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



Barack and Michelle Obama

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.


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.”



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.


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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Pied Piper continues to spiral out of control in a new trailer for season 5 of ‘Silicon Valley’



After trying to make amends in season four, the Pied Piper gang find themselves going head to head with Hooli’s Gavin Belson once again in the latest trailer for the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley, which will return to the network next month on March 25.

As per usual, nothing seems to be working out for Richard in the latest season of the show; he wakes up in a hospital after being out cold for about six hours, hires an engineering team of fifty people he doesn’t know because he’s behind on his deadlines, and Dinesh and Gilfoyle can’t stop lecturing him for just about every decision he makes. Oh, and did we forget to mention that there’s a bunch of dogs running around their office, peeing on all of their equipment? That too.


Season 5 of Silicon Valley will see the return of Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang, though, as was reported last year, T.J. Miller will not be reprising his role as Ehrlich Bachman for the forthcoming season.

“It’s pretty different. If you think about T.J. [Miller]’s character represented in the show narratively, you can sort of guess the immediate ramifications of a character that big disappearing are quite big – so the show is really very different,” Nanjiani told Metro about the upcoming next season, which was executive produced by series creators Mike Judge and Alec Berg.

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‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ win top prizes at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards



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The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2018 Writers Guild Awards at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City last night where Jordan Peele’s Get Out won Best Original Screenplay, while James Ivory won Best Adapted Screenplay for his script based on André Aciman’s acclaimed first novel Call Me by Your Name.

On the television side of things, The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama Series and Best New Series, as Veep and Will & Grace picked up Best Comedy Series and Best Episodic Comedy, respectively. Flint won in the Best Longform Original category and Big Little Lies, which recently cast Meryl Streep in its second season, won in Best Longform Adapated.

You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2018 Writers Guild Awards below.


Original Screenplay
Get Out

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name

Documentary Screenplay
Jane, National Geographic

Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Comedy Series
Veep, HBO

New Series
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Long Form Original
Flint, Lifetime

Long Form Adapted
Big Little Lies, HBO

“Time’s Arrow,” BoJack Horseman, Netflix

Episodic Drama
“Chicanery,” Better Call Saul, AMC

Episodic Comedy
“Rosario’s Quinceanera,” Will & Grace, NBC

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live

Comedy/Variety Specials
39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, CBS

Quiz and Audience Participation
Hollywood Game Night, NBC

Daytime Drama
General Hospital, ABC

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