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HBO Max and Hulu Announce New Series; AMC Renews “Soulmates” Ahead of Premiere

Monday, August 10, 2020

Hidden camera classic” “Candid Camera, hosted by Allen Funt, bowed on ABC in 1948 and has been present in some format in every decade ever since. The original title was “Candid Microphone”…Summer variety series “Manhattan Transfer, hosted by the then popular recording group, debuted on CBS in 1975.  It ran for four episodes…”Arli$$“, the comedy about a sports super-agent that starred Robert WuhlSandra Oh and Michael Boatman debuted on HBO in 1996. It ran for 80 episodes across seven seasons.

“Sunset Boulevard, directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1950…Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” starring Anthony PerkinsJanet Leigh and Vera Miles, opened in Los Angeles in 1960…Another hit horror flick “The Others” starring Nicole Kidman opened in 2001. Kidman’s real-life drama at the time with news of her then-divorce from Tom Cruise indirectly led to the film’s box office success…Action film “Red Dawn” starring Patrick SwayzeCharlie SheenLea Thompson and Jennifer Grey was released in 1984. It was the first feature film to be designated with a PG-13 rating… groundbreaking drag queen comedy-drama “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” starring Terence StampGuy Pearce and Hugo Weaving opened in 1994.

“Off the Wall,” the fifth studio album by Michael Jackson was released in 1979. It won the Billboard Album of the Year in 1980… Reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Roberta Flack in 1974.

Celebrity Birthdays
Actress Rhonda Fleming (“Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”) is 97; fashion designer Betsy Johnson is 78; pop singer Veronica Bennett aka Ronnie Spector is 77; soul singer Patti Austin is 72; actress Rosanna Arquette (“Desperately Seeking Susan”) is 61; actor Antonio Banderas (“Desperado”) is 60; “The Hunger Games” author Susan Collins is 58; former New York Knicks guard John Starks is 55; former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe is 53; actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) is 49; “Rizzoli & Isles” star Angie Harmon is 48; actress Joanna Garcia (“Reba”) is 41; “Big Brother All-Stars” contestant Kaysar Ridha is 40; actor Ryan Eggold (“New Amsterdam”) is 36; actor Lucas Till (“MacGyver”) is 30; reality star Kylie Jenner is 23.


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Programming Insider by Marc Berman


HBO Max Orders Docuseries “One Perfect Shot”
Ava DuVernay is partnering with HBO Max and the individuals behind Twitter’s One Perfect Shot account to create a half-hour documentary series of the same name designed around the actual act of filmmaking — the technology and behind-the-scenes work that goes into making movies. The logline: “One Perfect Shot” will look at an iconic shot from different films, with the directors of those films walking viewers through a detailed breakdown of how it came to be. Each episode will feature a different director walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking,

DuVernay, who directed “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Selma” and created “When They See Us” on Netflix, is set to narrate and executive produce the series.

The One Perfect Shot Twitter account, which has just over 560,000 followers, was started in 2013 by filmmaker Geoff Todd.

Hulu Orders Drama “The Girl From Plainville” and Docuseries “The Next Thing You Eat?
Hulu has greenlit drama “The Girl From Plainville,” starring Elle Fanning (“The Great”) and docuseries “The Next Thing You Eat” from Chef David Chang and documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville.

Written by Liz Hannah (“The Post,” “The Dropout”) and Patrick Macmanus (“Dr. Death”), “The Girl From Plainville” is inspired by the true story of her controversial “texting-suicide” case. Based off of the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series will explore Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her controversial conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

Executive producers for the series include co-showrunners Hannah and Macmanus, Fanning and Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward. Consulting producers include Barron and Erin Lee Carr (“I Love You,” “Now Die”). “The Girl From Painville” is a production of UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Kelly Funke will oversee for Macmanus’ Littleton Road Productions.

“The Next Thing You Eat” is a six-episode docuseries that explores the seismic changes happening all around us and how they affect not only the restaurant world but people’s fundamental relationship to food. Chang and a diverse cast of correspondents will take an unflinching look at the challenges and opportunities ahead, including how our food is grown, who cooks it, how we pay for it, and whether or not deliciousness will fall by the wayside.

The executive producers of “The Next Thing You Eat” include David Chang, Christopher Chen, Dave O’Connor and Chris Ying on behalf of Majordomo Media; Morgan Neville and Caitrin Rogers on behalf of Tremolo Productions; and Chad Mumm on behalf of Vox Media Studios. The series is produced by Tremolo Productions and Majordomo Media for Vox Media Studios.


AMC Renews “Soulmates” for Season 2
AMC has greenlit relationship-themed anthology series “Soulmates” for a second season ahead of its series debut on Monday, October 5. From AMC Studios, “Soulmates” is set 15 years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is.

The series is written by Will Bridges (“Stranger Things.” “Black Mirror”) and Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”). It is produced by Banijay’s Fearless Minds and the series, which is set to air later this year, is based on Bridges and Goldstein’s short film “For Life.”.

Hulu Announces Second Season Renewals for “Love, Victor” and “Taste the Nation”
Drama “Love, Victor” has been picked up for a 10-episode second season. Set in the world of 2018 film “Love, Simon,” which was inspired by Becky Albertalli’s novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the first season followed Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School, on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and exploring his sexual orientation. As Victor and his friends mature, so will season two, promising to build on these themes of sexual identity, acceptance and navigating the odyssey we all know as high school.

“Love, Victor” stars Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira,  Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson, Bebe Wood, George Sear, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding.

Padma Lakshmi’s food series “Taste the Nation” will also return for a 10-episode second season. The series takes audiences on a journey across America exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity and our history – ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.


“The Vow, a nine-part documentary series directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer debuts Sunday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET,  with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays at the same time. The series explores the world of the controversial self-improvement group NXIVM. The logline: “The Vow” follows a range of people who joined NXIVM, a self-improvement group that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest members. The show takes a deep, nuanced look at the experiences of many of the group’s participants, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth and their internal conflicts over events as they unfold.

Series premieres: “Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event” on Netflix; “Mapleworth Murders” and “Sex Next Door” on Quibi; “The Other One” on Acorn TV; “10 Things You Did Not Know” on E…Season finales: “Titan Games” on NBC; “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” on Lifetime…For the complete schedule for Monday, August 10, click here