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‘Lenox Hill' Directors On Capturing Intense Scenes Inside NYC Hospital: “Your Heart Is Pounding” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

12 days ago   |   By Deadline

Lives hang in the balance in Lenox Hill, a nine-part Netflix documentary series that offers a rare and gripping look inside a big-city hospital. Neurosurgeons David Langer and John Boockvar, ER doc Mirtha Macri and OB-GYN chief resident Amanda Little-Richardson devote themselves to patient care and also try to maintain a semblance of a personal...
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‘The Social Dilemma' Filmmakers Say Social Media Companies Have “Polluted” Our “Information Ecosystem” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

12 days ago   |   By Deadline

Jeff Orlowski, director of the award-winning Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, used to be an avid social media user. Not anymore. Around 2017, he says, he started becoming alarmed about “manipulative design techniques” employed by social media companies, and with his documentary collaborators he set out to illustrate the ways social media platforms have harmed...
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‘Indian Matchmaking' Creator & Star On Finding The Perfect Fit For Their Netflix Series - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

12 days ago   |   By Deadline

“There hasn't really been a show like this, particularly involving South Asian or Indian culture, so it was difficult,” Indian Matchmaking creator/executive producer Smriti Mundhra said during Deadline's Contender Television: Documentary + Unscripted award-season event about the daring Netflix series. “You know, the first hurdle we had to cross was to explain to people what...
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‘Queer Eye' Quintet On Giving Viewers A “Virtual Hug” With Season 5 Trip To Philadelphia - Contender TV Docs + Unscripted

12 days ago   |   By Deadline

There are no masks or social distancing in Season 5 of Queer Eye, but the Netflix series arrived last summer as most of the world was coping with the effects of Covid-19. “It felt really good to kind of give everybody that virtual hug,” said Bobby Berk, one of the show's five hosts, “and give...
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Wendy Williams On Sharing Intimate Truths In Lifetime's ‘Wendy Williams: What A Mess!': “I Don't Lie” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Wendy Williams has earned success in every professional arena she's entered, from radio to publishing, Broadway, and on television with her hit daytime talk show The Wendy Williams Show. But along with the ups have come plenty of downs. In fact, she's experienced an onslaught of heartache and drama along the way, and Williams reveals...
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‘Nailed It!' Host Nicole Byer Talks Season 5 Team Format: “Was It A Treat To Watch? Absolutely” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

The fifth season of the Netflix reality baking competition series Nailed It! is serving up a new format, where teams of two are competing to re-create edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. But, to Emmy-nominated host Nicole Byer's surprise, two heads aren't always better than one. “That's what you would think. You would think two...
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‘RuPaul's Drag Race' Queens Celebrate Black Excellence & Jamal Sims Talks Show's Choreography - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Not even a global pandemic dimmed the light of the fierceness of the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race. The iconic VH1 reality drag queen competition aired its Season 12 finale virtually, served another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars and shot Season 13 - all during a time when the world was shut down and navigating...
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Paris Hilton Says Opening Up For Revealing ‘This Is Paris' Was “Therapeutic And Healing” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Starting more than 20 years ago, Paris Hilton built a carefree public image, becoming in the process a celebrity “influencer,” reality TV pioneer and social media star with millions of fans. But underneath it all was a very different Paris Hilton, a woman traumatized by experiences in her teenage years. In the documentary This Is...
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‘Smoke: Marijuana + Black America' Director Says African Americans Shafted On Pot Policing, Pot Business - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Marijuana laws have disproportionately impacted African-Americans going back decades. Last year the ACLU issued a report that found, “on average, a Black person is 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Black and white people use marijuana at similar rates.” The report added, “uch racial disparities...
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Demi Lovato On Making The Super-Intimate ‘Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil': “It Was a Healing Experience” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Demi Lovato has forged a powerful bond with millions of fans not only through her music and acting roles, but also her willingness to be open and vulnerable about personal struggles. She takes her truth-telling to a stunning level of intimacy in the YouTube Original documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil. Lovato lays...
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Duo Behind 2020 BET Awards Reflect On Doing Much More Than “Checking The Box” Amid Tumult - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Two of the people behind the 2020 BET Awards - a high-wire act in terms of logistics and fast-changing societal events - say to pull it off they leaned on history and the talent community. Producer Jesse Collins and Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy for BET, took viewers behind the scenes...
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‘Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself' EP Stephen Colbert Says The Film's Magic Is Invisible: “The Trick Is Going On Inside Of You” - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself is hard to describe but much harder to shake. Part magic act, part memoir, part group meditation experience, the Hulu release is an adaptation of DelGaudio's Off-Broadway show, which opened in 2016 and ran until 2018. Its creator and performer has worked as an illusionist and depicts his time...
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‘City So Real' Director Steve James Paints Portrait Of Chicago At A Crossroads In Nat Geo Series - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

The city of Chicago does not lack for challenges - among them, an alarmingly high murder rate, longstanding racial divisions and a fractious relationship between police and minorities. That didn't stop a record number of candidates from running for mayor in 2019, including, for a time, incumbent Rahm Emanuel. The National Geographic documentary series City...
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Padma Lakshmi On ‘Taste The Nation's “Trojan Horse” Approach To Food And America - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

“Taste the Nation is really a political show masquerading as a food show,” Padma Lakshmi reveals of the Hulu series she both hosts and executive produces. “The food is just the Trojan horse, because that's the language that people in the media and at home in America are used to me speaking.” The longtime Top...
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Amy Schumer & Director-Producer Alexander Hammer's ‘Expecting Amy' Lifts Lid On Difficult Pregnancy & Autism - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

When Amy Schumer first discovered she was pregnant, she could never have predicted the tough road the pregnancy would take her on, much less that it would be the subject of a three-part documentary miniseries for HBO Max. The comedian was in the throes of preparing a comedy special when she was struck with hyperemesis...
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‘Legendary' Judges Say HBO Max Competition Series Has Boosted Respect For Ballroom Community - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

The ballroom community has been the inspiration from everything from Madonna's “Vogue” to Beyoncé. The launch of the HBO Max competition series Legendary, which showcases the world of ball culture, has helped bring a newfound respect to this world, according to the judges. Leiomy Maldonado, speaking at Deadline's Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted awards-season event,...
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A Son's Poignant Struggle To Earn His Parents' Freedom Is Crux Of ‘40 Years A Prisoner' - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

The City of Philadelphia's long and bloody conflict with the MOVE organization, a “radical” back-to-nature group that followed the teachings of John Africa, forms the backdrop to the HBO documentary 40 Years a Prisoner. In 1978, the Philadelphia Police Department stormed the MOVE compound with armored vehicles, bulldozers and 600 officers, triggering a gun battle...
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Starz's ‘Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult' Shows How Catherine Oxenberg Rescued Daughter From Sex Cult - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

NXIVM marketed itself as a self-help program that would show participants the way to more meaningful lives and greater professional success. The reality was far more sinister. The four-part Starz documentary Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult reveals the organization was actually set up to fleece participants out of their money and, chillingly, to satisfy the...
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Russian Republic's Shocking Anti-LGBTQ Campaign Exposed In ‘Welcome To Chechnya' - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

In 2017, Russia's Chechen Republic declared open season on LGBTQ people, launching what Human Rights Watch has called a “vicious large-scale anti-gay purge.” David France, director of the HBO documentary Welcome to Chechnya, says there's another word for it. “It's an absolute genocide,” France said during an appearance at Deadline's Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted...
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‘Outlander' Co-Stars Sam Heughan And Graham McTavish Craft Love Letter To Scotland With Starz's ‘Men In Kilts' - Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

13 days ago   |   By Deadline

To Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, Men In Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham feels like “a happy accident.” Debuting in February, the Starz unscripted series sent the Outlander co-stars on a journey through their native Scotland to spotlight its culture and history. Breaking new ground as the network's first travel docuseries, it also allowed...
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Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones 5 Adds Boyd Holbrook & Shaunette Renée Wilson

Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones 5 Adds Boyd Holbrook & Shaunette Renée Wilson

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images & Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Following the casting of Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Kretschmann, Lucasfilm is continuing to expand the cast of... Read more ...

The iCarly Revival Officially Has a Premiere Date

The iCarly Revival Officially Has a Premiere Date

Wake up the members of iCarly's nation, because the revival's got a premiere date. In honor of Miranda Cosgrove's 28th birthday, Paramount+ just announced that Carly, Freddie... Read more ...

Why Halston's Friendship With Liza Minnelli Was Defining For Both of Their...

Why Halston's Friendship With Liza Minnelli Was Defining For Both of Their Careers

Halston, the famed American designer and subject of Netflix's new miniseries Halston , hung out with some of the biggest stars of the film and art. One of his best friends was... Read more ...

Eric Swalwell Confronted Marjorie Taylor Greene Staffer Over Mask-Wearing on...

Eric Swalwell Confronted Marjorie Taylor Greene Staffer Over Mask-Wearing on House Floor: ‘You Don't Tell Me What to F*cking Do!'

Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene finds herself embroiled in yet another high-profile feud with one of her fellow members of Congress. According to media reports later... Read more ...

Law & Order: Organized Crime Reveals Kathy's Killer & It Isn't Who You'd Expect

Law & Order: Organized Crime Reveals Kathy's Killer & It Isn't Who You'd Expect

Call a bus...because we can't handle this Law & Order: Organized Crime reveal. On the Thursday, May 13 episode of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit spinoff, the culprit... Read more ...

Lady Gaga's dog walker seen for first time since being shot

Lady Gaga's dog walker seen for first time since being shot

Ryan Fischer was spotted for the first time since he was shot in the chest four times in February while walking the singer's French bulldogs. Read more ...

Black-ish Is Coming to an End With Season 8

Black-ish Is Coming to an End With Season 8

ABC's Black-ish is officially coming to an end. On Friday, the show's creator Kenya Barris announced that the hit family comedy starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson... Read more ...

Robert De Niro Suffers Leg Injury, Won't Impact Killers of the Flower Moon

Robert De Niro Suffers Leg Injury, Won't Impact Killers of the Flower Moon

Despite star Robert De Niro suffering a leg injury, the production of Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon won't be impacted. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the film explores... Read more ...

Kenya Barris' Black-ish to End with Season 8 on ABC

Kenya Barris' Black-ish to End with Season 8 on ABC

Kenya Barris' comedy Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth and final season at ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement for the final season of the... Read more ...

Halle Berry Has the Sweetest Response to Nicki Minaj Fan Trying to Get...

Halle Berry Has the Sweetest Response to Nicki Minaj Fan Trying to Get Noticed By the Rapper

Beam me up, Halle. When it comes to getting noticed by rapper Nicki Minaj, some fans are currently wishing they were as lucky as Halle Berry, who got a special shoutout from... Read more ...