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29th April 2017

22:35 - Angie Tribeca - Episode 3.05 - Natalie Portman Guest Stars in Sneak Peek
Thanks to TPT for the heads up.

In an all-new episode airing May 8, Portman joins the TBS comedy as head of NASA mission control Christine Craft

22:35 - Psych Movie Reportedly in Development
Thanks to tsukikomew for the heads up.

Psych, the long-running USA Network TV series, will reportedly be shooting a movie this summer in Vancouver and San Francisco -- and unlike previous similar rumors, this one seems real.

A Production Weekly entry says a feature film called Psych is shooting beginning in May, and that kicked internet speculation into high gear.

It coincides with a recent convention panel in which recurring antagonist Cary Elwes told an audience in Indiana that he planned to be filming a Psych movie this summer.

"We’re all reuniting in July to make some organized chaos," Elwes told the audience, according to The Herald Bulletin.

27th April 2017

22:55 - Z: The Beginning of Everything - Renewed for a 2nd Season by Amazon
Thanks to David for the heads up.

The retail giant/streaming service has handed out a surprise second-season renewal to the Zelda Fitzgerald drama starring Christina Ricci, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The decision comes as a bit of a shocker given that the drama — which has a weak 61 score on Metacritic — appeared sure to be canceled weeks ago only to get a reprieve, according to a source close to the situation.

The renewal comes in the wake of a recent Vox study that claimed Amazon Studios' development process had a "sexist loophole" that favored straight-to-series shows created by men and criticism over Amazon's December decision to cancel female-fronted period drama Good Girls Revolt less than two months after its debut. Good Girls Revolt — which has a slightly better Metacritic score of 65 — significantly outrates Z: The Beginning of Everything when factoring in Amazon's user scores. Good Girls Revolt (which bowed Oct. 28) has an 8.2 rating with more than 27,400 votes, while Z: The Beginning of Everything (Jan. 27) registers with a 7.3 and 14,740. (Amazon, like Netflix and Hulu, does not release viewership information.)

"We heard a good pitch for season two, and based on that, we renewed the show. Anything else is speculation," an Amazon Studios spokesperson said in a statement to THR.

20:40 - A&E to Stop Airing Scripted TV Shows
Thanks to CBSviewer for the heads up.

As A&E is reaching a turning point in its ratings comeback with the first back-to-back months of viewership growth in almost four years, the A+E network is recalibrating its programming strategy, returning to its roots as an exclusively non-fiction brand. Following the end of A&E’s signature drama series Bates Motel earlier this week, there will be no more scripted programming on the cable network going forward.

The move had been in the works for awhile; while A&E launched a number of unscripted series over the last two years, including recent breakouts 60 Days In, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and Live PD, there have been no scripted greenlights — pilot or series — since 2015. A&E’s head of scripted, SVP Gabriel Manaro, already had transitioned to A+E Studios where he reports to EVP Barry Jossen.

20:40 - Jesse Eisenberg to Star In, Write & Direct Comedy TV Series in Development at Bad Robot

EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Eisenberg has teamed with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. for The Market, a half-hour single-camera comedy series project, which Eisenberg is writing and will be starring in and directing. Warner Bros. TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio.

The Market centers on the recently widowed Harold Katzman who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son, Stan (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are thrust into an unforgiving job market.

Eisenberg is executive producing The Market with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson.

26th April 2017

01:10 - Singularity - Amanda Lund Cast as the Female Lead in FX's Futuristic Comedy Pilot

Amanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX’s futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Lund will play Anna, an unfailingly optimistic, sweet, book-smart PhD graduate who no longer has use for her PhD and finds joy in odd, little things.

19:35 - AMC to Partner with Charter to Produce New Content
Thanks to CBSviewer for the heads up.

Is Charter Communications entering the content business? Kind of, it seems, with a deal announced this morning to co-produce “distinct, high-quality original programming” for its customers in a partnership with AMC Networks’ AMC Studios.

“The partnership will give Spectrum customers access to content created specifically for them, further differentiating Charter’s platform and services,” the companies say.

They offer few details about the arrangement, but say that the first co-produced show will debut on Charter Spectrum in 2018. The cable company will have “an exclusive initial window in the U.S.” while AMC Studios keeps other rights — including international distribution.

“As AMC Studios becomes an increasingly important part of our business, this first-of-its-kind partnership represents a new horizon for us,” AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll says.

Charter’s EVP of Programming Acquisition Tom Montemagno says the deal “will further differentiate our customer experience and the value we provide in a competitive marketplace.”

Charter And AMC shares each are up about 1% in early trading.

25th April 2017

23:55 - Japanese Family Comedy in Development at FOX from Erica Oyama

Fox has put in development a half-hour single-camera comedy series written by Erica Oyama, creator, writer and executive producer of the Yahoo/E! comedy series Burning Love, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project is part of Fox’s initiative to buy and develop more series outside of the traditional pilot cycle.

Based on Oyama’s life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate-master father still lives and teaches. She joins the family business while enlisting her father’s help in toughening up her pessimistic 9-year-old son.

23:55 - Mayans MC - Carla Baratta and Maurice Compte Join FX's Sons of Anarchy Spinoff Pilot

Mayans MC has cast Venezuelan actress Carla Baratta and Narcos alum Maurice Compte, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Mayans MC pilot is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali-Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel and his need for respect from the women he loves.

Baratta is set for the series regular role of Carnalita, who, as a child, watched her family die at the hands of the Galindo cartel. Now, street-wise and driven, she protects the lost children orphaned by cartel violence.

Compte will play a highly regarded DEA agent tasked to bring down Miguel Castillo, the Galindo Cartel kingpin. However, his pursuit of Castillo isn't just his job, it's an obsession, driven by personal demons. If Mayans MC is picked up to series, Compte would recur.

23:50 - Younger - Season 4 - Aasif Mandvi to Recur

Aasif Mandvi (The Brink) is set to recur on Season 4 of Younger, the TV Land comedy from Darren Star that stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Last season, her two lives became irreversibly intertwined as her longtime best friend, new friend and prickly boss — and everyone in between — become part of the same world.

Mandvi will play Jay Mallick, an attractive fortysomething editor with a great sense of humor whom Liza meets at a conference and who approaches her to run her own millennial-focused imprint.

23:50 - Future Man - Robert Craighead to Recur in Hulu's Upcoming Sci-Fi Comedy Series
Thanks to Robert Craighead for the heads up.

Robert Craighead (Too Close to Home) has booked a recurring role on Future Man, Hulu’s half-hour comedy series from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and executive produced by Matt Tolmach, the high-concept comedy centers on Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.

Craighead will play Vincent Skarsgaard, who, as a rookie cop, watched his partner die, and has thought of nothing else in the 49 years since. He’s a cop with a vendetta and gimpy knees.

23:50 - MOVIES: Valley Girl - Chloe Bennet, Logan Paul, Ashleigh Murray and Jessie Ennis Join MGM's Musical Remake

EXCLUSIVE: Chloe Bennet and social media star Logan Paul have been cast in MGM’s musical remake Valley Girl, along with Better Call Saul‘s Jessie Ennis and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale). The group join topliners Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse in the pic with Rachel Lee Goldenberg at the helm. Written by Amy Lee Talkington, with revisions by Marti Noxon., production is slated to begin in LA next month.

The adaptation to the 1983 original follows Julie (Rothe), a sweet-natured San Fernando Valley girl whose world and values are rocked when she falls hard for Randy (Whitehouse), a punk rocker from Hollywood.

Matt Smith is producing and Cassidy Lange is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Bennet, currently starring in ABC’s Agents Of SHIELD, will play Karen, a Queen bee, Valley girl who’s obsessed with status and overcompensates for her lack of charisma by ruling the school with an iron fist. Paul, known for YouTube’s Foursome and The Thinning, plays Mickey a preppy, popular, tennis star and Julie’s boyfriend.

Ennis, whose upcoming film slate includes The House and Life Of The Party, will co-star as Stacey, Julie’s loyal best friend since childhood who dresses and talks like a Valley Girl, but is an anxious straight A-student who feels insecure in the popular crowd. Murray, currently starring as the frontwoman of Josie and the Pussycats on CW’s Riverdale, will play Loryn, a high-energy, spacey and boy-crazy popular girl.

19:50 - MOVIES: Descendants 2 - To Air Simultaneously Across 5 Disney | ABC Networks

A far-reaching, unprecedented and simultaneous premiere has been set for the Disney Channel Original Movie DESCENDANTS 2 across five networks within the Disney|ABC Television Group, FRIDAY, JULY 21 (8:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, FreeForm and Lifetime. The announcement, made today by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, continues the group's commitment to showcasing its programming in new, innovative ways to reach an even wider audience, joining the announcement of ABC's exhibition of "Marvel's Inhumans" in IMAX theatres worldwide this fall.

This extraordinary "Descendants 2" summer block party ushers in the sequel to 2015's "Descendants," the fifth most watched movie in cable TV history (12.2 million Total Viewers) and will extend to each network's branded digital and several on-demand platforms (live feeds on apps; plus on-demand on the Disney Channel, ABC, FreeForm and Lifetime apps, beginning Friday, July 21, at 10:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. PDT; and on Disney Channel, ABC, FreeForm and Lifetime VOD beginning Saturday, July 22).

Sherwood said in making the announcement, "Descendants' fans asked for more, and we've answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie. We're combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we're everywhere our fans are all at the same time."

19:50 - MOVIES: The Nun - Taissa Farmiga to Star in The Conjuring Spinoff

EXCLUSIVE: The blood lines run deep through The Nun, the Corin Hardy-directed New Line thriller that is a spinoff to its highly successful fright franchise The Conjuring. New Line has just set Taissa Farmiga to star as the young nun alongside Demián Bichir in the film. She is the sister of Vera Farmiga, who with Patrick Wilson play the paranormal investigators who anchor the James Wan-directed The Conjuring.

The Nun takes its form from the steely-looking nun from The Conjuring 2, an image that rears up unpleasant memories for anyone like myself who spent time at the mercy of the sisters in Catholic school. The Nun is the second spinoff from The Conjuring after Annabelle, which is being sequelized after grossing a frightfully high $256 million worldwide. In fact, that film and the two installments of The Conjuring have scared up a collective global gross of $897 million, with Annabelle: Creation coming August 11. James Wan and Peter Safran are producing The Nun, which Gary Dauberman scripted with Wan. Dauberman and Todd Williams are the exec producers. The film already has been dated for release Friday the 13th, in July 2018.

18:25 - The Legend of Monkey - Netflix Orders Australian Series
Thanks to Wolf for the heads up.

See-Saw Films and Jump Film & TV have paired up to produce new TV series The Legend of Monkey, which will premiere on ABC, TVNZ and Netflix in 2018.

RelatedABC Studios International Teaming With 'Secrets & Lies' Producer On Australian Drama Series 'Harrow'
Production is underway in New Zealand for the live-action series, which is inspired by the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West. It’s a 10×30 series that follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world.

The cast includes Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) as Monkey, with Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose) playing Tripitaka, Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days) playing Pigsy and Emile Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidental Soldier) playing Sandy.

18:20 - The Detour - Renewed for a 3rd Season by TBS

Cable's Most Watched Comedy for the Year-to-Date Stars Jason Jones & Natalie Zea

Turner's TBS has ordered a third season of its hit series The Detour, cable's most watched original comedy for the year-to-date. Created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones* and Samantha Bee, The Detour is an all-too-honest look at the family dynamic. Jones stars in the acclaimed comedy with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. TBS will close out the second season of The Detour tonight with a new episode at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the super-sized season finale, which will be presented with limited commercial interruption at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

"I hear from so many people who love The Detour, even my hardcore comedy friends," said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. "Season Two has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I've gotten from Jason and Sam, Season Three is going to be even more effed up."

24th April 2017

22:10 - The Black Company - Eliza Dushku to Star in Fantasy Adaptation
Thanks to Kolin for the heads up.

IM Global Television is developing The Black Company, based on Glen Cook’s (Garrett P.I. series) fantasy books as a TV series, along with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four, with Dushku set to star.

Boston Diva Prods. optioned the ten-book epic action fantasy series, as well as the forthcoming book, Port of Shadows, which falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series and will be published by Tor Books in 2018. Dushku (Bull, Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will star in the pivotal role of the dark sorceress, The Lady.

The series follows the exploits of the Black Company, an elite mercenary unit that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder across a Tolkeinesque landscape. When these hard-bitten men discover the prophecy that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. The Lady (Dushku), who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

Goyer (Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, ABC’s Flash Forward) will executive produce under his first-look deal with IM Global TV, along with Kevin Turen (Birth of a Nation, All Is Lost, Arbitrage). Also on board as executive producers through Boston Diva are Dushku, Nate Dushku, and Ami Lourie, along with Sam Maydew (John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown) of Silver Lining Entertainment.

22:10 - The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Comedy in Development at Hulu

Ingrid Michaelson is bringing her life to the small screen.

The singer-songwriter behind "The Way I Am" is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Michaelson is teaming with Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar for the half-hour single-camera comedy, titled The Way I Am. The project, which is in development, landed at the streaming service with a script commitment in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding.

The duo created the comedy together, with Tigelaar set to write the script. Both will executive produce alongside Lynn Grossman.

Michaelson — who frequently injects humor into her concerts with wit and snark between songs — started playing piano at age 4. She studied theater at Binghamton University and was a member of a co-ed a cappella group, a theater repertory company and the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group. After launching her first album in 2005, Michaelson followed that up with 2006's independently released Girls and Boys. Many of her songs have been featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. After signing with Original Signal Recordings, Girls and Boys was rereleased a year later and debuted on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 63.

15:45 - Netflix To Seek €1B in Debt to Help Pay for Original Programming
Thanks to Dot for the heads up.

After burning nearly $1.5 billion in cash last year, Netflix says today that it’s headed back to the debt market for help to pay for its fast-growing content needs as it expands throughout the world.

RelatedNetflix Q1 Results Beat Forecasts On Earnings, But Not Subscriptions
The company says it will borrow €1 billion through senior debt notes it will sell outside of the U.S. Details about the interest rate and maturity date are yet to be determined.

The streaming power will use the cash “for general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.”

Executives told Wall Street last week that they expect to burn more than $2 billion in 2017. As a result, they said, “we will continue to add long-term debt as needed to finance our expansion of original content, including in Q2’17.”

21st April 2017

19:05 - Fast and The Furious Spinoff with Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham in the Works at Universal

EXCLUSIVE: Universal is huddling on a spinoff that will focus on the characters originated by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham and most recently seen in The Fate of the Furious, sources said. The franchise architects have said they might broaden the universe with spinoffs, and source said this is the one they are pursuing.

This is in early stages, but they’ve met on the concept, which sources said will be scripted by Chris Morgan, the chief writer of the series that is hitting new heights with the eighth installment. The idea is for Johnson’s U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs to form an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Decker Shaw for a movie that conceivably could be made while they are figuring the next Fast film.

19:05 - Shooter - Season 2 - Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford & Todd Lowe to Recur

Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford and Todd Lowe will join USA Network’s Ryan Phillippe-starrer Shooter as recurring characters, the network said today. Beverly D’Angelo will be back when the show returns for its second season July 18.

Ferrara (Entourage) will play Kirk Zehnder, a former marine who always detects a conspiracy and is part of the core team of Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe). Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers) will recur in the guest star role of Harris Downey, a D.C. Staffer and love interest for Nadine Memphis (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Lowe (True Blood) is set for the recurring role of Colin Dobbs, a former marine in Swagger’s unit, now living large in Texas an hour from the Swagger Ranch.

D’Angelo returns as Patricia Gregson, steely-eyed National Security Advisor to the President.

19th April 2017

01:10 - MOVIES: The Beguiled - Trailer feat Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

01:10 - Salvation - Key Art
Thanks to Umans for the heads up.

01:10 - MOVIES: Life-Size 2 - Freeform Announces Sequel with Tyra Banks Returning

The long-in-the-works Life-Size 2, a sequel to the 2000 fantasy TV movie starring Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan, is finally heading to production at Freeform. The original movie premiered on ABC as part of the Wonderful World Of Disney franchise with a second airing on Disney Channel shortly thereafter.

Disney Channel announced that it was developing a sequel in 2012, and the project had been in the works there ever since, with Banks coming on board early in the process to reprise her role and executive produce. With the young audience of the original movie now in their 20s and 30s, the new direction of the sequel targets an older millennial audience, which is why the project migrated from the Disney’s kids-focused Disney Channel to Freeform, which caters YA audience. There is no indication that Lohan would return for Life-Size 2, which will debut in December 2018 as part of Freeform’s popular 25 Days of Christmas programming initiative.

Banks reprises her role as a doll that comes to life in Life-Size 2; but in the sequel, everyone’s favorite doll Eve has grown up. This time, she’s magically awoken to help a young woman learn to live and love again, and along the way, Eve herself will experience the ups and downs of real life in a fun, edgy, modern Christmas movie.

Banks was on hand at Freeform’s upfront where the network also announced an original movie and a special for the 2017 edition of 25 Days of Christmas, Angry Angel and Decorating Disney, as well as a partnership with Time Inc.’s People to develop multiple scripted, original movies based on stories from the celebrity magazine. Everywhere Studios will co-produce.

18th April 2017

21:00 - MOVIES: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle - Teaser

21:00 - Patriot - Renewed for a 2nd Season by Amazon
Thanks to Pawel for the heads up.

Amazon has renewed its quirky genre-bending spy drama Patriot for Season 2, guaranteeing the further adventures of creator-writer-director Steven Conrad’s Tavner family. The pickup follows the 10-episode first season that launched on Amazon Prime in February after it bowed at the Berlin Film Festival.

Michael Dorman stars as John Tavner, a melancholy intelligence officer who works out his issues by writing folk songs. He is managed by his State Department Director of Intelligence father (played by Terry O’Quinn) and watched over by his older brother, Texas congressman Edward Tavner (Michael Chernus). The first season saw the quirky team attempting to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring John to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover” as a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm (not as easy as it sounds). The finale ended with John at a crossroads facing a brilliant Luxembourg homicide detective (Aliette Opheim) who almost has him figured out. Kurtwood Smith and Kathleen Munroe co-star.

21:00 - Carmen Sandiego - Gina Rodriguez to Voice Character in Netflix Animated Series
Thanks to tsukikomew for the heads up.

If you’ve been asking yourself where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, the answer soon will be Netflix. The streaming service has set a new animated series with Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez voicing the title character for 2019.

Produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the 20-episode Carmen Sandiego features not only a new crop of international capers packed but will looks into Carmen’s past to tell who she is and why she became a super thief. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) will voice Player, Carmen’s chief accomplice and friend.

21:00 - Dirk Gently - Season 2 - Tyler Labine Joins Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Tyler Labine has landed the role of Sherlock in BBC America and Netflix’s sci-fi sleuth series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. No, not that Sherlock. The Deadbeat alum will play Sherlock Hobbs, an under-stimulated but overly enthusiastic small-town sheriff who is eager to help Dirk and crew solve the Season 2 mystery.

21:00 - King Kong Female-Led TV Series in Development at MarVista Entertainment & IM Global TV

On the heels of King Kong making his feature return with Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island, the famous movie monster is heading to television. MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have teamed for King Kong Skull Island, the first live-action TV program set in the Kong Universe.

Written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The Bye Bye Man), the series is based on Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island. King Kong Skull Island is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.

Independent studio MarVista and IM Global TV — a joint venture of independent studio IM Global, Chinese digital giant Tencent and Tang Media Partners — will develop, co-produce and co-finance the series. The executive producers are Penner and Title, Oscar nominees for 1993 short film Down on the Waterfront, as well as Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment.

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