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Made in NY Writers Room Program Unveils Fellows, Showrunner Mentors

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The WGA East and several New York City agencies have set the inaugural group of fellows for its Made in NY Writers Room initiative designed to help open doors for aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds.

After the program was unveiled last fall, the guild and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (Mome) and other agencies were flooded with nearly 500 script submissions. All of those submissions received feedback notes from the WGA East member. Another 170 received a second round of notes. A total of 30 finalists were selected, and the 12 fellows were chosen from that pool.

The fellows comprise 11 individuals and one writing team. They will earn a $15,000 stipend for taking part in the six-month fellowship that will include mentoring sessions, networking and professional development opportunities. The program is part of a broader push by Mome to create more talent-nurturing activities to capitalize in the spike in production in the state.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Won’t Air Segment With Couple Who Filed Suit

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“America’s Got Talent” will not air a segment featuring a couple who filed suit on Tuesday, alleging that host Tyra Banks had humiliated their daughter.

The lawsuit claimed that Banks had made fun of the couple’s song, which expressed their love for their daughter, and insinuated that the girl was conceived by accident. The couple sought damages and demanded that Marathon Productions not air the segment.

FremantleMedia — the parent of Marathon — issued a statement on Thursday saying the suit “is being dismissed.” A spokesman for the plaintiff’s law firm declined to comment, except to say that settlement talks are underway and the dispute “will be amicably resolved.”

“We take great care of all acts that cross the ‘Agt’ stage and their families,” FremantleMedia said in the statement. “Tyra has been an incredible addition to ‘Agt’ with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence »


- Gene Maddaus

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Netflix Cancels London Premieres of ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Glow’ in Wake of Manchester Attack

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Netflix is the latest entertainment company to cancel events in London in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester.

The streaming service will no longer hold premieres for “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 and “Glow,” its new original series from “Orange” creator Jenji Kohan based on the 1980s female wrestling league of the same name. The event was scheduled for May 30 at England’s Curzon Mayfair Cinema.

“​Following the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night, we have decided to cancel our special screening of Orange is the New Black and Glow on Tuesday 30th May,” a Netflix spokesperson said on Thursday. “Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy.​”​

Warner Bros. axed its screening of “Wonder Woman” on Wednesday and Universal scrapped its debut of “The Mummy” earlier on Thursday. Ariana Grande, whose concert at England’s Manchester Arena was the target of the bombing, canceled »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Fox News’ Dueling Narratives: Journalism That Clashes With Fury Over ‘Liberal Media’

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A little more than 24 hours before Guardian U.S. reporter Ben Jacobs was knocked to the ground, choked, and punched by Gop congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted that “Liberal Fascism” and the “corrupt media” were trying to silence him from reporting a debunked story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Hannity has been doggedly pursuing the non-story for days now with increasingly irresponsible methods, even though his own employer Fox News has retracted the story about Rich’s death that fueled the speculation. Indeed, by his own admission, on May 23’s “Hannity,” the host is avoiding the story “out of respect for the family’s wishes.” But since Tuesday, the conservative talking head has been methodically attacking the “liberal media,” “corrupt media,” and/or the “Destroy Trump media” for quashing his narrative, with well-trod detours that invoke the specters of liberals such as billionaire George Soros and Media Matters for »


- Sonia Saraiya

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‘Baywatch’ Producer Shares Plans for Film Sequel With Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron (Exclusive)

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Baywatch” has yet to open wide in theaters, but ahead of this weekend’s debut, the team behind the film adaptation is already planning a movie franchise.

Speaking to Variety at a New York City screening of “Baywatch” earlier this week, producer Beau Flynn shared plans for a sequel, which would bring back the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, plus writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who co-wrote the screenplay for the first flick.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety on the red carpet, ahead of the screening on Monday. “We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Along with Johnson and Efron, “Baywatch,” which »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Law and Order: Svu’ Taps ‘Chicago Justice’ Ep Michael Chernuchin as New Showrunner

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Michael Chernuchin has been selected as the new showrunner for Season 19 of NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu,” Variety has learned.

Most recently, Chernuchin was the showrunner and executive producer on fellow Dick Wolf series “Chicago Justice,” which was canceled after one season. He has a long history with Wolf, having previously served as an executive producer and writer on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” in addition to serving as a writer on “Law & Order: UK” and “Law & Order: La.”

He is repped by Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Robert S. Getman.

Chernuchin takes over showrunning duties from Rick Eid, who left “Svu” to take over as showrunner on “Chicago Pd.” Eid joined “Svu” as a writer and producer at the beginning of Season 18. He had previously worked on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” Back in March, “P.D.” showrunner and co-creator Matt Olmstead stepped down for an overall deal with ABC Studios »


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TV News Roundup: Teen Choice Awards Announce 2017 Air Date

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In today’s roundup, the 2017 Teen Choice Awards get an air date, as has Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” Season 3.

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The 2017 Teen Choice Awards will air live Sunday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. Et/ Pt tape-delayed on Fox. The two-hour event honors the year’s biggest names in film, television, music, fashion and comedy. Category winners are selected by teens themselves by choosing new award categories and favorites from the past. Hosts, performers, presenters and nominees have not been announced yet. Last year’s event was hosted by WWE champion John Cena and actress Victoria Justice and featured appearances by Justin Timberake, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Jason Derulo.

Bravo Media will premiere season three of “Odd Mom Out” on Wednesday, July 12 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The scripted comedy series stars Jill Kargman, Abby Elliott, Andy Buckley, K.K. Glick, Sean Kleier, and Joanna Cassidy. Kargman plays a satirical version of herself keeping up in the exclusive »


- Rebecca Rubin

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CBS Taps Tony Awards Production Team for Emmy Telecast

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CBS has tapped the Tony Awards production team of Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to serve as exec producers of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Weiss has directed six previous Emmy telecasts, but this year will mark the duo’s first time shepherding the entire show. Stephen Colbert will host the 69th annual kudocast, airing live Sept. 17 on CBS. Chris Licht, Colbert’s exec producer on CBS’ “The Late Show,” will serve as a producer on the Emmycast. Weiss will once again direct.

“Glenn and Ricky have done outstanding work with CBS on ‘The Tony Awards’ and ‘The Kennedy Center Honors,’” said Jack Sussman, exec VP of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment. “This multiple Emmy Award-winning team has produced some of the most unforgettable TV moments, and we can’t wait to work with them on the biggest night celebrating television.”

Weiss and Kirshner are partners in White Cherry Entertainment, The »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Netflix, Amazon Pull Out of TCA Summer Press Tour

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Streaming services Netflix and Amazon will not participate in the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Ctam, the cable- and broadband-television trade organization, released its schedule for summer press tour Wednesday. That schedule, which for the first time includes streaming services alongside pay-cable channels such as HBO, Discovery, and TNT, did not include dates for Netflix or Amazon.

“I cannot answer to what Netflix’s reasons are for not presenting at the Summer TCA Tour,” said Ctam spokesperson Mary Shaw in a statement Thursday. “However, I can say that there are a lot of variables that go into a content provider being able to present at any given tour. There are many factors that go into a successful presentation e.g., executive availability, talent availability, production schedules, marketing materials, etc. As for the Ctam cable and streaming portion of the tour, we have a robust five days of programming lined up for the critics.  I »


- Daniel Holloway

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Fox News Wants to Keep Sean Hannity Despite Conspiracy-Theory Controversy

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Sean Hannity has been one of Fox News Channel’s most popular personalities, throwing red meat daily to the cable network’s core red-state viewers by talking up issues of interest to conservatives. If he were to leave, the network would likely get the blues.

Hannity is no stranger to controversy – he has sparred with former colleague Megyn Kelly and CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, to name a few – but he is at the center of a new one that has sparked a few defections from his show by a handful of advertisers as well as speculation over whether he might return from a Memorial Day weekend vacation that began after his broadcast last night.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in a statement Friday. “Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish.” Hannity »


- Brian Steinberg

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Sophia Bush Departs ‘Chicago P.D.’ After Four Seasons

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Chicago P.D.” star Sophia Bush is leaving the NBC series after four seasons.

Bush played Det. Erin Lindsay on the Dick Wolf procedural, who it was hinted at the end of Season 4 would be leaving Chicago to take a job with the FBI. Bush has been with “P.D.” since Season 1, and has appeared on episodes of “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” and “Law & Order: Svu.”

“P.D.” is one of the three “Chicago” shows currently airing on NBC, with the network recently cancelling freshman series “Chicago Justice.” All three of the other shows have been renewed. They have been dependable ratings performers for NBC at the 9 and 10 p.m. hours. “Med” season two averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers. “P.D.” season four averaged a 1.4 and 6.6 million. “Fire” season five averaged a 1.5 and 7.1 million viewers.

News of the series renewals was accompanied by the announcement that “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Rick Eid would »


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Fox Heats Up Summer With ‘Love Connection’ Revival for Modern Daters With Host Andy Cohen

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It’s before noon on a weekday in late March, and Andy Cohen walks out onto a massive set with possibly the most dramatic entrance ever. “Here’s your host, Andy Cohen!” the voiceover shouts, as the TV personality is unveiled from giant bridge that lowers as he graces the lit-up stage.

Though the environment is familiar to Cohen with a live audience and a cushy couch for conversation with guests, this is not “Watch What Happens Live.” Rather, the Bravo personality is taping an episode of “Love Connection,” the revival of the dating game show, which premieres Thursday night on Fox.

Love Connection” shot over a period of about one week, bringing the New York-based Cohen to Los Angeles to do what he does best: prod into people’s personal lives.

Within minutes of introducing the second contestant — whom Cohen dubbed “buff Jesus,” thanks to his large stature and long mane of silky hair — the host »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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T.J. Miller to Exit ‘Silicon Valley’ Ahead of Season 5

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T.J. Miller will not be returning for the fifth season of “Silicon Valley” on HBO, Variety has confirmed.

“The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5,” HBO said in a statement. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”

Miller has been on the show since Season 1, playing Erlich Bachman, an extremely arrogant entrepreneur. Miller also currently stars in Comedy Central’s “The Gorburger Show.” On the film side, he appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the immensely popular R-rated superhero film “Deadpool” as Weasel, a role he will reprise in the film’s upcoming sequel. He will also provide a voice in Sony’s “Emoji Movie”–for which he parasailed into the Cannes film festival to promote–and play a part in »


- Joe Otterson

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Claire Foy, Matt Smith on Their Future in ‘The Crown,’ Season 2’s Focus on Philip

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It was a mutual admiration society as James Corden moderated Netflix’s “The Crown” FYSee chat with fellow Brits Claire Foy and Matt Smith. When Smith ribbed Corden about hearing that Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of Corden, the “Late Late Show” host demurred humbly, saying, “Let’s not make this about me. But yes, she’s a big fan.”

Foy, whose performance as the younger Queen has been critically acclaimed, recalled that she was five months pregnant when she received the script for the show. Impending motherhood affected the way she tackled the role. Foy explained, “She’s been visibly a mother and held down a job. I related to that. She’s an icon, someone to look up to and respect.”

Both stars praised “The Crown’s” principal creative team, Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, and Andy Harries. Smith, who plays Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, said that though the idea of playing a royal was »


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History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series

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History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke »


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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018

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NBC has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year.

The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”

The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO

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HBO has renewed comedy series “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” The new seasons for both shows will premiere in 2018.

Currently in its fourth season, “Silicon Valley” has been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and won two. The series, about a startup set in the cradle of the tech industry, stars Thomas MiddleditchT.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, the series is executive produced by Judge, Alec Berg, Michael Rotenberg, and Tom Lassally.

In its sixth season, “Veep” is the winner of 12 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former vice president and president of the United States. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson also star. Created by Armando Iannucci, the series is executive produced  by David Mandel, Frank Rich »


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‘Speechless’ Actor Micah Fowler Wants to Play a ‘Star Wars’ Villain

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Micah Fowler, who first appeared in the 2013 movie “Labor Day,” stars in ABC’s “Speechless,” a comedy about a young man with special needs and the way his family members relate to one another and the outside world. Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, was cast in the series based on his audition tape.

You’ve given voice to a huge demographic. Was that a factor in pursuing acting?

I pursued acting because I really enjoy it. I never imagined the response the role would generate and how my portrayal could impact lives. But wow, has it ever been amazing, both from the able-bodied community and from the special needs community. The hundreds of messages I’ve gotten on social media mentioning how this show has changed lives has been astonishing. It’s renewed dreams and given hope to people navigating life with a disability and given new perspective to those not directly affected with a disability. I »


- Dani Levy

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Playback: Geoffrey Rush on 14 Years of ‘Pirates’ and Tackling Einstein in ‘Genius’

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Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The summer movie season is in full swing and next on the list of massive Hollywood extravaganzas is Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The franchise, which debuted to considerable skepticism in the summer of 2003 as there was no successful pirate genre to speak of, has gone on to become one of the biggest successes for the studio. Five movies deep and it’s still raking in billions of dollars.

Actor Geoffrey Rush has been along for the ride every step of the way as Captain Hector Barbossa, and without giving much away, he’s able to put something of a period on his work in the series with the new film. There’s obviously something big and robust and Baroque about playing a pirate, and »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Nashville’ Midseason Trailer Previews Life After Rayna (Watch)

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In anticipation of the return of “Nashville,” Cmt released an all-new trailer for the second half of Season 5, which gives viewers a taste of what life will look like after Rayna — spoiler alert: there’s still a lot of drama.

Following Rayna’s death, the show will be back without Connie Britton, who exited in a sad turn of events in February’s midseason finale.

The trailer picks up with Rayna’s oldest daughter Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) career on the rise, while Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes is struggling to bounce back. Meanwhile, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is wavering on the father’s identity of her unborn child.

In the new episodes, Deacon (Charles Esten) is fighting to keep record label Highway 65 in business, just as Nashville outsider Alyssa — portrayed by new cast member Rachel Bilson — brings her musical talents to town. Kaitlin Doubleday from “Empire” also joins the cast for the back-half of the season.

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- Rebecca Rubin

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