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Apple orders country music competition from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

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Apple has greenlit My Kind of Country, its first music competition series, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominated showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra.

The country music competition series will incorporate “documentary sensibility” as contestants from across the globe vie to become the next major country music talent.

According to Apple, the hybrid series will “break down cultural and musical barriers” throughout the country music genre by inviting “innovative musicians” to take center stage.

Adam Blackstone (The Masked Singer, The Four) will serve as musical director for the series, which will be executive produced by Done + Dusted.

Witherspoon (pictured), Lauren Neustadter, head of film and television, and Cynthia Stockhammer, SVP of unscripted programming, will executive produce for Hello Sunshine. Executive producing for Done + Dusted are Katy Mullan and Melanie Fletcher.

Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen will also serve as executive producer alongside Izzie Pick Ibarra (The Masked SingerDancing with the Stars).

My Kind of Country will premiere globally on Apple TV+. A premiere date has not yet been slated.

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90 Day Fiancé Star Larissa Dos Santos Lima Arrested By ICE & Released Within Hours Over ‘Misunderstanding’ – What REALLY Happened Here?

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What a wild past 24 hours it has been for 90 Day Fiancé star Larissa Dos Santos Lima, who was taken into ICE custody on Saturday afternoon.

The 34-year-old reality TV star was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers on September 19, only to be released just hours later, as her legal team told TMZ it was one big “misunderstanding.” However, if you’re a fan of the drama-filled TLC series that follows couples who’ve applied for or received the K-1 visa to marry a foreign citizen, then you know this the last government agency you want knocking at your door!

Related: 90 Day Fiancé‘s Paul Staehle Reveals Estranged Wife Karine Martins Is Pregnant Amid All Their Drama!

Larissa was reportedly booked right when she and boyfriend Eric Joseph Nichols were packing up a U-Haul truck to move out of their Las Vegas residence and head to their newly purchased home in Colorado Springs.

At the time, the starlet’s friend Carmen Nys updated fans about the arrest on her Instagram Story, writing:

“Hi everyone, I am here with Eric Nichols [right now], @LarissaLimaReal just got arrested buy ICE when she was about to leave their house and move to Colorado. We have no clue why. I want to let her family, fans and friends know that we are going there right now and as soon, as I have more info I will keep you guys posted. Send prayers.”

Dos Santos Lima’s rep Lindsay Feldman later told the outlet her legal team was “working meticulously” on her release and their hard work ultimately paid off since she was eventually released within hours.

Larissa then shared a video on IG thanking fans for their concern. “Hi everyone, I’m out,” she said in the clip, adding that the people at ICE were “very nice” and she was “good to go.” Well, that’s a relief. The agency has come under fire recently after a whistleblower revealed doctors were performing mass hysterectomies on female detainees. Talk about dodging a bullet!

See her message to followers (below):

Hmmm. Inneresting…

As we mentioned up top, Larissa’s calling this out-of-the-blue arrest a misunderstanding, but it’s unclear what her supposed offense was this time. It’s worth mentioning that she’s been in trouble with the law before and flirted with deportation after she was arrested twice in 2018 for domestic battery against then-husband Colt Johnson. Charges were dismissed after her first arrest and she was not charged over the second incident. Things have seemingly been going well lately though and it’s been confirmed the reality TV couple is moving forward with their big move to Colorado after the legal mishap with ICE.

It appears fans won’t have to wait very long to hear her side of the story though, as Dos Santos Lima promised to divulge more details in a forthcoming YouTube video on September 30. In a follow-up post, she wrote:

“Hey guys! September 30th you will be able to see everything about my life on my YouTube channel. I will be talking about my children in Brazil, as well as my arrests. I want to apologize to all of you for the delay in my answering questions. These are personal and delicate topics which I have to be sure I share with necessary sensibility.”

Stay tuned for that, Perezcious TV addicts! In the meantime, what do U think happened here? Kind of strange that agents caught up to her right as she was about to leave town, isn’t it? There’s obviously more we don’t know about judging by that ominous announcement, right?

Share your theories with us (below) in the comments!

[Image via Eric Joseph Nichols/Instagram]

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2020 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series —Predictions

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A stacked group of former winners and long-time favorites makes for a tight Supporting Actress race. [Updated September 19]

Throughout Emmy season, IndieWire will evaluate the top contenders for TV’s most prestigious prize, and it all starts here. At the bottom of this page are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie. This article will be updated throughout the coming months, along with all our predictions, to reflect an up-to-the-minute state of the race. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest coverage on the 2020 Emmys, including breaking news, analysis, interviews, podcasts, FYC event coverage, reviews of all the awards contenders, and more. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given out the week of September 14. The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place virtually on Sunday, September 20. (See our awards calendar for a more detailed breakdown of important dates.) ABC is broadcasting the ceremony.

Last Year’s Winner: Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: The typical one-and-done nature of the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie category makes repeat wins a bit of a rarity, but five performers have pulled it off to date: Regina King in “American Crime” is the most recent (2015, 2016) — and the only actress to win in consecutive years — while Jane Alexander (“Playing for Time” in 1981 and “Warm Springs” in 2005), Judy Davis (“Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” in 1995 and “The Starter Wife” in 2007), Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women” in 1986 and “Those She Left Behind” in 1989), and Mare Winningham (“Amber Waves” in 1980 and “George Wallace” in 1988) round out the elite group.
Fun Fact: Four of the eligible “Mrs. America” supporting actresses — Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, and Uzo Aduba — have 17 Emmy nominations and six wins between them. But even these beloved Emmy favorites can’t match up their landmark co-star Tracey Ullman, who has 26 Emmy nominations and seven wins all to herself.
Notable Ineligible Series: “Fargo” (Season 4 did not finish shooting before production was suspended.); “The Undoing” (HBO has pushed the release date to Fall 2020); “American Crime Story” (“Impeachment” has not premiered), “True Detective” (Season 4 has not premiered), “The Alienist” (Season 2 has not premiered), “The Good Lord Bird” (delayed), “Big Little Lies” (Season 2 is eligible as a drama series), “Genius: Aretha” (delayed)

The State of the Race

Like “When They See Us” last year and many Ryan Murphy series before that, the acting nominations for Limited Series’ categories can often be dominated by a single ensemble-driven program. This year appears to be no different, as FX on Hulu’s “Mrs. America” made a big impact on voters and seems to be connecting with audiences as well — throw in the cast’s above-mentioned history at the Emmys and these supporting stars are early frontrunners. Episodes have given gleaming spotlights to stars like Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, and Tracey Ullman, so there are but two concerns for the network going into Emmys night: vote-splitting and Jean Smart.

“Watchmen” appears to be an unstoppable force at the 2020 Emmys, securing the most nominations of any program and landing early wins at the Creative Arts Awards. Smart is one of the most-heralded cast members, and her sharp-witted turn could easily convince voters to reward her with her first Emmy since 2008 (for “Samantha Who?”). Still, she has won three times before, and if voters prefer a weightier performance (and one backed by history), they will likely pivot to Aduba’s portrayal Shirley Chisholm.

Now, even though the presumed battle will be between “Watchmen” and “Mrs. America,” Toni Collette could play spoiler here. Since “Hereditary” hit theaters in 2018, many have been clamoring for the veteran actor to get her due at the Oscars — but the Emmys are already onboard. A three-time nominee prior to this year who took home the trophy in 2009 for “United States of Tara,” Collette is a proven favorite who has a bit more urgency around her than some of her competitors. With the aforementioned horror classic, Netflix’s under-appreciated “Wanderlust,” and recent magnetic supporting turns in “Knives Out” and “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” Collette feels… overlooked? Many thought she’d be a lock for a second Emmy when “Unbelievable” hit last fall, but it sat on the shelf too long and lost heat before the vote. If the TV Academy is going to give the well-reviewed Netflix original anything, odds are Collette will be the pick.

That leaves Holland Taylor, the Emmys’ pick among “Hollywood’s” supporting women and a long shot to walk away with her second trophy. Reviews were not kind to Ryan Murphy’s latest — and his first Netflix original series under the groundbreaking producer’s overall deal — but “Hollywood” did have a decent hold in Netflix’s Top 10 viewership rankings. Perhaps the acting branch responded better, and are thus prepared to honor an eight-time nominee with another award.

Predicted Nominees:

1. Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”
2. Jean Smart, “Watchmen”
3. Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”
3. Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”
4. Margo Martindale, “Mrs. America”
5. Tracey Ullman, “Mrs. America”
6. Holland Taylor, “Hollywood”

Will Win: Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”
Could Win:
Jean Smart, “Watchmen”
Should Win:
Everyone

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Chadwick Boseman & More Remembered in H.E.R.’s Performance at Emmys

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Gone but not forgotten.

Grammy award winning singer H.E.R. took to the stage for the 2020 Emmys in recognition of the many celebrities who died this year. Dressed in a pink gown, the artist sat at the piano to sing Prince’s famous song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in honor of the numerous stars we lost this year. She later stood up to play the electric guitar as a chorus sang backup.

Among the celebrities recognized were Naya Rivera, Regis Philbin, Diahann Carol and many other actors who were gone too soon. 

Additionally, a speech by Chadwick Boseman was played behind the star as she finished her performance. The speech previously delivered by Boseman read, “Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It’s the reason you’re on the planet at this particular time in history. The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”

The Black Panther star died of complications from colon cancer this year. 

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