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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).



^The 20 TV shows we're most excited about this fall<

^TV-FALLSHOWS:LA—<The days when September signaled the return of our favorite series after three months of reruns are long gone. But fall still means something in the world of TV: With it comes the Emmys, celebrating the best of the medium's last year; the launch of the broadcast networks' season, marking the start of the next; and, this time around, the debut of two brand new platforms — Disney+ (Nov. 12) and Apple TV+ (to be announced). Which is why, after polling The Times TV team about the new and returning series they're most looking forward to, it was so easy to spread the wealth. Here are the 20 TV shows we're most excited about this fall, one from each of 20 networks.

2100 by Chris Barton. MOVED


^How Lorene Scafaria's 'Hustlers' turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment<

^MOVIE-HUSTLERS-DIRECTOR:LA—<To quote a timeless Janet Jackson jam, as "Hustlers" does in its opening seconds, this true crime stripper drama is a story about control. Women seeking control of their own bodies, their finances, their futures.

The film, starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as ex-strippers bilking wealthy clientele for cash, premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening nationwide Sept. 13. But along its road to the big screen, says writer-director Lorene Scafaria, it often felt like she might not be the one to get to make it.

1900 by Jen Yamato. MOVED


^Bradley Whitford cornered the market on creepy white men. Now he's ready to lighten up<

^TV-WHITFORD:LA—<For Bradley Whitford, being bad has had its benefits.

Since first attracting notice with his Emmy-winning portrayal of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in "The West Wing," the veteran character actor has been a steady presence in several TV series and films, including "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "Trophy Wife," "The Cabin in the Woods" and "Saving Mr. Banks." His specialty has been playing intelligent guys who may have a bit of an edge.

But Whitford's career received a healthy jolt in the past few years, with revelatory portrayals of dangerous, menacing characters in high-profile projects. His role as an awkwardly pleasant neurosurgeon with a sinister racist agenda in Jordan Peele's "Get Out" was highly praised, and his work on Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" as the ominous and contradictory Commander Lawrence, one of the key architects of the oppressive Gilead, has earned him an Emmy nomination for guest actor.

That momentum, after a r sum full of supporting and featured roles, has finally led Whitford to his first solo lead, starring in NBC's new comedy "Perfect Harmony."

1100 by Greg Braxton. MOVED


^Ken Burns' 'Country Music' will appeal to more than just the diehards<

^TV-BURNS-COUNTRY:SJ—<"Country Music," the latest opus from documentary-maker Ken Burns, is barely under way when Dolly Parton appears on screen singing the praises of the genre that made her a household name.

"You can dance to it. You can cry to it. You can make love to it. You can play it at a funeral," she says. "It just really has something in it for everybody ."

And with that, the doors swing wide open, inviting one and — yes, all — to hunker down for an enthralling eight-night, 16-hour deep dive into the history and colorful characters of what Burns calls "the art that tries to tell the stories of those who feel like their stories aren't being told."

950 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^'Country Music': 6 things we learned from Ken Burns' epic<

^TV-BURNS-COUNTRY-6THINGS:SJ—<The numbers attached to Ken Burns' newest PBS documentary series, "Country Music," are mind-boggling.

At 16-plus hours spanning eight episodes, it distills 101 interviews (totaling more than 175 hours), over 700 hours of archival footage, 100,000 still photos and 564 music cues.

But as with all of Burns projects, the emotionally resonant stories and personal revelations are what make it must-see viewing. With that in mind, we run down six surprising things we learned while previewing "Country Music":

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^The Hitler comedy 'Jojo Rabbit' is actually a love letter to single mothers, including Taika Waititi's<

MOVIE-JOJORABBIT:LA — "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi's latest movie "Jojo Rabbit" is a World War II-set satire in which he portrays Adolf Hitler. But the film is also "a love letter to mothers, especially solo mothers," he explained after its world-premiere screening Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Out Oct. 18, the Fox Searchlight title centers on a young German boy (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) who discovers a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hiding in his home. Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant and Alfie Allen are among the cast.

500 by Ashley Lee in Toronto. MOVED


^'Crazy Rich Asians' director supports female screenwriter in pay dispute<

^MOVIE-CRAZYRICHASIANS-PAY:SJ—<"Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu has expressed his support for Adele Lim, the screenwriter who co-authored the blockbuster film and then departed its sequel after a pay parity dispute.

In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter, Chu, a Palo Alto native, wrote, "For those of you who are asking, you bet your a — I stand with Adele! I believed in her before we ever shot the movie and believe in her beyond. As many of you can imagine, negotiations are tough and more often than not messy — no matter who you are in this industry."

650 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^Landmark profit dispute over 'Bones' TV show ends in a settlement with Disney-Fox<

TV-BONES-LAWSUIT:LA — The two stars and key producers of the hit TV show "Bones" have settled their profit-sharing dispute with studio 20th Century Fox Television, ending the high-profile case.

A studio spokesman on Wednesday confirmed that the parties had reached a settlement and that the matter had been resolved, but declined further comment.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

400 by Ryan Faughnder in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Sarah Jessica Parker to star with husband Matthew Broderick in Broadway revival of Neil Simon's 'Plaza Suite'<

^STAGE-PARKER-BRODERICK:NY—<The stars of the upcoming revival of "Plaza Suite" will have plenty of real-life experience to draw from.

Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick are set to star next year in the Neil Simon comedy, the "Sex and the City" star said Tuesday on social media.

150 by Tim Balk. MOVED



^Movie review: 'Goldfinch' doesn't live up to the book<

^GOLDFINCH-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Donna Tartt's Pulizter Prize-winning tome "The Goldfinch" was a blockbuster bestseller and the toast of book clubs in 2013. The film adaptation should have been slam dunk, with director John Crowley, fresh off the acclaimed "Brooklyn," legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, and screenwriter Peter Straughan adapting Tartt's novel. And yet, the movie is simpering and dull, devoid of tension, an overwrought and uninvolving film that is both a personal drama and a crime mystery, but also neither of those things, and nearly, nothing at all.

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^If you're expecting diapers in the astronaut story 'Lucy in the Sky,' think again<

MOV-LUCYINTHESKY:LA — If there's one thing people associate with Lisa Nowak, it's diapers.

After returning home from her first space mission, the astronaut went on a 950-mile drive from Houston to Orlando, Fla. She had gone to confront a U.S. Air Force engineer who was sleeping with the man Nowak had an affair with. In February 2007, when she was captured by Florida authorities, she told the police she'd brought a slew of questionable items on her journey: a buck knife, latex gloves, a BB gun, pepper spray. She also had in her possession government-issued diapers, which she used to minimize pit stops on her long drive.

Of course, Nowak's actual story was far more layered than the punchlines suggested. And now a film debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday, "Lucy in the Sky," is inspired — loosely — by that story. The film, directed by television veteran Noah Hawley ("Fargo," "Legion"), is not directly based on Nowak's life. The former NASA employee had no involvement in the Fox Searchlight project, and the lead character, played by Natalie Portman, is named Lucy.

1500 by Amy Kaufman in Toronto. MOVED


^'Hustlers' review: Fast-moving drama with Jennifer Lopez's career-best performance<

^VID-HUSTLERS-REVIEW:ND—<In its first few minutes, Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers" sends a message. Yes, this is a movie about strippers. And yes, you'll see more of Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu than you probably ever imagined. Wu, as Destiny, opens the film by walking into her first night of work at a seemingly glamorous Manhattan club called Moves — but by the end of her shift she's been propositioned, insulted and cheated by nearly every man she meets.

In other words, if you came to "Hustlers" for the cinematic equivalent of a lap dance — something steamy, erotic and gratuitously sexy — you've come to the wrong place.

750 by Rafer Guzm n. MOVED



^MOVIE-GUIDE:LA—<Capsule listings.

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^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—< Family guide to new movie releases

300 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Marty Stuart proudly speaks for 'Country Music'<

TV-COUNTRY-STUART:MCT — Country music performer Marty Stuart looked to be just another in the 101 interviews collected for the new PBS documentary series "Country Music." The production is the latest from filmmaker Ken Burns — and he found a gold mine of knowledge with Stuart.

It was Stuart's wife, country singer Connie Smith, who provided the link between Stuart and Burns. Her son, Kerry Watkins, told her about seeing Ken Burns on TV saying that he was thinking about doing a film on country music. As soon as Stuart heard there was a possibility of such a project, he immediately knew he wanted to be part of it.

750 by Rick Bentley in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Rosanne Cash sees deep truths in Ken Burns' 'Country Music'<

TV-COUNTRY-ROSEANNECASH:MCT — Rosanne Cash has lived her life being the daughter of one of the biggest icons in music history: Johnny Cash. That journey included years of trying to get out from under his shadow, dealing with all of the darkness that haunted the man in black and eventually learning to embrace her country music roots.

Cash faced all those emotions again by being part of "Country Music," the latest documentary from Ken Burns. The eight-part, 16-hour film slated to air at 8 p.m. Sept. 15-18 and 22-25 on PBS looks at the history of the musical genre that includes the massive contribution made by Rosanne Cash's family dating back to 1927. As she came to understand, being part of the country music family means "telling the truth one note at a time."

850 by Rick Bentley in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Jerry Springer goes fatherly route as TV judge<

^TV-SPRINGER:OS—<As star of "Judge Jerry," Jerry Springer says his style will be fatherly, fair and different from TV's most famous judge.

"The challenge of being a judge is you want to do what is fair, and you also have to apply the law of that particular state," said Springer, who lives in Sarasota, Fla. "Somehow you have to mix the two. You take Judge Judy, who is the best there is. She's a disciplinarian. This is the law, boom, that's it. With me, I guess I'll probably approach it more like I would talk to my own daughter or my own grandson when I'm disciplining them."

The nationally syndicated "Judge Jerry" debuted Monday.

550 by Hal Boedeker. MOVED


^Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino will be released from prison Thursday<

^TV-SORRENTINO:NY—<This "Jersey Shore" star will soon be in a better situation.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is set to be released from a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., on Thursday after serving eight months for tax evasion, prison records show and a rep for the reality TV star confirmed to the Daily News.

200 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED


^Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 15-21<

TV-REMOTE-ADV15:CC — 550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


VID-REDBOX:MCT — Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

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VID-NEWONDVD:MCT — New on DVD: 'Supergirl' has punch, 'Dark Phoenix' fizzles on DVD

800 by Rick Bentley. MOVED


^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for Sept. 10 and beyond

150. MOVED


^Sound Advice: Bookshelf speakers and outdoor cooking gadgets<





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