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Steve Levitan’s ‘Reboot’ Scores Series Pickup at Hulu

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Hulu has given a series order to Reboot, a star-studded comedy from Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan.

The project, which marks Levitan’s follow-up to multiple Emmy winner Modern Family, stars Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville. Judy Greer has also joined the cast, taking over a role that Leslie Bibb played in the pilot episode.

Reboot stars Key and Knoxville as the two male leads of an early 2000s family sitcom that Hulu decides to reboot, forcing its dysfunctional cast back together. Now they must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast-changing world.

“Steve’s incredible track record speaks for itself. Modern Family was brilliant and massively appealing, making millions upon millions of viewers laugh week-after-week and quickly becoming a global sensation,” said Jordan Helman, head of scripted content at Hulu. “We’re honored that Hulu will be home to Steve’s return to television with Reboot and given our slate of successful comedies such as Only Murders in the BuildingPen15Ramy and more, we know our viewers will devour this hilariously meta satire.”

Said Levitan, “After working thirty years in TV comedy, this is both my love letter to sitcoms and, if I’m being honest, much-needed therapy.”

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In addition to Key and Knoxville, the Reboot cast includes Greer (Archer, Showtime’s Kidding) as Bree, a small-town pageant girl who dreamed of becoming an actress and a princess and managed to do both; Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as a sitcom writer with a “fresh” take; Calum Worthy (American Vandal) as a movie star/hip hop artist; and Krista Marie Yu (Last Man Standing) as a tech executive turned TV creative exec.

Disney’s 20th Television, where Levitan has a rich overall deal, is producing the series.

“Steve Levitan is a comedy genius and his idea for Reboot is as hilarious as it is timely,” said 20th TV president Karey Burke. “We’re thrilled that our friends at Hulu love this sly, wildly funny look at the television comedy business as much as we do. And the spectacular cast Steve’s assembled speaks to both the quality of the writing and the appeal of this platform as a home for smart, high quality television. Everyone jumped at the chance to come on board.”

Levitan created the series and co-wrote the pilot with John Enbom (Party Down, Veronica Mars). Levitan will also be the showrunner; he and Enbom executive produce with Danielle Stokdyk and Jeff Morton.

Greer is repped by Artists First and CAA.

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‘Lupin’ Star Omar Sy Inks First-Look TV Deal at HBO Max

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HBO Max is thinking globally with its latest talent deal.

The streamer has signed Lupin star Omar Sy to a first-look television deal. Under the exclusive pact, Sy and HBO Max will develop series projects together in his home country of France as well as for the United States and other parts of the world.

“Omar Sy is one of the great talents of our time and it has been thrilling to watch his global star rise after enjoying such a celebrated acting career in his native France,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max. “We are honored to be partnering with Omar and are looking forward to what we’ll accomplish together in the years ahead amid HBO Max’s increasing global expansion.”

Added Sy, “I am very happy to be partnering with HBO Max who share my dreams of developing globally appealing content for audiences around the world, including French speaking Africa, France and the United States.”

Sy broke out with his César Award-winning performance in the 2011 film The Intouchables. becoming the first Black performer to win best actor in the French equivalent to the Oscars. He currently stars in Netflix’s Lupin, whose first season ranks among Netflix’s top 10 non-English language series of all time (according to the company’s internal figures).

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“Omar’s career to date has been defined by his perseverance, integrity and consistently high standards. While never taking himself too seriously, he is enormously serious about his craft, and represents the best of France on the world stage,” said Vera Peltekian, vp and commissioning editor who oversees HBO Max originals commissioned and produced in France. “We are delighted to embark on this new adventure with him at HBO Max.”

Sy’s credits also include the Jurassic World franchise, Netflix’s film The Takedown and The Call of the Wild. He is repped by CAA, Agence Adequat in France, Narrative and Sloane Offer.

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After Jimmy Kimmel Called Out Texas TV Station For Cutting School Shooting Monologue Short, The Station Responded

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Soon after having to bow out of hosting his talk show due to testing positive for COVID, Jimmy Kimmel took a different approach to his monologue on Wednesday night. Rather than the traditional method of joking about topical news with an in-house audience, Kimmel opted for a pre-taped monologue within a mostly emptied studio, where he shared his emotional response to the tragic elementary school shooting that took place on Tuesday, May 24, and left 19 Texan children dead. Not everyone in the country saw Kimmel’s impassioned delivery, however, as a local ABC affiliate in the Dallas – Fort Worth area unexpectedly cut into the monologue, which obviously caused a stir with Kimmel and his fanbase.

Jimmy Kimmel took to social media on Wednesday night after he was alerted to the fact that the affiliate station WFAA broke away from the telecast mid-monologue, sharing this message (along with a video link): 

To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa
cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out.

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‘Stargate’ Creator Robert C. Cooper to Direct ‘Generation Mars’ Sci-Fi Drama

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Stargate writer, producer and director Robert C. Cooper is set to direct Generation Mars, a sci-fi series adapted from Douglas D. Meredith’s book series.

Cooper is best known for having showrun 17 seasons of the Stargate franchise for MGM Television, having served as executive producer and co-created two of the series’ spinoffs. Even Stevens child star A.J. Trauth will produce for marblemedia and MEZO Entertainment, Cooper’s production banner.

Ten one-hour episodes of the live action sci-fi drama are in development. Set in 2053, Generation Mars will follow 12 year-old Cas, who is famous in two worlds, as a true Martian and the first human being born on Mars. The series producers have signed astronaut trainee Alyssa Carson as a consultant.

The Stargate franchise spawned a long-running TV series, a series of films dating back to the original title in 1994, animated series, a web series, video games, comic books, amusement park rides and a pinball machine.

Cooper, a writer and story editor in the first year of Stargate SG-1, eventually executive produced the series and created Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe with Brad Wright. As part of the Stargate franchise, Robert Carlyle played Dr. Nicholas Rush, the borderline eccentric scientist leading the stargate research.

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Cooper’s latest series Unspeakable, for CBC and Sundance TV, chronicled the Canadian tainted blood tragedy and was produced through his production company. Before that, he served as showrunner on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBCAmerica, Netflix and AMC Studios.

Toronto-based indie producer marblemedia most recently produced the reality glass-art competition series Blown Away for Netflix.

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