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The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel - 18th December 2017 *Updated*



19th December 2017

10:45 - Hawaii Five-0 - Season 8 - Alex O'Loughlin to Direct





18th December 2017

02:10 - Him Or Her & Sweet Life - Dating Comedy & Coming-Of-Age Drama from Issa Rae in Development at HBO

EXCLUSIVE: Issa Rae’s every growing empire is taking not one but two more steps forward with Him Or Her and Sweet Life, I’ve learned. HBO has picked up the comedy and the drama from the Golden Globe nominated Insecure star and co-creator for development as a part of Rae’s 2016 inked first look producing deal with the premium cabler.

Along with ex-Daily Show writer and Emmy-winner Travon Free, Rae will executive produce Him or Her. The single camera half-hour chronicles the dating life of a bisexual black man and the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in. Rae’s ColorCreative.TV partner Deniese Davis will also EP the comedy along with 3 Arts with Full Frontal writer Free penning the series.

Set in the Black Beverly Hills of Windsor Hills, Sweet Life is a coming of age tale of the well-heeled teens growing up in the LA neighborhood. Co-created by Rae and Scandal producer Raamla Mohamed, the duo will pen the one-hour drama. Both Mohamed and Rae are EPs on Sweet Life, along with 3 Arts.
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16:05 - Sea Oak, Love You More & The Climb - Comedy Pilots Passed on by Amazon

EXCLUSIVE: have learned that Amazon Studios has opted not to pick up any of the three comedy pilots that were part of the current fall 2017 pilot season. That includes Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close; Love You More, from Patti Cake$’ Bridget Everett and Sex and the City‘s Michael Patrick King; and Diarra Kilpatrick’s The Climb. There is no renewal decision yet on comedy series One Mississippi, and Amazon has yet to weigh in on the future of I Love Dick.

The decision to pass on the three comedy pilots comes as Amazon Studios is in the midst of a major executive overhaul. The pilots premiered on Amazon Prime Video on November 10, just a couple of weeks after the men who had greenlighted them, Amazon Studios head Roy Price and his top lieutenant, head of comedy and drama development Joe Lewis, exited in short succession in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Search is now underway for a new Amazon Studios head.




17th December 2017

20:55 - The OA - Season 2 - Filming Begins January 2018

Thanks to Ron for the heads up.





14:22 - Legends of Tomorrow - Season 3 - Jonathon Schaech Returning

Thanks to Jaz for the heads up.

Jonah Hex is about to return to the Waverider. In an interview with Inverse for his new movie Day of the Dead: Bloodline, actor Jonathon Schaech confirms that his Confederate soldier turned expert bounty hunter will come back for an appearance on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow when the show resumes in early 2018.

“They pinned me for the beginning of the year,” Schaech says in a phone interview with Inverse. “I don’t know what we’re gonna do or how many episodes, but definitely he’s [Jonah Hex] going to be a part of Season 3.”

Schaech adds that he “hasn’t read anything” and that he doesn’t know how many episodes he will be in Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, currently on winter hiatus. Historically, Schaech has played his fan-favorite anti-hero for just one episode each season. Thanks to the show’s time travel concept, it’s possible for the lead characters to pay a visit Jonah Hex in the Old West any time.

“They pin the actors to see if they’re available for certain dates.” Schaech says he’s filming his episodes in January. “That’s all I know right now,” he says.

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15th December 2017

19:10 - Carnival Row - Andrew Gower & Jamie Harris to Recur in Amazon's Fantasy Series

Outlander‘s Andrew Gower and Jamie Harris (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) are set for recurring roles in Carnival Row, Amazon’s eight-episode straight-to-series fantasy drama, from Rene Echevarria, Travis Beacham, Paul McGuigan and Legendary Television.

Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows the investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. It’s slated for premiere in 2019.

Gower will play Ezra Spurnrose, the scion of one of the most prominent families in the Burgue. When a business deal sours he finds himself under financial straights and reluctantly agrees, at his sister Imogen’s behest, to enter into a partnership with a wealthy Puck who has moved in across the street. When he begins to suspect that Imogen is falling in love with the Puck, Ezra will stop at nothing to protect his family’s reputation.

Harris will portray Desk Sergeant Dombey, a tough police officer in the neo Victorian city who strongly believes in the old rule of life and resents the growing influx of foreign fairies and pix.
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14th December 2017

03:10 - MOVIES: Bright - Sneak Peek





03:00 - Olive Forever - Crime Drama Pilot Not Moving Forward at USA Network; Being Shopped Elsewhere

EXCLUSIVE: USA Network has passed on Olive Forever, its comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. I hear Universal Cable Prods., which produced the pilot, plans to shop it elsewhere.

Olive Forever was an outlier for USA with its young lead. Written by Duffield and directed by Matt Shakman, the project follows the exploits of Olive (Emily Rudd), a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and 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.

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03:00 - Trollhunters - Season 2 - Sneak Peek





13th December 2017

22:35 - Reverie - Jon Fletcher to Recur

Jon Fletcher (Genius: Einstein), has booked a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming VR thriller Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. Penned by Fisher, it is described as a grounded thriller that follows Mara Kint (Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.

Fletcher will play Oliver, brilliant guy, co-founder of Onira-Tech and partner to Alexix (Jessica Lu) and was a significant part of the company…until his feelings for Alexis turned romantic and were unrequited.
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22:35 - Champions - Ginger Gonzaga to Recur

Mixology alumna Ginger Gonzaga has booked a recurring role on NBC’s Champions, from The Mindy Project‘s Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy. Written by Grandy and Kaling, Champions centers on Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, who lives with his younger brother Matthew (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school flings.

Gonzaga will play Dana, an intelligent, put-upon bookkeeper at the gym who is biding her time at Champions until she gets a better job anywhere else.
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21:20 - Trollhunters - Renewed for a 3rd and Final Season

“Trollhunters” (Part 3) and “3 Below” (Second installment of Tales of Arcadia Trilogy)

“Trollhunters” Part 2, from Guillermo del Toro, premieres on Netflix, on Friday, Dec. 15, with a third and final chapter of the Emmy-winning series set to debut in 2018. “3 Below,” the second series in the previously announced Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will premiere in late 2018 and feature two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet. A final chapter, “Wizards,” is set to debut in 2019. “Trollhunters” was created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro with Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, Chad Hammes, and Christina Steinberg also serving as executive producers. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman serve as co-executive producers.

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are set to release six new original series in 2018, the companies announced Tuesday.

The first series to be released will be “Trolls: The Beat Goes On,” which will pick up after the events of the “Trolls” film. It will premiere on Jan. 19 exclusively on Netflix. The new slate includes series inspired by DreamWorks’ other animated films as well as classic properties including an all-new “She-Ra.”

Netflix and Dreamworks Animation announced its docket for new shows to be released in 2018, and a third season of the animated adventure series from Guillermo del Toro and Rodrigo Blaas is on the list. The announcement comes ahead of the Trollhunters Season 2 release, which is happening on Friday, December 15th.



20:45 - MOVIES: Christmas Inheritance - Trailer feat Eliza Taylor





20:00 - Imposters - Season 2 - Abby Miller to Recur; Bruce Davison to Guest

The Sinner‘s Abby Miller is set to recur in the second season of Bravo’s Imposters, from Universal Cable Productions. In addition, Bruce Davison (The Fosters) is set for a guest-starring role.

Miller will play Charlotte, an avid collector who gets drawn into a con. Davison will play Cy Roberts, a retired con man.
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12th December 2017

21:05 - City on a Hill - Jill Hennessy, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, Lauren E. Banks & More Join Showtime Drama Pilot

Showtime’s drama pilot City on a Hill is rounding out its cast.

Jill Hennessy has been cast in the pilot starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea and Lauren E. Banks have also joined the cast. All four will be series regulars if the cable network moves forward with the series. In addition, Cathy Moriarty, Michael O’Keefe, Amanda Clayton and Rory Culkin have booked guest roles on the pilot and will recur if the project goes to series.

The hourlong pilot takes place in the early ’90s, when Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. Then it all suddenly changed. City on a Hill is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Hennessy will play Jenny Rhodes, the feisty wife of Rhodes who has her own agenda, while Chapman has been cast as Dickie Minogue, a Boston cop who comes into conflict with Jackie. Shea will take on the part of Hank Signa, an investigator for the Suffolk County DA who works with Ward, and Banks will play the part of Siobhan Quays, an attorney who is the wife of Ward. Siobhan grew up in a wealthy family, and that sometimes causes friction in their marriage.

In addition, Moriarty has been cast as Ma Ryan, the doting mother of Frankie (Jonathan Tucker) and Jimmy (Mark O’Brien) who is too easy on Jimmy and too tough on Frankie. O’Keefe will play Agent Clasby, a retiring FBI agent and former partner of Jackie. Meanwhile, Clayton will play Cathy Ryan, the warm but tough wife of Frankie, and Culkin has been cast as Clay Roach, an informant who works for Jackie.



17:40 - MOVIES: Bright - Trailer 3





17:40 - Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. - Amirah Vann to Recur in USA's Anthology Series

Underground alumna Amirah Vann has landed a recurring role in USA Network’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. true-crime anthology series, from Universal Cable Productions.

Written by Kyle Long, Unsolved chronicles the dual police investigations of Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players, Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez).

Vann will play FBI Agent Justine Simon, the youngest and only female member of the 2006 task force; something she’s used to and never lets get in her way.
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16:00 - The Frankenstein Chronicles - Netflix Acquires Streaming Rights for The U.S

Thanks to johnhelvete for the heads up.

Netflix will take Sean Bean’s cult hit “The Frankenstein Chronicles” to the U.S. and further afield after striking a deal for the U.K.-produced drama series, Variety has learned. The streaming service has taken both six-episode seasons and is expected to run the series as a Netflix Original in the U.S.

“The Frankenstein Chronicles” is a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Set in 1830s London, Bean (“Game of Thrones”) plays John Marlott, a war veteran and river policeman. Season 1 of the serialized show sees him investigating the case of a corpse made up of body parts from different children, and finding the matter involves senior establishment figures and demonic forces.

The show has been on ITV’s Encore channel in the U.K. but the British broadcaster is closing the linear service and “The Frankenstein Chronicles” will then be one of several series available as a box-set on its catchup service. The show has been well-reviewed, but the ITV Encore pay-TV channel only attracts a modest audience in the U.K. The series is produced by U.K.-based Rainmark Films, and Frank Doelger (“Game of Thrones”) is an executive producer.




Hap and Leonard - Season 3 - Teaser





11th December 2017

20:55 - Strange Angel, The Orville Season 2, S.W.A.T., Shooter & More Receiving California Tax Credits

Thanks to 90sbaby for the heads up.

As Golden GlobeS nominations were announced today, there small-screen winners of another type of as the Ridley Scott-produced CBS All Access series Strange Angels, the second season of Seth MacFarlane and Fox’s The Orville, an untitled Mark Burnett project and more of the first season of CBS’ S.W.A.T. were among the latest recipients of California’s tax credits.

There were three pilots and four recurring series among the 11 projects that were awarded some of the $69 million on offer from the state in this new round. From the application period that ended on November 13, Season 2 of The Orville came out on top in the incentives with a credit of $14.5 million. That’s the third-largest TV award in the greatly expanded $330 million incentive program, which more than tripled in 2014, after the $17.6 million that Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld snagged and the $16.8 million that Season 3 of Fox’s Lucifer was awarded in the second-to-last TV round back in March.



9th December 2017

20:25 - MOVIES: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Trailer





12:20 - Hawaii Five-0 - Episode 8.16 - Robyn Lively to Guest Star

Thanks to McPhee for the heads up.





8th December 2017

23:35 - Nashville - Season 6 - Ilse DeLange to Recur

Singer-songwriter Ilse DeLange, a judge on The Voice of Holland, has been cast in a recurring role on CMT’s Nashville – as a singing competition judge.

DeLange, who started her music career with the 1998 album World of Hurt, will make her acting debut as “Ilse,” a judge on Nashville‘s singing show within the show. Like the actress, “Ilse” is a big star in her native Holland. She’ll become an ally and friend of Daphne (Maisy Stella).

The new season of Nashville premieres Thursday, January 4 at 9 pm ET/PT on CMT. The 16-episode season will air in two parts, with the finale airing this summer on a date TBD.
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23:35 - Welcome To Night Vale - Podcast Being Adapted by FX

EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Night Vale, the popular, spooky podcast and book series, is heading to television. FX has struck a development deal with Sony Pictures Television for a Night Vale series. Gennifer Hutchison, currently an Executive Producer of Better Call Saul, will adapt the podcast for television and executive produce the series under her Sony Pictures Television overall deal.

Joseph Fink and Joseph Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will also serve as executive producers on the series.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.



20:15 - MOVIES: Alita: Battle Angel - Trailer feat Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson





20:15 - MOVIES: Mary, Queen of Scots - First Look Photos



Source: Entertainment Weekly



20:15 - MOVIES: Robin Hood - First Look Photos



His Robin, 28-year-old Taron Egerton, agrees: “I was approached not long after the first Kingsman movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was ‘Why?’ [But] Otto told me he wanted to do something entirely revisionist, something that can’t be tied down to a medieval universe. The first act of the movie, these scenes crusading in Syria, were written like something from The Hurt Locker. It was fantastic, and that was enough to convince me.” Also on board: Merry Men Jamie Foxx (Little John) and Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett), and The Knick‘s Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. And Ben Mendelsohn steps into the Sheriff of Nottingham’s boots — a role that for many is still defined by the late Alan Rickman in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. “I ain’t gonna be outdoing him,” he admits. “That performance is a delightful tour de force, and I knew and loved the man. But I get a kick out of [sharing it], and I think he would have too.”




20:15 - MOVIES: Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - First Look Photos



Clara, in this vibrant adaptation helmed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat), is brainy and bold. “She’s very smart and independent,” says 17-year-old Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar), who plays her. “She loves to think and find the fastest way to solve a problem.” Clara has lost the magical key that will unlock a priceless gift from her mother. To get it back, she must travel across the Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets, where she meets Keira Knightley’s Sugar Plum Fairy. “Clara is just fascinated with her,” Foy says.

But not everything is candy-coated fantasy: There’s also the foreboding Fourth Realm, ruled by Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). “She’s a fierce character,” Mirren says, “with a modern edge.” But fans craving the classic need not fear. The film nods to Tchaikovsky’s score and has a ballet sequence featuring Misty Copeland. “Pretending to be in these imaginative worlds, it’s why I wanted to become an actress,” Mirren says. “It’s my dream come true, really.”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives Nov. 2, 2018.




20:15 - Gone - Key Art





20:15 - Kilroy County - Drama Based on Dutch Series in Development at Showtime

Showtime has put in development Kilroy County, a drama from producing partners Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Jim Burke, The Brink co-creator Roberto Benabib, director Miguel Arteta (Getting On), Scripted World, IM Global and Endemol Shine North America.

Written by Taylor and Weeds alum Benabib and to be directed by Arteta, Kilroy County is based on the Dutch series Holland’s Hoop. It centers on Simon, a forensic psychiatrist struggling to treat the criminally insane at a high security facility near Chicago. When his estranged father dies, Simon hopes the ensuing visit to the family farm will allow him to confront issues in his marriage and with his own children. But the more pressing problem is that one of his former patients, Dennis, a dangerous but extremely charming psychopath, has followed them there.




20:15 - Vida - Elena Campbell-Martínez, Ramses Jimenez, Luis Bordonada, Elizabeth De Razzo, Renee Victor, Adelina Anthony & Erika Soto to Recur in Starz's Latinx Series

Starz new Latinx drama series Vida has rounded out its cast with Elena Campbell-Martínez (The Big Bang Theory), Ramses Jimenez (Fear the Walking Dead), Luis Bordonada (Better Call Saul), Elizabeth De Razzo (The 33), Renee Victor (Coco), Adelina Anthony (Bruising for Besos) and Erika Soto (Romeo & Juliet stage production) set for recurring roles.

From showrunner Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With Murder), Vida focuses on Mexican-American sisters Emma and Lyn (Mishel Prada, Melissa Barrera) from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity. Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda and Maria Elena Laas also are series regulars.

Campbell-Martínez will Doña Lupe, Jimenez is Tlaloc, Bordonada is Nelson, De Razzo is Yoli, Victor is Doña Tita, Anthony is Rocky and Soto is Karla. Character descriptions were not announced.

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