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Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Disney+ has given High School Musical: The Musical: The Series a 3rd season order. (TV Line)

Hulu has given a second season order to Only Murders in the Building. (Press Release)

HBO Max has cancelled the teen dramedy Generation after only one season. (TV Line)

The Outpost has been cancelled. It will air its series finale on The CW, after 4 seasons on the air, on October 7. (TV Line)

ANIME NEWS

Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter and the Avengers/Captain America franchise) will provide the voice of Lara Croft in the Netflix upcoming anime series Tomb Raider. The story will pick up after the events of the Tomb Raider video-game reboot trilogy, charting a new adventure for the globetrotting Lara Croft 25 years after her first game launched. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of the Netflix upcoming Wednesday Addams-centric series that will simply be called Wednesday. Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin) will star as the lead character with Catherine Zeta-Jones as her mother Morticia. Christie will play Larissa Weems, the principal of Nevermore Academy who still has an axe to grind with her former classmate Morticia. (TV Line)

Tom Welling (Smallville) is coming back to The CW (nee The WB) in the newly acquired series Professionals, an international action series that follows Vincent Corbo (Welling), a top-tier security operative, who is paid to protect the interests of rich and powerful clients by any means necessary – legal or not. After a next-gen medical satellite explodes on launch, Corbo is hired by the rocket’s designer, billionaire futurist Peter Swann (Brendan Fraser from Doom Patrol and The Mummy movie franchise), who suspects sabotage. Complicating Corbo’s new gig is his former paramour and now Swann’s fiancée, medical visionary Dr. Grace Davila (Elena Anaya from Wonder Woman), who is racing to help stave off a global catastrophe. A date and time for the show’s premiere on The CW will be announced later. (TV Line)

Elisabeth Shue (The Boys and Cobra Kai) has joined the cast of the upcoming Showtime anthology series Super Pumped. The first season is set to focus on the rise of the ride sharing app Uber that already boasts cast members Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishé and Hank Azaria [among others]. Shue will play Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick (Gordon-Levitt), who is the one person he can always count on for wisdom and truth. (Variety)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a dramatic reboot entitled Bel-Air at Peacock; and the main cast has been announced. Newcomer Jabari Banks will star as Will; Adrian Holmes (V Wars) as Phillip Banks; Cassandra Freeman (Atlanta) as Vivian Banks; Olly Sholotan (Run Hide Fight) as Carlton Banks; Coco Jones (Let it Shine) as Hilary Banks; Akira Akbar (Captain Marvel) as Ashley Banks; Jimmy Akingbola (Most Dangerous Game) as Geoffrey; Jordan L. Jones (Rel and Snowfall) as Jazz; and Simone Joy Jones (The Chair) as Lisa. The show will be a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue following Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. Peacock gave the show a two-season order in September of 2020. (Variety)

Emily Deschanel (Bones) will star in the upcoming Netflix limited series Devil in Ohio based on the book by Daria Polatin, which is inspired by a true story. It will focus on what happens when hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis shelters a mysterious cult escapee. Her world is turned upside down as the strange girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart. Other cast members include Sam Jaeger (Parenthood and Why Women Kill) and Madeleine Arthur (The Magicians and Snowpiercer) [among others]. (Variety)

Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) will have the lead role in the live-action series Twisted Metal, based on the vehicular combat game, which is currently in the works at Sony Pictures Television. The show is about motor-mouthed outsider John Doe (Mackie) who is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown named who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck, whom fans of the game will know as Sweet Tooth. (Variety)

Malachi Kirby (the 2016 version of Roots) will star in the series adaptation of the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel Anansi Boys planned at Netflix. Kirby will play the dual lead roles of both Charlie Nancy and his brother, Spider. The series follows Charlie, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father, Mr. Nancy (Delroy Lindo). But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous. (Variety)

Eric McCormack (Travelers and Will & Grace) has joined the 3rd season of the thriller drama series Departure, which stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Kris Holden-Ried (Lost Girl and The Umbrella Academy). Other new cast members include Jake Weber (Medium) and Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, Arrow and Virgin River). (Deadline)

Mathew Fox (Lost and Party of Five) will star alongside Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt in the action-packed mini-series thriller Last Light that is being adapted from the best-selling novel by Alex Scarrow. The dystopian will center around a family whose lives are changed forever when oil supplies get contaminated by an infectious agent, causing society to implode in the face of global disaster. The cast will include several up-and-coming actors. (Variety)

FILM NEWS

Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon! and Prom) will star alongside Timothee Chalamet (Dune) in the musical based box office film Wonka, which will be based on the early life of Willy Wonka. Key’s role is being kept under wraps but Chalamet will play the title character. (Variety)

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet and Genius: Aretha) will star alongside Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) in the upcoming Netflix film that will be the continuing story of Luther (Idris Elba). It is unclear who Erivo and Serkis will play in the film. (Deadline)

Frank Grillo (the Avengers franchise) will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini – taking over the role from Antonio Banderas. The film will cover Lamborghini’s entire life, from when he got his start making tractors to his moves into military cars during World War II and into his luxury supercar days. It will also delve into his personal life and romantic relationships, as well as his rivalry with Enzo Ferrari. (Yahoo Entertainment)

That’s it. Enjoy!

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions

6 PM:
Raise a Glass to Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Shazam! movie on Cartoon Network
Runaway Bride movie on CMT

6:30 PM:
Justice League movie on TNT

6:55 PM:
American Rust on Showtime (Encore)
Star Trek Beyond movie on EPIX

7 PM:
Romance in the Wilds movie on UPtv (DEBUT)
Country at Heart movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Saving Private Ryan movie on TMC

7:02 PM:
Hope Floats movie on Encore

7:20 PM:
The Lion King (animated) movie on Freeform

8 PM:
Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel (NEW)
Scenes From a Marriage on HBO 2 (Encore)
The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards on CBS (Special)
Edge of Tomorrow movie on BBC America
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw movie on FX

8:56 PM:
Heels on Starz (NEW)

9 PM:
Chapelwaite on EPIX (NEW)
Scenes From a Marriage on HBO (NEW)
Finding Love in Mountain View movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (DEBUT)
Sand Dollar Cove movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

9:25 PM:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on Freeform

9:40 PM:
Ferdinand (animated) movie on FXM

10 PM:
American Rust on Showtime (NEW)
Sweet Home Alabama movie on Paramount Network
1917 movie on TMC

10:05 PM:
Scenes From a Marriage on HBO (Encore)

Enjoy!

Last night’s primetime line-up on the major networks was filled with reality, wrestling, a repeat and some news along with new episodes from two Friday night dramas, one of which was a series finale.

Here is how those two Friday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Show:
Burden of Truth (The CW) [NEW – Series Finale] – 920,000 viewers

9 PM Show:
Dynasty (The CW) [NEW] – 810,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV last night. Please share.

The reboot of The Wonder Years will debut on ABC at 8:30 PM on September 22.

The coming-of-age comedy will be set in the late 1960s, taking a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean Williams.

Don Cheadle provides the voice of adult Dean while Dule Hill (The West Wing and Psych) will play patriarch Bill Williams.

Here is a trailer for The Wonder Years:

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5:30 PM:
The Bourne Supremacy movie on A&E
The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie on TNT

5:40 PM:
Sing (animated) movie on Disney

5:45 PM:
White House Down movie on Starz

6 PM:
Shrek (animated) movie on FX

6:19 PM:
Leap Year movie on Cinemax

6:30 PM:
The Help movie on Bravo

7 PM:
S.W.A.T. on CBS (Reair)
A Country Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

7:20 PM:
Zootopia (animated) movie on Freeform

7:30 PM:
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie on Syfy

8 PM:
Heels on Starz (Encore)
NCIS: New Orleans on CBS (Reair)
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on A&E
Shrek 2 (animated) movie on FX
Terminator: Dark Fate movie on EPIX
Justice League movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
Blinded By the Light movie on Reelz
San Andreas movie on TBS

9 PM:
Raise a Glass to Love movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Redemption in Cherry Springs movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

9:30 PM:
The Help movie on Bravo

9:48 PM:
High Note movie on Cinemax

9:50 PM:
Finding Dory (animated) movie on Freeform

9:55 PM:
Scenes From a Marriage on HBO (Encore)

10 PM:
Shrek 2 (animated) movie on FX

10:10 PM:
Star Trek Beyond movie on EPIX

10:30 PM:
Soul Surfer movie on CMT

Enjoy!

Last night’s primetime line-up on the major networks included a comedy, reality, game shows and repeats along with new episodes from two Thursday night dramas. The numbers provided below are the preliminary overnights.

Here is how those two Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Show:
Coroner (The CW) [NEW] – 730,000 viewers

9 PM Show:
The Outpost (The CW) [NEW] – 420,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV last night. Please share.

The new spin-off series FBI: International will debut at 10 PM on September 21 on CBS.

Headquartered (and filmed) in Budapest, elite operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s International Fly Team travel the world with the mission of tracking and neutralizing threats against American citizens wherever they may be.

The Fly Team’s Special Agent Scott Forrester (Luke Kleintank from The Man in the High Castle), their accomplished and dedicated leader, puts his missions ahead of his personal life and is rarely seen without the team’s “secret weapon” – their trusty Schutzhund dog, Tank.

The team includes Heida Reed (Poldark), Carter Redwood (The Long Road Home), Vinessa Vidotto (Lucifer) and Christiane Paul (Counterpart).

Here is a teaser trailer for FBI: International:

On September 21, the new drama Our Kind of People will debut on FOX at 9 PM.

The series follows a strong-willed, single mom (Yaya DaCosta from Chicago Med) as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary hair care line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever.

The cast includes Morris Chestnut (The Resident), Joe Morton (Scandal and Eureka), Rhyon Nicole Brown (Empire), Lance Gross (Hawaii 5-0) as well as soap legend Debbi Morgan and L. Scott Caldwell (Lost and All Rise).

Here is a trailer for Our Kind of People:

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

NOTE: The second season of The Morning Show will premiere on Apple TV+ online today along with the debut of the box office movie Cry Macho on HBO Max (as well as in theatres).

5:30 PM:
Rampage movie on TNT

6 PM:
Romance in the Air movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

6:33 PM:
Bad Boys movie on TBS

7 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
Love Under the Rainbow movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie on TMC

7:30 PM:
John Wick: Chapter 2 movie on Syfy

8 PM:
Burden of Truth on The CW (NEW – Series Finale)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
One Royal Holiday movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Cast Away movie on AMC
Back to the Future movie on BBC America
Slumdog Millionaire movie on EPIX

9 PM:
Heels on Starz (Encore)
The Irresistible Blueberry Farm movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
The Proposal movie on Bravo
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom movie on TMC

9:20 PM:
Dreamgirls movie on HBO 2

10 PM:
SurrealEstate on Syfy (NEW – Finale)

Enjoy!

It was a night filled with far too much reality, game shows, some news and only one new episode of a Wednesday night drama on the major networks last night. The numbers provided below are the preliminary overnights.

Here is how that lone Wednesday night drama fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Show:
Riverdale (The CW) [NEW] – 480,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV last night. Please share.