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Barack and Michelle Obama are in negotiations with Netflix to produce their own series

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After keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House just over a year ago (it feels like so much longer), President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in negotiations with streaming giant Netflix to produce what is described as a series of “high-profile shows,” according to a report from The New York Times.

“Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics,” The Times reports, adding that the series could feature Obama moderating conversations on topics such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change.

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Sources with insider knowledge of the proposed deal, which has not been finalized, say “the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories,” which could be the wonderful escape we need right now in our depressing, chaos-filled world that is on the brink of nuclear war.

“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” said Obama senior adviser Eric Schultz. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

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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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