Judy Greer is set as a lead opposite Ellie Kemper in ABC’s Drop-Off (working title), a comedy pilot based on the British series Motherland, from writer Julieanne Smolinski, Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television, Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, Lionsgate and ABC Signature. Karan Soni also stars. Primetime-Panic Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders Written by Smolinski, Drop-Off (wt) centers on Julia (Kemper), a working mom for whom nothing is working so she goes looking for her village. With…"Judy Greer Joins Ellie Kemper In ABC Comedy Pilot – Deadline"
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch International has made an eleventh-hour addition to its European Film Market slate, signing international sales on Swedish Morbius director Daniel Espinosa’s upcoming drama Madame Luna. Inspired by real-life events, the film follows an Eritrean refugee who gets stuck in Libya and becomes a notorious human trafficker known as “Mama Luna” with deep ties to the Italian Mafia. When she is forced to flee to Italy due to a change in fortunes, she…"Wild Bunch Int’l Boards Sales Daniel Espinosa’s ‘Madame Luna’ – Deadline"
There is talent to spare in Alice Englert’s feature directorial debut, Bad Behaviour, and that is its biggest problem — it’s all over the place, rather than being channeled and controlled in productive ways. A fine cast, intriguing avenues of exploration, numerous artistic outbursts and a pronounced interest in the unusual are all to be found in this compulsively creative work, but the elements are not seized and shaped in ways that might have ultimately…"Jennifer Connelly, Ben Whishaw, Alice Englert – Deadline"
Judy Woodruff Signs Off From ‘NewsHour’ With Concern Over A Divided America – Deadline
Judy Woodruff will step away from the PBS NewsHour anchor desk on Friday, ending a chapter as one of the most trusted and well respected figures helming a newscast. She will be handing the anchor duties to Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett, returning the broadcast to a co-anchor format, but Woodruff is not exiting. Instead, she’s embarking on a new assignment, traveling across America to try to make sense of the country’s divisions, which have…"Judy Woodruff Signs Off From ‘NewsHour’ With Concern Over A Divided America – Deadline"
SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Refresh for chart and more analysis On one of the dullest weekends of the year, it’s good to see some movies overperforming, and we have the fourth weekend of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming in at an estimated $17.7M (we’re still waiting on Disney’s official figures) and Universal/87 North’s horror action comedy Violent Night overindexing with $13.3M, slightly above its $10M-$12M projection. As previously mentioned, that opening is just under…"Wakanda Forever’ No. 1 – Deadline"
Control Of Congress Still Undecided As Democrats Celebrate Better-Than-Expected Results — Update – Deadline
UPDATE, 7 AM PT: Control of the House and the Senate was still uncertain this morning, results that reflect an unexpectedly good showing for Democrats after Republicans pollsters and personalities predicted a red wave. The GOP may still pick up a number of House seats in New York and California, running up their total. Senate races in Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin were still too close to call, and control of the chamber may not…"Control Of Congress Still Undecided As Democrats Celebrate Better-Than-Expected Results — Update – Deadline"
SATURDAY AM: There’s about $10M missing from the current theatrical marketplace this weekend. Projections for Universal/Blumhouse/Miramax/Trancas’ Halloween Ends were expected to come in around $55M and now it’s looking like $43.4M. Clearly tracking didn’t account for the theatrical-day-and-date factor. Yes, it’s still a profitable gross against the film’s $30M production cost, and Uni’s theatrical distribution in its date execution and the studio’s marketing aren’t to blame here. Those departments didn’t do anything wrong. Also don’t…"‘Halloween Ends’ Opening To $43M, Diluted By Peacock Day & Date – Deadline"
Documentaries entered into high-profile U.S. film festivals in 2021-22 employed a much higher percentage of women in key behind-the-scenes jobs than did feature films, according to the latest “Indie Women” report from Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The report (read it here) found that women accounted for 43% of those working as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors…"Women Much More Likely To Land Top Jobs On Docs – Deadline"
EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ FBI: Most Wanted is shaking things up in Season 4 with the addition of Edwin Hodge, who recently joined the cast as Ray Cannon. The show returns with new episodes on September 20 at 10 p.m. And while fans will have to wait until the season’s second episode titled “Taxman” (airing September 27) to meet the rookie agent, Deadline has your exclusive first look at the character and teasers as to what’s ahead from…"Most Wanted’ Boss Introduces Edwin Hodge’s Character Ray Cannon – Deadline"
Here’s a wish for Tuesday: Sometime during the day, governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will meet to elect new officers, including a president to replace termed-out David Rubin. I wish they would choose a Great Communicator for the top job. The film Academy already has a Great Operator running its staff in the person of recently appointed Bill Kramer. Less than a month on the job, Kramer has already restructured…"Elect A Great Communicator – Deadline"