The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Flight are Getting the HBO miniseries Treatment

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The Wright Brothers and the birth of flight are getting the HBO miniseries treatment
Tom Hanks and his Band of Brothers production company Playtone will tell the story of how the Wilbur and Orville Wright became aviation pioneers in 1903, based on the book by David McCullough.

Jerry Seinfeld jokes that YouTube is a “giant garbage can”
At Crackle’s Upfronts, Seinfeld said, “I’m still an old show-business guy. I think show business is for talent. … There’s room for other people but … I like hierarchy and I like being at the top of the pyramid.” PLUS: Crackle orders its 1st scripted series as it aims to look like a TV network.

Top Chef‘s new season will visit 6 different California cities
Season 13 will go on a road trip, visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the greater Palm Springs area.

House Speaker John Boehner tweets thanks to President Selina Meyer for sending a Veep pillow
“Thank you, President Meyer for the couch pillow you recently sent. It’s…nice?” tweeted Boehner. To which Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded: “You are most welcome, Mr Speaker but are you being….sarcastic?”

HBO sends takedown notices to Twitter’s Periscope over Game of Thrones livestreams
HBO says of the live-streaming app: “In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications.”

Report: Survivor will let viewers cast a future season from a pool of 40 past players
Among the candidates said to be in contention are Kelly Wiglesworth and Greg Buis from the very first Survivor season.

Big Bird gets a new nest as Sesame Street remodels for Season 46
The “more vibrant” set design will include a new location for Oscar’s garbage can and an emphasis on “the realness of our world,” says “Sesame’s” exec producer.

Bruce Jenner speaks in new 20/20 promo
“My whole life has been getting me ready for this,” Jenner speaks in the latest promo for his Diane Sawyer interview, airing April 24.

Eddie Huang should quit whining about Fresh Off the Boat
Nobody forced the chef to profit off his memoir by selling the sitcom rights “Huang has been all about Huang since before the show debuted, trying to reinforce his own street cred by dissing the show and its producers/writers,” says Scott D. Pierce, who adds: “Huang is having a fit of ego because he regrets the decision to make a bunch of money from his book.” PLUS: Fresh Off the Boat pays homage to Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl.

Why Kate McKinnon’s SNL Hillary Clinton impersonation is so genius
“McKinnon’s broad flourishes are so memorable,” says Ian Crouch, “that it’s easy to miss that her baseline Hillary, her resting Hillary, is so spot-on. In her appearance in March, the hallmarks were already there: the head tilt, the smile, the precise elocution, the weariness at having to explain things to people. It is a performance that builds on a studied impersonation to become a singular new character. It has helped, also, that these sketches have been especially well written.” PLUS: McKinnon’s impression “glorifies the media’s relentless sexism against Clinton by depicting her through that sexist frame.”

Don’t binge on Daredevil!
The Netflix series is best watched with some time between each episode, says Alex Pappedamas. “I consumed Daredevil in a day and a half, which is a good way to ensure that you really notice when a show’s beats (flashback, sleuth-y B-plot, Daredevil either lays a beating on several dudes or takes one) become repetitive.”

TV’s new frontier: Asexual and intersex characters?
The creators of USA’s Sirens and MTV’s Faking It explain why they respectively, added asexual and intersex characters to their shows. “We did some research, and we thought that it would be an interesting thing to explore,” says Sirens‘ Bob Fisher. Meanwhile, Faking It boss Carter Covington says of his intersex character: “It felt really fresh. It felt like a way to explore themes I hadn’t seen on TV before.”

Sophia Loren’s 2013 film Human Voice to air on TCM
The film, directed by the classic film actress’ son, has only been shown on the film festival circuit.

Blake Lively calls Gossip Girl “personally compromising”
“It’s a weird thing when people feel like they know you really well, and they don’t,” she says of playing Serena van der Woodsen. “I would not be proud to be the person who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else’s boyfriend.”

Is Wonder Woman cursed for TV and movies?
After the success of Lynda Carter’s ’70s Wonder Woman, it’s been a struggle to put the superhero character on the big screen or back on the small screen.

Shonda Rhimes lands on cover of Essence as 1 of 5 black female “Game Changers”
The “TGIT” honcho joins Awkward Black Girl‘s Issa Rae, Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil, Selma director Ava DuVernay and Debbie Allen on the magazine’s May cover.

Why an In Cold Blood TV series is a bad idea
The Truman Capote book shouldn’t be considered in the same vein as true-crime hits like Serial and The Jinx.

Ellen’s Heads Up! segments to become an HLN game show
The Real‘s Loni Love will host the game show that pairs ordinary people with celebs.

ABC Family announces a sexier lineup to appeal to young adult viewers
The cable network wants to ditch the perception that its programming is aimed at parents and children watching together. PLUS: Pretty Little Liars and other ABC Family shows get premiere dates.

Mary Steenburgen talks exiting Justified and boarding The Last Man on Earth
“I had asked them to give me a great death scene, and they did,” she says of leaving Justified.

Steve Pasquale to star in DirecTV’s Almost There comedy
The “Rescue Me” alum will play a psychiatrist in search of the girl of his dreams, whose number and name he fails to get.

Sarah Hyland: “Doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life”
The Modern Family star says she was born with many health issues.

Botched returns with a focus on butt implants
In Season 2, the E! series will take on “the age of the booty.”

David Chase analyzes his final shot from The Sopranos
Chase doesn’t divulge if Tony Soprano lives or dies in a new interview with the Director’s Guild’s magazine, but remembers that “I said to (James) Gandolfini, the bell rings and you look up.”

Tim Gunn used to say “this isn’t working for you” instead of “make it work”
Here’s how Gunn came up with his famous Project Runway catchphrase.

Former American Idol boss: TV has too many shows with “American” in the title
“I’m watching American Odyssey, American Crime and American Idol and getting very confused,” says Nigel Lythgoe. “I know that on one program a squad got murdered, on another a young man got murdered and last week, a couple of songs got murdered.”

Watch the trailer for Beauty and the Beast Season 3
The CW series returns May 21.

Judge Hatchett returning to TV with The Verdict
Glenda Hatchett will reprise her judge role in The Verdict With Judge Hatchett.

Paul Feig’s Yahoo comedy Other Space is like Community in outer space
The 2105-set comedy from the Freaks and Geeks creator “relies on absurdity, cutting banter, and funny, low-budget set pieces (the crew is outfitted in plain white jumpsuits rather than fancy uniforms and the special effects are reflective of Yahoo’s presumably small budget), all of which work within the world of the show,” says Pilot Viruet. PLUS: Other Space surprises with its humor, and other shows have done it better.