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‘Cruel Summer’ Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform, Becomes Network’s Most-Watched Series

‘Cruel Summer’ Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform, Becomes Network’s Most-Watched Series
Ahead of its Season 1 finale, psychological thriller “Cruel Summer” is getting a second season at Freeform after becoming the network’s most-watched series ever.

“Renewing Cruel Summer for a season 2 was an easy decision,” said Freeform president Tara Duncan. “It’s the biggest series debut in Freeform’s history and the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. Jessica, Michelle and Tia did a phenomenal job telling an addictive story that’s tapped into the cultural zeitgeist. I’m excited to see where they take the series next.”

Starring Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes,
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‘American Gigolo’ Series Starring Jon Bernthal Ordered at Showtime

‘American Gigolo’ Series Starring Jon Bernthal Ordered at Showtime
The “American Gigolo” series adaptation starring Jon Bernthal has been ordered to series at Showtime, Variety has learned.

The project was ordered to pilot at Showtime in March 2020 after having been in development at the premium cabler since 2016.

Bernthal will play Julian Kaye, the character played by Richard Gere in the film. Julian is introduced 15 years after he’s been arrested for murder and struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry. He seeks the truth about the set-up that sent him to prison all those years ago and also hoping to reconnect with Michelle (Gretchen Mol), his one true love.
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Jennifer Lopez Starring in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Atlas’ for Netflix

Jennifer Lopez Starring in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Atlas’ for Netflix
Jennifer Lopez is humanity’s last hope.

Well, at least that’s the premise of “Atlas,” a sci-fi thriller set to star the “Jenny From the Block” singer and “Hustlers” actress. Brad Peyton, who orchestrated on-screen carnage in “Rampage” and “San Andreas,” will direct the film. “Atlas” unfolds in a bleak-sounding future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. Obviously, this extremist approach to achieving a pacifist paradise doesn’t go down so well with Lopez, who finds herself teaming up with, as the official logline puts it: “the one thing she fears most — another AI.” Dun dun dun!

“Having the chance to direct Jennifer in the title role of this movie is a dream come true, as I know she’ll bring the incredible strength, depth and authenticity we’ve all come to admire from her work,” Peyton said.

The
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Banff Rockie Awards: HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Grand Jury Prize

Banff Rockie Awards: HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Grand Jury Prize
HBO’s I May Destroy You from creator Michaela Coel has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Banff Rockie Awards, while the breakout British drama also earned the best limited series trophy.

The Brit series from Coel, who stars as a woman rebuilding her life after a rape, has earned widespread critical acclaim, including picking up PGA and SAG Awards nominations and a pair of Independent Spirit Awards. The Rockies, handed out on Tuesday at the virtual Banff World Media Festival, also saw Killing Eve, the Phoebe Waller-Bridge-created BBC America drama starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, win for best English language drama ...
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Megan Boone to Exit ‘The Blacklist’ After 8 Seasons

Megan Boone to Exit ‘The Blacklist’ After 8 Seasons
Megan Boone is leaving “The Blacklist” at the end of the NBC drama’s currently airing eighth season, TheWrap has learned. Boone has starred on the series as FBI agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen alongside James Spader as criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington since the show premiered in 2013.

According to Deadline, which first reported that Boone is leaving the show, Boone’s exit — a mutual decision between the actress and producers — has been in the works since before “The Blacklist” was renewed for Season 9 in January, giving the writers time to plot out the end of Liz’s storyline in next week’s Season 8 finale.

Along with Boone and Spader, “The Blacklist” also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Laura Sohn and Harry Lennix.

John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, James Spader, Lukas Reiter, Laura A. Benson, Daniel Cerone and Sean Hennen serve as executive producers.
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Disney Plus Prequel Ordered to Series, Adds Newcomer Briana Middleton in Key Role

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Disney Plus Prequel Ordered to Series, Adds Newcomer Briana Middleton in Key Role
The “Beauty and the Beast” prequel has officially been ordered to series at Disney Plus, Variety has learned.

The live-action musical series will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who will reprise the roles of Gaston and LeFou (Louie) respectively from the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film. In addition, newcomer Briana Middleton will join the show as Tilly, Louie’s stepsister. The prequel series was first announced as being in development in March 2020.

Set in the iconic kingdom of “Beauty and the Beast” years before the Beast and Belle’s romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as
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‘Manifest’ Canceled After Three Seasons by NBC

‘Manifest’ Canceled After Three Seasons by NBC
Manifest has been grounded.

NBC has decided to cancel the missing plane mystery thriller after three seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The news comes despite the show’s first two seasons currently ranking as most popular series on Netflix in the U.S.

Yet NBC elected Monday night to conclude the series, which is produced by Warner Bros. and Universal.

Manifest creator Jeff Rake, who has previously said he has a six-season plan for the show, expressed his disappointment on Twitter: “My dear Manifesters, I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. That we’ve been shut down in the middle is ...
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Perfect Strangers Reboot, Starring Robin Thede and London Hughes, In Development at HBO Max

Perfect Strangers Reboot, Starring Robin Thede and London Hughes, In Development at HBO Max
A gender-flipped Perfect Strangers reboot is in development at HBO Max, with TVLine Dream Emmy nominee Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show) and London Hughes (The Netflix Afterparty) set to star in the prospective comedy.

According to Deadline, the reboot is loosely inspired by the original series, and centers on the relationship between Dejay (Thede) and Poppy (Hughes), who “unexpectedly discover they are half-sisters when they both inherit a one-bedroom apartment above a trap yoga studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.” Thede will pen the script as part of her overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, and executive-produce alongside original series producer Robert L. Boyett.
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‘The Morning Show’ Season 2 to Premiere in September

‘The Morning Show’ Season 2 to Premiere in September
The Morning Show” will return for Season 2 on Sept. 17 on Apple TV Plus, and when it does, things are going to look very different at the fictional morning news program.

Last audiences left veteran anchor Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and newcomer Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), they decided to reveal to the nation live on-air that they were working in a toxic culture for a show and a network that covered up horrible actions, including those from former anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell).

When the second season starts, they — and everyone else around them — will still be reeling from those explosive announcements.
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‘Big Mouth’ Spinoff ‘Human Resources’ Adds Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Aidy Bryant (Exclusive)

‘Big Mouth’ Spinoff ‘Human Resources’ Adds Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Aidy Bryant (Exclusive)
Ahead of streaming a pre-recorded Studio Focus presentation as part of this year’s hybrid Annecy Animation Film Festival, Netflix has shared with Variety that “Big Mouth” stars Nick Kroll and Maya Rudolph will be joined by a star-studded lineup of new and returning voice talent in “Human Resources,” the upcoming series spinoff series of the Primetime Emmy-winning cartoon.

Franchise newcomers include “Saturday Night Live” alum Aidy Bryant, “WandaVision” and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Randall Park and Keke Palmer, who have joined the “Human Resources” cast as series regulars. Meanwhile, the Shame Wizard voice actor David Thewlis will feature heavily in the new series,
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Zoey's Playlist Cancellation: Jane Levy Dings NBC for Choosing 'Shows About Crime and Guns' Over One 'About Love'

Zoey's Playlist Cancellation: Jane Levy Dings NBC for Choosing 'Shows About Crime and Guns' Over One 'About Love'
Jane Levy is singing a frustrated tune in the wake of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist‘s cancellation.

In an interview with VanityFair.com, Levy took NBC to task for prioritizing procedurals over a feel-good show like Zoey’s. “I’m sorry, but I have to say this: I look at the new NBC lineup, and it’s like, ‘Okay, we could watch a lot of shows about crime and guns,’” she lamented. “Our show is about love. It’s a real shame to take that off the air. I feel like it’s the wrong move.”

NBC pulled the plug on the musical dramedy last week after two seasons. And talks to move the show to the network’s sibling streaming outlet, Peacock, fell through. Lionsgate, the studio behind Zoey’s, is now shopping it around to other streaming outlets.

“I believe we can have a real chance somewhere else,” showrunner Austin Winsberg declared on Twitter last Wednesday after the cancellation news broke, before urging fans to make their displeasure known. “But the more fan support we can throw behind it — the better.”

And if it really is the end? Levy tells VanityFair.com she is filled with “gratitude,” adding, “I feel like I did everything that I wanted to with this show. If it’s over, I don’t have any regrets. I gave it my all and so did everybody else.”
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Alexander Payne, Paul Giamatti Set ‘Sideways’ Reunion with Prep School Comedy ‘The Holdovers’

Alexander Payne, Paul Giamatti Set ‘Sideways’ Reunion with Prep School Comedy ‘The Holdovers’
Academy Award-winning writer/director Alexander Payne is set to reunite with his “Sideways” star Paul Giamatti for the upcoming comedy “The Holdovers,” set to be shopped at the virtual Cannes market. The film is written by David Hemingson, scribe and creator of the series “Whiskey Cavalier,” among other television projects. Mark Johnson is producing the film. Production will begin early next year in New England.

Here’s the film’s synopsis, according to Deadline, which first reported the news: “Giamatti plays a universally disliked teacher at the prep school Deerfield Academy. His non-fans include his students, fellow faculty and headmaster who all find his pomposity and rigidity exasperating. With no family and nowhere to go over Christmas holiday in 1970, Paul remains at school to supervise students unable to journey home. After a few days, only one student holdover remains — a trouble-making 15-year-old named Angus, a good student undermined by bad
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‘Girls5eva’ Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock

‘Girls5eva’ Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock
This news really is five stars.

Peacock has handed out a second-season renewal for its buzzy musical comedy Girls5eva. The series, from exec producer Tina Fey and creator/showrunner Meredith Scardino, is fresh off of an eye-catching “5YC” sky-writing Emmy marketing stunt that captivated much of Los Angeles over the weekend.

“We are so excited to continue Girls5eva alongside this incredibly talented group of cast and producers,” NBCUniversal television and streaming’s scripted content president Lisa Katz said in a statement. “It was hard to miss the immediate fandom that was born after the launch of this series. This aspirational comeback story ...
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Superman & Lois' Emmanuelle Chriqui on Playing Dual Iconic DC Characters: 'The Fanboys Are Going to Go Crazy'

Superman & Lois' Emmanuelle Chriqui on Playing Dual Iconic DC Characters: 'The Fanboys Are Going to Go Crazy'
Thursday’s episode of Superman & Lois turned out to be an even bigger family reunion than we expected.

First, the man formerly known as Morgan Edge revealed himself to be Tal-Ro, the son of Lara Lor-Van (Kal-El’s mother) and her first husband, Zeta-Ro. Tal-Ro even claimed to be the first son of Krypton sent to Earth to save their dying planet, and he offered Kal-El the chance to join his fight. Shocker: Supes declined.

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The Haves and the Have Nots Recap: Dressed to Kill — Plus, Did Candace Surrender to Mitch's Temptation?

The Haves and the Have Nots Recap: Dressed to Kill — Plus, Did Candace Surrender to Mitch's Temptation?
The madness only intensified in Tuesday’s The Haves and the Have Nots. Even in an episode that didn’t feature queen of mean Veronica, we still got Candace in a hotel room with an unexpectedly (mostly) naked man, Benny saying, in essence, ho, ho, ho, despite the fact that Christmas is months away, and a fight being started that could turn out to be, at least down the line, one to the death. Who did what to whom? Read on…

‘You’Re Not Going To Die’ | Off the “bombshell” that Tanner dropped on him, Jeffrey hemmed and hawed and
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Jon Stewart Riffs on Coronavirus Lab Theories and Vaccine Science on ‘The Late Show’

Jon Stewart Riffs on Coronavirus Lab Theories and Vaccine Science on ‘The Late Show’
On Monday, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” made its long-awaited return to in-studio taping with a suitably high-profile guest: Colbert’s former Comedy Central colleague Jon Stewart.

Stewart, who previously hosted “The Daily Show” and inspired “The Colbert Report” spinoff years later, riffed with Colbert about vaccine science and the renewed interest in theories regarding whether the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab.

“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart said. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science. There’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China. What do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird.”

Stewart jokingly compared the coronavirus outbreak to “an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey,
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Tina Fey, Ted Danson Grill Each Other on ‘Cheers,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Mr. Mayor’

Tina Fey, Ted Danson Grill Each Other on ‘Cheers,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Mr. Mayor’
It was one of Ted Danson’s daughters who gave him perhaps the best perspective on his “Cheers” role, Sam Malone. “He was the reformed alcoholic in a bar,” Danson says of his ironic character. “He was always alone surrounded women one after the other, but always alone. One of my daughters, when she was five, said, ‘why is your character’s name Sam Alone?’ And it was like, Oh, that’s good. That’s good, I hadn’t thought of that.”

Danson recently discussed his career, including his new NBC series “Mr. Mayor,” with Tina Fey for Variety and NBCUniversal’s Virtual FYC House.
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‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors on ‘Ant-Man 3,’ Joining the MCU and Those ‘Creed’ Rumors

‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors on ‘Ant-Man 3,’ Joining the MCU and Those ‘Creed’ Rumors
Jonathan Majors had just come from a boxing session with his trainer when he joined me for an interview for Tuesday’s episode of “Just for Variety.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if the workout was to prepare him for his upcoming work in the next “Ant-Man” movie or the third “Creed” to be directed by Michael B. Jordan. “To be an actor, it’s a lifestyle so you always have to be ready for everything,” Major says, choosing his words carefully. “So none of the above and all of the above.”

Here, more highlights from my chat with Majors.
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American Horror Story Season 10 Adds Neal McDonough in Major Mystery Role

American Horror Story Season 10 Adds Neal McDonough in Major Mystery Role
Neal McDonough is crossing over from the Arrowverse to the Murphyverse.

The actor, who spent five years playing the villainous Damien Darhk across The CW’s roster of superhero shows, is joining the upcoming tenth season of American Horror Story as a series regular, our sister site Deadline reports.

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‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Grand Jury Prize at Banff World Media Fest’s Rockie Awards Program Competition

‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Grand Jury Prize at Banff World Media Fest’s Rockie Awards Program Competition
I May Destroy You,” “The Flight Attendant” and “Killing Eve” were among the top winners as the Banff World Media Festival revealed the winners to this year’s Rockie Awards International Program Competition. Announced Tuesday via a live, streamed virtual event, this year’s Rockie Awards saw the United Kingdom take home the most kudos, with 11, followed by the United States with ten. Host country Canada won five.

I May Destroy You” earned the top Grand Jury prize, which is selected from the top-scoring programs across the entire field of nominees, and chosen by the Rockies Awards Grand Jury. The Michaela Coel series,
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