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‘Harlots’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

‘Harlots’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu
Hulu has renewed the period drama “Harlots” for a third season, Variety has confirmed.

The series takes place in 18th century London and follows the Wells family as they try to run a successful brothel despite strong competition from their rival, Lydia Quigley. The third season will consist of 8 episodes, just as the first two have.

The renewal comes despite the fact that series lead Samantha Morton, who plays madam Margaret Wells, has been cast as the villain Alpha in the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.” It is unknown in what capacity Morton will appear in the third season,
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'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal. His career was aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back.

Kurtz had championed Star Wars through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a film they dismissed as a B-picture.
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"Game of Thrones" Filming Locations in Northern Ireland to Open as Tourist Attractions

Fans of Westeros will soon be able to step into the actual locations where "Game of Thrones" has been filmed, as HBO's popular fantasy series nears the end of its run.

HBO announced plans to convert several "Thrones" filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.

HBO is tentatively targeting 2019 to open the attractions,
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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"Maniac" Season 2 Unlikely, Says Showrunner

It appears that "Maniac" will be sticking true to its "limited series" name.

The term has become rather loose lately, as shows like "Big Little Lies" and "The Alienist" have wrapped up their one-season storylines, only for their respective networks to order a second season, thus retroactively turning them into ongoing series. So whenever a limited series comes along, it arrives with the caveat that anything could happen — for better or worse. Netflix's "Maniac," however, appears to be a genuine one-and-done.
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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer

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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with the lovable Transformer.

Bumblebee will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a Vw bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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Viacom Taps Megan Ring to Lead Production for Media Networks

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Viacom has named Megan Ring its executive VP of production for Viacom Media Networks.

In this newly created role, Ring will oversee domestic production for scripted, unscripted, short-form and live events across Viacom’s brand portfolio, which include Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Cmt, TV Land, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network and Bet, and the studio production units launched by Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, as well as for Viacom Digital Studios.

“Megan is a seasoned production executive with a proven record of ensuring Viacom shows are produced at the highest quality, on time and on budget,” said Viacom Media Networks’ COO Sarah Levy. “As our brands accelerate their push into new distribution platforms and models, having someone as whip-smart and savvy as Megan at the helm of production further ensures our company’s continued success.”

Also Read: Viacom Appoints Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman to Lead Newly Acquired Awesomeness

Ring most recently served as senior VP,
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Hints Show’s End: ‘It’s About Time That I Mix It Up’

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Hints Show’s End: ‘It’s About Time That I Mix It Up’
Did Ellen Pompeo just hint that she’s ready to leave “Grey’s Anatomy” when her contract is up in 2020?

In an interview for Entertainment Weekly‘s latest cover story, Pompeo said that while she’s “not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show” — something she and creator Shonda Rhimes will do together on own time — she does feel that “the majority of the stories that we can tell” have been told.

For those less familiar with the show, the medical drama’s leading lady has escaped peril again and again — Dr. Meredith Grey has survived a bomb, almost drowning, a plane crash and an assault, not to mention the emotional ups and downs of a marriage, three kids and the death of McDreamy.

Also Read: 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Camilla Luddington on Jo Wilson's Big Career Decision in Season 15

“I
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‘Bumblebee’: Watch Trailer for Steven Spielberg-Produced ‘Transformers’ Prequel

‘Bumblebee’: Watch Trailer for Steven Spielberg-Produced ‘Transformers’ Prequel
Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena star in the flashy new trailer for Bumblebee, the upcoming Transformers prequel. Steven Spielberg co-executive-produced the sci-fi/action film, which hits theaters on December 21st.

The clip opens in a California beach town in 1987, where the owner of a junkyard gifts Charlie Watson (Steinfeld) with a yellow Volkswagen Beetle for her 18th birthday. When she gets home, Charlie discovers the vehicle’s true identity as it expands into the bumbling autobot Bumblebee.

Charlie takes in Bumblebee after learning her transformer friend is in danger, and
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Patrick Stewart Teases Start of Writers Room for Jean-Luc Picard ‘Star Trek’ Series (Photo)

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Patrick Stewart Teases Start of Writers Room for Jean-Luc Picard ‘Star Trek’ Series (Photo)
Patrick Stewart’s “journey has begun” on what is probably nowhere near the “final frontier” for the “Star Trek” franchise.

On Monday, Stewart tweeted a picture revealing the writers’ room for the upcoming CBS All AccessStar Trek” series featuring his return to his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, had broken ground.

“The journey has begun,” Stewart tweeted, along with a pic of him and the writers settling in to start storyboarding. “Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek.”

Also Read: Watch Patrick Stewart Announce His Return as Jean-Luc Picard in New 'Star Trek' Series (Video)

The currently untitled series — with the premiere date yet to be announced — will be spearheaded by “Star Trek: Discovery” co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, whose overall deal with CBS Studios has him running point on all small-screen “Star Trek” projects at CBS.

Stewart announced
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ABC O&Os Pick Up Tamron Hall Syndicated Talk Show for Fall 2019

ABC O&Os Pick Up Tamron Hall Syndicated Talk Show for Fall 2019
Tamron Hall’s new syndicated daytime talk show has been cleared on the ABC Owned Television Stations Group for a fall 2019 launch.

“I’m thrilled to partner with the ABC Owned Television Stations Group to bring our show – which will aim to showcase real joy and laughter, as well as inspiration in the face of adversity – to audiences across the country,” said Hall. “Having grown up professionally as a local news reporter and anchor, I know that it’s vital to tell stories that reflect local communities. I couldn’t be more humbled to return to daytime television backed by
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CBS All Access Orders ‘Why Women Kill’ From ‘Desperate Housewives’ Creator

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CBS All Access has handed out a straight-to-series order for “Why Women Kill,” a drama series from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry.

The series will center on three different women in three different time periods — a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2018 — who are dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal has not.

“As much as we like to think that the institution of marriage has evolved over the past few decades, infidelity still has the ability to rock us to our core. ‘Why Women Kill’ will explore what happens when women’s primal instincts are unleashed with unexpected and twisted consequences,” said Cherry in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with two exceptional companies to bring this series to life. Both
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Film Review: ‘Screwball’

Film Review: ‘Screwball’
The real-life misadventures of central figures in the 2013 Major League Baseball doping scandal play like outrageous twists and turns in the seriocomic crime fiction of Carl Hiassen or Elmore Leonard throughout “Screwball,” an impudently entertaining documentary that suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for “60 Minutes.”

It comes to us from Billy Corben, a filmmaker whose previous chronicles of illicit activity and entrepreneurial drug traders in and around Miami might now be viewed as warm-up pitches for his latest effort. This time on the mound, he throws heat and scores impressively with help from a lineup that includes baseball All-Stars, mob-connected lowlifes, tanning and bodybuilding enthusiasts, free-spending Mlb investigators, and an unlicensed anti-aging expert whose lack of bona fide medical credentials scarcely hindered his ability to provide, one way or the other, performance-enhancing drugs for his clients. The latter shady character,
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NBC’s George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy to Succeed Bob Greenblatt as Entertainment Chiefs

NBC has settled on a pair of executives — George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy — for new roles as co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment now that Bob Greenblatt has decided to step down after eight years at the helm.

Cheeks is business strategist and seasoned dealmaker who at present splits his duties between NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and the NBC broadcast network. Telegdy is NBC’s head of unscripted programming who boasts a strong track record of fielding hit shows including “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “World of Dance” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

Cheeks and Telegdy will jointly
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Sept. 24, 2018: Broadcast Premiere Week Edition

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the broadcast networks begin rolling out their new shows as well as returning shows. In addition, the documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” debuts on HBO.

Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” HBO, Monday, 8 p.m.

This new documentary draws on 21 hours of interviews with Fonda, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life and her missteps.
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NBC Entertainment Chair Bob Greenblatt Steps Down, George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy to Share Role

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt will step down from his post on Tuesday, TheWrap has learned. Two members of his executive team, George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, have been promoted to co-chairmen.

Greenblatt will continue to consult with Cheeks and Telegdy and work on the network’s live musicals, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Tuesday in a memo sent to staff and obtained by TheWrap. Greenblatt is credited with bringing the live musical event format back to broadcast television.

Telegdy is the unscripted boss over there and Cheeks is the late-night guy. Universal Television Alternative Studio was launched under Telegdy’s watch and Cheeks leads business operations for NBC and is co-president of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

Also Read: Bob Greenblatt Plans to Step Down as NBC Entertainment Chairman

Read Burke’s email in its entirety below.

I am writing to let you know that that Bob Greenblatt
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Weezer Recruit ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic for Video of Toto Cover ‘Africa’

Weezer Recruit ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic for Video of Toto Cover ‘Africa’
Weezer recruit “Weird Al” Yankovic and a band of doppelgängers for the video for their surprise hit cover of Toto’s “Africa.”

Yankovic plays a Rivers Cuomo replica in the video, which sees the faux-Weezer performing their version of the 1982 single against the blue backdrop of a television studio, recreating Weezer’s own “Undone (The Sweater Song)” video. Yankovic even delivers one of his trademark accordion solos during the rendition’s instrumental break.

Weezer previously enlisted Yankovic to perform an accordion solo when he guested on a performance of “Africa
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