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The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel - 25th August 2016

25 Aug 2016

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  • 00:45 - Orville - Jon Favreau to Direct Pilot Episode of Seth MacFalane's FOX Sci-Fi Series
    Iron Man and The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct and executive produce the first episode of Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Favreau will then stay on as a consult on the project, which has a straight-to-series order.

    Set in space 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. MacFarlane wrote the pilot script, and serves as executive producer. He is joined in the cast by female lead Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes, Peter Macon and J Lee as members of the ship’s crew. Production begins this January.

    Favreau directed all three films in the Iron Man franchise, as well as Disney’s 2016 standout The Jungle Book, which has grossed more than $955 million worldwide since opening on April 15. He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in Chef.

  • 00:45 - Claws - Jason Antoon Joins TNT Pilot
    Jason Antoon has booked a series regular role in TNT’s pilot Claws, an hourlong scripted dramedy set in a South Florida nail salon, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train and Warner Horizon. Written and co-executive produced by Eliot Laurence (Welcome to Me), Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous Florida manicurists. We will soon find out there is more going on at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon than silk wraps and pedicures.

    Antoon will play Dr. Ken Brickman, a bona fide doctor with a decidedly un-bona fide job, working at an illegal drug clinic. Janine Sherman Barrois serves as executive producer/showrunner. Co-executive producer Eliot Laurence wrote the pilot, which will be directed by Nicole Kassell. Antoon, repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency and Viking Entertainment, recurs on Freeform’s Famous in Love.

  • 00:45 - The Deep - Eline Powell & Rena Owen Join Freeform Pilot
    Eline Powell (Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.

    Powell will play Po, a strange young woman who appears traumatized and lost. Growing increasingly ill and exhausted on land, Po is revealed to be a mermaid. Owen will portray Helen, the eccentric, proprietor of a Bristol Cove curio shop called “Helen’s Antiquities,” Helen is an enigmatic person who views the town’s mermaid obsession with disdain. She also appears to have some connection with the strange girl, Po.

  • 19:55 - Dexter - 10 Year Anniversary - Trailer

  • 19:55 - MOVIES: La La Land - Teaser Trailer 2 feat Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

  • 19:50 - MOVIES: Justice League Dark - Doug Liman to Direct
    Warner Bros is continuing to explore other corners of the DC Universe beyond the core heroes such as Superman and Batman, this time putting the spotlight on its supernatural heroes.

    The studio is tapping Doug Liman to direct Justice League Dark, breathing new life in its supernatural adventure project.

    Dark was a fairly recent DC title that grouped together heroes such as John Constantine (who was the title character of a solo 2005 movie that starred Keanu Reeves), Deadman, Shade the Changing Man, Zatanna and Swamp Thing (who has his own Wes Craven-directed pic in 1982), among others.

    The project was in development for several years as a directing vehicle for del Toro, a master of the macabre who tastes seemingly lined up with the material.

    Del Toro will still be a producer on the project but Liman’s boarding signals a tonal shift for the project.

    Liman is known for his kinetic and propulsive action movie sensibilities thanks to his hits such as The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. He worked with Warners on 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, the well-reviewed and well-regarded sci-fi time travel movie that starred Tom Cruise.

  • 19:50 - The Goldbergs - Season 4 - Lea Thompson & Joanna Kerns to Direct Episodes
    ABC's The Goldbergs is welcoming a pair of 1980s icons to its ranks.

    The 1980-something-set comedy, inspired by the life of showrunner Adam F. Goldberg, has tapped Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains) to each direct episodes of season four. Their episodes will air later this fall.

    "I am so excited to be working with Joanna Kerns and Lea Thompson!" Goldberg tells THR. "They've played such big and influential roles in some of the most iconic and personally impactful TV and movies. Frankly, their work from the '80s inspired me to be the writer I am today. I’ve already had Lea sign my hoverboard and geeked out about Growing Pains with Joanna."

    Kerns starred as Maggie Seaver for seven seasons on ABC's Growing Pains, where she also directed. Since then, she has emerged as a go-to TV director, helming installments of series including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville, Switched at Birth, ER, Dawson's Creek, Ally McBeal and several more.

    "I feel privileged to be directing The Goldbergs this season," Kerns said. "I love this show; it makes me happy. The scripts are laugh-out-loud funny and this cast is impeccable. As I prep my first episode right now and walk around the sets, it makes you realize how much our lives have changed since the '80s. Adam has truly captured every nuance. My show, Growing Pains, first aired in 1985 so I can't help but think that maybe Adam and his family sat on their couch and watched the Seavers on Tuesday nights. Maybe? I'm also pleased that the talented and funny Lea Thompson will be directing this season so there will be two women in the directing chair and looking forward to the day that won't be news."

  • 19:45 - MOVIES: Rings - Trailer
    Watch the new official movie trailer for Rings! Coming to theatres October 28, 2016.

    A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

    Director: F. Javier Gutierrez

    Starring: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio

  • 19:45 - MOVIES: The Croods 2 - Gets Rewrite from Hageman Brothers
    EXCLUSIVE: Kevin and Dan Hageman, the screenwriting brothers who came up with the story for Warner Bros’ blockbuster The Lego Movie, have just been hired by DreamWorks Animation to rewrite The Croods 2, the sequel to studio’s 2013 film that grossed $587.2M worldwide.

    The film was supposed to be released on December 22, 2017, by 20th Century Fox, but the studio recently put The Story of Ferdinand in its place after DWA sold to NBCUniversal. Since The Croods 2 now is outside of Fox’s distribution contract, Universal Pictures will be announcing a new date for the animated family film for sometime in 2018.

    DWA today announced its new executive team over at NBCUniversal, which acquired the company earlier this year for $3.8B (the sale completed officially yesterday).

    The Hageman brothers are a proven entity, also working with director Guillermo del Toro on his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at CBS Films, which is an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s popular children’s book trilogy. The writing duo are also working with the director on Netflix’s Trollhunters, the family-friendly event series that will bow in December. In addition, they also wrote for the animated Ninjago Lego movie — they were writers and EPs on the TV series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu — and previously co-wrote the script for Hotel Transylvania.

  • 20:00 - The Middlesteins - Comedy in Development at Showtime from Nina Tassler
    Thanks to Alejandra for the heads up.
    Showtime has put in development The Middlesteins, a half-hour comedy series based on the 2012 book by Jami Attenberg, from Nina Tassler, former chairman of Showtime sibling CBS Entertainment, and Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar.

    The Middlesteins is about a suburban couple who splits up after 30 years, partly because of the wife’s obsession with food.

    Girls scribe Jason Kim will pen the TV adaptation. Tigelaar will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Tassler, Attenberg, Kim and Jonathan Levin. CBS Television Studios is producing.

  • 19:55 - Anne - Netflix Joins CBC’s Anne Of Green Gables TV Adaptation
    Netflix has joined with Canada’s CBC and Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment on upcoming drama series Anne. From showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett, it’s based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel Anne Of Green Gables and now has Niki Caro (Whale Rider) aboard to direct the two-hour premiere episode. The series was originally greenlit by the CBC in January and will air next year. Netflix has it globally outside Canada.

    Breaking Bad alum Walley-Beckett is writing the entire first eight-episode season with de Pencier’s Northwood producing. A start date has been scheduled for next month in Ontario.

    Set in 1890, the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.

    The series will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.

    Considered a Canadian treasure, the novel was riginally published in 1908 and has sold more than 50M copies. It’s been adapted myriad times for the stage, and big- and small-screens.

  • 19:50 - Great News - Sheaun McKinney to Recur
    Thanks to Alejandra for the heads up.
    Vice Principals‘ Sheaun McKinney has landed a recurring role on NBC’s comedy series Great News, executive produced by Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner. The mother-daughter workplace comedy centers on Katie, an up-and-coming news producer, who thinks it might just be the worse news ever when she finds out her overbearing mom has rejoined the workforce as an intern at the station where Katie works. But, with her biggest cheerleader at her side, Katie might finally get the recognition she deserves.

    McKinney will play Wayne, the cameraman who accompanies Katie to Central Park to cover a news story about a dangerous bear that’s on the loose. McKinney currently can be seen in HBO’s comedy series Vice Principals, opposite Danny McBride and Walton Goggins.

  • 19:45 - American Horror Story - Season 7 & 8 Planned
    Seven and eight? How long do you foresee the series going, and when do you plan to have the seasons really start to come together?

    You'll see it this season, and then you'll really see it after this season. We lay a lot of pipe, and you'll see it explode in seasons seven and eight. They haven't officially been picked up yet by John Landgraf — he and I always talk at the end of the year and decide how many we want to do. But John has always said, and I have always agreed, that this is a show that could be like The Twilight Zone and run for multiple, multiple seasons and have its own inner mythology. So that's how we're approaching it. I'll keep doing it for as long as we have the ideas and the momentum. I really love doing it.

  • 23:45 - The Originals - Episode 4.07 - Charles Michael Davis to Direct
    Thanks to Bazooka for the heads up.

  • 23:45 - Goliath - Diana Hopper to Recur
    Diana Hopper (Hidden Truth) is set for a recurring role opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Maria Bello in Amazon’s upcoming original drama Goliath, from executive producer David E. Kelley. Hopper will play Denise McBride, the daughter of Billy McBride (Thornton) and Michelle McBride (Bello).

    Goliath also stars William Hurt and Olivia Thirlby in the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful.

  • 23:45 - Bosch - Season 3 - Jeffrey Pierce to Recur
    Jeffrey Pierce (The Tomorrow People) has booked a recurring role in Amazon’s drama series Bosch. He’ll play Trevor Dobbs, who is crisp, out of the military, but the military’s not out of him. He’s a former lieutenant with a tight knit Special Forces group in Anwar Province.

    Based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling Harry Bosch novels, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as the idiosyncratic, tough, jazz-loving cop. The third season, set to premiere in 2017, will draw from Connolly’s 1992 The Black Echo and 2001 A Darkness More Than Night books.

  • 23:45 - Hairspray Live! - First Look Promo of NBC's Live Musical Event
    Hairspray Live! stars Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O'Donnell and introduces Maddie Baillio. Coming this December to NBC!

  • 23:40 - MOVIES: Witness for the Prosecution - Ben Affleck in Talks to Direct & Star in Agatha Christie Adaptation
    Ben Affleck could soon be taking on Agatha Christie.

    Affleck is closing a deal with Fox to direct and star in Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, EW has learned. Christopher Keyser is writing the script from Christie’s original 1925 story, which follows the trial of a man accused of murdering a wealthy older woman. When his wife is called upon to testify against him, the story quickly devolves into a series of shocking twists and turns — in typical Christie fashion.

    There’s no word yet on which role Affleck may play, but he’s also set to produce with Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon, and the Agatha Christie estate.

    The Witness for the Prosecution was most famously adapted in 1957, and director Billy Wilder’s version starred Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, and Marlene Dietrich. It earned a total of six Oscar nominations.

    Notably, The Witness for the Prosecution isn’t the only Christie project in development at Fox: The studio is also working on a Murder on the Orient Express remake, with Kenneth Branagh starring and directing.

  • 23:40 - MOVIES: Blade Runner Sequel - Jared Leto Joins Cast
    Oscar winner and Suicide Squad Joker Jared Leto rounds out the cast of the still-untitled sequel to Blade Runner. As has been the case with most casting announcements for the film, there are no details on his role.

    Leto joins a cast that includes has joined Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass, Lennie James and Dave Bautista. Denis Villeneuve is directing the Alcon Entertainment pic, whose story picks up several decades after the conclusion of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. Warner Bros will open the film October 6, 2017. Sony has overseas rights.

  • 19:00 - Issues - Melora Hardin Cast in a Lead Role in Freeform Pilot
    Emmy-nominated Melora Hardin (Transparent) has booked a lead role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.

    Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood), Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive with the realities of life, and to find love.

    Hardin will play Jacqueline, the quietly tough and confident Editor in Chief of Scarlet Magazine who can intimidate without saying a word, but she also has a strong nurturing side, and encourages Jane to find her voice as a writer. She joins previously cast Sam Page.

  • 19:00 - Dirk Gently - Netflix Joins as Co-Producer
    Netflix has joined Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency alongside BBC America, AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment. The eight-part mystery series will air on BBC America beginning October 22 and will launch in all Netflix territories outside the U.S. in December. Based on the cult novels by The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams, it’s written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle). IMG negotiated the deal with Netflix, AMC, Ideate and IDW; and is handling remaining sales.

    Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood and Hannah Marks star in the series that’s set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective. Billed as a comedic thriller, it follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters. Each episode lands them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.

  • 19:00 - Ridin’ Dirty - Comedy About the World of Horse Jockeys in Development at FX
    FX is developing Ridin’ Dirty, a half-hour comedy centered in the world of horse jockeys, from writer, comedian and actress Allyn Rachel (Couple Time) and Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group.

    Written by Rachel, Ridin’ Dirty is centered on Vicky Gursky, the baddest chick in the business, who is determined to become the first woman in history to win the Triple Crown. Jackal Group’s Berman and Joe Earley executive produce alongside Melanie Truhett.

  • 19:00 - The Son - Manuel Uriza to Recur in AMC Series
    Manuel Uriza has signed on for a recurring role in AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.

    Uriza will play Aniceto Pizana, a charming revolutionary in the mold of Che Guevera. Uriza recently can be seen in a recurring role in AMC’s Better Call Saul. He is repped by Vision Entertainment.

  • 19:00 - MOVIES: Clue - Remake in Development at FOX
    The game is afoot at 20th Century Fox. The studio is partnering with Hasbro to bring the toy company’s long-gestating remake of the murder mystery Clue to the big screen, EW has confirmed.

    Originally set up at Universal, the project is to put a new spin on the classic whodunit board game, which was previously adapted as a 1985 comedy starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd. (That film, released by Paramount, received mixed reviews and flopped at the box office but has become something of a cult favorite.)

    Josh Feldman is producing the re-imagined Clue, with Daria Cercek overseeing for Fox.

  • 19:00 - Bosch - Season 3 - Arnold Vosloo to Recur
    The Amazon cop drama based on Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books has enlisted 24 alum Arnold Vosloo for a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Vosloo will play Rafael "Rudy" Tafero, an ex-cop who has gone into private industry and now works as a security chief for director Andre Holland. With a penchant for needling Bosch (Titus Welliver), Rudy might be dirty enough to have planted evidence against Bosch in a case.

    The third season, which was ordered in April, will primarily pull from Connelly's novel The Black Echo and also include elements from A Darkness More Than Night.