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Jessica Walter, Star of ‘Arrested Development,’ and ‘Archer’, dies at 80



Jessica Walter, star of TV shows and films movies from “Arrested Development” to “Play Misty for Me,” died Wednesday in New York City, her representative, Kelli Jones, affirmed. She was 80.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” said her daughter Brooke Bowman in a statement. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

Walter had a long, prolific career in Hollywood, most as of late in comedies like “Arrested Development,” which broadcasted on Fox and later, Netflix, where she acquired armies of fans as snarky, highbrow female authority Lucille Bluth. “As far as I’m concerned, we can never push things enough,” Walter disclosed to USA TODAY of the limit pushing sitcom in 2005. “We try to do it all with class and elegance.”

She voiced another conniving mother, Malory Archer, to the title superhero character in FXX’s animated adult comedy “Archer.”

Her occasional “Arrested” co-star Henry Winkler responded to her demise on Twitter, expressing “OH NO …We worked together for years on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT ..It was an honor to watch her comedy explode from the very first row.”

Walter began her career in 1960s showing up in TV guest roles in series, for example, “Flipper” and “Ben Casey.” But her large breakout part was in the 1971 film “Misty,” as the over the top fanatic of Clint Eastwood’s radio DJ, for which she was assigned for a Golden Globe. Walter has turned out consistently for over 50 years in TV, film and on Broadway.

She has guest-starred on countless series, from “The Love Boat” to “NCIS” to “Murder She Wrote.” Walter won an Emmy in 1975 as lead actress in an uncommon program for her role as San Francisco’s first female head of analysts in NBC’s miniseries, “Amy Prentiss.” She was named three additional occasions, for ABC’s “The Streets of San Francisco” in 1977; CBS’ “Catcher John, M.D.” in 1980; and for “Arrested” in 2005. She most as of late showed up in February, on a Season 5 scene of ABC sitcom “American Housewife.”

Walter’s feature debut was in the 1964 film “Lilith,” with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg and Gene Hackman, who was additionally on his first film.

She additionally caught a role in John Frankenheimer’s dashing epic “Great Prix,” from 1966, as the spectacular however malcontented spouse of a Formula One racer who succumbs to another driver. That very year she showed up in Sidney Lumet’s “The Group,” a female-drove troupe about the alumni of a prestigious university (Walter played the catty Libby), and represented Lumet again in 1968’s “Bye Bye Braverman.”

Other notable credits remember a spell for CW’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” spin-off “90210” and voicing Fran Sinclair in 1990s Jim Henson family comedy, “Dinosaurs.”

In 2018 Walter stood out as truly newsworthy when she revealed in a emotional interview that her “Arrested” co-star Jeffrey Tambor verbally harassed her on the set of the comedy.

“I have to let go of being angry at him,” she said during a New York Times group interview with her castmates. “He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize.” She added that in “almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set, and it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now. I just let it go right here.”

Walter’s husband of 36 years, entertainer and her frequent artistic collaborator Ron Leibman, died in December 2019 at 82. Her girl, Bowman, from her first marriage, is a chief at Fox Entertainment.


‘At That Age’ drama pilot not moving forward at NBC



NBC isn’t moving forward with its outfit dramatization pilot At That Age, made, directed and in view of a unique thought by Malcolm B. Lee, head of current box-office champ Space Jam: A New Legacy.

I hear the options on the cast, which includes Adrian Holmes, Nicole Ari Parker, Brad James, Jade Eshete, Sinqua Walls, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Christian Keyes, were coming up July 31, prompting the network to settle on a choice.

As is normal practice, Universal Television, which produced the pilot, will shop it to different organizations while it actually has the entertainers under bargains.

At That Age, an exploration of an African-American family’s inheritance, was requested to steer in January 2020, yet put on pause due to the Covid related creation closure. It restarted projecting this previous spring and was produced off-cycle like the entirety of NBC’s pilots in the course of the last Covid-affected year. The organization additionally has dramatization pilot Dangerous Moms, which is production.

Composed via Carla Banks-Waddles, in At That Age, After the Cooper family’s golden child experiences a catastrophic event, seven relatives (Holmes, Parker, James, Eschete, Walls, Corinealdi and Keyes) face a basic shift, settle on life-altering decisions and deal profound mysteries becoming exposed.

Banks-Waddles executive produces with Lee and Debra Martin Chase.

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Phillipa Soo joins the cast of Apple’s thriller series ‘Shining Girls’



Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of the AppleTV+ series Shining Girls, in light of the 2013 smash hit novel by Lauren Beukes, in a series regular role. Soo will depict the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook who works in the examination office at the Adler planetarium.

She will star opposite Elisabeth Moss, who depicts a Chicago columnist who endure a fierce attack just to discover her world moving as she chases down her attacker. The ritzy cast likewise includes Wagner Moura (Narcos) as Dan, a veteran columnist breaking the augmenting story of a copycat assault. Jamie Bell likewise stars as Harper, a secretive introvert with an amazing connection with Kirby.

The series hails from MRC Television. As well as featuring, Moss leader produces through Love and Squalor Pictures, close by Lindsey McManus. Leonardo DiCaprio fills in as chief maker through Appian Way close by Jennifer Davisson. Creator Lauren Beukes and Alan Page Arriaga will likewise fill in as leader makers on the task. The series will be adjusted for television and executive produced by Silka Luisa, who likewise fills in as showrunner.

Soo was assigned for a 2021 Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Musical for her work in Hamilton. She most as of late showed up in the Spectrum Original series The Bite from Robert and Michelle King.

She is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and UTA.

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Michelle Monaghan is set to play dual lead roles in Netflix’s ‘Echoes’ limited series



Michelle Monaghan is set to play dual lead roles in Netflix’s Echoes, a psychological thriller limited series about indistinguishable twins from 13 Reasons Why writer/executive producer/showrunner Brian Yorkey, Quinton Peeples (Runaways) and Australian author maker Vanessa Gazy (Eden).

Made and written by Gazy, Echoes is a secret thrill ride about identical twins Leni and Gina, both depicted by Monaghan, who share a hazardous mystery. Since they were kids, Leni and Gina covertly have traded lives, coming full circle in a double life as adults: They share two homes, two spouses and a kid, however everything in their impeccably arranged world is tossed into disarray when one of the sisters disappears.

Born identical twins, every sister is remarkable; Leni is the sister that is content to remain at home, wed her childhood sweetheart, bring up her little girl and assist with running the delightful pony ranch where everybody lives respectively established in their since quite a while ago shared history. Gina is the rebellious sister that walked out on all that and disappeared to Los Angeles where she rose to speedy notoriety expounding on a hazier undertow that educated her Southern childhood.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Yorkey will fill in as leader maker and co-showrunner on the spine chiller, the main task greenlit as a component of his multi-year in general arrangement with the streamer for series and different projects.

Gazy likewise will executive produce, with Peeples filling in as chief maker/co-showrunner close by Yorkey. The series additionally hails from chief makers Imogen Banks (The Beautiful Lie) and Endemol Shine Banks Australia.

On TV, Monaghan featured in Netflix’ geo-political thriller Messiah just as Hulu’s dramatization series The Path, close by Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy. Before that, she co-featured in the HBO show True Detective inverse Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, for which she was designated for a Golden Globe for her job.

On the film side, Monaghan is set to co-star opposite Anna Diop in the Stay Gold Features And Topic Studios Pic Nanny. She was most recently seen in Zoe Lister-Jones’ The Craft, the Blumhouse reboot of the 1996 component, just as Christine Jeffs’ Every Breath You Take, featuring inverse Casey Affleck and Sam Claflin. She as of late wrapped production on Brad Anderson’s Blood.

Monaghan is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and attorney Robert Offer.

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