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Freeform's 'Beyond' Promotes Eden Brolin to Series Regular (Exclusive)

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Freeform's Beyond is promoting one of its own for season two.

The supernatural drama has upped Eden Brolin to series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Beyond centers on Holden (Burkely Duffield), a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?

Brolin made her well-reviewed debut in »

- Kate Stanhope

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Jordan Peele Inks TV Deal With Sonar Entertainment

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Jordan Peele is plotting his next TV act.

The Key and Peele grad and his Monkeypaw Productions banner have signed a first-look TV deal with independent studio Sonar Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the pact, Peele will create and develop new projects for television and digital outlets.

"Jordan Peele is one of the brightest stars in our business — a true hyphenate — actor, writer, producer and director. We are excited to partner with him and Monkeypaw," Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “This collaboration aligns perfectly with Sonar’s vision for developing, producing and distributing premium programming with the highest »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Brit Awards: Ed Sheeran Performs "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You"

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Ed Sheeran took the stage to perform his singles "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" at the 2017 Brit Awards. The annual ceremony was hosted by British TV personalities Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis at the 02 Arena in London.

Sheeran played his acoustic guitar before being joined onstage Stormzy who rapped a guest verse during "Shape of You."

Sheeran last performed "Shape of You," which was his first Billboard 100 chart-topper, at this year's Grammys.

Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Skepta, Coldplay, The Chainsmokers and Robbie Williams also performed at the 2017 Brit Awards, hosted by »

- Arlene Washington

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Brit Awards: Andrew Ridgeley, Chris Martin Deliver Extended Tribute to George Michael

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The 2017 Brit awards devoted more than 10 minutes to paying tribute to George Michael.

The London-set music awards show brought former Wham! members Andrew Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirlie and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin out to remember Michael, who was found dead on Christmas Day 2016.

Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirlie took the stage first, reading from prepared remarks about Michael.

Ridgeley began by revealing what it felt like when the news of Michael's death broke. "The greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, an icon of a beloved era and my best friend, George Michael, was lost," he said. "A supernova in »

- Hilary Lewis

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Lee Daniels' 'Star' Scores Season 2 Renewal at Fox

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Star is getting a second act.

Fox has renewed Lee Daniels' girl-group drama for a second season. Season two, like season one, will consist of 13 episodes.

Lee Daniels is a true visionary and he and Tom Donaghy have delivered a series with a unique and meaningful point of view,” network entertainment president David Madden said Wednesday in a statement. “Our incredible cast, led by Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, instantly infused their characters with tremendous depth and passion, and the show has proved to be both powerful and really entertaining. We are thrilled that this Star will continue to shine for a second season.”

Star's renewal comes »

- Kate Stanhope

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Paula Abdul to Star in NBC Comedy From 'Fresh Off the Boat' Team

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NBC has found the perfect person to play Paula Abdul: Paula Abdul.

The singer-dancer-actress and former So You Think You Can Dance judge has been tapped to star in the network's comedy pilot from Fresh Off the Boat's Kourtney Kang and Nahnatchka Khan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera comedy is based on Kang's life and explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like »

- Lesley Goldberg

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IFC Renews Agreement to Telecast Independent Spirit Awards Through 2020

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Film Independent and IFC on Wednesday revealed they have renewed their exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the U.S. through 2020.

“IFC is the perfect home for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. They’re smart, irreverent, funny, and just crazy enough to do a live broadcast from a tent on a beach in February,” Film Independent president Josh Welsh said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be renewing with them and look forward to making mischief together for three more years.”

IFC began airing the awards show in 1994.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards »

- THR Staff

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Jimmy Kimmel Planned to Give Meryl Streep a Pony at the Oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel continues to tease what his first time hosting the Oscars will be like, revealing to Good Morning America that he had planned to gift Meryl Streep with a "real pony" at the awards ceremony.

Kimmel sat down with the ABC morning show to talk about his upcoming gig and said the plan was to honor Streep with the horse in order to celebrate her 20th Oscar nomination. His wife and Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Molly McNearney is helping him write the jokes for the awards show and Molly was in on the gag.

"At first, she thought, »

- THR Staff

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Anne Heche Set as Female Lead in NBC's 'For God and Country'

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Anne Heche is returning to NBC.

The actress has been tapped to star opposite Mike Vogel in the network's military drama pilot For God and Country, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project is described as a heart-pounding look into the complex world of the country's bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

Heche will star as Patricia, the head of operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency. The character commands the respect of someone who holds such a 
high-pressured position.

The casting marks a return to NBC for »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Stephen Colbert Is Late Night's Most Watched Show for the Third Straight Week

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Donald Trump's first 100 days in office continue to be good for Stephen Colbert's ratings.

The CBS late night host, who has been covering the new presidency aggressively, has ranked as the most watched late night talk show for the third straight week, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 17.

The Late Show averaged 3 million viewers last week, extending its winning margin to 296,000 viewers. It marks the show’s largest margin of victory since Colbert’s premiere week back in September 2015.

Tuesday’s broadcast was its most watched of the week, averaging 3.26 million »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Renewed for Season 2

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Fox is bringing back another one of its first-year series.

A day after renewing freshman comedy The Mick, the network has also handed a season two pickup to Lethal Weapon. The drama will be back for a 22-episode second season.

 

Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders,” said network entertainment president David Madden. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank »


- Kate Stanhope

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Jamie Chung to Star as Blink in Fox's Marvel Drama

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Jamie Chung is entering the Marvel universe.

The Gotham actress has signed on to play the famed character Blink in Fox's Marvel drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The untitled project revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. 

Also known as Clarice Fong, Bing is described as sarcastic, lively and a bit of a tomboy. Her naturally strong exuberance has taken a hit after a sudden and traumatic upheaval of her life. As »

- Kate Stanhope

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Louis C.K. Sets Pair of Stand-Up Specials at Netflix

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Netflix is adding yet another A-lister to its roster of comedians.

Louis C.K. has set two new stand-up specials at the deep-pocketed streaming giant, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The first special, titled 2017 and filmed in Washington, D.C., will premiere April 4. The comedian had a four-night stint in D.C. in January as part of his 2016-17 tour that concluded last week. in A date and title for the second has yet to be determined.

"Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand-up. He has also been a thought leader in »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Mariah Carey on Disastrous 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Performance: "I Blame Everybody and I Blame Myself"

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Mariah Carey took a media and social media hiatus after her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance until she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week to perform her new single “I Don’t” with rapper Yg. Now, in one of her first interviews since the now-infamous incident, the singer spoke with Rolling Stone inside her sprawling home about the performance and what went wrong.

"This was out of my control, and had everything not been such a total chaotic mess, then I would have been able to make something happen,” Carey told Rolling Stone. “Even the dancers should have stopped dancing »

- Jillian Frankel, Billboard

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'Hidden Figures,' 'La La Land' Among Location Managers Guild Award Nominees

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The nominees have been unveiled for the Location Managers Guild International's 4th annual Awards, which will be handed out April 8 at the Steven J. Ross Theater at Warner Bros. Studios.

Nominees for a period feature are the location managers of Hacksaw Ridge, Hail, Caesar!, Hidden Figures, Live By Night and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Nominees for a contemporary film are Hell Or High Water, Jason Bourne, La La Land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea.

In the TV categories, the location managers of The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Man in the High Castle, Stranger Things and Westworld »

- Carolyn Giardina

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TV Ratings: 'This Is Us' Reigns Supreme

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A very special episode of This Is Us helped the freshman NBC drama easily secure another Tuesday victory.

With just two episodes left this season, the family drama was once again the top show of the night with a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. 

NBC won the night, also helped by steady episodes of The Wall (1.4 adults) and Chicago Fire (1.6 adults).

On CBS, NCIS (1.7 adults) and Bull (1.4 adults) were both flat, while NCIS: Nola (1.1 adults) fell two-tenths.

ABC was even across the board thanks to it's two-hour family comedy block of The Middle »

- Kate Stanhope

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Jeanne Saint-Calbre, Former Actress and Talent Agent, Dies at 87

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Jeanne Saint-Calbre, a former theatrical agent at Writers & Artists, has died. She was 87.

Saint-Calbre died Jan. 24 in Hossegor, France, according to Don Spradlin of Essential Talent Management.

At Writers & Artists (since acquired by Paradigm), Saint-Calbre represented actors including G.W. Bailey (The Closer), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Michael Jeter (Evening Shade), Belita Moreno (George Lopez) and Perfect Strangers star Bronson Pinchot, who described her as "a mix between Snow White and Blanche DuBois."

Born Jeanne Elinor Smith in Memphis, Tenn., she spent her childhood in Jackson, Miss. »

- Mike Barnes

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Ranking 'How to Get Away With Murder' Suspects: Who Actually Killed Wes?

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"I want to keep people guessing until the end," How to Get Away With Murder creator Pete Nowalk told The Hollywood Reporter when the ABC drama returned after its winter hiatus.

The first half of the third season saw a different member of the Htgawm team revealed safe each week before unveiling the actual murder victim on the gurney in the season premiere. But the second half did no such thing. In fact, each week's teaser showed a different member of the Keating Five (and some of the group's ancillary members) inside the house before Wes' death.

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- Jean Bentley

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Hot TV Trend: Projects Tackling Race

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du jour in primetime.

Showtime revealed Feb. 17 that it is developing The Ali Summit, a limited series about the momentous June 4, 1967, gathering of 11 of the nation's top black athletes (plus Ohio state representative Carl Stokes) to vet and ultimately to support Muhammad Ali's conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft. The drama, from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars), is the latest scripted project explicitly to tackle the topic of race relations in the U.S. and, to a lesser degree, »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Bill Maher Takes Credit for Milo Yiannopoulos' Downfall

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Bill Maher has a message for his critics: You're welcome.

After facing backlash over booking Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO show last week, the Real Time host told The New York Times he feels the appearance helped to contribute to the controversial figure's swift downfall.

"What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage," Maher said of Yiannopoulos' Real Time visit Friday night. "And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at Cpac. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, »

- Jackie Strause

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