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John Mulaney Cast as Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s Dark Comedy ‘Dickinson’

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John Mulaney Cast as Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s Dark Comedy ‘Dickinson’
Comedian John Mulaney has signed on to play writer Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s “Dickinson,” a dark coming-of-age comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as famed poet Emily Dickinson in her early, rebellious years.

Creator, show runner and executive producer Alena Smith, alongside executive producer and star Steinfeld and star Jane Krakowski, made the announcement Saturday night at the Tribeca TV Festival, where “Dickinson” was the centerpiece. Zosia Mamet will also guest star as Louisa May Alcott.

There are no accounts of Dickinson and Thoreau, who was a “transcendentalist” best known for writing the classic “Walden” and the essay “Civil Disobedience,” having known each other, so it’s unclear how he will fit into the half-hour series.

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Friday, Apple TV+ announced Wiz Khalifa had also joined the cast, playing Death.
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Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix

Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix
Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper just wanna have fun. The comedian and the 1980s music icon have joined forces to star in a new comedy project that may be heading to Netflix.

Lynch let it slip backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys that she and Lauper will co-star in a comedy that she described as “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”

A quick Internet search revealed that writer and comedian Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld”) is behind the show as well. “It’s official, heading out next with a new half-hour comedy, starring Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper,” Leifer wrote on Facebook in July.
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Bradley Whitford Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actor Emmy

Bradley Whitford Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actor Emmy
Bradley Whitford won the 2019 guest drama actor Emmy for his role of Commander Joseph Lawrence on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Whitford joined the cast of the streaming dystopian series at the end of its second season, in episodes that were released after the close of the 2018 Emmy eligibility window. The Television Academy agreed they could be submitted this year, and that decision now sees him picking up his third total trophy from the group. He previously won the supporting drama actor statue in 2001 for his work on “The West Wing” and the guest comedy actor one in 2015 for his turn on “Transparent.
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German Streamer Joyn Moves Into Original Content With Political Thriller ‘Dignity’

Joyn, the new German streaming service backed by local media giant ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, has ordered its first original series, “Dignity,” a political thriller about the hunt for an ex-Nazi who has set up a cult in Chile.

Joyn is a free platform offering live streaming of 55 channels, including German pubcasters Ard and Zdf, as well as a 30-day catchup library. The service, which launched in June, said it already has 3.8 million active monthly users, who do not have to register or subscribe.

Joyn has bought international dramas to bolster its offering, including Alex Pina’s acclaimed Spanish drama “The Pier.
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Youngest Media, Headed By Former Endemol Shine Execs, Launches German Subsidiary

Youngest Media, the content studio led by former Endemol Shine U.K. executives Lucas Church and David Flynn, has launched a subsidiary in Germany. The German arm, headed by Mark Stehli, has received its first order: a German version of reality series “Battle of the Bands” for channel Rtl II.

Stehli, who has the title managing director at the German company, was previously director of production and corporate development at All3 Media in Germany.

Church and Flynn said: “Establishing an embedded presence in one of Europe’s most important territories represents a significant step for Youngest Media. We’ve been
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Alec Baldwin Roast: The 27 Darkest Jokes (Mostly About Caitlyn Jenner)

Alec Baldwin Roast: The 27 Darkest Jokes (Mostly About Caitlyn Jenner)
The best way to sum up Sunday’s Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin is with these words from his Baldwin’s daughter Ireland: “I actually have a lot in common with the people on this roast because, like them, I don’t really know you that well.”

Seriously, we’re used to seeing a few puzzling faces on these specials — is anyone actually friends with Jeff Ross, for example? — but Baldwin’s dais was truly a mixed bag of nuts, including everyone from A-listers like Robert De Niro to E!-listers like Caitlyn Jenner. And they all gave it to him good.
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‘Transparent’ Team Talks ‘Transformative Energy’ of Trans Community

As Amazon Prime Video prepares to send off “Transparent” with a musical finale movie on Sept. 27, the cast and creative team behind the show are hoping the impact of a character such as Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) will not be overshadowed by the controversy that the actor who portrayed Maura caused.

“I believe that Maura stood for that [Lgbtq fight for equality] whole heartedly. And that would not have happened unless she had been blessed by a truly gifted actor. And that among all things that have happened and behavior that has happened, that is worth remembering,” Alexandra Billings said
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Cherry Jones Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actress Emmy

Cherry Jones Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actress Emmy
Cherry Jones won the 2019 guest drama actress Emmy for her work as the titular character’s mother, Holly Osborne, in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

This was Jones’ second consecutive nomination for the role but first win. Interestingly, both noms were for her work in the second season of the dystopian streaming series. After a few episodes were released outside of the 2018 Emmy eligibility window, the Television Academy agreed that they could count towards this year’s awards. That decision allowed Jones to be submitted again, and it resulted in her second-ever Emmy win, Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story:
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Luke Kirby Wins 2019 Guest Comedy Actor Emmy

Luke Kirby Wins 2019 Guest Comedy Actor Emmy
Luke Kirby has been crowned the winner of the 2019 guest comedy actor Emmy for his role as the real-life comic Lenny Bruce on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

This was Kirby’s first-ever Emmy attention. He was nominated against a slew of “Saturday Night Live” players, as well as “Veep’s” Peter MacNicol and his “Maisel” costar Rufus Sewell.

“I will brandish this proudly from sea to shinning sea to the shiniest of seas,” Kirby said, clearly overcome in the moment. He included Lenny Bruce and Bruce’s daughter, Kitty in his list of thank-yous.

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Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Will [Spoiler] Get a Kiss Before Dying?

Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Will [Spoiler] Get a Kiss Before Dying?
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead.

If timing is everything, Fear the Walking Dead’s poor Morgan had nothing in Sunday’s episode: No sooner did it appear that he was ready to admit that he liked Grace than her condition took a turn for not just the worse but the much-worse. Read on, and I’ll tell you all about it while taking into consideration recent reader feedback by attempting to sound less “unjustifiably self-impressed” and full of “smug cynicism.”

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Fear the Walking Dead Recap: What Happened to the Old Salazar?

No still-living character has been worse served by Fear the Walking Dead's makeover than Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades). Since Salazar returned in Season 5 after sitting out Season 4, he is unrecognizable as the character he was in the first three seasons -- just like the show is unrecognizable. The

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The Affair Recap: Cole's Fate Confirmed

The Affair Recap: Cole's Fate Confirmed
This week on The Affair, another brief glimpse into the future reveals the fate of Joshua Jackson’s Cole Lockhart.

In the closing moments of Episode 4, Joanie takes Alison’s bike out for a ride to the Lockhart family burial site. Among those six feet under is her father, Cole, whose whereabouts (or lack thereof) had not been fully addressed before Sunday’s installment. In the scene, Joanie crouches down in the graveyard and says, “Hi, Dad.” We then cut to a closeup of Cole’s tombstone, which implies that her father lived to be 74 years old. His cause of death is not disclosed.
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The Masked Singer Offers First Clues to Season 2 Identities: Got a Guess?

The Masked Singer‘s second season hasn’t even officially gotten underway yet, but that won’t stop us from gathering intel and forming wildly early, only vaguely informed guesses about the soloists in the suits!

To that end, we watched Sunday’s pre-season special in order to glean as much intel as possible about the current crop of 16 costumed crooners. The 15 Season 2 contestants highlighted during the special included Egg, Eagle, Ice Cream, Leopard, Tree, Flamingo, Skeleton, Fox, Thingamajig, Penguin and Butterfly — the final one will be revealed as part of Fox’s Emmy coverage on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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TV Review: ‘Transparent’ Series Finale

Amazon’s “Transparent” will have a chapter, or a section of one, in some to-be-written history of television, in part thanks to how brazen and how daring its ideas were for its moment. Some of those were ideas that came to seem simply logical in retrospect: The show was a pathbreaker for trans representation onscreen, casting trans performers to play characters whose journeys they shared. This came years before FX’s more polished “Pose,” and represents a meaningful step forward; it’s “Transparent’s” legacy, and a good one.

Others of the show’s choices — its assertiveness in moving its characters in radical new decisions,
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Power Recap: Ghost, Haunted

Power Recap: Ghost, Haunted
You didn’t think Power was going to go an entire season without giving Lela Loren more to do than lie on a morgue slab, did you?

In this week’s episode, Loren’s Angela reappears for the first time since her surprising death in the season premiere. No, she’s not suddenly ejected from Witness Protection or anything like that. (I know some of you were still hoping, and I can’t blame you for it.) Instead, the dearly departed Ausa Valdes shows up as a manifestation of Ghost’s really, really guilty conscience and gets him to begrudgingly
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Jane Lynch Wins 2019 Guest Comedy Actress Emmy

Jane Lynch Wins 2019 Guest Comedy Actress Emmy
Jane Lynch has been crowned the winner of the 2019 guest comedy actress Emmy for her role of comic Sophie Lennon on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

This was Lynch’s second consecutive nomination for the role but first win. However, it is her fifth Emmy overall, after winning a short form statue in 2017, as well as reality host trophies for “Hollywood Game Night” in 2014 and 2015, and a supporting comedy actress statue for “Glee” in 2010.

This year, Lynch was nominated alongside a duo of “Saturday Night Live” hosts in Sandra Oh and Emma Thompson, a duo of “Fleabag
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‘State of the Union’ Wasn’t Even Nominated at First, But Wins Short-Form Series Emmy

‘State of the Union’ Wasn’t Even Nominated at First, But Wins Short-Form Series Emmy
“State of the Union” was initially snubbed for an Emmy nomination as outstanding short-form comedy or drama series — but it wound up winning the award itself on Sunday night.

The SundanceTV short, which starred Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd as a couple meeting in a pub before couples counseling — and discussing their troubled marriage — ran for ten, 10-minute episodes in May. The short aired both on SundanceTV as a week-long 10 p.m. strip, and also on SundanceTV.com and the SundanceTV app.

Not only did “State of the Union” win in the key short-form series category, but Pike won
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Creative Arts Emmys Night 2: GoT Dominates, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Chernobyl Also Win Big

Creative Arts Emmys Night 2: GoT Dominates, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Chernobyl Also Win Big
Game of Thrones dominated the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, picking up 10 technical awards for its eighth and final season on HBO.

Other big winners included HBO’s acclaimed limited series Chernobyl (seven total wins) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (seven wins, including Outstanding Guest Actress and Actor for Jane Lynch and Luke Kirby, respectively).

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Creative Arts Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big (Full List)

“Games of Thrones” raked in 10 trophies on Sunday to dominate the second night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

“Thrones” cleaned up in craft and technical categories, from visual effects to single-camera, non-prosthetic makeup to main title design to drama series casting. The show is the most nominated program in the 2019 Emmy race, with a total of 32 noms and up for 18 kudos on Sunday. As expected, “Thrones” is heading into the Sept. 22 Primetime Emmy Awards with strong momentum to triumph once again at the ceremony, which will be telecast live on Fox.
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‘Country Music’: From Johnny Cash to Racism, Ken Burns’ New Docuseries Rubs Between Fact and Lore

‘Country Music’: From Johnny Cash to Racism, Ken Burns’ New Docuseries Rubs Between Fact and Lore
Musician Rosanne Cash is used to speaking about her father Johnny Cash. After all, she’s been living in his shadow her entire life and even wrote a memoir in 2010 that in part examines her rocky relationship with him. But for Ken Burns’ new miniseries “Country Music” – which details the creation of modern country music – she was unprepared for the emotional journey that revisiting the past would bring.

“Well, some places they went were painful like, ‘What did you sing at your dad’s deathbed?'” Rosanne Cash told IndieWire. “I think that was the first time I told that.”

Country Music,” delves into these details – not to mine personal tragedy – but to highlight the often complex and tumultuous lives that these legends in the industry led. So much heartache, loneliness, and yes, drama, made headlines and yet simultaneously fueled art.

Straight From the Musician’s Mouth

There’s an additional storytelling benefit,
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