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Idris Elba to Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut Next Month

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Idris Elba to Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut Next Month
Idris Elba is set to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time next month.

The “Luther” star will be joined by R&B singer Khalid, also making his “SNL” debut, on the March 9 episode of the NBC sketch series.

Elba’s appearance comes in support of his upcoming Netflix comedy, Turn Up Charlie,” which Elba co-created and stars in as a struggling DJ-turned-nanny to his famous friend’s problem-child. Also starring Piper Perabo, Jj Feild and Frankie Hervey, the series premieres Friday, March 15.

The duo follow the previously announced John Mulaney, who is set to return to the show for the second time on March 2.
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Lena Waithe-Produced Comedy Scores Pilot Order from Showtime

Lena Waithe-Produced Comedy Scores Pilot Order from Showtime
Showtime has ordered a pilot for “How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t), a half-hour comedy anthology series created by Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye. The show landed at the network through Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s first-look deal with Showtime. Kisakye, who will write the pilot, joins Waithe and Rishi Rajani as executive producers.

The multi-part episodes tell stories “about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets,” according to Showtime.

“Cathy’s script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable – it’s the kind of script that
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Fox Still Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Written Out of ‘Empire’

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Fox Still Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Written Out of ‘Empire’
Fox has released another statement on Jussie Smollett, saying the “Empire” star “continues to be a consummate professional on set.” The studio has also restated that his character Jamal Lyon “is not being written out of the show.”

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said Wednesday in their joint statement.

Chicago police are still investigating the physical assault Smollett reported to them on Jan. 29. Earlier this week, CNN reported that Chicago Pd now believe Smollett might have paid two brothers to stage the attack.

Last week, Fox released the following statement on Smollett:

“The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of ‘Empire’ is patently ridiculous.
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Ratings: "This Is Us" Rebounds From Last Week’s Series Low

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Ratings:
This Is Us” bounced back a bit from last week’s series low by airing Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) backstory episode. Led by its Pearson family drama and “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC won another Tuesday primetime in the key demo.

With “NCIS” and “FBI” leading the way, CBS was No. 1 again in total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.4/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” posted a 1.8/7 and 7.6 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 had a 1.0/5 and 5.6 million viewers.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and first in viewers with 9.6 million. “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.2/5 and 12.7 million viewers.
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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama "Utopia"

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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama
Rainn Wilson will star opposite Sasha Lane on “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn’s upcoming Amazon series “Utopia.”

The “Office” alum will play Michael Stearns. Once a promising virologist, Michael is now a forgotten scientist who’s lost his edge–under-appreciated and underfunded in his laboratory work. When a nationwide outbreak of a deadly flu arises, Michael offers his expertise, and soon finds he has landed smack in the middle of something much bigger.

Utopia” follows a group of young adults, who meet online, and “are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”
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"Nightflyers" Canceled at Syfy

"Nightflyers" will not fly again for Syfy.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to cancel the expensive space drama based on the George R.R. Martin novella after one season. The cancellation arrives as one of its leads just booked a series regular role in a broadcast pilot.

Nightflyers was, without question, a big swing for Syfy. The series, based on Martin's 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small
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‘Childrens Hospital’ Team Reunites at Netflix for Comedy Series ‘Medical Police’

‘Childrens Hospital’ Team Reunites at Netflix for Comedy Series ‘Medical Police’
The team behind the Adult Swim series “Childrens Hospital” has come back together at Netflix.

The streamer has ordered 10 thirty-minute episodes of a new scripted series called “Medical Police,” which is written and executive produced by Rob Corddry, Krister Johnson, Jonathan Stern, David Wain. In addition to his onscreen role, Corddry created “Childrens Hospital,” with Stern and Wain co-developing it for television with him. Johnson was a writer and co-executive producer on the series.

Childrens Hospital” stars Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel will star in the new series, with fellow former “Childrens Hospital” cast members Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Corddry,
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"Luke Cage" Alum Mike Colter Joins CBS Drama Pilot "Evil"

Mike Colter has been cast in a lead role in the CBS drama pilot “Evil” from Robert and Michelle King, Variety has learned.

Colter will play David DaCosta, a Catholic priest in training, tasked by the Church to assess unexplained phenomena to see if there is a supernatural or scientific explanation.

He joins previously announced cast member Katja Herbers.

Colter most recently starred in the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage” as the titular hero. That show–along with all of the other Marvel shows on Netflix–was recently cancelled. His role in “Evil” reunites Colter with the Kings, with
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‘Eighth Grade’s Jake Ryan Cast In Nasim Pedrad’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’

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‘Eighth Grade’s Jake Ryan Cast In Nasim Pedrad’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’
Eighth Grade standout Jake Ryan is set as a lead opposite Nasim Pedrad in TBS comedy pilot Chad.

Created and written by Pedrad, Chad is a single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy that follows a 14-year-old Persian boy, played by Pedrad, during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.

Ryan will play Peter, Chad’s (Pedrad) best friend, a sweet nerd who has nothing to prove and is “unbothered that puberty is destroying him.” Peter has no particular angst about attending his first day at high school. He is content with not being popular and is ready to have a great time, unlike the neurotic Chad.

Pedrad is exec producing and co-showrunning with Hayes Davenport. 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and Rob Rosell also serve as executive producers.

In addition to his role as Gabe (aka ‘sauce boy’) in Bo Burnham
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NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’ Adds Ramon Rodriguez

NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’ Adds Ramon Rodriguez
Ramon Rodriguez has joined the NBC legal drama pilot “Prism” in a lead role, Variety has learned.

Prism” is an exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking if the right person is on trial. Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

Rodriguez will play Eduardo Guaty,
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How Much of “Gold Rush” is Real and How Much is Fake?

Gold Rush has managed to remain popular even though it is closing in on its first decade of existence. There have been huge shake-ups, but for the most part, the core elements have managed to remain the same. Presumably, this includes how Gold Rush is made, which is neither wholly real nor wholly fake. How Much of Gold Rush Is Real and Fake? It isn’t exactly a huge secret that unscripted shows fail to live up to that label 100 percent of the time. Sometimes, the people behind unscripted shows will reshoot scenes again and again until they get exactly

How Much of “Gold Rush” is Real and How Much is Fake?
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What to Stream the Weekend of Feb. 22

It might be Oscars weekend, but considering that there'll be no host to keep things moving you might want to queue up more options. Get out a bottle of wine, pop some popcorn, and get ready to battle over what to watch first. This week we have the return of Desus & Mero, now on Showtime, with Bronx

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8 Oscar Predictions Guaranteed to Come True (And One We Hope Happens)

It's been a journey -- too long a journey, to be quiet honest -- but Hollywood's annual celebration of movies, the Academy Awards, has finally arrived. Sunday marks the end of an arduous and contentious awards season, one that saw the Academy try and fail (repeatedly) to reshape the Oscars

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Rob Lowe Talks About Life in Boston (England) and His New British Cop Show ‘Wild Bill’

Rob Lowe Talks About Life in Boston (England) and His New British Cop Show ‘Wild Bill’
Before shooting his new series “Wild Bill” for Britain’s ITV, Rob Lowe had no idea there was a Boston in England – which the U.S. city in Massachusetts is actually named after. “Wild Bill” is currently in production in the original Boston, in eastern England, and Lowe, appropriately enough, plays a fish out of water as Bill Hixon, an American cop who relocates to the U.K. after being appointed chief constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force.

Lowe’s starry presence in a part of Britain unused to hosting Hollywood celebrities has stirred up interest in the local media.
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ABC to Launch Oscars Live Play-Along Game With $50,000 Grand Prize

ABC is hoping to drive viewers to its host-less telecast of the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday by dangling the promise of cold, hard cash to one lucky winner.

The broadcaster on will launch “The Official Oscar Game,” a live game that will let viewers play along in real time during the awards presentation. The game’s interactive ballot will allow fans to earn points by predicting Oscar winners in each category and will also pose trivia questions — with the top players eligible to win $50,000 in the grand prize drawing.

To play, users can sign up starting Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.
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Idris Elba to Host SNL in March

Idris Elba to Host SNL in March
Idris Elba is about to Turn Up on Saturday Night Live. The Luther star has been tapped to host the late-night sketch comedy series on Saturday, March 9, it was announced Wednesday. The broadcast will be Elba’s Studio 8H debut.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Khalid will appear as the musical guest, which will also serve as his first appearance on SNL. He’ll be supporting his most recent Ep, “Suncity,” which was released in October.

Elba will be promoting his upcoming Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, which is loosely based on Elba’s second career as a professional D.J.
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ABC Calls Whoopi Goldberg Oscar Host Speculation 'Absolutely False'

ABC Calls Whoopi Goldberg Oscar Host Speculation 'Absolutely False'
Plot twist! Or not! Just four days before the 2019 Oscars, social media is abuzz with speculation that The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg has secretly been tapped to emcee the (currently hostless) broadcast.

Goldberg has been missing from The View for the past several weeks, due to an alleged battle with pneumonia. But alternative theories have since cropped up on Twitter, with several users suggesting that Goldberg is actually in Los Angeles to prepare for the Feb. 24 ceremony.

An ABC spokesperson, however, tells TVLine that the rumor is “absolutely false.”

The View co-host Joy Behar kicked off Wednesday’s show by
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Chris Pine Helped Create His ‘I Am the Night’ Character, Even When He Didn’t Know It

Chris Pine Helped Create His ‘I Am the Night’ Character, Even When He Didn’t Know It
Recalling scenes shot many months prior isn’t always the easiest task, but when you’re trying to do so from the recesses of a labyrinthine restroom within a suspected serial killer’s house, well, it’s a bit harder still. Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins, the star and director of TNT’s limited series “I Am the Night,” are trying to remember one such scene while tucked inside a corner of the Sowden House — a shooting location for the show and former home to suspected Black Dahlia killer, George Hodel.

“It is absolutely written on purpose,” Patty Jenkins said, perched on the edge of a cushy chair that doesn’t really belong in an ornate master bath. Lounging next to her is Chris Pine, who just a few moments ago — while using his excellent Hannibal Lecter impression — joked about the nearby koi pond being part of his preposterous movie star demands.
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Why “The Gifted” Deserves to Get Renewed for a Season 3

Set in the fictional Marvel universe, The Gifted is about two ordinary parents who discover their two children possess mutant powers, but instead of disowning them both out of fear, they go on the run, and later join an underground community of mutants who are trying to survive in a world where ordinary humans are fearful of mutants. Matt Nix, the showrunner of the series, and a long-time fan of the X-Men states the series is looking at mutants from a different side. The X-Men dealt with the world generally from their perspective, but this is from a different group’s

Why “The Gifted” Deserves to Get Renewed for a Season 3
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Desus & Mero Are Doing Late-Night Their Own Way

Desus & Mero Are Doing Late-Night Their Own Way
It wasn’t too long ago that Desus Nice and The Kid Mero were living their lives as Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, two bored Bronx guys throwing jokes on Twitter about their frustrating jobs. But six years after joining forces, they’re poised to crash the overwhelmingly monochrome late-night talk-show party with their wicked wit, supreme confidence and a glossy new Showtime series, “Desus & Mero,” that bows Feb. 21.

Lounging in the neon, graffitied space at New York City’s Milk Studios, where they record the “Bodega Boys” podcast that launched their collaborations, Desus and Mero have just finished
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