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‘Conan’: People of Haiti Roast President Trump in Preview Clip


'Conan': People of Haiti Roast President Trump in Preview Clip

"I want to send a message of love to the leader of America — Oprah, we love you!"

Conan O'Brien has once again taken his show abroad, this time traveling to Haiti for his latest international segment.

In a preview clip released Monday night, the late-night host wanders the streets of the Caribbean country and gives Haitians a chance to respond to President Trump's crude remarks about allowing immigrants from "shithole countries" into the U.S.

"President Trump insulted Haiti, so I thought it was only fair to give Haitians a chance to return the favor," O'Brien says in a voiceover before allowing the people of Haiti to deliver punchlines at the president's expense.

"Mr. Trump, please come visit Haiti. Because every time you leave your country, you make America great again," says one passerby, as another one comments, "For years we had heartless dictators, and finally we turned to democracy. But you guys did the opposite."

The Conan host even finds a supporter of Oprah Winfrey's possible 2020 presidential campaign: "I want to send a message of love to the leader of America. Oprah, we love you!"

The #ConanHaiti special premieres Jan. 27th on TBS. Watch the preview below.

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CBS Orders Three Pilots From Female Writers


CBS Orders Three Pilots From Female Writers

Gloria Calderon-Kellett (left), Ana Villafane

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Pilot Season
Pilot Season

Ordered to pilot are a comedy inspired by the life of 'One Day at a Time' showrunner Gloria Calderon-Kellett, half-hour 'I Mom So Hard' and drama 'Murder.'

CBS, the network that has been criticized for its lack of inclusion and female voices, is trying to change that in its first pilot season under network president Kelly Kahl.

To that end, i has handed out its first pilot orders of the season and has picked up two comedies (History of Them, I Mom So Hard) and a drama (Murder) — all from female writers.

On the comedy front, History of Them is inspired by the life of One Day at a Time revival showrunner Gloria Calderon-Kellet and is described as a multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna (Ana Villafane) and Adam, meet and fall in love using their social media as a guide. Calderon-Kellet will pen the script and exec produce via her Sony Pictures Television Studios-based Glo Nation banner. Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) will exec produce and direct the multicamera/hybrid comedy. Odenkirk Provissiero's Marc Provissiero will exec produce the Sony TV/CBS Television Studios co-production.

I Mom So Hard, based on the web series of the same name written and starring Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, explores how two moms illustrate how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers. Michelle Nader (2 Broke Girls) will pen the script alongside Hensley and Smedley, who will also star in the CBS take. Rob Thomas (iZombie, Veronica Mars) will exec produce via his Warner Bros. Television-based Spondoolie Productions banner. Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge are also on board to exec produce the multicamera comedy. The half-hour is a co-production between Warners and CBS Television Studios.

On the drama front, Murder is written and exec produced by Amanda Green (Lethal Weapon). The project is exec produced by Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon, Stephen King’s It, The Lego Movie) via his Warner Bros. Television-based Lin Pictures Banner with newly installed head of television Lindsey Liberatore on board to co-executive produce.

The effort, a co-production between Warners and CBS Studios, is described as a fresh take on the investigative drama that explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, Murder invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects' guilt or innocence for themselves.

The pilot orders send a distinct message that Kahl, CBS' longtime scheduling exec who replaced Glenn Geller as entertainment president last May, is looking to change the narrative surrounding the network. In making his first appearance before the press at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in August, Kahl and his exec vp programming Thom Sherman were grilled over CBS' lack of inclusion and female-fronted shows. Last pilot season, all of the network's drama and comedy series pickups were fronted by men.

Keep up with all the latest pilot orders, castings and eventual series pickups with THR's handy guide.

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‘The Resident’ Producer Under Review as Past Sexual Harassment Allegations on ‘Code Black’ Surface


'The Resident' Producer Under Review as Past Sexual Harassment Allegations on 'Code Black' Surface

'The Resident'

20th Century Fox says it is not aware of any claims made against Zachary Lutsky, the Fox drama's medical consultant, on 'The Resident.'

Zachary Lutsky, a consulting producer on Fox's The Resident, has been placed under review as past sexual harassment claims against him on CBS' Code Black have surfaced. Lutsky, who has a long history of being a medical consultant on other TV shows, has been a consulting producer on the new drama since November and occasionally lends writing services to the show.

Lutsky was allegedly investigated for sexual harassment on two shows he's recently worked on — The Night Shift and Code Black — and the claims on the latter series were considered serious enough that he was asked not to return to production after they were reported to human resources. The past claims resurfaced after Lutsky shared an article on social media about how The Resident was planning a sexual harassment-themed episode.

"We have only recently learned of these allegations through an inquiry from a reporter," 20th Century Fox Television said Monday in a statement. "We are not aware of any claims made concerning his conduct on The Resident. We take these matters seriously and are reviewing this." Sources say that Lutsky will remain on the series payroll as the studio investigates the matter.

Elsewhere, Lutsky has made a number of onscreen appearances on shows like Dr. Oz and Untold Stories of the ER, and had guest spots on Parenthood and Nashville. His past credits include being an advisor/consultant on Diagnosis X, ER, Southland, Miami Medical, Hart of Dixie, The Doctor, A Gifted Man and The Blacklist. In addition to his TV work, he is an active ER doctor at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“I am quite disturbed by these heartbreaking anonymous allegations. I take them very seriously and categorically deny them," Lutsky said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I sincerely care for the feelings of everyone I encounter, including friends and co-workers, and I conduct myself in a way that treats all people with dignity and respect. As a physician, I have dedicated my life to helping those in need. In my 16 years of practice, I have never been accused of any wrongdoing. True harassment allegations are serious. I have never engaged in, been fired for nor been found guilty of any allegation of misconduct — ever."

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‘Mighty Ducks’ TV Series in the Works (Exclusive)


'Mighty Ducks' TV Series in the Works (Exclusive)

Cast of 'The Mighty Ducks' (1992)

A network is not attached as the project, from the trilogy's original screenwriter, is in its early stages.

Quack! Quack! Quack!

The Mighty Ducks franchise may be coming to the small screen. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that ABC Signature Studios is in early development for a series based on the 1990s dramedy about a youth hockey team. A network is not yet attached.

ABC Signature Studios, the cable- and streaming-focused arm of ABC Studios, declined comment.

Sources tell THR that ABC Signature head Tracy Underwood, always looking to identify Disney titles and intellectual property that can appeal to a global audience, put Mighty Ducks in development after being approached by original trilogy screenwriter Steven Brill and original producer Jordan Kerner. Brill will pen the script in-house for ABC Signature. If that comes in well, ABC Signature would package the project with talent and shop it to streamers this year. Brillstein Entertainment's George Heller and Brad Petrigala will, like Brill, be credited as executive producers.

Feature film star Emilio Estevez is not currently attached as a script has not yet been written. What remains unclear is if the potential Mighty Ducks TV series is a sequel or reboot as the logline for the half-hour or hour project is being kept under wraps.

Sources stress that the Mighty Ducks TV show is in its early stages and will not be taken out anytime soon. As for a potential home, insiders note that ABC Signature could take the project out to other broadcast or cable networks in addition to shopping it to streaming platforms. (Another option could be to keep it in-house and set it up on Disney's forthcoming stand-alone SVOD service that will be home to Marvel and Star Wars movies as well as original scripted TV shows based on Star Wars, High School Musical and Monsters, Inc.)

The Mighty Ducks was released in 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures. Produced on a budget of $10 million, the Stephen Herek-directed movie starred Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a Minneapolis attorney who winds up coaching a pee-wee hockey team as community service after a drunk-driving arrest. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film went on to become a box-office hit, grossing $50.7 million domestically. That led to two sequels — 1994's D2: The Mighty Ducks (with Estevez) and 1996's D3: The Mighty Ducks, which was built around original film star Josh Jackson's Charlie Conway. They grossed $45.6 million and $22.9 million, respectively, with the success of the first feature inspiring producers Disney to name Anaheim's 1993 NHL expansion team after the franchise.

Should the ABC Signature effort come to fruition, it would be the second time The Mighty Ducks has been explored for the small screen. An animated series was launched in 1996 on ABC and as part of its syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon. The 26-episode series last aired on Toon Disney in 2004.

Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming services look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is expected to top 500 shows in 2019. Key to them is having the original producers attached, which Mighty Ducks has with Brill and Kerner, as well as ownership of the IP.

For its part, ABC Signature's credits include Freeform's Marvel drama Cloak and Dagger, FXX's animated Deadpool show and Showtime's recently renewed SMILF, among others.

Brill is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Kerner, whose company produced all three features, is with Paradigm.

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Netflix Sets Series of 15-Minute Stand-Up Specials


Netflix Sets Series of 15-Minute Stand-Up Specials

Atlanta's Terminal West, where the specials will be taped next month.

The yet-to-be-titled specials will tape in Atlanta and feature 16 rising comics.

Netflix is continuing to expand its comedy footprint.

The streaming giant will release a series of 15-minute-long stand-up specials this year featuring 16 up-and-coming comedians. The series will be taped in front of a live audience in February at Atlanta's Terminal West venue, and will include solo sets from Aisling Bea, Michelle Buteau, Tim Dillon, JR De Guzman, Sabrina Jalees, Janelle James, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Ian Karmel, Jak Knight, Matteo Lane, Max Silvestri, Taylor Tomlinson, Phil Wang, Emma Willmann and Kate Willett.

The specials, still untitled, are a signal of Netflix's continued commitment to the stand-up space. Last year, the platform debuted The Standups, a half-hour series that released a new special each week from six rising comics. The streamer has also released specials from top names including Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Ali Wong, Ricky Gervais, Hannibal Buress and John Mulaney. And coming later this year are specials from Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres.

News of the specials was first reported by Vulture.

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Epix Reviving Mark Burnett’s ‘The Contender’


Epix Reviving Mark Burnett's 'The Contender'

'The Contender'

The boxing competition, long a favorite of the MGM TV chief, last aired in 2008.

Mark Burnett's sports format The Contender is mounting a comeback.

Epix is reviving the boxing competition, making it the fourth network to carry the series after nearly a decade off the air. The order comes nine months after Epix was purchased by Contender format owner MGM.

The Contender has launched the careers of many fighters, with some contenders taking world titles — but this new iteration of the series will also showcase the heart, spirit and dramatic personal stories of these fighters as they fight in and out of the ring to realize their dreams," Epix president Michael Wright, who took the post in November, said Monday in a statement. "This is not only real boxing, but real, raw human storytelling from the best unscripted television production team in the world.”

The Contender first aired on NBC before moving to ESPN and then Versus. And while it last aired in 2009, the revival comes as little surprise, as it has long been a favorite creation of Burnett, who will continue to produce the show for MGM Television (alongside Paramount).

Epix's new version, set to launch in the fall, will feature 16 fighters in an elimination competition that will be familiar to fans of the original.

“Boxing belongs on premium pay television, and there is no better home for The Contender than Epix." said Burnett. “We will tell stories of the fighters, the families and their difficult journeys in the emotionally compelling Contender style, so that viewers get to vicariously ‘walk a mile’ in the boxers' shoes."

Eric Van Wagenen is executive producer and showrunner alongside Burnett.

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‘The Resident’ Co-Creator Amy Holden Jones: How I Made It in Hollywood


'The Resident' Co-Creator Amy Holden Jones: How I Made It in Hollywood

The screenwriter behind 'Mystic Pizza' and 'Indecent Proposal' looks back on her early days working with Martin Scorsese and previews her latest foray into television.

She may not be a household name, but Amy Holden Jones has carved out a successful career as an editor, writer and director of feature films for over two decades. After getting her start as Martin Scorsese's assistant on Taxi Driver, she made a name for herself as a screenwriter on Mystic Pizza and Indecent Proposal, and then made the jump to television in 2014, creating the short-lived ABC drama Black Box. Now she returns with The Resident, an upcoming medical drama on Fox starring Matt Czuchry and co-created by Dr. Roshan Sethi and Hayley Schore.

Ahead of the show’s premiere, Holden Jones spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her journey from Corman factory neophyte to TV showrunner.

I got interested in photography after my sophomore year [of high school]. I wanted to study photography with Minor White. He taught at MIT, and I couldn't make their science requirement. Through Wellesley [College] you can take half your classes at MIT, so I went to Wellesley and took all my film and photography classes at MIT. I discovered the documentary filmmaking department after I got there, but I had made films in high school on my own.

At that time, the AFI Student Film Festival was one of the only ones. There were three judges: Fred Wiseman, Eleanor Perry and [Martin] Scorsese. I won [with the short documentary A Weekend Home], and a year later I was trying to make a living in Boston in documentaries and it was still the day of film, and it was pretty much impossible because any documentary shot on film cost a great deal of money.

I was gonna go back to graduate school, and I read an article about Marty starting a new picture, so I just wrote him. "Do you remember this film? Would you advise me to move to New York?" And he called me five days later and said "I remember the film, and come meet me in New York." And he hired me on Taxi Driver as his assistant. I was living on various sofas of friends' apartments and going to Warner Bros, and I got to see all the cuts of Taxi Driver, all the way from three and a half hours to the final cut.

Marty advanced my career again because he said to me, "OK, you're too good to be an assistant.” Everyone started with Roger Corman, and Scorsese had too. And Roger called him and said, "I'm looking for a talented, inexpensive young film editor." Joe Dante and Allan Arkush did a feature together called Hollywood Boulevard for Corman, and they hired me to edit it.

I ended up editing Corvette Summer, which was edited at Lucasfilm. So George Lucas and Spielberg saw all my cuts. And after that I was on the road to becoming a big editor. I picked the wrong [movie], I picked a Hal Ashby picture [Second-Hand Hearts], which was the only really unreleasable picture he ever did. I was on that for a year and a half and learned every trick in the book of editing from Hal, who was an editing genius. But I knew then I couldn't stand being an editor, because you could make it better, but it wasn't yours.

I went back to Corman and said, "I want to direct." And he said, "You have to show me you can do it." So I took a script off of his shelf that he had never made called Don't Open the Door written by Rita Mae Brown. It had a prologue that had an action scene, a dialogue scene and a suspense scene. I shot it with a crew of four people on 35mm film.

By that time I was supposed to start cutting E.T. for Spielberg, but it was being pushed back because Poltergeist was way over schedule. And Roger suddenly said, "Finish this movie.” I made the very crazy decision of walking away from E.T. and doing Slumber Party Massacre, which I have actually never regretted.

I wanted to direct again, and no one offered me anything because women were not allowed to direct in those days. So I wrote [and directed] this art film Love Letters with Jamie Lee Curtis and Amy Madigan. Roger financed it again, and it also did very well, and once again nobody offered me anything.

So I sat down and wrote Mystic Pizza. Ultimately it was optioned by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who held onto it for many years claiming that an option for $5,000 gave him the rights to it for the rest of my life. So while that went on, I rewrote and directed Maid to Order with Ally Sheedy, and again I got offered nothing. And I'm saying not one single meeting. Meanwhile, people like my apprentice editors were directing movies, who were men.

[Goldwyn Jr.] ultimately did make Mystic Pizza with a male director. It didn't actually do that well in release, but my version of the script had been incredibly well known and I began to get writing offers. The next one that I took was Indecent Proposal. It made me a big-name screenwriter in the era where you could make a great deal of money as that. And women were acceptable in that role, so you could get hired.

I was watching great television shows, and I thought, "This is a challenge, this is different." I read a bunch of [TV pilots], and I pitched one [called The Seventeenth Floor] to ABC, NBC and CBS, who all tried to buy it. I did write that script for CBS, it was a combination of a detective show and a medical show.

Then I did one for the WB, which folded over to the CW, which was about Harvard Medical School. That one [HMS] did get shot. It didn't get picked up, but it turned out beautifully and tested higher than any CW show they had. They picked up a cheerleading show, predictably enough.

Then I did Black Box. I'm very proud of that show, but I did not know a lot of things at the time. I was still learning about how things get on television, oddly enough. One problem was it was a summer show, and summer shows don't work anymore. And two, it wasn't ABC Studios. And the television networks, all of them, almost exclusively now make shows from their own studios. So you've just made the mountain even harder to climb.

I got very lucky on a whole number of fronts, but the luck didn't fall out of the sky. I try to explain this to people who I try and mentor. You have to deliver. I did make a documentary that won a festival. I did take that reel into Roger. I did a good job on Corvette Summer in front of people who could [help me].

[The Resident] has been something I've been trying to do in different forms for a long time. I got tired of writing medical shows because the ones on television are virtually the same show. They're all soaps, they're all spinoffs of Grey's or ER, they are shadows or echoes of previous shows. Virtually none of them address what any of us will find if we actually fall into the medical system. This show does that. It's about the idealism of the young doctors as they come in. How do you become a doctor without losing your ideals? Because it's a very corrupted system.

Personal: Married with two children. Lives in Los Angeles.
Reps: Cori Wellins, WME; Oly Obst, 3 Arts
Hot Project: Creator, executive producer and co-showrunner (with Todd Harthan), The Resident (Fox, Jan. 22 in its regular time slot)

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