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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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‘MTV’s The Real World’ Reboot to Premiere in 2019 on Facebook Watch

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“The Real World” is headed to Facebook.

The groundbreaking reality series will be revived at the social media company with three new seasons in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. The “re-imagined” version of the show, now titled “MTV’s The Real World” is set to debut in spring 2019.

Original producers Bunim/Murray will return to co-produce alongside the newly created MTV Studios.

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A pioneer in the reality TV genre back when it first premiered in 1992, “The Real World” ran for 32 seasons with the same basic premise — the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real — and was hailed for its groundbreaking portrayals of issues like alcohol and drug abuse, race, religion, sexuality and homophobia.

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Facebook Seeks to Rev Up Watch Platform, Sets ‘Real World’ Reboot

Cannes — Facebook hopes to amp up the Facebook Watch video platform by opening it up to outside content producers and partnering with MTV on a relaunch of “The Real World” for the global social media generation.

Facebook unveiled the “Real World” reboot as part of a broader overview of its plans for Watch offered Wednesday in a presentation at Mipcom from Matthew Henick, Facebook’s head of content planning and strategy, and Paresh Rajwat, head of video products. MTV president Chris McCarthy was a surprise guest at the session.

As Facebook expands the Watch platform outside the U.S., the
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‘King of the Worlds,’ ‘The Painting,’ ‘City’ Pitch at Mipcom

‘King of the Worlds,’ ‘The Painting,’ ‘City’ Pitch at Mipcom
“King of the Worlds,” “The Painting” and “City” are just three productions from Argentina pitching at Snack & Screen Argentina!, taking place Oct. 17 at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals.

Thrillers stand out as the genre of the day, with three of the ten projects promising something spooky.

“King of the Worlds” is an anime-style production from Caramba Estudio in co-production with Canada’s Copernicus Studios. Project won 2nd prize at New Series for Cartoon Network Latam, a contest hosted by Santiago Chile’s toon-market Chilemonos, and was pitched at Pitching Sessions Kids at Rio Content Market.

“The idea is that an everyday
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ElTrece, Pol-ka, Cablevision Ally with Oficina Burman, Mediapro on Presidential Race Thriller (Exclusive)

Cannes — Two of the power axes on the new worldwide TV production scene, Argentina’s ElTrece, Pol-ka, Cablevision on one hand and Mediapro Group-Oficina Burman on the other, have pacted to produce together a brand new dram series, scheduled to air from 2019.

The series turns on the campaign of a man who runs for the presidency of his country. Humberto Ortega, who co-wrote with “La Casa de Papel’s” Alex Pina on series such as “El Barco” and “Los Serrano,” is writing the screenplay for the series.

“Dominated by imposture and pressures, both self conceived and external,” a press statement reads,
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Mipcom: Adrián Suar, Fox’s Edgar Spielmann on ‘The Host’

Cannes — Adrián Suar, Latin America’s most extraordinary hyphenate, sits in Cannes’ Palais des Festivals, the Croisette behind him, ready to talk up his latest pioneering move in the Latin American TV entertainment scene.

That’s no minor detail. As Fox pushes ever more into a digital cord-cutting world, Suar’s show, “The Host,” currently rates as the No 1 original production from Fox Networks Group Latin America on the new Fox + app.

Suar’s at Cannes, because, in a world of ever more global localization, the idea could also export as a format to other countries too.

The Host” is
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Animais’ First Series ‘7 Boxes’ Pitches Cyberpunk to Young Audiences

Animais’ First Series ‘7 Boxes’ Pitches Cyberpunk to Young Audiences
As science fiction, and dystopian cyberpunk in particular, surge in mainstream popularity – see “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dredd” or the upcoming “Alita: Battle Angel” – a question often asked is: Can this genre be adapted for younger audiences?

A possible answer might be that yes, and animation is the perfect medium with which to do so.

Portugal’s Animais, a company best-known for its award-winning animated short films, has a possible answer of their own. The company behind “Between the Shadows,” which pitched at Annecy before winning the Arte France Prize in 2016 and making it to the final cut of 12 films short-listed
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Disney Latin America Unveils ‘Cazadores de milagros,’ ‘Americana’ TV Series

Disney Media Distribution Latin America (Dmdla) has unveiled two new original TV series projects, teaming with high-profile producers on the Latino TV drama scene.

“Cazadores de milagros,” a 13-episode TV series, co-produced by Disney with Spain’s Mediapro Group, Mexico’s Btf Media and Miami-based Somos Productions, will combine fiction and reality.

Partnering with Naím Media Group, Disney is co-developing “Americana,” a 10-episode series set in late 19th century Brazil.

Produced by Btf in Mexico, “Cazadores” focuses on a skeptical journalist who needs a scoop to save his career, a young and brilliant heiress of a media empire, and an enigmatic clairvoyant,
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Lithuanian Duo’s Faith Tested in ‘The Cloud’

Lithuanian Duo’s Faith Tested in ‘The Cloud’
A girl’s mysterious disappearance sends her bereaved mother on a search for answers. But the unsettling truths she discovers will force her to rethink her ideas of God and faith, in a potentially haunting series that probes at eternal questions about life after death.

The Cloud” is partly set on earth and partly in an imagined afterlife, where human consciousness is uploaded into a digital blizzard of zeros and ones. Created by Lithuania’s Domanté Urmonaité and Martynas Mendelis, the 8 x 50’ series was selected for the drama series pitching competition in Mia.

Built around the season-long story arc of the girl’s disappearance, “The Cloud” will use parallel story lines to explore existential dilemmas about faith, mortality and the afterlife. “How far can blind faith take you? How far can we go by trusting our lives to artificial minds?” the creators asked. “At its core, ‘The Cloud’ is a show about faith.
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Dominic West Receives Canneseries’ First Excellence Award

Dominic West Receives Canneseries’ First Excellence Award
Cannes — Dominic West, detective Jimmy McNulty in David Simon’s “The Wire,” was in Cannes on Monday to receive Canneseries’ first Excellence Award.

The Award comes months before the festival itself, whose second edition will take place over April 5-10.

That said, few would question the merit of “The Wire” star as its first recipient. For many critics the crowning achievement of HBO, “The Wire” compounded the respect that TV series were commanding ever since “The Sopranos,” confirming to anew generation of TV covers the artistic power and ambitions of drama series as it set new standards in its insistent
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‘A Prophet’ Set for TV Adaptation with Cpb Films, Why Not Productions (Exclusive)

Cpb FilmsMarco Cherqui is joining forces with Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not Productions to produce a TV series adaptation of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

Cherqui and Caucheteux had together produced Audiard’s film, which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize and garnered nominations for a foreign-language Oscar and a Golden Globe. Why Not also produced Audiard’s new Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” which recently premiered in Venice.

The “Prophet” TV series is being penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri, the high-profile screenwriter of the International Emmy Award-winning “Braquo,” in collaboration with Nicolas Peufaillit.
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‘A Prophet’ Set for TV Adaptation with Cpb Films, Why Not Productions (Exclusive)

Cpb FilmsMarco Cherqui is joining forces with Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not Productions to produce a TV series adaptation of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

Cherqui and Caucheteux had together produced Audiard’s film, which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize and garnered nominations for a foreign-language Oscar and a Golden Globe. Why Not also produced Audiard’s new Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” which recently premiered in Venice.

The “Prophet” TV series is being penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri, the high-profile screenwriter of the International Emmy Award-winning “Braquo,” in collaboration with Nicolas Peufaillit. Dafri and Peufaillit previously collaborated on the script of the movie “A Prophet,” which Dafri had been developing on his own for years.

Cherqui said the “series will neither be a prequel nor a sequel but rather a reboot” which will, like the feature, follow the trajectory of a young
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Sky Vision Boards Oscar-Nominated Hany Abu-Asad’s Arab Drama ‘Blood’ (Exclusive)

Patty Ishimoto’s Element 8 shingle is prepping “Blood,” a crime drama set in Jordan and with Academy Award-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad attached. Sky Vision has just come on board, and will sell the series globally.

Blood” is set to be the first high-end English-language drama series set and filmed in the Middle East with local talent, and bound for the international market. Shooting is set to take place on location in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The series will follow three childhood friends, bound by a secret from their past. Now in their 30s, they are a detective, a lawyer,
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