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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘American Son’ Trailer

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released the trailer for “American Son” starring Kerry Washington and first looks at Dolly Parton’s new anthology series, “Heartstrings.”

First Looks

Netflix has released the trailer for “American Son,” which premieres Nov. 1 on the streaming service. Directed by Tony award-winner Kenny Leon, the film is based on the Christopher Demos-Brown play of the same name. Kendra Ellis-Connor (played by Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington) struggles to put the pieces together to find her missing teenage son. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles from the stage.

Netflix has released the Season 3 trailer of “Atypical,” in which Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager on the autism spectrum, embarks upon his first year in college. Created by Robia Rashid, the season also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Michael Rapaport, Amy Okuda, Sara Gilbert and Eric McCormack. It will launch Nov. 1.

Netflix has
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Revenge of the Nerds Sequel Happening with Disney and Original Cast?

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Revenge of the Nerds Sequel Happening with Disney and Original Cast?
The original Revenge of the Nerds cast is reportedly reuniting and setting up a new movie. This summer marked the 35th anniversary of the first installment hitting theaters. The original movie is considered to be an 80s classic, but the sequels that followed, including made-for-tv movies were not received very well. In addition, looking back at the 1984 movie shows a different time in Hollywood and contains some pretty controversial scenes that some may call problematic these days. However, it sounds like the gang wants to get together for a new movie.

It has been reported that Disney is behind the upcoming Revenge of the Nerds sequel. Since Disney owns Fox, this would makes sense, but is Disney really going to put out a sequel to the raunchy 1984 movie? Robert Carradine, who stars as Lewis Skolnick, is back at Disney for the Lizzie McGuire sequel series, so he may have been
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‘Thirtysomething’ Alum Timothy Busfield To Co-Star In ABC Legal Drama ‘For Life’

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‘Thirtysomething’ Alum Timothy Busfield To Co-Star In ABC Legal Drama ‘For Life’
Exclusive: Timothy Busfield is set as a series regular opposite Nicholas Pinnock in ABC’s midseason legal drama series For Life, from Hank Steinberg, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

Written by Steinberg, For Life is a fictional serialized legal and family drama, inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr, about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.

Busfield will play Roswell, a legal
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‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Series From Creators Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick in the Works at MGM

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‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Series From Creators Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick in the Works at MGM
“Thirtysomething” could be the next classic show reimagined for modern audiences, as the late ’80s/early ’90s drama’s creators, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, have a sequel series in the works at MGM Television, TheWrap has learned.

Written by the duo and to be directed by Zwick, the plot of the new show would revolve around the children of the characters in the original show, who are now 30-something themselves.

No network or streaming service is currently attached to the project, though an individual with knowledge of the potential show tells TheWrap it’s being shopped to ABC, the network the original series ran on for four seasons from 1987 to 1991.

Also Read: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz Sign First Look Deal With Lionsgate TV

The series, which won 13 Emmy Awards, out of 41 nominations, starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton and Polly Draper and
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‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Series From Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick & MGM In The Works

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‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Series From Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick & MGM In The Works
Exclusive: Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick’s beloved 1987 drama series thirtysomething is making a comeback. I have learned that the duo is pitching a new incarnation of the show, which is garnering interest from multiple networks, including ABC, which aired the original series.

Written by thirtysomething creators Herskovitz and Zwick and to be directed by Zwick, I hear the followup series revolves around the children of the characters in the original show, which are now 30-something themselves. I hear the intention is for original cast members to reprise their roles but no one is set yet and there have been no formal talks.

The project hails from MGM TV, the studio behind the original series, which ran on ABC for four seasons.

Thirtysomething was a seminal series that captured the angst of the baby boomer generation and its struggles with real-life issues such as career, relationships, marriage, having kids and parenting.
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'Thirtysomething' Sequel in the Works at MGM TV

'Thirtysomething' Sequel in the Works at MGM TV
Thirty-something years after Thirtysomething premiered on ABC, a sequel to the late-1980s drama is in development.

MGM TV, which produced the original series, is working on a present-day update with creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. The series would focus on the children of the main characters from the original, who are now in their 30s themselves.

The plan is for actors from the original to reprise their roles as well, though nothing is set at the moment. MGM is currently shopping the project to potential buyers.

Thirtysomething starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember, Timothy Busfield, Patricia ...
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Which 14 TV husbands and wives won Emmys in the same year? Who could join them in 2019?

Which 14 TV husbands and wives won Emmys in the same year? Who could join them in 2019?
It’s only happened 14 times that fictional TV husbands and wives have won Emmy Awards in the same year. Tour our photo gallery above to see who they were over the past 70 years. Our research is for drama and comedy series only (not TV movies or limited series).

And there are four possibilities that could join them at the 2019 ceremony: Jason Bateman and Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”), and Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

Here is a full list of the 14 couples who have achieved this before:

2014

Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)

2011

Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)

2003

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”)

2001

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”)

1993

Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”)

1991

Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig (“thirtysomething”)

1986

Williams Daniels and
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Which 14 TV husbands and wives won Emmys in the same year?

Which 14 TV husbands and wives won Emmys in the same year?
It’s only happened 14 times that fictional TV husbands and wives have won Emmy Awards in the same year. Tour our photo gallery above to see who they were over the past 70 years. Our research is for drama and comedy series only (not TV movies or limited series).

And there are four possibilities that could join them at the 2019 ceremony: Jason Bateman and Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”), and Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

Here is a full list of the 14 couples who have achieved this before:

2014

Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)

2011

Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)

2003

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”)

2001

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”)

1993

Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”)

1991

Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig (“thirtysomething”)

1986

Williams Daniels and
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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)
Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie.

And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.”

Released 30 years ago on April 21, 1989, “Field of Dreams” stars Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan as Ray and Annie Kinsella, a couple raising corn on a bucolic Iowa farm with a young daughter, played by Gaby Hoffman, who went on to star in “Transparent.”

At dusk one evening, Ray hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come.”

But according to the film’s writer/director Phil Alden Robinson, there is a whole group of people who insist it’s “they.”

“It’s called the Mandela effect — people who swear they’ve seen something that really didn’t happen,” noted Robinson.

Or in this case,
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The Young & The Restless Alum Jessica Collins Stars in Dolly Parton's Heartstrings

Fans of Jessica Collins from The Young & The Restless will definitely want to check out the new Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton’S Heartstrings. The actress is joining fellow Emmy winners Camryn Manheim, Timothy Busfield, and Patricia Wettig as well as Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Ray McKinnon in the cast! “Finally I can share this with all of you!” she exclaimed on Instagram. “Beyond grateful and so proud of this project. Thank you, beautiful Dolly and my whole Heartstrings family. I’ve been floating ever since you welcomed me into your kind and talented world.” Each episode will begin with an introduction by Parton as herself talking or singing about the meaning behind each song. She will also appear in some of the stories, each of which will be a stand-alone show with a separate story and cast from the others. The stories, all based on classic Parton songs,
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Netflix Rounds Out Cast For Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, and Emmy winners Jessica Collins, Camryn Manheim, Tim Busfield, and Patricia Wettig are among 19 cast in upcoming anthology series.

The Dolly music you love, the stories you’ve been waiting for. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies.

Each episode will begin with an introduction by Dolly talking/singing to the camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Dolly will also star/guest star in some stories. Each episode is a standalone story and will have a different cast.

Produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere
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Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology

Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will get a tug from Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), among many other TV stars, later this year.

Netflix’s Parton-centric anthology series — which will use music from the country legend’s songbook to inspire the plot of each episode — has recruited more than a dozen actors to appear in newly announced standalone installments.

The roster also includes thirtysomething alumni Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield (who will reunite in the episode titled “Sugar Hill”), The Practice‘s Camryn Manheim, The AmericansHolly Taylor and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.

Though character details have
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‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’: Netflix Anthology Series Rounds Out Cast

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‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’: Netflix Anthology Series Rounds Out Cast
Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Ray McKinnon and Emmy winners Jessica Collins, Camryn Manheim, Timothy Busfield, and Patricia Wettig are among 19 new castings for Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, an anthology based on the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.

New and classic Parton music will score every episode for the Netflix anthology. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, Westerns and revenge comedies.

Each episode will begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to the camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Parton will also star/guest star in some stories. Each episode is a stand-alone story and will have a different cast.

Produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros Television for Netflix, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere this year, exact date Tbd.

Executive producers include Sam Haskell, Parton
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Melissa Leo, Camryn Manheim Among Cast for ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’

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Melissa Leo, Camryn Manheim Among Cast for ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” the Netflix anthology series showcasing memories and inspirations behind the country icon’s most beloved songs, has rounded out its cast.

Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens and Michael Willett will star in “Two Doors Down,” in which a family’s “lifetime of secrets” comes bursting out during a chaotic but comedic New Year’s Eve wedding weekend. This episode is written by Mark B. Perry and directed by Wendey Stanzler.

Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim and Mary Lane Haskell star in “Down From Dover,” in which a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers after being shunned by her father. This story is more complicated by the fact that the man the young woman loves is fighting in the Vietnam War. It was written by John Sacret Young and directed by Erica Dunton.

Patricia Wettig,
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Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield & Melissa Gilbert Launch Grand River Productions

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Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield & Melissa Gilbert Launch Grand River Productions
Exclusive: Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield and Melissa Gilbert have teamed to launch Grand River Productions, with their first project, Guest Artist, set to have its world premiere Saturday at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The creative partnership joins the fellow Michiganders who will look to mount modest-budget films.

That plan starts with Guest Artist, which Daniels adapted from his stage play and stars in. Busfield directed, and the trio are producing along with Tony-winning Broadway producer Michael A. Alden and executive producer Donald Clark.

“Our shared love of the American theatre is evident in every frame of our modern little throwback,” Daniels said. “Together, we felt that there was a film in Guest Artist that spoke to the precarious role of the American artist and that made it the perfect project for Grand River Productions’ feature film debut.”

Daniels, who just won an Emmy Award, his second, for Netflix’s Godless,
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lineup: 63 World Premieres

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lineup: 63 World Premieres
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 34th edition, which takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9. Sixty-three world premieres will debut at the California fest, which is also hosting 59 U.S. premieres from 48 countries. “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” will open the festival, with “Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story” closing it.

Sbiff also serves as an awards-season stop, and this year’s honorees include Viggo Mortensen, Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Yalitza Aparicio, Sam Elliott, Elsie Fisher, Claire Foy, Richard E. Grant, Thomasin McKenzie, John David Washington, Steven Yeun, and Michael B. Jordan.

Here’s the lineup:

Babysplitters, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Sam Friedlander

Better Together, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Isaac Hernández

The Bird Catcher, Norway, UK – World Premiere

Directed by Ross Clarke

Cemetery Park, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Brandon Alvis

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy,
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New York Stage & Film Gala Reunites ‘thirtysomething’ Cast Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig & Timothy Busfield

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New York Stage & Film Gala Reunites ‘thirtysomething’ Cast Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig & Timothy Busfield
This weekend’s New York Stage and Film winter gala will have a decided thirtysomething aura. In addition to the previously announced honorees (and real-life marrieds) Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, their former co-star Timothy Busfield will be among the event’s directors.

Among the presenters and performers at the gala will be Jon Robin Baitz, John Gallagher Jr., Josh Radnor and Duncan Shiek. The fundraising event will also honor longtime New York Stage and Film artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer, who is stepping down from her post at the end of the 2019 summer season.

The event is set for Sunday, December 9 at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. Also directing the evening’s tributes will be Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer.

The gala is a fundraising event to support New York Stage and Film’s year-round theater and film development initiatives. Other performances and appearances this year will include Santino Fontana,
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Brooke Elliott, Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver & Gerald McRaney Star In “If I Had Wings,” Part Of Dolly Parton Netflix Series

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Brooke Elliott, Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver & Gerald McRaney Star In “If I Had Wings,” Part Of Dolly Parton Netflix Series
Exclusive: Gerald McRaney (This Is Us), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Designated Survivor alum Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver (Love Is___), Delta Burke (Designing Women), and Tim Reid (Greenleaf) are set to star in Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: If I Had Wings, an episode of Netflix’s upcoming eight-episode anthology series, which showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.

In the “If I Had Wings” episode, after receiving invitations to the 70th birthday party of their decades-long estranged father Tom Freeman (McRaney), three disparate siblings, Clay (Lawson), Nancy (Elliott) and Phyllis (Weaver) converge on a Mississippi farm where they test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father. The episode is written by Jim Strain and directed by Timothy Busfield. Burke, who is married to McRaney in real-life, plays Ellie Holder, Tom’s girlfriend, and Reid portrays Kendal Hooks,
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Today in Soap Opera History (June 12)

1981: General Hospital's Luke had a calling.

1984: Jack Boyd arrived in Edge of Night's Monticello.

1990: A topless Carly impressed Justin on Days of our Lives.

2000: Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke played footsie with Thorne."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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...

1936: Popular serial Just Plain Bill aired on CBS Radio for the final time. The show returned in September on NBC, where it remained until 1954.

1941: On The Guiding Light,
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‘thirtysomething’ Team On How The ’80s ABC Drama “Changed The Course Of TV History” – Atx

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Fans of thirtysomething were treated today to a reunion of the creators and cast of the landmark drama series that aired on ABC from 1987 to 1991. Creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick were joined onstage at the Atx Television Festival in Austin by actors Polly Draper, Timothy Busfield, David Clennon, Melanie Mayron and Peter Horton to talk about a show, which, at the time, was different than anything on the air.

During that particular era of TV, Herskovitz says the landscape was filled with doctor, police and lawyer franchises. He admits he and Zwick weren’t looking to do TV at the time as they were more steeped in film. Even so, they created a simple show about the relationships between baby boomers in Philadelphia.

“It wasn’t written like a TV show,” said Draper. “It was different from what I have seen before. This bridged the gap [betwen film and TV] and changed the whole course of TV history.
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