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  • 19:40 - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - Season 2 - Paget Brewster to Guest
    Thanks to amiright for the heads up.

    Brewster, who will be play her beloved character from Criminal Minds, turns to the International Response Team of the FBI for assistance in closing open serial murder cases with ties to Taiwan.

  • 06:20 - Landlords - Comedy from Parks and Rec/The Good Place Creator Receives Put Pilot at NBC
    NBC and Unviersal Television are looking to make yet another hit comedy from Mike Schur.

    “The Good Place” and “Parks and Recreation” creator is developing “Landlords” at NBC, a comedy following a young couple who become landlords and begin to navigate the strange and scary world of adulthood, Variety has learned exclusively.

    The series hails from “Parks and Rec” vet Matt Murray, who is writing the pilot. He’ll also serve as executive producer with Schur and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment. The trio worked on “Parks,” “The Good Place” and Schur’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” together.

    The project landed at The Peacock with a put pilot commitment. Both Schur and Murray are under overall deals at Universal TV.

    “Landlords” marks Schur’s first project put into development at NBC for the 2017-2018 television season. He’s one of the network’s most trusted creators with “Parks and Rec’s” immense success and now “The Good Place,” starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell.

  • 06:20 - BBF (Black Best Friend) - Kellee Stewart to Star in Comedy in Development at FOX
    Sitcom best friend no more. Former My Boys co-star Kellee Stewart is set to topline her own comedy series, teaming with former My Boys co-executive producer Sebastian Jones for BBF (Black Best Friend) a single-camera comedy based on her life. It is executive produced by Cedric the Entertainer, on whose TV Land comedy series The Soul Man Stewart recurred, playing his sister-in-law. BBF has been set up at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV with a script commitment.

    For over a decade, actress Kellee Stewart has built a career by playing the black best friend on TV sitcoms. Written by Jones, BBF blows up the trope and hijacks the camera away from the usual white female lead and onto the black best friend. It follows a black woman, caught between two cultures, who steps out of the shadows of her friends in search of her authentic self.

    In addition to starring, Stewart, who helped conceive the series with Jones, is executive producing alongside him as well as Cedric the Entertainer and Eric Rhone via Cedric’s Bird and a Bear Entertainment. Jeff Melnick (The Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland) serves as a producer.

  • 06:20 - Here & Now - Cop With Amnesia Drama in Development at CBS from NCIS: LA Creator
    NCIS: Los Angeles creator Shane Brennan has set up another crime drama project at CBS. The network has nabbed Here & Now, created, written and executive produced by the veteran writer-producer.

    In Here & Now, after a near death drowning accident, a Boston homicide detective develops retrograde amnesia which causes him to forget the last five years of his life. The project hails from CBS TV Studios where Brennan and his company are under an overall deal. Brennan executive produces with Shane Brennan Prods.’ Grant Anderson.

  • 21:05 - CBS Developing Cop Drama Crusader + Comedies Rick Folks and Outnumbered
    Lucas Hazlett, participant in CBS’ 2016 Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, is set to write and topline Outnumbered, a semi-autobiographical hybrid comedy for CBS. It is one of three projects sold to the network by Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks, along with cop drama Crusader, written by NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber, and Upstairs Downstairs-themed single-camera comedy Rich Folks penned by The Simpsons supervising producer Ryan Koh. The projects hail from CBS TV Studios where Jinks’ The Dan Jinks Company has an overall deal.

    Hazlett is under a talent deal at CBS stemming from his appearance in the showcase. He and Jinks met after one of the showcase performances through a mutual friend, Danny Fernandez, a writer for the showcase. They bounced off ideas and decided to work together. (You can watch a group skit with Hazlett from the showcase below)

    Outnumbered follows an adult son (Hazlett) who moves back in with his mother and her new fiancé, and becomes the nanny to his children. Written by Hazlett, who has unique background — he is a gay, black Jewish man who grew up with his white mother — Outnumbered is inspired by his life. Jinks executive produces with 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Olivia Gerke. Hazlett co-executive produces.

    Written by Silber, Crusader centers on a turnaround expert appointed by the Department of Justice to take over as Oakland’s Chief of Police and use her unorthodox methods to revolutionize her hometown’s police department. Silber and Jinks executive produce.

    Written by Koh, single-camera comedy Rich Folks is about a middle-class family that rents the guesthouse of a needy rich couple. Koh and Jinks executive produce.

  • 21:00 - Unconventional Workplace Comedy from Son of Zorn & Fresh Off the Boat Showrunners in Development at FOX
    How's this for a powerhouse producing combo.

    Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan is teaming with Son of Zorn showrunner Sally Bradford McKenna for a high-concept Fox comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    The untitled single-camera workplace comedy is set within a mysterious company that claims to help change people's lives — but in unconventional and sometimes even disturbing ways.

    McKenna will pen the script and executive produce alongside Khan. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where both are under overall deals. The project landed at Fox with a script plus significant penalty attached.

    The McKenna comedy is the latest sale to come from Khan's Fierce Baby Productions, which inked a pod deal with 20th TV in July. Khan is also reteaming with Fresh Off the Boat's Kourtney Kang for a mixed-race comedy set up at NBC with Fred Savage attached to direct. That project landed at NBC with a hefty put-pilot commitment attached.

  • 19:00 - The Defenders - S.J. Clarkson to Direct the First 2 Episodes
    Marvel Television and Netflix announced today that acclaimed film and television director S.J. Clarkson (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Vinyl, “Orange is the New Black”), will return to the Marvel universe to direct the first two episodes of the Netflix original series "Marvel’s The Defenders." Clarkson will also serve as an Executive Producer on the premiere episode. The 8-episode limited series is slated to debut in 2017.

    “Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

    “S.J.'s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and couldn’t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of “Marvel’s The Defenders,” said Marvel’s Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb.

    The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand. It was recently announced that Academy Award and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner, Sigourney Weaver will also join the cast. Marco Ramirez (Marvel’s Daredevil”) and Doug Petrie (Marvel’s Daredevil”) are executive producers along with Drew Goddard ("Marvel's Daredevil," "The Martian"), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel's Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel's Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage).

    "Marvel's The Defenders" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

  • 19:00 - Insecure - Episode 1.05 - Episode - 1.08 (Season Finale) - Press Release

    Episode #5: “Shady as F**k”

    Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 6 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 6 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 8 (11:50 p.m.), 10 (11:15 p.m.) and 12 (2:00 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 7 (1:10 p.m., 9:30 p.m.), 9 (8:30 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m.) and 27 (6:30 p.m.), and Dec. 3 (7:00 p.m.)

    A mortified Issa (Issa Rae) searches for a way to get her open mic video taken down and finds herself reconnecting with Daniel (Y’lan Noel) during a trip to his studio. Lawrence (Jay Ellis) faces questions about his future with Issa. Molly (Yvonne Orji) invites her “perfect guy” Chris (Jidenna) to her co-worker’s engagement party, while attempting to navigate her “friendship” with Jared (Langston Kerman).

    Written by Ben Dougan; directed by Melina Matsoukas.

    Episode #6: “Guilty as F**k”

    Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 13 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 15 (2:15 a.m.), 17 (10:40 p.m.) and 19 (12:45 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 14 (3:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (8:00 p.m.) and 27 (7:00 p.m.), and Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)

    Issa (Issa Rae) tries to keep things together while hiding her guilt, as Lawrence (Jay Ellis) doubles down on his commitment to her. Molly (Yvonne Orji) embraces a new relationship, but after learning more than she wants to about her new beau’s past, struggles to focus on their future.

    Written by Amy Aniobi; directed by Debbie Allen.

    Episode #7: “Real as F**k”

    Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 20 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 20 (midnight, 2:30 a.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.), 24 (11:30 p.m.) and 26 (4:35 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 21 (1:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.), 23 (8:00 p.m.), 26 (8:00 p.m.) and 27 (7:30 p.m.), and Dec. 3 (8:00 p.m.)

    As Issa (Issa Rae) prepares for an important work fundraiser, her plan to keep focused gets derailed. Lawrence (Jay Ellis) considers a career opportunity. Molly (Yvonne Orji) runs into an old friend with a new outlook.

    Written by Prentice Penny; directed by Kevin Bray.

    Episode #8: “Broken as F**k” (season finale)

    Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 27 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (midnight, 2:30 a.m.) and 29 (12:05 a.m.), and Dec. 1 (11:05 p.m.) and 3 (2:40 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 28 (12:40 p.m., 9:30 p.m.) and 30 (8:00 p.m.), and Dec. 2 (8:00 p.m.) and 3 (8:30 p.m.)

    The lingering tension between Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Issa (Issa Rae) threatens to resurface during a girls’ trip. Lawrence (Jay Ellis) reconnects with his friends.

    Written by Issa Rae; directed by Melina Matsoukas.

    The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

    INSECURE was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

  • 19:00 - Divorce - Episode 1.05 - Episode 1.08 - Press Release

    Episode #5: “Gustav”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 6 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 9 (2:40 a.m.) and 10 (10:45 p.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 7 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (11:30 p.m.), 10 (8:00 p.m.), 12 (3:05 a.m.), 19 (4:30 p.m.) and 25 (3:00 p.m.), and Dec. 17 (6:00 p.m.)

    Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) discovers that Robert (Thomas Haden Church) has hired a lawyer, and responds in kind. Frances looks to connect with an influential artist. Robert pitches Nick (Tracy Letts) a can’t-miss investment opportunity.

    Written by Cindy Chupack; directed by Adam Bernstein.

    Episode #6: “Christmas”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 13 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 16 (2:35 a.m.), 17 (10:10 p.m.) and 19 (3:05 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 14 (9:00 p.m.), 16 (8:30 p.m.), 17 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (5:00 p.m.) and 25 (3:30 p.m.), and Dec. 17 (6:30 p.m.)

    Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) try to set their differences aside and make their annual Christmas trip to her parents’ house with the kids.

    Written by Tom Scharpling; directed by Jamie Babbit.

    Episode #7: “Weekend Plans”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 20 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 20 (12:30 a.m., 2:00 a.m.), 23 (2:15 a.m.), 24 (11:00 p.m.) and 26 (5:05 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 21 (9:00 p.m.), 23 (8:30 p.m.), 24 (8:00 p.m.) and 25 (4:00 p.m.), and Dec. 17 (7:00 p.m.)

    Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) discovers that Robert (Thomas Haden Church) has misled her about their financial situation. Robert tries to re-enter the “dating” pool.

    Written by Adam Resnick; directed by Adam Bernstein.

    Episode #8: “Church”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 27 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (12:30 a.m., 2:00 a.m.) and 30 (2:35 a.m.), and Dec. 1 (10:35 p.m.) and 3 (4:15 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Nov. 28 (9:00 p.m.) and 30 (8:30 p.m.), and Dec. 1 (8:00 p.m.) and 17 (7:30 p.m.)

    Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) pursues a new job, and is troubled that Robert (Thomas Haden Church) suddenly seems so happy, despite the divorce.

    Written by Hayes Davenport; directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller.

    The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

    DIVORCE was created by Sharon Horgan, with Paul Simms serving as a showrunner; executive produced by Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.

  • 06:15 - American Crime - Season 3 - Tim DeKay to Recur
    White Collar alum Tim DeKay has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming third installment of John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama series American Crime.

    He will play a relative to Cherry Jones’ character. Jones, a fellow new recurring American Crime cast addition, has been cast as the matriarch of a large family agricultural operation. Season 3 of the acclaimed drama explores labor issues, economic divides and individual rights in North Carolina.

  • 06:10 - Teen Wolf - Season 6 - Sibo Mlambo to Recur
    Sibo Mlambo is set to recur on the sixth and final season of MTV’s Teen Wolf, which premieres November 15. In the series starring Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien and Holland Roden, she will play Tamora Monroe, the new humanities teacher and guidance counselor at Beacon Hills High. She’s charismatic, smart and inspires students with her passion — a passion that can get too intense. Mlambo recurs on Starz’s Black Sails, and her recent credits also include the features Detour and The Last Face. She is repped by Generate.

  • 06:10 - The Handmaid's Tale - Ever Carradine Joins Hulu's Original Series
    Ever Carradine has booked an arc on The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s upcoming straight-to-series drama based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski star in the series from MGM Television that tells the story of life in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what formerly was part of the United States.

    Carradine will play Naomi Putnam, a proud, imperious woman whose handmaid has just had her baby. She invites a group of wives over to admire the new baby girl, and her performance in the odd ceremony represents her taking credit for birthing a child. Carradine, whose recent credits include Major Crimes, Shameless and Amazon’s new drama Goliath, is repped by Gersh and Management 360.

  • 06:10 - A Midsummer’s Nightmare - Rhys Ward, Thomas Cadrot & Anjali Jay Join Lifetime's Shakespearian Pilot
    EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime’s upcoming pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare has beefed up its suporrting cast, with Rhys Ward, Thomas Cadrot & Anjali Jay signing on to appear in the psychological thriller.

    Starring Daisy Head, Jake Robinson, Casey Deidrick, and Ellie Gall, A Midsummer’s Nightmare follows four young lovers – Elena, Liam, Hannah, and Daniel – who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires. But, their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces in the deep woods target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them.

    Ward has signed on for a recurring guest role as Royce, the fraternal twin brother of series regular Daniel, played by Robinson. The character is described as a self-contained and calm future med school student accustomed to holding Daniel’s hand in life. In addition, Thomas Cadrot and Anjali Jay will play Agent plays Wills and Agent Randlas respectively, two FBI agents investigating the mysterious events explored by the show.

  • 06:10 - CBS Developing Comedy Starring Gina Brillon from Kevin James
    Kevin James is set to exec produce a comedy series at the network he calls home.

    The “Kevin Can Wait” star is developing a series at CBS set to star comedian Gina Brillon, hailing from writer Adam Barr, a comedy vet from “Will & Grace” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

    The show stars Brillon as Gina, who, when her seven-year relationship suddenly ends, moves from the Bronx to Manhattan to pursue her dreams. It is inspired by Brillon’s stand-up comedy.

    James will serve as executive producer alongside Jeff Sussman, Judy Marmel, Chris Mazilli. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television. It also serves to deepen James’ relationship with CBS. After starring on “King of Queens” from 1998 to 2007, James returned to the network this year with a new multi-camera comedy, “Kevin Can Wait.”

  • 06:10 - The Good Wife Spinoff - Paul Guilfoyle & Bernadette Peters to Recur
    The upcoming The Good Wife followup series has cast CSI veteran Paul Guilfoyle and Tony-winning actress Bernadette Peters as recurring. Additionally, the series’ executive producer Brooke Kennedy has been tapped to direct the opening episode.

    Kennedy is a long-time collaborator of The Good Wife creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King and served as an executive producer/director on both of their series for CBS, The Good Wife and the recent BrainDead. The Kings then recruited her as an executive producer on The Good Wife spinoff for CBS All Access, CBS’ VOD and live streaming service. This is the fourth series on which veteran TV producer Kennedy will direct — she made her debut behind the camera on Third Watch — and her first time directing the key pilot/premiere episode that sets the look and tone of a series. Despite the current push in the industry to open up the directing field to female directors, drama pilots have remained dominated by male directors, so Kennedy’s assignment helps put a crack in that glass ceiling.

    Guilfoyle will play Henry, Maia’s (Leslie) father, a wildly successful financial advisor who is phenomenally wealthy and universally loved. Peters will play Lenore, Maia’s (Rose Leslie) mother, Lenore, who came from a tough working-class background and is a natively brilliant financial whiz. Lenore expanded Henry’s fortune through their family’s private investment firm that is the envy of the financial world. Henry, Lenore and Maia are the unofficial First Family of Chicago.

  • 19:40 - The Zipcoders - 1960's Family Music Comedy in Development at ABC from Viola Davis
    Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions has sold a second project to ABC, single-camera comedy The Zipcoders.

    Written by Marshall Todd (Barbershop), The Zipcoders is about a divorced mother of three who moves her family to the East Side of Austin, Texas, soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., in an effort to be closer to her estranged sister. Once there, her teenage son forms a rock ‘n’ roll band, to the utter bewilderment of friends, family and the community at large.

    Davis and Tennon executive produce through JuVee. Todd co-executive produces. ABC Studios, where JuVee inked an overall deal in April, is the studio.

    “The Zipcoders is near and dear to my heart,” Tennon said. “Viola and I love what Marshall Todd put on the page — the world, the characters and a fun-loving take on music, relationships, dreams and family. Over our conference room door is etched ‘Dream Big, Dream Fierce’ and this show really underlines that ethos.”

    The Zipcoders stems from an original idea developed at JuVee about a group of teenage friends growing up in East Austin who aspire to be a rock band like the Beatles. With the image of a group of African-American teenagers with feathered hair and bell bottoms in the middle of the Deep South, the company met with potential writers. The producers went with Todd who, after doing some research on late-’60s America, found immediate parallels to the issues the country is dealing with today — politically, racially and musically.

    “This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that, while specific to the African-American experience, doesn’t travel in the usual tropes,” Todd said. “As a parent I was inspired to tell a story from the dual perspective of parents and children in a world where the rules are constantly changing. Music has always been a passion of mine, and to be able to use it to inform this particular narrative was a provocative challenge.”

  • 19:40 - Friends From College - Billy Eichner to Recur in Netflix Series
    EXCLUSIVE: Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner has signed on for a four-episode arc on Netflix’s upcoming comedy series Friends From College.

    Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smolders and Fred Savage, the series follows Ethan and Lisa Turner, a couple recently returned to New York City who reunites with their friend Max Adler and the other members of their group of college friends. Eichner will play Dr. Felix Forzenheim, a fertility doctor to Ethan and Lisa who becomes romantically involved with Max. As Max and his friends relive their college days, he loses his patience and provides the group with sorely needed, sometimes-biting outsider commentary.

    Created and written by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, Friends From College also stars Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon and Jae Suh Park. The eight-episode first season is set to air in 2017 on the streaming service.

  • 19:40 - SMILF - Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova Join Showtime Comedy Pilot
    Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova have joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF. Frankie Shaw writes, directs and stars in the project, which is based on her film that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance last year.

    Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.

    Weaving will play Nelson Rose, a recent college graduate with a burgeoning career as a sportscaster. She has fallen in love with Rafi and looks at him as her new pet project.

    Cruz Cordova is set as Rafi, a 28 year old man-child and recovering addict who is trying to navigate the new world of being a good ex-boyfriend to Brigette (Shaw) and baby daddy to his 2-year old son Larry.

  • 19:40 - Mating - Emma Duncan Joins Showtime Comedy Pilot
    Emma Duncan has book a series-regular role in Mating, Showtime comedy pilot from Jason Katims and Stu Zicherman that stars Taran Killam and Jim Belushi. Mating centers on Jay (Killam), a recently divorced guy who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up.

    Duncan will play Katie, Jay’s ex-wife, his first and only love who he married after graduation but now feels she’s outgrown him. Duncan appeared in the Public Theatre’s production of Cymbeline, and recent credits include Chicago Justice and a recurring role on the TNT pilot Civil.

  • 19:40 - Wet Hot American Summer - Season 2 - Skyler Gisondo Joins Netflix Series
    Skyler Gisondo has joined the cast of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Netflix’s sequel series to the limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp that was based on the cult 2001 movie. The new series was set up by a scene at the end of the movie where Bradley Cooper’s character proposes,” Let’s all promise that in 10 years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into,” and all agree.

    Gisondo will play Jeremy “Deegs” Deegenstein, a junior counselor and the coolest guy in camp. He’s constantly the center of attention with his show-offy antics. He recently wrapped filming on a series-regular role in Netflix’s upcoming The Santa Clarita Diet. Other recent credits include Hard Sell, Vacation and Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

  • 02:45 - MOVIES: God Particle - Announced as the Next Film in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield Series
    The mysterious upcoming J.J. Abrams film ”God Particle” will be the latest movie connected to the producer’s cult hit “Cloverfield,” an insider familiar with the project told TheWrap.

    Not only will “Particle” be the third in a series of connected “Cloverfield” films, but Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe, the individual said. Both parties hope to release a new film in the shared “Cloverfield” each year, the insider added.

    Paramount declined to comment on the matter. Abrams’ company Bad Robot did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

    Fans of “Cloverfield” and its cinematic cousin “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which starred John Goodman and was released in March, speculated the “God Particle” was indeed connected to the same universe when the project was announced in February.

    “Particle” is about a team of astronauts who make a “shocking discovery” and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality. Julis Onah (“The Girl Is in Trouble”) directed from a script by Oren Uziel. It stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd.

    The film is set to open wide on Feb. 24, 2017 — though footage from the project is expected to be presented to reporters on Thursday in New York. Studio head Brad Grey will personally present highlights from the upcoming slate at the event, and do a similar event on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles on the Paramount lot. The insider was present at an event leading up to those presentations.

  • 02:45 - Brotherhood - CBS Developing Comedy from LL COOL J
    CBS is furthering the relationship with one of the network’s biggest stars: LL COOL J.

    The rapper, actor and host — who stars on “NCIS: LA” and has hosted the Grammy Awards many times for the network — is stepping behind the camera to produce a scripted CBS comedy.

    Titled “Brotherhood,” the series, based on the U.K. format of the same name, follows two brothers who find their lives turned upside down when they have to move in together to raise their 10-year-old brother. The project hails from “Friends” alum Michael Borkow, who is adapting the British series and will serve as executive producer with LL COOL J, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice.

    CBS Television Studios is behind “Brotherhood,” which is in early development.

  • 02:45 - Ozark - Julia Garner Joins Netflix Series
    Julia Garner has been cast as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming drama series “Ozark,” opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Variety has learned.

    The series revolves around financial planner Marty Bird (Bateman), his wife Wendy (Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from a Chicago suburb to a resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Garner will portray Ruth, a girl who comes from a mischievous family in the Ozarks.

    The series will premiere on Netflix in 2017.

  • 02:45 - Let the Right One In - Darren Mann Joins TNT's Vampire Drama Pilot
    Darren Mann (Ice) has booked a recurring role in TNT’s vampire drama pilot Let the Right One In. The eerie drama follows Henry (Benjamin Wadsworth), a young boy who long has been tormented by his classmates and finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire (Kristine Froseth) who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.

    Mann will play Lukas, the alpha male of a cluster of teenage bullies. He has made Henry his personal whipping boy and delights in tormenting him to the brink of unconsciousness. Mann’s credits include Windfall, Hello Destroyer and the upcoming DirecTV series Ice. He is repped by APA and Webster Talent Management

  • 02:45 - MOVIES: Uncharted - Shawn Levy to Direct Fast Tracked Playstation Live-Action Adaptation
    EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Shawn Levy to direct Uncharted, the long-awaited live-action feature film based on the PlayStation video game series featuring the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Joe Carnahan, who wrote the most recent script draft, had an eye to direct, but he has moved over to focus on helming Sony’s Bad Boys For Life, the action comedy that reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad producing.

    Levy has been busy executive producing and directing episodes of the Netflix breakout series Stranger Things, and he’ll direct several more episodes in Season 2 while casting up a film that has long been seen as a big global franchise play for the studio. Levy also produced the upcoming Denis Villenueve-directed Arrival, which stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

    The video game was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The fourth iteration of the game, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was released in May. Columbia exec veep Jonathan Kadin will oversee the film.

  • 02:45 - Counterpart - Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock & Sara Serraiocco Join Starz Spy Thriller as Series Regulars

    Beverly Hills, Calif. -October 26, 2016 - Starz announced today that Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, John Wick, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Nazanin Boniadi ("Homeland," Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai), Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, "Marcella," "A.D. The Bible Continues") and Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) have been cast as series regulars in STARZ Original series "Counterpart" from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films.

    The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist stars Oscar(R) winner JK Simmons (Whiplash, The Accountant, Juno), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, "Manhattan") and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, "Manhattan"). Academy Award(R) nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers) will direct the first episode.

    "Counterpart" is the story of Howard Silk (JK Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his "Counterpart" on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two seasons of 10 episodes each of "Counterpart" in 2015.

    Michael Nyqvist will portray Chekhov, the hardened Director of Operations at Howard's agency and a strange mix of philosopher and spy. With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, Nyqvist has evolved into one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors of his generation. Over the last few years, Nyqvist has made the successful transition into American cinema. Film credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, John Wick, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Disconnect. He will next be seen in Frank & Lola, which will hit U.S. theaters in December. He is repped by Authentic Talent & Literary Management, ICM Partners and Sweden's Agentfirman.

    Nazanin Boniadi will play Clare, an enigmatic young woman of curious origin, who becomes a major lynchpin as the season develops. Boniadi is currently shooting Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer for director Anthony Maras. Additional film and television credits include "Homeland," Ben-Hur, 'Scandal," and "How I Met Your Mother." For two seasons, Boniadi co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) award-winning drama "Homeland," for which she shared a 2015 SAG(R) Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. Most recently, Boniadi co-starred as Esther opposite Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman in the MGM-Paramount remake of Ben-Hur. Among her many television credits, Boniadi portrayed Nora, a relatively longstanding love interest to Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson, in seasons six and seven of "How I Met Your Mother." She also appeared as the notorious Adnan Salif in season three of Shonda Rhimes' hit political drama "Scandal." Boniadi is repped by ICM Partners, Jordan Lee Talent and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP.

    Nicholas Pinnock will play Ian Shaw, an aggressive operative and watchdog whose job is to ensure an uneasy peace between both dimensions. Earlier this year, Pinnock was seen in History's 4-part series "Barbarians Rising" in the role of Hannibal. He also recently starred in ITV 1's crime drama "Marcella" as the male lead alongside Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael and Sinead Cusack in the 8-part drama. Pinnock returns to the stage later this year for his second round in "The Royale," reprising the role of Jay Jackson. Other film and television credits include Captain America: The First Avenger and "A.D. The Bible Continues." Pinnock is repped by Jeff Golenberg at Silver Lining Entertainment.

    Sara Serraiocco will play Baldwin, a mysterious assassin whose life takes on a new purpose when she is exposed to the other side. The Italian-born actress landed the lead role in the acclaimed film Salvo in 2013, winning the Globo d'oro award for best actress and the lead role in Cloro in 2015 for which she received the best actress nomination. Serraiocco won the Pasinetti Award at the Venice Film Festival 2016 for her lead role in the movie La Ragazza del Mondo (aka Worldly Girl), directed by Marco Danieli. In 2016 Sara was chosen as a European Shooting Star, winning the prestigious award as one of the European newcomers of the year at the Berlinale Film Festival. Serraiocco is repped by Robin Hudson and Gavin Mills at UK-based Olivia Bell Management and Italian agency Officine Artistiche.

    Created and written by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), "Counterpart" is executive produced by Tyldum and Marks with Amy Berg ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Keith Redmon (The Revenant) and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content. Simmons also serves as a producer.

  • 02:45 - John Corey - ABC Developing Cop Drama Based On Nelson DeMille's Novels
    One of best-selling author Nelson DeMille’s most popular protagonists, John Corey, is headed to the small screen. ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to John Corey, a drama series project based on DeMille’s book series about the brash, quick-witted, and cocky NYPD homicide detective set in today’s social environment.

    Written by Detroit 1-8-7 creator Jason Richman, John Corey hails from Sony TV, John Davis’ studio-based Davis Entertainment and veteran producer Mace Neufeld. It centers on John Corey as he returns to the force after being shot. He must come to terms with a department and a city that have changed in a post-Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter world.

    John Corey is executive produced by Richman, Davis Entertainment’s Davis and John Fox and Neufeld. David Caplan serves as co-executive producer.

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