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Oliver Hudson to Co-Star with Jenna Fischer in Ellen DeGeneres’ ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together’

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Oliver Hudson has booked to co-lead in ABC’s comedy pilot “Splitting Up Together,” opposite Jenna Fischer, Variety has learned.

Splitting Up Together,” which hails from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, is the story of a couple, Lena and Martin, whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment.

Hudson will play Martin, who is described as an athletic, easy-going kind of guy, who adjusts to his suddenly divorced life with hopeful optimism, but as a newly single parent, he can’t help but wonder what went wrong in his marriage. Previously announced, Fischer will play Lena.

Splitting Up Together” is based on the original Danish series, created by Mette Heeno. The ABC adaptation was penned by Emily Kapnek, and the pilot will be directed by Dean Holland. Exec »


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Bobby Moynihan to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself and I’ — What About ‘SNL’?

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Saturday Night Live” veteran Bobby Moynihan will star in the CBS comedy pilot “Me, Myself and I,” Variety has learned.

Moynihan signing on to topline the broadcast comedy signals his potential exit from “Saturday Night Live,” on which he has been a staple since 2008. Should the CBS pilot go to series, Moynihan’s departure would mark the latest shake-up on “SNL,” following high-profile departures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who also left for other scripted series over the past year. Currently in his ninth season on “SNL,” Moynihan is one of the longest-running cast members, alongside Kenan Thompson.

Upon Variety‘s request, NBC did not comment on Moynihan’s future status on “SNL.”

“Me, Myself and I” examines one man’s life over 50 years. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042 — Moynihan will play the present day man, Alex Riley »


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‘Talking Dead’ Spinoff With Chris Hardwick Set at AMC

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AMC is expanding “The Walking Dead” aftershow “Talking Dead” into a year-round talk franchise. The cable channel announced Wednesday “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” a new hour-long talk show that will air at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights — specifically Sunday nights when new episodes of “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead” are not airing. On evenings when they are, Hardwick’s long-running aftershow “Talking Dead” will air instead.

Each hour-long episode of “Talking” will feature Hardwick interviewing a single guest or cast. Unlike “Talking Dead,” which focuses on the “Walking Dead” universe, “Talking” will feature guests from across pop culture.

Chris Hardwick is just the ultimate fan guide, advocate and conversationalist. He took our desire to serve the fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ with an hour of discussion and analysis following each new episode and turned it into the #1 talk show on television, and a model that has been widely emulated but never quite duplicated, because »


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June Squibb and Hal Holbrook to Guest Star on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (Exclusive)

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“Grey’s Anatomy” has tapped June Squibb and Hal Holbrook as guest stars, Variety has learned exclusively.

The duo will appear in the episode on Mar. 23, playing Elsie Clatch and Lewis Clatch, a married couple who visit Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. No other details on their storyline have been revealed.

Additionally, the Mar. 23 episode will also welcome back guest star Latanya Richardson Jackson, who will reprise her role as Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) mother, Diane Pierce.

Squibb, who was nominated for the Academy Award for “Nebraska,” recently had an arc on Showtime’s “Shameless.” She will be in the upcoming film “Table 19.” She is repped by Brs/Gage.

Holbrook, star of his iconic Tony-winning one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight,” has been keeping busy in recent years. The multiple-time Emmy-winner had a recurring role on “Sons of Anarchy” and guest starred in an episode of “Bones” this year. He is repped by Jr Talent Group.

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Alison Brie Wrestling Comedy Series ‘Glow’ Sets Netflix Premiere Date (Video)

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Netflix announced the premiere date for the new Alison Brie wrestling comedy series “Glow” on Wednesday. The series, which will launch on June 23, Brie plays Ruth, a struggling actress who becomes a TV wrestler in a last-ditch effort to keep her star burning. Marc Maron will also star as Sam Sylvia, a has-been director who now finds himself in charge of an all-female wrestling league. The show was co-created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch will act as showrunners. “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann will executive produce. Also Read: David Fincher's Netflix Show »


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Casey Wilson Joins Busy Philipps, Bradley Whitford in NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Sackett Sisters’

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Casey Wilson will co-star in NBC’s comedy pilot “The Sackett Sisters,” Variety has learned.

The “Happy Endings” alum joins previously announced stars Busy Philipps and Bradley Whitford.

The Sackett Sisters” is a comedy about the Sackett family, which is reunited when two estranged sisters (Wilson and Philipps) perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Whitford will play the dad, Henry Sackett. 

The single-camera comedy pilot hails from “30 Rock” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” scribe Luke Del Tredici, who will serve as executive producer with Tina FeyRobert Carlock and David MinerUniversal Television is producing with Fey’s Little Stranger shingle.

The Sackett Sisters” is shaping up to be one of NBC’s hottest comedies with Fey exec producing, and Wilson and Philipps as the co-leads.

Following “Happy Endings,” Wilson previously starred in NBC’s comedy “Marry Me,” which ran one season during the 2014-2015 season. “Sackett »


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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 24: Full Celebrity Cast Announced

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Dancing With the Stars” is returning to the ballroom next month for Season 24, and a new cast of celebrity contestants was revealed Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Charo, “SNL” comedian Chris Kattan, “The A-Team” star Mr. T, “Glee” alum Heather Morris and NFL player Rashad Jennings are among the contestants who will compete for the mirror ball trophy.

As previously reported by Variety, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, and “The BachelorNick Viall will also put on their dancing shoes.

Here’s the full rundown of the “DWTS” Season 24 celebrities and their pro partners:

Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess Charo with Keo Motsepe Chris Kattan with Witney Carson David Ross with Lindsay Arnold Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy Mr. T with Kym Herjavec Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy Rashad Jennings with »


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Benedict Cumberbatch Will Star in Showtime’s Miniseries ‘Melrose’

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While Benedict Cumberbatch‘s future on Sherlock is uncertain at the moment, the actor has locked up another part for television. The Doctor Strange star will star in Showtime’s adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn‘s Melrose novels, including Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk. Cumberbatch will play Aubyn’s protagonist, Patrick Melrose, in the miniseries. Below, learn more about the Benedict Cumberbatch […]

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Seek Parity in New Contract

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The last hurdle to Warner Bros. TV and CBS clinching a two-season renewal of “The Big Bang Theory” is setting a new contract with actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

According to multiple sources, the five original cast members on the show – Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — made the extraordinary gesture of taking a small pay cut to free up money for raises for Bialik and Rauch. The move is evidence of the strong camaraderie among the key players on the show that remains primetime’s most-watched comedy. The general harmony behind the scenes has also contributed to the show’s enduring creative strength, bolstered by the comedic chops of the core ensemble.

But as the dealmaking for what might be the final two seasons of “Big Bang” hits the home stretch, reps for Bialik and Rauch are said to be pressing for the studio to add some more coin to »


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Rita Wilson, Archie Panjabi Cast in Fox Pilot About Sexual Assault on College Campuses

28 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rita Wilson and Archie Panjabi have been cast in Fox’s drama pilot about sexual scandals on college campuses, Variety has learned.

The untitled university project — formerly titled “Controversy” — centers around the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois school that must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

Wilson will play Constance Hawthorne, the dignified but fierce head of Uci Board of Trustees. Panjabi will play Jourdan Price, the crisis management consultant brought in to help with the scandal.

Previously announced, Austin Stowell will also star in the Fox pilot as the central character, Matt Kincaid, the Junior Counsel of the university.

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Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Developing Musical Event Series at Fox About Harlem’s Cotton Club

28 February 2017 11:33 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is developing an event series about the Cotton Club, the hottest club in Harlem in the roaring ‘20s, Variety has learned.

Titled “Cotton Club,” the sexy, soapy music series is about the club and the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it.

The project hails from an A-list team. Ayanna Floyd is writer and showrunner, and will serve as executive producer with live event honchos Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Broadway vet Kenny Leon will serve as director and executive producer, and former “X Factor” judge L.A. Reid is executive music supervisor and Ep.

Sony Pictures Television and Storyline Entertainment are behind the event series, which is in early development at the script phase. Mark Nicholson, John Rice, and Joe Batteer are also co-executive producers.

“Cotton Club” follows in the footsteps of Fox’s other musical programming, including “Grease: Live” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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‘Criminal Minds’ Alum Shemar Moore to Star in ‘S.W.A.T.’ Reboot at CBS

28 February 2017 11:48 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shemar Moore is returning to CBS.

The “Criminal Minds” alum will star in the network’s reboot of “S.W.A.T.,” Variety has learned. He will also serve as a producer on the pilot.

Based on the movie of the same name, the pilot follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly-trained unit that’s the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

Moore will play the lead lieutenant, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, who exudes calmness, but is always ready for action. He has all the ability to become a leader — he’s just not happy with the reason he just became one.

Previously announced, the pilot will also star Stephanie Sigman, who will play Jessica, an ambitious and fastidious high-ranking S.W.A.T. member.

The “S.W.A.T.” pilot was written by Aaron Thomas and will be directed by Justin Lin »


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‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Casts Anson Mount as Black Bolt

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Hell on Wheels” star Anson Mount has landed the lead role on ABC’s newest Marvel series, “Inhumans,” TheWrap has learned. Mount will play the role of Black Bolt, the King of the Inhumans. Like his counterpart in the comic book pages, the role will be silent. Mount is the second cast member to join the series. “Game of Thrones” alum Iwan Rheon will play Maximus, Black Bolt’s younger brother. “Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently,” said executive producer Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, in a statement. “His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing almost. »


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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Taken’ Nabs Most Viewers for a New Drama Debut Since October

28 February 2017 8:34 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Taken” adaptation snatched the most eyeballs for any new drama debut on the Big 4 broadcast networks since early October. Of course, the small-screen version of the Liam Neeson thriller premiered immediately after “The Voice” kicked off its new season, which would prove a boon to even the lamest of shows. That said, “When We Rise” opened after a strong showing from “The Bachelor,” but the new ABC miniseries got off to a weak start on Monday. With its own combination — and a “Big Bang Theory” repeat on CBS — NBC easily won primetime in both the key 18-49 demographic. »


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‘Feud’ Season Two on FX to Tackle Charles and Diana Saga

28 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ryan Murphy has set his sights on the unhappy union of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana as the next installment of “Feud,” which has grabbed a 10-episode order from FX.

The deal comes as a big vote of confidence in Murphy and his team from FX. The first eight-episode season of “Feud” is set to premiere on Sunday, focusing on the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of 1963’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Murphy is teaming with Jon Robin Baitz to write the Charles and Diana story. Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin Woodall will exec produce “Feud: Charles and Diana” with Murphy and Baitz for Fox 21 Television Studios. Plan B is also producing “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Charles and Diana were married in a 1981 wedding that became a worldwide media event, turning the 20-year-old princess into a global superstar. But »


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11 Honorees Selected For WGA TV Writer Access Program

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Eleven female and minority writers have been named this year's honorees of the WGA West's TV Writer Access Program. Now in its eighth year, the goal of the program is to "promote diversity and foster inclusiveness in the entertainment industry." Honorees in the one-hour drama category are: Rachel Feldman – Kinks Adrian A. Cruz – Irwindale Sharon Hoffman – The Doubling Peter Hume – Righteous Texas Donald Joh – Mulberry Tonya KongSkin Deep Zak Shaikh – Runaways Mollie… »

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Producer Aaron Kaplan Teams With Fellow Top USC Alums To Launch ‘First Jobs’ Program For Cinematic Arts Graduates

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Leading TV producer Aaron Kaplan (Life In Pieces, Santa Clarita Diet) is giving back to his alma mater, USC. Kaplan, President and CEO of Kapital Entertainment, has created First Jobs, a program which gives recent Cinematic Arts graduates their first paid entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry. Kaplan, a graduate from USC’s Marshall School of Business, who as an agent at Wma taught at the School Of Cinematic Arts and helped it secure a star on the Hollywood Walk… »

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Oliver Hudson To Star In ‘Splitting Up Together’ ABC Comedy Pilot From Emily Kapnek

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Nashville alum Oliver Hudson is set as the male lead opposite Jenna Fischer in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot Splitting Up Together, from Suburgatory and Selfie creator Emily Kapnek, Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Kapnek, based on the 2016 Danish series created by Mette Heeno, and directed by Dean Holland, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple, Lena (Fischer) and Martin (Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce… »

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Marvel's Inhumans: Serinda Swan to Play Medusa on New ABC Series

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Things are about to get hairy for Graceland alum Serinda Swan, who has been cast as Medusa in ABC’s upcoming Marvel’s Inhumans series.

In the never-before-told story of the royal family, Medusa is the Queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt (played by Hell on WheelsAnson Mount), serving as his most trusted advisor. As for her powers, Medusa is a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers.

“Serinda empowers Medusa’s regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character, »


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Viacom’s Bob Bakish Talks Paramount CEO Search, Cable Strategy Revamp

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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has been meeting prospective candidates to take the helm of Paramount as part of the thorough revamp of the company’s strategic approach to operations.

Bakish detailed his rationale behind the plan unveiled last month to focus most of Viacom’s TV resources on six core cable channels. And he talked up the importance of Paramount working much more closely with its cable siblings during a 40-minute Q&A Wednesday held as part of the annual Morgan Stanley Technology Media and Telecom Conference.

Bakish was asked by Morgan Stanley’s Ben Swinburne about the status of the Paramount job search following last week’s formal announcement that Brad Grey was stepping down as chairman-ceo of the studio after 12 years. But he didn’t offer much in the way of details.

“I’ve met some exciting candidates,” Bakish said. “I believe that’s actionable in the near term.”

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