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Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Upshaws’

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Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Upshaws’
Netflix has ordered “The Upshaws,” a new multi-camera comedy series starring Wanda Skyes and Mike Epps, the streaming service said Tuesday.

Regina Hicks is set as co-showrunner and executive producer on the show, which “centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it,” according to Netflix.

In addition to starring on “The Upshaws,” Sykes will executive produce and serve as co-showrunner on the series, with Epps, Dan Spilo, Page Hurwitz and Niles Kirchner also executive producing.

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Earlier this year, Sykes launched her first comedy special for Netflix — and fifth overall — “Wanda Sykes: Not Norma.” Her other recent small-screen credits include “Black-ish,” the ABC special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” “The Other Two” and “Broad City.” Her other
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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO
Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO.

The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series.

“We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming. “We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich. In today’s world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, ‘Succession’ presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community.”

Created by Jesse Armstrong, Season 2 of the series began where the first season left off. It follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire,
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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years

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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years
Hallelujah, HBO execs: The series premiere of Danny McBride’s “The Righteous Gemstones” on Sunday was the pay TV channel’s most-watched linear debut of a comedy series in more than three years.

The hour-long “Righteous Gemstones” premiere brought in 844,000 viewers across HBO’s platforms yesterday, including streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now.

The 10 p.m. airing alone averaged 593,000 viewers, making it the HBO comedy to launch with the highest linear-viewership tally since the 2016 premiere of “Vice Principals,” which also starred McBride and put up 1.2 million viewers.

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The comedy about a “televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work” stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Calvero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams star.

The Righteous Gemstones” is created, written, executive produced and directed by McBride. Jody Hill
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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team

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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team
The creative team set to bring Kaley Cuoco’s dark comedy series “The Flight Attendant” to HBO Max has taken shape.

The series, which tells the terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened, has tapped Susanna Fogel to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

Fogel has been highly active on the feature front recently, directing 2018’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and earning a co-writing credit on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart.”

Previously announced executive producer Steve Yockey, who co-executive produced on “Supernatural,” has been named as showrunner for the Yes, Norman Productions, Berlanti Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television series. “Nashville” executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin have been tapped to serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on “The Flight Attendant,” working alongside Yockey, who
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The Ranch Gets Part 7 Premiere Date

What does the future hold for Colt and Abby? Fans of The Ranch will find out when the Ashton Kutcher comedy returns for the first half of its fourth and final season (aka Part 7) on Friday, Sept. 13.

When we last left the Iron River Ranch, Abby was devastated that Colt lied to her about the sale of the Bennett Brothers’ herd. She decided that she’d had enough, and told Colt that she thought they should separate.

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Emmys 2019 Poll: Who Should Win for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series?

It’s Veterans Day in this year’s Emmy race for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, with a number of showbiz legends vying for the big prize.

Oscar winner Michael Douglas — who won an Emmy in 2013 for playing Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra — already claimed a Golden Globe for his lead role in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, and is looking to add another Emmy to his trophy case. He’s joined by Ted Danson, who nabbed his 17th (!) career Emmy nomination for playing afterlife demon Michael on NBC’s The Good Place, and comedy icon Eugene Levy,
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Bill Bellamy Joins Octavia Spencer Netflix Series ‘Madam Cj Walker’

Bill Bellamy Joins Octavia Spencer Netflix Series ‘Madam Cj Walker’
Bill Bellamy has joined the cast of the forthcoming Netflix limited series “Madam Cj Walker,” which tells the story of the black hair care pioneer and mogul.

The four-part series hails from executive producers LeBron James and Octavia Spencer, who will also star as the titular Madam. The series is inspired by the book “‘On Her Own Ground’ “by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.

Bellamy will play Sweetness, a smart, savvy numbers banker who gets inspired by Madam Walker’s success and angles for a way to get in good with her, by any means necessary. He joins other
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What to Stream the Weekend of August 23

We have 13 -- and more! -- reasons to stay in and binge watch all weekend. The return of the hit young adult Netflix drama is joined by a gripping crime story set in NYC and one of the wildest Florida stories I've ever heard. So go ahead and cancel your plans; you're already booked and busy this

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The IndieWire Guide To Streaming on a Budget

There’s no shortage of shows to binge in the era of peak TV, but figuring out where the good stuff is streaming can be tricky, especially for viewers on a budget. There’s a dizzying array of streaming services on the market, and choosing which platforms are worth subscribing to can be further complicated by multi-tiered pricing options and licensing deals that mean your favorite content could abruptly disappear from a platform.

With that in mind, here’s a guide on the streaming services that could offer you the most bang for your buck, depending on your budget. Obviously, viewer preferences are subjective and pretty much all of the major platforms have at least a few original shows worth watching. Therefore, this guide is less about platforms with one or two recent breakout hits and more about services with a solid quantity of high-quality new and legacy content, reasonable pricing,
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BBC Boards ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

The BBC has acquired FX’s “American Crime Story: Impeachment” and Ken Burn’s upcoming PBS documentary series “Country Music,” the broadcaster announced Wednesday at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “American Crime Story: Impeachment” will air on BBC Two in the U.K., while “Country Music” has been picked up by sister channel BBC Four.

“Impeachment: American Crime Story” is the third instalment of the award-winning franchise, and tells the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Beanie Feldstein will star as Monica Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. The season is based
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Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Season 2 First Look and Premiere Date — Exclusive

Prepare for another inside look into the art, science, and philosophy of design for the world that we take for granted around us. Scott Dadich and Morgan Neville’s “Abstract: The Art of Design” is returning for a second season on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The series lets the designers themselves offer insight into how they first conceive of and then execute their visions in a variety of disciplines. In Season 1, the series examined craftspeople ranging from illustrator Christoph Niemannn and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to stage designer Es Devlin and graphic designer Paula Scher.

In its review of Season 1, IndieWire said, “There’s real excitement in hearing a creator explain his inspirations, when it’s done right — and that’s something ‘Abstract’ is rich with. You never know, after all, where a great idea might come from…It is fascinating to see this sort of focus applied to the creation
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Sean Spicer, Lamar Odom Join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cast

Sean Spicer, Lamar Odom Join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cast
Sean Spicer must have been practicing his dance moves since leaving the White House in 2017. The former press secretary will join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” which will premiere its 28th season Sept. 16. Other bold-faced names to join the cast include actor James Van Der Beek, former Laker Lamar Odom, “The Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown and “Queer Eye” Fab Five member Karamo Brown.

The full list of celebrities and professional dancers were announced on “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning. Other celebrity cast members include singers Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke and former Supreme Mary Wilson; model Christie Brinkley; actress
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James Van Der Beek Tops the Stacked Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast

Ready to find out who's competing as part of the star-studded cast of Dancing with the Stars in Season 28? The big reveal happened Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, and this year's lineup is sporting some pretty impressive celebrities!

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Snowfall Stars Remember John Singleton

Less than three months before Snowfall's third season premiered, the series' co-creator John Singleton died in April after suffering a stroke. And though they'd lost one of the driving visionaries behind the FX drama, the cast and crew continue to honor Singleton's memory through their work on the

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Sherman's Showcase's Bashir Salahuddin Talks Going From Fallon's 'Slow Jam the News' to Creating One of the Most Brilliant Comedies of the Year

Sherman's Showcase is the premier comedy hit of the summer, but you can't be blamed for not knowing about it. Airing on IFC, Sherman's Showcase could have been easy to miss given the volume of heavy hitter shows out this summer and the fact Sherman's kooky, untraditional format -- it's a faux

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DWTS Season 28: James Van Der Beek, Sean Spicer, Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and Christie Brinkley Among Cast

DWTS Season 28: James Van Der Beek, Sean Spicer, Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and Christie Brinkley Among Cast
James Van Der Beek will compete against a disgraced White House press secretary and a world-famous supermodel when Dancing With the Stars returns this fall.

Good Morning America on Wednesday revealed the full cast line-up for Season 28, which in addition to The Beek includes Sean Spicer and Christie Brinkley. Additional participants include The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell.

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Channel 5 Beefs Up Scripted Slate in U.K.

U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of original dramas, marking the latest step in the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s push into scripted content.

The new dramas include a two-hour ghost story from Awesome Media & Entertainment and Two Rivers Media called “The Small Hand” adapted from novel by “The Woman in Black” author Susan Hill; psychological thriller “Penance” from West Road Pictures; four-part thriller “The Deceived” from New Pictures; and the return of thriller “Blood” for a new six part series.

Channel 5 increased the amount of money going into scripted following its cancellation of the “Big Brother” franchise.
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‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Review: Kirsten Dunst Lords Over an Excellent Sunshine State Satire

‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Review: Kirsten Dunst Lords Over an Excellent Sunshine State Satire
“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is such a clever, compelling, and thorough evisceration of American capitalism it’s shocking Elizabeth Warren isn’t listed as an executive producer. Created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, Showtime’s new hourlong black comedy does feature a few well-known progressive producers in EPs George Clooney and Grant Heslov, but the ’90s-set story of lower-middle class Floridians put to ruin by a pyramid scheme isn’t solely a political statement; it chronicles a tragedy in action, as the promise of the American dream is ripped away from those who believe in it — and need it — the most. Like any great satire, you won’t be able to tell if you’re laughing so hard it hurts, or if you’ve just been punched in the gut.

The awesome Kirsten Dunst (also an Ep) is the story here, bringing a captivating vitality and
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BBC Studios to Explore ‘The Edge of Science’ for YouTube Originals

The BBC’s production division, BBC Studios, has won its first YouTube Originals commission, “The Edge of Science.”

Starring presenter and science enthusiast Rick Edwards and YouTuber Colin Furze, “The Edge of Science” will carry out a range of stunts and experiments to explore if it’s possible to levitate.

The presenters will meet the scientists behind research into acoustic and quantum levitation and test their theories through various stunts.

It is produced through BBC Studios Science Unit, and will premiere on the BBC Earth YouTube Channel in December 2019

The commission is one of more than 30 that BBC Studios has
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Kirsten Dunst Talks ‘Little Women,’ ‘Interview With a Vampire’ Reboots

Kirsten Dunst Talks ‘Little Women,’ ‘Interview With a Vampire’ Reboots
Kirsten Dunst was just 11 years old when she skyrocketed into stardom as Claudia in “Interview with a Vampire,” but now Dunst says her age is the only thing keeping her from reprising the role in a hypothetical reboot.

“I mean I’m too old, right?,” she told Variety at the premiere of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.” “I was a child stuck, so I don’t know how that would work. It would be kind of sad, me in a curly wig. No one wants to see that.”

Dunst was far more excited about another one of her childhood roles getting a reboot,
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