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'She's Gotta Have It' Showrunner on the Importance of Female Voices

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Spike Lee might have created the iconic character of Nola Darling in his 1986 film She's Gotta Have It, but it's actually his occasional collaborator Tonya Lewis Lee (who is also his wife) who is responsible for the idea of updating the character for the small screen in Netflix's 10-episode series of the same name.

Like the movie, the show follows twenty-something Brooklynite Nola Darling, an artist juggling three lovers and struggling to make her art and her rent in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Fort Greene.

"Why this movie, why this film, why now? I think that for me, »

- Jean Bentley

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Hollywood Flashback: 'Fame' Didn't Live Forever, But It Did Win Two Golden Globes

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Fame received one of The Hollywood Reporter's odder reviews when it premiered on Jan. 7, 1982. First, the writer wanted to make it "enormously clear" that he was not reviewing Fame, the 1980 Alan Parker-directed movie about talented teens who attend a New York City high school for the performing arts.

He went on to say that there were times when the TV series, spawned from that United Artists movie, came close to the film's high quality and "there are split-seconds when it exceeds its feature film parent. But generally it doesn't. All of which is not to »

- Bill Higgins

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Hollywood Flashback: How Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Became TV's Longest-Running Success

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TV's longest-running annual ratings success is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Back in 1950, the then-state-of-the-art Trendex overnight ratings system (they called 1,000 people and asked what they were watching) estimated it pulled in a 96 percent share in the New York area.

NBC has broadcast the show nationally since 1948. Celebrity hosts include Betty White and the late Lorne Greene, who did the honors from '62 to '70. "It was exciting working with Lorne," says White, 95. "We had a great time." An estimated audience of 46 million will watch the giant balloons proceed through Manhattan on Nov. »

- Bill Higgins

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'Mr. Robot' Producer Decodes That Heartbreaking Death Scene

4 hours ago

[Warning: this story contains spoilers for season three, episode seven of USA Network's Mr. Robot, called "eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk."]

And then there were two. Three, technically, if you view Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) as separate entities.

In any event, the roster of original fsociety members has slimmed down significantly following the most recent episode of USA Network's Mr. Robot, which ended with the deaths of two characters first introduced in the series premiere: Sunil "Mobley" Markesh and Shama "Trenton" Biswas, the computer hackers played by Azhar Khan and Sunita Mani respectively. Now, only »

- Josh Wigler

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Here's What ABC's 'American Idol' Judges Are (Already) Fighting About

4 hours ago

When American Idol makes its ABC debut March 11, there are a few things viewers won't see on screen: namely, the new judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — learning their way through the audition process. During a recent break while filming the second day of Los Angeles auditions — the last stop before everyone with a coveted Golden Ticket heads back to Hollywood for round two — the Idol newbies told The Hollywood Reporter that there's been a lot of behind-the-scenes discussion about certain singers they've put through — or not.

"Off-camera, we're negotiating. Like why we »

- Jean Bentley

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Critic's Notebook: Strong Year for TV Actresses Means Stiff Competition for Golden Globes and SAG Awards

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It hasn't been that long since the Golden Globe best actress field was thin enough that the HFPA could be swayed into oddball nominations like Callie Thorne for Necessary Roughness or Piper Perabo for Covert Affairs. Well played, USA.

It's only been a few years since the SAG Award for female actor in a drama could go to Maggie Smith for five minutes of expert sarcasm on Downton Abbey. Well, everybody loves a Dame.

Now, as a winter of award nominations looms, it's the best actress fields that are clearly the most competitive on the TV side, the categories most »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Survivor': Jeff Probst Discusses Playing With "Justifiable Ethics"

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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers regular season coverage! Every week, we're bringing you exit interviews with the latest person voted out, recaps from THR's very own Dan Fienberg and weekly check-ins with executive producer and host Jeff Probst. Bookmark our season 35 one-stop shop to make sure you don't miss out on any of it.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for season 35, episode nine.

Say what you will about Mike Zahalsky. At least he's consistent. 

Compare the comments the endangered Healer made at this week's Tribal Council about "justifiable »

- Josh Wigler

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'Godless' Team on Expanding Netflix's Limited Series Beyond One Season

6 hours ago

Westerns are making a comeback with the help of Netflix’s latest original limited series Godless.

A number of series that begin as limited engagements have expanded with multiple seasons. Shows including Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and AMC's The Night Manager began as limited series, though both have been renewed for following seasons. HBO's Big Little Lies is another limited series that is regularly rumored to be coming back for a second cycle.

When asked whether Godless could fall in that category if the Jeff Daniels-starrer is positively received, many of the castmembers said they believed the show should remain a limited engagement. “I think it’s »

- Katherine Schaffstall

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The Marketing Mavens Behind Pennywise and the 'It' Red Balloon, 'Handmaid's Tale' Stunts and More

7 hours ago

Hollywood's marketing wars are fiercer than ever thanks to the proliferation of content. Movie studios still wage the richest campaigns — think $150 million or more for a tentpole — but television networks are stepping up their efforts to combat the likes of Netflix and Hulu, whose on-the-ground stunt for The Handmaid's Tale made global headlines. Warner Bros.' marketing machine, led by Sue Kroll, made a huge comeback in 2017 with Dunkirk and the horror blockbuster It. In regard to budgets, more is being spent on digital, but television ads remain a necessary evil. "Budgets have shifted to new platforms," »

- Pamela McClintock,Michael O'Connell

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers' Faces 'Fear of the Unknown'

19 hours ago

[This recap contains spoilers for the Wednesday, November 22 episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.]

Let's all pause to think about that Tribal Council, shall we?

There was a lot of dumb and crazy at that Tribal Council, albeit mostly coming from one player. There was a lot of hollow, intentionally hollow, talk of morals and ethics and a lot of the dumbest Survivor analogies I can ever remember hearing, albeit mostly coming from one player. There was a really stupid piece of strategy that was put forward in an aggressive attempt to swing the Tribal Council vote, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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