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‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC

‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC
A new installment of “NYPD Blue” has scored a pilot production commitment at ABC, Variety has learned.

The new series follows Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton will write and executive produce the new show, with Jesse Bochco–son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho–executive producing and directing. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s wife, will produce. ABC Studios will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Olmstead is repped by Wme and Bloom Hergott.
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Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series

Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series
Joshua Bassett has been cast in the lead role of the highly anticipated 'High School Musical The Musical,' a series for Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019. It is based on the iconic Emmy Award-winning 'High School Musical' franchise. The series will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a single camera documentary style.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7
Orange Is the New Black” is set to end after its upcoming seventh season on Netflix. The cast of the series broke the news in a video post on Wednesday, which can be viewed below.

Netflix had renewed the Lionsgate-produced series for three seasons ahead of the Season 4 premiere in 2016. As part of the deal, series showrunner Jenji Kohan will remain in that role through Season 7. The critically-acclaimed dramedy initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with Season 6 seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security Prison often mentioned in the series.

The series stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. Lionsgate produces the series for Netflix.

More to come…

Warning: This may make you cry.
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‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox

‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox
Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, Variety has learned.

The series is titled “It Takes Two,” based on the Scott brothers’ memoir of the same name. The show follows two entrepreneurial twin brothers who decide to join forces in the real estate business when they realize they are stronger together than apart. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

The Scotts rose to fame with their hit TV series “Property Brothers,” which is broadcast on Hgtv in the U.S. The show proved so successful that it inspired multiple spinoffs,
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Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision

Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision
[Warning: If you can’t tell by the headline above, spoilers follow.]

ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” kicked off its season premiere with confirmation that the character once played by Roseanne Barr had been killed off the series after suffering an opioid overdose from pills she was taking to treat a knee injury. Barr took to her Twitter page for an instant reaction to her character’s fate following the conclusion of the episode, defiantly tweeting, “I Ain’T Dead, Bitches!!!!” The actress then published a longer, more official statement along with her rabbi, Shmuley Boteach.

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of ‘The Conners,’ all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach wrote. “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.
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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’

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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’
The Conners” premiere was the top-rated show of Tuesday night but debuted well below what the premiere of “Roseanne” drew earlier this year.

The series debuted sans Roseanne to a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers. The one-hour “Roseanne” revival premiere back in March drew a 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers in Live+Same Day. The season finale drew a 2.5 and 10.6 million, while the season as a whole averaged a 3.5 and 13.5 million. As such, “The Conners” was on par with what the season finale of “Roseanne” drew.

Immediately after “The Conners,” the series premiere of “The Kids Are Alright” held onto just over half of its lead-in, nabbing a 1.4 and 6.6 million viewers. The season premiere of “Black-ish” followed with a 1.1 and 4.5 million, down in the demo from last season’s opener but about even in viewers. The second season premiere of “Splitting Up Together” drew a 1.0 and 3.7 million, down around
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series

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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series
The opening episode of the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the first regular female time lord, scored a new audience high in the U.K. for the modern iteration of the long-running show. New 4-screen measurements by British TV ratings organization Barb, which include non-tv online viewing, showed that the total audience for the Oct. 7 season opener reached 10.9 million across all devices.

The result gives Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, the best introduction for any Doctor since the show returned after a long hiatus in 2005, when Christopher Eccleston’s debut scored a consolidated audience of 10.8 million. The figures also make “Doctor Who” the No. 1 drama launch of 2018 in the U.K. and the BBC’s biggest in more than a decade, surpassing its recent smash hit “Bodyguard,” which bowed in August.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in such huge numbers,
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‘Elite’: Netflix Orders Second Season Of Teen Thriller In Return To Las Encinas

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‘Elite’: Netflix Orders Second Season Of Teen Thriller In Return To Las Encinas
Netflix has renewed its sexy coming-of-age thriller Elite for a second season. The streamer’s second Spanish original follows the intrigue at Las Encinas, an exclusive boarding school, and will return in 2019. The soapy teen series’ first eight-episode season debuted globally on October 5 and has drawn plenty of attention — as well as leaving questions to be answered in the next go-round. (Check out a video announcing the next season below.)

It is as yet unclear which characters will be back at Las Encinas for Season 2. Pending cast and showrunner confirmation, the show will again be executive produced by Zeta Audiovisual, consist of eight episodes and be shot in 4K.

Season 1 saw a clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose create a perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. It marked the reunion of La Casa De Papel’s María Pedraza, Miguel Herrán and
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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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‘Animals’ Canceled After Three Seasons at HBO

‘Animals’ Canceled After Three Seasons at HBO
HBO has canceled the animated series “Animals” after three seasons, Variety has confirmed.

The series was created by executive producers Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, with Duplass Brothers Productions producing. The animated comedy series focused on the downtrodden creatures native New York City, including rats, pigeons, and bedbugs. Matarese and Luciano also wrote and directed all the episodes, and voiced many of the characters.

The series also featured a number of guest stars lending their voices. Season 3’s guest lineup included stars like Awkwafina, Marcia Clark, Edie Falco, David Harbour, Lucy Liu, Carol Kane, Johnny Knoxville, John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne,
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‘Brockmire’ Season 3 Adds Martha Plimpton in Recurring Guest Role (Exclusive)

‘Brockmire’ Season 3 Adds Martha Plimpton in Recurring Guest Role (Exclusive)
Martha Plimpton has been cast in “Brockmire” Season 3 in a recurring guest role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Plimpton will play Brockmire’s newest sponsor, Shirley. She is described as a cigarette-smoking, no-nonsense woman who has been 8 years sober. She’s seen every excuse in the book and finds Brockmire’s attempts at explaining his bad behavior hilarious. She’s about to show him the harsh realities of sobriety, the ones they don’t teach you in meetings.

Plimpton most recently appeared in the critically-acclaimed series “Younger.” Her other recent TV credits include “The Real O’Neals,” “The Blacklist,” and “Raising Hope.
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‘Single Parents’ Lands Full-Season Order From ABC

‘Single Parents’ Lands Full-Season Order From ABC
ABC has given a full-season order to freshman comedy “Single Parents.”

The pick-up makes “Single Parents” the first new series of the season to have its order extended by ABC. Through its first three episodes, the series, from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios is averaging an audience of 5.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day numbers. Through three weeks it sits as the No. 2 series in its Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. time period.

J.J. Philbin and Elizabeth Meriwether are the show’s creators and executive producers. Katherine Pope, Erin O’Malley and
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‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles

‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles
Caroll Spinney has been a television mainstay since 1969, but his face has rarely made an appearance.

Disguised beneath a frock of bright yellow feathers and an orange bill, the “Sesame Street” puppeteer was the heart and soul behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s premiere almost 50 years ago.

Now, at the age of 84, Spinney told the New York Times that he is retiring from “Sesame Street” after nearly half a century playing some of the show’s most iconic characters. Come Thursday, Spinney will enter the “Sesame Street” studios in Astoria, Queens for the last time
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Multi-Generational Comedy Series ‘Family Reunion,’ Starring Tia Mowry

In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix announces family comedy series “Family Reunion,” and the company is also bringing back its Spanish original series “Elite” for a second season.

Development

Netflix has announced “Family Reunion,” a multi-generational live action comedy series. The series, which recently began production, stars Loretta Devine (“The Carmichael Show”) and Tia Mowry. Mowry will play Cocoa McKellan, a free-spirited mother who travels from the big city with her family to a small town for her family reunion and gets to know their extended clan. Devine will portray the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear, and
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The Five Best Thriller Movies of the 70s

It kind of seems as though thrillers in the 70s were designed to be brutal but also make a person think, which could be why the 90s turned out the way they did since filmmakers were returning to the formula that had worked once before. Obviously the special effects got better in later years but laying the groundwork for the storytelling belongs to the earlier years without a doubt since so much of what’s come before has served as a basis for what we have now. Those films that people think are new and original are in fact products of

The Five Best Thriller Movies of the 70s
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Interview: Behind the Music & Effects of ‘Colina: Legacy’ & ‘Ring of Elysium’

Behind every great video game is a team of artists making sure all the many elements are flowing together to make one cohesive product. These specialists include everyone from visual effects artists, animators, special effects artists, directors, makeup artists to software engineers. Those are all the elements we can see, but another major component of games is what the player can actually hear. We decided to speak more in depth with two audio experts, Colina: Legacy (Chance6 Studios) composer Matthew Carl Earl from Hexany Audio and recording engineer Watson Wu whom recorded a lot of original weapons and vehicles for

Interview: Behind the Music & Effects of ‘Colina: Legacy’ & ‘Ring of Elysium’
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Riverdale Flashback First Look: See the Teens Play Their Parents in New Photos

Riverdale is turning back the clock in Season 3… and it turns out that Archie and the gang look pretty fly in ’90s fashions. (“Fly” was a compliment back in the ’90s, you see.)

In the CW teen drama’s Nov. 7 episode, titled “The Midnight Club,” we flash back to when the Riverdale parents were in high school, with the show’s young stars playing their on-screen parents. The network just released a number of first-look photos from the much-anticipated episode, which promise a few fun role reversals. Kj Apa is in full Luke Perry mode as a young Fred Andrews,
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NYPD Blue Revival Twist: [Spoiler]'s Murder Sets Stage for New ABC Series

ABC is reviving NYPD Blue while simultaneously killing off one of the show’s iconic leading men. TVLine has learned that the Alphabet network has placed a pilot order for a new version of the seminal cop drama, this one revolving around Theo, the son of Andy Sipowicz (played by the original series’ star Dennis Franz).

The (dark) twist at the center of the potential new series? The plot would find Theo trying to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while… investigating his father’s murder. (R.I.P., Sipowicz Sr.!) Theo’s mom Sylvia Costas-Sipowicz
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Dr. Phil, Jay McGraw Set Up Pair of Drama Projects at CBS

Dr. Phil, Jay McGraw Set Up Pair of Drama Projects at CBS
Dr. Phil and his son Jay McGraw are developing two new drama series at CBS, Variety has learned.

Both projects will be produced by CBS Television Studios, where the McGraws are set up under an overall deal.

The first project is titled “Chaplain.” It follows a talented, scientifically minded ICU doctor and her free-thinking, faith-oriented brother. They clash over the best approach to the business of saving lives when he is hired as chaplain at her hospital.

The series hails from writers Nick Weiss and Isaac Laskin, with Weiss set to executive produce and Laskin co-executive producing. The McGraws will
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Arslan Senki

One thing about anime is that like any other genre it never seems to run out of material to be found or to be reminisced over. Arslan Senki was the subject of one such show that aired years back and has been the subject of interest for some time among fans that still remember the show and the manga. Anime definitely takes its stories very seriously despite the fact that some of them are supposed to be for kids and others are for the most part supposed to be for anyone. One thing about this character however is that he

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Arslan Senki
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