Known for drama chops, Ni­cole Kid­man is ea­ger to do com­edy

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Aroundup of news from the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion sum­mer meet­ing, at which TV net­works and stream­ing ser­vices are pre­sent­ing de­tails on up­com­ing pro­grams.

Funny lady

Prat­falls, gags, or dry wit, Ni­cole Kid­man says she’d love to give them a shot. The Os­car-win­ner says she never gets of­fered comedic roles and she’d like to change that. “They al­ways say I’m not funny,” said Kid­man Satur­day at a panel for TV crit­ics to talk about her up­com­ing role in the sec­ond in­stall­ment of Sun­danceTV’s “Top of the Lake.” The 50-year-old ac­tress said she’s at a point in her life where she’s ea­ger to try any­thing and isn’t wor­ried about fail­ure. “I’m will­ing to fall on my face, I’m will­ing to get back up again. I want to keep try­ing.” she said.

She also added that she’s learn­ing about com­edy from her 9-year-old daugh­ter with her hus­band Keith Ur­ban, whom she’s “sure has Lu­cille Ball in her.” Speak­ing to a group of re­porters af­ter the panel, Kid­man said she grew up watch­ing com­edy shows like “I Love Lucy” and her fa­ther was a fan of the satir­i­cal MAD Mag­a­zine. “The thing that makes me close to peo­ple is laugh­ing with them. I love it,” she said. “Top of the Lake: China Girl” de­buts will air on three con­sec­u­tive nights be­gin­ning Sept. 10 on Sun­danceTV. Kid­man plays the adop­tive mother to the daugh­ter Elis­a­beth Moss’ char­ac­ter gave up at birth for adop­tion.

Truth will out

Joanne Frog­gatt and Ioan Gruf­fudd say they rel­ish play­ing against type in their new TV se­ries, “Liar.” The con­tem­po­rary psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller de­buts Sept 27 on Sun­danceTV. The minis­eries fol­lows Frog­gatt as Laura and Gruf­fudd’s Andrew, who go on a first date that leads to vi­o­lent ac­cu­sa­tions. The six-part drama looks at both sides of the story be­fore re­veal­ing the truth of what hap­pened. Frog­gatt told a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing Satur­day that she loved play­ing the kind-hearted Anna in “Down­ton Abbey,” but she said “it’s nice to play the bad­die some­times, too.” Whether or not Laura ends up the bad gal in “Liar” re­mains to be seen. Frog­gatt would only say she makes ques­tion­able choices. Gruf­fudd, who has pre­vi­ously played debonair char­ac­ters like in “For­ever” on ABC or “Ringer” on The CW, en­joys play­ing a po­ten­tial an­tag­o­nist. “There is some­thing be­hind that ve­neer that is slightly dis­turb­ing,” he said of Andrew, who is a re­spected sur­geon. “For me per­son­ally it was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to play this kind of part. It’s a part I’ve been itch­ing to play for many, many years.”

That’s rad­i­cal

AMC says it’s green-lighted a new se­ries, “Dietland,” based on the darkly satiric novel about a weight-ob­sessed so­ci­ety. The show’s cre­ator is Marti Noxon, whose cred­its in­clude “Girl­friends’ Guide to Di­vorce” and “Un­Real.” AMC said the show based on Sarai (sa-RAY) Walker’s novel will ex­plore the em­pha­sis on weight and beauty in a “bold, orig­i­nal and funny way.” The main char­ac­ter of the 2015 novel “Dietland” is a 300-pound woman, Plum, who be­comes in­volved with an un­der­ground group of rad­i­cal women.

Noxon told a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing Satur­day that the se­ries will be un­like any­thing else on TV. The writer-pro­ducer said the se­ries is for peo­ple who’re say­ing “enough” to “looks-ism,” sex­ism and racism, and be­ing told that they don’t count. The pre­miere date and cast­ing for “Dietland” weren’t an­nounced.

Sun­danceTV and the Canadian Broad­cast­ing Corp are mak­ing a minis­eries about Canada’s 1980s tainted-blood scan­dal. The eight-part se­ries, ti­tled “Un­speak­able,” fol­lows the emer­gence of HIV and hep­ati­tis C in Canada and the thou­sands of in­fec­tions caused by con­tam­i­nated blood. The TV project an­nounced Satur­day is based on two books, “Bad Blood” by Vic Par­sons and “The Gift of Death” by An­dre Pi­card. — AP

Gwen­do­line Christie, from left, Elis­a­beth Moss, Alice En­glert and Ni­cole Kid­man par­tic­i­pate in the “Top of the Lake: China Girl” panel dur­ing the AMC and Sun­dance TV Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Sum­mer Press Tour at the Beverly Hil­ton on Satur­day in Beverly Hills, Calif. — AP

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