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Grey's Anatomy Has 'Beautiful Stories' Yet to Be Told, Says Kim Raver — But Coronavirus Safety 'Surpasses All'

Grey's Anatomy Has 'Beautiful Stories' Yet to Be Told, Says Kim Raver — But Coronavirus Safety 'Surpasses All'
When coronavirus concerns prompted Grey’s Anatomy to press Pause on production on March 12 — and, two weeks later, call Season 16 a wrap — the ABC drama was still four episodes shy of its finale. And “we’ve still got such beautiful stories to tell,” says Kim Raver, who plays Teddy. “But we have to be in the reality of what’s happening in the world right now and find that strength to do what’s right to keep everyone healthy. It kind of surpasses all — especially because we’re a medical show.

“I also really want to make sure we take care
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Buchwald Signs ‘Criminal Minds’ Exec Producer Ed Bernero

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Buchwald Signs ‘Criminal Minds’ Exec Producer Ed Bernero
Exclusive: Ed Bernero, CBS’s Criminal Minds executive producer and co-creator of NBC’s Third Watch, has signed with Buchwald.

Bernero co-wrote and co-created Third Watch as a story editor, and rose to become Ep and showrunner. While running that show, he also began directing episodes, including the 100th, in which each act was shot as one long single shot. Third Watch garnered several award nominations, including a People’s Choice and Humanitas Award, and won the prestigious Peabody Award for the episode following the 9/11 attacks. Several actors on the show were also nominated for or won various awards, including the Alma Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

Bernero then became the Ep and showrunner of the long-running CBS hit drama, Criminal Minds. He ran the first seven seasons and directed 13 episodes of the show, which is now in its 15th and final season. Criminal Minds has spawned several spin-offs,
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Peter Roth Named Chairman Of Warner Bros. Television Group As Part Of Contract Extension

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Peter Roth, who has overseen the television production operations of Warner Bros for the past 21 years, has signed a new multi-year contract extension to remain at the helm of the independent TV studio. In conjunction with his new deal, Roth has been elevated to the newly created position of Chairman of the Warner Bros Television Group. The re-upping comes months ahead of the end of Roth’s current contract this coming summer. He will continue to report to Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, Warner Bros.

Roth, who has served as President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros Television Group, since May 2013, will continue to oversee Warner Bros’ television production activities, including domestic production of scripted, unscripted and alternative series for U.S. broadcast networks, cable and streaming services. Roth’s elevation to chairman comes four months after his top lieutenants, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, were upped to presidents Of Warner Bros Television.
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Peter Roth Promoted to Become First-Ever Chairman of Warner Bros Television Group

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Longtime television executive Peter Roth has signed a contract extension, upping him to the newly-created role of chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group.

Roth has overseen television production operations for Warner Bros. for 21 years, and has been serving as president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group since May of 2013. He will continue to maintain creative responsibility for Warner Bros.’ scripted, unscripted and alternative series for U.S. broadcast networks, cable and streaming services.

His promotion was announced Monday by Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros., to whom Roth will continue to report. Roth will also continue to work closely with Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

Also Read: How 'Arrow' Built The CW's Own Superhero Cinematic Universe

“Across the industry, Peter has the well-deserved reputation as a legend, and I have long been an admirer of his creative insight,
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‘Yellowjackets’: Tawny Cypress & Jasmin Savoy Brown Join Showtime Drama Pilot

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‘Yellowjackets’: Tawny Cypress & Jasmin Savoy Brown Join Showtime Drama Pilot
Tawny Cypress (Unforgettable) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers) have been cast as series regulars in Showtime’s drama pilot Yellowjackets, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Entertainment One and studio-based producer Drew Comins. The pilot, co-produced by eOne and Showtime, goes into production in Los Angeles this fall.

Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and relates the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

Cypress and Brown will
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John Wells Tells Writers Guild ‘It’s Time to Get Back to the Negotiating Table’

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John Wells has endorsed the dissident candidates the Writers Guild of America West, which is embroiled in a bitter dispute with Hollywood agents.

Wells, a prominent showrunner and two-time WGA West president, issued the statement of support in an email Sunday to members. He urged members to vote for the Writers Forward Together slate, which is running on a platform that highlights the need for the WGA to resume negotiations with the major agencies after staying away from talks since early June. Ballots went out Aug. 29 to about 10,000 members with results announced Sept. 16.

The dissidents have asserted that the WGA will be at a disadvantage should it go into negotiations next year with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers without an agency franchise deal. Phyllis Nagy is heading the slate and challenging current WGA West president David Goodman.

“Let me be clear, I am an admirer of our
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Chicago P.D. Season 7: The 100 Vet Michael Beach to Play Crime Boss

Chicago P.D. Season 7: The 100 Vet Michael Beach to Play Crime Boss
The 100 alum Michael Beach is headed to the Windy City: The actor, who played Chancellor Pike on the aforementioned CW drama, will recur during Season 7 of Chicago P.D., TVLine has learned exclusively.

Beach joins the NBC drama as Darius Walker, a Chicago crime boss who’s working to revitalize his African American community. “He’s a businessman, drug dealer and philanthropist, and he’s good at all of them, and he takes them all seriously,” showrunner Rick Eid tells TVLine. “He’s a guy who uses his profits from his drug business to funnel back into urban communities and,
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Nicole Kidman to Produce Drama Series ‘Crime Farm’ in Development at WarnerMedia Streaming

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Nicole Kidman to Produce Drama Series ‘Crime Farm’ in Development at WarnerMedia Streaming
WarerMedia’s streaming service is developing a drama series titled “Crime Farm” with Nicole Kidman attached to executive produce.

The series is described as a psychosexual love story that follows Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, forensic homicide experts whose marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals. As a seminal case upends the paradigm of their relationship, their unique, unconventional and sometimes dangerous arrangement stretches the boundaries of marriage and science to the limit.

Janine Sherman Barrois, the showrunner on the TNT series “Claws,” is attached to write and executive produce. Kidman will executive produce alongside Per Saari under their Blossom Films banner. Warner Horizon Scripted Television is the studio.

This is the latest in an ever-growing line of television projects that Kidman is producing. She is also executive producing and starring in the upcoming HBO limited series “The Undoing” and will executive
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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Casts Dominic Sherwood, Five More

Shadowhunters may have come to a bittersweet conclusion, but another one of its actors had landed a new TV role.

Dominic Sherwood, who played Jace on the recently canceled Freeform drama, has joined the cast of Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

He is one of six new additions, joining the series alongside Adam Rodriguez, Michael Gladis, Lorenza Izzo, Thomas Kretschman, and Ethan Peck.

The new series is set in 1938 Los Angeles, and focuses on Det. Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto), who becomes embroiled in an epic story following a murder that shocks the city.

It quickly paves the way for Tiago and his family “grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart,” according to the official logline.

Related: Penny Dreadful Sequel Ordered to Series

Sherwood will play Kurt, the chauffer and bodyguard for Richard Goss (Kretschmann). There's more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background.
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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series

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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series
Exclusive: Former The Deuce star Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel (The Good Fight) and Kingdom alum Mac Brandt are set for recurring roles opposite Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on HBO’s upcoming straight-to-series drama Lovecraft Country, from Misha Green, Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, and Warner Bros Television.

Penned by Green based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Neumann will play Hillary, an outdoorsy woman who migrates to the big city – where her dreams turn into nightmares.
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John Wells Staying At Warner Bros. TV Group With Mega New Overall Deal

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One of the longest relationships between a writer-producer and a studio will continue. John Wells has signed a massive new five-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. Under the pact, believed to be in the nine-figure range and to run through 2024, Wells and his John Wells Prods. will remain based at the studio where the veteran writer-producer-director has been working for virtually his entire TV career to date, since landing a story editor job there in 1986.

Since then, Wells has executive produced a slew of successful and critically praised series for Warner Bros. TV, including ER, The West Wing, Southland, Shameless and Animal Kingdom.

Jwp currently has more than a dozen projects in the works, including the provocative Heart of a Lion, written by Wells based on a: Finnish film, which I hear is in talks at Showtime. Marking the first TV project Wells has written since adapting Paul Abbott’s British series Shameless,
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Patty Jenkins, Ryan Case, Claire Scanlon on the Art of Episodic Directing

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Patty Jenkins, Ryan Case, Claire Scanlon on the Art of Episodic Directing
Directing any film or television show is a challenging feat, but there are extra complications for those who step in for an episode or two of a longer-running series: They have to lead a group of people who know the ins and outs of the storytelling, and the set itself, better than they do. The skills they need extend beyond leadership and emotional intelligence to the ability to be a utility player.

Veteran director Guy Norman Bee, who got his start on such shows as “ER” and “Third Watch,” and recently helmed episodes of “Take Two” and “Blood & Treasure,” compares the task of traveling from show to show to being a session musician.

“You show up and plug in and ‘Ok, let’s go,’ ” he says. “Your ability to shift gears and jump on a moving train, and then jump off elegantly after, is what keeps you surviving — because your reputation gets around.
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Producer Andrew Stearn Sets Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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Andrew Stearn, the former head of Working Title Television U.S., has set up shop as a producer with an overall deal at ABC Studios.

Stearn has enlisted Alie Rivier Gutman to serve as VP of Andrew Stearn Productions. ABC Studios is part of the newly established Disney Television Studios unit encompassing the separate labels of 20th Century Fox TV, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

“I’ve been lucky enough to learn the business and work for some of the best producers in town. I can only hope that a smidgen of their success rubs off on me and my new company,” Stearn said in unveiling his new banner and move to ABC Studios. “The fact that I get to do this at Disney under the studio guidance of (ABC Studios executives) Patrick Moran, Tracy Underwood, Patrick Maguire, Mark Taylor and Emily Cummins makes it all the more exciting.
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Andrew Stearn Launches Production Company With Overall Deal At ABC Studios

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Former Working Title Television U.S. and John Wells Productions president Andrew Stearn is launching his own production company, Andrew Stearn Productions. It will be based at ABC Studios, a division of Disney Television Studios, with an overall deal.

Stearn is coming off a three-year stint as president of Working Title Television U.S., where he served as executive producer on the Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts, and the upcoming Tales Of the City; as well as the HBO docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed. During his tenure at the company, a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and UK-based Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Stearn also set up projects at NBC, ABC, CBS, Amazon, Hulu, E!, Showtime and Fox.

Before joining Working Title, Stearn worked with John Wells for 15 years, including a lengthy stint as president of Warner Bros TV-based John Wells Prods. During his time at the company,
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The Young and the Restless Adds All My Children Veteran Eva Larue

The Young and the Restless Adds All My Children Veteran Eva Larue
Eva Larue is returning to Natalia Boa Vista’s stomping grounds.

The former CSI: Miami star will join the cast of CBSThe Young and the Restless, TVLine has confirmed. In addition to her homecoming at the network, the move will mark Larue’s daytime comeback: She played neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the ABC soap All My Children off and on over the course of 18 years. In 1997, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for supporting actress for her work on the series.

Larue’s Y&R character, Celeste Rosales, is the mother of Lola (played by Sasha Calle
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‘Black Panther’ Stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan Recall Playing the Same Role on ‘All My Children’

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‘Black Panther’ Stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan Recall Playing the Same Role on ‘All My Children’
This story on Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan from “Black Panther” is drawn from an interview conducted for the cover story of the January issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

In “Black Panther,” the characters played by Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan both vie for the throne of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Boseman’s character, T’Challa, becomes king early in the film, but Jordan’s Erik Killmonger shows up with his own claim to the crown, and defeats T’Challa to take over.

Strangely, Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster hit film does not mark the first time that Jordan has succeeded Boseman in a position. While the two men never worked together prior to making “Black Panther,” they both appeared in the ABC soap opera “All My Children” back in 2003 — and they played the same character, with Jordan taking over when Boseman was fired for complaining
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Broadway’s ‘Hillary And Clinton’ Finds Its Barack; ‘Veep’ Vet To Play Mark Penn

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The Broadway-bound Hillary and Clinton has completed its casting, tapping Broadway vet Peter Francis James as “Barack” and Wet Hot American Summer‘s Zak Orth as Hillary’s campaign manager “Mark,” as in Penn.

The two join the previously announced title stars of the play, Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow.

Produced by Scott Rudin, who announced the casting, and directed by Joe Mantello, playwright Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton begins performances March 16, 2019, at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. The official opening night is April 18.

The play goes behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, as former First Lady Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign against Barack for President of the United States. Husband Bill sees things one way, while campaign manager Mark sees them another.

Perhaps explaining the lack of surnames in the official description, the
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Manifest Scores Full Season Order at NBC!

Manifest will take flight for a few weeks longer at NBC

The Peacock network has handed a three-episode back order to the new drama series, making for a total first season consisting of 16 episodes. 

The backorder comes just four episodes into Manifest Season 1, which has solidified itself as a strong performer in the ratings. Manifest Season 1 Episode 1 debuted to 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 back in September. 

Numbers for the premiere swelled to 18.4 million viewers, and a 4.2 rating with seven days of DVR viewing factored in. These results made it NBC's most-watched drama series debut in 19 years, since the debut of Third Watch

Despite the strong launch, the numbers have softened somewhat, with Monday's episode securing 7.5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating. Still, it was the highest-rated scripted series of the night, narrowly edging out Fox's 9-1-1. 

Related: Manifest Season 1 Episode Review: All Good Things
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‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Blue Bloods’ Lead Premiere Friday Live+3 Ratings Gains, ‘Manifest’ Even More Impressive In Live+7

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After its strong Live+same day premiere, Fox’s Last Man Standing revival continued its impressive ratings performance in delayed viewing, posting the largest absolute adults 18-49 gain in Live+3, 0.7 rating (+39%), to rise from 1.8 to a 2.5 demo rating. With the bump, the Season 7 premiere of Last Man Standing tied the Season 2 opener of CBS‘ Young Sheldon as the second highest-rated comedy telecast of Premiere Week in L3, only behind CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

Last Man Standing had the second largest absolute lift in total viewers on the night, 2.7 million (+33% to 10.8 million), only behind CBS’ Blue Bloods, +3.8 million. The veteran cop drama also logged the biggest % lifts on Premiere Friday in total viewers and 18-49.

Factoring multi-platform viewing, Lms gave Fox its most-watched Friday entertainment telecast in nearly 18 years with 11.5 million viewers in L3 and the network’s most-watched comedy on any night in seven years
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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)

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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)
United 93” (2006)

Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane.

World Trade Center” (2006)

Oliver Stone‘s drama told the events from the perspective of first responders.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011)

Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the attacks.

Reign Over Me” (2007)

Adam Sandler played a man who was still struggling five years after the attacks killed his wife and daughter.

Remember Me” (2010)

The Robert Pattinson drama stirred controversy by having a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.

The West Wing” (2001)

Creator and showrunner Aaron Sorkin wrote this special episode, about a fictional terrorist attack, and it aired just three weeks after the attacks.

Third Watch” (2001)

This drama about New York City first responders remembered 9/11 with a non-fiction episode, followed by two episodes putting
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