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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

‘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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How ‘The Conners’ Wrote Off Roseanne (Spoilers)

How ‘The Conners’ Wrote Off Roseanne (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched “Keep on Trucking,” the series premiere of “The Conners,” ABC’s new spinoff of “Roseanne.”

Thanks to a combination of a wildly public meltdown, ABC’s subsequent “wait and see!” publicity effort, and just plain morbid curiosity, the question of how “The Conners” would deal with Roseanne Barr’s exit from the new spinoff has been the biggest of the fall TV season.

Of all the reboots and revivals on air, “The Conners” has had the strangest journey to screen by far. Just six months ago, “Roseanne,” despite (or perhaps thanks
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Finds Something to Crow About With Kaley Cuoco in Behind-the-Scenes Pics

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Finds Something to Crow About With Kaley Cuoco in Behind-the-Scenes Pics
Wait; did Jim Parsons compare Kaley Cuoco to a crow?

The Big Bang Theory” star Parsons took to Instagram on Monday to share some behind-the-scenes photos with his co-star Cuoco, and his thoughts about working with an old crow. Literally, an old crow. And no, not the brand of bourbon whiskey that pairs well with a tight budget.

Perhaps it’s best to let Parsons explain.

Also Read: 'Big Bang Theory' Star Kaley Cuoco Gets Bourbon-Brained in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)

“This morning I did a scene with a crow that was older than @normancook – seriously, the crow (named ‘Baby’) was 36 years old and was already flying in movies when i was in undergrad, still dreaming of becoming a professional actor,” Parsons, 45, wrote.

So what does that have to do with Cuoco, exactly?

Again, we’ll leave that to Parsons.

Also Read: 'Big Bang Theory' Star Kaley Cuoco Notably Ignores Her
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Jennifer Lopez Re-Teaming With ‘Shades of Blue’ Co-Star for NBC Cop Drama ‘Blood Ties’

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Jennifer Lopez Re-Teaming With ‘Shades of Blue’ Co-Star for NBC Cop Drama ‘Blood Ties’
Jennifer Lopez is teaming back up with “Shades of Blue” co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama at NBC, “Blood Ties.”

The project, which has a script sale, will be written by former “The Mentalist” executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi.

According to NBC, here is the logline for the drama: 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.

Also Read: Adam Levine of 'The Voice' to Produce Songwriting Competition Show 'Songland' for NBC

Szentgyorgyi executive produces with Lopez and Goldsmith-Thomas for Nuyorican, Laresca, Jennifer Davisson and Lopez’s long-time manager Benny Medina. Kristel Laiblin is a co-executive producer.
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‘Alice’ Reboot From Diablo Cody, Liz Astrof Set Up at Fox as Put Pilot

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Fox has ordered a reboot of the 1976 sitcom “Alice” from Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof, the network announced on Tuesday.

Set up as a put pilot, the multi-camera sitcom hails from Warner Bros. Television and Cody’s Vita Vera Films banner. It is a reboot of the classic CBS series, which starred Linda Lavin as Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who moves across the country with her son Tommy following the death of her husband, becoming a waitress at a diner in Arizona.

In the updated version of the comedy, Alice is not a widow, but has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband.

Also Read: Mary J Blige-Produced Choreographer Dramedy 'Move' in Development at Fox

The original series was itself an adaptation of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” starring Ellen Burstyn.

Alice ran on CBS for nine seasons between 1976 and 1985. It
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Ilm’s Rob Bredow on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and the Future of VFX

Even before he was promoted to Svp, executive director and head of Ilm in May, Rob Bredow was a very busy man. He joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2014 as a visual effects supervisor, then quickly rose up the ranks, helping to launch ILMxLAB in 2015 to develop and release immersive entertainment, moving into the chief technology officer role at Lucasfilm in 2016 and most recently serving as visual effects supervisor and co-producer of Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” working alongside director Ron Howard.

He’s been making the rounds of top-notch tech conferences like Siggraph in August and the upcoming View Conference in Turin, Italy, talking about creativity and how it applies to just about everything we do. “Whether that’s writing code, or creating a detail in a shot, those are all things that I feel are really creatively driven,” he says.

Variety caught up with Bredow ahead of his View Conference keynote,
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‘Alice’ Reboot From Diablo Cody, Liz Astrof Gets Put Pilot Order at Fox

‘Alice’ Reboot From Diablo Cody, Liz Astrof Gets Put Pilot Order at Fox
A reboot of the classic sitcom “Alice” has received a put pilot commitment at Fox, Variety has learned.

The multi-camera series hails from writers and executive producers Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof. In the series, Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt 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.

Cody will executive produce via her Vita Vera Films banner. Warner Bros. Television and Fox will co-produce. Cody is currently
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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening

The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees will be on hand for a Q&A session at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1 when an American Cinematheque screening of the band’s 1968 feature “Head” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

The Pre-Fab Four’s big-screen debut was a self-referential and surrealistic picture starring the band – Nesmith, Dolenz, Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones – and featuring an eclectic cast that included Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Victor Mature, pro football linebacker Ray Nitschke, prizefighter Sonny Liston and topless dancer Carol Doda. Co-written by Bob Rafelson (who also co-produced the film with Bert Schneider) and Jack Nicholson, it marked Rafelson’s feature directing debut.

Shot following the cancellation of the Monkees’ popular TV show, the movie, which premiered in New York on Nov. 6, 1968 — and in Hollywood two weeks later — sported a soundtrack that included songs by Harry Nilsson
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What’s Up With Kanye’s Maga Adventure?

What’s Up With Kanye’s Maga Adventure?
Did it really happen? Was that actually Kanye West in the Oval Office, telling the president of the United States about his success with Adidas and advising him to ditch Air Force One for an “iPlane”? And did West really go on to explain that Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan made him feel emasculated, whereas wearing a red Maga hat makes him feel like Superman? (Superman, he made sure to clarify, is his favorite superhero.) And what does all of it mean for West, Trump, and our surreal political discourse?
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TV Roundup: Showtime Comedy ‘Black Monday’ Adds Melissa Rauch, Bruce Dern

TV Roundup: Showtime Comedy ‘Black Monday’ Adds Melissa Rauch, Bruce Dern
In today’s TV News Roundup, the upcoming Showtime series “Black Monday” rounds out its cast, as does the Epix series “Pennyworth

First Looks

The Season 2 premiere of hit podcast “What Really Happened?” just dropped, along with a teaser for episode 5. The series follows documentarian Andrew Jenks as he explores the mysterious truths and unanswered questions behind famous figures and events. A sneak peak at the 5th episode reveals an intent to get to the bottom of why Dave Chappelle notoriously turned down a check for $50 million and forfeited his hit comedy show.

Casting

A list of stars will join
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Richard Masur to Receive SAG-aftra President’s Award

SAG-AFTRA has selected Richard Masur as the recipient of its President’s Award.

The honor will be presented on Oct. 20 during the SAG-aftra National Board plenary. Introduced at last year’s SAG-aftra convention, the President’s Award celebrates a member who has given meritorious service to the union and its membership.

Masur served as SAG president for two terms between 1995 and 1999. He has an extensive acting resume of more than 60 credits that includes an Emmy nomination for “The Burning Bed,” an Oscar nod for writing and directing the short subject “Love Struck,” and a memorable role as a Yale University recruiter in Tom Cruise’s “Risky Business.”

“It is an honor and privilege for me to recognize Richard’s many contributions with this award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “For decades, he has worked to enrich the lives of performers; from volunteering on committees, serving on local and national boards,
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This Canadian Couple Went All ‘Alien’ for Their Maternity Photo Shoot

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Father-to-be Todd Cameron has taken to Facebook this month to share seemingly conventional maternity photos with his expectant partner Nicole. The Canadian couple, surrounded by pumpkins, made typical maternity poses — from a sweet, standing embrace to a sitting belly hug.

However, as photos in the post progress, the shoot takes an extraterrestrial twist. Nicole laid on her back with a bloodied “Alien” franchise-style Chestburster emerging from her torso. Splattered in fake blood, Todd chased after the wriggling Xenomorph.

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Well, you won't believe what happened yesterday During Our Maternity Shoot!!! Our chests are bursting with love for our…

Posted by Todd Cameron on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

After successfully wrangling the creature,
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Idris Elba to Join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift in Universal’s ‘Cats’ Adaptation

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Idris Elba to Join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift in Universal’s ‘Cats’ Adaptation
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and James Corden in Universal’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Cats,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ian McKellen, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley also star. Elba is set to play the villain Macavity. The film adaptation will be based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will direct, and Hooper adapted the story for the screen alongside Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”). Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, as well as Debra Hayward. “Cats” will be produced by Working Title Films in associated with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison are executive producing.

Also Read: 'Cats' Lands 'Wicked' Release Date in Universal Movie Musical
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