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Steven Spielberg Taking ‘Smash,’ Musical Based on NBC Series, to Broadway

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Steven Spielberg Taking ‘Smash,’ Musical Based on NBC Series, to Broadway
Talk about meta.

Smash,” the TV series about backstage drama that attracted a rabid but small fanbase when it aired for two seasons on NBC, has inspired an upcoming show that is eyeing a Broadway run. “Smash, A New Musical” is setting its sights on the Great White Way and its mega-watt producing team includes Steven Spielberg, WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, and “Chicago” producer Neil Meron.

The Tony and Grammy-winning duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned over two dozen songs for the television show will provide the score, which will feature many of the songs that popped up on the TV series.

Like the series, the stage show will follow the efforts to mount “Bombshell,” the Broadway musical-within-a-musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. However, its backers said the plot will also deviate from that of the series. Some characters such as writers Julia and Tom
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David E. Kelley Boards Netflix Psychological Thriller ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’

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David E. Kelley Boards Netflix Psychological Thriller ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’
Big Little Lies” creator David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, who was a showrunner on “House of Cards,” have attached as writers, showrunners and executive producers on Netflix six-part miniseries “Anatomy of a Scandal.”

Netflix describes the show, which is based on Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel, as an “insightful and suspenseful series about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.”

S.J. Clarkson will direct all episodes, and also takes an executive producer credit. The show will be shot in the U.K.

Kelley, whose recent credits include “Goliath” and “Mr. Mercedes,” and James Gibson, who also served as a writer on “The Americans,” will exec produce alongside Liza Chasin of 3Dot Productions, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss of Made Up Stories. Vaughan and Margaret Chernin take co-executive producer credits.

The novel, part courtroom thriller and part psychological drama,
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Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot "Pivoting"

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Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Ginnifer Goodwin is set as a co-lead opposite Eliza Coupe in Fox’s comedy pilot Pivoting, from writer Liz Astrof, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros TV.

Written by Astrof and to be directed by Tristram Shapeero, Pivoting follows three women, Amy (Coupe), Jodie (Goodwin) and Sarah, after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

Goodwin’s Jodie is Amy’s (Coupe) close friend, who is also coping with the loss of Coleen. Raised by an overprotective mother, Jodie is herself a parent of three, married to a suffocating husband who gives her no room to breathe and be herself. She finds the excitement,
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‘Queens’ Immigrant Drama Based On Play In Works At HBO From Martyna Majok & Prentice Penny

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‘Queens’ Immigrant Drama Based On Play In Works At HBO  From Martyna Majok & Prentice Penny
HBO has put in development drama series Queens, based on the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, with Insecure executive producer, writer and director Prentice Penny executive producing via his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment production company. Majok will pen the adaptation and executive produce.

Queens revolves around the lives of two generations of immigrant women that collide in a basement apartment in Queens, as the choices they’ve made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to confront them. When trying to move your life forward, what cannot – and should not – be left behind?

Alex Soler co-executive produces via A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment.

Penny serves as showrunner, executive producer and frequent director for HBO’s popular comedy Insecure, which is currently airing its fourth season and has already been renewed for season 5. Penny recently made his feature directorial debut in the upcoming Netflix original film Uncorked,
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"Game Of Thrones" Alums Peter Dinklage & Jason Momoa Pair For Legendary’s Max Barbakow-Directed ‘Good Bad & Undead’

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Exclusive: Legendary has closed a deal for Max Barbakow to direct Good Bad & Undead, with Peter Dinklage and Jason Momoa making deals to star and produce the action adventure. The film is based on an original idea by Mark Swift & Damian Shannon.

Dinklage and Momoa starred on Game of Thrones, bookending as major male influences for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen. Barbakow is coming off the Andy Samberg-Cristin Milioti film Palm Springs, which set the Sundance Film Festival acquisition record in a $22 million deal by Neon and Hulu in January.

In Good Bad & Undead, Dinklage will play Van Helsing, last in a long line of vampire hunters. He develops an uneasy partnership with a vampire (Momoa) who has taken a vow never to kill again. Together they run a scam from town to town, where Van Helsing pretends to vanquish the vampire for money. But when a massive
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‘Batwoman’ Star Ruby Rose Exits Series Ahead of Season 2

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‘Batwoman’ Star Ruby Rose Exits Series Ahead of Season 2
In surprise move, Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s “Batwoman,” has decided to leave the television series ahead of its already announced second season.

The exact reason she is leaving remains unclear. But the show will go on: Warner Bros., the studio behind “Batwoman,” and the CW have both committed to creating a second season with a new series lead.

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” said Rose in a statement. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles. I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created. Thank you Peter Roth and
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YouTube Star David Dobrik to Host ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Table-Read Special

YouTube Star David Dobrik to Host ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Table-Read Special
Nickelodeon is hoping to lure David Dobrik fans to the depths of Bikini Bottom, announcing the popular YouTube vlogger as host for a special virtual table read by the cast of “SpongeBob SquarePants” airing next month.

Dobrik, who has over 17 million YouTube followers, will emcee “The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special,” bringing together the voice talent behind the popular characters of the iconic animated series. The special premieres Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Et/Pt on Nickelodeon.

Dobrik, 23, is only slightly older than the show itself, which debuted in July 1999.

“I signed onto this project for the obvious reason
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Writers Guild Leaders Seek Hikes in Pension Plan Contributions From Studios

Writers Guild Leaders Seek Hikes in Pension Plan Contributions From Studios
Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are seeking significant hikes from studios in pension plan contributions at negotiations that launched this week.

“Now, we need to secure additional funding from our employers in order to put our pension plan on strong enough financial footing to weather this market downturn and preserve pension benefits for future retirees,” the WGA negotiating committee said in a message sent to members Thursday.

Representatives for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the WGA are facing a June 30 expiration of the current film and TV contract. Talks are being conducted remotely due
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The Best Reality Competition Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix

The Best Reality Competition Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix
There are two types of people in the world: those who love reality competition shows and those who don't admit that they love reality competition shows. The appeal is obvious. Rooting for real people to show off their talents -- whether it be in the kitchen or the bedroom -- is a blast, and the

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100 Most-Watched TV Shows of 2019-20: Winners and Losers

100 Most-Watched TV Shows of 2019-20: Winners and Losers
You’ll be excused if you didn’t even realize that the 2019-2020 TV season ended on Wednesday night; since the world has been on lockdown and the pandemic has dramatically changed the look and feel of primetime over the past few weeks, everything seems a bit off kilter. But the season did end with a good old fashioned huge ratings event: The Season 3 finale of “The Masked Singer,” a show that almost felt of another time by its end.

The Masked Singer” kicked off its most recent season as Fox’s post-Super Bowl program on February 2; by the time it ended 18 weeks later,
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Little Mermaid Comedy Sequel Series in the Works at Peacock: 15 Years Later, She's a Miserable 'Basic Bitch'?!

Little Mermaid Comedy Sequel Series in the Works at Peacock: 15 Years Later, She's a Miserable 'Basic Bitch'?!
The Little Mermaid isn’t so little anymore in a new Peacock series… and she’s not so happy, either.

The forthcoming streaming service is developing Washed Up, a sequel series that puts a comedic spin on the classic fairy tale-turned-Disney film, our sister site Deadline reports. Picking up 15 years after the original story, the single-camera comedy finds the former mermaid “now miserable, unmotivated and in a loveless marriage. In other words, just a basic bitch human,” according to the official description. “But when her father suddenly dies, she suspects foul play and embarks on an epic adventure to save
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Fox's 2020-2021 Fall TV Lineup: Everything We Know So Far

Fox's 2020-2021 Fall TV Lineup: Everything We Know So Far
The entertainment industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but Fox is still pressing ahead with plans for the future. The network has been hard at work figuring out a programming plan, and on May 11 Fox announced its fall 2020 schedule. We've compiled everything you need to know about

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Yael Grobglas to Star in HBO Max Comedy From Jane the Virgin Boss

Yael Grobglas to Star in HBO Max Comedy From Jane the Virgin Boss
HBO Max is staging a Jane the Virgin reunion, of sorts: Yael Grobglas, who played scene-stealer Petra Solano on the aforementioned CW series, will headline the HBO Max dark comedy Here She Lies, executive-produced by Jane showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series centers around a pathological liar (Grobglas) with a tragic past who’s struggling to free herself from the web of lies she can’t stop weaving while slowly falling in love with someone who’s equally damaged.

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Bwr Publicity Firm Closing, Senior Publicists Starting New Outfit

Bwr Publicity Firm Closing, Senior Publicists Starting New Outfit
Legendary publicity house Bwr is closing shop.

The firm’s parent company Bcw (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) informed the staff on Wednesday that it was closing the company, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York City, according to multiple sources.

“We had a feeling something was happening in the last few weeks,” a source told Variety. Bwr’s several divisions include talent, television and film, music and corporate, lifestyle and branding. The firm is expected to shutter by the end of May.

Its current talent client roster includes Adam Sandler, Zoe Saldana, Garret Hedlund, Anna Kendrick, Anthony Anderson and Padma Lakshmi,
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The Best Historical Dramas to Binge on Netflix Right Now

The Best Historical Dramas to Binge on Netflix Right Now
Some people learn about history in school, which is fine if you're into that sort of thing. But for those of you who consider yourselves a Netflix intellectual, there's no better way to fill your head with the knowledge of important events of yesteryear than through the stylish and fictionalized

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‘Holey Moley’ Returns to a World That Needs it Now More Than Ever

‘Holey Moley’ Returns to a World That Needs it Now More Than Ever
The Sopranos” premiered in 1999, promising a new era in which television would supplant film as not just the dominant mode of entertainment in the English-speaking world, but also the most rich and engaging form of cultural expression.

Twenty years later, ABC debuted “Holey Moley.”

Which of the two shows proves to be a more legitimate claimant to the title of Goat is long to be determined. Critics and academics, after all, have had many years to parse the legacy of the former show — while the second season of the latter is set to premiere Thursday night on the Alphabet.

“Holey Moley II: The Sequel,
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‘Prodigal Son’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

‘Prodigal Son’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
Prodigal Son” is returning to the Fox fold.

The network hare renewed the Michael Sheen and Tom Payne serial killer drama for a second season. Precisely where “Prodigal Son” will fit into Fox’s 2020-2021 slate remains to be seen, as the network already set a fall schedule anchored by acquisitions like “La’s Finest,” returning unscripted series like “The Masked Singer,” and scripted series which had been held back from last season like “Next” and “Filthy Rich.”

Given the coronavirus production shutdown, sources say season 2 of “Prodigal Son” will most likely appear sometime in midseason.

“From the moment ‘Prodigal Son’ premiered,
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Prodigal Son Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

Prodigal Son Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
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Prepare for more of the Whitly family's deadly adventures, because Fox has renewed its serial killer procedural Prodigal Son for a second season. With this news, Prodigies can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we won't be left hanging on that jaw-dropping shocker from the Season 1 finale.

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Prodigal Son Renewed for Season 2

Prodigal Son Renewed for Season 2
Malcolm Bright might want to get a few more therapy sessions on the books, now that Prodigal Son has been renewed for a second season at Fox.

“From the moment Prodigal Son premiered, fans have been captivated by the astounding performances turned in by Tom Payne and Michael Sheen, as they go head-to-head in one of the most unique family relationships on television,” said Michael Thorn, Fox’s president of entertainment. “Adding to these searing dynamics are the equally compelling portrayals from Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage and the entire cast in a brilliant premiere season as told
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Lionsgate Takes $50.5 Million Covid-19 Charge in Q4

Lionsgate Takes $50.5 Million Covid-19 Charge in Q4
Lionsgate has reported a charge of $50.5 million in the fourth fiscal quarter that ended on March 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related economic disruption — with $46 million reflected in direct operating expense.

This charge included motion picture and television impairments and development charges associated with changes in performance expectations, and the feasibility of project completions, along with costs associated with pausing film and television production.

“We expect to incur additional incremental costs in future periods. We are in the process of seeking insurance recovery for some of these costs, which cannot be estimated at this time, and therefore have not
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