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Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWAL NEWS

Harlots has been renewed for a third season by Hulu. (The Hollywood Reporter)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Molly Quinn (Castle) will have a recurring role on the upcoming ABC mid-season legal thriller The Fix, co-written and executive-produced by attorney/O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, that will center on Maya Travis (Robin Tunney from The Mentalist), a Los Angeles DA who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting A-list actor Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje from Lost) for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later, when Sevvy is under suspicion for another murder, Maya is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. Quinn will play Lindsay, the murder victim’s sister. (TV Line)

Actress Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies and the Divergent franchise) has landed a lead role in the adaptation of High Fidelity, which will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming series. The series received a 10-episode order that will reimagine the story from the female perspective. Kravitz will executive produce in addition to starring, playing the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists. The Disney direct-to-consumer streaming service is scheduled to launch in late 2019. (Variety)

Actor Michael Vartan (Alias and The Arrangement) will guest star in the new CBS drama God Friended Me, which is about an atheist (Brandon Micheal Hall from The Mayor) who is friended by the Almighty on Facebook. Vartan will appear as Cara Bloom’s (series regular Violette Beane) father. (TV Line and Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Teddy Sears (The Flash) will have a recurring role on Chicago Fire, playing Chaplain Kyle Sheffield, who enters Firehouse 51 after the beloved Chaplain Orlovsky (Gordon Clapp) announces his retirement. He has history with new paramedic Emily Foster. (TV Line)

Actor LaMonica Garrett (Designed Survivor and The Last Ship) will appear in the upcoming December crossover event of The CW superhero shows that will have a backdrop concept of Elseworlds. Garrett will play The Monitor, a cosmic character with a singular spot in the eight-decade publication history of DC Comics. The annual crossover will kick off with The Flash on December 9, followed by Arrow on December 10 and ending with Supergirl on December 11. (Deadline)

Actor Billy Lush (Kingdom) and Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will have recurring roles on the 5th season of Bosch on Amazon, which stars Titus Welliver as homicide Detective Harry Bosch. Lush will play Stones, a tough, cold-blooded criminal, heavily involved in the opioid trade while Landau will portray Rita Tedesco, a court reporter living with a secret. (Deadline)

Actress Jennifer Beals (Taken) will have a recurring role in the DC Universe streaming series Swamp Thing, which is set to premiere in 2019. The series will follow Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed from Teen Wolf) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe. Beals will play Sheriff Lucilia Cable, who is tough as nails and pragmatic. (Deadline)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Max Brown (The Royals and The Tudors) has joined the cast Downton Abbey, the upcoming box office movie that will continue the story of the extremely popular PBS series, which is expected to open in September next year. (Deadline)

Actress Karen Gillan (Avengers franchise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Doctor Who) will join actors Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens in the latest Call of the Wild adaptation of the Jack London famous 1903 adventure novel set during the Klondike Gold Rush. Gillan will play the role of Mercedes. The plot centers on the trek of prospector John Thornton (Ford) across the Canadian Yukon during the gold rush. (Deadline)

Actresses Mary Elizabeth Winstead (BrainDead, Fargo and Mercy Street) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground and Friday Night Lights) will join Margot Robbie (as Harley Quinn) in Birds of Prey, the latest DC Entertainment superhero film. Winstead will play Huntress while Smollett-Bell will play Black Canary. (Variety)

SERIES PICK UP

Netflix has given series order to a number of new dramas; two based on romance novels and three sci-fi themed (Variety):

Romance Novels:

Virgin River, based on the book series by Robyn Carr, tells the story of Melinda Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.

Sweet Magnolias, based on the book series by Sherryl Woods, which centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

Both shows received 10-episode orders with production set for later this year.

Sci-Fi Themed:

The I-Land focuses on what happens when 10 people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. They set off on a trek to try to get back home; soon discovering this world is not as it seems. Kate Bosworth will star as KC and serves as a producer on the series. Other cast members will include Natalie Martinez (The Crossing and Under the Dome) will star as Chase and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four and Magic Mike) will star as Brody. The I-Land received a 7-episode order with Neil LaBute serving as the writer, director, and showrunner.

October Faction, which received a 10-episode order and is based on the IDW comic book series, follows globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children Geoff and Viv. As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems. Damian Kindler will be the creator, executive producer, and showrunner.

Warrior Nun, which also received a 10-episode order and is inspired by the manga novels of the same name, revolves around a 19 year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back. She discovers she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her. Simon Barry will be the writer, showrunner, and executive producer.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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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:
Jerry Maguire movie on VICE

6:15 PM:
Iron Man movie on TNT

6:30 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)

7 PM:
All Of My Heart: The Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

7:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on USA Network

8 PM:
God Friended Me on CBS (DEBUT)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on FX
Legally Blonde movie on TMC

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW – Season Premiere)
Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel (NEW)
Poldark on PBS (NEW – Season Premiere)
The Last Ship on TNT (NEW)
Private Eyes on ION (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

10 PM:
You on Lifetime (NEW)
The Last Ship on TNT (NEW – Encore)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

Enjoy!

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It was a light night of programming last night on the major networks, despite it being the first week of Fall TV, with only three season premieres airing. The rest of the night was filled with comedies, reality, repeats and news.

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

8 PM Show:
MacGyver (CBS) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 5.8 million viewers

9 PM Show:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 7.4 million viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 8.7 million viewers

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

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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:

5:50 PM:
Star Trek movie on EPIX

6 PM:
London Has Fallen movie on TNT

6:40 PM:
The Rock movie on TMC

7 PM:
All Of My Heart: Inn Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

7:10 PM:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on Freeform

8 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
All Of My Heart: The Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

9:50 PM:
The Lion King (animated) movie on Freeform

10 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

Enjoy!

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Thanks to the folks over at IGN, Outlander fans can check out a behind the scenes video featuring Richard Rankin, who plays Roger, and Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, as they filmed scenes from a 1970’s Scottish festival for which they attend together in an upcoming episode of season 4 of the popular Starz drama.

You can see that video here: IGN Video

IGN also had two new photos for the season to share with fans:

Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 4 at 8/7c for the return of Outlander on Starz.

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The first week of Fall TV continues on with more season premieres on the major networks last night as well as football and a few repeats.

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

8 PM Show:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW – Season Premiere – Hour 1] – 7.1 million viewers

9 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW – Season Premiere – Hour 2] – 6.5 million viewers
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW – Season Premiere – Hour 1] – 4.7 million viewers

10 PM Shows:
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 3 million viewers
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW – Season Premiere – Hour 2] – 5.5 million viewers
S.W.A.T. (CBS) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 5 million viewers

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

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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:
Atomic Blonde movie on HBO

6 PM:
Harvest Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

6:10 PM:
The Greatest Showman movie on HBO 2

6:45 PM:
The Magnificent 7 (remake) movie on EPIX

7 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Furious 7 movie on FX
NCIS: New Orleans on TNT

7:30 PM:
Top Gun movie on CMT

7:40 PM:
Jerry Maguire movie on Showtime

8 PM:
Manifest on NBC (Reair of DEBUT)
Love in Design movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Ocean’s 12 movie on E!
Legally Blonde movie on POP
A Dog’s Purpose movie on TMC
Olympus Has Fallen movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
Frozen (animated) movie on Freeform

9 PM:
New Amsterdam on Syfy (Reair of DEBUT)
Wynonna Earp on Syfy (NEW – Hour 1 Finale)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
The Proposal movie on Encore

10 PM:
Wynonna Earp on Syfy (NEW – Hour 2 Finale)
Top Gun movie on CMT
London Has Fallen movie on TNT

10:25 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

Enjoy!

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It was another big night of programming on the major networks last night with a handful of returning dramas airing their season finales, the debut of a new drama and a new episode of a summer drama that is coming to a close very soon.

Here is how those Wednesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Chicago Med (NBC) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 7.7 million viewers
Empire (FOX) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 6.1 million viewers
Burden of Truth (The CW) [NEW – Penultimate Episode] – 583,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 8 million viewers
Star (FOX) [NEW] – 4.7 million viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago P.D. (NBC) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 7.1 million viewers
A Million Little Things (ABC) [DEBUT] – 5.1 million viewers

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

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in October:

A Star is Born
Opens: October 5

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie and co-wrote the screenplay) discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally (the one and only Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. The cast includes Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Bonnie Somerville.

The Hate U Give
Opens: October 5

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right. The movie also stars Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common and K.J. Apa.

Venom
Opens: October 5

Reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) develops superpowers after becoming a host to an alien parasite. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed and Ron Cephas Jones.

Bad Time At The El Royale
Opens: October 12

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at a run-down hotel in Lake Tahoe in 1960s California. Over the course of a fateful night, they all get one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong. Among the ensemble cast are Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Jeff Bridges.

First Man
Opens: October 12

The film tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. The movie also stars Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Ciaran Hinds, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Ethan Embry, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas and Patrick Fugit.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Opens: October 19

Celebrity biographer Leonore Carol “Lee” Israel (Melissa McCarthy) makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). The cast includes Jane Curtin and Anna Deavere Smith.

What They Had
Opens: October 19

When her Alzheimer’s-suffering mother, Ruth (Blythe Danner), wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back to her hometown to help her brother convince their father to put Ruth in a nursing home and face the end of their life-long love affair. The film also stars Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas and Aimee Garcia.

Hunter Killer
Opens: October 26

The Russian President is captured by his own Defense Minister at a visit on a Northern Marine base. A U.S Submarine under the command of Commander Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is sent into Russian water to save the Russian President and avoid sparking World War III. The cast includes Gary Oldman, Common, Caroline Goodall, Michael Nyqvist, Toby Stephens, Linda Cardellini, David Gyasi, Michael Trucco and Ryan McPartllin.

Indivisible
Opens: October 26

Fresh out of the seminary and basic training, Army chaplain Darren Turner (Justin Bruening) receives orders to deploy to Iraq, leaving his wife Heather (Sarah Drew) behind to care for their three young children. The harsh realities of war soon take their toll on Turner and his battalion, making it hard to stay connected to his beloved family. When Darren finally comes home, the Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle — the fight to save their marriage. The film also stars Jason George, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tanner Stine, Madeline Carroll, Michael O’Neill and Eric Close.

Johnny English Strikes Again
Opens: October 26

In this sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn, a new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) as the Secret Service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success. The cast includes Olga Kuryleno, Emma Thompson and Jake Lacy.

Movies coming out in November will be posted at the end of October.

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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:
Love’s Complicated movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

6:50 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

7 PM:
The Good Witch’s Wonder movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters movie on Syfy
NCIS: New Orleans on TNT
NCIS on USA Network

8 PM:
Supernatural on The CW (Reair)
Love on the Sidelines movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Tombstone movie on AMC
Up (animated) movie on Encore
Saving Mr. Banks movie on Freeform
Fast & Furious 6 movie on FX
Avatar movie on HBO
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
Accidentally in Love movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Twister movie on Syfy
NCIS on USA Network

9:20 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

10 PM:
S.W.A.T. on CBS (NEW – Season Premiere)
NCIS on USA Network

10:40 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

Enjoy!

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