route To Dystopia

TV critics seem unanimously dubious CBS Television Studios is going to be okay with Seth MacFarlane's new Fox one-hour dramedy The Orville, owing to the new series’ Star Trek-ishness. Set four centuries from now, The Orville follows the adventures in the final frontier of the USS Orville, as its human and alien crew tackles the battles, politics and workplace drama of galactic travel. At the start of Fox’s day at TCA, critics bluntly asked Fox TV Group chairman/CEO Dana… Read