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Here are the news items for this past week:


Spectrum Originals has pulled the plug on LA’s Finest after two seasons. (Variety)

CBS All Access has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for a 4th season. (Variety)


Actress Kate Hudson will star in the second season of the Apple drama series Truth Be Told, starring alongside series lead Octavia Spencer. Spencer plays Poppy Parnell, a true crime podcaster with Hudson set to play Micah Keith, a lifestyle guru and longtime friend of Poppy. A new case deeply involves both women and quickly puts their relationship to the ultimate test. (Variety)

Veteran actress Kathleen Turner will be back for the third and final season of The Kominsky Method. She will return as Roz Volander, the ex-wife of Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), who is a and doctor with whom Sandy has a very volatile relationship. In season three, Roz will come to Los Angeles to spend time with their daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker). (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek and The Affair) will take over the lead role from Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey franchise) in the upcoming Peacock limited series Dr. Death, the medical doctor from hell. Based on the popular podcast of the same name, Dr. Death tells the “terrifying true story” of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. “Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. The series is slated to premiere sometime next year. (TV Line)

Actress Shalia Grant (NCIS: New Orleans) and actor Travis VanWinkle (The Last Ship) will join season 3 of the drama series You. Grant will play Sherry, a “Mom-fluencer” who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) into her social circle. Meanwhile, VanWinkle will play the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) into his inner circle. (Netflix on Twitter and The Futon Critic)

Tony nominee Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) will star in the ABC limited series The Women of the Movement. She will play Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. After the brutal murder of her son in the Jim Crow South, Mamie, a soft-spoken young mother in Chicago, put her own life on the line to seek justice in his name. Unwilling to let Emmett’s murder disappear from the headlines, Mamie chose to bear her pain on the world’s stage, and as a result ignited the civil rights movement as we know it today. The 6-episode series will premiere sometime next year. (Deadline)

Actor Conrad Ricamora (How To Get Away With Murder) has landed a key recurring role in The Resident, playing Dr. Jake Wong, a handsome gay plastic surgeon, and amateur singer-songwriter in his off hours. Jake used to be Dr. Bell’s (series regular Bruce Greenwood) stepson half a lifetime ago, but their relationship ended bitterly when Bell divorced his mother. (Deadline)


Hulu is developing a series based on the novel ‘Interior Chinatown’ by Charles Yu. The book follows the story of an Asian-American actor struggling against clichéd roles and stereotypes, both at work and in his personal life. (Variety)

Paramount Plus (aka CBS All Access, at least until next year) has nabbed the rights to the Grease spin-off Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, an hour-long musical comedy about how the infamous Pink Ladies began and how the reverence, fear, and moral panic they sparked changed Rydell High forever. (Variety)

Amazon has given a series order to the planned small screen adaptation of the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer. The young adult series will be a modern take on the hit 1997 horror film. In a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. (Variety)

Showtime has ordered a limited series revival of Dexter, but details are being kept under wraps. (Variety)

NBC is working on a series based on Fried Green Tomatoes (the insanely popular 1991 film based on the book of the same name by Fannie Flagg). The project will star Reba McEntire as present-day Idgie Threadgoode, who returns to Whistle Stop after a decade away. She must wrestle with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life-changing secret. (Variety)

The CW is developing a drama Slay from Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King (Watchmen) and her sister Reina King. The series would center on Carson Jones, a bold, witty teenager with afro puffs, leather boots, seventies cool, and – thanks to her mother’s ancient African bloodline – supernatural gifts and the responsibility to use them to protect Virginia’s Historic Triangle (one of the most haunted areas in the country) from the forces of darkness. (Deadline)


Actors Leonardo DiCapril and Timothee Chalamet as well as actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence will star in the star-studded Netflix comedy film Don’t Look Up that follows two low-level astronomers who embark on a media tour to warn mankind of an impending asteroid that could destroy the planet. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi and Matthew Perry as well. (Variety)

Actress Anya Taylor-Joy and actors Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star in the box office film Furiosa, a prequel based on the Imperator Furiosa character (played by Charlize Theron) in the 2015 box office movie Mad Max: Fury Road. (Variety)

The long-anticipated sequel to Coming 2 America is in the process of being sold by Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios. Final details are still being hammered out, though. (Variety)

Actress Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club) has joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Deadline)

Actors Darren Barnet, Harry Shum Jr. and James Saito will star in the Netflix romantic comedy Love Hard that will star Jimmy O. Yang and Nina Dobrev. Barnet takes over the role that was to be played by Charles Melton, who had to leave the film due to scheduling conflicts with his role on Riverdale. The movie is described as When Harry Met Sally meets Roxanne, following an LA girl, unlucky in love, who falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that she’s been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:


The Apple TV series Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld in the title character (Emily Dickinson), has been renewed for a third season ahead of the show’s 2nd season which will premiere on January 8, 2021. (Variety)

Unfortunately, despite being renewed for a season 4 previously, Netflix has decided to pull the plug on the female-centric wrestling drama GLOW. (TV Line)


Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) has joined the cast of The West Wing for the show’s reunion special, which will air on HBO Max. He will take over the role of Leo, originally played by the late John Spencer, who passed away back in 2005. (People)

Actor Derek Webster (In the Dark and NCIS: New Orleans) will have a season-long recuring role on 911: Lone Star, playing Charles Vega, the husband of Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega (Gina Torres), who is a restauranteur whose business is affected by the pandemic, so he becomes a stay-at-home dad while his essential worker wife goes to work. (Deadline)

Actress Brooke Smith (Grey’s Anatomy) will appear in the upcoming ABC drama Big Sky (from David E. Kelley). She will play Merrilee Legarski and will act opposite John Carroll Lynch’s Rick as his wife and mother of their two children. (Deadline)

Actress Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) will star in the Spectrum Originals and ITV thriller Angela Black about a suburban housewife whose seemingly perfect life isn’t all it appears to be. Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) will play her husband Olivier. (Deadline)

Actress Samantha Marie Ware (Glee) and actor Shalim Ortiz (Grand Hotel and Power Book II: Ghost) will both have recurring roles in All Rise when it returns for its second season. Ware will play Vanessa “Ness” Johnson, a new law clerk for Judge Lola Carmichael (series lead Simone Missick) while Ortiz will play Joaquin Luna, a young photographer and political activist who crosses paths with public defender Emily Lopez (series regular Jessica Camacho). (TV Line)

Actor Demore Barnes (The Unit and American Gods) has been promoted to series regular on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where he has been recurring as deputy chief Christian Garland. (TV Line and Deadline)

Actress Amy Carlson (Blue Bloods) and actor Terry O’Quinn (Lost) will both have recurring roles on FBI: Most Wanted. Carlson will play Jackie Ward, a veteran bounty hunter who has crossed paths with Jess (series lead Julian McMahon) before while O’Quinn will play Byron Lacroix, divorced father of Jess. (Deadline)

Actor JR Bourne (The 100 and Teen Wolf) will appear in the Los Angeles-based, half-hour Netflix series On Verge, which is about four female friends in their late 40s, (two of them played by Elisabeth Shue and Julie Delpy), who chose to use midlife not as a time of mourning their youth but as an opportunity for personal reinvention, with the hope of finally living lives that embody their beliefs and values. Bourne will play Adam, a free-spirit Venice hipster who shares an instant attraction to Anne (Shue’s character). (Deadline)


Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange in the next Spider-Man movie that will star Tom Holland as the webslinger. (Variety)

Actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) will play former Congresswoman Katie Hill in a streaming film adaptation of Hill’s forthcoming book “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality.” In the book, Hill recounts her experience as a young woman with no prior political experience whose charm, and common sense won over the people in her district and thrust her into the halls of power in Washington. While her brash confidence won her powerful allies and infuriated her enemies, it was privately concealing a cycle of domestic abuse she was trapped in at home, infamously culminating in the release of intimate photos and the revelation of her own admitted personal mistakes that would eventually result in her stunning fall from grace. (Variety)

Actress Gal Gadot and Director Patty Jenkins will be working together again on the Paramount Pictures historical drama Cleopatra with Gadot, of course, playing the title character, who romanced Julius Caesar and Marc Antony and served as the last ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom. Writer Laeta Kalogridis will do the screenplay. (Variety)


HBO Max has given a series order to Green Lantern, which will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. The show will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps. (Variety)

Chloë Grace Moretz has been cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming series adaptation of William Gibson’s “The Peripheral” at Amazon. The series centers on Flynne Fisher (Moretz), a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious and doomed. She has no future – until the future comes calling for her. Also, actor Gary Carr (21 Bridges and Modern Love) will appear in the adaptation as well, playing Wilf, a publicist living in the 22nd Century. (Variety)

Actor Paddy Considine (The Outsider) will play the regal role of King Viserys Targaryen in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. This story will be set 300 years before the original series. The show is slated to premiere on HBO in 2022. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:


Cobra Kai has been given a fourth season renewal with the third season set to debut on Netflix on January 8, 2021. (Variety)

Billions has been renewed for a sixth season by Showtime and five new episodes of Season 5 will air in 2021. (Variety)


A sequel movie to Enola Holmes, which debuted on Netflix last month, is being planned with lead actress Millie Bobby Brown very interested in reprising her role. Sources also report there is a spin-off being discussed that would focus on Sherlock himself, played by Henry Cavill. (We Got This Covered)

Actress Joey King (The Act) will executive produce and star in the Netflix film adaptation of the international best-selling dystopian fantasy novel Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, which is set in a world in which a compulsory operation at 16 makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. (The Futon Critic)


Actor Aaron Ashmore and actress Hallea Jones have been promoted to series regulars for season two of the Netflix thriller Locke & Key. Ashmore played Duncan Locke, a family member with a history with the keys while Jones played Eden Hawkins, former high school mean girl now newly minted demon. Also actor Brendan Hines has joined as new series regular Josh Bennett, a charismatic and mysterious new history teacher with a secret agenda. (Deadline)

Newcomer Iman Vellani will play Ms. Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) in the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, the 16-year-old Muslim teenager who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, who has the Inhuman ability to alter shape and size. (Variety)

Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow and Deputy) has joined the cast of the ABC medical drama pilot Triage that will star Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) as pioneering surgeon Finley Briar. The series will follow Briar over three distinct decades at the same hospital. Taylor-Klaus will play Leonora/Leo, the gender-fluid youngest first-year intern at New York Trinity and mentee of Briar. (Deadline)

Actress Chelsea Field has been promoted to series regular on NCIS: New Orleans, where she has been recurring as Rita Devereaux since season 3. (Deadline)

Actress Erinn Westbrook (The Resident) has joined the cast of Riverdale as a new series regular for the show’s upcoming 5th season, playing Tabitha Tate, the ambitious, entrepreneurial granddaughter of Pop Tate, who has come to Riverdale to take over Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in the hopes of franchising the iconic diner, even as the town around it struggles to survive. (Deadline)

Actor Russell Hornsby (Grimm and Lincoln Rhyme) will play a key recurring role in the upcoming third and final season of the Netflix sci-fi adventure series Lost in Space, but details on who he will be playing are being kept under wraps. (Deadline)

Actress Audrey Corsa has been promoted to series regular on the CBS legal drama All Rise. She plays Samantha Powell, a young ambitious law clerk in the DDA’s office bullpen. (Deadline)


Recent Emmy winner Zendaya will star as Ronnie Spector, the frontwoman of the musical group The Ronettes, in a biopic of her life, which will pay particular emphasis on Spector’s early career, the formation of group and their subsequent signing to Phil Spector’s Philles Records. It will also look at her marriage to Phil Spector, their eventual divorce and her battle to gain back the rights to her music. (Variety)

Actor Zac Efron will star in a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel Firestarter, which centers on a young girl who develops pyrokinetic powers and the ability to see the future. She is abducted by a mysterious government agency that plans to weaponize her superhuman skills. (Variety)

Actor Tanner Buchanan (Cobra Kai and Designated Survivor) will star opposite newcomer Addison Rae in the gender-flipping box office He’s All That, a remake of the 1999 movie She’s All That. Rae will take over the Freddie Prinze, Jr. role while Buchanan will take over the Rachael Leigh Cook role. The film will follow an influencer who decides to avenge herself by accepting a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser into prom king after her boyfriend turns her into a laughing stock. (Deadline)

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Starz has renewed Power Book II: Ghost for a second season. (Variety)

The CW has announced that the upcoming sixth season of Supergirl will be its last. (Variety)

Netflix has pulled the plug on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the prequel series to the original 1982 Jim Henson film, after only one season. (Variety)


The Paramount Network is rebranding itself. It will soon be known as Paramount Movie Network, and it will focus on movies rather than traditional TV shows (reality and scripted alike) EXCEPT the network will hold onto its popular drama series Yellowstone that will be going into its fourth season. (Variety and TV Line)


Actress Lisa Edelstein (House) will recur on 9-1-1: Lone Star, playing Gwyneth, the ex-wife of Capt. Owen Strand (series lead Rob Lowe) and mother to their adult son T.K. (series regular Ronen Rubinstein). A lawyer, Gwyneth visits Austin from NYC to be with T.K. after he was shot and hospitalized at the end of last season. It was also announced that Liv Tyler would not be appearing in season two of the show, where she starred as Michelle Blake. Tyler made the decision in part due to concerns about traveling back and forth from her home in the U.K. Her character is not being recast or killed off so the door is still open for her to return. (Variety, Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Floriana Lima, who recurs as Darcy, the mother of Theon’s friend Liam, on A Million Little Things, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming season. (TV Line and The Futon Critic)

Actress Nicole Ari Parker (Empire)will play a major recurring role on Chicago P.D. where she will play Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller, a progressive, ardent proponent of police reform, who wants to help Voight (series lead Jason Beghe) and Intelligence adapt to the new reality, but will not tolerate breaches of the new police guidelines and protocols. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Tehmina Sunny (Pandora) will appear in a multi-episode arc on Chicago Med, playing Dr. Sabeena Virani, who will supervise a clinical trial for a new medication, approaching Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to lead the project. (Deadline)

Veteran actor Alan Arkin will not return to The Kominsky Method for the show’s third and final season. His character’s departure will be addressed in the season three storyline. (Deadline and TV Line)

Actor Basil Eidenbenz (Victoria) will replace Denmark actor Thue Ersted Rasmussen in the role of Witcher Eskel in the second season of the Netflix series The Witcher. (Deadline)

Actress Holly Taylor (The Americans) has joined the cast of Manifest for its third season. She will play Angelina, a Flight 828 passenger who so far, has flown under Ben’s (series regular Josh Dallas) radar. Her reemergence will play an integral part in the lives of the Stone family this season. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Leah Gibson (Jessica Jones) and actor Nathan Owens (Devious Maids) will have recurring roles on Batwoman. Gibson will play Tatiana also known as The Whisper, a skilled assassin, unflappable and cold as ice in the face of danger. She is one of Safiyah’s (recurring guest star Shivaani Ghai) most important henchwomen who still harbors feelings for her powerful boss. Meanwhile, Owens will portray Ocean, a Zen gardener and thinker with a complicated past, who is a loyal soldier and fighter. He moves to Gotham looking for a new beginning. (Deadline)

Samuel L. Jackson will return as Nick Fury in a new Marvel series that is currently under development at Disney+. But exact plot details are being kept under wraps. (Variety)


HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order for Peacemaker, a spin-off series from the upcoming movie Suicide Squad that will find John Cena playing the title role. The 8-episode series will be an action adventure comedy, but the exact plot is being kept under wraps. (Variety)

Actresses Sienna Miller (American Sniper) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and actor Rupert Friend (Homeland) will star in the Netflix adaptation of the best-selling novel Anatomy of a Scandal. Miller will play Sophie Whitehouse, an Oxford graduate, a wife and a mother of two whose perfectly charmed life is about to implode; Dockery will play Kate Woodcroft, the steely criminal barrister specializing in prosecuting sexual crimes who’s risen quickly in her field, and just got handed the case of a lifetime; and Friend will play James Whitehouse, the ambitious and charismatic junior minister who has always shared his wife’s good fortune – until now. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) has landed the lead role in the ABC drama pilot Triage that follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar (Fitz-Henley) over three distinct decades at the same hospital. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Disney+ is putting together a small screen version of Turner & Hooch that will star Anthony Ruivivar (Third Watch), Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom and Graceland) and Becca Tobin (Glee). Ruivivar will play US Marshall Chief James Clark; McLaren will play Xavier Watkins, a marine-turned US Marshal and Tobin will play Brooke, a federal prosecutor and Scott Turner’s ex-girlfriend. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actors Kevin Zegers (Fear the Walking Dead) and Sam Palladio (Nashville) will star opposite Katey Segal in the upcoming ABC drama Rebel that is inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich that will center on Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. Zegers will play Nate, Rebel’s eldest son, a doctor who balks at getting involved in her wars, and takes a certain karmic pleasure in disappointing her while Palladio will play Luke, a hot young lawyer, a junior associate with the firm headed by Rebel’s ex-husband, Benji. With a charm that belies the shark under the surface, Luke enjoys defending the firm’s roster of corporate clients. (Deadline)

Actors Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller and actress Jurnee Smollett will star in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Spiderhead, based on the George Saunders short story. The story is set in the near future, when convicts are offered the chance to volunteer as medical subjects in hopes of shortening their sentences. The focus is on two prisoners who become the test patients for emotion-altering drugs that force the prisoners to grapple with their pasts in a facility run by a brilliant visionary who supervises the program. (Deadline)

The Amazon Prime series The Boys could be getting a spin-off that would be set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (or “supes”) that is run by Vought International. It is described as an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. (Variety)

HBO Max and Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are working on a new generation of Pretty Little Liars, the Freeform drama that ran for 7 seasons and was spearheaded by I. Marlene King (who will not be involved in this new show). Original Sin is being described as a dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama that will be set in the present day, 20 years after a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. The new “Pretty Little” liars will center around a group of disparate teen girls who find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. (Variety)


Actor Algee Smith (Euphoria) will star alongside Chloe Grace Moretz in the sci-fi film Mother/Android that follows Georgia (Moretz) and Sam (Smith), a couple who go on a treacherous journey to escape their country, which is caught in an unexpected war with artificial intelligence. Days away from the arrival of their first child, the couple must face No Man’s Land— a stronghold of the android uprising, in hopes of reaching safety before Georgia give birth. (Deadline)

Disney has announced that actress Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) will play Tinker Bell in the upcoming film Peter Pan and Wendy. She joins Jude Law, who will play Captain Hook. (Deadline)

Actress Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play the lead in the feature film Aleppo, which will focus on a Syrian refugee and a UN journalist (Munn), brought together by tragedy and their escape from Syria. (Deadline)

Actor Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) will appear as Hawkman in the upcoming movie Black Adam that will star Dwayne Johnson in the title role. With his massive wings, hawk-like helmet and magic mace, Hawkman has been a regular presence in DC Comics since his debut in 1940, but the character has never really made it into a live-action feature. (Variety)

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Here are the news items for this past week:

First of all, congrats to all of the Emmy winner who were announced tonight


The HBO Max drama Raised by Wolves has been renewed for a second season. This news comes two weeks after the drama series debuted. (Variety)

Despite getting a second season order by ABC, the Cobie Smulders-led series Stumptown has actually been cancelled. (Deadline)

According to series creator Darren Star, the upcoming 7th season of Younger will “unofficially” be the show’s final season. (TV Line)

ABC has given a straight-to-series order to the drama series Rebel that will star Katey Sagal. The show is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, and is slated to debut in 2021. Sagal will star as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She is a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost. The cast will include John Corbett, James Lesure, Lex Scott Davis, Tamala Jones, Kevin Zegers, Sam Palladio, Andy Garcia and Ariela Barer. (Variety)


Actress Sarah Snook (Succession) will star in the lead role of Anne Elliot, in a new adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Persuasion from Searchlight. (Deadline)

Young actress Mckenna Grace (Designated Survivor) has joined the 4th season of The Handmaid’s Tale where she will recur as Mrs. Keys, a sharply intelligent, teen-aged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside. (Deadline)

Actress Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) will appear in the Netflix drama Maid that will star Margaret Qualley and Nick Robinson. The series will focus on a single mother who turns to housekeeping to barely make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy. Rose will play Regina, an extremely successful family law attorney. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black and Perry Mason) has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming She-Hulk series at Disney+. The series will center on Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood transfusion from him. Unlike Bruce, however, when she hulks out, Jennifer is able to retain most of her personality, intelligence, and emotional control. (Variety)

Actress Genevieve Padalecki will appear in her husband’s (Jared Padalecki) new show Walker, Texas Ranger, appearing in flashbacks as his character’s late wife. (TV Line)

Actress Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp) will appear alongside her co-star Tim Rozon in his new Syfy drama The Surrealtor that will follow realtor Luke Roman (Rozon) and an elite team of specialists that handle the cases no one else can: haunted and possessed houses that literally scare would-be buyers away. Researching, investigating and “fixing” the things that go bump in the night, the team works to create closure — and closings — even as they struggle with demons of their own. Scrofano will guest-star as Harper North, a bright young woman who finds herself at a crossroads, having been instructed to sell her lakeside family home… though somehow she can’t. Scrofano will also direct two episodes new series as well. (TV Line)

Actress Adriyan Rae (Vagrant Queen and Light as a Feather) has joined the cast of Chicago P.D. as a series regular for the show’s 9th season. Rae will play Gianna Mackey, filling the spot left by Annie Ilonzeh’s character. He character is described as a loveable troublemaker with a twinkle in her eye who comes from a working-class family (Deadline and TV Line)


Amazon Studios will produce the action film All the Old Knives, starring Chris Pine and Thandie Newton, based on the acclaimed novel by Olen Steinhauer. The story is set in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and follows ex-lovers – one a CIA spy, one an ex-spy – who meet over dinner to reminisce on their time together at Vienna station. The conversation moves inevitably to the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the deaths of all on board. That failure haunts the CIA to this day, and Henry (Pine) has come to Carmel to close the book on that seedy chapter. As they parry, flirting, over California cuisine, it becomes clear that one of them is not going to survive the meal. (Deadline)

Actor Jonathan Majors (When We Rise and The Last Black Man in San Francisco) has joined the cast of the third Ant-Man movie, that will find Paul Rudd and Evangline Lilly reprising their roles. Currently it is unknown what role he will play, but it has been suggested that may take on the role of Kang the Conquerer, a time-traveling super-villain. (Variety)


Actors (who are also married to each other) Ben Lewis (Arrow) and Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) will star in the Lifetime holiday movie The Christmas Setup, a feel-good LGBTQ holiday romance that follows Hugo (Lewis), a New York lawyer who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong from GLOW) to spend the holidays with his mom Kate (Fran Drescher from The Nanny ), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Lee), a high school friend and secret crush of Hugo’s who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. (TV Line)

Actress Jacky Lai (V-Wars) and actors Tony Giroux (Motherland: Fort Salem) and Tzi Ma (Mulan, Wu Assassins) will star in the Lifetime movie A Sugar & Spice Holiday, which centers on an Asian-American family, following Suzie (Lai), a rising young architect who returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas, where her Chinese-American parents, Pete (Ma) and Mimi (Lillian Lim also from Motherland: Fort Salem), run the local Lobster Bar. (TV Line)

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Here are the news items for the past week:


Doom Patrol has been renewed for third season at HBO Max. (Variety)

Netflix has given a season two order to Julie and the Phantoms, which debuted on the streaming service on September 10. (The Cinema Spot)

Showtime has renewed The Chi for a 4th season. (Variety)

The Walking Dead will come to an end after the upcoming 11th season on AMC. (Variety)


AMC has ordered a spin-off series for The Walking Dead that will be built around the characters of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). (Variety)

Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network are teaming to co-produce a limited series that will star Jessica Chastain as country music legend Tammy Wynette. After a nine-month exclusive run for Spectrum subscribers, the series called George & Tammy, will have a second window on Viacom, the forthcoming CBS streaming service and Paramount Network. The series will chronicle the country music power couple, Wynette and George Jones, whose complicated relationship inspired some of the most iconic music of all time. (Variety)

Peacock has picked up two seasons of the planned drama series reboot of the classic sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to be called simply Bel-Air. Set in modern-day America, the serialized one-hour dramatic reimagining of the 90’s sitcom that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. (Variety)


Actress Lisseth Chavez (Chicago P.D.) has joined the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, playing Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, an alien expert, who joins the “time ship crew in Season 6, which finds co-captains Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe and their team hunting down extraterrestrials who have been displaced throughout history.” (Variety)

Actress Shivaani Ghai (Dominion and The Catch) will recur on Batwoman for Season 2, playing Safiyah, the fiercely protective ruler of a small community on the island of Coryana. A woman with as many enemies as aliases. She is compassionate and charismatic with both physical and psychological prowess. She is beloved by her people and will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actor Caleb Castille, who has been recurring as FBI Agent Devin Rountree on NCIS: Los Angeles, has been promoted to series regular. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

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Here are the news items for the past week:


Paramount Network has cancelled 68 Whiskey after only one season. (Variety)

AMC has cancelled NOS4A2 after two seasons. (Variety)


Actor Alan Ritchson (Blood Drive and Titans) has landed the lead role in the upcoming Amazon adaptation of the Jack Reacher franchise, based on the Lee Child book series. (Variety)

Actors Andrew Leeds, Michael Thomas Grant and Kapil Talwalkar and actress Alice Lee have been promoted to series regulars on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for the show’s second season. (TV Line)

Actress Gina Torres (Firefly and Suits) has joined the cast of 9-1-1: Lone Star, playing paramedic Captain Tommy Vega, who was at the top of her game when she hung up her uniform to raise her twin daughters, until COVID-19 changed everything. (TV Line)


The next Marvel character to get her own TV series is Silk , aka Cindy Moon, a Korean-American superhero (sort of like the female Spider-Man). (Variety)


Ryan Murphy has announced that the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Prom will debut on Netflix around December 25. Among the cast are Meryl Streep,Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James Corden – who head to Indiana, where they help a teen (Jo Ellen Pellman) whose prom was cancelled when she tried to bring her girlfriend as her date. The cast cast includes Kerry Washington, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana Debose (who stepped in for Ariana Grande at the last minute). (TV Line)


HBO Max will be bringing a reunion of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air this fall. Returning cast members include Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro. (TV Line)

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Here are the news items for this past week:


Netflix has cancelled Altered Carbon after two seasons. (Variety)


The cast and creators of The West Wing are reuniting to perform together for the first time in nearly two decades in a special set at HBO Max. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will debut on the streamer this fall. It will feature a theatrical staging of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season and will be shot at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October. The special is meant to raise awareness for When We All Vote, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama. The cast expected to be involved include Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen. (Variety)


OWN has given a straight-to-series order to the drama Delilah, from Greenleaf creator Craig Wright. Actress Maahra Hill (The L Word: Generation Q) will star as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is doing her best to raise two kids alone and keep her ties to family, friends and faith strong, all the while ceaselessly seeking justice for those who need it most, in a time when the rich and powerful of Charlotte and beyond will do anything to stop her. The series will air on OWN in 2021. (Variety)

Netflix has picked up a one-hour, live-action Resident Evil series, giving it an 8-episode order. Andrew Dabb, latest showrunner of the long-running series Supernatural, will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner. The story of the series will unfold across two timelines: In the first timeline, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City: a manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world. In the second timeline, well over a decade into the future, there are less than 15 million people left on Earth. And more than 6 billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her. (Variety)

ABC has given a series order to the limited anthology series Women of the Movement, which will tell the story of key female figures in the Civil Rights Movement. The series will focus on Mamie Till Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till following his brutal murder in the Jim Crow South. The first 6-episode season is slated to debut in 2021. (Variety)


Actress Keira Knightley (Love Actually and Pride and Prejudice) will star in and executive produce a drama series for Apple. A series order has been given to The Essex Serpent, a period drama based on the Sarah Perry British Book Award-winning novel. The series will center on Cora (Knightley), who has been released from an abusive marriage, and relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex. She is intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) will star opposite Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) in the 8-episode hour-long Starz drama Heels. The story will be about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, following a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack Spade (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. McCormack will play Willie, the business partner of Jack Spade and logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization who came up in the glory days as Wild Bill’s (Chris Bauer) valet but grew tired of babysitting and left him just as his career took off. His return to the local circuit complicates her life, as does the reflection of her younger self that she sees in Crystal (Kelli Berglund). (Deadline)

Actresses Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Katy Keene) as well as actors Asante Blackk (This Is Us), Mike Colter (Luke Cage and Evil) and Oscar Nunez (The Office) are among the cast of upcoming Netflix anthology series Social Distance. The 8-part series is set in the first few months after the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe. Each episode is a standalone that was shot remotely in the actors’ real-life homes across the country. Brooks stars in an episode along with her real-life mother LaRita Brooks and her brother DJ Brooks. Blackk stars alongside his real-life father Ayize Ma’at. (Variety)

Actor Tim Rozon (Wynonna Earp) will star in the upcoming Syfy series The Surrealtor, which follows realtor Nick Roman (played by Rozon) and an elite team of specialists that handle the cases no one else can: haunted and possessed houses that literally scare would-be buyers away. Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek) will play Susan Ireland, an enormously successful real estate agent who is a realist and doesn’t believe in ghosts or hauntings. Savannah Basley (Wynonna Earp) will play Zooey L’Enfant, The Roman Agency’s office manager. (TV Line)

Actress Elizabeth Debicki (the box office movie Tenet) is set to star in and executive producer Code Name Hélène, an international limited series based on the New York Times bestselling author Ariel Lawhon’s World War II spy thriller. The series will tell the epic real-life story of Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, a New Zealand-born journalist who became a ferociously brave spy and one of the most powerful leaders of the French Resistance. The series will be told in interweaving timelines following each of the four code names used by Nancy during World War II. (Variety)

Actor John Harlan Kim (The Librarians) has been promoted to series regular on 9-1-1. He recurred throughout last season as Albert, the younger half-brother of Chimney (series regular Kenneth Choi. (Deadline and TV Line)


Actress Amy Adams (Man of Steel/Superman franchise) has joined the cast of the box office version of Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony-winning musical that opened on Broadway in 2016. The story follows a high schooler with social anxiety who gets caught up in a lie after Connor Murphy’s family mistakes one of Hansen’s letters for their son’s suicide note. Adams will play Cynthia Murphy, mother of Connor and Zoe Murphy, which will be played by Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable and Book Smart) while Ben Platt, who originated the part and won a Tony for his performance, is expected to reprise the title role. Also, actor Danny Pino (Mayans M.C. and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) will play the stepfather to the classmate who dies by suicide, a role conceived specially for the film. (Variety)

Actress Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars franchise) has joined the cast of the upcoming Disney animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon, playing the titular heroine, marking the first Southeast Asian to lead a Disney animated film. This film is set in the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra, following a warrior who teams with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. The cast includes Awkawafina (Crazy Rich Asians), who plays a dragon in human form named Sisu. (Deadline)

Actor Justin Hartley (This Is Us) will play the lead in The Noel Diary, the Netflix film adaptation of the Richard Paul Evans novel. He will play Jacob, a bestselling author who returns home during the holidays to settle his estranged mother’s estate after she passes away. As he digs through the many items his mother hoarded over the years, he comes across a diary left by someone named Noel, which may hold secrets to Jacob’s own past. And when he receives an unexpected visitor named Rachel, a beautiful woman on a mysterious journey of her own, the two of them try to make sense of their pasts and rewrite their futures. Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood) and Treat Williams (Everwood) will also star. (TV Line)

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Here are the news items for the past two weeks:


Hunters has been renewed for a second season by Amazon. (Variety)

Freeform has pulled the plug on their fantasy drama Siren after 3 seasons. (Variety)

Hulu has canceled the Zoe Kravitz led drama High Fidelity after only one season. (Variety)

Hulu has renewed Love, Victor for a second season. (Variety)


It’s become almost a tradition on the Hallmark Channel that each year the Good Witch has a Halloween special EXCEPT for this year. There won’t be an installment this year (and we can all guess the reason: the pandemic) (TV Line)


Journalist Robin Roberts is extending her partnership with Lifetime with four new movies. One of those movies will be The Mahalia Jackson Story, which will star Tony Award nominee, SAG and Grammy Award-winning actress Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) as the iconic gospel legend and civil rights activist while Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun and Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) will direct. (Deadline)


The box office has been devastated by the pandemic, desperately trying to find ways to release their latest movies and Disney has been struggling to get its big-budget live-action version of Mulan out to the movie going public. That hasn’t worked well so instead the 60 plus million subscribers of Disney Plus will get to watch the box office movie on its streaming service on September 4 (for the cost of $29.99). (Variety)

Actress Naomi Scott (the latest version of Aladdin and the latest version of Charlie’s Angels) will star alongside Broadway’s Anthony Ramos (from Hamilton) in the upcoming comedic sci-fi movie called Distant [she’s taking over for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, who couldn’t appear due to her commitment to the popular series]. The movie tells the the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings, while making his way across the harsh terrain to the only other survivor – a woman who is trapped in her escape pod. (Deadline)

Actress Rhona Mitra (The Last Ship and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) will appear in the upcoming box office film Prisoners of Paradise, which will be set in 1925 following 17-year-old orphan Lucy Gladwell (Ellie Bamber from Les Miserables), who is sent from England to live under the guardianship of her uncle George Huyton (Rupert Penry-Jones from Spooks and the box office movie Persuasion). Mitra will play Lucy’s aunt Betty. (Deadline)


Actor Stanley Tucci will star in the AMC limited series La Fortuna. The thriller, based on a graphic novel, centers on Alex Ventura (Spanish actor Álvaro Mel), a young Spanish diplomat who unintentionally becomes the leader of a mission to recover sunken treasure stolen by Frank Wild (Tucci), a notorious adventurer. The series has a targeted premiere date set for later in 2021. The cast also includes Clarke Peters (The Wire). (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Elle Fanning (The Great) will star in the real-life case of Michelle Carter in the Hulu series The Girl From Plainville. Carter was infamously convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 after texting her boyfriend encouragement to commit suicide three years prior. The series will be based on the Esquire article by Jesse Barron. (Variety)

Actress Lindsey Gort has been promoted to series regular on the CBS legal drama All Rise where she plays attorney Amy Quinn. (Deadline)

Actors Andrew Scott (Fleabag and Sherlock) and Dominic West (The Affair and Stateless) will join actresses Lily James (Downton Abbey and 2015’s Cinderella) and Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) in the limited series (consisting of 3 episodes), The Pursuit of Love, which is an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel. The romantic dramedy is set in Europe between World War I and World War II. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Amazon Prime in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. (TV Line)

Actress Regina Hall (Black Monday and the box office Girls Trip) and actor Bobby Cannavale (the box office movies Ant-Man and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) have joined the cast of the Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers that takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Nicole Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. Hall will play Carmel, one of the nine strangers and Cannavale will also play one of the nine strangers. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving and Tiffany Boone. The series is eyeing a 2021 debut. (The Futon Critic and Deadline)

Actress Michelle Gomez (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Doctor Who) will appear in the Kaley Cuoco-led HBO Max thriller The Flight Attendant. Cuoco will play Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet and Merle Dandridge. Gomez will play Miranda, a hardened, savvy businesswoman with anger-management issues who Cassie meets in Bangkok. (Deadline)


Apple has given a straight-to-series order to the series The Sting, based on a Lista’s Toronto Life article with Team Downey (the production company of Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey). It follows a frustrated Canadian detective who takes on a decades-old cold case in hopes of winning a confession and becoming a hero. The case quickly spirals out of control when the undercover cop attempts an elaborate sting, adding playacting cops, taxpayer resources, and an unexpected friendship with the peculiar target. (Variety)

Actress Amy Adams will appear in the Netflix limited series Kings of America, based on real events. It will center on the stories of three women whose lives were inextricably intertwined with the world’s largest company: a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive, and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher who dared to fight against the retail giant in the biggest class action lawsuit in US history. Adams will star in the series in one of the lead roles, though which has not been determined yet. (Variety)

Netflix will be moving forward with a limited series from The Witcher (the Henry Cavill fantasy series) universe. The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a 6-part, live-action prequel set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher that will chart the origins of the very first Witcher. No cast has been announced yet. (Deadline)

Amazon is planning a series adaptation of the popular box office film A League of Their Own that will tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. Actress Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) will star – as well as executive produce – the series, which she co-created. The cast will include Chante Adams (The Photograph), D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Melanie Field (Heathers, You and The Alienist), Kelly McCormack (Killjoys), Roberta Colindrez (The Deuce and Vida) and Molly Ephraim (Perry Mason and Halt and Catch Fire). (Variety)

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Here are the news items for this past week:


Grantchester has been given a sixth season renewal by PBS. (Deadline and @masterpiecepbs)

Burden of Truth has been renewed for a 4th season. (Facebook)

Perry Mason has been renewed for a 2nd season. (Variety)

The Boys has been renewed for a 3rd season. (Variety)

Netflix has given a second season order to Sweet Magnolias. (TV Line)

Netflix has also given a second season order to Outer Banks. (The Hollywood Reporter)


Actress Mario Bello is leaving NCIS in the upcoming 18th season. She’ll leave the series eight episodes into the coming season, which is penciled in to premiere sometime this fall. (TV Line)

Veteran actor Terrence Stamp (General Zod in the Superman films) will appear in season 2 of His Dark Materials as Giacomo Paradisi, who lives in the Tower of Angels in Cittagazze where much of the season’s action unfolds. And, actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) will provide the voice of the daemon of Andrew Scott’s Colonel John Parry. (TV Line, The Futon Critic and Deadline)

Actress Sherri Saum (The Fosters) has joined the cast of the spin-off Power Book II: Ghost that picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), facing charges for the murder her son committed. Saum will play Paula Matarazzo, the top investigator and right-hand man of the arrogant defense lawyer Davis MacLean. (TV Line and Deadline)

Actress Tiffany Boone (Hunters and The Chi) has joined the cast of the upcoming Hulu drama Nine Perfect Strangers, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. The series stars Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy; takes place at a swanky health and wellness resort called Tranquillium where nine frazzled city dwellers go to unwind. Kidman will play the resort’s director, Masha, who may not be exactly what she seems. Boone will portray Delilah, one of Masha’s employees. The cast also includes Samara Weaving (Hollywood and the box office film Ready or Not), Luke Evans (The Alienist). (TV Line)

Actress Margot Bingham (New Amsterdam and Boardwalk Empire) will appear in The Walking Dead as Stephanie, an enigmatic survivor of the zombie outbreak in Charleston, West Virginia, who connects via radio with Josh McDermitt’s Eugene Porter. This role has already appeared in voice during two episodes this past season. (Deadline)

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