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Laverne Cox to Star in Elizabeth Banks-Produced Psychic Drama Pilot for ABC

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The woman behind “Orange Is the New Black’s” Sophia Burset has signed on to portray another — albeit very different — reformed criminal. Laverne Cox will star in “Spirited,” a one-hour drama about a fake psychic who discovers she has genuine powers. The project, executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, received a put pilot order from ABC. Variety broke the story.

Should the project get picked up to series, “Spirited” would center on Cox’s character as she “realizes she can really communicate with the dead” and “decides to put her con-woman past behind her and actually start helping people.”

Heather Mitchell (“Scandal,” “Still Star-Crossed”) will write and exec produce the pilot. Max Handelman, Banks’ producing partner at Brownstone Productions, will also serve as an Ep.

Spirited” marks Cox and Banks’ second TV collaboration. Cox and Meaghan Rath (“New Girl,” “Being Human”) starred in the Brownstone-produced ABC pilot “The Trustee.” The buddy cop comedy didn’t end up going to series.

Cox made TV history this year as the first transgender actress cast as a regular on a broadcast series. She played lawyer Cameron Wirth on CBS’ short-lived Katherine Heigl legal drama “Doubt.” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Grandma,” and the 2016 TV movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” are among Cox’s other screen credits.

Multi-hyphenate Banks has a bunch of projects in the works. She’s serving as producer on “White Girl Problems,” a book adaptation helmed by Lauren Palmigiano, and producing and starring in “Pitch Perfect 3,” out December 22. Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2” and is set to helm a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” that’s scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. Banks appeared on-screen most recently in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

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Miranda Richardson to Star in New Series from Kay Mellor

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Oscar-nominated actress Miranda Richardson will topline “Girlfriends,” a new drama from Kay Mellor (“In the Club”). Per Deadline, Phyllis Logan (aka Mrs. Hughes of “Downton Abbey”) and Zoë Wanamaker (“Mr. Selfridge”) will also star in the series about “being a modern woman of a certain age.”

“After the dramatic and sudden death of her husband Micky, Linda (Logan) reunites with childhood friends Sue (Richardson) and Gail (Wanamaker),” “Girlfriends’” description reads. “Each is facing their own issues, from a looming divorce to the loss of a high-powered job through age discrimination and juggling the responsibilities of their grandchildren and aging mothers. But as questions over the circumstances of Micky’s death start to be asked, accusations reveal secrets, deception, and doubts.”

Girlfriends” is a project Mellor has wanted to bring to the screen for some time. “I’m aware that there are a lot of women of a certain age who feel like they are invisible and unheard,” the series’ writer-director explained. “So I’m proud to have the chance to shine a light on their lives and give them a voice. The series is not just a platform for their voices though — there is a big, bold, dark story at its heart, which is shot through with humor. I’m hoping both men and women will love it as much as I’ve loved writing it.”

Scheduled to begin filming in June, “Girlfriends” will air on ITV next year in six parts. Mellor is executive producing alongside ITV’s Head of TV Drama, Polly Hill. Rollem Productions is set to produce. Acorn Media Enterprises is ITV’s North American partner.

Richardson has received seven BAFTA nominations throughout her career. She took home the prize for her work in “Damage,” a film that also earned her an Academy Award nomination. The “Testament of Youth” actress received a second Oscar nod for “Tom & Viv.”

You can catch Richardson next as Clementine Churchill, the long-suffering wife of Winston, in “Churchill.” The drama opens June 2.

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Retta to Star In NBC's Good Girls Pilot

Retta to Star In NBC's Good Girls Pilot
NBC has found its third and final Good Girl.

Parks and Recreation vet Retta has joined NBC’s soapy drama pilot Good Girls, rounding out a cast that also includes Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman and EpisodesKathleen Rose Perkins, TVLine has learned.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Penned by ex-Scandal Ep Jenna Bans, the potential series follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who, suddenly faced with dire circumstances, decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.

Retta will play Ruby, a protective,
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Wags: Season Two of E!'s Wives & Girlfriends Series Debuts in June

Dial up the drama. The second season of E!'s Wags TV show premieres Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. A reality series, Wags features "Wives And Girlfriends of Sports Stars."

Cast members returning for Wags season two include Sasha Gates, Barbie Blank, Autumn Ajirotutu, Nicole Williams, Natalie Halcro, and Olivia Pierson. Sophia Pierson and Tia Shipman join the second season cast of Wags.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reboot Casts Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-n-Furter

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Since it was initially announced back in April, we haven't heard much about Fox's reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That silence was broken today, though, when Fox announced that Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black, The Mindy Project) will play Dr. Frank-n-Furter in the reimagining of the midnight movie, stepping into the heels of the role immortalized by Tim Curry over 40 years ago.

Set to debut next fall on Fox, the two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be directed, executive produced, and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (Hocus Pocus, High School Musical). Laverne Cox is the first casting announcement made for the project, which is also executive produced by Lou Adler, who backed the original film. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates. We have the official press release with full details, below:

Press Release: Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black
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She's back! Big Brother's Nikki Grahame on her comeback - and her blistering take on the housemates

We'd all guessed it, hadn't we? When Big Brother announced that three former housemates would be returning as part of the special Time Warp twist, everyone instantly started talking about BB7's iconic Nikki Grahame - and sure enough, she will be heading in tonight.

"I'm so excited," Nikki told Digital Spy on Thursday. "I cannot wait. I'm literally obsessed with this series."

And it doesn't look like Nikki will be holding back, either. Read on to find out what she had to say about the housemates (it's not all flattering), how she'll spend her time in the house and much, much more...

If we're counting correctly, this is going to be the fifth time you've entered the house. Are you not bored of it?

"Never bored of it! I'd take up residency if they'd give it to me. Each experience is totally different. I'm at an advantage in this
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‘Wags,’ ‘Dvf’ Join Jenners on E!’s Summer Schedule

‘Wags,’ ‘Dvf’ Join Jenners on E!’s Summer Schedule
E!’s summer slate will be full of some familiar faces. In addition to the previously announced Bruce Jenner documentary series and Brody Jenner’s sex-themed talk show, E! is also set to air the second season of Diane von Furstenberg’s reality competition series “House of Dvf” and “Wags,” its new series about the partners of professional athletes.

“E News!” will also continue to air new episodes at 7 pm and 11 pm (Et/Pt) during the summer, while Joel McHale’s “The Soup” will air at 10 pm Et/Pt on Fridays.

Full Schedule And Premiere Dates:

“Hollywood Cycle” – 10 p.m. Et/Pt, Tuesday, July 7

The new E! series “Hollywood Cycle” is a look inside the uber-popular, highly competitive world of indoor cycling at L.A.’s Cycle House. The series follows the “ride or die” lives of high-profile instructors, along with three up-and-coming trainees, whose strong, driven personalities often clash
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Meet the Big Brother contestants – from a Calvin Klein model to "glamorous socialite twins"

Meet this year's Big Brother contestants – including a Calvin Klein model, an aspiring politician, an "eccentric rich kid" and a former X Factor hopeful.

For the first time in the reality show's 16-year history, show bosses have revealed the first photos and brief snippets of information about the cast before they enter the house for Big Brother: Timebomb on Tuesday evening (May 12).

Find out more about this year's housemates – in alphabetical order – below, as they prepare for a summer under the watchful eye of Big Brother and audiences on Channel 5:

Aaron Frew, 24

Personal shopper Aaron has modelled for Calvin Klein, appearing opposite stars including Lara Stone and Pixie Geldof. A qualified beauty therapist, Aaron, who's from Northampton, is a huge fan of The Little Mermaid.

Adjoa Mensah, 22

Law student Adjoa - based in Manchester - is a pastor's daughter, and identifies as a devout Christian. Adjoa's first language is Dutch,
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Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox Joins CBS Drama Pilot Doubt

Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox Joins CBS Drama Pilot Doubt
Doubt is the new certainty — at least for Laverne Cox.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The Emmy-nominated actress (Orange Is the New Black) has landed a role in the CBS drama pilot Doubt, where she’ll play the “fierce, funny” Cameron Wirth, “a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who’s as competitive as she is compassionate.” Because Cox’s character has “experienced injustice first hand,” she’ll be inclined to “fight all the harder for her clients.”

Doubt, from the husband-and-wife writing/executive-producing team of Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy,
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The Mindy Project Pages Laverne Cox for Season 3 Guest Role

The Mindy Project Pages Laverne Cox for Season 3 Guest Role
The Mindy Project‘s leading lady is in serious need of a self-esteem boost — and who better to deliver it than Laverne Cox?

Orange Is the New Black‘s breakout actress will guest-star on an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy, E! Online reports.

RelatedMindy Project Post Mortem: Star Mindy Kaling Reveals How That Big Twist Came About, What’s Next for Drs. L & C

Cox will play a cousin of Xosha Roquemore’s Tamra, who helps Dr. L. get her confidence back — a crisis that could be due to the doc’s recent realization (Spoiler Alert!) that she’s pregnant.
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Laverne Cox Booked for Guest Role on Bravo's ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’

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Bravo has cast actress and trans activist Laverne Cox in a guest spot on its first scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Cox will play Adele Northrop, a Pulitzer-Prize winning war journalist and Lgbt activist who presents an award at a marriage equality gala. Represented by Hartig Hilepo Agency, Cox plays trans prisoner/beautician Sophia on Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black.” She's also appeared on “Bored to Death,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Svu,” as well as in the independent films “Carla” and “The Exhibitionists.” Also read: ‘Ouat's’ Charles Mesure, C. Thomas Howell Join Bravo's ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ (Exclusive) Cox will.
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Laverne Cox to Guest Star on Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’

Laverne Cox to Guest Star on Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’
Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox will guest star on Bravo’s upcoming series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” the network announced Tuesday.

Cox will play Adele Northrop, a war journalist and Lgbt activist who appears to present an award at a marriage equality gala.

Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is based on the books by Vicki Iovine. The show stars “House” alum Lisa Edelstein as Abby, a middle-aged self-help author who is adjusting to her new lifestyle separated from her husband, Jake (“Private Practice’s” Paul Adelstein). Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett and Necar Zadegan also star in supporting roles.

Cox currently stars as Sophia Burset, a transgender prisoner on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Cox has been a long-time advocate for the transgender community, earning multiple GLAAD awards for her work, as well as a feature on the cover of Time Magazine.
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Big Brother 2014 - launch night live blog

It seems like only yesterday that we were "celebrating" Jim Davidson's victory in Celebrity Big Brother, but we're already back in Elstree, this time for the "normal" version of the show.

Join Digital Spy for our live blog of night one below, complete with Power Trip theme and host Emma Willis dressed like a 1970s BBC Two futuristic satire on fascism/Sexy Sailor* (*delete as appropriate).

23:31And that is that - tune back in tomorrow for more from the Bb Power Trip house, including the injection of six new housemates. See you then!

23:29Suitcase time! But only the "Power Housemate" our Pauline will get hers. I wonder if that will drive a wedge between her and her power-less peers...?

23:29"Tamara?" Matthew asks. "Yeh," Danielle concedes.

23:27Matthew is having a natter with Danielle his glass box. She says that there are two people she's going to clash with in the house.
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Emma Willis replaces Brian Dowling as new Channel 5 Big Brother host

Emma Willis has been confirmed as the new presenter of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5.

Willis has been promoted from spinoff show Bit on the Side and replaces Brian Dowling, who has been the main show's host since it moved to Channel 5 in 2011.

"I am thrilled to have been offered this job. I'm a fan first and foremost so to be able to front the show is going to be amazing. Roll on the summer!" said Willis.

Channel 5's director of programmes Ben Frow said: "Emma is a natural on screen, she's made the spinoff show her own and now the time is totally right for her to step up. I know she'll take Big Brother to the next level and I can't wait to see her dealing with the housemates both famous and soon to be famous.

"I'd also like to thank Brian Dowling for doing
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