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‘Mortal Engines’ Star Leila George Joins TNT’s "Animal Kingdom" Season 4 (Exclusive)

‘Mortal Engines’ Star Leila George Joins TNT’s
Leila George has been cast in TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” in a recurring role for the upcoming fourth season.

George will play Janine on the drama, the character is described as “a street savvy, scrappy survivor. Janine is a nihilist who doesn’t expect to live past 30. She runs with a small crew of men a few years older than her, vets and surfers who steal to support their vagabond life on the road. She realizes very quickly that they are the ones who should be proving themselves to her.”

George, daughter of actors Vincent D’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi, most recently starred in Universal’s “Mortal Engines” adaptation and previously starred in James Franco’s “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” remake for Lifetime.
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‘NYPD Blue’ Pilot at ABC Adds Rick Gomez in Series Regular Role

‘NYPD Blue’ Pilot at ABC Adds Rick Gomez in Series Regular Role
The “NYPD Blue” sequel pilot has cast Rick Gomez in the series regular role of Det. Craig Pettibone, Variety has learned.

Pettibone is studying law at night with the goal of passing the bar one day. Although he hasn’t passed it yet, he’s aggressive enough to be already drumming up clients by passing out his business card.

Gomez recently appeared in the ABC drama “The Crossing.” His other notable TV roles include stints on “Justified,” “Band of Brothers,” and “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” On the film side, he has appeared in “Stand Up Guys,” “Ray,” “Sin City,
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Wendy Williams Taking Extended Break From Daytime Talk Show

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Wendy Williams Taking Extended Break From Daytime Talk Show
Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her syndicated daytime talk show The Wendy Williams Show. A statement from the Williams Hunter family says Williams, while recovering from a fractured shoulder, has experienced complications from her Graves’ disease which will require hospitalization and she will be taking time off “to focus on her personal and physical well-being.”

“As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend,” said the Williams Hunter family statement. “Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.”

Distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury
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Showtime Acquires Sacha Jenkins’ Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Series

Showtime Acquires Sacha Jenkins’ Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Series
Showtime has acquired the North American rights to “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” Sacha Jenkins’s documentary series on rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

The four-part series, which will debut the first two episodes during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 28, will air on Showtime this spring.

“The Wu-Tang Clan is a seminal group that deserves a seminal documentary,” said Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president, nonfiction programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Sacha Jenkins delivers just that, not only reminding us of their powerful history through vintage footage, but also placing their impact in modern-day perspective that will be meaningful both to their diehard fans and music fans in general. I’m excited to be returning to Sundance with Sacha years after his directorial debut with what I believe to be his best work yet.”

Also Read: Gary Levine, Jana Winograde Named Showtime Co-Presidents

“Of Mics and Men” is tied to the
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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)
Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with Stuart Blumberg writing and executive producing.

This marks the latest TV project for Watts. She was recently cast in a major role in the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO, and signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” She earned Academy Award nominations
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Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg

Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg
Apple’s upcoming streaming service is still, as the tech folks say, “vaporware” but that isn’t stopping the massive corporation from continuing to purchase new content that will eventually infect cell phones around the globe. And for its latest foray in TV, the tech giant has enlisted one of Hollywood’s most high-profile producers, Simon Kinberg.

Read More: Simon Kinberg Apologizes For ‘X-Men 3’ & Explains How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Influenced ‘Dark Phoenix

Deadline is reporting that Kinberg, along with co-writer David Weil, has signed a deal to write and produce a 10-episode science fiction series for Apple.

Continue reading Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg at The Playlist.
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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has picked up “The Kominsky Method” for a second season.

The comedy stars starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin recently won two Golden Globe Awards, one for best comedy series and the other for Douglas in the best actor in a comedy series category. Arkin was also nominated in the supporting actor category.

Season 2 will consist of eight half-hour episodes and is scheduled to begin production later this month in Los Angeles. Douglas and Arkin will return as series regulars along with Sarah Baker and Nancy Travis.

The show follows actor and acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and his agent Norman Newlander (Arkin), two friends trying to navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.

Chuck Lorre created the series and serves as executive producer along with Al Higgins and Douglas. Chuck Lorre Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“I wanted
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3
There are many mysteries in the “Star Trek” universe. One of them was explained on Thursday night at the season two premiere party for “Star Trek: Discovery” in New York when showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed the backstory of how Tig Notaro found her way onto a spaceship in the role of brilliant engineer Jet Reno.

Turns out, Kurtzman and Notaro have worked together before — more than 20 years ago when both were employed as assistants for filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at the duo’s Renaissance Pictures banner in Los Angeles.

“She answered phones and I answered phones,” Kurtzman told Variety.
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Supergirl First Look: Nicole Maines Suits Up as Dreamer, TV's First Transgender Superhero

Supergirl First Look: Nicole Maines Suits Up as Dreamer, TV's First Transgender Superhero
Supergirl is getting a new addition to the team, one whose powers include the ability to blaze trails with a single photo.

The CW on Friday unveiled the first shot of Nicole Maines (aka CatCo reporter Nia Nal) in full costume as Dreamer, something fans have eagerly awaited since the network announced the casting of TV’s first-ever transgender superhero at San Diego Comic-Con this summer.

Though Nia won’t officially don the Dreamer suit until Supergirl‘s Feb. 17 episode, we’ll get our first glimpse of it when Nia visits her hometown on Jan. 27. The episode, titled “Blood Memory,
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Wendy Williams Takes Extended Leave From Daytime Talk Show

Wendy Williams Takes Extended Leave From Daytime Talk Show
Wendy Williams is taking an extended absence from her eponymous daytime talk show due to health complications after ongoing surgery for a shoulder fracture she said she sustained in December.

“Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” according to a note from her family. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Rex Makes A Stunning Announcement

Days of Our Lives fans were just as frustrated as Eli and Lani when they realized that their case is just not going anywhere. They are up against Xander, and all their evidence and their situations are getting worse as the days go on. There is little they can do to make sure that things are working in their favor, and it’s frustrating and upsetting for all of them. We want to see them take this man down, and we feel personally invested in this situation as it unfolds. They have very little to feel good about right now, but

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Rex Makes A Stunning Announcement
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NYPD Blue: ABC Revival Adds Justified Alum Rick Gomez as Series Regular

NYPD Blue: ABC Revival Adds Justified Alum Rick Gomez as Series Regular
That’s Detective Rick Gomez, to you.

The Justified actor has joined ABC’s NYPD Blue revival pilot in a series-regular role, TVLine has learned.

The potential NYPD Blue continuation will center on Theo Sipowicz (played by newcomer Fabien Frankel), the son of Dennis Franz’s Andy Sipowicz. As he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th Precinct, the hard-headed Theo will also be investigating his father’s murder.

Gomez will co-star as Craig Pettibone, a detective in the precinct. Craig is studying law at night with the goal of passing the bar one day — but
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Drag Race Sneak Peek: Latrice Royale Declares War on Monique Heart

Drag Race Sneak Peek: Latrice Royale Declares War on Monique Heart
If Latrice Royale gets her way, it’ll be off with Monique Heart‘s head on tonight’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (VH1, 8/7c). This season’s eliminated queens have returned with various axes to grind, but as you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek, no one is packing more righteous anger than Latrice.

This week’s Drag Race pits the eliminated queens against those still standing in an all-out lip sync melee, and as the most recent contestant to get the chop, Latrice has first dibs. Naturally, the ladies pester her about
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‘My Brilliant Friend,’ ‘Gomorrah’ Show Different Sides of Naples

‘My Brilliant Friend,’ ‘Gomorrah’ Show Different Sides of Naples
When Saverio Costanzo, the director of HBO and Rai’s “My Brilliant Friend,” started to plan how he would depict the grand but gritty city of Naples — one that’s so vivid in the imaginations of millions of Elena Ferrante readers, he quickly decided that the working-class neighborhood at the core of her four Neapolitan novels had to be fictional.

“Our starting point was always the fake city,” he says, noting that precisely because no other city in Italy has such a strong identity, keeping the right distance from Naples was what enabled him to represent it so intensely.

The
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Baywatch Is Coming to Amazon Prime to Heat Up Your Winter

For the longest time, Baywatch -- the era-defining cheesy '90s sexy lifeguard action drama -- was one of the most historically popular shows unavailable to stream. But now, in the year of the series' 30th anniversary, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and friends are coming to Amazon Prime on Jan.

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Last Man Standing: Krista Marie Yu Promoted to Series Regular

Last Man Standing: Krista Marie Yu Promoted to Series Regular
Last Man Standing‘s foreign exchange student is extending her study abroad.

The Tim Allen comedy has promoted Krista Marie Yu to series regular after two episodes, Deadline reports. Her character, Jen, was first introduced as Vanessa’s protégé in November 2018. Her most recent appearance came in the Jan. 11 episode.

Word of the series’ adding a foreign-exchange-student character broke during Last Man Standing‘s panel at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour last July. At the time, Abbott teased that the character would come from a “different political system,” paving the way for some “wonderful discussions and conflicts” within the Baxter household.
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Why The Show “Catfish: The TV Show” Needs to be Taken Off the Air

At one point and time in history the world ‘catfish’ didn’t have the same meaning that it does now. The word was used in regards to the disgusting bottom-feeders that are caught in rivers and lakes and fried up in some parts of the country, remember? They’ve been a delicacy to some and simply disgusting to others, but the word didn’t take on a new meaning until this show came around. Now, to ‘catfish’ someone means that a person online will tell a heap of lies directed by small truths in order to fool someone over a dating site. That’s

Why The Show “Catfish: The TV Show” Needs to be Taken Off the Air
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America's Got Talent Video: Paul Potts' Golden Pipes Stun the Judges

Something tells us there’s a Golden Buzzer in Paul Potts‘ future. The opera singer, who won the first season of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, is among the acts competing Monday on America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, 8/7c). And he didn’t cross the pond to lose.

TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek of Potts’ triumphant return to the Talent stage, a powerful performance that brings all four judges — along with every single person in the audience — to their feet.

Of course, Potts is just one of 10 acts facing the judges this week, along with singer Angelica Hale
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Ratings: Million Little Things Surges to Season Highs With Move to Thursdays

A Million Little Things christened its new Thursday time slot with 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, surging 54 and 57 percent form its midseason finale to hit and match season highs.

Amlt also was up a tick from Station 19‘s fall average in the time slot (5.3 mil/1.0).

Bookending the freshman drama, Grey’s Anatomy (7 mil/1.9, TVLine reader grade “B+”) returned up a tenth — matching its best rating since March — while Htgawm (2.8 mil/0.7, reader grade “B”) ticked down.

Elsewhere….

The CW | Supernatural (1.44 mil/0.4) returned steady.

Fox | Gotham (2.4 mil/0.7) and The Orville (3 mil/0.7) were steady.

NBC | Titan Games (4.9 mil/1.3) slipped 19 percent in
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How Fox’s Live Version of ‘Rent’ Honors and ‘Enhances’ Jonathan Larson’s Vision

In the more than 20 years since Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” first debuted on Broadway, the conversation of adaptation has often come up: Film director Chris Columbus infamously brought the story to the big screen in 2005, Michael John Warren similarly shot one of the final performances of the original theater run in 2008, and talk about television wasn’t far behind. But in order for Larson’s family to feel ready to bring the project to a new medium, it had to be a combination of “the right timing [and] the right people,” says Julie Larson. Enter prolific producers such as Marc Platt,
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