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Performer of the Week: Ben Mendelsohn

Performer of the Week: Ben Mendelsohn
The Performer | Ben Mendelsohn

The Show | HBO’s The Outsider

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The Episode | “Fish in a Barrel” (Jan. 12, 2020)

The Performance | There were plenty of reasons to keep our eyes glued to The Outsider’s series premiere: The unsolved mysteries! Jason Bateman’s excellent direction! That creepy guy in the hoodie!

But it was Mendelsohn’s intense, yet restrained, debut as Det. Ralph Anderson
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‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Docuseries Gets Greenlight at Lifetime

Lifetime has officially ordered the four-hour documentary series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.”

The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The series was originally announced as in development last summer and is expected to air this summer on Lifetime.

Hailing from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern will direct. Long-time contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest, Christopher Mason is also attached to the project. Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy executive produce for Lifetime.

The cabler previously found success with a similar docuseries,
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Batwoman Sneak Peek: Alice Hopes Her Big Kill Will Reunite Her and Kate

Batwoman Sneak Peek: Alice Hopes Her Big Kill Will Reunite Her and Kate
As The CW’s Batwoman resumes Season 1, Alice is holding another tea party — and Catherine Hamilton-Kane, despite being very dead, is again the guest of honor.

In this exclusive sneak peek from the midseason premiere, titled “How Queer Everything Is Today!” and airing Sunday at 8/7c, Alice (played by Rachel Karsten) treats six-feet-under Catherine to a spot of tea. Mouse (Sam Littlefield), however, is compelled to rain on Alice’s already-drizzly parade, questioning as he does the strategy behind his “sister” poisoning Kate’s stepmom.

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Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime

Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime
Lorena Bobbitt’s story is getting the biopic treatment.

Lifetime has greenlit “I Was Lorena Bobbitt,” a feature about the woman who became a household name and made tabloid headlines when she cut off her husband’s penis with a knife in 1993 after years of abuse.

Bobbitt was the subject of a Jordan Peele-produced Amazon docuseries which came out less than a year ago, and this new retelling has Bobbitt herself on board as an executive producer. Casting on the project is underway and production will begin later this month. The film, announced by A+E Networks president of programming
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‘Jeopardy!’ Goat Ken Jennings on Trebek, Trash Talk and Why He’s Hanging Up His Buzzer

‘Jeopardy!’ Goat Ken Jennings on Trebek, Trash Talk and Why He’s Hanging Up His Buzzer
Well, that argument’s settled: Ken Jennings may now be hailed as the best “Jeopardy!” player in history, having earned the coveted Goat title – and a cool million dollars, to boot – this week after defeating James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter at the show’s “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” multi-part tournament. But their spectacular matchup almost never happened at all.

The way Jennings tells it, “Jeopardy!” producers had called him up last fall, not too long after Holzhauer’s 33-game run on the show ended, in an attempt to entice him back to the buzzer. They angled for a tournament ahead of Christmas.
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Ratings: Dynasty Returns to Smallest Audience, Bone Collector Slips

Ratings: Dynasty Returns to Smallest Audience, Bone Collector Slips
The CW’s (already renewed) Charmed resumed Season 2 on Friday night with 676,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, steady versus its fall finale. (The already renewed) Dynasty meanwhile returned to its smallest audience ever (349K, at least a statistical tie) while clutching onto its 0.1 demo rating.

Elsewhere:

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Produce Revolutionary War Doc ‘Black Patriots’ at History Channel

NBA legend and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is teaming up with History on a documentary on the African American experience during the Revolutionary War.

Titled “Black Patriots,” the doc tells the story of some of the most significant Black figures from the time period including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. History unveiled the doc during its Television Critics’ Association winter press tour day and also set the premiere date of Wednesday, Feb. 19.

“Since retiring from the NBA, I’ve been writing books and articles to bring awareness to the public of the many overlooked African-Americans in
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George Washington 'Could Have Been King, Chose to Be President' — Get Trailer and Date for History Docudrama

George Washington 'Could Have Been King, Chose to Be President' — Get Trailer and Date for History Docudrama
History has set a Presidents’ Day Weekend rollout for Washington, a three-night docudrama executive-produced by renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The cabler also has announced premieres for docus about Auschwitz and the African American experience during the Revolutionary War.

Narrated by Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Washington will air in nightly two-hour installments on Sunday, Feb. 16, Monday, Feb. 17 and Tuesday, Feb. 18, all at 8/7c. The event will explore the arc of the first president’s journey and weave together dramatic live-action sequences, excerpts from Washington’s letters, and insights from a roster of experts, including President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell,
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‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Win Ace Eddie Awards for Top Feature Films

‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Win Ace Eddie Awards for Top Feature Films
Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” have won the top feature film trophies at the 70th Annual Ace Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Jinmo Yang won the dramatic feature category for “Parasite” over “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” “The Irishman,” and “Marriage Story.” The victory marks the first time in Ace Eddie Awards history that a foreign language film has won the top prize.

Tom Eagles took the trophy for best edited comedy feature film for “Jojo Rabbit,” which won over “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Knives Out” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Jojo Rabbit” and “Parasite” are
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Psych 2 Adds Million Little Things' Allison Miller, Sarah Chalke, Others

Psych 2 Adds Million Little Things' Allison Miller, Sarah Chalke, Others
A Million Little Things fans tuning in for the Psych 2 will do a double take, seeing as Allison Miller — who plays Maggie to James Roday’s Gary on the ABC drama — has been revealed as part of the TV-movie sequel’s cast.

Also on board for Psych 2, per our sister site Deadline, are Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor) and Kadeem Hardison (A Different World).

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Ken Tales Gone Wild: David Wild Dishes on 20 Years With Grammy Legend Ken Ehrlich

Ken Tales Gone Wild: David Wild Dishes on 20 Years With Grammy Legend Ken Ehrlich
A lot will be said in the days and years to come about all the amazing and unforgettable Grammy Moments that Ken Ehrlich has somehow made happen decade after decade live on the Grammy Awards. Likely, a lot of it has already been said by my longtime mentor and lifelong friend Ken himself to Chris Willman in the surrounding pages of this distinguished publication that shares a name with the precise and splendid quality Ken has consistently brought to Music’s Biggest Night for four decades — Variety.

As you might imagine, working on the Grammy Awards for Ken over nearly two of those decades,
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Gregg Smith, Dancer and Choreographer Assistant, Dies at 73

Gregg Smith, a dancer, casting director and assistant choreographer who had a long association with director Kenny Ortega, has died. He was 73.

Smith died on Jan. 1.

The industry veteran worked as a performer in the national touring company of the musical “Hair” and in a Los Angeles production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He was in the original Off Broadway cast of “Your Own Thing” in 1968. His film work included Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” (1991) and the Ortega-directed “Newsies” (1992).

Smith worked as a dance casting director for numerous productions. He was also active as a champion of improving working standards for hoofers
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Cynthia Erivo Talks Singing Live on Set for ‘Genius: Aretha’

Cynthia Erivo Talks Singing Live on Set for ‘Genius: Aretha’
Cynthia Erivo confirmed the rumor that she is indeed singing live on set for “Genius: Aretha.”

During the Nat Geo series’ Television Critics’ Association press tour pane, Erivo discussed how singing live allowed her to capture the voice and essence of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

“Singing is my second language, the rumor is true, I do sing live on set,” Erivo said. “It allows me to connect to her music in a way, to open up and be vulnerable and to express the things that you can’t say. It means I can be in the moment and
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Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’: Cynthia Erivo Is Singing All Her Songs Live to Camera

Taking a page out of Netflix’s playbook, National Geographic will premiere “Genius: Aretha” just before the Emmy qualifying deadline. “Genius” Season 3, starring Cynthia Erivo as the legendary musician, has set a Memorial Day 2020 release date, debuting four episodes on consecutive nights starting Monday, May 25.

Those four episodes are key. Emmy rules require at least half of the season’s episodes to air on or before May 31, and “Genius: Aretha” runs eight episodes. That means the new season will get in just under the wire by hitting its midway mark on May 29. National Geographic Global Television Networks President Courteney Monroe made the announcement from the TCA stage in Pasadena and said the series just started production, so the team shooting in Atlanta will be pushing to finish final cuts in the next few months.

Directed and executive produced by Anthony Hemingway, who also serves as producing director on the episodes he’s not helming personally,
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TV News Roundup: Hulu Reveals ‘Ramy’ Season 2 Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Hulu released premiere dates for “Ramy,” “The Great” and “Solar Opposites,” and Variety obtained an exclusive clip from “Duncanville.”

Dates

Showtime announced Mo’nique‘s new standup comedy special, “Mo’nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta,“ will air Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. The hour-long special features a variety of talented newcomers including Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-x and Correy Bell alongside veteran comedian Donnell Rawlings. “Mo’nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta” is executive produced by Sidney Hicks and Mo’nique Hicks, and produced by Matt Schuler, Eric Abrams and V.W. Scheich.

Freeform announced “Motherland: Fort Salem” will premiere March 18 at 9 p.
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The Good Place Stars Explain Why This Week's Final Scene Wasn't the 'Disney Storybook Ending' It Seemed to Be

The Good Place Stars Explain Why This Week's Final Scene Wasn't the 'Disney Storybook Ending' It Seemed to Be
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Thursday’s The Good Place.

Wait… did the Good Place gang all just get into the Good Place?! So the show’s over?

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The end of Thursday’s episode gave us what we might expect to see in a series finale: Eleanor, Chidi, Jason and Tahani all learning they’ve gotten into the Good Place and piling
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‘Sex Education’ Season 2 Review: TV’s Most Wholesome Sex Comedy Is Still a Rare Delight

‘Sex Education’ Season 2 Review: TV’s Most Wholesome Sex Comedy Is Still a Rare Delight
Editor’s Note: The following review contains minor spoilers for Season 2 of “Sex Education.”

Premiering last January amidst the relative dead zone for TV, “Sex Education,” the sweet sex-positive comedy about a sensitive teenage boy and his sex therapist mom, instantly soared its way into our hearts. Otis (Asa Butterfield) proved a charming enough protagonist, but it was the eclectic ensemble of lovable characters surrounding him that made “Sex Education” the best teen comedy the U.K. has produced since “Skins.” As Otis’s mother, Jean, Gillian Anderson reminded us that she can do more with a strategically raised eyebrow than most actors do with an entire monologue. As “Skins” did for Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, and Hannah Murray, “Sex Education” introduced exciting new talents in Ncuti Gatwa, whose dazzling smile and infectious laugh made Eric one of the best gay characters on TV, as well as the darkly captivating
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Coming to ‘Little America’, As Told By the Apple TV+ Anthology’s Executive Producers

Coming to ‘Little America’, As Told By the Apple TV+ Anthology’s Executive Producers
Debuting today, Apple TV+’s latest original offering is the eight-episode anthology series “Little America.” Based on the first-person photo essay feature of the same name from Epic Magazine, “Little America” is a slice of life series that dramatizes real-life immigrant stories. As Apple TV+ describes it, the series goes beyond current events headlines “to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”

Born out of an idea from showrunner and executive producer Lee Eisenberg, “Little America” is also executive produced by Alan Yang, Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”), and Epic Magazine co-founders Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis. How it all came to screen is a tale of how personal histories inevitably intertwine with projects that most resonate with creatives.

“I’ve been a writer for, might as well say 17 years,
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Sex Education Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hands-On Experience Helps Otis Get Back in Business

Sex Education Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hands-On Experience Helps Otis Get Back in Business
Sex Education is back exploring the many dalliances of Moordale High, including Otis’ own. Unfortunately for ‘shippers out there, we may be quite a ways from actualizing “Maevis,” so let’s lean into the will-they-won’t-they trope, if we must, and kick off Season 2 with a proper recap.

We could start praising the killer rendition of Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” that leads the episode or dive into Otis’s newfound, uhh, hobby, but I guess we’d wind up in the same place either way. Our young protagonist is getting a lot of hands-on experience, which should assist his chosen
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‘The Cave’ Director Feras Fayyad Misses TCA Panel After Being Detained by Immigration Police

‘The Cave’ Director Feras Fayyad Misses TCA Panel After Being Detained by Immigration Police
The Cave” director Feras Fayyad, who was supposed to be at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday, failed to make a National Geographic panel for the show — after being prevented from entering the United States over the status of his visa.

In a statement read by producer Sigrid Dyekjar, it was revealed that his aunt’s house was bombed in Syria. He headed to Turkey to be close to his family, and then returned to Denmark two days ago when he “had positive indications the [United States] embassy was willing to revisit his case.”

But Fayyad was detained by immigration police in Copenhagen.
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