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7th March 2018

18:05 - The Originals - Season 5 - Trailer & Key Art Showing Up 2-3 Weeks Before Premiere

18:05 - Mom - Season 5 - Patti LuPone to Guest

A Broadway star is coming to Mom.

The Tony- and Grammy-winning Patti LuPone is filming an episode of the CBS comedy this week, EW has learned exclusively. She will play Rita, the (demanding) new owner of the building that is managed by Bonnie (Allison Janney).

Rita is a bit of a live wire: Freshly divorced, she’s either barking orders or sharing way too much about her personal life. LuPone’s episode will air in April.

6th March 2018

03:50 - MOVIES: Tully - Trailer feat Charlize Theron

23:30 - Gotham - Season 4 Finale - Table Read Photo

22:10 - Dark - 90% of Viewers Aren't from Germany; 2nd Most Watched Series in a Foreign Language for Netflix

Turns out time travel through Germany’s recent history can be a hit with audiences around the world: Over 90 percent of the viewing of Netflix’s mystery drama “Dark” came from outside of Germany, revealed the company’s Chief Product Officer Greg Peters during a press event at Netflix’s Los Angeles offices Tuesday.

“Dark” premiered on Netflix in December, and was renewed for a second season that very month. Peters reiterated Tuesday that it had become one of the most-watched shows filmed in a language other than English on the service.

Peters also shared some stats on Netflix’s global audience, saying that the service’s 117 million subscribers have now created over 300 million profiles. “Essentially, we create 300 million different versions of Netflix,” he said. Additionally, Netflix’s members accessed the service from over 450 million individual devices last month, according to Peters.


22:10 - Netflix - Nielsen + Screen Australia Release Research Report

The 2017 Online & On Demand report, based on research conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Screen Australia, has been released today. The report finds streaming services have completely changed how Australians view content, yet broadcast TV remains popular and piracy levels have declined drastically.

“The global screen industry is in a rapid period of change, driven by technology. Consumer hunger for content is immense, and the report makes it plain that if creators allow device-neutral access to their content at a reasonable price, people will get their wallets out,” said Fiona Cameron, COO of Screen Australia.

“Free-to-air television remains king, but AVOD services like YouTube are nearly as widely used and SVOD platforms such as Netflix have seen incredible audience growth. The report also confirms that younger Australians are frequent users of new content platforms, including social media outlets like Facebook to access video.”

“The speed of change in our industry is not going to slow down, so undoubtedly there is pressure on producers to stay abreast of where their audience is, and for regulators to form policy that meets the market.”

“For Screen Australia, the findings show that Australian content is still immensely popular, and when you have platforms like broadcaster catch-up services housing a lot of local content, they’re rewarded with viewership.”

21:30 - Schitt's Creek - Renewed for a 5th Season

Thanks to Brian for the heads up.


Acclaimed comedy up for 11 Canadian Screen Awards

CBC has renewed the critically acclaimed hit comedy series SCHITT’S CREEK, created by and starring Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, for a fifth season (14 x 30). Returning winter 2019, season 5 sees an increased order from 13 to 14 episodes.

Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC, the SCHITT’S CREEK season 4 finale airs April 10 in Canada.

“Schitt’s Creek continues to deliver with intelligent humour and incredibly creative storytelling,” says Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “Throughout the past four seasons, the series has struck a chord with Canadian and international audiences and we could not be more excited or proud to deliver a fifth season to all the devoted fans.”

Currently in its fourth season, SCHITT’S CREEK is one of the top 10 Canadian entertainment programs, drawing a total reach of more than 1.4 million weekly and an average audience of 742,000 (2+ AMA) on CBC so far this season, with 41% of viewers in the 25-54 demographic.*

Since its debut in 2015, the series has been recognized with more than 50 award nominations and 18 wins to date, including Canadian Screen Award wins for Best Comedy Series (2016), Best Writing in a Comedy for Daniel Levy (2016), Best Comedy Performance for both Eugene Levy (2016) and Catherine O’Hara (2016, 2017) and Best Supporting Actress, Comedy for Emily Hampshire (2016, 2017).

SCHITT’S CREEK is a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire and Jennifer Robertson. The series follows a wealthy family who suddenly find themselves broke and forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke.


20:45 - Station 19 - Marla Gibbs Cast in Multi-Episode Arc

Marla Gibbs will have a multi-episode arc on Station 19, ABC’s upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff that premieres March 22 at 9 PM with a special two-hour episode. As per usual for Shondaland series, her character details are under wraps.


5th March 2018

23:15 - 9-1-1 Showrunner Tim Minear Signs Deal at 20th Century FOX TV

One of Ryan Murphy’s trusted collaborators, 9-1-1 showrunner Tim Minear, has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where has been more than 20 years. The re-up comes on the heels of 9-1-1’s second-season renewal by Fox and the announcement of Murphy’s giant new deal with Netflix. Minear is the first key auspice from Murphy’s inner circle to be re-signed by 20th TV, where Murphy had been based for more than a decade, following the news of Murphy’s Netflix pact, which starts July 1. At least for the next year, Murphy is expected to continue working on his seven series, all of them based at 20th TV and its cable/streaming division Fox 21 TV Studios.


18:10 - Galaxina - Sci-Fi TV Series Based on Movie in Development

Crown International Pictures, producer of William Sachs’ 1980 low-budget science fantasy comedy movie Galaxina, is bringing a reimagined version of the pic to the small screen. The company has set writer/producer Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X) to develop and showrun a science fiction TV series based on the film, which starred the late Dorothy Stratten as Galaxina, a cybernetic being who holds the key to the discovery of the mysterious Blue Star crystal. Crown is going out to distributors for the project.

18:10 - Hiding In Time - Comic Book TV Series in Development by MGM TV

MGM Television (Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale) has optioned Hiding In Time, an Image Comics miniseries written by Christopher E. Long and illustrated by Ryan Winn, to develop as a television series. Richard Smith (In Her Name/White Horse Pictures) is attached to pen the adaptation.

Published under the ShadowLine Comics label in 2007, Hiding in Time, is set in the near future, where time travel has been cracked and the Witness Protection Program begins relocating those who turn in State’s Evidence to various times in history. Abraham Smith is one such witness, relocated to the past, living a life that’s not his own, centuries before he’s even born. When a witness within the Program is murdered anachronistically, a conspiracy is revealed and Abraham’s safety is called into question.

17:40 - Law and Order SVU - Season 19 - Stephanie March Returning in Guest Role

Stephanie March is returning to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit!

The actress, who played fan-favorite ADA Alex Cabot in more than 90 episodes of SVU, will guest-star in an episode slated to air in April, EW has learned.

The hour, titled “Sunk Cost Fallacy,” features Benson (Mariska Hargitay) crossing paths with her old friend Cabot during the search for an abducted young woman and her daughter.

2nd March 2018

23:45 - MOVIES: Book Club - Trailer feat Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen & Mary Steenburgen

23:45 - Trial & Error - Season 2 - Amanda Payton Joins Cast

Amanda Payton (Animal Kingdom) has booked a series regular role on the upcoming second season of NBC’s anthology comedy series Trial & Error.

Payton will play Nina Rudolph, a hip girl from New York who has relocated to East Peck.


23:45 - For the People - Olivia Sandoval Cast in Recurring Guest Role

Olivia Sandoval has been added to the For the People cast as a recurring guest-star, EW has learned exclusively.

Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, a.k.a. “The Mother Court,” the series follows brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect. Sandoval (Fargo, Modern Family) will play Celia Chavez, an assistant United States attorney.

So, what’s the Station 19 connection? Sandoval is the only daughter of actor Miguel Sandoval, who is a series regular on the upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spin-off.

18:00 - Ransom - Season 2 - Canadian Premiere Date Revealed

According to Global TV's Ransom Website Page, it returns for it's 2nd season on April 7. CBS have not released a premiere date.


1st March 2018

17:20 - Castle Rock - Chosen Jacobs to Recur in Hulu’s Stephen King Series

Chosen Jacobs (It) is set for a recurring role in Hulu’s upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock, from Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. Per the producers, it combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Jacobs will play Wendell Deaver, the son of Henry Deaver (Andre Holland). Jacobs played Mike Hanlon in Stephen King’s It and will reprise his role in It: Chapter 2.


17:20 - Strange Angel - Laine Neil to Recur in CBS All Access Series

Newcomer Laine Neil is set for a recurring role opposite Bella Heathcote and Jack Reynor in CBS All Access’ drama series Strange Angel from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and CBS TV Studios. Created by Mark Heyman based on George Pendle’s book, Strange Angel is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons (Reynor) and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. Neil will play Patty, Susan’s (Heathcote) half-sister, a firebrand whose spirit apparently hasn’t yet been broken by her domineering father Calvin. This is Neil’s first major television role.


28th February 2018

03:30 - Homecoming - Amazon's Psychological Thriller Starring Julia Roberts Starts Production; Sam Esmail Directing all 10 Episodes

Thanks to johnhelvete for the heads up.

Julia Roberts is making her “Homecoming.”

Production has started on Amazon’s new series “Homecoming,” which marks Roberts’ television series debut.

The series, which hails from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the hit podcast from Gimlet Media, a psychological and political thriller about a caseworker at a secret government facility and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life. “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail will be directing all 10 episodes, which were written by the creators of the podcast, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. Bobby Cannavale, who also worked with Esmail on “Mr. Robot,” and Stephan James (“Shots Fired”) will co-star in the project.

Amazon Studios gave a two-season, straight-to-series order to “Homecoming,” which will premiere globally on the streaming service.


21:20 - Yellowstone - Teaser Promo

Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, follows the violent world of the Duttons, a ranching family in Montana. Can they survive another season? From Taylor Sheridan, the writer of 'Hell or High Water' and 'Sicario,' and featuring Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, and Cole Hauser. Coming this June to Paramount Network.

19:50 - MOVIES: Men In Black Spinoff - Chris Hemsworth in Early Negotiations to Star

Chris Hemsworth is in early negotiations to star in Sony’s self-styled spinoff of the sci-fi action comedy franchise Men in Black.

F. Gary Gray, who directed last year's Fate of the Furious, is due to helm the movie, which has a script by Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The film is slated for release on June 14, 2019

Akin to how Jurassic World revived the Jurassic Park movie series, Sony’s reboot is to feature new characters rather than Agents K and J, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, respectively, and build on the contemporary sci-fi world in which they operated. 

Sources say the new combination of characters involve a white character, a black woman, and an older man. The story is set in London.

19:10 - How to Get Away With Murder Creator, Pete Nowalk Renews Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Pete Nowalk is staying put at ABC Studios.

As expected, the How to Get Away With Murder creator has renewed his overall deal with the studio behind the ABC Shondaland drama. Under the rich, three-year deal, Nowalk will continue to serve as showrunner on the Viola Davis starrer, while also developing for broadcast, cable and streaming. This is Nowalk's second overall deal with ABC Studios and helps cement the future of Murder at ABC.

"Pete is exactly the kind of creative, brilliant writer we are so proud to be in business with at ABC Studios. Our long relationship with him has not only resulted in incredible success, but he’s built a body of work with us that is nothing short of extraordinary,” ABC Studios president Patrick Moran said.

17:15 - Empire - Season 4 - Rhyon Nicole Brown & Porscha Coleman to Recur

Rhyon Nicole Brown (Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,and Porscha Coleman (You Can’t Fight Christmas) are set for recurring roles on the fourth season of Fox’s hit hip-hop drama series Empire.

Brown will play Maya, the daughter of Poundcake, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) fellow inmate. Maya was born in prison, stolen from her mother’s arms, and adopted by upper middle-class parents. A classically trained dancer, she’s beautiful, graceful, and headstrong. Coleman will portray Mercedes, Porsha’s (Ta’Rhonda Jones) sexy and ambitious cousin. She has a street-hustle mentality and looks to exploit any avenue she can to jumpstart her budding singing/rap career.


27th February 2018

06:10 - Netflix Eyeing 700 Original TV Series & Movies in 2018

Netflix, set to spend upwards of $8 billion on content in 2018, will have in the neighborhood of 700 original TV shows and movies on the service this year, according to CFO David Wells.

The huge bucket of content is driving up Netflix’s subscriber base, said Wells, speaking Tuesday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. The “700-range” figure he cited includes 80 original productions from outside the U.S., such as psychological thriller “Dark” from Germany.

The company’s strategy continues to be, “Let’s continue to add content — it’s working, it’s driving growth,” Wells said.

He also said there’s “no religion” at Netflix about the source of programming, although the company increasingly intends to produce its own content. “People don’t care where the stories come from,” he said. “We’re about having the best content. We don’t necessarily have to do it ourselves.”

Netflix ended 2017 with 117.6 million streaming members worldwide. “There’s more non-members than members of Netflix – that’s our opportunity,” Wells said, citing an estimated 700 million broadband users globally (excluding China).

20:15 - Casual - Season 4 - Lorenza Izzo to Recur

Former Feed the Beast star Lorenza Izzo is set for a recurring role opposite Tara Lynne Barr on the fourth and final season of Hulu’s Casual.

Izzo will play Tathiana, a friend that Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) met traveling.


18:35 - Ballers - Season 4 - Joy Bryant to Recur

Parenthood alum Joy Bryant is joining the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s Ballers in a recurring role.

Bryant will play a successful public defender who is a single mom to a hotshot rising football star in high school.


18:30 - Psychological Thriller Series from M. Night Shyamalan Ordered at Apple

Apple has landed a series package from M. Night Shyamalan and British TV writer Tony Basgallop, which recently hit the premium/digital marketplace. The untitled half-hour psychological thriller has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from the tech giant.

The project was created by Basgallop (24, To The Ends of the Earth), who will write and executive produce the series. Shyamalan (Unbreakable, Split) is executive producing and will direct the first episode.

17:00 - Bull - Season 2 - Dana Delany to Guest

TVLine has learned exclusively that the two-time Emmy winner will guest-star in the CBS drama’s Tuesday, March 27 episode as an AUSA (Assistant United States Attorney) whose proves to be a “hard-bitten” opponent for Dr. Jason Bull (played by Michael Weatherly).

“Bull comes up against AUSA Banner, a federal prosecutor who is bound and determined to imprison a young mother/physician who illegally purchases thousands of vials of marijuana-derived CBD oil to treat her patients in Virginia, where the oil is illegal,” previews executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. “Her tenacity and seeming heartlessness baffles Bull.”

17:00 - MOVIES: The Week Of - Trailer feat Adam Sandler & Chris Rock

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