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22 Emmy Nominees Worth Considering One More Time Before Voting Ends

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The marathon is almost over. What started in February with the first official Fyc screenings is about to wrap up on the final day of Emmy voting. All the advocacy from publicists, networks, critics, friends, and colleagues will either add up to an Emmy win or not, and the mourning cycle will last, at most, one month — before the end-of-year awards races start up in earnest.

So today, on the last day of voting, IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers and TV Awards Editor Libby Hill have a few last-second pleas for everyone to consider. Sure, it would be nice if someone clicked on this article and then clicked over to their ballot, convinced of a nominee’s merit. But it’s just as important that we all remember the impressive efforts of these creators. Whether they win or not, the work demands to be seen, and the long Emmy race
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Disney Channel Sets Cast For ‘Upside-Down Magic’ Movie As Production Begins

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Disney Channel Sets Cast For ‘Upside-Down Magic’ Movie As Production Begins
Newcomer Izabela Rose and Siena Agudong (No Good Nick) are set to lead the ensemble cast for Upside-Down Magic, a new Disney Channel original movie based on The New York Times bestselling fantasy fiction children’s books of the same name. Vicki Lewis, Kyle Howard (My Boys), Elie Samouhi (Bizaardvark), Alison Fernandez (Once Upon a Time) and Max Torina (Raven’s Home) will also star in the movie which begins production today. It’s slated to premiere next summer.

With a teleplay by Nick Pustay (Ramona and Beezus) and Josh Cagan (Kim Possible), Upside-Down Magic is based on the Scholastic book series from bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Disney Channel optioned the series for development in 2015.

The movie centers around 13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace (Rose) who discovers that she can flux into animals, and her best friend, and Reina Carvajal (Agudong) who can manipulate flames,
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Emmys: How Fresh Faces Could Cause Upsets in Major Races

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Emmys: How Fresh Faces Could Cause Upsets in Major Races
The breadth of first-time acting Emmy nominees on the ballot this year — from Jodie Comer (BBC America’s “Killing Eve”) to Benicio Del Toro (Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”) to Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl”) — marks an awards season with a notably wide-open playing field. In an era of peak TV, the number of scripted series being produced ­— and the diversity of stories being told — means that new faces and longtime veterans alike are being recognized with their first nominations.

“There have never been as many original programs as there are now,” says awards consultant Richard Licata of Licata & Co. “So, de facto, there are more actors in them, and more first-timers who have emerged, which is very exciting for the business.”

And, he continues, the volume of “first-time front-runners may be favored this year by Academy voters.” But he thinks that is due to the “great performances,” not “the
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After over 230 acting credits, Stephen Root is primed for his first Emmy nomination thanks to ‘Barry’

After over 230 acting credits, Stephen Root is primed for his first Emmy nomination thanks to ‘Barry’
Did you know that Stephen Root, an actor with over 230 credits on his resume, has never received an Emmy nomination? Surprising, I know. But the guy who starred in “NewsRadio” and “King of the Hill” and made countless guest appearances in a slew of other TV favorites (not to mention more than a few movies) has been unrecognized in the awards game thus far. That could change this year with a primo season of “Barry” that has put his performance squarely in the spotlight.

See Emmy spotlight: ‘Barry’ exceeds its strong debut with a killer Season 2

The second year of HBO’s comedy series finds hitman-turned-thespian Barry Berkman (Bill Hader) dealing with the repercussions of murdering Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome), who was investigating his nefarious behavior while dating his acting coach, Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler). Complications arise in his relationship with Monroe Fuches (Root), a family friend who trained
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Will ‘Barry’ supporting stars Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg share the Emmy spotlight?

Will ‘Barry’ supporting stars Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg share the Emmy spotlight?
“Barry” had a great first season at the Emmys. In 2018 it earned 13 nominations and 3 wins, including Best Comedy Actor (Bill Hader) and Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Henry Winkler). But Winkler was the only supporting star who was even nominated. Will his co-stars Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg get to share the spotlight in season two? It’s actually quite common for a show to blow up in the supporting categories after first-year snubs.

Even some of the Emmys’ favorite shows didn’t sweep the supporting categories right away. “Sex and the City” scene-stealer Kim Cattrall had to wait until season two for her first nomination, while Cynthia Nixon had to wait until season four and Kristin Davis didn’t get hers until the sixth and final year. “The Office” didn’t get any supporting nominations until its third season in 2007, the year after it won Best Comedy Series.
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Warren Littlefield Signs New Pod Deal With Fox TV

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Warren Littlefield Signs New Pod Deal With Fox TV
Warren Littlefield is staying in business with Fox TV, amid Disney’s pending purchase of the studio.

The “Handmaid’s Tale” producer and former TV exec has signed a new, exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television — both of which will join Disney when the merger deal closes next year — with Fox 21 Tvs President Bert Salke and Tcftv President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis announcing the news jointly Friday.

Under the pact, Littlefield and his producing partners Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield will produce new projects for cable, broadcast and streaming platforms for both Fox 21 Tvs and Tcftv, through his Littlefield Company banner, now based under Fox.

Also Read: Disney Smashes Earnings Expectations Ahead of Fox Acquisition

The Littlefield Company signed a first-look deal with Fox 21 TV in 2016 and currently has multiple projects in development at the studio.

“We have spent the past year
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Exclusive Photo: Tiffani Thiessen Invites Us to ‘Pull Up a Chair’

Chicago – Tiffani Thiessen’s career has been “cooking” lately, as she’s been hosting “Dinner at Tiffani’s” for the Cooking Channel and has a new recipe book out called “Pull Up a Chair.” The former “Saved by the Bell” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star recently appeared at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville (Illinois).

Tiffani Thiessen at Anderson’s Bookshop for “Pull Up a Chair”

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

She was born Tiffani Amber Thiessen in Long Beach, California, and began her career as a teenager. After being crowned Miss Junior America in 1987, she was named Cover Girl Magazine’s “Model of the Year” in 1989, the same year she began her four season stint on “Saved by the Bell” as Kelly Kapowski. There were spin-offs of the original show (“The College Years” and “Wedding in Las Vegas”), until she graduated to “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1994, where she
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Sony’s Crackle October Programming Announced

Below is a list of Sony Crackle programming available October 1, 2018 and titles leaving the free streaming network on October 31, 2018.

New Sony Crackle Originals:

SuperMansion – New episodes available October 4 featuring Minnie Driver as a recent addition to the star-studded cast, which includes Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Pine, Jillian Bell, Heidi Gardner, Tucker Gilmore and Zeb Wells.

1600 Penn Season 1

227 Season 3

Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Against The Dark


Airplane II: The Sequel

All In The Family Season 5



Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach

Ben Hur

Big Day Season 1

Black Dawn


Boogeyman 2

Cabin 28



Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Cold Comes The Night


Connors’ War



Devil In A Blue Dress


Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Dragon Wars


Elektra Luxx

Field Of Dreams


Ghostbusters II
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Emmys: Will Anthony Bourdain Win Posthumously?

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Emmys: Will Anthony Bourdain Win Posthumously?
This year, Emmy voters paid respects to Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide on June 8, with six nominations for his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” and another for its digital expansion. But whether these accolades end up in the win column as well remains to be seen. If history is any judge, the Academy delivers a mixed bag on posthumous trophies, with sentimentality playing an uneven role.

“The Emmys are quirky,” says awards consultant Jonathan Taylor of Robertson Taylor Partners. “With peak TV there [are] so many shows that anybody who says they know how voters are going to vote is lying.”

Ingrid Bergman won her Emmy for “A Woman Called Golda” in 1982, a month after she died of breast cancer. Audrey Hepburn earned hers in 1993, several months after her death, for “Gardens of the World.” Raul Julia died in 1994, but earned a trophy the next year for “The Burning Season.”

Diana Hyland,
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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure

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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure
One big takeaway from this year’s crop of Emmy nominees in the comedy series category is it pays to break the mold — including your own.

Three nominated series executed daring stylistic departures from their established status quos: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” savagely sent up true-crime documentaries with “Party Monster: Scratching the Surface,” delving into the history of DJ-turned-kidnapper/would-be cult leader the Reverend (Jon Hamm); the “Black-ish” episode “Juneteenth” adopted the Broadway musical “Hamilton’s” brand of historical enlightenment; and “Atlanta,” which has made unconventional narrative styles a signature, delivered the disturbingly creepy/funny horror pastiche “Teddy Perkins” and the poignant all-childhood flashback episode “Fubu.”

Another contender, “Glow,” didn’t defy format in its nominated season, but recent second season entry “The Good Twin” played as a complete episode of the fictional cheap-and-cheesy ’80s wrestling series the show’s characters star in.

Atlanta” executive producer Stephen Glover, who wrote the “Fubu” episode,
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Why Macaulay Culkin Turned Down The Big Bang Theory 3 Times

Why Macaulay Culkin Turned Down The Big Bang Theory 3 Times
Macaulay Culkin could have been one of the biggest TV stars today—and even Ri¢hie Ri¢h-er. The 37-year-old former child movie star, who rose to fame in 1990 after playing Kevin in Home Alone, revealed on Joe Rogan's Joe Rogan Experience podcast this week that he was offered a part on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory before the TV show premiered in 2007. The show's concept did not appeal to him at all. "I couldn't see myself doing a sitcom or a television show kind of thing. A good one, I'd do. Like, NewsRadio is a fantastic show," Culkin said, referring to the '90s sitcom that first made Rogan famous. "That must've been a...
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Ellen Burstyn, James Caan to Star in Romantic Comedy ‘Welcome to Pine Grove!’

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Ellen Burstyn, James Caan to Star in Romantic Comedy ‘Welcome to Pine Grove!’
Ellen Burstyn and James Caan are starring in the romantic comedy “Welcome to Pine Grove!” with shooting expected to begin later this summer.

Astute Films is the production company. Producers are Harrison Powell, Dominique Telson, and Fred Bernstein. Executive producers are Rick Jackson and Claudine Marrotte.

Burstyn will play a widow who moves into the Pine Grove Senior Community and discovers it’s just like high school, full of cliques and flirtatious suitors. Caan plays the hot new guy at Pine Grove and Burstyn’s love interest.

Donald Martin wrote the screenplay based on a story by Powell, which was inspired by his grandmother’s own experience of moving into a retirement community.

“’Welcome to Pine Grove!’ is ‘Mean Girls’ meets ‘Golden Girls’ in a senior community,” said Powell. “We wanted to make a film that inspires others because it is never too late to make friends, to laugh, to dance,
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Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?

Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?
Could Miguel Ferrer become a posthumous Emmy nominee for “Twin Peaks: The Return”? The veteran character actor died of throat cancer in January 2017 after he shot the Showtime revival, in which he reprised his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield. The TV academy often rewards stars who have died with nominations for their final performances, so could Ferrer compete for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Despite a long list of TV credits including “The Stand” (1994), “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-2017) and many more, he never earned an Emmy nomination during his lifetime.

Ferrer first appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” in a recurring role as an abrasive and sarcastic FBI forensics specialist assisting Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in his murder investigation in the title town. And he also appeared in the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” The 18-episode limited run in 2017 found him
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Maura Tierney Joins CIA Drama ‘The Torture Report’

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Maura Tierney Joins CIA Drama ‘The Torture Report’
Exclusive: The Affair star Maura Tierney is set to co-star in Vice StudiosThe Torture Report, written and directed by The Bourne Ultimatum scribe Scott Z. Burns. Tierney will join Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys, Jennifer Morrison, and Michael C. Hall.

Set immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the film focuses on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees during the war on terror. Tierney’s character is an intense, driven, somewhat vengeful Counterterrorism expert determined to get behind any program that promises to get the intel that will stop another attack from happening.

Steven Soderbergh and Jennifer Fox are producing alongside Burns, Kerry Orent, Eddy Moretti, Vice’s Danny Gabai and Michael Sugar. Vice is financing the project while UTA reps the North American rights.

Tierney, known for her roles on 90s sitcom NewsRadio and NBC medical drama ER, is currently starring
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Which Comedians Have the Best Post-‘Saturday Night Live’ TV Careers? — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which “Saturday Night Live” alum has the best post-“SNL” television career?

Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald), The Undefeated

It’s gotta be Tina Fey, right? So many “SNL” alums have attempted to make the jump to movies, with varying degrees of success. Poor Chris Kattan. But Tina Fey really has a way with television (“30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Great News”) that trumps her film career. And I think it’s because Tina’s an excellent writer and television is still such a writers’ medium. She really seems like a natural at showrunning and she has a partner she clearly trusts in Robert Carlock. But I
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Andy Dick Fired for Alleged Sexual Harassment

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2017-10-31T07:34:23-07:00Andy Dick Fired for Alleged Sexual Harassment

Former NewsRadio star Andy Dick has attempted to make a career out of being offensive and inappropriate. That's why it comes as little surprise that he was recently fired from a small role in an independent movie over claims that he repeatedly harassed and assaulted multiple members of the production. He also was apparently not doing his job very well. In other words, it was all business as usual for Andy Dick.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Andy Dick has been dropped from the independent feature film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set.

The Hollywood Reporter was not able to reach any of the alleged victims, however, two sources detailed Dick’s inappropriate behavior, which included groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production.
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Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier gets Commemorative Edition in Oct.

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Burbank, CA, (August 11, 2017) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment returns to the roots of DC’s greatest Super Heroes – and their unifying moment – with the celebratory release of Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Steelbook, and DVD on October 3, 2017.

For the new Commemorative Edition of the popular 2008 PG-13 animated film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has produced an all-new featurette spotlighting the late Darwyn Cooke. The comic book author and artist’s seminal work, DC: The New Frontier, received an Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award, and that six-issue comic book limited series served as the key source material from which the film was adapted. Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition also features box art from Cooke’s canon of dazzling New Frontier imagery.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation,
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Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition to hit Blu-ray in October

Warner Bros. Hoem Entertainment has announced the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Justice League: The New Frontier in a special Commemorative Edition, which includes a brand new featurette spotlighting the late Darwyn Cooke, creator of the seminal Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award-winning DC: The New Frontier.

The action-packed adventure features iconic DC Super Heroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman alongside Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash as they band together to form the legendary team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be “cleansed” of humanity.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Editionn features an impressive roll call of celebrity voice performances, including Golden Globe Award winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Superman, Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Batman,
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‘Atlanta’ Executive Producer Paul Simms Lands FX Deal

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‘Atlanta’ Executive Producer Paul Simms Lands FX Deal
Atlanta” executive producer Paul Simms has signed an overall television deal with FX Productions. Simms will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for Fxp. He will also continue with his role on the Golden Globe-winning comedy from creator and star Donald Glover. “We’ve had a great experience working with Paul on ‘Atlanta,'” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Paul has a track record of success and we look forward to him developing new projects for Fxp.” Also Read: Emmy Nominations 2017: Predictions in 22 Categories, From 'Veep' to 'Stranger Things
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Charlie Saxton and Dave Foley join Misfits U.S. remake

Last month it was announced that the British series Misfits is set for a U.S. remake from Freeform, and now we have word on two more additions to the cast, with Deadline reporting that Charlie Saxton (Hung) and Dave Foley (NewsRadio) have joined the project as series regulars.

Saxton will play Simon, who is described as “Intelligent and odd, Simon makes his way through life ignored by the world at large. Alternately tormented and shunned by his roommates, Simon has just as much trouble connecting with the other misfits he meets at community service.” Foley is set to portray Bernie, “a disheveled driver (think Uber), he’s clumsy, dorky and wearing clothes from 1990. Everything about this guy screams ‘desperate’”.

The two new additions join the previously cast Ashleigh Lathrop (Siren), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jack Cannavale (Nurse Jackie) in the series, which has been written
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