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Channel 5 orders Blakeway historical drama doc on Henry VIII

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Viacom-owned free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Zinc Media-owned production outfit Blakeway Productions and Motion Content Group to produce a three-part drama documentary set to explore Britain’s most notorious monarch.

Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster (3 x 60 minutes) will investigate Henry VIII – known as the father of the Royal Navy – and how his traumatic childhood transformed “a clever, handsome prince” into a paranoid ruler best known for his six marriages, in particular his efforts to have his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled.

The series will also look to unravel Henry VIII’s complicated relationship with his father, Henry VII of England, and the traumatic effect of the death of his mother, Elizabeth of York.

“Henry VIII is an iconic monarch, famous throughout the world, yet few understand what influences made him become the person he ended up being,” said Zinc Media’s creative director Emma Hindley in a statement. “We have worked with a team of Tudor experts and gained access to little-known historical records and documents never seen before on TV to help explain how Henry’s psychology and personality fundamentally shaped his rule – and therefore shaped England as a nation.”

Blakeway’s Hindley serves as executive producer on the series alongside Motion Content Group’s Melanie Darlaston. It was commissioned by C5′s Lucy Willis. TCB Media Rights will distribute the title internationally.

Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster further bolsters Blakeway’s relationship with Channel 5, having previously partnered on such historical documentaries as Tony Robinson’s History of BritainQueen Victoria and Her Tragic Family, Diana: 7 Days that Shook the World, and Egyptian Tomb Hunting.

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Originally posted 2020-04-07 21:09:08.

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Casts That Changed (For The Better) At The Last Second

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Some characters are inseparable from the actors who play them. Marty McFly is Michael J. Fox, period. It’s hard to believe that such iconic castings were sometimes the second choice. We’re not saying there’s an alternate universe where Hugh Jackman isn’t Wolverine — we’re saying that this is the alternate universe.

In fact, this happens often enough that we’re starting to believe that Fate intervenes to put the right performers in the right role. Just look at all these examples we found.

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Lea Michele dropped by HelloFresh after Glee co-star Samantha Ware’s accusations

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) — Meal-kit company HelloFresh has dropped Lea Michele after her former Glee co-star Samantha Ware said Michele made her life a “living hell” on the show.

Ware tweeted on Monday that Michele made “traumatic microaggressions” on the show, which made her question having a career in Hollywood.

“HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”

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A representative for Michele did not respond to Variety‘s repeated request for comment.

Michele has posted sponsored images on her social media with HelloFresh, which has a roster of paid partnerships with actors and reality TV personalities with large Instagram followings. Michele has nearly 6.5 million followers on Instagram.

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Samantha Marie Ware attends Variety’s Power Of Young Hollywood at The H Club Los Angeles on August 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Ware’s accusations on Monday evening were in response to a tweet from Michele that supported the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end,” Michele tweeted with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.

In response to her tweet, Ware tweeted in all capital letters: “Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget. I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s– in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.”

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Ware’s accusations were backed up by other Glee actors, including Amber Riley — one of the main cast members — who posted a GIF of her sipping tea, signaling that she appears to agree with the drama Ware had recounted. Alex Newell, who was on the show for four seasons, was very vocal on social media, tweeting numerous times, including, “We ain’t got not a damn thing to lie about 6 years later!” Melissa Benoist, who joined Glee in season four and now stars in Supergirl, weighed in by liking Ware, Riley, and Newell’s tweets from her account.

Yvette Nicole Brown, who co-starred with Michele on ABC’s The Mayor in 2017, also commented on the controversy. Brown responded to Ware’s tweet by writing, “I felt every one of those capital letters…every person on a set matters. Every person on a set deserves respect. And it is the responsibility of every series regular to make every person who visits their home feel welcome. This dismissive attitude is what’s wrong in Hollywood and the world.”

Lea Michele on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. (NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Ware had a recurring role on the sixth season of Glee, playing the character Jane Hayward across 11 episodes in 2015, while Michele was the top star of the hit show, garnering two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her role as Rachel Berry.

Michele has yet to respond to Ware’s accusations.

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Solar Opposites Review (Spoiler-Free)

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The existential dread that comes as part of the package deal with someone like Rick is largely missing. There’s no God-like character struggling to justify his increasingly meaningless existence on earth. Terry and Korvo are basic fools on earth who manufacture their own conflicts by constantly finding something new to obsess over. In one episode they want to meet a character from a TV show they like so they put all their efforts and sci-fi tech toward that. In another, they can’t let it go that their neighbors don’t like them, so they go way too far to rectify that. In our interview with Mike McMahan, he said if Rick and Morty is like a newer, single-camera sitcom (a la Arrested Development, Community, or 30 Rock), Solar Opposites is an old-school, multicamera show (Cheers, Home Improvement, Frasier) and the comparison is apt. This series is mostly about watching a family of alien dumbasses screw things up for stupid reasons.

Solar Opposites functions well as a show in the classic sitcom format because every member of the family is strongly characterized, we spend an evenly divided amount of time with all of them, and they’re all lovable. In addition to Korvo and Terry, there’s the replicants (the kids, effectively), Jesse (Mary Mack) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone). There’s also the Pupa, who doesn’t really talk, but gets its own charming, Maggie Simpson-esque plotlines, too. So far, the character pairings stay pretty consistent: Korvo and Terry have one conflict while Jesse and Yumyulack deal with something else (usually to do with school), but each character is so fun on their own, I’m confident they can swap them around to shake up their adventures in future seasons.

I can’t stress enough how great the voice cast is. The principal cast is all highly expressive actors with hilarious, cartoonish voices. Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack seem especially well-suited to playing these goofy-looking aliens. Mack’s Jesse is so adorable and hilarious, it’s a treat just to listen to her every time she’s onscreen. There are other wonderful performances outside of the main cast, too. Some notable mentions are voice acting royalty Tom Kenny and Kari Wahlgren, as well as Andy Daly and Alfred Molina.

The show deviates from its sitcom roots in its use of serialization. Solar Opposites brings plot elements and side characters from earlier episodes into later ones, but doesn’t get bogged down with a big overarching storyline, staying mostly concerned with silly, self-contained conflicts. The serialization is still used to surprising dramatic effect in a unique, inspired way, however, but I’ve said too much already.

Happily, the two key features of Rick and Morty also present in Solar Opposites are a decent budget and complex writing. It’s a good thing Hulu doesn’t skimp on their shows just because they’re online as this series is stuffed with great-looking, madcap, violent action set pieces. The show wouldn’t be out of place alongside other adult TV animation (that is, if it weren’t for the gleeful, constant, unbleeped profanity).

Originally posted 2020-05-04 12:37:57.

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