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FX places pilot order for Silicon Valley drama ‘Devs’ from ‘Annihilation’ director Alex Garland

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Fresh off the success of his critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Annihilation, which just landed on Netflix internationally yesterday, writer-director Alex Garland’s eight-episode drama series Devs has received a pilot order from FX Networks as part of the overall television production deal he signed with the network last summer.

According to the show’s official logline, Devs follows a young computer engineer named Lily, who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend. Garland, who wrote the pilot, will assume directorial duties, as well.

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Devs is a captivating series from Alex Garland, building on his track record of groundbreaking work that challenges our notion of humanity amid the seemingly boundless promise of technology,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We’re all the more thrilled that Alex will direct and executive produce with our partners at DNA TV and Scott Rudin Productions.”

FX is known for their impressive roster of original programming, which includes American Crime Story, Fargo, and The Americans, all of which have been Emmy-nominated, so it would only make sense for Garland to set up his highly anticipated next project over there. As for when we’ll see this thing get out of development, into production, and onto the small screen is yet to be revealed, but we’ll keep you posted on any further updates.

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‘Silicon Valley’ showrunner Alec Berg says the series could go past season 6 if the story allows for it

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HBO’s Silicon Valley wrapped its eight-episode fifth season on Sunday and, while it’s been known for quite some time that series co-creator Mike Judge had always envisioned the show as a six-season series, co-showrunner Alec Berg indicated in a recent interview with EW that a seventh season could be possible depending on where the story takes the Pied Piper gang in season 6.

“I feel like it definitely could,” Berg responded when asked if Silicon Valley could go past the next season. “That’s not to say it will. But also, the flip of that is that writing wise I always treat every season like it’s the last season. Like there’s nothing that we had that we held back. If we have a great idea, it goes in the show. It’s not as if we have outlines written for season 6 or season 6 and 7 depending; we kind of figure it out a bit as we go.”

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As for whether or not an endgame is already something that has been discussed for Silicon Valley, Berg said he does have an ending for the show in mind, though, given his previous comments, it seems like that’s something that can change at any time. “We kind of have an idea of where we want to end up. And it may change depending on how long it takes us to get there and what’s going on in the world when we actually do get around to doing it,” he said.

Silicon Valley was renewed for a sixth season ahead of last night’s season 5 finale and is expected to return to HBO in 2019. Judge and Berg executive produce the series, which stars Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, and Matt Ross.

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’13 Reasons Why’ season two teaser reveals the series will return to Netflix on May 18

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The return of Netflix’s controversial teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why is just around the corner as the streaming giant has confirmed that the long-awaited second season of the series will premiere later this month on May 18. A new teaser trailer was also released last night which teases what’s to come in the next Hannah Baker-related mystery.

Per the show’s official synopsis, season two of 13 Reasons Why picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s (Katherine Langford) death and the start of Clay (Dylan Minnette) and the other characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. However, someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed, and a series of ominous polaroids leads Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it all up.

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This is foreshadowed in the teaser trailer, which features a montage of our main characters, including Tony (Christian Navarro), Jessica (Alisha Boe), Bryce (Justin Prentice), Mr. Davis (Joseph C. Phillips), Olivia (Kate Walsh), and Clay, as they are frozen in time and surrounded by what appears to be hundreds of floating polaroids. At the end of the teaser, Clay is unfrozen and picks up a polaroid that reads “the tapes were just beginning.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, series creator/showrunner Brian Yorkey says season two of 13 Reasons Why will focus on a number of very serious topics such as sexual assault and gun violence, which will be two very timely subjects for our current climate in the wake of #MeToo and March for Our Lives, but will not depict another graphic suicide like the first season did.

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TV series based on Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ taps Emmy-winner Jay Roach to direct

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After instantly flying off bookshelves and debuting at the top of The New York Times best-seller list in January, the film and television rights to Michael Wolff’s sensational White House tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were quickly scooped up. Now the plan is to adapt the book into what is sure to be a very exciting television series.

When we first brought the news of the Fire and Fury TV series earlier this year, we reported that Endeavor Content had picked up the rights to the book for a large chunk of change (somewhere in the seven-figure range) and was searching for a director to helm the drama.

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It appears the producers have finally found their man as Emmy-winning director Jay Roach, who was previously attached to direct an HBO miniseries about the 2016 presidential election based on a story by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, has been tapped to direct the Fire and Fury TV series. Wolff is serving as an executive producer on the project, along with BBC executive Michael Jackson and John Lyons.

While some of the contents of Wolff’s book may not be entirely accurate, there’s no denying that Fire and Fury is one hell of a read and I’m excited to see what an outstanding director like Roach decides to do with the source material. Something tells me there’s going to be a lot of buzz surrounding this series once Emmy season rolls around.

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