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At least one Survivor’s Remorse star has already booked her next gig: Erica Ash, who played M-Chuck on the recently ended Starz series, will lead Bet’s upcoming legal drama In Contempt.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ash will play Gwen Sullivan, a passionate legal aid lawyer who is considered the best public defender in her district of New York City. Bet has given the project a 10-episode, straight-to-series order.
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Sterling K. Brown can’t stop smiling.
It’s the morning after his momentous win at the Emmy Awards, and Brown is still grinning from ear to ear. Even on just a few hours sleep, it would be hard to extinguish that famous blinding white beam, what with back-to-back trophies to his name. After winning last year for his work as Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” on Sunday night he took home the prize for best actor in a drama for “This Is Us,” as the anxiety-ridden but oh-so-lovable Randall Pearson on the NBC-20th Century Fox production.
It’s been nearly two decades since a black actor claimed the prize — a profound fact that was not lost on Brown. Andre Braugher, who starred in NBC’s “Homicide,” was one of the first people he thanked in his acceptance speech. “It is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps,” he »
- Debra Birnbaum
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The TV vet — whose credits include Third Watch, Boston Legal, The Divide and, more recently, Empire — will play Shay Mosely, a former Secret Service agent and the team’s new executive assistant director. Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an east coast style and demeanor to the west coast team.
Exec producer R. Scott Gemmill says “the character was created specifically for Nia »
Sometimes, dreams do come true. After nearly twenty years, a sequel to one of the most beloved shark movies ever is finally happening. That's right, folks. Deep Blue Sea 2 is being filmed as we speak. According to Moviehole, Deep Blue Sea 2 isn't just happening, it is already being shot in Africa. That's the good part. The possible bad part? It is being done as a SyFy original movie. Here's what Moviehole had to say about it.
"Darin Scott ('House Party: Tonight's the Night') has been shooting the film in Cape Town, with newly announced 'Aquaman' co-star (and 'Third Watch' alum) Michael Beach among the cast. The film is being produced as a telefilm for the SyFy channel, so don't expect cameos from any of the original 'Deep Blue Sea" players (namely Thomas Jane)."
So not seeing Thomas Jane come back to kick some »
Third Watch star Michael Beach has been cast as a character named Jesse Kane in Aquaman—at least that’s the official story Warner Bros. is telling, according to Deadline. Kane is reportedly a “high-seas hijacker” who has a “fateful interaction with Aquaman” in James Wan’s film. But, as Deadline points out, speculation has been going around for a while now that Beach could be the dad of villain Black Manta, who is being portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. And Beach has not done much to dissuade that theory’s supporters, posting a cryptic message on Twitter.
Yes or No ... correct! https://t.co/khOOAPjSMa
— Michael Beach (@MikeABeach) May 24, 2017
Of course, Beach could just be having a bit of fun—or this could be a “John Harrison” situation all over again. According to some Aquaman lore, the death of Black Manta’s father is crucial to his »
- Esther Zuckerman
Beach has been cast as Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. Beach guest-starred alongside Momoa on “Stargate: Atlantis” several years ago and acted in Wan’s “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
The cast also includes Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Ludi Lin, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Peter Safran is producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Rob Cowan and DC Film’s Geoff Johns and Jon Berg are executive producing.
“Aquaman” is based on the DC Comics character who’s king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. He was first introduced in the early 1940s. Momoa made his debut as Aquaman last year in a cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and will reprise that role later this year in “Justice League.”
Beach recently starred in Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day.” TV credits include “Third Watch,” “ER,” “Sons of Anarchy” along with feature films “Waiting to Exhale,” “One False Move,” “True Romance,” “A Family Thing,” “Soul Food,” and Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts.”
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- Dave McNary
We hope Nia Long likes slap bracelets.
As previously reported, the offshoot — which is currently in the pilot stage — will center on high school gym teacher Rick Mellor, a recurring character on The Goldbergs; Bryan Callen, who plays Mellor, is attached to star. The premise: Mellor and another high school teacher team up to act as father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school.
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To find the lead for its upcoming Marvel’s The Inhumans, ABC went to hell. On wheels.
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Per the official release, Black Bolt is the “enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.”
The eight-episode series will tell the story of Black Bolt and the royal family. In the comics, Maximus is Black Bolt’s somewhat deranged brother/adversary. »
Brooke Kennedy has produced hundreds of hours of television, much of it in New York City. But of all her experiences in the trenches, nothing quite compares to directing the first episode of “The Good Fight” at a Park Avenue location on the night of Nov. 8, as Donald Trump pulled off his stunning political upset in the presidential race.
As Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo got to work on a particularly emotional scene in “The Good Wife” spinoff — which premieres Sunday on CBS All Access — Kennedy looked out and saw the darkness around the edges of the office-building set flecked with the blue-ish glow of smartphone screens.
“Everyone in the crew was on their phones, and you could start to read it on everybody’s face,” Kennedy recalls.
As horrified as Kennedy was on a personal level (she’s no Donald Trump fan), her first instinct was to protect the actors from the news to allow them »
- Cynthia Littleton
CBS is going military.
The network on Friday handed out a pilot order to an untitled Navy SEALs drama from writer Ben Cavell, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions the country can ask.
Cavell (Sneaky Pete, Homeland, Justified) will pen the script and exec produce alongside CBS Television Studios-based Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Chris Chulack (Shameless, Animal Kingdom, Southland, ER, Third Watch) is also on board to exec produce and direct the pilot. The SEALs drama reunites Cavell »
- Lesley Goldberg
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