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‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Veep’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks

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‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Veep’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks
Executive producers of top Emmy contender comedy, drama and limited series weigh in on what shows they hope will see awards recognition this year.

Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws”)

“I love ‘Insecure’ because it’s so bold and honest. Its relatability is universal and it might be one of the funniest shows on television.”

Jordan Cahan and David Caspe (“Black Monday”)

“What the Kings are doing on ‘The Good Fight’ is just crazy. Under the clever disguise of a legal procedural they’ve hidden the most brilliantly f—ed-up show on TV. The tone whips from sophisticated satire to social thriller to character study to goofy farce — while tackling impossible issues like race, gender, and politics through songs and soliloquies, courtroom battles and cartoons.” — Cahan

“ ‘Pen15’ is somehow hilarious and heartbreaking, broad and grounded, all at the same time. And it proves that an idea, which I’m sure some people told them was too sketchy,
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‘Boomerang’ Boss on ‘Trying to Infuse the Industry With More People Who Look Like Us’

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‘Boomerang’ Boss on ‘Trying to Infuse the Industry With More People Who Look Like Us’
Boomerang” has its writers’ offices in Universal City, but Ben Cory Jones considers his downtown Los Angeles home office his primary space. While he filled it with practical necessities such as a whiteboard and 1960s-style desk to force him to work, he also decked it out with a number of design touches, such as a gallery wall filled with mirrors and photos of icons including James Baldwin, Janelle Monae and Langston Hughes, to spark creativity.

Remembering Artists’ Roots

1920s Harlem is a source of inspiration for Jones, who keeps a manual typewriter behind his desk to evoke an earlier era. “We’re having somewhat of a black renaissance,” he says. “I feel like we’re in a heyday of content of people of color, and I’m really proud to be a part of that, but I like to think that what we’re doing is not dissimilar to what
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TV Academy Explores Writing Queer Love Stories in the Age of Peak TV

The mood was unrepentantly positive at the Television Academy’s panel “Writing Lgbtqia Love and Romance on TV,” held April 30 at Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, as creatives gathered to discuss what it means to craft meaningful and nuanced Lgbtq+ love stories in the modern TV landscape.

Moderated by former “Army Wives” writer Rob Forman, the producers and writers on the panel seemed content to focus primarily on the positive, praising Peak TV and the surplus of content providers for allowing for more and more diverse lives – and romances – to be depicted.

“I get so excited creating stuff in 2019,” executive producer and writer of Netflix’s upcoming “Tales of the City” revival Lauren Morelli said. “There’s such a community and we’re all so desperate for representation. I think the more people that are getting to tell our stories, the more space there is to tell really specific stories.
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‘Boomerang,’ ‘Special,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Bosses Talk State of Queer Representation on TV

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Just six months ago, GLAAD released a study showcasing that Lgbtq+ representation had reached a record highs on television. Yet there is so much more to the conversation than simply seeing a character from that community on-screen: What storylines they get to explore and, to a degree, who is portraying them, is even more important.

“I just want to see a show about gay men living, laughing and f—ing — just living our lives, and it’s not all about our trauma,” said “Special” creator and star Ryan O’Connell at a “Writing Lgbtqia Love and Romance on TV” panel presented by the Television Academy’s Writers Peer Group on Tuesday.

O’Connell’s show, which is semi-autobiographical, centers on a character who is gay and has cerebral palsy, but who “just wants the basics [in life]: a boyfriend, a good relationship with his mom, a job where he’s valued,
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‘Boomerang’ Season Finale: Lena Waithe Talks Subversive Cliffhanger, Plans For Season 2, And Potential Guest Stars

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‘Boomerang’ Season Finale: Lena Waithe Talks Subversive Cliffhanger, Plans For Season 2, And Potential Guest Stars
Spoiler Alert: This article contains details about the season finale of Boomerang.

When it was announced that Lena Waithe was teaming with Halle Berry to bring the wildly underrated ’90s rom-com to Bet as a television series, diehard fans of the original were giddy with excitement as the new iteration set out to struck a curious chord with the younger generation — some of whom have never heard of the TV show. With Ben Cory Jones as showrunner and a team of fresh talent in front of and behind the camera, the first 10 episodes of the series brought a new perspective and look to the continuation of the film starring Eddie Murphy as playboy Marcus Graham who learns to love like an actual adult. Waithe and Berry (who starred in the original) brought the story into 2019 with a raw and real sense of storytelling and tonight’s finale titled “Trust” had
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Halle Berry ‘Might’ Appear on Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ – But She ‘Can’t Speak’ for the Rest of Film’s Cast

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Halle Berry ‘Might’ Appear on Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ – But She ‘Can’t Speak’ for the Rest of Film’s Cast
Fans of the 1992 romantic comedy “Boomerang” who are looking to see the original film’s cast appear on Bet’s upcoming sequel series shouldn’t hold their breath.

Well, no, you might see executive producer Halle Berry reprising her role. But as far as everyone else goes? We’ll have to wait and see, because Berry hasn’t asked her former co-stars to appear on Lena Waithe’s updated take on “Boomerang.”

“You might see me at some point,” Berry told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, with a little laugh.

Also Read: 'Boomerang': Bet Sequel Series to 1992 Eddie Murphy Movie Casts Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson as Leads

“I can’t speak for anybody else from the cast, I can only speak for myself,” she said. “And I’m so proud of the show. And you might she me, you might see me — for sure.
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Lena Waithe & Halle Berry Open Up About Bet’s Small-Screen ‘Boomerang’ Remake – TCA

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Lena Waithe & Halle Berry Open Up About Bet’s Small-Screen ‘Boomerang’ Remake – TCA
Lena Waithe has praised Viacom-owned Bet for speaking the same language as her on the half-hour comedy Boomerang. Waithe and Halle Berry are exec producing the remake of the 1992 movie, in which Berry starred alongside Eddie Murphy. They are joined on the team by by Dime Davis and Ben Cory Jones, who is showrunner on the series from Paramount Television and Bet Networks.

“Most of the shows I do are being pushed through a white filter. The most exciting thing about Bet and Paramount is that we speak the same language,” Waithe said Monday at TCA. “There is no, ‘Well can you have more joy in that moment of black pain’ – I don’t have to do that. That’s no shade at other partners I work for but the best thing is working with people who look like me and trust me. Black and honest as hell.”

The Chi creator added,
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How Sundance Became a More Inclusive and Diverse Film Festival

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How Sundance Became a More Inclusive and Diverse Film Festival
In the lead up to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Mindy Kaling noted that “Late Night,” the story of an aspiring writer who endures a “Devil Wears Prada”-like initiation into the world of comedy, is a familiar story about breaking into the entertainment business. But, the Indian-American Kaling noted, her version has one key difference.

“So much of this movie is about being a fan and being on the outside of the entertainment business,” Kaling told Variety. “That story has been told many, many, many times by 52-year-old white men, and I love all those movies. And as a comedy nerd I’ve always identified with them because it was the closest thing that I could identify with. There was no one like me making those kind of films.”

Late Night,” which scored a record $13 million domestic distribution deal following its premiere last week, isn’t the only
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Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide

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Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide
The Sundance Film Festival is all about independent film — but is it really?

In between screenings and late into the night, Park City is actually Party City. From intimate cocktail soirées to musical performances, this year’s film festival has something for everyone.

Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2019…

Thursday, Jan. 24

Lyft & Neon Kick Off Party

Celebrating “The Biggest Little Farm” and “Apollo 11”

Lyft Lounge, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, Jan. 25

30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominations Announcement

Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos

At&T Hello Lounge, 8 a.m.

Danny Clinch Pop-Up Gallery Opening Party

Salesforce Music Lodge, 4-6 p.m.

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Cocktail Party

At&T Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

SundanceTV’s Sundance Film Festival Kickoff Party

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jenna Elfman, Rhea Seehorn, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Sarah Wayne Callies

SundanceTV HQ, 5-8 p.m.

Honey Boy” Party

Shia Labeouf, Fka Twigs, Maika Monroe,
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Sundance 2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In The House & ‘Boomerang’ Preview

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Sundance 2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In The House & ‘Boomerang’ Preview
Exclusive: The Lena Waithe- and Halle Berry-executive produced Boomerang recharge doesn’t debut until February, but Sundance Film Festival attendees are going to get a world premiere preview of the Bet series in just over a week.

In addition, eaving the likely still ongoing government shutdown behind for the snow of Utah, new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be bringing some of her much-analyzed moves to the festival too. A Sff juror last year, Jada Pinkett-Smith is returning to Sundance as well for what is described as a fireside chat by the host of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk at MacRo founder and CEO Charles D. King’ Main Street lodge.

Back for a second year at the Robert Redford-founded Park City-based bash, the MacRo locale will be screening at least one episode of the Tequan Richmond and Tetona Jackson led Boomerang on January 26, nearly three weeks before
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‘Boomerang’ First Look: Bet Comedy From EPs Lena Waithe & Halle Berry

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The first trailer is out for the new Bet series Boomerang, co-produced by Lena Waithe and Halle Berry.

Based on the film of the same name, the series picks up roughly 25 years after the 1992 theatrical release. The subversive comedy follows the children of the original cast as they try to balance making their mark on the professional world while navigating the personal struggles of young professionals.

The first-look clip includes interviews and Bts footage with Waithe and showrunner Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure), who discuss the origins of the show and how it will look at relationships and dating in the 21st Century.

The 10-episode Boomerang half-hour series premieres Feb. 12 on Bet with Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin and Lala Milan. The show executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television.

Boomerang follows the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond
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The 32 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019

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There are plenty of questions to be asked about what’s in store for television in the year 2019. Will Netflix be able to keep up with the scale of production they’ve established recently? Is there a physical limit to how many series Ryan Murphy can make at one time? What exactly is Apple’s plan for their original series, really?

One thing that’s known for sure: There’s going to be some really exciting stuff to watch (however you might end up watching it). From limited series we’ll cherish for their brief time on screen to shows we hope last for decades, 2019 looks like a repository for bold ideas and innovative storytelling, with major creative forces like Damon Lindelof, Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay, Alex Garland, Patty Jenkins, Mimi Leder, and Jemaine Clement poised to bring their unique visions to the screen.

Below are just a few of
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‘Boomerang': Bet Sequel Series to 1992 Eddie Murphy Movie Casts Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson as Leads

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Bet’s “Boomerang” sequel series has found its cast.

Everybody Hates Chris” alum Tequan Richmond and his “All Night” co-star Tetona Jackson will star in the 10-episode comedy as the son and daughter, respectively, of the characters played by Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens in 1992 romantic comedy.

Executive produced by “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, who starred in the original film, the series will follow the two characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Also Read: Former Bet Gm Michael Armstrong Named Licensing Evp at Paramount Pictures Television

“Insecure” and “Underground” alum Ben Cory Jones will serve as executive producer and showrunner, having co-written the pilot with Waithe. Rishi Rajani of Hillman Grad Productions is also executive producer. Dime Davis is attached to direct multiple episodes, including the pilot episode and finale.

Leland Martin and Lala Milan
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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot

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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot
Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) and Tetona Jackson (All Night) are set as leads in Boomerang, Bet’s reboot of the 1992 film. Leland Martin (All Night) and Lala Milan (Claws) also are set as series regulars in the 10-episode half-hour series, executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, Boomerang will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter (Jackson) as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Richmond’s Bryson is resourceful, tough and charming. Raised by a single mother, he’s self-assured and doesn’t hide his vulnerability. Every bit as driven as Simone, Bryson wants to make his mark on this world.

Jackson’s Simone is privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. She has
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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Lena Waithe, Halle Berry to Produce Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ TV series

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Lena Waithe, Halle Berry to Produce Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ TV series
Halle Berry and Lena Waithe have signed on as executive producers for the “Boomerang” TV series currently in the works at Bet.

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film in which Berry starred alongside Robin Givens and Eddie Murphy, this new series will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right,” Berry said. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.”

Produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television, the 10-episode half-hour series will premiere in 2019 on Bet. Ben Cory Jones is attached as showrunner
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Halle Berry & Lena Waithe Add Serious EP Spin To BET’s ‘Boomerang’ Reboot

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Halle Berry & Lena Waithe Add Serious EP Spin To BET’s ‘Boomerang’ Reboot
Over 26 years after she had her breakthrough big screen appearance in Boomerang, Halle Berry is now going to put some serious spin on BET’s small screen sequel of sorts, and Lena Waithe is joining her.

The Oscar winner and the Emmy winner will be executive producers on the 10-episode half-hour Bet Networks and Paramount Television produced series, which is set to drop next year.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right,” soon-to-be Bruised director Berry said in a statement Monday. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.”

“This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story,” added Waithe. “There’s no point in trying to remake a classic,
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Major Studios Released a Historically Low Amount of Lgbtq-Inclusive Films in 2017 — Report

At the Beverly Hills headquarters of Wme/Endeavor Content Tuesday, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis disclosed a “bleak” assessment of how major Hollywood films told Lgbtq narratives in 2017. According to her organization’s sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index (Sri), 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Walt Disney, and Warner Bros. released a combined 109 features last year, just 14 of which were Lgbtq-inclusive (12.8 percent). That’s an 18.4 percent decrease from 2016, when there were 23 such movies out of 125 possibilities.

Providing parts for recognizable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer characters is the bare minimum GLAAD wishes to see from studios — each film would ideally also pass “The Vito Russo Test,” meaning those roles are vital to the plot, and the individuals are defined by more than their sexual orientation or gender identity. In both 2016 and 2017, only nine titles met “The Vito Russo Test” rubric.

Universal received the best marks among the seven largest studios,
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Wme-GLAAD Panel Focuses on Lgbtq Inclusion in Film, Endeavor Pledges to Boost Representation

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Director Kay Cannon, whose feature debut in R-rated comedy “Blockers” featured a lesbian romance, said the original script did not include a gay character.

But after considering that teenage girls may be grappling with their sexuality, Cannon said she decided to write the character into the film and was later surprised there was no push back from the studio, Universal.

“I didn’t get a note,” Cannon said. “They were incredibly progressive.”

Despite the inclusion of Lgbtq characters in recent major releases like “Blockers” and “Love, Simon,” 2017 was not a good year for Lgbtq characters in film, according to a GLAAD report released Tuesday showing fewer films featuring Lgbtq characters compared with 2016.

The report was the subject of conversation Tuesday at Wme, where the agency partnered with GLAAD to host a panel. Cannon was one of several participating in the discussion on the state of Lgbtq inclusiveness in Hollywood films.
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Netflix's Step Sisters Trailer: Get Ready for 2018's Biggest Dance Battle

Netflix has released the first trailer and poster for one of their first original movies in 2018, Step Sisters, which debuts January 19 on the streaming service. It will actually be the second Netflix original movie to be released this year, followed by The Polka King starring Jack Black on January 12, then followed by A Futile and Stupid Gesture starring Will Forte on January 26. This new comedy takes viewers inside the world of collegiate step dancing, with one ambitious young woman asked to help out a rival sorority.

Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She's president of her sorority, captain of the step dance crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to to Harvard Law School. But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah
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