‘Orange is the New Black’ Director Lev L. Spiro & ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Costume Designer Deborah Cook


Star Trek: Discovery Casts Spocks Father, Faces Delays

Just as production on CBS’s new ALL ACCESS Star Trek series “Discovery” is ramping up next week , the anticipated show’s release date may once again be delayed with CBS executives citing a ‘flexible’ launch date. The announcement coincides with the casting of James Frain who will be playing Spock’s father, Sarek.

NBC Brings Back “Will & Grace”

NBC announced this week that it will be bringing back the original stars and creators of ‘Will & Grace’ for a 10-episode revival. The series will air during the 2017-2018 broadcast season.

Ringling Bros. Circus Shutting Down

The curtain will be closing for good on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after 146 years, with its last performance in May. The announcement comes due to rising operating costs & declining attendance. Jerry Apps joins Patrick on-air to weigh in on the decision. Jerry is the author of the book “Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Success”.


Lev-Spiro-SocialEmmy-winning director Lev Spiro has directed over 150 episodes of television.  His work, which also earned him a DGA Award nomination, has established him as a force to be reckoned within the world of comedy.

Lev most recently directed the 50th episode of Netflix’s Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated show, “Orange is the New Black,” starring Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba.  The episode, titled “People Persons,” marks a pivotal point in the critically acclaimed series by finally revealing the tragic back story of fan-favorite character, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.

Lev is currently slated to direct episodes of upcoming comedies such as, VH1’s “Daytime Divas,” starring Vanessa Williams, CMT’s “Still The King,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Joey Lauren Adams, and ABC’s “Imaginary Mary,” starring Jenna Elfman.

Deborah-Cook-SocialAs an animation specialist for nearly two decades, Deborah Cook has studied puppet-making and costume-making at all levels, concentrating on understanding the scales of fabrics and movement – and how they can be innovatively unified in the puppets’ performances.

She was lead costume design fabricator on LAIKA’s celebrated Coraline, for which she received a Visual Effects Society Award nomination. Coraline was Academy Award-nominated, as were Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr. Fox, on which she was puppet modeller.

Deborah received a nomination for KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS in the category of Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG). It is the first time in the guild’s 19 year history of awards that an animated film has been nominated by the CDG.

Ms. Cook grew up in England and attended St. Martin’s Art College in London, where her focus was on Fine Art Sculpture. At St. Martin’s, she directed her own projects.

Brian-Grazer-SocialThe clock ticks again with the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning “24.” 24: LEGACY chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT, following SUPER BOWL; Monday, Feb. 6, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)

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