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Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
David Cross: Arrested Development cast members stand by Jeffrey Tambor
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him — from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey — and I am one of them," the actor tells AM New York when asked about Tambor's sexual harassment scandal on Amazon's Transparent. Cross adds: “I think it’s very curious that Amazon didn’t make public the results of their internal investigation. I’m not sure why they would do that. I just know the whole thing is rather curious to me.”
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Mozart in the Jungle is still underappreciated as it arrives for Season 4
Even when the Amazon series picked up two Golden Globes in 2016 for best comedy and best actor Gael García Bernal, it was considered a fluke. "Instead of those wins proving that Mozart was a series worth watching," says Yoshana Desta, "the series never really found a way to tap into the collective consciousness of mainstream viewers—even after the Globes. But here’s the thing about Mozart in the Jungle: its first season was lovely. Its second and third seasons were lovely. And its fourth season, which debuted Friday on Amazon, is lovelier and looser still, proving exactly why more people should have been paying attention to this delightful show all along." ALSO: Mozart in the Jungle is still one of TV's most bingeable shows.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
What does Jeffrey Tambor's ouster mean for the future of Transparent?
Will Tambor's absence cast a pall over the Amazon series, or could it bring fresh interest in a show that had lost its buzz even before Tambor was accused of sexual harassment?
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor calls Amazon's investigation "deeply flawed and biased," blasts Transparent creator Jill Soloway's "unfair characterization of me"
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement released a few hours after he was officially dropped from the series that earned him two Emmys. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates.” He added: “In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Amazon officially drops Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent
Amazon recently concluded its sexual misconduct investigation into Tambor, and the decision to cut ties was made in the last week, according to Deadline. Tambor had originally said he wasn't returning to the Amazon series after he was accused of sexual harassment on set, but the actor and his reps later tried to walk back his declaration. Deadline reports that no details of Amazon's investigation were revealed, but Tambor’s behavior “could not be justified or excused under scrutiny.” “I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said in a statement Thurdsay. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community,” Soloway added. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, lands a Netflix reality show
The Japanese organization expert, whose books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, will produce and star in an eight-episode reality show in which she helps people as they try to spark joy in their homes.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Bosch renewed for Season 5
Executive producer Eric Overmyer, who developed the cop drama and served as showrunner for the first three seasons, will be back for Season 5.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
New Amazon Studios boss has a reputation for developing TV shows that are popular and critically acclaimed
Jennifer Salke, who has served as NBC Entertainment president since 2011, is responsible for successful shows like The Good Place and This Is Us. But before that, she had a hand in shows like Glee, Modern Family and Bones. In other words, she makes shows that viewers and TV critics like to watch.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
Catastrophe star Rob Delaney’s son dies at age 2
“I have very sad news,” Delaney wrote on his Facebook page Friday. “My two and a half year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss. He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January. “
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
How QVC is surviving in an Amazon-dominated world
The home-shopping channel has pushed for more online sales, finding a niche among mostly middle-aged women.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
The Killing co-stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos are reuniting on Amazon’s Hanna
Four years after co-starring together on the AMC/Netflix moody crime drama The Killing, Kinnaman and Enos are teaming up again for a TV series based on the 2011 action-adventure film Hanna, which starred Saorise Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. Hanna follows a teen girl who’s been trained to be an assassin. Kinnaman plays her father, a battle-tested soldier, while Enos will play a CIA agent who’s attempting to track down Hanna. Actress Esme Creed-Miles will take on the role Ronan played in the movie. ALSO: What will happen to Kinnaman’s role on Altered Carbon?
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 1:29PM EST
Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to Amazon to star in Outrider Western event series
One day after it was revealed that Amazon is reviving the Conan the Barbarian franchise that helped make him a box office star, Deadline reports that Amazon is developing the Schwarzenegger-led Outrider, a mystery set in the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the late 1800s. He’ll play a ruthless federal marshal who emigrated from Austria as a child in a series that promises to “blur the line between good guys and bad.” Outrider marks Schwarzenegger’s return to television after succeeding Donald Trump as host of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice last year.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 7:04PM EST
Amazon is developing a Conan the Barbarian TV series
As part of its push to find the next Game of Thrones, Amazon is planning a drama based on the Robert E. Howard books that were famously made into two movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. There have been previous Conan TV series, including two animated series and the live-action syndicated Conan the Adventurer series in 1997. The potential Conan series is from former NBC boss Warren Littlefield, who has successfully served as executive producer of Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale. Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for the “Battle of the Bastards" episode, is also behind the project.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Barbra Streisand explains why she allowed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to use her songs
“I don’t license my songs very often, but I was impressed with how the show digs deep into the song catalogs of the era and doesn’t just go with the obvious hits,” says Streisand, who received a letter from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino “pleading” for the clearance of her songs. Streisand adds: "Usually, when someone requests a license they only use 30 seconds or a minute, so I was surprised when they used the whole song with that crazy ending.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 4:45PM EST
Amazon will spend at least $10 million on a Super Bowl ad promoting Jack Ryan’s Aug. 31 premiere
The one-minute ad starring John Krasinski will air after halftime. “There’s so much value in being able to reach an audience that is this global and this broad,” says Mike Benson, head of marketing for Amazon Studios. “Jack Ryan is a series that both men and women can and will watch, and the Super Bowl is a big, unique event in which the ads are as important, sometimes more important, than the game itself. This is an important series to us, and we wanted to be there.”