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Most romantic comedies are selling a fantasy: flowers, Champagne, weddings that cost more than the budget of your average indie film. But The Big Sick, a rom-com that takes a long detour into random disaster, grounds itself in reality from the very first scene, when an emcee calls a young comedian named Kumail Nanjiani to the stage. The Silicon Valley star, playing a loose version of himself, dramatizes the decade-old period when he met his wife – the film's co-writer Emily V. Gordon. They fell in love, dated and broke up »
In a pretty unique deal for a broadcast series, Netflix has acquired global rights to the CW’s upcoming reboot of Dynasty for all international territories outside of the U.S. I hear Netflix became involved early in the process, expressing interest in distributing the show based on its iconic title, which has global appeal, and A-list auspices in Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Dynasty is produced by CBS TV Studios. The deal for the show between Cb… »
Jessica Szohr will be joining the Showtime dramedy as a recurring character in Season 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Gossip Girl alum will play Nessa, "a strong, tough and smart lesbian who is a tenant in
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- Megan Vick
The actress will play Nessa, a tough, smart lesbian who lives in Fiona’s newly purchased apartment building, per The Hollywood Reporter. Nessa will reportedly develop a strong friendship with her landlord Fiona.
Szohr played Brooklyn hipster Vanessa, an occasional love interest for Penn Badgley’s Dan, during the first four seasons of The CW’s Gossip Girl. Her other TV credits include At&T Audience Network’s Kingdom, »
Turning the Full Frontal set into a Twilight Zone-esque fever dream, Bee – and a turtlenecked chorus of grammar nerds – did poke fun at Trump's ramblings and his tenuous grasp on the English language, but they focused more on his administration's dangerous and willful warping of it.
For instance, Bee noted how Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of being a "leaker »
Showtime's Shameless is adding a new face for its upcoming eighth season.
Szohr will play Nessa, a strong, tough and smart lesbian who is a tenant in Fiona's (Rossum) newly purchased apartment building. The duo will develop a strong friendship.
The casting keeps Szohr in the Showtime fold after her brief appearance on the premium cable network's Twin Peaks revival. The actress' credits also include USA Network's Complications and Audience Network's Kingdom. She's repped by ICM Partners and Atlas »
- Lesley Goldberg
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively may be teaming up for a murder mystery. Deadline reports that the actresses are in talks to star in “A Simple Favor,” a project being set up at Lionsgate. Paul Feig has signed on to write and direct the film.
Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel of the same name, “A Simple Favor” centers on a mommy blogger whose best friend suddenly disappears. The book has earned comparisons to two other page-turners that went on to receive big screen adaptations, Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.”
The project is expected to shoot this August in Toronto.
Kendrick will next be seen in the third installment of the “Pitch Perfect” aca-franchise. Directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” is set to bow December 22. Lively’s newest film, “All I See Is You,” hits theaters September 15. The “Gossip Girl” alumna plays a blind woman who regains her sight.
Lively has already signed on to star in another adaptation of a mystery novel, “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret.” “The Shallows” star will play a woman who discovers a shocking secret that her husband has been hiding for years.
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Talks to Star in Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Jessica Queller (Gossip Girl) and Robert Rovner (Dallas) have been promoted to co-showrunners alongside Andrew Kreisberg, and will also serve as executive producers with Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
Supergirl will return to The CW for its third season on Monday, October 9th. Expect to see a first trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con next month. »
- Gary Collinson
Short-form content isn’t new, but it’s gaining popularity among creators, production companies and viewers. And it’s just getting started.
“Just because it’s short in length doesn’t mean it has any less effect on an audience or requires any less skill to make,” says Matthew Henick, head of development at BuzzFeed, which upped production of original short-form series from two or three to about 30.
He’s noticing TV-like consumption behavior, too, as each episode of “Worth It” garners tens of millions of views. “People are seeking it out and showing their affinity for it just as they would a TV show,” Henick says. He notes this is BuzzFeed’s first year submitting in short form: “Try Guys” for short form variety series, and “Worth It” for short form non-fiction/reality.
Condé Nast Entertainment began investing in digital and short form five years ago and now has 18 branded channels. Condé »
- Paula Hendrickson
This summer, it's Mandy Moore's turn to fight a shark. In 47 Meters Down (out June 16), the onetime "Candy" singer stars alongside Vampire Diaries actress Claire Holt as two sisters whose vacation takes a turn for the worst when their diving cage breaks away from a boat and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. To get to safety, the sisters will have to swim through waters infested by bloodthirsty great white sharks. Guess how far that swim is? Anyway, here's something strange: I own a copy of this movie on DVD, except it's titled In the Deep.
That's because 47 Meters Down was initially set to be released straight-to-dvd last August, just a little over a month after the summer's other shark attack movie, The Shallows, hit theaters on June 24. (Another weird fact: In the Deep, which 47 Meters Down was briefly rebranded, was the original name of The Shallows from Anthony Jaswinski's script.) In the end, it's not »
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including The Orville‘s maiden space voyage, ABC’s rapping Mayor, David Boreanaz’s Seal drama and NBC’s “true” new Law & Order. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
The Show | The CW’s Valor (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Oct. 9)
Related Read Our First Impressions of ABC’s The Mayor and The Good Doctor, »
For some, it's hard to remember a time when Ryan Reynolds wasn't married to (and shutting down the red carpet with) Blake Lively. But before he and the former Gossip Girl star tied the knot on a South Carolina plantation, Ryan actually had a pretty colorful dating history. From costars to '90s It girls, look through to see the women he's romanced over the years. Related31 Drop-Dead Sexy Ryan Reynolds Snaps That Will Make You Feel Faint »
- Brittney Stephens
Misfits is officially getting the reboot treatment.
Freeform has given a pilot order to a remake of the British sci-fi series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Misfits centers on a group of young offenders in a community service program who develop supernatural powers after being hit by a mysterious electrical storm. Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZombie, Veronica Mars) wrote the adaptation and will serve as showrunner, executive producing with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), as well as with original series creator Howard Overman and original series producer Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films. Victoria Mahoney (Grey’s Anatomy) will direct the pilot.
- Kate Stanhope
It seems to be an unwritten law of pop culture that every new generation must be bequeathed with their very own, massively popular high school drama that will come to set the tone and style for their entire adolescence and beyond. Gen Z has their Pretty Little Liars and the chic-beyond-their-years kids of Riverdale. Millennials made things more salacious with Dawson’s Creek, The O.C., and the infinitely quotable Gossip Girl. But, of course, none of these shows would have existed without the sensationalistic Og teen soap that set the stage for all of their youthful schadenfreude and melodrama to unfold – Beverly Hills, »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
“Dawson’s Creek” “Dawson’s Creek” ran on The WB from 1998 – 2003, and starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and and Joshua Jackson. The show set the stage for shows featuring teen love in small New England towns like “One Tree Hill” and “Gilmore Girls.” “Gossip Girl” Kristen Bell is the voice of Gossip Girl, an anonymous blogger who revels in revealing secrets about the spoiled kids of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Drama lovers, your search ends here: Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester) go through scandals galore. “Gossip Girl” Kristen Bell is the voice of Gossip Girl, »
- Ashley Boucher
James Corden announced the lineup for “The Late Late Show’s” London broadcast next week. Corden will be joined in his home country by Nicole Kidman, David Beckham, Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson and Kit Harington. The show will broadcast from Central Hall Westminster at 12:37 a.m. Et/Pt on CBS from June 6 – 8. The late-night segment will also feature music from Harry Styles, Kings of Leon, and a new Carpool Karaoke with Sheeran.
Janelle Monae and Juno Temple will join the cast for an episode of Amazon’s “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” The episode titled “Autofac” is part of the upcoming 10-episode sci-fi anthology series. The stand-alone episodes are inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short series. Jay Paulson »
- Rebecca Rubin
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including David Boreanaz’s Seal drama, the adventures of Fox’s Gifted mutants and ABC’s rapping Mayor. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots. Next up on our list….
Related Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?
The Show | The CW’s Dynasty (Wednesdays at 9/8c, premiere date Tba)
James Corden will be seeing stars — and lots of them — when he heads back to his homeland.
CBS’ The Late Late Show will welcome guests Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Kit Harington, David Beckham, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Hudson during its broadcasts from London next Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8 (airing at 12:37 am Et).
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Is Chuck Bass making a comeback? Recently, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick spoke with RadioTimes about a possible revival for the CW TV series.Based on the popular books by Cecily von Ziegesar, the CW drama followed a group of young adults who attend a private school in New York’s Upper East Side. The cast included Westwick, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Matthew Settle, Kelly Rutherford, and Jessica Szohr.Read More… »
“Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick wants to cut the chatter on a small screen revival. The face of Chuck Bass told Radio Times he wants nothing to do with a “Gossip Girl” revival. “Nah, that’s not gonna happen,” Westwick told the outlet. “I know there’s a bunch of them coming back – I hear they’re doing ‘Will […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
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