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Toronto: Elisabeth Moss Says 'Handmaid's Tale' Author Margaret Atwood is "Enriching the World"

13 September 2017 10:05 AM, PDT

Elisabeth Moss, star of the Emmy-nominated Handmaid's Tale, paid tribute Wednesday to Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author whose sci-fi novel was adapted for the popular Hulu drama.

"Thank you, Margaret, for enriching the world with your talents and your work, and the opportunity to be part of that," Moss told Atwood after she read from the 1985 dystopian novel as part of the launch of the Audible audiobook service in Canada during the Toronto Film Festival.

"If The Handmaid's Tale really happens down in your country, you're welcome to flee here," Atwood later joked with Audible founder and CEO Don »

- Etan Vlessing

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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set "Woke" Mother Comedy at ABC

13 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Free of the Star Wars Han Solo movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are turning their attention back to the small screen.

The Last Man on Earth creators have sold single-camera comedy We Can Do Better to ABC. The comedy, which landed at the Disney-owned network with multiple outlets bidding and a significant penalty attached, revolves around a soccer mom who deals with her newly "woke" life in the South as a parent, wife, American citizen and daughter of a hardcore conservative parents.

Last Man on Earth supervising producer Liz Cackowski will pen the script and exec produce the »


- Lesley Goldberg

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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Says He's "Very Pleased" With Network Reset

13 September 2017 9:22 AM, PDT

Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish says his turnaround strategy to focus on six core brands -- Bet, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount — is paying dividends.

"Nine months in, in general, I'm very pleased with where we are," Bakish told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on Wednesday. The conglomerate, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, made big changes in the executive suites at five of its flagship TV networks amid a larger corporate restructuring.

"We moved quick, and we're at the place where we have a first-rate team," Bakish said. Viacom also »

- Etan Vlessing

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Olivia de Havilland's Legal 'Feud' With FX Fast-Tracked by Judge

13 September 2017 9:07 AM, PDT

Olivia de Havilland in June sued FX and Ryan Murphy Productions over her portrayal by Catherine Zeta-Jones in Feud: Bette and Joan — and she could be taking the stand before the end of the year.

The 101-year-old actress asked the court to expedite proceedings because of her age. It seems like a pretty straightforward request, but because FX responded with an anti-slapp motion to strike her complaint the situation is more complicated. The statute grants an automatic right to a pretrial appeal, which could push back the trial date. De Havilland says the series made »

- Ashley Cullins

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Bonnie Hunt Joins Showtime's Ben Stiller Drama 'Escape at Dannemora'

13 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Bonnie Hunt is joining the cast of Showtime's Ben Stiller drama Escape at Dannemora.

The actress is the latest to board the limited series starring Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano. Executive produced and directed by Stiller, the eight-episode mini will tell the real-life story of Richard Matt (del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano), two inmates who were discovered missing at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, in 2015 after being aided in their escape by a female prison employee. The escape spawned a massive manhunt for the two convicted murderers.

Hunt will play Catherine Leahy »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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TV Ratings: Hurricane Harvey Telethon Pulls 15.7 Million Viewers

13 September 2017 8:45 AM, PDT

America's Got Talent fell in its move to a later time slot Tuesday.

The reality competition moved from 8 to 9 p.m. due to the Hurricane Harvey telethon that aired across the Big Four. Subsequently, the NBC series dipped two-tenths to a 2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. 

However, that still helped NBC easily take the night. 

At 8 p.m., the Hurricane Harvey telethon pulled a combined 2.7 rating in the demo across NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. The hourlong special amassed 15.7 million viewers across the Big Four. (The telethon also raised $44 million for hurricane relief.)

The »

- Kate Stanhope

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Emmys: Will Host Stephen Colbert Go Lighter on Trump Jokes?

13 September 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

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Like it or not, Stephen Colbert has been one of entertainment's biggest beneficiaries of the "Trump bump," enjoying a significant ratings boost thanks to his relentless and hilarious bashing of the president — most notoriously describing him as a carrying case for a particular part of Vladimir Putin's anatomy.

But will Colbert bring his anti-Trump shtick to TV's big party? And if so, how will it play beyond decidedly liberal Hollywood? The anti-Trumpers in the room will be laughing hysterically and the pro-Trumpers (if any) will probably pretend to. But what about all those people in the red states »

- Frank Scheck

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Emmys: Colbert Calls Trump "Biggest" TV Star, Jokes About Host "Manual Labor"

13 September 2017 8:26 AM, PDT

If this whole TV thing doesn't work out for Stephen Colbert, he has a bright future in carpet sales.

The first-time Emmy Awards host literally helped roll out the show's ceremonial red carpet Tuesday at L.A. Live alongside the telecast's producers, saying that while it's an honor to host the show, "it's even more of an honor to be installing the carpet."

Added Colbert: "I'm glad there are cameras here because so few people know just how much manual labor is involved with hosting the Emmys every year. If you like this, stick around because I'm going to go re-grout »

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TV Ratings: 'American Ninja Warrior' Hits New Season High

13 September 2017 8:02 AM, PDT

American Ninja Warrior notched another season high Monday.

With Nielsen numbers starting to trickle in after a Hurricane Irma-induced delay, the NBC reality competition emerged as Monday's top show with a 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo — a new season high. Warrior also pulled in an average of 6.3 million viewers, the show's largest audience since August 2016.

Warrior's impressive outing helped NBC to best the other broadcast networks. The network also had a steady outing of supernatural drama Midnight, Texas (0.7 adults).

(NBC's New Orleans station was preempted by football.)

On ABC, Bachelor in Paradise wrapped its, »

- Kate Stanhope

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Alec Baldwin to Return as Trump in 'SNL' Season Premiere

13 September 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Alec Baldwin will step into President Trump's shoes once again during the Saturday Night Live premiere Sept. 30.

On hand to promote his new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me, a parody memoir about Trump’s first year in office, Baldwin told Ellen DeGeneres during Wednesday’s episode of her eponymous daytime talk show that he plans on continuing to impersonate Trump on the NBC late-night show later this month. 

“We’re going to keep doing it,” Baldwin announced. While Baldwin questioned his ability to continue his buzzed about impression during a May Hollywood Reporter cover story, the actor said »

- Lexy Perez

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'Chicago P.D.': Jon Seda Talks "Bittersweet" Season 5 Return, 'Chicago Justice' Cancelation

13 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Jon Seda is back at Chicago P.D. for season five, but a lot has changed at the NBC cop drama since he last reported for duty at the 21st District.

The actor left midway through season four to join the new spinoff Chicago Justice as a series regular. For Seda, it meant getting to help launch the latest part of Dick Wolf's impressive NBC scripted slate, and also only have to split screen time among five series regulars rather than nine.

However, Justice was canceled in late May after just 13 episodes and now Seda returns to a very different »

- Kate Stanhope

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Amazon and Jill Soloway Hit With Hefty DGA Fine for 'I Love Dick'

13 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

The Directors Guild of America has imposed a substantial fine on Amazon and Jill Soloway after I Love Dick directors claimed they didn't receive credit for scenes they shot that appeared in other episodes and that Soloway's on-set activities were interfering with their job, a source says.

Guild rules stipulate that notes to TV cast and crew come from the director, and that if footage or scenes shot by one director end up in another episode shot by another director, credit and compensation must be doled out. Though one source tells THR that the fine was as high as $2 »

- Chris Gardner

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Netflix Plays It Straight With New True Crime Satire 'American Vandal'

13 September 2017 6:45 AM, PDT

Crime is downright hilarious, right? Netflix hopes so. Ever since HBO reignited TV’s true crime wave in February 2015 with The Jinx, the streamer has capitalized on the genre’s sudden popularity with such offerings as Making a Murderer, The Keepers and Amanda Knox.

Now Netflix hopes viewers will take to a satirical skewering of the genre, American Vandal, debuting Sept. 15.

From creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, the eight-episode first season centers on a whodunit. Only instead of a murder or a disappearance, it's a series of dick drawings (seriously) that suddenly appear on 27 cars at the fictional Hanover High School »

- Kate Stanhope

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Emmy Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot: 'Westworld' Is "Pretentious Bullshit," 'This Is Us' Had Me "in Tears"

13 September 2017 6:30 AM, PDT

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- Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg

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Amazon's TV Reset: Can It Finally Launch a Global Hit?

13 September 2017 6:15 AM, PDT

The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything after one season apiece, and, sources say, is reevaluating its ambitions in the unscripted space.

The decision to drop the »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Vietnam War': TV Review

13 September 2017 6:15 AM, PDT

While not quite a documentary war of attrition, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War stretches over 10 nights and 18 hours, and even though you feel that length at every turn, the series is meant to wear you down. And yet it's impossible to look away.

Is Burns' latest PBS series brutal? Absolutely. The footage, some recognizable and some relatively fresh, is both nightmarish and often beautiful and the stories told by soldiers, diplomats and civilians on both sides are even more graphic and harrowing.

Is The Vietnam War repetitive? Certainly, and by design. Wars are won and »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Losing Weight, Having Babies: Meet 10 'This Is Us' Writers Whose Own Lives Impact Storylines

13 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

"What we're doing," says This Is UsIsaac Aptaker, "is telling stories that people don't realize are common."

The co-showrunner, along with his partners Dan Fogelman and Elizabeth Berger, has assembled a writers room that gathers daily on the Paramount lot and often functions more as group therapy. The tight-knit scribes are encouraged to speak often and openly about their own pasts, regularly mining personal wounds — about marriage, divorce, loss, weight, sobriety and illness — for plot points. And on the rare occasion when the drama wades into subject matter for which they lack first-hand knowledge, they invite speakers in »

- Lacey Rose

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On Set With 'This Is Us': TV's Feel-Good Megahit Ups the Stakes in Season 2

13 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

"Just curious, who got [the part of] Kate?”

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman by his producing partner, hangs framed in Chrissy Metz's Los Angeles home, a reminder of the trajectory her life could have continued on.

When the actress first auditioned for NBC's family drama in 2015, she only had 81 cents in her bank account. She had been living off ramen noodles from a nearby Dollar Store, scraping together gas money with a résumé on which the biggest credit was "the fat lady" »

- Lacey Rose

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Bill O'Reilly Unrepentant: His Fox News Firing, Trump's Missteps and a Possible TV Return

13 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

Bill O'Reilly has scores to settle — with his accusers, the media and the "far-left precincts" that have "viciously attacked" and plotted to "destroy" him. But on this September afternoon, the former king of conservative cable — host for 20 years of Fox News' top-rated The O'Reilly Factor — is trying his best to play nice. He (gently) chides President Trump for his comments about some neo-Nazis being "very fine people" before coming to his old friend's defense ("He acts and he speaks emotionally, Ok?"). He compliments Megyn Kelly's interview with Vladimir Putin ("She asked the right questions"), albeit »

- Marisa Guthrie

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Netflix Greenlights First Polish-Language Series

13 September 2017 2:43 AM, PDT

Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) has signed on to direct Netflix's first-ever Polish-language series.

The still-unnamed series will be set in 2002 in an alternative history where the Cold War never ended. The show focuses on an idealistic law student and a disgraced police investigator who uncover the conspiracy that has kept Poland under a repressive police state. Together, their revelations have the power to spark a popular revolution.

The series was created and written by Joshua Long and will be produced for Netflix by The Kennedy/Marshall Company and The House Media Company. Frank Marshall (Jason Bourne) and »

- Scott Roxborough

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