Tom Fontana, ‘Justified’s Graham Yost & ‘American Gods’ Showrunner Among Sundance’s 2019 Episodic Lab Advisors

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When the 14 newly minted Sundance Institute fellow step into the Episodic Labs on Thursday, they and their nine projects will be receiving guidance from some of the best of the small screen best.

Though Oz creator and City on the Hill executive producer Tom Fontana might freak some of the Fellows out with his enduring habit of writing out scripts in long hand, the multiple Emmy, Peabody Awards and Writers’ Guild Awards winner also offers the expertise of a master of the small screen form.

As a creative advisor to the Fellows (see the full list below) at the October 10 – 15 sixth annual Episodic Lab at Utah’s Sundance Mountain Resort, Fontana will be joined by American Gods showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee and Justified showrunner Graham Yost.

In addition, Sex and the City Ep Jenny Bicks, Daniel Chun, Little America creator Lee Eisenberg, The Wilds co-ep Shalisha Francis,
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Billie Eilish Sampled ‘The Office.’ The Show’s Creators Are Excited, and Confused

Billie Eilish Sampled ‘The Office.’ The Show’s Creators Are Excited, and Confused
“Threat Level Midnight” is an underrated half-hour of The Office. The episode, which aired in February 2011, is one of the show’s highest-concept narratives: a meta-exercise in which the characters watch a fake movie they made themselves, from a script that they discovered five seasons earlier. It’s about a fictional secret agent named Michael Scarn, played by Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. It’s filled with ’70s disco music, Will Smith-esque pop-rap and coordinated dances. At the time, “Threat Level Midnight” was a bold move from a show deep into its run.
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Cape Teams With Adele Lim, Daniel Chun, Walter Hamada And Others For Annual New Writers Fellowship

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Exclusive: As people of color and marginalized continue to work to move the needle when it comes to equity and inclusion in Hollywood, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape) is doing its part for the culture with the eighth annual Cape New Writers Fellowship. Today Cape announced the emerging writers for the professional development program and unveiled some of the top industry players who will serve as mentors and speakers for the fellowship co-founded and co-chaired by Steve Tao and Leo Chu.

As the landscape of authentic representation in film and TV continues to move forward, the industry is realizing that audiences crave diversity and inclusion — and it starts on the page. Graduates of the Fellowship have been staffed on every major broadcast network, premium cable channel, and streaming platform. This year, Cape plans to continue to diversify
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Photos and Preview Video from the Dead Of Summer Season 1 Finale, Directed by Steve Miner

Perhaps the new preview video and photos for tonight’s season finale of Freeform’s Dead of Summer, titled “She Talks to Angels,” will provide some clues as to who will be left standing at the end of the summer at Camp Stillwater.

Press Release: The summer of 1989 at Camp Stillwater comes to a terrifying end in “She Talks to Angels,” the season finale of “Dead of Summer,” airing Tuesday, August 30 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Edt), on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.

What was supposed to be a fun summer that the Camp Stillwater counselors would never forget quickly turned into a horrible experience they will be lucky to survive. As summer comes to a close, the centuries-old battle between good and evil at Lake Stillwater will be settled once and for all.

Guest stars include Zachary Gordon as Blotter, Charles Mesure as Sherriff Heelan, Tony Todd as
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Photos & Clips from Dead Of Summer Episode 109

The ninth episode of Freeform’s Dead of Summer is titled “Home Sweet Home,” but if the photos and clips are an indicator of what’s in store for Camp Stillwater’s counselors tonight, the episode could also be titled, “The Exorcism of Amy Hughes,” or “There Will Be Blood… Lots of Blood.”

Press Release: The counselors confront the evil that lurks in the lake of Camp Stillwater in “Home Sweet Home,” an all-new episode of “Dead of Summer,” airing Tuesday, August 23 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Edt), on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.

Chaos reigns down on Camp Stillwater as Deb and the counselors come face to face with evil.

Guest stars include Tony Todd as The Tall Man and Dylan Neal as Keith Jones.

Home Sweet Home” is written by Ian Goldberg and directed by Alrick Riley.

The series stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost,” ”The Purge: Election Year”) as Deborah “Deb” Carpenter,
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Michael Trucco Joins John Stamos Comedy ‘Grandfathered’

Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) has been cast opposite John Stamos and Paget Brewster on Fox’s comedy Grandfathered. Created and written by Daniel Chun, Grandfathered stars Stamos as a life-long bachelor who suddenly finds out he is a father and a grandfather. Trucco will play Craig, a sexy hipster musician who will play Sara’s (Brewster) new love interest. Craig is an old flame who comes back into Sara’s life. Trucco, repped by McKeon Myones Entertainment and UTA…
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Viewers Gush Over John Stamos, Rob Lowe on Fox’s ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder’ Debuts

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Viewers Gush Over John Stamos, Rob Lowe on Fox’s ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder’ Debuts
Fox debuted to new potential comedy hits on Tuesday, as “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” aired their series premieres. The sitcoms both star ’80s heartthrobs — John Stamos and Rob Lowe respectively — and have already received critical acclaim and positive reviews. Can you make an entire sitcom out of the fact that Stamos looks really, really good for a man in his 50s? As it turns out, yes, especially when “The Office” writer Daniel Chun pens such a witty script. As for the 8:30 p.m. slot, Lowe and “Wonder Years” star Fred Savage are perfectly paired and even more affable together than they are.
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‘Grandfathered’ Review: John Stamos’ Fox Comedy Is More Than Just a Pretty Face

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‘Grandfathered’ Review: John Stamos’ Fox Comedy Is More Than Just a Pretty Face
Can you make an entire sitcom out of the fact that John Stamos looks really, really good for a man in his 50s? As it turns out, yes. With Daniel Chun (“The Office,” “Hello Ladies” and “Happy Endings”) penning a quick-witted script, “Grandfathered” subverts every hokey cliche that it nearly crashes into by maintaining a savvy self-awareness. Stamos plays Jimmy Martino, a successful Los Angeles restaurateur who’s a fixture in the dining room at Jimmy’s every night, delivering the same flattering line to every female who walks through the door. He’s always found at the center of a glamorous coterie of.
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Grandfathered Season 1 Review

One episode was provided prior to broadcast.

There’s a pervading sweetness running throughout Fox’s new sitcom Grandfathered, premiering alongside The Grinder this fall. Although both shows feature a somewhat cliche structure that’s largely the same, in reverse – Rob Lowe returning to his family in The Grinder, John Stamos discovering he even has one in Grandfathered – where this show prevails slightly over Lowe’s sitcom is in two important areas. One: it’s funny. Two: I wouldn’t mind spending a few weeks getting to know these characters more. Both facts run right in the face of the show’s stock playboy-settles-down plot arc, which lets its characters move around and have fun thanks to its simplicity, unlike The Grinder‘s stifling, largely humorless stranglehold over nearly everyone on screen.

The show opens with Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) making the rounds at Jimmy’s, the local fancy restaurant he owns and operates.
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Fox Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule

Fox Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.

"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."

Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder.
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Pilots: ABC Orders Comedies About Johnny Knoxville, NBA Odd Couple, Genius Kids, Plus 4 Others

Pilots: ABC Orders Comedies About Johnny Knoxville, NBA Odd Couple, Genius Kids, Plus 4 Others
ABC on Friday night ordered a whopping seven comedy pilots, including the real-life story of a young Johnny Knoxville, an NBA rookie with translation issues and three couples who (shockingly) are staying married in America.

The projects are as follows:

Untitled Johnny Knoxville Pilot | Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time. Written by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted).

Delores & Jermaine | Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real-life experience, this comedy finds lazy-yet-inventive
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Happy Endings, Ep. 3.09, “Ordinary Extraordinary Love”: “I can spin this! That’s why they call me the Old Spinster!”

Happy Endings, Season 3, Episode 9: “Ordinary Extraordinary Love”

Written by Daniel Chun

Directed by Michael A. Price

Airs Sundays at 10pm (Et) and Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC

We find the group sitting around their usual table and having a casual drink with each other when Max comes running in complaining about his love life. The group throws a few jabs at one another before the episode gets underway. This time around we find Jane paired up with Max as the two of them, accompanied with Derek, go out to find just who Max is and why he can’t find a guy. The storyline does bring us a few laughs and Adam Pally makes you feel sincerely sorry for the quick chirping Max.

Dave and Brad are placed together in the episode, which is a nice change. Now that Alex and Dave are back together these two hardly ever get paired up.
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Comedy Writer Daniel Chun Sells 2 Projects

Exclusive: In his first stab at development under his overall deal with ABC Studios, former The Office head writer Daniel Chun has sold two single-camera comedy projects, one to Fox and one to ABC. No Worries, which has received a script commitment plus penalty at Fox, centers on a serious man eager to settle down who realizes that his brother and everyone else his age is pushing off adulthood as long as possible. Chun’s ABC project is an untitled family show about an immigrant mother and her two grown-up, Americanized children who must learn to work together when they open a restaurant with the last of their money. Under his pact with ABC Studios, which started in the summer, Chun also serves as a consulting producer on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, which is co-produced by Sony TV and ABC Studios. Chun, repped by UTA and Price Management,
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Warner Bros. Trying to Adapt Guinness Book of World Records; Studio Sets Up Fantasy Project ‘Temple of Heaven’

If, at first, you don’t succeed in adapting a property incongruous to film as a medium, say “screw it” and try again. I like to think that’s the thinking behind Deadline‘s story, which reports that Warner Bros., Thunder Road, and Motion Theory are looking toward The Guinness Book of World Records — arguably one of the least-based-in-narrative books one could imagine — as the basis for an action-adventure film.

Daniel Chun (The Office, The Simpsons) is working on the screenplay, with the assignment requiring him to translate various records into a blockbuster that, at the same time, has “global appeal.” So, we can expect that woman who bulges out her eyes, somebody whose entire body is tattooed, a person who played the world’s longest guitar solo, and so on to provide clues that lead to an amazing treasure of untold riches. (That’s only what I’d guess
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Warner Bros. Plans The Guiness Book of World Records

Warner Bros. Plans The Guiness Book of World Records
Warner Bros. is planning a new action-adventure based on The Guinness Book of World Records, hiring The Office writer Daniel Chun to work on the script.

The studio plans to take some of the record-breaking events chronicled in the book, and use them in an action-adventure setting. It will likely take some time to find a narrative through-line. Basil Iwanyk, Sean Sorensen, and Matthew Cullen are producing.

The record book was spawned in 1951 by Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewing Company, who wanted to know what Europe's fastest game bird was. With the help of fact-finders Norris and Ross McWhirter, the book's first edition was published in 1955. It was the top selling book in Britain that year.

No production schedule was given for this unique project.
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The Writing is on the Wall for NBC’s ‘The Office’

The outlook is not good for NBC’s “The Office.” Executive producer and show-runner Paul Lieberstein, who plays Hr rep Toby on the series, is stepping down from the show and helping only in a “reduced behind-the-scenes capacity,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Instead, Lieberstein will focus his attention on “The Farm,” an “Office” spin-off that will star Rainn Wilson and center on Dwight Schrute’s beet farm/bed-and-breakfast. (Great, because characters hanging out on a farm worked so well for “The Walking Dead.”) And, unfortunately, Dwight will have to manage without Mose, his Amish cousin. Lieberstein told Vulture they will need to find a way to explain his absence, since the person who plays him, Michael Schur, is busy writing and running “Parks and Recreation.” Lieberstein’s spin-off is in development for pilot season, which means it’s not necessarily headed to series yet. If it does, NBC hopes
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Ed Helms Talks The End Of The Office

Fans of NBC’s The Office were cautiously optimistic when star Steve Carell departed the series last spring. Although quite clearly the heart and soul of the show, many hoped that the incredibly strong ensemble cast would carry the series through at least a few more successful seasons without the hapless Michael Scott at thte helm. But sadly, it already looks as though the remaining Dunder Mifflin crew is starting to splinter. James Spader has announced his exit after a year on the show as office jedi Robert California. Show writer and actor Mindy Kaling has an uncertain future on the show, depending on whether her her pilot is picked up over at Fox, and head-writer Daniel Chun has signed a deal with rival network ABC.

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VH1 News caught up with current Dunder Mifflin boss Ed Helms while he was promoting Jeff Who Lives At Home last weekend.
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‘The Office’ Head Writer Daniel Chun Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

After stints at The Simpsons and The Office, Daniel Chun is embarking on development with a two-year overall deal at ABC Studios. The seven-figure pact, which will start in the summer, was made in a competitive situation, with ABC going agressively after the sought-after writer-producer. “Danny is multi-talented in that he’s not only a fantastic writer but a terrific producer,” ABC Studios’ Svp and head of creative development Patrick Moran said. “We’re continuing to strengthen our comedy roster, and getting Danny to add his unique voice to our team is a real coup for us.” Before segueing into his ABC Studios deal, Chun will finish up his duties on The Office through the end of the season and will make his directing debut with an episode of the Emmy-winning comedy this spring. While studying biological anthropology at Harvard, Chun honed his comedy writing skills at the famed Harvard Lampoon.
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'The Office': Who are Merv Bronte and Nellie Bertrum?

We know the big "Office" news this week is the debut of Will Ferrell as new/interim Dunder Mifflin manager Deangelo Vickers. But allow us to look a month or so ahead, to the season finale.

The final episode of the season -- and third of the post-Michael Scott era -- will feature guest stars Ray Romano, Catherine Tate, Will Arnett and James Spader. And thanks to "Office" writer/producer/Kelly Mindy Kaling, we now know their characters' names.

"William Arnett plays 'Fred Henry,' Raymond Romano plays 'Merv Bronte,' and James Spader plays 'Robert California,'" Kaling tweeted on Tuesday (with the blessing of "Office" showrunner/Toby Paul Lieberstein). "These are real, guys."

Tate's character, Kaling added a couple minutes later, is named Nellie Bertrum. She also takes credit for half of the "Merv Bronte" name, saying she suggested the last name and fellow writer Daniel Chun pitched "Merv.
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Tyler Perry Dominates The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations (Awards Ceremony Airing On Fox Tonight)

The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations follow below, and guess who stole the show? Well, it’s no surprise that Tyler Perry films would leave their mark but who knew it would be by a landslide? For Colored Girls topped the film category with seven nominations and Why Did I Get Married Too? has four.

The NAACP Image Awards honor accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as individuals who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Perry is up for a film directing nod (For Colored Girls) alongside Geoffrey Sax (Frankie & Alice), George Tillman Jr. (Faster), Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us) and the Hughes Brothers (Book of Eli).

The show will be televised live, tonight, March 4, 2011 at 8/7 c, on the Fox Network.

Courtesy of, here’s a list of all Film and Television related nominees:

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For Colored Girls
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