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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...
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...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.
Quiz is produced by Left Bank Pictures and...
Though “The Plot Against America” took its time to get going, it’s full steam ahead for David Simon’s Philip Roth adaptation by Episode 4 — but to what end? With just two episodes to go, the drama has certainly flared up: The Levin familial bonds are being pushed to the brink as Sandy falls increasingly under Lindbergh’s spell, with the help of Aunt Evelyn and her new boyfriend Rabbi Bengelsdorf. The lines have been drawn, and it’s not looking good for either side. While this was by far the most exciting episode so far, it still feels as though Simon is obligingly following Roth’s outline rather than forging his own path.
In both the novel and the series “The Plot Against America,” there’s an unmentioned but implicit rhetorical question reaching out from beyond the page and screen. To borrow from the musical “Cabaret,” one of the only pieces of pop culture to artfully grapple with this unthinkable dilemma: What would you do? If a fascist were elected president of your country, if your sister started dating one of his shills, if your son was secretly sketching his visage by flashlight — how would you behave? Would you flee to Canada, organize the resistance, or stick your head in the sand and hope for the best?
The fourth episode hones in on these questions with laser-like precision, enjoying the fruits of the preceding three episodes that felt, both in retrospect and in real time, mostly like set-up. Having returned from his “Just Folks” adventure in Kentucky, a Hitler Youth-esque recruiting tool of Rabbi Bengelsdorf’s John Turturro design, Sandy has quite literally become the poster child for assimilationist Jews. Evelyn Winona Ryder proudly features him in a brochure for the program, against Bess’ Zoe Kazan wishes.
Sandy’s transformation has been building since the pilot episode, which ended with him surreptitiously sketching Charles Lindbergh from of a newspaper clipping. Having planted the seeds deliberately, the show earns its most uncomfortable moment so far when Sandy spits at his parents, calling them “ghetto Jews — narrow-minded ghetto Jews.” His transformation is complete. When Bess slaps him across the face, it’s hard not to let out a silent cheer. Your Jewish firstborn becoming a Nazi sympathizer may be the rare instance when a kid deserves a good wallop.
Less effective is a Shabbas dinner argument between Herman Morgan Spector and Bengelsdorf, where Herman puts aside any last shred of civility to tell the Rabbi what he really thinks of his man Lindbergh. Maybe it’s the fact that only the men are talking while the women make sidelong glances of...