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Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:35PM EST
Big Little Lies is bringing back Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz for Season 2
Woodley and Dern will be back after they were both nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe award, with Dern winning both awards.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 1:29PM EST
Mamie Gummer to recur on True Detective, joining mom Meryl Streep on HBO
Gummer will play Lucy Purcell, a young mother at the center of a tragic crime, on Season 3 of the HBO anthology series. Her casting comes two weeks after her legendary mom joined HBO's Big Little Lies.
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Reese Witherspoon has become a big-time TV producer thanks to the massive Emmy success of Big Little Lies
Since Big Little Lies won eight Emmy Awards last September, Witherspoon has made deals to produce three TV series for Apple — including one she’s starring in with Jennifer Aniston — and her Hello Sunshine production company has potential series in the running at ABC and NBC. “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Witherspoon says of the massive Emmy victory in an interview with the New York Times. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.” The Times’ John Koblin says Witherspoon’s TV producing work “puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.” “Reese has been very smart about what she wants to do," says Rhimes. "She has leveraged her power in a very smart way to get big projects done. She knows what she’s doing.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Nicole Kidman helped recruit Meryl Streep to Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty says Streep was her dream casting for the new role of Perry’s mom . “And the producers were laughing at me because they were saying, ‘You’ve become so Hollywood,’ as in, picking up the phone and saying, ‘Get me Meryl,’” says Moriarty, in an interview with The Telegraph. “They were teasing me … but then they were saying, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities because Nicole and Meryl are friends.” Moriarity says Kidman pulled through: “Nicole sent me an email saying, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Here are the best reactions to Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies
“Just engrave Meryl Streep's name on all the TV awards and send them to her now to save time,” tweeted comedian and Full Frontal writer Travon Free in reaction to Streep's casting on the HBO series.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Big Little Lies lands Meryl Streep for Season 2
The acclaimed actress will become a series regular on the HBO drama for Season 2, playing Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character. HBO says her character will arrive in Monterey “searching for answers” while “concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren.” Streep’s last major TV stint was on HBO, where she was one of the big names on the 2003 miniseries Angels in America. Streep’s casting reunites her with The Hours co-star Nicole Kidman. ALSO: David E. Kelley said in October his dream casting goal was "adding Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to Big Little Lies."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Laura Dern admits this dog does look like her
“Should she have played Renata in Big Little Lies?!” she tweeted of Kimchee the Maltipoo.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Big Little Lies received the biggest bump from the Golden Globes
A study of “increase in average demand” also found that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Master of None also got a post-Globes boost. PLUS: Reese Witherspoon says actors are personally calling her to get on Big Little Lies.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Thanks to Apple, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will each make about $1 million per episode for Big Little Lies Season 2
Witherspoon and Kidman made between $250,000 and $350,000 an episode for Season 1, but they weren’t signed on for Season 2 since Big Little Lies was originally a limited series. But since Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are making “upward of $1.25 million per episode” for their new Apple television show, Kidman and Witherspoon’s have scored a big pay raise — “$1 million-an-episode ballpark” — to sign on for Season 2 of their HBO series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Those numbers skyrocketed for season two not only because of the show's success, but also because of the precedent of the massive payday Witherspoon scored from Apple,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
HBO boss: Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019 because “these things take time,” and showrunners are “perfectionists”
“Here’s what I’ll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality,” HBO programming chief Casey Bloys tells EW. “As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger — big battle scenes, big special effects. These things take time. Here’s the one thing I can assure you: Dan and Dave were not sitting around on a beach waiting to go back to work. They’re perfectionists and this is the soonest it can come back at a level of quality that they are comfortable with.”
- Game of Thrones prequels won’t premiere until at least 2020
- Bloys says David Benioff and D.B. Weiss won’t proceed with Confederate for a year to a year and a half
- HBO hopes to start filming the long-awaited Deadwood movie in fall 2018
- Big Little Lies and True Detective are expected to return in 2019
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey “managed to do that difficult thing that she makes look so easy”
Much of this year’s Globes broadcast seemed like a typical awards telecast, even though the ceremony was “amped up by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the personal testimonies that powered them,” says Maureen Ryan. But it was Oprah who, Ryan says, “focused the themes and surging energies of a specific moment and distilled its messages and its painful essence — all while making viewers feel as though she was speaking directly to each one of them as individuals.” Ryan adds: “Many winners gave fine speeches, and quite of few of them eloquently expounded on themes of intersectionality, gender, race, class, and the marginalization and abuse of the powerless. But none of those other presenters or winners were Oprah. As the highlight reel of her accomplishments made clear, she’s important in many different spheres. But all of her empires were built on this unshakable foundation: She’s a master broadcaster. She connects.”
- The Globes were “(halfway) woke”: “It wasn’t quite a celebration; it wasn’t entirely a protest”
- “There was a lot of goodwill at the awards, but it was often presented in the least sexy way possible”
- #MeToo made this year's ceremony electric, but only some stars tapped into its energy
- The Globes were bound to be disappointing, as an old-fashioned awards show doesn’t fit with the current moment
- What a difference a year makes: There was barely a mention of President Trump during the entire ceremony
- Amy Poehler saved Seth Meyers’ monologue
- Seth Meyers acquitted himself nicely, especially with his plea to have women lead the way
- Meyers nailed the toughest award show opening monologue in years
- Meyers did a terrific job, despite having the look of terror in his eyes
- Not one male Golden Globes winner mentioned #MeToo or Time’s Up in their speeches
- Aziz Ansari beating out favorite Eric McCormack was one of the biggest surprises of the night — so was Rachel Brosnahan’s win
- Here are all the mentions of sexual misconduct during the entire Globes broadcast
- A night of firsts: Sterling K. Brown and Aziz Ansari were the first black and Asian actor, respectively, to win an award in their category
- NBC mistakenly bleeped Frances McDormand when she didn’t curse
- Ewan McGregor thanks his estranged his wife and his current girlfriend, Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Big Little Lies proves to be even more resonant in these #MeToo times
- What exactly did the Globes bleep out from Aziz Ansari’s speech?
- HBO had the most wins with four, followed by Amazon and Hulu with two each
- James Franco’s past of trying to pick up a 17-year-old on Instagram was scrutinized after his Globes win
- What was up with all the audience groaning during Seth Meyers’ monologue?
- Viewers questioned Tonya Harding appearing at the Globes, especially in a positive light
TOPICS: NBC, Big Little Lies, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Ewan McGregor, Frances McDormand, Harvey Weinstein, James Franco, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Meyers, Sterling K. Brown, Tonya Harding, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up, Trump Presidency, Women and TV
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
The Golden Globes is losing its reputation of being “hip and with-it” when it comes to TV
As Vox points out, “in the past, the Globes often led the way when it came to the TV prizes, awarding new series that the Emmys often weren’t hip enough to touch. But due to the way TV’s awards calendar is increasingly turning the spring into the medium’s equivalent of Oscar season — the better to qualify at the last minute for the Emmys — the Globes (which take the full calendar year into account) increasingly have to follow the lead of the Television Academy, as they did in rewarding both Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Has TV seen the end of endings?
Roseanne, Will & Grace, 13 Reasons Why, American Vandal and Big Little Lies are among the shows that ended, then came back -- or are coming back. As Willa Paskin puts it, there is something “nebulous about the end of endings that gives me the heebie jeebies: This is a little inchoate, but what I hate about it, is that it makes us even more slavishly devoted to the imaginations of the people making those shows, as they themselves are ever more financially tied to their old work. “
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s top two new TV shows of 2017
Godless, Mindhunter, Sneaky Pete, Legion and Big Little Lies also made the Top 10 list from the NBA Hall of famer-turned-pop culture columnist.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
2017's “Weinstein Moment” was anticipated on television
“At the beginning of the year, no one could have anticipated what was coming. But television, in some ways, did,” says Sophie Gilbert, pointing to shows ranging from The Keepers to National Treasure. “2017 on the small screen was defined by a wealth of stories that thoughtfully and powerfully considered sexual assault,” she adds. “There were dramas that focused on the personal ramifications of abuse, like HBO’s Big Little Lies and SundanceTV’s Liar. But more common were shows that interpreted it as a wider, institutionalized phenomenon, and sought to engage with how deeply entrenched assault and harassment can be in systems of power. Top of the Lake: China Girl investigated workplace misogyny, male online culture, and the sex industry. The Handmaid’s Tale brought Margaret Atwood’s narrative of a theocratic reproductive dystopia to life onscreen for the first time since 1990. The Deuce explored the dynamic between 1970s sex workers and the men who control them with both physical and sexual cruelty.”