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Atx Festival Sets Reunions for 'Nash Bridges' Writers Room, 'Thirtysomething' (Exclusive)

The seventh edition of the Atx Television Festival is starting to take shape.

A Nash Bridges writers room reunion has been added to the lineup for the annual event, which is set to run June 7-10, 2018. Confirmed talent includes creator Carlton Cuse (Lost), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Pam Veasey (CSI: NY).

Additionally, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have come onboard the previously announced reunion of the show, which was pushed back from last year's festival due to scheduling issues. The duo join previously announced castmembers Ken Olin, Timothy...
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Exclusive: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore React to 'This Is Us' Season 2 Premiere's 'Powerful' Final Scene

Exclusive: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore React to 'This Is Us' Season 2 Premiere's 'Powerful' Final Scene
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched the This Is Us season two premiere. If you have, read our recap, then come on back and hear what the stars had to say…

Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore are speaking out about the devastating final scene in the This Is Us season two premiere.

In Tuesday's episode, a huge piece of the puzzle to how Jack died was revealed in the last minutes of the show's return. After the Pearson patriarch admitted to secretly battling alcoholism, Rebecca demanded he "get in the car" so they could fight it together. “In a few months from now, everything will be back to normal," Rebecca assured Jack. The scene transitioned to a moment -- presumably several months later -- with Rebecca alone in the car and Jack's possessions in a plastic bag, as she drove up to the family home, which had just
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Sterling K. Brown Finishes Emmy Speech Backstage After Being Cut Off During Show (Watch)

Sterling K. Brown Finishes Emmy Speech Backstage After Being Cut Off During Show (Watch)
Sterling K. Brown made history on Sunday night, becoming the first African American to win best actor at the Emmys in 19 years for his emotional performance in NBC’s “This Is Us.” But then his acceptance speech was unceremoniously cut off during CBS’ live telecast.

You can play. You can play,” he said to the Emmys’ house band. “Nobody got that loud music.”

After his mic was turned off, the 41 year-old actor tried to finish his speech to the cheers of the Microsoft Theater audience, but the attempt proved unsuccessful.

When asked by a reporter backstage if he’d like to finish his acceptance speech, the 41 year-old actor happily obliged.

“You know what? I wouldn’t mind finishing, thank you for the invitation,” he said.

“I wanted to thank our writers,” the actor began. “A show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without some impeccable, beautiful, thoughtful writing. You guys are our life’s blood, so
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This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown: How His Emmys Speech Should Have Ended

This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown: How His Emmys Speech Should Have Ended
When the Emmys Powers That Be decided that Sterling K. Brown‘s acceptance speech had gone on too long Sunday, the orchestra’s volume rose until the This Is Us star was effectively played off stage.

But Brown, who took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, wasn’t going out like that.

Backstage, in the press room, he was able to finish the speech that was drowned out during the telecast. Here’s what you didn’t hear:

I wanted to thank our writers. A show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without some impeccable,
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‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Adds Sylvester Stallone in Guest Starring Role

‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Adds Sylvester Stallone in Guest Starring Role
Sylvester Stallone will appear in “This Is Us” Season 2, series showrunner Dan Fogelman revealed Thursday at the TCA summer press tour.

Stallone will appear in a guest starring role opposite Justin Hartley’s character as a co-star in his new film within the series. Stallone previously appeared with “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia in the 2006 film “Rocky Balboa,” though it is doubtful the two will share any screentime in the NBC series due to its multiple timelines.

Fogelman told reporters that Stallone is only currently booked for one episode, but “It’s a big part,” he said.

“It’s a war period film that Justin is starring in,” said Fogelman. “Stallone is coming in as himself in the show but playing a character in the film who’s a mentor figure who starts bringing up some stuff for Justin’s character involving Jack and his relationship with his own father.”

Fogelman
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Zoo Sneak Peek: Can Jackson and the Part-Human Abendegos Make Nice?

Zoo Sneak Peek: Can Jackson and the Part-Human Abendegos Make Nice?
This week on CBS’ Zoo, there is something Jackson Oz needs from the part-human hybrid named Abendegos — but will he be able to get it?

RelatedBilly Burke Hails Zoo as ‘The Wackiest Show on Television’

In the above sneak peek from the episode “Oz Is Oz” (airing Thursday at 10/9c), Jackson (played by James Wolk) needs to procure some spinal fluid from the captured creature, and he is fully prepared to go mano-a-whatever to obtain it. Dariela meanwhile is ready to offer cover fire if things get out of hand. But will they? Press play above to see how Jackson’s mission plays out.
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Rep Sheet Roundup: 'This Is Us' Ep Ken Olin Signs With Wme

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Still Thirtysomething

This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with Wme. The television veteran, who also has helmed a few episodes of the NBC breakout drama, previously served as Ep for shows including Sleepy Hollow, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. He continues to be represented by Jackoway Tyerman.

Wme also has added Groundswell Productions vp Hilary Zaitz Michael as an agent in literary packaging. At Groundwell, Michael oversaw series including Hulu’s...
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Exclusive: Why Sterling K. Brown Is Keeping It All in Perspective

Exclusive: Why Sterling K. Brown Is Keeping It All in Perspective
Sterling K. Brown isn’t used to being in demand.

“Busy. That’s the most apt description I can come up with, and busy is good,” Brown says of his life over the past whirlwind year and a half. The actor is speaking to Et by phone from a car on his way to the airport to catch a flight from New York City, where he’s just wrapped a photo shoot, to return to Vancouver set of the upcoming Predator reboot.

It’s been nearly a decade and a half, Brown says, “of showing up and saying your lines and then going on to the next project, hoping that one job moves into the next. But this has been a situation where people actually want to hear what I think. This is all still new.”

Emmys 2017: The Standout Performances on TV

His Emmy-winning portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story anointed
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Milo Ventimiglia Reveals His Favorite Theory About Jack’s Death On ‘This Is Us’

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Actor Milo Ventimiglia has revealed his favorite fan theory about This Is Us character Jack’s death. At the Atx TV Festival This Is Us panel, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and executive producer/director Ken Olin were onstage with Ventimiglia. “Miguel killed him,” he said about Jack during a panel discussion at the festival. “I enjoyed that one just […]

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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off

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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off
No Jennifer Garner, no “Alias.”

That’s the general consensus among the writers who led the charge during the five-season run of “Alias.” Josh Appelbaum, who served as a co-executive producer on the show, said, “it would be amazing to do it. The right idea would have to come. We’ve all talked to J.J. [Abrams] about it.”

But, between that or an “Alias” spinoff, one thing is key: Garner would have to be there in the iconic role of Sydney Bristow. “It felt that if it wasn’t Jen, it wasn’t ‘Alias.'”

Appelbaum was one of several “Alias” writers on stage Saturday at the Atx Television Festival to recount the show’s history.

The panel kicked off with the unlikely story of how Sydney sported bright red hair at the start of “Alias.” Apparently executive producer Abrams (who didn’t make it out to Austin) knew he
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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off

‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off
No Jennifer Garner, no “Alias.”

That’s the general consensus among the writers who led the charge during the five-season run of “Alias.” Josh Appelbaum, who served as a co-executive producer on the show, said, “it would be amazing to do it. The right idea would have to come. We’ve all talked to J.J. [Abrams] about it.”

But, between that or an “Alias” spinoff, one thing is key: Garner would have to be there in the iconic role of Sydney Bristow. “It felt that if it wasn’t Jen, it wasn’t ‘Alias.'”

Appelbaum was one of several “Alias” writers on stage Saturday at the Atx Television Festival to recount the show’s history.

The panel kicked off with the unlikely story of how Sydney sported bright red hair at the start of “Alias.” Apparently executive producer Abrams (who didn’t make it out to Austin) knew he
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'Alias' Writers Talk Celebrity Guest-Stars, Complex Mythology and a Potential Revival

Several writers behind Alias reunited Saturday at the Atx Television Festival to reveal secrets and behind-the-scenes stories from the beloved ABC spy drama.

Premiering in 2001, the ABC spy drama centered on Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), a double-agent for the CIA posing as an agent for the criminal organization Sd-6. Created by J.J. Abrams, the series spanned five seasons and 105 episodes. Although it's been more than a decade since the series ended, it continues to resonate with its die-hard fans

"One of things that made this show really special was this girl is really badass," writer-producer-director Ken Olin said...
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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Fan Theories About Jack’s Death, What Makes Him Cry

‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Fan Theories About Jack’s Death, What Makes Him Cry
Austin, Texas — At the Atx TV Festival “This Is Us” panel, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and executive producer/director Ken Olin were onstage with star Milo Ventimiglia (Jack Pearson) at the Atx TV Festival panel, but most of the questions were directed at fan favorite Ventimiglia.

Here’s what we learned during the Ventimiglia lightning round:

• The scenes that made him cry was William’s passing and Kate’s drum circle emotional breakdown.

• His favorite scene to film was the long Jack/Rebecca fight in the season finale. Ventimiglia said it was one of the most satisfying scenes and praised Ken Olin’s direction. “He gave each of us our valued space,” he said.

• His favorite fan theory about how Jack died: Miguel killed him.

• His most memorable fan interaction: a fan who had adopted a boy came up to Ventimiglia and told him that her husband was having trouble getting along with the boym but
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NBC Boss on ‘This is Us’ Scheduling Switch: ‘It Would Be A Disservice To It’

NBC Boss on ‘This is Us’ Scheduling Switch: ‘It Would Be A Disservice To It’
Austin, Texas — ​NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke shared small bits of info about season two of the network’s smash hit drama “This Is Us” at the Atx TV Festival panel for the show, which also included star Milo Ventimiglia and executive producer/director Ken Olin.

“Dan (Fogelman) said this so I can say it,” said Salke. “Season two will be bigger than season one. It won’t get quieter. A lot happens. All good, just trust me.”

Salke also addressed the matter of initially moving the show to Thursday on the 2017 fall schedule, then reversing that decision and keeping the show on Tuesday nights. “We wanted to build another night,” said Salke. “We have a big show and we feel the audience will follow wherever we put it. But the truth is, once Dan came in and laid out to me what he wanted to do with the second season, six
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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show

‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show
NBC sacrificed “Must See TV” for the sake of “This Is Us.”

The Peacock network had big plans this season to bring back the storied “Must See TV” label by moving “This Is Us” to Thursday nights this fall – along with the return of “Will & Grace”). But NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told fans at the Atx Television Festival on Friday that the network abandoned those plans in order to air more episodes in the fall. (“Must See TV” may still be resurrected for the night, however, as “Will & Grace” remains there, among other things.)

Now, by keeping “This Is Us” in its Tuesday slot behind “The Voice,” the show will air 10 consecutive episodes this fall. On Thursdays, there was only room for six episodes before “Thursday Night Football” took over the night.

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ To Help NBC Relaunch ‘Must See TV,’ and Lands Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

The show’s producer,
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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show

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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show
NBC sacrificed “Must See TV” for the sake of “This Is Us.”

The Peacock network had big plans this season to bring back the storied “Must See TV” label by moving “This Is Us” to Thursday nights this fall – along with the return of “Will & Grace”). But NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told fans at the Atx Television Festival on Friday that the network abandoned those plans in order to air more episodes in the fall. (“Must See TV” may still be resurrected for the night, however, as “Will & Grace” remains there, among other things.)

Now, by keeping “This Is Us” in its Tuesday slot behind “The Voice,” the show will air 10 consecutive episodes this fall. On Thursdays, there was only room for six episodes before “Thursday Night Football” took over the night.

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ To Help NBC Relaunch ‘Must See TV,’ and Lands Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

The show’s producer,
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This Is Us Secrets! The Show Was Nearly a Movie — About Octuplets!

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This Is Us Secrets! The Show Was Nearly a Movie — About Octuplets!
Believe it or not, the Big Three were once meant to be the Great Eight!

In an exclusive First Look at emmy magazine‘s June cover story on NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us, creator Dan Fogelman reveals he originally wrote around 80 pages about the Pearson family in 2015 with the intention that of telling their story on the big screen.

Instead of the twist fans saw at the end of the series’s pilot, the Crazy, Stupid, Love writer says, “There was going to be a reveal at the end that they were octuplets born in the late ’70s or early ’80s.
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Milo Ventimiglia: ‘I Still Don’t Think We’ve Seen the Worst’ of Jack’s Alcohol Struggles on This Is Us

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Milo Ventimiglia: ‘I Still Don’t Think We’ve Seen the Worst’ of Jack’s Alcohol Struggles on This Is Us
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

When the hotly awaited, heavily anticipated season finale of This Is Us arrived on Tuesday night, it began by answering one question that had loomed and gloomed over the past week: Did Jack die while driving to Rebecca’s gig under the influence?

It turns out that he did not. So, how exactly did the gold-hearted family man meet his maker? Sorry, we did not learn how he left the planet (see you next season!), but he did make quite an exit at the end of the episode: He delivered
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Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia on This Is Us Finale's Big Fight and That Death Everyone Is Obsessed With

Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia on This Is Us Finale's Big Fight and That Death Everyone Is Obsessed With
Your TV mom and dad from This Is Us are not on good terms and you're going to have to wait some months to find out what's next. Luckily, Jack and Rebecca Pearson themselves, Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, respectively, are here to help you digest the big This Is Us finale fight and the speeches involved. "It was scripted," Ventimiglia and Moore told E! News' Kristin Dos Santos about the heated fight scene at a This Is Us season one finale event. "Our writers are that talented," Ventimiglia said. "We rehearsed a lot," Moore said. The day before they shot, Moore and Ventimiglia rehearsed with director Ken Olin and some of the crew to choreograph the...
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'This Is Us' Cast and Ep on That Heartbreaking Fight, Jack and Rebecca's Fate and More

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'This Is Us' Cast and Ep on That Heartbreaking Fight, Jack and Rebecca's Fate and More
In addition to their adorable meet-cute, the season finale of This Is Us featured an intense fight between Jack and Rebecca unlike any we've seen before. Both took some low blows at each other that we didn't see coming. Executive producer and director for the finale, Ken Olin, discussed what it was like to film that moment. Also, find out what the cast had to say about the final moments of season 1 and what the future holds for their characters.
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