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Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actor Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) will be returning to the world of vampires, starring in the 10-episode Netflix series V-Wars, based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Maberry. Somerhalder will star as Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. (Deadline)

Actors Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) and Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) have joined the cast of Stranger Things for the Netflix’s hit series third season. Elwes will play Mayor Kline while Busey will play a character named Bruce, a journalist for the The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor. (Variety)

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

CBS announced the following renewals: Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-O, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. The dramas NCIS, SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. were renewed earlier. No announcement has been made yet for Scorpion or Criminal Minds yet, though. (Variety)

Seven Seconds has been canceled after just one season at Netflix. (Variety)

Taken has been removed from the Friday night line-up as of this past Friday, returning on May 26 (a Saturday), burning off the rest of the show’s second season episodes at 8 PM. While it isn’t official, this move almost assures that the show will be cancelled. (Variety)

Syfy has officially cancelled the horror series Ghost Wars after one season. (Deadline)

The Nat Geo anthology series Genius is getting a third season, which will focus on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. (Variety)

AWARD WINNERS

Congrats to the following Peabody Award winners: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and A Series of Unfortunate Events. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

BET has cancelled The Quad after two seasons. (Variety)

Jessica Jones has been renewed for a third season by Netflix. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Colton Haynes will return to Arrow full time for the show’s 7th season. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) will take on the key role of Captain Christopher Pike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Susan Sarandon will return to Ray Donovan as Samantha Winslow for the show’s upcoming 6th season. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) will take over the role of Colonel Cathcart in the Hulu series Catch-22, taking over the role originally set to be played by George Clooney. Clooney will take on the smaller role of Scheisskoft, a training commander. (Variety)

Actress Peyton List (Gotham and Frequency) and actors Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Waleed Zuaiter (Altered Carbon) and Graham McTavish (Outlander) have all joined the cast of the USA Network series Colony for the upcoming 3rd season. List will play Amy Leonard, a doctor and member of the San Fernando cell, who embarks on a dangerous journey; Brady will play Everett Kynes, a highly successful tech entrepreneur who has risen in the new world to become the head of the rebuilt Seattle Colony; McTavish will play Andrew MacGregor, the leader of the most successful Resistance camp in what used to be the western United States and Zuaiter will play Vincent, a moral man who finds himself caught in an impossible position while working for a powerful Resistance group. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Gabriel Luna (Matador and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as the Terminator in the new version of the James Cameron reboot of the franchise. (Deadline)

Actress Stana Katic (Castle) will appear in the untitled female-driven WW II spy drama based on the real-life spies in Winston Churchill’s secret army. The film will center on British intelligence officer Vera Atkins (Katic) and two of the women she sends to France as spies. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

The CW has renewed the following shows: Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Supergirl and Supernatural as well as Black Lightning and Dynasty. (Variety)

Shades of Blue will come to an end on NBC after its upcoming third season. (Variety)

BBC America has already given Killing Eve a second season renewal before the first season has even debuted. (Variety)

Amazon has cancelled Mozart in the Jungle after four season. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Eric Bana will star opposite Connie Britton in the upcoming Bravo anthology series Dirty John, which received a two-season order in January. The series is based on the series of articles published by the Los Angeles Times. Bana will star as John Meehan, a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation. (Variety)

Actor Hugh Laurie (House) will appear alongside George Clooney in the Hulu upcoming adaptation of Catch-22, playing Major de Coverley, a squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base. Adapted from the 1961 Joseph Heller novel, the six-episode series is set in Italy during World War II, telling the story of on Capt. John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty. Clooney will star in the role of Colonel Cathcart. (Variety)

The following cast member of The Good Doctor will return as series regular next season: Will Yun Lee, Fiona Gubelmann, Christina Chang and Paige Spara (Lea) BUT Chuku Modu will not be back. (The Futon Critic and Deadline)

Actress Jes Macallan has been promoted to series regular on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, playing the role of Time Bureau Agent Ava Sharpe. (Deadline)

The CW has acquired the US rights to the Canadian drama Burden of Truth that stars Kristin Kreuk (Smallville and Beauty and the Beast). The 10-episode drama stars Kreuk as a big-city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. The CW will launch the series in the summer. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Karl Urban will star in the Amazon straight-to-series superhero drama The Boys based on the comic book, which is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, revolving around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. Urban will play the Boys’ leader Billy Butcher. (Deadline)

Actress Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) will star in the Netflix holiday picture called Christmas Calendar that follows Abby Sutton, an aspiring photographer who inherits a magical advent calendar from her deceased grandmother that seems to be predicting her future and pointing the way to a new romance with a hunky admirer. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actress Connie Britton (9-1-1 and Nashville) is set to star in the Bravo drama series Dirty John, which received a two-season order back in January. The anthology series is based on the published article by the Los Angeles Times’ last fall about a charismatic con man, John Meehan, and the consequences of an ill-fated romance. Britton will star as Debra Newell, a single mother who fell in love with Meehan. (Variety)

Actress Willa Holland will depart from The CW series Arrow at the end of the show’s current, sixth season. (The Futon Critic and TV Line)

Veteran actress Sissy Spacek will have a recurring role alongside Julie Roberts in the upcoming Amazon series Homecoming, a psychological thriller that centers on Heidi (Roberts), a caseworker at a secret government facility, and a soldier (Stephan James) eager to rejoin civilian life. (Deadline)

Actress Elena Satine (Revenge and The Gifted) will appear opposite Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jack Reynor (Detroit) and Bella Heathcote (The Man in the High Castle) in the CBS All Access drama Strange Angel that is based on the George Pendle book of the same name. The series is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons (Reynor), exploring the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. Satine will play Maggie, Ernest’s (Friend’s) wife. (Deadline)

Actress Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) will star in the live-action feature adaptation of the popular 1990’s franchise Carmen Sandiego that will air on Netflix. The franchise started as an educational computer game series then was adapted as an animated series, centering on the globe-trotting thief that is the nemesis of the ACME detection agency. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Tobias Menzies (Outlander) will take over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith (Doctor Who) in the Netflix streaming series The Crown for the show’s 3rd and 4th seasons. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy while Helena Bonham Carter (Cinderella and the Harry Potter franchise) will take over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby. (Variety)

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

CBS has renewed both S.W.A.T. and SEAL Team for a second season. (Variety)

Cinemax has given a second season renewal to Strike Back. (The Futon Critic)

Freeform has cancelled the sci-fi action series Beyond after two seasons. (The Hollywood Reporter)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Marvel Universe veteran Clark Gregg will appear in the upcoming box office film Captain Marvel, as his on-screen persona of Phil Coulson. Audiences could potentially see how Coulson first got started working with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Gregg isn’t the only Marvel Studios alum to return for the film: Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) will appear in the film also. (ComicBook.com)

MOVIE TRAILER

The Darkest Minds Trailer:

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Here are the news items for this past week:

CASTING NEWS:

Actor Matt Ryan (Constantine) has become a series regular on the expected fourth season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow where he will play John Constantine, a role he originated on the short-lived NBC series. (The Futon Critic and Deadline)

Actor Scott Porter (Scorpion and Hart of Dixie) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing the husband of a woman who goes missing along with their young daughter. (The Futon Critic and Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Craig Parker (Legend of the Seeker and Reign) will appear in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Taryan, a formidable wheeler-dealer from another planet. (TV Line and The Futon Critic)

Actress Amanda Schull has been promoted to series regular for the recently ordered 8th season of Suits by the USA Network. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actor Jay Ali (The Fosters) will play Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, an honest, but ambitious FBI agent willing to go to any length for his family in the third season of Marvel’s Daredevil. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Allison Williams (Get Out) has joined the cast of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which will air its second season online on March 30. Her role remains a mystery, though. Also, actor Nathan Fillion (Castle and Firefly) will appear in the show as Jacques Snicket, the younger brother of Patrick Warburton’s Lemony Snicket and a former schoolmate of Harris’ Count Olaf. (Deadline and TV Line)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) has joined the cast of the faith-based film called The Impossible, the faith-based drama based on the true story of Joyce Smith’s account of her son’s miraculous recovery. Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) have already been announced as cast members. Lucas will play Brian Smith, the father of 14-year old John who fell through a frozen lake in Missouri one winter and was proclaimed lifeless.  (Deadline)

TV RENEWAL

Hallmark Channel has announced a season 6 renewal of the drama When Calls the Heart. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

RENEWALS

Netflix has exclusively picked up the third season of the Canadian series Travelers, which aired on Showcase in Canada and Netflix everywhere else for its first and second seasons. (Variety)

The USA Network has renewed The Sinner for season 2, continuing it as an anthology that will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) as he travels to his hometown in upstate New York to investigate the murder of two people by their 11-year-old son. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Hulu has picked up the limited series Little Fires Everywhere based on the 2017 best-seller by Celeste Ng. The series will follow the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are attached to star. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Annabella Sciorra (G.L.O.W.) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage for the Netflix show’s second season. She will play Rosalie Carbone, a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Christian Borle (Smash) will appear in two episodes of the TV Land dramedy Younger, playing Don Ridley, a man who intrigues Liza (series lead Sutton Foster) with his charm. (The Futon Critic and Deadline)

Actress Tati Gabrielle (The 100) and actor Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) have joined the cast of the Netflix upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series based on the Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Gabrielle will play Prudence, a student at the Academy of Unseen Arts and the de facto leader of a trio of witches known as the Weird Sisters. Lynch will Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina’s boyfriend. (Deadline)

Actress Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl and Dark Matter) will guest star in the third season of Wynonna Earp. She will play Jolene, a fun-loving friend who enjoys karaoke, baking for her best buddies and creating mayhem wherever she goes. (Syfy Wire)

MOVIE CASTING

Actor Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage) will star alongside This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz in the faith-based film The Impossible based on the true story of Joyce Smith based on her novel The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection. Smith’s 14-year old son fell through a frozen lake in Missouri one winter and was proclaimed lifeless. Through prayer and faith, she sat by her son’s bedside until his heart started beating again. Colter will play Tommy Shine, a Firefighter who saves Joyce’s (Metz) son from the water after hearing a voice telling him where to look. Before John’s drowning, he didn’t believe in God. After watching John fight, he finds a reason to believe. (Deadline)

TRAILER

The 100 | Season 5 Official Extended Trailer | The CW

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATION

The Netflix series Black Mirror has been renewed for a 5th season. (Variety)

The Good Doctor has been renewed for a second season by ABC. (Variety)

TNT has cancelled The Librarians after four seasons, but showrunner Dean Devlin has stated that he will look to find a new home for the drama. (The Hollywood Reporter)

NEW DRAMAS

The CW is adding another new show to their summer schedule in the form of the sci-fi drama The Outpost. The 10-part series, from executive producers Dean Devlin (The Librarians) and Jonathan Glassner (Stargate SG-1), stars Jessica Green (Ash vs. Evil Dead), who is the lone survivor of her race, bent on revenge against the mercenaries who killed her family. She discovers that she possesses a mysterious supernatural power. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The USA Network has given a series order to the as yet titled Suits spin-off that will star Gina Torres, focusing on her character Jessica Pearson as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actresses Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew are leaving Grey’s Anatomy at the end of the show’s current, 14th season. (Variety)

Actor Dermot Mulroney will recur in the Amazon TV series Homecoming that will star his former big screen co-star Julia Roberts. The half-hour drama based on Gimlet Media’s fictional podcast is described as a psychological and political thriller, centering on Heidi, a caseworker at a secret government facility (Roberts) and a returning soldier (Stephan James from Shots Fired) eager to rejoin civilian life. Mulroney will play Anthony, the boyfriend to Heidi, who is eager to please but a bit needy. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actors Gil Birmingham (Wind River) and Denis Leary (Rescue Me) as well as actress Dichen Lachman (Altered Carbon) have landed recurring roles on TNT’s Animal Kingdom. Birmingham will play Pearce, an unflappable law enforcement officer with a dry sense of humor and more than 20 years on the job. Lachman will play Frankie, an edgy, free spirit who arrives at the Cody house with her partner, Billy (Leary). They’ve been living in a car up and down the West Coast. She seems innocent, but she’s dangerous. (Deadline)

Actor Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers) has joined the cast of the untitled Riverdale spin-off based on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that will be coming to Netfllix. He will play George Hawthorne, the villainous, Puritanical principal of Baxter High, who regularly clashes with Sabrina and her friends. (TV Line)

Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife and the new CBS drama Instinct) will guest star in the new season of Doctor Who, which finds actress Jodie Whittaker (the original Broadchurch) taking over the lead role. Cumming will play King James I. (TV Line)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actress Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) is in negotiations to join the cast of the new Terminator movie that will find Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising their roles. Although plot details are being kept under wraps, the film will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Variety)

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