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Gregg Sulkin and Emily Osment to Star in Netflix Comedy

Gregg Sulkin and Emily Osment to Star in Netflix Comedy
Netflix has ordered a comedy series that will star Gregg Sulkin and Emily Osment.

The untitled sitcom is from Kourtney Kang, Doug Mand and Jack Dolgen, with Pamela Fryman on board to direct. Netflix ordered 10 half-hour episodes. Mand and Dolgen will write the script.

The project centers on a snooty, self-proclaimed intellectual (Osment) who is forced to move in with her care-free sister and her sister’s lovably eccentric friends, including Grant (Sulkin).

Osment’s Chelsea is an Ivy league educated intellectual who is book-smart and quick witted but lacks the real world skills she needs to have a functional life. She finds herself living in L.A. without any options other than her bubbly sister, Claire, and Claire’s roommates.

Sulkin’s Grant is romantic, genuinely sweet, and an often shirtless personal trainer. He has a childlike curiosity about the world and is the kind of guy women love and men…
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Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin to Play Unlikely Roommates in Netflix Comedy

Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin to Play Unlikely Roommates in Netflix Comedy
Two former Disney Channel sitcom stars are joining forces on Netflix.

Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin — who began their careers on Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, respectively — will star in an untitled multi-camera comedy from Jack Dolgen (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Doug Mand (How I Met Your Mother) and Kourtney Kang (Doogie Kamealoha, MD), our sister site Deadline reports. Pamela Fryman (Call Your Mother) will direct.

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Set in Los Angeles,
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Emily Osment & Gregg Sulkin To Star In Netflix Comedy Series From Jack Dolgen, Doug Mand & Kourtney Kang

Emily Osment & Gregg Sulkin To Star In Netflix Comedy Series From Jack Dolgen, Doug Mand & Kourtney Kang
Exclusive: Netflix has given a 10-episode order to a multi-camera comedy series from Jack Dolgen, Doug Mand and Doogie Kamealoha, MD creator Kourtney Kang.

Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin are set to star in the show, with veteran comedy helmer Pamela Fryman (Call Your Mother) on board to direct.

Created and written by Dolgen and Mand, the Untitled Dolgen/Mand/Kang Project centers on a snooty, self-proclaimed intellectual (Osment) forced to move in with her carefree sister and her sister’s lovably eccentric friends, one of them played by Sulkin.

Osment’s Chelsea is an Ivy league educated intellectual who is book-smart and quick witted but lacks the real world skills she needs to have a functional life. She finds herself living in LA without any
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Inch by inch, female TV writers and directors come closer to Emmy parity with males

Inch by inch, female TV writers and directors come closer to Emmy parity with males
Inclusion and parity are all the rage right now — a process that has been long in coming and is far from over — but creating an equal environment among colleagues in the entertainment industry isn’t as easy as it might seem. That includes the Emmy candidates for directing and writing. Actors are traditionally divided by gender, but not so with the other categories.

As Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the television academy, remarked before host Leslie Jones kicked off the virtual socially-distanced reading of the nominees, “This year we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history, and it is our duty to use this medium for change. That is the power and responsibility of television — not only delivering a multitude of services or a little escapism, but also amplifying the voices that must be heard and telling the stories that must be told.
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Female Directors Land Record 33% of Emmy Nominations This Year

Female Directors Land Record 33% of Emmy Nominations This Year
Women landed one third of all the Primetime Emmy nominations in the seven directing categories, a record high for the Television Academy.

In total, 16 women were recognized this year out of 48 total directing nominations — a big jump from last year, when nine out of 49 directing nominees (just over 18%) were women. And this year, a woman was nominated in every single directing category, after two straight years of no female directors getting a nod for a reality series and one year without a woman picking up a nom for a variety series.

Before this year, female directors had the highest representation in 2013, when eight of the 33 nominees — or 24% — were women. That was when there were still just six directing categories, as reality series had not been added to the list at that time.

In the writing categories, women landed 33 nominations out of a total of 120 nominees, or 27.5%. That’s a slight
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Hannah Simone, Elizabeth Hurley to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot

Hannah Simone, Elizabeth Hurley to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot
Hannah Simone and Elizabeth Hurley have been cast in the lead roles of the untitled CBS comedy pilot from Corinne Kingsbury, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein, Variety has learned. Both women will also serve as producers on the show in addition to starring.

In the show, when Penelope’s (Simone) career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband Josh’s (not yet cast), they call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia (Hurley), to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid.

Penelope is further described as a smart, hard-working producer at a sports TV network, wife to airline pilot Josh, and mother of their challenging toddler, Levi. Georgia is said to be in her late 40s but looks and acts much younger. Fun-loving and a bit immature, she doesn’t have the best judgment, especially when it comes to men.
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One Day at a Time Taps Ray Romano for Season 4 Stint

Ray Romano will bring the funny on One Day at a Time Season 4.

Pop TV has announced the beloved comedy actor will appear in a guest stint, reuniting him with Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer Mike Royce.

"The first live taping of the new season is tomorrow And our friend Ray Romano is joining us as a special guest star for the premiere! Welcome to the fam," the cabler captioned the following image on Instagram.

The image is a photo of Romano, who is alongside cast members Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz, as well as original series creator Norman Lear, director Pamela Fryman and EPs Gloria Calderón Kellett, Brent Miller, and Royce.

Romano is attached to play Brian, “a 2020 U.S. Census taker who comes to the Alvarez household to interview the family,”

And to think, a fourth season of One Day at Time.
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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Director Pamela Fryman & Actress Ashley Williams Team With ‘Margin Call’ Producer Neal Dodson On ‘Killing It: An Education’

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Director Pamela Fryman & Actress Ashley Williams Team With ‘Margin Call’ Producer Neal Dodson On ‘Killing It: An Education’
Exclusive: How I Met Your Mother director Pamela Fryman and actress Ashley Williams, Margin Call producer Neal Dodson and producer Alan Grossbard are teaming up on an adaptation of the Penguin Random House-published memoir Killing It: An Education.

Fryman, who directed all but 12 of the 208 episodes of Fox’s hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, will direct the feature adaptation of Camas Davis’s memoir, which is due to star Williams.

The memoir follows Davis’s journey from unemployed journalist to France where she entrenches herself in the world of an artisan butcher community and then back to Portland, Oregon which was in the throes of a food revolution.

The team has also acquired screen life rights to Davis who will serve as a producer and consultant on the project.

The book inspired actress Williams to write, direct and star in Sundance short Meats which centers on a vegan
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TV Review: ‘Carol’s Second Act’

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TV Review: ‘Carol’s Second Act’
“Carol’s Second Act” is aiming to be Patricia Heaton’s third, a defining hit series for a performer who’s previously had defining roles in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.” But compared to those shows, built around families whose dynamic informed the shows’ stories, this sitcom has an awful lot of situation. We meet Carol, a medical resident, at the same time her cohort does; they assume, because of her age, that she’s their supervisor, and are instead frustrated and baffled by Carol’s eager, uncynical attitude.

A retired science teacher rebooting her life after a divorce, Carol is sunny and eager to what her younger peers would consider a fault. The actual chief resident (Ito Aghayere) seems burdened by an underling with so much more verve than decorum, while a distinguished doctor around Carol’s own age finds her pleasantly refreshing. Refreshing, too, is the fact
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NBC Unveils Classes For Female Forward And The Emerging Director Program

NBC’s push for diversity and inclusion continues as it unveils the 2019-2020 classes for Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program, two pioneering scripted initiatives to increase the representation of female and ethnically diverse directors by creating a pipeline into scripted television. The initiatives stand out as the only programs in the industry that give participating directors an in-season guarantee to direct at least one episode.

Female Forward, which aims to achieve gender parity in the director’s chair, ushers in its second year with seven directors helming episodes of NBC shows. The new class of Female Forward directors and the NBC series they will direct include Kris Lefcoe (Superstore), Brenna Malloy (Chicago Fire), Sj Main Muñoz (Chicago Med), Kim Nguyen (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Sara Zandieh (Good Girls).

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Emerging Director Program, which is the network’s first pipeline program for ethnically
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Abby's Cancelled at NBC After 1 Season

It’s last call at Abby’s: NBC has cancelled the outdoor bar comedy after just one season.

The first-ever sitcom shot before a live, outdoor audience, Abby’s boasted a solid behind-the-scenes pedigree. Good Place creator Mike Schur served as an executive producer, while the pilot was directed by How I Met Your Mother vet Pamela Fryman.

On camera, Natalie Morales (The Grinder) played the title character, a former Marine sergeant who ran an illegal bar out of her San Diego, Calif. home. Rounding out the ensemble were Neil Flynn (Scrubs, The Middle), Nelson Franklin (New Girl), Jessica Chaffin
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‘Abby’s’, ‘The Village’ & ‘The Enemy Within’ Canceled By NBC After One Season

NBC has made a decision on its new midseason series, comedy Abby’s and dramas The Village and The Enemy Within. All three have been canceled, joining sophomore midseason comedy, A.P. Bio, which was axed last Friday.

NBC left the future of Abby’s, A.P. Bio, The Enemy Within and The Village undecided heading into its upfront presentation earlier this month.

“The next season’s schedule is fluid, we want to give those shows a chance to fulfill their run and we’ll take another look at them then,” NBC Co-Chairmen George Cheeks said on NBC’s May 12 upfronts call. “Remember we program 52 weeks a year so there are a lot of slots.”

The decision is not surprising as neither series has been a critical or commercial breakout. All are from Universal TV; The Village and The Enemy Within just wrapped their runs; Abby’s has a couple of more episodes.
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‘All Rise,’ ‘Evil’ and ‘The Unicorn': Watch Trailers for CBS’ New Fall Shows (Videos)

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Following the release of its full Fall 2019 schedule on Wednesday, CBS has released the trailers for its five new upcoming fall TV shows.

Here are the full trailers for “All Rise,” “Evil,” “The Unicorn,” “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” and “Carol’s Second Act,” as well as official descriptions and cast and producer information. Below those are the previews and loglines for the network’s new midseason series, “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Tommy,” and “Broke.”

Readers can check out CBS’ full 2019-20 schedule here and dive into TheWrap’s takeaways from the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers here.

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All Rise

A courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los
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CBS Comedy Pickups Include Pauley Perrette, Patricia Heaton, and Walton Goggins!

It's been a busy day at CBS.

First, it announced the remaining renewals of its current slate. Shorly there after we covered the three dramas coming to the network.

Now we're here to tell you about the comedies coming to CBS. They feature star-studded casts and some heavyweights behind the camera. Take a look!

Bob Hearts Abishola is a multi-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Al Higgins. Gina Yashere also writes, and the studio is Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

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After having a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.

The cast includes Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley,
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CBS Orders Three Dramas Including ‘FBI’ Spinoff, Four Comedies Including Patricia Heaton, Chuck Lorre Multi-Cams

CBS has picked up three dramas and four comedies for the 2019-2020 season.

The dramas are “Evil” from Robert and Michelle King, the spinoff “FBI: Most Wanted,” and the legal drama “All Rise,” formerly known as “Courthouse.” The comedies are the multi-cams “Broke,” “Carol’s Second Act,” and “Bob Hearts Abishola” and the single-cam “The Unicorn.”

Interestingly, two former stars of the now canceled Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage” will appear in CBS’ new shows, albeit on different series. Mike Colter will star in “Evil” while Simone Missick will star in “All Rise.” Another Marvel-Netflix alum, Wilson Bethel, will star in “All Rise” with Missick. Bethel played the villain Bullseye in “Daredevil” Season 3.

Evil” focuses on a skeptical female forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate and assess the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena. It will star Katja Herbers,
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CBS Orders Comedy Series ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’, ‘Broke’, ‘Carol’s Second Act’ & ‘The Unicorn’

CBS has made its new comedy series picks, giving orders to the four most buzzed about pilots: Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins’ Carol’s Second Act, starring Patricia Heaton; Chuck Lorre’s Bob Hearts Abishola, headlined by Billy Gardell; Alex Herschlag and Jennie Snyder Urman’s Broke, starring Jaime Camil and Pauley Perrette; and Bill Martin and Mike Schiff’s The Unicorn, headlined by Walton Goggins.

This marks the return to CBS of two stars of successful comedy series on the network, Heaton, who was on Everybody Loves Raymond, and Gardell, one of the stars of Lorre’s Mike & Molly, as well as of NCIS fan favorite Perrette.

Both Carol’s Second Act and The Unicorn come from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, which also has freshman CBS comedy series The Neighborhood, already renewed for next season, and bubble CBS comedy series Life In Pieces and Fam. It gives Kapital
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Pauley Perrette Sitcom Broke and Patricia Heaton's Second Act Among 4 Comedies Ordered to Series at CBS

A quartet of comedy pilots just landed a spot on CBS’ schedule for the 2019-20 season. The Eye Network has ordered to series Bob Abishola, Broke, Carol’s Second Act and The Unicorn, TVLine has learned.

Here’s the breakdown of each new project:

Hailing from Ep Chuck Lorre, Bob Abishola (or Bob Hearts Abishola, for the emoji-averse) stars Mike & Molly‘s Billy Gardell as a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit who suffers a heart attack. When he unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant (played by Folake Olowofoyeku), he sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
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Kyle MacLachlan Joins Patricia Heaton in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Carol’s Second Act’

Kyle MacLachlan Joins Patricia Heaton in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Carol’s Second Act’
Kyle MacLachlan has been cast in the CBS multi-cam pilot “Carol’s Second Act,” Variety has learned.

In the project, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers (Patricia Heaton) embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

MacLachlan will play Dr. Frost. Described as handsome, affable, and accomplished, Dr. Frost is the senior attending physician on the ward (as well as the department chair), and he thinks he’s funnier than he is. Considerably more empathetic than Dr. Maya (Ito Aghayere), Dr. Frost takes an immediate shine to Carol.

In addition to Heaton and Aghayere, MacLachlan also joins previously announced cast member Bonnie Dennison.

MacLachlan is perhaps best known for his collaborations with David Lynch, including his role in the cult classic TV series “Twin Peaks” and the recent revival at Showtime. He is also known for starring in Lynch’s films “Dune” and “Blue Velvet.
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Dennis Quaid to Star on Netflix Christmas Comedy Series ‘Merry Happy Whatever’

Dennis Quaid to Star on Netflix Christmas Comedy Series ‘Merry Happy Whatever’
Dennis Quaid is set to star on “Merry Happy Whatever,” a Netflix comedy series from “Everybody Loves Raymond” writer Tucker Cawley.

Quaid will play Don Quinn, a strong-willed patriarch who must balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home for the holidays with a new boyfriend.

While the first season of the show takes place over the week or so around Christmas, future seasons of “Merry Happy Whatever” might explore other holidays.

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Cawley will write, executive produce and act as showrunner on the 8-episode series. Quaid also executive producing, along with Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling and Dana Honor. Pamela Fryman will direct.

No premiere date has been set for the series, with additional casting news still to come.

Quaid will next be seen starring in Sony’s “The Intruder,
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‘Abby’s’ Creators Take Inevitable ‘Cheers’ Questions: “Our Show Is Much Better”– TCA

“Is this project an attempt by NBC to fill a decades-long hole in pop culture left by Cheers departure?” was not the first question the cast and creators of Abby’s got asked during their TCA Q&A.

It was the second.

“It’s a nice comparison, but I think our show is much better,” Ep Josh Malmuth joked to TV critics. “Mike [Schur] and I think it will have much greater cultural impact.”

Multi-cam midseason comedy Abby’s is shot in front of a live audience – outdoors, which is a comedy series first. It’s about a makeshift bar in Abby’s backyard, where locals find camaraderie and sanctuary.

“When Josh and I were beginning to plan the show we were acutely aware, no matter what we did, it would be seen through the filter of Cheers,” Schur chimed in, guessing that had they cast the show entirely with 90-year-old female actors,
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