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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

‘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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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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Fox Redeveloping Mary J. Blige-Produced Music Drama Based on Famous Choreographer

Fox is taking another pass at a series inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson.

The one-hour series, previously entitled “8 Count,” will now be called “Move.” Silvio Horta has come onboard as a writer and executive producer, taking over from Erika Johnson. It is described as a music-fueled dramedy that follows an accomplished choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, sets her sights on creating a flawless tour for a diva pop singer. To get the coveted gig, though, she’ll have to fend off competition from her arch rival,
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Dawn Olmstead Named President, Ucp and Wilshire Studios

Dawn Olmstead has been named sole president of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer announced the move Tuesday in a memo to staff. Olmstead will take over as sole head of NBCU’s cable production divisions nine months after she and George Cheeks were named co-presidents of the two studios. Cheeks last month was named co-chairman of NBC Entertainment alongside Paul Telegdy following Bob Greenblatt’s depature from the network.

Olmstead joined NBCU Cable in 2014 as executive VP of development after a long run as a producer, working on shows such as Fox’s
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Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter
Citing the state’s production incentives, on-location filming in Los Angeles rose 3% in the third quarter, a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday showed.

Feature film activity jumped 11.9% to 1,301 shooting days, gaining for the third consecutive quarter, and television production gained 1.8% to 4,095.

Incentivized projects brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1%, or 197 shooting days, and included Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; “Against All Enemies”; and “Birdbox.”

“We are grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to
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Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter
Citing the state’s production incentives, on-location filming in Los Angeles rose 3% in the third quarter, a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday showed.

Feature film activity jumped 11.9% to 1,301 shooting days, gaining for the third consecutive quarter, and television production gained 1.8% to 4,095.

Incentivized projects brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1%, or 197 shooting days, and included Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; “Against All Enemies”; and “Birdbox.”

“We are grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to boost employment and production in Greater Los Angeles,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “Increases in feature film, commercials, TV Pilot and TV Drama production are very good news for the region’s economy.”

TV dramas surged 21.6% for the quarter with incentivized series including “American Princess” and Netflix’s “Lucifer.
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Oscars Give More Power in Foreign Language Voting to La Members (Exclusive)

Oscars Give More Power in Foreign Language Voting to La Members (Exclusive)
The Academy has made more changes in voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, giving Los Angeles-based members who do most of the work in the first round of voting a bigger say in which films are nominated.

Larry Karaszewski, the first-year co-chair of the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee along with Diane Weyermann, announced the changes to voters on Monday night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, where the Academy kicked off this year’s foreign-language screenings with a double bill of Japan’s “Shoplifters” and Montenegro’s “Iskra.”

AMPAS had already changed this year’s process by eliminating the requirement that L.A.-based volunteers from all branches of the Academy, the so-called “general committee,” see a specific group of films in order to qualify to vote. And it reduced the number of films that qualifies a voter from 17 or 18 down to
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Watch Old Dominion Perform Buoyant ‘Make It Sweet’ on ‘Ellen’

Old Dominion took the bumper-sticker-worthy hook line of their new tune, “life is short, make it sweet,” to heart with a buoyant performance of “Make It Sweet” during their Ellen debut on Tuesday.

The latest track from the reigning Acm Vocal Group of the Year has the peppy cheerfulness of a summer-ready anthem, but also fits in perfectly with the upbeat talk-show host’s endlessly positive vibes. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the already amped-up audience members got in on the group’s big announcement – that they’ll
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‘The Conners': What ABC Expects From ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff’s Ratings

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ABC’s “Roseanne” revival was a huge and instant hit in its March 2018 comeback, drawing an average of 18.2 million “live” viewers over the course of two episodes. Among adults 18-49, the demographic most beloved by those advertising on broadcast primetime, the hour averaged a 5.1 rating and 21 share. Beat that, “Conners.”

Or not.

“Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” debuts Tuesday night at 8/7c on ABC, which is the same time slot its source material occupied. But the big question is, will Roseanne-less “Roseanne” keep up the spring’s monumental numbers? No, it will not. And that is the opinion of an ABC insider who spoke with TheWrap.

Also Read: John Goodman Says He 'Fell Down the Stairs After 'Roseanne' Cancellation (Video)

So, what does the network foresee for “The Conners,” which will surely suffer from the family suddenly lacking almost all polarization?

An individual with knowledge of internal ABC conversations
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Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia in Chicago Mayoral Race

Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia in Chicago Mayoral Race
Following weeks of speculation that intensified on Monday, Chance the Rapper announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that he would not be running for Mayor of Chicago. Instead he endorsed Amara Enyia, the director of the city’s Austin Chamber of Commerce. Wearing a purple version of his signature “3” hat, Chance poked fun at the attention he’s attracted since Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced would not be running for reelection by telling a crowd of reporters and fans gathered at a press conference at City Hall, “I’ve been
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Arctic Monkeys Release Trippy Film Documenting ‘Tranquility’ LP Process

Earlier this year, the Arctic Monkeys released Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, a strange concept album set in a casino piano bar on the moon that was a serious left turn from the arena-rock of 2013’s Am. Fans curious about the recording process behind Tranquility are in luck: the band’s longtime film partner Ben Chappell (who has directed several of their videos) was at the French mansion where they crafted the songs, and today released a trippy short companion film to the album, Warp Speed Chic.

In a statement, Chappell
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Hulu in Talks to Create a Smaller, More Affordable TV Bundle

A month after its live TV service hit 1 million subscribers, Hulu is considering whether to launch a more affordable, “skinnier TV bundle” that aims to attract consumers unwilling to pay $40 per month for an internet TV service. Hulu CEO Randy Freer detailed the plan in an interview with The Information.

To keep the bundle at a low cost, Freer wants to drop select live entertainment channels in favor of smaller bundles of live sports, news, and on-demand entertainment.

“We have to be able to evolve so we can provide the customers the news and sports and entertainment in a way that makes sense, bundled in a way that allows us to create packages that have a positive margin,” Freer said.

Also Read: Hulu Hits 1 Million Live TV Customers Ahead of Emmys

Freer didn’t reveal pricing details or a channel lineup for the upcoming service but said that it wouldn
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Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ Adds Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch, Horatio Sanz as Guest Stars

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Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ Adds Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch, Horatio Sanz as Guest Stars
Showtime’s upcoming comedy, “Black Monday,” has added a few new names to its list of guest stars.

Bruce Dern, “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch and “Saturday Night Live” alum Horatio Sanz have signed on to appear in the 10-episode comedy from “Happy Endings” creator David Caspe.

The 1980-set series centers on the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, with Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall set to star.

Dern will play Rod, a legendary trader; Sanz will play Wayne, a Wall Street wild man who works at Mo’s (Cheadle) Jammer Group; and Rauch will play Shira, the loving wife of trader Keith (Paul Scheer).

Also Read: Don Cheadle Comedy From 'Happy Endings' Creator Ordered to Series at Showtime

Other guest stars include Julie Hagerty as Jackie Georgina, the matriarch of a designer denim empire. Vanessa Bell Calloway and Tim Russ
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‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Review: Dinklage Gives Villechaize His Due

‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Review: Dinklage Gives Villechaize His Due
Hervé Villechaize is described early in HBO’s new film My Dinner with Hervé as “the most famous dwarf in the world.” The scene is set a decade after Villechaize’s 1983 firing from his iconic role on Fantasy Island as the bell-ringing Tattoo (“De plane! De plane!”) and two decades after he first became famous as the Bond villain’s henchman Nick Nack in The Man with the Golden Gun. Yet the honorific, while both dismissive and outdated, still fit him after all that time. Fantasy Island and Tattoo were just that beloved,
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Watch Jamila Woods Celebrate Black Heritage In ‘Giovanni’ Video

Chicago musician Jamila Woods turns to family and friends for inspiration in the moving video for her new song. “Giovanni” boasts a deep groove built out of crisp drums and glittering synths, over which Woods delivers a dexterous vocal performance, singing, “I be on my Giovanni, tea and honey/ Tell it like I see it/ Speak it so I be it/ My ancestors watch me/ Fairytale walking/ Black Goldilocks, yeah/ My naps just right.”

In a statement, Woods said “Giovanni” was inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Ego Trippin,” and
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