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October 23, 2019

Peter has been cast as Robert Mueller in a four-hour CBS Studios limited series based on James Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", a New York Times No. 1 bestselling book. Mueller was Comey's predecessor as FBI director and was later appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Other cast members include Jeff Daniels as Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump.

Billy Ray adapted the book and will direct the series. Filming begins next month and an airdate will be announced later. The decision has not yet been made on whether the series will air on Showtime, CBS All Access or potentially both.

October 2, 2019

Tim Greiving of Vulture recently wrote an article called "The Golden Voice Behind All Those Kens Burn Documentaries". He writes, "What would a Ken Burns documentary be without its measured, authoritative narration? In The West, The National Parks, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, The Roosevelts, The Vietnam War, The Mayo Clinic, and now Country Music, actor Peter Coyote delivers hours of often dense, complex text — full of facts, figures, quotes, and grand unifying ideas — in a manner that Burns refers to as 'God’s stenographer' His calm, cowboy-around-a-campfire timbre is basically the voice of America, at least within the orbit of PBS."

You can read this article, which includes interviews with both Peter and Ken Burns, at this link.

August 09, 2019

Legendary filmmaker Ken Burns has completed a monumental documentary called COUNTRY MUSIC, which will premiere on September 15 on PBS. The narrator is also legendary - Peter Coyote! The 16-hour series will be shown in eight parts. For the documentary which has been almost a decade in the making, Burns and his team conducted over 100 interviews with familiar faces to country music fans including the late Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Brenda Lee, Naomi, and Wynonna Judd.

Johnny Cash, photographed at his home in California in 1960

Multiple ancillary products and events have been lined up to accompany the PBS series including companion albums to be released this fall by Sony Music, and a concert special celebrating the documentary. The special, which is set to air a week before the documentary, was shot live at the Ryman Auditorium in March and features performances by Cash, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show among others.

If you've ever seen Roman Polanski's BITTER MOON (1992), you know it's a film you have to discuss after you've seen it. Coyote is simply awesome and will blow you away. Adam Zanzie has put together a video essay called "Analyzing A Performance: Peter Coyote in 'Bitter Moon'". You can view his video at this link. For more information regarding the 1992 film, just click on the image below.

Another youtube video of interest is a taping of an event that took place at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA on July 10, 2019. Michael Pollan and Peter are joined by Rebecca Solnit in discussing Michael's book, "How to Change Your Mind.", newly released in paperbook. Check it out at this link.

Originally aired on Canada's CTV in 2017, the six-part drama called THE DISAPPEARANCE premiered on WGN America on July 9th. Besides Peter, the cast includes Aden Young, Camille Sullivan, Micheline Lanctôt and Michael Riendeau. It's a psychological family drama centered around the unexplained and sudden disappearance of Anthony Sullivan during a treasure hunt on the day of his tenth birthday. The script for the Canadian series had to pass Coyote's "must surprise me in the first ten pages" test. It did. He also liked that it was a limited run series. He gave a shout out to Montreal as a great city for an actor and praised Canadians in general as "grown-up Americans."

Allison Keene of Paste Magazine wrote, "This limited series that focuses on the aftermath of the kidnapping of a young boy is likely to appeal to fans of crime shows in general and, potentially, Peter Coyote fans, specifically, starring as the boy’s doting grandfather. Joel Keller of Decider.com wrote, "It helps that showrunner Joanne Forgues saw fit to cast Coyote as Henry Sullivan. He’s gotten to the point in his career where people likely know him more from his advertising and documentary voice-overs than his acting, but Coyote gives Henry a presence that is necessary in a show like this, where holes in the plot would become more glaring surrounded by lesser performances."

Last month as national television networks and cable channels marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with retrospective specials, NBC Bay Area (KNTV) featured "Exploring Space," the latest entry in the station’s acclaimed "Bay Area Revelations" documentary series. In the words of narrator Peter Coyote, "it shows how the Bay Area reached for the stars and emboldened humanity to explore the universe."

When the 46th annual Gravenstein Apple Fair comes around August 17 and 18, 2019 in Sebastopol, California, visitors will share in delicious local food and drink presented by the chefs and farmers who produce the fine fare, live music, and hand-made crafts and artwork. Peter will be hosting a Jam Making demonstration at 2:30 p.m. on the 17th. The Sebastopol resident has become a passionate Jamming Jelly artist, using goodies from his garden and fruit tree orchard.

 

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