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UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA Awards

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 9:56pm PDT

UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA AwardsUPDATED from TCA Awards: “First of all, I’d like to thank Variety and Gold Derby for letting me know that I should come tonight — I appreciate that very much. I got a dress, lickety split!” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said as she picked up her trophy for Best Individual Performance in Comedy.

The winners of the 2014 TCA Awards were leaked online this afternoon. But, in truth, the winners had learned some time ago they’d won — only winners show up at this non-televised trophy show. Nobody made Matthew McConaughey wise about this, however. Taking the stage to receive the trophy for Best Individual Performance in Drama, he tried to personally address his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, calling them out by name and looking for them in the Beverly Hilton ballroom — the same room in which the Golden Globes are held each year. After running through the first couple names, creating awkwardness among critics, he singled out fellow nominee Bryan Cranston, saying, “You are here, sir!” Cranston, however, showed up not because he was nommed in the drama acting derby, but because Breaking Bad  had won Program of the Year for a second year running.

“Everyone [tonight] is thanking HBO,” Cranston said after HBO programs took four of the night’s trophies. “So,  thank you, HBO! Early on — you turned us down,” Cranston said on stage when the Breaking Bad win was announced.  He thanked TV critics for praising the AMC drama when few were watching “this story … Read More »

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Jodie Foster On ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Directing Emmy Nom: ‘Dramedy Is What I Do’

Jodie Foster On ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Directing Emmy Nom: ‘Dramedy Is What I Do’Jodie Foster is carving out a nice, new career as a TV director.  Though she hit a bump with her last feature directorial, the Mel Gibson drama, The Beaver ($971K),  she rebounded today with an Emmy nomination for her comedy series helming work on the third episode of Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is the New Black entitled “Lesbian Request Denied”. It’s actually Foster’s second Emmy nod overall, her first being for the Showtime 1999 movie she executive produced, The Baby Dance, starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern.  It would be an understatement to say that the word ‘bold’ is always associated with Foster’s oeuvre, whether it’s playing a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 iconic Taxi Driver to producing and acting in the 2007  femme vigilante film The Brave One. Orange Is the New Black is arguably the first time that Foster as a director has dealt with the subject of lesbianism on screen.  She also returned to direct the second season premiere of Orange Is The New Black with the episode “Thirsty Bird” and also went behind the camera for Netflix‘s House of Cards episode ”Chapter 22″.   Frequently, feature directors are finding creative redemption in TV, read Doomsday British helmer Neil Marshall who was behind two Games of Thrones episodes, this season’s being “The Watchers on the Wall”. Read More »

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New Low

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New LowIn the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, a lot of attention was focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama series, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after calling it a drama for the Golden Globes.

The moves worked fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a very strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for, including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.

Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination. Read More »

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‘Orange Is The New Black’s Piper Kerman Hits The White House

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT

‘Orange Is The New Black’s Piper Kerman Hits The White HouseUPDATED: Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman received high praise following her White House debut today when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder followed her at the podium at a D.C. powwow on prison rehab efforts. “Thank you for sharing your story in print and on Netflix – my wife just finished binge watching both seasons of your TV show,” said Holder, who praised the “realism” depicted on the acclaimed Netflix series.

Kerman, whose incarceration memoir is the basis for Netflix‘s hit Jenji Kohan-created series, joined business and community leaders as guest speaker alongside Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett at the event hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center. Kerman served 13 months in federal prison on money laundering and drug trafficking charges and was released in 2005. Her best-selling memoir hit stands in 2010 before Netflix’s series adaptation premiered last year.

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Named Best Series; ‘Fargo’ Wins 3

Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Named Best Series; ‘Fargo’ Wins 3Orange Is The New Black was the big winner tonight at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Netflix original won Best Comedy Series along with Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Kate Mulgrew (in a tie with Mom’s Allison Janney) and Best Guest Performance in a Comedy for Uzo Aduba. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association named AMC’s now-wrapped Breaking Bad as Best Drama Series for the second consecutive year, beating out HBO’s True Detective, among others. But that show’s Matthew McConaughey continued his awards-laden year with a'Orange Is The New Black' win for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Rust Cohle. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany took Best Actress in a Drama Series, repeating her 2013 win. Jim Parsons scored Best Actor in a Comedy Series for CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, and twi-time defending Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s Veep. She also won the CCTV Award last year. FX’s Fargo was named Best Miniseries and also won for lead actor Billy Bob Thornton and supporting actress Allison Tolman. FX’s Archer repeated as Best Animated Series winner. FX went into the night with the most nominations (19) and led all networks with five wins, followed by HBO with four and three each for Fox and Netflix. Double winners included Janney, who also picked up Best Guest Performance FX-logoin a Drama Series for Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; Breaking Bad, which also scored a supporting actor nod for Aaron Paul; Fox/National Geographic’s science lesson Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which took Best Reality Series and Reality Series Host for Neil deGrasse Tyson; and HBO’s The Normal Heart, winner for Best Movie and Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for Matt Bomer. Ryan Murphy took home the group’s Louis XIII Genius Award, which honors a TV icon. The show aired live on the East Coast and tape delayed in the West. Here is the full list of winners: Read More »

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Tandi Wright Joins ‘The Returned’, Samira Wiley Upped On ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 3:54pm PDT
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TandiWrightNew Zealand actress Tandi Wright (Jack The Giant Slayer) will co-star in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E Network drama series The Returned. The adaptation of the acclaimed French series, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear. Wright, repped by Silver Linings Entertainment, Lisa Mann Creative Management in Australia and Johnson and Laird Management in New Zealand, will play Claire, the estranged wife of Jack (Mark Pelligrino) and mother to Lena (Sophie Lowe).

Samira WileyOrange Is the New Black standout Samira Wiley has been promoted to regular for the Nerflix/Lionsgate TV series’ recently ordered third season. Wiley, who has appeared in almost all episodes of OITNB‘s first two seasons, will continue as lovable inmate Poussey Washington. She is repped by Innovative Artists.

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EMMYS: Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Campaign Hits L.A. Streets With Food Truck

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EXCLUSIVE: Everyone likes to joke about cops, coffee and donuts, but today Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is literally taking the beverage and treats on the road in the City of Angels for its Emmy campaign. Set to coincide with the mailing out of ballots, the Golden Globe winning show will be out and about starting this morning with a specially wrapped food truck offering coffee, donuts and bagels to not only TV Academy members but also to members of the non-voting public. With cast member Joe Lo Truglio aboard and in service first thing today, the truck will make stops in downtown L.A., Mid-Wilshire, Century City’s Farmer’s Market, Beverly Hills and West LA throughout the day, I’ve learned. Other cast members are expected to join the truck over its run around the city until June 13. Fox’s marketing and PR team also plan to use the truck as a social media hotspot by encouraging recipients of the free coffee and treats to get their photos taken with the truck and cast members and post online.

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Netflix Flexes Female Power With Glitzy Emmy-Bait Panel

netflix-logoWere any doubt to remain, let it be clear: Netflix is doing its level best to make the Emmy season as big as the Oscars, with glitzy events showcasing its biggest stars to would-be voters. Case in point: Thursday night’s showcase at the TV Academy of five women from three of its most prominent programs, including Oscar winner Jodie Foster, Golden Globe winner Robin Wright, Golden Globe nominees Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew and Jehane Noujaim, director of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

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The first four are either actors, directors or both on Netflix series House Of Cards and Orange is the New Black, while Noujaim directed The Square, the 2013 documentary about the Egyptian democracy uprising that Netflix distributed on VOD and video in the U.S. As is typical in such gatherings with a loose theme — in this case the theme appeared be Totally Rocking Actor-Director Humans Who Are Also Women And Also Doing Great Stuff For Netflix — there wasn’t much of a narrative through-line in the conversation, but there were lots of great bits, as you might expect from a group of such smart and accomplished people doing great stuff with great shows. Herewith are some of the highlights from a thoroughly engaging evening:

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T.R. Knight Joins Amazon’s ‘Hysteria’; Adrienne C. Moore Upped To Regular On ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 9:56am PDT

Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. KnightTRKnight2 is set as a male lead opposite Mena Suvari in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hysteria, from Shaun Cassidy, Alcon Entertainment and Universal TV. It centers on Dr. Logan Harlow (Suvari), an exceptionally bright but socially awkward neurologist/psychiatrist at the University of Texas Medical School who travels to her hometown of Austin, TX to investigate a mysterious epidemic among high school girls that might be spreading through technology. Knight, repped by Gersh and Thurline, will play Logan Harlow’s brother, Carter James Harlow, a fiercely intense man who’s been on death row since he was 19 years old and is two months away from execution. In the last few days of his life, and after attempting to kill himself by setting fire to his cell, he tries to convince his sister that the panic currently swallowing Austin is the same hysteria that sent him to prison 25 years ago, and if she will help to exonerate him, he’ll give her the clues she needs to resolve the crisis.
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Nick Sandow & Selenis Leyva Upped To Regulars On ‘Orange Is The New Black’; Damon Wayans Jr. On ‘New Girl’

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 7:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

SelenissalnowNick Sandow (Boardwalk Empire) and Selenis Leyva have been promoted to regulars on the just-ordered third season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Sandow recurred the first 2 seasons as Joe Caputo, a prison counselor who is infatuated with Susan Fischer. Leyva plays the quick-witted Gloria Mendoza. Sandow, repped by Stone Manners Salners, Mike Gasparro and TMT Entertainment, recently wrote and directed indie feature The Wannabe, about a 1990s man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti, is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Dean Devlin and stars Patricia Arquette and Michael Imperioli. Selenis, repped by Hartig Hilepo Agency and Smith Talent Group, will be seen opposite Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts in the feature Saint Vincent de Van Nuys.

CoachDamon Wayans Jr has been made a regular on the upcoming fourth season of Fox comedy New Girl after recurring in Season 3. Wayans originated his character, Coach, in the pilot as a regular in second position to ABC’s Happy Endings. New Girl got picked up to series, but so did Happy Endings for a second season. Instead of recasting the role, New Girl introduced a new character, leaving the door open for Wayans’ Coach to return, which happened last fall, after Happy Endings’ cancellation. Wayans kept his options open. Read More »

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Renewed For Season 3

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Orange Is The New Black will return for a third season, netflix-logoits writers said via Twitter today. The show’s co-star Laura Prepon also confirmed the news via her Instagram feed (see below). The unofficially official word comes a month before Season 2 premieres on Netflix on June 6 with all 13 episodes available at launch. The Jenji Kohan-created prison dramedy stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Prepon and Kate Mulgrew. It is competing in the comedy Emmy category this season after being submitted as a drama (and largely shut out) at the Golden Globes. It has had better luck elsewhere though, earning a Peabody Award and over the weekend winning Outstanding Comedy at the GLAAD Media Awards.

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‘Orange Is The New Black,’ George Takei Win GLAAD Media Awards: Video

By | Sunday May 4, 2014 @ 2:17pm PDT

george takei glaadNetflix series Orange Is The New Black won outstanding comedy, and Radius-TWC’s Concussion and The Weinstein Co.’s Philomena took home film honors Saturday night at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards held Saturday in New York City. (Scroll down for full winners from the night.) Twelve of the year’s 29 media categories were awarded at the Gotham bash following GLAAD’s April 12 LA ceremony. Star Trek‘s George Takei was honored with the Vito Russo Award; watch his acceptance speech below:

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT
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Netflix has released its second season trailer for Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black. Featured are returning stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew, along with new addition Lorraine Toussaint. Season 2 premieres June 6, with all 13 episodes available at once.

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25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Winners Announced

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 10:01pm PDT

25th Annual GLAAD Media Award WinnersThe 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, honoring 12 of their 29 media categories, with comedian Ross Mathews hosting. Previously announced honorees include Jennifer Lopez, who received the Vanguard Award, a kudo that honors artists and media professionals whose work has increased the profile and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions is behind the ABC Family series The Fosters, which portrays a blended family with lesbian parents. Also Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak award by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page. The honor, named after a casting director who was a LGBT crusader, is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The GLAAD Media Awards honor those who display a fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and their issues.  Additional awards will be presented at the org’s New York City event on Saturday, May 3.

Related: The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominees

Announced winners tonight include:

Pioneer Award  (presented by Wilson Cruz)
Norman Lear

Vanguard Award (presented by Rita Moreno)
Jennifer Lopez

Stephen F. Kolzak Award (presented by Ellen Page)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black 

International Advocate for Change Award
Manny de Guerre, founder of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia

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‘House Of Cards’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’, ‘Key & Peele’, ‘Orphan Black’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Win Peabodys

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT
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Netflix and BBC America each has two scripted series on the list PeabodyAwardsof a record 46 programs to receive Peabody Awards this year. Joining Netflix’s Washington drama House Of Cards and prison comedy Orange Is The New Black is another DC drama, ABC’s soapy Scandal; BBC America’s clone thriller Orphan Black and Broadchurch, which is being remade by Fox as an event series; FX’s The Bridge, which itself is a remake of the Danish-Swedish series; Danish political drama Borgen; acclaimed French zombie drama The Returned; AMC’s Breaking Bad, awarded a second Peabody for its final season; Comedy Central’s hit sketch comedy Key & Peele; CNN’s travel docu-series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; as well as Burka Avenger, the Pakistani animated series about a girl superhero; and two documentaries from newcomer Al Jazeera America. Additionally, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who recently announced he is battling cancer, will receive an individual Peabody Award. Here is the full list of recipients of the 73rd Peabody Awards, bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. They will be presented May 19 at a luncheon ceremony hosted by Ira Glass at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. A special on the Peabodys will air later on Pivot, which recently inked a rights deal through 2016: Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Panel Talks New Backstories, Screwdrivers And Who “Shakes Everything Up” In Season 2

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 10:48pm PDT

jenji KohanAuthentic. Risky. Diverse. Conversation starter. Those are the kinds of words that often pop up in describing Orange Is the New Black, and they were among the many topics creator Jenji Kohan and a dozen castmembers discussed during the prison dramedy’s PaleyFest panel Friday. “Our focus is on character, and these people are individuals,” Kohan said early on. “We talk about them like they’re people we know. And you don’t approach it like, ‘Well what does the black one do? What does the Latino one do?’ It’s like you know these people – you can’t view it as tokenism.” Said Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset: “We should talk about the conversations that this show has sparked — who isPaleyfest 2014 logo in prison and why are people in prison, things we need to talk about more in this country. It’s important for the trans community; a lot of people are having conversations about trans people that they weren’t having. Amazing conversations about diversity, a lot of important things that we need to be talking about.” Kohan chimed in: “But it’s natural, its normative – it’s presented as something that’s part of everyone’s life. It’s not the ‘very special episode about the trans character.’ It’s normalizing this conversation.”

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2 Sets June Premiere; First-Look Teaser Unveiled

By | Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 10:42am PST

Women in prison drama Orange is the New Black will return for its second season on June 6, Netflix announced today. Netflix also slipped in the surprise announcement at the end of its House of Cards Season 2 debut yesterday. All 13 episodes of OINTB Season 2 will be available for streaming at launch. Here’s Netflix’s first look teaser for the series return of the Golden Globes- and WGA Award-nominated original show:

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WGA Awards TV: Netflix Dominant In Debut; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead, ‘The Good Wife’ Makes Big Return

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 12:04pm PST
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Orange-is-the-New-Black-02-poster1-e1374452170612-959x1024The WGA Awards‘ TV nominations this morning provided a stark contrast to the PGA Award nominations on Tuesday, proving again how out of date the PGA Awards are on the TV side with their June-May eligibility window. The WGA Awards, on the other hand, are keeping things as current as possible, recognizing series that have aired between December 1, 2012-November 30, 2013. That’s why its list of nominees includes the three most well-received new shows of the past six months: mastersofsexNetflix’s Orange Is The New Black and Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex. Orange Is The New Black was the most nominated series with 4 noms, tied with this year’s best drama series winner Breaking Bad — for best comedy series, best new series and best episodic comedy (for the pilot). Masters Of Sex and Ray Donovan also landed new series noms, with Masters Of Sex additionally recognized for its pilot. Also the-good-wife-hitting-the-fanrecognized by the WGA is the excellent current fifth season of CBS’ The Good Wife, which returned to the WGA Award nomination field after being left out last year with two noms, the first multiple nomination haul for the veteran series — for best drama and best episodic drama for the standout “Hitting The Fan” episode.

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Kicks Off First NY PaleyFest With Prison Tales, “Device” Gags

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 10:14pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Jenji Kohan drew laughs tonight at an event for her Netflix series Orange Is The New Black when she referred to it as a “TV show” then quickly corrected herself. “It’s not a TV show — it’s a streaming show,” she said. Then, as if doing a mock commercial announcement for the daring show that has fast become a binge-watcher favorite: “You can watch it on any sort of device!” Watching “your device” instead of “your TV” became a running gag at this rollicking panel, the sold-out first show of the Paley Center’s five-night PaleyFest: Made in NY. Elvis Mitchell hosted the event, at which creator-producer Kohan – sporting green and blue hair — was joined by Piper Kerman, whose autobiographical book about being a fish out of water in a women’s prison was the basis for the series, and cast members including star Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba and Taryn Manning. Jason Biggs, who portrays lead character Piper Chapman’s fiancé, took a load of good-natured ribbing as the lone guy on the panel of powerful females.

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Kohan said the show was never intended to be a dramatization of Kerman’s real-life experiences. She joked that the decision to change the character’s last name happened “when legal said: ‘You can write Piper’s story but no one else’s.’ ” On a more serious note, she said she made the choice partly for the real Piper’s sake: “I can’t imagine how tortuous it would be (for her) to watch the actual story week after week.” The show, Kohan said, “quickly became its own animal.”

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