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  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
From left, Patrick Fabian, Giancarlo Esposito and Bob Odenkirk, cast members in the AMC drama series "Better Call Saul," pose together for a portrait during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

"Better Call Saul" has been renewed for a sixth and final season consisting of 13 episodes that will air in 2021.

The upcoming fifth season debuts Feb. 23-24 on AMC. The "Breaking Bad" prequel starring Bob Odenkirk will air 10 episodes this year focusing on main character Jimmy McGill's decision to practice law as Saul Goodman, which creates unexpected changes for those around him.

Executive producer Peter Gould told a TV critics meeting on Thursday that it's the run everyone on the show wanted. After season four, Gould said he began envisioning how it would end.

"I have to say, none of it is what I expected when it started," he said. "When this season is over, I think you'll have a better understanding of where it's all going." 

By the time it's over, "Better Call Saul" will have made one episode more than "Breaking Bad's" total of 62.

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  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
Chief content officer, HBO MAX and president, TNT, TBS, & truTV Kevin Reilly appears at the HBO Max Executive Sessions panel during the HBO TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

HBO Max's high-end subscription fee won't be an obstacle to the streaming service's launch, said Kevin Reilly, its chief content officer.

"People do not shop for their entertainment experiences with price being the primary" motivation, Reilly told a TV critics meeting Wednesday. "People don't say, 'I'd love to go to this concert, I don't really want to go to this one as much. But it's cheaper, so I guess I'll go to that one."

Beyond the existing customers expected to convert from $15-a-month HBO to HBO Max upon its May launch, there is a deep pool of potential subscribers that could yield a "substantial number more," he said. Viewers unable or reluctant to pay that fee can look to a lower-priced iteration in the future, he said.

The company previously said it plans to launch a version of HBO Max with ads in 2021.

Reilly's overview of the service included recounting his test drive of it over the holidays, jumping from HBO's " More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Barry Jenkins, producer and director of "The Underground Railroad," an Amazon Original series exec produced by Plan B Entertainment and Jenkins' PASTEL.
PASADENA, Calif. -- 

Amazon Studios has signed a new overall deal for television with the Academy and Emmy Award-winning team at Plan B Entertainment, the film and TV production company headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Under the exclusive new agreement, its first ever devoted to television production, Plan B will develop and produce series to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Plan B is currently in production with Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins on the upcoming Amazon Original series The Underground Railroad, and will also produce the new Amazon Original series Outer Range, created by Brian Watkins.  Plan B is also working with Amazon Studios, along with Legendary Television, to develop Paper Girls, a dramatic series based on Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel.

A joint statement from Gardner and Kleiner read, “Amazon has become a More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Bill Creber (l) and Roland Anderson
LOS ANGELES -- 

Oscar®-nominated art director and production designers William J. Creber, best known for his work on the Irwin Allen disaster flicks The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno and the first three Planet of the Apes movies, and Roland Anderson, best known for his work on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, White Christmas and Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contributions to the visual art of storytelling at the 24th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2020 Awards will be held Saturday, February 1, returning to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. 
 
ADG president Nelson Coates said, “Bill Creber was the man who designed and then flipped cruise ships, burned skyscrapers and created an entire ape culture. He was also a distinguished past ADG president and leader of More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke speaks at the Executive Session during the Amazon TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star opposite Richard Madden in the U.S. edition of "Citadel," a drama series to be produced in conjunction with programs from several other countries.

"The idea is to create a truly global, action-packed spy series," Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said. "It's a totally innovative, multifaceted international approach to storytelling, and we can't wait to tell you more as it comes together."

Local-language productions are being done in Italy and India, with another announced Tuesday in Mexico. Amazon called the U.S. version the "mothership" of the project, with production set to begin this summer.

Film star Chopra Jonas was in the ABC TV series "Quantico." Madden starred in the award-winning BBC and Netflix series "Bodyguard."

The other "Citadel" productions will "enhance the experience of engaging with the show," Salke said. Further details and release dates were not announced.

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  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Mari Jo Winkler accepts her PGA Charles FitzSimons Award at the Producers Guild Awards Annual East Coast Nominees Celebration on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)
NEW YORK -- 

The Producers Guild of America hosted its annual East Coast Celebration of the 2020 PGA nominees last night (1/13) at Ascent Lounge in New York City. This year, the Guild announced the winners of two categories from the 2020 Producers Guild Awards. The producing team for What’s My Name|Muhammad Ali was presented with the award for Outstanding Sports Program. Additionally, the producing team for Sesame Street (season 49) was presented with the award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Additionally, producer Mari Jo Winkler was presented with the Charles FitzSimons Award for her leadership and continuous commitment to the Guild, including her efforts to furthering green initiatives. The Charles FitzSimons Award is the Guild’s highest service honor, which recognizes outstanding dedication and enduring contributions to the Producers Guild of America.

In attendance were producing team members from nominated productions and PGA More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Awkwafina arrives at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Awkwafina may not have an Oscar nomination, but the breakout star has already secured a second-season renewal of her new Comedy Central series.

"Awkwafina is Nora from Queeens" debuts Jan. 22. The network said Tuesday it was adding a second season for the show based on Awkwafina's real life growing up in the New York borough of Queens. 

Awkwafina joined Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro and Beyonce among the big names who didn't receive a nod when Oscar nominations were announced Monday. Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe award in a leading actress category for "The Farewell." 

"My emotional reaction to all of this is that I'm grateful for this journey," she said about being shut out for the Oscars. "I've had a pretty exciting ride and with this show and movies, we've seen this year that representation existed. I can't be more grateful to do what I do and be recognized a little bit More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has unveiled its final list of nominations for the 57th Annual ICG Publicists Awards, honoring active members working on motion pictures and in television, whose achievements in publicity and promotion are deemed outstanding. Winners will be revealed at a ceremony Friday, February 7, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 800 industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s luncheon, which traditionally occurs the week leading up to the Academy Awards®. 
 
     THE NOMINEES FOR THE 57TH ANNUAL ICG PUBLICISTS AWARDS ARE:
 
     LES MASON AWARD FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLICITY

                   Gabriela Gutentag - Unit Publicist
                   Stephen Huvane - Slate PR
                   Maureen O’Malley - Warner Bros.
                   Peter J. Silbermann - Unit Publicist
                   David Waldman - Paramount More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Rachel Bloom arrives at night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Pop TV has ordered a comedy pilot focused on the most irresponsible and lazy person getting impregnated by immaculate conception. "Mother Mary" co-stars Bloom, who won a Golden Globe for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which ended last spring after four seasons. She plays the mother of the Antichrist. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Pop TV has ordered a comedy pilot focused on the most irresponsible and lazy person getting impregnated by immaculate conception.

"Mother Mary" co-stars Rachel Bloom, who won a Golden Globe for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which ended last spring after four seasons. She plays the mother of the Antichrist. 

Bloom also serves as an executive producer along with her husband, Dan Gregor, who is a writer on the pilot. The couple is expecting their first child.

Betsy Sodaro, who developed the character, stars as a reimagined version of Mary in the pilot that will shoot in February. Sodaro also works as a writer and an executive producer.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
This image released by Showtime shows cast members from the original series "Shameless," from left, Steve Howey as Kevin Ball, Shanola Hampton as Veronica Fisher, Kate Miner as Tami Tamietti, Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Emma Kenney as Debbie Gallagher, ChristianI Isaiah as Liam Gallagher, Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher, Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher and Noel Fisher as Mickey Milkovich. Showtime Entertainment President Gary Levine said Monday the series will air its 11th and final season this summer. (Brian Bowen Smith/Showtime via AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

The wild ride of the Gallagher family on "Shameless" is coming to an end.

The series will air its 11th and final season this summer, Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine said Monday. The debut date was not immediately announced.

"It will be one last hurrah for the Gallaghers and their unique blend of love and lechery," Levine told a TV critics meeting. Producer John Wells and the cast have "promised to take 'Shameless' out with a bang."

William H. Macy stars as the family patriarch who gets by in life just about any way he can, setting a dubious example for his offspring and others in his orbit.

The season 10 finale of "Shameless," which also stars Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky and Shanola Hampton, will air Jan. 26. 

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