Martin Short Cast In Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels & Whitney Cummings

Martin Short has signed on to the cast of Good People, Amazon’s half-hour comedy pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Cummings, who also stars, Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. In addition to Cummings, he j…

Martin Short Joins Amazon’s Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Pilot ‘Good People’

Martin Short has joined the cast of “Good People,” the Amazon comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings.

He joins recently cast Greg Kinnear and Lisa Kudrow, as well as Cummings, who will star, direct and co-write. Per Amazon, the half-hour comedy follows three generations of women working in the Ombudsman’s office of a college and navigating “the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.”

Short will play Dean Ed Brown, who is described as “the self-satisfied Dean of Sacramento University who has no concept of what’s appropriate. He is of the ‘old guard’ in terms of how he sees the world, and his casual sexism causes constant problems for the Ombudsman’s office.”

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Kudrow will play Lynn Steele, “The University Ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career.”

Kinnear will play Dr. Paul Keating, “the incredibly charismatic and charming philosophy professor at Sacramento University. He’s Indiana Jones meets Joan Didion. He causes problems for Lynn Steele (Kudrow) and Hazel Miller (Cummings) because of his unorthodox methods of teaching and refusal to acquiesce to ‘PC’ rules.”

“Good People” is created, written and executive produced by Cummings and Daniels. Lisa Kudrow will also serve as an executive producer. Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.

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Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada’s “SCTV,” which led to him being cast on “Saturday Night Live” in 1984. He soon became a fan-favorite for characters like Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen. He’s known for films including “Father of the Bride,” “Three Amigos,” “Pure Luck” “Inherent Vice” and “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.” Short also won a Tony for his stage role in the revival of “Little Me.” His upcoming projects include providing the voice of the father in the animated movie “The Willoughbys.”

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Greg Kinnear joined the cast of “Good People,” the Amazon comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings.

“Good People” stars Lisa Kudrow and Cummings, who will also direct and co-write. Per Amazon, the half-hour comedy follows three generations of women working in the Ombudsman’s office of a college and navigating “the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.”

Kinnear will play Dr. Paul Keating, described as “the incredibly charismatic and charming philosophy professor at Sacramento University. He’s Indiana Jones meets Joan Didion. He causes problems for Lynn Steele (Kudrow) and Hazel Miller (Cummings) because of his unorthodox methods of teaching and refusal to acquiesce to ‘PC’ rules.”

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Kudrow will play Lynn Steele, “The University Ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career.”

“Good People” will be executive produced by Kudrow, Cummings and Daniels, who will also direct the pilot and write. It’s produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Kinnear recently co-starred opposite Isabelle Hubbert and Marisa Tomei in Ira Sachs’ “Frankie,” which premiered this week in Cannes. His upcoming projects include the starring role in his feature directorial debut, “Phil,” which will be released July 5 on VOD film distributor Quiver, as well as “Brian Banks” and “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” coming later this summer. His recent television roles include appearances on “House of Cards” and Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone.” He is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney Rick Genow.

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Reed Morano’s Amazon Drama ‘The Power’ Pulls Out of Georgia Over New Abortion Law

Reed Morano’s upcoming Amazon series “The Power” will not shoot in Georgia in protest of the state’s new abortion law, the director said Tuesday.

“It felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue,” Morano wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “We just couldn’t do it.”

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that the feature “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” starring the “Bridesmaids” team of Kirsten Wiig and Annie Mumolo, had pulled out of filming in the state in response to the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” recently signed into law.

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An adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel, the 10-episode series “The Power” takes place in a world where “suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them.”

Produced by Sister Pictures and directed and produced by Morano, “The Power” was set to shoot on location around the world, including in Georgia. However, Morano said in an interview with Time that she had “no problem stopping the entire process instantly.”

“I’m sorry if the work moves away from where you live. But having this basic fundamental right for women is more important than anything in this moment in time,” said Morano, whose directing credits include “Halt and Catch Fire” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The so-called “heartbeat” law, signed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp, is designed to prevent abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, unless it is blocked in the courts. Legal challenges are expected.

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Last week Imagine Entertainment announced that filming for its Netflix film “Hillbilly Elegy” would remain in the state, but the company would donate to ACLU of Georgia in opposition to the bill, and Imagine would consider a boycott if the law were to take effect.

Similarly, producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of the Fox film trilogy “Fear Street” and the TV series “P-Valley” said the productions would remain in the state, but that the producers would be making a “significant donation” to ACLU.

Others have boycotted production in the state altogether, including producers David Simon, Christine Vachon, Mark Duplass and Neal Dodson.

“The best thing we can hope for is if everyone has a united stance and pulls the money out,” Morano told Time. “Maybe we can have a quick reversal to these laws and then everyone gets what they want.”

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Who dominates the streaming device market in the U.S.? Well, with most companies treating their exact user data as if they were nuclear launch codes, it’s tough for anyone to get a real feel for the current landscape.

But new data shared from Ampere Analysis helps breakdown how the device makers fare against each other — and by the end of the first quarter of 2019, it looks like there’s a tight race between Roku and Amazon for the top spot.

According to a recent survey by Ampere, Roku’s array of streaming devices account for 25% of the total U.S. streaming-device market. Amazon Fire TV, meanwhile, isn’t far behind, with a 23% cut of the market. Google’s Chromecast, at 17% is the third biggest company on the market.

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Apple TV might carry the most prestige, but it holds just 11% of the market — perhaps a casualty of its higher price point ; Apple TV 4K runs $179.99 at its cheapest, whereas Roku has several streaming options between $29.99 and $79.99. Amazon also offers its Fire TV Stick as low as $34.99.

Diving a bit deeper, Ampere estimated that roughly 28 million U.S. households now have at least one Roku device. And most streamers tend to have more than one device in their home, it turns out. Data provided by eMarketer shows there are 70.1 million connected Roku devices in the U.S. — increasing 19% year-over-year from 59.1 million during Q1 2018, and 47.3 million during the first quarter of 2017.

A Roku spokesperson declined to weigh in on the company’s performance at home versus abroad, but indicated the majority of its business is U.S.-based. Google, when factoring in global active users, has 34 million streaming accounts, besting the 29.1 million active accounts Roku reported at the end of Q1.

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The rise of streaming devices goes hand-in-hand with the rise of streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu. Netflix has more than 60 million paying customers in North America, and nearly 150 million overall across the globe. Hulu, which only operates in the U.S., has about 27 million paying customers. Amazon offers its Prime Video service to more than 100 million Prime members as part of their overall deal, but it’s unclear how many actually stream Amazon shows.

Even Roku, which started off strictly as a device maker, has branched out into content and now offers free, ad-supported shows. Roku’s VP of programming Rob Holmes told TheWrap in March he believes ad-supported content is still a big value play for companies fighting for their share of eyeballs.

“Nine out of 10 people are looking for free content on our platform,” Holmes said. The combo of its ad-supported content, coupled with users being able to stream Netflix, Hulu, or catch up on “Game of Thrones” on HBO Now, has added up for Roku. Nearly 9 billion hours worth of shows were streamed during the first three months of this year — coming out to around 3.4 hours per day of streaming on average.

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Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. Patrick Vollrath directed the thriller from his own script. It marks his feature film directing debut following his 2015 Oscar-nominated short, “Everything Will Be Okay.”

Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of Augenschein Filmproduktion are producing, while Novotny’s Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr are co-producers. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of the Gotham Group are serving as executive producers.

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