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Judy Rhee (‘Better Call Saul’ production designer) on ‘keeping the visual continuity’ with ‘Breaking Bad’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Judy Rhee (‘Better Call Saul’ production designer) on ‘keeping the visual continuity’ with ‘Breaking Bad’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It’s a little intimidating to come onto a show that has such a huge following,” admits production designer Judy Rhee, who joined “Better Call Saul” in its fourth season. Because the series “has already been established to some degree in terms of the look and its direction,” the veteran designer was excited to bring her own intepretation “while keeping the visual continuity of the show” intact. Watch our exclusive video interview with Rhee above.

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Season four, which aired last summer and fall, found the AMC prequel series edging closer and closer to where the story intersects with “Breaking Bad”; down-on-his-luck lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is just a few steps away from morphing into Saul Goodman, lawyer for the criminal underworld. “The challenge for me was to keep track of what had already been said and shown and make sure you didn’t disrupt that timeline,
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‘Chicago Med’: Michael Pressman To Executive Produce & Direct In Season 5

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‘Chicago Med’: Michael Pressman To Executive Produce & Direct In Season 5
Michael Pressman is expanding his relationship with Chicago Med and Dick Wolf, signing on as an executive producer and director on the NBC drama series beginning with Season 5 next fall.

Pressman has worked with Wolf directing episodes of his series Chicago Med, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. He directed the pilots for CBSChicago Hope, The Guardian and The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. His other episodic directing credits include Elementary, Sneaky Pete, Alpha House and Justified, among others. His feature directing credits include To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, Frankie and Johnny Are Married and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From Emmy-winning executive producer Wolf, Chicago Med follows the emotional day-to-day chaos of the city’s newest state-of-the-art trauma center and into the lives of the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together. Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Colin Donnell,
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Apple Sits Out This Emmy Season, but Get Ready for a Frenzy of Contenders in 2020

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Apple won’t be entering the Emmy race this year — but get ready for 2020. The tech giant’s not-so-surprise launch of its new Apple TV+ video service on Monday included a hefty roster of top producing and acting talent that will immediately make the service an awards contender when it launches in the fall.

That means Apple’s first major awards at-bats will be the Golden Globes and various guild kudos (such as the SAG and WGA awards). Those events will serve as a warm-up for Apple’s inaugural Emmy campaign season next spring.

It won’t be Apple’s first time in contention, however. Apple Music’s “Carpool Karaoke” won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and the show is back in the race again this year. And the company has also won several technical/engineering Emmys over the years,
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The 50 Best Streaming TV Shows of All Time

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It’s crazy to remember it’s only been about seven years since Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu began making original series. From the humble beginnings of shows like “Lilyhammer,” “Alpha House,” and “Battleground,” the industry has witnessed a massive seismic shift — a complete explosion of the very concept of how we approach “television.”

Today, these platforms have added literally hundreds of shows to the TV landscape, which inspired IndieWire to evaluate and rank the 50 best that have debuted since those early days. From terrifying dystopias to intimate relationships, these are series which have made the most of opportunities presented by the distribution revolution — and transformed them into great storytelling.

50. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones

The best of the Netflix/Marvel series, “Jessica Jones” begins with a bang, introducing a new kind of hero to Marvel fans: a super-powered young woman whose internal demons are stronger than anyone she has to fight
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‘Veep’s Timothy Simons To Develop & Star In Assisted Suicide Comedy ‘Exit Plans’ At HBO

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Timothy Simons has set his next project at HBO to follow his run on Emmy-winning comedy series Veep, which is currently filming its final season. The premium cabler has put in development assisted suicide comedy Exit Plans, from Simons, who also stars, and Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle) via his Field Trip Productions.

Written, starring and executive produced by Simons, Exit Plans centers around assisted suicide. When assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully while struggling to keep ahold of his crumbling personal life. In short, he’s trying to figure out his life while ending yours.

Graham also executive produces for his Field Trip Prods.

Simons plays Jonah Ryan on HBO’s Veep. His film credits include Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Antonio Campos’ Christine, the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg comedy The Interview,
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PR Exec Peter Binazeski Exits Amazon Studios, Joins Tubi TV As Head Of Communications

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Peter Binazeski, who worked in publicity at Amazon Studios for the past five and a half years, has left the company to become Head of Communications for Tubi TV. Yesterday was his last day at Amazon.

Binazeski joined Amazon in 2013, just a few months before the premiere of the Studios’ first series Alpha House and Betas. During his tenure he launched the Studios’ Los Angeles-based PR team and handled trade communications and PR efforts for some of the Studios’ most critically-acclaimed shows, including Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe and Fleabag, among others. During that time, Amazon Studios garnered seven Golden Globe Awards including two for Transparent, along with numerous Emmy Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and a Peabody Award among other honors.

Prior to Amazon,
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John Goodman to Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award at This Year’s St. Louis International Film Festival

The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) — held Nov. 1-11 — will honor native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a clip reel of the actor’s career highlights, a conversation betwen Goodman and John Carney of Ktrs (550 Am), and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The program will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale through the Tivoli website on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Goodman grew up in Affton and graduated in 1975 from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Mo. He soon moved to New York City to begin his acting career. On Broadway, from 1985-87, Goodman starred as Pap Finn in Roger Miller’s musical take on Mark Twain, winning a Drama Desk nomination.
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Jet-setting Drama Series From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan & STXtv In Works At Amazon

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Jet-setting Drama Series From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan & STXtv In Works At Amazon
Amazon Studios has given a script-to-series order to a drama series project from Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan and STXtv, the television studio of Robert SimondsStx Entertainment.

Co-created and co-written by Kwan, in his first foray into TV, and David Sangalli, the yet-to-be titled series, which STXtv took in for development last year, is a globe-hopping drama set amongst Hong Kong’s most influential and powerful family and the business empire they control.

Mozart in the Jungle executive producer Will Graham has come on board to supervise the project via his company Field Trip Productions’s first-look deal at Amazon Studios. The company’s Hailey Wierengo will co-executive produce.

“This series is precisely the type of East-meets-West material that Stx is uniquely positioned to develop across all of our divisions. We are so pleased to be able to partner with Amazon, whose established relationship with Kevin and support
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‘Catch-22’: George Clooney’s Hulu Limited Series Casts Its Merry Band

‘Catch-22’: George Clooney’s Hulu Limited Series Casts Its Merry Band
Catch-22, Hulu’s high-profile limited series co-starring and directed by George Clooney, has cast its Merry Band. Daniel David Stewart (The Band’s Visit), Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes), Rafi Gavron (Counterpart), Graham Patrick Martin (Major Crimes), Pico Alexander (A Most Violent Year), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live), Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) and Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes) have joined the series, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.

Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.
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Nancy Dickerson Biopic From Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee Colbert In Works At Showtime

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Showtime is developing Hello Nancy, an original film based on the nonfiction book On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star by CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson, with Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee Colbert serving as executive producers.

The Zookeeper’s Wife scribe Angela Workman will pen the adaptation and co-executive produce. Dickerson serves as associate producer.

Hello Nancy centers on pioneering journalist Nancy Dickerson, chronicling her trailblazing journey through the high-powered world of 1960s Washington, D.C., to become a prominent political journalist and eventually the first woman to anchor a TV news show. Among her numerous milestones, Dickerson was the first female member of the Washington TV press corps, the first reporter to speak to John F. Kennedy after his inauguration and more — all of which established her as a role model for a generation of aspiring media professionals. The challenges she faced along the way,
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Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 13 Review: Best Laid Plans

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I'm starting to think that Gaffney's Ed might not be my first choice for treatment. 

Between all the misdiagnoses, surgeons manipulating Unos, and doctors calling cops on the families of patients, the events on Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 13 were a PR nightmare waiting to break. 

On the upside, Nat finally broke free of the babies and the pregnant women! It's a miracle! 

Landing an adult patient didn't free her from ethical issues or fighting with her boyfriend. The honeymoon period is definitely over for those two. 

Nat's certainly not always in the right when she comes up against these ethical challenges, but she's at least usually more deliberative than Will. 

I'm definitely team Nat for this case. At the very least, Will could have waited to call the police after giving social services or, I don't know, Dr. Charles a chance to weigh in.

It was a little bit of
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Trailer Watch: Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan Lead a Tangled Web of Love in “The Seagull”

The Seagull

“Remember all the laughter and the noise?” Irina (Annette Bening) reminisces in the trailer for “The Seagull.” “And the love affairs — so many love affairs.” Irina is talking about old times with her friend and apparent onetime lover, famous novelist Boris (Corey Stoll, “The Strain”), but she may as well be referring to “The Seagull’s” plot.

Based on Anton Chekhov’s play, the film sees Irina, whose career as an actress is winding down, hosting some friends and family at her country home for the summer. They include her son, Konstantin (Billy Howle, “Dunkirk”), ingénue Nina (Saoirse Ronan), and Masha (Elisabeth Moss). Konstantin quickly falls for Nina, who seems interested until she sets eyes on Boris. Masha, meanwhile, is unlucky-in-love with Konstantin. “I’m in mourning — for my life,” Masha deadpans when another character asks her why she always wears black.

Meanwhile, Boris takes advantage of all
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Exclusive Interview: The Tick cast and executive producer talk improvisation, Wally Pfister and more

The past three decades have seen The Tick taking on many forms, starting off as a comic book series and subsequently transitioning into an animated series and short-lived live-action series, but now, the property has found a new home on Amazon Prime Video. The rebooted, Peter Serafinowicz-led Tick series officially debuted on the streaming service last August (after its pilot debuted in August 2016), and it has been making a splash with both critics and general audiences ever since.

Stars Scott Speiser (Overkill), Brendan Hines (Superian) and Yara Martinez (Miss Lint) and executive producer Barry Josephson answered a few questions about working with Amazon, the on-set environment and more during a New York Comic Con interview with Flickering Myth.

How much improv is allowed on set? Scott, I know you have a [Groundlings] background, so are you allowed to draw upon that in scenes?

Scott Speiser: It took me a
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Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama

Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama
Streaming giant’s slate also includes comedy from creator of Gilmore Girls.

Amazon has announced its 2017 pilot slate, which includes space drama Oasis, with Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Five pilots will debut on 17th March in the UK, Us, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Customer reviews will help determine if the pilots are turned into a series.

The pilots are:

The Legend of Master Legend (half-hour)

A dark comedy about the life of a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers. Executive produced by Youree Henley (20th Century Women), Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and David Klawans (Argo), along with executive producers and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent) and Noah Harpster (Transparent). The pilot is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomer
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CBS Sets Dates for Katherine Heigl's Doubt, Training Day, Next Amazing Race

CBS Sets Dates for Katherine Heigl's Doubt, Training Day, Next Amazing Race
CBS has unveiled its midseason premiere plan, and Grey’s Anatomy grad Katherine Heigl will start raising Doubt on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10/9c, a week after Code Black sews up Season 2.

Doubt stars Heigl as a brilliant attorney who falls for a client (Rescue Me‘s Stephen Pasquale) recently accused of murder. The ensemble also includes Laverne Cox (Oitnb), Dulé Hill (Psych), Dreama Walker (The Good Wife), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) and Kobi Libii (Alpha House).

RelatedLaverne Cox on Groundbreaking Doubt Role: ‘It’s Wonderful to Be a Black Transgender Woman on CBS’

Among the Eye’s other scripted fare,
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Bull's Ex Cast With Jane the Virgin Star

Bull's Ex Cast With Jane the Virgin Star
Bull‘s ex-wife is… not being played by Cote de Pablo. Rather, another familiar face is filling the role: Jane the Virgin‘s Yara Martinez.

RelatedBull, MacGyver Snag Full-Season Pickups at CBS

Per TV Insider, Martinez has been cast as Isabella Colon, a hugely successful fashion/health/lifestyle guru who in addition to being Jason’s ex is also, of course, Tac team member Benny’s estranged sister. Izzy reenters Jason and Benny’s world when it is alleged that one of her company’s products caused a customer’s death.

RelatedDVR Ratings: This Is Us, Bull Led Premiere Week
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‘Graves’ Review: Nick Nolte Tries to Save the Republican Party in a Political Comedy with Presidential Potential

‘Graves’ Review: Nick Nolte Tries to Save the Republican Party in a Political Comedy with Presidential Potential
Whether you’re with her or want to make America great again, “Graves” is the timely political comedy you didn’t know you needed to see. For one, it’s on Epix, a network new to the scripted original series game, meaning you might not know where to find it. But more to the point, the series’ basic premise might make you suspect the show has a liberal agenda hiding behind faux-conservatism; a show made to lure in Republican voters only to convince them they’re wrong.

Read More: ‘Berlin Station’ Review: Spy Drama Needs Less Talk, More Richard Jenkins Gettin’ Busy

But that’s not the case — so far. While “Graves” may not be the barnburner debut series of, say, a “House of Cards,” it’s a big step up from Amazon’s “Alpha House.” Plus, through three episodes, the well-performed, warmly funny tale is also fair to both sides of the aisle.
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‘Gypsy’ Casts Brooke Bloom As Series Regular, Kimberly Quinn To Recur In Netflix Drama

Brooke Bloom (Alpha House) is set as a series regular and Kimberly Quinn (Terriers) will recur opposite Naomi Watts on Netflix's upcoming drama series Gypsy. Gypsy follows the journey of Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients' lives. Bloom will play Rebecca, the smart, aware and newly enlightened daughter of one of Jean’s patients who has rejected her more traditional upbringing and…
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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Comedies of 2016

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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Comedies of 2016
“Mary + Jane”

September 5 on MTV

What Is It? From the writer/directors behind the cult favorite “Josie and the Pussycats” adaptation, this series follows two “ganjapeneurs” who run a weed delivery service in Los Angeles.

I’ll Like It If I Like… The “Broad City” influence is pretty clear, as the show is focused on the tight friendship between Jordan (Scout Durwood) and Paige (Jessica Rothe) and their stoner antics.

Why Should I Care? Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont’s unique approach to satirizing La hipster culture really help this show stand out from the pack of other female-led comedies, while also promising a more surreal touch. Durwood and Rothe also make for an enjoyable pairing. For fans of the pot comedy genre, it’s an easy sell.

Atlanta

September 6 on FX

What is it? Donald Glover of “Community” fame returns to TV in his most ambitious project yet, which he produces,
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159 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2014-15 Season

Here's a list of TV shows that aired (or were expected to air) during the 2014-15 season (roughly September 2014 through August 2015) and that also won't be back for the 2015-16 season.Latest updates: Queens of Drama (Pop), Alpha House (Amazon), America Unearthed (H2), Cold Justice (TNT), That Metal Show (VH1 Classic), Austin & Ally (Disney), The Sing-Off (NBC), The Briefcase (CBS), Foyle's War (PBS), The Crimson Field (PBS), Community (Yahoo), Other Space (Yahoo), Sin City Saints (Yahoo), Breathless (PBS), Big Time in Hollywood, Fl  (Comedy Central), A Young Doctor's Notebook (Ovation), The Red Road (SundanceTV), Cedar Cove (Hallmark), Transporter: The Series (TNT), Stewarts and Hamiltons (E!), The Brink (HBO), Married (FX), Your Family or Mine (TBS), Clipped (TBS), The Whispers (ABC), I Didn't Do It (Disney), Defiance (Syfy), Rookie Blue (ABC), Dominion (Syfy), Extant (CBS), Chasing Life (ABC Family), Graceland (USA), Wake Up With Al (Weather Channel), Lab Rats (Disney Channel), Mighty Med (Disney Channel), Proof (TNT), Mr. Robinson (NBC), King of the Nerds (TBS), Under the Dome (CBS), Complications (USA), Hindsight
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