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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere

‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “The Tick,” the reboot of the offbeat superhero series based on the popular comic.

Series creator Ben Edlund (“Firefly,” “Supernatural,” “Gotham”) will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (“Search Party”) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.

The Tick” season 2 will comprise 10 episodes and will begin production in 2018. It’s expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The half-hour series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Amazon Studios.

As previously announced, Amazon will premiere the highly anticipated second half of The Tick’s first season on Feb. 23, 2018, featuring six all-new episodes of the show.

“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios head of scripted series, said in announcing the renewal. “We can’t wait to bring fans more
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TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW

TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW
Good news for the CW. It seems the network still hasn't exhausted its viewers' appetite for superhero shows.

Black Lightning joined the lineup on Tuesday night, making it the fifth comic book series on the network — seventh, if you're counting genre-divergent entries iZombie and Riverdale. The first hour pulled a strong 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Those numbers are quite sound by CW standards, especially when you consider the fact that lead-in The Flash, the CW's No. 1 series, only performed incrementally better. Black Lightning shared The Flash's score in the key demo and lost fewer...
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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The Shannara Chronicles: Cancelled But Season Three Being Shopped Elsewhere

The Shannara Chronicles: Cancelled But Season Three Being Shopped Elsewhere
Is there life left deep within the Ellcrys Tree?

The upcoming Paramount Network has cancelled The Shannara Chronicles after two seasons. Reportedly the producer, Sonar Entertainment, is shopping season three of The Shannara Chronicles to other outlets. Shannara and its fans are used to moving.

Despite the fact that its first season was number one scripted series on MTV, parent company Viacom moved it to Spike TV for season two, ahead of that cable channel's rebranding as Paramount Network, which happens this Thursday.
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AMC Developing Dramedy ‘Aim High’ From ‘Falling Water’ Co-Creator, ‘Longmire’ Writer (Exclusive)

AMC is developing a series that hails from Blake Masters and Boo Killebrew, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series, titled “Aim High,” is described as a dramedy centered around a Southern family. Masters and Killebrew will write and executive produce the potential one-hour project.

Masters most recently co-created the USA series “Falling Water” with Henry Bromell in addition to serving as executive producer on the series. He also created the Showtime series “Brotherhood” and developed “Law & Order: La.” Killebrew wrote multiple episodes of “Longmire” after the show moved to Netflix in its fourth season.

The series is under development as part of AMC’s content partnership with Charter Communications. Under the agreement, which was announced in April 2017, Charter will have an exclusive initial window in the U.S. to the co-produced content for use on its own platform, while AMC Studios will retain subsequent rights, including the right to distribute the content internationally.

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This Is Us Review: Another Clue Brings Us Closer To Jack’s Death

Following the heavy feelings that came out in the Pearson family’s therapy session last week, This Is Us is trying to get back into filling in some heartwarming lessons of the past. This is especially important as we get more clues about how Jack Pearson died. This particular past timeline is moving along quickly. The everyday conversations Jack had with his children gain more weight the closer we get to the time of his death. As his kids presently struggle to picture the big moments ahead without him, the audience gets a big clue that points to how Jack died

This Is Us Review: Another Clue Brings Us Closer To Jack’s Death
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Hector Elizondo & Holland Taylor To Star In Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las…
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What We Learned from the “Black Lightning” Series Premiere

Black Lightning, an American TV series, finally premiered on The CW and folks are loving it. The CW is already known as the super hero network, filled with other flashy superheroes from DC Universe, but this is the first one to tackle real-life issues like we have today. Black Lightning seems to be a strong addition to the DC Universe’s television shows, tying its story line to real problems that we all are just a little too familiar with already. Prior to the premiere, it was already one of the top trending topics and now that the premiere has made

What We Learned from the “Black Lightning” Series Premiere
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Hector Elizondo, Holland Taylor Join NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Guess Who Died’

Hector Elizondo, Holland Taylor Join NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Guess Who Died’
Hector Elizondo and Holland Taylor have been cast in the NBC comedy pilot “Guess Who Died,” Variety has learned.

Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the single-camera series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life. Elizondo will play Murray, a positive and upbeat senior with sparkling eyes and a keen, sharp and wonderful sense of humor, who lives with his wife in the Las Esperanzado Senior Community in Palm Springs. Taylor will play Patricia, a former American Airlines flight attendant who is also Murray’s sister-in-law. She can be a little too proper at times, but she’s sharp as a tack with a great sense of humor.

Taylor is a television star with a career spanning over 50 years. She is perhaps best known for her role as Evelyn Harper in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” for
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‘Supernatural’ Star Kim Rhodes on Adding Perspective and Saying ‘Yes to Women’

‘Supernatural’ Star Kim Rhodes on Adding Perspective and Saying ‘Yes to Women’
Kim Rhodes is no stranger to popping up to Vancouver, B.C. to do a guest stint on the CW’s long-running demon-hunting drama “Supernatural,” but even though she has been a part of the show since 2010, she says her latest episode, which is a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff entitled “Wayward Sisters,” felt different.

“I make no bones about the fact that every time they contact me to be a part of the show, I’m sure I’m going to be killed off,” Rhodes tells Variety. “But there was a feeling of something new. I could see the crew, as well, be kind of like, ‘Oh we haven’t done this before.’ To watch people who have been on a steady, brilliant, wonderfully moving train change course just a little bit for a couple of weeks was really exciting. It felt like putting on clothes that feel a little better when the other outfit
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About ”This Time Next Year”

”This Time Next Year”, a new Lifetime series, is hosted by Cat Deeley, an Emmy nominee who also hosts ”So You Think You Can Dance”. This is America’s version of the UK hit show from Twofour. Each show will examine the unscripted transformations of six people who have committed themselves to making some type of extreme change in their lives. This inspirational series will follow the emotional journeys of these ordinary people who have embarked on the most challenging mission of their lives, to have a baby, lose weight, or even walk again. The challenges are all unique to the

Five Things You Didn’t Know About ”This Time Next Year”
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‘Muscle Shoals’: Nancy Wilson Named Executive Music Producer, Bettina Gilois To Write Johnny Depp-Produced Series

Rock'n'roll legend Nancy Wilson has joined Global Road Entertainment’s limited music drama series Muscle Shoals as Executive Music Producer via her Roadcase Productions shingle, and Emmy-nominated Bettina Gilois (Bessie) has signed on to write the drama, which is in development, based on Rick Hall's autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame. Muscle Shoals hails from Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski's Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson's…
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Revival of CBS-Viacom Merger Talk Sows Tension Within Redstone Empire, Again

Chatter about Shari Redstone revving up an effort to recombine Viacom and CBS Corp. is sowing tension within both companies.

CBS insiders were aghast at a report in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday citing Redstone’s concern about a lack of long-term strategic planning at the Eye and the level of independence among its board members.

Meanwhile, Viacom executives are once again nervous about the potential for consolidation with CBS to bring wholesale changes to the management of the company, particularly the cable networks division. The sentiment among insiders is that things have only just started to settle down after a year of turmoil in 2016, before Bob Bakish was named permanent CEO in December of that year.

“Here we go again,” said an executive at Viacom’s MTV Networks.

Sources at both companies expressed surprise and frustration that the first stirrings of a re-merger effort are emerging through media reports rather than through the board room. A
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Lionsgate Ripe For Takeover As Amazon, Verizon and CBS-Viacom Emerge As Potential Suitors

With CBS and Viacom talking merger again, all eyes are on Lionsgate, which is considered ripe for acquisition. According to one source, there are already potential suitors — Amazon, Verizon and a CBS-Viacom combination — who have all been sniffing around the company. It would make sense on both sides: for the studio, which until now has been an acquirer of smaller film and television players, to be melded in with massive infrastructure to directly reach consumers and the…
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Leslie Odom, Jr

Something you probably already know about Leslie Odom, Jr is that he is a Tony Award recipient for his role in the Broadway hit show Hamilton. Odom, who is an original Hamilton cast member, also won a Grammy as a principle singer on the show’s award-winning soundtrack in addition to being named Best Actor in a Musical in 2016 at the Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award nominee. Odom plays the part of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, which is about one of America’s founding fathers and who is also on the ten dollar bill, Alexander Hamilton. This smash hit

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Leslie Odom, Jr
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TV News Roundup: ‘Queer Eye’ Netflix Reboot Drops First Trailer, Premiere Date (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date for its “Queer Eye” reboot, and comedian Eddie Griffin is set to premiere a new comedy special on Showtime.

First Looks

Netflix’s reboot of the Emmy-winning reality series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” launches on Feb. 7. It has been 15 years since the program debuted on Bravo. The new cast includes Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France. This season will follow the Fab Five as they form relationships, discuss Lgbtq rights, and share their views on food, fashion, and more. Creator David Collins of Scout Productions will serve as executive producer with partners Michael Williams and Rob Eric. Watch the first trailer below.

Dates

Comedian Eddie Griffin’s new special “Eddie Griffin: Undeniable” premieres on Showtime on Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, marking Griffin’s 30-year anniversary in comedy. Griffin pays tribute to late comedians Bernie Mac and Charlie Murphy. He also
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