The Actor’s Process In ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Bradley Cooper, Michelle Yeoh & Ken Jeong At The Contenders NY

Bradley Cooper had a shot some years ago to play the tortured country rock singer, Jack, in A Star Is Born. Clint Eastwood was then attached to direct.
But being a young actor, Cooper said, “I knew, deep down, I hadn’t lived enough and woul…

Bradley Cooper had a shot some years ago to play the tortured country rock singer, Jack, in A Star Is BornClint Eastwood was then attached to direct. But being a young actor, Cooper said, “I knew, deep down, I hadn’t lived enough and wouldn’t play that character.” But then he did – he played hardened NAVY S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle in Eastwood’s American Sniper. Both Eastwood and Cooper were watching Annie Lennox perform I Put a Spell on You on TV, and Cooper was blown…

Steve Aoki Drops Music Video Starring BTS, Ken Jeong and All-Asian Cast (Watch)

DJ and producer Steve Aoki has released the music video for his single with “Waste It On Me,” featuring K-Pop supergroup BTS. The video stars an all Asian-American cast and director, including Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Ro…

DJ and producer Steve Aoki has released the music video for his single with “Waste It On Me,” featuring K-Pop supergroup BTS. The video stars an all Asian-American cast and director, including Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Ross Butler (“13 Reasons Why”) and Jamie Chung (“The Gifted”). Also featured are Aoki’s half-sister and model Devon Aoki, […]

Ken Jeong, BuzzFeed, and Sony Partner for YouTube Holiday Special

Actor Ken Jeong is partnering with BuzzFeed, Sony, and YouTube to star in a 30-minute Christmas special, titled “Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas.”

Jeong and his celebrity friends will explore Christmas traditions and unexpected stories behind one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. Guest stars will include Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Joel McHale and Harry Shum Jr (“Glee”).

“Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas” is executive produced and developed by Justin W. Hochberg. Jeong and Brett Carducci serve as executive producers, Isaac Feder as executive producer and director and Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. The special is produced by Sony Pictures Television, DK Entertainment and Just Entertainment, and will debut on the BuzzFeed YouTube channel on Dec. 12.

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Check out the trailer below.

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Actor Ken Jeong is partnering with BuzzFeed, Sony, and YouTube to star in a 30-minute Christmas special, titled “Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas.”

Jeong and his celebrity friends will explore Christmas traditions and unexpected stories behind one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. Guest stars will include Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Joel McHale and Harry Shum Jr (“Glee”).

“Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas” is executive produced and developed by Justin W. Hochberg. Jeong and Brett Carducci serve as executive producers, Isaac Feder as executive producer and director and Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. The special is produced by Sony Pictures Television, DK Entertainment and Just Entertainment, and will debut on the BuzzFeed YouTube channel on Dec. 12.

Check out the trailer below.

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Shaq and Ken Jeong to work odd jobs on new reality show, because why the hell not?

We’ve been known to critique TV shows from time to time here at The A.V. Club, but let’s be clear about one thing: Making TV shows is very, very, very hard. It must be, or else it would be completely absurd for TBS to pick up a pilot about Shaquille O’…

We’ve been known to critique TV shows from time to time here at The A.V. Club, but let’s be clear about one thing: Making TV shows is very, very, very hard. It must be, or else it would be completely absurd for TBS to pick up a pilot about Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong working together on various odd jobs. Surely

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TBS Orders Shaquille O’Neal-Ken Jeong Unscripted Pilot ‘Unqualified’

How’s this for an unlikely pairing: TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series starring Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong where the duo will take on odd jobs.

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, “Unqualified” (working title) will follow the antics of Shaq and Jeong as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they’d rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Jeong will have no clue what they’re walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.

Earlier this year, the two had a well-received performance on TBS’ “Drop the Mic.”

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“These guys made magic on ‘Drop The Mic’ together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” said Michael Bloom, senior VP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce “Unqualified” alongside Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions as well as Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris, and Brett Carducci.

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How’s this for an unlikely pairing: TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series starring Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong where the duo will take on odd jobs.

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, “Unqualified” (working title) will follow the antics of Shaq and Jeong as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they’d rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Jeong will have no clue what they’re walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.

Earlier this year, the two had a well-received performance on TBS’ “Drop the Mic.”

“These guys made magic on ‘Drop The Mic’ together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” said Michael Bloom, senior VP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce “Unqualified” alongside Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions as well as Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris, and Brett Carducci.

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Shaquille O’Neal, Ken Jeong to Star in Unscripted Series Pilot for TBS

TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series led by Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong. The new series is currently titled “Unqualified.” It will see O’Neal and Jeong team up to try out a variety of odd jobs  like patrolling mal…

TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series led by Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong. The new series is currently titled “Unqualified.” It will see O’Neal and Jeong team up to try out a variety of odd jobs  like patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting, and performing as party clowns. The […]

Ray Liotta, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel & More Round Out Cast For Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Day’s feature directorial debut El Tonto, which started production today in Los Angeles, has expanded its ensemble cast with Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong, The Pianist Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, Goodfellas Ray Liotta, and Viking…

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Day's feature directorial debut El Tontowhich started production today in Los Angeles, has expanded its ensemble cast with Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong, The Pianist Oscar-winner Adrien BrodyGoodfellas Ray Liotta, and Vikings‘ Travis Fimmel joining along with Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris and Devious Maids’ Edy Ganem In El Tonto, Day plays a mute simpleton who upon stepping off the bus for the first time in Los Angeles is thrust into stardom, only to…

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms. Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a harden…

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms. Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to […]

‘My Spy’: Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman Join Dave Bautista-Led Movie At STX

Ken Jeong, known for The Hangover films and most recently seen in Crazy Rich Asians, has come aboard STXfilms’ Dave Bautista-starring action-comedy, My Spy, along with Midnight, Texas star Parisa Fitz-Henley, who played Meghan Markle in the recen…

Ken Jeong, known for The Hangover films and most recently seen in Crazy Rich Asians, has come aboard STXfilmsDave Bautista-starring action-comedy, My Spy, along with Midnight, Texas star Parisa Fitz-Henley, who played Meghan Markle in the recent Lifetime movie, and Big Little Lies‘ Chloe Coleman. Peter Segal is directing the pic, which currently shooting in Toronto. Written by Jon and Erich Hoeber, the plot follows a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself…

Dave Bautista Action-Comedy ‘My Spy’ Adds Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman to Cast

STXfilms announced on Wednesday that the studio’s upcoming action-comedy “My Spy,” starring Dave Bautista, has added “Crazy Rich Asians”-actor Ken Jeong to the cast along with Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Luke Cage”) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”).

“My Spy” follows a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

The film, currently in production in Toronto, is being directed by Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) from a script penned by Jon and Erich Hoeber (“Red”).

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“MY SPY is the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

STXfilms is a division of Robert Simonds owned STX Entertainment.

The studio is making it a point to get into the big-screen action genre. In addition to “My Spy,” STX has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” with Vin Diesel, as well as gritty cop action flick “17 Bridges” with Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman.

STXfilms also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”

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And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing “My Spy” alongside MWM Studios — the production company behind the National Geographic series “Genius” and the Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” — as well as Bautista, Segal and Jonathan Meisner.

Gigi Pritzker serves as a producer, Rachel Shane and Adrian Alperovich serve as executive producers, and Stacy Calabrese a co-producer, all on behalf of MWM Studios. Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber and Michael Flynn also serve as executive producers.

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STXfilms’ SVP of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production for the studio.

Jeong, who most recently appeared in the historic box office summer hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” is represented by Brett Carducci/Aligned Entertainment and ICM. Fitz-Henley stars in NBC’s “Midnight Texas” and is repped by Management 360, APA & Peikoff Mahan. Coleman is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & lawyer Ryan LeVine.

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STXfilms announced on Wednesday that the studio’s upcoming action-comedy “My Spy,” starring Dave Bautista, has added “Crazy Rich Asians”-actor Ken Jeong to the cast along with Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Luke Cage”) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”).

“My Spy” follows a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

The film, currently in production in Toronto, is being directed by Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) from a script penned by Jon and Erich Hoeber (“Red”).

“MY SPY is the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

STXfilms is a division of Robert Simonds owned STX Entertainment.

The studio is making it a point to get into the big-screen action genre. In addition to “My Spy,” STX has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” with Vin Diesel, as well as gritty cop action flick “17 Bridges” with Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman.

STXfilms also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”

And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing “My Spy” alongside MWM Studios — the production company behind the National Geographic series “Genius” and the Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” — as well as Bautista, Segal and Jonathan Meisner.

Gigi Pritzker serves as a producer, Rachel Shane and Adrian Alperovich serve as executive producers, and Stacy Calabrese a co-producer, all on behalf of MWM Studios. Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber and Michael Flynn also serve as executive producers.

STXfilms’ SVP of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production for the studio.

Jeong, who most recently appeared in the historic box office summer hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” is represented by Brett Carducci/Aligned Entertainment and ICM. Fitz-Henley stars in NBC’s “Midnight Texas” and is repped by Management 360, APA & Peikoff Mahan. Coleman is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & lawyer Ryan LeVine.

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Ken Jeong to Star in Australian Sci-Fi Movie ‘Occupation: Rainfall’

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong is starring in “Occupation: Rainfall,” the sequel to the 2018 Australian science-fiction movie “Occupation.” Jeong will begin shooting in early October in Australian locations inclu…

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong is starring in “Occupation: Rainfall,” the sequel to the 2018 Australian science-fiction movie “Occupation.” Jeong will begin shooting in early October in Australian locations including the Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast. Other cast members include Temuera Morrison (“Aquaman”), Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens, Trystan Go, Lawrence Makoare, Vince Colosimo […]

‘Stand Up to Cancer’ 2018: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV

The sixth biennial “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon was broadcast live on all major networks Friday night, but there were some things you didn’t see unless you were in the audience. And TheWrap was.
The show at the Barker Hangar in Santa…

The sixth biennial “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon was broadcast live on all major networks Friday night, but there were some things you didn’t see unless you were in the audience. And TheWrap was.

The show at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica brought out many high-profile figures to man the donation call stations from the wings, many of whom have been affected or have had family members affected by cancer. Among them, Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, Josh Brolin, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Tony Hale, Maria Menounos and Max Greenfield. Celebrity speakers included Mahershala Ali, Ed Helms and Katie Couric, who is one of the organization’s co-founders.

“A Star is Born” director Bradley Cooper returned as co-executive producer of the show.

Here are just a few behind-the-scene moments:

Ken Jeong Riles Up the Crowd

Minutes before the live show began, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong came onto the stage to acknowledge the women who founded “Stand Up to Cancer,” asking them to stand up.

Practice Makes Perfect

Though celebrities are certainly used to being in front of the camera, most of us ordinary folk are not. In order to make sure the live show ran smoothly, show coordinators and choreographers rehearsed key moments of the telecast before it began — such as an audience sing-along of “With a Little Help From My Friends.” And the preparation was necessary, because the applause and overall emotions during the show were so overwhelming, the stage cues were just barely noticed.

A Focus on the Audience

The stories of cancer survivors were shown on video during the telecast, and while on stage, Matt Damon asked cancer patients and survivors in the crowd to stand up. The camera panned to sections of the audience, and while powerful on-screen, the true weight of the segment was felt when, as part of the audience, you could see just how many people had been shaken by the disease. Additionally, audience members asking one another about their individual stories before the show fostered a rare kind of camaraderie.

Shine a Light

While Jason Bateman was speaking about the groups of doctors, known as “dream teams,” funded by “Stand Up to Cancer,” audience members turned on their phone flashlights to reflect just how many hopeful “lights” there are in what may seem like hopeless situations. The telecast only caught about half the audience during the moment, but the view of everyone shining their lights was a sight to behold.

The Grandest of Pianos

You probably tuned in for Stevie Wonder’s salute to Aretha Franklin — who died of pancreatic cancer last month —  seated and singing at a yellow-and-orange-lacquered grand piano. What you didn’t see, however, was a crew of five people who pushed the piano to center stage during a pre-taped video, with another wiping it down just before Wonder came on.

Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of research that can get new therapies to patients quickly. The fundraiser aired commercial-free on more than 50 broadcast and cable networks across the U.S. and Canada and is  available to watch on-demand on Hulu as well as “Stand Up to Cancer’s” YouTube channel.

You can still donate to Stand Up To Cancer by calling 1.888.907.8263 or at SU2c.org.

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Ballin’ on a Budget: How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Made Mega-Rich World for $30 Million

In the high-flying world of Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” book trilogy, $30 million would barely cover the couture, jewels, private jet fuel and five-star menu for a ladies’ lunch in Singapore.

But $30 million was the budget for the Warner Bros. adaptation of the bestselling novel, about the competitive world of Asia’s super-rich thrust upon an unsuspecting Constance Wu when she flies from New York to meet her boyfriend’s family

Million-dollar diamonds, penthouses in the clouds, six-figure dinner tabs and more an orgy of brand names and labels. How’d they pull it off on a mid-range studio budget?

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TheWrap assembled the “Crazy Rich” filmmaking team including director Jon M. Chu, producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson, and production designer Nelson Coates for a lesson in balling on a budget.

Starting with …

Lockdown Diamonds

The expensive jewelry seen in the movie was borrowed from jewelers that came with security guards.

“Kevin [Kwan] was on par the whole time, saying, ‘People who know watches will know that that’s not an expensive watch,’” Chu told TheWrap. “I was like, ‘Kevin, that’s a $150,000 watch!’ And he’s like, ‘That’s not good enough, we have to get that $500,000 watch.’ We had to get the million-dollar earrings, that came with security guards, and I had never done a movie where you are bound by your time because a security guard needs to bring the jewelry back to the safe. I had never been dictated by the jewelry, the costumes, of how long you can shoot, so that was insane to go through. But totally worth it.”

Kwan, the author of the book on which the movie is based, added, “I also was able to help procure a vintage Rolex Paul Newman ‘Panda’ Daytona valued at $600,000 from a watch collector that we flew half-way around the world for a particular scene.”

However, renting the stellar pieces for the movie also came with complications, especially the ones worn by Gemma Chan’s Astrid Leong in the movie.

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“I was really angry when [the security guards] were like, ‘The earrings have to go back right now,’ and I said, ‘We’re not done shooting the scene,’ and they were like, ‘Well, make sure her ears aren’t seen then!’” Chu added. “I thought, ‘This is ridiculous.’”

“I think we had around $3 million worth of jewelry, with several guards, on set!” said Coates.

Yeoh’s Private Stash

Michelle Yeoh’s character, Eleanor Young, also wears a gorgeous ring at the end of the movie — and that particular piece of jewelry came from her own jewelry box.

“We had a ring made, and it didn’t look great. All the people I asked — my friends who love jewelry — said ‘Yeah, that doesn’t look great,’” Chu explained. “So Michelle was like, ‘Hey, I have a ring. I bought the ring as a gift to myself.’ So it’s hers! She said, ‘I buy myself a gift after every movie I do.’”

Brand Desertion

The world of “Crazy Rich” is nothing if not jet-setting, which gave an easy layup for product placement in the form of a major airline (deals like these happen all the time in studio films, like a recent Turkish Airlines partnership on “Batman v. Superman”).

But no one bit, producers Jacobson and Simpson said, specifically a natural partner in Singapore Airlines.

“We were shocked,” admitted Jacobson, whose Color Force Productions partner Simpson was equally gobsmacked.

“It was going to be an ad for Singapore Airlines!” Simpson said. “But they were not sure the movie would represent the airline and their customer in a good light. People want what Richard Curtis’ movies (“Love, Actually,” “Notting Hill”) do for England — they make you want to visit the country.”

They wound up creating a fictional airline, Pacific Asean Airlines.

Chu said, “People didn’t have faith in this movie. They didn’t know what this movie was. It seems obvious now, but when we were making it, everyone thought it was a little movie and they were very suspicious about what we were trying to do.”

Singapore Airlines did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Fashion Fears 

Designers were also reluctant to put their necks on the block, knowing how quickly trends change and how intensely competitive the world of “Crazy Rich Asians” is.

“We didn’t get the support of all designers — we were two years out from getting the movie out so they were like, ‘We have nothing to sell here; we don’t know where fashion is in two years,’” Chu explained.

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“You can’t buy the dress on [character] Astrid Leong right now; it was on sale last year,” Simpson added.

Kwan told TheWrap, “To give authenticity to the production while staying on budget, I worked overtime to connect our costume designer Mary Vogt to designers and artisans I personally know that are favored by real ‘crazy rich Asians.’ Designers you wouldn’t even find in the fashion magazines because they cater exclusively to the 0.1 percent crowd and prize discretion over publicity. These include the jeweler Carnet by Michelle Ong, who lent us museum-quality jewels valued in the millions, and accessories designer Neil Felipp, who lent us some of his iconic, award-winning evening purses.”

He added, “So our actresses really looked like a million bucks because they were literally wearing millions of dollars worth of jewels and accessories.”

Jacobson credits Vogt with saving the day and creating a wardrobe for the 1 percent using local designers and vintage finds.

“She, basically, just had to deal. She bought it, found it, shopped it, shipped it,” Jacobson said.

Limited Wide Shots

A money saver (which sounds like it’s out of the Blumhouse playbook) was simply limiting wide shots.

“As a group, we decided where we wanted to throw our money,” said Chu. “In regards to wide shots, we thought, ‘What are the ones we could probably do without?’”

Old-Fashioned Movie Magic

Chu told TheWrap that working with experienced crew members who wouldn’t “take no for an answer” was an important part of making the movie work on a low budget.

“We needed experienced people who would know how to do it all strategically and budget-friendly, and we needed people who are passionate and loving of the subject matter so that they would give it their all,” Chu said.

Chu tapped Coates, a production designer who has worked on films like “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Proposal,” to spin gold from dust — literally.

“It was such a labor of love and it was shockingly challenging to do — even the weather conditions alone,” Coates said. “It rained five out of every seven days, and Malaysia is the third highest lightning strike country in the world. Every set had to be earthed with lightning rods!”

In Kwan’s novel, Singapore society is largely unaware of the existence of Tyersall Park — a monolithic colonial mansion that sits on the grounds of the Eastern equivalent of Central Park. Coates wound up transforming a crumbling Malaysian government building, infested with feral dogs and bats, and littered with monkey poop, into a generations-old manor.

Adding the conservatory to the property that was basically constructed from scratch — Coates says there is basically just brick there — allowed the crew to “Gatsby it up.”

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Kwan also said Coates “was able to borrow some of the rarest antiques from shops all over Singapore and Malaysia to decorate the set of Tyersall Park.”

Coates explained that all the jewelry stores in Singapore and Malaysia are in the malls, hence not a very glamorous exterior shot for a film that is supposed to boast the unachievable for — let’s just be frank — us poor people.

“When we were scouting for Astrid’s penthouse, we were walking into the St. Regis in Kuala Lumpur. They have a bar and we walked in, and I said, ‘It’s a jewelry store!’ Everyone looked at me like I was off my rocker. We built jewelry cases and we made them empty their wine cellar where we made velvet shelves — and it quickly became a private client area for their jewelry.”

Perhaps the most impressive, elaborate location the team worked with was the Gardens by the Bay, a location that was not secured until two weeks before filming began. However, the location was completely booked in exactly the place they wanted to shoot — but they found common ground when the crew agreed to break down every night and reassemble the set whenever it was free to use.

“We wanted a place for the reception that looked like mere mortals could not have arranged,” Coates said. “You are upping the visual ante throughout the whole movie. It took four months to get the Gardens by the Bay on board. They, basically, had planned all their festivities including a light show and fireworks in the exact spot where we wanted our reception.”

He added, “We worked with the Malaysian and Singapore governments to get access to these places — there was no way we could afford them otherwise.”

One of those places, of course, involved the Marina Bay Sands — in particular, the world famous rooftop with the stunning infinity pool that has graced the covers of countless travel magazines and the pages of bloggers.

“The rooftop actually has two restaurants that are separately leased and not run by the hotel, so we had to get them on board. We had help from the Marina Bay Sands because they knew this would be great for them,” said Coates. “Of course, we had to pay the location fee because in terms of the nightclub and restaurant, we were taking over their business.”

All in all, the crew shot for eight weeks — five weeks in Kuala Lumpur, two in Singapore for exteriors… and all the New York scenes were also shot in Singapore.

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In the high-flying world of Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” book trilogy, $30 million would barely cover the couture, jewels, private jet fuel and five-star menu for a ladies’ lunch in Singapore.

But $30 million was the budget for the Warner Bros. adaptation of the bestselling novel, about the competitive world of Asia’s super-rich thrust upon an unsuspecting Constance Wu when she flies from New York to meet her boyfriend’s family

Million-dollar diamonds, penthouses in the clouds, six-figure dinner tabs and more an orgy of brand names and labels. How’d they pull it off on a mid-range studio budget?

TheWrap assembled the “Crazy Rich” filmmaking team including director Jon M. Chu, producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson, and production designer Nelson Coates for a lesson in balling on a budget.

Starting with …

Lockdown Diamonds

The expensive jewelry seen in the movie was borrowed from jewelers that came with security guards.

“Kevin [Kwan] was on par the whole time, saying, ‘People who know watches will know that that’s not an expensive watch,'” Chu told TheWrap. “I was like, ‘Kevin, that’s a $150,000 watch!’ And he’s like, ‘That’s not good enough, we have to get that $500,000 watch.’ We had to get the million-dollar earrings, that came with security guards, and I had never done a movie where you are bound by your time because a security guard needs to bring the jewelry back to the safe. I had never been dictated by the jewelry, the costumes, of how long you can shoot, so that was insane to go through. But totally worth it.”

Kwan, the author of the book on which the movie is based, added, “I also was able to help procure a vintage Rolex Paul Newman ‘Panda’ Daytona valued at $600,000 from a watch collector that we flew half-way around the world for a particular scene.”

However, renting the stellar pieces for the movie also came with complications, especially the ones worn by Gemma Chan’s Astrid Leong in the movie.

“I was really angry when [the security guards] were like, ‘The earrings have to go back right now,’ and I said, ‘We’re not done shooting the scene,’ and they were like, ‘Well, make sure her ears aren’t seen then!'” Chu added. “I thought, ‘This is ridiculous.'”

“I think we had around $3 million worth of jewelry, with several guards, on set!” said Coates.

Yeoh’s Private Stash

Michelle Yeoh’s character, Eleanor Young, also wears a gorgeous ring at the end of the movie — and that particular piece of jewelry came from her own jewelry box.

“We had a ring made, and it didn’t look great. All the people I asked — my friends who love jewelry — said ‘Yeah, that doesn’t look great,'” Chu explained. “So Michelle was like, ‘Hey, I have a ring. I bought the ring as a gift to myself.’ So it’s hers! She said, ‘I buy myself a gift after every movie I do.'”

Brand Desertion

The world of “Crazy Rich” is nothing if not jet-setting, which gave an easy layup for product placement in the form of a major airline (deals like these happen all the time in studio films, like a recent Turkish Airlines partnership on “Batman v. Superman”).

But no one bit, producers Jacobson and Simpson said, specifically a natural partner in Singapore Airlines.

“We were shocked,” admitted Jacobson, whose Color Force Productions partner Simpson was equally gobsmacked.

“It was going to be an ad for Singapore Airlines!” Simpson said. “But they were not sure the movie would represent the airline and their customer in a good light. People want what Richard Curtis’ movies (“Love, Actually,” “Notting Hill”) do for England — they make you want to visit the country.”

They wound up creating a fictional airline, Pacific Asean Airlines.

Chu said, “People didn’t have faith in this movie. They didn’t know what this movie was. It seems obvious now, but when we were making it, everyone thought it was a little movie and they were very suspicious about what we were trying to do.”

Singapore Airlines did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Fashion Fears 

Designers were also reluctant to put their necks on the block, knowing how quickly trends change and how intensely competitive the world of “Crazy Rich Asians” is.

“We didn’t get the support of all designers — we were two years out from getting the movie out so they were like, ‘We have nothing to sell here; we don’t know where fashion is in two years,'” Chu explained.

“You can’t buy the dress on [character] Astrid Leong right now; it was on sale last year,” Simpson added.

Kwan told TheWrap, “To give authenticity to the production while staying on budget, I worked overtime to connect our costume designer Mary Vogt to designers and artisans I personally know that are favored by real ‘crazy rich Asians.’ Designers you wouldn’t even find in the fashion magazines because they cater exclusively to the 0.1 percent crowd and prize discretion over publicity. These include the jeweler Carnet by Michelle Ong, who lent us museum-quality jewels valued in the millions, and accessories designer Neil Felipp, who lent us some of his iconic, award-winning evening purses.”

He added, “So our actresses really looked like a million bucks because they were literally wearing millions of dollars worth of jewels and accessories.”

Jacobson credits Vogt with saving the day and creating a wardrobe for the 1 percent using local designers and vintage finds.

“She, basically, just had to deal. She bought it, found it, shopped it, shipped it,” Jacobson said.

Limited Wide Shots

A money saver (which sounds like it’s out of the Blumhouse playbook) was simply limiting wide shots.

“As a group, we decided where we wanted to throw our money,” said Chu. “In regards to wide shots, we thought, ‘What are the ones we could probably do without?'”

Old-Fashioned Movie Magic

Chu told TheWrap that working with experienced crew members who wouldn’t “take no for an answer” was an important part of making the movie work on a low budget.

“We needed experienced people who would know how to do it all strategically and budget-friendly, and we needed people who are passionate and loving of the subject matter so that they would give it their all,” Chu said.

Chu tapped Coates, a production designer who has worked on films like “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Proposal,” to spin gold from dust — literally.

“It was such a labor of love and it was shockingly challenging to do — even the weather conditions alone,” Coates said. “It rained five out of every seven days, and Malaysia is the third highest lightning strike country in the world. Every set had to be earthed with lightning rods!”

In Kwan’s novel, Singapore society is largely unaware of the existence of Tyersall Park — a monolithic colonial mansion that sits on the grounds of the Eastern equivalent of Central Park. Coates wound up transforming a crumbling Malaysian government building, infested with feral dogs and bats, and littered with monkey poop, into a generations-old manor.

Adding the conservatory to the property that was basically constructed from scratch — Coates says there is basically just brick there — allowed the crew to “Gatsby it up.”

Kwan also said Coates “was able to borrow some of the rarest antiques from shops all over Singapore and Malaysia to decorate the set of Tyersall Park.”

Coates explained that all the jewelry stores in Singapore and Malaysia are in the malls, hence not a very glamorous exterior shot for a film that is supposed to boast the unachievable for — let’s just be frank — us poor people.

“When we were scouting for Astrid’s penthouse, we were walking into the St. Regis in Kuala Lumpur. They have a bar and we walked in, and I said, ‘It’s a jewelry store!’ Everyone looked at me like I was off my rocker. We built jewelry cases and we made them empty their wine cellar where we made velvet shelves — and it quickly became a private client area for their jewelry.”

Perhaps the most impressive, elaborate location the team worked with was the Gardens by the Bay, a location that was not secured until two weeks before filming began. However, the location was completely booked in exactly the place they wanted to shoot — but they found common ground when the crew agreed to break down every night and reassemble the set whenever it was free to use.

“We wanted a place for the reception that looked like mere mortals could not have arranged,” Coates said. “You are upping the visual ante throughout the whole movie. It took four months to get the Gardens by the Bay on board. They, basically, had planned all their festivities including a light show and fireworks in the exact spot where we wanted our reception.”

He added, “We worked with the Malaysian and Singapore governments to get access to these places — there was no way we could afford them otherwise.”

One of those places, of course, involved the Marina Bay Sands — in particular, the world famous rooftop with the stunning infinity pool that has graced the covers of countless travel magazines and the pages of bloggers.

“The rooftop actually has two restaurants that are separately leased and not run by the hotel, so we had to get them on board. We had help from the Marina Bay Sands because they knew this would be great for them,” said Coates. “Of course, we had to pay the location fee because in terms of the nightclub and restaurant, we were taking over their business.”

All in all, the crew shot for eight weeks — five weeks in Kuala Lumpur, two in Singapore for exteriors… and all the New York scenes were also shot in Singapore.

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“Crazy Rich Asians” is full of eccentric, over-the-top scenes and beautiful scenery, but ironically the hardest scene for director Jon M. Chu to shoot was one that might seem simple to moviegoers — the Mahjong showdown.

“It was the hardest because we knew it was the most important scene in the movie — we knew that these two trucks heading towards each other were going to make impact in this scene,” Chu told TheWrap. “Rachel (Constance Wu) and Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) weren’t going to be moving, they were just going to be staring at each other, so the words were everything. We knew that everything we did so far built up to this moment, that we had to represent culturally both sides in the most fair and convincing manner.”

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Chu didn’t just have to express this message to the audience, “we had to convince these very strong actors too. We had like six versions of this script.”

Ultimately, the actors brought their own experience into the scene, culminating in somewhat an improv show between Wu and Yeoh.

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“Michelle was like, ‘I would never let this little American girl say these things to me, I would literally slap her,’” Chu recalled. “She then said, ‘I would say these things back,’ so I told her, ‘Say what you’d want to say.’ Then Constance was like, ‘I would NEVER let this b–ch say that to me!’ I don’t even think they talked to each other that day … they came in and it was a master class of acting, watching them stare each other down all day. They had their lines, but no one knew what exactly they were going to say. No one was giving in, so for me, it was easy shooting because at that point, I just set up camera and watched them play.”

The Mahjong scene, of course, is when Rachel ultimately stands up for herself and stands up to her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) mother. It’s an incredibly emotional and powerful scene, with the Mahjong pieces moving around while Eleanor and Rachel give each other multiple verbal slaps.

Wu was always meant to be Chu’s Rachel, the filmmaker said. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Wu said she thought she wouldn’t be able to do the movie given her contractual obligation to “Fresh Off the Boat,” but she sent one last email to Chu, telling him she would give “110 percent” if he would just wait for her.

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“I knew from the very beginning she was our Rachel,” Chu said. “When the dates weren’t a match, we started reading other people but nobody had the power that Constance had. In my mind, I was asking, ‘are we going to have to settle?’ But that’s when she emailed me and she expressed how much she cared about this movie.”

Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang and Harry Shum Jr also star. The film, holding a “fresh” score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is in theaters now.

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“Crazy Rich Asians” is full of eccentric, over-the-top scenes and beautiful scenery, but ironically the hardest scene for director Jon M. Chu to shoot was one that might seem simple to moviegoers — the Mahjong showdown.

“It was the hardest because we knew it was the most important scene in the movie — we knew that these two trucks heading towards each other were going to make impact in this scene,” Chu told TheWrap. “Rachel (Constance Wu) and Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) weren’t going to be moving, they were just going to be staring at each other, so the words were everything. We knew that everything we did so far built up to this moment, that we had to represent culturally both sides in the most fair and convincing manner.”

Chu didn’t just have to express this message to the audience, “we had to convince these very strong actors too. We had like six versions of this script.”

Ultimately, the actors brought their own experience into the scene, culminating in somewhat an improv show between Wu and Yeoh.

“Michelle was like, ‘I would never let this little American girl say these things to me, I would literally slap her,'” Chu recalled. “She then said, ‘I would say these things back,’ so I told her, ‘Say what you’d want to say.’ Then Constance was like, ‘I would NEVER let this b–ch say that to me!’ I don’t even think they talked to each other that day … they came in and it was a master class of acting, watching them stare each other down all day. They had their lines, but no one knew what exactly they were going to say. No one was giving in, so for me, it was easy shooting because at that point, I just set up camera and watched them play.”

The Mahjong scene, of course, is when Rachel ultimately stands up for herself and stands up to her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) mother. It’s an incredibly emotional and powerful scene, with the Mahjong pieces moving around while Eleanor and Rachel give each other multiple verbal slaps.

Wu was always meant to be Chu’s Rachel, the filmmaker said. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Wu said she thought she wouldn’t be able to do the movie given her contractual obligation to “Fresh Off the Boat,” but she sent one last email to Chu, telling him she would give “110 percent” if he would just wait for her.

“I knew from the very beginning she was our Rachel,” Chu said. “When the dates weren’t a match, we started reading other people but nobody had the power that Constance had. In my mind, I was asking, ‘are we going to have to settle?’ But that’s when she emailed me and she expressed how much she cared about this movie.”

Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang and Harry Shum Jr also star. The film, holding a “fresh” score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is in theaters now.

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“Crazy Rich Asians,” director John M. Chu’s rom-com adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, may not seem like the sort of movie that would demand a Marvel-style post-credits scene.

But the book is the first installment in a trilogy about sweethearts Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and their families and hangers-on.

And there’s in fact good reason to stick around after Nick and Rachel celebrate their engagement on the glorious rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore at the very end of the movie.

The credits roll, but there’s a bonus scene still to come. (Seriously, last chance before the spoilers.)

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Midway through the credits, we get a short scene of Nick’s model-perfect cousin Astrid Leong (Gemma Chan) walking up to the bar at the rooftop engagement party.

She catches the eye of billionaire Charlie Wu, played by “Glee” alum Harry Shum, Jr. They smile at each other knowingly, which may lead fans to believe this sets up a potential sequel since Charlie is a big character in the second and third books in Kwan’s trilogy.

In the books, the two were engaged to be married when they were younger but her family disapproved of Charlie. Of course, Astrid then married Michael Teo, an aspiring entrepreneur who does not remain faithful to her.

In the books, Charlie and Astrid lovers reunite at Colin and Araminata’s wedding — and she goes to stay with him after she finds out about Michael’s affair. The events don’t transpire quite that way in the movie, so it seems like the mid-credit scene is setting up Astrid’s major storyline for a potential sequel.

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When asked about a potential sequel, Chu told TheWrap, “We would love to, of course — we wouldn’t put that in if we didn’t have the intention [to make a sequel]. However, we don’t get to decide — the audience does.”

According to Thrillist, producer Nina Jacobson told reporters earlier this month, “We’ll just tease [it] a little bit at the end and hope that audiences ask for more movies so we can continue to tell the story.”

“Crazy Rich Asians,” in theaters now, also stars Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang, and Jimmy O. Yang.

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“Crazy Rich Asians,” director John M. Chu’s rom-com adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, may not seem like the sort of movie that would demand a Marvel-style post-credits scene.

But the book is the first installment in a trilogy about sweethearts Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and their families and hangers-on.

And there’s in fact good reason to stick around after Nick and Rachel celebrate their engagement on the glorious rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore at the very end of the movie.

The credits roll, but there’s a bonus scene still to come. (Seriously, last chance before the spoilers.)

Midway through the credits, we get a short scene of Nick’s model-perfect cousin Astrid Leong (Gemma Chan) walking up to the bar at the rooftop engagement party.

She catches the eye of billionaire Charlie Wu, played by “Glee” alum Harry Shum, Jr. They smile at each other knowingly, which may lead fans to believe this sets up a potential sequel since Charlie is a big character in the second and third books in Kwan’s trilogy.

In the books, the two were engaged to be married when they were younger but her family disapproved of Charlie. Of course, Astrid then married Michael Teo, an aspiring entrepreneur who does not remain faithful to her.

In the books, Charlie and Astrid lovers reunite at Colin and Araminata’s wedding — and she goes to stay with him after she finds out about Michael’s affair. The events don’t transpire quite that way in the movie, so it seems like the mid-credit scene is setting up Astrid’s major storyline for a potential sequel.

When asked about a potential sequel, Chu told TheWrap, “We would love to, of course — we wouldn’t put that in if we didn’t have the intention [to make a sequel]. However, we don’t get to decide — the audience does.”

According to Thrillist, producer Nina Jacobson told reporters earlier this month, “We’ll just tease [it] a little bit at the end and hope that audiences ask for more movies so we can continue to tell the story.”

“Crazy Rich Asians,” in theaters now, also stars Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang, and Jimmy O. Yang.

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Fox’s ‘The Masked Singer’ Golden Lion Terrifies TV Critic At TCA

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Fox has a brand new celebrity competition series coming your way next January and this one comes in disguise. The network announced it has ordered the Nick Cannon-hosted “The Masked Singer” to series, during the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday.

Based on an international hit, which boasts half a billion fans worldwide and was the No. 1 top-trending video of 2017 on YouTube, “The Masked Singer,” features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.

Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will “play detective” on the show’s panel, alongside Cannon.

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With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny hints buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”

According to Fox, between all of the celebrity competitors on “The Masked Singer,” they’ve amassed 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles.

“This is truly one of the most unique, genre-defining formats I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It’s a massive international hit, and its boldness and originality make it the perfect fit for FOX.”

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“There are very few hit formats left in the world, and when I saw ‘The Masked Singer,’ which is a true global and viral phenomenon that has captured the world’s attention, I knew it had to be brought to life in America,” added executive producer Craig Plestis.

“The Masked Singer” is produced by Endemol Shine North America and was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It,” “The Winner Is”). Izzie Pick Ibarra (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Breaking Pointe”) also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Grease: Live”) will direct.

The series is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.

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Fox has a brand new celebrity competition series coming your way next January and this one comes in disguise. The network announced it has ordered the Nick Cannon-hosted “The Masked Singer” to series, during the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday.

Based on an international hit, which boasts half a billion fans worldwide and was the No. 1 top-trending video of 2017 on YouTube, “The Masked Singer,” features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.

Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will “play detective” on the show’s panel, alongside Cannon.

With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny hints buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”

According to Fox, between all of the celebrity competitors on “The Masked Singer,” they’ve amassed 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles.

“This is truly one of the most unique, genre-defining formats I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It’s a massive international hit, and its boldness and originality make it the perfect fit for FOX.”

“There are very few hit formats left in the world, and when I saw ‘The Masked Singer,’ which is a true global and viral phenomenon that has captured the world’s attention, I knew it had to be brought to life in America,” added executive producer Craig Plestis.

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Jeffrey Tambor Replaced as Voice in Paramount’s Upcoming Animated Movie ‘Wonder Park’

Jeffrey Tambor, who in recent months has been accused of harassment, has been replaced as voice talent in Paramount’s upcoming animated offering “Wonder Park,” a Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.

Tambor has been replaced in the film, which had previously been titled “Adventure Park,” by Ken Hudson Campbell, whose credits include “Armageddon,” “Groundhog Day” and “Home Alone.”

“Jeffrey Tambor is not part of the final voice cast for ‘Wonder Park.’ During production, we came to the decision that it was in the best interests of the film to go in a different direction,” the Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap. “The character of Boomer the Bear is now voiced by the very talented Ken Hudson Campbell.”

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“Wonder Park” is scheduled for release on March 15 of next year.

The film will be released on March 15th of next year. The voice talent also includes Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong and Matthew Broderick, according to the film’s IMDb page.

The IMDb listing for the film describes it as a ” story of a girl, some animals, and a magic amusement park.”

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In November, Tambor was accused of misconduct by three women — his ex-assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette, and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge. Tambor denied the allegations, but in February it was announced that Tambor would not be returning for the fifth season of Amazon Prime’s “Transparent,” following an investigation into the matter. Tambor called the investigation “deeply flawed and biased,” saying, “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me” in a statement.

Tambor returned to his role as dysfunctional family patriarch George Bluth Sr. in the fifth season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, which premiered in May. However, the return became mired in controversy, when his “Arrested Development” costar Jessica Walter told the told the New York Times that Tambor had verbally harassed her on set. The interview also created fallout for a number of Tambor’s male “Arrested Development” costars, who were criticized for appearing to gaslight Walter while defending Tambor.

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Jeffrey Tambor, who in recent months has been accused of harassment, has been replaced as voice talent in Paramount’s upcoming animated offering “Wonder Park,” a Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.

Tambor has been replaced in the film, which had previously been titled “Adventure Park,” by Ken Hudson Campbell, whose credits include “Armageddon,” “Groundhog Day” and “Home Alone.”

“Jeffrey Tambor is not part of the final voice cast for ‘Wonder Park.’ During production, we came to the decision that it was in the best interests of the film to go in a different direction,” the Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap. “The character of Boomer the Bear is now voiced by the very talented Ken Hudson Campbell.”

“Wonder Park” is scheduled for release on March 15 of next year.

The film will be released on March 15th of next year. The voice talent also includes Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong and Matthew Broderick, according to the film’s IMDb page.

The IMDb listing for the film describes it as a ” story of a girl, some animals, and a magic amusement park.”

In November, Tambor was accused of misconduct by three women — his ex-assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette, and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge. Tambor denied the allegations, but in February it was announced that Tambor would not be returning for the fifth season of Amazon Prime’s “Transparent,” following an investigation into the matter. Tambor called the investigation “deeply flawed and biased,” saying, “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me” in a statement.

Tambor returned to his role as dysfunctional family patriarch George Bluth Sr. in the fifth season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, which premiered in May. However, the return became mired in controversy, when his “Arrested Development” costar Jessica Walter told the told the New York Times that Tambor had verbally harassed her on set. The interview also created fallout for a number of Tambor’s male “Arrested Development” costars, who were criticized for appearing to gaslight Walter while defending Tambor.

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TruTV Renews ‘Adam Ruins Everything,’ Orders ‘Tacoma FD’ Series From ‘Super Troopers’ Pair

TruTV has unveiled its 2018-19 programming slate ahead of the Turner upfront presentation next week, including renewals for “Adam Ruins Everything” and “Hack My Life,” and new projects from Ken Jeong and “Super Troopers” duo Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme.

The network has given a series order to “Tacoma FD,” which will see Heffernan and Lemme reunite as firefighters who spend most of their time tackling the less glamorous elements of the job. The new show is set to premiere with 10 episodes in 2019.

Two pilots have also been picked up, a medical advice show from “Dr. Ken” alum Ken Jeong, and an animated family comedy from comedian Jo Koy.

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In addition to “Adam Ruins Everything” and “Hack My Life,” truTV has also picked up 12 additional episodes of the stand-up comedy show “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” which will air in the fall.

See the complete list of premiere dates and full descriptions for the new shows below, all of which are in truTV’s own words.

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New Series & Projects in Development
“Tacoma FD” (wt) – 10 Scripted Half-Hour Episodes – Series Greenlight

On the heels of the breakout theatrical release of “Super Troopers 2,” co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme will be donning new uniforms in “Tacoma FD,” a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires… but in this wet city, they find themselves tackling the less glamorous elements of the job. Leading the fire house crew are Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme). The series, which will go into production later this year and will debut in 2019, is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

“Untitled Ken Jeong Project” (wt) – New Unscripted Pilot
When it comes to medical questions, real life doctor turned comedian, Ken Jeong, is your first, second and funniest opinion. In this half-hour, comedic medical advice show, Jeong dispenses his expertise while also performing related comedy bits in front of a studio audience. Jeong and his team of correspondents tackle all aspects of health and wellness, from general medicine to that weird rash that’s starting to really burn. Created by Jeong, the series is produced by Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media, with Jeong, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Brett Carducci serving as executive producers. Jeong is represented by ICM and Carducci of Aligned Entertainment.

“This Functional Family” (wt) – New Animated Series in Development
At the center of a fractured, patched-up, multi-racial, dysfunctional family is comedian Jo Koy: a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Oh, and maybe get his career and dating life on track if his family would just leave him the hell alone. Drawing upon real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour, this half-hour animated scripted series asks: what if the most real family on television was also a pretty weird cartoon? Created by Koy and Kirk Rudell, “This Functional Family” (wt) will be produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer, Mark Feldstein, and Brad Roth serving as executive producers.

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Returning Series and Premiere Dates
“The Carbonaro Effect” – 16 Episodes – Season Four Premieres May 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Magician by trade but prankster at heart, Michael Carbonaro performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting people, all caught on hidden camera. Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk, Carbonaro’s effect on people leaves fans laughing out loud with his bewildering and thrilling illusions. The series is produced by Fields Entertainment with Simon Fields and Carbonaro serving as executive producers.

“Paid Off with Michael Torpey” – 16 Episodes – Series Premieres July 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (“Orange is the New Black”) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible – a comedy game show. “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” gives three lucky college grads – all saddled with student debt – the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.

“Hack My Life” – 10 Episodes – Season Four Premieres July 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
In “Hack My Life,” hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen provide comedic step-by-step instructions for eye-popping shortcuts and cheats guaranteed to save today’s busy adults a lot of time, effort, and money. The series is produced by Truly Original with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Todd Hurvitz and Shari Ortner serving as executive producers.

“Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” – 8 Episodes – Series Premieres July 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
From the Sundance award-winning writer-director, “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” is a genre-hopping scripted anthology comedy series. Each standalone episode delivers a satire of the world we live in and exploits the awkwardness of its flawed characters to tell socially-relevant stories with imaginative twists. Guest stars throughout the season include Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner, Danny Pudi and more. The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Olivia Wingate and Michele Armour serving as executive producers.

“Impractical Jokers” – New Episodes Return with Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere in Summer 2018
Earlier this year, truTV announced a significant extension of its wildly-successful “Impractical Jokers” franchise with a commitment for an eighth season of the top-rated series, plus the production on the brand’s first-ever feature-length film directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny Or Die. One of cable’s longest-running and top-rated original comedies, “Impractical Jokers” centers on James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – collectively known as The Tenderloins – four lifelong friends and comedians who compete to publicly embarrass each other with a series of hilariously outrageous hidden-camera dares and punishments. “Impractical Jokers,” which is a top-5 cable comedy among adults 18-34 and 18-49, is produced by NorthSouth Productions with Charlie DeBevoise, Pete McPartland Jr., Gatto, Murray, Quinn, and Vulcano serving as executive producers. The series will premiere new episodes from its seventh season this summer, with an eighth season slated for premiere in 2019.

“Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks” – 12 Additional Episodes – Season One Continues in Fall 2018
Prolific DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds hosts “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” an inventive series that flips stand-up comedy on its head and introduces viewers to the next generation of great comedians. In each half-hour episode, Cipha welcomes a rotating cast of comedians who perform hilarious stand-up routines. In a playful reinvention of the standard stand-up format, each joke is heightened with actors bringing them to life in over-the-top visual recreations. At the end of each episode, Sounds introduces the “Joke of the Night,” with one final comedian bringing down the house with the biggest laughs of the episode. The series, which premiered on truTV earlier this year, will return this fall for an additional 12 episodes of its first season. It is produced by Rotten Science with executive producers Matthew Vaughan and Eric Abrams, along with Laff Mobb Entertainment’s Bob Sumner and Arthur Spivak.

“Adam Ruins Everything” – 10 Episodes – Season Three Premieres in Fall 2018
In “Adam Ruins Everything,” creator and host Adam Conover embarks on a comically inventive and relentlessly factual quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything we know and love. Tackling a broad range of topics in the upcoming third season, Conover delivers both fun facts and compelling information, encouraging viewers to see the world in a whole new way. Created by Conover, the series is produced by Big Breakfast, an Electus company, with Conover, Sam Reich, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf serving as executive producers.

“I’m Sorry” – 10 Episodes – Season Two Premieres in Late 2018
Created by and starring Andrea Savage, the half-hour scripted comedy “I’m Sorry” follows seemingly confident comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Delivering consistent ratings growth, social buzz and critical praise in its premiere season, the breakthrough series – which also stars Tom Everett Scott and Olive Petrucci –  was 2017’s fastest growing ad-supported cable comedy. “I’m Sorry” is executive produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, A24’sRavi Nandan, Gloria Sanchez’s Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

“Jon Glaser Loves Gear” – 10 Episodes – Season Two Premieres in Late 2018
Actor and comedian Jon Glaser (“Parks and Recreation”) still loves gear – and this one-sided love affair continues with the debut of the second season of this half-hour comedy. Season two picks up where season one left off, as Jon conquered his demons and unraveled the meaning of what gear truly meant to him. Thankfully there’s an endless amount of new gear out there for Jon to love, all while being supported by his real family, his fake family, his phone, and his ‘Spurt. The series is produced by PFFR with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy executive producing alongside Glaser, Dave Becky, Richard Korson and David Miner.

“Those Who Can’t” – 13 Episodes – Season Three Premieres in Late 2018
Later this year, truTV’s first scripted series “Those Who Can’t” returns for a third season that is more unhinged and hilarious than the last. Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix (Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy) return as three trouble-making teachers who, joined by librarian Maria Thayer, are more inept than the kids they teach and are out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. The series is executive produced by Tracey Baird and Krysia Plonka of Thank You, Brain! Productions; Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment; Richard Korson, and Andrew Weinberg, who also serves as this season’s show runner.

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TruTV has unveiled its 2018-19 programming slate ahead of the Turner upfront presentation next week, including renewals for “Adam Ruins Everything” and “Hack My Life,” and new projects from Ken Jeong and “Super Troopers” duo Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme.

The network has given a series order to “Tacoma FD,” which will see Heffernan and Lemme reunite as firefighters who spend most of their time tackling the less glamorous elements of the job. The new show is set to premiere with 10 episodes in 2019.

Two pilots have also been picked up, a medical advice show from “Dr. Ken” alum Ken Jeong, and an animated family comedy from comedian Jo Koy.

In addition to “Adam Ruins Everything” and “Hack My Life,” truTV has also picked up 12 additional episodes of the stand-up comedy show “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” which will air in the fall.

See the complete list of premiere dates and full descriptions for the new shows below, all of which are in truTV’s own words.

New Series & Projects in Development
“Tacoma FD” (wt) – 10 Scripted Half-Hour Episodes – Series Greenlight

On the heels of the breakout theatrical release of “Super Troopers 2,” co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme will be donning new uniforms in “Tacoma FD,” a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires… but in this wet city, they find themselves tackling the less glamorous elements of the job. Leading the fire house crew are Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme). The series, which will go into production later this year and will debut in 2019, is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

“Untitled Ken Jeong Project” (wt) – New Unscripted Pilot
When it comes to medical questions, real life doctor turned comedian, Ken Jeong, is your first, second and funniest opinion. In this half-hour, comedic medical advice show, Jeong dispenses his expertise while also performing related comedy bits in front of a studio audience. Jeong and his team of correspondents tackle all aspects of health and wellness, from general medicine to that weird rash that’s starting to really burn. Created by Jeong, the series is produced by Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media, with Jeong, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Brett Carducci serving as executive producers. Jeong is represented by ICM and Carducci of Aligned Entertainment.

“This Functional Family” (wt) – New Animated Series in Development
At the center of a fractured, patched-up, multi-racial, dysfunctional family is comedian Jo Koy: a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Oh, and maybe get his career and dating life on track if his family would just leave him the hell alone. Drawing upon real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour, this half-hour animated scripted series asks: what if the most real family on television was also a pretty weird cartoon? Created by Koy and Kirk Rudell, “This Functional Family” (wt) will be produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer, Mark Feldstein, and Brad Roth serving as executive producers.

Returning Series and Premiere Dates
“The Carbonaro Effect” – 16 Episodes – Season Four Premieres May 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Magician by trade but prankster at heart, Michael Carbonaro performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting people, all caught on hidden camera. Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk, Carbonaro’s effect on people leaves fans laughing out loud with his bewildering and thrilling illusions. The series is produced by Fields Entertainment with Simon Fields and Carbonaro serving as executive producers.

“Paid Off with Michael Torpey” – 16 Episodes – Series Premieres July 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (“Orange is the New Black”) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible – a comedy game show. “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” gives three lucky college grads – all saddled with student debt – the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.

“Hack My Life” – 10 Episodes – Season Four Premieres July 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
In “Hack My Life,” hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen provide comedic step-by-step instructions for eye-popping shortcuts and cheats guaranteed to save today’s busy adults a lot of time, effort, and money. The series is produced by Truly Original with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Todd Hurvitz and Shari Ortner serving as executive producers.

“Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” – 8 Episodes – Series Premieres July 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
From the Sundance award-winning writer-director, “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” is a genre-hopping scripted anthology comedy series. Each standalone episode delivers a satire of the world we live in and exploits the awkwardness of its flawed characters to tell socially-relevant stories with imaginative twists. Guest stars throughout the season include Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner, Danny Pudi and more. The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Olivia Wingate and Michele Armour serving as executive producers.

“Impractical Jokers” – New Episodes Return with Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere in Summer 2018
Earlier this year, truTV announced a significant extension of its wildly-successful “Impractical Jokers” franchise with a commitment for an eighth season of the top-rated series, plus the production on the brand’s first-ever feature-length film directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny Or Die. One of cable’s longest-running and top-rated original comedies, “Impractical Jokers” centers on James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – collectively known as The Tenderloins – four lifelong friends and comedians who compete to publicly embarrass each other with a series of hilariously outrageous hidden-camera dares and punishments. “Impractical Jokers,” which is a top-5 cable comedy among adults 18-34 and 18-49, is produced by NorthSouth Productions with Charlie DeBevoise, Pete McPartland Jr., Gatto, Murray, Quinn, and Vulcano serving as executive producers. The series will premiere new episodes from its seventh season this summer, with an eighth season slated for premiere in 2019.

“Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks” – 12 Additional Episodes – Season One Continues in Fall 2018
Prolific DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds hosts “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” an inventive series that flips stand-up comedy on its head and introduces viewers to the next generation of great comedians. In each half-hour episode, Cipha welcomes a rotating cast of comedians who perform hilarious stand-up routines. In a playful reinvention of the standard stand-up format, each joke is heightened with actors bringing them to life in over-the-top visual recreations. At the end of each episode, Sounds introduces the “Joke of the Night,” with one final comedian bringing down the house with the biggest laughs of the episode. The series, which premiered on truTV earlier this year, will return this fall for an additional 12 episodes of its first season. It is produced by Rotten Science with executive producers Matthew Vaughan and Eric Abrams, along with Laff Mobb Entertainment’s Bob Sumner and Arthur Spivak.

“Adam Ruins Everything” – 10 Episodes – Season Three Premieres in Fall 2018
In “Adam Ruins Everything,” creator and host Adam Conover embarks on a comically inventive and relentlessly factual quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything we know and love. Tackling a broad range of topics in the upcoming third season, Conover delivers both fun facts and compelling information, encouraging viewers to see the world in a whole new way. Created by Conover, the series is produced by Big Breakfast, an Electus company, with Conover, Sam Reich, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf serving as executive producers.

“I’m Sorry” – 10 Episodes – Season Two Premieres in Late 2018
Created by and starring Andrea Savage, the half-hour scripted comedy “I’m Sorry” follows seemingly confident comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Delivering consistent ratings growth, social buzz and critical praise in its premiere season, the breakthrough series – which also stars Tom Everett Scott and Olive Petrucci –  was 2017’s fastest growing ad-supported cable comedy. “I’m Sorry” is executive produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, A24’sRavi Nandan, Gloria Sanchez’s Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

“Jon Glaser Loves Gear” – 10 Episodes – Season Two Premieres in Late 2018
Actor and comedian Jon Glaser (“Parks and Recreation”) still loves gear – and this one-sided love affair continues with the debut of the second season of this half-hour comedy. Season two picks up where season one left off, as Jon conquered his demons and unraveled the meaning of what gear truly meant to him. Thankfully there’s an endless amount of new gear out there for Jon to love, all while being supported by his real family, his fake family, his phone, and his ‘Spurt. The series is produced by PFFR with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy executive producing alongside Glaser, Dave Becky, Richard Korson and David Miner.

“Those Who Can’t” – 13 Episodes – Season Three Premieres in Late 2018
Later this year, truTV’s first scripted series “Those Who Can’t” returns for a third season that is more unhinged and hilarious than the last. Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix (Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy) return as three trouble-making teachers who, joined by librarian Maria Thayer, are more inept than the kids they teach and are out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. The series is executive produced by Tracey Baird and Krysia Plonka of Thank You, Brain! Productions; Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment; Richard Korson, and Andrew Weinberg, who also serves as this season’s show runner.

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