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Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell Join Chris Evans in Apple Series ‘Defending Jacob’

Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell Join Chris Evans in Apple Series ‘Defending Jacob’
Downton Abbey” alum Michelle Dockery and “It” star Jaeden Martell have signed on for lead roles in the Apple limited series “Defending Jacob,” Variety has learned.

They join previously announced series lead Chris Evans. The series is based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. It tells the story of Andy Barber (Evans), a father whose 14 year old son Jacob (Martell) is accused of murder. Dockery will star as Laurie Barber, Andy’s wife and Jacob’s mother.

In addition to her Emmy-nominated role as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” Dockery also received an Emmy
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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’
Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.
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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood

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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood
Netflix has ordered a coming-of-age comedy series inspired by the life of Mindy Kaling, Variety has learned.

The untitled series, which has received a 10-episode order, was co-created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, with the latter also set to serve as showrunner. The series will follow the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl.

Both Kaling and Fisher will executive produce along with Howard Klein and David Miner. The series was set up under Kaling’s overall deal at Universal Television, with Universal set to produce the new series. Kaling recently exited that deal for a rich new pact with Warner Bros. Television.

In a previous interview with Variety, Kaling described how the series came to be. “Netflix approached me about doing a series on young Mindy,” she said. “I wasn’t as interested in telling a period piece about an Indian girl growing up in the ’80s,
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We Already Have a Good Idea of When "This Is Us" Season 4 Will Premiere

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We Already Have a Good Idea of When
We still have a few episodes left of This Is Us season three, but you can rest assured that there is more Pearson family drama to look forward to. While the show hasn't officially been renewed yet, the stars and creators have more or less confirmed that they have three more seasons in store. And after what they told Good Housekeeping about season four, we are more than ready!

So, just how long do we have to wait until the new season premieres? Not long at all. In the past, This Is Us has premiered in the Fall. If season four follows suit, we can probably expect new episodes sometime in September. It's also likely that the story will pick up as the Big Three celebrate their 39th birthday, just like past seasons. We are definitely interested to see how Randall, Kate, and Kevin navigate the last year of their 30s.
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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series "Cherish the Day" at OWN (Exclusive)

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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for an anthology that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold true to the ones they love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The show is currently slated to debut in winter 2020.

“Own is home,” DuVernay said. “I’m honored to create television for a network headed by an artist with spectacular vision and unbridled passion for the stories that we want to tell.”

This marks the second series that DuVernay has at Own. She also developed the series adaptation of the novel “Queen Sugar” for the network in addition to serving as director and executive producer on the series.
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Ratings: NBC’s "The Village" Series Premiere Tops at 10Pm

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Ratings: NBC’s
NBC topped Tuesday in demo ratings thanks to “Ellen’s Game of Games” and “This Is Us.” Its series premiere of “The Village” wasn’t as big, but it still won at 10 p.m.

Though Fox’s debut of “Mental Samurai” at 9 o’clock wasn’t great, a “MasterChef Junior” lead-in and the network’s abbreviated primetime hours allowed it to tie for second in the key 18-49 demographic, running neck-and-neck with ABC.

CBS finished first in total viewers despite coming in last among the so-called Big 4 broadcasters in terms of demo ratings.
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Grey's Sneak Peek: Amelia and Link Agree — Too Emphatically? — That Their Hookup Was a 'One-Time Thing'

Wethinks the lady doth protest too much. In this exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8/7c), Amelia expresses to Link her horror that, between the two of them, they’ve all but confirmed for Maggie — a character who is hardly known for her secret-keeping abilities! — that they had sex at that conference they attended in San Diego.

According to Owen’s ex, the slipup is especially perturbing considering that her tryst with the ortho god wasn’t the start of something but “a one-time thing.” Of course, Link knows that; she made it abundantly
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The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Pre-Empted for March Madness

The Bold and the Beautiful fans are finally seeing Bill and Katie admit that they know their frequent togetherness is a set up by the people in their lives, and we are excited to see that they both like it. We were not sure when it all went down that they would be willing to admit they know it’s all a set up, but we can see that they are happy to make this admission now that they are both on the same page. They’ve bonded so well since their son decided to make the most of their parenting and

The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Pre-Empted for March Madness
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20 Things You Didn’t Know about Danielle Bregoli

Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz was born in Boynton Beach, Florida on March 26, 2003. Her mother is Barbara Ann, and her father,is Ira Peskowitz. The two were just dating about a year when Barbara Ann found out she was pregnant. The two remained together until Danielle was an infant, and then split up. Danielle remained with her mother, and was raised by her, not ever really having a relationship with her father. The young teen had a troubled youth and started running with the wrong crowd. She began running away, sometimes four times a day, and developing a criminal history. Barbara

20 Things You Didn’t Know about Danielle Bregoli
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Greg Pak Reveals Marvel’s Newest Superhero

As the years keep moving on and the comics continue to entertain people we have to finally realize that things eventually need to change, which means that new heroes must rise as the old ones finally retire or take a lesser role as they perhaps guide or watch the new heroes come out and make their mark. Some comic fans might not look forward to this development, but it’s important all the same since it does allow other heroes from different backgrounds to finally make their way forward and represent their different races. In light of that statement, one of

Greg Pak Reveals Marvel’s Newest Superhero
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Young and the Restless Spoilers: Pre-Empted for March Madness

Young and the Restless fans finally realize that this plan is going to go down in a way that is not the right one. Victor learned of this plan, but he had no idea how it was going to happen and what it was going to mean to any one of these women, and now they are in big trouble. We got to see Jt come back from the dead. Well, he didn’t die, but we did get to see him take three of the four women who were involved in his ‘death’ and hold them at gunpoint when he

Young and the Restless Spoilers: Pre-Empted for March Madness
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The End of an Era: Goodbye 20th Century Fox

Well, it finally happened. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming months off. It’s not like we weren’t warned well in advance. But still, now that it’s come to pass, I just can’t help but feeling like we’ve lost something very precious to our collective, moviegoing culture. At long last, the Disney-Fox buyout has been officially approve. All the T’s have been crossed. All the I’s have been dotted. The ink is dry on all the papers. And 20th Century Fox, after nearly one hundred years of producing some of the finest works of art the silver screen has

The End of an Era: Goodbye 20th Century Fox
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Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’

Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’
“Noughts and Crosses” just added another musical heavy hitter with grime supremo Stormzy set to star in the adaptation of the Malorie Blackman novels for the BBC. Jay-z’s Roc Nation is already on board and will exec produce, as will Participant Media.

Stormzy has an on-screen role and will play Kolawale, a newspaper editor and character created for the series. “As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true,” he said.

“The first time I met Stormzy he informed me he was a huge fan of my ‘Noughts & Crosses’ series of books,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jim Lee

A comic book artist is someone that thrives and falls on the strength of their skill and the ability they have to tell a compelling story through the pictures they come up with. In Jim Lee’s case he’s seen and done a lot in his life at this point for a couple of different camps that have done a great deal of good for his reputation and have given him a purpose that he turned into a career that’s become something that’s both impressive and lucrative. Being a comic book artist is a hard profession to get into since it’s

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jim Lee
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Cineflix Alum Launches New Banner Fugitive, Tees Up Alex Gibney, Yolanda Ramke Shows

Anthony Kimble, formerly of Cineflix, National Geographic, and Viacom’s Channel 5, has launched Fugitive and will develop, finance, and exec produce drama and unscripted TV through the new banner.

Its first projects include “Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines,” which comes from producers Topic and Jigsaw. A series about A.I. and the future of mankind, it will combine non-fiction elements from Alex Gibney and scripted elements from Cory Doctorow.

Fugitive also has a female-driven World War II series, “The Line,” from Australian shingle Essential. It is written by Yolanda Ramke, the screenwriter and director of Netflix’s first Australian feature,
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Five Actors Who Should Play Ric Flair in a Biopic Called “Nature Boy”

In the history of wrestling there have been absolute legends that have come and gone and been among the best in the business for various reasons. Ric Flair is one of those that has made a career out of being loved and hated equally since a lot of times he’s been an absolute heel and nailed it unlike many. But he’s also been a legend since he has sweat and bled wrestling for so long. He’s not a perfect human being but he has been a character that people absolutely loved. In the biopic Nature Boy it seems that casting

Five Actors Who Should Play Ric Flair in a Biopic Called “Nature Boy”
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Cineflix Rights Scoops Icelandic Political Series ‘The Minister’

Cineflix Rights, a leading U.K. content distributor, has acquired “The Minister,” the anticipated political drama series headlined by Icelandic star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”).

Produced by the Icelandic company Sagafilm, “The Minister” centres on Benedikt Ríkhardsson (Ólafsson), a populist politician who becomes Iceland’s Prime Minister. However, Benedikt is suffering from an underlying bipolar disorder which progressively worsens. The Prime Minister’s team and their allies are forced to endanger both the stability of the government and their private lives to hide his illness while others abuse it.

“The charm and charisma that Ólafur
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WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals if Agents are Fired

The Writers Guild of America has authorized managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents — if the guild tells members to fire their agents on April 7.

The guild’s negotiating committee notified members of the plans in a message Wednesday. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents having made little progress in negotiations to revamp the 43-year-old rules governing how agents represent writers. The WGA said it will require its members to fire their agents if they have not agreed to a “code of conduct,” which eliminates agency packaging fees and ownership in production companies,
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‘Jane The Virgin’ Team Talks Importance of Representation, Taking Final Season Back to Series Roots

‘Jane The Virgin’ Team Talks Importance of Representation, Taking Final Season Back to Series Roots
After five years, multiple time jumps and a number of timely storylines, in addition to takes on telenovela tropes, “Jane The Virgin” is coming to an end on the CW. While there may be some pressure to end the show on a positive and powerful note, it’s not a pressure that is completely foreign to series creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman.

When she was first developing the show, Urman shared at the show’s final farewell Paleyfest panel in Hollywood, Calif. Wednesday, she felt “pressure to make sure the representation felt good to the actors and the writing team.
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Rachel Bloom on the ‘Beautiful Mystery’ of the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Series Finale

Rachel Bloom on the ‘Beautiful Mystery’ of the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Series Finale
While four seasons of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” have explored musical genres from boy bands to country, the one type of music series co-creator and star Rachel Bloom admits the show will not explore before the end is Rebecca’s own style.

“Basically the idea is that part of the music in her mind is her looking inside with all of these perceived narratives so I don’t know how her music sounds,” Bloom told Variety at the show’s Paleyfest event Wednesday. “Really there’s another show in, what is her sound? I don’t know what Rebecca’s sound is.
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