‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Boss Thinks World Would ‘Be a Better Place’ if Show Wasn’t so Relevant

(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

Also Read: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Ann Dowd Shares Her Theories About Aunt Lydia’s Backstory (Video)

Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

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“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

Also Read: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira’s Newfound Freedom Isn’t All Sweet (Video)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira’s Newfound Freedom Isn’t All Sweet (Video)

(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: Ann Dowd Shares Her Theories About Aunt Lydia's Backstory (Video)

'The Handmaid's Tale' Cast on Pressure to Match Critical Darling's Success in Season 2 (Video)

'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira's Newfound Freedom Isn't All Sweet (Video)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Ann Dowd Shares Her Theories About Aunt Lydia’s Backstory (Video)

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Aunt Lydia was not messing around in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And from the looks of things, Ann Dowd’s character is stepping up her game for the critically-acclaimed Hulu series’ upcoming second installment.

The Emmy winner spoke with TheWrap ahead of Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere about the harsh punishment Lydia has doled out to Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss), Ofwarren/Janine (Madeline Brewer), Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) and the other handmaids in Gilead and why that has helped Dowd develop her own theories about Lydia’s past. A backstory which viewers have yet to see, but might in the coming episodes.

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“Yes, when you’re playing a character you think, ‘OK Episodes 1-6 are all about Lydia. And then we’ll bring in the other characters,’” Dowd says in the interview above. “But I trust the writers tremendously and I’m curious about it. However, I often wonder, was she very in love as a 13-year-old and did she get pregnant? And the shame, the shame, the shame. I remember, I was raised in a Catholic family and I think the first time I kissed a boy I thought, ‘Am I pregnant?’ There is so much, you know the anti-sex pill that you were given when you hit puberty from your parents being word.”

“So did she [Aunt Lydia] have so much shame that she just promised, ‘Listen, God, if you give me one more chance, I’ll never ever ever let you down,’” Dowd continued. “And she just shut off all sides of her except devotion as a way of saying, ‘I’m sorry. It will never happen again.’”

Also Read: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira’s Newfound Freedom Isn’t All Sweet (Video)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch Dowd’s entire interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 am PT for another interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on Wednesday, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead ‘Isn’t So F—ed Up’ (Exclusive Video)

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Aunt Lydia was not messing around in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And from the looks of things, Ann Dowd’s character is stepping up her game for the critically-acclaimed Hulu series’ upcoming second installment.

The Emmy winner spoke with TheWrap ahead of Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere about the harsh punishment Lydia has doled out to Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss), Ofwarren/Janine (Madeline Brewer), Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) and the other handmaids in Gilead and why that has helped Dowd develop her own theories about Lydia’s past. A backstory which viewers have yet to see, but might in the coming episodes.

“Yes, when you’re playing a character you think, ‘OK Episodes 1-6 are all about Lydia. And then we’ll bring in the other characters,'” Dowd says in the interview above. “But I trust the writers tremendously and I’m curious about it. However, I often wonder, was she very in love as a 13-year-old and did she get pregnant? And the shame, the shame, the shame. I remember, I was raised in a Catholic family and I think the first time I kissed a boy I thought, ‘Am I pregnant?’ There is so much, you know the anti-sex pill that you were given when you hit puberty from your parents being word.”

“So did she [Aunt Lydia] have so much shame that she just promised, ‘Listen, God, if you give me one more chance, I’ll never ever ever let you down,'” Dowd continued. “And she just shut off all sides of her except devotion as a way of saying, ‘I’m sorry. It will never happen again.'”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch Dowd’s entire interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 am PT for another interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on Wednesday, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead 'Isn't So F—ed Up' (Exclusive Video)

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to Hulu Wednesday with a second season that’s going completely off-book.

The Elisabeth Moss-led series — whose first season won more awards than Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) could shake a cow-prodder at — exhausted the source material last year and is about to unleash a new story that goes beyond the pages of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.

So are the stars feeling the heat when it comes to living up to the hype with this addition to the original tale? Of course, but they also trust showrunner Bruce Miller and their writers.

Also Read: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira’s Newfound Freedom Isn’t All Sweet (Video)

“I don’t want Margaret to get angry with me, because she’s got a dark imagination!” O-T Fagbenle, who plays June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband Luke, told TheWrap about making sure the author is pleased with their work. “The main pressure I feel is just to do the scripts justice,” he added.

“I think of course there is great pressure when something works to try and keep it working, but without repeating the formula in a way that might get the audience bored,” Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Fred Waterford, said. “Allowing this second season to speak as strongly as it did to people — we got lucky in terms of hitting the political zeitgeist,” he added.

“I think the key there is just to bring your best every day,” said Ann Dowd, who took home an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for playing Aunt Lydia. “And it takes so many [people] to make this story.”

Alexis Bledel, who grabbed an Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy for her role as Ofglen/Emily, said they are trying “to step up our game for season 2 and hopefully get something even more satisfying.”

Also Read: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead ‘Isn’t So F–ed Up’ (Exclusive Video)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch the cast’s interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 for an interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on Wednesday, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira’s Newfound Freedom Isn’t All Sweet (Video)

Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead ‘Isn’t So F—ed Up’ (Exclusive Video)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Trailer: Her Name Is June and She’s Free, Thank You Very Much (Video)

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to Hulu Wednesday with a second season that’s going completely off-book.

The Elisabeth Moss-led series — whose first season won more awards than Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) could shake a cow-prodder at — exhausted the source material last year and is about to unleash a new story that goes beyond the pages of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.

So are the stars feeling the heat when it comes to living up to the hype with this addition to the original tale? Of course, but they also trust showrunner Bruce Miller and their writers.

“I don’t want Margaret to get angry with me, because she’s got a dark imagination!” O-T Fagbenle, who plays June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband Luke, told TheWrap about making sure the author is pleased with their work. “The main pressure I feel is just to do the scripts justice,” he added.

“I think of course there is great pressure when something works to try and keep it working, but without repeating the formula in a way that might get the audience bored,” Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Fred Waterford, said. “Allowing this second season to speak as strongly as it did to people — we got lucky in terms of hitting the political zeitgeist,” he added.

“I think the key there is just to bring your best every day,” said Ann Dowd, who took home an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for playing Aunt Lydia. “And it takes so many [people] to make this story.”

Alexis Bledel, who grabbed an Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy for her role as Ofglen/Emily, said they are trying “to step up our game for season 2 and hopefully get something even more satisfying.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch the cast’s interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 for an interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on Wednesday, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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Inside 'The Handmaid's Tale' Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)

'The Handmaid's Tale' Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead 'Isn't So F—ed Up' (Exclusive Video)

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Fox 21 Television Studios Promotes Nissa Diederich to Run Production

Fox 21 Television Studios has promoted production executive Nissa Diederich to Executive Vice President of Production.

President of Production Bert Salke, who Diederich will report to, announced her expanded role Tuesday, which will include oversight of all production matters on series including “American Crime Story,” “Homeland,” Queen of the South,” “Genius” and “The Chi,” as well as the upcoming “Pose,” “Mayans, “The Politician” and “Ratched.”

She will also continue to helm productions of 20th Century Fox TV’s Ryan Murphy series “American Horror Story” and “9-1-1.”

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The new VP will work closely with the studio’s showrunners on securing stages and locations, hiring crew, managing budgets and supervising projects from pre- to postproduction.

“Nissa has overseen some incredibly ambitious productions, from seasons of ‘Homeland’ overseas in South Africa and Berlin and ‘Genius’ in Budapest, to the multiple series of the prolific Ryan Murphy, and she is beloved by creators and executives alike,” Salke said. “She has been enormously helpful to Mark Pearson and me as we’ve grown the Fox 21 TVS business, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a seasoned pro in this vital role.”

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Below is Diederich’s full bio, per Fox 21 Television Studios:

Diederich joined the former Fox Television Studios twenty years ago as a Manager of Production Finance, rising through the ranks to oversee all aspects of production finance for primetime network, cable, international and alternative television production for FOX Television Studios, Fox World Productions, Regency Television and The Greenblatt Janollari Studio. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Production at both Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television before that, Diederich oversaw the productions of Ryan Murphy’s “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” and Feud,” Kurt Sutter’s “Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming “Mayans,” and Alex Gansa’s “Homeland.”

Diederich is a graduate of University of Southern California with a BS in Communications & Social Sciences.

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Fox 21 Television Studios has promoted production executive Nissa Diederich to Executive Vice President of Production.

President of Production Bert Salke, who Diederich will report to, announced her expanded role Tuesday, which will include oversight of all production matters on series including “American Crime Story,” “Homeland,” Queen of the South,” “Genius” and “The Chi,” as well as the upcoming “Pose,” “Mayans, “The Politician” and “Ratched.”

She will also continue to helm productions of 20th Century Fox TV’s Ryan Murphy series “American Horror Story” and “9-1-1.”

The new VP will work closely with the studio’s showrunners on securing stages and locations, hiring crew, managing budgets and supervising projects from pre- to postproduction.

“Nissa has overseen some incredibly ambitious productions, from seasons of ‘Homeland’ overseas in South Africa and Berlin and ‘Genius’ in Budapest, to the multiple series of the prolific Ryan Murphy, and she is beloved by creators and executives alike,” Salke said. “She has been enormously helpful to Mark Pearson and me as we’ve grown the Fox 21 TVS business, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a seasoned pro in this vital role.”

Below is Diederich’s full bio, per Fox 21 Television Studios:

Diederich joined the former Fox Television Studios twenty years ago as a Manager of Production Finance, rising through the ranks to oversee all aspects of production finance for primetime network, cable, international and alternative television production for FOX Television Studios, Fox World Productions, Regency Television and The Greenblatt Janollari Studio. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Production at both Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television before that, Diederich oversaw the productions of Ryan Murphy’s “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” and Feud,” Kurt Sutter’s “Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming “Mayans,” and Alex Gansa’s “Homeland.”

Diederich is a graduate of University of Southern California with a BS in Communications & Social Sciences.

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James Corden’s Crosswalk Musical ‘The Sound of Music’ Has a Problem to Solve – 2 Marias (Video)

James Corden was granted permission to do yet another Crosswalk the Musical — with the expectation he would include CBS stars like “Mom” leads Anna Faris and Allison Janney, “Young Sheldon”‘s Iain Armitage and “The Big Bang Theory”‘s Kunal Nayyar.

Tuesday’s edition of the segment, which aired during Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” featured a performance of “The Sound of Music,” in which the late-night host immediately took issue with Janney, who showed up ready to play Maria.

“I don’t know who she thinks she is, from Day 1 this company has had a fair and democratic audition process that always casts me in the lead role!” Corden said.

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“Unfortunately I did agree to do this before I won the Oscar,” Janney noted. “There is no way I would have said yes now — but if I’m doing it you bet your sweet ass I’m playing Maria.”

The two agreed to both play the role first taken on by Julie Andrews in the 1965 classic — and it went about as well as you would think that decision would.

Janney and Corden swapped parts in between musical numbers like “The Sound of Music” and “My Favorite Things” as oncoming traffic was forced to come to halt.

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They finally figure out how to solve the problem of two Marias in the end, but not before a lot of diva behavior. (Mainly from Corden.)

Watch the clip above.

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James Corden was granted permission to do yet another Crosswalk the Musical — with the expectation he would include CBS stars like “Mom” leads Anna Faris and Allison Janney, “Young Sheldon”‘s Iain Armitage and “The Big Bang Theory”‘s Kunal Nayyar.

Tuesday’s edition of the segment, which aired during Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” featured a performance of “The Sound of Music,” in which the late-night host immediately took issue with Janney, who showed up ready to play Maria.

“I don’t know who she thinks she is, from Day 1 this company has had a fair and democratic audition process that always casts me in the lead role!” Corden said.

“Unfortunately I did agree to do this before I won the Oscar,” Janney noted. “There is no way I would have said yes now — but if I’m doing it you bet your sweet ass I’m playing Maria.”

The two agreed to both play the role first taken on by Julie Andrews in the 1965 classic — and it went about as well as you would think that decision would.

Janney and Corden swapped parts in between musical numbers like “The Sound of Music” and “My Favorite Things” as oncoming traffic was forced to come to halt.

They finally figure out how to solve the problem of two Marias in the end, but not before a lot of diva behavior. (Mainly from Corden.)

Watch the clip above.

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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

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Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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‘UnREAL’ Star Adam Demos on That Awkward Finale and August’s ‘Everlasting’ Return in Season 4

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the season 3 finale of “UnREAL” that aired Monday.)

“UnREAL” got pretty darn real in its Season 3 finale on Monday. The two back-to-back episodes saw drama on-screen for Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald) and her suitors and off-screen for Quinn (Constance Zimmer), Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and the rest of the “Everlasting” production crew, with Rachel even leaving the show all together come episode’s end.

One of the catalysts for another bit of fuss was Adam Demos’ outspoken Aussie August, a contestant vying for Serena’s affections. August expresses some beliefs on-camera about the military and fellow suitor Owen (a veteran played by Alex Hernandez) at a fundraiser that don’t sit well with everyone. Including Serena, who kicks him out of her Final Three on the spot.

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Of course it’s revealed that all of this was set up by Rachel to create a distraction on behalf of Quinn, who was about to be fired from the network in public at the shindig. And, as you’ll remember, these are the two women August had a love triangle with earlier in the season.

Because Demos is already set for Season 4 of “UnREAL,” TheWrap had to get to the bottom of how he felt about that awkward exit and what his return for a game of “Everlasting: All Stars” will mean for Rachel and Quinn.

“You got to see August going on, and myself and Alex pick their sides and what they truly believe in and go head to head,” Demos tells TheWrap. “I thought it was cool because of that. But it was unfortunate that Serena didn’t choose me [August] because the bond that she had with August was, she was able to let go of that so called ‘real world.’ And August is free living. So I feel it was a shame that came to a head and she felt like she had to go back to what some people call a normal life.”

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When Demos returns in the fourth installment it will be to get back into the “Everlasting” game once more, despite that awkward exit. And this time it’s for a special edition of the reality dating series.

“‘Everlasting: All-Stars’ is made up of the audiences favorite previous contestants, so [the writers] have made up ones from the previous seasons and so I come back for that reason because I’m a fan favorite,” Demos says. “But also, August comes back himself, you think it’s stupid for him to go back after being manipulated, but he comes back to promote his brand. Because as funny as it all was, he actually does start up these companies and start making money for these charities.”

“So he comes back to build his profile, but then on top of that, the ‘UnREAL’ writers bring him back because the dynamic he had with Rachel and Quinn was so strong — good and bad — that it’s going to be so much more,” Demos continued. “And the relationship with Quinn and Rachel goes so much deeper and so much further. And it is the catalyst for a lot of big things that happen in Season 4. The whole point of ‘UnREAL’ is Quinn and Rachel, so if you aren’t part of their storyline there is no point. But August has a big part in that in Season 4.”

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the season 3 finale of “UnREAL” that aired Monday.)

“UnREAL” got pretty darn real in its Season 3 finale on Monday. The two back-to-back episodes saw drama on-screen for Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald) and her suitors and off-screen for Quinn (Constance Zimmer), Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and the rest of the “Everlasting” production crew, with Rachel even leaving the show all together come episode’s end.

One of the catalysts for another bit of fuss was Adam Demos’ outspoken Aussie August, a contestant vying for Serena’s affections. August expresses some beliefs on-camera about the military and fellow suitor Owen (a veteran played by Alex Hernandez) at a fundraiser that don’t sit well with everyone. Including Serena, who kicks him out of her Final Three on the spot.

Of course it’s revealed that all of this was set up by Rachel to create a distraction on behalf of Quinn, who was about to be fired from the network in public at the shindig. And, as you’ll remember, these are the two women August had a love triangle with earlier in the season.

Because Demos is already set for Season 4 of “UnREAL,” TheWrap had to get to the bottom of how he felt about that awkward exit and what his return for a game of “Everlasting: All Stars” will mean for Rachel and Quinn.

“You got to see August going on, and myself and Alex pick their sides and what they truly believe in and go head to head,” Demos tells TheWrap. “I thought it was cool because of that. But it was unfortunate that Serena didn’t choose me [August] because the bond that she had with August was, she was able to let go of that so called ‘real world.’ And August is free living. So I feel it was a shame that came to a head and she felt like she had to go back to what some people call a normal life.”

When Demos returns in the fourth installment it will be to get back into the “Everlasting” game once more, despite that awkward exit. And this time it’s for a special edition of the reality dating series.

“‘Everlasting: All-Stars’ is made up of the audiences favorite previous contestants, so [the writers] have made up ones from the previous seasons and so I come back for that reason because I’m a fan favorite,” Demos says. “But also, August comes back himself, you think it’s stupid for him to go back after being manipulated, but he comes back to promote his brand. Because as funny as it all was, he actually does start up these companies and start making money for these charities.”

“So he comes back to build his profile, but then on top of that, the ‘UnREAL’ writers bring him back because the dynamic he had with Rachel and Quinn was so strong — good and bad — that it’s going to be so much more,” Demos continued. “And the relationship with Quinn and Rachel goes so much deeper and so much further. And it is the catalyst for a lot of big things that happen in Season 4. The whole point of ‘UnREAL’ is Quinn and Rachel, so if you aren’t part of their storyline there is no point. But August has a big part in that in Season 4.”

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