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‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel in the Works for Disney+

  • The Wrap
‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel in the Works for Disney+
A sequel to the 1993 cult hit “Hocus Pocus” is in development for Disney+, with ‘Workaholics” writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo attached to write the script.

Details about the sequel’s plot are not currently known. The original film starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three cursed witches from the 1690s who are resurrected 300 years later and must acclimate to the 20th century while performing several nefarious deeds in order to undo the curse. According to Collider, which first reported the news, D’Angelo is attempting to bring Midler, Parker, and Najimy back for the sequel, though they are not currently attached to the film.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Says 'Hocus Pocus' Is the Real Reason Trump Hates Bette Midler (Video)

Hocus Pocus” was directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Mick Garris
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‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel in Development at Disney Plus

  • Variety
‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel in Development at Disney Plus
Disney Plus has launched development of a sequel to 1993’s fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus” with “Workaholics” writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo on board to script.

The original “Hocus Pocus” starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witch sisters who have been cursed since 1693 in Salem, Ma. The witches are are inadvertently resurrected 300 years later by a boy whose family has moved from Los Angeles to Salem.

However, as the witches try to acclimate to the 20th Century, they discover — to their horror — that Halloween has become a holiday. Midler, Parker and Najimy are not attached to the sequel but Disney is hopeful that they may become involved.

Kenny Ortega directed the original from a script by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, based on a story by Garris and David Kirschner. Omri Katz played the young male lead, and his sister was portrayed by Thora Birch.
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‘Florida Girls’ Renewed for Season 2 by Pop TV

  • The Wrap
‘Florida Girls’ Renewed for Season 2 by Pop TV
Florida Girls” has been renewed for a second season by Pop TV, the cable channel said on Thursday.

The “unapologetically bold comedy,” which debuted in July, is inspired by the life of creator and star Laura Chinn (“The Mick”) and centers on “four friends who are making the most out of life while living below the poverty line in Clearwater, Fla.”

Along with Chinn, “Florida Girls” stars Melanie Field, Patty Guggenheim and Laci Mosley (“The Wedding Year”).

Also Read: 'Schitt's Creek' Co-Creator Dan Levy Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

“Whether getting your Ged, throwing an epic Island party or dealing with an unruly customer on the job at Barnacles, the women of ‘Florida Girls’ showed us that you don’t need a lot of money to have fun and feel good about yourself. Just some great, loyal friends,” Justin Rosenblatt, executive vice president of original programming and development at Pop TV,
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Fox TV Shows

Below, you'll find a list of Fox's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings (if any), click the links in the middle column.

The shows include 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Almost Family, Beat Shazam, BH90210, Big Bounce Battle, Bless the Harts, Bob's Burgers, The Cool Kids, Cosmos, Deputy, Duncanville, Empire, Family Guy, Filthy Rich, First Responders Live, The Four: Battle for Stardom, Ghosted, The Gifted, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gotham, The Great North, Hell's Kitchen, Hypnotize Me, La to Vegas, The Last Man on Earth, Last Man Standing, Lego Masters, Lethal Weapon, Love Connection, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Mental Samurai, A Moody Christmas, New Girl, neXt, The Orville, Outmatched, Paradise Hotel, The Passage, Phenoms, Proven Innocent, Rel, The Resident, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, Spin the Wheel, Star, The X-Files,
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‘Filthy Rich’: David Denman & Olivia Macklin Cast In Tate Taylor’s Fox Drama Pilot

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‘Filthy Rich’: David Denman & Olivia Macklin Cast In Tate Taylor’s Fox Drama Pilot
Exclusive: David Denman (Outcast) and Olivia Macklin (La to Vegas) are set as series regulars opposite Kim Cattrall, Melia Kreiling and Corey Cott in Filthy Rich, Fox’s soapy drama pilot from The Help writer-director Tate Taylor, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written and to be directed by Taylor based on the New Zealand series, Filthy Rich is described as a larger-than-life Southern gothic dramedy that revolves around two strong, sharp women — Margaret (Cattrall) and Ginger (Kreiling) — who will go to any length to protect their loved ones and get their due. When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover he has grown, illegitimate kids who are also in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have
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‘Glamorous’: Brooke Shields To Star In, Eva Longoria To Direct the CW Pilot

  • Deadline
‘Glamorous’: Brooke Shields To Star In, Eva Longoria To Direct the CW Pilot
Brooke Shields is set to star in the CW’s drama pilot Glamorous. Eva Longoria has been tapped to direct and executive produce in her pilot directing debut. Jade Payton also has been cast in hourlong drama pilot from Damon Wayans Jr. and his Two Shakes Entertainment, writer Jordon Nardino and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Nardino, Glamorous centers on a gender non-conforming recent high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube.

Shields, a former model herself, will play Madolyn, a former supermodel who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue or the runways of Milan, Madolyn is the founder and CEO of one of the industry’s most respected and sophisticated cosmetics company. A canny businesswoman and entrepreneur, Madolyn is at the top of the game and will stop at nothing to stay there, including
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B&B's Kim Matula Previews Her New Movie, 'Fighting With My Family'

Fans of The Bold & The Beautiful alum Kim Matula (ex-Hope) who were sad when her sitcom, La To Vegas was cancelled after just one season can look forward to the actress showing off her comedic flair in the upcoming movie, Fighting With My Family, when it premieres on Friday, Feb. 22! “This film is funny, it’s moving, and I’m proud to have been a part of it,” she shared on Instagram. “I can’t wait for you guys to see it.” The film is based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family, which depicted the career of professional wrestler Paige, who won the WWE Divas Championship in 2014. This version stars actress Florence Pugh as Paige, and the cast also includes Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as himself! Kim Matula plays the character of Jeri-Lynn, and she shared a quick clip of
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ABC Orders Comedy Pilots Starring Leslie Odom Jr., Katey Sagal

  • Variety
ABC has ordered two more comedy pilots.

The first is an untitled multi-cam with Leslie Odom Jr. set to star and executive produce. Inspired by real life progressive pastors Touré Roberts & Sarah Jakes-Roberts, the show revolves around Omari (Odom Jr.) and Hope, who together run a modern ministry and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with a combined four children.

Saladin Patterson serves as writer and executive producer. Kerry Washington and Pilar Savone will executive produce under Washington’s Simpson Street production banner. Roberts and Jakes-Roberts will co-executive produce. ABC Studios will produce.

Odom Jr. received widespread acclaim for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit “Hamilton,” which earned him a Tony Award. Since then, he has appeared in films like Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

He is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman.

The second pilot
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You're the Worst's Kether Donohue Joins ABC Comedy Pilot Happy Accident

You're the Worst's Kether Donohue Joins ABC Comedy Pilot Happy Accident
You’re the Worst actress Kether Donohue just got the best news: She’s joining the cast of ABC’s comedy pilot Happy Accident, TVLine has learned.

Hailing from Modern Family EPs Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, Happy Accident follows two Pittsburgh families: a father (Veep‘s Matt Walsh) with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer (Ugly Betty‘s Vanessa Williams) with her med student son, who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Donohue will co-star as Danielle Bennett, the middle child of Walsh’s patriarch Bud. Described as emotionally sloppy and neurotic, Danielle is
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Fox Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Patty’s Auto’ From ‘Big C’ Creator

  • Variety
Fox has given out a pilot order to the multi-camera comedy “Patty’s Auto.”

Inspired by Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic–an auto repair shop with all female mechanics–the project is described as an ensemble comedy centering on Patty and the eclectic women who work for her.

Darlene Hunt will serve as writer and executive producer. Hunt previously created the Showtime series “The Big C.” She also recently worked on ABC’s revival of “Roseanne” and “The Conners.” Her other credits include “Good Girls Revolt,” “90210,” and “The Goldbergs.”She is repped by UTA and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via their Brownstone Productions banner. Patrice Banks will serve as consulting producer. Warner Bros. Television, where Brownstone is under an overall deal, will produce.

Brownstone once again set up multiple broadcast projects this season. Others include the NBC basketball drama “Hoops” and
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Fox Orders Comedy Pilots From Lon Zimmet, Billy Finnegan

  • Variety
Fox has given out pilot orders to projects that hail from Lon Zimmet and Billy Finnegan. 20th Century Fox Television will produce both projects.

The Finnegan project is a single-camera comedy currently titled “Richard Lovely.” It follows the title character, the disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, “Mr. Mouse.” He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a publicity fiasco involving an unexpectedly savvy 9-year-old kid, Mr. Mouse appears in Richard’s real life as he is forced into an unlikely father/son relationship that will change his life forever

Finnegan will write and executive produce the project with Kat Coiro also executive producing. Finnegan is an executive producer and writer on the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie.” His other credits include writing for “The Real O’Neals,” “Bad Teacher,” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” He is repped by CAA and Rise Management.
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The Worst New TV Shows of 2018, According to Metacritic

  • Indiewire
Metacritic has unveiled its list of the worst new TV shows of 2018, and you can say this for the small screen: Its most poorly received offerings fared better with reviewers than their silver-screen counterparts. Only two of the top 10 landed in the dreaded red zone of a Metascore below 40, which indicates “generally unfavorable reviews”; the other eight were all in the “mixed or average reviews” range. Even so, Netflix’s widely disliked “Insatiable” — which courted controversy before it even premiered, owing largely to accusations of “fat-shaming” — easily topped the list.

In his review of the “disastrous comedy,” IndieWire’s Ben Travers noted that “heroes are villains, villains are heroes, statutory rape is a joke, and people — people! — are murdered, all in a high school ‘comedy’ primarily obsessed with winning a fancy tiara. Lauren Gussis’ disastrous hodgepodge of mistakes is an absolute mess, and it marks the worst Netflix original series yet to be released.
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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)

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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)
This year, there were nearly 500 scripted television shows on the air, both returning series and new debuts. And while that marks an increase from last year, 2018 also saw its fair share of casualties, with dozens of shows getting axed or coming to a predetermined end. Here are 90 shows that won’t see the light of 2019.

Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 6

Chance” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 9

“Disjointed” (Netflix)

Final episode Jan. 12

Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)

Canceled Jan. 13

The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV)

Canceled Jan. 16

One Mississippi” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

I Love Dick” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Jean-Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Damnation” (USA)

Final episode Jan. 18

The Mayor” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 25

Great News” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 25

The Brave” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 29

Valor” (CW)

Final episode Jan. 29

Dice” (Showtime)

Canceled Jan. 30

Shut Eye” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 30

9Jkl” (CBS)

Final episode Feb. 5

The Librarians” (TNT)

Final episode Feb. 7

“Everything Sucks!
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Eva Longoria Baston to Direct, Star in Comedy ’24-7′ With Kerry Washington

  • Variety
Eva Longoria Baston to Direct, Star in Comedy ’24-7′ With Kerry Washington
Eva Longoria Baston will make her feature directorial debut, produce, and star with Kerry Washington in Universal’s workplace comedy “24-7.”

Paul Feig is producing with partner Jessie Henderson through their FeigCo Entertainment banner. Longoria Baston is producing through UnbeliEVAble Entertainment as is Washington via her Simpson Street company. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector is also a producer.

Longoria Baston will direct from Sarah Rothschild’s script about a group of women accountants in a firm who band together against a similar male group in order to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs.

Universal’s Sara Scott and Christine Sun are overseeing “24-7” for Universal. Will Rack is overseeing for UnbeliEVAble and Pilar Savone is on the project for Simpson Street.

Longoria Baston recently completed work on Paramount’s live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie, portraying the mother of the title character. Longoria Baston last appeared opposite Nina Dobrev,
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Steve Levitan Says He Won’t Work With Fox Broadcasting While Fox News Is ‘Destructive Voice’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Steve Levitan Says He Won’t Work With Fox Broadcasting While Fox News Is ‘Destructive Voice’ (Exclusive)
Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan has renewed his criticism Fox News and its parent company amid backlash to the cable channel’s coverage following the mass shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“By espousing unfounded conspiracy theories and justifying Trump’s reprehensible statements and actions, Fox News fuels our country’s divisiveness,” Levitan told Variety. “I sincerely hope Lachlan Murdoch recognizes the damage this is doing and finally brings sound journalistic ethics and standards to his network before more unhinged people are riled up to send bombs and shoot up churches and synagogues.”

The co-creator of ABC comedy “Modern Family,” Levitan has a longstanding relationship with Fox, which produces the series through studio 20th Century Fox Television. That unit is expected to be absorbed by the Walt Disney Co. as part of its pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox, expected to be finalized early next year. Fox Broadcasting, home
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Dylan McDermott Joins Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ at Netflix

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Dylan McDermott Joins Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ at Netflix
Dylan McDermott has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix political satire “The Politician,” an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

McDermott also teased his involvement on social media on Thursday, writing that he was “training” for the series in a caption accompanying a video of him sparring with a boxing coach.

The actor, who previously worked with Murphy on the first season of “American Horror Story,” joins a cast that includes “Dear Evan Hansen” lead Ben Platt, “Set It Up” star Zoey Deutch, “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss and newcomer Rahne Jones.

Details of the show’s plot and character details have not yet been announced, but the series will center on Payton (Platt), a well-off politician in Santa Barbara, California. Platt is expected to showcase his Broadway chops with musical numbers throughout the show.

Also Read: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Comedy 'The Politician
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‘Florida Girls’: Laci Mosley, Melanie Field & Patty Guggenheim Join Laura Chinn In Pop TV Comedy Series

  • Deadline
‘Florida Girls’: Laci Mosley, Melanie Field & Patty Guggenheim Join Laura Chinn In Pop TV Comedy Series
Laci Mosley (The Wedding Year), Melanie Field (Heathers) and Patty Guggenheim (Splitting Up Together) are set to star alongside Laura Chinn (The Mick) in Florida Girls, Pop TV’s 10-episode comedy series which hails from Chinn, Lionsgate TV, Jax Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Chinn created, executive produces and stars in the series, slated to begin production in early October.

Inspired by Chinn’s real life growing up on the West Coast of Florida, series follows four women who are forced to confront their stagnant lives when their only ambitious friend moves away to follow her dreams.

Chinn plays Shelby, the follower. She’s a total screw-up who tries to better herself because she saw someone else do it. Mosley is Jayla, the self-absorbed one. She’s vain and banks hard on her looks as she pursues her lifelong dream of having exorbitant wealth.

Field portrays Kaitlin,
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Fox 2017-18 Season Ratings (updated 9/24/18)

During the regular 2016-17 season, Fox aired 11 new or revived scripted shows and seven of them won't be back for the 2017-18 season. How will the network do in the ratings this time around? How many of their TV shows will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned.

How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.

Fox shows this season (so far): 9-1-1, Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, The Four: Battle for Stardom, Ghosted, The Gifted, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gotham, Hell's Kitchen, The Last Man on Earth, La to Vegas, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Mick, New Girl, The Orville, The Resident, Showtime at the Apollo, The
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6: NBC Orders More Episodes!

NBC is in it for the long haul with Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

The Peacock Network has announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine's sixth season will span 18 episodes as opposed to the previously ordered 13. 

Yes, that means viewers will spend Five more episodes with Brooklyn's 99th precinct, which is a big thing. 

The veteran comedy series was put out to pasture by Fox earlier this year, despite rave reviews and a devoted following. 

Related: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Saved By NBC!

NBC stepped in just one day after the cancellation, and saved the day, reviving the series for Season 6. 

"Ever since we sold this show to Fox I've regretted letting it get away, and it's high time it came back to its rightful home," said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment in May. 

He added: "We're all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.
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Fox Fall Premiere Dates: 9-1-1, Lethal, Last Man Standing and More

Fox is the third broadcast network to unveil its premiere plan for the 2018-19 TV season (following NBC and The CW), and the network will kick things off on Sunday, Sept. 9, by offering a special sneak preview of new comedy series Rel following its NFL double-header. Similarly, Ryan Murphy’s breakout procedural 9-1-1 will launch Season 2 on Sunday, Sept. 23, following Fox’s NFL coverage. The drama will then settle into its regular Monday-at-9 pm slot the following night.

Also of note, Tim Allen’s revived Last Man Standing will take back its old ABC time slot, Fridays at 8/7c,
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