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Here are the news items for the past two weeks:

CANCELLATIONS/RENEWALS

Netflix has pulled the plug on the drama The Society despite giving it a second season renewal back in February. (Variety)

Netflix has renewed Warrior Nun for a second season. (Netflix and The Futon Critic)

Showtime has cancelled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels after only one season. (Variety)

IN DEVELOPMENT

The streaming service Peacock has another small screen adaptation of the box office movie Clueless in the works. This version would center around the Dionne character focusing on what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. (Deadline)

Seth MacFarlane and Black Panther alum Chadwick Boseman are developing a drama about Carlotta Walls, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. The series would be based on her memoir “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High,” telling the story of how 14 year-old Carlotta Walls became one of the first black students to attend the all-white Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas following the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education. (Deadline)

CBS is planning on a sequel series for CSI that will find actor William Peterson and actress Jorja Fox reprising their roles in the long-running drama. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Sophie Okonedo and Game of Thrones alum Kae Alexander have joined the Amazon adaptation of the Robert Jordan fantasy epic The Wheel of Time. Okonedo will play the recurring role of legendary Amyrlin Seat Siuan Sanche, while Alexander will be playing fan-favorite Min Farshaw. Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it, the story follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity. (Deadline)

Actress Rachel Weisz will appear in her first TV series in the Amazon series Dead Ringers, a reimagining of the classic 1980’s film. She will play the Mantle twins, the most successful, brilliant and extraordinary people you’ve never met. Identical from head to toe, these two OB-gyn’s are on a mission to change the way women birth, starting with Manhattan. (Deadline)

CASTING NEWS

Newcomer Aleyse Shannon (Charmed) has joined the cast of the Leverage reboot. She will play Breanna Casey, a genius mechanical engineer. She makes social hacking and social media manipulation look like child’s play. Landing in the foster system after her parents’ tragic car accident, she got lucky finding a home with Nana, and bonus big-brother Hardison (Aldis Hodge, who will only appear as a recurring character), who reached out to the spiky, scared 10-year old by teaching her computers and hacking. As Breanna trains in new skills with the other Leverage team members, she will need to learn to embrace and trust her new family. (Deadline)

Actor Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) has joined the cast of the Amazon series The Boys. He will play Soldier Boy – the original Superhero. After Soldier Boy fought in World War II, he became the first super celebrity, and a mainstay of American culture for decades. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Elizabeth Debicki (the upcoming movie Tenet and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will appear as Princess Diana in The Crown for the show’s final two seasons on Netflix. (Twitter and Deadline)

MOVIE NEWS

Actors Daniel Dae Kim (Lost and New Amsterdam) and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat and Always Be My Maybe) will team up for an untitled heist movie opposite actress Ali Wong. Details on the movie are being kept under wraps, but it will be loosely focused on a reunion of high school friends who come together in a nod to the classic, fun ensemble heist films. (Deadline)

Actress turned director Olivia Wilde has closed a deal to direct and develop a secret Marvel film project revolving around a female character in the universe. While not confirmed, it is expected that the story will be centered on Spider-Woman. (Deadline)

Actress Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and actors Charles Melton (Riverdale and Bad Boys for Life) and Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians) will star in the Netflix romantic comedy Love Hard about a Los Angeles 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. (Netflix and The Futon Critic)

COMEDY SPECIAL

Comedian Sarah Cooper (who became a viral sensation on TikTok and Twitter for her political satire videos impersonating Donald Trump) is getting her own comedy special on Netflix. The special will premiere this fall, which will focus on an array of issues in today’s zeitgeist, including politics, race, gender, and class. (The Verge)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5 PM:
The Equalizer movie on FX

6 PM:
Marrying Mr. Darcy movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

7 PM:
Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

7:05 PM
The Martian movie on FXM

8 PM:
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector on NBC (NEW)
The Story of Us movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Captain America: The First Avenger movie on EPIX
A Knight’s Tale movie on TMC

9 PM:
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

9:55 PM:
A Dog’s Purpose movie on FXM

10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (NEW)
Switched for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

10:05 PM:
The Avengers movie on EPIX

10:15 PM:
Sense and Sensibility movie on TMC

Enjoy!

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On January 5, the UP TV movie Wedding Do Over will debut at 7 PM.

Wedding planner Abby (Nicole Gale Anderson) specializes in fixing weddings that went wrong, but when she is forced to work with her ex-fiancé (Parker Young), she begins to question whether their relationship was the disaster she remembers.

The cast also includes Alisha Wainwright, Stephen Colletti and Jen Lilley.

Here is a trailer for Wedding Do Over.

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Last night’s programming options on the major networks was filled with repeats, reality, debates and sports, but one Thursday night summer drama aired a new episode.

Here is how that lone Thursday night drama fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
The Outpost (The CW) [NEW] – 604,000 viewers

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

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On May 21, the two-hour debut of Blood & Treasure will air on CBS at 9 PM.

Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) and Sofia Pernas (The Brave) star as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief (respectively), who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

The cast will include Alicia Coppola, Anna Silk (Lost Girl), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Katia Winter (Sleepy Hollow) and Michael James Shaw (Limitless).

NOTE: Blood & Treasure will move to its regular timeslot of 10 PM on May 28.

Here is a trailer for Blood & Treasure:

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The Amazon Prime streaming series The ABC Murders will debut online on February 1.

Based on the Agatha Christie crime-solver Hercule Poirot (John Malkovich), the series is set in the 1930s with Poirot facing a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene.

Among the ensemble cast is Rupert Grint.

Here is a trailer for The ABC Murders:

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On December 2, the series premiere of Nightflyers will air on Syfy at 10 PM.

Based on the novella by George R.R. Martin and set in the year 2093, the series follows a team of scientists aboard The Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space – it’s already on their ship.

The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Brian F. O’Byrne and Jodie Turner-Smith.

Here is a trailer for Nightflyers:

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The Hallmark Channel holiday movie It’s Christmas, Eve will debut on November 10 at 8 PM.

Country music star LeAnn Rimes makes her debut on the Hallmark Channel, playing Eve Morgan, an interim school superintendent whose job it is to travel from city to city turning broken schools around. One day, Morgan is surprised to find she’s been assigned to a high school in her hometown. Eve meets Liam Bailey (Tyler Hynes), single dad of Abby Bailey (Eden Summer Gilmore), and head of a music department that is in the red and under the gun to miraculously turn around or be shut down.

Music is close to Eve’s heart; her late father was a jazz musician who taught her how to play music and sing. So raw is her dad’s passing that Eve hasn’t performed in a very long time. Now, the interim school superintendent predisposed to saying no may be persuaded to say yes to save the dreams of many while learning to live her own.

Here is a trailer for It’s Christmas, Eve.

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On November 4, Road to Christmas is the latest holiday movie to debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM.

Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Jessy Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Chad Michael Murray), the son and former producer of his mother’s (Teryl Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie’s secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

Here is a trailer for Road to Christmas.

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On April 10, the new BET drama In Contempt will debut at 10 PM.

Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse) stars an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented Public Defender in her district.

The cast includes Megan Hutchings (Reign), Christian Keyes (Let’s Stay Together), Mouna Traoré (Book of Negroes), Tobias Truvillion (Empire and The Blacklist) and Richard Lawson (Grey’s Anatomy).

Here is a trailer for In Contempt.

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