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‘Severance’ Creator on the ‘Significance’ of Lumon’s Goats and Getting Off Reddit to Write Season 2

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The “Severance” team is hard at work writing Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ drama — so hard at work that they need to avoid fan theories in order to properly carry out the task of telling the Innies and Outies of the second season as they envision them.

“I was warned not to go on Reddit, on the subreddit for this show, at all. And I held off for about six minutes and then I went on and I was just on it every day. It’s kind of addicting,” “Severance” creator Dan Erickson said during the show’s Comic-Con panel Thursday.

“Sometimes they have ideas that are better than what I thought of,” he added with a laugh. “But eventually I had to pull back from that, because as we’ve gotten more into writing Season 2 in recent weeks, it’s that thing of infinite options.” Erickson loves “Severance” fans’ takes, but says they “can be counterproductive to have all these other voices in your head — as great as they may be.”

Also in attendance at the “Severance” Comic-Con panel in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center were executive producer and director Ben Stiller and stars Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Dichen Lachman and Jen Tullock. The series also stars Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Zach Cherry, Michael Chernus and Christopher Walken, who were not present at the panel.

Despite the Reddit distraction, Erickson says he does have his own answers to your burning questions — even though he won’t give them away yet. For example, Erickson simply said, “Yeah,” in response to a fan question during the Q&A about the infamous goats inside Lumon Industries’ severed floor and whether or not there is a “significance” to them that will be revealed.

Another con attendee asked if the show will continue to explore the PTSD that characters like Adam Scott’s Mark are experiencing, and Erickson confirmed there will be more to come on that in Season 2.

“We’ve always talked about ‘Severance’ as sort of a stand-in for disconnecting from pain and disconnecting from trauma,” Erickson said. “So I think using that to explore different things, especially something like PTSD. Again, I don’t want to get into specifics of where things are going in Season 2, but I think the story lends itself to that kind of examination, for sure.”

“Severance” is created by Erickson, who serves as showrunner and executive produces alongside Mark Friedman, Chris Black, John Cameron and Andrew Colville, as well as Stiller (who directed the majority of Season 1). Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn executive produce through Red Hour Productions alongside Arquette and Scott. The drama hails from Endeavor Content.

Apple TV+ renewed “Severance” for Season 2 back in April ahead of its Season 1 finale. Earlier this month, the first season garnered 14 Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series, and writing and directing for a drama series, as well as acting nods for Scott, Arquette, Turturro and Walken. “Severance” will be up for those awards during the 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 12.



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Night Court Revival’s Abby Actor Gushes About Chemistry With Her Co-Stars

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Melissa Rauch, who stars on NBC’s Night Court revival as Abby Stone, opens up about the chemistry between herself and her sitcom co-stars.


NBC’s Night Court star Melissa Rauch opens up about the chemistry among the revival’s cast. Night Court originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992 and was one of the network’s most popular comedies. The show starred Harry Anderson as eccentric judge Harry T. Stone as he presided over a night court with rotating cases and opportunities for courtroom shenanigans. The show ended its run after nine seasons and seven Primetime Emmy wins, including four Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series wins in consecutive years for Dan Fielding actor John Larroquette.

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In an interview with Hollywood Outbreak, Rauch gushes about the chemistry she has with her co-stars. Rauch, who plays the daughter of Harry Stone on the revival, said that the cast of the new Night Court instantly fit on the set. The one actor that stood out to her the most, though, was the returning Larroquette. Check out Rauch’s full comments on the Night Court revival and its cast below:

“There really was this instant chemistry between all of us. They’re such an incredible group, and I just feel so lucky to be working with each of them. I remember my first day shooting the pilot, and I just couldn’t believe that I was getting the great fortune of working with John Larroquette, whose I work I’ve loved since the original. He’s just such a masterclass in comedy and acting. I watch him in absolute awe.”


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Melissa Rauch and John Larroquette in Night Court

The Night Court revival from Dan Rubin and Reinhold Weege features a cast of mostly new characters. Rauch plays Abby Stone, the lead judge on the series who takes on her father’s job overseeing the Manhattan arraignment court night shift. Rauch previously appeared in True Blood and The Big Bang Theory, among many other comedic shows and movies. India de Beaufort plays Olivia, the Manhattan court’s assistant district attorney, and is in the highly ambitious character archetype. The Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill alum’s character views the court as a jumping-off point for her to better her professional prospects. The revival also stars Lacretta as the court’s bailiff, Gurgs, and Kapil Talwalkar as Abby’s clerk, Neil.

Unfortunately, the opportunity for multiple Night Court returning cast members wasn’t really possible for the revival, as many of the show’s main cast members have either passed away or retired from acting altogether in the decades since the original series. A few actors are still working, though, and that includes Larroquette. He is back as former district attorney Dan Fielding. Fielding is convinced by Abby to return to the court as its new public defender, a request that the veteran lawman eventually agrees to. Larroquette is a common recurring star on the new Night Court.

Original Night Court actors Richard Moll and Marsha Winfield are both still around, but neither of them have appeared in season 1 so far. Moll hasn’t acted since 2018’s Slay Belles and is currently 80 years old, so it’s unlikely that he will return. Warfield is much more possible, though. After taking a decades-long break from acting after 1999, she returned to star in the Miracles Across 125th Street TV movie and has appeared in multiple episodes of 9-1-1 on Fox. Perhaps she could return, but Warfield’s message about Night Court‘s return indicated that she currently doesn’t have any plans to do so. New episodes of Night Court season 1 air every Thursday on NBC.

Source: Hollywood Outbreak

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‘The Traitors’ Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock

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Peacock has picked up “The Traitors” for a second season, the streamer announced on Thursday.

The renewal comes just on the heels of the show’s successful premiere. The series follows twenty contestants going head to head in a series of challenges to ultimately win a cash prize. Along the way, they must also figure out which of the three contestants among the group are “the traitors” with a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants coined “the faithful.” The streamer is touting the unscripted competition as its No. 1 original reality series.

“’The Traitors’ is an ambitious, highly addictive and spontaneous format that keeps contestants and viewers on their toes,” said Corie Henson, NBCUniversal’s EVP of entertainment unscripted content. “Alan Cumming is a well-dressed genius, the producers at Studio Lambert are brilliant storytellers and the show is the perfect mix of drama and suspense to keep our Traitors and Faithfuls craving more.”

In addition to the Season 2 announcement, Peacock has set the Season 1 reunion for February 28. Hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the reunion will bring the debut cast together for the first time since the traitorous finale.

The first season featured an interesting mix of game players and celebrities including Amanda Clark, Andie Thurmond, Anjelica Conti, Arie Luyendyk Jr. (“Bachelor”/”Bachelorette”), Azra Valani, Brandi Glanville (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Christian De La Torre, Cirie Fields (“Survivor”), Cody Calafiore (“Big Brother”), Geraldine Moreno, Kate Chastain (“Below Deck”), Kyle Cooke (“Summer House”), Michael Davidson, Quentin Jiles, Rachel Reilly (“Big Brother”), Reza Farahan (“Shahs of Sunset”), Robert “Bam” Nieves, Ryan Lochte, Shelbe Rodriguez, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (“Survivor”).

“We hugely enjoyed making the US version of this hit format with NBC and giving Peacock’s audience a highly bingeable murder mystery game full of intrigue and dramatic twists,” said Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert. “This is the game which shows how people judge each other, often leaping to false conclusions, in a way that’s revealing and entertaining, and we’re excited to be making a second season with Alan as together we build on the success of the first.”

Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland, Sam Rees-Jones, Tim Harcourt, and Jack Burgess serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Studio Lambert.



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Cobra Kai’s Post-Season 6 Future Explained By Sony Executive

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The president of Sony Pictures Television Studios gives an update on Cobra Kai after season 6, clarifying its connection to the upcoming movie.


The president of Sony Pictures Television Studios gives an update on what’s next for Cobra Kai after season 6. It was recently announced that Netflix’s dojo drama series would come to a close after its upcoming sixth installment, ensuring that the popular Karate Kid continuation would end on its own terms and get a chance to provide a sense of finality to its long-running stories. This was speculated to be the case even before the news was officially announced, as Netflix unusually took its time to confirm the renewal and the cast had been hinting that the finish line was in sight.

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In an interview with Deadline, Katherine Pope — the president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, which is behind Cobra Kai — was asked about what’s next for the show. Pope affirmed that the creators were interested in expanding the universe, clarifying the separation between the Netflix series and the upcoming Karate Kid movie. In the response, which is included below, Pope sounds optimistic about what’s next for Cobra Kai:

They have some ideas in terms of expanding Cobra Kai and coming at the Karate Kid legacy in different ways. But yes, the movie is a good example too. It’s all of these. I think we’ve all learned these worlds can exist together and they can feel cohesive and they can feel additive, especially for the fans, and feel like big, big worlds that exist on lots of different levels, they don’t necessarily all exist in the same plane.


What Could A Cobra Kai Spinoff Look Like?

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When asked about which of his Cobra Kai castmates would be good to see in a spinoff, Ralph Macchio gave an interesting response. The actor, who plays the lead Daniel LaRusso, makes sure to stress that all his co-stars are capable, explaining that the hypothetical continuation would have more to do with which genre the potential spinoff would belong to. But, as an example, Macchio mentions a potential Hawk and Demetri spinoff, and he’s not the first. Gianni DeCenzo, who plays Demetri, has said he’d be open to continuing his character’s friendship with Hawk (Jacob Bertrand).

DeCenzo talked about how the story could include Demetri and Hawk going off to college in the future, elaborating that the two buddies could essentially take on the role of detectives. Hawk would play the “bad cop,” with Demetri taking the opposite end. While it’s undoubtedly a tongue-in-cheek response, it does get to the truth of how Cobra Kai has thrived based on the strength of its relationships. This was a fact that was also mentioned by Macchio, who said he enjoyed the scenes between Daniel and his daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser).

It’s more likely, though, that a Cobra Kai spinoff would take what has already worked and expand on it. Perhaps there would be tournaments and new feuds in a college setting. Or it could zero in on another character from the movies. Right now, the focus is likely on ending the series on a positive note. But down the line, it does sound like everyone from the creators to the cast and executives want to remain in the world they helped to revive.

Source: Deadline

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