Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass

British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.” Dockery said that even when she was a child she was […]

British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.” Dockery said that even when she was a child she was […]

TV Review: ‘Godless’ on Netflix

Look, there’s nothing wrong with making a Western. It’s gorgeous out there, and if you have a Netflix budget and Netflix runtime, why not put Scoot McNairy and Michelle Dockery out in the middle of New Mexico and film horses galloping to an endless horizon? There’s any number of ways to make that beautiful, and […]

Look, there’s nothing wrong with making a Western. It’s gorgeous out there, and if you have a Netflix budget and Netflix runtime, why not put Scoot McNairy and Michelle Dockery out in the middle of New Mexico and film horses galloping to an endless horizon? There’s any number of ways to make that beautiful, and […]

‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab

EXCLUSIVE: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away, but some of the other work of the Robert Redford founded organization is a little closer and today the advisors, projects and fellows for the Screenwriters Lab were unveiled.
At SFF 2017, The Big Sick director Michael Showalter was one of the toasts of Park City with the now SAG Award nominated film, now he is on board as advisor to the 16 budding screenwriters that will be immersed in the Sundance Insti…

EXCLUSIVE: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away, but some of the other work of the Robert Redford founded organization is a little closer and today the advisors, projects and fellows for the Screenwriters Lab were unveiled. At SFF 2017, The Big Sick director Michael Showalter was one of the toasts of Park City with the now SAG Award nominated film, now he is on board as advisor to the 16 budding screenwriters that will be immersed in the Sundance Insti…

Writers Guild of America 2018 TV Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Godless,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’

HBO will be facing off against Netflix and Hulu once again at the WGA awards next year.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have announced nominations for this year’s television categories, including Drama Series, Comedy Series, and Long Form Original. Reigning Emmy winners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Veep” are nominated in their respective categories, as is HBO’s acclaimed “Big Little Lies” limited series.

Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ceremonies will take place in New York City and Los Angeles. The full list of 2018 nominations are below.

Drama Series
“The Americans”
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Stranger Things

Comedy Series
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“GLOW”
“Master of None
Silicon Valley”
“Veep”

Long Form Original
“American Horror Story: Cult”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Flint”
Godless
“Manhunt: Unabomber”

Long Form Adapted
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
The Wizard of Lies”

Short Form New Media Original
No nominations

Short Form New Media Adapted
“John Hancock” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver
“Chapter 2” (The Walking Dead: Red Machete), Written by Nick Bernardone
“Justicia” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by Mark Leitner
“Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Animation
“Brunchsquatch” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux
“A Father’s Watch” (The Simpsons), Written by Simon Rich
“Ruthie” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joanna Calo
“The Serfsons” (The Simpsons), Written by Brian Kelley
“Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy

Episodic Drama
“The Book of Nora” (The Leftovers), Teleplay by Tom Perrotta & Damon Lindelof
“Chicanery” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith
“The Heart Attack is the Best Way” (Good Behavior), Written by Chad Hodge
“Homecoming” (The OA), Written by Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij
“Slip” (Better Call Saul), Written by Heather Marion
“The Soviet Decision” (The Americans), Written by Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields

Episodic Comedy
“The Burglary” (Grace and Frankie), Written by Brendan McCarthy & David Budin
“Intervention” (The Carmichael Show), Written by Willie Hunter
“Judge” (Veep), Written by Ted Cohen
“Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
“The Verdict” (Trial & Error), Written by Jeff Astrof

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
“Conan”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Night With Seth Meyers”
“Real Time With Ball Maher”
“The Daily Show Trevor Noah”
“The Jim Jefferies Show”

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
“Nathan For You
“Portlandia”
“Saturday Night Live
“The President Show”
“Weekend Update Summer Edition”

Comedy/Variety Specials
“39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors”
“89th Annual Academy Awards”
“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton”
“Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special”
“Nathan For You: A Celebration”

Quiz and Audience Participation
Hollywood Game Night
Jeopardy!

Daytime Drama
General Hospital
Days of Our Lives

Children’s Episodic and Specials
“American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), Written by May Chan
“American Girl – Knowledge is Power” (American Girl), Teleplay by Alison McDonald, Story by Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion
“Just Add 1965,” (Just Add Magic), Written by Lauren Thompson
“Meet Julia” (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro
“The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special,” Written by Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough

Children’s Long Form
No nominations

Documentary Script – Current Events
“Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith
“Poverty, Politics and Profit” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young
“Unseen Enemy,” Written by Janet Tobias

Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events
“Divided States of America” Part One (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser
“Rachel Carson” (American Experience), Written and Directed by Michelle Ferrari
“The Great War” Part II (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives
“The Great War” Part III (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley
“The Vietnam War,” Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart,” Written by Geoffrey C. Ward

News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
“Obama Wiretap Allegations” (World News Tonight with David Muir)
“September 29, 2017” (World News Now)
“White Helmets” (60 Minutes)

News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
“Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes)
“Fighting Famine” (60 Minutes)

Digital News
“At the Capitol With Those for Whom Last Night Mattered the Most,” Written by Emma Roller
“Becoming Ugly,” Written by Madeleine Davies
“The Super Predators,” Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson
“Why Did Politicon Make Me Want To Die?,” Written by Libby Watson

Radio/Audio Documentary
“2016 Year in Review,” Written by Gail Lee
“Castro, Cuba & Communism,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella
“CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee
“Remembering Princess Diana 20 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans

Radio/Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
“Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas,” Written by Gail Lee
“World News This Week November 18, 2016,” Written by Joan B. Harris
“World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis

Radio/Audio News – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
“Chuck Berry,” Written by Jerry Edling
“Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley
“Holiday Stories,” Written by Gail Lee
“One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis

On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television)
“CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television
“The Good Fight,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotions

Television Graphic Art and Animation
No nominations

David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back

Lowery began working on the project in 2015, two and a half years before “Godless” debuted on Netflix.

David Lowery has a message for screenwriters: When you have a really good idea your passionate about, don’t put it on the back burner and assume you’ll be able to get to it when you get to it. The “A Ghost Story” director recently shared a story on his Road Dog Production blog entitled “Occupational Hazard.” The post details a script idea Lowery started writing two and half years ago that is oddly similar to Scott Frank’s Netflix series “Godless.”

According to Lowery, the idea started with a dream he had in which Amanda Seyfried “made her way stoically across a misty field towards a mountain of male corpses.” The director had also read a New Yorker article around the same time about the 33 Chilean miners who became trapped after a cave-in.

“The facts of that article and something about that dream intertwined in my head and suggested a screenplay about a struggling mining town in Colorado just before the Civil War, where a cave-in leads to the death of every single man,” Lowery writes. “I began to write it.

Lowery put the project on hold during the production of “Pete’s Dragon,” but he resumed work on the script just a year ago. “I developed new characters,” he writes, “dug into the facts of the period, wrote and rewrote dialogue, charted a structure, began to cast the film in my mind and took that most treacherous but necessary of steps: I started to tell people about the project.”

The script came to a stop this September, however, after Lowery discovered the Netflix series “Godless,” created by Scott Frank and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. The show is set in a mining town entirely populated by women, and one of the characters even shared the same name as Lowery’s protagonist: Callie. Lowery says he put the script into his “archives of unfinished projects” after reading about “Godless.”

“It’s happened before, this being beaten to some unexpectedly zeitgeisty punch, but never with such acute precision,” he writes. “Scott Frank was one of my advisors at the Sundance Labs nearly six years ago. He gave me one of the best tips of my career, but we have not crossed paths since.”

Lowery wonders if Frank had maybe dropped a hint about the idea during their time together and questions if that’s the reason he thought of the idea in the first place after his dream. The director admits he has no idea when Frank started to develop “Godless” and says coincidence is most likely to blame for why he had to shelve his script.

Several days after Lowery published the post, Soderbergh took to Twitter to defend Frank. Soderbergh clearly took Lowery’s post as an implication that Frank stole Lowery’s idea to create “Godless” after Lowery began telling people what he was writing. Lowery even wrote that telling people was a “treacherous” move. Soderbergh noted that he read Frank’s first “Godless” draft in 2003.


Lowery provided an addendum to his post to clarify that his intention was to never make it seem like Frank stole his idea.

“My post was not any sort of claim to authorship,” Lowery wrote. “Nor was it meant to be begrudging. ‘Godless’ is a completely original project; mine was likewise, and what I wrote was meant to be a musing on how two people can, all on their own, in completely separate chronologies, come up with remarkably similar ideas – a phenomenon which I suspect every writer is familiar with, and one I should have taken a bit more care and tact in elucidating.”

Lowery is currently in post-production on “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Casey Affleck and Robert Redford. Fox Searchlight Pictures has U.S. distribution rights. You can read his full blog post on right here.

In a bloody season finale, Godless loses its own final battle

Godless’s season finale is not without merit, though you’ve got to dig deep beneath the mountain of corpses it’s perched on to find it. From the start, creator-writer-director Scott Frank has wielded the bright sun of the show’s Western setting like a gunslinger of light and shadow, and he puts that talent to work…

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Godless’s season finale is not without merit, though you’ve got to dig deep beneath the mountain of corpses it’s perched on to find it. From the start, creator-writer-director Scott Frank has wielded the bright sun of the show’s Western setting like a gunslinger of light and shadow, and he puts that talent to work…

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Godless reveals the origin of the great Roy versus Frank feud 

After a season of buildup, Roy Goode’s past and his present both arrive at their long-foreseen destinations. Godless’s penultimate episode, “Dear Roy…,” takes its title from the letter the gunslinger received from his brother, written years ago but which he’s only able to read now. We hear it through Alice’s voice as…

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After a season of buildup, Roy Goode’s past and his present both arrive at their long-foreseen destinations. Godless’s penultimate episode, “Dear Roy…,” takes its title from the letter the gunslinger received from his brother, written years ago but which he’s only able to read now. We hear it through Alice’s voice as…

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