News Nuggets: Why ‘The Knick’ with Clive Owen is ‘horrifying, beautiful and clever’

Matt Zoller Seitz appreciates the “greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV.” That praise is for Steven Soderbergh, who helms the first season of “The Knick” on Cinemax. Starring Clive Owen, it is set in a New York hospital circa 1900. He refers to the most recent episode as “the most exciting, horrifying, beautiful, and clever hours of filmmaking I’ve seen this year.” The show and Owen will be competing for the first time at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for possible nominations this December. Vulture

The 28th American Cinematheque tribute to Matthew McConaughey gains even more presenters. With the event slated for October 21 at the Beverly Hilton, new names added are Jessica ChastainJennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Cole Hauser, and producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jimmy Kimmel will host the charity event honoring this year’s Oscar champ for “Dallas Buyers Club.” L.A. Times

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While out promoting his Oscar contender “Gone Girl,” director David Fincher announces he will helm the entire first season of the upcoming HBO series “Utopia.” Fincher won an Emmy last year for directing the pilot episode of “House of Cards” for Netflix. It is a remake of a U.K. program that follows a group of people with a cult graphic novel that predicted disasters. “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn is also slated to write and produce the project for a 2015 launch. IndieWire

The TV Academy reports that a statue of Ed Sullivan is missing from their Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. The statue is part of their outdoor display of legendary TV personalities such as Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and more. The LAPD considers this a grand theft of the bronze statue. Sullivan hosted his own variety program for CBS for several decades. The Wrap

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The CMA Awards announce more performers for the 48th annual ceremony on November 5. Top groups Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry are the latest additions. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the event, which also includes Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban. TV by the Numbers

In a new Q&A session with comedian David Steinberg, Larry David confirms that he would like to bring back “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The Los Angeles “In Conversation” event brought “unexpected bursts of poignancy” during the 90 minutes. The co-creator of “Seinfeld” quietly ended “Curb” on HBO after eight seasons and has never discussed whether it might return someday. Variety

Tony-winning director Kenny Leon is bringing “Children of a Lesser God” back to Broadway. The original 1980 production won Tony Awards for Best Play and for leads John Rubinstein and Phyllis Frelich, whose own story as a deaf woman served as inspiration. The 1986 film won a Best Actress Oscar for Marlee Matlin. It will be a revival during the 2015-16 season. Hollywood Reporter

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