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The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel - 17th September 2016 *Updated*

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  • 21:30 - Underground Railroad - Novel Being Adapted as a Limited Series
    Moonlight producers Plan B and Adele Romanski are re-teaming with the film’s writer/director Barry Jenkins for a new take on the famed underground railroad. I hear the project, which is about to hit the TV marketplace, is a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel “The Underground Railroad”. The book, published last month by Doubleday, is a National Book Award finalist and Oprah Book Club pick. It has drawn critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America.

    “The Underground Railroad” centers on Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who boards the train, embarking on a harrowing trip, state by state, as she seeks true freedom while being hunted by a notorious slave catcher.

    Underground railroad — the 19th century network of secret routes and safe houses used by slaves to flee the South — is the subject of WGN America’s popular drama series Underground, produced by Akiva Goldsman and John Legend. Additionally, NBC last year put in development Freedom Run, an eight-hour miniseries and stage musical set against the background of the underground railroad with Stevie Wonder executive producing. There has not been movement on that project.

  • 21:20 - Arrow - Episode 5.08 - James Bamford Directing 100th Episode (aka Crossover Episode)
    Thanks to tsukikomew for the heads up.

  • 21:50 - John Stamos Developing Drama Series About Daytime Soaps
    Thanks to A for the heads up.
    John Stamos has partnered with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) for a cable drama series chronicling the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s. Universal TV, where Zadan and Meron are under a deal for series and live events, is the studio.

    The untitled drama, now in early stages of development, will be inspired by the experiences of Stamos, whose acting career was launched in 1982 when, at the age of 18, he landed the role of Blackie Parrish on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.

    Described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world,” the drama will explore the colorful and often dark world of soaps as it follows the journey of a young man thrust into soap stardom, during a decade defined by Reaganomics, greed, excess, indulgence and materialism. As a newly minted teen idol, he will struggle to balance his family life, working at his fathers restaurant and maintain his humble upbringing while navigating the temptations of sex, drugs and fame.

    Stamos will executive produce alongside Zadan and Meron through the duo’s Storyline Entertainment. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Maron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.

    Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will produce the 1980s soap drama, which is in the process of finding a writer.

  • 21:50 - Dear White People - Brant Daugherty to Recur in Netflix Comedy Series
    Pretty Little Liars‘ Brant Daugherty is set for a recurring role in Dear White People, Netflix’s upcoming comedy series based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed film.

    Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, Dear White People is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.

    Daugherty will play Thane Lockwood, a corn-fed jock. The star running back on the college football team, he is not the brightest bulb in the scoreboard. A bit of an affable goof.

    Known for his role as Noel Kahn on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, Daugherty will play Sawyer in Fifty Shades Freed, the third installment of the Fifty Shades franchise, set for a 2018 release. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.

    Dear White People, slated to premiere in 2017, will be produced by Lionsgate, whose sister company Roadside Attractions released the original film in 2014.

  • 21:40 - MOVIES: Loving - New Trailer feat Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga

  • 04:10 - NBC Developing Family Comedy about a Funeral Director
    Comedy writer-producer Suzanne Martin is re-teaming with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills for another comedy series project. The single-camera half-hour has been set at NBC. Universal TV, where Hazy Mills is based, is the studio.

    Written by Martin, the untitled comedy centers on a sweet, funny, but lonely funeral director who decides to have a one night stand on his birthday with his complete opposite and winds up with a big, instant, messy family. It follows the lives and loves of this new family and the families they are connected to as well as the unusual business that connects them daily with matters of life and death.

  • 04:10 - MOVIES: Annabelle 2 - Teaser

  • 04:05 - MOVIES: Nocturnal Animals - Teaser Trailer feat Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

  • 02:45 - MOVIES: Trolls - Trailer 2

  • 02:40 - MOVIES: Bastards - Trailer feat Ed Helms and Owen Wilson

  • 02:35 - Netflix's Easy - Anthology Series - Trailer

  • 02:30 - Bosch - Season 3 - Christopher Backus to Recur
    Christopher Backus has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s drama series Bosch. Backus will play Woody Woodrell, a former Army Special Forces soldier who now works for a private security firm. 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. Backus most recently was seen in Showtime’s Roadies as the bassist for the Staton House Band. He also had a major arc on WGN’s Underground and guested on AMC’s Sons of Anarchy. He’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Untitled Entertainment

  • 02:30 - Bob's Burgers - Season 7 - What to Expect / Teases from EW
    Thanks to OUATFanatic for the heads up.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s talk about season 7. What’s should we expect?

    LOREN BOUCHARD: Our first goal is do no harm. Make Bob’s Burgers episodes that stack up against any other Bob’s Burgers episode. That’s how we went into this. I’ve said this before, but I never, ever want to be sitting in this seat, doing this job and have somebody say this season’s not as good as the last season. That’s what we keep front and center. Hopefully, this is going to appeal to all our fans, but at the same time we’ve got to take chances, we’ve got to make sure it’s fresh.

    I see there’s an episode titled “Ex-Machtina,” which sounds intriguing. What can you say about that one?

    Yeah, there’s this real-life thing where they have tried to come up with robots but not robots — like remote-controlled telecommuters. It’s an iPad on wheels. Theoretically, a kid who can’t go to school would use this to go to school. You could actually walk down the hall. So the school has access to one of these and when Tina sprains her ankle, Mr. Frond, the school guidance counselor, basically jumps in and signs her up to be this tester for this program. So she spends this episode guiding this robot around. But what happens is Jimmy, Jr. — her on again, off again flame — seems to be able to talk to the robot more easily than he can talk to her.

  • 03:10 - MOVIES: Netflix's ARQ - Sneak Peek

  • 03:10 - MOVIES: Miss Sloane - Teaser Trailer feat Jessica Chastain

  • 19:25 - How to Get Away With Murder - Season 3 - Brett Butler to Guest
    Let’s hope Brett Butler still has the capacity for grace under fire.

    Because the former sitcom lead (and recent Leftovers guest star) will show up on How to Get Away With Murder‘s upcoming third season, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    Details about Butler’s role are being kept under tight wraps.

  • 19:20 - Rosewood - Season 2 - LeToya Luckett and Camille Spirlin to Recur
    Actress and Grammy-winning singer LeToya Luckett and Camille Spirlin (Marvin Marvin) have booked recurring roles on the second season of Fox drama series Rosewood.

    The Miami-set medical procedural follows top private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) as they investigate East Miami PD’s most challenging cases.

    Luckett, will play Tawnya, a new love interest for Rosewood. Spirlin will portray Kayla, Tawyna’s daughter, a sharply intelligent and precociously cynical girl who views Rosewood, the new man in her mom’s life, with open suspicion. However, Kayla soon begins to realize that Rosewood is a stand-up guy.

    In addition to Chestnut and Ortiz, they join Lorraine Toussaint, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle and Domenick Lombardozzi and new cast addition Eddie Cibrian.

  • 19:15 - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Tony Shalhoub Joins Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon Pilot
    We’re about to find out how many syllables Tony Shalhoub can utter in a single breath.

    The Emmy-winning Monk actor, who just wrapped a run on CBS’ BrainDead, has joined the cast of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    The 1950s-set drama follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (House of Cards‘ Rachael Brosnahan), a young Jewish wife who becomes one of the first female standup comedians after her husband leaves her and their two children. Shalhoub will play Abe Weissman, Midge’s intellectual father who believes in books and facts and speaking as little as possible.

    AS-P will direct the pilot from her own script, and serve as an EP alongside husband and frequent collaborator Dan Palladino.

  • 02:15 - MOVIES: American Assassin - First Look at Dylan O'Brien

  • 02:10 - Altered Carbon - Marlene Forte and Trieu Tran Join Netflix Sci-Fi Series
    Marlene Forte (The Fosters) and Trieu Tran (The Newsroom) have joined the cast of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis.

    Based on Richard Morgan’s award-winning 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Altered Carbon, from Skydance Television, is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

    Forte will play Alazne Ortega, the soul of the Ortega family. Warm and loving, Alazne refuses to allow her humanity to be subsumed in this high-tech world. She’s a proud Catholic, her faith her shield, despite the loss of her husband and despite the risks her daughter Lt. Kristin Ortega takes while following in his footsteps. Tran is Mister Leung, a violent killer and fixer who finds employment among the ultra-rich Meths of the Altered Carbon world. He solves their convoluted problems, removes their most potent enemies, and never, ever leaves behind evidence of his crimes. He is a ghost. You had better hope he does not come for you.

  • 02:10 - The Mindy Project - Season 5 - Jack Davenport to Guest
    Smash alum Jack Davenport is set to guest-star on The Mindy Project's upcoming fifth season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Davenport will play Leland Breakfast, an English stage who is known as the "bad boy of the West End." He comes to New York City to star in a one-man show and ends up taking an interest in Mindy (creator, executive producer and star Mindy Kaling).

    It's unclear what Leland's interest in Mindy means for her other potential suitors: her ex-fiance and baby daddy Danny (Chris Messina) and her co-worker Jody (Garrett Dillahunt), whom Mindy was trying to choose between at the end of season four.

  • 02:05 - I'm Dying Up Here - Richard Kind to Recur in Showtime Drama Series
    Spin City alum Richard Kind has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime’s new hourlong comedy series I’m Dying Up Here in a recurring role. From executive producer Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here is set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began. The series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh.

    Kind will play Marty Edelman, a high-powered television executive who Goldie (Melissa Leo) turns to with a big idea. He is repped by Innovative Artists and Forster Entertainment.

  • 02:05 - Sneaky Pete - Brad William Henke to Recur in Amazon Drama Series
    Brad William Henke (Orange is the New Black) is set for a recurring role opposite Giovanni Ribisi on the upcoming Amazon drama series Sneaky Pete. It revolves around Marius (Ribisi), a con man who after leaving prison takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself — and discovering a family life he’s never had.

    Henke will play Brendon, a smart, beefy and imposing suburban dad who owns his own construction company. Henke, known for his recurring role as no-nonsense prison guard Desi Piscatella on Orange is the New Black, also recurred on FX’s The Bridge and Justified.

  • 02:00 - Claws - Judy Reyes Joins TNT's Nail Salon Dramedy Pilot
    Judy Reyes has found her next small-screen role.

    Fresh off Lifetime's Devious Maids, the actress has booked a series-regular role in TNT's nail salon hourlong dramedy pilot Claws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Set at a South Florida nail salon, Claws is described as a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness that follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous Floridian manicurists. The potential series will reveal there's more going on at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon than silk wraps and pedicures.

    Reyes will play Quiet Ann, Desna’s (Niecy Nash) driver, who also provides security at the nail salon when necessary. In addition to Nash, Reyes joins a cast that includes Carrie Preston and Karrueche Tran.

  • 02:00 - Feud - Tim Minear Joins FX Anthology Series as Co-Showrunner; Jackie Hoffman Joins Cast
    Ryan Murphy has enlisted longtime American Horror Story collaborator Tim Minear as co-showrunner on his latest anthology series for FX, Feud, which explores famous feuds. Additionally, Jackie Hoffman (Difficult People) has been added to the cast of the eight-episode first installment of the series, which tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time, Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon), and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on a picture each hoped would revive their careers. Hoffman will play Crawford’s housekeeper Mamasita. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess also co-star.

    Veteran writer-producer Minear has been with AHS from the start, joining the first season as a consulting producer and serving as an executive producer since Season 2.

    “I’ve loved working with Tim since the very first season of American Horror Story, and he’s been the perfect partner on Feud,” Murphy said. “I’m as excited about this project as any I’ve ever done.”

  • 01:55 - Nashville - Season 5 - BTS Photos and Videos

  • 01:50 - MOVIES: The Predator - Benicio Del Toro in Talks to Star in Reboot
    Benicio Del Toro is in negotiations to star in The Predator, the reboot of the alien action movie series that Shane Black is directing for 20th Century Fox.

    The 1980s producer mainstays John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon are producing.

    Plot details are being kept hidden in mud but the new movie is said to be an ensemble piece anchored by the character to be played by Del Toro.

    The actor and the studio have been dancing for months around this project, but one challenge has been been Del Toro's schedule. That stumbling block looks to have been cleared and a February start date is being planned.

    The studio had no comment.

  • 01:50 - Vixen - Season 2 - Coming Soon to CW Seed
    Thanks to Dumble for the heads up.