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TV News Roundup: ‘Genius: Aretha’ Adds Malcolm Barrett, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Three More

In today’s roundup, National Geographic announced the ensemble cast joining “Genius: Aretha” and Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of Bobby Moynihan’s digital series “Loafy.”

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Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington (“The Color Purple”), Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”), Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”), Sanai Victoria (“Black-ish”) have been cast alongside Cynthia Erivo in National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha.” Also, Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA TV award-winner Anthony Hemingway joined the anthology series as executive producer and pilot director.

Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos and Noah Cottrell have been cast as series regulars in Peacock’s “Punky Brewster” pilot. From Ucp and Universal Television, the multi-camera/hybrid continuation of the ’80s sitcom follows Punky (Soleil Moon Frye), now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy (Copeland), a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.
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First Look at Dropped, with Anna Marie Dobbins and Danny Vinson

Today we have the first/exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and plot synopsis from "Dropped," an independent film starring Anna Marie Dobbins (Footloose), Danny Vinson (Talladega Nights), Erin Underwood ("The Shield"), and Jesse Malinowski (American Reunion). Check everything out below. Plot: Nothing's more important to Emily (Dobbins) than to graduate from high school and head off to college. But everything changes during a night out with friends when Emily is attacked and raped. Forced to deal with the attack on her own, things become more difficult when she learns she's pregnant. With her future now on hold, she must figure out how to take care of her new child, as well as deal with being a rape victim. But the biggest challenge will come in court, where she will fight to keep her daughter. Photos: (click to enlarge)
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