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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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CW’s ‘Elseworlds': Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin Will Swap Roles as The Flash and Arrow (Photo)

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The CW is taking a page out of “Freaky Friday” for its upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover.

A new poster for the three-night “Arrowverse” event revealed Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell wearing the other actor’s superhero costume, potentially hinting that the December crossover will see the two swap roles, with Amell portraying The Flash and Gustin as the Green Arrow.

Amell shared the poster on his Twitter account, writing “My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive.”

Also Read: Arrowverse Crossover: First Look at Tyler Hoechlin's New Superman Suit (Photo)

My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. pic.twitter.com/TibqsR7mT8

— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) October 16, 2018

In DC Comics lore, “Elseworlds” was the title used for a specific imprint that featured storylines that existed outside of the regular continuity. Having Amell play The Flash and Gustin portray Green Arrow would fit perfectly in this timeline,
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff in Development at NBC

‘Grimm’ Spinoff in Development at NBC
A spinoff of the fantasy drama series “Grimm” is currently in the works at NBC, Variety has learned.

The untitled spinoff hails from writer and executive producer Melissa Glenn, whose recent TV writing credits include “Iron Fist” Season 2, “Zoo,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, who were executive producers on the original show, will also executive produce the spinoff under their Hazy Mills banner. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, two of the original series’ three co-creators, will serve as consulting producers.

According to the official description, the new show builds off the mythology of the original
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TV Review: Peter Dinklage in HBO’s ‘My Dinner With Hervé’

TV Review: Peter Dinklage in HBO’s ‘My Dinner With Hervé’
Hervé Villechaize, most familiar for his turn on “Fantasy Island” before his premature death, is an unlikely biopic subject. As the assistant Tattoo on the TV drama, Villechaize was treated as if his short stature made him a supernatural freak. His cultural impact has been an accented catchphrase (“De plane!”) and his status as a widely known, and generally patronized, little person. It’s a story that seems too sad, and too sadly marginal, to entice viewers.

My Dinner With Hervé,” HBO’s film about a late-in-life Villechaize, isn’t quite a reclamation project. It doesn’t do enough to center his story,
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Hulu Eyes Cheaper Live TV Bundles That Strip Out Entertainment Cable Networks

Hulu wants to cater to a new crowd of pay-tv “cord-shavers” with stripped-down, less-expensive live television bundles that include sports, news and on-demand content — dropping linear entertainment networks to save costs.

Hulu CEO Randy Freer sketched out the concept in an interview with The Information published Tuesday, saying that the skinnier bundles would be designed to appeal to a cohort of price-sensitive users and prove more profitable by cutting out carriage fees for multiple networks. Instead, Hulu subscribers would have access to on-demand programming licensed from cable networks.

But at this point, Hulu doesn’t have any specifics on what
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Hln Retrenches: Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello, Michaela Pereira Will Leave in Program Shuffle

Hln, once known as CNN Headline News, will deliver fewer headlines as a result of the cable network’s latest programming shift.

Executives are pulling back on the news programming that has filled the outlet’s daytime schedule in a wide-scale retrenchment at the network, which is part of At&T’s CNN. Hln in recent years has stocked mornings, afternoons and early evenings with popular hosts like Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello and Michaela Pereira. All three will leave Hln as part of the reshuffling, which, according to a person familiar with the matter, will affect between 12 and 15 production and editorial
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Chris Evans Blasts Piers Morgan for Dad-Shaming ‘Emasculated’ Daniel Craig Over Carrying His Baby

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How’s this for a crossover: Captain America just defended James Bond.

Piers Morgan took umbrage with Daniel Craig’s parenting skills, tweeting a photo of Craig carrying his daughter, Ella, on his chest in a baby carrier, writing “Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.” Then Chris Evans, much like the star-spangled hero he’s portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stepped in and defended Craig.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” Evans tweeted. “Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

Also Read: Piers Morgan Shreds the NRA Over Pro-Kanye Tweet: 'Utter Bulls--'

Morgan then fired back: “Captain America wouldn’t wear a papoose.”.

Wearing a papoose doesn’t mean you ‘care’ more about your kids.. https://t.co/fF2w9lpSI2

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018

You really have
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Star Kiernan Shipka Teases Netflix’s ‘Next Level Dark’ Reboot (Video)

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Beware, ’90s kids planning on tuning in to Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” This story of the half-witch, half-mortal teen is far from the Melissa Joan Hart comedy that ruled the Tgif block when you were young.

The cast and creator behind the streamer’s new take already warned you multiple times, but they are at it once more in a few featurettes released Tuesday, in which Kiernan Shipka promises a truly haunting story about her titular character.

“Everything about the show is so massive but grounded and real,” Shipka said of the Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa-created series, in the video. “There’s something just next level dark about it.”

Also Read: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Reveals a Whole New Version of Salem (Video)

See, we told you.

“This show and the ’90s show are vastly different,” Lucy Davis, who plays Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda added. “There’s comedy in it,
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Ellen Drops in on Ninja’s ‘Fortnite’ Stream

After Tyler “Ninja” Blevins appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday, Ellen decided to return the favor by appearing on Ninja’s stream on Tuesday.

Ellen noted that the video in which Ninja taught her how to play “Fortnite” was trending as the number three most-watched video on YouTube over the weekend, and decided to give Twitch’s most popular streamer a visit during her show— though she jokes that it’s more about tapping into Ninja’s market since “almost 350 million people have watched him play.”

In the video, Ellen asks what Ninja is up to, and he reveals
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‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series

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‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller’s next Batman prequel series, “Pennyworth,” is taking shape, as two more actors have been added to the cast of the upcoming Epix drama: Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett.

The series will focus on the early life of Batman’s legendary butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). A former British Sas soldier in his 20s, Pennyworth forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. Aldridge’s character is described as a “fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the east coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth.”

Fletcher and Bennett will take on the series regular roles of Dave Boy and Bazza, respectively — both lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days.

Also Read: 'Pennyworth': Ben Aldridge
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Trump Vows to ‘Go After’ ‘Horseface’ Stormy Daniels After Judge Tosses Defamation Suit

President Donald Trump laced into Stormy Daniels in sharply personal terms on Tuesday, calling the porn star “Horseface” and vowed to continue pursuing damages against her after a judge tossed out her defamation suit against him on Monday.

After citing a Fox News headline of the ruling that said that he is “entitled to full legal fees,” the president wrote, “Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas.”

He added, in an apparent allusion to a non-disclosure agreement about her accusation of an extramarital affair, which he has long denied, “She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!” The president also spelled Daniels’ name incorrectly.

Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Has Anxiety From Being Blocked by Trump on Twitter

“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.
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See Kelleigh Bannen’s Lamenting ‘Happy Birthday’ Video

It borrows the title of a celebratory song sung around the world on a daily basis, but Kelleigh Bannen’s “Happy Birthday,” as depicted in the Nashville native’s melancholic new video, isn’t aiming to get the party started. Penned by Bannen with Claire Douglas and Dallas Wilson, “Happy Birthday” is a delicate and wistful look at life after love and the times when a phone call has to substitute for more intimate contact. (Think Adele’s “Hello” with a touch of sweet, acoustic twang.)

Covering a three-year period
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Chrissy Teigen Has Anxiety From Being Blocked by Trump on Twitter

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Chrissy Teigen Has Anxiety From Being Blocked by Trump on Twitter
Chrissy Teigen admits she feels anxiety from being blocked by President Trump on Twitter.

According to a profile of the model/TV personality in Vogue, Teigen said the presidential blocking has given her anxiety because every day in America pretty much begins with a “flurry of presidential” tweets that she can’t look at. When Teigen sees people responding to them and freaking out over things Trump tweeted, she has no idea what everyone is talking about.

“Do I get in the bunker or not?” she said.

A representative for the White House did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

See Video: Chrissy Teigen Breaks Down Her Most Memorable Twitter Wars

Teigen’s screensaver on her phone is set to Trump’s Twitter page, which to her, reads “You are blocked from following @realdonaldtrump and viewing @realdonaldtrump’s tweets.”

Luckily, Teigen has found a way around the block,
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‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low

‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low
The Walking Dead” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings with Sunday night’s episode.

The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers. The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, which was set during Season 1. That is also very close to the show’s current low in total viewers, which is 4.7 million, also set during Season 1.

This week’s episode was also down around 20% in both measures from last week’s season premiere.

For the night as a whole,
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Ratings: ‘Arrow’ Season 7 Premiere Adds Viewers From Previous Finale

NBC won another Monday primetime pretty easily when things mostly shook out as they should. Much further down the Nielsen sheets, “Arrow” started Season 7 off just fine — for CW’s standards, that is.

The CW finished behind both Spanish-language networks, as an animated “Constantine” special dragged down what “Arrow” started.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. A two-hour “The Voice” at 8 p.m scored a 1.9/8 and 9.8 million viewers. At 10, “Manifest” had a 1.5/6 and 7.5 million viewers.

Also Read: Ratings: ABC's 'Alec Baldwin Show' Bombs in Premiere, Ties Univision in Key Demo

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.2/5, but fourth in viewers with 5.5 million. “The Resident” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9, “9-1-1” put up a 1.5/6 and 6.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and second in viewers with 7.1 million.
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Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’

Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’
Paul Greengrass was stuck. It was early 2016, and he’d been exploring a possible project about the migration of refugees coming through Lampedusa, the Italian island that had become a landing point for many seeking asylum in Europe — as well as the site of numerous incidents involving sinking boats and mass deaths. (For a good overview of what was happening there, check out the documentary Fire at Sea.) Something, however, did not feel right. “I just had the sense that this was a small part of a bigger picture,” the director says,
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