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  • Taboo: FX Orders Second Season for Tom Hardy Series

    James Keziah Delaney will return to your TV screens. BBC One and FX have ordered a second season of period drama “Taboo,” Variety has learned. Like the first season, Season 2 of “Taboo” will consist of eight episodes.
    “Tom and Steve and the show’s brilliant producers are promising something daring, different but equally unmissable and I’m delighted that the BBC is partnering with FX once again to roll ‘Taboo’ out to audiences across the world,” said BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger.
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    “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama,” Hardy said. “Fantastic news.”
    The first season, which just wrapped on FX, followed Delaney (Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to 1814 London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
    Hardy originally conceived of the series with his father Chips, bringing in Steven Knight to write. The first season was a modest performer in the U.S., drawing an average audience of 1.24 million and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and generally doubling that in Nielsen’s Live+3 numbers. In the U.K., the BBC says each episode was watched by 5.8 million people within seven days, and 7 million beyond seven days, and that the premiere drew the third-highest audience of any series on BBC iPlayer.
    “Taboo” is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the U.K. Executive Producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Steven Knight.

    Clooney, George: Political Speech as Honoree of Cesar Awards (French Oscars)

    As citizens of the world, we’re going to have to work harder and harder not to let hate win–George Clooney

    McCorvey, Norma: Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade, Dies at 69

    Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize abortion, died Saturday, Feb 18, of heart failure.  She was 69.

    Trump 2017: Flynn, National Security Adviser, Resigns Over Lies

    Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned Monday after misleading the White House over the nature of his talks with the Russian ambassador. Flynn initially claimed that he had not discussed sanctions during a call with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Vice President Mike Pence also claimed that Flynn had not had substantive discussions with the ambassador. But last […]

    Here There & Everywhere: Beatles Docu

    February, 2017 – Production starts later this month on Here There and Everywhere (HTAE) a documentary film project, supported by The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story Museum, The Hard Days Night Hotel, The Fest For Fans, Abbey Road on the River and The British Beatles Fan Club, and many others. 

    Big Little Lies: HBO Series Defined by Star Power

    Star power–Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz–defined the L.A. premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies at the TCL Chinese Theatre Tuesday night.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race: Lady Gaga to Appear in Season Premiere

    Feb 7, 2017 – Fresh off a stunning Super Bowl halftime show performance, Lady Gaga will appear on the season premiere of Logo’s Emmy Award-winning competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    Jane the Virgin: Spoiler Alert–Character’s Death

    Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman addressed the CW show’s shocking death on Monday night in an open letter to fans. She called the episode “devastating” to write.

    Trump 2017: Uber CEO Kalanick to Exit President’s Strategic and Policy Forum

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has left the advisory group due to protests over the administration’s travel ban. Kalanick would be exiting the council and not attending the meeting.

    SAG Awards 2017: Winona Ryder Facial Expressions

    Winona Ryder attracted the strongest attention when the cast of Stranger Things took the stage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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