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"The First" Canceled By Hulu After One Season

There will be no second season for Beau Willimon’s Hulu series The First, starring Sean Penn. Hulu has opted not to renew the drama, which was picked up straight-to-series by the streaming network, Deadline has confirmed.

Written by Willimon and executive produced by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tappis, The First followed the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focused not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Natasha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Keiko Agena and Hannah Ware also starred.

“It’s a story about the human spirit,” said Willimon when the series order was announced. “About our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice – emotional,
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Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series "Unsolved Mysteries" With "Stranger Things" EP Shawn Levy

Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series
Exclusive: Unsolved Mysteries is back after Netflix revived the long-running true crime and paranormal franchise.

The series, which was hosted by Robert Stack and ran for over 500 episodes between 1987 and 2010, is being refreshed by Stranger Things Ep Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment and Netflix.

I hear that Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. The latter will show run the series with Cosgrove, Levy and Josh Barry as exec producers. Robert Wise is co-exec producer and showrunner with Dunn Meurer.

The 12-part show will use re-enactments in a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries and unsolved crimes, lost love, cases involving missing persons and unexplained paranormal events. Each episode will focus on one mystery. In the original series, actors played the victims, criminals and witnesses but family members and police were regularly interviewed.
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‘Mortal Engines’ Star Leila George Joins TNT’s "Animal Kingdom" Season 4 (Exclusive)

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‘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

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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"The Terror": Season Two; Christopher Naoki Lee to Recur on AMC Series

The Terror has some new company. Deadline reports Christopher Naoki Lee has joined season two of the AMC TV show.

An anthology drama, season two of The Terror “centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.” The cast includes George Takei, Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, and Miki Ishikawa.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello is the kind of guy that’s done a lot in his life apparently but since so much of it hasn’t been done in full view of the public and on camera he’s likely only going to be remembered for his contributions to film and TV. Obviously that’s not a bad thing since there are many worse things to be noticed for and being lauded as one of the most known faces in movies and TV is rather positive. A lot of times he’s been seen as the big, beefy type that doesn’t need to say much since people

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Joe Manganiello
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NBC Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Saving Kenan’ and ‘Like Magic’

NBC has ordered comedies “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic” to pilot.

“Saving Kenan” is a single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson as a “newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.”

Jackie Clarke will serve as writer and executive producer. Thompson, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer are on board as executive producers. Michaels’ Broadway Video is the production company behind the show.

Thompson is represented by UTA, Michael Goldman and Del Shaw. Clarke is represented by UTA and Felker Toczek. Broadway Video is repped by CAA.
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Kenan Thompson-Starring Family Sitcom Lands Pilot Order at NBC

Kenan Thompson-Starring Family Sitcom Lands Pilot Order at NBC
Kenan Thompson just moved one step closer to being a Not Ready for Primetime Player: A family sitcom starring the SNL cast member has earned a pilot order from NBC, TVLine has learned.

The single-cam comedy, now titled Saving Kenan, stars Thompson as a recently widowed dad who is “determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives,” per the official description. (No casting news yet on the father-in-law.) Thompson will also serve as an executive producer on the project, along with SNL guru Lorne Michaels; Jackie Clarke (Superstore, Happy Endings
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The Five Biggest Payouts in the History of Storage Wars

By now a lot of us probably think that Storage Wars, no matter where it’s being filmed, is more like the lame ‘reality’ shows that we’ve come to expect little from and have realized are just live drama shows that pass themselves off as something real. The truth about them is that the lockers are often seeded and that few people ever get this lucky so often when shopping around for unclaimed storage units. Plus, the idea that the actors never get outbid is kind of ridiculous since some people attend these auctions with deep pockets that could possibly put

The Five Biggest Payouts in the History of Storage Wars
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‘The First’ Canceled at Hulu After One Season

Hulu has grounded the space exploration drama “The First” after one season, Variety has confirmed.

The series hailed from Beau Willimon and starred Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in Penn’s first regular television role. “The First” was set in the near future and followed the first human mission to Mars. Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in May 2017, with the show launching in September 2018. It also starred LisaGay Hamilton, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, Hannah Ware, and James Ransone.

Westward Productions, an independent film and television studio founded by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tappis, owned and produced “The First.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ellen’s Game of Games

Ellen DeGeneres remains popular after a more than four decade career. She turned her early stand up comedian work into a hit television series, has starred in several films, and since 2003 has hosted her successful syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of the best things about The Ellen DeGeneres Show is Ellen’s ability to entertain and make her guests and audiences laugh and have a good time. One of the highlights of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is the games that Ellen hosts for her guests and audience members. Last year she turned her fun games into

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ellen’s Game of Games
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The First Cancelled: Hulu's Sean Penn Drama Not Returning for Season 2

Hulu has aborted Sean Penn‘s mission to Mars: The streamer has cancelled the actor’s big-budget drama The First after one buzz-challenged season, TVLine has learned.

Set in the near future, The First — which hailed from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon — starred the two-time Oscar winner as an astronaut leading a crew attempting to become the first humans to set foot on Mars. Designated Survivor‘s Natascha McElhone co-starred as the Elon Musk-esque CEO funding the mission. The cast also included LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice), Hannah Ware (Boss), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) and James Ransone (The Wire
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The Celebrity Big Brother Season 2 Cast Reveals Their Biggest Live-Feed Fears

Celebrities, they're just like us. That means they'll also start insane fights, have breakdowns and backstab each other when locked in the same house for weeks. That's why Big Brother: Celebrity Edition is such a treasure, and TV Guide is going to help you get to know the latest volunteers for CBS'

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Big Brother: Celebrity EditionRyan LochteDina LohanJoey LawrenceTamar BraxtonLolo JonesJonathan Bennett
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Star Trek: Discovery Will Explore Number One's Relationship with Captain Pike

Despite only a handful of appearances combined, Star Trek: The Original Series' Captain Pike and Number One (who was written off after the pilot "The Cage") continue to endure as beloved characters in Trek lore.

It's not surprising that many latched on to Pike, the physical embodiment of Gene

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Star Trek: DiscoveryAnson MountRebecca Romijn
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TV Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV’s First Trans Superhero

In today’s TV News Roundup, The CW releases a first look at Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” and Variety unveils an exclusive look at Gabriel Iglesias’ new comedy special.

First Looks

truTV has released the first trailer for season 2 of Emmy-nominated series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The variety sketch comedy returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.

The CW has released the first look at Nicole Maines, playing a superhero named Dreamer on the Jan. 27 episode of DC Comic’s “Supergirl.” Maines plays the first ever transgender superhero on television in an episode that explores the source of Dreamer’s powers.
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Is Stronger and More Fun

Star Trek: Discovery's inaugural season was faced with a seemingly impossible feat.

The CBS All Access series was tasked with delivering a fresh new take that appeased a hardcore fan base and remained true to the franchise's 50-year history, while also appealing to a Trek noob who wouldn't know

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Star Trek: DiscoverySonequa Martin-GreenDoug JonesMary WisemanMary ChieffoShazad LatifEthan PeckAnson Mount
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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity

‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “The Punisher” Season 2, including the ending.]

One of the most remarkable things about “The Punisher” is the way in which it doesn’t hold in its rage. This is a show that feels fundamentally angry about the world — the criminals working within the system, the systems which oppress good people, the good people who get chewed up through no fault of their own. And it doesn’t hold back, thanks to good ol’ Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), rampaging his way through the world, dealing out his own brand of justice.

The most violent of the “Defenders” universe series, Bernthal’s take on the Punisher was first introduced in “Daredevil” Season 2, but barring a cameo or two his spin-off is easily the most disconnected from the rest of the franchise, one which can easily be enjoyed without catching up on “Iron Fist” or “Luke Cage.” Season 2, after an en media res hyper-violent opener,
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The Five Best Brittany Murphy Movies of Her Career

Brittany Murphy was one of the tragic cases of when a star passes on too quickly and without any real explanation other than a mishap that resulted in an unfortunate fatality. In short, she was apparently in a weakened state with an infection of some type and was taking legal medications to combat the condition, but it would appear that her body simply couldn’t handle the strain. She was found unresponsive and passed away after being taken to the hospital. Her death shook a great many people since she seemed so healthy and vibrant most times, an actress that took

The Five Best Brittany Murphy Movies of Her Career
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