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‘Casual’ Team Reflects on Run and Talks ‘Heightened’ Final Season

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After four seasons and 44 episodes, Zander Lehmann’s brother-sister relationship series “Casual” is signing off with a final season in which the growth for its characters mirrors the growth of Hulu, the streaming service that served as its home.

“‘Casual’ is a platform-defining series in the tradition of groundbreaking Lionsgate shows like ‘Weeds,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Nurse Jackie,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Dear White People,’” says Chris Selak, Lionsgate executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted television. “These shows underscore our commitment to carefully crafted episodes of serialized television. We are very proud of ‘Casual’ and the amazing creative team behind it, and grateful to our partners at Hulu for four seasons of support and commitment.”

Hulu began original programming in 2011 and moved into original scripted series in 2012. Back then, its lineup ranged from a mockumentary (“Battleground”) to a parody (“The Hotwives of Orlando”) to a supernatural comedy
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‘Casual': Laura and Valerie Reunite in Fourth and Final Season Trailer (Video)

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‘Casual': Laura and Valerie Reunite in Fourth and Final Season Trailer (Video)
Sometimes, coming home isn’t as idyllic as it sounds.

In the trailer for the fourth and final season of “Casual,” Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) comes back home after two years away, and Valerie (Michaela Watkins) is characteristically anxious about seeing her daughter after so long. But when Laura arrives, it seems just the same as the good ol’ days, Leon (Nyasha Hatendi) and all.

Meanwhile, Alex (Tommy Dewey) is concerned that his daughter will end up just as messed up as him if she sees her parents dating/sleeping with other people, and Valerie is also trying to figure what she wants to do with her life.

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The trailer ends on the perfect storm of family dysfuntion, with Laura, Alex and Valerie stuck somewhere in the desert.

“Does anyone else feel like the gods are
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‘Timeless,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Bosses Talk Misogyny and Diversity in the Writers Room

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‘Timeless,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Bosses Talk Misogyny and Diversity in the Writers Room
The 2018-19 broadcast television season made strides with on-screen diversity, but there is still considerable progress to be made off-screen.

During the “Inside a Writers Room: Power Dynamics” at the Atx Television Festival Saturday, moderator/executive producer Glen Mazzara acknowledged the panel — which consisted of Liz Tigelaar, Christopher C. Rogers (“Halt & Catch Fire”), Shawn Ryan, Rina Mimoun, and Patrick Sean Smith (“Greek”) — was white, plus had more men than women. He asked the group what they could do to be more inclusive with their writers’ rooms going forward.

Rogers, whose first room experience was on “Halt and Catch Fire,” the show’s natural evolution during season 1 into an ensemble led to the writers being more cognizant that there needed to be better representation in the room.

“We decided going forward, we needed to be at least fifty percent in the writers’ room and behind the camera,” he said. “That is
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TV Showrunners Talk Sexism in Writers Rooms, Hiring Diverse Staff and Weinstein's Blacklist

Staffing and running a writers room has never been quite as challenging as it is today.

That was a resounding theme Saturday afternoon during an Atx Festival panel in Austin, Texas, centered on the power dynamics inside writers rooms. On hand for the discussion were six past and present showrunners including Liz Tigelaar (Little Fires Everywhere), Christopher C. Rogers (Halt and Catch Fire), Shawn Ryan (Timeless), Rina Mimoun (Everwood) and Patrick Sean Smith (Greek), as well as moderator Glen Mazzara (Damien).

When asked how a showrunner can put his or her writers in a position to succeed, Ryan brought up ...
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The Reese Witherspoon TV takeover: You are still most pumped for more ‘Big Little Lies’ [Poll Results]

The Reese Witherspoon TV takeover: You are still most pumped for more ‘Big Little Lies’ [Poll Results]
We’re in the middle of a Reesurgence right now. Reese Witherspoon has a handful of TV projects in the works, but it’s an oldie but goodie that has you waiting with bated breath: 54 percent of our readers voted that they are most excited for the second season of “Big Little Lies.”

Production on the second installment of the Emmy-winning hit started last week and we already got a behind-the-scenes look at Witherspoon’s return as Madeline Martha Mackenzie and her frenemy Renata (Laura Dern). Season 2, of course, will also include newcomer (to the show) Meryl Streep.

It was the success of “Big Little Lies” that positioned Witherspoon, who turned 42 on Thursday, as your new TV queen, paving the way for four new projects that she’s producing, two of which she’ll star in. Her upcoming Apple drama series about a morning TV show with Jennifer Aniston was
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Which Reese Witherspoon TV project are you most excited for? [Poll]

Which Reese Witherspoon TV project are you most excited for? [Poll]
Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in a few short years, she has transformed herself into an Emmy-winning mega TV producer with no fewer than five series in the works. She won’t star in all of them — she’s only one woman! — but they will feature some A-list talent and she will produce them all, so she could have a whole bunch of Emmys coming her way. And frankly, we’d watch all of these. But which one are you most excited for? Let’s break them down.

Big Little Lies” Season 2

You can debate whether or not we need a second season, but you can’t deny what a boon the eight-time Emmy-winning series has been for producers/stars Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and HBO as well. The whole star-studded cast — yes, even Alexander Skarsgaard, in flashbacks — and writer David E. Kelley are back, but director Jean-Marc
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Little Fires Everywhere: Hulu Picks Up Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington Series

While the Northeast is being socked by a blizzard, streaming TV is heating things up. Hulu has ordered the Little Fires Everywhere TV show to series, with a start date Tbd. Earlier, this month, we reported stars Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon had teamed up to produce the drama adaption of Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel. Now it's found a home at Hulu. Liz Tigelaar, late of Hulu's Casual, which is expected to debut its fourth and final season on July 31st of this year, has been named as showrunner. In addition to writing Little Fires Everywhere, she'll also executive produce with Washington and Witherspoon, who will lead the series. Read More…
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s Adaptation of “Little Fires Everywhere” Goes to Hulu

Washington in “Scandal

Little Fires Everywhere” has found a home just over a week after Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington announced the project. Hulu gave a straight-to-series order for the eight-episode adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best-selling 2017 novel, The Tracking Board reports. With Witherspoon and Washington attached to star, the project unsurprisingly caused a bidding war.

Set in Cleveland, the book follows Elena Richardson, a woman whose “guiding principle is playing by the rules,” according to its synopsis. “Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.”

Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine
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Hulu Lands Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

Is there any network that won't be soon be affiliated with the talented Reese Witherspoon?

After a competitive bidding war that ignited Hollywood, Hulu has obtained the rights to develop Little Fires Everywhere.

The highly-anticipated limited series from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller.

The project will be produced by Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, and will join Hulu’s award-winning slate of original programming. Witherspoon and Washington will also star as leads in the series.

Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected, Casual) will write and serve as showrunner and executive producer.

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“Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu,
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's New Limited Series Has Found a Home at Hulu

Reese Witherspoon certainly has a lot of projects in the works! After starring in and executive producing Big Little Lies alongside Nicole Kidman, the actress is teaming up with yet another powerhouse star: Kerry Washington. The women are currently developing a limited series based on Celeste Ng's widely popular bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere, about a wealthy Ohio community that has a major falling out over the adoption of a Chinese-American baby. The project, which comes from Reese's Hello Sunshine and Kerry's Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, has landed an eight-episode deal with Hulu, Variety confirmed on Monday. "Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu," Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman said. "We're honored to bring this powerful story
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Lands at Hulu

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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Lands at Hulu
Little Fires Everywhere,” the limited series from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, has landed at Hulu. The show, based on the 2017 bestseller by Celeste Ng, wound up at the streaming service after an intense bidding war.

As previously announced, Witherspoon and Washington will also star as leads in the series. Liz Tigelaar (“Life Unexpected,” “Casual”) is the showrunner and executive producer.

The series comes from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios.

“Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu,” said Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman. “We’re honored to bring this powerful story to the screen with Hello Sunshine, in their first studio project. This is exactly the type of compelling and culturally relevant
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Hulu Nabs ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Limited Series Starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington

In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed Little Fires Everywhere, a limited series based on Celeste Ng's bestselling book, toplined and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Scandal star Kerry Washington. The project, which recently hit the marketplace, has received a straight-to-series eight-episode order. Written by Liz Tigelaar (Casual), the series hails from Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, Washington's Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Based on the…
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Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Lands Series Order at Hulu

  • The Wrap
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Lands Series Order at Hulu
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s adaptation of the Celeste Ng novel “Little Fires Everywhere” has landed at Hulu with a eight-episode series order.

The project, from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature Studios, was first announced earlier this month with the two actresses attached to star and executive produce. “Casual’s” Liz Tigelaar will write and serve as showrunner.

“Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu,” Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman said...
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Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington Limited Series Lands at Hulu

Count this as a huge victory for Hulu in the Great Streaming Wars: The streaming service has landed the buzzy Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington limited series Little Fires Everywhere with a straight-to-series order, TVLine has learned.

The series, first announced earlier this month, is based on the Celeste Ng bestseller and will star Witherspoon and Washington. (The duo will both serve as executive producers as well.) It’s set in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s and follows what happens after a single mother and her teenage daughter rent a home nearby. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) will
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Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington series goes to Hulu

Platform orders straight-to-series order for eight-episode, female-driven series.

Us streaming service Hulu has picked up Little Fires Everywhere, the recently announced limited series from stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for the eight-episode female-driven series based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling novel.

Liz Tigelaar, whose credits include Casual and Bates Motel, will write the series and serve as showrunner and executive producer. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will serve as executive producer for Hello Sunshine and Washington for Simpson Street, with Pilar Savone overseeing the project for Simpson Street and Ng serving as producer.
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington Will Co-Star in a New TV Show (We Can't Wait!)

Apparently, Reese Witherspoon is having the time of her life producing and starring in TV series based on bestselling novels. Amid the success of her HBO show Big Little Lies, the Oscar winner has another limited series on the slate — and this time, she's bringing Kerry Washington along for the ride! The two actresses have signed on the dotted line as executive producers and stars of a limited series based on Little Fires Everywhere, the bestselling 2017 novel by Celeste Ng. Set in Celeste's hometown of Shaker Heights, Oh, the story tracks a picture-perfect family whose suburban existence is uprooted by the single mother who rents a house from them. A post shared by Reese’sBookClubxHelloSunshine (@reesesbookclubxhellosunshine) on Sep 12, 2017 at 9:29am Pdt Liz Tigelaar, who recently served as showrunner for Casual, will adapt the book and lead the writers' room for this project. The show is currently being pitched to premium and streaming networks,
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington team for Little Fires Everywhere

According to Deadline, Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are set to executive produce and star in a TV adaptation of Celese Ng’s bestselling book Little Fires Everywhere.

Published in 2017, Little Fires Everywhere follows two families living in 1990s Shaker Heights, Ohio who are brought together through their children. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) has penned the script, and the project is being produced through Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Washington’s Simpson Street banners, along with ABC Signature Studios.

Witherspoon is gearing up for a return to Big Little Lies for its second season, and is also set to star in an as-yet-untitled breakfast show drama alongside Jennifer Aniston, which has a two season deal at Apple.

Washington meanwhile is currently appearing in the seventh and final season of Scandal, which will also include a crossover with How to Get Away with Murder.

The post Reese Witherspoon
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Little Fires Everywhere TV series: Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington sign up

Tony Sokol Mar 4, 2018

A Little Fires Everywhere series, based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book, is on the way...

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over,” Celeste Ng wrote in her best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere. Other times you just move on to a new role.

Reese Witherspoon, who stars with Nicole Kidman on the HBO series Big Little Lies, will team up with Kerry Washington, whose term on ABC’s Scandal is set to end, in a limited series based on Ng’s book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will be written, run and produced by Liz Tigelaar, who ran the Hulu series Casual. The series is sparking a bidding war among premium cable and streaming companies.

Little Fires Everywhere is set in Shaker Heights, the upscale community in Ohio where Ng grew up, in the 1990s. A single mother and her
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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington Team Up for Limited Series Based on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Book

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington Team Up for Limited Series Based on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Book
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington will star in and executive produce a limited series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s fiction bestseller, “Little Fires Everywhere,” Deadline reported. The move comes following the success of “Big Little Lies,” which Witherspoon executive produced alongside Nicole Kidman.

Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s, “Little Fires Everywhere” examines modern motherhood through three different families. The novel touches on themes of adoption and surrogacy, as well as race, class, and privilege. Ng is a winner of the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. “Little Fires Everywhere” is her second novel.

Ng will act as a producer on the series. Liz Tigelaar will write the script, as well as act as producer and showrunner. Tigelaar was executive producer and showrunner for the Hulu series “Casual.”

Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios are shopping it to premium and streaming networks. Hello
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Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington to Star in Little Fires Everywhere Series

Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington to Star in Little Fires Everywhere Series
Looks like Kerry Washington‘s post-Scandal career is going to involve putting out Little Fires Everywhere.

Washington and Reese Witherspoon will star in and executive-produce a TV-series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project is currently considering offers from a bunch of streaming sites and premium cable networks.

Little Fires Everywhere is set in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s and follows what happens after a single mother and her teenage daughter rent a home nearby.

ABC Studios will produce the series. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) will be showrunner in addition to executive-producing and writing the script.
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