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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has been renewed for a fourth season at Amazon, Variety has learned.

The news comes less than a week after the third season debuted, with the whole season dropping on the streamer on Dec. 6. The move comes as now surprise, however, given the critical success the show has enjoyed since it debuted. To date, the series has won 16 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including wins at both awards shows for best comedy series. The series has also won two PGA Awards, a WGA Award, and a Peabody Award. It recently picked up two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy for series lead Rachel Brosnahan.

“’The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has been a worldwide phenomenon, and Season 3 has been no exception, with the series’ most watched opening weekend ever,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We’re so happy
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'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)

'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)
Lulu Wang is following up The Farewell with the Amazon original series The Expatriates.

The filmmaker behind the summer box office breakout has joined the drama as a writer and executive producer. She also will direct multiple episodes of the Hong Kong-set series. The Expatriates will see Wang teaming with exec producer Nicole Kidman, who brought the project based on Janice Y.K. Lee's 2016 novel of the same name to the streamer earlier this year.

"When I first read Janice Lee’s diasporic novel, I was immediately drawn to the rich characters and the global yet intimate exploration ...
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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)

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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, Natalie Martinez will guest star in CBS All Access’The Stand,” and USA announces the third season premiere date of “The Sinner.”

Casting

Natalie Martinez (“The I-Land”) will guest star in CBS All Access‘ adaptation of “The Stand,“ based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Variety has exclusively learned. Martinez began her career as the spokesmodel for Jennifer Lopez’s (“Hustlers”) fashion line and has since gone on to star in “Self/less” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Warner Bros. “Reminiscence,” which is currently filming.

Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”), Deon Cole (“Black-ish”), Coy Stewart (“Are We There Yet”), Sydney Mikayla (“The Gabby Douglas Story”) and Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad”) have been cast in Dreamworks‘ Netflix original series “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts,“ premiering Jan. 14. The animated series follows a young girl thrust into adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One

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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One
Liverpool soccer legend Peter Crouch is to front a live comedy entertainment series for BBC One tied into the Euro 2020 finals.

Crouch, a host on Amazon original Back of the Net, will front Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020, produced by The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73.

The show, which has been ordered for 14 episodes, will be a live post-match festival where the worlds of comedy, entertainment and football combine. In each episode, Crouch will be joined by a team of hosts and celebrity guests as they look back at the big game of the night, combined with live house band, games and VTs.

Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020 was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producer for Fulwell73 is Gabe Turner and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.

Crouch said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working
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The Mediapro Studio, Amazon Prime Video, Quique Dacosta Link for ‘The Dinner of a Lifetime’

Madrid — The Mediapro Studio and Amazon Prime Video have teamed to make “Una Vida, Una Cena,” the most Proustian of 2019 Spanish original series, a portrait of six celebrities through their gastronomic emotions, sensations and memories.

Created and hosted by Spanish three-star Michelin chef Quique Dacosta and Ran Tellem, The Mediapro Studio’s head of international content development, the series stars singer -composer Alejandro Sanz, and actors Najwa Nimri, an international figure after “Vis-a-Vis” (“Locked Up”), one of Spain’s first big breakout hits, and Inma Cuesta, the lead of Movistar Plus’ “Arde Madrid,” a major Rose d’Or winner on Dec.
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The Mandalorian Recap: The Not-Great Escape

Having heretofore channeled spaghetti westerns and samurai movies, Disney+’s The Mandalorian this Friday took a stab at the prison break genre — only to leave us feeling locked up, alongside a bunch of cosmic boors.

The most guest star-heavy episode to date, “The Prisoner” saddled our hero with several different flavors of jerkwad, as he fell back on an old habit — merc work — in order to get some bread. A former associate named Ran (Sons of Anarchy‘s Mark Boone Jr) welcomed Mando back into the unseemly fold, to help spring a pal who got nabbed by some rivals. But
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Rakuten TV Preps New Avod Channels and Originals for 2020 (Exclusive)

Rakuten TV has garnered 10 million views on its free on-demand service since its launch in October. The streamer’s CEO, Jacinto Roca, told Variety that, buoyed by the early Avod success, it will launch a suite of new channels and original shows on the ad-supported service in 2020. He added that he hopes the free service will notch a billion views next year as Rakuten TV ramps up.

“We launched less than two months ago and have had a million users and over 10 million views,” Roca said of the Avod platform, which is available in over 40 territories in Europe. “The first
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K Madhavan Becomes India Manager at Disney

K Madhavan has been promoted to country manager of all of Disney’s conventional TV businesses in the key Indian market. Madhavan was previously head of Disney’s regional language TV businesses in South India since 2016.

Madhavan’s promotion was announced internally within Disney in India on Friday. He takes over from Sanjay Gupta, who has resigned as head of Star and will leave the company by Dec. 27. Gupta was also head of Disney’s studio business, essentially distribution of Disney’s studio titles, in India.

Uday Shankar, the former Star head who earlier this year became head of the
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Evil Tackles Its Most 2019 Demon Yet: An Annoying Internet Challenge

La la la la, la la la la la la. Oh, sorry, for some reason I just can't seem to get this one song out of my head. You know what I mean? Of course you do -- you just watched Evil's fall finale, right? That song will haunt me forever and not just because it's so catchy, but mostly because it caused

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Legacies Recap: Fall Finale Brings Sex, Santa Claus and a Surprise Return

Legacies Recap: Fall Finale Brings Sex, Santa Claus and a Surprise Return
Thursday’s Legacies found the students dreaming of a white Christmas, blissfully unaware of the holly jolly nightmare unfolding in their own backyard — er, chimney.

Hope first suspected that something was amiss when Mystic Falls’ perpetual haze of angst and despair was suddenly replaced by a mist of snow flurries and good cheer. And in the middle of October, no less. She watched in confusion and horror as her fellow classmates — along with Dorian and Dr. Saltzman — sang Christmas carols, downed hot chocolate and exchanged (gasp!) friendly tidings. It was awful, and Hope quickly put an end to the merry
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How ‘The Expanse’ ‘Died and Went to Heaven’ at Amazon

How ‘The Expanse’ ‘Died and Went to Heaven’ at Amazon
In the content space race currently being fought out in the entertainment industry, shows getting picked up by one platform after being dumped by another is becoming a more frequent phenomenon.

Some moves feel more like a marriage of convenience, while others feel like a more obvious fit.

Take “The Expanse” moving to Amazon Prime Video after three seasons on Syfy, for instance. Season 4 of the high-concept space series dropped Thursday on the streamer, and most involved in the story of how “The Expanse” was rescued agree that Amazon was a better fit for the galactic caper all along.

Much
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Supernatural Fall Finale Recap: Oh, Brother — Plus, Hell Gets a New Leader

Supernatural Fall Finale Recap: Oh, Brother — Plus, Hell Gets a New Leader
A moment almost 10 years in the making finally came to fruition during Supernatural‘s fall finale when Dean and Sam’s quest to take down God led them to a reunion with their half-brother Adam.

Dean thinks the answer to stopping a weakened Chuck lies in the demon tablet, so the boys enlist Donatello to translate it, hoping to find a way to lock up God like he locked up his sister The Darkness. (Killing God would be very bad for creation, Sam explains.) Donatello discovers that the tablet includes annotations from Metatron about a secret fear of God’s that only Michael knows.
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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to Depart in 2020, Jeff Shell Expected to Succeed Him (Exclusive)

Steve Burke is expected to step down as CEO of NBCUniversal next year and is likely to hand the reins to Jeff Shell, who is now chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, multiple sources tell Variety.

Burke’s NBCUniversal contract formally expires in August 2020, but sources say he could depart earlier in the year. Shell, who is now based in Los Angeles, will split his time between New York and the West Coast should he assume the CEO post, according to people familiar with his plans.

An NBCUniversal spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

In January, Burke enacted a
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Continues Its Rose-Colored Denial of Racism in Season 3

I love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel -- an unabashed declaration that's earned me more than a few skeptical stares from fellow black TV critics. Still, I must confess that I adore the colors, the sense of movement, the quippy dialogue, and the costumes that make the show feel

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Lulu Wang Boards Nicole Kidman Amazon Series ‘The Expatriates’

Lulu Wang Boards Nicole Kidman Amazon Series ‘The Expatriates’
The Farewell” writer and director Lulu Wang is teaming up with Nicole Kidman for the drama series “The Expatriates” at Amazon.

The show had received a straight-to-series order at the streamer back in July. Wang is joining the series as a writer and executive producer and will also direct multiple episodes. Wang and Kidman had teased the former’s involvement with the series in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

The Expatriates” is based on the novel of the same name by Janice Y.K. Lee. It explores the lives of a close-knit expatriate community in Hong Kong. Along with Wang, Kidman
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Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor

Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor
Merrill Markoe, longtime head writer at “Late Night With David Letterman,” will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

She will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language of comedy in television, and her writing has influenced every comedy variety series in the last three decades. We are truly honored to give her this award,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman.

Markoe has been a member of the WGA West since
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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)

TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, Natalie Martinez will guest star in CBS All Access’The Stand,” and USA announces the third season premiere date of “The Sinner.”

Casting

Natalie Martinez (“The I-Land”) will guest star in CBS All Access‘ adaptation of “The Stand,“ based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Variety has exclusively learned. Martinez began her career as the spokesmodel for Jennifer Lopez’s (“Hustlers”) fashion line and has since gone on to star in “Self/less” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Warner Bros. “Reminiscence,” which is currently filming.

Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”), Deon Cole (“Black-ish”), Coy Stewart
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Penny Dreadful Was the 2010s Show Most Robbed of Recognition

Every week on Penny Dreadful Eva Green climbed out of the TV screen like the girl from The Ring, crawled through the broken glass on her knees, recited a Tennyson poem, burned a corset, and sat down for tea. (I'm taking only the slightest creative liberties here.) Green's performance on the Showtime

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Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Shows on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Hgtv and Food Network may sound very different in the coming months. That’s because Discovery Networks, which owns those and other cable channels, is instituting a new pay policy that virtually assures no composer currently working on their programs will do so after Dec. 31.

Discovery has informed many of its top composers that, beginning in 2020, they must give up all performance royalties paid for U.S. airings, and that they must sign away their ability to collect royalties on all past shows on its networks.

Music makers surmise that the policy will
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‘The Lord of the Rings’: Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Big Money Adaptation

While Amazon has become an Emmys juggernaut with more intimate series like “Fleabag” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” those kind of character-based stories are not all the streaming service does – or plans to do. And no upcoming series proves that point more than Amazon’s long-awaited, multi-season television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

Amazon has kept news about “The Lord of the Rings” as quiet as it possibly can, but IndieWire has compiled a list of the nine must-know details about the upcoming series. From its big shoes to fill as another Tolkien adaptation to its hush-hush casting, below is everything you need to know about Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

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