Season finales of Animal Kingdom and The Detour air tonight.
“Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Sex/Life, a dramedy series from Stacy Rukeyser (UnReal) based on BB Easton’s book 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Sex/Life is described as a steamy, female-focused dramedy that profiles when life and libido collide. Written by Rukeyser based on Easton’s book, Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire. Rukeyser also serves as showrunner and executive produces with Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water, The Strain, The Vow) and Larry Robins.”
VH1 has ordered a 12th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Dame Harriet Walter (The Spanish Princess, The Crown) and Danny Sapani (Harlots, Penny Dreadful) have joined the cast of season 3 of Killing Eve.
Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown will be competing on the upcoming season 28 of Dancing With the Stars, multiple sources exclusively tell Us Weekly.
“The NFL and Pluto TV have reached a deal to launch the NFL Channel, a curated library offering, on the ad-supported streaming service. Because Pluto is available free for consumers, much of the programming on its 150-plus networks approximates but does not duplicate what pay-TV subscribers get via the traditional bundle. That means the NFL Channel will not mirror the NFL Network, which has evolved into a well-distributed staple in the league’s media portfolio. Instead, according to the official launch release, the new initiative will be dedicated to ‘celebrating the NFL’s iconic and classic moments spanning over a decade of past seasons.’”
“Apple’s budget for original content for its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service has skyrocketed, according to a report in the Financial Times on Monday.
“The tech giant has committed around $6 billion, up from the $1 billion that was initially planned, the London-based outlet reported. Apple did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
“Apple TV+’s original content plans are being led by former Sony Pictures TV executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.
“The FT report singled out the upcoming Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon led Morning Show, which dropped its first trailer on Monday morning. The series, which also stars Steve Carell, is said to have cost more on a per-episode basis than the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, though the FT report did not put a specific price tag. Jason Momoa’s See was also cited as being one of the most expensive for Apple.
“In comparison, Netflix is spending $15 billion on content in 2019, while Disney will commit $1 billion in 2020 for its own streaming service, Disney+, which launches Nov. 12. Disney expects that number to increase to the ‘mid $2 billion’ by 2024.
“Apple TV+, which is supposed to be available in the fall, does not yet have a set launch date or price point. The FT report said that Apple is looking to launch within the next two months, ahead of Disney+’s upcoming Nov. 12 debut.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix is doing a little more tidying up.
“Eight months after Tidying Up With Marie Kondo debuted on the streamer, it has ordered another home-organization series that counts Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims among its executive producers.
“The untitled, eight-episode show will feature Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, who founded design-centric home-organization company The Home Edit and have parlayed their success into a best-selling book and now the Netflix show. Each hourlong episode will take on two organization projects shaped by Shearer and Teplin's unique sense of form-meets-function.
“Subjects in the series will be a mix of everyday families and celebrity clients.
“Sims and Witherspoon previously worked with Shearer and Teplin on a series called Master the Mess, which aired on DirecTV in 2018. They're executive producing the Netflix show with Charlotte Koh and Cynthia Stockhammer of Witherspoon's company, Hello Sunshine; Critical Content's Tom Forman, Jenny Daly and Jon Beyer; and showrunner Tess Gamboa Meyers, a veteran of Project Runway and Little Women: NY.
“The series will join a roster of unscripted shows on Netflix that also includes Queer Eye, Nailed It!, The Chef Show, Selling Sunset, The Final Table and Street Food, among numerous others.”
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“HBO Max is continuing to build up its original programming slate with three new projects.
“Variety has learned that the nascent streamer has given pilot orders to the half-hour dramedy Generation and the hour-long drama Red Bird Lane, as well as a pilot production commitment for the one-hour drama Rules of Magic. All three projects hail from Warner Bros. Television.
“Rules of Magic is based on the novels Rules of Magic and Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Practical Magic was previously adapted into a film in 1998 starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
“Set in 1960s New York City, the series follows three troubled siblings — Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens — who wrestle with ‘abnormalities’ that have kept them isolated. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. The two sisters will become the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while their brother will leave an unexpected legacy.
“Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg will write and executive produce via Tall Girls Productions, her first project under her new overall deal with WBTV. Dana Baratta will also write and executive produce, with Denise Di Novi and Nina Tassler of PatMa Productions and Hoffman also executive producing. HBO Max is currently setting up a writers’ room for the series with a 10 script order.
“Generation was created by Zelda Barnz, the 17 year old daughter of Daniel and Ben Barnz. Zelda will serve as the writer and co-executive producer on the project, which follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.
“Daniel will co-write with Zelda in addition to directing. Daniel and Ben will executive produce under their We’re Not Brothers Productions banner, with Lena Dunham also executive producing. Marissa Diaz will produce.
“Red Bird Lane is a YA morality and psychological horror series about eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house—all for different reasons—and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.
“Sara Gran will write and executive produce. John Wells and Erin Jontow of John Wells Productions will also executive produce, with Dan Halsted serving as consulting producer.”
From EW: “A Bill Gates documentary series is coming to Netflix from an acclaimed director.
“Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates is from Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) and chart the Microsoft founder’s post-CEO life tackling philanthropic endeavors as he tries to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.
“The three-part series chronicles the tech visionary ‘as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft.’
“‘Davis had the idea of making a documentary that looked at the big projects I take on that are risky and might not happen otherwise, and that was interesting to me,’ said Bill Gates. ‘It may seem counterintuitive to make this documentary while we’re still in the middle of solving these really hard problems, but I’m hopeful that maybe more people will get engaged in some of these issues and help solve them. I hope this documentary leaves people optimistic that big problems can be tackled.’
“Added Guggenheim: ‘Sometimes my documentaries are seen as films about issues, but to me, they’re about people who fascinate me. Bill Gates has always been a compelling figure, but what makes him such an interesting person to think about right now is the way in which his optimism and pragmatism drives his approach to problem-solving. When I thought about topics to cover, I knew I didn’t want to make a promotional piece about his work. Instead, I opted to focus on the tougher, more complex problems that nobody wants to think about, like sanitation and nuclear energy. Bill chose to take these issues on, even knowing that he might fail, and I had an instinct that seeing him wrestle with these intractable and frustrating problems would reveal something interesting about him as a person.’
“After stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, Gates and his wife launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since then, the foundation has reportedly spent more than $36 billion to fund work in global health, emergency relief, education and poverty. In particular, the Foundation has been on a quest to eliminate malaria, Ebola and polio in developing countries, as well as improve access to vaccines. Gates also created the Giving Pledge along with investment king Warren Buffet, which challenges billionaires to commit to giving the majority of their money to charity.
“Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates launches Friday, Sept. 20 on Netflix.: