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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC
Grimm is eying a comeback. NBC is developing a spinoff from the supernatural series, which bowed out last year after six seasons. Like the original, the offshoot hails from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills Prods.

Written by Melissa Glenn (Marvel’s Iron Fist), the untitled spinoff, I hear, will center on a female Grimm. Per NBC, building off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries. I hear no actors are currently attached but the idea is for the offshoot to feature some original cast members, regular or recurring.

Glenn executive produces with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Grimm co-creators/showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf will serve as consulting producers.

The original series followed Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovered he is a Grimm,
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set

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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set
Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

Recurring cast
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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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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC
On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based.

Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime show in the vein of NYPD Blue, which isbased on an idea by Laresca. When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

Szentgyorgyi executive
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Peaky Blinders: Season Five; Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series

Peaky Blinders: Season Five;  Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series
Anya Taylor-Joy is headed to Birmingham. BBC One just announced the Miniaturist star has joined season five of Peaky Blinders.

The period drama, which airs on the in the U.S., centers on a gang living and operating in 1920s Birmingham, England. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Charlotte Riley, and Adrien Brody.

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New York Times Slapped With Lawsuit From Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The New York Times has found itself on the wrong end of a defamation lawsuit brought by former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The immigration hardliner who was famously pardoned from a contempt of court misdemeanor by President Trump, accused the paper and editorial board member Michelle Cottle of a “maliciously calculated” effort to damage his reputation, stemming from an August 2018 article by Cottle celebrating Arpaio’s failed Senate run.

“While the Defamatory Article is strategically titled as an opinion piece, it contains several false, defamatory factual assertions concerning Plaintiff Arpaio,” the suit reads. “These false factual assertions are carefully and maliciously calculated to damage and injure Plaintiff Arpaio”

Also Read: Michael Rapaport Tramples Trump Over 'Horseface' Insult: 'Have You Not Looked at Your Kids Lately?' (Video)

After becoming popular among Trump followers for his tough approach on
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Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires After Nearly 50 Years on ‘Sesame Street’

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Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires After Nearly 50 Years on ‘Sesame Street’
Puppeteer Caroll Spinney is hanging up his feathers after bringing beloved “Sesame Street” character Big Bird to life for nearly 50 years.

The cast member of the long-running children’s show is also the man behind Oscar the Grouch. Spinney, 84, joined “Sesame Street” in 1969 when the series was in its inaugural season and has been performing on it ever since.

“Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” Spinney in a statement Wednesday on the Sesame Workshop website. “Before I came to ‘Sesame Street,’ I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while! They have given me great joy, led me to my true calling – and my wonderful wife! – and created a
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‘The Conners’ Premiere Slips 35 Percent From ‘Roseanne’ Return in Early Ratings

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‘The Conners’ Premiere Slips 35 Percent From ‘Roseanne’ Return in Early Ratings
The Conners” had a solid series premiere on Tuesday, topping “The Voice” from 8-8:30 p.m. but losing the time slot to CBS’ “NCIS,” according to Nielsen’s overnight ratings. The Roseanne-less “Roseanne” fell 35 percent shy of its predecessor-series’ massive Spring 2018 return, but it beat the season finale, per these earliest-available TV ratings.

This version of the classic ABC sitcom landed a 7.5 rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. The “Roseanne” return scored an 11.6, which ultimately translated to 18.2 million total viewers.

Last night’s 7.5 initial rating is 3 percent better than what ended up being the “Roseanne” series finale. It actually ended up besting the final three episodes of the 2017-18 TV season.

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The spring “Roseanne” run averaged an 8.6 overnight rating, which is 13 percent higher than the start for “The Conners.”

Below is how that final “Roseanne” run went,
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Watch Courtney Love Perform ‘Celebrity Skin’ With 1,500 Musicians

Watch Courtney Love Perform ‘Celebrity Skin’ With 1,500 Musicians
Courtney Love leads a band of 1,500 members through a performance of Hole‘s “Celebrity Skin” in the latest video from Italy’s Rockin’ 1000, the self-proclaimed “Biggest Rock Band on Earth.” In 2015, the Rockin’ 1000 came to viral prominence with a video featuring 1,000 musicians playing Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” in Cesena, Italy, a performance that convinced the Dave Grohl-led band to visit the Italian city on their next European tour.

“We are a team of professional producers, filmers, communication experts, and sound engineers, but above all, music enthusiasts,” Rockin’ 1000 said of its mission.
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Liz Brasher Announces Debut Album, Shares Power Ballad ‘Love Feasts’

When soul-singing garage-rocker Liz Brasher moved to Memphis last year, she found a city whose diversity mirrored her own music. Since then, she’s become something of an ambassador for the area, championing a sound steeped in Tennessee influences — from the big-throated thrust of gospel music to the rhythmic strut of Stax Records — even as her touring schedule pulls her far beyond the city limits.

This week, Brasher leaves town once again. She’ll spend most of the fall opening for the Psychedelic Furs, wrapping up a busy year filled with shows alongside the Zombies,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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CBS’ New Talent Show ‘World’s Best’ Scores Coveted Post-Super Bowl Premiere

“The World’s Best,” CBS’ new global talent show, has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl Liii time slot for its series premiere.

James Corden will host the competition. Faith Hill, Drew Barrymore and RuPaul are the American judges on the “Agt”-like property.

“What a super combination — the world’s biggest sporting event paired with the world’s biggest talent competition,” Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment said on Wednesday morning. “‘The World’s Best’ is perfect post-Super Bowl programming for viewers of all ages. It features elite acts from around the world delivering jaw-dropping performances, a talented mix of fan-favorite judges and is produced by the most innovative minds in television, Mike Darnell, Mark Burnett, Ben Winston and James Corden, who also serves as our brilliant host.”

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Each year,
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Caroline Rose Gets Lost in Suburbia in ‘Jeannie Becomes a Mom’ Video

Caroline Rose Gets Lost in Suburbia in ‘Jeannie Becomes a Mom’ Video
New York City’s Caroline Rose took her songwriting to a new level of wit and heart with Loner, the album she released in February. It’s full of deftly drawn characters, like the numbingly normal partygoers in “More of the Same” or the comically exaggerated versions of Rose herself in “Money” and “Soul No. 5.” One of her best creations is the lost suburbanite in “Jeannie Becomes a Mom,” drifting through the cul-de-sacs outside Topeka, Kansas in search of her dream life.

In the new music video for “Jeannie Becomes a Mom,
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series

Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series
The opening episode of the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the first regular female time lord, scored a new audience high in the U.K. for the modern iteration of the long-running show. New 4-screen measurements by British TV ratings organization Barb, which include non-tv online viewing, showed that the total audience for the Oct. 7 season opener reached 10.9 million across all devices.

The result gives Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, the best introduction for any Doctor since the show returned after a long hiatus in 2005, when Christopher Eccleston’s debut scored a consolidated audience of 10.8 million. The
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Exclusive Video: John Cena Is Going to Ruin This Poor Hypnotized Baker’s Day in ‘Double Take’ Premiere

Exclusive Video: John Cena Is Going to Ruin This Poor Hypnotized Baker’s Day in ‘Double Take’ Premiere
John Cena has no idea what John Cena looks like — or how to pronounce “Cena” — on the series premiere of his new Facebook Watch hypnosis-prank series, “Double Take.”

On Episode 1, which premieres Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8/7c along with the entirety of Season 1, “celebrity hypnotist” Chris Jones tricks Cena superfan Kristin into baking a cake for the WWE superstar, with the WWE superstar.

Of course, she’s under Jones’ spell, and has no idea that her bumbling idiot assistant is actually her hero.

Watch a preview clip of the madness via the video above, which is exclusive to TheWrap.

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Here is the full episode description for “John Cena Gives His Superfan the Surprise of a Lifetime”:

Kristin — a die-hard John Cena fan who has used his “never give up” mantra to better her life, and is even planning her
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‘Morning Joe’ Pleads for Cabinet to Invoke 25th Amendment: Trump ‘Not Fit to Lead’

‘Morning Joe’ Pleads for Cabinet to Invoke 25th Amendment: Trump ‘Not Fit to Lead’
The set of “Morning Joe” offered some righteous indignation Wednesday morning, one day after President Donald Trump called adult actress Stormy Daniels “horseface”

While there was broad denunciation on set, it was Mika Brzezinski who went one step further, saying the moment once again suggested that the billionaire should be removed from office — even if it meant invoking the 25th amendment.

“This one of the many, many, many ways this president has shown us that he is not fit, possibly not even well and I don’t even understand the people in this administration taking matters into their own hands and trying to sort of stick it out,” said Brzezinski.

Also Read: Joe Scarborough 'Feels Bad' for Trump Fans: 'He's Making Fools of Them' (Video)

“At some point you are working for a president who is not fit to lead, who is going to do something crazy in five minutes,
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Issa Rae Talks About Her White Audience, Shonda Rhimes and Male Nudity

Issa Rae Talks About Her White Audience, Shonda Rhimes and Male Nudity
Upheaval in the entertainment business may have sent traditional players scrambling, but it’s what has enabled Issa Rae to put out the stories she wants to tell and that had long been overlooked, the star of HBO’s “Insecure” said Wednesday.

In times gone by, there was “a constant desire to appeal to a broad audience that I don’t necessarily feel today, and I think that’s the shift,” Rae told a rapt audience at Mipcom in Cannes, where she is being honored as Personality of the Year. “Where television in the ‘90s and early 2000s [was] geared to capture the biggest audiences possible,
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