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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon
Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.
ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.
Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.
Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.
“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed
Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.
The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.
The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.
According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »
- Variety Staff
Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star. »
- Joe Otterson
Doug Liman’s ‘Impulse’ Gets Series Order From YouTube Red
YouTube has given a series order to “Impulse,” a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould.
The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.
“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at Ucp and Hypnotic.”
“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on ‘Impulse’,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and president, Universal Cable Productions. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that »
- Daniel Holloway
AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4
Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.
“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”
“Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.
- Daniel Holloway
Quiz: Which ‘Glow’ Character Are You?
Last weekend, Netflix released “Glow,” a fictional look at the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. In the process, we got to know such characters as Ruth and Debbie — as well as their alter-egos Zoya the Destroyer and Liberty Belle — and saw them in action in the ring.
In honor of the show’s premiere, Variety has compiled a very scientific (not really) algorithm to determine which wrestler, or director or producer, you’re most like. Are you tough-as-nails like Cherry Bang, or softer like Carmen? Are you a “visionary” like Sam, or more of a follower like Justine? Take our quiz to find out! »
- Variety Staff
Melanie Lynskey Joins Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’
Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.
Lynskey recently appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and starred in HBO’s Duplass Brothers series “Togetherness.” She also had a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the deranged neighbor Rose. She is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Lynskey is the latest casting addition to “Castle Rock,” which will also star André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Jane Levy. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, centered around the inhabitants of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which figured prominently in several of King’s works.
“Castle Rock” has landed a 10-episode first season order, with »
- Joe Otterson
A Fond Farewell to Pretty Little Liars
When people ask me what I'm watching lately, I run through all the things you'd expect: the latest prestige drama, a critically-acclaimed comedy and I'm obviously rewatching every episode of Golden Girls. I cap it off, though, with my usual winking, "And, of course, Pretty Little Liars." I didn't
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- Nick Campbell
Fox News Signs Congressman Jason Chaffetz as Contributor
Chaffetz is slated to step down as a lawmaker on June 30th. His new role is expected to commence on July 1.
Chaffetz has represented Utah’s Third Congressional District since November, 2008, and recently announced he intended to step down from his role. He has served as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He has also served on the Homeland Security Committee. He has drawn attention for his roles in several government investigations, including into the operations of the Secret Service, and the attack at Benghazi. He had worked as a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
Before his political career, Mr. Chaffetz specialized in corporate communications and operated his own communications firm, Maxtera »
- Brian Steinberg
Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast
There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).
All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »
- Michael Schneider
Castle Rock: Melanie Lynskey to Star in Hulu's Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Drama
Based on King’s short stories, the 10-episode project is set in the fictional Maine town that’s often featured in his novels. Hulu is billing it as “a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”
Lynskey, best known to TV audiences as Two and a Half Men‘s Rose, will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical »
‘Younger’ Boss Darren Star on Liza’s ‘Watergate-Level’ Lie, Season 4’s Extended Episodes
Darren Star is ready for the fourth season of his hit TV Land comedy “Younger” to premiere. In fact, the show’s executive producer has been ready for quite some time, given that the network announced the renewal last June, just as the show was entering production on its previous season — a season in which Liza’s (Sutton Foster) secret about being a 40-something masquerading as a 20-something in the publishing world was revealed to her boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), as well as to her partner in a new millennial imprint, Kelsey (Hilary Duff).
All those twists will play out in season four, reveals Star.
“What the show’s about is how one relatively small lie can just metastasize and have big, big ramifications. And that’s the story of what’s happening here and what [will] continue to happen,” Star tells Variety. “Let’s just say, in Watergate it wasn’t about the break-in, it »
- Danielle Turchiano
‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices
When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.
Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff
For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:
- Liz Shannon Miller
Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke to Star in Vanity Fair Adaptation for Amazon
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Published in 1848, the classic novel follows the lives of Becky, Emmy Sedley and their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars. The new, seven-part Amazon Studios/ITV co-production, per Deadline, promises to chronicle Becky’s “attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” unspooling her “story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing.” Filming is expected to start in September. »
Party of Five's Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf Reunited and Dished the Dirt
Party of Five siblings Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf reunited on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night, and host Andy Cohen got them to dish hot behind-the-scenes gossip from the Fox drama that ran from 1994 to 2000.
Campbell (who currently appears on House of Cards) and Wolf (who's
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- Liam Mathews
America's Got Talent: Former Nsync Opening Act Delivers Chilling Performance
Tuesday night's America's Got Talent saw one contestant looking for a second chance.
At 14 years old, Johnny Manuel was signed to a record contract and even got to tour with Nsync as an opening act. "As a kid, I thought I was gonna take off and see the stars," the Flint, Michigan native explained to
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- Keisha Hatchett
CBS News Will Launch Primetime Series ‘On Assignment’ from Streaming-Video Cbsn
CBS News said it would launch a new, limited-run primetime TV series based on reports prepared in the style of its streaming-video news outlet, Cbsn. “Cbsn: On Assignment” will air on four consecutive Monday evenings starting July 31 at 10 p.m. eastern, and attempt to bring a more on-the-ground perspective to an audience more accustomed to CBS News mainstays like “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”
“The stories are intense, interesting and immersive,” said Mosheh Oinounou, the executive producer, in a prepared statement.
The maneuver aims to bolster Cbsn, a live-streaming outlet launched by CBS News in November, 2014. Once seen primarily as a vehicle for repurposing reporting done for “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” CBS News has in recent months steadily introduced more original programming to Cbsn, including political-news programs lead by Elaine Quijano and Major Garrett. CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, for example, has explored volatile suburbs around Paris and Brussels in the wake of terrorism for Cbsn »
- Brian Steinberg
Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’ Picked Up Internationally, Including in Russia
Oliver Stone’s televised interviews with Vladimir Putin will be seen in the Russian president’s homeland and in other countries around the world where broadcasters have snapped up the four-part series.
“The Putin Interviews” went out on Showtime in the U.S. earlier this month over four nights and was simulcast on Sky in Britain and Germany. National Geographic has now taken rights across Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as for Belgium and the Netherlands. Channel One will show the interviews in Russia.
Im Global Television is distributing the series and has also sold it to Sbs in Australia. In Europe, Dr has it in Denmark, Iti in Poland, and Ftv in Czech Republic. In Spain, it will air on pay-tv, on the Movistar+ platform.
- Stewart Clarke
The Pretty Little Liars Cast Is Already Down for a Reunion
Pretty Little Liars might be over, but that doesn't mean this is goodbye forever.
During the official A-List Wrap Party special on Tuesday, the cast revealed they would totally be down to return to Rosewood for a 10-year reunion. "I would definitely be open to a reunion just because I would want to
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- Sadie Gennis
Watch DeMario Jackson's Full Interview About the Bachelor in Paradise Scandal
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- Liam Mathews
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