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‘Westworld’ Showrunner Lisa Joy on How A.I. is Turning the Sci-Fi Show Into “a Documentary”

“[Westworld] was science fiction when we started, and now it’s much more like a documentary film,” said Lisa Joy, the creator and showrunner of the hit HBO series, about a dystopian world with self-aware artificial intelligence. “With Chat GPT and advances in A.I., these issues are becoming more and more relevant today.” Joy, speaking at […]

‘Creed III’ Star Tessa Thompson on the Word She Refused to Say and the Future of the Franchise

[This story contains mild spoilers for Creed III.] Tessa Thompson isn’t afraid to say no. Whether it’s now with Creed III or in the past, she will speak up if something doesn’t feel right to her on a character level. In Ryan Coogler’s Rocky franchise spinoff and legacy sequel, Creed (2015), one of the most […]

Amazon’s ‘The Peripheral’ Renewed for Season 2

Amazon is returning to The Peripheral. The e-commerce giant and streamer has renewed the futuristic drama from Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan for a second season. The series from creator Scott B. Smith is based on William Gibson’s 2014 book of the same name and premiered its eight-episode freshman run in October with […]

Roku, Tubi Sign Licensing Deals for Warner Bros. Discovery Shows Including ‘Westworld’

Warner Bros. Discovery has signed content deals with Roku and Tubi for a selection of its free, ad-supported channels. The Fox-owned Tubi will add more than 225 advertising video-on-demand titles from WBD and 14 WB-branded FAST channels, including the launch of three brand-specific channels, WB TV Watchlist, WB TV Keeping It Real and WB TV […]

James Marsden on Shocking ‘Westworld’ Cancellation: Show’s Fate Should Be Based on “More Than Financial Success”

James Marsden is opening up about his series Westworld getting shut down before receiving a proper sendoff. The actor, who played Teddy on the sci-fi series, told Rolling Stone in an interview published Tuesday that he remains disappointed by HBO’s announcement in November that it had canceled the series after four seasons. Marsden debuted his […]

David Zaslav’s Next Big TV Licensing Pivot Begins

Westworld, once considered a prized piece of HBO’s portfolio, has become the poster child for how the David Zaslav-run Warner Bros. Discovery is trying to get its cash flowing again. The quasi-anthology series from Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan is being removed from HBO Max as sources say that Warner Bros. Discovery execs are seeking […]

Warner Bros. Discovery to Take Additional $800M-$1B in Write-offs, Says ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Nevers’ Being Licensed to Third-Party Streamers

Warner Bros. Discovery is taking a bigger write-off on content and development than it initially anticipated. In a securities filing Wednesday, WBD said that it now expects to take write-offs and impairments related to content and development costs of $2.8 billion to $3.5 billion, up from $2 billion to $2.5 billion as initially projected in […]

‘Westworld’ Star Luke Hemsworth Addresses HBO Series’ “Disappointing” Cancellation

Luke Hemsworth is opening up about Westworld getting shut down. The actor, who has played head of security Ashley Stubbs since the sci-fi series launched in 2016, spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday about HBO’s surprise announcement last week that Westworld had been canceled after four seasons. “You hope these things go forever, but everyone’s […]

‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ Author on Breaking Up the Modern Marriage for Hulu

Welcome to the 193rd episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Why HBO Canceled ‘Westworld’

Westworld’s days of re-animating have concluded. On Friday, HBO opted to cancel the genre drama from creators Lisa Joy, Jonah Nolan and exec producer J.J. Abrams after a four-season run. The move was met with surprise, though the writing had been on the wall. Season four wrapped its run two and a half months ago, […]

HBO Cancels ‘Westworld’ in Shock Decision

HBO has switched off Westworld. The network has decided to cancel the sci-fi drama after its recent fourth season. It’s an unexpected fate for a series that was once considered one of HBO’s biggest tentpoles — an acclaimed mystery-box drama that racked up 54 Emmy nominations (including a supporting actress win for Thandiwe Newton). Last […]

‘Westworld’ Team on Designing Season 4’s New Drones and Building an Army of Aaron Pauls

[This story contains spoilers for HBO’s Westworld season 4.] When HBO’s Westworld revealed its massive mid-season twist — that Aaron Paul’s Caleb had become a host — it inched this cerebral series closer to answering its longest-running question: what makes something human? It’s a quandary the series’ special makeup effects team has had to not only […]