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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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Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello, Michaela Pereira to Depart Hln as Network Cuts Back on Live News

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CNN’s sister news channel Hln is rejiggering its programming lineup, cutting back on live news shows that will see the departure of Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello and Michaela Pereira.

“The current cable news landscape is dominated by politics. Our live news shows have not benefitted from this trend given our story mix,” said Ken Jautz, the CNN executive VP who heads up Hln, in a staff memo that was obtained by TheWrap. “However, Hln’s longform programs have been performing very well.”

The shift will see Robin Meade’s “Morning Express,” expand to six hours, from 6 a.m. to noon, with the last two hours being taped. Erica Hill’s early-afternoon news show, “On the Story” will expand to three hours from noon to 3 p.m., featuring a rountable of anchors. The rest of the lineup will be made up of documentaries and other pre-taped programming. “Weekend Express with
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff in the Works at NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff in the Works at NBC
Just one year after “Grimm” went off the air, the series is looking to make a comeback in the form a female-led spinoff at NBC, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

Iron Fist” and “Beauty and the Beast” alum Melissa Glenn will write and executive produce, with original series co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf serving as consulting producers

Here’s project’s official logline: 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.

More to come…

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CW’s ‘Elseworlds': Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin Will Swap Roles as The Flash and Arrow (Photo)

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The CW is taking a page out of “Freaky Friday” for its upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover.

A new poster for the three-night “Arrowverse” event revealed Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell wearing the other actor’s superhero costume, potentially hinting that the December crossover will see the two swap roles, with Amell portraying The Flash and Gustin as the Green Arrow.

Amell shared the poster on his Twitter account, writing “My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive.”

Also Read: Arrowverse Crossover: First Look at Tyler Hoechlin's New Superman Suit (Photo)

My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. pic.twitter.com/TibqsR7mT8

— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) October 16, 2018

In DC Comics lore, “Elseworlds” was the title used for a specific imprint that featured storylines that existed outside of the regular continuity. Having Amell play The Flash and Gustin portray Green Arrow would fit perfectly in this timeline,
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Stray Cats to Mark 40th Anniversary With New Album, Tour

Stray Cats to Mark 40th Anniversary With New Album, Tour
The Stray Cats are coming home. After reuniting earlier this year for a handful of reunion shows, the rockabilly revivalists will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019, marking the milestone with both a new album and a full-sized tour.

Bandmates Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom haven’t released a studio record since the early Nineties, with 1993’s Original Cool marking their last effort together. Twenty-five years have elapsed since then, punctuated by a handful of solo projects — including Setzer’s Brian Setzer Orchestra, whose Grammy-winning cover of Louis Prima’s “Jump,
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff in Development at NBC

‘Grimm’ Spinoff in Development at NBC
A spinoff of the fantasy drama series “Grimm” is currently in the works at NBC, Variety has learned.

The untitled spinoff hails from writer and executive producer Melissa Glenn, whose recent TV writing credits include “Iron Fist” Season 2, “Zoo,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, who were executive producers on the original show, will also executive produce the spinoff under their Hazy Mills banner. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, two of the original series’ three co-creators, will serve as consulting producers.

According to the official description, the new show builds off the mythology of the original
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TV Review: Peter Dinklage in HBO’s ‘My Dinner With Hervé’

TV Review: Peter Dinklage in HBO’s ‘My Dinner With Hervé’
Hervé Villechaize, most familiar for his turn on “Fantasy Island” before his premature death, is an unlikely biopic subject. As the assistant Tattoo on the TV drama, Villechaize was treated as if his short stature made him a supernatural freak. His cultural impact has been an accented catchphrase (“De plane!”) and his status as a widely known, and generally patronized, little person. It’s a story that seems too sad, and too sadly marginal, to entice viewers.

My Dinner With Hervé,” HBO’s film about a late-in-life Villechaize, isn’t quite a reclamation project. It doesn’t do enough to center his story,
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Hulu Eyes Cheaper Live TV Bundles That Strip Out Entertainment Cable Networks

Hulu wants to cater to a new crowd of pay-tv “cord-shavers” with stripped-down, less-expensive live television bundles that include sports, news and on-demand content — dropping linear entertainment networks to save costs.

Hulu CEO Randy Freer sketched out the concept in an interview with The Information published Tuesday, saying that the skinnier bundles would be designed to appeal to a cohort of price-sensitive users and prove more profitable by cutting out carriage fees for multiple networks. Instead, Hulu subscribers would have access to on-demand programming licensed from cable networks.

But at this point, Hulu doesn’t have any specifics on what
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Stagecoach 2019 Lineup: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean Lead Country Festival

Stagecoach 2019 Lineup: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean Lead Country Festival
California’s annual Stagecoach Festival has announced its 2019 lineup, with headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. The 13th annual fest in Indio, California, will take place April 26th through 28th at the Empire Polo Fields.

Stagecoach is one of the few country festivals whose bill consistently mixes mainstream, high-profile country stars with left-of-center roots and Americana artists, and this year’s lineup is no different. The 2019 festival includes commercial hitmakers like Kane Brown, Cole Swindell, Old Dominion and Luke Combs, alongside a variety of less traditional country festival acts,
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‘Halloween’ Review: A Slasher-Movie Reboot for the #MeToo Era

‘Halloween’ Review: A Slasher-Movie Reboot for the #MeToo Era
Want to scream bloody murder? Then the new Halloween is the trick-or-treat frightfest for you. But, first, a leap of faith is required. You have to forget that there are already nine sequels and remakes of John Carpenter’s 1978 original — thankfully, director David Gordon Green and coscreenwriters Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley pretend those lame copies never existed (no loss there). To them, Halloween 2018 is the first sequel ever to Carpenter’s horror classic. It’s been 40 years since babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) got rocked by Ptsd when
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Hln Retrenches: Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello, Michaela Pereira Will Leave in Program Shuffle

Hln, once known as CNN Headline News, will deliver fewer headlines as a result of the cable network’s latest programming shift.

Executives are pulling back on the news programming that has filled the outlet’s daytime schedule in a wide-scale retrenchment at the network, which is part of At&T’s CNN. Hln in recent years has stocked mornings, afternoons and early evenings with popular hosts like Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello and Michaela Pereira. All three will leave Hln as part of the reshuffling, which, according to a person familiar with the matter, will affect between 12 and 15 production and editorial
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Chris Evans Blasts Piers Morgan for Dad-Shaming ‘Emasculated’ Daniel Craig Over Carrying His Baby

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How’s this for a crossover: Captain America just defended James Bond.

Piers Morgan took umbrage with Daniel Craig’s parenting skills, tweeting a photo of Craig carrying his daughter, Ella, on his chest in a baby carrier, writing “Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.” Then Chris Evans, much like the star-spangled hero he’s portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stepped in and defended Craig.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” Evans tweeted. “Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

Also Read: Piers Morgan Shreds the NRA Over Pro-Kanye Tweet: 'Utter Bulls--'

Morgan then fired back: “Captain America wouldn’t wear a papoose.”.

Wearing a papoose doesn’t mean you ‘care’ more about your kids.. https://t.co/fF2w9lpSI2

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018

You really have
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Star Kiernan Shipka Teases Netflix’s ‘Next Level Dark’ Reboot (Video)

Beware, ’90s kids planning on tuning in to Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” This story of the half-witch, half-mortal teen is far from the Melissa Joan Hart comedy that ruled the Tgif block when you were young.

The cast and creator behind the streamer’s new take already warned you multiple times, but they are at it once more in a few featurettes released Tuesday, in which Kiernan Shipka promises a truly haunting story about her titular character.

“Everything about the show is so massive but grounded and real,” Shipka said of the Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa-created series, in the video. “There’s something just next level dark about it.”

Also Read: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Reveals a Whole New Version of Salem (Video)

See, we told you.

“This show and the ’90s show are vastly different,” Lucy Davis, who plays Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda added. “There’s comedy in it,
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Ellen Drops in on Ninja’s ‘Fortnite’ Stream

After Tyler “Ninja” Blevins appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday, Ellen decided to return the favor by appearing on Ninja’s stream on Tuesday.

Ellen noted that the video in which Ninja taught her how to play “Fortnite” was trending as the number three most-watched video on YouTube over the weekend, and decided to give Twitch’s most popular streamer a visit during her show— though she jokes that it’s more about tapping into Ninja’s market since “almost 350 million people have watched him play.”

In the video, Ellen asks what Ninja is up to, and he reveals
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‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series

‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller’s next Batman prequel series, “Pennyworth,” is taking shape, as two more actors have been added to the cast of the upcoming Epix drama: Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett.

The series will focus on the early life of Batman’s legendary butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). A former British Sas soldier in his 20s, Pennyworth forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. Aldridge’s character is described as a “fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the east coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth.”

Fletcher and Bennett will take on the series regular roles of Dave Boy and Bazza, respectively — both lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days.

Also Read: 'Pennyworth': Ben Aldridge
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