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18th April 2018

12:07 - Netflix - New Foreign Shows Ordered

Thanks to Serena for the heads up.

Busy Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is joining with Netflix and London- and LA-based 42 on a new series about the invention of modern football (soccer). The news emerged at Netflix’s See What’s Next event in Rome on Wednesday morning and was among a host of new projects announced.

Netflix VP of International Originals Erik Barmack said the football project will be penned by Fellowes and examine how the game reached across class divides to create the world’s most popular sport.

17th April 2018

06:20 - The Peripheral - Sci-Fi Drama from Westworld Creators in Development with Series Option at Amazon

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who tackle artificial intelligence in their HBO series Westworld, are taking on technology in a new drama, The Peripheral, which has landed at Amazon. Based on William Gibson’s novel, the project, which has been put into script development with series option, hails from Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television, where both Nolan and Lisa Joy are under overall deals, and Amazon Studios.

The Peripheral follows Flynne Fisher, a woman in a near future America in which technology has started to subtly alter society. Flynne discovers a hidden connection to a very different reality — and the dark future of her own.


16th April 2018

12:50 - The Good Doctor - Season 2 - Freddie Highmore to Write & Direct An Episode

For the second season, Highmore said he knows a lot but can’t really say much. But what we do know is that the actor will go behind the camera as a director for one episode and will enter the writers room in another.


15th April 2018

01:30 - Star Trek: Discovery - Season 2 - Jonathan Frakes Returning to Direct an Episode Featuring Young Spock

Thanks to Darthlocke4 for the heads up.

According to Jonathan Frakes, who directed an episode in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, the legendary Spock, everyone’s favorite Vulcan, best friend of James T Kirk and confusing time traveller (in Abrams’s Trek, at least), will make an appearance in the second episode of the upcoming season, which Frakes happens to be directing.

Frakes, speaking at El Paso Comic Con, said that it would not be the adult Spock, however, who at the time of Discovery is a young science officer on board the Enterprise living a peaceful pre-Kirk life, but instead a younger version of the character. This version will appear in flashbacks, where he’ll appear alongside his younger, adopted sister and Discovery protagonist, Michael Burnham.


13th April 2018

16:12 - On My Block - Renewed for a 2nd Season by Netflix

Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich has a second well received high-school comedy that is going to multiple seasons as Netflix has renewed On My Block for a second season.


12th April 2018

Trial & Error - Season 2 - Michael Hitchcock to Recur

Actor-producer Michael Hitchcock (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is set for a recurring role opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Nicholas D’Agosto on the upcoming second season of NBC’s anthology comedy series Trial & Error.

Hitchcock will play Jesse Ray Beaumont. A genius, paranoid horologist from the Deep South, Jesse was tried and convicted for the murder of Lavinia’s (Chenoweth) brother Chet nine years ago.


22:25 - MOVIES: It: Chapter Two - James McAvoy and Bill Hader in Talks to Star

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two.

The second installment of New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It focuses on the adult versions of the characters that were subjected to the terror of demon clown Pennywise last seen in the 2017 movie that grossed $700 million worldwide.

If deals make, McAvoy would play the role of the adult Bill Denbrough, the unofficial leader of the group of kids nicknamed the Losers Club and who grows up to be a successful author. When he returns to face his past, his old stutter resurfaces. Jaeden Lieberher played the character in the first movie.

Hader will play the adult Richie Tozier, the jokester who grows up to be a DJ. Finn Wolfhard played the character in the first installment.

The kid actors from the movie, Lieberher and Wolfhard among them, are expected to return for the second chapter in flashback scenes.

21:15 - MOVIES: Oceans 8 - New Trailer feat Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

21:15 - MOVIES: Untitled Fast & Furious Spinoff - David Leitch to Direct Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham Starrer

The Fast & Furious franchise is about to get even more thrilling: EW can exclusively reveal that David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has officially signed on to direct the untitled Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham, about their respective characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. (The film has been rumored to be called, naturally, Hobbs and Shaw.) The film is due in theaters July 26, 2019.

21:15 - Broad City - Renewed for a 5th and Final Season



Three Projects Already in Development Include Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals

NEW YORK, April 12, 2018 - Comedy Central today announced a comprehensive development deal with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson with a 'first look' at content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson, both together and independently. The deal with the multitalented creators, stars, directors and showrunners of the hit series Broad City, which will return for its fifth and final season in early 2019, also extends across all of parent company Viacom's television networks. Three projects already in development at Comedy Central under the new deal include Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals.

"Broad City's Abbi and Ilana may appear to be aimless and full of hair-brained schemes, but Abbi and Ilana IRL have proven to be stellar creator/writer/performer/director/producers. Their supreme focus on telling new stories, in new worlds, with new talent is nearly scary," said Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central.

"Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost ten years, since we started as a web series. It's been a phenomenal experience, and we've put ourselves into it completely. Broad City's always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways," said Glazer and Jacobson.

Mall Town USA: Mall Town USA is an animated comedy that follows the afterschool misadventures of a 13-year-old girl navigating the complexities of life in the classic microcosm of American culture that is The Mall. Mall Town USA is written and created by Gabe Liedman (Broad City, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and executive produced by Jacobson and Glazer.

Platinum Status: Set in the hipster-heavy east side of Los Angeles, Platinum Status tells the story of professional back-up singer Noah (Eliot Glazer), a gay guy who's always felt left out of the "community." And after he's dumped by his boyfriend of ten years, Noah rebounds in the least likely way: by hooking up with a girl. With help from his friends Kevin and Mimi and guidance from his kinda-sorta-girlfriend Alexa, Noah tries to evolve both in the bedroom and the recording studio. Eliot Glazer will write and executive produce and Ilana Glazer will also executive produce along with Principato Young's Peter Principato and Brian Steinberg and Electric Avenue's Will Arnett and Marc Forman.

Young Professionals: At age twenty-four, David Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Described as the "comic muse for the president," Litt served as the lead writer for many of President Obama's most memorable comedic moments, and his recent memoir, Thanks, Obama, is a New York Times best seller. Inspired by Litt's coming-of-age in our nation's capital, Young Professionals follows five housemates growing up - personally, politically, and professionally - in the hopelessly absurd world of Washington, D.C. Young Professionals is written by and executive produced by Litt, with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer also serving as executive producers.

Glazer and Jacobson have earned universal praise from fans and critics alike thanks to their dynamic relationship which, combined with impeccable comedic timing and chemistry, has led the series for which they are best known, Broad City, to such accolades as a 2016 Writers Guild Award nomination for "Best Comedy Series," multiple nominations for "Best Comedy Series" by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and back-to-back Emmy(R) Award nominations for "Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series" for their digital offshoot, Hack into Broad City. Created by, written by, executive produced by and starring Glazer and Jacobson, Broad City follows best friends, Abbi and Ilana, as they navigate life in New York, capturing their hookups, relationships, crappy jobs and, ultimately, their badass friendship.

03:15 - Titans - BTS Photos of Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven & Robin

Thanks to sonofgod87 for the heads up.

11th April 2018

Outcast - Season 2 - Cinemax Premiere Date Revealed

Plagued by demons since childhood, Kyle is on a journey to find answers — but what he uncovers could mean the end of life as we know it.

The suspense-horror series OUTCAST returns for its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, JULY 20 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX. Continuing to probe the mystery of what lies behind the town of Rome’s supernatural manifestations, and why they are drawn to Kyle, the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. OUTCAST is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.


MOVIES: Dude - Trailer feat Lucy Hale, Alex Wolff, Alexandra Shipp, Awkwafina & Kathryn Prescott

10th April 2018

I'm Dying Up Here - Season 2 - Dana Gould & Beau Mirchoff to Recur in Showtime Series

Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil) and Awkward alum Beau Mirchoff are set to recur on the second season of Showtime drama series I’m Dying Up Here.

Gould will play Bruce, the slick, alpha-male agent of Adam (Cyler) who thinks “artistic integrity” is another word for “poverty.” Mirchoff plays Saul Hudson, a go-getter, single, wannabe playboy TV producer whose father was in the business. He’s hungry for a hit and is friends with Ralph (Griffin), and now Ralph is doing some work for Saul.


22:35 - $1 - Aleksa Palladino to Recur in CBS All Access Series

Former Halt and Catch Fire star Aleksa Palladino has joined the recurring cast of CBS All Access’ mystery thriller drama series $1, from Anonymous Content and CBS TV Studios. Created by Jason Mosberg, $1 is set in a small Rust Belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill, and point of view in each episode, paints a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.

Palladino will play Chelsea Wyler, daughter to Charles (Jeff Perry), a retired con man. As a child, she would often help sell her father’s latest con but now, a young woman at a cross-roads, she’s trying to forgive him and find her place in the world.


22:35 - Younger - Season 5 - Lois Robbins to Recur

Lois Robbins has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of TV Land’s Younger.

Robbins plays Penelope, an art collector who shows an interest in Maggie’s (Mazar’s) work.


22:35 - Sandstorm - Amazon in Talks to Develop Muammar Gaddafi Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is in talks to develop Sandstorm, a series about notorious Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who seized power in a coup at the age of 29, and ruled Libya for more than four decades before his bloody demise at the hands of his own countrymen in 2011.

Carter Harris (Bloodline) will write, and Mohamed Diab (Clash) will direct. The project is a co-production between Anonymous Content and O3 Productions, the production arm of MBC Group, the leading media company in the Middle East. Harris and Diab will be executive producers with Tariq Merhab and Nicole Romano of Anonymous Content and Ali Jaafar and Fadi Ismail of O3 Productions. The project originated through a strategic partnership that Anonymous Content forged with O3 Productions to develop content relevant to the Middle East with global appeal.

The aim of Sandstorm is to tell the sprawling life story Gaddafi and Libya’s evolution under his reign, in the style that fact-based drama Narcos did to Pablo Escobar. Gaddafi rose from being the penniless son of an illiterate Bedouin goat herder to the young leader of Libya after King Idris was deposed in a bloodless coup. Among the many things he did was rearrange the relationship that oil rich Middle Eastern countries held with global petroleum corporations, often antagonizing his Saudi Arabian and Iranian neighbors.

22:35 - Foundation - Isaac Asimov TV Series in Development for Straight-to-Series Consideration at Apple

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Apple has nabbed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy. The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. Deadline revealed last June that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and that David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were cracking the code on a sprawling series based on the books that informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series. Goyer and Friedman will be executive producers and showrunners. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce.

Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, Asimov’s Foundation is the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire’s imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out. Even the Game of Thrones‘ creative team would marvel at the number of empires that rise and fall in Foundation. Asimov’s trilogy has been tried numerous times as a feature film at Fox, Warner Bros (with Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who greenlit The Lord of the Rings), and then at Sony with Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Many top sci-fi writers have done scripts and found it daunting to constrict the sprawling saga to a feature film format. Most recently, HBO tried a series with Emmerich and Interstellar co-writer and Westworld exec producer Jonathan Nolan.

9th April 2018

06:50 - MOVIES: The Meg - Trailer feat Jason Statham & Li Bingbing

21:20 - Alice Isn't Dead - Kyle Bradstreet to Write Drama Based on Podcast & Upcoming Novel in Development at USA Network

Mr. Robot executive producer Kyle Bradstreet has been tapped to write and executive produce Alice Isn’t Dead, a TV series based on the podcast and upcoming novel by Joseph Fink, which is in development at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions. The gig falls under Bradstreet’s overall deal at UCP, which acquired the rights to the podcast last summer.

Created by Fink and published by Night Vale Presents, Alice Isn’t Dead the podcast follows Keisha as she traverses the country as a truck driver, searching for her wife Alice, whom she had long assumed was dead. As the miles pile up, so do the mysteries. Because hidden in America’s seemingly-innocuous corners, lie supernatural dangers all pointing back to Alice.


6th April 2018

23:10 - Everything Sucks - Cancelled by Netflix

The streaming giant has canceled rookie comedy Everything Sucks after one season.

20:45 - Murphy Brown - BTS Photo

20:10 - The Last Man on Earth - Season 4B - Jason Sudeikis Returning

Jason Sudeikis will return to Fox’s post-apocalyptic comedy for several episodes, EW has learned exclusively. The reemergence of Tandy’s brother will be strongly signaled by the end of Sunday’s episode, and Mike will make his first official reappearance since the season 2 finale in the April 15 episode. Sudeikis, who appeared in a dozen episodes over the first two seasons, will remain on the show through the rest of the fourth season, which wraps up May 6.

20:10 - Unsubscribed - Comedy from Tiffany Haddish in Development at HBO

Tiffany Haddish is set to executive produce a comedy series in development at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is titled “Unsubscribed.” It is described as an examination of female blackness, beauty, and identity through a behind-the-scenes look at the Instagram hustle.

20:10 - The Good Cop - Frank Whaley to Recur in Netflix Series

Veteran actor Frank Whaley is set for a recurring role opposite Tony Danza and Josh Groban on The Good Cop, a straight-to-series dramedy crime procedural for Netflix. The project, inspired by a format from Israeli production company Yes, hails from Monk creator/executive producer Andy Breckman and director/executive producer Randy Zisk. Written by Breckman, The Good Cop centers on Tony Sr. (Danza), a disgraced former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr. (Groban), an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, streetwise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.

Whaley will play Joseph Privett. Details of the role are being kept under wraps.


20:10 - MOVIES: The First Purge - Trailer

17:00 - The War of the Worlds - Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Carlyle & Rupert Graves to Star in BBC's H.G. Well's Alien Invasion Adaptation

Filming has begun in Liverpool on The War of the Worlds, a major adaptation by Peter Harness (Wallander, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi title. This major new three-part drama is produced by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.

Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Loving Vincent) and Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Big Short) lead the cast alongside Robert Carlyle (T2:Trainspotting, Once Upon A Time) and Rupert Graves (Swimming with Men, Sherlock) in the first British television adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel. The War of the Worlds will be directed by award-winning director Craig Viveiros (And Then There Were None, Rillington Place) and produced by Betsan Morris Evans, (NW, The City in The City).

Set in Edwardian England, this new adaptation of H.G. Wells' seminal tale - the first alien invasion story in literature - follows George (played by Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together. Rupert Graves is Frederick, George's elder brother, and Robert Carlyle plays Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist. The War of the Worlds tells their story as they face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.

Eleanor Tomlinson says: “I’m delighted to be taking on the Martians with Rafe Spall in Mammoth Screen’s adaptation of The War Of The Worlds. I’ve been a fan of Craig Viveiros’ work for a while, so creating this world with him at the helm is very exciting.”

Rafe Spall says: “I am thrilled to be a part of bringing this much loved story to the small screen. I couldn’t be in better company with Craig Viveiros, Peter Harness, all at Mammoth Screen and of course, the very talented Eleanor Tomlinson.”

Damien Timmer, Executive Producer of Mammoth Screen, says: "Here we are, making the original and best alien invasion story for the BBC One audience - it doesn't get much better than this! With a stellar cast and some very scary Martians up our sleeve we look forward to terrifying large sections of the audience soon!’

Tommy Bulfin, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: "It’s fantastic to have Rafe and Eleanor leading such a brilliant cast of British acting talent in the BBC's faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells' legendary story."

Craig Viveiros, Director, says: “H.G. Wells' seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times but it's always had a contemporary (and American) setting, this is the first version to be set in London and the Home Counties during the Edwardian period. Peter's scripts manage to honour the source material with great skill, but we aim to provide a thoroughly modern thrill ride for the audience, delivering an alien invasion story that will shock and awe audiences across the globe.”

Peter Harness says: "The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that's faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror. There is nothing cosy or predictable about Wells’ novel, and that’s what I want to capture in the show. We have an incredible cast, a brilliant director and a wonderful crew - and I can’t wait for them to explode the terrifying story of the first alien invasion on to our screens.”

Music for the show will be scored by, critically acclaimed composer Russ Davies and cinematographer is James Friend BSC (Rillington Place). The award-winning design team includes production designer Pat Campbell (Rillington Place), costume designer Howard Burden (The War Bride) and make-up designer Vickie Lang (An Adventure in Space and Time).

The War of the Worlds is a Mammoth Screen drama for BBC One. The executive producers are Damien Timmer, Preethi Mavahalli, Peter Harness, Craig Viveiros for Mammoth Screen and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will be responsible for international distribution.


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