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Quibi Orders ‘Florida Man’ Anthology Comedy Series From ‘Blue Mountain State’ Writers

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Quibi Orders ‘Florida Man’ Anthology Comedy Series From ‘Blue Mountain State’ Writers
Exclusive: Quibi has given a series order to Florida Man (working title), a comedy series from Blue Mountain State writers Romanski (aka Chris Romano) and Drew Hancock, and Ace Entertainment.

Written by Hancock and Romano, this outrageous anthology comedy series rips real headlines from insane stories, and tells us the made up tale of how they came to be. Whether it is Florida Man Charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon for Throwing Alligator through Wendy’s Drive-Thru Window or Florida Man with “Do Not Resuscitate” Tattoo Creates Ethical Dilemma for Hospital Staff, these stories can only happen in Florida.

Ace Entertainment’s Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman executive produce with Jake Szymanski, Dylan Trussell and David Dinetz. Hancock, Romano and Paul Kim co-executive produce. Ace Entertainment is the studio.

Commercial directors Dinetz and Trussell initially conceived the idea for Florida Man.
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Shauna on The Bold & The Beautiful — Everything You Need to Know

When Denise Richards joined the cast of The Bold & The Beautiful as Shauna Fulton in April of 2019, the actress was immediately recognizable to viewers from her roles in the films Starship Troopers, Wild Things, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The World Is Not Enough, and more. She has also appeared in the reality series, Denise Richards: It’S Complicated, had a regular role on the television comedy Blue Mountain State (which also starred B&b’s Darin Brooks (Wyatt)!), and joined the cast of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills for its ninth season! Shauna first appeared when Flo Fulton called her mother to tell her she'd run into Wyatt Spencer again and inspired by his finding his birth father, asked about her own. Shauna tried to shut down her daughter's curiosity, insisting she drop the search, but Flo wasn't going to give up that easily. Shauna showed up in Los Angeles where she reconnected with Quinn Forrester,
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‘Smilf’ Creator Frankie Shaw on Surviving Her Very Bad Year: ‘I Lived Through My Worst Nightmare’ (Video)

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‘Smilf’ Creator Frankie Shaw on Surviving Her Very Bad Year: ‘I Lived Through My Worst Nightmare’ (Video)
Smilf” creator Frankie Shaw opened up on Thursday about her experience facing accusations of misconduct by one of her actresses and the subsequent cancellation of her Showtime series, saying that she “lived through my worst nightmare” but ultimately learned from “many mistakes.”

“I was thinking that if I could’ve written my actual nightmare, it wouldn’t have been this bad,” Shaw told TheWrap’s editor in chief Sharon Waxman Thursday during the opening session of the Be Conference at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. “It was pretty bad… It was shocking, it was public and I had no idea that things were being said. It was so much crazy gossip, and it was an attack on me personally — some of it.”

In December, Shaw came under scrutiny after Samara Weaving, a series regular on “Smilf,” left the show after filing a complaint with producers and the network
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Is Bringing On Florence’s Mother For A Major Hope Stolen Baby Twist

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Hey, Bold And The Beautiful fans. We've got some major casting news for you guys in this new article, and it sounds like it could result in a major twist for the Hope stolen baby storyline. It turns out that the producers have decided to bring on the mother of Reese's accomplice Florence! That's right, guys. They're about to make this a family affair. According to the folks over at People.com, the Bold And The Beautiful producers have hired veteran actress Denise Richards to come on and portray Florence's mother Shauna Fulton. The Shauna character is a long term contract role. That means we can expect to see a lot Shauna as well as Florence in the future. Really, it just sounds like they're going to drag this storyline out even more. The official description that's been attached to the new Shauna Fulton character reads like this, "Shauna is a fun-loving,
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‘American Soul’: Bet Drama Casts Its Diana Ross, Ike & Tina Turner & More

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‘American Soul’: Bet Drama Casts Its Diana Ross, Ike & Tina Turner & More
Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Dennis, McKinley Freeman and K. Michelle are joining the guest star lineup in Bet’s American Soul, the series based on the life and career of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, from Jesse Collins Entertainment. American Soul is set to premiere with back-to-back episodes on February 5 at 9 Pm Et/Pt on Bet in the U.S., before rolling out globally across Bet International’s linear channels in the UK, France, South Africa and South Korea, beginning February 7.

Grammy-winning singer and actress Williams will play the legendary Diana Ross. Ross is impressed by Don Cornelius, who is courting her to appear on his new show, but she hasn’t quite decided if she will accept his offer yet. Brown portrays soul singer Rufus Thomas, known for the classic soul song “Do the Funky Chicken.
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Nickelodeon Names Shauna Phelan Head of Live-Action Scripted Content

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Nickelodeon has named Shauna Phelan as senior vice president of live-action scripted content, the kids’ network announced Monday.

Phelan joins Nickelodeon from Awesomeness, where she was formerly head of development and production, overseeing scripted and non-scripted series. In her new role, Phelan will oversee the development and production of all Nickelodeon scripted live-action content, as well as all live-action TV movies and specials. She will report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.

“Shauna has an innate understanding of the youth audience and an eye for identifying great stories and characters and making them into generation-defining hits,” said Robbins. “We are excited to have Shauna bring her passion and creativity to Nickelodeon as we set the course for the brand’s next phase of innovation and success.”

In 2007, Phelan worked at Varsity Pictures alongside Robbins as his director of television development, where they developed the TV series “Blue Mountain State,” which ran
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Shauna Phelan Joins Nickelodeon As Svp Live-Action Scripted Content

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New Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins is starting to build his programming team with the hire of longtime close associate Shauna Phelan in the newly created position as Svp, Live-Action Scripted Content, for the Nickelodeon Group. Based in Burbank, she will oversee the development and production of all Nickelodeon scripted live-action content, as well as all live-action TV movies and specials, reporting to Robbins.

“Shauna has an innate understanding of the youth audience and an eye for identifying great stories and characters and making them into generation-defining hits,” said Robbins. “We are excited to have Shauna bring her passion and creativity to Nickelodeon as we set the course for the brand’s next phase of innovation and success.”

Phelan first worked for Robbins in 2007 when she joined his Varsity Pictures as Director of Television Development. The two developed the TV series Blue Mountain State, which ran for three seasons on Spike TV,
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Titans Episode 2 Review: Hawk and Dove

Hawk and Dove make their Titans debut, and the DC Universe TV series immediately improves.

This Titans review contains spoilers.

Titans Episode 2

This is more like it. My spoiler free review of Titans was based on my impressions from the first three episodes. A significant portion of the awkwardness I pointed out in there came from the first episode, which does an awful lot of telling and what it shows, often reinforces some of the unfavorable impressions fans got from the trailer. But Titans episode 2 is a much better indicator of what this show is supposed to be, and it’s apparent right from the opening moments.

Titans episode 2 is appropriately called “Hawk and Dove” and it introduces that relatively obscure superhero pair in its opening moments, played perfectly by Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State...but I still miss Blood Drive) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), sporting the coolest,
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AwesomenessTV Co-Founder Brian Robbins Named President of Nickelodeon

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Viacom has tapped AwesomenessTV co-founder Brian Robbins as the new president of Nickelodeon, the company announced on Monday.

Most recently president of Paramount Players, Robbins will now manage the creative and business operations at Nick. He replaces Cyma Zarghami, who left the company back in June after a 30-year tenure.

There is currently no replacement for Robbins in line at Paramount, though the company said it had begun a “comprehensive search” for a new head of Paramount Players. Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group president Wyck Godfrey will oversee day-to-day operations in the interim, with support from Robbins during a transition period.

Also Read: Cyma Zarghami Steps Down as President of Nickelodeon Group

“Brian is a creative powerhouse who has spent his career on the frontlines of our industry, anticipating and driving changes in television, film and digital media,” Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement. “With his
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Brian Robbins Named President Of Nickelodeon

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A year and a half ago after AwesomenessTV co-founder Brian Robbins joined Viacom to run Paramount Players, he is being named President of the company’s Nickelodeon Group. He succeeds Cyma Zarghami who stepped down in June after more than 30 years with the network. Robbins will report directly to Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish.

A search is underway for Robbins’ replacement as President of Paramount Players. In the interim, Wyck Godfrey, President of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, will oversee day-to-day operations at Paramount Players, with support from Robbins during a transition period.

Robbins will manage the creative and business operations at Nickelodeon. As President of Paramount Pictures’ Paramount Players division, Robbins worked with Nickelodeon and Viacom’s other brands to identify talent and properties to be developed into co-branded feature films. In his new role, Robbins will remain integrally involved in the development, production and marketing of all
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Frankie Shaw (‘Smilf’): Bridgette shares ‘some similarities’ with Donald Glover in ‘Atlanta’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

Frankie Shaw (‘Smilf’): Bridgette shares ‘some similarities’ with Donald Glover in ‘Atlanta’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Frankie Shaw is coming off a pair of Golden Globe nominations for herself and the show she created and stars in, “Smilf.” The Showtime comedy series about a single mother struggling to pay the bills in South Boston, was loosely based on Shaw’s own life and co-stars Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell, Screen Actors Guild Award winner Samara Weaving, multiple Emmy nominee Connie Britton, and more. Before “Smilf,” Shaw rose to prominence with a starring role in “Blue Mountain State” and a recurring role in “Mr. Robot,” which helped her gain financial stability while developing “Smilf.”

Shaw recently spoke with Gold Derby contributing editor Zach Laws on an exclusive webchat about creating “Smilf,” working with O’Donnell, and what’s ahead for Season 2. Watch our video with Shaw above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Gold Derby: So,
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‘Smilf’ Star and Creator Frankie Shaw on How #MeToo Made the Show More Resonant (Video)

‘Smilf’ Star and Creator Frankie Shaw on How #MeToo Made the Show More Resonant (Video)
This story about Frankie Shaw first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

She never really had a role model. Frankie Shaw studied English literature and wrote her first screenplay in college, and in the back of her mind she always knew she wanted to be a filmmaker.

But apart from a few directors like Jane Campion and Cate Shortland, she didn’t see any women doing what she wanted to do — so to break into the business, Shaw became an actress, appearing in “Blue Mountain State,” “Mixology” and “Mr. Robot” and almost invariably finding herself working for male directors and showrunners.

“The only time I was ever directed by a woman was on ‘Mr. Robot,'” she said. “Every other guest-starring role and independent film were all male directors. I think that’s part of the reason it took me so long to do it,
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Film News Roundup: Deer Tick Documentary ‘Straight Into a Storm’ Gets Theatrical Release

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Film News Roundup: Deer Tick Documentary ‘Straight Into a Storm’ Gets Theatrical Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Straight Into a Storm” gets a theatrical release, Gravitas buys “All Light Will End” and Richard Thomas’ “The Price of Silence” wraps.

Release Date

Abramorama will give a theatrical release to “Straight Into A Storm,” the music driven documentary about the band Deer Tick, starting on June 15 in New York at the Roxy Cinema Tribeca.

In recent years, Abramorama has specialized in handling music driven documentary films, partnering with Neil Young, Green Day, Pearl Jam and The Beatles. “Straight Into A Storm” is directed by William Miller and produced by Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond and Miller.

Abramorama will implement a release strategy that has the film hitting cities Deer Tick will play on their upcoming tour in addition to other key markets. The film will also have a special screening in New York City on June 19 for music industry executives as part of the A2IM conference.
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Phreaker Films Launches With Silicon Valley Vc Cash; Alan Ritchson To Run It

Phreaker Films Launches With Silicon Valley Vc Cash; Alan Ritchson To Run It
Exclusive: Alan Ritchson’s AllyCat Entertainment and Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist Marina Acton have teamed to to launch Phreaker Films, a film fund aimed at studios, distributors and filmmakers that will focus on both debt and equity investments. The initial investment will be $10 million to finance two to three original features a year, and actor-director-producer Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Blue Mountain State)…
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Comedy Central Developing ‘

Comedy Central has put in development aka Kill The Orange Face Bear, toplined by Girls' alum Alex Karpovsky. , written by Blue Mountain State co-creator Chris Romano and to be directed by Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates helmer Jake Szymanski, centers on a man whose girlfriend is eaten alive by a bear in front of him. He sets out to do the only thing one would to get revenge: kill that bear. Romano, who also will showrun, executive produces with Karpovsky…
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Blood Drive: How Syfy's Grindhouse Road Race Navigated Nip Slips and Roared Off the Starting Line

Blood Drive: How Syfy's Grindhouse Road Race Navigated Nip Slips and Roared Off the Starting Line
The hot rods competing in Julian Slink’s Blood Drive may be fueled by the red stuff, but Syfy’s freshman drama is powered by all manner of envelope-pushing perversity.

Airing Wednesdays at 10/9c (and not a minute earlier, whew), the grindhouse-style series stars Christina Ochoa (of The CW’s upcoming Valor) and Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State) as Grace D’Argento and Arthur Bailey, an experienced (and ribald) racer and the do-right lawman she is reluctantly partnered with on the titular gauntlet. In this richly realized dystopia, human blood is the new gasoline, mortality is a given and the
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Interview: Alan Ritchson on Going Full Throttle into the Carnage & Comedy of Syfy’s Blood Drive Series

Burning rubber on the small screen tonight is the first episode of Blood Drive, a new Syfy series that's both a lurid love letter to Roger Corman's Death Race movies and the gory, glorious drive-in days of old, while also making a mark with its own crimson-stained swagger. Taking place in a world circa 1999 where water is coveted above currency and violence is commonplace, Blood Drive is populated with intriguing characters looking to make it across the finish line in a cross-country race with a big prize and an even bigger penalty for losing. There is nothing else on television quite like Blood Drive, and with the series premiering tonight on Syfy at 10:00pm Et, I had the pleasure of speaking with lead actor Alan Ritchson about playing Arthur Bailey, a moral compass in a world gone mad.

Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to talk. I've
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Smilf, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime

Smilf, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime
Here’s one TV show President Donald Trump won’t be watching: Showtime has ordered to series the half-hour comedy Smilf, co-starring Rosie O’Donnell.

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Based on the Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name, Smilf stars Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) as Bridgette, a twentysomething from the south side of Boston “whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” per the network synopsis. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention.
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‘The Suffering’ Exclusive Clip: Property Appraiser Fights For His Sanity on a Rural Farm

‘The Suffering’ Exclusive Clip: Property Appraiser Fights For His Sanity on a Rural Farm
Sometimes when you’re at a cross roads in life, you do some crazy, misguided things, like head to a rural farm owned by a creepy elderly shut-in. This is what happens in the new independent horror film “The Suffering.” In the film, property appraiser Henry Dawles (Nick Apostolides) has a diminished bank account and a baby on the way with his estranged wife (Elizabeth Deo). Realizing his personal life is in shambles, he decides to take a lucrative offer from elderly shut-in Mr. Remiel (Phil Amico) to appraise his rural estate. Once he arrives, he explores the vast and beautiful estate only to discover that not everything is as it seems. Soon, he closes in on the dark truths of the land, and must fight for his sanity amidst sinister beings and Remiel’s menacing, eccentric behavior. The series also stars Regen Wilson (“Veep”) and Chad Eric Smith (“Squid Man
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'Raphael' Takes Out The Trash In This Sweet New Clip From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Let's be honest for a second... Raph is the best Ninja Turtle and if you don't believe me, check out this action-packed new clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows featuring the sai-wielding hero, played by Alan Ritchson (Smallville, Blue Mountain State), taking out the trash the only way he knows how - by kicking ass and taking names!   The Ninja Turtles comes into conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman with the association of the Foot Clan and the return of the Shredder, who has hired Stockman to create mutants of their own in the form of Bebop and Rocksteady and an unknown invasion above New York City. To prevent the end of the world, the turtles and their human friends April O'Neil and Vern Fenwick comes to the aid with vigilante Casey Jones. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features: Director: Dave Green Alan Ritchson
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