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A Tony and Grammy Award winner known for originating the title role of Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt earned his first Golden Globe nomination this morning, for his turn in Netflix original comedy series The Politician.
“To be in the conversation is just really amazing,” Platt told Deadline today. “I love the show we made, and the Politician family we made, so the fact that we all have an excuse to get fancy and hang out together is the best part.”
Created by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, The Politician centers on Payton Hobart Platt, a Santa Barbara student who knew since age seven that he would wind up as President of the United States, but who first has to navigate the treacherous political landscape of Saint Sebastian High School.
For Broadway star Platt, who is currently in New York shooting The Politician's second season, the series was undeniable from the get-go, given the opportunity it offered to learn firsthand from TV titan Murphy. “As someone coming from the theater into the world of TV, looking for a crash course, Ryan Murphy is kind of the ultimate teacher. I feel like I have a lot more comfortability and understanding of TV, as a medium, than I did going in,” Platt explained. “I think that sometimes, I have a real fear of spontaneity, as an actor. In the theater, you’re getting such safe opportunities to experiment in a rehearsal setting, and you’re able to work out all of those impulses before you’re creating what you’re ultimately creating. Whereas Ryan is a big believer in arriving, on the day, living in the present moment, and seeing what happens.”
“I think getting into that, and learning from his openness to all bold choices, and all kind of crazy choices, is what ultimately made the show successful, made the performance possible,” the actor added, “and I hope to keep that with me going forward, particularly for things that are on camera.”
As for Season 2, Platt shares, “we're already on Episode 3, and it's really matured a little bit. The show...has jumped forward a few years, so we're all playing a lot closer to our own ages. As someone who's continually back in high school, it's a very nice change of pace. It’s a little bit more adult, I think, in tone, and there's a bit more of an East Coast shadow over the whole thing, which I love. Because I get to work at home, and sleep in my own bed.”
In the new season of The Politician, he continues, cast members Bette Midler and Judith Light will take center stage, “which is something I'm very excited for everyone to see. I get to go toe-to-toe with Judith quite a bit.”
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Given the popularity of the new Netflix Original documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, it was just going to be a matter of time before the feud between big cat owners Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic was recreated as a movie or TV series. Now, it looks like that time will come even sooner than many of us may have thought, as TVLine reports that a limited series based on the well-publicized quarrel is currently in the works. In fact, the series has already found someone to portray Baskin in the series, as Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is set to star as the Big Cat Rescue CEO.
This untitled Carole Baskin mini-series is in development from Universal Content Productions, but the project has not yet been attached to any particular network or streaming service. As the series has been in the works for months, it's not directly adapted from the Netflix docu-series, but rather inspired by Wondery's Joe Exotic podcast Over My Dead Body. Spanning six episodes in total, the podcast can be listened to at any time in its entirety, and listening to the series would be a great way to kill some more time for those of us who've been staying at home lately with nothing to do but binge-watch the Tiger King series on Netflix.
Recenly premiering on Netflix, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is certainly among the most bizarre documentary series you'll ever see. Delving into the world of big cat sanctuaries and its dark underbelly, the show features a particular focus on the relationship between Baskin and Exotic which ends with the latter landing in federal prison. Despite the allegations against him, Exotic has become somewhat of a pop culture icon over the past several days with many on social media sharing memes and comments relating to his appearance on the docu-series.
Though Kate McKinnon has been cast as Baskin, it remains to be seen which actor will be the lucky one to play Joe Exotic. Recently, Dax Shepard volunteered to play Joe Exotic in the 'eventual biopic,' joking that Hollywood was broken otherwise. In jest, Dane Cook responded that the role had already been offered to him first. Meanwhile, Tiger King fans have been speculating different options for actors who'd be a good fit for the social media darling. Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has been mentioned as a great possibility, though other fans have also suggested names like Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton, and Sam Rockwell.
In addition to starring in the series, McKinnon will also executive produce. Because the show doesn't yet have a home, it's hard to say when we can expect to see it, but there's a good chance Netflix would be interested in hosting the series as a follow-up to their Tiger King success. In any case, it sounds rather fun and interesting, so hopefully we'll be getting some updates on its progress in the near future. This news comes to us from TVLine.
Ryan Murphy’s newest series for Netflix, “Hollywood,” has been on our radar for awhile now. And with its May release date approaching, it’s primed to be a top Emmy contender. The series, from Murphy and longtime collaborator Ian Brennan, “follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost.”
The series stars past-Murphy actors including David Corenswet of “The Politician” and “Glee” actor Darren Criss alongside Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, and Broadway legend Patti LuPone.
An interesting twist is that “Hollywood,” despite it’s post-World War II setting, sounds like an alternative exploration of the creation of the entertainment capital of the world. As “Pose” creator, and “Hollywood” director and writer, Janet Mock says, “With the present so fraught and the future uncertain, we turned to the past for direction, uncovering buried history to spin an aspirational tale of what ifs:
What if a band of outsiders were given a chance to tell their own story? What if the person with greenlight power was a woman? The screenwriter a black man? What if the heroine was a woman of color? The matinee idol openly gay? And what if they were all invited into the room where the decisions are made, entering fully and unapologetically themselves to leave victorious and vaunted, their place in history cemented.”
How exactly this will be employed remains to be seen but it’s a new way to tell the Hollywood ingenue story. With features like “La La Land” and “L.A. Confidential” being predominately white landscapes it’ll be different to see a story where those barriers, so commonly discussed in any Hollywood documentary, might not exist. Murphy and crew enjoy telling tweaked stories like this but never in the time period “Hollywood” takes place in.
Based on the accompanying photos, it’s fantastic to see a cast of women of color included in a time period where many played maids or foreign exotics. The costumes, credited to “American Horror Story” costumer Sarah Evelyn, look utterly beautiful and perfectly encapsulate the Old Hollywood aesthetic Murphy strives for in all of his series.
“Hollywood” streams on Netflix May 1.
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...