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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Katherine Langford on Saying Goodbye to 13 Reasons Why and Hannah Baker. It's time to let Hannah go. 13 Reasons Why is saying goodbye to Hannah Baker, with Katherine Langford exiting the hit Netflix drama ahead of its recently announced third season. Langford broke the news to the show's loyal fanbase herself on Instagram, posting a heartfelt message to her fans and to her beloved character, who appeared via flashbacks in other character's stories and as a ghost-like presence with Clay (Dylan Minnette) in season two. "Even though Hannah won't be in season three or probably any other seasons -- if there are any, don't want to start rumors! -- but I just want them to know Hannah's story is always something I'm going to carry with me," the star told E! News' Zuri Hall at Vanity Fair and Max Mara's Women in Film event on Tuesday night. "And if people need to reach out, I'm always going to be there in a sense, even if it's small like on social media." 13 Reasons Why was "the first job" Langford ever had, and the way Hannah's journey resonated with viewers meant a lot to the 22-year-old, which is why she felt compelled the write the note to fans announcing her departure, writing ""Hannah...I love you...and I let you go.'" "I've really realized the significance of that role and the story we were able to tell and how it resonated, not just on an entertainment level, but also how it resonated really intimately with people and deeply people, and so I think it was nice for me to be able to share the finality of Hannah's journey and more so my journey in the series." In a recent interview with EW, Langford assured that Hannah's impact would be felt in the series' future, even if she wasn't appearing on-screen anymore. "Even though she may not be part of another season, I think that her presence and the importance of her and her story will always matter and will always be there, "she said. "To be specific in this season, the big thing to take away is in regards to the trial where her image is distorted and defiled," she said. "At the end of the day one of the really important things to take from this season in regards to Hannah is that it doesn't matter who she was or what she did, she didn't deserve any of what happened to her." 13 Reasons Why is currently available to stream on Netflix, with season three set to premiere sometime in 2019. (Eonline)

Producers are moving toward an agreement that would allow them to go ahead with a "Roseanne" spinoff, Page Six has learned, because Roseanne Barr is "seriously considering" forgoing any profits from the new show. It was a huge blow to the cast, crew and fans of the blockbuster revival -- not to mention the network -- when ABC canceled it because of creator Barr's racist tweets. The idea of creating a spinoff -- possibly focusing on another family member -- that would allow the team to carry on without Barr quickly surfaced. But many, including one of its showrunners, Whitney Cummings, balked at the idea that Barr would profit from the new version. We're told Barr is now open to cutting herself out of a spinoff entirely. A source close to the disgraced comic -- who says she is "hunkered down" with her parents in Utah -- tells us, "Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation. She's considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block." Speculation abounds about which character would be at the center of the spinoff, but insiders tell us, "The smart money is on Darlene [Conner] and her family." Last week, Barr tweeted, "I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused." A rep for Barr didn't get back to us, and ABC declined to comment. Barr was fired in May after tweeting a series of distasteful remarks, including one that said, of African-American Democratic operative Valerie Jarrett, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=[Jarrett]." Cummings told TMZ, "I don't really have words at the moment, but maybe they can salvage the legacy in some way. But if it benefits [Barr] financially .?.?. it's a bad move." (Page Six)

U.S., Mexico and Canada to Host 2026 Soccer World Cup. The successful joint North America bid will see the global sports event return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994. The United States, Mexico and Canada have won a joint bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup. World soccer governing body FIFA unveiled the decision Wednesday in Moscow, where this year's tournament kicks off on Thursday. The joint North American bid was widely favored to win out after two unpopular, and controversial, decisions to grant the World Cup to Russia this year and to Qatar in 2022. The 2026 tournament will mark the first time the World Cup has been hosted by three nations. It will also be only the second time the tournament will be on U.S. soil, following the 1994 event. Mexico last hosted the World Cup in 1986. Canada has never played host to the men's tournament. The decision also means the United States, whose team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, will be guaranteed to play in the 2026 event. Two TV companies set to benefit from FIFA's decision are Fox Sports and Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, which have the U.S. rights (in English and Spanish, respectively) for the next three World Cups, in 2018, 2022 and 2026. (Hollywood Reporter)

Amazon to Stream Indian Terrorism Drama 'The Family Man' Worldwide. The original series stars actor Manoj Bajpayee as a middle-class man working for an intelligence agency. Amazon has unveiled its latest Indian original series, The Family Man, which it will stream worldwide. The terrorism drama stars well-known Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee as a middle-class man working for an intelligence agency who has to battle terrorists while protecting his family from the impact of his demanding and low-paying job. The series is produced and directed by the Bollywood filmmaker duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., whose credits include such titles as zombie comedy Go Goa Gone and comedy drama Shor In The City. The duo is producing the series via its banner D2R Films. While a release date was not unveiled, The Family Man will launch on Amazon Prime Video sometime this year in Hindi and will also be dubbed in South Indian languages Tamil and Telugu. Amazon Prime Video India content director Vijay Subramaniam said the series had "a gripping script, and we think it will capture the imagination of audiences globally." Bajpayee added: "There is a lot of content out there for people to watch, so it becomes essential for us to not only make our series sincerely and sensitively but also to tell a unique story something that concerns the common man and his uncommon life with his extraordinary struggle." Amazon kicked off its Indian originals last year with cricket drama Inside Edge. It has since then been beefing up its local content offerings with a variety of content, from stand-up comedy to reality formats, such as music talent show The Remix. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sean Hayes on Coming Out Publicly Between 'Will & Grace' Then and Now: "You Realize Silence Equals Death" | Comedy Actor Roundtable. "I didn't have the DNA or the ability to be one spokesperson for an entire group of people," Hayes told the Roundtable. Sean Hayes opened up to The Hollywood Reporter on coming back to Will & Grace, describing how the reboot was set in motion. "We did this election video to get the message out, the only way we knew how for people to get out and vote. We did it for free." "We didn't do it for any other reason," Hayes told the Comedy Actor Roundtable. "We all got together, it was great to see everybody, and then it was goodbye," Hayes said. "And here we are because of the response." When Will & Grace first started, Hayes wasn't out publicly, saying, "I was in a difference place when I was a young kid, being gay. I was out, but not out to the press. I was out on the set, I was out to my friends, I was out to the world. But I didn't have the DNA or the ability to be one spokesperson for an entire group of people. I wasn't trained to be that person, I didn't know how to do it." "Now I'm in a different place," Hayes told the Roundtable. "You realize silence equals death, which is true. Here I am, out and proud, glad to be on the show, and I do anything and everything I can for the LGBTQ community." Sean Hayes earned an one Emmy and six Emmy nominations for his role as Jack on Will & Grace. His second career Emmy is for hosting the 64th Tony Awards. He has an additional six Golden Globe nominations for his supporting work on Will & Grace. The full Emmy Roundtables air every Sunday on SundanceTV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The full Comedy Actor Roundtable starring Tracy Morgan, Marc Maron, Louie Anderson, Ray Romano, Sean Hayes and Tony Shalhoub airs June 24 on Sundance TV. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year's top shows. (Hollywood Reporter)

Abby Elliott, Reductress Team for Late-Night Talk Show at Comedy Central. The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered a pilot for 'The Reductress Hour,' which will take on the absurdities of women's news in the tone of the satirical website. Comedy Central is looking to the creators of women's satire website Reductress for its next late-night talk show. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order for The Reductress Hour, teaming with Reductress co-creators Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo. Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) will star as the show's in-character host. The potential series will take on the absurdities of women's news, trends, broader national subjects and entertainment television while tackling various issues of the week, original segments and field interviews. Elliott's in-character host will embody the tone of women's media and the Webby Award-winning site. The Reductress Hour is being executive produced by Newell, Pappalardo, Elliott and JAX Media's Tony Hernandez, Brooke Posch, Genevieve Aniello and John Skidmore. For its part, Reductress -- which operates with the tagline of "Women's News. Feminized." -- launched in 2013 as a satirical women's magazine, taking on the best and worst of woman-focused blogs, magazines and consumer culture. Since then, it has amassed more than 2.5 million unique visitors a month, launched a podcast (Mouth Time) and set a lineup of original theatricals and live events across the country. The brand's mock self-help book, How to Win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having It All And Then Some!, was published by HarperCollins in 2016. Should The Reductress Hour move forward, it would join a male-focused Comedy Central lineup that includes The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, Tosh.0 and Nathan for You, among others. The pilot pickup comes as the female-skewing entry Broad City will end with its fifth season in 2019 and as Inside Amy Schumer remains off the air until when and if the actress and comedian opts to return to the sketch series. Elliott, whose credits include Bravo's Odd Mom Out, is repped by Paradigm. Newell, Pappalardo and Reductress are with CAA. (Hollywood Reporter)

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