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Kevin Can F— Himself Comedy In The Works From Rashida Jones

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A new sitcom, tentatively titled Kevin Can F— Himself, is currently being developed for AMC. The series comes from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who were, at one point, slated to co-write the forthcoming Pixar sequel Toy Story 4. They dropped out in November 2017, citing “creative and philosophical differences” as well as “a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.” This came in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against former chief creative officer John Lasseter, who has announced he will be leaving Disney/Pixar officially at the end of this year.Jones and McCormack, who both began their careers as actors, have since branched out to behind-the-camera work. Jones, best known for her starring role on beloved NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, released her directorial debut Celeste and Jesse Forever in 2012. She also produced the Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted. The pair teamed up to executive produce the short-lived NBC comedy A to Z, and, through their Le Train Train production company, are also behind the TNT drama Claws.Related: Rashida Jones to Direct Goldie Vance Comic Book AdaptationNow, they’re taking on a very different project. As reported by EW, Kevin Can F— Himself will show family life from the perspective of the wife. Created by Valerie Armstrong, a staff writer during the second season of the David Boreanaz war drama SEAL Team, the series aims to tackle the trope of the beautiful, nagging wife who is married to a “caveman-like” jerk of a husband by giving the audience her perspective. From the logline:”Kevin Can F*** Himself, (working title) from creator Valerie Armstrong (SEAL Team) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train (Claws) explores the secret life of a woman we all grew up watching: the sitcom wife. A beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s ‘funny.’ Our series looks to break television convention and ask what does the world look like through her eyes? Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera zaniness, the formats will be constantly informing one another as we ask what happens when this supporting character is presented as a real person? And what if that person is pissed?”AMC is flipping the script with the new comedy. The title is an obvious play on the now-canceled Kevin James sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which aired on ABC for two seasons. The series came under fire when the actor’s on-screen wife, played by Erinn Hayes, was unceremoniously killed off between the first and second season, and replaced by Leah Remini, who James starred with on The King of Queens a decade prior. The idea that any attractive woman can be substituted for another appears to be exactly in line with what this new series is aiming to address.In addition to Kevin Can F— Himself, another series is in development from Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, the creators of AMC’s four-season period drama Halt and Catch Fire, which ended its run last year. David Madden, the network’s president of programming, spoke about the unique process in which the shows are being developed: Writers’ rooms are put together in order to create multiple scripts and determine how things will play out, prior to being ordered to series.More: Little Drummer Girl Sneak Peek Offers A Closer Look At AMC’s Upcoming ThrillerSource: EW


True Detective Season 3 Full Trailer: Mahershala Ali Is A Haunted Investigator

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HBO’s very serious crime series True Detective is set to return for season 3 in 2019, and the network has dropped the equally serious official full trailer to whet viewers’ appetites. The series took something of a sabbatical after the star-studded second season was met with plenty of critical derision, leading to Michael Lombardi, then-president of the network, taking some of the blame for its perceived creative shortcomings. Although it’s been a minute since the series was a fixture on HBO’s schedule, it’s set to make its comeback next year, and as the new trailer makes clear, it’s doing so with the help of Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali. Details on the new season have been around for a while. The new mystery will unfold in the Ozarks, and take place over three separate timelines, with Ali’s Detective Wayne Hayes becoming increasingly haunted by one particularly gruesome crime. Joining Ali are Stephen Dorff as Hayes’ partner, Roland West, as well as an impressive lineup of supporting characters played by Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Scoot McNary (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Mamie Gummer (Castle Rock). More: Guillermo del Toro, Rian Johnson & More React To FilmStruck’s ClosureFrom the look of things, True Detective season 3 will be something of a throwback for the series (an odd thing to say for a show with only two other seasons under its belt), wherein the multiple timelines will not only follow the investigation of the crime, but also the emotional and psychological price paid by those tasked with solving the offense. Take a look at the trailer below: That HBO and series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto would want to return to a time when True Detective was a part of the weekly television conversation and a potential heir apparent to the premium cabler’s Game of Thrones franchise is no surprise. That may be a tall order, though, as with season 2 Pizzolatto will have to do without the creative influence of director Cary Fukunaga, who, it seems, had a lot to do with the show’s initial success. This time, Pizzolatto has the help of Deadwood creator David Milch (who is credited as a co-writer on an episode), and acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Hold the Dark). Saulnier unfortunately left the project early for “scheduling conflicts,” though his refusal to speak on the record about the experience maybe says all that needs to be said about it. Picking up where Saulnier left off is television veteran Daniel Sackheim, who will share directorial duties on the new season with Pizzolatto himself. That combination will be something to keep an eye on as the season unfolds and Pizzolatto’s writing and directorial efforts are put on display. Next: Homecoming Review: Julia Roberts & Sam Esmail Team For A Smart Paranoid ThrillerTrue Detective season 3 premieres Sunday, January 13 @9pm on HBO.


Penguin Will Be Fat in Gotham Series Finale

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According to Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor, his character, Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin, will be putting on the pounds in the series finale. With season 5 being the show’s last, Gotham is preparing the characters’ final transformations into the iconic figures fans know and love. Bruce Wayne will become Batman complete with Dark Knight Rises-esque Batsuit. Gotham may at last get its Joker. And Penguin will take on more of the attributes associated with him.Season 5 is the show’s shortest with only ten episodes. But it also looks to be one of the show’s busiest. The final season will be following the No Man’s Land story arc as well as introducing even more villains for Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne to contend with. It has already been confirmed that Shane West will appear as Bane. Magpie will make her live-action debut. Then there is the possibility of Harley Quinn appearing to assist her puddin’ in terrorizing the city. Now it appears that more classic Penguin references can be added to the ever-growing list of things for fans to look forward to.Related: Gotham Showrunners Finally Admit They Almost Turned Barbara Into Harley QuinnDuring the Gotham panel at New York Comic Con (via ComicBook), Taylor confirmed that in the finale, Penguin will look more like his comic book counterpart. When asked if he’ll be wearing a fat suit, Taylor replied, “Yes! Yeah, I get chunky.” According to showrunner John Stephens, Penguin and the rest of Gotham’s surviving residents will become more like their comic versions following a ten-year time jump in the final episode.But Penguin’s build isn’t the only thing changing about the character. ComicBook later got the chance to speak with Taylor about plans for his character throughout season 5. Taylor hinted that fans can expect his iteration of the Penguin to acquire some of the props associated with the comic version, saying:“I can’t spoil anything specific but definitely there are parts of the traditional iconography of the Penguin that are coming into play this year. We’ve done everything else with this character it has its own unique twists and it’s also earned and everything makes sense this character is turning into the traditional Penguin that we all know and so we see it visually as well as emotionally.”Transforming Taylor’s Penguin into more of a classic version of the character will likely excite hardcore fans of the comics. The change may or may not be as well received by Gotham loyalists who have grown attached to the show’s spin on the iconic characters. Taylor’s Penguin has often been called the breakout character of Gotham and depending on how far the show’s writers intended to take his transformation, they could risk upsetting viewers who have stuck by the series. But while the show has had its ups and downs, Gotham has managed to keep audiences entertained with their dark and campy take on the Batman comics. Whatever Gotham has in store for audiences, fans are likely to enjoy the ride up until the very end.More: Batman Villain Gotham Never Got To Adapt, According To ShowrunnersSource: ComicBook