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Jurnee Smollett-Bell to Star in HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'

Jurnee Smollett-Bell to Star in HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'
HBO has set up an Underground reunion on Lovecraft Country.

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been tapped to reunite with Underground showrunner Misha Green and star in the latter's Jordan Peele- and J.J. Abrams-produced HBO drama series Lovecraft Country.

Picked up straight to series last May, Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff. It follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both...
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Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'

Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'
Katee Sackhoff is returning to space (and Netflix).

The Battlestar Galactica alum has been tapped to star in space drama Another Life, which has been ordered straight-to-series at Netflix.

The 10-episode drama revolves around astronaut Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff), who leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.

The drama hails from Halfire Entertainment, marking the company's second series at Netflix following Alias Grace. Aaron Martin created the series...
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‘Billions’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Showtime

‘Billions’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Showtime
Showtime has ordered a fourth season of its hit drama series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. In addition, the series, which currently airs Sundays at 10 PM, will move to 9 PM ET/PT starting next Sunday, May 6 to anchor the night and serve as the lead-in for the season two premiere of I'm Dying Up Here.

Billions continues to be a strong ratings performer for Showtime. The season three premiere on March 25 was its highest-rated ever, up 23 percent from
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Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series

Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series
The anime-inspired series “Star Wars Resistance” will premiere on Disney Channel in the U.S. in the fall.

“Resistance” will also air on Disney XD and around the world after the fall debut. The show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster “The Force Awakens.”

In addition to new characters and ace pilots, the adventure will include beloved characters from the “Star Wars” franchise such as BB-8, Poe Dameron,
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Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Comedy, 2 Standup Specials

Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Comedy, 2 Standup Specials
Netflix is lining up even more laughs for viewers with three new projects from comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, including a multi-cam comedy series and two stand-up specials.

In the streaming service’s upcoming Iglesias-led sitcom, titled “Mr. Iglesias,” the comedian plays a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He teaches gifted, but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant principal, but also to help them unlock their full potential.

The first of Iglesias’ two upcoming stand-up comedy specials for Netflix will be taped during “One Show Fits All,” the comedian’s current world tour. The second will be produced at a later date.
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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult
Annapurna Television is developing a scripted series inspired by the alleged sex cult NXIVM, with “Westworld” actress Shannon Woodward attached to executive produce.

The potential series is based on the New York Times report about the group published last year. The report, authored by Barry Meier, featured interviews with multiple women who said the purported self-help group, led by Keith Raniere, recruited women to serve as “slaves” and branded them with Raniere’s initials.

No writer is attached yet, but Woodward will executive produce along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg of Annapurna.

The group has come under renewed interest in recent weeks, after Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month on charges of sex trafficking. “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who was identified as Raniere’s top lieutenant in the Times report, was arrested last week.
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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season
Exclusive: HBO is not renewing Alan Ball’s family drama Here and Now for a second season. The news comes 10 days after the series’ Season 1 finale.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of Here and Now,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

Here and Now, which starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, stemmed from Ball’s close relationship with the previous HBO regimes. It was a rare miss for the Oscar and Emmy winner, creator of HBO’s signature series True Blood and Six Feet Under and executive producer of Cinemax’s biggest hit Banshee. In addition to a lukewarm reception from critics, Here and Now also drew modest viewership for an HBO drama series, averaging 300,000-400,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere telecast.
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Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series ‘Godfather of Harlem’

Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series ‘Godfather of Harlem’
Forest Whitaker will star in a straight-to-series drama at Epix, Variety has confirmed.

The series is titled “Godfather of Harlem.” It will tell the true story of crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned after 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy takes on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X, catching his political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.
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Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony

Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony
Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the 2018 Emmys. The “Weekend Update” duo, who deliver the news on “Saturday Night Live,” will bring their comedy stylings to the awards telecast on September 17. They’ll succeed Stephen Colbert, who hosted last year’s event.

Jost has been a writer on “SNL” since 2005 and a “Weekend Update” co-anchor since 2014; he’s also one of the show’s head writers. He himself has been nominated for four Emmys. Che, too, has been co-anchoring “Weekend Update” since 2014 and was also named co-head writer late last year.

Last year’s awards were dominated by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies.” Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday, July 12.
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Why Suicide Squad’s El Diablo Deserves an Origins Movie

Out of all the Suicide Squad members there are a few that seem interesting enough to really give a solo movie to, and El Diablo is one of them. So the movie didn’t perform as well as people thought it would, there are reasons for it to be honest. The origin stories of those recruited for the romp into the city were either messed up beyond belief or were never given time to really develop and tell the people what they needed to know about the characters. There were little blurbs here and there about each character and what they’d

Why Suicide Squad’s El Diablo Deserves an Origins Movie
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’
Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country,” Variety has learned.

The role reunites Smollett-Bell with Misha Green, the writer and executive producer of “Lovecraft Country.” Green was the co-creator and showrunner of the Wgn America series “Underground,” on which Smollett-Bell starred as escaped slave Rosalee.

Lovecraft Country,” based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend Letitia “Leti” Dandridge (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father.
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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jurnee Smollett-Bell To Star In HBO Series From Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams & Misha Green

Former Underground star Jurnee Smollett-Bell is set as the female lead in HBO's high-profile straight-to-series drama Lovecraft Country, from Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television. The project reunites Smollett-Bell with Underground co-creator Misha Green, writer and executive producer of Lovecraft Country. The casting also brings the actress back to HBO where she was a series regular on the last two…
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Tatiana Maslany, Diego Luna & Emile Hirsch Join DreamWorks ‘Trollhunters Part 3’ On Netflix

Former Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Diego Luna (Narcos) and Emile Hirsch (The Chinese Widow) have joined the third and final season of Netflix's Emmy-winning original series DreamWorks Trollhunters, from Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro. The join the returning cast from seasons one and two that includes Kelsey Grammer as Blinky, Mark Hamill (Dictatious), Lena Headey (Morgana), David Bradley (Merlin), Ron Perlman (Bular), Steven Yeun (Steve), Anjelica Huston (Queen…
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David Letterman to Interview Jerry Seinfeld for Netflix Emmys Event

David Letterman to Interview Jerry Seinfeld for Netflix Emmys Event
They’ll have more than “nothing” to talk about.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will take the couch opposite David Letterman for a live version of Letterman’s Netflix talk series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” The two will sit down for a conversation about life, comedy and their upcoming projects at Netflix’s Emmy Fysee space in Hollywood on May 7.

Letterman marked his return to television with the six-part series, which debuted in January, interviewing high-profile newsmakers, including Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala, Yousafzai Tina Fey, Jay Z and Howard Stern. In her review of the series, Variety‘s Sonia Saraiya wrote,
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Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Drama Series ‘Another Life’ Starring Katee Sackhoff

Exclusive: Battlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff is going back to space as the lead of Another Life. Netflix has given a 10-episode order to the sci-fi drama series, from Alias Grace producer Halfire Entertainment. Created by Aaron Martin, who also serves as showrunner, Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission…
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Bill Cosby Found Guilty In Sexual Assault Retrial, Lashes Out In Court After Verdict; Defense Plans Appeal – Update

Updated with more details, Cosby outburst, appeal plan: After years of sexual assault accusations, Bill Cosby will soon be headed to prison. In a dramatic scene, a Montgomery County jury of seven men and five women returned guilty verdicts today on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for Cosby’s January 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Constand, a former Temple University employee, lost consciousness after Cosby gave her three blue pills and a sip of wine…
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Hollywood Reacts To Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict: “About Damn Time”

Refresh for updates Waiting to Exhale author Terry McMillan was one of the first celebrities to respond to the news that Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault, and if her tweet is any indication, few will shed tears for the defeated comedian. “Hallelujah,” McMillan tweeted. “It’s about damn time…And I hope Stormy wins and all the other women break those Nda’s so all of these bastards fall down. See all tweets below. Andy Lassner, the exec producer of The Ellen…
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Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts in his retrial for sexual assault. The actor and comedian has been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and other offenses by more than 60 women, with some of the allegations going back several decades; he has repeatedly denied the accusations against him. The charges in this trial, which was brought by Andrea Constand, were penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant.

Cosby’s previous case ended in a mistrial on June 17 of last year, as the jurors were deadlocked. Now 80 years old and facing a maximum sentence of 30 years — 10 years for each charge — he may spend the rest of his life in prison.

Cosby is best known for producing and starring in “The Cosby Show,” a highly successful sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992 and was the highest-rated show in the country for five years.
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Is There Going to be a Real Steel 2 or Not?

For about three years after its release in 2011 Real Steel was thought to be ready to take on a sequel that might see it go in a different direction than the original had left off with. But Real Steel 2 doesn’t look like it’s any more likely to come out than Hugh Jackman is to go back to being the Wolverine again. Of course some fans would like to say never say never, and it’s true that there might be a place for the film to still explore and come to grips with its own universe, which is highly

Is There Going to be a Real Steel 2 or Not?
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Nina L. Diaz Promoted to President of Programming & Development for MTV, VH1, Logo

Nina L. Diaz has been promoted to president of programming and development for Viacom’s MTV, VH1, and Logo Group.

She was previously the executive vice president of programming and development of unscripted for MTV and VH1, a role she held since November 2016. In her new role, she will continue to report to Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and Logo Group.

“Under Nina’s creative leadership, both MTV and VH1 have experienced phenomenal growth while attracting the youngest, most coveted audience in entertainment,” said McCarthy. “Nina is an incredible leader and creative partner whom I have no doubt will
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