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"Cosmos" Season 2 Premiere Officially Pushed By Fox Amid Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation

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Fox has made it official — the second season of science docuseries Cosmos won’t premiere on March 3 as previously announced because of the ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The network just released listings for March 3-10. In them, Cosmos is replaced by Family Guy repeats in the Sunday 9:30 Pm slot on both March 3 and March 10.

As we reported last week, Fox and National Geographic were expected to postpone the Season 2 premiere, which had been set long before multiple new accusations against the famous astrophysicist/TV personality in late November prompted Fox, Nat Geo and the series producers to launch an investigation. The investigation is still ongoing, and the networks reportedly want it to be completed before making a decision.

“The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” the show’s producers said in a statement to Deadline in November.
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‘Transformers’ Origin Story Set at Netflix as Animated Series

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‘Transformers’ Origin Story Set at Netflix as Animated Series
Netflix and Hasbro have partnered to bring a brand new “Transformers” origin story to the small screen.

The animated show, “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” will launch in 2020 with “a new animation look and style that presents the Transformers like you’ve never seen them before.”

Transformers” vet F.J. DeSanto will serve as showrunner on the series. Contributing writers include George Krstic (“Megas XLR”), Gavin Hignight (“Transformers: Cyberverse”), and Brandon Easton.

“In this ‘Transformers’ origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” John Derderian, director of Anime for Netflix, said. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro,
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"The Lord of the Rings" TV Series: Explore Amazon’s Map of Middle-earth Here

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Amazon has released one map to rule them all.

The official Twitter account for Prime Video’s upcoming “The Lord of the Rings” TV series shared a link to a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth on Friday morning.

And seeing as this map appears to tease what the world in Amazon’s small-screen adaptation of the franchise looks like, it’s definitely giving “LOTR” fans enough material to obsess over all weekend long.

Details about Amazon’s “LOTR” series — which first announced in November 2017 and is being developed by “Star Trek 4” duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay — are still scarce. But we do know the show is set in Middle-earth and will explore stories that precede the events of Tolkein’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

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‘Carmen Sandiego’ to Return for Season 2, Netflix Says

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‘Carmen Sandiego’ to Return for Season 2, Netflix Says
Netflix’s “Carmen Sandiego” has been renewed for a second season — kinda.

On Friday, the streamer announced via Twitter that the Gina Rodriguez-led animated series had been picked up for a second season.

“Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego season 2 you ask? Well, it’s officially returning! Keep those red fedoras warm and stay tuned for more details,” read a tweet posted by the verified Netflix Family Twitter account.

But we need to note here that while the series’ debuted with nine-episode Season 1 last month, Netflix initially gave a 20-episode order to the show, meaning not all of the episodes have aired yet.
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"American Ninja Warrior" Renewed For Season 8 By NBC

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NBC has renewed three-time Emmy-nominated American Ninja Warrior for an eighth season. Production will begin this spring and a premiere date will be announced shortly, according to the network.

Hosted again by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the popular obstacle course competition series will shoot in six cities this season, including Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), Atlanta (The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium), Oklahoma City (State Capitol Building), Baltimore (Rash Field) and Cincinnati (downtown), along with its inaugural trip to the Pacific Northwest and its first time shooting indoors at Washington’s Tacoma Dome. The show’s national finals will again take place in Las Vegas.

A consistently strong ratings performer, American Ninja Warrior delivered a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall last year in Live+7 Nielsens, scoring as the most-watched broadcast of the night with each of its final five telecasts of the summer.

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The Five Best Michael Shannon Movies of His Career

Michael Shannon is a lot better of an actor than some people seem to give him credit for since in truth he’s played a lot of characters that might have been botched by others if they’d tried. He’s played some seriously despicable characters in his time but they’ve been done with such skill that you can’t help but hate the characters but be impressed by Shannon. He’s the kind of guy that looks so severe that being a hero or even a protagonist doesn’t seem like it will be in the cards all the time, but being the antagonist seems

The Five Best Michael Shannon Movies of His Career
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Jussie Smollett Case: Chicago Police Arrest Two Suspects

Jussie Smollett Case: Chicago Police Arrest Two Suspects
Chicago police confirmed on Friday that they have arrested two suspects in the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

The police did not state what charges the men are being held on. Local media have identified the men as two brothers from Nigeria, though law enforcement has not confirmed their identities.

Smollett’s representatives have declined to say whether he has identified the men as his attackers.

An attorney for the men, Gloria Schmidt, told CBS Chicago on Thursday that the men know Smollett from working on the Fox show. She denied that they had assaulted Smollett.

Smollett told police on Jan.
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‘Cosmos’ Season 2 to Miss March Premiere Date as Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation Continues

‘Cosmos’ Season 2 to Miss March Premiere Date as Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation Continues
The second season of “Cosmos” will not air in March as planned.

The nonfiction series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was set to air on March 3 on Fox and National Geographic. But according to listings sent out by Fox on Friday, reruns of “Family Guy” will now air in the timeslot intended for the series.

The news comes after Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by two women in November. Dr. Katelyn N. Allers of Bucknell University claimed deGrasse Tyson groped her at an event in 2009. Another woman, Ashley Watson, claimed that she quit her former job as Tyson
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Cosmos Season 2 Delayed, As Investigation of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Alleged Misconduct Winds Down

Cosmos Season 2 Delayed, As Investigation of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Alleged Misconduct Winds Down
The second season of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos won’t make its anticipated March premiere date, TVLine has learned.

The news comes months after producers of the Emmy-winning nonfiction series announced they were launching an investigation into its astrophysicist host, after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women. That investigation is expected to wrap within the next week or so, sources tell TVLine.

“The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” Cosmos producers said in November, as the investigation was announced. “The producers of Cosmos can do no less in this situation.
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Qatar’s beIN Rallies Support From U.S. Companies Against Pirate Broadcaster beoutQ

Qatari powerhouse beIN Media Group has rallied support from American sports and entertainment entities, including Discovery and Fox, behind its request that the U.S. government place Saudi Arabia on its watch list of top intellectual property offenders.

The Doha-based broadcaster, a state-owned spinoff of Al Jazeera news network, accuses the Saudi government of harboring pirate broadcaster beoutQ, which sprang up in 2017 shortly after Saudi Arabia banned beIN amid a bitter diplomatic standoff with Qatar. BeIN alleges that beoutQ steals feeds of live sports events and films, and beams the content illegally to users in the Middle East and beyond. The content includes soccer matches,
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NBC Expands Scripted Leadership Team with New Hire, Promotions

NBC’s scripted network executive team is getting a little bigger.

The company has brought on former Warner Horizon Television exec Lisa Roos as its new senior vice president of drama development. NBC also promoted programming exec Deepak Jesrani to senior VP of drama development and elevated Mike Nunes to senior VP of current programming.

“This team has been responsible for some of the most beloved shows on television, and we are so happy to recognize Deepak and Mike’s talent, dedication and significant contributions to our programming,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC Entertainment’s co-presidents of scripted programming,
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Good Doctor's Nicholas Gonzalez Previews Melendez's Chief Concern, Revisits Flash, Pll, Svu and More

Good Doctor's Nicholas Gonzalez Previews Melendez's Chief Concern, Revisits Flash, Pll, Svu and More
There’s a new chief in town, and Good Doctor surgeon Neil Melendez isn’t happy about it, according to star Nicholas Gonzalez.

In Monday’s episode (ABC, 10/9c), Hawaii Five-0 vet Daniel Dae Kim (who also serves as an Ep on the series) scrubs in as new chief of surgery Jackson Han and immediately ruffles Melendez’s feathers.

“The first interaction between Han and Melendez is that Han cancels one of Melendez’s surgeries without even telling him. That’s his ‘hello,'” Gonzalez previews. “That tells you a little bit about the man that Han is. He feels
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‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Adds Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves

The upcoming Showtime drama “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” has cast both Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves in series regular roles, Variety has learned.

They join previously announced cast member Daniel Zovatto. Described as a spiritual descendant of the original “Penny Dreadful,” the new series opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in a story that reflects the history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Ben Finds Ciara

Days of Our Lives fans are not all that amused by the fact that Ben has not been able to get to Ciara yet. His sister is losing her marbles, and this is not a good situation. He’s been begging Chad to help him, but Chad knows that going into a job with Ben is just another knife in the back of his wife. However, Ben is certain that he knows that he can save both Ciara and Chad’s baby girl, Charlotte, if only Chad will help him out in this manner. But we don’t know that Chad will do

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Ben Finds Ciara
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Did Flash Set Absenteeism Record? Are Whisperers Scarier Than Walkers? Truly Contrived Detective Work? And More Qs

Did Flash Set Absenteeism Record? Are Whisperers Scarier Than Walkers? Truly Contrived Detective Work? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including One Day at a Time, The Flash, Walking Dead, This Is Us, Masked Singer, The Orville and more!

1 | Does One Day at a Time deserve an award for the familial casting of Alan Ruck as Schneider’s dad?

2 | Who more greatly exceeded your modest expectations: SNL host Halsey or Grammys host Alicia Keys?

3 | Did this week’s Counterpart — with so many others, and all the traveling back and forth through The Crossing — hit
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You Adds Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor in Recurring Role for Season 2

You Adds Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor in Recurring Role for Season 2
Gotham may be coming to an end, but Robin Lord Taylor won’t spend any time on the unemployment line: The actor has booked a recurring role on You‘s second season.

According to our sister site Deadline, which broke the news of Taylor’s casting, he will play a character named Will on the Lifetime-turned-Netflix series. Described as a “thoughtful, personable and highly intelligent guy” who deals with unpleasant people as part of his job, Will gets trapped in a bad situation during Season 2. (We’ll just go ahead and theorize that resident stalker Joe Goldberg has something to do with that.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Sarah Shahi

There are a lot of pretty faces in the world and Sarah Shahi is one of them obviously, but what’s great is that so many of those pretty faces have shown that they’re capable of doing more than just standing around being attractive. Sarah has been in show business since 1997 so you could say that she’s found her stride and has been able to keep things going for a while no matter if she shows up as an extra or someone that’s helping to drive the story. At this point her career is something that’s better known to those

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Sarah Shahi
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ITV, Talpa Present ‘The Desert’ Survival Format as Buyers Converge on U.K. Screenings

It’s post-Berlin and pre-Cannes and the focus of the international TV business has shifted to London as the major distribution outfits present their new wares to buyers.

ITV Studios was up Friday and showed buyers its unscripted lineup. Highlights included “The Desert,” a new desert-based survival format from the Middle East division of “The Voice” creator Talpa. It has just launched on Sbc in Saudi Arabia. It sees contestants trained in survival skills, with the weakest eliminated before the finalists take on a multi-day race across the desert.

Elsewhere, 12 Yard, the producers of celebrity dinner party gameshow “I’ll
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Ratings: Grey's Eyes New Low But Still Tops Night, Titan Games Ends Slide

Ratings: Grey's Eyes New Low But Still Tops Night, Titan Games Ends Slide
Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating (read recap), ticking down on both counts to match and hit series lows.

Leading out of that, A Million Little Things (5 mil/1.0, read recap) and Htgawm (2.6 mil/0.6, read recap) were steady in the demo, though the later hit a new audience low.

Elsewhere….

Fox | Gotham (2.32 mil/0.6, read post mortem) dipped to a new audience low and was down a tenth in the demo. The Orville (3.1 mil/0.7) was steady.

CBS | Leading out of Big Bangverse reruns, Mom (7.6 mil/1.1) and Fam (5.5 mil/0.8) each slipped two tenths in the demo,
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AMC Eyes Moving Channels to Spain Post-Brexit

AMC is looking at moving its European channel licenses from the U.K. to Spain if Brexit hits hard.

Currently, licenses registered with U.K. regulator Ofcom are valid throughout the 28-nation European Union. But if Britain leaves the E.U. next month without a framework for a trade deal – as is increasingly likely, with no agreement in place and just 42 days to go – that European validity could be called into question.

Discovery, NBCUniversal, and Turner have already sought licenses elsewhere – Discovery in France, the other two in Germany – to ensure that their channels can continue to operate in Europe post-Brexit.
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