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The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel - 23rd June 2017 *Updated*

23 Jun 2017

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23rd June 2017

00:15 - The Chi - Steven Williams to Recur in Showtime's Upcoming Drama Series

Steven Williams (The Leftovers, Supernatural) is set for a key recurring role in Showtime’s hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. Williams will play Quentin, a former street boss who returned to the neighborhood for reasons unknown.

21:20 - Little Women - Angela Lansbury in Talks to Join BBC & PBS Miniseries Adaptation

Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS.

The project, from Colin Callender’s Playground, is written by Heidi Thomas (Call The Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen). Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage.

Lansbury will play Aunt March.

Little Women is produced by Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Filming is slated to be begin in July.

21:30 - Oliver Forever - Emily Rudd to Star in USA Network's Comedic Crime Drama Pilot

Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins.

Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar, chameleon who’s mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A foster kid, Olive knows how to work the system, her tough exterior protecting a girl who’s just looking for a home.

17:45 - Heathers - Birgundi Baker & Cameron Gellman Join Cast

Birgundi Baker (Empire) and Cameron Gellman (20th Century Women) have signed on for recurring roles in Heathers, based on the 1988 cult classic film set for premiere on Paramount Network in 2018. Heathers is a pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as our heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers.

Baker will portray Lizzy, a new kid from the foster care system eager to learn the ways from Heather Chandler. Gellman will play Kurt, a high school jock.


22nd June 2017

Coming to Netflix in July 2017
Thanks to A for the heads up.

Castlevania: Season 1 (Netflix original)*
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4 (Netflix original)*
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4 (Netflix original)*
Luna Petunia: Season 2 (Netflix original)*
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)*
Bad Santa 2*
Horse Dancer*

18:45 - Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders - James DuMont Joins Cast

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders continues to build out its ensemble.

James DuMont (Deepwater Horizon, Treme) has signed on for the first season of Dick Wolf's anthology series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The eight-episode first installment of the anthology series is described as a "gripping in-depth dramatization" of the famed murder case that took America by storm in the early 1990s. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders dives into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down behind the scenes.

DuMont is set to play Brian Anderson, the older brother of the murdered matriarch Kitty Menendez. A man of Midwestern reserve, he attends a family memorial in a large hotel suite despite having had a troubled relationship with his dead sister.

16:16 - Wunmi Mosaku Joins E4, Netflix Drama ‘The End of the F***ing World’

Wunmi Mosaku has signed on to play a hardened murder squad detective in “The End of the F***ing World,” the upcoming Netflix and E4 comedy, drama based on the Charles Forsman graphic novels.

Mosaku won a BAFTA for her performance in last year’s BBC drama “Damilola, Our Loved Boy,” and was recently in Sky’s Idris Elba starrer “Guerrilla.” The Nigerian born British actor’s other TV credits include “Black Mirror,” and in movies, she was in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

In “The End of the F***ing World,” she will play DC Teri Donoghue, a cop on the trail of a pair of misfit teenagers who are on the run.

21st June 2017

21:25 - Sea Oak - Rae Gray and Jack Quaid Join Amazon Comedy Pilot

Atlanta producer-director Hiro Murai is set to direct and executive produce Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close. In addition, Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner alongside George Saunders, and Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) and Jack Quaid (Vinyl) have joined the cast as series regulars.

Written by Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek working-class woman who dies tragically in a home invasion in her Rust Belt subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. There are no details yet on Gray and Quaid’s characters.

18:45 - Love - Season 3 - Kathy Baker and Kyle Bornheimer to Recur

Kathy Baker and Kyle Bornheimer have signed on for recurring roles in Judd Apatow’s Netflix relationship comedy Love, starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs.

Co-created and written by Apatow, Rust and Lesley Arfin, Love follows Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.

Baker will plav Vicki, Gus’ (Rust) mother and Bornheimer will portray Ken, Gus’ older brother.

15:50 - MOVIES: Saw 8 - Title Revealed

20th June 2017

22:25 - Snowpiercer - Roberto Urbina & Katie McGuinness Join TNT Drama Pilot

Narcos alum Roberto Urbina and Katie McGuinness (Roots) are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho.

Urbina will play Avi, part of a polyamorous relationship that’s reeling from a personal tragedy. He also works on The Breach Team, the train’s equivalent of a fireman. McGuinness will portray Josie McConnell, a strong, no-nonsense woman who lives in poverty at the tail of the train. Josie cares for her sick husband as well as their precocious son. She would do anything for her family, and when unforeseen circumstances turn their lives upside-down, she’ll learn exactly how far she’ll go.

05:30 - Sherlock Team Reuniting to Develop Dracula Series

“Dracula” is getting the “Sherlock” treatment, with the writers and producers of the hit BBC detective series reuniting for a new take on the Bram Stoker vampire classic. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series, and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films will produce.

Work on the new series has yet to begin in earnest, as Gatiss and Moffat are currently working on solo projects. But talks are already underway with the BBC – which enjoyed huge success with “Sherlock” – on broadcast rights in the U.K.

“Dracula” will adopt the same format as “Sherlock,” with a miniseries run of feature-length episodes.

05:30 - Doubt - Unaired Episodes to Air
Thanks to Sasse for the heads up.

18th June 2017

04:10 - The Tap - Yale University Period Drama Pilot Not Moving Forward at USA Network

USA Network has made a decision on its last outstanding pilot, passing on period drama The Tap, from Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski.

The project, originally set up at USA in 2014 and ordered to pilot in 2016, was set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale’s Skull and Bones. It took place around 1969, during the height of America’s cultural and political revolution — a time when the campus is being upended by antiwar protests, race riots and the arrival of its first female students.

04:10 - Last Man Standing - Will Not Be Revived by CMT
Thanks to Chris for the heads up.

It was considered too long of a shot for fans of Last Man Standing to get their hopes up, and I hear now it’s final — CMT won’t be picking up canceled ABC comedy series Last Man Standing a new season. CMT, which carries reruns of the Tim Allen-starring sitcom, had engaged in conversations with the studio behind Last Man Standing, 20th Century Fox TV, about possibly ordering original episodes. The talks were only preliminary, exploring the financial feasibility of producing the series for CMT, which would’ve involved virtually everyone on the show taking a pay cut. I hear in the end, the two sides could not agree on the numbers.

22:50 - 9JKL - Albert Tsai Upped to Series Regular

Dr. Ken alum Albert Tsai, who guest-starred in the 9JKL pilot, has been promoted to series regular opposite Mark Feuerstein for the first season of the CBS comedy.

Tsai plays Ian, a precocious cinefile who is unimpressed with Josh’s (Feuerstein) TV career. He is very smart, sophisticated, mature, and outspoken and he loves to bust Josh’s balls. Ian is a latch key kid who always hangs out in the lobby because his single mom is always at work. In many ways, he is more grown up than Josh.

19:15 - Brightness Falls - Marriage Drama Based on Jay McInerney's Book Trilogy in Development at Amazon

Amazon Studios will develop novelist Jay McInerney’s “Brightness Falls” book trilogy into a television series, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Gotham Group brought the concept to Amazon Studios. McInerney and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell will serve as executive producers. Novelists Dana Vachon and Gemma Sieff will adapt the books for TV and executive produce. Burr Steers (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) is attached to direct, and will executive produce as well.

The three books — “Brightness Falls,” “The Good Life,” and “Bright Precious Days” — look at a marriage over the course of 30 years. An unforgettable New York story of glamour, sex, ambition, and heartbreak begins in the heady days before the financial crash. Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the dream. But beneath the glossy surfaces, things are simmering — and the Calloways find themselves tested more severely than they ever could have imagined.

19:15 - Major Crimes - Season 6 - Amirah Vann to Recur

Former Underground star Amirah Vann has joined the sixth season of TNT’s crime-drama series Major Crimes in a recurring role.

Vann will play Special Agent Jazzma Fey, a team player whose loyalty is tested by a zealous partner determined to score political points while Jazzma focuses her energy on the crime.

18:00 - The Deep Mad Dark - Jacki Weaver to Co-Star in TNT Drama Pilot

Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is set for a co-starring role in TNT’s hourlong mystery drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark, produced by John Wells.

Written by Megan Martin and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, The Deep Mad Dark centers on Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis who embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma. Her once closest friend — the irreverent, brilliant Tash Hollander — comes home after living many years in a strange, off-the-grid community in Belize headed by Lydia Prince-Richard (Weaver). Upon her return, Tash insinuates herself into Polly’s life in audacious ways that threaten everything Polly has achieved. Set against the landscape of modern Detroit, The Deep Mad Dark explores the power certain friendships have to shape who we are — in ways both beautiful and dangerous.

Weaver’s Lydia Prince-Richard is a hobbyist self-help writer, lover of floral shirts and self-described “collector of lost people.” Lydia left a conventional life in the United States and reinvented herself as a surrogate mother to “those who come her way” on an idyllic beach in Belize that she calls her Kingdom.

16th June 2017

05:00 - Untitled Off-Cycle Family Comedy in Development at FOX

Fox has bought a comedy spec from The Ugly Truth scribe Nicole Eastman. The project falls under Fox’s initiative to develop more shows outside of the traditional pilot cycle.

Written by Eastman, the half-hour project centers on four children who, after their mother’s death, inherit millions they never knew they had, causing chaos amongst the family. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

02:35 - John Wick - TV Prequel Series in Development

Prior to the box office boom of “John Wick: Chapter 2,” the film’s director and franchise mastermind Chad Stahelski said he and screenwriting partner Derek Kolstad had plans for a TV series. Those plans are still in motion, with the project in development at Lionsgate and a new title assigned to the prequel.

IndieWire has learned that the series is being developed under the name, “The Continental,” and Lionsgate is “very excited” about the series. In a separate interview, Stahelski said the focus was expected to be the “cool, Wick-ian, magical, and mysterious world” of the titular hotel.

“They’ve got a really good structure,” Stahelski said. “It’s very tied to the film [in that] it’s about the Continentals all over the world, how certain people come into that world, and what happens in relation to those people, which is cool. I think the world is very vast, and everything I’ve heard from it is very positive. […] It’s something that studio seems very, very intent on [making] and very, very behind.”

22:30 - MOVIES: Goodbye Christopher Robin - Trailer feat Domhnall Gleeson

22:30 - MOVIES: Okja - Trailer 2

22:30 - Powerless - DC Releases Unaired Adam West Episode
Thanks to Noor for the heads up.

22:30 - MOVIES: Daddy's Home 2 Trailer feat Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg

22:30 - The Passage - Vincent Piazza Joins FOX's Vampire Drama Pilot

Boardwalk Empire alum Vincent Piazza has booked a series regular role in Fox’s high-profile drama pilot The Passage, from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Heldens, The Passage begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans more than a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race. Piazza will play Clark Richards, a brilliant, hyper-charmer who is “all restless energy and fierce intelligence” with a dark sense of humor.

22:30 - Honey - Corporate Espionage Drama in Development at FX

UPDATED: Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett’s has sold his hour-long drama Honey to FX. Story, which in development, is being kept under wraps and is set against the backdrop of the world of corporate espionage.

Barrett is the writer-director behind 2014’s Sundance title Glassland, which saw star Jack Reyner pick up a Special Jury Award for acting that year. The Dublin-set film follows the story of a young man desperate to save his mother (Toni Collette) from alcohol addiction and reunite his broken family, but because he makes a meager living driving a cab, he is forced to take on a questionable job.

22:30 - MOVIES: The Book of Life 2 - Sequel in Development

Jorge R. GutiƩrrez is returning to the world of the dead. The filmmaker is officially developing a sequel to The Book of Life, the animated film centered around Dia de los Muertos, EW can confirm.

The Dallas-based animated house ReelFX is on board to produce. No discussions have yet been made with 20th Century Fox or the original voice cast, but the general concept of the story is in place.

“We’re just starting the process of developing,” Chuck Peil, executive vice president of strategic partnerships, tells EW. Peil remarked there is “a much bigger story to tell” and potentially “more worlds to explore.”

14th June 2017

18:10 - MOVIES: The Crooked Man - The Conjuring Spinoff in the Works

New Line is expanding the Conjuring franchise with “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2.”

Mike Van Waes has been hired to write “The Crooked Man,” based on a story by James Wan in his role as chief architect of what’s now called The Conjuring Universe. Wan and Peter Safran are producing.

The project is the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring” — the others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”

The two “Conjuring” films and 2014’s “Annabelle” have combined to gross $897 million in box office worldwide. “Annabelle: Creation” opens Aug. 11 and “The Nun” opens on July 13, 2018.

18:05 - MOVIES: Jungle - Trailer

18:00 - MOVIES: XXX: Xander Cage - Nina Dobrev to Star in 4th Installment

If you’re a big fan of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, then you’re in luck, because there’s going to be another installment coming your way with all of the cast!

On Sunday (June 11), D.J. Caruso, the director of the 2017 film, took to Twitter to tease that the next installment of the xXx trilogy — which stars Vin Diesel in the title role — will feature Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone and more Xander Cage alums.

The announcement came after Ruby Rose, who played Adele Wolf in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, posted a teaser message on Instagram on Friday hinting at her involvement in the upcoming movie.

13 June 2017

03:45 - Bones - Season 12 (The Final Season) - Gag Reel
Thanks to Sarah for the heads up.

12th June 2017

20:25 - Loosely Exactly Nicole - Facebook Nearing Deal to Revive Nicole Byer's Cancelled MTV Comedy

Facebook has lined up one of the first series in its push to bulk up on original video programming.

The social media giant is near a deal to revive Nicole Byer vehicle Loosely Exactly Nicole for a second season, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes four months after the scripted comedy was canceled after one low-rated season on MTV. Facebook and producers Jax Media declined comment.

Additional details about the project remain closely guarded as Facebook preps an expected summer launch for its video slate.

The decision to revive Loosely Exactly Nicole reunites Byer with Mina Lefevre, who developed the series during her tenure as executive vp at MTV. She exited the Viacom network in February before moving to Facebook as head of development. MTV canceled the series in February as the cabler, under new president Chris McCarthy, refines its focus on scripted programming. (MTV also canceled critical darling Sweet/Vicious and pot comedy Mary + Jane.)

Loosely Exactly Nicole will be among the tentpole projects that Facebook uses to lure viewers to its new video tab. It's an effort that began six months ago with the hiring of CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen as global head of creative strategy to jump-start Facebook's video ecosystem.

Facebook is lining up two types of programming for its video tab, according to sources familiar with their plans. They include shortform series from digital producers such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media and a handful of signature, television-quality series that Facebook is calling "hero" projects. For those top-tier shows, Facebook is said to be looking to spend about six figures per episode for full ownership, which would give it the ability to release them to its global audience of 1.9 billion monthly active users. Terms of its expected deal for for Loosely Exactly Nicole are unclear.

19:30 - Sneaky Pete - Season 2 - Joseph Lyle Taylor Returning in Recurring Role

Joseph Lyle Taylor (Law & Order: SVU), who guest-starred in the Season 1 finale of Amazon drama series Sneaky Pete, will return for Season 2 in a key recurring role.

Taylor plays Frank Hooper, both an easy-to-violence thug and a brilliant sleuth. He and his brother Joe Hooper are criminal detectives, solving mysteries for people who can’t go to the law. They know Pete and his mother stole $11 million from their employer. What they don’t know is that Pete isn’t Pete, he’s Marius (Giovanni Ribisi).

19:30 - A.P. Bio - Tom Bennett Promoted to a Series Regular

Mascots star Tom Bennett, who guest-starred in the pilot of A.P. Bio, has been promoted to series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera comedy centers on a philosophy scholar (It's Always Sunny star Glenn Howerton) who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. At his new job, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.

Bennett plays Miles Leonard, Jack's rival at Harvard. Miles is also a renowned philosophy teacher. He is constantly getting awards and promotions, but is still humble and kind, which drives Jack even more crazy.

11th June 2017

The Librarians - Season 4 - Richard Kind, John Noble and Rachel Nichols to Guest
Thanks to R for the heads up.

Richard Kind has been cast in the guest starring role of Benny Konopka in Electric Entertainment’s series “The Librarians,” which will run for a fourth season on TNT this winter.

EW can exclusively reveal that both John Noble and Rachel Nichols will guest-star on the TNT series when it returns for its fourth season.

Noble, who will only in the season premiere, will play Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is secretly the head of the Heretical Order of the Shadows. Driven by their radical beliefs, the 300-year-old sect of the Roman Catholic Church is focused on bringing about the return of the Dark Ages. Only to do so, they must first destroy the Library.

And that isn’t all that Flynn, Eve, and the gang will be faced with. Nichols will recur as Nicole Noone, a skilled fighter and Flynn’s previous guardian, who he’d thought perished 13 years ago (and before the start of the series). Nicole was the one who helped Flynn adjust to his new responsibilities when the Librarian had just taken on his new mantle.

10th June 2017

Suits - Season 6 - Blooper Reel
Thanks to Boris for the heads up.

Stargate Universe Cliffhanger to be Resolved in Comics
Thanks to Michelle for the heads up.

Six years ago, the Stargate television franchise went dark with a cliffhanger in the final episode of Stargate Universe. And while the promised big screen reboot of Stargate appears to have stalled, Stargate Universe fans are finally getting a chance for some resolution.

Via GateWorld, American Mythology’s new Stargate Universe comic will pick up where the TV series left off, with most of the crew of the Destiny in hibernation as they make a desperate attempt to escape the relentless attacks of the drones that wiped out the human population of that galaxy. However, one stasis pod was damaged, and Eli Wallace volunteered to remain awake with the knowledge that he had only two weeks to fix the problem before facing his own demise. Within the world of the show, that was Eli’s moment to rise to the occasion, and the series ended with a contemplative shot of Eli watching the stars go by.

Mark L. Haynes and J.C. Vaughn are writing the new Stargate Universe comic, with Giancarlo Caracuzzo as the artist. Although the writers and creators of the Stargate Universe TV show aren’t involved with the comic (in fact, many of them are currently working on Syfy’s Dark Matter), this comic will essentially be the third season of the series. Whether the comic will actually be canon remains to be seen. It’s all we have for now, but it’s entirely possible that any future Stargate TV revival would ignore this story.

9th June 2017

Rise and Reverie - Season 1 - To Have 10 Episodes
Thanks to Jovan for the heads up.

Jason Katims' Rise and the Sarah Shahi VR drama Reverie, will both have just 10-episode seasons. "Part of it is scheduling, part of it is creative," she said, pointing particularly to the desire to pair Katims' theater drama Rise with The Voice in 2018. "We're starting to get the press to understand… it's not like, 'Oh, they lost confidence.' There's a smarter strategy afoot."

8th June 2017

19:45 - Snowpiercer - Mickey Sumner Joins TNT Drama Pilot

Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) has landed a lead opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho.

The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson, is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. It explores class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

Sumner will play Bess Till. Thoughtful, empathetic and savvy, Bess is a brakeman, part of the train’s security force. She finds herself at the center of a mystery that rocks the train’s uneasy status quo. Connelly plays Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train; Diggs plays Layton Well, a prisoner who becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.

19:45 - Cowboy Bebop - Live-Action TV Series in Development

“Cowboy Bebop,” a critically and commercially successful 1998 Japanese anime series, is set to be adapted into a live action television series by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.

The live action version will be executive produced by Sunrise Inc. — the studio responsible for the original animated iteration — as well as Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. Midnight Radio consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Chris Yost will write the adaptation.

“Cowboy Bebop,” which takes place in 2071 in the original version, follows Spike Spiegel and his gang of bounty hunters, also known as cowboys, as they cavort around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer. The anime series has been successful in Western markets, and is credited with introducing a new wave of Western viewers to anime. It’s also widely cited as one of the best anime series of all time.