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‘Twin Peaks’: Former Series Star Joan Chen Pitches Her Character’s Wild Return to David Lynch

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David Lynch’s wildly anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is kitted out with plenty of talented faces — over 200, both old and new — but there’s still a handful of original stars who were not tapped to return for the Showtime series. One of them is Joan Chen, who played Josie Packard during the show’s original run (and, incidentally, was the very first face to appear in the series’ very first episode, way back in 1990).

Chen, however, is eager to change that, and The Hollywood Reporter shares a compelling — and kind of wild — letter from the actress that she sent to Lynch, asking for her role to be reprised. Given that Chen’s character ended her “Twin Peaks” run as a drawer knob, it’s obviously written from a unique perspective.

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- Kate Erbland

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‘SNL’ Star Leslie Jones to Host 2017 ‘BET Awards’

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Saturday Night Live” player Leslie Jones is set to host the 2017 “BET Awards.”

“I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year,” Jones said on Wednesday. “BET was the first network and place where I was on TV — I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming.”

As previously announced, Beyoncé dominates this year’s nominations with a total of seven including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for “Freedom,” Video of the Year, and Album of the Year for “Lemonade.” Bruno Mars follows with five nods including Album of the Year, »


- Tony Maglio

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Vera Farmiga Joins Cast of Anthology Series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

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Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.

Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.

Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »


- Robert Mitchell

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TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12

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In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”

Renewals

Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Casting

Richard Kind has been cast in the guest starring role of Benny Konopka in Electric Entertainment’s series “The Librarians,” which will run for a fourth season on TNT this winter. “The »


- Erin Nyren

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NBC’s ‘The Brave’ Taps ‘Covert Affairs’ Creators as Co-Showrunners

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NBC’s upcoming drama series “The Brave” has added Matt Corman and Chris Ord as co-showrunners and executive producers.

Corman and Ord previously created the USA series “Covert Affairs,” which they also wrote and executive produced, in addition to serving as executive producers on The CW show “Containment.” They will work on “The Brave” alongside series creator and executive producer Dean Georgaris.

The pair is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Schenkman.

The Brave,” formerly known as “For God and Country,” revolves around an elite team of military operatives who use advance surveillance techniques to help execute dangerous missions around the world to save innocent people from harm. The series is produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television. Brad Anderson directed and is an exec producer along with Georgaris, Corman, Ord, Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas »


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Freeform Hires Tricia Melton as New Senior VP of Marketing

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Tricia Melton has been named as the new senior vice president of marketing for Freeform, Variety has learned.

Melton takes over the role from Nigel Cox-Hagan, who announced his resignation at the beginning of May. She will now lead the creative marketing vision for the network and spearhead the strategic execution of all marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. Melton will also oversee all on-air and off-air marketing in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management, as well as promotional partnerships.

“As Freeform positions itself as the young adult brand for the Walt Disney company, Tricia will lead the way toward a master-brand strategy that combines the best of both linear and on-demand,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Freeform. “Although this is a period of rapid change, we are embracing it as a tremendous opportunity and Tricia’s talents and track record should prove to be a win for us—and most importantly »


- Joe Otterson

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Emmy Preview: Who’s In and Who’s Out in 9 Key Categories

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It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the race, who might stage a dramatic return and what newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

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Drama Series

What’s out: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won’t return until the summer, ensuring a new winner will be crowned this year. And PBS’ “Downton Abbey” closed its doors last year.

What’s back: FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” had »


- Geoff Berkshire

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Listen To Chris Cornell’s “Black Hole Sun” With the Background Music Removed

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The world is still reeling from the death of Chris Cornell who at the age of 52 took his own life.  Tributes to the fallen singer and musician have been pouring in on social media and it’s safe to say it’s going to take a very long time for the music industry to recuperate from the tragedy. If there’s one thing that Cornell was known for and will forever be known for, it’s having one of the most wide ranging voices in the history of any singer ever.   He had a 4 octave range and any time Cornell would hit

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- Nat Berman

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 New Trailer Promises War on All Fronts (Watch)

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HBO released the first full trailer for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 on Wednesday.

In the trailer, Cersei tells her brother/lover Jaime that enemies surround them on all sides, but she intends to destroy them all. Meanwhile, we get brief glimpses of Daenerys’ army of the Unsullied and the Dothraki going to battle with Lannister soldiers. Meanwhile, Arya Stark appears to have found her way to the North, where Jon Snow and Sansa rule over Winterfell.

Season 7 will be the penultimate season of the incredibly popular fantasy series. However, five prequel series are currently in the works at the premium cable network, with George Rr Martin recently sharing new details on them with fans.

The new season will debut July 16.

The great war begins 7.16.

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Game of Thrones Season 7: 'The Great War Is Here' In First Official Trailer

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The countdown to Season 7 of Game of Thrones continues with the debut of the first official trailer!

The great war begins 7.16.

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As expected, everyone who ended Season 6 with designs on the Iron Throne remains determined to claim it, including Daenerys, who declares, “I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms — and I will!” There’s also a “great war” brewing, putting Queen Cersei on the defensive. “We’re the last Lannisters,” she says, presumably to Jaime. Then, perhaps because she remembers Tyrion, »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer: Daenerys Is Coming — Watch

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George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” books, on which HBO’s epic fantasy series is based, are collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and in the first official trailer for Season 7, it looks like that song is about to begin in earnest.

Now that winter has finally arrived thanks to Westeros’ weird climate change issues and the creepy White Walkers, that accounts for the ice element. As far as fire goes, the followers of the Red God love to play with fire, but let’s not discount Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dracarys-breathing dragons. Furthermore, she is known as The Unburnt and has been known for her pyromaniac theatrics as well.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs: Of the Four Options, There’s Already an Obvious Winner

We see in the trailer below that the convergence of ice and fire we’ve been waiting for will finally happen. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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The Bold and the Beautiful: Ridge Strikes Back at Thomas

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The Bold and the Beautiful fans know Ridge is not happy with his son. Not only did Thomas take the side of a girl the entire family hates, he also gave her money to keep her business going while they were trying to send her to prison for her crimes. Choosing Sally and Sally’s wellbeing over his own family’s feelings is not something Ridge is very happy about, and he’s not looking to make amends with the boy at this point in time. He has better things to do with his life, and one of them is not to be

The Bold and the Beautiful: Ridge Strikes Back at Thomas »

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

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On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered,” Lithgow »


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Ellen DeGeneres Lands New Netflix Stand Up Special

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Ellen DeGeneres will appear in a brand new stand up special for Netflix.

The daytime host made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning. The official Netflix account tweeted at her saying, “Looks like it’s been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?” DeGeneres replied shortly thereafter, “Let me think about it. Ok, I’m in.”

DeGeneres got her start in stand up comedy before transitioning into acting and then hosting her syndicated daytime show. The new special will mark her first since 2000, when she appeared in “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” for HBO.

She is the latest high-profile comedian to partner with Netflix for a comedy special. Previously, Kevin James announced he would return to stand up with his own Netflix special, while the streaming giant recently released new specials from Tracy Morgan and two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy shows, the first two of three specials Chappelle will release on the »


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Diane Keaton’s AFI Life Achievement Tribute Sets TNT Airdate, Cinematographer Also To Be Feted

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Updated, May 24, 9:32 Am: Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon will help honor the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Diane Keaton at the gala tribute on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. In addition, cinematographer Frederick Elmes who has worked with everyone from David Lynch to Ang Lee, will be presented with the 27th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. The AFI Life Achievement Award… »

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Elizabeth Banks is Directing a Charlie’s Angels Reboot: But Why?

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When you think of Elizabeth Banks you don’t think of her as a director, you think of her as a comedic actress.  However, few people realize that she directed Pitch Perfect 2, a few short films, is directing a TV movie called The Greater Good and now she’s officially become the director of a Charlie’s Angels reboot that’s slated to be released in 2019.  According to Bleeding Cool It’s the age of the reboot and that means we’re getting another Charlie’s Angels. According to Variety it’s going to be directed by Elizabeth Banks. Banks is also going to produce the

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- Nat Berman

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Ellen DeGeneres Eyes Stand-Up Return With Netflix Comedy Special

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Another A-list standup comedian is returning to the mic for a Netflix special. Ellen DeGeneres is teaming with the Internet network for her first standup special in 15 years. The news was revealed on Twitter this morning, with DeGeneres playfully replying to Netflix’s invitation for a standup return. Let me think about it. Ok I'm in. https://t.co/kUAdHyXAjS — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 24, 2017 Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up… »

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‘The Brave’: Matt Corman & Chris Ord Join NBC Drama Series As Co-Showrunners

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NBC and Universal TV have tapped Covert Affairs creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord as executive producers and co-showrunners of the new drama series The Brave, which landed the plum Monday 10 Pm slot behind The Voice on the network’s fall schedule. On the series, from Universal TV and Keshet Studios, Corman and Ord will serve as co-showrunners alongside writer/creator Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life). The three executive produce… »

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Fox News Reveals “Smoking Gun” That They’re Spying On Andrea Tantaros, Claims Ex-Host’s Lawyer

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At this point, it feels like not a week goes by without some legal action related to Fox News Channel and this week is no exception, but today it is the cable newser that fired the latest salvo – and that has Andrea Tantaros' lawyer claiming they made his day. "I could not be happier about the strength of my case because Fox News has now handed me the smoking gun, evidence that they were electronically surveilling Ms. Tantaros' telephone conversations as late as April 21… »

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Bill Maher Teams With Attn: To Deliver His “F*ck Mars!” Message In Animation

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"New rule: F*ck Mars! Stop fantasizing that Mars is Earth's backup planet,” Bill Maher rants in his second animated editorial with Attn:. This new editorial echoes sentiments Maher expressed during an episode of his HBO series Real Time about a month ago, telling viewers that, in honor of Earth Day, “everyone has to shut up about Mars, and how cool it would be to live there and start over some place new,”calling it a dangerous idea that we can “keep on trashing Earth&#8221… »

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