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‘Black Bitch’: ‘Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths On How The Rise Of Populism Informed Her Australian Political Drama – Mipcom

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‘Black Bitch’: ‘Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths On How The Rise Of Populism Informed Her Australian Political Drama – Mipcom
Rachel Griffiths is best known for her long-running roles as masseuse Brenda Chenowith in HBO’s Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent in ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. But now, the Australian actor, writer and director is swapping Disney-owned ABC to Australian public broadcaster ABC with controversial political drama Black Bitch.

Deadline spoke to Griffiths about the show she co-created and the way that a shift in Australian politics has informed the drama, as well as the rise of populism around the world. She also discusses stepping out from in front of the camera as she lines up a raft of projects set down under.

Black Bitch follows Alex Irving, played by Cleverman star Deborah Mailman, a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman who is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific shooting and is quickly chosen by Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson, played by Griffiths,
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Cult Series ‘Dark Shadows’ May Be Getting A Reboot On The CW

Rumor has it that The CW and Warner Bros. Television are in the process of developing a new series based on the classic 60’s cult series “Dark Shadows”. There is no word on just how the new series will differ for the classic series which blended together elements of a soap opera and comedy. It is said that the pilot for the series will be written by Mark B. Perry. A big fan of the original show, which he watched as a child when he came home from school, the showrunner has been after the adaptation rights for Dark Shadows for the last two years. This latest version will be “a modern-day continuation of the strange, terrifying, and sexy saga of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine — a mysterious, influential, publicity-shy group hiding a ghastly secret: for the past 400 years, they’ve lived under a curse that bedevils their blue
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Dark Shadows TV Show in Development at The CW

Kayti Burt Sep 10, 2019

Dark Shadows: Reincarnation would continue the story of the supernatural Collins family.

Dark Shadows is coming back to TV. According to Deadline, The CW and Warner Bros. are developing a Gothic horror drama called Dark Shadows: Reincarnation based on the TV soap created by Dan Curtis. The series, should it be picked up, would be an hour-long drama.

Dark Shadows: Reincarnation would be a sequel of sorts to the 1966 cult classic that came before, a modern-day continuation that follows the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine who are—yes, reader—in fact a family of supernatural creatures. The most popular of the original show was vampire Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid), whose appearance 10 months into the airing of the show rocketed the series into popularity. The show also featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, warlocks, time travel, and your traditional parallel universe. Basically, it was a show that
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‘Dark Shadows’ Gets New Blood With Sequel Series In the Works At the CW From Writer Mark B. Perry

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Exclusive: The CW and Warner Bros Television have made a deal to develop Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, an hourlong gothic horror drama based on the 1966 Dan Curtis-created cult classic TV soap opera. The pilot will be written by Mark B. Perry, whose credits include Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters. He will be exec producer along with Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo and Tracy Mercer, along with Tracy Curtis and Cathy Curtis.

The re-imagined show will be a modern-day continuation of the strange, terrifying, and sexy saga of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine — a mysterious, influential, publicity-shy group hiding a ghastly secret: For the past 400 years, they’ve lived under a curse that bedevils their blue blood with every imaginable supernatural creature and horror. The intention here is to harken back to the original, which was so popular it actually saw Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid become as
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Rachel Griffiths to deliver Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture

Rachel Griffiths. (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

Actor, director and producer Rachel Griffiths will deliver this year’s Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture at Screen Producers Australia’s (Spa) Screen Forever conference.

An Academy and Emmy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress, Griffiths’ feature directorial debut, Michelle Payne biopic Ride Like A Girl, is due in cinemas later this month. She also stars in and co-created ABC/Blackfella Films’ Black Bitch, the first two episodes of which will premiere today at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Griffiths got her big break in 1994 with P.J. Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding, after which she headed to the Us and became well-known for roles in long-running series Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters. Her role in Hilary & Jackie earned her an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress.

In film her credits include My Best Friend’s Wedding, Hacksaw Ridge,The Hard Word, Blow, Step Up,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)

1968: Peyton Place's Rodney and Norman had a motorcycle crash.

1986: Y&r's Who's The Daddy story was featured in Mr. Mom.

2008: A car crashed into Gh on General Hospital: Night Shift.

2013: All My Children's Cassandra wanted an abortion."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1946: On radio soap opera Rosemary, Rosemary Dawson (Betty Winkler) and her artist friend, Brad, took a train to Penn Station in New York City.

1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) remembered her days in Bedfordtown.

1968: On Peyton Place,
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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees
Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire have been selected as the 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees.

The kudos will be handed out Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. The award to “Sesame Street” marks the first time the prestigious laurel has been bestowed on a TV series. The highlights of the ceremony will air Dec. 15 on CBS as it has for the past 42 years.

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness,” stated Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein. “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation,
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‘This Is Us’ Executive Producer Ken Olin Sets Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

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‘This Is Us’ Executive Producer Ken Olin Sets Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television
Ken Olin has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned. Under the deal, Olin will continue to serve as executive producer on the hit NBC series “This Is Us” while also allowing him to develop other projects across platforms.

“Ken is a special talent and a terrific guy who has been such a valuable resource to Dan [Fogelman] and everyone at ‘This Is Us,'” said Jonnie Davis, president of creative affairs for 20th TV. “Keeping him at this studio and on that important show was literally a mission for Howard [Kurtzman] and me, and we’re equally excited to work on other projects with him. He’s hungry and excited to do more which is music to our ears.”

In addition to executive producing “This Is Us,” Olin has also directed nearly 20 episodes of the series, which remains one of the highest-rated shows on television in its third season.
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Ken Olin Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Ken Olin Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
This is Us executive producer and director Ken Olin is expanding his relationship with 20th Century Fox TV, signing an overall deal with the studio behind NBC’s flagship drama series. Under the pact, Olin will continue as Ep and director on This Is Us, which received a three-season renewal last month. The deal, his first overall with the studio, also allows him to develop new projects for all platforms.

“Ken is a special talent and a terrific guy who has been such a valuable resource to Dan [Fogelman] and everyone at This is Us. Keeping him at this studio and on that important show was literally a mission for Howard [Kurtzman] and me, and we’re equally excited to work on other projects with him. He’s hungry and excited to do more which is music to our ears.”

Added Olin: “I feel incredibly fortunate to continue working with Dan Fogelman
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‘This Is Us’ Executive Producer Ken Olin Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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‘This Is Us’ Executive Producer Ken Olin Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
This Is Us” executive producer and director Ken Olin has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio said Wednesday.

The pact is Olin’s first with the now-Disney-owned studio and will have him developing new projects for all platforms. The news of his deal comes a month after “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman renewed his own contract with 20th Century Fox TV, which was followed by NBC’s announcement that it had handed the family drama a three-season renewal.

“Ken is a special talent and a terrific guy who has been such a valuable resource to Dan and everyone at ‘This Is Us,'” 20th Century Fox TV’s president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said. “Keeping him at this studio and on that important show was literally a mission for Howard [Kurtzman, president of business operations] and me, and we’re equally excited to work on other projects with him.
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‘Dynasty’: Josh Reims To Succeed Co-Creator Sallie Patrick As New Showrunner For Season 3 Of the CW Series

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There will be a change at the helm of the CW’s drama series Dynasty as it heads into a third season. Sallie Patrick, who developed the reboot of the classic 1980s primetime soap with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, is stepping down as showrunner, a position she has held from the start.

Veteran Josh Reims, who joined Dynasty as co-executive producer at the begging of Season 2, has been upped to exec producer and named new showrunner.

Patrick, who will remain an executive producer, has re-upped her overall deal with Dynasty producer CBS TV Studios and will focus on development.

She announced her departure from the show on Instagram last night.

“While I’m excited to move on to my next challenge, it’s of course hard to part with a world I put so much love into, from first pitch to this 44th ep, but I’m so pleased
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Alison Schapker Signs Overall Deal with Skydance TV, Takes Over as Sole Showrunner For ‘Altered Carbon’

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Alison Schapker, executive producer of Netflix series “Altered Carbon,” has signed an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Skydance Television, the studio behind the sci-fi series, a spokesperson for SkyDance confirmed to TheWrap.

Under the deal, Schapker will move up to the role of sole showrunner for “Altered Carbon,” taking over the reins for season two from previous showrunner Laeta Kalogridis, who will continue to serve as an executive producer. Schapker will also develop and produce original scripted series for Skydance TV.

“Alison is an outstanding storyteller and first-class executive producer and showrunner. We are incredibly proud of the work she’s done on the second season of ‘Altered Carbon’ and are beyond thrilled at the opportunity to continue collaborating with her,” said Marcy Ross, president of Skydance Television.

“I’m excited to expand my relationship with the team at Skydance and to partner with a studio that’s making some
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Alison Schapker Inks Overall Deal With Skydance TV, Named Sole Showrunner Of ‘Altered Carbon’

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Exclusive: Altered Carbon executive producer Alison Schapker is expanding her relationship with Skydance Television, the studio behind the Netflix sci-fi drama series, signing an exclusive, multi-year overall production deal.

Schapker joined Altered Carbon as executive producer and co-showrunner for Season 2 alongside creator, executive producer and Season 1 showrunner Laeta Kalogridis. Under her pact with Skydance, Scandal alumna Schapker has been named sole showrunner on Altered Carbon, which is in production on its second season. Kalogridis will continue to serve as executive producer. Schapker will also develop and produce original scripted series for the indie studio.

Kalogridis wrote the Season 2 opener, which introduces Anthony Mackie as the new Takeshi Kovacs, with Schapker penning the Season 2 finale and running the show on the ground.

Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set centuries into the future when the human mind has been digitized and the soul
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With Record Number Of Shows On Air, Super-Producer Greg Berlanti Brings Needed Representation To The Small Screen — Deadline Disruptors

With Record Number Of Shows On Air, Super-Producer Greg Berlanti Brings Needed Representation To The Small Screen — Deadline Disruptors
Nobody gets with the program like Greg Berlanti, the super-producer of television who currently has a record 18 active shows across the dial—the record before Berlanti broke it several times had been 10 shows (a mark reached by both Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer), which makes the latest achievement by Berlanti Productions all the more impressive.

The genial 46-year-old native of Rye, New York, who got his start at age 26 when he landed a writing job for Dawson’s Creek in 1998, has established two hallmarks with his unprecedented episodic output: no one has shown a savvier touch when it comes to superhero franchises and no one has seized the cause of representation with more gusto.

Berlanti-produced shows have piled up a long list of firsts. The first gay superhero to headline a TV series (Freedom Fighters: The Ray), the
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Tom Holland’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital/VOD on July 23rd from Lionsgate

After giving a generation of horror fans nightmare fuel with Fright Night and Child's Play, Tom Holland returns to the director's chair with Rock, Paper, Scissors, a new horror movie co-written by Kerry Fleming and Victor Miller (1980's Friday the 13th). Featuring a serial killer who likes to play twisted games, Rock, Paper, Scissors is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital/VOD on July 23rd from Lionsgate, and we've been provided with the official images, trailer, and cover art to share with Daily Dead readers.

"Don’t miss the chilling film Rock, Paper, Scissors, arriving on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital/VOD on July 23 from Lionsgate. Luke Macfarlane, Michael Madsen, and Oscar® winner Tatum O’Neal star in this horrifying take on the hand game that pits a rehabilitated serial killer against his female neighbor. Written by Kerry Fleming & Victor Miller and Directed by Tom Holland, the Rock, Paper, Scissors Blu-ray
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Michael Madsen stars in director Tom Holland’s Rock, Paper, Scissors

Lionsgate has announced the home entertainment release of the upcoming thriller Rock, Paper, Scissors. Directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play), the film stars Luke Macfarlane as a rehabilitated serial killer who was recently released from a psychiatric care who finds himself menaced by the officer (Michael Madsen) who put him away; watch the trailer here…

From the writer of Friday the 13th and the director of Child’s Play comes this tale of a serial killer that’s been cured… or has he? Released from a mental hospital, Peter is haunted by memories of childhood abuse and murder victims while being menaced by the cop who put him away. His only friend is pretty neighbor Monica, who says she wants to interview him for a book… but does she have a more sinister scheme in mind?

Rock, Paper, Scissors is set for a Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on July 23rd.
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New trailer for What/If starring Renee Zellweger

With a little over a week to go until What/If arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new trailer for the upcoming thriller series which stars stars Renée Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Jane Levy (Castle Rock), Blake Jenner (American Animals), Samantha Ware (Glee), Keith Powers (Famous in Love), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Juan Castano (Shades of Blue), John Clarence Stewart (Luke Cage), and Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters); watch it here…

Neo-noir social thriller What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season of the Netflix original series focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.

What/If arrives on Netflix on May 24th.

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New Trailer And Images For Netflix’s ‘What/If’ Starring Renee Zellweger

Neo-noir social thriller What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season of the Netflix original series focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds. All 10 episodes of What/If will become available to Netflix members worldwide on May 24, 2019.

The Netflix original series What/If stars Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy, Blake Jenner, Samantha Ware (Glee), Keith Powers (Famous in Love), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Juan Castano (Shades of Blue), John Clarence Stewart (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) & Louis Herthum (West World)

Executive produced by Showrunner Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy (Page Fright); Alex Gartner, Charles Roven (Atlas Entertainment); Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke (Compari Entertainment). What/If is produced by Warner Bros. Television for Netflix.

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What/If Trailer Pits Renée Zellweger vs. Jane Levy (and We're Here For It)

What/If Trailer Pits Renée Zellweger vs. Jane Levy (and We're Here For It)
Renée Zellweger is not to be messed with in the newest trailer for Netflix’s What/If — but Jane Levy’s going to mess with her, anyway.

The actresses are at the center of the forthcoming “neo-noir social thriller,” which stars Zellweger as a mysterious woman who makes a lucrative, but dubious, offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds. Per the official synopsis, the show will explore “the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.”

As seen in the trailer above, Zellweger’s protagonist offers to finance a fledgling company owned by Levy
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‘What/If’ Trailer: Renee Zellweger Shoots an Arrow at Jane Levy’s Head – and That’s the Least Insane Part (Video)

In the new trailer for Netflix’s neo-noir social thriller, “What/If,” Renée Zellweger shoots an arrow at Jane Levy’s head — and misses, thankfully — but that’s maybe the least insane thing that happens in the two-minute, 27-second preview for the upcoming show that “explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.”

Per Netflix, the first season of “What/If” focuses on a mysterious woman’s (Zellweger) lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.

Watch the trailer above to see just how dubious that all gets as multiple people are playing with fire here in Zellweger’s character’s very dangerous game.

Also Read: Renée Zellweger Plays a Dangerous Game in Netflix's 'What/If' Teaser (Video)

“What/If” stars Zellweger, Levy, Blake Jenner, Samantha Ware (“Glee”), Keith Powers (“Famous in Love”), Daniella Pineda (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Juan Castano
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