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Oliver Stone to Direct ‘Guantanamo’ TV Series for Weinstein Company
Weinstein Television announced Monday that it has acquired rights to dramatic series “Guantanamo,” which marks Oliver Stone’s first foray into scripted television. Stone is known for tackling controversial subjects: He directed the film “Snowden,” and recently the documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premieres on Showtime in June. He will direct all of season one, per Weinstein Television. “Guantanamo” will tell the stories of the prison from multiple perspectives — from prisoners to soldiers, lawyers to journalists. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and detain suspects in the war on terror, and has since been a focal. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Jane the Virgin’ Makes Some Wedding Plans and 4 More Things to Watch on Monday, May 22
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.
Monday, May 22 What Happened Last Night?!
(What hath be-pickled our beloved Belchers? Check out this past weekend’s TV picks to find out.)
“Chapter Sixty-Four,” CW – 9:00 p.m.
Synopsis: In the Season 3 finale, Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Meanwhile, Jane learns about a mysterious letter Michael wrote; Rafael asks Luisa to leave; and Petra’s skeptical about Jane’s feelings for Rafael.
Why You Should Watch: “Jane the Virgin” has had a tumultuous third season, highlighted by a major twist that few people saw coming. If that’s what the show had cooked up for midseason, we can only guess what the finale has in store. »
- Steve Greene
‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Here’s What the Critics Are Saying
“Twin Peaks” returned to TV on Sunday, 26 years after David Lynch’s original, and the jury is still out. All in all, many critics are praising the different turn the show is taking, with new characters and a radical form of storytelling. Many are excited to see where the show will go after the two-hour premiere of the revival, which was a “strangely welcome return to a familiar world.” “And for a program that never fit in a neat little box, Lynch and company have seemingly found the right time and place to reappear,” wrote CNN’s Brian Lowry in his review. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
‘The Leopard’ to Be Adapted Into English-Language TV Series (Exclusive)
More than half a century after Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster strutted down the Cannes red carpet for Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard,” plans are under way for an English-language TV adaptation of the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
Italian shingle Indiana Production (“The Leisure Seeker”) has acquired rights to the book in collaboration with Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, its original publisher. They are developing an eight- to 10-episode series being shopped around in Cannes to potential European partners. The project has the full support of Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, who represents the estate of the late Sicilian author.
English-language writers are being recruited to work on the screenplay in tandem with Italian scribes to guarantee the series’ cultural authenticity.
The plan is for the ambitious project, touted as a high-end historical tapestry with production values on the same scale as “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown,” to go into production in 2019 in several Sicilian locations.
- Nick Vivarelli
Twin Peaks Recap: Much Ado About Hurling — Plus: Is [Spoiler] Truly Back?
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Twin Peaks recap here.
If you ever watched Twin Peaks‘ original run and thought, “Man, what this show really needs is an extended, highly disgusting vomit sequence,” then this week’s episode of the revival is your bile-soaked gift from the universe.
In just a moment, I’ll explain (in as little detail as possible) exactly what I mean. For now, suffice to say that regurgitation plays a big role in bringing Special Agent Dale Cooper back into our world, although whether he’s fully here — in body, mind and spirit — remains to be seen. »
Bad Boy Records Documentary “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” Trailer is Here
While many people might be looking forward to the documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop because they think it’ll be about Bad Boy Records and perhaps reveal some new information and insight into the life of the Notorious B.I.G. early indications are that this is not going to be the way it goes. In fact the Puff Daddy produced film is looking kind of like a film that does a whole lot of praising Puff Daddy himself. Here are a few quotes that can be seen: Like this, courtesy of Nas: “Puff changed the whole thing.” And the following from Mary
Bad Boy Records Documentary “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” Trailer is Here »
- Nat Berman
MSNBC Hits Ratings Milestone, Fox News Drops to Third Place for First Time in 17 Years
For the first time in its history, MSNBC ranked number one in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic during primetime for a full week among the big three cable news networks.
For the week of May 15, the network averaged 2.44 million viewers with 611,000 in the key demo from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., beating both Fox News and CNN for the week. Four MSNBC programs were number one for the week in total viewers in their respective time periods: “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”, “The 11th Hour” and the midnight re-air of “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Maddow had the top ranked non-sports program in all of cable for the week.
Fox News ranked number three in primetime in the key demographic for five straight days with 497,000 viewers, the longest streak at number three the network has had in that measure in 17 years, since June 2000. CNN finished second in the demo »
- Joe Otterson
Gilmore Girls Video: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel Talk Possibility of Second Revival, Reflect on Baby Twist
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life made its Netflix debut six long months ago and Lauren Graham still has not seen a single frame of the four-part revival. And she has no desire to remedy that anytime soon.
“As a rule, I don’t find it helpful to watch myself in anything,” Lorelai’s portrayer confessed to me last month at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmy event in Los Angeles (video of which is now available above). “I will give it a good 10 years and then maybe I’ll check it out. As an actor, [whenever] I’ve watched myself »
‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: Family Tension Is at Its Peak in Ava DuVernay’s Own Series
The Bordelons are back! Own has released the trailer for season two of its original drama series “Queen Sugar,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey. The series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe as the estranged Bordelon siblings.
Season two finds the siblings striving to honor the legacy of their father, who passed away unexpectedly. Ralph-Angel is trying to rebuild his life after jail, and secure a better future for his young son. Meanwhile, tension in the family starts to build when Charley relocates with her teenage son Micah to Saint Josephine, Louisiana, to help run the family business, the 800-acre sugarcane farm Queen Sugar Mill.
Once again, DuVernay enlisted an all-female directing team, including Kat Candler (“12 Monkeys »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Michael Flynn Takes Fifth, Cites “Escalating Public Frenzy Against Him” In Refusal To Hand Docs To Senate
TV news outlets filled Monday’s dead time in President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel ruminating on news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn refused a subpoena to cough up documents to the Senate Intel Committee. Rather than turn over the records, the retired lieutenant general’s lawyers sent the committee a letter saying their client is invoking his 5th Amendment rights because of the “escalating public frenzy against him” and Doj’s naming former FBI… »
Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors
As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… »
The Five Biggest Surprises From The Leftovers Season 3
The return of The Leftovers starts the third season off with unsettling events. We can guarantee that it’s going to be a wild ride as the show enters its final season. This is sad news for loyal fans who will have the chance to become reacquainted with the characters in time to say goodbye. Here are the 5 biggest surprises you can expect as the series draws to its close. Be careful if you haven’t seen the show much this season, spoilers ahead: 1. The Book of Kevin The opening episode of the third season gives a flashback moment to
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- Nat Berman
John Wells And William H. Macy On Evolving ‘Shameless’ – The Contenders Emmys Video
Shameless executive producer/showrunner John Wells and one of its longtime stars William H. Macy came to Deadline’s all-day event The Contenders Emmys last month at the DGA Theatre. The pair took to the stage in front of a packed house of TV Academy members and Emmy voters to explain the BBC roots of the show, and how it has evolved and changed from the original into a seven-season hit on Showtime. Also up in the wide-ranging discussion: the approach of the actors and… »
Supergirl Season Finale: Stars talk Kara vs Kal Battle
In recent days, Supergirl’s stars talked about a Kara vs Kal battle in tonight’s Supergirl Season Finale. This morning, both star Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl) and guest-star Tyler Hoechlin (Kal/Superman) discussed each other’s sparing skills. Last week Mr. Hoechlin also shared his excitement over returning to his role as Kal-El/Superman. Both Mr Hoechlin and Ms Benoist praised each other. This morning in TV Line, Mr Hoechlin graciously said of Ms Benoist, and her sparring skills, “She works hard, and she’s had a lot of practice.” While Benoist remarked that she’s “flattered” by Hoechlin, “the real fighter.” So, Ms Benoist and Mr Hoechlin saw each other’s fighting skills on
Supergirl Season Finale: Stars talk Kara vs Kal Battle »
- Chris St Martin
Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?
Exclusive: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay. Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… »
If Anything Netflix Should be Commended, Not Booed at Cannes Film Festival
One of the biggest stories over the weekend was the booing of Netflix at the Cannes film festival. During the premiere of a film that I think looks like it’s going to be excellent, Okja, fans booed it from the get go. Reports from the festival say the first 10 minutes of the film were also played in the wrong aspect ratio, leading to more booing. The screening was started again from the beginning with the correct ratio, and Netflix’s title card was booed again — louder, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel. Amazon’s title card was also reportedly
If Anything Netflix Should be Commended, Not Booed at Cannes Film Festival »
- Nat Berman
‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: The Bordelons Are Back — And Now It’s About Legacy
The Season 2 trailer for Own’s Queen Sugar starts with a prayer for the departed patriarch but quickly pivots to the matter at hand: “The mill is just the start. Queen Sugar will be a major brand someday.” Yes, the Bordelons are back, and the sophomore session will see Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father after his unexpected… »
John Oliver Goes to Town on “Absolutely Insane” Week of Trump’s “Stupid Watergate”
It’s always nice to see when John Oliver decides to go “full politics.” On last week’s episode he of course made fun of Donald Trump like he always does but last night we were treated to a 25 minute tirade that’s one for the books. What was the subject of his long rant? It was of course the latest allegations against the Trump administration and its ties to Russia. Oliver cannot (neither can I) believe where we’re at a mere four months into Donald Trump’s presidency. Dubbing this whole library of scandals “Stupid Watergate,” the “Last Week Tonight” host broke
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- Nat Berman
‘Top Of The Lake’ Star Elisabeth Moss On Series’ Evolution & Film Festival Feats
Jane Campion and Gerard Lee's Top Of The Lake can now boast two film festival firsts. When Season 1 debuted in March 2013, telling the story of detective Robin Griffin and her investigation into the disappearance of a young girl in New Zealand, it became the first TV miniseries ever screened at Sundance. Critical and awards glory followed, with Elisabeth Moss picking up her seventh career Emmy nomination for her turn as Robin. And now, with Season 2, the show joins Twin Pe… »
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