Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has landed a recurring guest role on the seventh season of Nurse Jackie, EW has learned exclusively.
A new study, first obtained by Deadline, reveals that the TV landscape is still dominated by men—while women’s representation both on and off screen has plateaued or backslid. The yearly “Boxed In” report, released by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, finds that women only make up 27 percent of the workforce behind the camera—directors, producers, editors, writers, etc. That’s a 3.5 percent decline from last year. Similarly, the proportion of onscreen (speaking) female roles remains stagnant at 42 percent, a one-point decrease from last year.
“For many years, women have experienced slow but incremental growth [ on and off screen],” said Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which conducted the 17th annual study. “However, that progress, small though it was, now appears to have stalled.”
The researchers also debunked the popular misconception that Netflix—home of the hit female-driven powerhouse Orange Is the New Black—and cable channels employ more women. “People believe that cable is more female-friendly than broadcast,” said Lauzen, “but that’s really not really the case.”
Among the study’s other discoveries about the lack of women in offscreen creative roles:
- Female writers’ numbers dropped sharply, with women holding just 1 in 4 writing jobs (down from 1 in 3).
– Women’s share of director of photography jobs decreased to 1 percent (down from 2 percent).
– Twenty percent of writing jobs were held by women (a 17-percent decrease).
– Female executive producers fell to 23 percent (a 15-percent decrease).
– Forty-four percent of TV shows employed four women or fewer, compared to 1 percent of TV shows that employed four men or fewer.
The study isn’t all bad news, though. Women in several fields made significant gains from last year:
- Female directors held 13 percent of directing jobs (a 7.7-percent increase).
– Forty-three percent of producing jobs were occupied by women (a 13-percent increase).
– Seventeen percent of editors were female (a 5.9-percent increase).
Perhaps the most promising and practical insight is the onscreen/offscreen correlation: The more women there are working behind the cameras, the more female characters appear onscreen. Broadcast TV shows that employed as least one female writer or director also had more female characters. “[W]hen women are employed behind the scenes, they make a difference,” Lauzen said.
The pre-season reality premiere slump continues with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars getting off to a modest start Monday night.
Dancing returned to a solid 13.5 million viewers and underwhelming 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down 23 percent from last year and marks the lowest Dancing fall premiere ever. C’mon viewers, are you excited about the Duck Dynasty girl? Or that YouTube star? Or that half of Cheech & Chong?
Still, that demo rating was enough to win the night, beating the finale of Fox’s MasterChef (5.5 million, 2.0) down 17 percent from its most recent finale. Dancing also beat an American Ninja Warrior special (5.2 million, 1.8—and was actually super entertaining), down a notch from last January’s USA vs. Japan special. As well as CBS’ Under the Dome (7 million, 1.6), though Dome did manage to jump 14 percent from last week.
No doubt about it: Rick Grimes has been in some hairy situations on The Walking Dead. And none have been hairier than that thing currently growing on his face. Some manly stubble has given way to a full-on assault of whiskers. Which I suppose is appropriate, this being the zombie apocalypse and all. After all, one has to assume the Gillette factory to be something less than fully operational these days. READ FULL STORY
As hard as it is to get by without Heidi, Nina, and Tim, Project Runway: All Stars always helps to fill the perfectly designed hole in our hearts during breaks between Project Runway seasons. And if you’ve enjoyed the past few years of the flagship show, you’re in luck: The cast of All Stars season 4 of is heavy on designers from Runway‘s past few seasons.
The most notable designers include Chris March of season 4—recently picked by EW as the best season in Runway history—Jay Sario of season 7, and two past winners: Michelle Lesniak of season 11 and Dmitry Sholokhov of season 10. Hoping for at least one win is Kate Pankoke, who is getting her third chance to prove herself on the runway; she originally appeared in season 11, then was brought back for season 12 by a fan vote. Here are the rest of the competitors, grouped by season: READ FULL STORY
Netflix just made a huge commitment to Love, an upcoming original series by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin.
The streaming provider has ordered two seasons of the half-hour comedy, which will premiere in 2016 with 10 episodes and return with 12 the following year. Produced by Apatow Productions and Legendary Television, Love centers Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), a couple who attempt to sustain a modern relationship while running into the pitfalls of, well, love.
“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank—often at the same time,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.”
While it is rare for two seasons of a show to go straight-to-series, Netflix has set a precedent for giving multiple-season series orders with House of Cards.
You’ve waited nine years, so what’s a few more weeks? HBO’s critically acclaimed but tragically canceled 2005 comedy The Comeback is upon us—a new eight-episode second season debuts Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. With plenty of buzz circulating about the return of Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King’s cult favorite, EW can now reveal everything headed your way in The Comeback’s second coming. (Well, mostly—check out this week’s Fall TV Preview for the full scoop from our set visit.)
Set in 2014, season two finds desperate actress Valerie Cherish (Kudrow) cast in Seeing Red, a single-camera HBO dramedy written by her old nemesis Paulie G., the writer who all but terrorized her on the set of their 2005 sitcom Room & Bored. Fresh from his second stint in rehab, Paulie has written a dark HBO comedy loosely based on his behind the scenes struggles with drugs while working with Valerie on Bored.
“Valerie agrees to play it even though she’s probably playing the worst version of herself, because she thinks it will take her to the next level,” says co-creator King. “The closer Valerie gets to this heat, the more her life starts to fall apart.” Producer Dan Bucatinsky describes the season in a question: “What happens when a woman who is really interested in continuing to have cameras on her also winds up in one of the most challenging acting roles of her career?”
The nine years since the original Comeback have certainly changed Valerie—she’s less obliging and perhaps more out of touch than ever, even if she doesn’t realize it. “She has a vlog. She knows what tweeting is because she’s watched Housewives, and she’s pretty proud of her unimpressive number of followers. But she still doesn’t know what anything means,” laughs Kudrow. Val will encounter plenty of Hollywood faces familiar to 2014 viewers, but her world isn’t exactly star-studded—expect the likes of Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Cohen, and RuPaul among those who cross her path this year.
And what about the rest of the cast? 2014 will see big changes for everyone in Valerie’s life: ingénue Juna (Malin Akerman) is now a major film star; Chris (Kellan Lutz) is an action hero; publicist Billy (Bucatinsky) has moved up to the B-minus list, and he’s clashing with hairstylist Mickey (Robert Michael Morris) for the closest spot in Valerie’s inner circle; husband Mark (Damian Young) is feeling the strain of another decade of marriage; and producer Jane (Laura Silverman) is feeling the burn of a less accommodating Valerie. (Sorry, spider-eyes!)
As always, the real drive behind the new season isn’t just about putting Valerie into one tortured situation after another; The Comeback strives to reflect real trends in television. “What’s happening in television right now are dramedies being listed as comedies but maybe they’re not funny, movie stars doing limited series, behind the scenes footage for social media and web content… there’s a lot of the real thing within our fantasy, because that’s what we did last time,” says King. “It’s yet again an evolution in television, but it’s also an evolution in Valerie.”
When the series returns, viewers will be completely caught up on everything that’s been going on in Valerie’s life since we last left her in 2005, reeling from a Jay Leno appearance and surprised to find her reality show has been renewed for a second season (which is arguably Valerie’s greatest loss of all).
“What you’re going to see in the first episode is where Valerie’s been for nine years and how desperate she’s been, and what actually happened to her after The Comeback,” teases King. “If you like reality TV and you like Valerie, the opening is kind of like crack cocaine. Like Comeback crack.”
Pick up Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall TV Preview issue, on stands now.
Marc Maron isn’t done yet.
IFC has renewed Maron, the original comedy series, for a third season, with production set to begin this fall for 13 new half-hour episodes. Maron, which most recently followed Marc as he struggled to maintain a relationship, is set to return in the spring of 2015.
“I am very proud of both seasons of the show and thrilled we’re doing another one,” Marc Maron said in a press release. “Through all the episodes I can see the growth and evolution of the character, writing and comedy. I’m excited about getting back into the process. The character of Maron needs some work on and off screen and fortunately that’s what drives the show.”
Broad City announced its January 2015 return in a way only Broad City could: with a video of Abbi and Ilana getting high and eating cereal over video chat. The video, which comes via Vulture, is the first of a web series called Hack into Broad City, and is pretty self explanatory—Abbi and Ilana pour themselves a variety of cereals, take hits, add milk, and then proceed to consume said cereal, marveling at their work.
It’s the joy of Broad City in its purest, most elemental form—just Abbi and Ilana hanging out. “It’s like an Epcot,” Abbi says of her bowls. “You know who would love this?” Ilana adds. “People who are starving.”
PaleyFest’s Fall TV Previews wrapped Monday night with Fall Flashback: The Facts of Life 35th Anniversary Reunion, a celebration of the coming-of-age sitcom’s lasting legacy (as well as its upcoming nine-season box set, to be released in January).
The event, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, began with a screening of the season 2 episode “Cousin Geri,” which originally aired December 24, 1980. The episode explores Blair’s relationship with her cousin (played by Geri Jewell), a comedian who has cerebral palsy. It was framed by loud applause during the sitcom’s opening and closing credits, which nearly drowned out the show’s catchy theme song.
When the applause died down, the evening’s moderator—Entertainment Weekly senior west coast editor Danielle Nussbaum—took to the stage to introduce the night’s panelists: cast members Charlotte Rae, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, and Nancy McKeon, who played Mrs. Edna Garrett, Natalie Green, Blair Warner, and Jo Polniazcek, respectively. READ FULL STORY
The cast of Castle has a certain way of showing love toward one another, and it seems to involve a slap in the face. In an exclusive look at the season six gag reel, which hits shelves today as part of the season six DVD set, Nathan Fillion and company show a little bit of love, potentially hurt one another, and just generally mess up their lines.
Read EW‘s full recap of Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars here.
It’s one thing for Tommy Chong to join Dancing With the Stars as the oldest contestant of the season at age 76, and it’s quite another for Cheech Marin to escort him onto the stage for his first dance number (in a car, of course). READ FULL STORY
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