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Pretty Little Liars Boss Defends Killing [Spoiler], Answers All of Our Burning Questions From the Series Finale
How do you even begin to wrap up seven years of twists, secrets and mysteries? If you’re Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King, you give it your all and hope for the best — knowing full well that you can’t please everybody.
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“I had to stay off social media [after the finale], because people who don’t like things are always more vocal than people who do,” King tells TVLine. “We did our best, and you can see how much care, attention, love and hard work was put into that episode — not just from me, »
You're the Worst Season 4, Better Things Season 2 Get Premiere Dates
First up, You’re the Worst will return with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10/9c. The critically acclaimed, anti-romcom tells the story of Gretchen and Jimmy, who we last saw get engaged in the Season 3 finale. »
Melanie Lynskey Joins Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’
Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.
Lynskey recently appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and starred in HBO’s Duplass Brothers series “Togetherness.” She also had a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the deranged neighbor Rose. She is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Lynskey is the latest casting addition to “Castle Rock,” which will also star André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Jane Levy. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, centered around the inhabitants of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which figured prominently in several of King’s works.
“Castle Rock” has landed a 10-episode first season order, with »
- Joe Otterson
Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’
Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.
Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.
Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.
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- Cynthia Littleton
Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon
Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.
ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.
Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.
Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.
“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed
Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.
The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.
The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.
According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »
- Variety Staff
Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Creator Breaks Down Major ‘A’ Reveal in Series Finale (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Pretty Little Liars” series finale, which aired June 27 on Freeform.
After seven seasons of whodunnit mystery, cliffhangers, and torment by “A,” the Liars finally found out the true identity of Rosewood’s villain…Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has a twin!
The identical twin with a British accent is named named Alex Drake — A.D., get it? — and is Mary Drake’s (Andrea Parker) other daughter, who was sold as an infant upon birth so that Mary Drake could pay her way out of the Radley Sanitarium mental institution. Mary Drake sent her to a wealthy family in London, thinking she would have a great life, but instead, Alex ended up at an orphanage and never had a real family. Her lack of family, in comparison to Spencer’s seemingly “perfect” life, is what prompted her to take down the Liars.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Big Brother Producers Respond to Season 20 All-Stars Rumors
The Big Brother fandom is never lacking for gossip, but one particular rumor - that Season 20 would be the second-ever all-stars edition - has gained some serious steam recently.
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- Sadie Gennis
Glee Vet Naya Rivera to Star in Step Up Series at YouTube Red
The actress will star opposite singer-dancer Ne-Yo as a school admin/mentor in YouTube Red’s original series, based on the popular dance film franchise, our sister site Deadline reports.
RelatedStep Up TV Series Coming to YouTube
The forthcoming drama — executive produced by Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who starred together in the first movie — is described as a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled story about dancers at Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School.
Rivera will play Collette, a former dancer-turned-High »
FX Networks Sets Premiere Dates for You're the Worst and Better Things
The former has been
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- Keisha Hatchett
Tales of the City Revival Eyed at Netflix
Revival-enamored Netflix is looking to resurrect another beloved television tale.
TVLine has learned that the streamer is developing a 10-episode, present-day continuation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Sources confirm that original cast members Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are attached to star, with other Tales vets expected to join them.
Netflix declined to comment.
This would mark the fourth TV chapter of the Lgbt-themed, San Francisco-set Tales, following the landmark 1993 version (which aired stateside on PBS) and the “sequels” More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, which ran on Showtime in 1998 and 2001, respectively. »
Beau Willimon Running Unopposed for WGA East Presidency
Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He was on the negotiating committee that reached an 11th hour deal with production companies on May 1.
“Should I be re-elected to Council, I plan to be very involved in the negotiating process,” he said last year. “Having worked for almost a decade with major film studios and having been at the forefront of launching streaming television, I have a unique on-the-ground perspective that I believe will be useful voice in making sure we remain strong as a union moving forward.”
- Dave McNary
TNT’s ‘Will’ Producer on Show’s Shakespeare Adaptation: ‘Theater Then Was Like Punk Rock’
Olivia DeJonge isn’t just a cast member on TNT’s new series “Will.” To hear the actress tell it, she’s also the target audience for the program, which tells the story of William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson), an English playwright of some renown in 16th century London, before he went on to write “Hamlet” and many other classic plays.
“I wasn’t even interested in the show, I wasn’t a Shakespeare fan,” she told Variety. But executive producer Craig Pearce “changed my mind on that, and I am excited to see him change the mind of every other young person who sees Will Shakespeare as a dusty old man.”
At Tuesday night’s premiere of the series, held at New York’s Bryant Park with an after-party at the nearby Bryant Park Grill, DeJonge says she was attracted to the contemporary, rebellious energy Pearce brought to the proceedings, especially »
- Michael Tedder
Former Two and a Half Men Star Joins Stephen King's Castle Rock
Former Two and a Half Men star Melani Lynskey has been tapped to star opposite André Holland, Deadline reports. She'll play a woman with a rare medical condition named Molly Strand who's just trying to make
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- Keisha Hatchett
Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke on the Importance of Playing a Female Leader
Emilia Clarke still has to explain that being a feminist and being naked onscreen are not mutually exclusive.
The outspoken Game of Thrones star talked about feminism and activism with Rolling Stone, and her increasing post-Brexit awareness of inequality.
"Like you suddenly wake up to it and you go,
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- Liam Mathews
‘Broadchurch’ Review: Final Season Redeems the Series With a Devastating Examination of Rape and Rape Culture
“Broadchurch” wraps up a three-season arc by pulling off an ambitious storyline about rape that is as devastating as it is instructive.
It’s a fitting capper to a series that uses the sleepy Dorset town of Broadchurch as a microcosm to examine society’s ills. On the show, it’s been five years since the killing of local boy Danny Latimer, a devastating storyline that consumed “Broadchurch’s” excellent Season 1. [The less cohesive Season 2, which took place three years later, went off the rails a bit with Danny’s subsequent murder trial.]
Creator and writer Chris Chibnall guides “Broadchurch” steadily back home to finish off the trilogy with the help of his detective duo Alex Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who provide the only humor on the show through their comfortable and mutually irascible personalities. We’re going to miss their banter.
In a letter to journalists, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Quiz: Which ‘Glow’ Character Are You?
Last weekend, Netflix released “Glow,” a fictional look at the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. In the process, we got to know such characters as Ruth and Debbie — as well as their alter-egos Zoya the Destroyer and Liberty Belle — and saw them in action in the ring.
In honor of the show’s premiere, Variety has compiled a very scientific (not really) algorithm to determine which wrestler, or director or producer, you’re most like. Are you tough-as-nails like Cherry Bang, or softer like Carmen? Are you a “visionary” like Sam, or more of a follower like Justine? Take our quiz to find out! »
- Variety Staff
A Fond Farewell to Pretty Little Liars
When people ask me what I'm watching lately, I run through all the things you'd expect: the latest prestige drama, a critically-acclaimed comedy and I'm obviously rewatching every episode of Golden Girls. I cap it off, though, with my usual winking, "And, of course, Pretty Little Liars." I didn't
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- Nick Campbell
Fox News Signs Congressman Jason Chaffetz as Contributor
Chaffetz is slated to step down as a lawmaker on June 30th. His new role is expected to commence on July 1.
Chaffetz has represented Utah’s Third Congressional District since November, 2008, and recently announced he intended to step down from his role. He has served as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He has also served on the Homeland Security Committee. He has drawn attention for his roles in several government investigations, including into the operations of the Secret Service, and the attack at Benghazi. He had worked as a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
Before his political career, Mr. Chaffetz specialized in corporate communications and operated his own communications firm, Maxtera »
- Brian Steinberg
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