ICYMI: This Is Us shatters Super Bowl Sunday records and more!
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War and Peace producer, Lookout Point, obtains the series rights for John Updike’s Rabbit, Run novels. Lookout Point is in association with BBC Worldwide and has also added writer, Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice) to the project.
NBC’s This Is Us aired its most highly anticipated episode on Super Bowl Sunday–setting record high ratings for the series and NBC by bringing in approximately 27 million viewers.
Hot Topic: Quentin Tarantino speaks out, Bryan Fuller exits another show, and much more!
A total of nine women have come forward accusing Taraji P. Henson’s manager, Vincent Cirrincione of sexual misconduct.
13 Reasons Why actor, Brandon Flynn, has been signed on by United Talent Agency. Along with UTA, Anonymous Content and Schreck Rose also represent him.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency). Aptaker and Berger are both executive producers/co-showrunners on NBC’s This Is Us.
Quentin Tarantino speaks out after The New York Times released an article discussing Uma Thurman’s allegations against Tarantino for forcing her to partake in dangerous stunts during the filming of Kill Bill.
HBO’s production of Confederate is unlikely to move forward following the announcement that writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have signed with Disney to do a Star Wars series.
The Athena Film Festival in New York City will screen the season 3 premiere of UnREAL alongside a panel with Shiri Appleby and showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. The festival celebrates female leadership in movies and television.
The child pornography case against Glee alum, Mark Salling was dropped after his suicide on January 30th. The actor passed away just weeks before his official sentencing.
Narcos executive producer, Katie O’Connell Marsh, is suing Gaumont Television after her claims of non-payment in compensation she is owed.
Bryan Fuller has left Apple’s Amazing Stories reboot. This is the second show Fuller has exited over the course of the last year–most recently, American Gods.
Guess Who: Arnold Schwarzenegger to create a Western drama series for Amazon, Big Sick writers to do an anthology series for Apple, and more!
Tim Matheson (Animal House) to play a recurring role in season two of CBS All Access’ The Good Fight. Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse) has been cast in CBS drama series, Murder. The Magnum P.I. reboot on CBS lands Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious) as a director for the upcoming pilot.
Set to debut this spring, Lifetime movie, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance has cast Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser playing the iconic soon-to-be-married couple. Uma Thurman will return for season two of Bravo’s Imposters set to premiere April 5th.
Eric Johnson (The Knick) will join the cast of Vikings for season six; Joseph Quinn (Howards End) has been cast in BBC’s Les Miserables. Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) will star in Michael Cristofer’s crime drama, The Night Clerk.
Animal Kingdom’s Scott Speedman lands a guest role on this season of Grey’s Anatomy. ABC drama The Rookie has cast Eric Winter and Afton Williamson. The two will join Nathan Fillion, in opposite roles.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is working on a Western drama series, Outrider, for Amazon Studios. Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos will be seen together on screen again for Amazon Studios reboot of Hanna. Apple to do an immigrant anthology series, Little America from the writers of The Big Sick.
The Resident’s Phillip Noyce will direct new Fox pilot, based off of Dennis Lehane’s novel, Gone Baby Gone.
TVAD Writers Room: This week our writers and roundtable guests had a lot to discuss! Check out what they had to say about This Is Us, Riverdale, Scandal, and more!
This week our Writers Room was jammed packed with discussions and reviews!
The roundtable guests of This Is Us shared their feelings about the epic episode revealing Jack’s death.
This week’s episode of the SEAL Team shipped our favorite characters off to deployment early. See what our roundtable had to say about it!
Things are getting super complicated in the world of Riverdale–and the drama is just getting started. Our roundtable discusses Veronica’s confirmation, Betty and Jughead’s team-up, and more!
The royal world of Victoria was a hot topic of discussion this week. Check out what our roundtable guests had to say about this week’s episode and don’t forget to read our review of the series so far!
Interviews: Mandy Moore talks about the emotional toll of This Is Us, Homeland showrunner talks about the new season, plus much more!
In a podcast with Variety, James Spader talks about the unique storytelling and the rotation of guest stars behind The Blacklist, which recently aired its 100th episode.
Showrunner Alex Gansa of Showtime’s Homeland discusses the upcoming Trump-inspired seventh season and what to expect following the events of last season.
“It’s a ‘Homeland’ fiction that is hopefully relevant to what we’re seeing in real life in Washington.”
Dan Fogelman, creator of This Is Us, dissects the highly anticipated Super Bowl episode and reveals the plans leading up to the heartbreaking moment. Milo Ventimiglia talks about performing his own stunts and what the future holds in store for his character, Jack.
“Yes, this was always the way Jack passed away in my mind’s eye. It’s been the plan from the start, since the pilot script.” -Dan Fogelman (creator)
Drama critic Chris Jones talks about off-Broadway production, A Small Oak Tree, set to be directed by The Blacklist’s Harry Lennix.
Law & Order: SVU showrunner, Michael Chernuchin talks about Raul Esparza’s exit from the series after six years.
“It was not fun. I would say that the last six weeks of my life have been super draining, emotionally.”
Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talks about the show’s dark plot, Archie’s attraction to the Lodges, and Chic’s shady past.
Coming Soon: Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey reboots to cast people of color in lead roles, The Good Fight releases a new trailer, and more!
CBS has decided to switch things up with its Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey reboots by replacing two leads with people of color. CBS obtains four more pilot orders as it wraps up for the season–including Red Line, Main Justice, L.A. Confidential, and The Code.
The rights to drama thriller series, Perfect Skin, have been acquired by KEW Media group.
Iceland-based company, Sagafilm will produce a political series by the name of The Minister–following a politician suffering from bipolar disorder.
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman gets a theatrical premiere date for his Amazon Studios movie, Life Itself.
Premiering March 4th on CBS All-Access is the acclaimed series, The Good Fight. Check out the trailer below!
Nerds unite to trek through the nightmare that is high school in Netflix’s upcoming series, Everything Sucks. Check out the trailer below!
Nate Parker, director of Birth Of A Nation, is in talks to make a digital series called Baselines, that follows a family protecting their son from the volatile inner city they have made a life in.
Walking Dead’s Channing Powell and Studio Lambert’s psychological thriller, The Feed, has been ordered by Amazon, Liberty Global, and All3Media International.
Vida, a new family drama by Starz, is set to premiere on May 6th. Check out the first look below!
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