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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

‘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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Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of debate over the character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” After the character’s problematic nature was brought to light recently, with the help of the documentary “The Problem with Apu,” many fans have been waiting to see how the animated sitcom dealt with the issue. And when the sitcom kinda, sorta made light of the issue in a recent episode, people were less-than-pleased.
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Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9

Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9
Even after the final episode of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 aired, it was unclear if one of the top-rated drama's major characters would be returning for the next season. Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan, has become an emotional, practical, and increasingly powerful player in the Walking Dead narrative, so it was understandable that fans were concerned for Cohan's well-being and Maggie's part to play in the story to come. The uncertainty, however, had nothing to do with plot points, Walkers, or the savage Saviors at all but rather the mundane complications …
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie
Disney Channel has cast “The Goldbergs” star Sean Giambrone and newcomer Sadie Stanley as the leads of its upcoming live-action “Kim Possible” movie, the network announced Wednesday.

An adaptation of the 2002 animated series, the movie follows a high school girl named Kim Possible (Stanley) who moonlights as a secret agent with the help of her friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable (Giambrone).

Written by original series creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley with Josh Cagan, the upcoming TV movie will be directed by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky.
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The Producers of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Prep New Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street

The Producers of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Prep New Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street
Parts of Buckingham Palace are being rebuilt – in the world of Netflix at least – after the producers of “The Crown” got the green light to extend the production base for the lavish series. The site, also including a new Number 10 Downing Street, will be ready for Olivia Colman’s reign as Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons of the regal hit. Filming will start this summer.

Netflix has committed to two more seasons of “The Crown,” but the plans for the new expanded base run for 10 years, clearing the way for the royal story to continue for
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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu

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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu
Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The premium streaming service has a drama in the early stages of development based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel and the subsequent 1987 flick of the same name, starring Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Gertz and James Spader.

Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is set to pen the script and executive produce the adaptation alongside author Ellis.
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‘Double Dare’ to Reboot on Nickelodeon This Summer (Video)

‘Double Dare’ to Reboot on Nickelodeon This Summer (Video)
This summer, it’s time to take the physical challenge again: Nickelodeon is rebooting classic kids’ game show “Double Dare” (again) with a 40-episode order.

Nick has yet to announce a host or other talent, though the Viacom cable channel says its new version will “feature appearances from blasts from the past, long-time ‘Double Dare’ fans and stars from today.”

In case you missed the ’80s and ’90s game show or its 2000 revival, “Double Dare” features two teams competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy, physical stunts and ultimately facing the infamous obstacle course: The human hamster wheel, the classic gigantic mouth, the wringer and the iconic “Double Dare” nose, per Nick’s official description.

Still not ringing a bell? Watch Nick’s teaser/look-back via the video above.

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The original “Double Dare” and “Family Double Dare,” both hosted by Marc Summers, combined for a run from 1986-1993 on Nick. The format was rebooted for one season at the turn of the century as “Double Dare 2000.”

Nickelodeon also filmed a “Double Dare” special at Comic Con 2016.

A rep for Summers did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s question about any potential involvement as host or producer. Summers produced “Double Dare 2000” and has stayed busy lately as an executive producer on food and restaurant shows.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove

The success of Deadliest Catch was totally unprecedented. The Discovery Channel truly hit a jackpot with that one, and it only made sense for the network to try to replicate that success through a spinoff. This spinoff came 11 years later with Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, and although it’s difficult to follow in the footsteps of such a giant, Dungeon Cove had enough promise to stand on its own eventually. It’s been two years now since we saw the premiere of the show, and even though it’s been that long, there are still a few things you can learn about

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
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Gone but Not Forgotten: 5 Must See Movies Leaving Netflix in May 2018

Field of Dreams – It’s hard to describe why certain movies are as great as they are. Maybe it’s the cast or the writing or the direction or some serendipitous combination of all three. Whatever it is, though, it escapes you, perched on the tip of your tongue and the outside edges of your mind. All you know for certain, though, is that it’s a classic. For me, Field of Dreams is the epitome of this kind of movie: a story that is indescribably better than the commendable (but inauspicious) sum of its parts. It’s got a solid cast, including

Gone but Not Forgotten: 5 Must See Movies Leaving Netflix in May 2018
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‘The Americans’ Review: Two Sex Scenes Prove Awfully Similar in an All-Around Incredible New Episode

‘The Americans’ Review: Two Sex Scenes Prove Awfully Similar in an All-Around Incredible New Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Americans” Season 6, Episode 5, “The Great Patriotic War.”]

Welp, there it is: Philip (Matthew Rhys) is actively working against Elizabeth (Keri Russell). Not only did the semi-retired agent end the episode by calling off his mission to Greece — purposefully reneging on his promise to Elizabeth — but he also swung by Paige’s apartment to demonstrate the “no pads” life she’s in for if she follows through with her training. Philip is doing what Oleg (Costa Ronin) asked of him in Episode 1, but he’s also acting on what he thinks is right. He isn’t sitting idly by anymore; he’s taking action and accepting the consequences.

What might those be? It’s hard to say, but it clearly won’t be pretty. The family of spies has been divided, and it’s hard to see anyone going back to the way things were during “the old days — like,
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The Americans Recap: Duty Calls

The Americans Recap: Duty Calls
Need to catch up? Check out our previous The Americans recap here.

Elizabeth and Philip both did things they really didn’t want to do this week on The Americans — but patriotism is a helluva drug.

Elizabeth and her team are trailing Stan and his courier Gennadi, who’s holed up in a separate safe house from Sofia and their son Ilya. (Stan and Gennadi have a sweetly bromantic scene where they drink beer and watch hockey together.) Elizabeth was staying out of this one, but she finds herself tracking Gennadi’s movements, even getting dangerously close to a non-Stan FBI agent.
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Suits Finale Recap: Did Mike and Rachel Get Their Happily-Ever-After?

Suits Finale Recap: Did Mike and Rachel Get Their Happily-Ever-After?
Suits‘ Season 7B finale on Wednesday gave new meaning to “patience is a virtue,” because there was nary a mention of Mike and Rachel’s much-anticipated wedding until well into the second hour. But before the couple even got hitched, they received an interesting offer that would pave the way for the departures of original cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.

In the midst of a class-action lawsuit with his former clinic colleagues, Mike is approached by another lawyer, Andy Forsyth, who is starting a firm in Seattle that only takes on big corporations on behalf of the little guy.
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‘Suits’ Finale: Series Creator On Patrick J. Adams & Meghan Markle’s Exits, New Twist, Season 8 & Spinoff Details

Spoiler Alert: The story includes details about the Season 7 finale of USA Network’s series Suits. Tonight’s two-hour Season 7 finale of Suits bid farewell to original cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, whose characters Mike Ross and Rachel Zane got new jobs in Seattle and got married in the final minutes of the finale. Louis’ idea to get Jessica the money she was entitled to from the firm by issuing a statement that distance Specter Litt from her backfires…
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Joy Reid’s Attorney: FBI Opens Investigation Into Hacking Allegations

The strange controversy surrounding MSNBC anchor Joy Reid took another turn Wednesday evening after her attorney said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into whether online accounts belonging to her had been hacked, resulting in the surfacing of controversial remarks being ascribed to Reid that she says are fake.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” said her lawyer, John H. Reichman, in a statement provided by MSNBC. “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel,
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Disney’s Netflix Exodus

The entertainment world is a short while away from a massive shakeup. And when I say shakeup, I mean it. Over the course of the next year, the streaming sector of the home media market may very well look nothing like it does now. In the beginning, there was Netflix. There was only Netflix. They pioneered the idea that people could simply “rent” movies out of the comfort of their living room. And in doing so, they killed the brick-and-mortar rental market. Industry titans like Blockbuster bucked and shrank and ultimately went out of business as they failed to adapt

Disney’s Netflix Exodus
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Code Black Premiere Recap: The Hospital Gains and Loses Residents

Code Black Premiere Recap: The Hospital Gains and Loses Residents
Wednesday’s Code Black premiere brought about more changes in the hospital ranks, including two new residents and one significant absence.

Season 3 opens with “Mama” introducing himself to the first-year residents, per tradition. They include Diego Avila (Scream‘s Tyler Perez), whose wealthy father pulled strings to get him the position, and Pepper Russo (Nashville‘s Chaley Rose), who has the worst first day ever. While Diego is busy filming everything for his documentary about Angels Memorial, Pepper — who puked during an earlier trauma — accidentally inhales fentanyl and passes out. As Leanne and the other doctors work to save her life,
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The Handmaid's Tale Episode 2 Recap: Slay, Rory Gilmore, Slay

The Handmaid's Tale Episode 2 Recap: Slay, Rory Gilmore, Slay
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Handmaid’s Tale recap here.

Guys, Alexis Bledel kills it in the second episode of The Handmaid’s Tale‘s second season.

By “it,” I mean, “a holier than thou mistress who becomes emblematic of all of Gilead.” And by “kills,” I mean… kills. Dead. Done. See ya.

Yes, we’ve seen Emily/Ofglen act with swift violence before — remember the car incident that got her sent to the Colonies in the first place? — but we’ve never seen her be so cunning while doing so. It is chilling. And also awesome.
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‘Archer’ Review: The Most Ingenious Changes to Season 9, and Why They Make ‘Danger Island’ a Must-See

‘Archer’ Review: The Most Ingenious Changes to Season 9, and Why They Make ‘Danger Island’ a Must-See
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Archer” Season 9, Episode 1, “Danger Island: Strange Pilot.”]

Welcome to “Danger Island,” where the dangers aren’t that dangerous and the parrots are also macaws. Ok, only one of those is actually true, but the welcome is quite sincere. The first episode of “Archer” Season 9 hit all the right marks, building a new world quickly and filling it with vivacious colors and equally bright humor.

A stark contrast to what we saw in “Dreamland,” the new season is set on a sun-drenched island in the South Pacific where Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) is an independent airline pilot working for a company sponsored by his mother, Malory (Jessica Walter), who also owns the hotel he sleeps in. It’s there where Episode 1 picks up, as Archer’s latest rendezvous gets him and his mother in trouble with a well-off client. The recently married Charlotte Vandertunt (Judy Greer) slept with Archer after her husband abandoned her for some illegal gambling,
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