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Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
Black Mirror had to change its "San Junipero" plans because of Westworld
In an excerpt from the new Inside Black Mirror book, creator Charlie Brooker said "we had the idea of a theme park you went to that was essentially Heaven."
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Westworld's white chapel on Paramount Ranch survived the Southern California wildfires -- Western Town to be rebuilt
Source: Curbed Los Angeles
Miraculously, the white chapel featured on the HBO series survived the Woolsey Fire amid the devastation to Western Town. State and local officials also announced this morning that the Paramount Ranch outdoor set will be rebuilt within two years.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
See the fire-ravaged aftermath of Paramount Ranch's Western Town, where Westworld was partially filmed
The part of the ranch that was used for numerous movies and TV shows, including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was burned down last Friday in the Woolsey Fire.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 4:58PM EST
Westworld filming location Western Town burns down in Southern California wildfires
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Paramount Ranch's Western Town in Agoura Hills, California is one of Westworld's filming locations, but not the main location. Western Town has also been used in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Gunsmoke, The X-Files and The Dukes of Hazzard. It is operated by the National Park Service. "Paramount Ranch was one of the locations used during seasons one and two of Westworld, in addition to the primary location at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita," HBO said in a statement. "Westworld is not currently in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there."
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
Aaron Paul offers four words on his Westworld character
Paul has yet to read any scripts, but he says his character will bring “excitement, danger, suspense (and) honesty" to the HBO series.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Deadwood movie begins production on Westworld sets, HBO reveals which cast members are returning
Source: Entertainment Weekly
HBO has begun filming the Deadwood movie on the Wild West-themed studio sets used by HBO drama Westworld. HBO confirmed that the entire core group is returning, except for the late Powers Boothe. The film will also feature new cast member Jade Pettyjohn in a yet-to-be-revealed role.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Westworld's main stars score Season 3 raises
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton's salaries are being bumped to $250,000 an episode in advance of the third season, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Their previous salaries were in the $100,000 to $150,000-per-episode range. What is interesting is that James Marsden and Tessa Thompson are not among the actors getting raises, which could leave their Westworld future in doubt.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Westworld adds Aaron Paul for Season 3
The former Breaking Bad and The Path star will become a series regular on Season 3 of the HBO series, but producers are keeping mum on details of his character. Paul is currently a series regular on the upcoming Apple podcast-inspired drama Are You Sleeping.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Westworld creators promise a "radical shift" for Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Co-creator Lisa Joy calls is a "repiloting." Her Husband and fellow co-creator Jonathan Nolan says it's a "radical shift." "What's compelling and appealing about these characters is that they're not human," says Nolan. "As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn't expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we're telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she's laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They're existential. They span eons. And that's a fascinating level of story to engage in."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Why Peak TV shows tend to follow their great first seasons with a sophomore slump
Westworld, UnReal and The Handmaid's Tale are fairly recent examples of Peak TV shows that followed great first seasons with a disappointing Season 2. But it's not just a recent trend. The Sopranos, Lost, Homeland and even Game of Thrones had second seasons that a lot of people found subpar. "A hopefully obvious answer to the disappointing second season problem is a basic tenet of human nature: It’s hard to replicate the experience of first watching something and falling in love with it," says Todd VanDerWerff. "The sheer thrill that accompanied the slow word-of-mouth excitement that boosted Stranger Things in season one was never going to happen again when the show returned for season two. But another obvious answer to this problem is that once a first season tells a mostly complete story, it can be incredibly hard to open up that story again to tell more stories." VanDerWerff adds: "But here’s the Catch-22 about second seasons: A good way to ensure you have a great second season is to air a somewhat disappointing first season. Yet in the age of Peak TV, airing a disappointing first season is a good way to ensure you don’t get a second season at all."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
HBO boss on Westworld backlash: "It's not for casual viewers"
“I wouldn’t agree that the backlash was widespread," HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told critics. “The people who love it (the series) really love it, even the people who dislike it feel the need to discuss it and talk about it, and let you know they dislike it, and debate. And for a show to arouse that kind of feeling, that’s what we want.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood had no idea what just happened on Westworld: "It was insane to be an actor on season two"
"I had no idea what was happening in season two. At all," Wood said, echoing Ed Harris' comments. "And we shot out of order, so most of the time — I mean, it was insane to be an actor on season two. I don’t know how I feel about it. (Laughs.) But it was a ride. We stopped reading the call sheets. We would show up and Jeffrey (Wright) and I would ask what episode we were in. It was kind of that level of — we just lived in the moment in whatever scene that we were doing, and that’s how we made it."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
HBO's profits would go down, not up, if it vastly increased its amount of programming
John Stankey, the AT&T executive now charged with overseeing HBO and other Time Warner properties, sounds like he wants HBO to become more like Netflix by producing more programming that can be consumed throughout the day, rather than weekly, according to a report published Sunday. But while Netflix is way more valuable than HBO, HBO's "quality over quantity" model greatly outshines Netflix when it comes to profit. Basically, it sounds like Stankey "wants to both have his cake and eat it," says Felix Salmon. As Salmon explains, Stankey says "that he wants more profits from HBO—that while HBO is currently making money, it’s not making enough. The problem is that if he starts ploughing billions of extra dollars into the HBO budget—the kind of money that would enable the unit to put out more content and get more hours a day—then that will bring the unit’s profits down, not up. Spending more money on premium content will probably bring in some new subscribers, but not nearly enough to cover the cost of the new content. That’s why the old Time Warner never did it. Lowering the cost of a subscription would also bring in new subscribers, while reducing profits and angering many cable operators. HBO was the crown jewel of Time Warner precisely because it was so incredibly profitable, year in and year out. If Stankey wants higher revenue, he can get that through investment. He can get more engagement, too. But he’s probably deluding himself if he thinks that he can hit the trifecta and get higher profits to boot." Salmon adds: "It makes sense for Stankey to want to compete with Netflix, but HBO is simply not the best platform to use to do so. HBO cares about nothing more than its reputation for quality: It will make Veep, but it would never make Fuller House. That obsession has turned it into one of the most valuable brands in the media world. HBO is worth much more than the $4 billion that Disney paid for Lucasfilm, plus the $4 billion Disney paid for Marvel, plus the $7.4 billion Disney paid for Pixar: The New Yorker estimated it was worth more than $30 billion in 2015, and it has surely increased in value since then. "
- The New York Times story on John Stankey's comments didn't tell the full story of AT&T's plans
- Applying Netflix's "more is more" approach would only dilute HBO's exclusive and valuable brand
- It's perplexing: HBO makes billions in profits while Netflix operates at a loss, yet AT&T wants HBO to be more like Netflix in order to become more profitable
- AT&T's plan for HBO is eerily similar to Season 2 of Westworld
- Why AT&T's plan to scale HBO's quality just might work
- HBO's deliberate approach to developing shows has led to numerous Emmys, while Netflix has yet to win an Emmy for best drama, comedy or miniseries
- AT&T's plan sounds as bad as its one for your phone
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Westworld co-creator: We've always had an "ending in mind"
Lisa Joy tells Stuff magazine: “We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come…but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”