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BBC Commissions New Drama Series From ‘Wolf Hall’ Writer, ‘Victoria’ Producer
The BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One, the pubcaster announced Friday.
“The Three,” based on a trilogy of novels by Sarah Lotz and described as an international conspiracy thriller with a supernatural edge, has been adapted by Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for the 2011 adaptation of John Le Carre’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and was Emmy-nominated for 2015’s “Wolf Hall.”
Executive produced by Kate Sinclair and George Faber of The Forge, “The Three” sees a crash investigator with the NTSB in Washington under pressure to find out what caused four plane crashes in four different countries all on the same day. At the center of the mystery are three children who each miraculously survived one of the crashes while rumors circulate of a fourth child survivor.
Straughan said the story “looks at how fear and paranoia can affect society on a global level, while interrogating the effects of trauma on ordinary lives.” »
- Robert Mitchell
‘Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Teases Final Season Filming Start Date
The cast of “Game of Thrones” is set to start filming the final season of the hit HBO series in October, according to actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season,” the actor who plays Jaime Lannister told Collider. “But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.” According to the publication, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Bruce Forsyth, Legendary British Entertainer, Dies at 89
A statement from Wilson said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”
The popular variety entertainer, who was a mainstay of British television from the 1970s onwards, made his television debut at age 14 singing and dancing on a talent show. He became a household name in the U.K. in the late 1950s after being invited to take over from comedian Tommy Trinder as host of television variety show “Sunday Night at the London Palladium” in 1958.
In the 1970s he proved popular as a gameshow host, fronting the long-running “The Generation Game” for the BBC before moving to rival broadcaster ITV to host another long-running gameshow, “Play »
- Robert Mitchell
Lethal Weapon Season 2: Adrian Pasdar to Appear, Thomas Lennon to Return
Pasdar, whose recent TV credits include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Colony and Supergirl, will play a “con artist grifter” who — in the episode’s opening scene — “ends up robbing these people in a private jet and winds up jumping out in a parachute,” show boss Matthew Miller tells TVLine. Miller adds that the hour involves “a father-daughter story,” and that Pasdar will appear in Episode 4.
In addition, the executive producer confirms to TVLine exclusively that Thomas Lennon »
Steve Bannon To Exit As Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist
Udpated with White House statement: White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is the latest staffer from the Trump Administration to be shown the door, with the White House confirming media reports that the onetime Brietbart News boss will exit his post. The White House confirmed the news to CNN, then issued a brief statement: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and… »
Was Game of Thrones Underwater Too Long? Did Bachelor in Paradise Sicken? Where Was Orphan Son? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orphan Black, Bachelor in Paradise, The Fosters and Marvel’s The Defenders!
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Big Brother 19's Cody Hopes Jessica Digs His Fiery Eviction Speech
For the second time this season on Big Brother 19, Cody walked out the door -- and this time on the coffee table without a word to anyone.
You can't really blame the guy. Sure, he can hardly emote and had zero social game, but he did try to save himself in his first week without Jessica -- talking to ...
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- Joyce Eng
‘God Friended Me’ Light Procedural From ‘Alcatraz’ Co-Creators, Berlanti Prods. & Marcos Siega Lands At CBS As Put Pilot
In a competitive situation, CBS has nabbed God Friended Me, a light hourlong procedural from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, is the studio. Written by Lilien and Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series, which explores questions of faith, existence, and science. It centers on an… »
Lin-Manuel Miranda & James Corden Strip Down To Birthday Suits For ‘Crosswalk: The Musical’
Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden shed their clothes for Late Late Show‘s latest installment of Crosswalk: The Musical, a version of the 1967 rock musical Hair. Corden introduced Miranda to his star-struck cast before a quick rehearsal in a parking lot. “In a lot of ways, I feel like everything I’ve ever done has been leading up to this moment,” Miranda exuded “In the seven years I was writing Hamilton, all I could think was, ‘This is big enough. I might get on the… »
‘Game of Thrones’: Memories of Meeting the Actors Before They Were Famous (Photos)
U.K. blogger Adam Whitehead has written for years about genre fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy storytelling on big and small screens. As the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” heads toward its closing episodes — and as the series itself gets ready for a 2018 conclusion — Whitehead recalls the time he met the cast of the show, years before it became a cultural phenomenon. In November 2009, the actors were new to Belfast and shooting the pilot for the HBO show, and author George R.R. Martin happened to be in that city, too, promoting the book series on which the drama is based. Here, Whitehead chronicles that night eight years ago, where he got to tell the actors who’d go on to be very famous about the characters they’d be playing.
I first visited Westeros in the autumn of 1999. After three years of hesitating, I finally I picked up a copy of “A Game of Thrones” and dove »
- Adam Whitehead
Brendan Gleeson on Getting a Late Start on His Career
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson made his film debut in 1990’s “The Field,” starring Richard Harris and based on the play by John B. Keane. Five years later, he made an impact internationally as Hamish Campbell in Mel Gibson’s Oscar winner “Braveheart.” Since then, film lovers have seen the versatile thesp in a wide range of blockbusters and indie films. “Harry Potter” aficionados know him as Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, and fans have treasured his work in such fare as John Boorman’s “The General,” John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and for his Emmy-winning turn as Winston Churchill in TV film “Into the Storm.”
Now on-screen as Detective Bill Hodges in the new Stephen King neo-noir TV series, “Mr. Mercedes,” Gleeson was first noticed by Variety on Aug. 1, 1990, for his performance in Dublin in Keane’s play “The Year of the Hiker.”
- Steven Gaydos
Jon Stewart Takes Aim at Donald Trump and White Supremacists During Surprise Stand-Up Appearance With Dave Chappelle
Jon Stewart picked a hell of a time to end his tenure as host of “The Daily Show.” Several others have stepped up to fill the void left by his absence — that two of them, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee, first came to attention on his show is no coincidence — but no one does it quite like Stewart did.
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Like just about everyone besides Trump himself, Stewart was aghast at the notion that “many sides” were to blame for last weekend’s violence. “To the presence of two sides? Motherfucker? There are two sides? Motherfucker? Two sides? Two sides!” he exclaimed. “And I believe they are called the Allied powers and the Axis powers. »
- Michael Nordine
Remote Controlled: Carrie Coon on ‘The Leftovers’ Finale, ‘Fargo’s’ Appeal and Her Emmy Plans
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Carrie Coon, star of HBO’s “The Leftovers” and FX’s “Fargo.” Coon has been nominated for an Emmy for best actress in a limited series for her work on “Fargo.”
“There was a lot of speculation that I would get one for something,” jokes Coon. “My odds are pretty good.”
Despite her success, Coon says she still goes unrecognized by the general public. “By and large I am totally unmolested,” she says with a laugh. But her performances have elevated her within the industry, she says. “I do have some street cred,” she says. “By being picky, I have created a little mystery about what’s next.” She has yet to commit to another role, admitting »
- Debra Birnbaum
‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia On Jack’s Death: “We’re All Carrying This One Big Secret”—Emmys
Milo Ventimiglia has been through plenty of ups and downs in his career. Following a popular stint on Gilmore Girls, then a lead role in Heroes, Ventimiglia seemed to go quiet. While he continued working, his star never seemed to rise to its previous heights. But now all that has radically changed with the role of Jack Pearson in NBC's This Is Us. Ventimiglia has experienced a kind of renaissance, and with it, much critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination for his nuanced… »
Emmy Predictions: Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie Two past winners in the category face off against a certified movie legend and a two-time Oscar winner on his first Emmy nomination. Plus two stars of the same acclaimed HBO limited series, and another screen star joining the run of Fargo make this a distinguished lineup that may not be as competitive as the ladies', but holds its own intrigue nonetheless. Riz Ahmed The Night Of HBO The new British star may be best known… »
‘Sense8’: Porn Website xHamster Wants to Produce Season 3 of Wachowski Series
Netflix broke the hearts of many when it announced in June it was canceling the Wachowski series “Sense8” after two cult-favorite seasons. The series had aired 23 episodes and became beloved for its empowering themes of acceptance. Fan outcry was so passionate over the news that Netflix convinced Lana Wachowski to wrap-up the series with a two-hour movie set to premiere in 2018.
But what if “Sense8” could continue with a third season instead? Porn website xHamster has thrown its hat into the ring by offering to produce an entire season of the series. The website, which has been around for the last decade, argues it has more daily visitors than a lot of top publication websites and would be a natural fit for a series that includes infamous sex scenes and themes about sexual rights.
xHamster issued an official »
- Zack Sharf
‘Weekend Update’ Ratings Steady, ‘Beat Shazam’ Up & ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night
As NFL preseason preemptions were scattered across some local markets on most of the Big 4 last night, the second week of Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update (1.5/6) put some heavy hitting veterans on the desk as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey all showed up to talk Donald Trump and Charlottesville. NBC, CBS and ABC will all likely see some adjustments later in the day but Week 2 of Weekend Update is currently down 12% from last week's premiere in fast affiliate… »
The Defenders Recap: Who Emerged as the All-Stars of TV's Marvel Team-Up?
Did one of Netflix’s superhero series just come crashing to a halt?
Marvel’s The Defenders released all eight episodes on Friday morning, slowly but surely uniting Matt Murdoch, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand in a case to keep the ominous global organization known as The Hand from making New York the latest city to fall to its centuries-long whims.
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Guy’s Family Road Trip: Is It Worth the Watch?
In 2015, Guy Fieri’s sons wrote an open letter to their father’s fans titled “The Food Network is Killing Our Father”. The truth was that their high energy dad was keeping a back breaking filming schedule with “Diners Drive Ins and Dives” and other Food Network show appearances. Fieri still has a hectic schedule but now the family is all along for the ride with “Guy’s Family Road Trip”. Is this new show worth watching? You betcha! The first episode that aired on August 13th and already this show is shaping up to be a favorite for families who love
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- Virginia Repka-Franco
Solar Eclipse Coverage: TV Goes Totally Looney for Lunar Moment
Major TV networks are gearing up to cover Monday’s solar eclipse as if it were a sporting event — the Super Bowl of the scientific world.
The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1917 and the first to be visible from the mainland since 1979 is set to begin around 1:15 p.m. Et. The eclipse will be visible for another 90 minutes in varying degrees around the country. The total blackout of the sun will be visible for a few minutes along the 73-mile-wide “path of totality” that runs along a diagonal stretch of the country, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina.
The event has taken on a life of its own, with festivals and even cruises organized around a celebration of the rare moment when the moon steals the spotlight from the sun because the two celestial bodies are in perfect alignment from the perspective of those on Earth. Similar »
- Erin Nyren
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