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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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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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‘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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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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Netflix Sued by Viacom for Poaching TV Production Executive

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Netflix is being sued by Viacom over its hiring practices after the streaming giant hired an employee that was still under contract with the company.

Last week, Netflix hired 10-year Viacom vet Momita SenGupta as VP of physical production for its original series. Now, Viacom has said that Netflix “sought her out and knowingly and deliberately induced her to breach her employment contract,” in a suit filed on Oct. 5 in L.A. Superior Court.

SenGupta’s contract wasn’t set to expire until April 2020.

Also Read: Netflix Q3 Earnings Preview: Can 'Ozark,' 'Black Panther' Drive International Growth?

“Netflix has signaled that it has no intention of complying with the law, and that its illegal attempts to induce Viacom employees to break their contracts without consequence will not be limited to SenGupta,” Viacom attorney Anthony J. Oncidi, wrote in the suit. “Netflix’s tortuous interference with an enforceable
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Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Play ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in 1988

Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Play ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in 1988
Early next month, Guns N’ Roses will kick off the 10th, and possibly final, leg of their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. Many people thought that Slash and Axl Rose wouldn’t be able to share the stage for more than couple of weeks before the whole thing imploded, but amazingly enough it’s been well over two years and there hasn’t been even the tiniest sign of tension. They’ve also managed to be on time every night, which is somewhat of a miracle considering their history.
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Rt Reporter Exits Network After ‘Misguided’ Praise of Stalin’s Gulags

Rt Reporter Exits Network After ‘Misguided’ Praise of Stalin’s Gulags
Rt America’s Washington correspondent Sameera Khan has left the network just days after tweeting out praise of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin’s gulags.

In a Twitter thread, Khan said that last Friday was her last day at the Russian state-owned media company and that her departure was planned weeks before her comments about the Soviet prison camps.

“As many of you may already know, I resigned from my position at Rt a couple of weeks ago. Friday was my final day of work,” she said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in DC, London, and Moscow for their consistent support, guidance, and cooperation. It was an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding group of people.”

“I submitted my resignation on September 30th — a week prior to that hilariously overblown tweet,” she added. “I am sure there will be many questions
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All 11 ‘Halloween’ Movies in the Franchise, Ranked

Proving that you can’t kill pure evil, Michael Myers returns once again to pierce fresh victims with an assortment of cutlery in Universal’s “Halloween” reboot. Though this latest entry in the franchise ignores the events of the last nine films, enough references are included throughout it to make several of the sequels well worth revisiting. To help you plan a Myers movie marathon, here’s our ultimate Halloween ranking, from tedious trick to terrifying treat.

11) Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

At times resembling an amateur Halloween fan film that was accidentally released in theaters, the eighth entry in the slasher series finds a blasé Michael Myers stalking a group of fame-seeking college students who’ve agreed to spend a night in his childhood home as part of a ridiculous internet reality show. Clumsily interspersed with low-res video footage shot by the actors themselves, “Halloween: Resurrection” is a suspense-free disaster that wastes
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Will Trump Acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Role in Jamal Khashoggi’s Death?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On the table was the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials last week claimed was murdered and dismembered in Istanbul at the direction of the Saudi royal court. (Disclosure: Penske Media Corporation, which owns Rolling Stone and several other publications, reportedly received a financial investment from a Saudi Arabia investment fund earlier this year.)

Pompeo and the Saudi rulers
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The Steel Woods Announce New Album ‘Old News’

The Steel Woods Announce New Album ‘Old News’
Nashville Southern rockers the Steel Woods are gearing up to start 2019 with a bang — they’ll release their sophomore album Old News on January 18th.

Ahead of the release, the band shared the title track, a brooding ballad about the state of the nation. “Old News” finds singer Wes Bayliss contemplating a moral dilemma. “We could burn it all down on our grandpa’s TV, or quit pointing fingers and roll up our sleeves,” he sings, invoking the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell as he implores his fellow
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American Film Market Draws 70 New Buyers From 28 Countries

The American Film Market has announced that more than 70 companies from 28 countries will be attending Afm for the first time as buyers.

The new companies include nine from China; four from both Italy and South Korea; three from countries that include Canada, Germany, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam; and two apiece from Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

A sampling of the new buying companies for this year includes Blue Finch Film Releasing; Dreamax Media; Eagle Communication Co., Ltd.; Dynit; Elevation Pictures; High Octane Pictures; Indie Rights; Mango Films Vietnam; Sun Film Group; Tangren Cultural Film Group; Times Film Group, LLC; Vudu; Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH; and Youplanet Pictures.

Jonathan Wolf, Afm managing director, said, “Every year new distribution companies and platforms are launched, connecting independent films with audiences throughout the world. We look forward to welcoming all to their first Afm.”

Organizers of the American Film Market are limiting
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Viacom Sues Netflix for Poaching TV Production Exec

Viacom is joining the battle against Netflix’s hiring practices, filing a suit that accuses the streaming service of poaching a TV production executive.

Netflix announced last week that it had hired Momita SenGupta as vice president of physical production for its original series. SenGupta had worked for 10 years at Viacom, most recently overseeing physical production at Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and VH1.

In the suit filed on Oct. 5 in L.A. Superior Court, Viacom alleges that Netflix induced SenGupta to breach her contract, which was not set to expire until April 21, 2020.

“Netflix has signaled that it has no intention of complying with the law,
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Pete Souza’s New Book Is a Painful Reminder of What We’ve Lost in the Trump Years

Amid the daily chaos of the Donald Trump presidency, it’s easy to forget the stability we gave up two years ago. Obama administration chief photographer Pete Souza’s new book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, serves as a brutal reminder. Souza juxtaposes his iconic portraits of the Obama presidency with some of Trump’s most insane tweets and comments to highlight the differences between the 44th and 45th presidents. It’s a striking, at times even hilarious book, but by the end it leaves the reader with a profound sense of loss.
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