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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing
While it looks like the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing will come down to a battle royal between three “Game of Thrones” contenders, there’s actually a sizable spoiler lurking in the wings: Adam McKay, who’s nominated for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to reward A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late. So while our odds may say “Thrones” is primed to take its third victory in the category (it previously won in 2015 and 2016), perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

After carving out a niche for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a victory for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing,
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Comic-Con 2019 Interview: Giancarlo Esposito on Working with Greg Nicotero for the Creepshow Series

The upcoming Creepshow series boasts a proverbial “who’s who” of acting talent which includes the likes of Jeffrey Combs, Tobin Bell, David Arquette, Dana Gould, DJ Qualls, Bruce Davison, and original Creepshow star Adrienne Barbeau, to name a few. But one of the cast members recently announced gave this writer quite a thrill: the one and only Giancarlo Esposito.

Esposito was in attendance for the 2019 Comic-Con festivities this past weekend, and while in San Diego, Daily Dead caught up with the longtime actor to discuss his involvement in Creepshow. During the roundtable interview, Esposito chatted about how it was the appeal of reteaming with Greg Nicotero that attracted him to coming aboard the new Creepshow series, and he gave us some insight into his episode’s story and more.

Look for Creepshow to debut on Shudder on September 26th!

Greg mentioned that you guys had a relationship because of Breaking Bad.
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Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) could become only the 3rd black actor ever to win 2 Emmys as a lead

Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) could become only the 3rd black actor ever to win 2 Emmys as a lead
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) won Best Drama Actor in 2017, but then lost to Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) in 2018. Rhys is out of the way this year, though, since “The Americans” has ended, so could Brown come back to win more gold? If he does, it would be a rare feat. Only two black actors in Primetime Emmy history have ever won multiple awards as a lead.

The first to do so was Bill Cosby, whose groundbreaking legacy on television now comes with a big fat asterisk. But long before his crimes were widely known he won Best Drama Actor three years in a row for “I Spy” (1966-68). It would take almost 40 years for another black actor to join that club, and it was a man Brown paid tribute to in his own acceptance speech in 2017: Andre Braugher.

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Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)
Orange Is the New Black” alum Emma Myles has joined the cast of Showtime’s “City on a Hill” in a recurring role, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

She will appear alongside stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in the role of Kelly Kinicki’s widow, Babsie. Her grief resurfaces when Jackie (Bacon) and Decourcy (Hodge) re-open the investigation on Kelly’s disappearance, Showtime said.

Myles’ past film and television credits include playing Leanne Taylor on “Orange Is the New Black,” as well as roles in “Odd Mom Out,” “King of Knives,” “Child of Grace,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Happy Yummy Chicken,” “Law and Order: Svu,” “Spinning Into Butter,” “Please Give” and “How to Make it in America.” She is repped by the Katz Company and Don Buchwald and Associates.

Also Read: Third 'Walking Dead' Series Set for 2020 Debut at AMC

City on a Hill” is set in early 1990s Boston, rife
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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could snag Best Drama Directing because the Emmys love A-listers

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could snag Best Drama Directing because the Emmys love A-listers
Though it may seem like a slam-dunk for “Game of Thrones,” the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing could have an interesting spoiler in the mix: Adam McKay, who’s in the running this year for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to heap accolades on A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late.

After making a name for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a win for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing, directing and producing bids. Now he’s returned to television with this pertinent drama about a Rupert Murdoch-esque media mogul (Brian Cox) and his conniving family, for which he helmed the pilot.
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David Tennant to star in Netflix's Criminal, an experimental police interrogation anthology

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One of the best episodes of television of all time is “Three Men and Adena,” the fifth episode of the first season of Homicide: Life On The Street. In it, two detectives interrogate a man over the death of an 11-year old girl, but fail to do so in the 12 hours they’ve been allotted. It’s intense, intimate, moving,…
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CAA Answers Packaging Fees Lawsuit, Calls Allegations “Preposterous”

One day before the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents are set to resume their stalled negotiations for a new franchise agreement, CAA has filed its answer to a lawsuit brought by its former clients David Simon and Meredith Stiehm as part of the guild’s suit against the Big 4 talent agencies, calling their allegations “preposterous.”

CAA says it will respond to the guild’s allegations at a later date.

CAA and the other Big 4 Agencies – Wme, UTA and ICM Partners – have until June 24 to answer the guild’s complaint. The WGA and the Ata have not met face-to-face since April 12, after which the guild will order all of its members to fire their agents who refuse to sign its new Agency Code of Conduct. The guild has demanded that any new deal must eliminate packaging fees and end agency ties to affiliated production entities.

As to the lawsuit’s individual plaintiffs,
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CAA Calls David Simon, Meredith Stiehm Claims ‘Preposterous’ in Packaging Fee Lawsuit Response

  • Variety
CAA has asked a judge to dismiss claims made against the agency by showrunners David Simon and Meredith Stiehm as part of the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against four Hollywood talent agencies over the issue of packaging fees.

CAA’s response to the WGA lawsuit filed in April asserts that the statute of limitations has long since run out on Simon and Stiehm’s ability to file a legal claim in relation to the dealmaking the two describe in the lawsuit. Stiehm and Simon were among eight guild members listed as plaintiffs along with the WGA in the suit.

The response, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also asserts that there are records to show that Stiehm should have been aware of the packaging fee arrangement on her CBS drama “Cold Case.” CAA asserts that Simon waived his right to sue after reaching a $30,000 settlement with the
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CBS 2019-2020 Primetime Schedule and New Series

  • Variety
CBS’ fall schedule for the 2019-20 season brings five new series to its primetime lineup, including the return of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle” alum Patricia Heaton in the comedy “Carol’s Second Act.”

Two more dramas — “FBI: Most Wanted” and “Tommy” — are on tap for midseason, along with new comedy “Broke.”

Here is CBS’ fall schedule and new series descriptions:

Monday

8 p.m.: The Neighborhood

8:30 p.m.: Bob Hearts Abishola (new)

9 p.m.: All Rise (new)

10 p.m.: Bull

Tuesday

8 p.m.: NCIS

9 p.m.: FBI

10 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesday

8 p.m.: Survivor

9 p.m.: Seal Team

10 p.m.: Swat (new time period)

Thursday

8 p.m.: Young Sheldon (new time period)

8:30 p.m.: The Unicorn (new)

9 p.m.: Mom

9:30 p.m.: Carol’s Second Act (new)

10 p.m.
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Fox Will Place ‘Masked Singer’ After Super Bowl

  • Variety
Many Super Bowl viewers tune in to see who will sing during halftime. Next year, they can tune in after the show for a little warbling as well

Fox Broadcasting said it will air its popular competition program “The Masked Singer” right after its broadcast of Super Bowl Liv, a sign of the momentum the network sees behind the program – and its hope the audience for the annual gridiron classic will stick around for the show at a critical moment. Fox is already airing a cycle of the show in the fall, meaning the network hopes “Singer” can prove appealing throughout the season.

The third season of the show will air Wednesdays, starting February 4, 2020, at 8 p.m.

The series, adapted from a South Korean program, debuted in January of 2019. Fox announced a second season for the show within weeks. It typically lures between 6 million and 11 million viewers per episode. Twelve celebrities jockey for honors,
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Cindy Mollo (‘Ozark’ editor): ‘It was fun’ to explore the female characters more in season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]

Cindy Mollo (‘Ozark’ editor): ‘It was fun’ to explore the female characters more in season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]
Year one of “Ozark” introduced viewers to Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his criminal dealings, but year two was “a good season for the female characters,” says editor Cindy Mollo. “It was fun to explore those characters who maybe didn’t get as much time in the first season as we were getting to know Marty and all of his accomplishments.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mollo above.

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This Netflix series follows Marty, a financial advisor who gets entangled with some shady drug dealers, forcing him to uproot his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks. Laura Linney costars as his wife, Wendy, a political consultant turned housewife, while Julia Garner plays Ruth Langmore, a young member of the local crime family.

Because Bateman himself directs the first two episodes of each season,
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‘Lake Success’: Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Series Based on Acclaimed Novel

‘Lake Success’: Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Series Based on Acclaimed Novel
Jake Gyllenhaal is coming to television. The Oscar nominee is set to star in and produce “Lake Success,” a limited series for HBO based on the novel by Gary Shteyngart, with the author himself serving as co-writer and -showrunner alongside Tom Spezialy. It will be Gyllenhaal’s first time starring in a TV series. “Lake Success” follows Barry Cohen, a hedge-fund manager who leaves behind his wife and autistic son in New York as he embarks on a cross-country bus ride to track down his college girlfriend.

“Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today,” said Gyllenhaal and co-executive producer Riva Marker in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.
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Jake Gyllenhaal Coming to Television in HBO Limited Series Lake Success

Jake Gyllenhaal Coming to Television in HBO Limited Series Lake Success
Jake Gyllenhaal is taking a detour from the big screen by way of Lake Success, an HBO limited series based on Gary Shteyngart’s 2018 novel of the same name, our sister site Deadline reports.

Per the series’ official synopsis, Lake Success “centers on narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and
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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Green Light With Tim Van Patten Directing

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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Green Light With Tim Van Patten Directing
Prolific TV director, writer and producer Tim Van Patten has been tapped to direct and executive produce Perry Mason, HBO’s limited series from Team Downey, starring Matthew Rhys in the title role.

The high-profile project had had a blinking green light, with a formal order contingent on hiring a director. With Van Patten, who has a long history at HBO, on board, Perry Mason is officially heading into production.

Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer,
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TV Writers Earn More on Packaged Shows (Study)

  • Variety
Amid Hollywood’s bitter agency-versus-writers battle, United Talent Agency has issued a robust defense of its television packaging activity.

In a three-season study released Wednesday, UTA asserted that its TV writer clients earn $3,374 more per episode on shows the agency packages than on those it does not package. The study also found that writers saved an average $2,439 per episode in commissions across every show that UTA packages and that fees for writers on shows UTA packages are $22,079 per assignment higher than for writers on shows the agency does not package.

“The data refutes any assumption or claim that writers are disadvantaged economically by writing for shows that the agency packages,” the agency said. “UTA’s waived commissions for writers amount to more than $45 million in total over the three years analyzed.”

The data was drawn from 2,435 total TV writing assignments, including 1,337 on programs that UTA packaged (entirely or partially) and
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David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’

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David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’
David Simon is urging the Writers Guild of America to file a lawsuit against the four biggest Hollywood talent agencies and the Association of Talent Agents over the practice of packaging.

“I’m for filing a civil suit against the Ata and the Big Four for an overt and organized breach of fiduciary duty in which they have effectively pretended to represent clients while taking bribes from studios to keep those clients’ salaries and benefits lowered across the board,” he said in a lengthy blog post.

“Looking not merely at civil law, but at the federal statutes against extortion and bribery, a curious and ambitious U.S. Attorney might enjoy a deeper dive into the realm of racketeering, because for the life of me, I can’t see a difference between packaging and any prosecutable case of bid-rigging or bribery I ever covered as a reporter in federal or state courts.
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David Simon Rages Over WGA-Talent Agency Negotiations: Agents Are Corrupt Grifters

David Simon Rages Over WGA-Talent Agency Negotiations: Agents Are Corrupt Grifters
Long before David Simon became one of the few TV creators with a shot at being a household name, he was a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, trying to make sure his book got into the hands of TV and film producers. What eventually became “Homicide: Life on the Street” began its path to the screen as part of a conventional entertainment practice called “packaging,” where deals are made by talent agencies matching up potential projects with their existing clients and taking commissions from both sides.

Simon, who went on to create both “The Wire” and “The Deuce,” recently published a post on his personal website, laying out his history with the “Homicide” rights deal and the lengths to which he went to make sure that everyone who was a part of that process knew how angry he was that it transpired that way. (Add “squib” and “bonnets” to “mooks
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‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Rips “Greedhead” Agencies Over Packaging, Urges Lawsuit Against Ata

  • Deadline
‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Rips “Greedhead” Agencies Over Packaging, Urges Lawsuit Against Ata
Note: David Simon is the former newspaperman turned TV writer/producer and show creator whose TV work includes Homicide: Life On The Street, The Wire, Treme and The Deuce. He wrote a post on his personal blog The Audacity Of Despair that grasps the conflict of interest charges leveled by writers against agencies in a personal and succinct way that is unlike anything we’ve seen before on the subject. The note he wrote on Twitter introducing his post will give you a taste for what is to come.

In regard to the current fight over packaging now finallyerupting in the film industry, I would like to urge solidarity among my brothers and sisters in #WGA and a Biblical plague of fulminant, venereal boils on the #Ata: https://t.co/LD8h3mIk4R

— David Simon (@AoDespair) March 18, 2019

Deadline is re-posting Simon’s post, which is being widely passed around among writers this morning,
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Showrunner David Simon Rips His Own Agency CAA, Calls Packaging Fees "Corrupt"

Showrunner David Simon Rips His Own Agency CAA, Calls Packaging Fees
A furious David Simon, creator of such famed series as The Wire, Treme and HBO’s The Deuce, criticized his agency, CAA, in an obscenity-laden blog post Monday, alleging that the firm packaged his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (which became the basis of the 1993-99 NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street) without his knowledge or consent. As a result, he alleges, CAA represented both sides of the 1990 sale of his book in an “overt and untenable conflict-of-interest” that Simon suggests left him with the short end of the stick in his first Hollywood venture.

Simon's ...
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Grey's Anatomy First Look: Jennifer Grey Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Mother

Grey's Anatomy First Look: Jennifer Grey Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Mother
After weeks of speculation about whether Jennifer Grey would be playing Jo’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy, TVLine can now exclusively confirm that the actress is actually playing the mother of Betty, the young recovering addict that Amelia has taken under her wing.

In the Thursday, February 14, episode of the ABC drama, Grey’s Carol Dickinson and husband John (played by Homicide: Life on the Street vet Kyle Secor) show up at Grey Sloan looking to find their daughter. When last seen in the midseason premiere, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the teen mom was being sent to rehab by
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