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Actor, writer and now showrunner Ray McKinnon had an idea for a TV series about a prisoner who walks free after years on death row. Turns out his script sat for years and when McKinnon got a surprise offer to make the show from SundanceTV, he almost said no. Then, lawyer Neville Johnson, who represents clients who sue studios over profits, explains how the late James Garner was an inspiration.

Banner Image: Ray McKinnon on the set of Rectify, courtesy of SundanceTV

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 45 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Matthew Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

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- Superheroes everywhere! Warner Bros. announces nine new superhero movies through the year 2020 and moves the release date of 'Batman v. Superman'
- Women make up a crucial audience segment, but are still underrepresented on screen and behind the camera -- will that change any time soon?

Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

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Ray McKinnon’s ‘Rectify’ 15 MIN, 20 SEC

You may know Ray McKinnon as the doomed preacher from HBO’s Deadwood, or from his roles in FX’s Sons of Anarchy and films like Mud and The Blind Side.

He’s also a writer and director. A decade ago he had idea for a TV show, based on several real-life cases where prisoners were exonerated on DNA evidence. He wrote a script that was picked up quickly, but languished for years.

Now that idea has finally become a reality with the SundanceTV show Rectify. The show is what’s known as slow TV--thoughtful, almost meditative. The first season covers just one week in the life of Daniel Holden, play by Aden Young, released after 19 years on death row.

The show is now in its second season, and McKinnon is in the home stretch of the editing. As he explains to Kim Masters, putting the finishing touches on the final episodes is the last step in what is, for him, an all-consuming process.

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James Garner’s Legal Legacy 6 MIN, 50 SEC

Last month James Garner, the much-loved star of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died at the age of 86.

Attorney Neville Johnson remembers Garner not just as an actor, but for his impact on the business. Garner one of the first who had the guts to fight for what he believed he was owed, and take on the big studios in court.

Neville Johnson, attorney

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