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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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Viacom, Nickelodeon, iQIYI Team on Chinese Animation Development Project

Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) announced on Tuesday the launch of the Nickelodeon Chinese Animation Development Project, a five-year program aimed at creating new animation co-productions both in and with China for that market and abroad.

The new project will see Vimn boarding up to two new IP development projects annually as part of the deal. Nickelodeon will provide oversight, while Vimn explores the international licensing prospects of the jointly-created content. The included projects can be completely new titles, new seasons of existing Chinese programs or Chinese versions of already existing Nickelodeon animated formats.

iQIYI’s “Deer Run” was the
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Drg Announces Additional Pre-Sales on Jenna Coleman-led ‘The Cry’

Synchronicity Films this month scored the U.K.’s second-largest drama launch of the year with BBC One’s “The Cry,” and the series’ distributor, Drg, announced further international pre-sales at Mipcom for the Jenna Coleman-led series.

Following a previously unveiled co-production deal with ABC in Australia and distribution in the U.S. with Sundance Now, Drg has now announced the series also pre-sold to M6 in France, TV2 in Norway, C More (TV4) in Sweden, Canal Plus in Poland, Tvnz in New Zealand, BBC Worldwide for its channels in Benelux, the Middle East and Africa and Npo in the Netherlands.
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Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)

Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)
Jamie Neumann, who can currently be seen on HBO’s “The Deuce” as Dorothy, has joined the cast of the Stx action movie “17 Bridges.” Sources also tell Variety she has landed a recurring role on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “NOS4A2.”

17 Bridges,” directed by Brian Kirk, stars Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, and Stephan James.

Boseman will portray a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Boseman, Logan Coles, and Joe and Anthony Russo are producing along with Mwm Studios. Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water
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Dennis Hof, Brothel Owner Featured in HBO’s ‘Cathouse,’ Dies at 72

Dennis Hof, the owner of a brothel featured on HBO and a Republican nominee for Nevada’s state assembly, has died, Nye County officials announced Tuesday. He was 72.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hof’s death was announced during the Nye County Commission meeting by Chairman John Koenig, who said Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up this morning.”

Nye County Sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz said an employee at the brothel, located about an hour from Las Vegas, called authorities a little before 11 a.m. after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing. Boruchowitz said
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees

‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, recognizing music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers, today announced nominees for its 2018 edition. Among the nominates films are Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Quincy,” and more.

The ceremony will feature presentations, performances, and a special achievement award. Past honorees include Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, and Glen Campbell.

Hmma nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, and performing rights organizations.

The awards will be held at the Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 14. A portion of proceeds benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles.

A list of the visual media nominees are below:

Original Score – Feature Film

Alexandre Desplat – “The Sisters Brothers” (Annapurna)

Carter Burwell – “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
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Broadcast Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 1: ‘A Million Little Things’ Climbs Into Top 10

Freshman ABC series “A Million Little Things” saw enough lift in the delayed viewing ratings to rank among the top 10 shows for week two of the 2018-2019 broadcast season.

For the week of Oct. 1-Oct. 7, “A Million Little Things” rose from a 0.8 in Live+Same Day to a 1.9 in Live+7, an increase of a 1.1, or 138%. That is good enough to rank it at number 10 for the week in the key demo. The show had previously grown by a 0.7 in the Live+3 ratings for week two, ranking at number 13 at that time.

Fellow ABC series “The Good Doctor,” a perennial topper of the delayed viewing charts,
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‘The Simpsons': Next Year’s ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Will Be Episode 666

‘The Simpsons': Next Year’s ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Will Be Episode 666
The Simpsons” airs its annual “Treehouse of Horror” Sunday night on Fox. Next year’s Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXX,” will appropriately be the 666th overall episode of the long-running cartoon, the Fox studio confirmed for TheWrap.

Mwahahaha!

“Next year, ‘Treehouse of Horror XXX’ will coincidentally be ‘Simpsons’ Episode 666,” showrunner Al Jean first pointed out to EW. “As we planned it in 1989!”

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The Simpsons” has technically not be renewed for Season 31 yet, but, come on — the show is going to outlive all of us.

Sunday’s “Treehouse of Horror Xxix,” will pull gags from “Jurassic Park,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Three Faces of Eve.”

The Simpsons” airs Sundays at 8/7c on Fox.

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Ellen Pompeo’s Advice to Young Women in Hollywood: ‘Don’t Take Any S—‘

Ellen Pompeo’s Advice to Young Women in Hollywood: ‘Don’t Take Any S—‘
Ellen Pompeo applauds the work that has been done in the year since #MeToo and Time’s Up was launched with the Harvey Weinstein exposes in the New York Times and the New Yorker.

“I think we’re making incremental progress,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” star told Variety at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event. “We still have a long way to go. Obviously, the appointment of [Brett] Kavanaugh was a huge punch in the gut, but women have never shied away from hard work before and I don’t think we intend to now.”

Pompeo was on hand
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‘Kids Are Alright’ Creator, Star Michael Cudlitz on Crazy Storylines: A Hysterectomy, a Microwave and Barbara Eden

‘Kids Are Alright’ Creator, Star Michael Cudlitz on Crazy Storylines: A Hysterectomy, a Microwave and Barbara Eden
The Kids Are Alright” is Tim Doyle’s upcoming sitcom about a family that most definitely is not always alright. The Mary McCormack and Michael Cudlitz-led comedy premieres Tuesday night this week on ABC, after the Roseanne Barr-less “The Conners” makes its own series debut. It centers around a family of eight boys in the ’70s. And, yes, it’s based on Doyle’s own life, which means he’s prepared plenty of crazy storylines about his childhood for Season 1.

“We’ve written like seven or eight stories now and I think I’m pretty pleased with all of them,” Doyle told TheWrap. “There are things you know — there’s sort of a family legend about my mother’s hysterectomy that I think is really interesting (laughs). In a comedy, yeah! We’ve, I think very skillfully, found a way to have a lot of fun with that.
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Hear Why Def Leppard Loves Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’

For many of us, 2018 was the Year of the Leppard. The hard rock band headlined and sold out Madison Square Garden for the first time, got nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at long last, made their entire catalog available to stream.

Def Leppard marked the occasion at Spotify Studios by recording a cover of one of their live show warmup songs, “Personal Jesus,” by Depeche Mode. It felt like a surprising choice, but the connection between the two disparate Eighties bands is much deeper,
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Trump’s Misogyny on Full Display With Stormy Daniels Tweet

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, saying that inflammatory statements he’d made about her in the past — specifically, calling her claims of being threatened on his behalf “a total con job” — were protected by the First Amendment and “normal” political hyperbole. Trump celebrated his win Tuesday by calling Daniels “horseface” on Twitter.

Known for lashing out on Twitter with various insults and demeaning nicknames, it’s no surprise that Trump took a jab at Daniels — but the fact that he brought her
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Flashback: Willie Nelson Brings Fellow Legends to Tears With ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’

Flashback: Willie Nelson Brings Fellow Legends to Tears With ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’
At his show at Forest Hills Stadium this summer, Willie Nelson did something unusual: He played his classic “Funny How Time Slips Away” in full. Regulars of his shows might have noticed that he usually plays a short version of the 1961 song as part of a medley alongside “Night Life” and “Crazy,” but because he was playing a shorter set, he decided to drop some other songs and switch things up. “I like to keep it in [my set] if I can,” he told Rolling Stone afterward.

The performance was reminiscent of
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‘Riverdale': Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Video)

‘Riverdale': Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Video)
Putting Archie in juvenile detention can’t keep him from playing football — or keep Veronica from cheering him on from the sidelines.

In a new clip released from this week’s episode of “Riverdale,” Veronica and the River Vixens serenade Archie and his fellow inmates in juvie with a performance of “Jailhouse Rock.”

“Who the hell is that?” one of Archie’s new pals says when the Vixens roll up, interrupting a football game that Archie put together to bridge the animosity between the Ghoulies and the Serpents.

Also Read: 'Riverdale' Stars Play Their On-Screen Parents in First Look at 'Breakfast Club' Tribute Episode

“That’s my girl,” Archie says, looking a little confused before the music starts and all the boys rally around the chainlink fence to watch the cheerleaders. Josie, Cheryl and Veronica then lead the Vixens in a stirring rendition of the Elvis Presley classic.
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Richard Branson Is Launching a New U.S. Music Festival in 2019

Richard Branson Is Launching a New U.S. Music Festival in 2019
One year ago, Sir Richard Branson took to his blog to announce the end of the V Festival, the long-running British music festival the Virgin Group founder started in 1996.

“After 22 very enjoyable and successful years, 2017 was Virgin’s last V Festival,” Branson wrote. “At Virgin, we know firsthand how important it is to keep innovating and changing things up, which is why it is now time for us to look at new ways we can disrupt the industry to ensure music is a force for good.”

Now Branson, alongside Virgin Produced
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