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Jurnee Smollett-Bell to Star in HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'

Jurnee Smollett-Bell to Star in HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'
HBO has set up an Underground reunion on Lovecraft Country.

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been tapped to reunite with Underground showrunner Misha Green and star in the latter's Jordan Peele- and J.J. Abrams-produced HBO drama series Lovecraft Country.

Picked up straight to series last May, Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff. It follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both...
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Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'

Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'
Katee Sackhoff is returning to space (and Netflix).

The Battlestar Galactica alum has been tapped to star in space drama Another Life, which has been ordered straight-to-series at Netflix.

The 10-episode drama revolves around astronaut Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff), who leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.

The drama hails from Halfire Entertainment, marking the company's second series at Netflix following Alias Grace. Aaron Martin created the series...
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‘Billions’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Showtime

‘Billions’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Showtime
Showtime has ordered a fourth season of its hit drama series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. In addition, the series, which currently airs Sundays at 10 PM, will move to 9 PM ET/PT starting next Sunday, May 6 to anchor the night and serve as the lead-in for the season two premiere of I'm Dying Up Here.

Billions continues to be a strong ratings performer for Showtime. The season three premiere on March 25 was its highest-rated ever, up 23 percent from
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Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series

Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series
The anime-inspired series “Star Wars Resistance” will premiere on Disney Channel in the U.S. in the fall.

“Resistance” will also air on Disney XD and around the world after the fall debut. The show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster “The Force Awakens.”

In addition to new characters and ace pilots, the adventure will include beloved characters from the “Star Wars” franchise such as BB-8, Poe Dameron,
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Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Comedy, 2 Standup Specials

Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Comedy, 2 Standup Specials
Netflix is lining up even more laughs for viewers with three new projects from comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, including a multi-cam comedy series and two stand-up specials.

In the streaming service’s upcoming Iglesias-led sitcom, titled “Mr. Iglesias,” the comedian plays a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He teaches gifted, but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant principal, but also to help them unlock their full potential.

The first of Iglesias’ two upcoming stand-up comedy specials for Netflix will be taped during “One Show Fits All,” the comedian’s current world tour. The second will be produced at a later date.
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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult
Annapurna Television is developing a scripted series inspired by the alleged sex cult NXIVM, with “Westworld” actress Shannon Woodward attached to executive produce.

The potential series is based on the New York Times report about the group published last year. The report, authored by Barry Meier, featured interviews with multiple women who said the purported self-help group, led by Keith Raniere, recruited women to serve as “slaves” and branded them with Raniere’s initials.

No writer is attached yet, but Woodward will executive produce along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg of Annapurna.

The group has come under renewed interest in recent weeks, after Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month on charges of sex trafficking. “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who was identified as Raniere’s top lieutenant in the Times report, was arrested last week.
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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season
Exclusive: HBO is not renewing Alan Ball’s family drama Here and Now for a second season. The news comes 10 days after the series’ Season 1 finale.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of Here and Now,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

Here and Now, which starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, stemmed from Ball’s close relationship with the previous HBO regimes. It was a rare miss for the Oscar and Emmy winner, creator of HBO’s signature series True Blood and Six Feet Under and executive producer of Cinemax’s biggest hit Banshee. In addition to a lukewarm reception from critics, Here and Now also drew modest viewership for an HBO drama series, averaging 300,000-400,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere telecast.
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Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series ‘Godfather of Harlem’

Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series ‘Godfather of Harlem’
Forest Whitaker will star in a straight-to-series drama at Epix, Variety has confirmed.

The series is titled “Godfather of Harlem.” It will tell the true story of crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned after 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy takes on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X, catching his political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.
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Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony

Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony
Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the 2018 Emmys. The “Weekend Update” duo, who deliver the news on “Saturday Night Live,” will bring their comedy stylings to the awards telecast on September 17. They’ll succeed Stephen Colbert, who hosted last year’s event.

Jost has been a writer on “SNL” since 2005 and a “Weekend Update” co-anchor since 2014; he’s also one of the show’s head writers. He himself has been nominated for four Emmys. Che, too, has been co-anchoring “Weekend Update” since 2014 and was also named co-head writer late last year.

Last year’s awards were dominated by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies.” Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday, July 12.
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‘The Cosby Show’ Reruns Yanked From Bounce TV After Guilty Bill Cosby Verdict

Shortly after disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, Bounce TV has moved in to scrub repeats of his classic 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show. “Effective immediately, Bounce is removing The Cosby Show from our schedule,” the digital network, owned by Katz Broadcasting, said in a statement. Bounce TV, which airs a mix of original and acquired programming geared toward African American viewers, had…
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Priyanka Chopra on How ‘Quantico’ Is a ‘Really Big Step’ for Women of Color & Immigrants on TV

“Quantico” returns with its third season on Thursday night, taking over the time slot previously held by ABC’s “Scandal,” which officially signed off last week after seven seasons on air.

Stepping into Kerry Washington’s void on network television does not go unnoticed by Priyanka Chopra, who became the first-ever South Asian actor to lead a broadcast show in television history with “Quantico,” which debuted in 2015.

“It seems a little late, considering it happened in 2015,” Chopra tells Variety, referencing the milestone of an Indian actress toplining an American show. “But then even Kerry Washington was the first African American
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Linda Cardellini

There are many actors like Linda Cardellini that people will claim to know but can’t put a name to the face. She’s been in so many TV and film productions that it’s hard not to recognize her, but the last place you might have seen her can vary. She’s not really a chameleon in that she can change her appearance, but knowing her real name is never much of a priority for many people since they tend to go by the very distinctive look she has rather than anything else. It’s quite often that people recognize her, but they have

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Linda Cardellini
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Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast

Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast
As an actress growing up in the United Kingdom, Hayley Atwell knew there were a handful of strong, compelling female characters she wanted to play: Margaret Schlegel, the lead of “Howards End,” was one of them.

“There tends to be the wish list of the kinds of characters that you hope to play one day, whether it be Lady MacBeth or Hedda Gabler or Cleopatra or these other great heroines, if it’s in a Jane Austen novel or any kind of novel,” Atwell told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. That included Margaret, whom she plays in the Starz limited series version of “Howards End,” adapted for TV by Kenneth Lonergan.

“I had a chance to play a fully formed, interesting woman so different to me that I had to [do it],” she said. “I would love to be more like her but it felt like a fulfilling creative challenge to bring her to life.
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TVLine Items: The Flash Vet's YouTube Drama, Whitford's New Gig and More

TVLine Items: The Flash Vet's YouTube Drama, Whitford's New Gig and More
Tom Felton‘s new crew is a far cry from the team at S.T.A.R. Labs: The former Flash series regular and Harry Potter alum will star in YouTube Red’s upcoming sci-fi thriller series Origin, our sister site Deadline reports.

The 10-episode drama centers on a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. As the passengers work together to survive, they discover that one of them is far from who they claim to be. Felton will play an angry young man, who is as much of a threat to
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Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict Washes Over TV Landcape

ABC, CBS and NBC broke into their programming Thursday afternoon to announce that a jury had found America’s TV Dad guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, meanwhile, took a break from their wall-to-wall coverage of Ronny Jackson's scuttled Va Secretary bid, the confirmation of CIA chief Mike Pompeo as the country's 60th — and President Donald Trump's second — Secretary of State and the…
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‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction’: AMC To Launch Entire First Season Of Visionaries Series For Premiere Customers

Following a similar strategy as it did for recent series The Terror and McMafia, AMC will make the full season of AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction available to AMC Premiere customers when the first episode premieres on the linear network Monday night. “We built AMC Premiere as a premium experience for fans of AMC original programming," said Mac McKean, AMC's head of innovation. "AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction is a look…
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Teaser: New Uniforms, Aliens… and Spock?

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Teaser: New Uniforms, Aliens… and Spock?
Star Trek: Discovery is giving us a blast from the past next season… and we want to (boldly) go to there.

The freshman voyage of CBS All Access’ sci-fi series ended with the Discovery coming face-to-face with the iconic USS Enterprise, and a new behind-the-scenes teaser for Season 2 — which you can watch above — promises to deliver on that cliffhanger. Sadly, the teaser offers no new footage, but it is chock full of Easter eggs for Trek fans to crack open, so let’s go through it with a fine-toothed comb:

0:08: We hear Sonequa Martin-Green’s Burnham say, “Every moment is a test,
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How ‘The Orville’s Production Designer Created The Two-Story Spaceship For “Aspirational” Series – Production Value Video Series

This week, Deadline’s Production Value video series continues its space exploration with Seth MacFarlane sci-fi series The Orville, as Emmy-nominated production designer Stephen Lineweaver takes us behind the scenes and into the Fox show’s titular space vessel. Beginning his career in the art department in 1984—with credits over the years including Tommy Boy, Jerry Maguire and Role Models—Lineweaver has over the past seven years found a strong collaborative relationship…
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Battlestar Vet Katee Sackhoff to Lead Netflix's Sci-Fi Drama Another Life

Battlestar Vet Katee Sackhoff to Lead Netflix's Sci-Fi Drama Another Life
Katee Sackhoff is headed back to space.

Netflix has given a 10-episode order to the sci-fi drama Another Life, starring the Battlestar Galactica alumna as an astronaut on a mission to explore alien intelligence, the streaming service announced on Thursday. As Sackhoff’s Niko Breckenridge and her young crew investigate the genesis of an alien artifact, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.

The series hails from creator/showunner Aaron Martin (Killjoys, Saving Hope, Being Erica) and executive producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace, Rookie Blue, Haven).

Sackhoff — who currently recurs on The Flash as Amunet Black — played Capt.
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Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Another Life’ Starring Katee Sackhoff

Netflix has given a series order to the sci-fi drama “Another Life.”

The series will star Katee Sackhoff as astronaut Niko Breckenridge as she leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season.

Sackhoff is perhaps best known for her role as Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in “Battlestar Galactica.” She also starred in the series “Longmire,” which originally aired on A&E before moving to Netflix for its final two seasons.
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