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‘Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green On An Inclusive Series That Was “Always About Universality”

After making an impact as Sasha on The Walking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green strapped into a spacesuit this year to play Specialist Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery, the first Trek series to premiere since 2001's Star Trek: Enterprise. But the firsts didn't stop there: Martin-Green was also the first black woman to lead a Star Trek show. As she readies to shoot Season 2, Martin-Green reflects on the responsibility she felt stepping onto the bridge of the Discovery… Read

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Michael Avenatti & Anthony Scaramucci: Cable News Odd Couple?

In the latest episode of Our Reality TV Presidency, the pugnacious lawyer representing the porn star who is suing Donald Trump, and the shortest-tenured White House communications director in U.S. history are being pitched to cable news networks to star in a program in which the two men would exchange their political views. UTA’s Jay Sures is the one having conversations about pugnacious lawyer Michael Avenatti and hot-headed Anthony Scaramucci with CNN and MSNBC, The New… Read

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Emmys: Director Errol Morris On Fiction, Nonfiction, & The Truth In Doc Series ‘Wormwood’

The Errol Morris documentary series Wormwood has made Emmy history even before the nominations are announced. The Netflix hit is being submitted for Emmy consideration in a variety of nonfiction categories, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. And yet because of extensive dramatizations in Wormwood, the cast of actors Morris deployed—including Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Tim Blake Nelson and Bob Balaban—will also appear on nomination ballots in… Read

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‘Genius: Picasso’ Star Antonio Banderas On Playing His Home Town Hero & The First Piece Of Art He Ever Loved

When Antonio Banderas agreed to play Picasso for National Geographic's second season of Genius, it was with the proviso that the show be entirely true to the real life of the artist. Having grown up in Picasso's hometown of Malaga in Spain, Banderas had a personal stake in that piece of history, and had in fact turned down a previous offer of the role in a different production for fear it wouldn't do the man justice. Imbued with reverence for the painter from a very early… Read

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Fox News Exec Revamp: Suzanne Scott Named CEO, Jay Wallace President

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Suzanne Scott, the Fox News Channel programming boss who has been with FNC since it launched 22 years ago, has been named CEO of Fox News, which encompasses Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The move is part of a restructuring at the top of Fox News, with Jay Wallace, formerly FNC president of news, appointed president and executive editor. Jack Abernethy, who had been co-president of Fox News, shifts to full-time focus as as CEO of the expanded Fox Television… Read

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Bryan Cranston On Making Family Comedy ‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’: “I Wanted To Bring Some Hope To The World”

Conn and Hal Iggulden's bestselling guide to boyhood seems like an odd candidate for a television adaptation. It is, after all, a non-fiction how-to with no narrative to speak of. And yet, for Bryan Cranston and his Moon Shot Entertainment production company, the philosophy at the heart of the book—that kids should look up from the cell phones and experience the world first-hand—was undeniable. The touching family comedy from Amazon Studios follows Wyatt (Gabriel Bateman)… Read

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‘New Girl’ Series Finale: Zooey Deschanel On Jess’s Fate, Her Take On How Series Could Have Ended, & Future Plans

Spoiler alert: This article contains details of tonight's two-episode series finale of Fox’s New Girl. Who’s that girl? It’s Jess Day, who is moving on to bigger and better things. Tonight, Fox aired the final two episodes of New Girl, the Elizabeth Meriwether comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, which ran for seven seasons and was among the network’s most notable series at 146 episodes and five Primetime Emmy noms. Arriving on air on September 20, 2011, New Girl followed… Read

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ABC Upfront Presentation: Live Blog

ABC’s Lincoln Center Upfront presentation was, as its Television Group President Ben Sherwood promised, the perfect Roseanne Drinking Game. We lost track of how many times she was mentioned as the network celebrated the stunning ratings success of Roseanne redux. Sharing their Upfront presentation time with Freeform for the first time, ABC had to race through their new primetime schedule, to the detriment of new programs and returning – same as NBC has suffered for… Read

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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’s Darren Criss Searches For Humanity In Killer Andrew Cunanan

Perhaps surprisingly, preparing for the role of notorious real-life Gianni Versace killer Andrew Cunanan in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story wasn't such a terrifying leap for Darren Criss, despite his upbeat musical theater background. Formerly best known for his work on Ryan Murphy's Glee, Criss embraced this new, dark role, which not only brought him back into the Murphy fold, but gave him the chance to showcase his impressive acting… Read

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‘The Fourth Estate’ Director Liz Garbus On The Plight Of Journalists In The Trump Era

Watching the 2016 presidential election play out, Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus was as surprised as anyone by the outcome, as Republican candidate Donald Trump took a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. “All the predictors were telling us it was going to turn out one way, and it turned out another, and I think there was a moment in which storytellers were figuring out, what is our role in this new political landscape?” Garbus said in conversation with… Read

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Jeff Daniels On ‘Godless’, ‘The Looming Tower’ And His Message To Trump: “Be Prepared To Duck, Orange Man”

Jeff Daniels could be taking it easy. The Emmy Award-winning, and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Tony Award-nominated actor could be still coasting on the success of his turn as the lead of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, which came to an end in 2014, and which felt like the gilded cherry atop a career cake that has encompassed everything from The Purple Rose of Cairo to Dumb and Dumber, The Hours, Good Night, and Good Luck and The Squid and the Whale. But this year… Read

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Apple’s Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg Make Moves To Shake Up SVOD Scripted Space — Deadline Disruptors

Apple, which helped revolutionize the digital distribution of music with iTunes, is a relatively late entrant into the digital video-on-demand space. But its foray had been a long time in the making. "There has always been a fascination at the company with movie and TV content," says Tim Bajarin, president of marketing research consultancy Creative Strategies, who has covered Apple since 1981. "We know that Steve Jobs was very supportive of it. In 2010 when the iPad… Read