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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Says ‘David Makes Man’ Is a John Hughes Movie For People Like Him

‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Says ‘David Makes Man’ Is a John Hughes Movie For People Like Him
“It’s rare that the interiority of black men is depicted on screen,” said Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. That theme permeated the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and it’s at the center of McCraney’s new Own series, “David Makes Man.” The hour-long drama centers on a 14-year-old prodigy (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend as his hard-working mother looks to him to find a way out of poverty. In choosing between the streets that raised him, or the higher education that may offer a way out, the interior struggle gives the series its soul.

It’s a series in which David’s interior life is generously examined, and sumptuously illustrated, bringing to life the dreams and disappointments of young black men from poor and working-class backgrounds who live in a constant state of uncertainty and anxiety. “A black man enters any
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 10)

1979: The Edge of Night's Steve saved Paige's life.

1981: General Hospital's Mikkos hosted a dinner party.

1984: Santa Barbara's Joe broke into the Capwell estate.

2004: Martha Madison debuted as Belle on Days of our Lives."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1945: On radio soap opera Portia Faces Life, Kathie was shocked to see Portia's late husband, Walter (Bartlett Robinson), alive and well!

1967: On Dark Shadows, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) returned to the Blue Whale Café -- and ran into her former tormentor, Barnabas Collins
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'David Makes Man' to Premiere August 14 on Own

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that its anticipated new drama series David Makes Man from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television will premiere on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt following the network's critically acclaimed drama Queen Sugar (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Et/Pt). The series premiere will be presented by Lexus with limited commercial interruption.

David Makes Man centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney's own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive. The drama stars Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) as David,
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‘David Makes Man’ Trailer: Tarell Alvin McCraney Brings ‘Penetrative Poem’ to Own — Exclusive

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network has set a Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt premiere date for its anticipated new drama series “David Makes Man,” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

An Oscar to his credit, his script for Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh drama “High Flying Bird” drawing high praise, and his Broadway production “Choir Boy” having wrapped up a successful run in March, playwright and screenwriter McCraney continues to impress with his initial foray into television with the deeply personal “David Makes Man.”

Inspired by the writer’s impoverished youth in Florida, the milieu naturally calls to mind “Moonlight,” and even borrows some of the film’s stylistic touchstones, bathing images in evocative colors, accompanied by a melancholic score that sets the lyrical tone.

The hourlong drama centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of
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‘Grand Hotel’ Checks In With So-So Ratings, ‘The Bachelorette’ Steals Night For ABC

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Good news: ABC won Monday night ratings with The Bachelorette accepting the rose for the top numbers of the evening, holding steady with 5.5 million viewers and a 1.5 adults 18-49 Live+same day rating. As for the Eva Longoria-produced new series Grand Hotel, the news isn’t as good. It wasn’t as grand of a debut as they wanted to have. The drama premiered on ABC with 3.72 million viewers tuning in and a 0.7 demo rating — hopefully audiences won’t have an early check out on this one.

Still, helped by The Bachelorette’s lead-in, Grand Hotel’s opening was respectable by summer standards. It marks the highest-rated summertime drama debut in nearly 2 years among Adults 18-49, since NBC’s Midnight, Texas in 2017. Grand Hotel also premiered as ABC’s top summertime drama in 4 years among Adults 18-49 – since The Astronaut Wives Club in 2015.

Dateline NBC tied with the premiere
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Ratings: Grand Hotel Has Ok Opening, Sytycd Ties Series Low

ABC’s Grand Hotel opened on Monday to 3.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, up a tick from The Proposal‘s summer 2018 average in the post-Bachelorette time slot.

Grand Hotel marks ABC’s top-rated summertime drama launch in four years, since The Astronaut Wives Club. TVLine readers gave the premiere >an average grade of “B,” with 83 percent planning to “extend their stay.”

Opening the night, The Bachelorette was steady with 5.5 mil and a 1.5, easily winning Monday in both measures.

Elsewhere….

NBC | American Ninja Warrior did 4.8 mil/0.9, down a tick in the demo from its year-ago Monday opener (though up
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Wilson Bethel Cast In CBS Legal Drama Pilot ‘Courthouse’

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Wilson Bethel Cast In CBS Legal Drama Pilot ‘Courthouse’
Exclusive: Daredevil alum Wilson Bethel is set as a series regular in CBS’ legal drama pilot Courthouse, from writer Greg Spottiswood (Remedy) and Warner Bros. TV.

Written and executive produced by Canadian writer Spottiswood and directed by Mike Robin, Courthouse is a show that pulls back the curtain on the court system. It follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.

Bethel will play Mark, a roguish, highly successful Deputy District Attorney whose best friend and colleague Lola (Tbd) has been just been appointed a judge. Never great with boundaries, Mark struggles with the personal and professional changes in their relationship.

He joins previously cast series regular Jessica Camacho.

Len Goldstein and Robin also executive produce. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
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Odette Annable To Star In ‘Adam & Eve’ Fox Comedy Pilot; Claire Scanlon Directs

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Odette Annable To Star In ‘Adam & Eve’ Fox Comedy Pilot; Claire Scanlon Directs
Exclusive: Odette Annable (Supergirl) is set as the female lead, Eve, in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Adam & Eve, based on the French-Canadian format. In addition, prolific single-camera comedy helmer Claire Scanlon has been tapped to direct the pilot, from writer Jon Beckerman, original series producers Avanti Groupe and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written by Beckerman, Adam & Eve follows one couple, Adam and Eve (Annable) at three stages of their relationship — young and passionate, middle-aged with kids, and navigating retirement. It’s a comedy about the big questions: What makes a marriage last? Do people ever really change? And, after 40 years together, why can’t we pick a place for dinner without it turning into a whole, you know, “thing?

Beckerman executive produces with Avanti Group’s Claude Meunier and Luc Wiseman.

Annable played Reign/Sam on the third season on the CW’s Supergirl and most recently starred with her husband,
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‘Queen America’s Janice Williams Makes First Look With Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories

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Exclusive: Emmy-nominated producer Janice Williams has signed her Well Red banner to a first look deal with Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. This follows their successful collaboration on the Facebook Watch series Queen America. They worked together on the Andrew Jarecki-directed All Good Things and the Gus Van Sant-directed Oscar winner Milk.

Made Up Stories is coming off a strong Sundance, produced the Abe Forsythe-directed Lupita Nyong’o dark zombie comedy Little Monsters that was bought by Neon and Hulu and Jennifer Kent’s Nightingale which landed at IFC. On the TV side, the company is currently in pre-production on the David E. Kelley-scripted Susanne Bier-directed HBO limited series The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, and in post-production on the TNT series Tell Me Your Secrets, written by Harriet Warner and directed by Houda Benyamina.

Williams hatched her company in early 2018 after an
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JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Happy Accident’

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Happy Accident’
JoAnna Garcia Swisher has signed on for a leading role in the ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident,” Variety has learned.

She joins previously announced cast member Matt Walsh. The show follows two Pittsburgh families – father Bud (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. Garcia Swisher will play Eleanor Bennett, a professor at Pitt who is also Bud’s oldest daughter.

The casting continues Garcia Swisher’s long relationship with ABC. She has previously starred in ABC shows like “Once Upon a Time,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” and “The Astronaut Wives Club.” She is also known for roles in shows like “Reba,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” and “Animal Practice.” On the film side, she has held roles in projects like “Not Another Teen Movie,” “Fist Fight,” and “The Internship.”

She
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JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot Happy Accident

ABC vet JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Kevin… Saves the World, Once Upon a Time, The Astronaut Wives Club, etc.) is returning to the Alphabet fold with a starring role in the comedy pilot Happy Accident, TVLine has learned.

The single-cam project, from Modern Family EPs Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, centers on two Pittsburgh families who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. Swisher will play Eleanor, the eldest daughter of the family headed by patriarch Bud (Veep‘s Matt Walsh).

Swisher most recently starred in Fox’s ill-fated comedy pilot Dan the Weatherman.
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‘Happy Accident’: JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In ABC’s Family Comedy Pilot

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‘Happy Accident’: JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In ABC’s Family Comedy Pilot
Kevin (Probably) Saves The World and Once Upon A Time alumna JoAnna Garcia Swisher is returning to ABC as a lead opposite Matt Walsh in Happy Accident, ABC’s single-camera family comedy pilot from Modern Family writers Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, 20th Century Fox TV.

Written and executive produced by Higginbotham and Pollack, Happy Accident revolves around two Pittsburgh families — a father, Bud (Walsh), with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Swisher will play Eleanor Bennett, a professor at Pitt who is also Bud’s (Walsh) oldest daughter.

Swisher most recently starred as Amy Cabrera in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) which aired for one season on ABC. She previously recurred as Ariel on ABC’s Once Upon A Time and played a lead on the network’s limited series The Astronaut Wives Club.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 10)

1980: Edge of Night's Calvin and Star were married.

1983: General Hospital's Luke was found after an avalanche.

1984: One Life to Live's Asa was not happy with Clint.

2006: Days' Bo and Hope said goodbye to Zack."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1968: On Dark Shadows, angered and frightened by Angelique Bouchard (Lara Parker), Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) attempted to meet Josette duPres (Kathryn Leigh Scot). Angelique sent a bat to spy on him.

1972: On The Doctors, Dr. Hendryx insisted that he could not find
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Win Supergirl: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray™

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Witness the awe inspiring Supergirl: The Complete Third Season as it soars into homes. To celebrate, we are giving 2 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray

In Season Three, Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl. She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. Being human and vulnerable is hard. Maybe she’s better off embracing her alien DNA and only being the “Girl of Steel.” As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign. Everything Kara’s ever known and everyone she’s ever loved will be tested in all 23 supercharged Supergirl adventures.

Supergirl: The Complete Third Season stars Melissa Benoist
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Supergirl Season Three Flies Into Home Release

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As the fourth Supergirl season premiere approaches on The CW, you can now rewatch the most courageous Super Heroine on TV, who flies into danger to save her city as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Supergirl: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 18, 2018.

In Season Three, Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl. She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. Being human and vulnerable is hard. Maybe she’s better off embracing her alien DNA and only being the “Girl of Steel.” As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign. Everything Kara’s ever known and everyone she’s ever loved
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 10)

1979: The Edge of Night's Steve saved Paige's life.

1981: General Hospital's Mikkos hosted a dinner party.

1984: Santa Barbara's Joe broke into the Capwell estate.

2004: Martha Madison debuted as Belle on Days of our Lives."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1945: On radio soap opera Portia Faces Life, Kathie was shocked to see Portia's late husband, Walter (Bartlett Robinson), alive and well!

1967: On Dark Shadows, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) returned to the Blue Whale Café -- and ran into her former tormentor, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid).

1972: On Another World, Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) brought her twins,
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TVLine Items: The Annables' Christmas Movie, a S.W.A.T. Promotion and More

TVLine Items: The Annables' Christmas Movie, a S.W.A.T. Promotion and More
File this under “Adorable”: Real-life husband and wife Dave and Odette Annable will star together in the Freeform holiday movie No Sleep ‘Til Christmas, our sister site Deadline reports.

In the flick — airing as part of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” promotion — Odette’s Lizzie is an event planner preparing for her wedding, who lies awake nightly while her fiancé rests peacefully. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave), a bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other.
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TVLine Items: Parenthood Alum Joins Story, Rescue Me Vets Reunite and More

TVLine Items: Parenthood Alum Joins Story, Rescue Me Vets Reunite and More
Parenthood vet Sam Jaeger‘s new role may require tears of sadness and fright: The actor will star in CBS All Access’ upcoming fairy tale-inspired psychological thriller Tell Me a Story, our sister site Deadline reports.

The series — created by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) — reimagines classic children’s tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” as a subversive story of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder in modern-day New York City.

Jaeger will play a recently widowed single father — cue those waterworks — who moves to NYC with his troubled daughter (The OriginalsDanielle Campbell
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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Own Series Sets Cast Led By Phylicia Rashad & Akili McDowell, Gets Title & Showrunner

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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Own Series Sets Cast Led By Phylicia Rashad & Akili McDowell, Gets Title & Showrunner
Exclusive: Own’s coming -of-age drama series, from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney in his TV debut, will be titled David Makes Man. The project, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, has set a cast led by veteran Phylicia Rashad and young actor Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) in the title role, with Nathaniel Logan McIntyre (Magic Camp and Barry), Broadway actor Isaiah Johnson (Hamilton, The Color Purple), Ade Chike Torbert (East Los High), Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders), Cayden K. Williams (Girls Trip), and Travis Coles (Liza on Demand) co-starring.

Additionally, Dee Harris-Lawrence has been named showrunner and will executive produce alongside McCraney, who wrote the script, Mike Kelley & Melissa Loy, actor Michael B. Jordan and Own’s Oprah Winfrey. Production will begin this summer in Orlando, Florida, for a 2019 premiere.

David Makes Man centers on David (McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is
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Fox’s ‘Dan the Weatherman’ Adds JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jack Stanton in Recastings

  • Variety
The Fox comedy “Dan the Weatherman” is recasting two key roles, Variety has learned.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher is joining the project as Deborah, taking over the role played in the original pilot by Ashley Williams. Jack Stanton will play Dan Jr., the role originally played by Dashiell McGaha-Schletter. The pair will join the rest of the cast to re-shoot scenes from the pilot this summer, with the single-cam series still in contention for a midseason pickup at the broadcaster.

Williams most recently appeared as Ariel in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” in addition to starring in fellow ABC series “Kevin Probably Saves the World.” Her other TV credits include roles in “Reba,” “The Astronaut Wives Club,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Animal Practice.

For Stanton, joining “Dan the Weatherman” keeps him in the Fox family. He previously starred as Ben in the Fox comedy series “The Mick,” which was recently canceled after two seasons.
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