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He prefers not to settle on one great idea. That’s why B.J. Novak created an anthology series, The Premise. He also didn’t settle on just one job, though for Novak, writing is everything. “When I act, I feel like I’m writing a character,” he says. “When I direct, I feel like I’m writing the aesthetics of the scene. That’s how I see the world.”

At Blumhouse Television, production deals are surging like, well, a house on fire. And it’s not all horror and the supernatural. When disrupter-in-chief Jason Blum decided to add TV to his company portfolio, he knew he’d have to jump into genres with less blood and guts. Even so, his television division is killing it.

As a cast member — and, more recently, a consultant — Jesse James Keitel brings authenticity to trans representation as Big Sky’s Jerrie Kennedy.


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Dedee Pfeiffer, who plays Denise Brisbane on Big Sky, says, “I’m into all the mysteries of the universe.” It’s an opportune outlook, because mysteries abound on the unpredictable ABC drama.


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When shooting in New Mexico was curtailed because of Covid, Big Sky producers had to make substitutions.

Back in New Mexico for season two, ABC’s Big Sky is shooting some surprising storylines against startling scenery. In this drama, “the unexpected happens and no one is safe,” warns creator David E. Kelley, who’s well known for his plot twists. But loyal viewers can relax (a little). While it explores new cases and characters, the series remains “foremost about Cassie and Jenny,” the detectives at its heart.

“The hippest trip in America,” as creator Don Cornelius called Soul Train, was so much more than a Black American Bandstand. Way before “influencer” was a word, the show set trends in music, dance, fashion, commercials, marketing — and even inspired the King of Pop.

While never discounting Black trauma, some Black show creators are choosing joy. The new flurry of comedies (which recalls a certain ‘90s classic) features single, Black friends doing the things friends do — hanging out, hooking up and having fun.

Ray Romano and Phil Rosenthal name their faves from Everybody Loves Raymond.

When Ray Romano first sat down with Phil  Rosenthal, it was like spaghetti meeting the meatball or the pickle saying hi to corned beef on rye. That was 25 years ago — at a deli, of course. The result was a fast, and lasting, friendship as well as Everybody Loves Raymond, a masterful family comedy.

Some of the principals of Reservation Dogs express their thoughts on Indigenous representation in Hollywood.

The Indigenous cast and crew of Reservation Dogs have made a series their way: authentic, heartfelt — and funny. But beneath the easy humor, there are layers of truth to unpack.

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