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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer

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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer
Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are returning to the music industry scene with a new drama series project. The duo has teamed up with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Craig Brewer, writer-director of music-themed series Empire and movie Hustle & Flow, for a one-hour series pitch that has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. The drama hails from Ventimiglia & Russ Cundiff’s Divide Pictures and 20th Century Fox TV, where Lavender, Ulin and Divide are under deals.

Written by Lavender and Ulin, the untitled project centers on gifted musician Madison, who fears her life in the music business is over after an epic breakdown on stage goes viral. With a new boldness she teams up with her musical prodigy sisters, to form a band that might be more than what they bargained for. Thrust into a world that is far more
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Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz

Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz
Outlander is headed to the New World. Today, Starz announced the TV show's fourth season will debut in November.

Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, the historical drama follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse who finds herself mysteriously thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Annette Badland, Stephen Walters, and Laura Donnelly.

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from the Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.

Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal Ucp is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, Ucp’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.

I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its Bourne ties, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner,
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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For
Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If […]

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series

TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series
TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s bestelling The Alienist, with Alienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning returning for the follow-up in an all-new storyline.

A huge critical and ratings success, TNT’s The Alienist is 2018’s top new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

A gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.”

Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much as $37 million. That’s a promising launch given the low price tag typically attached to horror movies.

The Nun,” a spin-off to “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It is set in Romania in 1951 and centers on a Catholic priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. The first four iterations in the “Conjuring” universe — including “Annabelle” and its sequel — have generated over $1.1 billion globally.

It won’t come close to matching the surprise success of the same weekend last September when
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Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’

Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’
Ruth Wilson stoked speculation about the reason for her departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” when she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about the situation during a TV appearance Thursday morning.

Wilson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about the dramatic exit of her character, Alison, from the Showtime drama that examines the impact of an extramarital affair from multiple perspectives. There had been speculation Wilson left because she was earning less than her male co-star, Dominic West. Asked by “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King directly about the pay parity question, Wilson replied: “I’ve never
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Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series

Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series
It’s official: black-ish creator Kenya Barris is headed to Netflix with a rich multi-year overall deal. The pact had been rumored for months. I hear the agreement with Netflix was made awhile ago but could not be announced until Barris formalized his exit from his ABC Studios deal. Barris and ABC Studios last month announced that his overall deal there would terminate in August, a little over a year into its four-year term. I hear the date was Aug. 15, thus today’s…
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘The Alienist’ Will Keep 2018 Limited-Series Emmy Nominations Despite Renewal

TNT’s decision to effectively renew “The Alienist” for a second season will not change the drama’s status as a nominee in two limited-series categories for the 2018 Emmys.

“The Awards Committee reviews categorization on an annual basis,” a Television Academy spokesperson told Variety Thursday. “Some first-year limited series continue the story line into subsequent seasons and are re-categorized as Drama Series, e.g., ‘Downton Abbey,’ and others return with a new, stand-alone story, e.g., ‘American Horror Story,’ which allows them to remain in Limited Series. Dependent upon which direction ‘The Alienist’ goes, the Awards Committee will categorize it accordingly.
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Will Les Moonves Hang On? Here’s Who Did and Didn’t Keep Their Jobs After #MeToo Accusations (Chart)

Friday marks three weeks since six women accused CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct in a New Yorker story. But unlike many of the men accused since the start of the #MeToo movement last year, Moonves has held on to his job so far.

What happens next for Moonves depends on a CBS investigation being conducted by two outside law firms. But as our list below shows, losing his job is neither a certainty nor an impossibility. The #MeToo movement that began with the October 2017 accusations against Harvey Weinstein has toppled some of the most powerful men in America, from Charlie Rose to Sen. Al Franken. Others have held on despite serious accusations against them.

Here is a list of a few of the most high-profile men who have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 10 months, followed by more detail about each case.

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‘Glow’ Star Betty Gilpin on How Wrestling Is Like Hollywood (Exclusive Video)

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‘Glow’ Star Betty Gilpin on How Wrestling Is Like Hollywood (Exclusive Video)
A version of this story about Betty Gilpin first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

“I think ladies are used to being asked to do 5 percent of what they can do, so I just feel so insanely lucky to have a very rare job that demands all of what I can do,” said Betty Gilpin, one of the stars of Netflix’s female-centric and fabulously executed ’80s wrestling drama “Glow.”

And she does a lot, playing Debbie Eagen, a former soap actress turned red-blooded American wrestler Liberty Belle, who’s also raising a kid after finding out her best friend had an affair with her husband.

Also Read: 'Glow': 10 Most Relatable One-Liners in Netflix Comedy (Photos)

“I relate to what the ladies of ‘Glow’ go through in terms of [Hollywood] wanting to put you into a certain box,” said Gilpin, the only
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TV News Roundup: Starz Sets ‘Outlander’ Season 4 Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: Starz Sets ‘Outlander’ Season 4 Premiere Date
In today’s roundup, “Outlander” will return to Starz in early November for Season 4, while Busy Philipps heads to late night on E!.

Dates

Outlander” will return for Season 4 on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Starz. The Fraser clan try to make a new home in colonial North Carolina this season, as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) must negotiate a tenuous loyalty to the current British ruling class–despite Claire’s knowledge of the American Revolution to come. Meanwhile in the 20th century, a shocking discovery makes Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and her would-be love interest,
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Abbi Jacobson on ‘Disenchantment,’ ‘Broad City’ and Her Most ‘Personal’ Project Yet

Abbi Jacobson on ‘Disenchantment,’ ‘Broad City’ and Her Most ‘Personal’ Project Yet
Four years after “Broad City” first premiered, co-creator Abbi Jacobson has used her time outside of it to explore her many other interests, from drawing, to podcasting about modern art, to voiceover. And on August 17, fans will get a new side of her with the premiere of “Disenchantment,” a new fantasy cartoon from “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening in which she stars as a rebellious princess.

“I can’t really think of a more incredible animated show to do than one with Matt,” Jacobson says. “It’s kind of been a dream.”

Two weeks before she was due on set to
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USA Orders ‘Bourne’ Franchise Spinoff TV Series ‘Treadstone’

USA has given a series order to “Treadstone,” a TV spinoff of Universal’s “Bourne” film franchise that starred Matt Damon.

Treadstone,” will explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. “Treadstone” was one of the four pilots USA ordered in April, but decided to pick it up straight-to-series.

The first season, which begins production in 2019, follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

Also Read: 'Shooter' Canceled After 3 Seasons on USA

From Universal Cable Productions, “Treadstone” is written and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ramin Bahrani, who will direct the pilot, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate; Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will
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Piers Morgan Goes Into ‘Twitter Detox': ‘I Can’t Stomach Any More’

If Twitter seemed just a wee bit less combative on Thursday, there may be a reason.

British media personality and outspoken Twitter user Piers Morgan took to the social media platform on Thursday — to announce that he is sick of it, and has gone into “Twitter detox.”

Morgan offered a laundry list of topics that he had grown weary of, including “Trump Derangement Syndrome, Brexit hysteria” and “Omarosa bulls—.”

Also Read: Piers Morgan Fires Back at Stephen Colbert's 'Stupid' Jab

“I can’t stomach any more Trump Derangement Syndrome, Brexit hysteria, Omarosa bulls— or ‘Madonna inspired me to be f—ing annoying’ birthday tributes,” Morgan wrote.

“Frankly, I’m bored witless by all Your opinions…and by My opinions,” the “Good Morning Britain” personality continued. “So I’ve gone to this beach for a Twitter detox. Bye.”

Morgan included a photo of a man — it wasn’t
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‘Treadstone,’ Drama Set in Jason Bourne Universe, Lands Series Order at USA Network

USA Network has ordered the drama “Treadstone” straight to series, Variety has learned.

The series, which was originally ordered to pilot back in April, centers on the fictional CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone, which was the program that created superspy Jason Bourne. The covert program uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. The series will go into production in 2019.

“As the #1 cable entertainment network for the past 12 years, USA Network is delivering a dynamic lineup of big,
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