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Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS/RELOCATIONS

While the major networks announced the shows that will be returning as well as the new shows that will debuting this fall, there were a couple announcements of shows coming to an end, including:

FOX stating that Empire will return for its 6th and final season in the fall; and so will Madam Secretary return for its 6th and final season on CBS this fall. (Variety)

Freeform has given a third season renewal to Siren and a 4th season renewal to The Bold Type. (Variety)

Dirty John will be moving from Bravo to USA Network for its second season, airing sometime in 2020. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Battlestar Galactica and Lucifer star Tricia Helfer will play Dracula in the upcoming 4th season of the Syfy thriller Van Helsing. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Dominic West (The Affair) and actresses Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck and The Handmaid’s Tale) and Cate Blanchett (Oceans 8 and Thor: Ragnarok) will star in the 6-part TV series Stateless that centers on four strangers: a flight attendant escaping a suburban cult, an Afghan refugee fleeing persecution, a young Australian father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat caught up in a national scandal, who are stuck in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert. The show is being distributed by NBC Universal. (Variety)

Season 5 of Black Mirror will debut on Netflix on June 5, and will include among its cast Anthony Mackie and Pom Klementieff (the Marvel franchise), Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace (That 70’s Show) and Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow). Hint of storylines for the new season include episodes that will tackle technology’s impact on marriage, self-esteem, fame, social media and mental health. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Hey There,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

The official upfront announcements will be made in New York next week, but a lot of renewals and cancellations have already been made.

NOTE: All upfront presentation information is courtesy of Variety.

Showtime has renewed Billions for a 5th season.

Power will come to an end on Starz after its upcoming sixth season.

CBS has renewed Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. for new seasons.

ABC has cancelled For the People after two seasons and has cancelled Whiskey Cavalier after only one season. Meanwhile The Rookie, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and Station 19 have all been renewed for new seasons.

FOX has cancelled The Passage and Proven Innocent both after one season, Lethal Weapon and Star have both been cancelled after three seasons each. Meanwhile, The Orville has been renewed for a third season.

NBC has given Blindspot a 5th and final season renewal; and the network has given This Is Us a renewal for THREE (yes 3) more seasons.

NEW SHOW PICK-UPS

A number of new dramas have been picked up by the major networks. Please note that specific details on these dramas will be discussed more thoroughly in network specific postings next week as the official upfronts take place. The new dramas include the following:

NOTE: All upfront presentation information is courtesy of Variety.

NBC

Bluff City, the new legal drama starring Jimmy Smits follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases.

Council of Dads tells the story of an extended family when Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis and calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. The main cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott and J. August Richards.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist follows Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco.

Lincoln, inspired by the best-selling book The Bone Collector, follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby), who was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel), an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling, finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse.

Filthy Rich, a southern Gothic family drama, centers around the aftermath of a plane crash which kills the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network. After his death, his wife and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. The cast includes Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney and Steve Harris.

The CW

Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, she soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.

Katy Keene, a spinoff of Riverdale, follows aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), who meets Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger.

Nancy Drew, set in the summer after Nancy’s (Kennedy McMann) high school graduation, she thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation, and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

ABC

Stumptown [title to be changed soon], is based on the graphic novel series, following Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.

For Life is a serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

Emergence centers around a police chief (Allison Tolman) who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. This drama was originally developed by NBC, but picked up by ABC when NBC decided not to move forward with the series.

The Baker and the Beauty focuses on Daniel Garcia (Victor Rasuk), working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do; but on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton (Nathalie Kelley), an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight.

CBS

Evil focuses on a skeptical female forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate and assess the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena.

FBI: Most Wanted, the spin-off of FBI, centers on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

All Rise (formerly known as Courthouse) follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system.

Tommy stars Edie Falco as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles. She uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political, and national security issues that converge with enforcing the law.

FOX

Deputy is a cop drama that focuses on what happens when the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff dies, forcing an arcane rule – forged back in the Wild West – thrusts the most unlikely man (Stephen Dorff) into the job: a fifth-generation lawman, more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics.

neXt follows a Silicon Valley pioneer who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

Prodigal Son centers on Malcolm Bright, who knows how killers think because his father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called The Surgeon.

The untitled Weisman/Katims project is based on the Australia series Sisters focuses on an only child who finds her life turned upside down when her father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children, including two new sisters.

9-1-1: Lone Star, the spin-off will star Rob Lowe, who will play a sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, relocates to Austin, Texas, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

Netflix

Away, stars Academy Award winner Hilary Swank as American astronaut Emma Green, who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission to the Red Planet.

MOVIE NEWS

Actress Jessica Chastain and actor Andrew Garfield will star in the box office movie The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which tells the extraordinary and outlandish rise, fall and redemption of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals and sexual scandal tore their marriage apart and toppled their carefully constructed empire. (Variety)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

CBS All Access has renewed The Twilight Zone for a second season. (Variety)

Empire has been renewed for a 6th season by FOX. (Variety)

Showtime has renewed The Chi for a third season. (Variety)

Cobra Kai has been renewed for a third season at YouTube. (Variety)

NETWORK SWITCH

The new TV series from Downton Abbey mastermind Julian Fellowes – The Gilded Age – has moved from NBC to HBO. The series is set in New York in the 1880s, telling the story of a new-money family trying to join the ranks of the Astors and Vanderbilts. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Charles Esten (Nashville) will star in the Netflix young-adult drama series Outer Banks that centers on a tight-knit group of North Carolina teens who embark on a mission to find their ringleader’s missing father. In the process, they stumble across a treasure map that unearths a long-buried secret. Esten will play Ward Cameron, a wealthy, self-made businessman who exudes a casual authority. The series is set to debut in 2020. (TV Line)

Actress Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man franchise and Lost) has landed the lead role in the sci-fi drama Albedo that is set to air at the Walmart-owned VOD service Vudu. The series is set 150 years in the future, centering on Det. Vivien Coleman (Lilly), who finds herself trapped and cut off from Earth while investigating a scientist’s mysterious death aboard an isolated space station. She’s joined by the station’s small crew all of whom are secret-harboring murder suspects. (TV Line)

Actor Gabriel Luna will be appearing as Marvel’s Ghost Rider, but this time on Hulu. He first appeared in the role on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is being reported this will be a completely new iteration of the character in no way connected to the SHIELD storyline. Ghost Rider, also known as Robbie Reyes, is consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. He lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields. (Variety)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Newcomer Daniela Melchior has been tapped to play Ratcatcher in The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher, originally portrayed as a man, was one of Batman’s many enemies. In this version the character will have connection to the character that Idris Elba will be playing in the film. Melchior joins Margot Robbie, reprising her role as Harley Quinn as well as Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang as well as newcomer to the franchise John Cena. (Variety)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Both NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans have been renewed for a new season next year. (Variety)

Better Call Saul will end at the end of season 6. (The Hollywood Reporter)

CBS All Access has renewed The Good Fight for a 4th season. (Variety)

The CW has given season renewals to All American, The 100, In The Dark and Roswell New Mexico. (Variety)

Netflix has cancelled Santa Clarita Diet after three seasons. (Variety)

Blindspot has been pulled for several weeks by NBC. It will return for its final episodes on May 24 and May 31. (The Hollywood Reporter)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Laura Donnelly (Jenny Fraser on Outlander) has landed a lead role in the upcoming HBO Joss Whedon series The Nevers that got a straight-to-series order back in July. The series is a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Donnelly will star as Amalia True, the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink. (Variety)

Actress Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land) has joined the cast of the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 that follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. DeWitt will play Linda McCullough, the best friend of Elena (to be played by Reese Witherspoon). After longing for a child for decades and suffering losses no mother should suffer, Linda happily and wholeheartedly takes in an infant who was abandoned at a local fire station. Kerry Washington also stars in the series. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Amber Midthunder (Legion), who plays Rosa Ortecho on Roswell, New Mexico has been promoted to a series regular in the recently ordered 2nd season of the series. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWAL/CANCELLATION

Manifest has been renewed for a second season. (Variety)

The Gifted has been cancelled by FOX. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) has landed the lead role in the planned series adaptation of Brave New World, which imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. The series was originally in development at Syfy but was ordered straight-to-series at USA Network in February. (Variety)

Actor Pablo Schreiber (American Gods) has been cast in the upcoming Showtime series Halo based on the hit video game franchise. He will play Master Chief, Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. (Variety)

LEAVING THE SHOW

Actors Jon Seda and Colin Donnell and actress Norma Kuhling will be leaving the Chicago One franchise at the close of this current season, but they could return for guest appearances. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

Killing Eve has been given a third season renewal (Variety)

Preacher will end after its upcoming fourth season on AMC. (Variety)

Hulu has renewed Future Man for its third and final season. (Variety)

CBS has renewed NCIS for its 17th season and Blue Bloods was renewed for a 10th season as well.  (Variety)

Good Girls has been given a third season renewal by NBC. (Variety)

Amazon has given Hanna a second season renewal. (Variety)

Hallmark Channel has given When Calls the Heart a 7th season renewal as viewer await the return of the show’s 6th season. (Hallmark Channel Promo)

SERIES PICK-UP NEWS

AMC is launching a third series in The Walking Dead franchise, which will debut in 2020, and will focus on two young female protagonists. No other specific details are available just yet. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) will recur in the DC Universe second season of Titans, playing the iconic role of Bruce Wayne, an older version of the character actually who, after decades of fighting crime as Batman, is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his Caped Crusader days. The 2nd season will premiere this fall. (Deadline and TV Line)

Actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) has landed a lead role in the upcoming Perry Mason HBO series that will star Matthew Rhys (The Americans) in the lead role. Maslany will play Sister Alice, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching three sermons a day to a hungry congregation and a radio audience that spans the country. An entertainer, politician, God’s conduit to the City of Angels, Sister Alice wields great power when she speaks, and plans to use it in ways only she can know. (Variety)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton will star in the box office movie Monsters and Men with Wahlberg playing real-life Oregonian father Joe Bell, who sets out on a walk across the United States with his son. (Variety)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Netflix has renewed The Umbrella Academy for a second season. (Variety)

NETWORK SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

The TV Land dramedy Younger was supposed to be moving to Paramount Network, but it will actually stay at TV Land after all. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Paramount Network also announced a new dramedy – Emily in Paris – from Younger creator Darren Star. The series will star Lily Collins (the upcoming PBS mini-series Les Miserables) as a driven young woman from the Midwest who moves to Paris when an unexpected job opportunity arises. The 10-episode series will follow Emily as she adjusts to her new home, deals with culture clash at her job and juggles her career, new friendships and love life. (The Hollywood Reporter)

CASTING NEWS

Four days after it was announced that David James Elliott will reprise his JAG role as Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb Jr. for a multi-episode arc on NCIS: Los Angeles it was announced that Catherine Bell (Good Witch) will also return to play Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie. (Entertainment Weekly)

This Is Us favorite Ron Cephas Jones has joined the cast of the 8-episode limited Hulu series Looking For Alaska. The series is based on the John Green novel that is told through the eyes of teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer from All the Money In the World), as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth from Sierra Burgess is a Loser), and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it. Jones will star as Dr. Hyde, a History of Religion teacher at Culver Creek Academy, who is impossibly old, with only one lung – but once he’s in full command, Dr. Hyde is an enthralling presence who finds his own jokes amusing and who has been very smart for a very long time indeed. (Hulu Press Release)

Melanie Field (Heathers) and Magda Apanowicz (Continuum) will have recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s series You, that follows bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). This season will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti from The Haunting of Hill House), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady. Field will play Sunrise, a stay at home mommy blogger who raises a toddler with her partner Lucy in their gorgeous Venice Beach home. A new age wellness aficionado who’s monetized her interests with a popular Instagram, she’s the cheerleader of her friend circle. Apanowicz will portray Sandy, a woman from Joe’s past with an infectious smile and restless spirit. She has been beaten up by life. (Deadline)

Actress Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) will appear in much-anticipated return of Veronica Mars on Hulu this summer. The only details known about what character McDonnell will play is Jane, a warm-hearted therapist. (TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Idris Elba will appear in the Suicide Squad sequel, but he will NOT be playing Deathshot as originally announced. Deathshot will not be included in the sequel with Elba playing a new character. (Variety)

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