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Showtime Acquires Kirsten Dunst YouTube Series "on Becoming a God in Central Florida'. The platform move follows YouTube's decision to pull back on scripted programming. Kirsten Dunst's dark comedy series On Becoming God in Central Florida has found a new home for the second time. Showtime has acquired the YouTube original amid the Google-owned company's decision to pull back on scripted programming. A source notes that part of the issue was that YouTube was unable to negotiate AVOD rights for the show. The hourlong series, which is produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Sony's TriStar Television, is now set to debut Aug. 25 on the cable network. The nine-episode series, which originally started out at AMC, tells the story of the cult of free enterprise and one woman's relentless pursuit of the American dream in the early 1990s. Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM) -- the cultish, flag-waving, multi-billion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine). The show also stars Theodore Pellerin, Beth Ditto and Mel Rodriguez. "We were immediately drawn to this stylish and subversive female empowerment story starring Kirsten Dunst as you've never seen her before," Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine said Monday in a statement. "Throw in clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators, and we're confident Showtime audiences will find On Becoming a God irresistible!" (Hollywood Reporter)
David Tennant, Hayley Atwell to star in Netflix experimental crime series. To those out there who have clamored for David Tennant to return to the crime genre since Broadchurch concluded: Netflix sees you. (To those who have clamored for him to return as the Doctor... sorry.) Tennant and Hayley Atwell will star in Criminal, a Netflix original crime anthology with a couple of compelling twists. The show's 12 episodes will all take place entirely inside police interrogation rooms, while unspooling "unique crime stories" set in four different countries: France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K., with three episodes per country. What's more, talent from each country will write, direct, and star in their respective episodes, which will be produced in the country's native language. Tennant and Atwell will headline the U.K. entries, alongside Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men, Seven Seconds) and Youssef Kerkour. Killing Eve writer George Kay and She's Out of My League director Jim Field Smith, who created the show, are writing those episodes. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series. (Entertainment Weekly)
'Pose' Scores Early Season 3 Renewal at FX. The pickup arrives a week after the sophomore season debuted as the drama from Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals ramps up as an awards season contender. The category is: renewal! FX, the now Disney-owned basic cable network, has picked up Pose, the ball scene drama from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, for a third season merely a week after its sophomore season debut. (Season two was announced after six of eight freshman season episodes aired.) The renewal comes as the drama, which features a record number of trans characters portrayed by trans actors, has emerged as an awards season contender for its stars, including Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez. Season two of Pose debuted to strong reviews -- the new cycle has an impressive 96 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com -- with The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg praising the drama's decision to move the focus away from stars Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek and more toward its trans leads. The sophomore season shifts to the summer of 1990 and the influence and impact Madonna's "Vogue" has on the ballroom community. Early ratings for season two have also shown growth. Per FX, the June 11 season two premiere drew 1.2 million total viewers -- a series high -- and 572,000 among adults 18-49 (up 7 percent and 10 percent, respectively, compared with its series debut in June 2018. Adding in viewership from two encore airings, digital and delayed viewing, the show has grossed 1.8 million total viewers in its first five days. "Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season," FX chairman John Landgraf said Monday in a statement. "Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series." Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross, Charlayne Woodard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllon Burnside, Angel Bismark Curiel and Sandra Bernhard round out the cast of the Peabody-winning series from Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Productions. Pose is one of a few remaining scripted originals Pose executive producer and co-creator Murphy has in the works at FX. The prolific producer, who last year departed his longtime home at 20th TV for a $300 million Netflix pact, also has FX's American Horror Story and the stalled seasons of Feud and American Crime Story. The latter two anthologies are awaiting creative ideas before they can move forward. Murphy also has Netflix's upcoming The Politician and Ratched, as well as Fox's 911 and its forthcoming spinoff -- all still produced by 20th TV -- in addition to Hollywood, with the latter his first original for the streaming giant. For FX, Pose is part of a rapidly growing roster of scripted originals that also includes Atlanta, Baskets, Better Things, Fargo, Mayans, Mr. Inbetween, Snowfall, What We Do in the Shadows and the upcoming Breeders, Devs, Mrs. America, Showgun, an untitled Lil Dicky comedy and Y: The Last Man. Under Disney, FX CEO John Landgraf hopes to double his number of scripted originals from 14 in 2018 to possibly 28 in three to five years, while also building an unscripted slate of anywhere from eight to 12 shows. (Hollywood Reporter)
'Controlling behavior is never acceptable': Women's Aid has issued a warning over Joe's behavior towards Lucie on Love Island. It comes after the islanders turned on Lucie for being a 'guy's girl'. Here's what we learnt from this week's Love Island. 1. Suggestively sucking an ice lolly will not, it turns out, get you your man and 2. If I hear the phrase 'girl's girl' one more time, I am going to punch my TV screen. Here's my beef with the phrase 'girl's girl.' At a time when we are pioneering a world less dictated by gender binaries, where even just last week we saw regulations passed restricting the re-enforcement of gender stereotypes on adverts, we are still segregating women into one of two camps - girl's girls and guy's girls. You're either with the sisterhood, or you're not. The implication of the latter, of course, is the retrograde assertion that girls who get on better with guys, are not to be trusted. With what, exactly? With the nuclear codes, with your pet cat? Oh, you mean she's more likely to pinch your man, right? Ah, feminism... Let us please spare a thought for poor Lucie, stuck in a villa with a bunch of guys she gets on with and a bunch of girls she doesn't, in a relationship with a man who thinks her palling up with guys is a sign of 'disrespect.' "I don't want to change you" Joe says, while asserting that, should Lucie not, as instructed, change, its curtains for 'Jucie.' He told her: "I'm not happy with it. It's strange. I think it's time for you to get close with the girls." His behavior received a plethora of complaints from Ofcom, with viewers branding him 'controlling'. And now, Adina Claire, Co-Chief Executive of Women's Aid, has released a statement on the matter, saying: "Controlling behavior is never acceptable, and with Love Island viewers complaining to Ofcom in record numbers about Joe's possessive behavior towards Lucie, more people are becoming aware of this and want to challenge it. "Abusive relationships often start off with subtle signs of control, so it's important that it is recognized at an early stage. Love Island viewers are now very vocal in calling out unhealthy behavior between couples on the show, and this is a positive development." "If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship, call the Freephone 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Women's Aid in partnership with Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk." Meanwhile, the girls - led by Amy - are calling out Lucie's lack of sisterly affection for them. She has somehow mortally offended them by preferring male company, or for having the audacity to go to the gym while Molly Mae and Maura sniped at each other over Tommy. On this show, being a 'girl's girl' is used as ammunition - are you, or aren't you? (British Glamour)