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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae's The Lovebirds is skipping theaters and heading straight to Netflix. Paramount and the streaming platform have just reached a deal for the movie, which was set to open in theaters on April 3rd. The coronavirus pandemic has movie theaters shut down, so this is probably the best bet for the comedy as we continue to see studios experimenting with new ways to get current projects out and into the world.
Netflix has not yet announced a streaming date for The Lovebirds, but one should be forthcoming. It is believed that Netflix will be handling the foreign release too, though that has yet to be confirmed. The comedy, which is directed by Michael Showalter, stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who 'experience a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.' The movie was originally supposed to premiere at SXSW earlier this month, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus.
The Lovebirds will more than likely be coming out in the next few weeks as more and more people sit at home. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are taking the pandemic and self-isolation very seriously and they want others to do the same. The couple announced a limited-series weekly podcast, titled Staying In with Emily and Kumail. All proceeds from their new podcast will be donated to charities involved with the coronavirus crisis, including the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Feeding America, and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. Nanjiani has been very vocal about staying indoors during this time on social media. The couple had this to say about the podcast.'Do not expect to hear updates on the virus - there are actual journalists for that. Do expect to hear talk about the emotional wear and tear of the unprecedented times we're in, and about how many ways you can eat frozen waffles.'
Some of Kumail Nanjiani's followers have not been into the actor's stance on the coronavirus and social distancing, but he doesn't seem to care as he invites people to unfollow him. This is the complete opposite of Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly, who is refusing to self-isolate at this time. The actress is trying to live a normal life with her family and believes that the pandemic isn't as bad as the flu. She has seen quite the blowback on social media, but remains to stand behind her initial statements.
It's getting tough for everybody right now, and Kumail Nanjiani knows this. Hopefully his podcast and a home release of The Lovebirds will help to get people entertained while sitting at home and looking for things to watch and listen to. Hopefully Netflix will announce a release date for the comedy in the next few days. Deadline was the first to report on The Lovebirds moving to Netflix.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Television has delayed production on three series, Season 2 on Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne, for Netflix, Season 2 of anthology Little America for Apple and Season 1 of Rutherford Falls, headlined by Ed Helms, for Peacock, I have learned.Little America Apple
I hear all of the shows were yet to start filming and had no firm delivery dates, giving the studio some wiggle room as it navigates the fast spreading coronavirus outbreak. Writing and casting for the three comedies continues, and production on all of the studio’s current series and pilots is going on as planned for now.
Over the past two days, two TV sets were impacted by the pandemic. It was revealed on Tuesday that a crew member on the Fox drama series NeXt in Chicago tested positive for the coronavirus. While the series had wrapped last week, the person had started showing symptoms before and had come in contact with other people on set. Yesterday, the CW's Riverdale suspended production in Vancouver amid concerns that a person working on the show was recently in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, Tom Hanks and his wife caught the virus while he was working on the Elvis Presley movie in Australia.
I hear factoring into the decision to postpone production on Russian Doll, Little America and Rutherford Falls was the fact the majority of the shows require international travel for their upcoming storylines. I hear crews were notified of the delay yesterday, before President Trump unveiled travel restrictions from Europe Wednesday night.
Also yesterday CBS announced that it is delaying start of production for the upcoming Season 41 of Survivor, which is slated to film in Fiji. The network also has paused production on its globetrotting reality competition The Amazing Race. Both moves were a response to the global coronavirus outbreak, which was calcified as global pandemic by the World Health Organization yesterday.
Like all of its Hollywood counterparts, Uni TV is evaluating decisions how to proceed with its shows in partnership with health and government officials.
Russian Doll, created and executive produced by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, devoted its first season to the experience of a young woman named Nadia, played by Lyonne. She repeatedly dies during a New York party that seems never to end thanks to an edgy, mordant update of Groundhog Day's premise. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, Little America goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt and surprising stories of immigrants in America. The Uni TV series is...
On Friday, April 3, Apple TV+ releases all 10 episodes of the first season of its mystery-thriller “Home Before Dark.” Inspired by the life of Hilde Lysiak, a young journalist who gained national notoriety at age nine when she scooped a local homicide case in her Pennsylvania hometown, the Jon M. Chu-directed and executive produced series has already been renewed for a second season.
Created and executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnick, “Home Before Dark” follows Brooklynn Prince as Hilde Lysko, a nine-year-old journalist whose family's cross-country move from New York to her father's Jim Sturgess small Washington hometown leads her to investigate a dark, deeply buried mystery from decades ago.
IndieWire spoke with “Home Before Dark” co-showrunner and co-creator Dana Fox about the series, from the process of making a bingeable mystery-thriller she hadn’t seen before to her transition from comedy to drama to the unexpected “Justified” reunion.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
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IndieWire: How exactly did you come to co-create “Home Before Dark”? How did you come to Hilde Lysiak’s story?
Fox: Basically, my dear friend Joy Gorman Wettels, who’s an amazing producer — she was my manager for a long time and then she started producing, as well — she was at the Tribeca Awards, and there were a bunch of adults winning awards for cool things. And then, this little nine-year-old girl stood up and gave this incredible speech and was incredibly poised. She started talking about the need for journalists and how important it was to try to find the truth, and it really resonated with Joy. We weren’t even deeply in the times that we are in now, but it’s something that was feeling important already.
And so Joy was talking to the people next to her about how extraordinary this little girl was, and it turned out to be Hilde’s parents. So she joked, “I have a five-year-old, can you come move in with me, and help me raise my daughter, because this girl is amazing.” And so they struck up a conversation, they got along, and eventually, Hilde was featured in the New York Times for essentially scooping her local paper on a murder.
Joy was in a very competitive situation with a lot of other producers and they were all talking to Hilde and her parents on the phone and they had all these conversations. Joy ended up winning the rights and when she did, afterwards she said, “Why did you pick me?” And Hilde’s...
Fox has ordered a second season of its animated family comedy Duncanville for 2021-2022. The series hails from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV.
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Duncanville joins fellow Fox freshman animated series Bless the Harts, which also has already been renewed for a second season.
The network has been ramping up its animated portfolio over the past two years and currently has five series on the air, veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, and newcomers Bless the Harts and Duncanville, with two more, Housebroken and The Great North, set to join the lineup next season. Animation is one film/TV area that is still going during the pandemic-related Hollywood shutdown, with production done remotely, so work can be done on current seasons as well orders for next season.
“Duncanville is another great addition to our Sunday Animation Domination block,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Amy, Mike and Julie have been fantastic partners, as have the teams at 20th and Universal Television. Our thanks also go out to the entire voice cast, including Ty, Ricki, Betsy, Yassir, Zach, Joy, Rashida and Wiz. Duncan may be an average teen. However, the show is anything but, and we can't wait for a brand-new season of Harris family adventures.”
Duncanville has been a soft linear performer, with its Live+Same day rating deliveries among the lowest for a Fox series this season, but it has done well on digital. Season-to-date, Duncanville averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is Fox's most-streamed new comedy this season, Its premiere is Fox's most-streamed animated debut on record 7-day average.
The series follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, voiced by Poehler, with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls...but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He's not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he's never anything less than amazing. Poehler also voices Duncan's mother, Annie, and Ty Burrell voices Duncan's father, Jack. Featured voices also include Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment, Duncanville was co-created by the Scullys and Poehler, through her Paper...