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Patti LuPone Joins FX’s ‘Pose’ as Season 2 Jumps to 1990

Patti LuPone Joins FX’s ‘Pose’ as Season 2 Jumps to 1990
Pose” co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that Broadway legend Patti LuPone will guest star on the upcoming second season of the FX drama, and that the series will jump ahead to 1990.

Murphy made the announcement while moderating the “Pose” panel at PaleyFest on Saturday, telling lead actress Mj Rodriguez that she will share many scenes with the double Grammy and double Tony winner.

“We’ve come up with this great role for Patti LuPone. She loves the show and we wrote this part and she said, ‘Yes, I want to do it,’ so she’s coming to play with us in a couple weeks,
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Bette Midler and Judith Light Join Ryan Murphy’s "The Politician" on Netflix

Bette Midler and Judith Light Join Ryan Murphy’s
Bette Midler and Judith Light will guest star on “The Politician,” the first series Ryan Murphy will launch on Netflix after he inked a deal with the streamer last year.

Murphy made the announcement at the end of Saturday’s PaleyFest panel for his FX series “Pose,” and noted that Midler and Light will both appear in Seasons 1 and 2 of the upcoming political comedy. He also revealed that Janet Mock, a writer, director and co-executive producer on “Pose,” helmed an episode of the new show.

The Politician” is the first series to debut on Netflix after the streaming service tapped
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Series Mania: ‘Hierro’ as ‘Southern Noir’ and an Industry Groundbreaker

Lille, France — Banijay Rights-sold “Hierro” begins with sea, land, air and fire: Shots of the stunning volcanic isle of El Hierro, the most westerly point of Spain’s Canary Islands, with its black basalt rock, brown iron-rich gravel, white waves pummeling the coast, trees trunks twisted by wind and lava, a juniper bent double by wind.

But as much as it features extraordinary nature, and starts with a murder victim in a kind of southern isle Noir, “Hierro” turns, above all, on human nature, how it clings to and is forged by custom, and the complex, contradictory, comparable and contrasting characters of Candela,
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Shekhar Kapur to Direct ‘Ibis’ Trilogy for Endemol Shine (Exclusive)

Shekhar Kapur to Direct ‘Ibis’ Trilogy for Endemol Shine (Exclusive)
Acclaimed Indian director, Shekhar Kapur is to direct a TV series for Endemol Shine based on historical novels by Amitav Ghosh, known as the “Ibis Trilogy.” The deal was announced at Series Mania in Lille.

The books “Sea of Poppies,” “River of Smoke,” and “Flood of Fire,” are set in mid-19th century Asia. They interweave the lives of vividly-drawn characters against the backdrop of the narcotics trade between Britain, India and China and including the “Opium Wars.”

Justin Pollard is on board as historical consultant and story editor. A lead writer has yet to be appointed.

“Our ambition is
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Lingo Pictures, Endemol Shine’s ‘Lambs of God’ Set for Series Mania World Premiere

Lille, France — Lingo Pictures Productions and Endemol Shine’s new Australian limited series “Lambs of God,” based on the Australian novel of the same name by Marele Day, world premieres on Wednesday, March 27 in the main International Competition at this year’s Series Mania festival.

The series follows three devout nuns, the last sisters of the Order of St. Agnes, who live in extreme isolation on an island off the coast of Ireland. They spend their days practicing ancient rituals, tending their sheep, knitting and telling their own versions of classic fairy tales in a routine that seems unchanged by
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Federation Acquires Intl. Sales Rights on Series Mania French Competition Player ‘Torn’

Lille, France — Leading French independent production-finance-distribution sales company Federation Entertainment has secured international sales rights on upcoming French psychological thriller “Torn.”

The series was created and written by director Lionel Bailliu (“Innocente”)and Yann Le Gal and world premieres in the official French competition on March 25 at France’s Series Mania TV festival. Attending the series’ premiere will be French actress – producer Julie Gayet, Bailliu, Le Gal, as well as Elephant producers Gaëlle Cholet and Guillaume Renouil.

Elephant Story and At-Production co-produced with participation from France Télévisions. France 3, Belgian public broadcaster Rtbf and TV5 Monde are already set to broadcast.
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About Premium Content Expands Scope, Rebrands as Apc Studios (Exclusive)

As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, the rising Paris-based TV production and distribution company About Premium Content is rebranding as Apc Studios to reflect the expanded scope of its activities.

Apc Studios, which launched as a sales company in 2014, is now a producer, financier and distributor of upscale projects ranging from scripted to factual and children’s programming. The new brand will regroup Apc, Apc Kids, animation production company Zephyr and any future fiction production labels.

“We are rebranding as a mini studio to further solidify our commitment to developing and financing projects with both local and global appeal. We
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‘Star Trek’ Picard: Patrick Stewart Has Read First Script for ‘Psychological’ New Series

‘Star Trek’ Picard: Patrick Stewart Has Read First Script for ‘Psychological’ New Series
Star Trek” intends to do right by Jean-Luc Picard, but the “Next Generation” spinoff featuring the Starfleet captain played by Patrick Stewart will feel much different from what’s come before. At a Paleyfest panel for “Star Trek: Discovery” on Sunday, series co-creator Alex Kurtzman ended the event with a highly anticipated update.

“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode, and I almost cried,” he said. “It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited.”

Stewart, 78, helmed the USS Enterprise as Picard for seven seasons of “The Next Generation” and four movies. Despite assimilation by the Borg and other unsavory and challenging encounters with aliens and humans alike, Picard had been a steadfast and moral figure, driven by duty but often alone as he is the last of the Picards.
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How the Property Brothers Made Half a Billion Dollars Last Year

At one point the Property Brothers weren’t really a known commodity, but if you can believe it, and it’s not too hard really since if you look at their track record over the years they have been seriously growing when it comes to their popularity and their impact on Hgtv. Property Brothers has only been the tip of the iceberg for the brother since quite honestly it’s what has gotten them noticed by the most people. But it’s not the only show that they’ve been banking on and it’s not the only project that they’ve been attempting to use to

How the Property Brothers Made Half a Billion Dollars Last Year
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Calm Before’ Brings Together the Communities for Tragedy

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Calm Before’ Brings Together the Communities for Tragedy
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 9 Episode 15, “The Calm Before.”]

This Week On “The Walking Dead

“The Calm Before” is complicated. On the one hand, it’s an effective piece of horror, skillfully playing out the dread of what, exactly, Alpha is going to do as reprisal for her stolen daughter, culminating in a truly memorable and ghastly image. The performances are strong, many characters are reunited, and it’s a vastly superior hour (plus) than the last big shocker episode, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” But as another chapter in the ongoing narrative, it just makes me want to throw up my hands. Here, again, is another pile of agonizing misery for our heroes. Here, again, the audience is strung through the emotional wringer so a new Big Bad can prove how super dangerous they are. It’s an exhausting and exasperating hour of television. Between this episode and “Scars” last week,
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The Walking Dead Executes One of the Comics' Most Disturbing Moments — With a Twist

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.]

The moment comic readers (and non-readers in the know) had been dreading all season finally came to pass on The Walking Dead, with Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the Whisperers sending a message to stay out of their

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Walking Dead Recap: Heads and Tales — Who Didn't Survive Alpha's Wrath?

Walking Dead Recap: Heads and Tales — Who Didn't Survive Alpha's Wrath?
Warning: The following contains massive spoilers for Sunday’s penultimate Season 9 episode of The Walking Dead. If you’d prefer to watch first, read later, turn back now.

Readers of The Walking Dead comics have known since the Whisperers were introduced that they should be bracing themselves for Sunday’s episode, Season 9’s penultimate. But even they couldn’t have guessed, given the series’ habit of diverging from Robert Kirkman’s source material, whose noodles Alpha would use to mark her territory as the Kingdom’s fair got underway. Read on, and as the, uh, stakes are raised, I’ll
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Why We Disagree With a Sesame Street Feature Film

It might not be the popular consensus, but it seems fair to at least offer some dissent when it comes to making a movie about something that seems as sacred as Sesame Street. People can argue this up or down and the feeling won’t change since the whole idea behind Sesame Street being a beloved kids’ show is that it stays small enough for kids to really enjoy and not have to think so much when it comes to the big screen. It might be a treat for some since the big screen is after all where a lot of

Why We Disagree With a Sesame Street Feature Film
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American Idol Recap: Did Your Favorites Survive Night 1 of Hollywood Week?

American Idol Recap: Did Your Favorites Survive Night 1 of Hollywood Week?
The fact that Sunday’s American Idol ended with a contestant being rushed to the hospital feels on par with the vibe of Hollywood Week thus far. As we saw tonight, not even our favorites are immune to the occasional misstep — and the pressure is on.

Read on for a breakdown of how 38 memorable contestants fared in the first night of Hollywood Week:

Still In The Competition:

* Laci Kaye Booth (Katy’s little “diamond in the rough”) breezed through to the Group Rounds with a stunning solo performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” putting her own country twist on the classic song.
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Supergirl Recap: Red Daughter's Origin Story Is Finally (Mostly) Explained

Sunday’s Supergirl turned the clock back three years — all the way to 2015, when this show was still on CBS — to explain how Lex Luthor enlisted his surprising sidekicks, including his “daughter.”

First came Eve Teschmacher, a Lex super fan with a genuine thirst for his specific flavor of Kool-Aid. She praised his “once-in-a-generation mind” and believed he was humanity’s last hope against alien invaders. And because flattery will get you everywhere with Lex, he asked Eve for a simple favor: land a job as Cat Grant’s assistant and await further commands. (It’s worth noting that both
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‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ ‘Twilight Zone’ Bring Energy, Emotion to PaleyFest

Both the CBS All Access shows “Star Trek: Discovery” and the upcoming “Twilight Zone” reboot held PaleyFest panels on Sunday, with both sets of cast and creators bringing energy, humor, and emotion to the stage.

Both panels were moderated by Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway. First up was “Discovery,” where series star Doug Jones told the crowd about the evolution that Commander Saru has undergone this season since losing his threat ganglia.

“The character was developed with the understanding that he’s based in fear,” Jones said. “I also live my life based in fear and anxiety.
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It Turns Out That Carol Danvers Was Once a Split Personality Superhero

Now that Captain Marvel has come out and made such a huge splash in the McU it’s nice to go back and take a look at the history of the character in a way that might give a little more detail on just what she was like in the earlier days. It’s not a way to bash the hero at all but it is something that might seem interesting since there is a bit of forgotten identity to the movie as people might have noticed already. But think about this, there was actually a time when Carol Danvers was a

It Turns Out That Carol Danvers Was Once a Split Personality Superhero
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American Gods Recap: Laura Dilemma

American Gods Recap: Laura Dilemma
Need to catch up? Check out the previous American Gods recap here.

There’s an upside and a downside to giving the TV version of Laura Moon more presence, personality and spunk than she has in the Neil Gaiman novel on which American Gods is based. The plus side? She’s far more interesting, live (well, sort of) and in technicolor than she is on the page. The minus? Now that I’m invested in her, all I want is for Laura and Mad Sweeney to ditch the rest of these celestial crazies and hoard off to a tropical island somewhere.
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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Renewed for Third Season at Hulu

Hulu has renewed “Marvel’s Runaways” for a third season.

Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Runaways” stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta as the Runaways, six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against their parents, the Pride, portrayed by Angel Parker, Ryan Sands, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Ishibashi, and James Yaegashi.

The new order is for 10 episodes, down three from Season 2, which hit Hulu in Dec. 2018.

“We are so excited to tell more ‘Runaways’ stories and are so grateful to Marvel, Hulu,
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Why is Lara Barely on Billions Anymore?

To say that things have been tumultuous in the Axelrod household might be putting it just a tad bit softly since in the third season things seemed to be crumbling down around Bobby’s ears and while Lara was around her presence was already starting to be questioned since she wasn’t right there when people expected her to be. But in terms of the show she was there, though her absence was kind of telling. There were moments during the show when it seemed that she was right where was needed, but then it would seem as though she would disappear

Why is Lara Barely on Billions Anymore?
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