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Glenn Close Joins Apple TV Plus Thriller ‘Tehran’ as Series Regular

Glenn Close Joins Apple TV Plus Thriller ‘Tehran’ as Series Regular
Glenn Close is joining hit Israeli thriller “Tehran.”

Close, who has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, will be a series regular in the upcoming second season of the show, which aired on Apple TV Plus last summer and has become a global hit for the platform. The show originally premiered on Israel’s Kan public broadcaster last June. Variety understands that Apple TV Plus picked up the title from distributor Cineflix Rights as an acquisition, but following its success for the streamer, boarded the show as a co-producer.

Close is slated to play the role of Marjan Montazeri, a British woman living in Tehran,
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Netflix Give Two-Season Order to Dating Show ‘Sexy Beasts’ With ‘Catastrophe’ Star Rob Delaney as Narrator (Exclusive)

Netflix Give Two-Season Order to Dating Show ‘Sexy Beasts’ With ‘Catastrophe’ Star Rob Delaney as Narrator (Exclusive)
It’s not all — or even remotely — about looks in Netflix’s new dating series “Sexy Beasts,” which will be narrated by “Catastrophe” star and comedian Rob Delaney, Variety can reveal.

Produced by All3Media-backed Lion TV, the streamer has signed on for two seasons of the reality show, which sees singles heading into blind dates transformed into various animals and mythical creatures through the use of Hollywood movie prosthetics. The show is based on Lion TV’s original British series for digital channel BBC Three in 2014. The format, sold by All3Media International, has traveled around the world, bolstered by demand for big,
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‘Ziwe’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

‘Ziwe’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime
Showtime has picked up a second season of the late-night variety series “Ziwe,” the premium cable channel announced Tuesday.

The network has picked up 12 new episodes, which will be split into two installments.

Starring and executive produced by former “Desus & Mero” writer Ziwe, the first season of the show featured interviews with guests including Phoebe Bridgers, Fran Lebowitz, Andrew Yang, Eboni K. Williams, Gloria Steinem and Stacey Abrams, as well as musical performances by Ziwe, sketches and other unscripted segments.

“This show has exceeded my wildest imagination thanks to my brilliant cast, crew and iconic guests,” Ziwe said in a statement. “I am famously delighted to continue my collaboration with Showtime and A24.”

Ziwe” is produced by A24, with Ziwe, Jamund Washington and Hunter Speese serving as executive producers.

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‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Unorthodox’ Among Second Batch of 2021 Peabody Award Winners

‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Unorthodox’ Among Second Batch of 2021 Peabody Award Winners
The Good Lord Bird” and “Unorthodox” are two of the latest Peabody Award winners, announced Tuesday.

This year the 81st annual Peabody Awards are being virtually presented over the course of four days. The first batch of eight were announced Monday, June 21, with another seven following suit the following day.

Showtime’s limited series adaptation of James McBride’s novel of the same name, “The Good Lord Bird,” and Netflix’s four-part limited series inspired by Deborah Feldman’s memoir of the same name, “Unorthodox,” are the two latest award recipients from the entertainment category.

Other newly crowned winners are
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‘Solar Opposites’ Renewed for Season 4 at Hulu (Exclusive)

‘Solar Opposites’ Renewed for Season 4 at Hulu (Exclusive)
The Solar Opposites are going to Season 4!

Hulu has renewed its Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan-created adult animated sci-fi series “Solar Opposites” for a fourth season well ahead of its third season launch, which is set for 2022, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Season 4 will consist of 12 episodes, the same order size that Hulu placed for a third season of “Solar Opposites” in June 2020. The show’s first two seasons — which were part of the same initial series order and launched in May 2020 and March 2021, respectively — were eight episodes apiece.

Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack will all reprise their “Solar Opposites” starring voice roles for Season 4 of the show, which does not yet have a premiere window.

Hulu’s “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are
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The Blacklist Finale: How Did Liz Keen's Story End? And Who Is Red, Really?

The Blacklist Finale: How Did Liz Keen's Story End? And Who Is Red, Really?
The following post contains major spoilers for The Blacklist‘s Season 8 finale. Proceed with caution!

Elizabeth Keen’s name was crossed off The Blacklist on Wednesday night — and it appeared to be done in permanent marker.

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Just over a week after news of Megan Boone’s imminent exit from the show broke, the NBC drama wrote out her character by killing
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Tyler Perry's Sistas Recap: Gary's Big Surprise Is What We All Thought It Was

Tyler Perry's Sistas Recap: Gary's Big Surprise Is What We All Thought It Was
The wedding dress was a big tip-off that there was more to Andi’s photo shoot than photos.

But Andi kept on smiling and posing on Tyler Perry‘s Sistas Wednesday night on BET and she even convinced her best girlfriends to “model” too by putting on bridesmaids dresses. There was a male model standing in as the groom and then Gary showed up with a grand announcement. This was his big surprise: It wasn’t a photo shoot but an upgraded proposal and spontaneous wedding.

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The Blacklist's Megan Boone Says Goodbye After 8 Seasons in Heartfelt Post: 'What a Dream. Thank You All'

The Blacklist's Megan Boone Says Goodbye After 8 Seasons in Heartfelt Post: 'What a Dream. Thank You All'
After eight seasons playing Liz Keen on NBC’s The Blacklist, Megan Boone is ready to say goodbye.

In a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday, which she posted as her final Blacklist episode was airing, Boone expressed her gratitude to her fans and coworkers for their support. “This experience, for me, has been an entire life inside of my own life,” she began, alongside a photo of her and costar James Spader in character. “These eight years playing Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself, as she set out to do the same. Liz sought incorruptible familial bonds,
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Sex/Life's Sarah Shahi on the Steamy Netflix Drama's Female Gaze, Shooting Sex Scenes With Women Directors

Sex/Life's Sarah Shahi on the Steamy Netflix Drama's Female Gaze, Shooting Sex Scenes With Women Directors
Female sexuality and desire take center stage in the new drama Sex/Life, premiering this Friday on Netflix.

Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, Chicago Fire) stars as Billie, a wife and mother who, after growing tired of her dull suburban life, begins journaling and fantasizing about her past sexual exploits with hunky ex-boyfriend Brad (Adam Demos). Her whole life is blown up when her husband Cooper (Mike Vogel) reads those steamy entries, which then kickstarts a complicated love triangle after her ex finds his way back into her life.

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David Makes Man Team Explains How Important Women Are to Season 2's Narrative, Why Men Need to Cry More

David Makes Man Team Explains How Important Women Are to Season 2's Narrative, Why Men Need to Cry More
Women have played a pivotal role on OWN’s coming-of-age drama David Makes Man from the start. But in Season 2 (airing Tuesdays at 9/8c), the ladies in David’s life will take on an even greater importance, producers say.

As fans saw when the series returned this week for its sophomore run, the title character is all grown up now and played by Snowfall and The Wire alum Kwame Patterson. But being an adult doesn’t mean you have it all figured out, and when Adult Jg (played by The Magicians‘ Arlen Escarpeta) accidentally gets shot trying to break up a fight,
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‘This Is Pop’ Review: An Entertaining Medley of Music Doc Deep Dives and Familiar Refrains

‘This Is Pop’ Review: An Entertaining Medley of Music Doc Deep Dives and Familiar Refrains
It’s inevitable that a documentary about music will get you thinking about rhythm. What’s not always a given is that a project will be able to match the energy of whatever artist they’re profiling. If things start to move at a pace that feels wrong, rushed, or manic, the music of whoever’s under the microscope has a canny way of letting you know.

It’s a problem that “This Is Pop” manages to avoid. The eight-part series, newly available on Netflix after airing on CTV in Canada earlier this spring, keeps a tempo worthy of its wide array of subjects. Ranging from bubblegum pop of the ’60s to the British radio output of the mid-‘90s to the current and eternal existential debates about the nature of country music, “This Is Pop” keeps moving itself along.

It helps that the show doesn’t force its individual
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Emily Heller Inks Overall Deal With CBS Studios (Exclusive)

Emily Heller Inks Overall Deal With CBS Studios (Exclusive)
Emily Heller has signed an overall deal with CBS Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Under the deal, Heller will focus on developing comedy projects. This will come naturally to Heller, who has racked up an impressive resume in the comedy world in recent years.

She has worked as a writer and producer on a number of popular shows, including the hit HBO dark comedy “Barry.” The show has won six Emmy Awards to date, with Heller having received multiple nominations for her contributions behind the camera. She has received Writers’ Guild, Golden Globe, and Producers’ Guild Award nominations for the series as well.
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Gabriel Marano Joins Entertainment One as Exec VP of Scripted TV

Gabriel Marano Joins Entertainment One as Exec VP of Scripted TV
Entertainment One is expanding its leadership team, bringing on board Gabriel Marano as an executive vice president of scripted television, where he will oversee the development of all of the company’s Hasbro IP.

Concurrently, Jacqueline Sacerio, eOne’s current exec VP of scripted TV, will expand her responsibilities and shepherd the company’s first-look ad pod deals. Sacerio and Marano report to Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted television.

“We’re delighted that Gabe is joining us as we expand our leadership team. With his impeccable taste, tremendous breadth of experience and great working relationships across the industry, he will be a wonderful asset,
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British Animation Industry to Benefit From U.K. Global Screen Fund

British Animation Industry to Benefit From U.K. Global Screen Fund
Supporting the U.K. animation industry is one of the key priorities for the recently launched £7 million ($9.77 million) U.K. Global Screen Fund (Ukgsf), which is being administered by the British Film Institute.

Each of the three key funding strands of the Ukgsf – international business development, co-production investment, and international distribution (see separate story for details) – are accessible to animation companies.

In many ways, the ambition of the Ukgsf to boost global exports of U.K. screen content and to foster international collaborations perfectly fits with the experience of the animation sector.

Often overlooked compared with its live action cousins,
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Loki Director 'Happy' to Confirm Loki's Bisexuality in Episode 3: 'Heart Is So Full That This Is Now Canon in MCU'

Loki Director 'Happy' to Confirm Loki's Bisexuality in Episode 3: 'Heart Is So Full That This Is Now Canon in MCU'
Loki made Marvel Cinematic Universe history with its third episode on Wednesday, by revealing Tom Hiddleston’s title character to be bisexual — and series director Kate Herron couldn’t be more pleased.

“From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual,” Herron wrote in a tweet following the episode’s release. “It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu.
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On ‘Loki,’ the Marvel Cinematic Universe Finally Gets Its First Major Queer Character — But Should We Be Celebrating?

On ‘Loki,’ the Marvel Cinematic Universe Finally Gets Its First Major Queer Character — But Should We Be Celebrating?
Spoiler Warning: Do not read if you haven’t seen Season 1, Episode 3 of “Loki,” streaming now on Disney Plus.

Marvel Studios has its first official Lgbtqia+ superhero — or, depending on your point of view, supervillain.

On the latest episode of the Disney Plus series “Loki,” Tom Hiddleston’s titular god of mischief confirms what had been long established in the pages of Marvel comics, that he is bisexual.

It happens during a conversation Loki has with a Loki “variant” named Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), who revealed herself at the end of last week’s episode just as she launched her
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ViacomCBS Shuffles Top Content Executives to Bolster Paramount Plus

ViacomCBS Shuffles Top Content Executives to Bolster Paramount Plus
ViacomCBS has shuffled seven top content executives in a new leadership structure designed to bolster its streaming service Paramount Plus.

Teased recently by ViacomCBS Streaming president and CEO Tom Ryan, the new structure is intended to bolster original programming and help Paramount Plus achieve scale in a crowded market.

Executives George Cheeks, Jim Gianopulos, Bruce Gillmer, Chris McCarthy, David Nevins, Nicole Clemens and Brian Robbins will all help the service amass originals in addition to leading their respective divisions.

Tanya Giles, currently the general manager of MTV Entertainment Group, has also been elevated to centralized programming head for Paramount Plus
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U.K. Global Screen Fund Opens New Routes to International Partnerships

U.K. Global Screen Fund Opens New Routes to International Partnerships
It’s proving to be a pivotal few weeks for the £7 million ($9.77 million) U.K. Global Screen Fund (Ukgsf).

Launched earlier this year by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Dcms) and the British Film Institute (BFI), the fund is widely seen as the U.K. government’s replacement for the money disbursed by Creative Europe’s Media program, which ceased once Brexit came into effect.

A one-year pilot, the Ukgsf is designed to be a new source of international distribution, business development and co-production coin for U.K. companies in the film, TV, documentary, animation and interactive sectors.
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TVLine Items: The Boys Taps Revenge Alum, Lucifer Vet Gets Woke and More

TVLine Items: The Boys Taps Revenge Alum, Lucifer Vet Gets Woke and More
Revenge vet Nick Wechsler is suiting up for The Boys Season 3 as the supe Blue Hawk, EW.com reports.

Additionally, Miles Gaston Villanueva (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) will play Supersonic, while Sean Patrick Flannery (Dexter) will portray Gunpowder. All three characters are original to the Amazon Prime series and are not part of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comics on which the show is based.

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Is Finally Coming to Amazon Fire TV

NBCUniversal’s Peacock Is Finally Coming to Amazon Fire TV
Almost a year after NBCUniversal launched Peacock nationwide, the streaming service is finally coming to Amazon’s Fire TV set-tops and Fire tablets.

Under an agreement between NBCU and Amazon, Peacock will launch on the Amazon devices in the U.S. starting Thursday, June 24. In addition, the two companies reached a distribution agreement for NBCU’s 15 network apps for Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet devices including NBC, Bravo, NBC News, NBC Sports and Telemundo.

The Peacock pact for Amazon’s family of devices comes just a month before the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, for which NBCU holds the U.
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