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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

The Paramount Network has renewed Yellowstone for a fourth season. (Variety)

The Blacklist has been renewed for an 8th season by NBC. (TV Line)

CASTING NEWS

Actors Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars) and Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files) has joined the cast of the upcoming Walker, Texas Ranger reboot that will air on The CW. Walker will star Supernatural alum Jared Padalecki in the lead role. Allen will play Liam Walker, the younger, gay and conservative brother of Cordell Walker, who has been recently promoted to assistant DA while Pileggi will play Bonham Walker, Cordell and Liam’s father, a third-generation Texas rancher. (Variety and Deadline)

Actor Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) is among seven new cast members joining the second season of the Netflix series The Witcher. Hivju will play the role of Nivellen. (TV Line)

Actress Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard) will appear in the CBS drama MacGyver, in a season-long arc, playing the title character aunt, Gwendolyn Hayes, the sister of his late, beloved mother, an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead and is also believed to be the head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season. (TV Line)

Actress Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve) will star in the upcoming Netflix drama The Chair. The six-episode half-hour series centers on the Chair of an English department at a major university, which will be played by Oh. (Variety)

Actor Delroy Lindo has opted to leave the series Good Fight at the end of the show’s upcoming fourth season. (TV Line)

Actor Skeet Ulrich and actress Marisol Nicholas are both set to exit Riverdale at the end of the show’s current season. (TV Line)

Actress Patina Miller (Madam Secretary) has joined the spin-off seies Power Book III: Raising Kanan that will follow the early years of Kanan Stark. Miller will play Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cold, hard, fierce, successful and deadly woman taking names in a man’s world. (TV Line)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book, Moonlight and The 4400) will produce and star in the genre-bending drama feature Swan Song on Apple TV Plus, which is set in the near future, exploring how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love. (Variety)

Actor Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe, Sense8 and Treadstone) has joined the cast of Matrix 4. His role in the flick is being kept under wraps. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CANCELLATIONS/RENEWALS

The Good Doctor has been renewed for a 4th season. (Variety)

Netflix has cancelled Insatiable after two seasons. (TV Line)

Amazon has renewed Bosch for a 7th and final season. (Variety)

Netflix is in talks to pick up Lucifer for another season beyond its upcoming 5th season. (TV Line)

CSI just might be coming back to CBS. The network is eyeing a potential event series revival for the long-running drama. The idea would be to release the new installment in time for the show’s 20th anniversary in October, but no deals are in place as yet. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Disney Plus has ordered an hour-long series based on the Tom Hanks comedy flick Turner & Hooch, starring Disney alum Josh Peck as Scott Turner, an ambitious, buttoned-up U.S. Marshall who inherits a big unruly dog, who soon realizes the pet he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. The series has received a 12-episode order. (Variety)

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will appear in the Disney Plus streaming series Loki in an undisclosed role opposite Tom Hiddleston. (Variety)

Quite a lot of names have joined the upcoming Kevin Smith animated series Masters of the Universe, including Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Chris Wood and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series will focus on the unresolved storylines of the iconic characters in the He-Man universe, picking up where they left off decades ago with Hamill voicing villainous Skeletor; Headey playing Skeletor’s right-hand woman, Evil-Lyn. Wood will voice Prince Adam/He-Man while Gellar and Liam Cunningham play He-Man’s cohorts Teela and Man-at-Arms, respectively. Other voices will be provided by Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Alicia Silverstone, Justin Long, Kevin Conroy and Harley Quinn Smith [among others.] (The Hollywood Reporter)

BOX OFFICE MOVIE NEWS

Actress Zoe Saldana will star in the sports drama Fencer. The film is inspired by Jasmine McGlade’s (writer and director of the film) experiences as a national champion fencer, who lead her Harvard University team to the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship title. (Variety)

Actor Rufus Sewell will play Vernon Presley, Elvis Presley’s reserved and soft-spoken father in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film Elvis that has Austin Butler in the lead role. (Variety)

Actresses Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley and actor Peter Sarsgaard will appear in The Lost Daughter, the directorial debut of Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of a college professor (Colman), whose own psychological trauma begins to resurface after meeting a woman (Johnson) and her young daughter while on summer vacation. (Variety)

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Hi All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

CONGRATULATIONS

Congrats to all the Oscar winners, including (but not limited to) Brad Pitt, Toy Story 4, Parasite, Taika Waititi, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and director Bong Joon Ho.

CANCELLATIONS

Showtime has pulled the plug on the Showtime drama Ray Donovan after 7 seasons on the air. The news comes just weeks after the series concluded its latest season on January 19. (Variety)

Netflix has canceled the drama Spinning Out after only one season. (Press Release)

The fifth season of If Loving You Is Wrong at OWN, which premireres on March 10, will be its last. (The Hollywood Reporter)

PICK-UP ORDERS

Starz has official ordered three shows set within the world of Power, which comes to an end tonight. In addition to Power Book II: Ghost that was previously announced, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence and Power Book V: Force have all be commissioned. Raising Kanan is a prequel set in the ‘90s during the early years of “Power” character Kanan Stark. Influence will follow Rashad Tate in his pursuit of political power while Force centers on Tommy Egan after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. Larenz Tate will reprise his role as Rashad Tate in Influence, while Joseph Sikora will return as Tommy for Force. Ghost will pick up where the original series leaves off, starring Mary J. Blige, Method Man, and several members of the original Power cast. (Variety)

MOVIE NEWS

The Broadway hit Hamilton will be coming to the big screen. Disney is bringing a film of the musical sensation to theatre in the US starting on October 15, 2021. It’s not an adaptation, but a live caption of a stage performance. (Variety)

Neil Meron (producer on Hairspray Live and Peter Pan Live – just to name a few), will be working on a movie adaptation for Netflix of the Broadway musical 13, which follows Evan Goldman, a young boy who moves from New York City to Indiana after his parents get divorced. Once in the small town, he has to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah, while navigating the social circles at his new school. (Variety)

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will play Glady Presley, the King of Rock and Roll’s mother, in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming bio-pic Elvis, starring actor Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles) in the title role and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actress Toni Collette will star in the upcoming Netflix thriller Pieces of Her. The eight-episode series is based on a novel by Karin Slaughter, which centers on Andy Oliver and her mother, Laura (Collette). A random act of violence in their Georgia hometown sets off a chain of events that leaves Andy desperate for answers. She embarks on a dangerous journey that draws her toward the dark, hidden heart of her family. (Variety)

Actors Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) Rahul Kohil (iZombie) and Hamish Linklater (Legion) and actress Kristin Lehman (Altered Carbon) are joining Netflix’s Hill House cast members Kate Siegel, Samantha Sloyan, Robert Longstreet, Annabeth Gish and Henry Thomas in the upcoming Netflix 7-episode thriller Midnight Mass that will center on an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events (and frightening omens) after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. (TV Line)

Actress Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) will play former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Showtime drama First Ladies that will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history. (Variety)

Actor O’Shea Jackson (Straight Outta Compton) has taken over for actor Winston Duke (Black Panther and Us) in the Apple drama Swagger, which is inspired by NBA champion Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experiences. The series explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Jackson will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player. (Variety)

Actress Lindsey Morgan (The 100) has joined the cast of the upcoming reboot of Walker Texas Ranger that will star Supernatural alum Jared Padalecki in the lead role. The focuses on Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (Morgan) — one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history — while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. (Variety)

Actor Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise and Me Before You) will star opposite Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience and granddaughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley) in the Amazon rock music drama Daisy Jones and the Six. The 12-episode series, based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, chronicles the rise and fall of a renowned (fictional) 1970s rock band. Claflin will play Billy Dunne, the band’s charismatic frontman. His increasingly complicated feelings for bandmate and songwriter Daisy (Keough) threaten to upend every facet of his life. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Natalie Zea (Justified) will recur on 9-1-1: Lone Star as Zoe, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, who meets Owen (series lead Rob Lowe) at a beauty supply store and they immediately hit it off. (TV Line and The Futon Critic)

Actress Inbar Lavi will return as Eve on Lucifer for the show’s final season on Netflix. (Entertainment Weekly and The Futon Critic)

Actor Mark Feurstein (Prison Break and Royal Pains) and actress Kelli Williams (The Practice) will have recurring roles opposite Michael Chiklis (The Shield) in the upcoming Paramount Network drama Coyote. Chiklis will play Ben Clemens, a former border patrol agent whose balance of right and wrong gets shaken up. After policing the border for 32 years, Ben is forced to work with the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. The cast will include Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Six and The Walking Dead) and Drew Powell (Gotham) among others. The show is set to debut in summer 2020. (Deadline)

Actress Amirah Vann (Underground) will appear in Star Trek: Picard, playing Zani, a member of the Qowat Milat, a fierce all-female Romulan religious order who live on the colony planet of Vashti. (Deadline)

Actress Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods and NCIS) will star opposite Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky in the upcoming 10-episode Netflix drama Inventing Anna. The show is about a journalist (Chlumsky) with a lot to prove investigating the case of Anna Delvey (Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well. Esposito will play Talia Mallay, the famous owner of a lavish lifestyle brand who excels at the social game. (Deadline)

Actress Medalion Rahimi has been promoted to series regular on NCIS: Los Angeles where she has been recurring as Special Agent Fatima Namazi, an all-American LA native from Beverly Hills who is a Middle East specialist and a kickass cryptological technican. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CANCELLATIONS

The Crown will end after season five with Imelda Staunton starring as Queen Elizabeth. (Variety)

Netflix has cancelled Soundtrack after only one season. (Variety)

EPIX has decided not to renew Perpetual Grace, LTD for a second season. (Deadline)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actress Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) will have a recurring role on the CBS summer series Blood & Treasure, playing Sister Lisa, a resourceful nun in Rome with a sly sense of humor, who is good friends with Father Chuck Donnelly (Mark Gagliardi). While Father Chuck is on the trail of a mystery, he quickly comes to rely on Sister Lisa for information, as he knows that the Nuns are the eyes and ears of the Church. (Deadline)

Actress Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) has landed the lead role in the upcoming 8-episode Netflix dramedy Sex/Life, which is the story of a love triangle between a woman, Billie Connelly (Shahi), her husband, and her past which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire. Billie is a woman with everything to lose, a suburban mother of two who goes in search of that sexy, single girl in the city she used to be ten years ago. She takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past. (Deadline)

Actor David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) will star opposite Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) in the USA Network limited series Evel, based on the larger-than-life ‘70s daredevil Evel Knievel. Ventimiglia stars as the title character while Krumholtz will play Bob Arum, a Brooklyn-born boxing promoter and businessman who becomes both Evel Knievel’s adversary and best friend after Evel hires him to promote his infamous Snake River Canyon jump. (Deadline)

Actress Rose Bryne (Damages and X-Men franchise) is set to appear in the Apple TV streaming series Physical that is expected to receive a series order. The series is set in a 1980s Southern California beach community, where a woman (Byrne) struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife who finds an unconventional path to power through an unlikely source: the world of aerobics. (Deadline)

Actress Margarita Levieva (Revenge) will star in the Netflix spy thriller with a supernatural bent In From the Cold. During a European vacation with her daughter, an American single mom’s (Levieva) life is turned upside down when the CIA forces her to confront her long-buried past as a Russian spy who was also the product of a highly classified KGB experiment granting her special abilities. After a mysterious string of manic and murderous incidents suggests someone with her exact abilities is targeting innocent people, Jenny is forced out of hiding to stop this villain or risk losing the family and new life she has built. (Deadline)

Actress Shoshannah Stern (Supernatural and Jericho) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Grey’s Anatomy, playing Dr. Lauren Riley, a diagnostics expert who helps DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) with a supposedly “incurable” patient. (TV Line)

Actress Scottie Thompson (who recurred as Jeanne Benoit on NCIS) will guest star in an upcoming episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, playing Sarah Raines, an agent for the Defense Intelligence Agency who is working on a highly classified mission to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena sightings. (TV Line)

Actress Marcia Gay Harden (Code Black) will guest star in an upcoming episode of A Milion Little Things as Gary’s (James Roday) estranged mother Alice, who left a few months after his 7th birthday. (TV Line)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actress Bella Thorne (Famous in Love and Midnight Sun) will star in the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller The Uncanny that presents a future where every citizen is implanted with a chip capable of controlling everything from emotions to directions, until a routine update backfires, causing a cyber apocalypse. Wiping out most of humanity, five strangers miraculously survive, now forced to live hidden in a bunker with their implants ripped from their spines. They were the few lucky enough to survive – until Scarlet (Thorne) begins to suspect they were not saved at all, or by chance. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week.

CANCELLATION

Ambitions has been cancelled by OWN after only one season. (Deadline)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Baby Cow Productions is planning to make a TV drama based on the Gill Hornby highly anticipated new novel Miss Austen, which is a fictional story about the lives and loves of Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra, inspired by Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s lettter. (Deadline)

Amazon has put a series based on the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson into development. (Deadline)

MOVIE NEWS

Disney Marvel Studios has officially announced that a Captain Marvel sequel is in development. (Deadline)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones (American Gods) has landed a recurring role in Spectrum’s L.A. Finest, which stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. He will play Marshawn Davis, a veteran of the LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division who is brought in to question Syd Burnett (Union) after an investigation turns deadly. (Deadline)

Actress Priscilla Quintana (Pandora) is joining Good Trouble in the recurring role of Isabella, a sexy, charming, outgoing aspiring actress/model who seems very confident but is really desperate to be liked. (Deadline)

Actor Noah Mills (The Enemy Within and The Brave) has joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Solider that will find Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their movie roles to the small screen series adaptation as well as Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp reprising their roles of Baron Zemo and Sharon Carter. Specific details about his role or the details of the series are being kepty under wraps. The series is slated to premiere in August. (Deadline)

Actor Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) will star opposite Leslie Mann in the Amazon global thriller The Power that is based on Naomi Alderman’s sci-fi book. The series focuses on what happens when all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them. Coming alive to the thrill of pure power: the ability to hurt or even kill by releasing electrical jolts from their fingertips, they rapidly learn they can awaken the Power in older women. Soon enough nearly every woman in the world can do it. And then everything is different. (Deadline)

Actor Tosin Cole (Doctor Who) will star opposite Courtney B. Vance in the upcoming AMC courtroom drama 61st Street that is slated to debut in 2021. The series follows Moses Johnson (Cole), a promising black high school athlete who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as cops and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. (Deadline)

Actress Betty Gilpin (GLOW) will play conservative media pundit Ann Coulter in the upcoming FX limited series Impeachment: American Crime Story about the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that is set to debut in later 2020 or early 2021. (Deadline)

Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (The Morning Show and Jake 2.0) will have a recurring role in the upcoming CBS drama Tommy, which stars The Sopranos alum Edie Falco in the lead role of Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles. He will play Rascal Santos, a wary, smart and dedicated Vice Squad Commander, who works closely with Tommy when one of his operations might be compromised. (Deadline)

Actress Lauren Bowles (True Blood) will appear in a multi-episode arc of the final season of How to Get Away With Murder, playing Assistant U.S. Attorney Montes, who faces off against Connor (Jack Falahee) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King) in court following their arrest. The show returns for the rest of its final episodes starting on April 2. (TV Line)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Good Trouble has been renewed for a third season by Freeform. (Variety)

Cinemax will no longer produce original series, meaning the Carla Gugino drama Jett will come to an end on the network (but it’s being shopped around). (TCA Winter Press Tour Announcement)

Better Call Saul has been renewed for a sixth and final season at AMC. (Variety)

Facebook Watch has cancelled Sorry For Your Loss and Limetown, as the streaming services is scaling back scripted series as the provider pushes more unscripted fare. (Deadline)

Netflix has renewed You for a third season less than three weeks after the release of season two. (Variety)

PICK UP NEWS

The CW has ordered both Superman and Lois, which is set to star Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, and the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot with Jared Padalecki as the lead. (Variety)

Amazon is officially moving ahead with its Jack Reacher series based on the Lee Childs book series. Season 1 will be based on the first Jack Reacher novel, “The Killing Floor.” (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) will star opposite Aquaman himself Jason Momoa in the second season of the Apple TV drama See that takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see, who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed. (Deadline)

Actor Courtney B. Vance (The Hunt for Red October) will star in the upcoming AMC event series 61st Street, a courtroom drama that will follow Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. Vance will play the role of Franklin Roberts, a public defender in the twilight of his career serving the busiest courthouse in America. After promising his wife he’d retire to spend more time with their seventeen-year-old autistic son, Franklin realizes Moses is the case of a lifetime, one that can up end the entire Chicago judicial system, challenging the institutional racism and endemic corruption at its heart. The series has already been given a 2-season order with 8 episodes per season. (Variety)

Actress Gina Gershon (Riverdale) will recur on New Amsterdam as Jeanie Bloom, the alcoholic mother of Dr. Lauren Bloom (series regular Janet Montgomery). (TV Line)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

Lifetime is sticking with V.C. Andrews book adaptations, as the network has greenlit a 5-movie series based on the Ruby Landry novels, which will star Australian twins Raechelle and Karina Banno as Ruby and Giselle. Watched over by her loving Grandmère Catherine, Ruby Landry is filled with hope as love blooms with her high school sweetheart Paul Tate. But lingering thoughts of her mysterious father and her mother’s death often creep into Ruby’s mind. As dark family secrets begin to reveal themselves when Paul’s parents forbid him from seeing Ruby, Ruby is further devastated when her beloved Grandmère passes away. Forced to flee to New Orleans from the Bayou, Ruby searches for her estranged father, one of the richest men in the city, as she clings to her memories of Paul and their forbidden love. (Deadline)

The follow-up movie Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, which will air on Peacock, the upcoming NBCU streaming service, has added actors Allison Miller (A Million Little Things, Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and Richard Schiff (The West Wing) to its cast. The film focuses on Lassiter (Timothy Olmundson), who is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus (James Roday and Dule Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional and possibly the supernatural. Miller will play Maisie, an entrepreneur with a fat trust fund and a new business idea every week; Chalke is Nurse Dolores, Lassiter’s primary caregiver and protector; Hardison is Wilkerson, a patient at the prestigious Herschel House Recovery Center and Schiff is Dr. Hirsch, the founder of a high-end private medical recovery center. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWALS

The CW has given early season renewals to the following: Batwoman, The Flash, Riverdale, Nancy Drew, All American, Black Lightning, Charmed, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Legacies and Roswell, New Mexico. The network even ordered 13 more scripts of Katy Keene, the new drama that will debut on February 6. (Variety)

FX has renewed American Horror Story for THREE more seasons. (Variety)

NBC has been renewed through season FIVE, meaning a three season renewal. (Variety)

CBS All Access has given Star Trek: Picard has been given a second season renewal. (The Futon Critic)

TV NEWS

FOX has decided to scrap spin-off includes for 24, including a potential prequel series that was going to center on a young Jack Bauer. (TV Line)

BOX OFFICE CASTING NEWS

It has finally been confirmed that actor Colin Farrell will play Penguin in the upcoming Batman flick that finds Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. The cast includes Paul Dano as Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Peter Sarsgaard will play a mystery role. (Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Timothee Chalamet is expected to star as Bob Dylan in the box office film Going Electric that will follow the singer’s rise in fame on his way to become a folk music icon. (Variety)

Actor Nicholas Hoult will star opposite Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible film. It has yet to be confirmed, but Hoult is expected to play a villain. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actor Dennis Haysbert (The Unit and 24) will play Lucifer’s dad – God himself – in the fifth and final season of Lucifer when it rolls out on Netflix. He will appear throughout the final season. (Yahoo)

Actress Patricia Arquette (The Act and Medium) will star in the upcoming Apple+ drama Severance that will also star Adam Scott. This is a workplace drama that introduces Lumen Industries, a company that’s looking to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will star as Mark, an employee with a dark past trying to put himself back together while Arquette will star as Mark’s boss. (Variety)

Actress Connie Britton is in talks to reprise her role as former 9-1-1 operator Abby in the FOX drama 9-1-1. (TV Line)

Actress Kelsey Asbille (Yellowstone) has landed a key role in the upcoming fourth season of Fargo, which will be set in 1950 in Kansas City, MO. The locale serves as the crossroads and collisions of two migrations — Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow, both fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, two criminal syndicates — one Italian, led by Donatello Fadda, one African American, led by Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) — have struck an uneasy peace, which the heads of both families have cemented by trading their youngest sons. (Deadline)

Actor Justin Chambers has left Grey’s Anatomy for good. His final episode actually aired on November 14. (Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill) will recur in the last half of This Is Us. Details about her role haven’t been revealed, but it is said she will play a character involved in Kevin’s (series regular Justin Hartley) storyline. (TV Line and Deadline)

Actor Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) will have a major recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of The Good Fight, playing Caleb, a former military officer who now works as an associate at the huge multi-national law firm that has acquired Reddick Boseman & Lockhart; but his wit and decency threaten to make him a better fit with Diane and Co. than the overlords. (TV Line)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this last two weeks (December 23 to January 5):

RENEWAL

Disney has given The Mandalorian a second season order. (Variety)

BBC America has given Killing Eve a fourth season renewal. (Variety)

Netflix has given Raising Dion a second season renewal. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Sarah Rafferty (Suits) will appear in a multi-episode medical mystery plot on Grey’s Anatomy, starting on January 30. She will play Suzanne, a patient who comes to Grey Sloan for a routine procedure, but develops puzzling complications. (TV Line)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

BOX OFFICE MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Sam Heughan (Outlander) will star as Paul Newman in the untitled biopic about Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl. Bodyguard actress Keeley Hawes will play American actress Neal while Downton Abbey alum Hugh Bonneville will play British children’s author Dahl. (Deadline)

RENEWAL/CANCELLATION NEWS

Starz has cancelled Sweetbitter after two seasons. (Deadline)

The Netflix drama Virgin River, based on the book series by Robyn Carr, has been renewed for a 10-episode second season. (Deadline)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actress Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) will star opposite Us star Lupita Nyong’o in the HBO Max 10-episode series Americanah based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The limited series follows the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a self-assured young woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west. Ifemelu heads for America, where she finds academic success, but is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead begins living undocumented in London. Aduba will play Aunty Uju, Ifemelu’s young aunt and confidant. A highly intelligent doctor, Uju left Nigeria under tumultuous circumstances and has resettled in America to build a better life for herself and her son Dike. The Walking Dead and Black Panther/Avengers franchise actress Danai Gurira wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner. (Variety)

Actress Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) will appear in a multi-episode arc on Chicago Med, playing Dr. Hannah Asher, a brilliant gynecological surgeon with a secret drug addiction. (Deadline)

Actor Baily Chase (Longmire) will recur in the CBS drama S.W.A.T., playing Owen, an ex-Army Ranger who is in the process of launching a high-end private security firm. (Deadline)

Actress Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials and the upcoming box office movie Saint Maud) has been cast in lead role in Amazon high-profile Lord of the Rings TV series, which explores new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Clark will play young Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchett in the box office franchise). (Deadline)

Actress Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) will appear in an upcoming episode of The Blacklist, playing Cassandra Bianchi, a shrewd criminal who is on the verge of the score of a lifetime, who has a connection with Reddington. (TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

EPIX has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Jerusalem’s Lot, a drama based on the short story by Stephen King that will star Adrien Brody. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. The show is expected to premiere in the fall of 2020. (Deadline)

A one-hour drama called The Beach, based on the book Beach Lane by best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz, has been put into development at HBO Max with Life Sentence creator Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith at the helm along with Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries). The series will follow three local teens who work in the Hamptons’ lavish estates, exclusive beach clubs, and breath-taking boats over one magical summer as their lives and hearts become increasingly intertwined with wealthy families who swoop in from the city for the summer season. (Deadline)

Once Upon a Time and Lost EP’s Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis are shepherding a new ABC series called Epic that is set within the Disney fairytale universe. Written by Brigitte Hales the anthology series will take place in a Disney-like Enchanted Forest. (Deadline and TV Line)

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Hey All,

Here are the few news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

ABC has cancelled Reef Break after one season. (Variety)

A week after the third season debuted, Amazon has renewed Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a 4th season. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Desmond Chiam (Reef Break and The Shannara Chronicles) and actress Miki Ishikawa (The Terror: Infamy) have joined the growing cast of the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that is set to star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in their box office roles. Details on who they will play in the streaming series have yet to be announced, but the series is set to debut in August of 2020. (Deadline)

Actor Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters), who has been recurring on the NBC series Chicago Fire as Blake Gallo has been upped to series regular. (Deadline)

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