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‘American Idol’: Idina Menzel to Mentor Disney-Themed Night (Exclusive)

‘American Idol’: Idina Menzel to Mentor Disney-Themed Night (Exclusive)
For the first time in forever, “American Idol” will host a Disney-themed night on the ABC singing competition. And the contestants will get get a little help from Queen Elsa of “Frozen” herself. Guest mentor Idina Menzel – who voiced the lead character and sang the iconic anthem “Let it Go” in the film — will be on hand to guide the top 10 on the April 29 episode, Variety has learned exclusively.

Menzel will be working with the Idols next week, after America eliminates four contestants on the Monday night’s show (April 23). In this episode, the top 14 contestants will perform solo,
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‘Grey’s Anatomy': Geena Davis Will Reprise Her Role As Dr Nicole Herman

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‘Grey’s Anatomy': Geena Davis Will Reprise Her Role As Dr Nicole Herman
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis will reprise her role as Dr. Nicole Herman in the penultimate episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14, TheWrap has learned.

We last saw Dr. Herman in Season 11, and she and Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) had a strained but special mentor-mentee relationship. Knowing she had a brain tumor, Herman wanted to impart as much knowledge about pediatrics and fetal surgery to Arizona as she possibly could. She ended up getting brain surgery, but eventually went blind after complications.

According to the episode’s logline, Davis will return as Dr. Herman to present Arizona with an exciting opportunity — could this be how Arizona will be written off the show? It wouldn’t be the first time a character left Grey Sloan Memorial for another career opportunity — we’re looking at you, Cristina Yang.

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It was announced in March that Capshaw and co-star Sarah Drew, who plays Dr. April Kepner, will not be returning to the medical drama after this season concludes.

Capshaw and Drew filmed their final scenes on Thursday, creator Shonda Rhimes said on Instagram.

“I need to devote a whole day just to celebrate Jessica and just to celebrate Sarah,” Rhimes said in her caption, promising she had “more to say” about the actress’ “magic.”

The penultimate episode airs on ABC on May 10. “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 will conclude on Thursday, May 17.

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Noah Emmerich Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in Netflix Drama ‘The Spy’

Noah Emmerich Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in Netflix Drama ‘The Spy’
Noah Emmerich has been cast in the upcoming Netflix drama “The Spy” opposite Sacha Baron Cohen.

The six-episode series tells the story of Eli Cohen (Baron Cohen), a spy for Israel in Syria in the early 1960s. Cohen managed to embed himself into Syrian high society and rise through the ranks of their politics. His actions, connections, ultimately his death have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East as it is today.

Emmerich will play Dan Peleg, described as a charming, rumpled and brilliant Mossad trainer. He is wise, wary and stubborn, and has a tendency to blur the boundaries between the personal and professional.
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9JKL: Cancelled by CBS; No Second Season for Monday Night Sitcom

9JKL: Cancelled by CBS; No Second Season for Monday Night Sitcom
Looks like Josh is getting evicted. CBS has cancelled its 9JKL TV show, after just one season.

In November, the Tiffany Network ordered three additional scripts and subsequently the full episodes, but it seems that's where the good news ends. It is "effectively cancelled," according to THR, although the news outlet didn't bother with any qualifiers in its tweet on the 9JKL cancellation.

A CBS sitcom, 9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein, David Walton, Elliott Gould, Linda Lavin,
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Muhammad Ali Limited Series ‘8 Fights’ in the Works at CBS All Access

Muhammad Ali Limited Series ‘8 Fights’ in the Works at CBS All Access
CBS All Access is developing “8 Fights — The Life of Muhammad Ali,” a limited series that will tell the story of eight critical moments in the life of the legendary boxer. Each of the eight episodes episode will be framed by one of Ali’s fights. The story of each episode, however will focus on Ali’s internal struggles and the drama of his life outside the ring. The project will explore the heart and mind of one of the most consequential and controversial figures of the 20th century.

The limited series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association
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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message
It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in Starz’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself. “Ash Vs Evil Dead has […]
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Hulu Lands All Episodes of ‘Friday Night Lights’

Hulu Lands All Episodes of ‘Friday Night Lights’
Hulu has planted its flag in Dillon, Texas, grabbing streaming rights to all five seasons of the beloved NBC/DirecTV drama “Friday Night Lights.”

The series’ 76 episodes went live on Hulu Friday morning. “FNL” episodes are also available for streaming on Amazon.

Although the pact is not exclusive, Hulu has sought to bulk up its roster of shows with rabid fan followings as well as shows with vast libraries. The arrival of NBC’s long-running “ER” on Hulu earlier this year has prompted a big response from TV critics and fans alike rediscovering the medical sudser.

Friday Night Lights,” created
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The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo

The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo
Attention lovers of liberty: spoilers for the series finale of Scandal lurking below!

Did you really think Shonda Rhimes was going to let Scandal's final episode end without one last squeeze of your tear ducts? The epic series finale, "Over a Cliff," is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. There's the crushing death of a beloved character, the conclusion of Olivia and Fitz's will-they-or-won't-they relationship, and even a jailhouse wedding. But the best moment of all comes in the episode's last few minutes.

Shortly after we see Olivia strutting through the National Mall in her trademark white trench coat one final time,
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film to Premiere on MTV and BET

Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film to Premiere on MTV and BET
Janelle Monae’s new 44-minute “emotion picture” for “Dirty Computer” will premiere on MTV and BET on April 26, the companies announced. Monae’s album will be released the following day.

The film, which co-stars Tessa Thompson is described in a press release as “the story of a young woman named Jane 57821 (Janelle Monae), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as ‘computers.’ … ‘Dirty Computer’ explores humanity and what truly happens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when mind and machines merge, and when the government chooses fear over freedom.
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WGA Seeks To Reshape Talent Agency Business With Proposal For New Deal

Exclusive: The Writers Guild wants to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies' nascent ventures into film and television production. In their proposals for a new agreement with the Association of Talent Agents, the WGA East and WGA West have proposed that "No agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a client." That would effectively end all packaging deals, in which agencies receive…
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Kim Jong Un Makes U-Turn Ahead Of Donald Trump Sit-Down; Potus Tweets Victory Lap

Big win for President Donald Trump on Friday as North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un made a nuclear U turn and announced he was suspending the country’s nuclear and missile tests and shutting the country’s nuclear test site in the north. The announcement comes as Trump’s team is negotiating with Kim’s about particulars of a hoped-for summit in the coming months. Statement attributed to Kim – “We no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket…
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10 Works That Influenced ‘Westworld’

HBO’s “Westworld” has made a name for itself as a 22-time Emmy nominated show that garnered the network’s highest ever first season viewership. But the intricate plots, haunting writing and western-future hybrid production design of the genre program do not exist in a vacuum.

Westworld” showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan took inspiration from several other works to build their perfect dystopian theme park, including — but not limited to — the show’s cinematic source material. Here are some of the projects that influenced the hit series.

Westworld” and “Futureworld

While the plot of the premium cabler drama is
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The Top Five Cary Elwes Movie Roles of His Career

Cary Elwes used to be one of the most sought-after actors in movies since he had the charm, the looks, and the screen presence that made him a desirable individual for just about any movie. But after a while he seemed to fall off the map and then when he came back he did a few spoof movies and not much else. But as time has gone on he’s been a part of some seriously memorable movies that have managed to keep him relevant and continue to remind people that he is actually that good. He’s not exactly typecast but

The Top Five Cary Elwes Movie Roles of His Career
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‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’ Takes on Police Mistreatment of Transgender Women With Sensitivity

In the second episode of “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” the stand-up comedian’s new late night series for HBO, Cenac finds a glimmer of hope in the most unlikely of places: Birmingham, Alabama. The half-hour episode concludes with a field piece that finds Cenac in the birthplace of the civil rights movement, where he is surprised to discover a majority black police force that has been working with community groups to make amends for its history of police violence. Despite the progressive changes, one of the city’s most vulnerable groups is left out of the process: The transgender community, particularly women of color.

Daroneshia Duncan, who runs a resource center for transgender women in Birmingham, says police often misgender transgender women, or label their murders cold cases without conducting a thorough investigation. “They still refuse to accept you for who you are,” she said. Another woman added: “You
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TV News Roundup: Michael C. Hall’s ‘Safe’ Gets First Trailer, Netflix Release Date

In today’s roundup, Netflix dropped the trailer and announced the release date for new thriller series “Safe,” and multiple characters are returning for Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3.”

Dates

Netflix released the trailer for the new drama “Safe” starring Michael C. Hall and also announced the series will be added to the streaming platform on May 10. The show, from best-selling crime thriller novelist Harlan Coben, stars Hall as a widowed surgeon who discovers dark secrets about the people around him following his teenager daughter’s disappearance. Watch the trailer below.

Casting

Sarah Jeffery, Thomas Doherty, and Dylan Playfair will
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Tracey Martin & Sybrina Fulton, Parents Of Trayvon Martin, Hope To Effect Change With ‘Rest In Power’ — Tribeca Studio

Seeing their teenage son Trayvon Martin gunned down in 2012 by George Zimmerman — a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense and later was acquitted of all charges related to Martin’s death — Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton did what anyone in such a tragic situation might do. They grieved, and they sought to process their experience. Writing their own book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the pair were able to retain a sense of…
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A 30 Rock Revival? Tina Fey Says 'Maybe,' Has Some Wild Ideas Already

Could we see Liz Lemon and the rest of the Tgs gang back on TV soon? Maybe… but probably not the way we remember them.

With reboots and revivals all the rage right now, Tina Fey addressed rumors of a 30 Rock revival during a chat with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s Tonight Show. Fey confirms that she did say “maybe” when asked about a possible revival of the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom on a recent red carpet, but admits: “A little bit of that is on me. I must be so thirsty for Internet attention.”

Fey does say that she and
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John Legend Took On Asian Tour Weeks Before ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert’ — Tribeca Studio

Doing a lot of singing and a good deal of musical theatre throughout his youth, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend largely gave up the latter pursuit in college and beyond, only returning to the stage for a live theatrical performance recently with NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The latest in a string of live, televised musicals from the network, Jesus Christ Superstar aired on Easter Sunday, reuniting Legend with many familiar faces…
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Did you Know Grant Gustin Doesn’t Really Run on “The Flash?”

Initially Grant Gustin was made to run when he was filming The Flash for the CW. As of now however, thanks to CGI an green screen technology all he has to do is exert himself as he moves his upper body. The editing team takes care of the rest. At this point it’s all a matter of how he moves his upper body to give the impression that he’s moving as fast as the crimson-clad superhero can go while the editing folks do their job to make sure that it’s believable onscreen. At one point the director and the crew

Did you Know Grant Gustin Doesn’t Really Run on “The Flash?”
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