‘Those Who Can’t’: Season 2 Trailer & Guest Stars For TruTV Comedy
There’s a new principal at Denver’s Smoot High in the upcoming second season of Those Who Can’t, truTV’s first scripted comedy. And here is the first trailer for the sophomore year of the show, which follows three trouble-making teachers who are more inept that the kids they educate.
In Season 2, the trio of teachers (series creators Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Clayton-Holland) still are out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms… Read
WE TV Orders Docuseries About Brooklyn’s Pink Tea Cup Restaurant
WE tv has ordered six, hourlong episodes of Hustle & Soul, a docuseries focused on the owner and staff of Brooklyn’s Pink Tea Cup restaurant, for premiere early next year.
Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, Hustle & Soul follows owner and head chef Lawrence Page on a quest to make the Pink Tea Cup the first soul food restaurant to garner the coveted Michelin Star, all while trying to manage staff in-fighting, power moves and love triangles.
"When Lawrence Page… Read
James Corden Teases Britney Spears’ Carpool Karaoke – Update
UPDATE, 7:45 AM: With a day to go before Carpool Karaoke releases its Britney Spears video, a promo tease of the Late Late Show video franchise’s latest iteration had amassed more than a quarter million views on YouTube alone. Among late-night videos, Britney still trails Hillary Clinton, whose reading of Donald Trump quotes (except the one about how he would maybe date Ivanka if she were not his daughter) on Jimmy Kimmel Live had clocked over half a million YouTube… Read
BBC One Orders Drama ‘The Split’ From Abi Morgan; Thandie Newton Joins ‘Line Of Duty’ Season 4 – Edinburgh
BBC One has had a strong year, achieving its best peak time share since 2008, and fueled by such series as Call The Midwife, Poldark, Doctor Foster, The A Word, Luther and the Sherlock special. At the Edinburgh TV Festival today, BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore unveiled a slate of six new series including divorce-lawyer drama The Split from Emmy-winner Abi Morgan and exec produced by Broadchurch‘s Jane Featherstone. Moore also revealed that Thandie Newton has been… Read
Bob Costas Explains Ryan Lochte’s “Over-Exaggeration” Vs. “Lying” To Seth Meyers
“When I exaggerate I tell people I’m 6′ tall. When I over-exaggerate I tell them I’m 6′ 5″,” NBC’s Olympics wrangler Bob Costas tells NBC’s late night star Seth Meyers. He called Lochte a “great swimmer and a nice guy” who did one thing right – “he rinsed the blonde out of his hair” before doing his “I over-exaggerated” interview with NBC News’ Matt Lauer. In that interview, Lochte acknowledged he did not have a gun pointed at his head when he and some money were… Read
Oscars: Saudi Arabia Enters ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ In Foreign Language Race; Kingdom’s Second Submission Ever
Barakah Meets Barakah, the debut feature of writer/director Mahmoud Sabbagh, has been selected to represent Saudi Arabia in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie, which debuted in Berlin, thus becomes the second-ever entry from the kingdom. It follows Haifaa Al Mansour's 2013 charmer Wadjda, which was Saudi Arabia's first official entry. Though roundly-lauded, that film failed to make the Oscars shortlist.
The crowd-pleasing Barakah Meets Barakah debuted to… Read
See-Saw Films Hires Simon Gillis To Run Commercial Affairs; Steve McQueen To Receive BFI Fellowship – Global Briefs
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films has appointed Simon Gillis to the newly created position of Head of Commercial Affairs. Gillis will take up the post ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival. He will be based in London and spearhead the film division’s commercial activities; managing business operations and strategy, leading deal making and overseeing all commercial and financial matters. Gillis joins from Universal Pictures where he served most… Read
Catalyst Options YA Fantasy Novel ‘Cuckoo Song’ For Event Mini – Edinburgh
UK-based Catalyst Global Media has optioned Frances Hardinge's fantasy/horror YA novel Cuckoo Song with an eye to turning it into an event miniseries. The coming-of-age tale centers on a girl wrestling with her identity and place in the world. Originally published in 2014, it was the first YA book to win the British Fantasy Awards top prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the James Herbert Award.
The story is set in 1920s England where a young girl wakes… Read
‘Ordeal By Innocence’ To Kick Off Multi-Year Agatha Christie/BBC One Pact – Edinburgh
Agatha Christie Productions and BBC One have entered a deal for seven new Christie adaptations over the next four years. The first novel under the pact is Ordeal By Innocence which will be adapted by Sara Phelps. ACP is working with Mammoth Screen on the transfer. The book, which is one of Christie’s darker works and examines the psychology of innocence, is also said to have been one of the author’s personal favorites.
Other titles so far confirmed in the BBC deal include… Read
Jack Thorne, David Farr, Kelly Marcel Join Writing Team On ‘Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick’ – Edinburgh
Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television have enlisted a host of hot UK and U.S. writing talent for their upcoming 10-part anthology Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick. Each episode of the series will act as a standalone drama, and be adapted and modernized for global audiences from Dick’s distinctive short stories. The five new writers added to the series are Harry Potter And The Cursed Child‘s Jack Thorne; The Night Manager‘s David Farr; Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Kel… Read
Ryan Lochte Teammate James Feigen Apologizes, Details Rio Gas Station Gaffe & Brazilian Authorities’ Big Fine Demands
James Feigen has become the third U.S. swimmer involved in the now infamous Rio gas station incident to give a detailed account of the events that cast a shadow on the American athletes’ performance at the Olympic games. Following Gunnar Bentz’s written statement and Ryan Lochte’s apology and TV interview, Feigen on Tuesday issued a statement through his attorneys, Austin, TX-based Mark Hull and Daniel Wannamaker.
In the missive, he chronicles a sequence of events in line… Read
Watchdog Group Chides Laika For “White-Washing” ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’
A watchdog group that advocates “balanced, sensitive and positive depiction and coverage of Asian Americans” is calling out producer Laika, and by extension distributor Focus Features, for using mostly white actors to voice Japanese characters in Kubo and the Two Strings, the animated feature that bowed Friday.
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the issue for decades, noted that even though the movie takes place in ancient Japan, the… Read