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Miley Cyrus Signs Overall Deal With NBCUniversal, Will Develop Programs and Star in Three Specials

Miley Cyrus Signs Overall Deal With NBCUniversal, Will Develop Programs and Star in Three Specials
Following her well-received performance last weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” Miley Cyrus is cementing her relationship with the Peacock, sealing an overall talent and development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

The pact includes a first-look arrangement between Cyrus’ production company Hopetown Entertainment (which she runs with her mother and manager Tish Cyrus). Hopetown will develop scripted and unscripted projects for the NBCU outlets including NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock. Cyrus may serve as a producer, performer and/or host on any number of network, cable, streaming and syndication programs.

As part of the deal,
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‘Bridgerton’ Gets Young Queen Charlotte Spinoff From Shonda Rhimes, Sets Jess Brownell As Season 3 & 4 Showrunner

‘Bridgerton’ Gets Young Queen Charlotte Spinoff From Shonda Rhimes, Sets Jess Brownell As Season 3 & 4 Showrunner
Exclusive: The Bridgerton-verse is expanding. Following the recent renewals for a total of three more seasons of the hugely popular series, Netflix and Shondaland will add a second show to the franchise, a limited prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, which will be written by Shonda Rhimes.

Additionally, Shondaland veteran Jess Brownell, who has worked on the first two seasons of Bridgerton, the upcoming Rhimes Netflix series Inventing Anna and Rhimes’ Scandal, has been named showrunner for Seasons 3 and 4 of the Regency era drama, Netflix’s biggest series ever that attracted 82 million households around the world in its first four weeks. Brownell will take the baton from Bridgerton creator/executive producer Chris Van Dusen, who served as showrunner for Season 1 and is also running Season 2, now in production in the U.K.

The Queen Charlotte limited series will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte,
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‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Eighth and Final Season at ABC

‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Eighth and Final Season at ABC
Black-ish” has been renewed for Season 8 at ABC, which will also be the show’s last.

The announcement was made by series creator Kenya Barris on Friday. “To All the people in the world I love, honor, respect and care for it is both exciting and bittersweet to share that black-ish been Renewed by ABC for it’s Eighth… and Final Season,” Barris wrote in part on Instagram. “In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make
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‘365 Days’: Netflix Sets Sequels to Controversial Polish Erotic Film

‘365 Days’: Netflix Sets Sequels to Controversial Polish Erotic Film
Polish film “365 Days,” a 2020 global success for Netflix, is getting two sequels.

The giant streamer has announced the start of production on “365 Days” part 2 and part 3. The original film follows Massimo, a member of the Sicilian Mafia family and Laura, a sales director. She does not expect that on a trip to Sicily trying to save her relationship, Massimo will kidnap her and give her 365 days to fall in love with him.

The sequels see Massimo and Laura return, but their reunion is rendered complicated by Massimo’s family ties and a mysterious man who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust, at any cost.

The original film was a Netflix acquisition. Variety understands that Netflix will be more involved in the sequels.

Original cast members Michele Morrone, Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Magdalena Lamparska and Otar Saralidze return for the sequels. Simone Susinna joins the cast, playing a new character,
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First Look at Kevin Smith’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ Reboot for Netflix

First Look at Kevin Smith’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ Reboot for Netflix
He-Man and Skeletor are back.

Netflix unveiled several photos from its reboot of the Masters of the Universe animated series from showrunner Kevin Smith.

“Our show is set up as the next episode in the legacy ‘80s animated series that aired from 1983-1985,” said Smith (Clerks). “This is a continuation of that story. We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines. Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the Masters of the Universe line of toys for inspiration as well.

“I watched all ...
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Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment Teams With Jim Henson Company For Film Adaptation Of ‘The Conductors’ Novel

Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment Teams With Jim Henson Company For Film Adaptation Of ‘The Conductors’ Novel
Exclusive: Queen Latifah’s shingle Flavor Unit Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company are developing a film adaptation of The Conductors, the fantasy debut novel by Nicole Glover.

Released back in March of this year, the book introduces Hetty Rhodes, a magic-user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who now solves crimes in post–Civil War Philadelphia. Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband, Benjy, solve murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch.

Lisa Henson and Blanca Lista from The Jim Henson Company and Latifah and Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit Entertainment will shepherd the project.

“We are so excited to partner with Lisa, Blanca and the whole Jim Henson Company on bringing Nicole Glover’s story to life,” said Latifah in a statement. “From the moment I first read the book,
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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ With Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk Set for April 2022

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ With Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk Set for April 2022
Focus Features has set “The Northman,” the next film from “The Witch” director Robert Eggers, for release in April 2022.

The Northman” is a viking revenge drama that stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Björk, the Icelandic singer who is appearing in her first film since 2005. The film will open in theaters April 8 domestically from Focus, and Universal Pictures International will release the film abroad the same day.

The film is described as an “epic revenge thriller” that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father. Eggers shot the film in Iceland this past summer.

The Northman” is directed by Eggers, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Icelandic poet and

novelist Sjón. The film’s producers are Lars Knudsen, Mark Huffam and New Regency and is a co-production of Focus Features and New Regency.

Eggers broke onto the
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‘The Great’ Season 2 Casts Gillian Anderson as Catherine the Great’s Mother

‘The Great’ Season 2 Casts Gillian Anderson as Catherine the Great’s Mother
Gillian Anderson is joining the cast of “The Great” Season 2 at Hulu.

Anderson will appear in two episodes of the season as Joanna, the mother of Catherine (Elle Fanning). Joanna is a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the “maestro of marriage” for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation.

Along with Fanning,
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How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director

How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director
She may not be a household name anywhere other than her native China, but Chinese helmer Jia Ling has officially overtaken Patty Jenkins as the world’s highest-grossing female director for a single film.

After an extended three-month run, Jia’s Chinese New Year blockbuster “Hi, Mom,” finally left Chinese theaters Tuesday. It has grossed $838 million (RMB5.41 billion) since its Feb. 12 debut, according to Maoyan data and using an exchange rate of $1 = RMB6.44)

That sum makes it the 79th highest grossing film in the world of all time, behind Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million) and just ahead of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” ($837 million). It also finished above Patty Jenkin’s 2017 “Wonder Woman,” which earned $823 million. “Hi, Mom” surpassed “Wonder Woman” in early April, 54 days after its release. (Some sources using different rates of exchange may arrive at different totals and rankings.)

Locally, the title has now surpassed the 2019 animation “Ne Zha
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‘Clueless’ Mystery Reboot Passed Over at Peacock (Exclusive)

‘Clueless’ Mystery Reboot Passed Over at Peacock (Exclusive)
It’s back to the drawing board for Clueless.

Nine months after a mystery reboot of the 1995 cult film landed at Peacock, the NBCUniversal-backed streamer has passed on further developing the comedy. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the title remains a valuable one for producers CBS Studios, with the ViacomCBS-backed outlet already planning to try its hand at redeveloping a potentially different update of the film that starred Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash.

The most recent stab at reviving Clueless was in the works for nearly a year before the script, penned by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (Will & Grace,...
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‘American Idol’ Sets a Dozen Stars to Perform on Finale, Including Luke Combs, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow

‘American Idol’ Sets a Dozen Stars to Perform on Finale, Including Luke Combs, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow
American Idol” has set no fewer than a dozen music stars for the series’ grand finale May 23 — three of whom may be fairly predictable, given that Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are the show’s judges.

Not quite as foreseeable in the final show’s performing pecking order: Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Buckingham, Fall Out Boy, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis and Macklemore.

The show will air on ABC live across time zones May 23 at 8 p.m. Et/5 Pt.

Most of the 12 have been household names for some years, but Guyton is just becoming one,
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‘Seal Team’ Could Move to Paramount Plus From CBS for Season 5

‘Seal Team’ Could Move to Paramount Plus From CBS for Season 5
Seal Team” could soon be on the move. Variety has learned from sources that there are plans taking shape to move the series off of CBS to the ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount Plus for Season 5.

According to sources, the current plan would be to air a few episodes of the fifth season on CBS before moving it over to the streamer, though deals for this are still being worked out. The move would also likely mean a reduced episode count for the series, which ran for 22 episodes its first two seasons, then 20 in Season 3, and 16 in Season 4, with the Season
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CBS Orders ‘Smallwood’ and ‘Good Sam’ to Series

CBS Orders ‘Smallwood’ and ‘Good Sam’ to Series
CBS has added one comedy and one drama to its fall TV lineup, with series orders for “Smallwood” and “Good Sam.”

“Smallwood,” based on the real-life story of professional bowler Tom Smallwood, stars Pete Holmes, Chi McBride and Katie Lowes. Mark Gross is executive producing and writing, with David Hollander and Brian D’Arcy James also exec producing and Mark Cendrowski directing. The comedy follows a seemingly ordinary man who, after being laid off from his assembly line job at the Gm factory, decides to provide for his family by pursuing his dream of becoming a pro bowler.

Good Sam,” meanwhile,
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‘Spiral’ Makes a Very Inaccurate Reference to the Previous ‘Saw’ Movies

‘Spiral’ Makes a Very Inaccurate Reference to the Previous ‘Saw’ Movies
(This article contains some spoilers for “Spiral: From the Book of Saw”)

I would say that, overall, “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” is a worthy successor for the “Saw” franchise. If you’re gonna insist on making one of these that doesn’t follow up on any of the stuff from the original seven, this is a good way to go about it. Because it really is “Saw,” but in a new way.

But despite that, and despite the fact that “Spiral” was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman — who directed three previous “Saw” movies — the film makes a pretty glaring factual error. Midway through the film, one of the cops wonders aloud if this is another Jigsaw disciple. Chris Rock’s character, Detective Zeke Banks, doesn’t buy it.

John Kramer never targeted cops,” Banks says, referring to the original Jigsaw killer played by Tobin Bell.

This is categorically not true,
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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ Gets 2022 Release Date

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ Gets 2022 Release Date
Director Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” will release in theaters on April 8, 2022, Focus Features announced on Friday. Universal Pictures International will premiere the film internationally on the same day.

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Björk, the revenge thriller explores the depths at which a Viking prince will go to seek justice for the murder of his father.

Eggers’ third feature as director wrapped filming in December 2020. Production originally began late last summer in Ireland, but had to pause for a period of time due to Covid-19.

“When I went to Belfast [for ‘The Northman’], I was pretty scared,” Kidman told Variety‘s Marc Malkin in January. “People were saying, ‘Oh my God, if you go, you’re going to get Covid.’ So I was really frightened, but at the same time, I had this sense of duty and I had this sense of ‘this is what I do.
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Pete Holmes Comedy, Sophia Bush Procedural Nab CBS Series Pickups

Pete Holmes Comedy, Sophia Bush Procedural Nab CBS Series Pickups
CBS has started making decisions on its remaining pilots.

The network on Friday handed out series orders to Pete Holmes bowling comedy Smallwood and Sophia Bush-led family medical drama Good Sam. Both pilots had been frontrunners for the past few weeks and were expected to get the green light to join CBS’ 2021-22 schedule.

CBS has also passed on all of its remaining pilots, including Patrick Dempsey’s political drama Ways and Means, Sarah Cooper’s How to Succeed and Hannah Simone’s Welcome to Georgia. Only True Lies, which was pushed off-cycle, remains in contention at CBS.

Smallwood is a multicamera comedy based on the ...
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Bron Studios Lends a Helping Hand To Aapi Creatives Networking Group: ‘It’s Not A Risk’

Bron Studios Lends a Helping Hand To Aapi Creatives Networking Group: ‘It’s Not A Risk’
Bron Studios is lending a helping hand to Aapi Creatives, a networking group started by Zosimo Maximo to amplify Asian American voices working in the industry.

Maximo used Clubhouse to form a group of Aapi filmmakers who are inspired to change the narrative in Hollywood and build new opportunities for themselves. The group consists of Becky Baihui Chen, D.J. Jiang, Serena Rasoul, Diane Paragas, Jay DasGupta, Ashwini Prasad, Dinh Thai, Soma Helmi, Ruth Du and David Moriya.

Brenda Gilbert, the co-founder and president of Bron Studios, said it wasn’t until this year that she realized how much power Clubhouse had in terms of “getting people together and having open conversations with like-minded people that you wouldn’t generally have access to before.” Gilbert said she wants to make herself accessible to the members of Maximo’s networking group.

“We’re having open dialogue in terms of what can we
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Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t Be Taking Off Their Masks Just Yet

Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t Be Taking Off Their Masks Just Yet
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can resume most typical pre-pandemic activities without wearing a face mask or social distancing, there was an important exception to the agency’s guidance.

The national guidelines state that people may go without masks “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance.”

That workplace guidance for film and TV shoots means that wearing masks on sets will likely continue in the coming weeks and months, both in Los Angeles County and in other filming locations. After the pandemic started last year, the production industry worked relentlessly to set up guidelines that would keep cast and crews safe and keep cameras rolling. L.A. County’s guidelines include frequent Covid testing, social distancing and widespread mask-wearing. “All off-camera must wear face masks throughout the workday,
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Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t Be Taking Off Their Masks Just Yet

Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t Be Taking Off Their Masks Just Yet
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can resume most typical pre-pandemic activities without wearing a face mask or social distancing, there was an important exception to the agency’s guidance.

The national guidelines state that people may go without masks “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance.”

That workplace guidance for film and TV shoots means that wearing masks on sets will likely continue in the coming weeks and months, both in Los Angeles County and in other filming locations.
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Pilot Scorecard: New Broadcast Drama, Comedy and Unscripted Orders for 2021-22 Season

Pilot Scorecard: New Broadcast Drama, Comedy and Unscripted Orders for 2021-22 Season
After months of development, production and fine-tuning, it’s decision time for dozens of broadcast pilots hopeful of getting the greenlight to series for the 2021-2022 TV season.

As the major studios rack up series orders over the coming week of network upfront presentations, it’s time to tally the wins and losses. The clear theme of the series orders unveiled to date are franchises, built-in IP and procedural dramas in a year when the total volume of development was down significantly due to pandemic-related disruptions.

Here’s a breakdown by conglomerate and studio imprint of new comedy, drama and unscripted series orders to date, to be updated regularly as broadcast, cable and streaming programming executives tout their wares in the coming days.

This year, virtual programming presentations will be held May 17-19 in lieu of the traditional razzle-dazzle mounted at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and other New York City venues.
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