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CBS’ Midseason Schedule: Edie Falco’s ‘Tommy’ Takes ‘Evil’ Time Slot, ‘NCIS: Nola’ to Sunday

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CBS has set its midseason schedule, announcing premiere dates for new series “FBI: Most Wanted” and “Tommy,” as well as return dates for “MacGyver,” “Undercover Boss,” “Survivor,” and the final season of “Criminal Minds.”

Most Wanted,” a spinoff of Dick Wolf’s “FBI,” will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 7, airing behind the flagship show at 10 p.m. That will move “NCIS: New Orleans” to Sundays, where it will air behind “NCIS: Los Angeles at 10 p.m. beginning on Feb. 16. CBS’ other new series for midseason, Edie Falco’s “Tommy,” will inherit “Evil’s” timeslot on Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6.

Evil” was previously renewed for a second season.

Also Read: NBC's Midseason Schedule: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Sets Hour-Long Premiere, 'Manifest' Reclaims Mondays

The winter will also see premieres for the landmark 40th season of “Survivor” (Feb. 12), “MacGyver” (Feb. 7), “Undercover Boss” (Jan. 8) and the 15th and final season of “Criminal Minds” (Jan.
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Brian Tarantina, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls Star, Dead at 60

Brian Tarantina has died.

The beloved actor passed away on Saturday in New York.

He was 60.

Wcbs-TV New York reported that Tarantina was found dead in his Hell's Kitchen Apartment, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

A rep for the actor told People.com that “Brian had been ill lately,” adding, “He was recently in the hospital and was in the process of recuperating from what I believe to be a heart-related issue.”

The actor most recently appeared on Amazon Prime Video's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Jackie.

The show paid tribute to the actor on the show's social media channels.

"The Gaslight won’t be the same without you," it reads.

"Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs. Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time."

Rachel Brosnahan, Mrs. Maisel's leading lady paid tribute to the actor on Sunday morning.
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Brian Tarantina, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor, Dies at 60

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Brian Tarantina, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor, Dies at 60
Brian Tarantina, a character actor known for his roles on “Gilmore Girls,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and many other TV series, died Saturday in New York City. He was 60.

Wcbs-TV New York reported that Tarantina was found dead in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment. A cause of death has not been determined.

Tarantina most recently played a New York City nightclub emcee on Amazon’s Emmy-winning period comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The series paid tribute to Tarantina with a tweet declaring “The Gaslight won’t be the same without you.”

The Gaslight won’t be the same without you. Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs. Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/J1R1ijF3tE

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) November 2, 2019

Tarantina was a native New Yorker. His long list of TV credits included guest
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‘Stumptown’: Yes, a Network Procedural Is One of the Best New Shows on TV

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One of the biggest surprises of the 2019-2020 television season is ABC’s “Stumptown.” The Cobie Smulders-led P.I. drama is somehow — and also quite easily — one of the best new shows of the season; the only series that’s really even challenged it for that position is HBO’s unbeatable “Watchmen.”

The reason this is such a surprise is that “Stumptown” is also a network television procedural, which automatically makes its quality up for debate even more than it would if it were a cable show. For good reason, network television is seen as the land of homogeny, where the same types of stories are told again and again, a point which also lends itself to the procedural genre.

But “Stumptown” is a genuine small screen miracle. It isn’t marred by either trying (and often failing) to be like “Lost” or telling the millionth cop or lawyer or doctor or firefighter story.
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Barry Levinson Teams With Eko On Live-Action Interactive Drama Series ‘The Jury Room’

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Barry Levinson Teams With Eko On Live-Action Interactive Drama Series ‘The Jury Room’
Exclusive: Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Barry Levinson is moving into the world of interactive storytelling. Levinson and his The Levinson Fontana Company is teaming with interactive video entertainment company eko on a new live-action drama series in which the viewer decides the course of the story. The Jury Room (working title), which will be directed by Levinson, is slated for a 2020 release on eko’s platform.

The Jury Room (wt) is set in the trial of a domestic terror event, in which unearthed evidence of possible government involvement and a subsequent cover-up is debated by twelve jurors. The viewer is one of them, navigating the social dynamics of the jury room as well as the evidence itself to decide the verdict.

“At eko, we are all about giving viewers meaningful choices that deeply shape the narrative. So it is a particular thrill to collaborate with a master of filmmaking like Barry.
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Robert Pattinson’s ‘Batman’ Eyes Jonah Hill as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon — Report

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Robert Pattinson’s ‘Batman’ Eyes Jonah Hill as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon — Report
Jeffrey Wright and Jonah Hill are in talks to star in the upcoming film from director Matt Reeves, “The Batman,” according to new reports. The DC reboot will star Robert Pattinson, as already announced, as the caped crusader.

Wright is circling the role of Commissioner James Gordon, one of the Dark Knight’s most trusted allies in Gotham City. In the 1989 version of the film directed by Tim Burton, Gordon was played by Pat Hingle. In Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films — which brought a certain gravitas and real-world solemnity to the pop-colored comic book franchise — Gordon was played by Gary Oldman.

Jonah Hill, per Collider, is in talks to play The Riddler. He has previously been played in live-action by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s “Batman” television series, Jim Carrey in the 1995 film “Batman Forever,” and Cory Michael Smith in the series “Gotham.”

Jeffrey Wright is
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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing
While it looks like the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing will come down to a battle royal between three “Game of Thrones” contenders, there’s actually a sizable spoiler lurking in the wings: Adam McKay, who’s nominated for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to reward A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late. So while our odds may say “Thrones” is primed to take its third victory in the category (it previously won in 2015 and 2016), perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

After carving out a niche for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a victory for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing,
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Comic-Con 2019 Interview: Giancarlo Esposito on Working with Greg Nicotero for the Creepshow Series

The upcoming Creepshow series boasts a proverbial “who’s who” of acting talent which includes the likes of Jeffrey Combs, Tobin Bell, David Arquette, Dana Gould, DJ Qualls, Bruce Davison, and original Creepshow star Adrienne Barbeau, to name a few. But one of the cast members recently announced gave this writer quite a thrill: the one and only Giancarlo Esposito.

Esposito was in attendance for the 2019 Comic-Con festivities this past weekend, and while in San Diego, Daily Dead caught up with the longtime actor to discuss his involvement in Creepshow. During the roundtable interview, Esposito chatted about how it was the appeal of reteaming with Greg Nicotero that attracted him to coming aboard the new Creepshow series, and he gave us some insight into his episode’s story and more.

Look for Creepshow to debut on Shudder on September 26th!

Greg mentioned that you guys had a relationship because of Breaking Bad.
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Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) could become only the 3rd black actor ever to win 2 Emmys as a lead

Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) could become only the 3rd black actor ever to win 2 Emmys as a lead
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) won Best Drama Actor in 2017, but then lost to Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) in 2018. Rhys is out of the way this year, though, since “The Americans” has ended, so could Brown come back to win more gold? If he does, it would be a rare feat. Only two black actors in Primetime Emmy history have ever won multiple awards as a lead.

The first to do so was Bill Cosby, whose groundbreaking legacy on television now comes with a big fat asterisk. But long before his crimes were widely known he won Best Drama Actor three years in a row for “I Spy” (1966-68). It would take almost 40 years for another black actor to join that club, and it was a man Brown paid tribute to in his own acceptance speech in 2017: Andre Braugher.

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“Nineteen years ago,
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Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)

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Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)
Orange Is the New Black” alum Emma Myles has joined the cast of Showtime’s “City on a Hill” in a recurring role, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

She will appear alongside stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in the role of Kelly Kinicki’s widow, Babsie. Her grief resurfaces when Jackie (Bacon) and Decourcy (Hodge) re-open the investigation on Kelly’s disappearance, Showtime said.

Myles’ past film and television credits include playing Leanne Taylor on “Orange Is the New Black,” as well as roles in “Odd Mom Out,” “King of Knives,” “Child of Grace,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Happy Yummy Chicken,” “Law and Order: Svu,” “Spinning Into Butter,” “Please Give” and “How to Make it in America.” She is repped by the Katz Company and Don Buchwald and Associates.

Also Read: Third 'Walking Dead' Series Set for 2020 Debut at AMC

City on a Hill” is set in early 1990s Boston, rife
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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could snag Best Drama Directing because the Emmys love A-listers

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could snag Best Drama Directing because the Emmys love A-listers
Though it may seem like a slam-dunk for “Game of Thrones,” the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing could have an interesting spoiler in the mix: Adam McKay, who’s in the running this year for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to heap accolades on A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late.

After making a name for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a win for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing, directing and producing bids. Now he’s returned to television with this pertinent drama about a Rupert Murdoch-esque media mogul (Brian Cox) and his conniving family, for which he helmed the pilot.
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David Tennant to star in Netflix's Criminal, an experimental police interrogation anthology

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One of the best episodes of television of all time is “Three Men and Adena,” the fifth episode of the first season of Homicide: Life On The Street. In it, two detectives interrogate a man over the death of an 11-year old girl, but fail to do so in the 12 hours they’ve been allotted. It’s intense, intimate, moving,…
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CAA Answers Packaging Fees Lawsuit, Calls Allegations “Preposterous”

One day before the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents are set to resume their stalled negotiations for a new franchise agreement, CAA has filed its answer to a lawsuit brought by its former clients David Simon and Meredith Stiehm as part of the guild’s suit against the Big 4 talent agencies, calling their allegations “preposterous.”

CAA says it will respond to the guild’s allegations at a later date.

CAA and the other Big 4 Agencies – Wme, UTA and ICM Partners – have until June 24 to answer the guild’s complaint. The WGA and the Ata have not met face-to-face since April 12, after which the guild will order all of its members to fire their agents who refuse to sign its new Agency Code of Conduct. The guild has demanded that any new deal must eliminate packaging fees and end agency ties to affiliated production entities.

As to the lawsuit’s individual plaintiffs,
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CAA Calls David Simon, Meredith Stiehm Claims ‘Preposterous’ in Packaging Fee Lawsuit Response

  • Variety
CAA has asked a judge to dismiss claims made against the agency by showrunners David Simon and Meredith Stiehm as part of the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against four Hollywood talent agencies over the issue of packaging fees.

CAA’s response to the WGA lawsuit filed in April asserts that the statute of limitations has long since run out on Simon and Stiehm’s ability to file a legal claim in relation to the dealmaking the two describe in the lawsuit. Stiehm and Simon were among eight guild members listed as plaintiffs along with the WGA in the suit.

The response, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also asserts that there are records to show that Stiehm should have been aware of the packaging fee arrangement on her CBS drama “Cold Case.” CAA asserts that Simon waived his right to sue after reaching a $30,000 settlement with the
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CBS 2019-2020 Primetime Schedule and New Series

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CBS’ fall schedule for the 2019-20 season brings five new series to its primetime lineup, including the return of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle” alum Patricia Heaton in the comedy “Carol’s Second Act.”

Two more dramas — “FBI: Most Wanted” and “Tommy” — are on tap for midseason, along with new comedy “Broke.”

Here is CBS’ fall schedule and new series descriptions:

Monday

8 p.m.: The Neighborhood

8:30 p.m.: Bob Hearts Abishola (new)

9 p.m.: All Rise (new)

10 p.m.: Bull

Tuesday

8 p.m.: NCIS

9 p.m.: FBI

10 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesday

8 p.m.: Survivor

9 p.m.: Seal Team

10 p.m.: Swat (new time period)

Thursday

8 p.m.: Young Sheldon (new time period)

8:30 p.m.: The Unicorn (new)

9 p.m.: Mom

9:30 p.m.: Carol’s Second Act (new)

10 p.m.
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Fox Will Place ‘Masked Singer’ After Super Bowl

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Many Super Bowl viewers tune in to see who will sing during halftime. Next year, they can tune in after the show for a little warbling as well

Fox Broadcasting said it will air its popular competition program “The Masked Singer” right after its broadcast of Super Bowl Liv, a sign of the momentum the network sees behind the program – and its hope the audience for the annual gridiron classic will stick around for the show at a critical moment. Fox is already airing a cycle of the show in the fall, meaning the network hopes “Singer” can prove appealing throughout the season.

The third season of the show will air Wednesdays, starting February 4, 2020, at 8 p.m.

The series, adapted from a South Korean program, debuted in January of 2019. Fox announced a second season for the show within weeks. It typically lures between 6 million and 11 million viewers per episode. Twelve celebrities jockey for honors,
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Cindy Mollo (‘Ozark’ editor): ‘It was fun’ to explore the female characters more in season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]

Cindy Mollo (‘Ozark’ editor): ‘It was fun’ to explore the female characters more in season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]
Year one of “Ozark” introduced viewers to Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his criminal dealings, but year two was “a good season for the female characters,” says editor Cindy Mollo. “It was fun to explore those characters who maybe didn’t get as much time in the first season as we were getting to know Marty and all of his accomplishments.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mollo above.

See Can Jason Bateman (‘Ozark’) make Emmy history for Netflix? Kyle Chandler, Ricky Gervais and other lead actors tried by failed

This Netflix series follows Marty, a financial advisor who gets entangled with some shady drug dealers, forcing him to uproot his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks. Laura Linney costars as his wife, Wendy, a political consultant turned housewife, while Julia Garner plays Ruth Langmore, a young member of the local crime family.

Because Bateman himself directs the first two episodes of each season,
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‘Lake Success’: Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Series Based on Acclaimed Novel

‘Lake Success’: Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Series Based on Acclaimed Novel
Jake Gyllenhaal is coming to television. The Oscar nominee is set to star in and produce “Lake Success,” a limited series for HBO based on the novel by Gary Shteyngart, with the author himself serving as co-writer and -showrunner alongside Tom Spezialy. It will be Gyllenhaal’s first time starring in a TV series. “Lake Success” follows Barry Cohen, a hedge-fund manager who leaves behind his wife and autistic son in New York as he embarks on a cross-country bus ride to track down his college girlfriend.

“Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today,” said Gyllenhaal and co-executive producer Riva Marker in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.
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Jake Gyllenhaal Coming to Television in HBO Limited Series Lake Success

Jake Gyllenhaal Coming to Television in HBO Limited Series Lake Success
Jake Gyllenhaal is taking a detour from the big screen by way of Lake Success, an HBO limited series based on Gary Shteyngart’s 2018 novel of the same name, our sister site Deadline reports.

Per the series’ official synopsis, Lake Success “centers on narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and
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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Green Light With Tim Van Patten Directing

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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Green Light With Tim Van Patten Directing
Prolific TV director, writer and producer Tim Van Patten has been tapped to direct and executive produce Perry Mason, HBO’s limited series from Team Downey, starring Matthew Rhys in the title role.

The high-profile project had had a blinking green light, with a formal order contingent on hiring a director. With Van Patten, who has a long history at HBO, on board, Perry Mason is officially heading into production.

Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer,
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