Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ Jumps Out In Front Of Emmy Season As First Screener Sent To TV Academy Voters

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EXCLUSIVE: Wasting no time, Fox 21 and FX Networks signaled the official start of Emmy season by today by delivering to members of the Television Academy box sets of the complete season of Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed drama series, Pose, a groundbreak…

Noah Hawley Says He’s Ready To Pounce On FX’s ‘Cat’s Cradle’ Limited Series Next Year – SXSW

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Filming for Noah Hawley’s long-awaited FX adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle could begin as early as next year, the busy Legion and Fargo creator said Tuesday at SXSW. “Probably not airing in 2020, but filming in 2020,” he said during a panel a…

Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s Cartel series is moving to FX

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Way back in 2015, we reported that Ridley Scott was attached to direct an adaptation of The Cartel, the then-new novel from Don Winslow and a sequel to his book The Power Of The Dog. The book is a thriller set around two former friends, with one of the…

Don Winslow’s ‘Cartel’ Book Trilogy to Be Developed Into TV Series at FX

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FX is developing a TV series based on Don Winslow’s “Cartel” book trilogy, with Ridley Scott on board as an executive producer.
Winslow will executive producer the series with Shane Salerno (“Armageddon,” “Avatar&#82…

FX & Scott Rudin To Explore Talent Agencies In The 1980s In ‘Gone Hollywood’ Pilot

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EXCLUSIVE: FX and Scott Rudin are going full Hollywood in their latest project – a drama set in a Hollywood talent agency during the 1980s. The cable network and The Social Network producer are piloting Gone Hollywood, the Mad Men-meets-Entourage…

‘Fosse/Verdon’ Trailer: Life’s No Cabaret For Iconic Broadway Couple In FX Series

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Like an earlier teaser, the new official trailer for FX’s Fosse/Verdon offers plenty of glimpses of Cabaret dancers and onstage strutters, but now we’re seeing more personal scenes of Broadway’s famous couple in good times and bad.
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‘Fosse/Verdon’ Trailer Is Full of Sex and Dancing – and Sexy Dancing (Video)

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The official trailer for FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” has dropped, and it’s full of Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell’s sex and dancing — and lots of sexy dancing. Oh, and so many sets of jazz hands and even some crying.

Based on Sam Wasson’s “Fosse” biography, the eight-episode limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between the director-choreographer Bob Fosse (Rockwell) and the dancer-actress Gwen Verdon (Williams).

Per FX’s official description: “He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost.”

“Fosse/Verdon” will feature Fosse’s choreography and will “explore the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art.”

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Along with Williams and Rockwell, the cast includes Norbert Leo Butz as playwright Paddy Chayefsky, Margaret Qualley as theater actress Ann Reinking, Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as playwright Neil Simon and Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli.

“Fosse/Verdon” comes from executive producers Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail, with Steven Levenson and “The Americans” producer Joel Fields producing.

Rockwell, Williams, and George Stelzner will also executive produce the series, which hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Levenson will serve as showrunner and wrote the premiere episode, which will be directed by Kail.

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Actress, dancer and producer Nicole Fosse — the daughter of Fosse and Verdon — will serve as co-executive producer and oversees The Verdon Fosse Legacy. Co-producer Andy Blankenbuehler is the show’s choreographer.

“Fosse/Verdon” premieres April 9 at 10/9c on FX.

Watch the trailer above.

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Former Fox Boss Peter Liguori Scored Secret Sweetheart FX Deal Before Testifying in ‘Bones’ Case

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The $179 million decision in the dispute between Fox and “Bones” stars and producers included a notable observation about former Fox executive Peter Liguori — he received a sweetheart deal from Fox months before he testified on the company’s behalf.

Liguori, who was president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company until his exit in 2009, quietly re-entered the company’s orbit in 2018 with a lucrative producing deal at FX, according to the ruling from arbitrator Peter Lichtman.

“[I]t seems coincidental that Mr. Liguori disappears for 9 years (from Fox’s radar) and then magically reappears with a First Look Agreement 7 months before he is to testify in these proceedings with a deal in hand that most producers in Hollywood have strived to have their entire entertainment career,” Lichtman wrote.

Also Read: Fox Slapped With $179 Million Judgment in Battle Over ‘Bones’ Profits

According to the 68-page decision, Liguori’s deal came with “fixed episodic fees and contingent compensation far exceeding that of top executive producers in Hollywood,” despite the fact that the executive had “virtually no experience whatsoever as a producer.”

Liguori, who followed up his role at Fox with stints at Discovery and Tribune, has one producing credit on his IMDB page, for the 1996 film “Big Night.”

Liguori and a representative for FX did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Wednesday’s arbitration ruling found that the Fox network and studio, as well as its affiliate Hulu, conspired to keep licensing fees for “Bones” well below market rate in order to avoid paying the show’s profit participants — including stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel and producers Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs — their fair due.

As part of their case, Josephson and Reichs said that Fox fraudulently coerced them into signing a release waiving their right to challenge the artificially low licensing fees — and their reduced profits — by falsely threatening the show’s future.

Also Read: Bob Iger Stands by New Disney-ABC Execs Peter Rice, Dana Walden After ‘Bones’ vs Fox Judgment

The producers said executives at the network lied and told them the show would be canceled unless all profit participants agreed to waive their right to dispute the fees. However, as Liguori’s successor, Peter Rice, testified, Fox never seriously weighed the possibility of canceling the show.

According to the ruling, the actions of the network were part of a plot to avoid future lawsuits over profits, originally outlined in a “legal action plan” memo from Liguori to other Fox executives shortly before his departure from the company.

“When viewed in totality, the evidence surrounding the Release … supports a finding of fraud with the intent to get Participants to sign off on their points and at the same time preclude litigation,” Lichtman wrote. “‘Bones’ was not going to be cancelled, and the Release was procured through a series of misrepresentation and fraudulent conduct that, in reality, had the Participants known the true facts, they would not have signed.”

As such, Lichtman ruled that the release should be nullified, allowing their challenge to proceed. He ultimately came down on the side of the show’s producers and stars overall and ordered Fox to pay a total of $179 million in damages.

Also Read: ‘Bones’ Stars Sue Fox, Claim They Were Cheated Out of $100 Million

Fox said Wednesday it would seek to appeal the ruling, arguing that the arbitration agreement did not allow for the arbitrator to award punitive damages. 21st Century Fox has hired top defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli and filed a motion today in Los Angeles.

“The ruling by this private arbitrator is categorically wrong on the merits and exceeded his arbitration powers,” a spokesperson for 21st Century Fox said in a statement. “Fox will not allow this flagrant injustice, riddled with errors and gratuitous character attacks, to stand and will vigorously challenge the ruling in a court of law.”

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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

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FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd.
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‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Sinks Its Teeth Into SXSW With World Premiere And Pop-Up Vampire Libraries

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FX’s forthcoming horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows is descending upon Austin to bring its vampiric charm to SXSW. The series based on the cult 2014 mockumentary by the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will make its world pre…

Kicking and Screaming, FX Is Forced to Confront Future in the Stream (Column)

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During his network’s presentation at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, FX chief John Landgraf made waves — and headlines — by mounting perhaps his most direct criticism yet of Netflix. Landgraf, whose briefings to the press tend to rely h…

FX Acquires ‘Venom’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’, ‘Green Book’ & More Movies

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FX Networks continues to snap up all marquee movie titles that become available. Over the past six months, the network has acquired such commercial and critical hits as Venom and the Oscar-nominated  Bohemian Rhapsody, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse…