‘Orphan Black’ Season 5 Episode 1 Unveiled At PaleyFest: Cast & EPs On Clone Club’s Fate, Evil Rachel & The Mysterious Man
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the season 5 first episode of Orphan Black.
That deafening roar coming from the Dolby Theatre tonight on Hollywood Blvd was the packed house completely ecstatic that they were about to watch the first episode of Orphan Black‘s final season, two and a half months ahead of its June 10 premiere.
And while Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, the Orphan Black cast and EPs Graeme Manson and John Fawcett kept their deconstruction of the… Read
Seth Meyers Warns Donald Trump To Stop Stealing ‘SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Bits
Seth Meyers opened his NBC late night show with a strong message for President Donald Trump:
“I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from Weekend Update anchor. It is on!”
The longtime ‘Weekend Update’ anchor on Saturday Night Live was referencing an interview Trump did Wednesday night with Time magazine, which published Thursday morning, in which Trump defended controversial, and… Read
AMPTP To Stuntwomen: If You See Something, Say Something
Although she’s neck-deep in negotiations for a new WGA contract, AMPTP president Carol Lombardini wasn't too busy Wednesday to fire off a letter to veteran stuntwoman Julie Johnson, who's been fighting a one-woman campaign to put an end to sexual harassment of stuntwomen and to stop the long-running practice of stuntmen doubling for actresses.
In January, Johnson, the former stunt coordinator on the Charlie's Angels TV show, met privately with SAG-AFTRA president… Read
WGA Contract Talks Coming Down To Wire
Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract are coming down to the wire. The talks, which started March 13, were scheduled to conclude Saturday, though they can be extended if progress is being made. The current contract doesn't expire until May 1, so there's plenty of time to make a deal.
If negotiations stall, however, the leadership of the WGA East and WGA West would most likely ask members for strike authorization. Such a vote, which would almost certainly be… Read
Amazon Near Pickups Of Comedy Pilots From Michael Patrick King, George Saunders & Diarra Kilpatrick
EXCLUSIVE: I hear Amazon Studios is finalizing deals for pilot orders to three single-camera comedy projects, Love You More, from former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King, which stars Bridget Everett; the genre-bending Sea Oak, from short-story writer George Saunders; and the Detroit-set The Climb, starring and written by Diarra Kilpatrick, from the Mark Gordon Co.
The current pilot season at Amazon, home of such original comedy series as Transparent and Moz… Read
‘Being Mary Jane’ Casts Raney Branch; Falk Hentschel Joins ‘The Alienist’
Raney Branch (Bones, The Originals) has booked a key recurring role opposite Gabrielle Union on BET’s popular drama series Being Mary Jane. Created by The Game's Mara Brock Akil, Being Mary Jane follows the sometimes disastrous personal and professional life of news anchor Mary Jane Paul (Union). Branch will play Aaliyah Luckett, an up-and-coming force of nature. Aaliyah is a junior PR associate with the network’s brand strategy firm, and she’s been tasked with improving… Read
Justice Department Settles Suit Over DirecTV’s Effort To Keep Dodgers Games Dark – Update
UPDATED, 3:30 PM: The Justice Department said today that it has reached a settlement in the case of information swaps involving AT&T’s DirecTV and rival pay TV outlets about talks to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games in SoCal. Reuters reported that the deal requires the companies also to monitor some communications that their executives have with competitors and to implement compliance programs. The settlement does not mandate that any pay-TV company to carry Spectrum Sp… Read
Final Member Of Movie & Music Counterfeiting Ring Sentenced To Prison
The last of a ring of convicted DVD and CD counterfeiters has been sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $70,894 in restitution to the MPAA and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Mamadou Aliou Simakha, of Dakar, Senegal, who was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, was convicted of conspiring to reproduce tens of thousands of copyrighted movies and songs, which the U.S. Department of Justice says would have been worth… Read
‘Grace And Frankie’: Marta Kauffman On Season 3, Dolly Parton & Why It’s Great To Be A Woman
"The show isn't about politics, and I don't want it to be topical," says Grace and Frankie co-creator Marta Kauffman about her Jane Fonda- and Lily Tomlin-starring series that launches its third season March 24 on Netflix. "Once you make it topical it gets very, very difficult to have it continue to air at all times and not feel dated," the Friends executive producer adds. "I'm in the business of entertaining people.”
With the success of Friends during its nearly… Read
‘Lucifer’ Season 3 To Be Supersized After 4 Season 2 Episodes Migrate To 2017-18
Fox will bank the final four episodes from the current second season of comic book-inspired drama Lucifer for next season. The decision, made for scheduling reasons, does not impact the size of the recent Season 3 order for Lucifer, which remains for 22 newly produced episodes. I hear the four carryover episodes will be on top of that.
The Lucifer move was foreshadowed by Fox’s summer schedule and premiere dates announcement yesterday, which featured a two-hour So You Thin… Read
Adrien Brody Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 4; First Story Elements Revealed
EXCLUSIVE: As filming gets underway on the 4th season of Peaky Blinders, Oscar winner Adrien Brody has suited up to join the Steven Knight-created period gangster drama. The epic BBC Two saga of the Shelby clan, from Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Drama, started shooting this week in Liverpool.
Brody’s role is being kept under wraps, but Knight says, “He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I'm sure he will be a formidable presence in… Read
‘Real Life’: Bret Harrison Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot From Hilary Winston
Former Reaper and The Loop star Bret Harrison has booked a series-regular role in Real Life, CBS' half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of Nora (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Drew (to be cast), two twentysomethings who go from being co-workers on… Read