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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo to Headline ‘The Girl Before’ Adaptation for HBO Max, BBC One

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo to Headline ‘The Girl Before’ Adaptation for HBO Max, BBC One
BAFTA-nominated actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Morning Show”) and David Oyelowo (“Selma”) will lead HBO Max and BBC One psychological thriller series “The Girl Before.”

The four-parter, created, written and executive produced by J.P. Delaney, is based on his bestselling novel of the same name.

The Girl Before” follows Jane (Mbatha-Raw), who moves into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways but, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house,
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BBC Three, Home to ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Normal People,’ to Return as Broadcast Channel in January 2022

BBC Three, Home to ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Normal People,’ to Return as Broadcast Channel in January 2022
BBC Three, the U.K. public broadcaster’s youth-skewing brand and the home of shows like “Fleabag” and “Normal People,” is returning as a broadcast channel.

The BBC on Tuesday confirmed that the brand, which has existed as a digital offering since early 2016 when it was taken off air, will be back on TV screens in January 2022. The move, which was first mooted in May, is underlined by research reflecting audience demand for the brand as a broadcast channel.

BBC Three will be targeted at audiences aged 16-34. The new channel, which shares bandwidth with children’s channel Cbbc, will broadcast from 7 p.
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Disney’s Bob Chapek on the Future of Moviegoing, Disney Plus and Theme Parks

Disney’s Bob Chapek on the Future of Moviegoing, Disney Plus and Theme Parks
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Monday, Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Chapek said he’s “not sure there’s going back” to pre-pandemic theatrical windows.

Reiterating the company’s commitment to theatrical releases, Chapek reminded viewers that Disney in 2019 released 11 films that earned at least $1 billion, which “will continue to be a big deal” to the company. But he acknowledged the uncertainty that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic brings, given how few screens are currently open and moviegoers’ willingness to return to theaters. Those possible changes to consumer behavior are “more profound” to him.
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‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Normal People,’ ‘Small Axe’ Nominated For U.K. Royal Television Society Awards

‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Normal People,’ ‘Small Axe’ Nominated For U.K. Royal Television Society Awards
Hit BBC shows “I May Destroy You,” “Small Axe” and “Normal People” lead the nominations at the U.K.’s Royal Television Society (Rts) 2021 program awards.

Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You” scored three nominations, as did Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe.” “Normal People” leads Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal were nominated in the acting categories.

The BBC leads the field with 40 nominations across the 28 categories, followed by Channel 4 with 17 and Sky with 12.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday via livestream by British television presenter Ore Oduba, and the winners will be announced March 16 at a ceremony streamed live on the Rts website,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Indira Varma Joins ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series at Disney+

‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Indira Varma Joins ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series at Disney+
Game of Thrones” alum Indira Varma has joined the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series on Disney+, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

No word on who Varma is playing, but she joins a cast that so far includes Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master and Hayden Christensen, who reprises his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

The “Star Wars” series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of the film “Revenge of the Sith.”

McGregor will executive produce the series, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.

Obi-Wan Kenobi” is one of numerous “Star Wars” series headed to Disney+ in the near future, following the success of “The Mandalorian.” There are three spinoffs of the Jon Favreau-led series: “Ahsoka,” “Rangers of the New Republic” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” along with a
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Sissy Spacek, Ed O’Neill to Lead Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Lightyears’

Sissy Spacek, Ed O’Neill to Lead Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Lightyears’
Sissy Spacek and Ed O’Neill have been cast in the lead roles of the upcoming Amazon series “Lightyears,” Variety has learned.

The series follows Irene (Spacek) and Franklin (O’Neill) York, a couple who years ago discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret ever since, but when an enigmatic young man enters their lives, the Yorks’ quiet existence is quickly upended and the mysterious chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined.

Spacek is primarily known for her feature roles,
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Constance Wu Joins Amazon’s ‘The Terminal List’ Thriller Series

Constance Wu Joins Amazon’s ‘The Terminal List’ Thriller Series
Constance Wu has been added to the growing cast list for Amazon’s upcoming thriller series “The Terminal List.”

The “Fresh off the Boat” alum joins Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch in the series, which is an adaptation on the Jack Carr spy novel of the same name.

The series follows ex-Navy Seal James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Per Amazon, “Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves.”

Wu will play the “risk-seeking” war correspondent Katie Buranek. At a crossroads in her career and looking to re-enter the mainstream, Katie finds an unlikely ally in Reece as she seeks to bring the truth about the conspiracy he’s fighting to light.
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Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series

Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series
Exclusive: A hot TV package is hitting the premium marketplace. Oscar winner Barbra Streisand is set to executive produce Lioness, a drama series about the life of Golda Meir headlined by Emmy-nominated Unorthodox star Shira Haas, from MGM/UA Television in association with Nina Tassler and Denise Di Novi PatMa Productions.

Written and executive produced by Emmy winner Eric Tuchman (The Handmaid’s Tale) and to be directed/executive produced by Emmy winner Mimi Leder (The Morning Show), the series is based on Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel non-fiction book by Francine Klagsbrun.

The book chronicles the life and career of Meir, one of the most influential figures in the history of Israel and a prominent figure in world history. It spans her birth in Kiev to her American upbringing in Milwaukee, her role in the formation of Israel and her rise to become the new nation’s first and only female prime minister.
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Taylor Swift Slams ‘Ginny and Georgia’ for ‘Deeply Sexist’ Joke About Her

Taylor Swift Slams ‘Ginny and Georgia’ for ‘Deeply Sexist’ Joke About Her
Netflix’s new series “Ginny and Georgia” premiered to a generally warm response from fans. But Taylor Swift has a bone to pick with the show.

On Monday morning, Swift tweeted about the show, calling Netflix out for a joke made at her expense. “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back,” Swift wrote.

Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you
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Ex-‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Says Franchise Shouldn’t Film Until Chris Harrison Controversy Is Resolved

Ex-‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Says Franchise Shouldn’t Film Until Chris Harrison Controversy Is Resolved
Rachel Lindsay, the first-ever Black star of “The Bachelorette,” is calling out the ABC franchise for staying silent as the ongoing racial controversy involving host Chris Harrison and “The Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell continues to spiral.

On Lindsay’s podcast “Higher Learning,” which she hosts with Van Lathan, she said the show shouldn’t begin filming “The Bachelorette” until the franchise figures out how to handle its ever-mounting problems.

“They’re about to go into production for ‘The Bachelorette,'” Lindsay, who starred as “The Bachelorette” in 2017, said on the podcast, which went up early Tuesday morning. “I think they
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Ione Skye Joins HBO Max Comedy Series ‘Made for Love’ (Exclusive)

Ione Skye Joins HBO Max Comedy Series ‘Made for Love’ (Exclusive)
Ione Skye has joined the HBO Max series “Made for Love” in a guest star role, Variety has learned exclusively.

The dark comedy series follows Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence. Through the chip, Byron’s able to watch Hazel’s every move
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‘Bridgerton’ Sends Vitamin String Quartet’s Music Catalog Past a Billion Streams

‘Bridgerton’ Sends Vitamin String Quartet’s Music Catalog Past a Billion Streams
As Netflix boasts the success of “Bridgerton’ — the show reached 63 million households in its first month — the L.A,-based ensemble the Vitamin String Quartet has seen its music catalog surpass a billion streams.

Since the release of a “Bridgerton” soundtrack in December, Vitamin String Quartet has seen a 350% increase in streams across DSPs and grown monthly listeners by over 50% on Spotify and Amazon Music. The album was the No. 1 soundtrack on iTunes six weeks in a row and reached No. 5 overall.

Composer Kris Bowers marries traditional instruments with a modern flair. But it’s Vitamin String Quartet that delivers
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E.W. Scripps Co. to Launch Doozy and Defy TV Multicast Networks

E.W. Scripps Co. to Launch Doozy and Defy TV Multicast Networks
E.W. Scripps will launch two digital multicast networks, Doozy and Defy TV, in July, taking advantage of the broadcaster’s expanded bandwidth for channels following its acquisition of Ion Media.

Doozy is aimed at women in the 25-54 demographic who are big consumers of reality TV shows such as “Storage Wars,” “Married at First Sight,” “Hoarders” and “Little Women: LA.” Defy TV is aimed at men in the same demographic with unscripted series about everyday people and those with adventurous professions including “Pawn Stars,” “Forged in Fire,” “American Pickers” and “The Curse of Oak Island.”

Doozy and Defy TV
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The Masked Singer: Russian Dolls Sing 'Shallow' in Season 5 Video (And It's Exactly the Fever Dream You'd Expect)

The Masked Singer: Russian Dolls Sing 'Shallow' in Season 5 Video (And It's Exactly the Fever Dream You'd Expect)
The Masked Singer is getting all dolled up for Season 5 — and here’s a sneak peek performance to prove it.

One of the competitors in the upcoming season of Fox’s bizarre singing competition is Russian Doll, whose costume only allows for the most minimal of movements — a marionette-style mouth with a lower jaw that opens and closes.

You can get a good look at the… innovative new Masked Singer entry via the full performance below, which Fox released Tuesday. In the clip, Russian Doll and a friend perform “Shallow,” the Grammy- and Oscar-winning Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper ballad.
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Chris Cuomo’s Interviews With His Brother Create Family Affair for CNN

Chris Cuomo’s Interviews With His Brother Create Family Affair for CNN
Chris Cuomo held up a giant cotton swab on TV last May and poked fun at his brother, the governor of New York, during an interview. Now journalism observers wonder if CNN must clean up a lapse in journalism ethics.

Cuomo anchors what has become CNN’s most-watched program, a 9 p.m. hour that in the not-too-distant past served as home to Larry King, the master of the genial celebrity interview. Cuomo can be amiable, too, but he is also master of a tough, on-air style that can veer from interview to interrogation, and guests on occasion can grow combative.
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TVLine Items: Twd Finds Its Mercer, King of Queens Reunion and More

TVLine Items: Twd Finds Its Mercer, King of Queens Reunion and More
As The Walking Dead begins dropping its Season 10 bonus episodes, we have our first casting for the AMC drama’s 11th and final season.

According to our sister site Deadline, Blood & Treasure‘s Michael James Shaw has been made a series regular as Mercer, a mohawked former Marine who, in Robert Kirkman’s comic books, is the leader of the Commonwealth military and, ultimately, Princess’ boo. If the exceptionally grim Reapers introduced in Sunday’s Season 10C premiere last the season, the badass could be key to eliminating the threat they pose.

More from TVLineThe Walking Dead Showrunner Demystifies the Reapers.
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‘Degrassi’ Actor Jahmil French Dies at 29

‘Degrassi’ Actor Jahmil French Dies at 29
Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” died on Monday, his agent Gabrielle Kachman confirmed to Variety. He was 29.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” she said in a statement. “He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality. I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

A cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Producer Joshua Safran tweeted about
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Sister Signs Lynn Nottage and Tony Gerber’s Market Road to First-Look Deal

Sister Signs Lynn Nottage and Tony Gerber’s Market Road to First-Look Deal
Sister, the upstart studio from Elisabeth Murdoch, Jane Featherstone and Stacey Snider, has signed esteemed production company Market Road Films to a first-look film and TV deal.

Comprised of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and Emmy-winning director Tony Gerber, Market Road will develop and produce series and feature content in both scripted and unscripted categories.

“Lynn and Tony have enjoyed unparalleled and acclaimed success in every form of storytelling that they’ve endeavored. We’re so excited to tap into their unique creative genius and to support the new and diverse voices that they seek out and nurture,” said Snider.
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‘Prodigal Son’ Welcomes Catherine Zeta-Jones to Its ‘Dark, Dark’ Family Drama — Watch

‘Prodigal Son’ Welcomes Catherine Zeta-Jones to Its ‘Dark, Dark’ Family Drama — Watch
Not everyone would eagerly hope to be welcomed into a family of killers, but then again, not everyone is Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Academy Award winning actress joins the cast of “Prodigal Son” during the midseason finale, which airs Tuesday, March 2 on Fox, and Zeta-Jones spoke to reporters early Tuesday afternoon about her love of the part, the series, and its odd little family.

“I was a fan of the show,” Zeta-Jones said during the series’ TCA presentation. “What’s so different and powerful about ‘Prodigal Son’ is that it’s a family drama with a twist of danger. It’s a dark, dark family, and I gravitate toward darker material.”

Zeta-Jones will play Dr. Vivian Capshaw, the resident M.D. at Claremont Psychiatric Hospital where Dr. Marin Whitly (played by Michael Sheen) is currently residing. Dr. Whitly is an incarcerated serial killer known as “The Surgeon,” as well as the
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‘The Masked Singer’ Team Talks Season 5 Wildcard Twist, Niecy Nash as Host

‘The Masked Singer’ Team Talks Season 5 Wildcard Twist, Niecy Nash as Host
After only premiering two years ago, in 2019, Fox’s “The Masked Singer” is already set to debut its fifth season. In turning out so much content so fast it hasn’t shied away from making updates, such as the addition of the Golden Ear in Season 4, in order to continue to draw large viewing audiences and inspire intense social media debates.

“It’s always about how can we make it fresh — how can we do something a little bit different but still not go off the off the format,” executive producer Craig Plestis said during a Television Critics Assn. press
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