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    Saturn Award Nominations

    (12/6/23) The Saturns, which honor the best in genre entertainment across film and television, are organized by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Winners will be announced February 4, 2024 in a ceremony at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and will stream live on ElectricNow.

    Best Supporting Actor in a Film
    Nicolas Cage, Renfield (Universal Pictures)
    Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures)
    Ryan Gosling, Barbie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    Michael Keaton, The Flash (DC/Warner Bros. Pictures)
    Stephen Lang, Avatar: The Way of Water (Walt Disney/Lightstorm)
    Mads Mikkelsen, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Lucasfilm/Paramount/Disney)

    Cary Grant’s ex-wife Dyan Cannon, 86, credits prayer for youthful outlook: ‘I’m a big God girl’

    (12/5/23) Dyan Cannon credits a higher power for keeping her mentally agile as she inches up to 90.

    “Praying, that’s what keeps me straight,” the actress, who is turning 87 next month, told Page Six exclusively at The Paley Center for Media on Monday night.

    “I’m a big God girl,” the Oscar nominee continued. “After some of the things I’ve been through, I couldn’t make sense out of the world, so I had to go to something that did make sense.

    “And what I realized one day — not just believed, I can’t believe because you tell me to believe, I have to understand — and when I came to a place in my understanding is that there really is something bigger than me that protects me and guides me and nourishes me and I believe that.”

    Cannon was on hand to help present The American Premiere of Britbox’s “Archie” as part of PaleyLive NY.

    The mini-series is based on her first husband Cary Grant’s remarkable life. (Archie refers to Grant’s real name, Archibald Leach).

    The four-part series, with Jason Isaacs playing Grant, is based in part on Cannon’s 2011 memoir, “Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant.” She serves as an executive producer along with their daughter, Jennifer Grant.

    The show doesn’t shy away from showing an unflattering side to the “Charade” star, who died in 1986 at 82.

    Cannon’s tempestuous marriage — which included controlling behavior and Cary forcing her to take LSD — is shown along with the deep joy the Hollywood legend derived from becoming a father later in life.

    It also delves into Cary’s tragic childhood, which included not knowing that his mother had been placed in a mental asylum by his father for 30 years.

    Though the “Heaven Can Wait” star is in tune with her religion, she is reluctant to call herself born-again.

    “I’m living now,” she told Page Six. “I just came to understand that there is something bigger than me that I can trust because I can’t trust a lot of what is out there because it changes its mind all the time.”

    However, Cannon admitted that she doesn’t solely rely on God to keep herself physically trim.

    “I’ve come to a place in my life where I can eat anything but I do work out,” she said. “I try and do something at least three or four times a week.”

    Critics Choice Awards TV Nominations

    (12/5/23) The hardware will be handed out during Critics Choice Awards gala on Sunday, January 14. Chelsea Handler will host the ceremony that airs live from 7-10 p.m. in the East on The CW and delayed in the West.

    Nicole Beharie – The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
    Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown (Netflix)
    Sophia Di Martino – Loki (Disney+)
    Celia Rose Gooding – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
    Karen Pittman – The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
    Christina Ricci – Yellowjackets (Showtime)

    Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Honorees

    (11/16/23) The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild has revealed this year’s recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. Oscar- and Emmy-winning make-up artist Kevin Haney and Emmy-nominated longtime hair stylist Ora T. Green will be honored February 18 during the MUAHS Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

    “We are honored to recognize Kevin Haney and Ora T. Green for their unprecedented contributions to the artistry of make-up and hair styling,” said Julie Socash, president of MUAHS (IATSE Local 706). “Over their legendary careers, their work has been captured on the most memorable, whimsical, creative and celebrated characters of film and television.”

    Whether it’s the baby’s mustache on Addams Family Values or Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick in Primetime Glick, Haney’s characters always have a surprise of quirkiness in his creations. Haney began his career as a lab assistant to the legendary Dick Smith on the 1980 feature Altered States, going on to worked on Saturday Night Live and a staff position at NBC. He created aging effects on Dan Aykroyd for Driving Miss Daisy that won the Oscar for Outstanding Makeup.

    His long list of credits also includes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Dungeons & Dragons, Honor Among Thieves, the Hocus Pocus films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Planet of the Apes (2001), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Shawshank Redemption, Dick Tracy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and dozens more. His TV work includes Friends and The Mandalorian, Friends, Perry Mason and many others.

    A two-time Emmy nominee for Path to War and Frank’s Place, Green has amassed dozens of TV and film credits ranging from groundbreaking 1970s Norman Lear series to Ally McBeal, Star Trek: Nemesis and Blade. She began her studio career working on popular sitcoms Good Times, Maude and One Day at a Time before transitioning to feature films including Best Picture Oscar winner Driving Miss Daisy, Hook, Thirteen Days, Supernova, Wayne’s World 2, and many others.

    Green joined Local 706 in 1977, at a time when the union was going through many transitions, and has been a trailblazer who helped open the doors for other women. She quickly proved herself to be one of the most valuable and in-demand stylists, who could handle any task with style, grace and her infallible sense of humor.

    ‘Dope Girls’: Julianne Nicholson & Eliza Scanlen To Lead BBC Drama About Female Crime Boss In Soho; Filming Underway

    (11/15/23) Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown) and Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) have landed the lead roles in the BBC‘s upcoming crime drama series Dope Girls, we can reveal.

    Umi Myers, Eilidh Fisher and Geraldine James have also landed major parts in the series, which we first told you about back in March. At the time, our sources said the BBC sees Dope Girls as a spiritual successor to Peaky Blinders, which ended last year.

    Filming on the show, which is set in London’s Soho in the early 20th century, when female gangs ran the clubs, drugs and moonshine, is now underway. It will launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and comes from Polly Stenham (The Face, The Neon Demon) and Alex Warren (Eleanor).

    Nicholson will play Kate Galloway, a single mother who establishes a nightclub amidst the hedonistic uproar of post-World War One London, embracing a life of criminal activities with the dedicated aim of providing for her daughter Evie, played by Fisher (The Power).

    Scanlen (Little Women) will play Violet Davies, one of the first wave of female officers for the Metropolitan Police, who is assigned to go undercover and investigate the illicit world of underground Soho nightclubs. Myers (Bob Marley: One Love), plays Billie Cassidy, a dazzling bohemian dancer whose life is turned upside down by Kate’s arrival.

    James (Silo) will also star as Isabella, the leader of the criminal Salucci family that also includes Rory Fleck Bryne (This Is Going To Hurt), Dustin Demri-Burns (Slow Horses) and Sebastian Croft (Heartstopper) as Silvio Salucci.

    Also cast are Michael Duke (Get Up Stand Up), Ian Bonar (I May Destroy You), Laura Checkley (Screw), Will Keen (His Dark Materials), Fiona Button (The Split), Harry Cadby (Everything Now), Eben Figueiredo (The Serial Killer’s Wife), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Priya Kansara (Polite Society) and Jordan Kouamé (Malpractice).

    Bad Wolf is producing in association with its parent company Sony Pictures Television, which has international sales rights. Stenham and Alex Warren are writing the show, which is inspired by Marek Kohn’s non-fiction book Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground.

    Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth, Killing Eve) has now been unveiled as lead director with Miranda Bowen (Women in Love) directing later episodes. Directors of Photography include Annika Summerson and Carlos Catalan, and Sherree Philips (Babyteeth) is production designer. Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto serves as producer. Casting is by Julie Harkin and Nathan Toth.

    Writers Stenham and Warren and director Murphy will be executive producers alongside Bad Wolf’s Kate Crowther and Jane Tranter, Michael Lesslie (Assassin’s Creed) for Storyteller Productions and Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC. The project was developed and overseen by Bad Wolf Director of Content Dan McCulloch and Chief Creative Officer Ryan Rasmussen. Matthew Barry, who is also an EP, is an additional writer alongside Xiao Tang (You Killed My Robot) and Matthew Jacobs Morgan (The Rig).

    Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, commissioned the series. “We can’t wait for viewers to discover the bold and brilliant Dope Girls,” she said. “Packed full of complex and electrifying characters from a fascinating time in Britain’s history, this will be must-see, ambitious drama.”

    The project has been developed and overseen by Bad Wolf’s Director of Content, Dan McCulloch and Chief Creative Officer, Ryan Rasmussen.

    “Dope Girls is quintessentially Bad Wolf,” said company co-founder Jane Tranter. “A viscerally thrilling drama that rides through the underbelly of organised crime in the early 20th Century with a uniquely female point of view. Polly and Alex’s visionary fictional take on Soho is as audacious as the world it portrays.”

    Shailene Woodley & Martha Stewart Join David E. Kelley’s ‘Hope In The Water’ As Docuseries Lands At PBS

    (11/9/23) PBS is leaping into Hope In The Water, a three-part docuseries from David E. Kelley.

    The series, which was formerly known as Eating Up the Oceans: How Do We Save Our Seas?, will launch on the public broadcaster in summer 2024.

    Shailene Woodley, Martha Stewart, José Andrés and Baratunde Thurston are starring in the series, which marks the Big Little Lies creator’s first foray into documentary. Kelley bought a fish farm a few years ago that raises steelhead trout.

    The series is produced by Andrew Zimmern’s Intuitive Content, the company behind series such as MSNBC’s What’s Eating America and Magnolia’s Zoe Bakes.

    It will explore the creative solutions and breakthrough blue food technologies that could not only feed people but help save threatened seas and fresh waterways. The series highlights the stories of aquafarmers and fishers who are working toward a sustainable future for the planet.

    Woodley, Stewart, Andrés and Thurston will reveal hidden underworlds jeopardized by climate change, irresponsible fishing and exploitation, and habitat destruction.

    Big Little Lies star Woodley, for instance, grew up surfing the California coast and has witnessed firsthand how “zombie” purple urchins have taken over and destroyed kelp forests. She goes underwater with urchin divers who collect the barren urchins and then deliver them to a farm where their buttery roe is grown and harvested – turning an ecological imbalance into a sellable commodity and helping to save the kelp at the same time.

    “It’s my hope that through this important work, we can collectively practice better alternatives that will nourish communities across the planet and sustain our waters,” she said .

    Stewart has a deep connection to the Gulf of Maine – the fastest warming body of water on the planet. She sails into Penobscot Bay where a young fisherman abandoned his plans of lobstering for a more sustainable alternative: scallop farming. As Stewart cooks the scallops, she notes that Maine’s famous lobsters are now migrating further north in search of colder water.

    Andrés recounts the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. He and volunteers with World Central Kitchen prepared more than four million meals to feed hungry survivors. World Central Kitchen also provided grants to fishers to repair boats, buy new engines, and rebuild their fishery. Marine conservationist Raimundo Espinoza assisted that effort and is now helping these fishers pivot to a new and sustainable species: 60-lb., diamondback squid.

    Thurston tells the story of technology, democracy, and climate. He is the host of PBS’ America Outdoors.

    Hope In The Water is directed by Brian Peter Falk. Andrew Zimmern and Patrick Weiland serve as executive producers. Blue-foods experts and advocates Jennifer Bushman, Jill Kauffman Johnson and Katherine Bryar serve as advisors and impact producers. Bill Gardner serves as executive-in-charge for PBS.

    “Through Hope In The Water we are on a mission to reimagine a planet where both ecological balance and food abundance are possible. Our series is a fresh take on how we can rewrite menus worldwide that will create meaningful and lasting impact for generations to come,” said Kelley. “Andrew and I are buoyed by our enthusiastic collaborators – Shailene, Martha, Baratunde and José – and are proud to partner with the Earth-conscious changemakers at PBS.”

    “We’re particularly excited about Hope In The Water’s potential to reach broad audiences thanks to the powerful voices at the forefront of the series, who demonstrate the possibilities of a more sustainable future,” added Bill Gardner, VP, multiplatform programming and head of development at PBS. “With a commitment to extensive public engagement around the series, we aim to not only bring compelling and authentic documentary content to audiences but also to connect and strengthen voices, people and communities with real world ways to make a difference.”

    Anne Heche Gives Final TV Performance in This Week’s All Rise

    (9/29/23) This Saturday’s episode of All Rise will mark the final TV acting performance of Anne Heche, who died in August 2022 at the age of 53.

    The actress has recurred on the CBS-turned-OWN legal drama since Season 2, appearing in six episodes as lawyer Corrine Cuthbert, who has a contentious professional relationship with Simone Missick’s Judge Lola Carmichael. Heche’s character returns in this week’s installment (aka Episode 313, airing at 9/8c) as part of a trial case. The hour concludes with the following dedication:

    “In Memory of Anne Heche
    Our Friend and Wonderful Artist
    You Are Missed”

    Heche’s final Season 3 episode was filmed back in June 2022, but is only just now airing after the show’s year-long scheduling hiatus. Following All Rise’s midseason finale in August 2022, the series took a lengthy break before returning for its final run of episodes on Sept. 16, 2023.

    Heche died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Aug. 5, 2022. Shortly after the accident, Heche’s rep confirmed that the actress fell into a coma due to a “significant pulmonary injury requiring medical ventilation and burns that require[d] surgical intervention.” Days later, on Aug. 11, her rep shared that the actress had suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” from the crash and was unfortunately “not expected to survive” her critical condition. The actress was declared “brain dead” on Aug. 12, according to her reps, before being “peacefully taken off life support.”

    “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” Heche’s rep said in a statement at the time.

    “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy,” the statement continued. “Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

    In addition to this week’s All Rise, Heche will also posthumously star in the indie movie Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, which is slated to be released on Nov. 2, 2023.

    ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Hill Street Blues’ Among Classic 20th TV Titles Leaving Hulu

    (9/23/23) In another sign that shows — even famous ones — can no longer “live forever” on streaming in the new era of media companies re-prioritizing profits, a slew of titles will be leaving Disney-controlled Hulu in the coming days as their license deals expire. For now, there are no plans to renew any of the pacts but that is always a possibility in the future.

    The list of departing series includes 20 series from Disney’s 20th Television, including the David E. Kelley Emmy-winning legal shows Ally McBeal, which the studio had been looking to remake, and The Practice, as well as fellow award-winners The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development.

    A slew of catalog titles from Fox and Paramount also are impacted, as well as a couple of properties each from Nat Geo and NBC News. According to sources, the entire WWE hub would expire Sept. 25, and a handful of ABC News titles also will be gone, something which we have not confirmed.

    The move follows a major cost-cutting content removal across Disney+ and Hulu in the spring as the two platforms are preparing to combine offerings into “one-app experience” by the end of the year.

    Here is the list of confirmed Hulu library series departures:

    20th TV shows leaving Sept. 30:
    The Bob Newhart Show
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Don’t Trust the B—- in APT 23
    Second Chance
    Shots Fired
    Ally McBeal
    Arrested Development
    The Cleveland Show
    Hill Street Blues
    Son of Zorn
    The Practice
    Out There
    Breakout Kings
    Better Off Ted

    Fox shows, most of them departing Sept. 25
    I Can See Your Voice (Seasons 1-2)
    Alter Ego (Season 1)
    Cherries Wild (Season 1)
    Beat Shazam (Seasons 4-5)
    Masterchef Junior (Seasons 1-8)
    Masked Dancer (Season 1)
    Crime Scene Kitchen (Seasons 1-2)
    Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back (Seasons 1-3)
    Cosmos Possible Worlds (Season 1)
    Lego Masters (Seasons 1-2)
    Masterchef (Seasons 1-12)
    The Masked Singer (Seasons 1-8)
    Name That Tune (Seasons 1-2)
    Next Level Chef (Season 1)

    Paramount catalog tittles, departing Sept. 30/Oct. 14:

    VH1 (entire hub)
    Basketball Wives LA (Seasons 1-3)
    Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Seasons 1-4)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Seasons 1-3)

    Acapulco Shore (Seasons 1-4) -October 14 exp.
    Catfish Mexico (Season 1) -October 14 exp.
    The Hills (Seasons 1-6)
    My Super Sweet 16 (Seasons 4-7)
    The Real World (one or more seasons)

    Sleeper Cell (Season 1)

    7th Heaven (Seasons 1-4)
    Beverly Hills 90210 (Seasons 1-2)

    Comedy Central
    La Culpa es de Cortés

    Paramount Network Mexico:
    Dani Who (Seasons 1)

    Taye Diggs Signs With A Management Co. & Global Artists Agency

    (9/20/23) Taye Diggs (Guiding Light), known for his five-season run starring as the beloved Billy Baker, former NFL player turned high school football coach, on CW’s All American, has signed with A Management Company and Global Artists Agency for representation.

    Diggs can next be seen leading the two-part BET+ film Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy based on the true crime story of businessman Lance Herndon. In the film, Diggs stars as Lance (Diggs), a successful Atlanta businessman, renowned in equal measure for both revolutionizing the city’s 911 system, and his womanizing ways. When he is found murdered in his own home, questions and allegations abound as to who might have wanted him dead.

    Diggs also is set to voice King Triton with Amber Riley as Ursula in Ariel, the Disney/Disney Junior animated series.

    Other TV credits include the series regular role of Dr. Sam Bennet in Grey’s Anatomy spinoff series Private Practice as well as the TNT serial crime drama Murder in the First as homicide inspector Terry English. He also had recurring roles in Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Will & Grace as Eric McCormack’s boyfriend in the show’s final season, The Good Wife, Rosewood, and Empire as city councilman Angelo Dubois, a love interest for Taraji P. Henson’s character.

    Notable film credits include Go, The Wood, The Best Man, House on Haunted Hill, Equilibrium, The Way of the Gun, Brown Sugar, and The Best Man Holiday among others.

    Diggs made his film debut in How Stella Got Her Groove Back starring opposite Angela Bassett as her younger love interest Winston Shakespeare. From there, he went on to build a successful career across film, television, and theatre. On the film side, Diggs portrayed The Bandleader in Rob Marshall’s film version of the Broadway musical Chicago. He also reprised the role he originated on Broadway, landlord Benjamin Coffin III, in Chris Columbus’ film version of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. He continued his theatre career and went on to appear in Broadway musicals including Chicago, Rent, Wicked, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

    Diggs has served as a producer on several projects in addition to starring including the critically acclaimed UPN series Kevin Hill in which he plays the title character who juggles work as a lawyer while raising his ten-month-old cousin, and the ABC series Day Break in which Diggs’ Detective Brett Hopper relives the day he is accused of murder to discover the true killer. Diggs has also produced and starred in the films Til Death Do Us Part and Incarnation. He executive produced and hosted two variety specials alongside Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger titled The Black Pack for The CW which featured music, dance, and comedy. He also executive produced and hosted the Hulu reality dating series Back in the Groove based on Digg’s original starring vehicle.

    Diggs is also an author and has penned five children’s books, Mixed Me!, Chocolate Me!, I Love You More Than…, My Friend!, and Why? A Conversation about Race..

    Christina Ricci slams Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis’ support of Danny Masterson: Discrediting victims is ‘a crime’

    (9/10/23) Christina Ricci seemingly slammed Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis for praising convicted rapist Danny Masterson’s character in pre-sentencing letters to the judge.

    The “Addams Family” star – who allegedly suffered “severe physical and emotional abuse” at the hands of ex-husband James Heerdegen – took to her Instagram Story Saturday to speak out in support of victims after Masterson’s sentencing.

    “So sometimes people we loved and admired do horrible things. They might not do these things to us and we only know who they were to us but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do the horrible things and to discredit the abused is a crime,” Ricci, 43, wrote.

    “People we know as ‘awesome guys’ can be predators and abusers. It’s tough to accept but we have to. If we say we support victims – women, children, men, boys – then we must be able to take this stance.”

    Ricci continued, “Unfortunately I’ve known lots of ‘awesome guys’ who were lovely to me but have been proven to be abusers privately. I’ve also had personal experience with this. Believe victims. It’s not easy to come forward. It’s not easy to get a conviction.”

    Both Kutcher, 45, and Kunis, 40, starred alongside Masterson, 47, in “That ’70s Show.” The married couple were among 50 people who “vouched” for the disgraced actor’s “exceptional character” after he was convicted on two counts of rape.

    Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison earlier this week for the rapes of two women, both of which were committed in 2003.

    Following Masterson’s sentencing, Ricci also shared a candid selfie with her 9-year-old son, Freddie, captioned, “We out here believing and hoping for a better future.”

    Ricci’s social media posts came just one day after court reporter Meghann Cuniff published the character letters for Masteron’s case, in which Kutcher and Kunis pleaded for Judge Charlaine Olmedo’s leniency.

    “As a friend, Danny has been nothing but a positive influence on me. He’s an extraordinarily honest and intentional human being,” Kutcher wrote, noting that Masterson served as a “role model” for him.

    “I attribute not falling into the typical Hollywood life of drugs directly to Danny,” the “Cheaper by the Dozen” star continued.

    “Any time that we were to meet someone or interact with someone who was on drugs, or did drugs, he made it clear that that wouldn’t be a good person to be friends with.”

    Meanwhile, Kunis credited her former co-star with being an “amazing friend, confidant, and, above all, an outstanding older brother figure to me.”

    “His caring nature and ability to offer guidance have been instrumental in my growth both personally and professionally,” the “Friends With Benefits” actress wrote.

    The pair quickly spoke out after receiving backlash for the letters.

    “We are aware of the pain that has been caused by the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,” the “Punk’d” creator said in a video message shared via Instagram Saturday.

    Kunis chimed in, “We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future.”

    Ricci, for her part, was allegedly the victim of her ex-husband’s emotional and physical abuse.

    The “Casper” star filed for divorce from Heerdegen in July 2020 following seven years of marriage, and was granted an emergency protective order after police were called to their home.

    In court docs obtained by TMZ, she claimed her then-husband’s abuse began in December 2019, at which time she told him she wanted a divorce.

    When the COVID-19 lockdown began in early 2020, she “found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser.”

    Ricci also claimed he told her, “the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces” in late 2019, “something that made me think that [he] could kill me.”

    They finalized their divorce in December 2022 and share custody of their son, Freddie.

    The “Wednesday” star has since welcomed a daughter, Cleo, with her second husband, Mark Hampton.

    Taye Diggs To Voice King Triton With Amber Riley As Ursula In ‘Ariel’ Animated Series

    (8/18/23) Hot dog! A signature Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior animated series whose catchy opening and closing songs are likely engraved into the brain of every parent with children born in the 2000s, is coming back. Disney Junior has greenlighted Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.0 (working title), a new incarnation of its former flagship series, to premiere in 2025. The announcement was made by Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, during the “Disney Junior & Friends Playdate” event at the Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim.

    Other Disney Junior programming news made at the event included the lead cast for the channel’s upcoming Ariel animated series, with Mykal-Michelle Harris (Raven’s Home) in the title role, Taye Diggs (Rent) as King Triton and Amber Riley (Glee) as Ursula. In the recent Disney live-action movie The Little Mermaid, the parts were played by Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy, respectively.

    Additionally, Cynthia Erivo, Valerie Bertinelli, Alan Cumming, Susan Kelechi Watson, Ana Gasteyer, Alison Pill and Dulé Hill have been tapped for recurring guest star roles in new animated series RoboGobo.

    A stop-motion Halloween special Mickey and Friends Trick or Treats also was announced, along with holiday-themed episodes of Disney Junior’ SuperKitties, Pupstruction, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse‘s successor Mickey Mouse Funhouse as well as Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends. Additionally, there were several premiere date reveals.

    The CG animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, which aired originals from 2006-2016, anchored a Disney Junior – Live On Stage! show at Disney California Adventure.(You can watch the opening theme and the famous Hot Dog Dance closing song below at your own risk.)

    Disney Junior is the U.S. linear home of the Australian animated series Bluey, which just notched two consecutive weeks of over 1 billion minutes on Disney+ domestically as the streamer’s most watched program.

    “Disney Junior captures the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families everywhere with stories and characters filled with magic, wonder, adventure and heart,” Davis said. “From providing early entry points into classic Disney franchises to introducing brand-new IP that becomes the latest kid obsessions, Disney Junior is always there with infinite opportunities to engage and play.”

    DISNEY JUNIOR’S ARIEL — (Premieres 2024 on Disney Junior and Disney+)
    Produced by: Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior
    Executive Producer: Lynne Southerland
    Producer: Ezra Edmond
    Supervising Director: Kuni Tomita
    Art Director: Chrystin Garland
    Story Editors: Norma P. Sepulveda and Keith Wagner

    Mykal-Michelle Harris (Raven’s Home) has been cast in the lead role of Ariel in Disney Junior’s Ariel, an animated musical series for preschoolers inspired by the beloved story of “The Little Mermaid.” Broadway, film and television stars Taye Diggs (Rent) and Amber Riley (Glee) will voice King Triton and Ursula in the series, which follows 8-year-old mermaid princess Ariel as she and her friends embark on fun-filled, action-packed underwater adventures throughout their Caribbean-inspired fairytale kingdom of Atlantica and beyond. In addition to Harris, Diggs and Riley, the series stars Elizabeth Phoenix Caro (The Christmas Chronicles) and Cruz Flateau (SuperKitties) as Ariel’s friends Lucia and Fernie, respectively, and Gracen Newton (Puppy Dog Pals) as Flounder..

    Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations - Soap Stars

    (7/12/23) This year’s Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held September 18 live on Fox, but a writers strike and a potential SAG-AFTRA strike could change that if no talent is available for the primetime showcase celebrating the best of TV over the past year.

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

    Barry • HBO Max • HBO in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply
    Anthony Carrigan as Noho Hank

    Ted Lasso • Apple TV+ • Apple presents a Doozer Production in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television
    Phil Dunster as Jamie Tartt

    Ted Lasso • Apple TV+ • Apple presents a Doozer Production in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television
    Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent

    Jury Duty • Amazon Freevee • Amazon Studios
    James Marsden as Himself

    The Bear • FX • FX Productions
    Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard “Richie” Jerimovich

    Abbott Elementary • ABC • Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television
    Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie

    Barry • HBO Max • HBO in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply
    Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau

    Television Critics Association Award Nominations

    (7/1/23) Winners will get their hardware during the ceremony on Monday, August 7.

    Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary – ABC
    Ayo Edebiri, The Bear – FX
    Harrison Ford – Shrinking – Apple TV+
    Bill Hader, Barry – HBO | Max
    Janelle James, Abbott Elementary – ABC
    Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face – Peacock
    James Marsden, Jury Duty – Amazon Freevee
    Jeremy Allen White, The Bear – FX.

    2024 Hollywood Walk Of Fame Honorees

    (6/26/23) In the category of Motion Pictures: Chadwick Boseman (posthumous),Kevin Feige, Gal Gadot, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Meledandri, Chris Pine, Christina Ricci and Michelle Yeoh

    In the category of Television: Ken Jeong, Eugene Levy, Mario Lopez, Jim Nantz, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Michael Schur, Kerry Washington and Raúl De Molina and Lili Estefan, co-hosts of the television show "El Gordo y La Flaca" (double ceremony)

    In the category of Recording: Glen Ballard, Toni Braxton, DEF LEPPARD, Charles Fox, Sammy Hagar, Brandy Norwood, Darius Rucker, Gwen Stefani and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young

    In the category of Live Theatre/Live Performance: Jane Krakowski and Otis Redding (posthumous)

    In the category of Radio: Angie Martinez

    In the category of Sports Entertainment: Billie Jean King and Carl Weathers

    Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies.

    Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire.

    Upcoming star ceremonies are usually announced ten days prior to dedication on the official web site

    Christina Ricci slams ‘vindictive’ ex-husband for allegedly blocking NYC trip with son: docs

    (6/25/23) Christina Ricci is accusing her ex-husband, James Heerdegen, of being “vindictive” for allegedly not allowing their 8-year-old son, Freddie, to go on a work trip to New York City with her.

    In court documents obtained by Page Six, the “Casper” actress, 43, claimed the film producer — identified as “Jimmy” in the filing — initially agreed to let her take their child on the mother-son getaway, but later changed his mind.

    “Jimmy’s refusal to agree causes me concern, because he clearly was being vindictive and retaliatory when he initially refused my request to travel for the additional dates,” Ricci stated in the court docs filed June 20.

    “As recently as Monday, June 19, 2023, Jimmy was agreeable to allowing Freddie to travel with me, but apparently he still wants to wait until our hearing to discuss it.”

    Ricci provided screenshots of text messages that showed Heerdegen allegedly wrote that he “didn’t have a problem” with their son traveling with her for a “couple of days.”

    However, he allegedly then texted on June 19 that he and the “Monster” star had a “number of pending matters” that they needed to address in a court date on June 21.

    Ricci said she is concerned that if the hearing doesn’t go Heerdegen’s way, he will “renege.” The “Addams Family” star is seeking an emergency hearing.

    She also claimed her ex is “purposefully” making her “incur attorneys’ fees unnecessarily,” which could have an impact on her “employment and professional reputation.”

    “I also ask that the court consider retaliatory litigation conduct when making custody orders,” Ricci added, per the documents. “This is the second ex parte that I have had to file requesting that I be permitted to travel with Freddie for work.”

    The Emmy nominee alleged that the first ex parte, which is an order that does not give the opposing parties the usual amount of notice, was filed at the end of January when her ex “reneged on his agreement to allow Freddie to travel with [her] for work in Canada.”

    Ricci claimed he “retaliated” against her by “filing his own ex parte requesting that the court eliminate [her] tie-breaking authority on education.”

    “Jimmy seems to be more focused on harassing and punishing me than on Freddie’s best interests,” she alleged. Page Six has reached out to Heerdegen’s reps for comment.

    In the summer of 2020, Ricci filed for divorce from Heerdegen after nearly seven years of marriage following an alleged domestic battery incident.

    Months later, the cinematographer requested a temporary restraining order against the actress, but it was denied.

    In April 2021, the exes reached an agreement on custody of their son. At the time, Freddie lived with the “Yellowjackets” star in Vancouver, Canada, while she filmed a project.

    Heerdegen was given visitation rights and Ricci agreed to pay his “reasonable costs for travel and accommodations,” which included “economy airfare.”

    After the former couple finalized their divorce last December, they agreed to share custody of Freddie with Ricci having deciding power over his education, which she pays, and his medical care.

    In October 2021, the actress tied the knot with Mark Hampton. They welcomed a daughter named Cleo just two months later.

    ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Trailer: Superpowers And Kardashians In Adventure City

    (6/12/23) (Video) Paramount on Monday dropped the official trailer for PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, the follow-up to the successful 2021 feature film based on the animated kids TV series and Spin Master toy line centering on a team of rescue pups who help protect Adventure City from peril. The first pic grossed $144.3 million at the global box office.

    The new pic, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is headed for a September 29 theatrical release.

    In The Mighty Movie, the team’s new adventure begins after a magical meteor crash-lands in the city, giving the pups superpowers. But the city needs saving again after arch-nemesis Humdinger (voice of Ron Pardo) breaks out of jail and teams with a mad scientist named Victoria Vance (Taraji P. Henson) to steal the superpowers and become supervillains.

    The voice cast includes newcomer Mckenna Grace along with Marsai Martin, Christian Convery, Lil Rel Howery, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, Alan Kim, Brice Gonzalez, Christian Corrao, Luxton Handspiker, Nylan Parthipan and Callum Shoniker, with James Marsden, Kristen Bell and Finn Lee-Epp.

    Kim Kardashian and her kids North and Saint West are also in the cast, the former reprising her role from the first movie as a poodle named Delores. North plays a member of the Junior Patrollers.

    Cal Brunker directs PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie from a script he wrote with Bob Barlen. Jennifer Dodge, Laura Clunie and Toni Stevens are producers, while Ronnen Harary, Adam Beder and Peter Schlessel executive produce.

    Check out the trailer above.

    Lucy Liu Voicing Tribeca VR Experience ‘The Pirate Queen’

    (5/31/23) Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Elementary star Lucy Liu will voice and executive-produce Tribeca Festival (June 7-18)-bound immersive experience, The Pirate Queen, about fabled Chinese pirate leader Cheng Shih.

    The project, from UK writer-producer-director Eloise Singer of Singer Studios, will see players take on the identity of Shih to complete a series of puzzle-based tasks and outsmart enemies to become the Pirate Queen.

    Orion Lee (First Cow) is also among voice cast. You can check out the teaser trailer below.

    According to producers, The Pirate Queen game is part of a franchise currently being developed alongside a graphic novel, podcast and TV series, with China’s Seesaw Films (The Farewell).

    “Lucy is a formidable talent, her performance as the voice of the Pirate Queen is truly exceptional,” said director Singer. “It was a pleasure working with her to bring the character to life, her ability to convey depth and nuance into the character have added layers of complexity to Cheng Shih’s personality, making the Pirate Queen a truly compelling and memorable character.”

    “I’m really excited to be working alongside Eloise to bring new life to a forgotten story about Cheng Shih – a fascinating woman, who with incredible resilience and tenacity, became a powerful pirate leader during the Qing Dynasty,” added Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill star Liu. “This project marks the first time I embody a character through immersive storytelling and I’m honored to join forces with Singer Studios to share this historical narrative with a potentially new and expanded audience.”

    Shih was a young pirate leader active in the South China Sea from 1801-1810. At her peak, she reportedly oversaw a fleet of hundreds of boats and thousands of pirates. (Teaser)

    Holt McCallany & Julianne Nicholson Join Rami Malek In 20th Thriller ‘Amateur’

    (5/26/23) Holt McCallany (Nightmare Alley) and Julianne Nicholson (Blonde) are the newest additions to the cast of Amateur, the CIA thriller that Rami Malek is leading for 20th Century Studios.

    The actors join an ensemble that will also include Rachel Brosnahan, Caitríona Balfe, Laurence Fishburne and Adrian Martinez, as previously announced.

    Based on a novel by Robert Littell, Amateur tells the story of Charles Heller (Malek), a CIA cryptographer who, after his wife is tragically killed in a London terrorist attack, demands his bosses go after them. When it becomes clear they won’t act due to conflicting internal priorities, he blackmails the agency into training him and letting him go after them himself.

    The film to be directed by Slow Horses‘ James Hawes had its screenplay adapted by Ken Nolan, with Scott Frank and Gary Spinelli handling revisions.

    While sources tell Deadline that McCallany will play CIA Deputy Director Moore, a “kill whoever we want” kind of guy who has spent his career behind a desk, details as to Nicholson’s role haven’t been disclosed. Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson are producing, with Malek serving as the film’s executive producer.

    Generating much acclaim with his turn as FBI agent Bill Tench on Netflix’s Mindhunter, McCallany more recently appeared on the TV side in 61st Street, the legal drama that has moved from AMC to The CW for its second season. The actor recently appearing on the film side in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Nightmare Alley will next be seen starring opposite Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, Jeremy Allen White and Lily James in Sean Durkin’s buzzy wrestling drama Iron Claw for A24, and will also appear in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.

    A recent Emmy winner for her turn opposite Kate Winslet in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Mare of Easttown, Nicholson has also been seen of late on such much-discussed series as The Outsider and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. She played the mother of Ana de Armas’ Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s Blonde and was also recently seen in Roku’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The actress is next set to star opposite Nicolas Cage in A24’s Dream Scenario.

    McCallany is represented by Atlas Artists, Buchwald, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman. Nicholson is repped by UTA, B-Side Management in the UK, and Untitled Entertainment.

    Downey’s Dream Cars

    (5/17/23) The Max Original docuseries Downey’s Dream Cars — in which the MCU vet updates his classic car collection to be more eco-friendly — will premiere Thursday, June 22, with the first two episodes, followed by weekly releases. Watch a trailer: Video.

    Anne Heche Laid to Rest on Mother's Day

    (5/15/23) (Photo1, Photo2) Anne Heche was laid to rest over the weekend on Mother's Day, in a special yet emotional ceremony for those who loved her most ... TMZ has learned.

    A rep for Anne tells TMZ … Heche was given her final resting place Sunday afternoon at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery - Cathedral Mausoleum, a location reserved for some of the biggest names in showbiz.

    The rep says, "She loved everyone so passionately and deeply and her children, her legacy, thank everyone for their support and love through this difficult time and are grateful to be able to honor their mother, [Sunday] on Mother’s Day."

    AH was cremated, and our sources say her crypt is across from Chris Cornell and Johnny Ramone and it is next to Mickey Rooney -- a spot with a beautiful view of the lake located within the cemetery's Garden of Legends.

    As we reported, Anne died last August after she was involved in a horrendous car crash. You'll recall, her car slammed into an L.A. home and caught the house on fire.

    The last time we talked to Anne's son, Homer, he told us he was super proud his mom would be getting a spot on one of the mausoleum walls at HF and among her Hollywood peers.

    Taye Diggs To Star In True Crime Film Series ‘Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy’ For BET+

    (4/26/23) Taye Diggs is set to star in the true crime film series Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy from Mona Scott-Young of Monami Productions and Eric Tomosunas of Swirl Films. It is set to debut on BET+ later this year.

    Courtney Miller will direct, based on Ron Stodghill’s book Redbone: Money, Malice and Murder in Atlanta. Gregory R. Anderson will pen the script.

    Atlanta Playboy follows Lance (Diggs), a successful Atlanta businessman, renowned in equal measure for both revolutionizing the city’s 911 system, and his womanizing ways. When he is found murdered in his own home, questions and allegations abound as to who might have wanted him dead. An investigation into the murder is launched which reveals the truths and suspicions behind Lance’s professional and personal life. Was it a business rival, threatened by Lance’s bid for a big contract? Was it a scorned lover jealous of the place occupied in Lance’s bed? The film, much like the book, reconstructs Lance’s life as told by the various players in it.

    “Working in partnership with Mona and her team at Monami Productions to produce this film series is certainly a career highlight. This is the beginning of many collaborations that will emphasize important stories that will be told by an extraordinary producing team. We couldn’t be more excited,” Tomosunas said.

    Adds Scott-Young: “I am so excited to collaborate with Swirl Films on our first project, Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy. The film series is a captivating true life crime story that captures the unique culture of Atlanta. BET has always provided a platform for stories that are authentic and relatable and we are proud to be partnered with them on this project.”

    Scott-Young and Tomosunas executive produce, and Stodghill serves as co-executive producer with Stephanie R. Gayle of Monami Productions and Abbey MacDonald of Swirl Films. Ron Robinson and Keith Neal of Swirl Films serve as producers.

    Brian Rikuda and Devin Griffin also produce. Lorisa Bates and Marvin Neil serve as co-executive Producers. John Baldasare and Noelle Broussard serve as consulting producers all for BET Films.

    Taye Diggs guests on S.W.A.T.

    (4/24/23) “All that Glitters” – Following a string of violent home robberies, the team rushes to stop a crew targeting elderly victims. Also, Hondo’s longtime friend and former Marine squad leader Danny Wright (guest star Taye Diggs) turns to Hondo for help when his daughter goes missing, on S.W.A.T., Friday, May 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Jay Harrington directs.

    WRITTEN BY: Ryan Keleher

    DIRECTED BY: Jay Harrington

    Barry Humphries: Dame Edna Everage comedian dies at 89

    (4/22/23) Australian entertainer Barry Humphries, best known for his comic character Dame Edna Everage, has died aged 89.

    The star had been in hospital in Sydney after suffering complications following hip surgery in March. He had a fall in February.

    Humphries' most famous creation became a hit in the UK in the 1970s and landed her own TV chat show, the Dame Edna Everage Experience, in the late 1980s.

    His other personas included the lecherous drunk Sir Les Patterson.

    In a statement, his family remembered him as "completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit".

    They said Humphries' fans were "precious to him", and said his characters, "which brought laughter to millions, will live on".

    Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute shortly after the news of Humphries' death broke.

    "A great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-kind, he was both gifted and a gift," Mr Albanese said.

    Melbourne-born Humphries moved to London in 1959, appearing in West End shows such as Maggie May and Oliver!

    Inspired by the absurdist, avant-garde art movement Dada, he became a leading figure of the British comedy scene alongside contemporaries like Alan Bennett, Dudley Moore and Spike Milligan.

    Broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell, a friend of Humphries, told the BBC he had an "extremely brilliant mind".

    "A world in which I don't have the friendship of Barry Humphries is really painful. Because he was so resilient and energetic and loving and direct... that's a great absence in my life now," she said.

    Comedian Rory Bremner described Humphries as "lightning quick, subversive, mischievous... & savagely funny" in a tweet.

    He said with his passing "we lose an all-time great".

    Actor and comedian Rob Brydon also described Humphries as a "true great who inspired me immeasurably" and said it was a "delight to call him my friend".

    He said he was with him only three days ago, where he was "as ever, making me laugh".

    Australian actor Jason Donovan tweeted a photo of himself with Dame Edna and said Humphries was "quite simply an entertaining genius".

    Ricky Gervais described Humphries as a "comedy genius" while former Mock The Week host Dara Ó Briain said he was "one of the absolute funniest people ever".

    Little Britain actor Matt Lucas tweeted a picture of him with Humphries, saying: "Quite simply, you were the greatest."

    Former prime minister Boris Johnson, who edited the Spectator magazine that Humphries contributed to, said he was "one of the greatest-ever Australians - and a comic genius".

    Sir Elton John said: "Barry was the funniest man ever. AND, the sweetest man ever. What a sad day."

    Andrew Lloyd Webber shared a photo of himself with Humphries and wrote: "No more will we share obscure composers and unfashionable Victoriana. How I'll miss you."

    'Hello possums!'

    In 1955, Humphries introduced Mrs Norman Everage, the housewife from Moonee Ponds, a suburb in Melbourne, in a university production.

    It was the first iteration of the irrepressible character that would define his career.

    Humphries said his creation was supposed to last only a week.

    Instead, it blossomed into Dame Edna, his gaudy, sharp-tongued comic alter ego who would leave audiences in stitches in Australia and beyond for decades. He said the character was based on his own mother.

    "Edna was painfully shy at first," Humphries told the Guardian in 2018. "Hard to believe!"

    She became more outrageous as the years went on, and was famed for her lilac-rinsed hair, flamboyant glasses and catchphrase: "Hello possums!"

    Dame Edna surprised the then Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, at the Royal Variety show in 2019 when she sat near the two and joked "they've found me a better seat" before moving.

    Humphries even wrote an autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, as the character.

    His other popular characters on stage and screen included the more grandfatherly Sandy Stone.

    He said of Stone in 2016 that he could "finally feel myself turning into him".

    Humphries also presented six series for BBC Radio 2, the latest being a three part series celebrating 100 years of the BBC.

    The commissioning executive for Radio 2, Laura Busson, said his series "Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces" was hugely popular with audiences, and would be published on BBC Sounds today as a tribute to the comedian.

    The comic actor, author, director and scriptwriter, who was also a keen landscape painter, announced a farewell tour for his satirical one-man stage show in 2012. But he returned last year with a series of shows looking back at his career.

    His other credits included voicing the shark Bruce in 2003 Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, as well as appearances in 1967 comedy Bedazzled, Spice World, The Hobbit and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

    Humphries was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, one of the country's highest civic honours, in 1982.

    Later in his career, he was criticised for referring to gender affirmation surgery as "self-mutilation" and described transgender identity as a "fashion".

    But his fans in Australia are mourning the loss of a comedy legend.

    He was married four times, and leaves behind his wife of Lizzie Spender and four children.

    ‘The Sympathizer’ Teaser Features EP Robert Downey Jr. Playing Four Characters In HBO Limited Series

    (4/12/23) (Video, Photo) HBO has released the official teaser trailer and a new photo for the original limited series The Sympathizer, which will premiere in 2024. They provide a glimpse at the four characters played by Robert Downey Jr. who executive produces the series alongside co-showrunners Park Chan-wook and Don McKellar. The footage, which introduces the cast led by Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Ky Duyen, and Sandra Oh, was shown today during Warner Bros. Discovery’s unveiling of the Max streaming service.

    Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Sympathizer is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States.

    Co-showrunner, executive producer, writer Park Chan-wook also directed Episodes 1-3, co-showrunner and writer Don McKellar also executive produces alongside A24, Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell for Team Downey, Kim Ly, Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media, Ron Schmidt, book’s author

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Jisun Back for Moho Film. The Sympathizer is a co-production between HBO, A24, and Rhombus Media.

    Searchlight Pictures’ Rock Opera ‘O’Dessa’ Adds Regina Hall

    (4/5/23) Regina Hall (Honk for Jesus. Save your Soul.) has closed a deal to star alongside Sadie Sink, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Murray Bartlett in O’Dessa, Searchlight Pictures‘ original rock opera from writer-director Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$), which commences production in Croatia in May.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic future, O’Dessa follows Sink’s same-name farm girl on an epic quest to recover a cherished family heirloom. Her journey leads her to a strange and dangerous city where she meets her one true love (Harrison) – but in order to save his soul, she must put the power of destiny and song to the ultimate test.

    Hall’s role is under wraps, though we know the project will feature original songs penned and produced by Jasper and Jason Binnick. Michael Gottwald will produce for the Department of Motion Pictures, along with Noah Stahl, and Rodrigo Teixeira for RT Features. Executive producers include Jonathan Montepare, Dan Janvey and Lourenço Sant’Anna. SVP Taylor Friedman and Creative Executive Cornelia Burleigh are overseeing the project for Searchlight Pictures, reporting to Heads of Production and Development Katie Goodson-Thomas and DanTram Nguyen.

    Hall recently landed an NAACP Image Award nomination recognizing her performance in the miniseries The Best Man: The Final Chapters, which helped build some streaming-wars momentum for Peacock as the platform’s first original project to register in Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming rankings. She prior to that starred in and produced Focus Features, Peacock and Monkeypaw‘s dark comedy Honk for Jesus. Save your Soul., which garnered critical acclaim and sold for $8.5M out of last year’s Sundance Film Festival, bringing her Independent Spirit and NAACP Image Award nominations.

    Hall has also exec produced and starred in Mariama Diallo’s Prime Video psychological horror pic Master, as well as Uni’s fantasy comedy Little, also producing and starring alongside Don Cheadle in the Showtime comedy series, Black Monday. Other major, recent titles for the multi-hyphenate include Uni’s ensemble comedy Girls Trip, which has a sequel in development after grossing over $140M worldwide, David E. Kelley’s Hulu drama series Nine Perfect Strangers, George Tillman Jr.’s Fox drama The Hate U Give and the SXSW-premiering dramedy Support the Girls, which led her to become the New York Film Critics Circle Awards’ first African-American winner of Best Actress in 2018.

    Hall’s production company, Rh Negative, has a first-look deal with Showtime. She most recently signed on to produce and star in director Jim Strouse’s horror comedy Breitenbush and is represented by APA.

    Hayden Panettiere, Hoping to Leave Her Struggles Behind, Is Back Onscreen

    (4/4/23) ( LOS ANGELES — Hayden Panettiere has always been a survivor.

    She survived being a child actor in the early 2000s when the media obsessively treated the lives of young women as entertainment fodder; she survived early adulthood in the 2010s when she starred in the popular soap opera “Nashville,” a role that mirrored her own issues with postpartum depression and substance abuse; and she survived the aggressive tabloid coverage of her daughter’s move to Ukraine after her father was granted custody of her.

    Recently Ms. Panettiere, 33, found herself in survival mode once again, because of grief. About three weeks before the release of “Scream VI,” in which she reprises her character Kirby Reed, her brother, Jansen Rane Panettiere, died at 28. He was an actor and budding artist, and he died from heart complications, her family said in February.

    Ms. Panettiere tried to push through the press tour for the film in New York, but on March 6, two days before her brother’s funeral, she could sit through only one interview. She canceled the rest of her appearances, aside from the premiere.

    On an overcast morning in late March in her Los Angeles condominium, Ms. Panettiere reflected on the past month of her life. Her brother’s ashes were atop a mantel, across from which she posed for a portrait in a Christian Siriano dress. She stood in front of a canvas teeming with hidden words, which her brother had created for her.

    “I always see a few secret messages that maybe he meant to put there, maybe he didn’t,” she said. Mr. Panettiere was working on it when he died. “His art, that was the thing that made him happiest,” she said, her voice cracking.

    After the photo shoot, Ms. Panettiere climbed the spiral staircase in her living room and curled up under a blanket on her velvet sofa in the lofted part of her condo. Her home is “the last place my whole family ever lived together” before her parents separated, she said.

    Ms. Panettiere, who was born and raised in New York, has lived most of her life in the public eye. She landed her first gig in a commercial at 11 months old and was a child actor in films like “Remember the Titans” and “Bring It On: All or Nothing” and TV shows like “Guiding Light” and “Ally McBeal.”

    She said her parents gave her a great childhood where she was able to attend prom and play sports, though she was always working. “I don’t think I really had a lot of time to be a kid,” she said. “I would miss these pockets of time, and because of that, it wasn’t easy for me as a young girl to slide back into a friend group and to belong.”

    She solidified her place in Hollywood through roles like Claire Bennet in “Heroes,” the high school cheerleader with special powers; Kirby, a quirky horror aficionado, in “Scream IV”; and Juliette Barnes, a troubled country diva, in “Nashville.”

    But in her private life, she struggled. When she was 18, her parents separated, and she ended up in the midst of an eight-year divorce battle. There were times, she said, when she felt like she had to choose one parent over the other and would end up staying by herself or with Wladimir Klitschko, an ex-boxer whom she dated on and off between 2009 and 2018.

    “Of course, kids are always caught in the middle,” Ms. Panettiere said. “But my relationship with my parents now is good and even more special to me, because we lost my brother.”

    In 2014, while she was working on “Nashville,” she gave birth to a daughter, Kaya (Mr. Klitschko is the father) and began suffering from postpartum depression. Ms. Panettiere said she turned to alcohol and opioids to self-medicate.

    She ended up leaving “Nashville” during the fourth season in 2015 to go to a treatment facility for her depression. In 2018, when the show ended, her daughter went to live with her father, Mr. Klitschko, in Ukraine. Ms. Panettiere said she sees Kaya as much as she can (Kaya and Mr. Klitschko live in an undisclosed location since the war broke out last year).

    Ms. Panettiere said that many of her real-life experiences were reflected in the show’s script while she was going through them, which was traumatizing. But there wasn’t much she could do about its story lines, and she had spent most of her life doing what she was told by those who had power over her. “Even if something was too much for me, I would never admit to it,” she said. “It was always about making them happy.”

    The demand of her career took its toll. “When I went home after acting out what I was really going through, the last thing I wanted to do was properly manage or talk about what I was feeling in a healthy way,” she said. “So I turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms.”

    That meant cocktails with friends and hiding under the covers and pouring herself a drink almost every day. Her life, she said, could be summed up by the adage “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

    In some ways, Ms. Panettiere said, her tumultuous behavior stemmed from the time she lost in growing up as a child actor. “I wanted that control back,” she said. “I wanted to do things I wasn’t supposed to do, and I wanted to just let go and act like a kid.”

    Ms. Panettiere said that at some point she couldn’t recognize herself in the mirror anymore. “My eyes were yellow,” she said, adding that doctors told her that her liver was failing and she was septic. She was 27 at the time and would wake up shaking, needing an entire bottle of alcohol to get through the day. She would often swap in opioids to stave off drinking alcohol, she said.

    In 2021, Ms. Panettiere re-entered a treatment center for eight months. She has been sober for almost two years, now swapping substances for Peloton rides and organic meals, and has deleted most of the photos from her time deep in addiction, except for one.

    Why? “To remind myself what I looked like,” she said. “The fact that I thought I looked OK at that time is the scariest part to me.”

    At the height of her addiction, she dated Brian Hickerson on and off for about four years. In 2021, he pleaded no contest to two felony counts of injuring the actress and served time in jail. Mr. Hickerson was in the condo during our interview, walking around, vacuuming and shooting a basketball through the hoop in her living area.

    Both Ms. Panettiere and Mr. Hickerson became sober and later reconnected as friends. During the photo shoot, Ms. Panettiere called him “babe” a handful of times. When asked if they were dating again, she was hesitant to define their relationship, but said, “There are feelings there, yes.”

    She added that she doesn’t condone what he did. “He knows he deserved what happened to him,” Ms. Panettiere said, referring to his arrest and jail time. She noted that their relationship was “contingent on him continuing on this road of recovery,” and she is self-conscious about how people may perceive her letting him back into her life. “I did not do any of this lightly,” she said.

    When Ms. Panettiere heard “Scream V” was in the works, her team reached out to see if she could be involved in the film. It was too late, but Ms. Panettiere ended up connecting with one of the sixth film’s executive producers, Kevin Williamson, with whom she had done “Scream IV.” Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the directors of “Scream V,” wanted to bring Ms. Panettiere back for that movie but “felt like we’d be forcing her character in as a cameo,” they wrote in an email. Instead they had her return for a more fully fledged part in the next film.

    Ms. Panettiere had some anxiety about returning to set as she struggled to remember her lines. “I used to memorize things like that, within two seconds,” she said, snapping. “Suddenly it was taking me hours to memorize something. It was like that muscle atrophied, so I was terrified.”

    Fans of Ms. Panettiere’s singing on “Nashville” will be happy to know that the thought of making an album has crossed her mind. “I would love to do that one day and really do it right,” she said. Ms. Panettiere also said she’d love to take on more comedy or action roles.

    Perhaps Ms. Panettiere might even make an appearance in another future “Scream” movie. When she initially took on the role of Kirby, she did it with the contingency that her character’s fate was left open-ended. “I was stabbed, but you never saw me die,” she said, laughing.

    Hayden Panettiere Reacts to Her BIGGEST Career Moments

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    Ali Wong To Star & EP New Netflix Animated Series ‘Jentry Chau vs. The Underworld’

    (3/29/23) Netflix has greenlit the new 2D animated series Jentry Chau vs. The Underworld from first-time showrunner Echo Wu and executive producers Ali Wong (Beef) and Aron Eli Coleite (Locke & Key).

    Wong will also star in the supernatural action series alongside Bowen Yang, Lori Tan Chinn, Lucy Liu, Jimmy O. Yang, Sheng Wang, and Woosung Kim.

    The series follows Jentry Chau (voiced by Wong), a Chinese-American teen living in a small Texas town, who finds out a demon king is hunting her for the supernatural powers she’s been working her whole life to repress. With the help of her weapons expert great-aunt and a millennia-old jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampire), Jentry must now fight an entire underworld’s worth of monsters while balancing the horrors of high school.

    Chris Prynoski (The Legend of Vox Machina), Shannon Prynoski (Fairfax), Antonio Canobbio (Arlo the Alligator Boy) and Ben Kalina (Big Mouth) will also executive produce from Titmouse.

    Adam McKay Lines Up Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr, Forest Whitaker & Danielle Deadwyler For Serial Killer Comedy ‘Average Height, Average Build’

    (3/24/23) Oscar winner Adam McKay has lined up Rob Pattinson, Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr, Forest Whitaker and Till‘s Danielle Deadwyler to head the ensemble cast of his next directing vehicle. Titled Average Height, Average Build, the script and package is out to studios and streamers, and the intention is to get it into production by late summer or early fall.

    Much the way that the McKay-crafted series Succession and his films Don’t Look Up and The Big Short told entertaining stories that reflect what’s going on in the world, Average Height, Average Build sounds like a pretty ingenious marriage of a black comedy premise with the corruption that rife in politics.

    Pattinson will play a serial killer who enlists a lobbyist (Adams) to change laws that will allow him to get away with murder more easily. Downey’s role is a retired cop who won’t give up on the murders, and the killer tries to prevent him from dogging his trail now that he’s hung up his gun. The serial killer turns himself into a cause celebre, a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington figure shielding his true motives.

    Hyperobject Industries’ McKay and Kevin Messick are producing. The script has been shopped without a budget, and with that killer cast it should be set soon. McKay has been talking about making a dirty money movie since he promoted Don’t Look Up, which shined a light on global warming without making audiences feel they were being fed spinach.

    The film marks a reunion for McKay and Adams, who worked together on the Oscar-nominated political satire Vice. As for Pattinson, The Batman had been weighing options after recently wrapping production on the sci-fi thriller Mickey 17, which has Bong Joon Ho directing.

    Stay tuned.

    Paramount Sets Remake Of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ As Potential Robert Downey Jr-Starrer; Steven Knight To Write Script & Davis Entertainment To Produce With Team Downey

    (3/23/23) Paramount Pictures has preemptively acquired a remake of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock-directed psychological thriller Vertigo, with Robert Downey Jr eyeing the James Stewart lead role of the former police detective forced to retire after a line of duty trauma that leaves him with fear of heights and vertigo. The script will be written by Steven Knight, the See and Peaky Blinders creator who just signed on to write a Star Wars film.

    Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox are producing with Team Downey’s Robert and Susan Downey.

    Paramount was the home for the original film, and the Hitchcock Estate favored the studio as the landing spot for this. The original was scripted by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor from the Boileau-Narcejac novel D’entre les morts (From Among the Dead).

    After he’s shelved by his affliction, the police detective is hired by an acquaintance to shadow his wife, who he feels is behaving erratically. The film was the first to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera device that distorts perspective to create disorientation and pull audiences into the cop’s acrophobia condition.

    Team Downey has Perry Mason in Season Two on HBO, and Downey is starring in the Park Chan-wook-directed The Sympathizer for A24 and HBO. Davis Entertainment is in post on Harold and the Purple Crayon and Uglies.

    Downey is repped by WME, Joy Fehily and Hansen Jacobson; Knight is CAA and Nelson Davis.

    ‘Yellowjackets’: Showtime Drops New Trailer For Season 2 Of Drama From Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson

    (3/9/23) (Video) Showtime has dropped another trailer for season two of Yellowjackets, which will return for its second season Friday, March 24 on streaming and on demand for subscribers. It’ll make its on-air debut Sunday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    The season two trailer marks the release of Florence + The Machine’s new single “Just A Girl,” a cover of No Doubt’s song from 1995. The single is produced by Florence Welch and Mark Bowen of Idles.

    “I’m such a huge fan of Yellowjackets and this era of music, and this song especially had a huge impact on me growing up, so I was thrilled to be asked to interpret it in a deeply unsettling way for the show,” said Florence Welch in a statement. “We tried to really add some horror elements to this iconic song to fit the tone of the show. And as someone who’s first musical love was pop punk and Gwen Stefani it was a dream job.”

    Season one, which earned a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and received seven Emmy nominations, averaged more than 5 million weekly viewers across platforms and was the second-most streamed series in Showtime history. Produced for Showtime by studio Entertainment One (eOne), the series is currently in production in Vancouver.

    Yellowjackets follows a team of high school girl soccer players who become the unlucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. Beyond the original cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress and Lewis, season 2 will feature Wood, Lauren Ambrose and Simone Kessell, along with Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty, Courtney Eaton, Liv Hewson, Steven Krueger, Warren Kole and Kevin Alves.

    Yellowjackets was created Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. Produced by studio Entertainment One (eOne), the series is currently in production in Vancouver.

    James Marsden Freevee Series ‘Jury Duty’ Sets Cast & Premiere Date; Drops Trailer

    (3/7/23) (Video) Amazon Freevee’s new docu-style comedy series Jury Duty is set to premiere with four episodes on April 7. The 8-episode multi-camera comedy starring James Marsden will drop two new episodes each Friday thereafter until April 21.

    Deadline exclusively revealed the top secret project from Amazon Studios was in the works back in September. Watch the trailer above.

    Jury Duty chronicles the inner workings of an American jury trial through the eyes of one particular juror, Ronald Gladden. Gladden is unaware the entire case is fake, everyone except him is an actor, including Marsden, and everything that happens — inside the courtroom and out — is carefully planned.

    “What interested me was the challenge of creating a hero’s journey for someone who has no idea the world around him was completely manufactured,” said Marsden, “and whether or not this high wire act could lead him to unite this family of wonderful weirdos and in the process become an inspiring leader for us all under the process of serving Jury Duty.”

    Marsden stars as an alternate version of himself alongside Alan Barinholtz, Susan Berger (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Cassandra Blair (Hacks), Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola (South Side), David Brown, Kirk Fox (Reservation Dogs), Ross Kimball, Pramode Kumar, Trisha LaFache, Mekki Leeper (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Brandon Loeser, Edy Modica (Made for Love), Kerry O’Neill (Murderville), Whitney Rice, Maria Russell, Ishmel Sahid, Ben Seaward, Ron Song, and Evan Williams.

    “Jury Duty originated with a question: Was it possible to make a sitcom like The Office about a trial, populate it with brilliant comedic performers, and put a real person at the center of the show who doesn’t realize he’s surrounded by actors?” said executive producer Todd Schulman. “We honestly had no idea but when we pitched it to Freevee we pretended like it was a sure thing. Thank God we pulled it off.”

    The series is executive produced by David Bernad (The White Lotus, Bad Trip), Lee Eisenberg (WeCrashed, The Office), Ruben Fleischer (Superstore), Nicholas Hatton (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Who Is America?), Cody Heller (Dummy), Todd Schulman (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Brüno), Gene Stupnitsky (Hello Ladies, The Office), Jake Szymanski (The Package), and Andrew Weinberg (Great Minds with Dan Harmon). Eisenberg and Stupnitsky co-created the series, Heller serves as showrunner, and Szymanski directs.

    Hayden Panettiere tears up in first TV interview since brother Jansen’s death

    (3/6/23) (Video) Hayden Panettiere paid a heartfelt tribute to her late brother, Jansen Panettiere, in her first TV appearance since his unexpected death.

    “He’s right here with me,” the “Scream VI” actress, 33, tearfully said on “Good Morning America” Monday after Michael Strahan offered his condolences at the end of their interview.

    Jansen was found dead on Feb. 19 in New York. He was 28.

    The artist’s family revealed eight days later that his cause of death was an enlarged heart.

    “His charisma, warmth, compassion for others and his creative spirit will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all whom he encountered,” the family added in a statement.

    A police report obtained by TMZ stated that friends had grown concerned about Jansen when he did not show up to a business meeting prior to his death.

    One pal rushed to check on the actor and found him unresponsive in his apartment, sitting upright in a chair, according to the outlet. They then called 911 and started doing CPR.

    Jansen’s dad, Skip Panettiere, reportedly told police that he had talked to his son the night before and he sounded “OK.”

    But a source told “Entertainment Tonight” that the former child star struggled with mental health issues.

    “Art was his therapy and escape,” the insider shared. “In the past, Jansen was open to family and friends about his struggles. Hayden was always there for him and constantly tried to help Jansen when she could.”

    The source added that Hayden, who has publicly battled addiction, was “absolutely heartbroken” over the death of her only sibling.

    “She loved her brother unconditionally, and the two shared a special bond,” the insider told “ET.”

    Hayden and Jansen seemed to have a close relationship, as he shared a photo with her on Instagram in January in which she smiled while cutting his hair. His final post on the social media platform was a selfie in front of a graffiti-covered wall.

    As a child, Jansen had small roles in “Even Stevens,” “Hope & Faith,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

    He was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his work on Nickelodeon’s “The Last Day of Summer” in 2008.

    Jansen also collaborated on a few movies with Hayden, including 2004’s “Tiger Cruise” and 2005’s “Racing Stripes.”

    Most recently, Jansen appeared in the 2022 comedy-drama “Love and Love Not.” He had been working on four other projects prior to his death, according to his IMDb page.

    Hayden Panettiere Is Standing Strong After Battling Addiction And Postpartum Depression

    (3/5/23) ( It’s the fourth consecutive day of rain in Los Angeles, and Hayden Panettiere, clad in a white sweatshirt and sweatpants, is lighting candles in the guest room of her apartment before cozying up underneath a blanket. The 33-year-old actor has owned this home since she was 16 years old— one of her first big purchases after moving from New York to L.A. and landing the role of Claire on the hit NBC series Heroes.

    “This is the last place my family lived all together,” she says of her parents and younger brother, Jansen. Hayden moved multiple times over the past 15 years, including relocating to Tennessee to film the TV show Nashville. But she always held on to this place.

    Recently, she’s been renovating it into her personal sanctuary since returning to L.A. after a four-year hiatus from acting. “I’ve completely redone it,” she beams, looking over her shoulder at two black-and-white prints she brought back from Montreal, where she shot Scream 6. She’s particularly fond of the lighting she installed—bulbs that change color to suit your mood. Now, they’re pink and yellow for warmth. “It feels like home,” she says.

    There’s no missing the symbolism: This homecoming isn’t simply about a place. For Hayden, it’s a state of mind, a return to her roots—to herself—after years of struggling with postpartum depression and substance abuse and giving up custody of her daughter, Kaya, to her ex, retired pro boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

    Hayden admits she’s nervous to do a cover tied to a movie release—it’s been awhile. But she says it’s important to her.

    Plus, she has decades of experience to guide her.

    Hayden started work as a child actor at 4 years old. She went from roles in popular daytime soap operas to Grammy nominee before she was 10. She starred opposite Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans at 11, and at 14, she trained to race a zebra in South Africa for the movie Racing Stripes. She’s done her own stunts (in heels) and learned to ice skate like a pro. She became a prime-time television staple for most of her teens and 20s, and while other celebrities her age were out partying, she was constantly working—and her star continued to rise.

    Then, at age 22, she moved to Nashville and began drinking to cope with stress.

    “I was being told how to be and how to live by so many people in my life,” she says. “I wanted certain decisions to be my own, and nobody could stop me. What I put in my body was like an act of defiance.”

    Hayden maintained her professionalism on-set, and with no paparazzi following her, it was easy to hide her habit.

    “Some people work out. I wish that was my coping mechanism,” Hayden says. “Alcohol might make you feel better in that moment, but it makes you feel so much worse the next day, and then you do it all over again.”

    Her drinking ramped up in 2014 after giving birth to her daughter and dealing with crippling postpartum depression, which she describes as feelings of “extreme hopelessness” and “like all the walls are closing in.” (Postpartum depression occurs in about 6.5 to 20 percent of women after childbirth and can last for years.)

    It was around this time that an old neck injury flared up, and Hayden began taking opioids. “I was in a lot of pain,” she says. “My tolerance got so high so fast that it became a problem.” She found herself in a vicious cycle, alternating between opioids and alcohol.

    “I should have gone on antidepressants [to cope with the postpartum depression], but you have to find the right one that works for you,” she says. “They don’t mix well with alcohol, and I wasn’t ready to stop drinking.”

    She entered rehab in the middle of production on Nashville’s fourth season in 2015. “I was the one who put myself in the first treatment center,” she says. “I was drowning.”

    In treatment, she was told to change everything about her daily routine, from what she read to the people she surrounded herself with, yet returning to work made that advice basically impossible. In a cruel twist of fate, art was imitating life.

    “They wrote my character as having postpartum depression,” says Hayden, whose daughter was going back and forth between Nashville and Ukraine (with her father) at the time. “They wrote that she abandoned her child and went to a different country. And it was very difficult to go on-set and to act out these feelings about these things that I was truly going through in my real life.”

    Hayden eventually left the industry and the public eye to work on herself but returned to drinking to manage anxiety. That’s when her physical health caved. “I struggled with sleep deprivation,” she says. “Sleep is massive. It affects your motor skills, your ability to think, and your overall health.

    “My body was like, ‘enough,’” she continues. “I hit 30. My face was swollen. I had jaundice. My eyes were yellow. I had to go to a liver specialist. I was holding on to weight that wasn’t normally there. My hair was thin and coming out in clumps.”

    She went back to treatment in 2021, enrolled in a 12-step program, and even went to trauma therapy.

    “I did a lot of work on myself,” Hayden explains of this soul-searching period. “After eight months of intensive therapy, I felt like I had this blank canvas to work with.”

    Now, without alcohol or opiates, her body is recovering, and she’s choosing which habits will fill that blank canvas. At night, she sips chamomile tea with milk and honey while soaking in vanilla-scented bubble baths. She’s finally sleeping again. She works out with trainer Eddie Pavese, whom she met while in treatment, and keeps a Peloton in her bedroom—though she admits she doesn’t have a rigid workout schedule in order to keep exercise from feeling too much like a chore.

    Part of her recovery process has included reclaiming herself after childbirth too.

    “My body still didn’t feel like it belonged to me,” Hayden says, explaining why she decided to get a breast reduction in November 2022. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with somebody who wants to tweak something if it makes them feel more confident. That’s all I have to say about it. My confidence is back.”

    Perhaps the biggest shift is how Hayden has learned to connect to herself emotionally and view her journey with compassion. “A big part of my therapy has been living in forgiveness,” she says. “A step in the 12-step program is making amends. If somebody wants to be a good person and to be the best version of themselves, they can choose to do that.”

    Speaking of amends, her daughter, for now, doesn’t know about her mother’s struggles, but Hayden’s “looking forward to the day where I get to have these conversations with her,” she says. “I’m grateful that I’m equipped with the information and with the experience that I’ve had with postpartum depression.”

    Hayden’s return to acting was inspired, in part, by the desire to go back to a feeling of “home,” in the well-being sense.

    “In therapy, I kept wanting to go back to the beginning of the period of time where I was really happy and healthy,” she says of reprising her role as Kirby Reed in Scream 6. (Hayden has fond memories of filming Scream 4 in 2010 and says she’s still on a text thread with her costars from the movie.)

    This time around, though, she and her character have something in common: They’re both survivors. “We saw Kirby get stabbed, but we never saw her die. We didn’t see her rescued either,” Hayden says of her character’s fate. “She has that human trauma, and it’s changed her. That’s something I can obviously relate to.”

    Kirby is back, and so is Hayden. Her homecoming has been hard-earned—rebuilding from the inside out to become the strongest, healthiest version of herself. This is the Hayden of the future, the woman who creates her own environment and makes her own moves. The best part? She feels like she’s just now getting started.

    A version of this story ran in the April 2023 issue of Women's Health. The interview with Hayden took place in January.n oa

    Jansen Panettiere Family Reveals Actor’s Cause Of Death

    (2/27/23) The family of Jansen Panettiere, including his sister Hayden, have revealed that the 28-year-old actor’s death last week was caused by cardiomegaly, or enlarged heart, coupled with aortic valve complications.

    “Though it offers little solace, the Medical Examiner reported Jansen’s sudden passing was due to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), coupled with aortic valve complications,” the family said in a statement to ABC News.

    “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support towards our family as we navigate this unthinkable loss, and ask that we be gifted our privacy during this time of mourning,” the family said. “We love you so much Jansen and you will be in our hearts forever.”

    Jansen Panettiere, the younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere, died Feb. 19 in Nyack, New York. He was an actor who had followed his sister Hayden into show business with appearances on Even Stevens, Blue’s Clues, Ice Age: The Meltdown and The Walking Dead.

    Born September 25, 1994, in Palisades, NY, Panettiere earned his first credits as a voice actor before landing a 2002 appearance on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens starring a young Shia LaBeouf. Subsequent credits include 2003 appearances on the sitcom Hope & Faith and the drama Third Watch, and the following year he voiced the recurring character Periwinkle on Blue’s Clues.

    As a voice actor, his credits include 100 Things To Do Before Middle School, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and The X’s,among others.

    Panettiere, also a painter and artist, appeared alongside his sister in the 2004 Disney Channel movie Tiger Cruise. In 2019, he co-starred in MTV’s How High 2. Hayden Panettiere is best known for her roles in TV’s Heroes and Nashville, as well as the Scream movie franchise.

    In the statement to ABC News, the late actor’s family, including his mother Lesley Vogel, father Skip Panettiere and sister Hayden, said, “Jansen’s heart could be seen in his eyes, and his charm in his brilliant, engaging smile; his soul in his masterful and revealing paintings, and the joy of life in his dry wit. His charisma, warmth, compassion for others, and his creative spirit will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all whom he encountered.”

    Nominations For The Critics Choice Super Awards

    (2/22/23) This year’s winners will be revealed March 16.

    Jennifer Coolidge – The Watcher
    Natasia Demetriou – What We Do in the Shadows
    Katja Herbers – Evil
    Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
    Jenna Ortega – Wednesday
    Christina Ricci – Wednesday

    Hayden Panettiere's Brother Jansen Panettiere Dead At 28

    (2/20/23) Hayden Panettiere's brother Jansen Panettiere has died ... TMZ has learned.

    A family source tells us Jansen died over the weekend in New York. His cause of death is currently unclear. Law enforcement sources tell us they got a call to a residence Sunday night around 5:30PM. We're told there's no foul play suspected in Jansen's death.

    Jansen, 5 years Hayden's younger, jumped onto the scene in the early 2000s, working on projects like "Even Stevens," "Blue's Clues," "Robots," and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." He also had a recurring role as Truman X in Nickelodeon's "The X's."

    At one point, Jansen worked alongside Hayden in 2004's "Tiger Cruise" and 2005's "Racing Stripes."

    He went on to star in Disney Channel original movies and made-for-TV Nickelodeon films, picking up a nomination for a Young Artist Award back in 2008 for his work on "The Last Day of Summer."

    Jansen kept acting through the 2010s, working on shows like "Major Crimes" and "The Walking Dead." He also was attached to 5 more projects at the time of his death.

    Jansen was only 28.

    ‘The Dresden Sun’: First Look At Christina Ricci In Sci-Fi Action Pic, World Sales Deal Inked

    (2/6/23) (Photo) VMI Worldwide has boarded worldwide sales to sci-fi actioner The Dresden Sun, starring Wednesday’s Christina Ricci, Mena Suvari, Linus Roache, Steven Ogg and Samantha Win.

    The film follows a heist that goes south when a brilliant, principled mercenary (Ogg) with a traumatic history works with an insider to steal a prized commodity called “the sphere” from Peredor Corporation and Dr. Dresden (Ricci).

    Above is a first look at Ricci who is coming off Netflix hit Wednesday and Showtime series Yellowjackets.

    Penned and directed by Michael Ryan, the film is produced by Tyler Lockamy and Michael Ryan at Archetype Pictures.

    The sales deal was negotiated by Jessica Bennett, COO Productions and Acquisitions for VMI, and Michael Ryan and Tyler Lockamy on the producing side.

    The film is currently in post-production. VMI will be introducing the project to buyers at the upcoming EFM.

    “The Dresden Sun is a whole other world of sci-fi with stylized and sleek action elements with an overall unique concept. We at VMI are very excited to bring this one to market, the stellar cast and level of filmmaking will bring the wow factor,” said Bennett.

    “The Dresden Sun is an allegorical story that deals with ideas and concepts ranging from corporatocracy, interdimensional reality, grief, arrested development, and apostasy. We at Archetype Pictures appreciate working with VMI and their passionate team and are looking forward to their abilities to help deliver the film to the world,” commented filmmaker Michael Ryan.

    Octavia Spencer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Lucy Liu To Star In Black List Script ‘Nobody Nothing Nowhere’ For ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Producers

    (2/2/23) Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu (Shazam: Fury of the Gods) are attached to lead the high-concept comedy Nobody Nothing Nowhere, which The Exchange is launching for sales at the upcoming European Film Market.

    Filming is slated for summer 2023 on the project, which is “the story of Ruth, one of the Non-People, human-looking beings designed and trained for the sole purpose of filling in a realistic world for a bland guy named Dave, the only person that actually exists on Earth. Tired of serving as an extra in someone else’s life, Ruth is ready to demand a life of her own.”

    A 2018 Black List and Sundance Screenwriter Labs script written and to be directed by Rachel Wolther and Alex H. Fischer, pic is being produced by veteran producers Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald of the Department of Motion Pictures, Allison Rose Carter, Spencer, Gordon-Levitt and Liu.

    Christina Campagnola under a banner to be announced, Brian Clisham and Stephanie Kluft of Orit Entertainment, Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick and Caddy Vanasirikul of The Exchange and Blair Ward and Anders Erden of Orogen Entertainment are serving as executive producers.

    CAA Media Finance and WME Independent are handling domestic.

    Fischer’s previous work includes Sundance 2020 movie Save Yourselves!; Penn and Gottwald produced critical hit and four-time Oscar nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild and their banner produced 2017 Sundance and Cannes Directors’ Fortnight pic Patti Cake$. Carter’s credits as co-producer and line producer include Everything Everywhere All at Once and American Honey, respectively.

    Multiple Oscar nominee Spencer said: “Nobody Nothing Nowhere is a wholly original feature film that presents a world and its characters in an entirely unique way. Having the opportunity to work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucy Liu is a dream come true! It is always a priority for me, and my partners at Orit Entertainment, to produce projects that entertain and bring the light, hope and promise audiences are craving. I am excited to be part of such an inventive and thoughtful project.”

    “Not only is Nobody Nothing Nowhere a strong commercial project with a hilarious script, but the film also subtly tackles social issues in a mind-boggling cinematic universe. We are incredibly proud to represent this project at a market and play a part in bringing it to audiences around the world,” said McCormick of The Exchange.

    The Exchange EFM lineup also includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Guy Pearce’s Neponset Circle, Olivia Munn’s Replay, Kathy Bates’ Thelma, and Zoe Saldana and Garrett Hedlund’s The Absence of Eden.

    Spencer is represented by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, Gordon-Levitt by WME and Jackoway Austen Tyerman and Liu by Framework Entertainment, CAA, The Artist Partnership and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    ‘Party Down’: Starz Drops Trailer For Series Revival

    (1/26/23) (Video) Starz is ready to get this party started: It released the official trailer for Party Down, the revival of the cult comedy series from 2009-10. Starz will debut the laugher at midnight on Friday, February 24 on its app and streaming platforms. Its linear debut is set for later that night at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz.

    The third season will consist of six all-new episodes and take place 10 years later, when most of the Party Down catering team have moved on, including actor/bartender Henry Pollard (Adam Scott). After a surprise reunion, the gang find themselves once again stoically enduring the procession of random parties and oddball guests all over Los Angeles.

    Scott reprises his role alongside original cast members Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Megan Mullally. New cast members include Jennifer Garner, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Zoë Chao and James Marsden. Guest stars include Dan Bakkedahl, Quinta Brunson, Liv Hewson, Fran Kranz, Ki Hong Lee, Lyric Lewis), Bobby Moynihan, Nick Offerman, Judy Reyes and Calum Worthy.

    The third season is executive produced by Party Down alumni Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd, Dan Etheridge and Scott. Enbom also serves as showrunner. Party Down is produced for STARZ by Lionsgate Television.

    The first two seasons of Party Down debuted on Starz in 2009 and 2010. Both seasons remain available on the network and for download or streaming via the Starz app.

    ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Adds Kristen Bell, McKenna Grace, James Marsden, Lil Rel Howery, North West & more

    (1/25/23) Spin Master Entertainment-Nickelodeon-Paramount’s sequel PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie has added to their voiceover ensemble including Kristen Bell (Frozen, Zootopia), Christian Convery (“Sweet Tooth”), McKenna Grace (Gifted, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), James Marsden (Disenchanted, Sonic The Hedgehog), Finn Lee-Epp (Let Him Go) as Ryder, and tennis ace Serena Williams.

    A trio of new pups also join the ranks, voiced by Critics Choice Award winner Alan Kim (Minari), TikTok star Brice Gonzalez of EnkyBoys and North West, who joins her mom Kim Kardashian returning as Delores from the first movie, along with a cameo from brother Saint West.

    Additional cast members reprising their roles include Marsai Martin (Liberty), Ron Pardo (Mayor Humdinger) and Callum Shoniker (Rocky). New cast members also include Luxton Handspiker (PAW Patrol series), Christian Corrao (Dino Dana) and Nylan Parthipan (PAW Patrol series).

    All of them join Taraji P. Henson in the feature which is hitting theaters on October 13.

    The pic’s score is composed and produced by Emmy-nominated Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, The Lost City).

    “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PAW Patrol franchise, and what better way to celebrate than the release of our second feature film,” said Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master’s President of Entertainment and producer of the film. “As we continue to expand the PAW Patrol universe for fans, we’ll follow the pups on mightier missions and explore their backstories, this time with a heartwarming tale centered around our heroine Skye. With this cast of dynamic voice talent, we’re bringing a whole new level of excitement to the big screen.”

    Added Ramsey Naito, President of Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, “Following the historic success of the first film, which truly reinforced the global love for this franchise, we knew that this sequel called not only for an equally great story, but for world-class talent to bring these characters to life once again.”

    The first PAW Patrol: Movie was a theatrical-day-and-date title with streaming service Paramount+. The movie opened to No. 1 in more than 25 countries and ultimately amassed $150M+ worldwide. It also became one of the most-watched Paramount+ originals.

    PAW Patrol: The Movie helmer Cal Brunker directs again with his writing partner Bob Barlen (PAW Patrol: The Movie) who takes on the role as associate producer. Dodge produces along with Spin Master’s Laura Clunie, Spin Master’s SVP Development Current Series & Feature Film, and Toni Stevens, SVP Entertainment Production & Operations. Spin Master co-founder Ronnen Harary, EVP Adam Beder and Peter Schlessel are EPs.

    Anne Heche’s 13-year-old son, Atlas, breaks silence 5 months after mom’s death

    (1/24/23) Anne Heche’s 13-year-old son, Atlas, breaks silence 5 months after mom’s death

    Anne Heche’s son Atlas is mourning his late mother in his first statement since the actress’ death.

    The 13-year-old called Heche the “brightest person [he’s] ever known” while breaking his silence in a statement to Los Angeles Inquisitor magazine Tuesday.

    “She always knew how to solve a problem or help a friend,” Atlas gushed. “She always knew the right thing to do.

    “I cannot put into words how grateful I am or how much I miss her,” he continued.

    Heche shared Atlas with her ex James Tupper.

    The “Big Little Lies” alum, 57, also spoke to the outlet about the “love and energy” that Atlas brought into his and Heche’s relationship.

    “Anne and I were together for more than a decade; we have a beautiful son together, and in that time, he was the very definition of light in our lives, always bringing fun,” Tupper said.

    The actor, who dated Heche from 2007 to 2018, concluded, “She will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.”

    The Emmy winner was also the mother of son Homer, 20, with her ex-husband, Coleman Laffoon.

    Since Heche died in August 2022 at age 53 after a fiery car crash and ensuing coma, Tupper has been battling with his ex’s eldest son over her estate.

    In October, Tupper claimed in court documents obtained by Page Six that Homer had been “hostile” toward Atlas.

    The “Men in Trees” alum accused his former stepchild of breaking “several promises” to his son, claiming Homer failed to provide an “inventory list and pictures of [Heche’s] tangible personal property.”

    However, Homer was granted control over his mom’s estate two months later.

    Heche is buried at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, with Homer telling Page Six in an August 2022 statement that her resting place is “a living place, where people attend movies and concerts and other events.”

    He added, “We are convinced our Mom would love the site we have chosen for her; it’s beautiful, serene and she will be among her Hollywood peers.”

    ‘Scream VI’ Trailer: The Call Waiting Is Over As Ghostface Returns For More

    (1/19/23) (Video) (Pic, Poster) Paramount on Thursday released the official trailer for Scream VI, the continuation of the horror franchise that began in 1996. The Paramount-Spyglass pic hits theaters March 10.

    The latest pic, co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, follows on from last year’s Scream V and returns the four survivors of the latest Ghostface killings. The cast includes returnees Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox. Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra and Samara Weaving also star.

    A notable absentee in the trailer that dropped today: Neve Campbell, like Cox a franchise regular, who revealed last year that she wasn’t returning.

    It’s Cox’s Gale Weathers that gets the iconic phone call in the footage revealed today.

    “It never works out for the dipsh*t in the mask,” Gale tells Ghostface over the phone. “Maybe,” responds the voice, “but there’s never been one like me, Gale. I’m something different.” It looks like Barrera’s Sam might be involved in the final showdown.

    James Vanderbilt & Guy Busick, who wrote Scream V, return as scribes, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Paul Neinstein are producers. Kevin Williamson, Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre, Chad Villella, Cox, Ron Lynch, Cathy Konrad and Marianne Maddalena are executive producers.

    ‘Yellowjackets’: Showtime Drops Trailer For Season 2

    (1/13/23) (Video) So far, it looks like Elijah Wood has one of the more astute quotes from Yellowjackets’ second season.

    “Kidnapping, cults, death … your friendships are a little more complicated than most,” says Wood, who plays a dedicated citizen detective named Walter in round two of the popular Showtime drama. He also appears in the season’s first official trailer, which shows Juliette Lewis’ Natalie getting hypnotized before she’s asked to remember what happened on that mountain.

    Oh, but where to start?

    Season two will kick off March 24 on streaming and on demand for all Showtime subscribers, before making its on-air debut on March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Season one, which received seven Emmy nominations, averaged over 5 million weekly viewers across platforms and was the second-most streamed series in Showtime history.

    Yellowjackets follows a team of high school girl soccer players who become the unlucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. Beyond the original cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress and Lewis, season 2 will feature Wood, Lauren Ambrose and Simone Kessell, along with Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty, Courtney Eaton, Liv Hewson, Steven Krueger, Warren Kole and Kevin Alves.

    Yellowjackets was created Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. Produced by studio Entertainment One (eOne), the series is currently in production in Vancouver.

    NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    (1/12/23) Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
    Danielle Deadwyler – TILL (United Artists Releasing/Orion Pictures)
    Keke Palmer – Alice (Vertical Entertainment)
    Letitia Wright – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)
    Regina Hall – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul (Focus Features)
    Viola Davis – The Woman King (Sony Pictures Releasing)

    Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
    Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)
    Regina Hall – The Best Man: The Final Chapters (Peacock)
    Sanaa Lathan – The Best Man: The Final Chapters (Peacock)
    Viola Davis – The First Lady (Showtime)
    Zoe Saldaña – From Scratch (Netflix)

    ‘All American’ Renewed For Season 6 At The CW; Marks First Scripted Deal Under New Owners

    (1/11/23) The CW may be scaling back its scripted ambitions but it’s keeping All American.

    The network has handed an early sixth season renewal to the drama series, marking the first scripted renewal after Nexstar took ownership earlier this year.

    All American, which was The CW’s number one linear series in adult 18-49, most-watched series on digital and the largest show in total audience across all platforms, will launch its fifth season on January 23.

    It will then return for season six in the 2023-24 broadcast season.

    Deadline understands the series, which comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios, will continue to be produced in line with its previous seasons. This comes despite talk that the network is looking to cut budgets for scripted orders and floating a target license fee for drama series of $1 million dollar per episode going forward.

    The move also marks the first renewal since the hire of Brad Schwartz as President of Entertainment.

    It bucks a trend where a large number of The CW’s scripted shows are coming to an end including DC’s Stargirl, The Flash, Riverdale and Nancy Drew.

    Season five kicks off when Laura (Monet Mazur) throws Billy (Taye Diggs) a surprise birthday party, everyone comes together to roast Billy, but Billy has a looming decision hanging over his head. Spencer (Daniel Ezra) makes an effort to do what’s best for himself, hoping it helps Olivia (Samantha Logan) and him take a step towards moving on. Jayme (guest star Miya Horcher) offers some sage advice to Asher (Cody Christian) about his speech with JJ (Hunter Clowdus), but she ignores her own about watching out for red flags. Meanwhile, Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) and Layla (Greta Onieogou) get in their first fight over something neither of them could have predicted.

    All American is exec produced by Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, John A. Norris, Jameal Turner, Mike Herro and David Strauss.

    “Over the last five seasons, All American has established itself as one of the all-time CW flagship franchises,” said Schwartz. “All American is not only the network’s youngest series, but also the strongest performer when combining all our platforms. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, the entire creative team and the incredible cast for another season of captivating family drama.”

    James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden And Al Pacino Among Those Starring In Michael Keaton-Directed Thriller ‘Knox Goes Away’

    (12/15/22) Michael Keaton, James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden, Suzy Nakamura, Joanna Kulig, Ray McKinnon, John Hoogenakker, Lela Loren and Al Pacino are starring in the noir thriller Knox Goes Away, which Keaton is directing. Principal photography recently wrapped on the project.

    Keaton plays John Knox, a contract killer diagnosed with a fast-moving form of dementia. He vows to spend his final days attempting to redeem himself by saving the life of his estranged adult son (Marsden). He finds himself in a race against the authorities as well as the ticking clock of his own rapidly deteriorating mind.

    With an original script by Gregory Poirier, the film is produced by Brookstreet’s Trevor Mathews and Nick Gordon along with Sugar23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta, along with Keaton.

    “Original noir thrillers like this are a rarity nowadays, so as producers, and movie lovers, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this project,” said Brookstreet and Sugar23. “With Michael Keaton both behind and in front of the camera, combined with the rest of our gifted cast and crew, the audience is in for a real treat.”

    Executive producing is Carter Stanton for Brookstreet and Jillian Kay for Sugar23. Director of photography Marshall Adams, production designer Bill Arnold, costume designer Michele Michel and editor Jessica Hernandez lead the crew.

    Brookstreet Pictures is financing alongside Three Point Capital, with Viviana Zarragoitia, Ali Jazayeri, David Gendron and Michael Hansen executive producing. Film Nation represents international rights and CAA Media Finance and Verve Ventures are representing U.S. rights.

    ‘Yellowjackets’ Gets Early Season 3 Renewal By Showtime As Chris McCarthy Lays Out Programming Strategy & Signals Slate Review

    (12/15/22) A year ago, Yellowjackets got an early Season 2 renewal five episodes into its freshman run. The Showtime series delivered on the vote of confidence with seven Emmy nominations and more than 5 million weekly viewers. Now it’s getting an ever earlier Season 3 renewal: More than three months ahead of Yellowjackets’ March 26 Season 2 premiere, the network has picked up a new installment of the show from creators/executive producers/co-showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, exec producer/co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco, eOne and Drew Comins’ studio-based Creative Engine.

    There was a practical rationale behind the timing of the renewals, which come exactly a year apart (the Season 2 pickup was announced December 16, 2021). I hear they were tied to the yearly deadline for picking up the cast’s options, which are up in mid-December.

    But it also makes a statement about Showtime’s programming strategy as the first renewal after the network moved under the purview of Chris McCarthy.

    “With Yellowjackets’ runaway success in Season 1 and the pent-up anticipation for Season 2, we wanted to maximize the momentum by fast-tracking Season 3 now,” said McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime and Paramount Media Networks. “The show’s ambition is only exceeded by its execution, and I thank the incredible creative team behind it, including Ashley, Bart, Jonathan, eOne and the Showtime team, for turning this into such a success.”

    The early renewal “demonstrates our strong commitment to the show and its ability to continue to grow as well as how it fits clearly within a Showtime brand,” McCarthy added.

    He proceeded to shed light on his vision for the Showtime brand going forward and the content plans around it. McCarthy’s first pickup move after taking over the premium network was to bring in the MTV Entertainment Studios-produced country drama limited series George and Tammy, which had become a free agent after Spectrum pulled away from scripted originals.

    “As we head into 2023 and beyond, our plan is to lean into Showtime’s strengths and focus on three key areas that have defined the brand. Complex and subversive antiheroes like Dexter and Yellowjackets, powerful high-stakes worlds like Homeland and Billions, and unconventional cultural takes like The L Word and The Chi – all with an eye towards making the biggest hits possible and building them into hit franchises as we have done very successfully across the company” McCarthy said. “From Yellowstone to South Park and to our global unscripted formats, these franchises have helped to drive Paramount+ to the fastest-growing streaming service in the U.S. two years in a row, and now we are excited to bring this franchise thinking into the great set of hit series that have defined Showtime.”

    As Paramount Global mulls Showtime’s future as a stand-alone service, its series’ streaming performance is increasingly important. Yellowjackets delivered on that front too, becoming the second most-streamed series in Showtime history behind Dexter: New Blood.

    McCarthy’s comments also bode well for The L Word: Generation Q which is now airing its third season.

    He also echoed recent comments by Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish about the company’s plans for Showtime, saying he wanted “to make it clear that the [Showtime] brand still matters, and the slate is going to matter even more.” The label also will “lean into franchises,” Bakish added. “We have not announced anything. But you will see that as we move into 2023.”

    Expanding on Bakish’s statement, McCarthy spoke about the network’s franchise strategy, noting that it would involve redistributing resources to the series with franchise potential while “some shows won’t make the cut.” There has been one major Showtime cancellation in the past couple of months, that of drama City On a Hill, with a couple of others likely.

    “We intend to use our successful franchise strategy to fuel the future for Showtime whereby fans make connections with a franchise, and franchises further build the brand and our streaming services and ultimately building long-term value for the company” said McCarthy. “In order to realize that full potential, we will take a critical eye on all series, asking how big can we go in order to place the right creative bets to be additive to the overall company’s IP bank – which means some shows won’t make the cut and others will receive a lot more resources and attention, taken together we only see opportunities to further grow the Showtime brand.”

    Produced by eOne, Yellowjackets has started assembling a writers room for Season 3 as production on Season 2 continues in Vancouver.

    Created by Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets, whose first season earned 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, stars Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress.

    Following the breakout success of Season 1, the show added several big names for Season 2: Lauren Ambrose and Simone Kessell joined as series regulars, along with Elijah Wood in a seasonlong guest arc.

    Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, Yellowjackets is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over. Season 2 also stars Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty, Courtney Eaton, Liv Hewson, Steven Krueger, Warren Kole and Kevin Alves.

    Yellowjackets is executive produced by Lyle, Nickerson and fellow showrunner Lisco. Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer. Karyn Kusama directed the pilot. Jacqueline Sacerio oversees the series for eOne.

    Christina Ricci Divorce Finalized ... Shared Custody of Kids, Assets Divvied

    (12/13/22) Christina Ricci and her ex are in agreement ... about their divorce, anyway, and it looks like she's keeping their L.A. home and her movie money -- but she'll cough up a bunch of dough to even things out.

    According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Christina is getting the house in the San Fernando Valley ... while she and her ex-husband, film producer James Heerdegen, will split the money from the upcoming sale of their place in NYC.

    Christina, who's repped by attorney Samantha Spector, will keep all of the residuals and royalties for her work. As for James, he gets a Subaru -- along with his personal belongings, and a one-time payment of $189,687 from Christina.

    There's no spousal or child support according to the docs ... but Christina will pay for 100% of private school, and any uncovered medical expenses for their 8-year-old son, Freddie.

    They'll have joint legal custody, but she makes the tiebreaking call on things like major medical and educational decisions. As for physical custody, that's also split between Christina and James ... although she has primary custody.

    TMZ broke the story, Christina filed for divorce in 2020, citing irreconcilable differences.

    ‘Yellowjackets’: Showtime Sets Return Date For Emmy-Nominated Drama

    (12/7/22) (Video) Enough with all the buzzing about Yellowjackets; it’s time to see what the gals from that high school soccer team are going to do next in the frigid mountain air.

    Showtime announced today that Yellowjackets will return for its second season Friday, March 24 on streaming and on demand for subscribers, before making its on-air debut on Sunday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    Season one, which earned a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and received seven Emmy nominations, averaged more than 5 million weekly viewers across platforms and was the second-most streamed series in Showtime history. Produced for Showtime by studio Entertainment One (eOne), the series is currently in production in Vancouver.

    Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Yellowjackets stars Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock), Juliette Lewis (Camping), Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything) and Tawny Cypress (Unforgettable). Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Servant) and Simone Kessell (Obi-Wan Kenobi) have also joined the second season as series regulars, along with Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) in a season long guest arc.

    Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, Yellowjackets is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the unlucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

    Season two also stars Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers), Sophie Thatcher (Prospect), Samantha Hanratty (SHAMELESS), Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet), Steven Krueger (The Originals), Warren Kole (Shades of Blue) and Kevin Alves.

    Yellowjackets is executive produced by Lyle, Nickerson and fellow showrunner Jonathan Lisco. Drew Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer. Karyn Kusama directed the pilot.

    Critics Choice TV Nominations

    (12/6/22) The winners will be unveiled at the Critics Choice Awards gala, which will broadcast live on The CW from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 7 p.m. ET/delayed PT.

    Brandon Scott Jones – Ghosts (CBS)
    Leslie Jordan – Call Me Kat (Fox)
    James Marsden – Dead to Me (Netflix)
    Chris Perfetti – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
    Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary (ABC)
    Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

    Anne Heche autopsy reveals ‘no evidence of impairment’ by illicit drugs in crash

    (12/6/22) Anne Heche’s final autopsy revealed “no evidence of impairment” by illicit drugs at the time of her fiery and fatal car crash in August.

    According to the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s report — which was obtained Tuesday by Page Six — the actress tested positive for benzoylecgonine, cocaine, fentanyl and cannabinoids. However, she was not high at the time of the accident.

    The medical examiner explained to Page Six that benzoylecgonine is an inactive metabolite of cocaine, which indicates that she had used it in the past but not on the day of her accident. The same was said for the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana) found in her system.

    As for the fentanyl that was detected, the report states that the narcotic was administered to Heche to help alleviate her pain after she had already been admitted to the hospital.

    The medical examiner ruled that Heche’s death was accidental and caused by inhalation and thermal injuries, with a fracture to her sternum caused by blunt force trauma also contributing.

    Sternal fractures are often the result of a driver’s chest striking the steering wheel. Per the report, that type of injury made it “painful while breathing when she was in her vehicle.”

    The medical examiner also estimated that Heche was trapped in her car for about 30 minutes before first responders were able to extricate her.

    During that time, the actress’ car was charred and her clothes were almost entirely burned off as she suffered second-degree burns on 12 percent of her body, including to her the right side of her face/neck, right shoulder, left upper chest and her upper extremities.

    On the afternoon of Aug. 5, the Emmy winner crashed her blue Mini Cooper into an LA home in the Mar Vista neighborhood, igniting a blaze.

    According to eyewitnesses on the scene, Heche first slammed into the garage of a nearby apartment complex before backing up and speeding off.

    She hit another vehicle before bulldozing into the house that caught fire.

    Photos from the scene captured the actress being put on a stretcher and showed serious injuries to her back. Aerial shots documented smoke billowing out of the residence as well as numerous fire trucks surrounding the area.

    Heche’s rep told Page Six at the time that she had suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, a significant pulmonary injury that required mechanical ventilation and burns that required surgical intervention. The actress slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness.

    While law enforcement officials were investigating the accident as a potential felony DUI, reports surfaced claiming Heche was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the crash. That has now been dispelled.

    The mother of two was declared brain dead on Aug. 12 and taken off life support on Aug. 15 after matching with an organ donor recipient. She was 53.

    Heche, who had a high-profile romance with Ellen DeGeneres in the ’90s, used to speak openly about her battles with addiction and substance abuse.

    “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did anything I could to get the shame out of my life,” she told ABC News in 2001, explaining that her choices were a result of a painful childhood marked by sexual abuse.

    Anne Heche’s son Homer Laffoon granted control over late mother’s estate

    (12/1/22) Anne Heche’s son Homer Laffoon has been granted control over his late mother’s estate.

    The 20-year-old was given control over Heche’s belongings Wednesday — marking the end of a bitter back-and-forth between him and Heche’s ex James Tupper.

    The actress died on Aug. 12 death following a fiery car crash at the age of 53. Her death sparked a legal battle between Laffoon and Tupper over the estate’s ownership.

    Laffoon was granted permission to “take possession of all the personal property of the estate of the decedent and preserve it from damage, waste, and injury,” according to court docs via People.

    Judge Lee Bogdanoff’s ruling ultimately dismissed Tupper’s claim that Laffoon is “not suitable” to run the estate because of his age, the fact that he’s unemployed, and that he was not in contact with his mother at the time of her death.

    “I find no malfeasance by Mr. Laffoon,” Judge Bogdanoff added. The judge also denied Tupper’s request for a hearing to investigate the claim that Heche’s $200,000 jewelry collection has gone missing.

    Tupper’s attorney told the judge that Heche “had approximately $200,000 worth of jewelry and none remains and that was four years ago.”

    After the ruling, Laffoon’s attorney Bryan Phipps told People in a statement, “We believe the court reached the correct result this morning, both legally and equitably, and are glad to have this phase of the process behind us.

    “With Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections now resolved, we are hopeful the administration of the Estate can proceed without unnecessary complication.”

    In October, Tupper — who was with Heche from 2007 until 2018 — claimed that Laffoon was “hostile” to his younger half-brother Atlas Tupper, whom he shared with the late actress.

    James claimed that Laffoon has “broken several promises” to his half-brother by not providing him with an “inventory list and pictures of the tangible personal property” the 20-year-old told the court is still inside Heche’s apartment.

    Moreover, he alleged that Laffoon “has acted in a hostile manner towards Atlas” since probate proceedings began “and has refused to communicate with him or his representatives at all.”

    He insisted his son “has no confidence in Laffoon’s ability to meet his fiduciary obligations to Atlas,” pointing out that Laffoon recently asked the court for certain powers that his title as special administrator apparently already affords him.

    ‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’ Trailer Sets Up Emotional Reunion

    (11/30/22) (Video) More than two decades after the premiere of Universal’s The Best Man, fans will revisit with the cast in Peacock‘s limited series The Best Man: The Final Chapters premiering on December 22. The streamer released the first official trailer above.

    Based upon the eponymous film franchise written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the 8-episode series will catch up with the beloved cast as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.

    Returning cast includes all the originals: Morris Chestnut as Lance, Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Taye Diggs as Harper, Regina Hall as Candy, Terrence Howard as Quentin, Sanaa Lathan as Robyn, Nia Long as Jordan, and Harold Perrineau as Murch. Rounding out the cast are Michael Genet, Yvonna Pearson, Aaron Serotsky, Terrence Terrell, Tobias Truvillion, and Eric Scott Ways.

    The Best Man: The Final Chapters is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. The series is created, written and executive produced by Malcolm D. Lee of Blackmaled Productions & Dayna Lynne North of Loud Sis Productions. Sean Daniel, of Hivemind, will serve as executive producer. Dominique Telson will also serve as executive producer and oversee production for Blackmaled Productions.

    Watch the trailer in full above.

    Hayden Panettiere, ex Brian Hickerson go on a trip following July split

    (11/22/22) Back on again?

    Hayden Panettiere and her ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, were spotted together at LAX just three months after announcing their latest split.

    In photos obtained by Page Six, the pair tried to stay under the radar while wearing dark clothes and baseball caps as they made their way around the airport.

    The “Remember the Titans” actress and Hickerson — who dated on and off since the summer of 2018 — also enjoyed a bite to eat before jetting off on vacation for the holidays. However, it’s unknown where they were going.

    The pair’s reunion may come as a surprise after Panettiere, 33, spoke out about her abusive relationship with Hickerson following a wild hotel brawl in May.

    “It was a very dark and complicated time in my life,” the actress told People about dating in the midst of her alcohol and opioid addiction. “But a lot of women go through what I went through, and I want people to know it’s OK to ask for help.”

    However, the pair seemingly tried to maintain a friendship following their split, with Panettiere saying “making amends is a really important thing that you learn in treatment.”

    Hickerson also confirmed that he and the actress were “absolutely not” together in July after their very tumultuous four-year relationship seemingly came to a head.

    Hickerson, who was on probation at the time, told paparazzi that there was no way the exes were ever going to reconcile and said he is “looking forward to new chapters.”

    He was arrested back in May 2019 for domestic violence after he and the actress got into a drunken, physical altercation in their Los Angeles home.

    Although Hickerson pleaded not guilty, he was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Panettiere — only to be arrested again in 2020 for domestic violence.

    Hickerson was sentenced to 45 days in jail for two felony counts of injuring a partner.

    Following the second arrest, the “Nashville” star released a statement saying she would do anything she could to ensure “this man never hurts anyone again.”

    “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me in the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,” she wrote.

    Spirit Award Noms 2023

    (11/22/22) The Spirits will take place on March 4.

    Cate Blanchett - Tár
    Dale Dickey - A Love Song
    Mia Goth - Pearl
    Regina Hall - Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
    Paul Mescal - Aftersun
    Aubrey Plaza - Emily the Criminal
    Jeremy Pope - The Inspection
    Andrea Riseborough - To Leslie
    Taylor Russell - Bones and All
    Michelle Yeoh - Everything Everywhere All At Once

    ‘Back In The Groove’: Hulu Drops Trailer For Dating Show Hosted By Taye Diggs

    (11/22/22) (Video) Hulu is offering a first look at its new dating show hosted by Taye Diggs.

    Back in the Groove will follow three women in their 40s, stuck in the grind of their everyday lives, who will check into The Groove Hotel, a resort on an island of the Dominican Republic. The goal is to rediscover their youth, live joyously, and hopefully find love with men half their age.

    The special four-night premiere event kicks off Monday, December 5 with two episodes, on Hulu. Two all-new episodes will be available to stream daily through Thursday, December 8.

    The show marks the first unscripted Hulu Original series under the Walt Disney Television Alternative Banner. There will be eight episodes.

    The three women are Sparkle, a 43-year-old from Atlanta; Steph, a 41-year-old from Miami, and Brooke, a 42-year-old from Los Angeles.

    The series is executive produced by showrunner Elan Gale, Bill Dixon, Sonya Wilkes, Evan Wilkes, Michael Krupat, John Luscombe, Shannon Stoeke and Diggs. Back in the Groove is produced by Walt Disney Television Alternative and Beyond Media Rights Ltd.


    (11/21/22) NBC rounds out the year with a two-week takeover of the UK’s smash hit game show “The Wheel,” hosted by renowned British comedian Michael McIntyre. The all-new U.S. version showcases a colossal spinning wheel of celebrity guests who help everyday contestants win life-changing money.

    The takeover begins Monday, Dec. 19 with new episodes airing nightly at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and continues the following week with new episodes airing at 8 p.m. The series features suspenseful high-stakes trivia, laugh-out-loud moments and more than 50 all-star guests seated on a spectacular 42-foot-wide spinning wheel.

    The all-star lineup includes Clay Aiken, Carole Baskin, Brie Bella, Tom Bergeron, Bobby Berk, Bre-Z, Jaime Camil, Christine Chiu, Margaret Cho, Deepak Chopra, Cat Cora, Victor Cruz, Ester Dean, Russell Dickerson, Taye Diggs, Sheila E., Shawn Johnson East, Josh Flagg, Kate Flannery, Vivica A. Fox, Debbie Gibson, Todrick Hall, Tony Hawk, Matt Iseman, JoJo, Chris Kattan, Steve Kornacki, Ricki Lake, Lyric Lewis, Loni Love, Judge Greg Mathis, Mark McGrath, Chrissy Metz, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Terrell Owens, Kyla Pratt, Christina Ricci, Andy Richter, Amber Riley, Adam Rippon, Captain Lee Rosbach, Jalen Rose, Sanya Richards Ross, Amber Ruffin, Mark Sanchez, Tori Spelling, Curtis Stone, Raven-Symone, Jackie Tohn, Bruno Tonioli, John Urschel, Buddy Valastro, Kym Whitley, Justin Willman, Carnie Wilson and Captain Sandy Yawn.

    Created and hosted by McIntyre, each hourlong episode follows six celebrity guests spinning, advising and supporting charismatic contestants as they endeavor to be the last one standing. As the contestants vie for the chance to win over $100,000, the celebrities lend their expertise in a variety of hilarious and outrageous categories from candy and comedians to poker and politics.

    Below is the episode rollout:

    Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. – “The Wheel: Premiere”
    Contestants receive help from celebrity guests Cat Cora, Mark McGrath, Todrick Hall, Steve Kornacki, Christina Ricci and Amber Ruffin to answer trivia questions tackling a range of categories from Beyoncé and the ’90s to elections and more.

    Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. – “Boats, Soaps & Wrestling Ropes”
    With categories ranging from soap operas to mathematics, contestants receive help from celebrity guests Vivica A. Fox, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, JoJo, John Urschel, Captain Sandy Yawn and Bruno Tonioli.

    Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. – “Déjà Vu & Eyes of Blue”
    Celebrity guests Judge Greg Mathis, Ricki Lake, Mark Sanchez, Amber Ruffin, Justin Willman and Tori Spelling lend their expertise in a variety of categories that include candy, magic and Beverly Hills to assist contestants competing for a life-changing prize.

    Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. – “Divas & Derbies”
    With categories including cakes, horse racing, percussion and more, contestants are supported by celebrity experts Buddy Valastro, Amber Riley, Jaime Camil, Carnie Wilson, Steve Kornacki and Sheila E.

    Friday, Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. – “Fish N’ Chips & Gold Medal Flips”
    Celebrity guests Tom Bergeron, Shawn Johnson East, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kyla Pratt, Victor Cruz and Debbie Gibson lend their expertise to contestants in a wide range of hilarious categories, including “The Three Stooges,” gymnastics and seafood.

    Monday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. – “Big Cats & Bigger Brains”
    With wacky categories including big cats and bowling, contestants lean on celebrities Carole Baskin, Bre-Z, Deepak Chopra, Matt Iseman, Raven-Symone and Terrell Owens to be the last one standing on “The Wheel.”

    Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. – “Wigs Galore, Dogs & More”
    Contestants hope for answers from celebrity experts Bobby Berk, Margaret Cho, Kate Flannery, Loni Love, Andy Richter and Adam Rippon in categories that include wigs, comedians, dogs, figure skating and more.

    Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. – “Sky Hooks & the Almighty Book”
    Celebrity experts Taye Diggs, Ester Dean, Josh Flagg, Lyric Lewis, Jalen Rose and Christine Chiu advise contestants on questions about the Bible, real estate, plastic surgery and more.

    Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. – “A Spin, a Twin & a Win”
    With categories including astrology, presidents and country music, contestants lean on celebrity experts Chrissy Metz, Sanya Richards Ross, Russell Dickerson, Loni Love, Brie Bella and Clay Aiken.

    Friday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. – “The Skater & the Dater”
    Contestants get insight from celebrity guests Christina Ricci, Chris Kattan, Kym Whitley, Tony Hawk, Jackie Tohn and Curtis Stone on a variety of categories that include “Saturday Night Live,” pregnancy and meat.

    “The Wheel” is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, Apploff Entertainment and the original British creative team, Hungry McBear. The series was created by Michael McIntyre and Dan Baldwin, who executive produce alongside Jeff Apploff, Noah Bonnett, Mike Darnell and Brooke Karzen.

    Anne Heche Estate Sued Over Fiery Car Crash ... My House is Destroyed!!!

    (11/14/22) Anne Heche's fiery car crash into a Los Angeles home almost killed the woman who lived there with her pets, and now they don't have a home ... according to a new lawsuit.

    The late actress' estate is being sued over her August car wreck by the woman who lived in the home where Anne crashed her Mini Cooper and ignited a huge blaze.

    According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Lynne Mishele says she was minding her business at home with her pets when suddenly Anne's car came barreling inside, allegedly stopping just a few feet away from the woman, her dogs and her tortoise.

    Lynne claims she is still traumatized by the incident -- she says she's startled by loud noises, plagued by nightmares and flashbacks of the crash, terrified of walking outside ... and has no place to live.

    In the suit, she claims the house and all of her possessions were completely burned and destroyed as a result of Anne's crash.

    She notes Anne was driving erratically before crashing into her home ... remember, Anne also crashed into another home nearby, and also notes a blood analysis showed Anne had cocaine and fentanyl in her system at the time of the crash.

    As we reported ... Anne was stuck in her burning car for at least 45 minutes after the crash, and she was transported to a hospital where she later died from smoke inhalation and burn injuries.

    Lynne is going after Anne's estate for at least $2 million in damages.

    We reached out to the estate ... so far no word back.

    Peacock Drops Teaser Trailer For ‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’ Limited Series

    (10/29/22) (Video) The teaser trailer for The Bast Man: The Final Chapters dropped during the Urbanworld Film Festival, the same event where the film originally premiered in 1999. The Peacock limited series will premiere all 8 episodes on December 22. Watch the trailer in the video posted above.

    Based upon the eponymous Universal film franchise written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.

    Cas of The Bast Man: The Final Chapters include Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Harold Perrineau.

    The Peacock original was filmed on locations like New York City, New Jersey and Dominican Republic. Malcom D. Lee of Blackmaled Productions is the creator of the Best Man franchise, which he Co-Developed, wrote, EP, directed and served as a Co-Showrunner. Dayna Lynne North of Loud Sis Productions also co-developed, wrote, EP and served as co-showrunner.

    Executive producers are Sean Daniel of Hivemind & Dominique Telson of Blackmaled Productions. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, produces. Directors for the series include Malcom D. Lee for four episodes, Charles Stone III, Robert Townsend and Stacey Muhammad.

    Julianne Nicholson Among Six Joining Nicolas Cage In Kristoffer Borgli’s A24 Pic ‘Dream Scenario’

    (10/25/22) Kristoffer Borgli’s newest film Dream Scenario, which Deadline first reported, has added Emmy Award winner Julianne Nicholson, Dylan Baker, Kate Berlant, Michael Cera, Dylan Gelula and Tim Meadows to star alongside Nicolas Cage. Filming stars this month.

    Hereditary and Midsommar filmmaker Ari Aster is producing with Lars Knudsen under their Square Peg banner.

    The movie, which Borgli is also writing, has a storyline that’s under wraps, but is billed as a comedy. Borgli’s Sick of Myself premiered at Cannes.

    Jacob Jaffke and Tyler Campellone are also producing alongside A24.

    The project reps the fourth collaboration between Square Peg and A24 including Hereditary, Midsommar and the upcoming film Disappointment Blvd. starring Joaquin Phoenix.

    Nicholson won an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for HBO’s Mare of Easttown last year. She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Nicholson can recently be seen in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Blonde, and HBO’s Winning Time. She also starred in I, Tonya; August Osage County, and Black Mass.

    Berlant has a one-woman show Kate, Would It Kill You to Laugh?. The actresses starred in Don’t Worry Darling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as well as Netflix’s Space Force and Amazon’s A League of Their Own. She is repped by UTA, Rise Management, Felker Toczek Suddleson.

    Saturday Night Live alum and Primetime Emmy nominee Meadows starred in such movies as Mean Girls, Train Wreck, Jack and Jill, and the Grown Ups franchise. He’s repped by CESD Talent and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Baker is repped by Innovative Artists and Viking Entertainment. HIs credits include The Good Wife, Hunters, The Resort, Evil Blindspot.

    Cera is the longtime vet of Arrested Development and has starred in such movies as Superbad, Juno, Molly’s Game, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the Hulu series Life & Beth. He’s repped by APA and Thruline Entertainment.

    Gelula has been seen on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Shameless and Everything’s Fine. She’s repped by Mosaic, Michael Auerbach of Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klei.

    James Tupper claims Anne Heche’s son Homer has been ‘hostile’ to younger brother

    (10/24/22) Anne Heche’s ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, is continuing to fight her oldest son, Homer Laffoon, at every turn.

    According to court documents obtained Monday by Page Six, James — who shared 13-year-old son Atlas Tupper with the late actress — formally opposed Laffoon’s recent request to “expand his authority” as special administrator of Heche’s estate.

    James claimed that Laffoon has “broken several promises” to his half-brother by not providing him with an “inventory list and pictures of the tangible personal property” the 20-year-old claims is still inside Heche’s apartment.

    Moreover, James, 57, alleged Laffoon “has acted in a hostile manner towards Atlas” since probate proceedings began “and has refused to communicate with him or his representatives at all.”

    James insisted his son “has no confidence in Laffoon’s ability to meet his fiduciary obligations to Atlas,” pointing out that Laffoon recently asked the court for certain powers that his title as special administrator apparently already affords him.

    James further argued that the aforementioned request “underscores [Laffoon’s] lack of competence and inability to preserve estate assets,” and he accused Laffoon of “wasteful and needless litigation.”

    James asked the court to force Laffoon to give Atlas the requested inventory list before expanding his authority “so it can be determined whether Laffoon actually safeguards all of [Heche’s] personal property in the future and conflict can be minimized.”

    Additionally, James requested that the bond be set at $2 million instead of the $800,000 Laffoon had asked for because “no evidence of such information has been provided to the court, James or Atlas as to what justifies” the latter amount.

    James and Homer — whom Heche shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon — have been in a legal battle for control of her estate as well as for the title of guardian ad litem for Atlas since her Aug. 12 death following a fiery car crash at the age of 53.

    James was denied guardianship of his own son earlier this month.

    Homer Laffoon requests to ‘expand his authority’ over late mom Anne Heche’s estate

    (10/21/22) Anne Heche’s oldest son, Homer Laffoon, is asking the court for more access to the late actress’ property and other assets.

    According to court documents obtained Friday by Page Six, Laffoon filed an application to “expand his authority” as special administrator of his mother’s estate to be able to “take possession of money or other property of the estate.”

    The 20-year-old argued that the “powers are necessary prior to the next court hearing” because “tangible personal property” belonging to the estate is still “located in [Heche’s] apartment.”

    Laffoon claimed that the aforementioned personal property “needs to be moved out of the apartment as soon as possible in order to avoid additional fees, costs and possible loss to the estate.”

    He recently alleged that his mother died with $400,000 to her name.

    Additionally, Laffoon told the court that he “is aware of numerous checks made payable to [Heche] that need to be negotiated, endorsed and deposited into a bank account in the name of the estate in a timely manner so that the checks are not voided.”

    According to Laffoon, expanding his authority would allow him to “take possession of all of the real and personal property” of his mother’s estate and preserve it from “damage, waste and injury.”

    It would also allow him to “collect all claims, rents and other income belonging to the estate;” “commence and maintain or defend suits and other legal proceedings;” and “request and receive copies of [the estate’s] financial records.”

    Furthermore, Laffoon argued that the requested powers would let him “manage, perform and enforce the rights and interests” pertaining to Heche’s forthcoming book, “Call Me Anne.”

    He is also asking for a bond of $800,000.

    Homer, whom Heche shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, has been in a legal battle with the actress’ ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, since her Aug. 12 death following a fiery car crash.

    Homer and James, who co-parented 13-year-old son Atlas Tupper with Heche, have been fighting for control of the estate as well as for the title of guardian ad litem for Atlas.

    James was denied guardianship earlier this month.

    Grey's Anatomy: Greg Germann to Return as Koracick in November

    (10/19/22) Jesse Williams is not the only Grey’s Anatomy alum returning to the ABC drama next month.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that Greg Germann is set to reprise his role as Tom Koracick in the Nov. 3 episode, the same installment that marks Williams’ comeback as Jackson Avery.

    Germann left what had become a series-regular role in Season 17, when Koracick, having won his battle with COVID but having lost Teddy to Owen, decided to move to Boston to help Jackson run his mother’s Catherine Fox Foundation.

    In the Nov. 3 outing, Koracick reaches out to Catherine (who is in Boston) regarding a personal matter. Meredith, meanwhile, also spends the episode in Boston, catching up with Jackson.

    After exiting Grey’s last year, Germann joined the second and final season of Netflix’s Firefly Lane (which kicks off Dec. 2) in a recurring role. The Ally McBeal vet also turns up in this week’s episode of The Good Fight.

    When Germann’s Grey’s departure was announced in May 2021, showrunner Krista Vernoff all but confirmed that Koracick would be back.

    “Greg Germann is a comic genius and we are so lucky that he brought his talents to our show these last few years,” Vernoff said at the time. “We will miss Greg terribly in the day to day — but we plan to see Tom Koracick again!”

    Lucy Liu To Star Opposite Dwayne Johnson & Chris Evans In Prime Video’s Holiday Pic ‘Red One’

    (10/12/22) Primetime Emmy nominee Lucy Liu has boarded Prime Video’s four-quadrant action-adventure holiday comedy Red One starring Dwayne Johnson, Chris Evans, and Kiernan Shipka.

    The movie which reteams Johnson with his Jumanji franchise director Jake Kasdan has a plot that’s under wraps.

    But the project is billed as a globe-trotting, four-quadrant action-adventure comedy imagining a whole new universe to explore within the holiday genre. The project, which Prime won in a bidding war and was developed off an original story by Seven Bucks President of Production, Hiram Garcia, will stretch across multiple industries and businesses in the Amazon fold.

    Chris Morgan wrote the script. Kasdan, Melvin Mar via the Detective Agency, Morgan via Chris Morgan Productions; Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Johnson through their Seven Bucks are producing. Sky Salem Robinson via The Detective Agency is co-producing.

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level grossed $1.7 billion worldwide. Morgan has also been a frequent collaborator with Seven Bucks Productions on titles such as Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, and Fast Five.

    Liu is represented by CAA, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose. Her feature credits include the Charlie’s Angels franchise, Chicago, Kill Bill series. TV series roles include Why Women Kill, Ally McBeal and Elementary. Liu received a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Primetime Nomination for Ally McBeal. She has directed episodes of New Amsterdam, Elementary, Why Women Kill, Luke Cage, Graceland, Law & Order: SVU and the 2012 indie feature Meena. Liu can next be seen in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Disney Animation’s Strange World.

    James Tupper denied guardianship of Atlas amid estate battle with Anne Heche’s son Homer

    (10/11/22) A California judge has denied James Tupper’s petition to be named his son’s guardian ad litem.

    According to documents obtained by Page Six, the court found that not enough evidence had been provided by Tupper — who shares Atlas with Anne Heche — to stop Homer Laffoon from becoming his half-brother’s legal guardian.

    Following the ruling, Laffoon’s lawyer, Bryan L. Phipps, told Page Six in a written statement, “We are pleased — but not surprised— with the court’s ruling this morning denying James’ petition to appoint himself guardian ad litem for Atlas. We look forward to the court resolving Homer’s petition at the next hearing and, in the meantime, Homer will continue to diligently administer the Estate pursuant to his authority as Special Administrator.”

    The next court hearing will take place on Nov. 30, 2022.

    On Aug. 31, Homer — Heche’s oldest son with Coleman Laffoon — filed a petition to be named executor of his mother’s estate, claiming that he is “the person with the highest priority of appointment” and is “legally entitled to appointment as administrator.”

    The 20-year-old requested that he and his brother be listed as their late actress’ sole heirs before asking the court to name him as Atlas’ guardian.

    Immediately after, Tupper tried to stop Homer, claiming that “as a minor, Atlas has no ability to hire legal representation to represent his interests in these proceedings.”

    He also added that he is Atlas’ sole living parent, they live together and he loves his son “very much.”

    Tupper continued in his petition, “In order to preserve family harmony and a healthy, brotherly relationship between Atlas and Homer, and given the complexity this estate will foreseeably involve … a bonded, neutral, private professional fiduciary would be a more appropriate administrator.”

    On top of asking the court to name him as his son’s legal guardian, Tupper also claimed he was the executor of Heche’s estate, according to an email she had sent him back in 2011.

    “My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children,” he claimed she wrote in the alleged will.

    However, Homer fired back and claimed the alleged will wasn’t valid because it “was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime.”

    The “Six Days Seven Nights” actress died on Aug. 12 after an Aug. 5 car crash that left her in a coma. She was 53.

    Anne Heche’s son reveals how much money actress allegedly had at time of death

    (10/11/22) Anne Heche’s oldest son has reportedly revealed what he believes is the value of the late actress’ estate.

    According to Homer Laffooon, Heche allegedly died with approximately $400,000 to her name, per court documents obtained Tuesday by the Daily Mail.

    Laffoon reportedly said in his filing that his “best estimate on the value of all [Heche’s] personal property is $400,000.”

    He also reportedly expects to receive that same amount annually from royalties and residuals, claiming that “the probable value of the annual income from all the estate’s property is approximately $400,000.”

    Additionally, Laffoon, 20, reportedly revealed that his mother lived in an apartment and did not own a home, alleging in the paperwork that she “did not have any interest in real property at the time of her death.”

    Laffoon also provided the court with a list of what the actress allegedly owned at the time of her death, which included a few modest bank accounts, royalty payments and other income, an LLC membership interest related to her podcast, and his mother’s interest in future profits from her memoir, “Call Me Anne,” which was set to be published next year — among other things.

    Laffoon, whom Heche shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, has been battling Heche’s ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, for control of the actress’ estate since her death on Aug. 12 at the age of 53.

    Homer first filed a petition to be named executor of the estate, claiming that he is “the person with the highest priority of appointment” and is “legally entitled to appointment as administrator.”

    He requested that he and his younger half-brother — Heche and James’ 13-year-old son, Atlas Tupper — be listed as their mother’s sole heirs and also asked the court to appoint him as the teenager’s guardian.

    James, 57, has opposed all of the above, claiming that Heche sent him an email in January 2011 that read, “My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children.”

    Additionally, he requested to be named his son’s guardian, arguing that he is Atlas’ “father and only living parent.” He insisted that he “loves both Homer and Atlas as a father and wants the best for them both.”

    Homer has since called into question the validity of the email as well as James’ motives.

    Heche died after an Aug. 5 car crash that left her in a coma with severe burns and critical injuries.

    James Tupper tries to stop Anne Heche’s oldest son from becoming brother’s guardian

    (10/4/22) James Tupper is trying to make sure Anne Heche’s oldest son does not become the legal guardian of his younger half-brother with regard to the family’s ongoing probate proceedings.

    According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Tupper filed a petition on Monday to be named the guardian ad litem of his 13-year-old son, Atlas Tupper, whom he shared with the late actress.

    A guardian ad litem is appointed by the court to watch after someone during a case. In this case, James does not want Heche’s 20-year-old son, Homer Laffoon — whom she shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon — to have control over Atlas’ portion of her estate.

    “As a minor, Atlas has no ability to hire legal representation to represent his interests in these proceedings,” James argued in the paperwork, which states that the two currently live together.

    James further noted that he is Atlas’ “father and only living parent,” adding that he “loves both Homer and Atlas as a father and wants the best for them both.”

    Last month, Homer filed a petition to be named executor of Heche’s estate. He requested that he and Atlas be listed as their mother’s sole heirs and also asked the court to appoint him as Atlas’ guardian.

    James argued in Monday’s paperwork, “In order to preserve family harmony and a healthy, brotherly relationship between Atlas and Homer, and given the complexity this estate will foreseeably involve … a bonded, neutral, private professional fiduciary would be a more appropriate administrator.”

    James previously filed his own petition in response to Homer’s, in which he claimed that Heche sent him an email in January 2011 that read, “FYI in case I die tomorrow and anyone asks. My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children.”

    But Homer fired back, claiming that the email “fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid formal witnessed will” because it “was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime.”

    Heche died on Aug. 12 after an Aug. 5 car crash that left her in a coma with severe burns and critical injuries.

    Battle between Anne Heche’s son, ex James Tupper over her estate rages on

    (9/29/22) The battle over Anne Heche’s estate is far from over.

    Heche’s oldest son, Homer Laffoon, filed new court documents this week opposing the validity of a 2011 email his mother allegedly sent ex-boyfriend James Tupper appointing him executor of her estate.

    The 20-year-old insists that the email “fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid formal witnessed will” because it “was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime.”

    “Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the email … as a ‘will.’ However — as a matter of law — the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will,” he wrote in his filing, which was obtained by Page Six.

    Therefore, Laffoon claims he is “the person with the highest priority of appointment” and is “legally entitled to appointment as administrator.”

    Additionally, he alleges that it “was not uncommon” for his mother “to send emails such as the one attached … when she was faced with uncertainty. In fact, [Heche] sent a similar email to her bookkeeper on April 7, 2020, after [she] contracted COVID-19.”

    “This document, which fails to qualify as a will on the same basis as the email … makes no reference whatsoever to Mr. Tupper, which is not surprising given their acrimonious breakup in 2018,” Laffoon argues.

    Following Heche’s death on Aug. 12, Laffoon filed a petition to be named executor of her estate and requested that he and his half-brother, Atlas Tupper, be listed as their mother’s sole heirs.

    However, Tupper — who fathered 13-year-old Atlas with Heche — filed his own documents in which he claimed that the late star sent him an email in January 2011 that read, “FYI in case I die tomorrow and anyone asks. My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children.”

    In his filing, Tupper, 57, further argued that Laffoon “is not suitable” to run Heche’s estate, pointing out his young age, lack of employment and estranged relationship with his mother when she died.

    The actor also alleged that Laffoon changed the locks on Heche’s apartment, which she shared with Atlas, and has prevented the teen from gaining access to his belongings inside.

    Tupper also claimed that the half-brothers have not had any contact since Heche’s death on Aug. 12.

    In his new filing, Laffoon refers to Tupper’s allegations as “unfounded personal attacks” and “frivolous legal claims.”

    Heche — who shared Laffoon with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon — died at age 53 after an Aug. 5 car crash that left her in a coma with severe burns and critical injuries. She was later removed from life support, and her organs were donated.

    The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner listed sternal fracture due to blunt trauma as a contributing factor to her death, which was ruled accidental.

    Hayden Panettiere details her, Wladimir Klitschko’s current custody arrangement

    (9/29/22) Hayden Panettiere described her and Wladimir Klitschko’s custody arrangement of daughter Kaya — and her “hope” that it will change.

    Since the former boxer obtained full custody of the now-7-year-old in 2018, the little one has “never been back to California,” Panettiere told the “Red Table Talk” co-hosts on Wednesday.

    The “Remember the Titans” star noted that she has “seen” her daughter, who lived in Ukraine until she was taken “elsewhere because it was dangerous” when Russia invaded.

    “I go over there. … I wish there was more of a bringing her to visit,” the “Nashville” alum, 33, said.

    However, the actress has not “gotten any hints” that the current custody situation will change.

    “I’ve been told that I can go over and see her anytime,” the “Heroes” alum explained. “I just have to keep the hope that one day when she is old enough for her opinion to be respected a little bit more and her wants are heard, that there will be more proactivity on that side.”

    Panettiere detailed the “heartbreaking” moment she signed full custody over to her ex-fiancé while Kaya was in Ukraine, saying that it was a “shock.”

    “She was already over there in a country where her uncle is a mayor and they are icons over there,” Panettiere said of Wladimir and his brother, Vitali Klitschko. “It is a country that is very male-dominated, and there wasn’t a heck of a lot that I could do.”

    Although the Golden Globe nominee considers the athlete to be a “fantastic father” and thinks he believes “he is doing the right thing,” Panettiere wants Wladimir to “fully grasp” what Kaya’s separation from her mom will mean in the future.

    “Kids need their moms,” the singer told Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris and guest co-host Kelly Osbourne. “I had never endangered her or done anything that would, in this country, they would never take a child from me.

    “It never would have happened,” Panettiere continued. “When she was there, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

    The “Scream 6” star went on to describe her “incredibly strong” daughter’s “stoic” personality, sharing her worries over the “trauma reaction” Kaya recently exhibited.

    “Kaya is going around and asking other women if she can call them Mommy,” Panettiere, who dated Wladimir on and off from 2009 to 2018, said. “That’s a cry for help.”

    Hayden Panettiere Reflects on Entering Rehab While Starring in Nashville: 'I Just Wanted to Escape'

    (9/28/22) On ABC’s Nashville, Juliette Barnes’ struggles mirrored star Hayden Panettiere‘s a little too closely, the actress says in a new interview.

    “When I was on Nashville, they really wrote my life into it. So on the show, one of the storylines was that I was playing an alcoholic. Another storyline was that I was pregnant on the show, and then I got postpartum depression,” Panettiere says during her appearance on the newest episode of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk. “I had to go to work every day and be acting out what I was truly going through. So by the time I got home, I didn’t want to sit there with my own feelings and work them out. You know, I just wanted to escape.”

    In a sit-down chat with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris and guest host Kelly Osbourne, Panettiere recalls going to treatment roughly four months after Kaya, her daughter with Wladimir Klitschko, was born in December 2014. The Golden Globe-nominated actress says that she was drinking heavily at the time, “just leaning on that crutch, and it was making things worse.” She adds that she was diagnosed with postpartum depression at the facility where she sought help.

    Per Panettiere, her first visit lasted roughly a month; a subsequent one lasted longer. After the country-music drama ended in 2018, she says during the interview, her mental health issues got worse, and she checked into a facility where she wound up staying for eight months.

    “I had had it with myself, and I knew it was a longer process,” she says.

    Nashville viewers will remember that in October 2015, Panettiere took a very public step back from the show, then in its fourth season. She returned to set the following January but then resumed treatment shortly after the season’s production wrapped.

    She appeared in the show’s final two seasons, though Juliette’s involvement in a cult created a reason for Panettiere to be off-screen for a bunch of episodes.

    Hayden Panettiere on giving up custody of daughter: 'It wasn't fully my decision'

    (9/28/22) (Video) Hayden Panettiere didn’t know she was losing custody of her daughter.

    The 33-year-old actress – who has been candid about her struggles with addiction and depression – has opened up about losing custody of Kaya, now seven, after her daughter moved to Ukraine with Hayden’s ex Wladimir Klitschko.

    In a clip from Red Table Talk revealed by Entertainment Tonight, she said: “She was almost three, and it wasn’t fully my decision. In fact, I didn’t even know it was happening until she was already over there.”

    The Heroes star explained that she realized she needed to focus on herself and the “unselfish thing” would be focus on herself.

    She added: “I was trying to tell myself that if I’m not OK, if I’m not good, then I cannot be the best mom to you.

    “I was going through such a hard time that I knew the most unselfish thing I could do was to make that hard decision and just try to work on myself.”

    Hayden – who would later spend eight months in rehab – previously addressed her battle with alcoholism after hitting her lowest point before Kaya moved to live with her father.

    She said: “I would have the shakes when I woke up and could only function with sipping alcohol.

    “It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But I wanted to be a good mom to her — and sometimes that means letting them go.”

    While suffering with depression, Hayden has made it clear while she “never had the feeling that I wanted to harm my child,” she “didn’t want to spend any time with her.”

    Reflecting on her relationship with ex Klitschko – which ended for good in 2018 – she added: “He didn’t want to be around me. I didn’t want to be around me. But with the opiods and alcohol I was doing anything to make me feel happy for a moment. Then I’d feel worse than I did before. I was in a cycle of self-destruction.”

    ‘Dead To Me’: Dark Comedy Finally Returns To Netflix For Last Season

    (9/24/22) (Video) Dead to Me is coming back — 2½ years after it was last on Netflix.

    The Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini-fronted dark comedy will return for its third and final season on November 17.

    The second season of the Liz Feldman-created series premiered in May 2020 and was renewed for its third and final run in July 2020. The pandemic delayed its return.

    “All roads have led to this,” says the teaser trailer, which you can see above.

    At the end of the second season, Applegate’s Jen and Cardellini’s Judy are struck in a car crash by a drunk Ben, one of the two characters played by James Marsden. They wake up, both injured but alive, after a series of confessions, murders and financial bonanzas.

    “I know you think you’re the reason all our problems started,” Jen’s voice is heard in the teaser. “But they existed long before we met and I’m so glad that we met, you were the best friend I’ve ever known and we survived because we had each other.”

    Dead to Me has been a breakout commercial and critical hit for Netflix – its first season was watched by 30M households in its first month, ranking fourth on Netflix’s Top 10 Most Popular Series of 2019 in the U.S. and scoring Applegate an Emmy nomination.

    Feldman executive produces with Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell for Gloria Sanchez Prods., Christie Smith, Applegate and Adam McKay. Cardellini serves as co-executive producer.

    Earlier this year, Feldman, who has an overall deal with the streamer, scored a greenlight for her new dark comedy No Good Deed, which follows different families vying to buy the very same 1920s Spanish style villa that they think will solve all their problems.

    Anne Heche memoir 'Call Me Anne' scheduled for January

    (9/15/22) (Order 'Call Me Anne' here) In a memoir Anne Heche worked on over the past year, the actor shared candid thoughts on her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s, when they were among Hollywood’s first openly gay couples.

    “I was labelled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman. I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen,” Heche wrote in “Call Me Anne,” which Start Publishing has scheduled for January. Heche, whose films included “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog,” died Aug. 14 at age 53 after a car crash in Los Angeles.

    In her lifetime, Heche said that Hollywood effectively blacklisted her because of her being with DeGeneres, who around the same time made television history by having her character in the sitcom “Ellen” come out as gay.

    “I did not, personally, identify as a lesbian. I simply fell in love! It was, to be clear, as odd to me as anyone else. There were no words to describe how I felt,” Heche wrote in her book, a sequel to the memoir “Call Me Crazy,” published in 2001. “Gay didn’t feel right, and neither did straight. Alien might be the best fit, I sometimes thought. What, why, and how I fell in love with a person instead of their gender, I would have loved to have answered if anyone had asked, but as I said earlier, no one ever did. I am happy that I was able to tell you in this book – once and for all.”

    Start, an independent publisher based in Hoboken, New Jersey, shared the excerpt this week with The Associated Press. The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, says that he signed a deal with Heche in May and that she had turned in a manuscript shortly before she died. She will also write about having Harrison Ford as a mentor, along with stories about Alec Baldwin, Ivan Reitman and Oliver Stone, among others.

    The book’s release was first announced by Publishers Weekly. Heche had mentioned writing a memoir during a podcast earlier this year, in which she promised that “some of the truths” about her and DeGeneres would be included.

    Amazon Freevee Has Secretly Shot A Jury Trial Docu-Style Comedy Series Starring James Marsden

    (9/15/22) There have been whispers for months about a top-secret courtroom docu-style comedy series filming to run on Amazon Freevee. We can reveal that the project, starring James Marsden (Enchanted, Westworld), is now in post-production and headed to the screen.

    “Freevee has confirmed the existence of the docu-style comedy series but details are under wraps amid speculation of the unique, genre-bending format centered around a jury trial,” a rep for the free, ad-supported platform told Deadline, declining further comment.

    The secrecy surrounding the filming was driven by the nature of the semi-improvised series which we hear employs a device similar to the setup used in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat and Brüno movies and the series Who Is America? where actors, often in disguise, interact with unsuspecting regular (or famous, in some of Cohen’s work) people.

    In the case of the Freevee series, we hear Marsden and a group of largely up-and-coming actors with improv background performed alongside civilians in the comedy about being summoned for jury duty. We hear the show was filmed in a real courtroom south of Los Angeles, with regular and addition shooting partially scheduled around Marsden’s Westworld schedule.

    The list of executive producers on the untitled series includes two producers who had previously worked with Cohen. The full list is comprised of Dummy creator/exec producer Cody Heller; The White Lotus executive producer David Bernad; Borat Subsequent Moviefilm exec producer, and Who Is America? producer Nicholas Hatton; WeCrashed co-creator/executive producer Lee Eisenberg; director-producer Jake Szymanski (The Package); writer-producer Gene Stupnitsky (Hello Ladies); Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Brüno co-producer and Who Is America? exec producer Todd Schulman; and director-producer Ruben Fleischer (Superstore).

    Marsden most recently appeared at Disney’s D23 Expo in support of the upcoming Disney+ film Disenchanted, reprising the role of King Edward that originated in the 2007 feature, Enchanted. Up next, he stars in the comedy film Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story for Netflix directed and co-written by Jerry Seinfeld.

    The actor is also notably known for his portrayal of Scott Summers/Cyclops in the X-Men film series which originated in 2000; Lon Hammond in 2004 hit The Notebook; as well as Richard White in Superman Returns in 2006. Other credits include Zoolander, Hairspray, 27 Dresses, Straw Dogs, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    On the small screen, Marsden recently returned to HBO’s Westworld for the show’s fourth season which concluded in August. Next, he will be seen in Starz’s revival of Party Down and Season 3 of Netflix’s Dead to Me. Other TV credits include Party of Five, Ally McBeal, Modern Family, Mrs. America, and The Stand. Marsden is repped by CAA.

    Taye Diggs To Host ‘Back In The Groove’ Dating Series For Hulu

    (9/15/22) Hulu is getting into the love business with a new unscripted show hosted by Taye Diggs.

    Back in the Groove will follow three women in their 40s, stuck in the grind of their everyday lives, who will check into The Groove Hotel, a resort on an island of the Dominican Republic. The goal is to rediscover their youth, live joyously, and hopefully find love with men half their age.

    “As the saying goes, you can’t fall in love with someone else until you fall in love with yourself!” according to the Hulu announcement. “At the Groove Hotel, these three women will have the opportunity to do both! Whether they find the perfect fling, friendship, true love, or something in between, this is their chance to take charge and break through the double standards older women face every day. And they’re going to have a lot of fun doing it!”

    The show marks the first unscripted Hulu Original series under the Walt Disney Television Alternative Banner. There will be eight episodes.

    The three women are Sparkle, a 43-yesar-old from Atlanta; Steph, a 41-year-old from Miami, and Brooke, a 42-year-old from Los Angeles.

    The series is executive produced by showrunner Elan Gale, Bill Dixon, Sonya Wilkes, Evan Wilkes, Michael Krupat, John Luscombe, Shannon Stoeke and Diggs. Back in the Groove is produced by Walt Disney Television Alternative and Beyond Media Rights Ltd.

    CAA represents all parties (except the contestants).

    Anne Heche Family Fight Over Estate Heats Up

    (9/15/22) Some of Anne Heche's family members are duking it out in court over the late actress' estate ... and it's getting nasty.

    Here's the deal ... Anne, who had 2 sons with 2 different men, died without a will and her oldest son, 20-year-old Homer Laffoon, wants to run the estate. He also wants his younger half-brother, 13-year-old Atlas Heche Tupper, and himself listed as Anne's sole heirs.

    That would've been clean and simple, but enter James Tupper -- Anne's former "Men In Trees" co-star and Atlas' father says Anne wanted him to be in charge of her estate.

    According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, James claims Anne emailed him and 2 other people a copy of her will back in 2011, when they were still dating. James says in the email Anne stated she nominated him as the executor of her will so he could carry out her financial wishes.

    Meanwhile, Homer's recently doubled down on allegations James is trying to manipulate him ... with Homer claiming he can't get in touch with his half-brother because James is controlling Atlas' phone.

    James is firing back in this latest legal filing ... claiming Homer "is not suitable" to run the estate, claiming he's only 20, is unemployed, dropped out of school and was estranged from Anne at the time of her death.

    What's more, James claims he's trying to meet up with Homer, but says he's being ghosted ... and James also accuses Homer of locking him and Atlas out of Anne's house as soon as she died.

    UPDATE: 6:30 PM PT -- An attorney for Anne's older son, Homer, tells TMZ ... "We prefer to see the estate administration play out in court and not in the media, as our legal documents speak for themselves."

    Homer's lawyer, Bryan Phipps, adds ... "The court appointing Homer special administrator today supports that decision."

    ‘Strange World’: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid And Lucy Liu Preview Walt Disney Studios’ New Animated Film At D23

    (9/10/22) Walt Disney Studios previewed its upcoming animated offering Strange World at D23 Expo today.

    The film includes characters voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jabouki Young-White and Lucy Liu, all of whom were on hand. It’s about a legendary family of explorers whose differences threaten to scuttle their latest crucial adventure. The film is directed by Don Hall and written by Raya and the Last Dragon’s Qui Nguyen.

    Hall called the film a “story of family [and] the strong desire to leave them a better world.” The director described the driving inspiration behind the film as “our kids.”

    Nguyen said the story involves a hidden world, unique creatures and “environments full if surprises and dangers.”

    Strange World marks Gyllenhaal’s first time in Disney animated movie. He plays a character called Searcher.

    “Being here is so cool and to share this trailer for the first time,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be in a Disney animated movie so it’s kind of a dream come true.”

    Quaid agreed.

    “I love being part of the Disney family. It really has been very, very good to me. I play Jaeger Clade. I’m Searcher’s father and it’s a really different kind of character for me. He’s got huge calves, for one thing. Jaeger’s a world famous explorer in his strange world, an adventurer. He’s stubborn but he’s a lot of fun – opinionated but, you know, take him as he is.”

    Liu said she was “excited to play such an amazing character because Callisto is tough. She’s fearless. A leader.” She also calls the character “someone I would aspire to be” because she wants to protect others.

    “I love the idea of looking out for other people,” she said.

    Young-White, who plays Searcher’s son Ethan Clade, describes his character as “an incredible kid. Super excited for adventure like his grandfather, not like his dad. I feel a part of myself in him.”

    ABC Adds Serious Star Power to Its Upcoming ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration’ Special’

    (9/10/22) During today’s panel at D23 Expo 2022, ABC shared a slew of casting announcements for the upcoming animated and live-action blended special, “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.” Tony®-, Emmy®- and GRAMMY®-nominated artist Josh Groban, who previously recorded a song for the 2017 “Beauty and the Beast” live-action movie, will play the baneful Beast. Tony- and GRAMMY-nominated acclaimed Broadway star Joshua Henry has been tapped to play antagonist Gaston, while EGOT winner and legend Rita Moreno will serve as the night’s narrator, taking viewers on a journey through the classic enchanted tale. Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, the highly anticipated two-hour reimagining of the beloved story of “Beauty and the Beast” will be taped in front of a live audience at Disney Studios and will air THURSDAY, DEC. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC and on Disney+ the next day.

    As previously announced, five-time GRAMMY- and Academy Award®-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. will play the role of Belle, with Jon M. Chu set to executive produce the special, and Hamish Hamilton set to direct. Additional talented cast, whose performances will be seamlessly woven through the original feature film, will be announced at a later date.

    Tony, EMMY, and four-time GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Josh Groban possesses one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music. Moreover, he continues to captivate fans everywhere as both a powerhouse vocalist and dynamic renaissance man. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, headlined legendary venues on multiple continents, and entertained audiences with acclaimed film and television appearances. His catalog spans a series of chart-topping blockbuster albums, including “Josh Groban” (five-time platinum), “Closer” (six-time platinum), “Noël” (six-time platinum), “Awake” (two-time platinum), “Illumination,” “All That Echoes” (gold), “Stages” (gold), his first UK No. 1 album, “Bridges,” and his most recent release, “Harmony.”

    Extending his repertoire, Groban made his Broadway debut in 2016 with a starring role in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” He garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actor In A Musical. He has expanded his presence with appearances on “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “The Office,” “CSI: NY,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Crazy Ones” as well as in the feature films “Coffee Town,” “Muppets Most Wanted” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” In addition, he starred in the NETFLIX series “The Good Cop” in 2018. In spring 2023, Groban will once again grace the stages of Broadway in the revival of “Sweeney Todd,” playing the title role. He remains an active arts education philanthropist and advocate, and his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

    Joshua Henry is a GRAMMY-nominated performer and recording artist best known for his Tony-nominated leading roles in “Carousel,” “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Violet,” as well as for his show- stopping performance as Aaron Burr in the cultural phenomenon “Hamilton” (Chicago/San Francisco/Los Angeles). A BMG recording artist, Henry’s debut album, “Grow,” is available worldwide on all streaming platforms. On screen, he starred as Roger Bart in the Academy Award-nominated film “Tick, Tick, Boom,” directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He also starred as Jerlamarel opposite Jason Momoa in two seasons of Apple TV+’s show “See.” Other Broadway shows include “In the Heights,” “Shuffle Along,” “American Idiot,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Bring It On: The Musical,” “Off-Broadway: In the Heights” and “The Wrong Man.” Henry can currently be seen starring on Broadway in “Into The Woods.”

    Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: two Emmys, a GRAMMY, an Oscar and a Tony. Her countless credits span more than seven decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films and countless television shows, and has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one-woman show, “Life Without Makeup,” at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

    Just recently, Moreno wrapped production on two films: “Eighty for Brady,” starring opposite Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin; and “Fast X,” where she plays Vin Diesel’s grandmother. Last year, she co-starred and served as an executive producer on Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story.” For four seasons, Moreno co-starred in the critically acclaimed Latinx reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic TV sitcom, “One Day At A Time.” Moreno has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

    This year, 2022, marks the 30th anniversary of when Disney Animation’s “Beauty and the Beast” became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film went on to win the Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while the theme song “Beauty and the Beast” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1992.

    “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” is produced by Done+Dusted in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative and Electric Somewhere. Executive producers are Jon M. Chu, Caitlin Foito, Hamish Hamilton, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan. Hamish Hamilton will serve as director. H.E.R. serves as a producer.

    Emmy Presenters: Ariana DeBose, ‘Squid Game’ Stars, Jean Smart, Jimmy Kimmel, Selena Gomez & More

    (9/7/22) The Television Academy has opened the envelope on its first batch of presenters for Monday’s 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Here is the list, in alphabetical order: Will Arnett, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Bayer, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana DeBose, Taye Diggs, Hannah Einbinder, Selena Gomez, Mariska Hargitay, Squid Game’s Jung Ho-yeon & Lee Jung-jae, Jimmy Kimmel, Diego Luna, Christopher Meloni, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Jean Smart, Kerry Washington and Natalie Zea.

    More presenters will be announced as we get closer to TV’s Biggest Night, which will be hosted by SNL stalwart Kenan Thompson from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live on NBC starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

    Anne Heche died without a will, son files to control estate

    (9/1/22) Actor Anne Heche died without a will, and her 20-year-old son has filed court papers to control her estate.

    Homer Laffoon, Heche’s son with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday requesting that he be allowed to administer his mother’s estate.

    The petition lists Homer Laffoon and 13-year-old Atlas Tupper, Heche’s son with former partner James Tupper, as her only heirs.

    The document says the value of Heche’s estate is unknown. That is often the case on such initial filings, before anyone has the legal authority to assess the dead person’s assets.

    Homer Laffoon also filed a petition asking that someone be appointed to represent his brother’s interests in court.

    An email to a Heche representative seeking comment was not immediately returned.

    On Aug. 5, a car Heche was driving jumped a curb, smashed into a Los Angeles home and burst into flames. She was declared brain dead on Aug. 11, and was kept alive on life support for three more days so her organs could be donated.

    Heche, 53, was among the biggest film stars of the late 1990s, starring opposite actors including Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford, and had worked consistently in movies and television for more than three decades.

    She was married to Coleman Laffoon, a television camera operator, from 2001 to 2009, and was in a relationship with James Tupper, an actor, from 2007 to 2018. She had a son with each.

    ‘Nashville’ & ‘Scream’ Star Hayden Panettiere Signs With APA As Comeback Continues After Addiction Battle Reveal

    (8/31/22) Nashville and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere has signed with APA.

    The two-time Golden Globe nominee recently finished filming on Scream 6 in which she reprises her role as Kirby Reed.

    Panettiere’s breakout role came as Claire Bennet in NBC’s Heroes and she went on to get the starring role of Juliette Barnes in ABC’s hit Nashville. She also starred in the final season of David E. Kelly’s Ally McBeal for Fox.

    The actress’s other film credits include The Forger opposite Josh Hutcherson, Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington, Custody with Viola Davis, Chris Columbus’s I Love You Beth Cooper, and Bring It On: All Or Nothing.

    Scream 6 marks Panettiere’s first movie in six years. She hasn’t acted in TV since Nashville ended in 2018. Last month, the actress opened up to People magazine about a long struggle with alcohol and substance abuse as well as postpartum depression. She explained how she has undergone trauma therapy and inpatient treatment within the last year in a bid to get her life back on track.

    Panettiere continues to be represented by Mainstay Entertainment (who she signed with earlier this year) and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.

    Netflix Fall & Holiday Film Slate

    (8/30/22) Blonde (9/28, theaters 9/16)
    Based on a bestselling novel from five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde is the boldly reimagined private story of the world’s most famous sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. The film is a fictional portrait of the model, actress and singer during the 50s and 60s, told through the modern lens of celebrity culture. Based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates
    DIRECTOR: Andrew Dominik
    WRITER: Andrew Dominik
    PRODUCERS: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon, Scott Robertson
    CAST: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Caspar Phillipson, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, Lily Fisher, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Xavier Samuel, Michael Masini, Spencer Garrett, Chris Lemmon, Rebecca Wisocky, Scoot McNairy, Dan Butler, Garret Dillahunt, Lucy Devito, Ned Bellamy

    ‘Ally McBeal’ Sequel With New Lead In Works At ABC From Karin Gist; Calista Flockhart Eyed To Return

    (8/19/22) Exactly two decades since David E. Kelley’s Ally McBeal ended its five-season run on Fox, the Emmy-winning legal dramedy starring Calista Flockhart is plotting a comeback with a sequel series, which is in early development at ABC, I have learned.

    Written and executive produced by Karin Gist (Mike), I hear the new show will follow a young Black woman who joins the law firm from the original series (or its current incarnation) straight out of law school. The young woman is believed to be the daughter of Ally McBeal’s (Flockhart) D.A. roommate Renée Raddick, who was played by Lisa Nicole Carson on the mothership series.

    I hear Flockhart has been approached to reprise her title role from the original in some capacity and to executive produce the follow-up. A decision on her potential involvement likely won’t be made until a script has been written.

    Kelley created and executive produced Ally McBeal through his overall deal at 20th Television that had his David E. Kelley Productions function as a mini studio, giving the prolific producer a bigger say in exploiting existing IP. I hear Kelley has been looped in on the idea and has given his blessing for the follow-up. Given the new show’s focus on a new character who is a Black woman, I hear Kelley felt he was not needed and graciously stepped aside out of respect for Gist being able to tell that character’s story. There are no current plans for Kelley to be involved in the sequel, which Ally McBeal studio 20th Television, part of Disney TV Studios, is producing. Gist serves as showrunner and executive produces through her production banner, The Gist of It, alongside the company’s EVP Claire Brown.

    Reps for ABC and 20th TV declined comment.

    Executives at 20th TV had been looking to bring back Ally McBeal in some shape or form for years; the efforts were stepped up after the 2019 Disney acquisition of Fox assets, including 20th TV, fueled by how well the series’ DNA fits into ABC’s core brand of female-driven character dramas with levity. I hear Gist’s take was very well received across the board, leading to the pitch’s sale to ABC for development.

    The setup of the Ally McBeal follow-up is reminiscent of NBC’s upcoming Night Court sequel series, which also features a new lead character (Melissa Rauch) who is the daughter of a character from the original series and has the original lead, John Larroquette, reprising his role alongside her.

    Ally McBeal, which aired on Fox from 1997-2002, starred Flockhart as Ally, a lawyer working in the Boston law firm Cage and Fish along with her ex-lover and his wife, and followed Ally’s trials and tribulations through life as she looked for love and fulfillment. The main focus of the dramedy was the romantic and personal lives of the main characters, often using legal proceedings as plot device.

    The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999, one of seven Emmys and a slew of other major awards for its run. Ally McBeal was known for its strong ensemble cast, led by Flockhart and featuring Courtney Thorne-Smith, Greg Germann, Carson, Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol, Gil Bellows, Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi as well as musician Vonda Shepard who rose to fame on the show. Additionally, the series gave Robert Downey Jr. one of his first big roles following his 1990s legal troubles en route to his blockbuster career comeback in Iron Man.

    Ally McBeal transcended television to become a pop culture phenom and generate memes before memes existed with its infamous dancing baby. It remains influential two decades after its end, with She-Hulk‘s creative team recently listing the dramedy as an inspiration for their Marvel series.

    Gist is among the top creators/showrunners on 20th TV’s roster of overall deals. Under the pact, she is executive producer and showrunner on the new Mike Tyson limited series Mike for Hulu. She co-created, executive produced and showran the Fox series Our Kind of People and served as executive producer and showrunner on the ABC comedy mixed-ish.

    Previously, Gist served as executive producer and showrunner of Fox’s Star for Seasons 2 and 3. Before that, she was a co-executive producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy from 2015-17. Additional writing and producing credits include WB/CW’s One Tree Hill, Showtime’s House of Lies and ABC’s Revenge. Her film writing credits include Disney’s Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2, Jump In and VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat. She is repped by Adventure Media, Joel McKuin and ID PR.

    ‘Feud’: Tom Hollander, Calista Flockhart & Diane Lane To Star In Season 2 Of Ryan Murphy’s FX Series

    (8/17/22) Tom Hollander, Calista Flockhart and Diane Lane have joined Feud: Capote’s Women, the second installment of FX’s anthology series from Ryan Murphy and Plan B, we have learned. Reps for FX and 20th Television, which is behind the Feud franchise, declined comment.

    They join previously announced Naomi Watts and Chloë Sevigny. Hollander will star as Truman Capote, Flockhart as Lee Radziwill and Lane as Slim Keith. As previously announced, Watts stars as Babe Paley, wife of CBS head Bill Paley, and Sevigny portrays C.Z. Guest.

    An adaptation of Laurence Leamer’s bestselling book Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era, the miniseries is set in the 1970s and ends with Truman Capote’s death in 1984. It chronicles the tale of the famous wunderkind author as he stabs several of his female friends — whom he called his “swans” — in the back by publishing a roman à clef short story called “La Côte Basque 1965” in Esquire in 1975. The piece was intended to be a chapter in Capote’s infamous unfinished novel Answered Prayers, his follow-up to the blockbuster In Cold Blood.

    Two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant is set to direct all eight episodes, with Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated Jon Robin Baitz writing all episodes and serving as showrunner.

    Baitz, Van Sant and Watts are executive producing Feud: Capote’s Women alongside Murphy, Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Tim Minear and Alexis Martin Woodall — who all executive produced/produced Season 1, titled Feud: Bette and Joan. 20th Television is the studio, producing with Plan B Entertainment and Ryan Murphy Productions. Filming is slated to begin in New York this fall.

    Hollander is known for his roles in The Night Manager and Gosford Park, as well as films Pride & Prejudice and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

    Flockhart, best known for her starring role in Ally McBeal, most recently played Cal Grant on the CW’s Supergirl.

    Lane next will be seen opposite Jeff Daniels in Netflix limited series A Man in Full. She most recently starred in FX’s adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

    Variety was first to report the castings.

    Anne Heche’s Cause Of Death Revealed By Coroner – Report

    (8/17/22) Anne Heche died from “smoke inhalation and thermal injuries,” according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, People reported today. Her death was officially ruled an accident.

    The report cited a “sternal fracture due to blunt trauma” as another “significant condition” contributing to her passing. Heche sustained the injuries when her car jumped a curb and careened into a house in West L.A. last week, whereupon it burst into flames. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

    After Heche was pronounced brain dead, her family on Thursday made the difficult decision to take her off life support after any viable organs could be donated. Her heart stopped beating Sunday evening.

    The coroner’s office listed her date of death as August 11, the day she was declared brain dead at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. It was unclear exactly what organ or organs were donated.

    Her family and friends released the following statement:

    “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

    Even the woman whose house Heche fatally crashed into shared her sorrow on social media.

    Lynne Mishele, who was in the back yard on the other side of the house at the time of the crash, said in part, “The news of Anne Heche passing is devastating. Her family and her friends and her children, especially, really have suffered a great loss, and my heart goes out for them.”

    “This entire situation is just tragic and there really are just no words. I’m sending love to everyone involved.”

    A fund, set up to assist Mishele in her financial struggles arising from the accident had by Sunday raised $150,000.

    Law enforcement officials had been looking into the accident after blood tests showed the presence of “narcotics” in Heche’s system. They were trying to determine, among other things, if the drug or drugs were introduced into her system at the hospital, as part of pain management, or before. The test results also showed Heche was not under the influence of alcohol. On Sunday officials announced the investigation had been closed.

    “As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement shared by People. “Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”

    James Tupper thanks Emily Bergl for denying Anne Heche was ‘crazy’

    (8/15/22) James Tupper showed his appreciation after his “Men in Trees” co-star Emily Bergl hit back at rumors his late ex-girlfriend Anne Heche was “crazy.”

    The 57-year-old actor, who shares son Atlas, 13, with the “Another World” alum, called Bergl’s Friday Instagram post “completely accurate and true.”

    He wrote, “Oh god thank you for writing this. … love you e.”

    In her lengthy post, Bergl wrote that Heche, who died on Friday at age 53, was a “genius.”

    “Anne was … one of the most astoundingly focused and prepared actors I’ve ever worked with,” the “Shameless” alum, 47, told her followers of working with the Daytime Emmy winner from 2006 to 2008. “I don’t think I ever saw her miss her mark.

    “Her strength seemed super human,” Bergl continued, noting that Heche never “phone[d] it in” on set.

    “She would work for twelve hours, invite everyone to the bar, drink a couple of doubles and be back at work at four AM.”

    Heche was “always on time” and “luminous without a lick of makeup,” the “Southland” alum added. “Scene after scene, her work would be flawless, and yet always remained spontaneous.”

    At the time of Bergl’s post, Heche was declared brain dead and “not expected to survive” after crashing her blue Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home and causing a fire one week prior.

    The Tony nominee was removed from life support on Sunday, with her rep telling Page Six, “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend.”

    While Bergl and Tupper have yet to post via social media since Heche’s passing, the late “Call Me Crazy” author’s eldest son, Homer, 20, told us that he hopes she is “free of pain” now.

    “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness,” Homer said over the weekend. “Hopefully my mom is … beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”

    Heche gave birth to Homer in 2002 while married to Coleman “Coley” Laffoon. After the couple split in 2007, she moved on with Tupper.

    The former couple welcomed Atlas in 2009, calling it quits in 2018. Following Heche’s car crash, the “Big Little Lies” alum wrote via Instagram that he will “love [her] forever.”

    As for Laffoon’s tribute, the 48-year-old real estate broker told his Instagram followers Friday that Homer is “strong” and “going to be OK.”

    He gushed, “She came in hot and she had a lot to say and she was brave and fearless, loved really hard and was never afraid to let us know what she thinks and what she believed in.”

    ‘Yellowjackets’ Christina Ricci On Why She Roots For The Underdog — Even If It Bites Her

    (8/15/22) At 15, Christina Ricci appeared in a PG-13 comedy called Now and Then, in which four middle-aged best friends meet up to reflect on their teenage selves. Nearly 30 years later, Showtime’s Yellowjackets is that film’s hard-R evil twin, in which the fortysomething members of a New Jersey school’s female football team are haunted by memories of a traumatic plane crash that left them stranded when they were kids. It’s hard to pick a single performance from a terrific ensemble, but Ricci’s portrayal of the twisted Misty Quigley, played in flashback by Sammi Hanratty, is a standout in a series that shocks and surprises.

    DEADLINE: Why did you want to want to do Yellowjackets?

    CHRISTINA RICCI: I loved the idea of it — the premise in general. But then I read the pilot script and the only scene I had in the whole episode was such an incredibly well written, succinct, informative, evocative scene. It was about a character type I’ve always been fascinated by — petty, small people who are so powerless in the world that their only way to fight back is through these tiny little instances of being able to force their will onto someone else. I’ve always been fascinated by that character type, and I was excited, because I really, really, really enjoy playing characters that do bad things. Then I was told that, later on in the show — if we were picked up — Misty would do some pretty terrible criminal things, and I was completely intrigued. I’m referring more to the murder she commits [laughs]. Kidnapping, torture, that kind of stuff!

    DEADLINE: The show is unusual in that its weaving of the past and present gives both time frames equal weight. Did you always know that would be the case?

    RICCI: I knew after the pilot and I loved that as well, because it’s so helpful for my performance. Frankly, it allows me to start from a further along place then I would if I was the only person playing the character — it’s a real luxury to not have to worry about showing the past. Especially with Misty. She’s such a proactive character: she just goes, goes, goes. The past doesn’t really seem to have had much effect on her. Obviously, it’s shaped her and formed her, but, intellectually, I don’t think she ever looks back.

    DEADLINE: What does a typical script look like? Do you get the whole episode or just your timeline?

    RICCI: We read the whole script and we have a Zoom table read, or at least we did last year. Actually, seeing what happens in the flashback scenes is very important, because a lot of times in the script there’ll be scenes that mirror things that happen in the past. So, I learned to look out for those things, to make sure that I could do them the way that Sammi did, or make sure Sammi did it the same way that I do it in the present.

    DEADLINE: How much interaction did you have with Sammi?

    RICCI: We didn’t have that much interaction before the pilot — we met very briefly. And then when we finally went to shoot the season, we had a lunch and discussed the character. Obviously, neither of us are doctors, so in terms of diagnosing Misty, it’s a little more complicated. But with a character that is so extreme, you do have to have a specific take on her, and rules for her, because she’s still a person.

    DEADLINE: How much research can you do into a character like Misty?

    RICCI: You can’t do any, really, because when you’re doing TV, it’s not set in stone what this character will be doing. You have to have a concept that can evolve and stretch, but you also, as an actor, have to feel confident that you know your parameters. They intentionally put a scene in there when Misty’s a child, where she stares at an animal drowning and dying. To me, that speaks to a lack of empathy, and, as a sort of dime-store psychiatrist, I’d think that they were saying that she’s a bit of a sociopath. From there, what I do is just try to take everything I see written for her and really ground it in reality. And also, with such an extreme character, you never want her to be purely comic relief. I was always like, “I just don’t want her to be a clown. She can’t be the clown.”

    DEADLINE: But she’s still very funny and in a very elevated, witty way.

    RICCI: Well, I don’t think she’s stupid. She’s learned a lot of coping mechanisms, survival skills, methods of getting ahead, manipulative tactics that involve pretending to be as innocuous as possible. I always describe her as a murderous golden retriever. [Laughs] It’s how I describe myself, actually. Inside she’s seething, but she has to cover it all the time with this very innocuous, adorable kind of thing. But that means that her main form of hostility is passive aggression, and usually through the things she says and the things she does, you can tell she’s actually very smart and understands everything that’s going on, even if somehow, she just cannot do the right thing.

    DEADLINE: It’s so nice to see good parts for women. There’s you, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress… And you’re playing great characters, with not too many men to clutter the horizon.

    RICCI: You’re right. I mean, all the parts on this show are just some of the best examples of characters for women right now, because they are so specific and unique and individual and not just types. That’s something I think that is only now starting to be the norm — that we don’t treat women as tropes or props, and they don’t have to be specific types that we recognize. It’s very strange now. If you read a script or you see a show where women are treated in that way, it’s so glaring. It’s like, “Ooh, that feels dated.”

    DEADLINE: How much have you seen the industry change since you started acting?

    RICCI: For me? Well, when I started, I was a child and just happy to be in that environment and away from home and working. It was exciting and fun, so all I focused on was being really well behaved so that I would get more jobs. But now that I’m past my difficult 20s, and all of the distraction that goes on in that time, I feel like I can really look at my work from a creative, artistic, intellectual standpoint, with all the calm that comes with age. It’s really lovely for that to be what I drown myself in and focus on, and it allows me to shut out all the other kind of stuff about being an actress that is superfluous.

    DEADLINE: How did you find the transition from child acting to adult acting?

    RICCI: Actually, I didn’t have a hard time, because, just as I became 17, independent film became a huge thing and for the first time, filmmakers wanted to cast actual teenagers to play teenagers. The kind of material was so meaty and gritty. That really helped me to not struggle in my transition to doing adult films — but, again, it’s just a time-and-place kind of thing. I got really lucky.

    DEADLINE: Did casting agents have preconceptions of you?

    RICCI: At that time, I did a lot of indies because, in mainstream movies, there was still a lot of leading-lady standards that I didn’t fall into.

    DEADLINE: You’ve certainly seen that change.

    RICCI: Well, yeah. But I’m not at that age anymore. I’m not in my 20s and it’s not the 2000s, when you were either a leading lady or a character actress, and there was no in-between. Now they’re melding and blending. I’m not sure what it’s like to be in your 20s now, as an actress. But I do think, from what I see as a TV- and film-watcher, that they’re also benefiting from playing much more complicated, interesting women.

    DEADLINE: Tell me about your production company. How does that work?

    RICCI: I spend a lot of my time mining for material, articles. One of the pieces I have is an obscure piece of true crime that I found. Another piece is an article from Vanity Fair about old Hollywood lore. I spend most of my time looking for IP and material and then trying to package it, find partners. And I’ve been successful with a few things.

    DEADLINE: What kinds of stories appeal to you?

    RICCI: I usually look for something that’s a little bit different. I love a story; I love an antihero. I love it when the protagonist is just a scumbag, but you’ve got to follow them anyway and figure out why. And I like being challenging — I like the idea of the audience having that sort of emotional character arc experience. You know what I mean? I like turning the tables. I don’t know how to really eloquently describe it, but I like the idea of people seeing something that they think they couldn’t possibly relate to — but then being intrigued enough to want to understand it and follow along with it. I do not believe that audiences have to see themselves in a character to want to watch them and understand them, and that has been something I’ve argued about for my entire career.

    DEADLINE: Where does that interest come from?

    RICCI: I’ve always been like that. I’ve always been that person who stands too close to the abandoned dog and then gets bitten. I’ve always really over-empathized with, maybe, the wrong types of people, because I’m fascinated by deviant behavior. In a weird, Pollyanna-ish way I have that optimism of thinking that people are good deep inside, even when they’re really not.

    DEADLINE: Which of your roles do you think has come closest to achieving what you’ve just been talking about?

    RICCI: I don’t know how to answer that question, but I do feel that — in terms of putting something really off-putting in front of people and then ultimately making it compelling and interesting enough that they want to dive in and end up actually even liking the character — Misty is a very good example of that. I finally found the right job for it.

    DEADLINE: What has the reaction to Yellowjackets been like? On a personal level, not just from reading it in the trades.

    RICCI: People really like it. I mean, everyone I talk to loves it. I have friends who genuinely love it, and they aren’t just saying that because they’re my friends. I have a lot of trouble [processing success]. I’ve always been like that, since I was young and super-famous. I don’t feel famous — I’m just home, doing my day. It’s hard to actually feel this ephemeral thing, that somewhere out there, hanging above us, there’s a hit show and everyone’s crazy for it. I can’t feel that. But it is very, very exciting to be in the position I’m in now, and for the show to be so nominated and for people to really love it. Because it is a bit of a risk in a lot of ways, in the way it deals with women and their characters. And so if it had failed, or been stupid, that would’ve been really a shame for women.

    Actress Anne Heche ‘peacefully taken off life support’ nine days after car crash

    (8/14/22) Hollywood actress Anne Heche has been “peacefully taken off life support” nine days after suffering a “severe anoxic brain injury” in a car crash.

    A representative for the 53-year-old star confirmed her death to the PA news agency on Sunday night.

    Heche had been in hospital since she was severely injured in the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on August 5.

    The actress, who rose to fame in the late 90s, suffered burns and a brain injury when she crashed her car into a house.

    Heche had been classified as “legally dead according to California law” after the crash but kept on life support in case her organs could be donated.

    The assessment took nine days.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said they had concluded their investigation into Heche’s serious car crash.

    “As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case,” police said in a statement.

    “Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”

    The department previously confirmed to the PA news agency that the crash was being investigated as a felony driving-under-the-influence (DUI) traffic collision after preliminary blood tests revealed the presence of drugs in Heche’s system.

    However, additional testing was required to rule out substances administered in the hospital.

    Heche’s family earlier shared a statement with PA saying she was “not expected to survive” her injuries and that she was being temporarily kept on life support – presumably while the assessment for organ donation took place.

    The statement added: “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Centre at West Hills hospital.

    “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.

    “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.

    “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit.

    “More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love.

    “She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

    Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ following the incident showed Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured severely damaged at the scene.

    The vehicle struck a two-storey home and “erupted in heavy fire” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

    Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the flames within the heavily damaged structure, according to an LAFD report.

    Heche sustained a “significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns that require surgical intervention”.

    The actress earned recognition portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the US soap opera Another World from 1985 to 1991 which won her a Daytime Emmy Award.

    She rose to prominence in the late 1990s with roles in the crime drama film Donnie Brasco, alongside Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, the slasher movie I Know What You Did Last Summer and action comedy film Six Days, Seven Nights among others.

    She also starred in the 1998 remake of Psycho.

    She is the former partner of US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the pair began dating in 1997 before separating in 2000.

    Heche later suggested their public relationship had led to her being blacklisted professionally, describing herself as “patient zero in cancel culture”.

    As well as film roles, Heche appeared in multiple US television series including Men In Trees, Save Me and military drama television series The Brave.

    More recently she was a contestant in the 29th season of Dancing With The Stars – the US version of Strictly Come Dancing – in 2020, but was eliminated in the third round.

    Anne Heche: Her Family Says “We Have Lost A Bright Light”

    (8/12/22) As of midday Friday, Anne Heche has not been taken off life support. As Deadline reported last night, the Emmy-nominated actor had been declared brain dead earlier this week.

    “While Anne is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating, and she has not been taken off life support so that One Legacy can see if she is a match for organ donation,” a rep for Heche said.

    According to sources, Heche will be taken off the ventilator in the next 24 or so hours. But to all who knew her, she is already gone. The sentiment was reflected in a statement released by a rep on behalf of Heche’s family and friends.

    “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” the statement says. “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

    Heche’s older son, Homer Laffoon, also issued a statement Friday, mourning the mom he shared with his younger brother Atlas.

    “Today my brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” Laffoon said. “After six days of unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my step-mom Alexi, who continue to be my rocks during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer.”

    Anne Heche Dead at 53

    (8/12/22) Anne Heche has died from injuries she suffered last Friday after driving her car through a Los Angeles home ... her rep tells TMZ Anne is "brain dead" and under California law that is the definition of death.

    The rep adds life support machines are keeping Anne's heart beating for the purpose of preserving her organs for donations, however, the rep made it clear ... Anne has no brain function.

    The actress died Friday at an L.A.-area hospital ... she was rushed there in a coma, in critical condition and never regained consciousness. We're told she suffered a severe anoxic brain injury -- complete oxygen deprivation to the brain.

    A rep for Anne's family tells TMZ ... "We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."

    Anne had a long and successful career in Hollywood, getting her start playing Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap, "Another World," winning a Daytime Emmy.

    When Anne moved over to the big screen, she landed roles in some huge movies ... including "Donnie Brasco," "Volcano," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Six Days Seven Nights," "Return to Paradise," the "Psycho" remake and "Wag the Dog."

    Anne also starred in a number of TV shows, like "Men in Trees," "Hung," "Aftermath" and "The Brave" ... and she also did voice work for the animated TV series "The Legend of Korra."

    During the first year of the pandemic, Anne was a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

    Anne famously dated Ellen DeGeneres back in the day ... starting in 1997 until their highly-publicized split in August 2000 ... she ended up marrying cameraman Coleman Laffoon, whom she met on Ellen's stand-up comedy tour.

    Heche had a child with Laffoon, but their marriage ended in divorce. Her next relationship was with her "Men in Trees" costar, James Tupper, with whom she had her second child. They split in 2018 after 10 years together.

    TMZ broke the story ... LAPD sources say Anne was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl on Aug. 5 when she committed at least 2 hit-and-runs before crashing through a home and causing a fire.

    Anne sustained significant injuries in the crash, including severe burns and lung damage.

    Anne was 53.

    Anne Heche “Not Expected To Survive” After Severe Brain Injury, Will Be Taken Off Life Support

    (8/11/22) Anne Heche’s family and friends had been hoping for a miracle following the Emmy-winning actor’s horrific car crash last Friday. It didn’t come, and her closest ones are making the difficult decision to take her off life support after she was pronounced brain dead. She is being kept on a ventilator until it’s determined whether any organs not damaged in the crash and subsequent fire can be donated.

    “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told Deadline.

    “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.

    “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.

    “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

    There are plans for Heche to get Honor Walk, a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

    Heche had been hospitalized since Friday, Aug. 5, when she crashed her car into a Mar Vista house and ignited it. (The house’s owner and her pet were able to evacuate.)

    Fifty-nine firefighters battled the blaze, which had engulfed both Heche’s car and the house, for 65 minutes until she could be safely pulled out of the wreckage. Heche was reportedly able to communicate at the time of her rescue but lost consciousness shortly thereafter and never regained it. She has been in a coma ever since.

    On Monday, Aug. 8, Heche’s was described as being in “extreme critical condition.”

    “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” a rep for the actor said at the time.

    There had been a lot of speculation about Heche’s condition before the crash as she was filmed driving erratically and speeding in the minutes prior to the accident, including getting into another, minor car accident, blocks from the crash site. A blood test was performed after Heche was taken to the hospital.

    “Based on the blood work, it revealed the presence of narcotics,” Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the LAPD told Deadline on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

    Heche had recently wrapped filming Lifetime movie Girl In Room 13, which explores the dark underworld of the $150-billion-dollar human trafficking industry. Amy Winter, executive VP and head of programming for Lifetime Networks addressed Heche’s accident Thursday during a panel for the film at the Television Critics Association virtual press tour. Winter said the film was still scheduled to premiere in September as planned.

    “This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us,” Winter said.” We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking. We hope that this film reached you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us with our mission to stop violence against women.”

    Anne Heche Under Influence of Cocaine At Time of Car Crash

    (8/11/22) Anne Heche was not under the influence of alcohol when she crashed her car into a home last Friday, but she was under the influence of cocaine ... this according to law enforcement sources, and possibly fentanyl as well.

    LAPD sources tell TMZ ... the department has tested the blood they drew after Anne was admitted to the hospital, and in addition to cocaine, they also found fentanyl. However, our sources say fentanyl is sometimes used as a pain med in hospitals, so they need to do more testing and investigation to determine if the fentanyl was in her system at the time of the crash.

    We are also told Anne's condition is dire ... it has not improved since she was admitted to the hospital. As we reported, Anne has been fighting for her life and is in critical condition.

    As we reported, Anne was driving her Mini Cooper at an extremely high rate of speed last Friday in a residential area of L.A. when she crashed into a car, a garage and then a house, igniting a fire that severely burned her.

    Anne Heche Lifetime Movie ‘Girl In Room 13’ Still On Track Following Car Crash

    (8/11/22) Lifetime’s upcoming movie Girl In Room 13, starring Anne Heche, is still scheduled to premiere in September, the network said during the film’s panel Thursday at the Television Critics Association virtual press tour. Heche, who was originally scheduled to appear on the panel, remains hospitalized in critical condition following a car crash last week.

    Amy Winter, executive VP and head of programming, addressed the issue at the top of the panel, and asked reporters to refrain from asking questions about the actor’s health status.

    “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected,” Winter said. “We hope that her friends and family stay strong during this difficult time. You know, just as much as we do, that we ask that you kindly refrain from inquiring about her health status. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking. We hope that this film reached you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us with our mission to stop violence against women. Thank you for your support and your questions about the film.”

    Director Elisabeth Rohm confirmed during the panel that filming on the movie had been completed and it will air in September as scheduled.

    “We’re all so dedicated to the cause, stopping violence against women and I again thank Lifetime’s so much for creating this platform. All of us, especially Larissa who played this victim, are committed to that cause,” Rohm said. “We talked about it — every single one of us — that this was our mission. And although [Anne] is deeply missed, right now, I will say the film is finished and she did a phenomenal performance — a tour de force much like Larissa.”

    Heche has been hospitalized since Friday when a car she was driving crashed and caught fire in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

    On Monday, her representative released an update: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

    Heche stars along with Larissa Dias, Max Montesi and Matt Hamilton in Room in Girl 13, which explores the dark underworld of the $150-billion-dollar human trafficking industry.

    Girl in Room 13 is produced by Motel Productions Inc for Lifetime. Tim Johnson, Stacy Mandelberg and Yvonne Chotzen serve as executive producers. The film is written by Maria Nation (The Gabby Douglas Story) and directed by Rohm.

    Anne Heche Under Investigation for Felony DUI After Fiery Crash into House

    (8/10/22) Anne Heche's horrific crash into a California home now has the potential to land the actress into even deeper legal trouble ... she's now under investigation for felony DUI.

    LAPD sources tell TMZ ... they've now upped the investigation to a felony because the woman inside the home Anne barreled through with her Mini Cooper claims she was injured -- suffering cuts requiring medical treatment.

    Cops believe Anne was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol ... because she was driving erratically and recklessly, hitting a garage and a parked car before slamming into the home.

    Cops also took note of a photo of Anne in the car just before the crash, with what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol in a cup holder.

    Anne's rep says the actress is still fighting for her life ... she lost consciousness shortly after the crash, and has been in a coma ever since.

    TMZ broke the story, Anne almost struck a woman before hitting another vehicle and crashing into a garage in the moments leading up to the fiery explosion.

    Heche was pulled from her car as it burned and loaded onto a stretcher by paramedics. The vehicle was left a smoldering pile of metal.

    Anne Heche's son advocating for her

    (8/10/22) Anne Heche’s son is advocating for her in hospital.

    The 53-year-old actress is in a coma following a fiery smash in Los Angeles late last week, and 20-year-old Homer – who she has with ex-husband Coley Laffoon – has been taking the lead in ensuring she receives the “best care.”

    A source told Entertainment Tonight: “Her family is on pins and needles, just praying.

    “(Homer is) being as strong as he can be. Her family is ready to surround her, and be there if she wakes up. Everyone is waiting for that to happen.”

    The update comes a day after Anne’s spokesperson confirmed the actress – who also has 13-year-old son Atlas with former partner James Tupper – has sustained a “significant pulmonary injury.”

    Her representative said:”She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.

    “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

    Earlier this week, the Volcano star was said to be in a “stable condition” in hospital after crashing into a house in the neighbourhood of Mar Vista at high speed on Friday.

    Local residents have been sharing their accounts of what happened, and one has recalled Anne told passers-by she “wasn’t doing real well” following the collision.

    Lynne Bernstein, who lives in nearby Venice with wife Natalie, told how he and neighbours Dave and Gabriel were able to talk to the Volcano star after she drove “almost all the way through” a house and her car “almost immediately” caught fire.

    Dave was able to get into the back of the car to speak with the driver.

    Lynne said: “She responded that she wasn’t doing real well.

    “He actually talked to her briefly. Yeah, he asked her to raise her hand or something … if she was OK and she said she couldn’t.”

    The group tried their best to free Anne from her vehicle and Lynne thinks if they had been able to do so before the fire brigade arrives “maybe she wouldn’t be suffering the way she is now.”

    Noting that Gabriel tried to put out the fire while Dave tried to get Anne out, Lynne said: “We were having a hard time seeing and breathing.

    “(Dave was) overcome by the smoke. So, he went to the back of the house to see if there was an alternative route, maybe we could get to her from the front of the vehicle. But the smoke, even on the backyard was pretty darn intense.”

    Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey Move Into Podcasting With Cult Series ‘The Sunshine Place’ For Cadence13

    (8/9/22) (Trailer) Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey are boarding the podcasting bus.

    The duo are moving into the audio medium with an investigative audio series about the Synanon cult.

    The Sunshine Place tells the story of the former California-based experimental drug rehab facility and community that morphed into a dangerous and violent cult, led by its messianic founder Charles E. Diedrich.

    The series comes from Team Downey and Wink Pictures for Audacy-owned Cadence13.

    The Sunshine Place will tell the story of Synanon from the inside out, and by the people who lived it, charting its rise and exploring its decade-long reign over 1960s and ‘70s counterculture through the recollections of members, survivors and dedicated chroniclers. The series will be narrated by Sari Crawford, daughter of a former Synanon leader Bill Crawford.

    The eight-part series will launch August 10. Listen to a trailer above.

    Synanon was called “the miracle on the beach” in Santa Monica, CA during the 1960s. It started as an experimental drug rehab facility that made a radical claim: It could cure your addiction to heroin. The man responsible for this miracle? Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck.” Before long, Diedrich would make an even bolder claim: Synanon could cure any of your problems. All you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach in Santa Monica soon spread to San Francisco and Oakland, then to compounds across the state of California, and then the country, with thousands of people and millions of dollars in assets. But Diedrich would be the same man to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and, by the late ’70s, Synanon was being called a violent cult.

    Exec produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey, Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures and Cadence13 chief content officer Chris Corcoran, The Sunshine Place is written, directed and produced by Perry Crowell, Zak Levitt, Ian Mandt and Bill Schultz.

    “While we were familiar with Synanon, it wasn’t until we heard the deeply personal stories that we could truly appreciate its epic rise and fall,” said the Downeys. “We felt this was a strangely relevant and twisted cautionary tale that had to be told about the incredible lengths people will go to seek out answers and the more dangerous ones others will provide.”“This is a story we were immediately drawn to, and wanted to tell,” added Corcoran, Cadence 13’s founding partner. “‘It’s an honor to be able to tell incredible stories like this with such a great team in Susan, Robert, Emily, and Josh in collaboration with our brilliant C13Orginals creative team.”

    Anne Heche In “Extremely Critical Condition,” Remains In A Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

    (8/8/22) Anne Heche’s condition is far graver than it appeared over the weekend, a rep for the Emmy-nominated actor told Deadline.

    “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” the rep said in a statement. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

    The new statement comes two days after Heche’s publicist released an encouraging statement Saturday listing her as being “in stable condition.” Still, Heche’s family at the time asked for “thoughts and prayers.”

    Heche has been in the hospital since Friday when a car she was driving crashed and caught fire in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

    Fifty-nine firefighters battled the blaze, which had engulfed both Heche’s car and the house she crashed into, for 65 minutes until she could be safely pulled out of the wreckage. She was reportedly able to communicate at the time but lost consciousness shortly thereafter.

    There has been a lot of speculation about Heche’s condition before the crash as she was filmed driving erratically and speeding in the minutes prior to the accident, including getting into another, minor car accident, blocks from the crash site. A podcast featuring Heche, in which she is heard slurring her speech, was released Friday, and has been linked to the crash online. That podcast was recorded Tuesday, sources told Deadline.

    Earlier Monday, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from the actress following the Friday crash that left her car fully inside the Mar Vista home, which caught fire and was largely destroyed.

    Neighbors of the woman whose home was destroyed in the crash, Lynne Mishele, have started a GoFundMe page to assist her, raising more than $75,000 as of Monday afternoon. According to the page, Mishele “very narrowly escaped physical harm” in the crash, but the home was destroyed and she lost “her entire lifetime of possessions.”

    Anne Heche In Stable Condition As Her Family Asks For Prayers After Fiery Car Crash

    (8/6/22) UPDATE SATURDAY 3:50 PM: Anne Heche’s publicist has released a statement a day after the actress was rushed to the hospital when a car she was driving crashed and caught fire. “Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family asks for your thoughts and prayers,” the statement said. “We ask to respect her privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.”

    Actress Anne Heche severely burned in fiery car crash

    (8/5/22) (TV News Video) Anne Heche was involved in a fiery car crash on Friday that has left her “severely burned” and “intubated” in the hospital, TMZ reports.

    The “Vanished” actress, 53, was reportedly driving her blue Mini Cooper down a suburban street in Los Angeles around noon when she crashed into the garage of an apartment complex.

    The actress’ burned back was visible as she sat up on the stretcher.

    According to the outlet, bystanders tried to help Heche exit the vehicle, but she allegedly backed up and drove off before crashing into another home where her car became “engulfed” in flames.

    It appears that Heche may have been under the influence of alcohol, as bottle with a red cap was seen in the car’s cup holder shortly before the accident. However, the Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately be reached.

    Aerial shots of video from the accident obtained by Fox11 show smoke billowing out of the home in which she crashed into.

    Sources told TMZ that Heche is currently intubated in the hospital, but “expected to live.”

    “Her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence of alcohol,” the outlet also reported.

    Heche, known for her high-profile romance with Ellen DeGeneres in the ’90s, has spoken openly about her previous battle with substance abuse.

    “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did anything I could to get the shame out of my life,” she told ABC News in 2001, adding that her choices were a result of her painful childhood that stemmed from being sexually abused by her father, Donald Heche.

    “I’m not crazy,” the “Six Days Seven Nights” star also said at the time. “But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me.”

    Reps for Heche could not immediately be reached.

    Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori & Hayden Panettiere Join ‘Scream 6’

    (7/14/22) Samara Weaving (The Valet) and Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: No Way Home) are the latest additions to the cast of Scream 6, Deadline can confirm. They join an ensemble that also includes Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega, who toplined the fifth film in the franchise, along with Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Josh Segarra and Henry Czerny.

    The next installment in the horror franchise from Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures will pick up with Sam (Barrera), Mindy (Brown), Chad (Gooding) and Tara (Ortega)—four survivors of the most recent batch of Ghostface killings—as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter. Details as to the characters Weaving and Revolori will be playing have not been disclosed.

    Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who helmed the last Scream film, return as directors. James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick co-wrote the screenplay, with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers. Scream franchise creator Kevin Williamson and Radio Silence’s third member, Chad Villella, are exec producing alongside Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre, Ron Lynch, Cathy Konrad and Marianne Maddalena. The film will hit theaters worldwide on March 31, 2023.

    Weaving previously worked with Radio Silence on the 2019 horror Ready or Not. The actress can currently be seen in the Hulu film The Valet, having also recently starred in the streamer’s series Nine Perfect Strangers. She’ll next be seen in Stephen Williams’ drama Chevalier with Lucy Boynton and Minnie Driver, and Damien Chazelle’s buzzy period Hollywood pic Babylon.

    Revolori is best known for his collaboration with Wes Anderson on films like The Grand Budapest, The French Dispatch and the upcoming Asteroid City, and for his role as Flash Thompson in the most recent trilogy of Spider-Man films. He stars in the Apple series Servant and will soon be seen in the Disney+ series Willow.

    Bloody Disgusting was first to report the news of today’s castings. Weaving is represented by CAA, 111 Media and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Revolori by WME and Circle of Confusion.

    Christina Ricci Talks Tim Burton’s “Really Great, Smart, Modern Take” On ‘Wednesday’ As She Lands Second Emmy Nom For ‘Yellowjackets’

    (7/12/22) After scoring her second Emmy nomination this morning for her supporting role on Showtime’s Yellowjackets, Christina Ricci caught up with Deadline to discuss the show’s recognition and upcoming second season, at the same time teasing her reentry into the world of Tim Burton with Wednesday.

    Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in two past Addams Family films, said it was “wonderful” to reteam with director Tim Burton on his upcoming Netflix series, for the first time since their collaboration on 1999’s Sleepy Hollow. “I was beyond flattered, particularly because it is Tim Burton and I respect and admire Tim so much,” she said. “So, to have him ask me to come back and play this part in that world was really gratifying on a sentimental level.”

    While Ricci is sworn to secrecy on the role she’ll be playing in the series, she said she also “really loved” working with Jenna Ortega, who takes over the role of the Addams’ sole daughter. “She’s so incredibly talented and professional, and really seems to love film and TV making, and is involved in every step along the way of the show,” said Ricci. “And her Wednesday is a really, really great, smart, modern take on that character.”

    Ricci’s latest nomination followed her Drama Guest Actress nom for her turn as Hannah on Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. The acclaimed survival drama Yellowjackets, in which she plays one version of plane crash survivor Misty, was recognized today in a total of seven categories, which also included Outstanding Drama Series, Directing for a Drama Series, Writing for a Drama Series (x2), Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Melanie Lynskey) and Casting for a Drama Series.

    Ricci said that the display of love for the show is “overwhelming” and “a testament” to the pedigree of talent involved, across the board. While she said she has “absolutely no objectivity” when it comes to the project she works on and “had no idea that it would explode in the way that it has,” she’s been a fan from the get-go of the “incredibly varied examples of women” it presents, and “the honest portrayal of these characters,” who “never pander” and “never sort of wink at the audience, begging for affection.”

    The actress said that production on Yellowjackets Season 2 will kick off “at the end of the summer,” adding that while she has been given “no concrete information” as to the upcoming installment’s plot, she has her hopes, as far as what will be explored with Misty going forward. “We did see her citizen detective sort of talents come out a little bit in the first season, and I would love to see that in the second season,” said Ricci. “I would love to see her trying to solve the mystery of where Juliette [Lewis]’s been taken. What’s going on in that crazy basement [with that] alter, dog head thing? I just really feel like I’d like to see her solve those crimes—and commit other crimes, along the way.”

    Looking ahead, Ricci hopes to continue to play “really amazing, interesting, varied characters, and to just challenge myself and be excited about what I’m working on.” She’s at the same time developing numerous projects through her company Blaspheme, with several “going out to pitch soon” that will hopefully lead to more involvement in TV, “in different ways.”

    Ricci competitors in this year’s Drama Supporting Actress race are Severance‘s Patricia Arquette, Ozark‘s Julia Garner, Squid Game‘s Jung Ho-yeon, Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn, Succession‘s J. Smith-Cameron and Sarah Snook, and Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney. The ceremony will take place on September 12.

    2022 Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/22) This year’s Emmys will be awarded across two weekends, with the two-night Creative Arts portion set for September 3-4. The Primetime ceremony will be broadcast live Monday, September 12 on NBC and stream live on Peacock.

    Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

    Severance • Apple TV+ • Endeavor Content / Red Hour Productions in association with Apple
    Patricia Arquette as Harmony Cobel

    Ozark • Netflix • MRC for Netflix
    Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore

    Squid Game • Netflix • Siren Pictures for Netflix
    Jung Ho-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok

    Yellowjackets • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Entertainment One
    Christina Ricci as Misty

    Better Call Saul • AMC • High Bridge, Crystal Diner, Gran Via Productions and Sony Pictures Television
    Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler

    Succession • HBO/HBO Max • HBO in association with Project Zeus, HyperObject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions
    J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri Kellman

    Succession • HBO/HBO Max • HBO in association with Project Zeus, HyperObject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions
    Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy

    Euphoria • HBO/HBO Max • HBO in association with ADD Content Agency | HOT | TCDY Productions, Dreamcrew, Tiny Goat, A24 and The Reasonable Bunch
    Sydney Sweeney as Cassie

    ‘Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.’ Trailer: Regina Hall & Sterling K. Brown Lead Focus Features’ Megachurch Comedy

    (7/7/22) (Video) Focus Features has unveiled a trailer for its comedy Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., starring Regina Hall (Nine Perfect Strangers) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), which is slated for release in theaters and on Peacock on September 2nd.

    Writer-director Adamma Ebo’s feature directorial debut, based on her 2018 short of the same name, is a satire centered on Trinitie Childs (Hall)—the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

    Honk for Jesus debuted to critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film was produced by Hall, Brown, Adamma Ebo, Adanne Ebo, Daniel Kaluuya, Rowan Riley, Amandla Crichlow, Kara Durrett, Jessamine Burgum and Matthew Cooper. Pic is slated to open on the 2nd against Roadside Attractions’ family drama Gigi & Nate, IFC Films’ thriller Burial, Strand Releasing’s drama Peter von Kant and Blue Fox Entertainment’s Waiting for Bojangles. Its release by Focus follows those of films including Graham Moore’s crime drama The Outfit, Robert Eggers’ Viking revenge pic The Northman, Jim Archer’s comedy Brian and Charles and Downton Abbey: A New Era.

    Other upcoming films from Focus include the period dramedy Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (July 15), B.J. Novak’s feature directorial debut Vengeance (July 29) and James Gray’s semi-autobiographical drama, Armageddon Time. Watch the trailer for Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. above.

    Hollywood Critics Association TV award nominations

    (7/7/22) The awards will be handed out over two nights in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton. The broadcast network and cable TV awards ceremony will be held on August 13, followed by the streaming awards ceremony on August 14.

    Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

    Chrissy Metz, This is Us (NBC)
    Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets (Showtime)
    J. Smith-Cameron, Succession (HBO)
    Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC)
    Sandra Mae Frank, New Amsterdam (NBC)
    Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
    Susan Kelechi Watson, This is Us (NBC)
    Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria (HBO)

    Best Writing in a Streaming Series, Drama

    Chris Mundy, Ozark “A Hard Way to Go” (Netflix)
    Dan Erickson, Severance “The We We Are” (Apple TV+)
    David E. Kelly, Nine Perfect Strangers “Ever After” (Prime Video)
    Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game “One Lucky Day” (Netflix)
    Kerry Ehrin & Scott Troy, The Morning Show “La Amara Vita” (Apple TV+)
    Michael Waldron, Loki “Glorious Purpose” (Disney+)
    Soo Hugh, Pachinko “Chapter One” (Apple TV+)
    The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” (Netflix)

    Hayden Panettiere Opens Up Postpartum Depression, Struggles With Alcoholism

    (7/6/22) (Video) After four years away from the spotlight of Hollywood, actress Hayden Panettiere is opening up for the first time about the challenges she's faced that nearly destroyed her career.

    "I didn't know where the alcoholism was ending and the postpartum was beginning," Panetierre said. "And I ran myself pretty ragged."

    In a People and "Good Morning America" exclusive interview, the 32-year-old said that she'd been "struggling for a long time."

    Since her hit show "Nashville" ended in 2018, Panettiere said the years that followed have "been difficult." She added, "The years before were very difficult for me, too. And I just needed a break."

    'I was deeply depressed'

    Shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2014, Panettiere was overcome with postpartum depression. She told ABC News' Kaylee Hartung she turned to "the bottom of a bottle" for support.

    "I didn't have any negative feelings towards my child," she said. "I just knew I was deeply depressed." Panettiere said that she felt like she "was in this haze, this haze that just wasn't me."

    "People around me were more concerned about my usage of alcohol than they ever were about the postpartum depression," she said. They thought she was "being a crazy woman" or "an overly emotional female" who was choosing to be depressed, when Panetierre said "it was so out of my control."

    "I felt like I was walking blind," she said. "And I don't like to ask for help either. I wanna be that strong, stoic woman. But, I mean, when you see a happy-go-lucky girl for years suddenly on the floor in a puddle of mess and alcohol, you gotta know something is wrong."

    Eventually, Panettiere sought treatment. At that treatment facility, she found the help she needed, which included making friends who could understand her struggles.

    On sobriety

    Panettiere says she is now sober and is taking things one day at a time.

    "It's an everyday battle," she said. "It really is. I'm grateful to say that I'm sober today."

    When Panetierre was in her darkest days, she described it as "somebody taking an eggbeater and scrambling around your brain." But even worse was her fight to be believed.

    "Oh, it was horrible," Panettiere said. "Once you're the identified patient as the alcoholic -- and not as a girl, a woman going through postpartum depression -- then they don't believe anything that comes outta your mouth. So even when you're telling the truth, even when you're doing well, I've been told 'No' -- almost gaslit -- and told no, I wasn't."

    "It's frustrating. It's heartbreaking," she added. "You wanna break down and cry, which makes you look even worse. But not being believed, I think to anybody not being believed is -- when they're telling the truth -- is painful."

    Panettiere said she hopes other women who are going through the same thing, and are questioning their sanity and want to be heard, know that they're "not alone."

    "So many women have been in our positions," she said. "And if the people around you don't believe you, find somebody who does. Find somebody who can help. Go on a journey of exploration and do whatever you have to do to get yourself better, to understand what's going on inside your heart, your mind, your body."

    Her 'favorite little person'

    Panettiere said she is grateful to be sober and especially grateful for her daughter, Kaya, who is now 7 years old.

    "She's my favorite little person," Panettiere said. "All of those, like, little good senses that remind me of what I used to be as like a little kid. She is like the 2.0 version where she's so much smarter. But she's incredible. She's such a little light. She's such an amazing human being."

    Panettiere's daughter calls Ukraine her home, having lived there with her father, former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, for several years. Klitschko and his brother Vitali, the mayor of Kyiv, have been on the frontlines of the country's ongoing war with Russia, since it began in February.

    Panettiere said her daughter is no longer in Ukraine and is out of harm's way.

    "She is very safe," she said. "And where she is, she also has a lot of friends. So she's not alone. She's handled this [in] stride."

    "I speak to Wlad a lot," she added. "And I don't think anybody knew that it was gonna be like this. So it was a shock to the system."

    In March, Panettiere launched Hoplon International, a relief organization that raises funds for medical supplies and body armor for those defending Ukraine.

    "I created Hoplon International to make sure that every dollar that people donate goes to med kits and protective gear, and helmets and blood, for the people who are on the frontlines," she said.

    "We're still sending out protective gear to them anytime we can," Panettiere added.

    Getting back to work

    In addition to helping Ukraine, Panetierre said she's been keeping herself busy preparing to get back to work.

    "That is so good for my soul," she said. "I just want to keep that ball rolling. I have a whole new team of people who really believe in me and they have helped me to gain some trust back in myself."

    Fans will see the actress back on the big screen for "Scream 6," reprising her role as Kirby Reed.

    In looking for the right project to bring her back, she thought back to her days on "Scream 4," more than a decade ago, and said "I just thought, 'This is the perfect role.'"

    6th Annual Black Reel Television Awards Nominations

    (6/16/22) Black Reel Awards annually recognize the excellence of African Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film and television industry.

    Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series
    · Quinta Brunson | “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
    · Regina Hall | “Black Monday” (Showtime)
    · Issa Rae | “Insecure” (HBO)
    · Tracee Ellis Ross | “black-ish” (ABC)
    · Robin Thede | “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
    · Rosario Dawson | “Dopesick” (HULU)
    · Dominique Fishback | “The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray” (Apple TV+)
    · Regina Hall | “Nine Perfect Stranger” (HULU)
    · Moses Ingram | “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+)
    · Natasha Rothwell | “The White Lotus” (HBO)

    Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Hugh Grant, James Marsden & More Join Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedy ‘Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story’ For Netflix

    (6/15/22) Jerry Seinfeld has assembled a stellar cast for his Netflix comedy Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story, with Melissa McCarthy (God’s Favorite Idiot), Jim Gaffigan (Linoleum), Amy Schumer (Life & Beth), Hugh Grant (The Undoing) and James Marsden (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) signing on for roles, along with Jack McBrayer (Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show), Tom Lennon (Reno 911!), Adrian Martinez (iGilbert), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood), Christian Slater (Dr. Death) and Sarah Cooper (Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine). In addition to co-writing and directing the film, in his feature debut, Seinfeld is set to star, as we told you first.

    Billed as a tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar and menacing milkmen, Unfrosted is set in 1963 Michigan. It will watch as sworn cereal rivals Kellogg’s and Post race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast forever. Information on the roles to be played by Seinfeld and the newly introduced members of his ensemble has not been disclosed.

    Netflix won rights to the film in a competitive situation last year. Seinfeld’s relationship with co-CEO and CCO Ted Sarandos proved helpful in swinging the deal in the direction of the streamer. The comedian and actor inked a deal worth an estimated $100M with Netflix in 2017, which brought it his popular interview series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as well as the comedy specials Jerry Before Seinfeld and 23 Hours to Kill. Netflix also last year purchased global rights to stream episodes of Seinfeld’s classic sitcom of the same name for a five-year period.

    Seinfeld and Spike Feresten wrote Unfrosted with Andy Robin & Barry Marder. Seinfeld, Feresten and Beau Bauman will produce the film, with Cherylanne Martin, Andy Robin and Barry Marder serving as executive producers.

    McCarthy is an Emmy winner and two-time Oscar nominee who can currently be seen on the HGTV series The Great Giveback, which premiered on Monday, and Netflix’s fantasy-comedy series God’s Favorite Idiot, debuting on the streamer today. She’ll next be seen in Thor: Love and Thunder and a live-action Little Mermaid film from Rob Marshall.

    Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian and actor whose upcoming projects include the sci-fi drama Linoleum, David Lowery’s Peter Pan & Wendy, the thriller Susie Searches, the comedy Providence from Old Henry‘s Potsy Ponciroli and Mukunda Michael Dewil’s thriller Collide.

    Schumer is an Emmy-winning comedian and actor who most recently created the Hulu comedy series Life & Beth, in which she also stars, seeing it get a second-season pick-up in April. She also recently co-hosted the Oscars and hosted the Netflix comedy special Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory.

    Grant is a Golden Globe winner who recently starred alongside Nicole Kidman in HBO Max’s hit miniseries, The Undoing, also featuring in the Netflix comedy specials Death to 2020 and Death to 2021. Upcoming projects include the spy pic Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre from director Guy Ritchie, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

    Marsden plays Teddy on HBO’s Westworld, which returns for its fourth season on June 26. He’ll also soon be seen in Starz’s revival of Party Down and Adam Shankman’s Disenchated, which has him reprising his Enchanted role as Prince Edward.

    A four-time Emmy nominee best known for his role as Kenneth Parcell on NBC’s 30 Rock, McBrayer created and hosts the children’s show, Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show for Apple TV+.

    Lennon is a two-time Emmy-nominated actor, writer, director and producer best known for Reno 911!. Upcoming film projects include Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and Ashley Shelton’s comedy Best Clowns.

    Martinez is a veteran actor who recently made his feature directorial debut with the drama iGilbert, in which he also stars. He’ll next be seen in the Dracula comedy Renfield from Universal.

    Moynihan is an SNL alum who most recently played Jayden Kwapis on NBC’s Mr. Mayor.

    Greenfield is an Emmy nominee known for his role as Schmidt on Fox’s New Girl who now stars on CBS’ The Neighborhood, heading into its fifth season.

    Slater is a Golden Globe winner who recently starred in Peacock’s miniseries Dr. Death. Upcoming projects include the series Army of the Dead Lost Vegas and Fleishman Is in Trouble, as well as the feature Freelance.

    Cooper is an actor and comedian known for her 2020 Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine, which Natasha Lyonne directed, with Maya Rudolph producing. She’s also lent her voice to Fox’s Housebroken and appears in James Ponsoldt’s Sundance 2022 pic Summering.

    McCarthy is represented by CAA and Mgmt Entertainment; Gaffigan by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Schreck Rose Dapello; Schumer by WME, Ocean Avenue and Schreck Rose Dapello; Grant by CAA; Marsden by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; McBrayer by UTA; Lennon by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Martinez by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and attorney James Sarna; Moynihan by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Greenfield by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Slater by UTA; and Cooper by WME and Sugar23.

    Anne Heche To Star In Lifetime’s ‘Girl In Room 13’ Movie, Elisabeth Rohm To Direct

    (6/9/22) Lifetime has given a green light to Girl In Room 13, a new Ripped from the Headlines movie inspired by actual events, starring Emmy nominee Anne Heche. Larissa Dias (When Calls the Heart) and Max Montesi (The 100) also star in the movie which explores the dark underworld of the $150-billion-dollar human trafficking industry. The film is directed by Elisabeth Rohm, her third directorial project with the network under the Broader Focus initiative, part of the network’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign. It’s set to premiere this fall.

    Heche stars as Janie, and Dias as her daughter, Grace, who is abducted by Richie (Montesi) for human trafficking.

    Inspired by actual events, Girl in Room 13 examines the story of Grace (Dias), who was addicted to opioids after her doctor prescribed them for a sports injury at a very young age and after three stints in rehab, she is finally ready to turn her life around. Under the watchful eye of her mother, Janie (Heche), Grace takes on a job at her family’s restaurant. But her past will not let her go and when her friend coerces her into meeting her former love interest and drug dealer, Richie (Montesi), she finds herself imprisoned in a hotel room with no way out. Held captive, Richie repeatedly violates Grace, forces her to consume drugs and alcohol, and starves her — all to break her down so that she becomes compliant and can be sold into human trafficking. Refusing to give up on her daughter even when her husband and the local police believe Grace has returned to a life of using, Janie starts an all-out hunt to find Grace. Stopping at nothing, Janie discovers the dark world of human trafficking and the shocking statistics about its widespread victims and its unexpected accomplices.

    Girl in Room 13 is produced by Motel Productions Inc for Lifetime. Tim Johnson, Stacy Mandelberg and Yvonne Chotzen serve as executive producers. The film is written by Maria Nation (The Gabby Douglas Story) and directed by Rohm.

    In 2020 reporter Carmen Neithammer reported in Forbes that global statistics on human trafficking are on the rise and the International Labor Organization estimates that there are currently 25 million victims worldwide, including men, women and children. The $150 billion dollar business of human trafficking knows no bounds and traffickers use banks, transportation, hotels rooms and social media to lure in their victims, often involving legitimate services and companies.

    Heche returns to Lifetime having previously starred in 2004’s Gracie’s Choice with Kristen Bell, 2006’s Fatal Desire with Eric Roberts and 2011’s Girl Fight with James Tupper. She most recently starred in the Peter Facinelli-directed psychological thriller The Vanished for Netflix, as well as Quiver’s tornado thriller 13 Minutes. She will also soon be seen recurring in All Rise on OWN and Sam Levinson’s upcoming HBO series, The Idol, opposite The Weeknd. Heche is repped by APA and Zero Gravity Management

    Dias also previously starred in Family Pictures in 2019, reuniting her with Rohm who also starred in the movie. She most recently appeared in Supernatural Academy and When Calls The Heart. Dias is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Carrier Talent Management.

    Montesi’s recent television credits include The 100 and Sacred Lies, among others.

    Rohm is repped by Buchwald, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Felker Toczek.

    Girl in Room 13 is the latest movie in Lifetime’s successful “Girl In” franchise which included Girl in the Basement, Girl in the Shed, Girl in the Box and Girl in the Bunker, among others.

    Westworld Alum James Marsden to Return for Season 4

    (6/4/22) One of Westworld‘s original hosts is coming back online.

    James Marsden will return to HBO’s sci-fi series in the upcoming Season 4. The casting news was announced Saturday during the show’s panel at ATX Festival, which Marsden attended as a surprise guest.

    No one on the panel — which also included co-creator Lisa Joy and executive producer Alison Schapker as well as stars Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Woods, Angela Sarafyan, Aurora Perrineau and Luke Hemsworth — gave any further details about what Marsden would be up to in the new season.

    Viewers will remember that Marsden played Teddy Flood, a wide-eyed, aw-shucks hero host who was a love interest for Wood’s Dolores. Teddy was a major character in Seasons 1 and 2. Season 4 will be set at least partially in New York City. Joy told the audience at the panel that Wood will play a new character named Christina, who is a writer.

    After more than two years’ absence — the Season 3 finale aired in May 2020 — Westworld will return for its long-awaited fourth season on Sunday, June 26. Ariana DeBose (Schmiagdoon!, West Side Story) has joined the cast in a mysterious role.

    Hayden Panettiere To Reprise Role As Kirby Reed In Next ‘Scream’ Film

    (5/11/22) Hayden Panettiere will reprise her Scream 4 role of Kirby Reed for the next installment in the franchise from Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures. She’s set to star alongside Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega, who toplined the recent reboot of the franchise from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (aka Radio Silence).

    The next Scream film will pick up with Sam (Barrera), Mindy (Brown), Chad (Gooding) and Tara (Ortega)—four survivors of the most recent batch of Ghostface killings—as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter. Panettiere’s Kirby, you might recall, is the former Woodsboro resident who was the lone teenage survivor of the Second Woodsboro Murders in the fourth Scream film. Principal photography on the sequel, also to be helmed by Radio Silence, will kick off this summer.

    James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick are co-writing the screenplay, with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers. Scream franchise creator Kevin Williamson and Radio Silence’s third member, Chad Villella, will exec produce alongside Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre, Ron Lynch, Cathy Konrad and Marianne Maddalena. Pic will hit theaters worldwide March 31, 2023.

    Panettiere is well-known for her roles on the hit television series Heroes (NBC) and Nashville (ABC), and for starring in such films as Custody, alongside Viola Davis; The Forger, with Josh Hutcherson; and Remember the Titans, opposite Denzel Washington. Other major film credits include I Love You Beth Cooper, Bring It On: All or Nothing and Ice Princess.

    The new Scream film will be Panetierre’s first to hit the screen in eight years. She is represented by Mainstay Entertainment.

    ‘Nashville’ & ‘Heroes’ Star Hayden Panettiere Signs With Mainstay Entertainment For Management

    (4/26/22) Hayden Panettiere has signed with Mainstay Entertainment for management.

    Actress, model and singer Panettiere has been acting since age four. She is best known for her role as Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes and subsequently starred in the ABC hit series Nashville, which earned her two Golden Globe nominations.

    On the feature side, she played the lead in the film Custody alongside Viola Davis and prior to that starred in The Forger opposite Josh Hutcherson. She was appeared in horror Scream 4.

    Other film credits include I Love You Beth Cooper and Remember The Titans.

    Panettiere first appeared on-screen in a commercial in 1990 at only 11 months old. However, her full-time acting career began in 1994 on the long-running ABC soap One Life To Live.

    LA-based Mainstay’s clients include Katherine Heigl, Lupita Nyong’o, Kim Coates, Peter Facinelli and Franka Potente.

    ‘Exploding Kittens’ Card Game Gets Animated TV Series & Mobile Game In Netflix Franchise First

    (4/18/22) Netflix has ordered an animated series and a mobile game based on the Exploding Kittens card game – the first time that the streamer will launch a videogame and a series from the same franchise.

    Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Abraham Lim (The Boys), Lucy Liu (Elementary), Ally Maki (Wrecked), Mark Proksch (What We Do in the Shadows) and Sasheer Zamata (Woke) are providing the voices for the animated series, which is set to launch next year.

    Exploding Kittens follows the eternal conflict between heaven and hell as it reaches epic proportions when both God and the devil are sent to Earth — in the bodies of chunky house cats.

    The series comes from Mike Judge and Greg Daniels’ nascent animation company Bandera Entertainment.

    The pair will exec produce alongside showrunners Shane Kosakowski and Matthew Inman, Bandera’s Dustin Davis, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for the Chernin Entertainment Group and Elan Lee, who created the original card game alongside Inman.

    The game, meanwhile, will launch in May. It will see players draw cards aiming to avoid the Exploding Kitten. Future cards and game mechanics will be themed around the animated series so people can play with their favorite characters. The game will feature both single and multiplayer options.

    It joins games including Stranger Things: 1984, Shooting Hoops and Card Blast on the service.

    “The co-development of a game and animated series breaks new ground for Netflix, and we couldn’t think of a better game to build a universe around than Exploding Kittens, one of the most inventive, iconic and original games of this century,” said Mike Moon, Netflix Head of Adult Animation.

    “Our goal is to offer our members great entertainment they’ll love in whatever format they may enjoy — whether it be a game or an animated series,” said Leanne Loombe, Head of External Games at Netflix.

    Said Exploding Kittens Chief Creative Officer Matthew Inman: “We actually launched Exploding Kittens on Kickstarter as a weekend project, but our community has been the heart and soul of the company over the past six years. The new series and game will give our fans new ways to connect and interact with the franchise.”

    Robert Downey Jr Makes Blackstone Publishing Deal For First Non-Fiction Book ‘Cool Food: Erasing Your Carbon Footprint One Bite At A Time’

    (4/5/22) Robert Downey Jr. has teamed with bestselling environmental author Thomas Kostigen to write Cool Food: Erasing Your Carbon Footprint One Bite at a Time. The book has been acquired by Blackstone Publishing president and CEO Josh Stanton. The actor-producer and Kostigen plan a book they say will provide a smart, accessible and game-changing roadmap to making climate-solving food choices.

    The deal marks the first major non-fiction book from Downey, best known for his iconic turns as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes and partnering with wife Susan Downey in their Team Downey production label. Downey leaned into nutrition since early in his Marvel run to prepare for the rigors of that role. While there has been a preoccupation in Hollywood in cutting down carbon footprints, doing it through a diet seems an innovative wrinkle. Blackstone hasn’t set a pub date.

    “Our best global food future requires no hand-wringing, fad diets, or radical shame—just a perspective shift to discovering the many solutions in plain sight,” Downey said. “With Kostigen in the cockpit, and Blackstone’s formidable ground control, it should be an actionable adventure. Join us.”

    Said Kostigen: “As the great Yogi Berra once said, ‘The future ain’t what it used to be.’ Increasingly, we are presented with forecasts of a worsening climate. Cool Food shows how we can change that outlook for the better by making a few different choices at the grocery store, trying something new on the restaurant menu, and by keeping an eye out for foods that store more carbon in the ground rather than polluting the air.”

    The deal was negotiated by Stanton and Blackstone Head of New Business Development Rick Bleiweiss, with WME’s Mel Berger and Susan Raihofer at David Black Agency. Downey is represented by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Kostigen is repped by Lighthouse Management & Media, CAA and Felker Toczek.

    Stanton confirmed the deal, saying the publisher is “is proud to partner with Robert Downey, Jr. and Thomas Kostigen to publish this vital book that shows how we, as individuals, can make a major impact with the foods we choose to eat. Cool Food provides an approachable roadmap with practical steps to reduce our carbon footprint—and, with brilliant and witty Downey, Jr. and Kostigen at the helm, readers are sure to have a lot of fun as they learn, too.” Downey and Kostigen will provide specifics on how to create a carbon-free diet, and dissect their own take on their cool food paradigm. The duo will walk readers through the adventures they embarked on that unfold a 360º story about where these foods are grown and sold – ranging from exotic regions, local productions, and giant wholesale markets, and the simple and Michelin-star restaurants at which they are served.

    In 2019, Downey founded The Footprint Coalition, a business and non-profit solely focused on the adoption and scaling of sustainable technologies. Kostigen has been writing about climate change for the past two decades.

    Hayden Panettiere & BF Brian Massive Bar Brawl Fists, Feet Fly Outside Sunset Marquis!!!

    (3/26/22) (Video) Hayden Panettiere and her boyfriend Brian Hickerson look less like lovers, and more like tag-team partners after getting into a huge melee at a famous Sunset Strip hotel.

    We got this insane video from Thursday night outside the Sunset Marquis where HP, and mostly Brian, threw down with a large group of people. At one point, security was able to calm the situation ... but then Brian broke free, ramping things up again.

    An eyewitness tells us everything started inside at the hotel bar, where some sort of argument started between Hayden, Brian and some other patrons. We're told one of the people from the other group claimed Brian spit on them, and the manager kicked everyone out ... leading to this wild scene on the street.

    During the fight, you can see Hayden do her best to try to pry Brian off the others -- and it even appears she gets kicked in the face while she was in the scrum. She's heard yelling, "Brian, jail!" ... likely warning him what could happen if cops show up, because he's on probation until 2025.

    Once everyone finally gets separated -- Brian and Hayden head back into the hotel -- where she apologizes to staff, and the other group leaves.

    Hayden and Brian certainly have a tumultuous history -- he's been arrested for domestic violence and assault for alleged attacks against the actress. Last night, at least, they were a united front.

    Law enforcement got a call for a fight at the hotel, but by the time they arrived, everyone had left and no report has been filed.

    The CW Renews 7 Series: ‘The Flash’, ‘Kung Fu’, ‘All American’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Superman & Lois’, ‘Walker’ & ‘Riverdale’

    (3/22/22) The CW has handed early renewals to a large portion of its scripted schedule including The Flash.

    The network also has renewed All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois and Walker.

    Traditionally, the youth-skewing network hands out early renewals, sometimes as early as January, to the majority of its slate – a boon for its owners CBS and Warner Bros.

    However, this year, the broadcaster’s future is up in the air with local affiliate group Nexstar circling, and Deadline understands that a new majority owner likely would have a say in some of its renewal decisions. The network also needs to take into account elements such as streaming rights to shows and other variables that will determine a pickup.

    The renewal of flagship series The Flash for a ninth season — making it the network’s longest-running Arrowverse series, taking over that mantle from Arrow, which ended after eight seasons — was paved earlier this year with the news that star Grant Gustin was in talks for a new deal. There’s no word from The CW yet as to whether Season 9 will be The Flash’s swan song.

    Some of the other renewals were more of a given that others. All American was expected to return for Season 5, and Superman & Lois and Walker were good for their third seasons.

    Riverdale also was expected to return for its seventh season, but similarly there’s no word as to whether this will be its final season.

    Kung Fu only launched its second season earlier this month but is now coming back for a third.

    Nancy Drew, however, was thought to be slightly more on the bubble and will return for a fourth season. That comes as spinoff series Tom Swift also has yet to launch on the network.

    There are two other tranches of shows that the network still has to make renewal decisions on – and these are expected to come over the next month or so ahead of the upfronts in May.

    4400, which launched in October, Naomi, which premiered in January, and All American: Homecoming, which started last month, will all be hoping for second seasons.

    There also are question marks about the future of Legends of Tomorrow, which is in its seventh season; Dynasty, which is in its fifth; Charmed and Legacies, which are in their fourth seasons; and Batwoman, which is in its third.

    Stargirl’s third season and In the Dark’s fourth season have yet to premiere, while Roswell, New Mexico was picked up for a fourth season ahead of its third season.

    The scripted renewals follow a batch of unscripted renewals including Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion, which are both returning for their ninth season, and World’s Funniest Animals, which is heading into Season 3.

    Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and CEO of the CW Network, said: “As we prepare for the 2022-23 season, these scripted series, along with the alternative series we renewed earlier, will serve as the start of a solid foundation utilizing some of our most-watched series for us to build on for next year and beyond. These dramas are also important to our overall digital strategy, as they are some of our most-streamed and socially engaged programming, and we look forward to adding more new and returning series to help strengthen and expand our multiplatform footprint.”

    Christina Ricci To Star In Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Series In Return To Addams Family Universe

    (3/21/22) This is the news Addams Family fans have been hoping for since the new Netflix series Wednesday was announced: Christina Ricci, the actor most closely associated with the title character, will be a major part of the live-action show from Tim Burton.

    Ricci, who starred as Wednesday Addams in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed 1990s Addams Family feature franchise, is a series regular in Wednesday, which is headlined by Jenna Ortega in the title role, Deadline has learned.

    Details about Ricci’s role are being kept under wraps to protect the surprise for fans, but I can reveal that she plays a new character and not an older version of Wednesday.

    I hear Ricci was brought in following Thora Birch’s exit amid production. Ricci is playing a new character, who is similar to the one originally played by Birch and will replace it on the show. Ricci quietly has been working on Wednesday for weeks; filming on the MGM-produced series is slated to wrap in Romania at the end of the month.

    The coming-of-age comedy, written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar and directed by Burton, stars Ortega as Wednesday Addams during her years at Nevermore Academy. It’s described as a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery.

    In addition to Ortega, Ricci stars alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones as matriarch Morticia Addams and Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams.

    Ricci’s performance as Wednesday in the Addams Family movies is so beloved for fans of the franchise that they launched a petition when the Netflix series was announced, calling for her to be cast in the show.

    Burton executive produces Wednesday with Gough and Millar, who serve as showrunners. Also executive producing are Kayla Alpert, Steve Stark, as well as Andrew Mittman for 1.21, Kevin Miserocchi, Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania and Gail Berman.

    Ricci next will return for Season 2 of Showtime’s breakout hit Yellowjackets, in which she stars. Her recent credits also include Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything, which she produced, and The Matrix: Resurrections. She is repped by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment.

    David E. Kelley Leaps Into Non-Fiction With Natural History Series From Intuitive Content

    (3/14/22) David E. Kelley is exploring the issue of climate change and its impact on the oceans in a new docuseries.

    The Big Little Lies creator is developing Eating Up the Oceans: How Do We Save Our Seas? with Andrew Zimmern’s Intuitive Content, the company behind series such as MSNBC’s What’s Eating America and Magnolia’s Zoe Bakes.

    It marks his first move into docuseries and comes a couple of years after he bought a fish farm that raises steelhead trout.

    Kelley and Zimmern are working with sustainable seafood expert and founder of Fed by Blue, Jennifer Bushman on the project, which is produced by Intuitive Content and David E. Kelley Productions.

    The pair have previously appeared on panels together talking about the issue and will be discussing the topic at SXSW on Tuesday.

    Emmy-winning actress and activist Julia Ormond is narrating their sizzle that they will take out to buyers.

    The series explores how climate change threatens the very existence of marine life and our own. It confronts the contentious issues that arise when what we eat clashes with the health of our oceans.

    The six-part docuseries, which poses provocative concepts and actionable solutions, will feature stories from frontline experts who are working across multiple disciplines to affect change and curtail an impending crisis. It is equal parts nature documentary, investigative journalism and food travelogue.

    Eating Up the Oceans: How Do We Save Our Seas? is exec produced by Andrew Zimmern and David E. Kelley with Intuitive Content’s Patrick Weiland, Jennifer Bushman, Jill Kauffman Johnson and Katherine Bryar.

    It joins a crowded plate for Kelley, who behind Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and HBO’s The Undoing. The writer/producer also has a second season of Big Shot at Disney+, Presumed Innocent with J.J. Abrams at Apple, an adaptation of A Man in Full with Regina King and Anatomy of a Scandal for Netflix, Love and Death at HBO Max, The Missing at Peacock and Avalon at ABC.

    “It’s time to tell the stories of the inspiring visionaries, the water farmers, fishers, scientists and activists that are already creating pathways to restore abundance to our oceans,” said Kelley.

    “We have the power to course our path by reconsidering behaviors that can help restore our delicate balance,” added Zimmern. “David and I share a passion for food and the health of our marine ecosystems and are conveying a message of hope through this series: we absolutely can replenish our oceans while also sustainably nourishing the world.”

    Jennifer Bushman said, “The narrative of sustainability and biodiversity, conservation and revitalization, equity and profit, indigenous culture and innovation, offer a whole new understanding of our role in the health of our oceans. Each episode dives deep into a global question concerning the world’s historic and growing reliance on marine resources, particularly as a food source. Viewers witness first-person stories that connect them with those most impacted by our stressed marine waters.”

    ‘Master’ Trailer: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee & Amber Gray Star In Amazon Studios’ Sundance Genre-Bender From Filmmaker Mariama Diallo

    (3/2/22) (Video) Amazon Studios has unveiled the first trailer for its genre-bender Master, starring Regina Hall, Zoe Renee and Amber Gray, which made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is slated for release in limited theaters and globally on Prime Video on March 18.

    In the first feature written and directed by Mariama Diallo, three women strive to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose frosty elitism may disguise something more sinister. Professor Gail Bishop (Hall) has recently been promoted to “Master” of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post. Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Renee), an energetic and optimistic Black freshman.

    Jasmine’s time at Ancaster hits a snag early on when she’s assigned a dorm room that is rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when she clashes in the classroom with Liv Beckman (Gray), a professor in the middle of her own racially charged tenure review. As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to show in Ancaster’s once-immaculate facade. After a career spent fighting to make it into Ancaster’s inner circle, she is confronted with the horrifying prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not whether the school is haunted, but by whom.

    Talia Ryder and Talia Balsam also star in the film produced by Joshua Astrachan, Brad Becker-Parton and Andrea Roa. Hall, Sophia Lin and Terence Nance exec produced, with Claire Edelman and Rita Walsh serving as associate producers.

    Check out the trailer and poster for Master above.

    David E. Kelley Lands Straight-To-Series Order For Adaptation Of Michael Connelly’s ‘Avalon’ At ABC

    (3/1/22) David E. Kelley continues to add to his order book.

    The Big Little Lies creator has scored a straight-to-series order at ABC for Avalon, a drama series based on Michael Connelly’s short story.

    It is Kelley’s latest project for the Disney-owned network – Big Sky is currently in its second season – as well as his latest adaptation of Connelly’s work. He has an adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer at Netflix.

    Avalon, which is ABC’s first straight-to-series order for its 2022-23 programming slate, takes place in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, where L.A. Sheriff’s Department Detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy heads up a small office.

    Catalina has a local population that serves more than 1 million tourists a year, and each day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of potential new stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is pulled into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island.

    Avalon was published last year as part of the short story collection When a Stranger Comes to Town.

    Kelley, who will write the pilot episode, created the series with Connelly, and the pair will exec produce.

    The series is produced by A+E Studios, which produces Kelley’s Big Sky, and 20th Television. Fineman Entertainment’s Ross Fineman, who exec produces Big Sky and The Lincoln Lawyer, will exec produce alongside A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson.

    Kelley, who also behind Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and HBO’s The Undoing, also has a second season of Big Shot at Disney+, Presumed Innocent with J.J. Abrams at Apple, an adaptation of A Man in Full with Regina King and Anatomy of a Scandal for Netflix, Love and Death at HBO Max and The Missing at Peacock.

    ‘Presumed Innocent’ Limited Series Adaptation From David E. Kelley & J.J. Abrams Ordered At Apple

    The straight-to-series order comes as ABC has also been ramping up its traditional development pipeline. Earlier this month, it ordered a drama pilot about a group of therapists in Philadelphia from This Is Us writer-director Kay Oyegun and gave a cast-contingent pilot order to Will Trent, a crime drama based on Karin Slaughter’s bestselling book series, from The Big Leap creator Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen. It also has two off-cycle drama pilots on the books: the Alaska project, starring Hilary Swank, and the Blair Underwood-fronted L.A. Law sequel.

    “Excited to reunite with Michael Connelly,” said Kelley. “He’s written a fantastic short story, a great protagonist. Can’t wait to get started.”

    Added Connelly: “Being on a project with David E. Kelley again is amazing. This whole team of David, A+E and Ross Fineman has been wonderful to work with previously; and now joining up with ABC, well, I can’t wait to start. Catalina is full of mystery and good storytelling. We’re going to put it on the screen.”

    Said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment: “David E. Kelley is one of the great storytellers of our time and we are excited to continue our successful relationship with him on what we believe will be his next epic series on ABC. Michael Connelly’s short story is ripe with mystery and intrigue, and we can’t wait for David and Michael to bring this eerie and captivating world to life.”

    NAACP Image Award Winner

    (2/26/22) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

    Regina Hall – “Nine Perfect Strangers”

    Hayden Panettiere confirms her daughter is 'safe and not in Ukraine'

    (2/26/22) Hayden Panettiere’s seven-year-old daughter is “safe and not in Ukraine.”

    The 32-year-old actress has daughter Kaya with the retired Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko – but Hayden has confirmed via social media that she’s not in any danger, following Russia’s invasion of the country.

    In response to a comment on Instagram, Hayden said: “she’s safe and not in Ukraine (thumbs-up emoji) (sic)”

    The Heroes actress has also voiced her support for Ukraine on social media.

    She wrote online: “I have personally witnessed the strength of the Ukrainian people who fought so hard for their independence and have continued to passionately defend their country over the years.

    “This horrific moment in history sends a terrifying message: the message that in this day and age, in year 2022, it’s okay to violate the rights of free people and allow autocrats like Putin to take whatever they please.”

    Hayden wishes she could provide more support to Ukraine.

    She said: “I’m praying for my family and friends there and everyone who’s fighting. I wish you had more support and I wish I was there fighting with you!”

    The actress also encouraged her followers to voice their support for democracy.

    She explained: “For now, I ask for those of us who can’t be there to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and show your support for #democracy (sic)”

    Meanwhile, Wladimir recently enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army.

    The 45-year-old former heavyweight champion and his brother Vitali Klitschko – who is also a former heavyweight champion – have both pledged to fight for their country.

    Wladimir said: “We will defend ourselves with all our might and fight for freedom and democracy. You can also act. Let not fear seize us; let’s not remain frozen. Putin shoots at Ukrainian cities, but he aims at our hearts and, more importantly, at our minds.”

    Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer And Regina Hall To Host Oscars

    (2/14/22) Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall have been set to host the 94th Oscars, which is returning to an emcee format for the first time since 2018. Deadline confirmed the news Monday.

    The news is expected to be announced officially Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. ABC is airing the awards ceremony March 27. Organizer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declined comment on the host news today.

    This year’s Academy Awards are being produced by Will Packer, whose long list of hit TV and film successes includes Girls Trip, which starred Hall among its ensemble. The trio of hosts that includes comedy veterans Sykes and Schumer indicates a plan to get some humor injected into the proceedings, though it’s unclear how the duties will be meted out among the three.

    Variety confirmed the Oscar host news first today.

    The Oscars are coming off a 2021 telecast that was the lowest-rated ever, hampered by pandemic constraints (the show was held with reduced capacity at Los Angeles’ Union Station instead of its normal home at the Dolby Theatre) and a lineup of movies that were tougher to see in a year in which cinemas were impacted by Covid restrictions.

    This year’s Oscars return to full capacity at the Dolby as the latest Omicron variety continues to subside. Last week, it was confirmed that the Academy will not be requiring shots, just a recent negative test, to attend. Masks also might be jettisoned as Los Angeles County could by then be following the state in removing the mandate for large indoor crowds. California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised an announcement on that front early this week.

    As for the movies in the hunt this year, Netflix’s The Power of the Dog leads all nominees with 12 going in, with Warner Bros/Legendary’s tentpole Dune second with 10. Once again, several of the year’s highest-profile films, including the box office juggernaut Spider-Man: No Way Home, did not get major nominations despite a rule tweak that called for an expansion of Best Picture nominees to 10 — done in part to increase the chances of getting movies on people’s radars to tune in on Oscar night.

    Other pics in the key races for the March 27 Oscar ceremony include specialty fare like Japan’s International Feature Oscar submission Drive My Car, Belfast and CODA, which are also nominated for Best Picture alongside Netflix’s Power of the Dog and Don’t Look Up, Warner Bros’ Dune and King Richard, MGM/UAR’s Licorice Pizza, Searchlight’s Nightmare Alley and Disney’s West Side Story.

    ‘Presumed Innocent’ Limited Series Adaptation From David E. Kelley & J.J. Abrams Ordered At Apple

    (2/3/22) David E. Kelley and J.J. Abrams are teaming up for a limited series adaptation of courtroom thriller Presumed Innocent for Apple.

    The streamer has ordered an eight-part series based on Scott Turow’s book.

    It marks the first Apple series order for Kelley, who will serve as showrunner on the project and will exec produce alongside Castle Rock showrunner Dustin Thomason, Abrams and Bad Robot’s Head of Television Ben Stephenson.

    Presumed Innocent was published in 1987 and was turned into a feature film starring Harrison Ford in 1990. It tells the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own is suspected of the crime.

    The book told the story through the eyes of the accused Rusty Sabich, played by Ford in the movie, who was charged with the murder of his colleague Carolyn Polhemus.

    The series will explore obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.

    Presumed Innocent will be produced by Bad Robot Productions and David E. Kelley Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson executive produce for Bad Robot. In addition to writing, Kelley executive produces through David E. Kelley Productions alongside Matthew Tinker. Dustin Thomason also serves as executive producer. Scott Turow and Bad Robot’s Rachel Rusch Rich will serve as co-executive producers.

    It joins an incredible busy score card for both Kelley and Abrams. Kelley was behind Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and HBO’s The Undoing and also has Big Sky in its second season at ABC and Big Shot, which was recently renewed for a second season at Disney+. He is working with Regina King on an adaptation of A Man In Full for Netflix and also has The Lincoln Lawyer and Anatomy of a Scandal at the streamer as well as Love and Death at HBO Max and The Missing at Peacock, while it emerged that 20th Television has been exploring a reboot of his classic law comedy drama Ally McBeal.

    Abrams and his Bad Robot have worked with Apple on a number of series including Little Voice and Lisey’s Story. The company is also working on a number of series for HBO Max including Constantine, Demimonde and Madame X as well as a fourth season of Westworld for HBO.

    ‘Party Down’: Jennifer Garner, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Zoë Chao & James Marsden Join Revival On Starz

    (1/31/22) Starz has set new cast additions for its upcoming Party Down revival. Jennifer Garner (Yes Day), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Brockmire) and Zoë Chao (The Afterparty) have been tapped as series regulars and James Marsden (Dead to Me) has signed on for a key recurring role in the new iteration of the cult comedy.

    They join original stars Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Megan Mullally who are all returning for the six-episode new season. (The only original cast member not coming back is Lizzy Caplan who had a scheduling conflict.)

    Like the original series, the new Party Down installment follows a Los Angeles catering team – a sextet of Hollywood wannabes (Scott, Lynch, Marino, Starr, Hansen, Mullally) stuck working for tips while hoping for their “big break.” Each episode finds the hapless catering team working a new event – and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful guests and their absurd lives.

    Garner will play Evie, a successful producer of studio franchise movies, who, in the wake of a breakup, is reconsidering her life choices. A fledgling relationship with Henry Pollard (Scott) becomes a way for her to explore possible new directions.

    Williams will play Sackson, a handsome, confident, driven, wannabe influencer/internet personality. He’s knowledgeable and savvy about his specific internet niche, but a bit lost in every other aspect of life.

    Chao will play Lucy, a passionate, outspoken, free-thinking creative “food artist.” Lucy dreams of being a celebrity chef, but she’s stuck cranking out hors d’oeuvres at Party Down without the resources to do anything more ambitious.

    Marsden will play Jack Botty, an actor who plays the lead in a popular superhero franchise. Jack’s looks match his charm, he enjoys his life, his fame and being the center of everyone’s attention.

    The Party Down revival is executive produced by the original series’ creators/EPs, Rob Thomas, John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge, as well as Scott, who was a producer on the original. Enbom will serve as showrunner. Lionsgate Television is the studio.

    The first two seasons of Party Down premiered on Starz in 2009 and 2010 and remain available.

    Blumhouse Television Sets Stephen King Novel ‘Later’ For Limited Series To Star Lucy Liu; Raelle Tucker Scripted Pilot

    (1/25/22) Blumhouse Television has landed the rights to turn Stephen King’s bestselling novel Later into a limited series star vehicle for Lucy Liu. Series creator Raelle Tucker wrote the pilot script.

    Published in March 2021 by Hard Case Crime, Later centers on Tia, a literary agency owner who is raising her son Jamie alone and finds herself on the brink of professional ruin when her star author client dies before turning out the work that will make her agency financially whole. Jamie has the supernatural ability to talk to the dead, all of whom tell him the truth. This is very helpful when he talks to the dead author and feeds the contents of the book to his mother, who writes it herself and publishes it under the author’s name, to great success. But this gift can be used for more nefarious purposes. Tia’s police detective girlfriend figures out what the boy can do, and soon the youth gets over his head in the spirit world, as Danny Torrance did in King’s The Shining.

    Tucker was Emmy nominated for her work on HBO’s True Blood, and she collaborated with Blumhouse Television on the anthology series Sacred Lies and Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones, which starred Juliette Lewis and Jordan Alexander for Facebook Watch.

    Liu, who starred for seven seasons on the CBS series Elementary, most recently starred in Death to 2021 for Netflix and next stars in the Warner Bros DC sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods. She also appeared recently on Curb Your Enthusiasm and starred in the dark comedic series Why Women Kill.

    “I’ve wanted to work with Jason Blum for years, and now we have two projects together,” King said. “Go, me!”

    Blumhouse separately is producing an adaptation for Netflix of Mr Harrigan’s Phone, one of the stories in King’s anthology novel If It Bleeds. Production just finished, with John Lee Hancock directing Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell.

    The Blumhouse founder/CEO responded: “I’ve wanted to work with Stephen King since before I was born, which sounds impossible until you remember that it’s Stephen King.”

    Said Tucker: “Later is terrifying and touching and wonderfully weird — of course it is, it’s Stephen King. Adapting one of my favorite writers of all time, with an incredible partner like Blumhouse and the incomparable Lucy Liu, is a dream come true.”

    Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold are executive producers for Blumhouse Television.

    Tucker is represented by UTA and Mckuin, Frankel and Whitehead. Liu is with ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello.

    NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    (1/18/22) The show announcing marquee winners is set to place February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on BET. The NAACP will recognize winners in non-televised categories February 21-25, with those ceremonies to stream on

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
    Loretta Devine – Family Reunion (Netflix)
    Regina Hall – Black Monday (Showtime)
    Tracee Ellis Ross – `black-ish (ABC)
    Yvonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

    Anika Noni Rose – Maid (Netflix)
    Natasha Rothwell – The White Lotus (HBO)
    Pauletta Washington – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)
    Regina Hall – Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
    Sheila Atim – The Underground Railroad (Amazon Studios)

    Cinedigm Acquires Horror Pic ‘Incarnation’ Starring Taye Diggs, Jessica Uberuaga & Michael Madsen

    (1/12/22) Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to the horror film Incarnation starring Taye Diggs (All American, House on Haunted Hill), Jessica Uberuaga (Take Back) and Michael Madsen (Species, Hell Ride), with plans to release it in theaters and on VOD on February 18.

    The first feature from director Isaac Walsh picks up with the young couple of Brad (Diggs) and Jess (Uberuaga) as they move to Los Angeles in search of a better life. When they stumble upon a hidden real estate gem, managed by the laid-back landlord Peter (Madsen), they are elated by their turn of fortune. But their ideal home is hiding a secret far more sinister than they could have ever imagined, for the very walls are alive with an ancient evil, and they soon learn that greed comes with a hefty price.

    In the film written by Walsh and Tyler Clair Smith, Madsen takes over a role that was originally to have been played by Mickey Rourke. Mike Hatton produced the project, with Diggs and Uberuaga exec producing alongside Garrett Zinke, Ryan McDonald, Martin Andrew Lyon, Glen D Smith, Gary Smith, Gary Smith Jr, Asko Akopyan, Sandra Siegal, Eric Brenner, Lake Garner, Jerry Tankersley, Grant Guthrie and Michael Walker.

    “The best horror movies tap into our basic human fears and desires. With ever-mounting suspense and surprising plot twists, Incarnation explores the nature of greed and how, if left unchecked, it can manifest into deadly consequences for an unsuspecting couple in their very own home,” said Cinedigm’s Chief Content Officer, Yolanda Macias. “We look forward to audiences experiencing this terrifying tale, led by the exceptional Taye Diggs, in theaters and on digital this February.”

    “This project came together under extreme conditions during the height of the pandemic and I am proud of the work we accomplished,” added Walsh. “I couldn’t be more pleased with Cinedigm’s expertise in the genre and I’m grateful they’re releasing my debut feature.”

    Cinedigm is an entertainment company founded in 2000 that also recently acquired North American rights to Boon—the sequel to the Neal McDonough thriller Red Stone, which it released last month in theaters and on VOD.

    Cinedigm’s Vice President of Acquisitions Melody Fowler negotiated the deal to acquire Incarnation with Eoghan Burke, Vice President of Sales on behalf of 101 Films International, an Amcomri Entertainment Company.

    ‘Yellowjackets’ Gets Early Renewal: Showtime’s Gary Levine On Series’ Breakout Success & Season 2 Surprises

    (12/16/21) Five episodes into Yellowjackets‘ freshman run, the survival drama has been renewed for a second season by Showtime. The series hails from creators/executive producers/co-showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, exec producer/co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco, eOne and Drew Comins’ studio-based Creative Engine.

    Yellowjackets, featuring an all-star female cast led by Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress, launched to strong reviews, scoring a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been seen by over 4 million viewers across platforms to date. Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine called it “an unadulterated sensation” and “a hotshot out of a cannon.”

    “It’s done extremely well in terms of streaming subscriptions,” Levine told Deadline. “It was our second biggest series debut ever on streaming, and it’s grown each week on streaming by double digit percentages. In terms of acclaim, in terms of buzz – no pun intended — and in terms of hard numbers, this show has just exploded. For it to be embraced as quickly and as deeply as it was by both audiences and critics alike, that’s a little like catching lightning in a bottle — you can never anticipate that but boy, it’s awfully sweet when it rarely happens.”

    Yellowjackets’ streaming debut was second only to the return of Showtime’s signature drama Dexter with the limited series Dexter: New Blood.

    Linear viewing is far less relevant in the multi-platform universe (Yellowjackets has been drawing modest Live+Same Day linear audiences but even there the show just hit a series high with its most recent episode, 295,000 viewers.) Still, putting Yellowjackets behind Dexter: New Blood likely helped the newbie to be discovered by audiences quickly.

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    “While they are very different shows, we felt that both the strength and some of the tonalities of Dexter would be a great launching pad for Yellowjackets and it seems to have been borne out,” Levine said. “Dexter is a dark and violent show but it’s also a witty, funny show, it’s also a family drama, and Yellowjackets has some of the same mix of tones.”

    With Yellowjackets being renewed, is there a pickup in the cards for its companion, Dexter: New Blood?

    “Dexter is a limited series and any further discussions of Dexter will have to wait until we finish airing the limited series and see where we are with our stories and our characters,” Levine said. “Dexter was really designed to have a proper conclusion to the series, and I believe we will deliver that in the best possible way.”

    Yellowjackets also brought back female audiences, which Showtime previously attracted with long-running hit Shameless.

    “I think in terms of the breadth of audience and its audience demographics, it probably is closest to Shameless in terms of its reach,” Levine said. “It’s probably no accident that both had characters in their teens and adult years. But I also think tone, there is an audacity and irreverence to both of those shows that I think has some inherent appeal to a broader range of demographics.”

    The creative team of Yellowjackets just finished editing the Season 1 finale, slated to air Jan. 16, last week.

    “We have not heard the pitch for Season 2, the writers room has not even come together yet, they are going to come together in January,” Levine said. “I’m sure Ashley, Bart and Jonathan have some loose ideas but they hadn’t fleshed out their ideas and they certainly haven’t conveyed them to us.”

    Still, “I do know that there will be some surprises in terms of the characters,” Levine said. “There are still lots of questions about who survived, what happened out there. There will be some real surprises in terms of that and I think some characters you may not even have met yet.”

    Levine, who recalled how the Yellowjackets pitch struck a chord with him and his team to a point where he couldn’t remember whether the story was fictional or based on real events. “That’s how real the pitch felt,” he said.

    Facing Prime Video’s similarly themed (on paper) The Wilds, Yellowjackets sailed through the development process, with both shows, which turned out very differently, doing well.

    As for what Yellowjackets’ success speaks to, “I think what it says is, in this time of reboots, comic books and procedurals, there is a real hunger for originality,” Levine said. “It’s such a unique concept, and also the fact that it’s all women and showing of all sides of women: they are athletes, they are hunter-gatherers, they are cheaters, they are killers, and yet there is sisterhood and there is competition.”

    Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, Yellowjackets is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over. Season one also stars Ella Purnell, Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger and Warren Kole. Karyn Kusama directed and executive produced the pilot.

    “We are beyond grateful for the incredible support we’ve received for this show — both from Gary Levine, Jana Winograde, David Nevins, Amy Israel, Dave Binegar, and the rest of the fantastic Showtime team, and from our growing team of “Citizen Detectives” at home,” said Lyle, Nickerson and Lisco. “We can’t wait to continue telling this story with our amazing cast and crew. The saga continues!”

    Nicole Byer & Taye Diggs To Host Critics Choice TV Awards On The CW & TBS

    (12/11/21) Taye Diggs is back to host the Critics Choice Awards and will be joined by Nicole Byer.

    The All American star, who is soon to reprise his role of Harper Stewart in Peacock’s The Best Man: The Final Chapters, will host for the fourth consecutive year and will be joined by Wipeout host Byer.

    The show, which will be simulcast on The CW and TBS, will air on Sunday January 9 between 7pm and 10pm ET (delayed on the West Coast). The show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

    Succession nearly lapped the field when the nominations were announced earlier this month. The HBO drama nabbed eight noms, with the premium cabler’s Mare of Easttown and Paramount +’s Evil next with five apiece.

    HBO edged Netflix for the most noms for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards, scoring 20 to the streamer’s 18.

    Succession and Evil will vie for the Best Drama Series prize along with Apple TV+’s For All Mankind, Paramount+’s The Good Fight, FX’s Pose, Netflix’s Squid Game, NBC’s This Is Us and Showtime’s Yellowjackets.

    Mare of Easttown is up for Best Limited Series against a streamer-heavy field of Dopesick (Hulu), Dr. Death (Peacock), It’s a Sin (HBO Max), Maid (Netflix), Midnight Mass (Netflix), The Underground Railroad (Prime Video) and WandaVision (Disney+).

    Tussling for the Best Comedy Series prize will be Hulu’s The Great and Only Murders in the Building, HBO Max’s Hacks and The Other Two, HBO’s Insecure, FX on Hulu’s Reservation Dogs, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso and FX’s What We Do in the Shadows.

    “Excited to be again hosting The Critics Choice Awards with Miss Nicole Byer,” said Diggs. “It’s always a fun time and Miss Byer is hilarious. Very much looking forward to it.”

    “Ooooh! What a nice treat, I am so excited to be hosting the Critics Choice Awards with Taye!,” added Byer. “Oh, the gowns, the stars, the attention… on me on a stage cohosting! I’m very excited for all of it.”

    “This is definitely going to be the best Critics Choice Awards show ever,” said Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin. “Imagine Taye and Nicole up in front of a big, beautiful room full of all the biggest stars in film and television – all dressed to kill, drinking champagne and hoping to win. It’s going to be a blast.”

    Christina Ricci gives birth to first child with husband Mark Hampton

    (12/8/21) Congratulations are in order for Christina Ricci, who has welcomed her first child with Mark Hampton.

    The Emmy nominee, 41, who is already a mom to son Freddie, 7, with her ex James Heerdegen, announced the happy news on Wednesday.

    “Baby Cleo is here we are so in love with her also she has the most incredible dad imaginable,” Ricci captioned an Instagram video of the newborn napping in a pink beanie.

    Her hairstylist beau — whom she married in October — also shared an adorable snap of baby Cleopatra Ricci Hampton.

    “My heart has exploded. @riccigrams and baby Cleo are doing fantastic, we’re all resting after such an eventful morning… welcome to the world baby Cleopatra Ricci Hampton,” he captioned an Instagram post.

    “What a truly emotional morning, never cried as much.”

    Ricci first revealed she was expecting her second child when she shared an ultrasound image in August. “Life keeps getting better,” she wrote at the time.

    The “Addams Family” actress previously opened up about being a hands-on mom to her son Freddie.

    “Usually when I’m off, I’m with my son,” she told People in December. “When I’m not working, I try to be as full-time with him as I can be. Taking him to his play dates and nursery school.”

    She was granted full custody of her little boy in April, after her highly contentious split from Heerdegen.

    She filed a restraining order against her cinematographer ex following an alleged domestic battery incident, however, he still has visitation rights.

    Former Soap Stars Get Critics Choice TV Nominations

    (12/6/21) The prizes will be doled out at Sunday, January 9, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The CW and TBS will simulcast the show live in the East from 7-10 p.m. (delayed in the West).

    Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO)
    Kaitlyn Dever – Dopesick (Hulu)
    Kathryn Hahn – WandaVision (Disney+)
    Melissa McCarthy – Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
    Julianne Nicholson – Mare of Easttown (HBO)
    Jean Smart – Mare of Easttown (HBO)

    Netflix Returns To ‘Death To 2021’; Adds Lucy Liu, Stockard Channing, William Jackson Harper To Comedy Special

    (12/2/21) (Trailer) Netflix is returning to the Death to 2021 mockumentary special, with Lucy Liu, Stockard Channing and The Good Place‘s William Jackson Harper joining the cast.

    Hugh Grant, Tracey Ullman and British comedians Samson Kayo and Diane Morgan also return after featuring in last year’s Death to 2020. A teaser trailer today for the show, which drops on December 27, shows Morgan as Gemma Nerrick, one of the world’s five most average citizens, on a Zoom date with a man called Geoff.

    The special mixes archival footage harvested from across the year with commentary from fictitious characters.

    Charlie Brooker’s indie Broke & Bones is once again behind the satire, with Annabel Jones and Ben Caudell exec producing and BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor Caudell lead-writing. Jack Clough and Josh Ruben are directing.

    Last year’s show was narrated by Laurence Fishburne and also featured Samuel L Jackson, Lisa Kudrow and Kumail Nanjiani and was dropped as much of the world was in lockdown.

    Christina Ricci Joins Cyberpunk Pic ‘The Dresden Sun’ From Director Michael Ryan

    (11/23/21) Christina Ricci (The Matrix Resurrections, Yellowjackets) has signed on to play a supporting role in The Dresden Sun, a cyberpunk indie from writer-director Michael Ryan (Interpreters: a C & Earth Chronicle – quantum 1, The Silencer & the Sky), which also stars Samantha Win.

    The film observes as a heist goes south when a brilliant, principled mercenary with a traumatic past works with an insider to steal a valued asset from Peredor Corporation called “the sphere.” The C & Earth corporation, vying for global dominance, seeks to find a solution to an otherworldly technology via a scientist’s project. Meanwhile, a financial analyst, who despises his job at the powerful investment firm Mutual One, finds himself caught between deadly corporate rivals, financial fraud, and technological espionage, and is ultimately forced to run from a psychopathic military contractor.

    Ricci will play Dr. Dresden Corliss, an inventor of a cosmic technology, who grieves over the death of a loved one. Michael Ryan and Tyler Lockamy are producing via their Archetype Pictures banner, with Neely Gurman handling casting.

    Ricci currently stars in the critically acclaimed Showtime series Yellowjackets, and will next be seen in Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections, which is hitting theaters and HBO Max on December 22. The veteran actress has previously starred on the TV side in Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Pan Am and more. She’s appeared on the film side in such titles as Black Snake Moan, Monster, Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ice Storm, Casper, and Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 adaptation of The Addams Family.

    Ricci is represented by ICM, Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Jamie Afifi.

    Megan Hilty Steps In As Replacement For Covid-Struck Jane Krakowski In ‘Annie Live!’

    (11/12/21) Jane Krakowski has stepped down from the role of Lily St. Regis in NBC’s upcoming Annie Live! after being diagnosed with a breakthrough case of Covid, the network said Friday. Smash star Megan Hilty will step into the role.

    “I am beyond thrilled to join this all-star cast, crew and creative team,” said Hilty in a statement. “My family and I have been super fans of Annie for as long as I can remember, and we always look forward to the epic televised musicals produced by Bob Greenblatt & Neil Meron, so to be a part of this particular production is an honor and a dream come true. I wish Jane the speediest of recoveries and hope to do her proud.”

    According to NBC, Krakowski is “experiencing a breakthrough Covid case while working on a separate project in Ireland despite being double vaccinated, a regular testing process and abiding by protocols.”

    Hilty joins Celina Smith, who will play Annie, and an ensemble that includes Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace and Tituss Burgess as Rooster.

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    Hilty is best known to TV audiences for her portrayal of Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash, and she recently appeared in Lifetime’s Patsy & Loretta. Other TV credits include Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Difficult People, The Good Wife and The Good Fight. She made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked and was Tony-nominated for her role in 2016’s Noises Off.

    Annie Live! will be executive produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Rudzinski sharing the directing duties. Choreography will be led by Sergio Trujillo. The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.

    The musical will air Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

    Hilty is represented by Randi Goldstein and Nick Collins at Gersh.

    ‘Midnight Run’: Universal Sets Regina Hall To Star; ‘Girls Trip’ Actress Will Produce With Jesse Collins

    (11/8/21) The next edition of Universal’s 1988 cult classic comedy Midnight Run is finally happening after fits and starts throughout the years this time as a sequel we’re told. Regina Hall is set to star and produce in the feature which is being written by Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Aeysha Carr and also produced by Jesse Collins.

    The details of the new version are being kept under wraps. The original movie marked multi-Oscar winner Robert De Niro’s pivot into comedy, the actor playing Jack Walsh, a Bond bailsman bounty hunter whose job it is to collect mob accountant, Jonathan Mardukas, played by the late Charles Grodin, and get him to Los Angeles. The only thing is the accountant can’t fly, putting the easily irritable bounty hunter and fastidious accountant on an endless road trip in which they’re pursued by the Feds and a rival bounty hunter, Marvin Dorfler, played by John Ashton. The movie grossed $82M WW in 1988 dollars, and was nominated for Best Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes with De Niro receiving a Best Actor nod in that category. Midnight Run was also one of the top ten movies on the National Board of Review’s 1988 list.

    Collins (The New Edition Story, American Soul) will produce on behalf of his Jesse Collins Entertainment. De Niro will produce with Jane Rosenthal through Tribeca. Berry Welsh will executive produce for Tribeca.

    Universal Pictures’ SVP of Production Development, Sara Scott, will oversee on behalf of the studio.

    Hall recently starred in the Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, and also in the Universal hit comedy Girls Trip which grossed $140.5M WW. She stars in and executive produced the Showtime comedy series Black Monday. Other feature credits include the Scary Movie franchise, The Hate U Give, The Best Man Holiday, About Last Night, Think Like a Man Too, and Vacation. She is repped by ICM.

    Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is an Emmy nominated full-service television and film production company that has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical side, JCE has a first look with Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; unscripted series – Cardi Tries; talk show – Face to Face with Becky G; Emmy Award winning children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine. Collins was an executive producer for the Grammy Awards and The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and also produced The 2021 Academy Awards. He will next executive produce the 2021 American Music Awards.

    Collins is represented by CAA; Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich & Gellman.

    Regina King & David E. Kelley Book Series Order For Adaptation Of Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man In Full’

    (11/4/21) Regina King and David E. Kelley are adapting Tom Wolfe’s novel A Man in Full for Netflix.

    The streamer has handed the limited project a straight-to-series order of six episodes.

    The book, published in 1998, follows Atlanta real estate mogul Charlie Croker. When he faces sudden bankruptcy, political and business interests collide as he defends his empire from those attempting to capitalize on his fall from grace.

    Kelley will serve as showrunner, writer and exec producer with King directing and exec producing as part of her first-look deal with Netflix via her Royal Ties production company. Matthew Tinker also exec produces.

    It is Kelley’s latest project for the streamer with upcoming series such as Lincoln Lawyer and Anatomy of a Scandal. It comes after King starred in Netflix feature The Harder They Fall, which was released earlier this month.

    Robert Downey Jr. And Matt Damon Latest Stars To Join Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’

    (11/2/21) The ensemble for Christopher Nolan’s next film Oppenheimer keeps growing in star power as sources tell Deadline Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks to join Cillian Murphy in the Universal Pictures tentpole. Deadline previously reported that Emily Blunt is in talks to join the cast as well. Nolan is writing and directing the film that revolves around J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who ran the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb. The film will bow on July 21, 2023, a slot typically saved for Nolan films in the past. It’s also roughly two weeks before the anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. Details behind who Damon and Downey Jr. will be playing in the project are being kept under wraps.

    Reps for Universal, Damon and Downey Jr. could not be reached for comment.

    Universal will distribute Oppenheimer theatrically worldwide and release the film in North America. Nolan will also be producing along with Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.

    Deadline was first to announce this would be Nolan’s next film and also broke the news of Universal landing the rights to the project following a heated bidding war among almost every major suitor in town. Deadline also first mentioned that Murphy would have a key role in the project, which is now confirmed to be the man at the center of the story.

    Nolan is known for having ensembles with a mix of talent he’s worked with in the past, along with stars he would be working with for the first time. This film touches both areas. Damon previously worked with Nolan on his sci-fi epic Interstellar. As for Downey Jr., this would mark the first time the two will work together on a project.

    Both Damon and Downey Jr. are repped by WME.

    Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams Pull From Events After Testing Positive For Covid-19

    (11/1/21) Musicians Bryan Adams and Jon Bon Jovi have to cancel scheduled events due to testing positive for Covid-19.

    According to Variety, Adams was scheduled to appear at Tina Turner’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He was set to perform a medley of songs including “It’s Only Love,” which is a duet between Adams and Turner from his 1984 album, Reckless, but a last minute positive Covid test rendered him unable to attend. A rep for Adams told Variety that Adams is fully vaccinated and showed no symptoms.

    Country star Keith Urban stepped in for Bryan Adams at the ceremony to perform with R&B recording artist, H.E.R. in a recreating the Turner/Adams song.

    “It’s My Life” singer Jon Bon Jovi, is in a similar boat as WSVN 7 News in south Florida first reports that a scheduled concert was promptly canceled in front of an awaiting crowd that was informed about his Covid diagnosis. Variety mentions the event, called “Runaway With JBJ” and put on by Runaway Tours, was scheduled for October 29 to 31 and included an acoustic storyteller performance with Jovi, a Q&A and photo-op, in addition to a Halloween costume welcome party.

    A rep for Bon Jovi states that the musician is fully vaccinated and doing well.

    ‘The Black Pack’: CW Sets Two Variety Specials With Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo, & Eric Bellinger

    (10/28/21) Two variety specials featuring Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo, and Eric Bellinger have been set at The CW—The Black Pack: We Three Kings and The Black Pack: Excellence. We Three Kings will premiere on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

    Both specials will feature music, dance, and comedy. Confirmed guests include Jordin Sparks, Tank, and Sevyn Streeter.

    We Three Kings will be a holiday-themed celebration with both classic and new music brought to life on stage.

    The trio will return to host Excellence at an as-yet-unannounced date with a focus on celebrating Black excellence and culture through musical and dance performances. Viewers can expect appearances by a star-studded list of guests commemorating Juneteenth. The Black Pack—a hat tip to the Rat Pack— explores how to celebrate America’s newly acknowledged national holiday while glorifying those that came before.

    The Black Pack also pays tribute to rat packer Sammy Davis Jr. and will feature a newly penned Juneteenth anthem.

    Both specials are produced by Magic Lemonade and executive produced by Taye Diggs, Shannon Stoeke, and Rikki Hughes, who also serves as the showrunner of both specials.

    Peacock Orders ‘The Missing’ Crime Drama Series From David E. Kelley

    (10/25/21) Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to The Missing, an eight-episode crime drama series based on Israeli crime writer Dror A. Mishani’s international bestselling novel The Missing File, from David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers), Keshet Studios and Universal Television.

    Written by Kelley, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer, The Missing tells the story of NYPD Detective Avraham Avraham, whose belief in mankind is his superpower when it comes to uncovering the truth. Guided by a deep sense of spirituality and religious principles, Avraham is left to question his own humanity when a seemingly routine investigation turns upside down.

    Kelly’s producing partner Matthew Tinker also executive produces with Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shrutzman, Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir, Keshet Broadcasting’s Karni Ziv and Mishani. The Missing is produced by Keshet Studios, the U.S. production arm of Keshet International, and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studios Group.

    Anne Heche claims she was ‘canceled’ because of Ellen DeGeneres romance

    (10/25/21) Anne Heche claims she was “blacklisted” by Hollywood after striking up a romance with Ellen DeGeneres.

    In a new interview with Page Six, the actress looked back on her former relationship with the talk show host and why she was made to feel like “patient zero in cancel culture.”

    “This wasn’t a long-term love affair,” recalled Heche, who dated DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. “This was a moment in my life when I was given the glory of being able to stand up for what I believe in and have since I was a kid.”

    Heche, 52, famously made headlines when she invited DeGeneres, 63, as her date to the 1997 premiere of “Volcano.”

    The two faced scrutiny for their same-sex partnership at the time, but Heche told us her spontaneous gesture to invite DeGeneres was “about living in loving-kindness.”

    She remembered that the repercussions were swift and harsh, however, due to the nature of the times.

    “I didn’t do a studio picture for ten years,” she claimed. “I was fired from a $10 million picture deal and did not see the light of day in a studio picture.”

    One movie that Heche was already in talks to do before the infamous premiere was the big-budget romantic comedy “Six Days, Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford.

    She claimed to Page Six that after going public with DeGeneres, it didn’t seem like the studio wanted her for the role anymore, and was even told she wasn’t going to get it.

    Heche remembered being home one morning with DeGeneres when Ford, 79, called with an important message.

    “He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with,’” she said. “’We have a romantic comedy to make. Let’s make it the best one that’s ever happened.’”

    “That is why Harrison Ford is my hero,” she continued. “To stand behind me at such a time when the force of what I was standing up for could have been toppled.”

    Heche told us that every TV show and movie after that has been her “favorite” because they’ve allowed her to support her family. The actress shares son Homer, 19, with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, and son Atlas, 12, with her former “Men in Trees” co-star James Tupper.

    Despite starring in dozens of television shows and movies over the years, it’s clear Heche is most proud of what she sees as her role in changing societal norms – even if it derailed her career for a bit.

    “Those repercussions that happened, are to me what has created a part of the change,” she said. “I’m a part of it. It is a badge of honor.”

    Next up, Heche is starring in “13 Minutes,” which she cheekily described as a disaster film like “Volcano.”

    She was thrilled to work with director Lindsay Gossling, she said, because “she tackles social issues in a disaster movie,” which “very few people have the balls to do.”

    “13 Minutes” will be released in theaters on Oct. 29, and on-demand and digital Nov. 19.

    Christina Ricci marries for second time

    (10/10/21) Christina Ricci has married Mark Hampton, the father of her second child.

    The Sleepy Hollow star revealed she and her hairstylist beau had tied the knot by posting photos from their low-key wedding ceremony on Instagram.

    Ricci wrote “Mr. and Mrs.” alongside two snaps of the newlyweds, both wearing white, button-down shirts.

    The news comes two months after Ricci revealed she was expecting her second child with Hampton.

    The actress, who shares seven-year-old Freddie with former husband James Heerdegen, shared a photo of her sonogram on Instagram with the caption: “Life keeps getting better.”

    Ricci filed for divorce from film producer James, who she wed, a year ago, following an alleged domestic battery incident.

    Six months later, she was granted a domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband.

    ‘Firefly Lane’ Adds Ignacio Serricchio, Greg Germann, India de Beaufort & Jolene Purdy To Cast For Season 2

    (9/21/21) Netflix’s Firefly Lane, headlined by Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, has set four major cast additions for the upcoming second season. Ignacio Serricchio (Lost In Space) has joined as a new series regular. Greg Germann, coming off his four-year stint on Grey’s Anatomy, has been tapped as a recurring alongside India de Beaufort (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) as well as The White Lotus breakout Jolene Purdy.

    In Season 2, Heigl and Chalke reprise their roles as lifelong best friends Tully and Kate, facing the ultimate test of their friendship and the path to sustain the other relationships in their lives.

    Argentinian-born Serricchio plays Danny Diaz. Danny is a cocky sportscaster turned reporter who has crackling chemistry with Tully (Heigl). He’s brash, ambitious, and sexy. Danny and Tully continually trade barbs, but beneath his smug façade lies real vulnerability and passion.

    De Beaufort plays Charlotte. As we meet Charlotte in 1985 Seattle, she’s a quiet and reserved aspiring journalist with a hopeless crush on Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson). But over the years she grows into a world-renowned, confident and sophisticated reporter- a woman who knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it.

    Germann plays Benedict Binswanger. The scion of an influential logging family, Benedict parlays his success in business into a run for Governor of Washington state in the 1980s. His outward confidence belies a deep concern for both his own and his family’s reputations—and he is determined to preserve the Binswanger legacy by making sure a long-held secret stays buried.

    Purdy plays Justine Jordan, a sunny, upbeat talent agent with a knack for keeping a positive demeanor even when delivering devastating news. She’s always got a plan, and is ready to execute it. An up and coming power player in the world of entertainment. Justine Jordan is no nonsense but always charming, the kind of person everyone wants in their corner — including Tully Hart (Heigl).

    Maggie Friedman serves as showrunner of Firefly Lane, based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah, and executive produces along with Heigl, Shawn Williamson and Michael Spiller. Hannah serves as co-executive producer. The series is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada.

    Ally McBeal alum Germann Germann joined ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy as a recurring in Season 14 and was promoted to a series regular at the start of Season 16. He is repped by A3 Artists Agency and manager Matt Goldman.

    Serricchio, whose series credits also include Good Girls and El Recluso, is repped by MPG Management.

    Purdy played Lani in the opening episode of HBO’s The White Lotus and also recurred on Disney+’s WandaVision. She is repped by A3 Artists Agency and BMK-ENT.

    Actress-singer de Beaufort recently shot the Steven Soderbergh/Zoe Kravitz New Line feature Kimi along with the Francis Lawrence/Jason Momoa Netflix feature Slumberland. She is repped by Gersh and Think Tank Management.

    Julianne Nicholson Wins Her First Emmy, Tells Kate Winslet “I Owe This To You”

    (9/19/21) Julianne Nicholson won her first Emmy on Sunday at the 73rd annual Emmy Awards, taking the trophy for her work as Lori Ross in the HBO Max limited series Mare of Easttown.

    Easttown follows Mare (Emmy nominee Kate Winslet), a small-town detective investigating the murder of a young girl. Lori is Mare’s close friend and confidant, and despite their crumbling lives, the two friends try to hold on to their long-lasting friendship. The series is directed by Craig Zobel and was written by Brad Ingelsby.

    Nicholson co-stars along with Jean Smart and Evan Peters. All were nominated for their roles tonight, and Peters already won.

    During her speech, Nicholson praised Winslet for convincing her to take a chance on being a part of the series.

    “If you hadn’t called and asked if I wanted to join you in Philly, I probably would have read the first two episodes, thought ‘Nah, the priest did it,’ and stayed home. So I owe this to you,” she said, looking at Winslet in the audience.

    Nicholson went on to mention how Winslet’s leadership got them through tough times on set as the series was shot during the pandemic. “Turns out, you’re good at caring for a whole production,” she said. “You led all of us every step of the way with such care and intelligence and love.”

    Nicholson’s performance beat out fellow nominees Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), Smart, Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) and Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision).

    In total, Mare of Easttown garnered 16 Emmy nominations, and the Nicholson win makes it three for the series, which received a statue at the Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More), along with Peters’ Best Supporting Actor win tonight.

    The 73rd annual Emmy Awards is being celebrated in-person, with Cedric The Entertainer as host.

    Jane Krakowski Joins NBC’s ‘Annie Live!’

    (9/1/21) Jane Krakowski is joining NBC’s Annie Live! in the role of the duplicitous Lily St. Regis, a part that will pair the actress with her Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt co-star Tituss Burgess.

    The casting, announced today by NBC, is the latest addition to the holiday season musical special airing Dec. 2: Krakowski, known to TV audiences for performances in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock, among others, and Broadway theatergoers for She Loves Me, Grand Hotel, Company and Once Upon a Mattress, joins a line-up that includes Burgess, Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr.’s Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger’s Grace and the recently announced Celina Smith as Annie.

    Krakowski is currently starring on TV in Dickinson and Schmigadoon, and hosts Name That Tune.

    As the larger-than-life Lily St. Regis, Krakowski teams up with Burgess’ conniving Rooster Hannigan as a greedy duo that schemes to abduct Annie and pose as her parents to land a big reward. The role of Lily was created on Broadway in 1977 by Barbara Erwin and portrayed in the 1982 film version by Bernadette Peters.

    Annie Live! will be executive produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski sharing the directing duties. The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.

    Annie Live! airs Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

    Regina Hall Joins Kevin Hart And Mark Wahlberg in Netflix’s ‘Me Time’

    (8/30/21) Regina Hall is set to join Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg in the Netflix comedy Me Time. Hart’s Night School writer John Hamburg will write and direct the pic, with Hamburg also producing through his Particular Pictures along with Hart and Bryan Smiley for HartBeat Productions. Hart first announced the casting on his social media.

    The film follows a stay-at-home dad (Hart) who finds himself with some “me time” for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with his former best friend (Wahlberg) for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life.

    Lauren Hennessey will exec produce alongside Mark Moran and Patricia Braga of HartBeat. Joe Gatta will also exec produce.

    Hall can currently be seen in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and can also in her Showtime comedy Black Monday. She will also star in and executive produce the occult drama Master as well as the comedy Honk For Jesus, Save Your Soul.

    She is repped by ICM Partners.

    ‘Yellowjackets’: Showtime Survival Drama Starring Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

    (8/24/21) (Video) Trauma extends far beyond the fight for survival in the trailer for Showtime’s Yellowjackets, starring Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress.

    During its TCA presentation, Showtime unveiled the first look at Yellowjackets. Written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the series is a saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over. “I used to think all the sex, the drinking, the drugs – I used to think I did those things because of what happened out there. What I saw, what I did,” Lewis’ Natalie recalls in the trailer.

    A pact of secrecy, disturbing images of survival and rising tensions fill the teaser as the girls’ past catches up to them.

    Showtime also unveiled that Yellowjackets will debut Sunday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series also features Ella Purnell, Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Warren Kole.

    Yellowjackets is for Showtime by Entertainment One (eOne). Jonathan Lisco joins Lyle and Nickerson as executive producer and showrunning partner. Karyn Kusama executive produces and directed the pilot. Drew Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer.

    Watch the trailer above.

    ‘Star Wars: Visions’: Disney+ Unveils Trailer; Lucy Liu, Neil Patrick Harris Among Voice Cast

    (8/17/21) (Video) Disney+ has released the trailer and unveiled the Japanese and English dub voice casts for Star Wars: Visions, its upcoming anthology series from Lucasfilm composed of short films centered on the Star Wars universe. The series launches September 22 on Disney+. Watch the trailer above.

    Lucy Liu, Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei, Alison Brie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the English voice cast for the series that tells new Star Wars stories through the singular style and tradition of Japanese anime.

    “Lucasfilm is partnering with seven of the most talented anime studios in Japan to bring their signature style and unique vision of the Star Wars galaxy to this inspired new series,” said James Waugh, executive producer and VP Franchise Content & Strategy at Lucasfilm. “Their stories showcase the full spectrum of bold storytelling found across Japanese animation, each told with a freshness and voice that expands our understanding of what a Star Wars story can be, and celebrates a galaxy that has been such an inspiration to so many visionary storytellers.”

    The studios creating the nine shorts include Kamikaze Douga – “The Duel”; Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – “Lop and Ocho”; Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – “Tatooine Rhapsody”; TRIGGER – “The Twins” and “The Elder”; Kinema Citrus – “The Village Bride”; Science Saru – “Akakiri” and “T0-B1”; and Production I.G. – “The Ninth Jedi.”

    English dub cast:

    The Duel: Brian Tee (Ronin), Lucy Liu (Bandit Leader), Jaden Waldman (Village Chief)

    Tatooine Rhapsody: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jay), Bobby Moynihan (Geezer), Temuera Morrison (BobaFett), Shelby Young (K-344), Marc Thompson (Lan)

    The Twins: Neil Patrick Harris (Karre), Alison Brie (Am), Jonathan Lipow (B-20N)

    The Village Bride: Karen Fukuhara (F), Nichole Sakura (Haru), Christopher Sean (Asu), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Valco), Andrew Kishino (Izuma), Stephanie Sheh (Saku)

    The Ninth Jedi: Kimiko Glenn (Kara), Andrew Kishino (Juro), Simu Liu (Zhima), Masi Oka (Ethan), Greg Chun (Roden), Neil Kaplan (Narrator), Michael Sinterniklaas (Hen Jin),

    T0-B1: Jaden Waldman (T0-B1), Kyle Chandler (Mitaka)

    The Elder: David Harbour (Tajin), Jordan Fisher (Dan), James Hong (The Elder)

    Lop & Ocho: Anna Cathcart (Lop), Hiromi Dames (Ocho), Paul Nakauchi (Yasaburo), Kyle McCarley (Imperial Officer)

    Akakiri: Henry Golding (Tsubaki), Jamie Chung (Misa), George Takei (Senshuu), Keone Young (Kamahachi), Lorraine Toussaint (Masago)

    Japanese dub cast:

    The Duel: Masaki Terasoma (Ronin), Akeno Watanabe (Bandit Leader), Yuko Sanpei (VillageChief)

    Tatooine Rhapsody: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Jay), Kousuke Goto (Geezer), Akio Kaneda (Boba Fett), MasayoFujita (K-344), Anri Katsu (Lan)

    The Twins: Junya Enoki (Karre), Ryoko Shiraishi (Am), Tokuyoshi Kawashima (B-20N)

    The Village Bride: Asami Seto (F), Megumi Han (Haru), Yuma Uchida (Asu), Takaya Kamikawa(Vaan), Yoshimitsu Shimoyama (Izuma), Mariya Ise (Saku)

    The Ninth Jedi: Chinatsu Akasaki(Kara), Tetsuo Kanao (Juro), Shin-ichiro Miki (Zhima), Hiromu Mineta (Ethan), Kazuya Nakai (Roden), Akio Otsuka, (Narrator), Daisuke Hirakawa (Hen Jin)

    T0-B1: Masako Nozawa (T0-B1), Tsutomu Isobe (Mitaka)

    The Elder: Takaya Hashi (Tajin), Kenichi Ogata (The Elder), Yuichi Nakamura (Dan)

    Lop & Ocho: Seiran Kobayashi (Lop), Risa Shimizu (Ocho), Tadahisa Fujimura (Yasaburo),Taisuke Nakano (Imperial Officer)

    Akakiri: Yu Miyazaki (Tsubaki), Lynn (Misa), Cho (Senshuu), Wataru Takagi (Kamahachi),Yukari Nozawa (Masago)

    Christina Ricci I'm Pregnant!!! After Nasty Divorce

    (8/10/21) Christina Ricci is getting ready to welcome a little bundle of joy, and the timing of her pregnancy announcement is interesting ... as it comes immediately on the heels of her finishing up a nasty divorce.

    The "Casper" and 'Addams Family' star shared a photo of her ultrasound Tuesday ... and the image makes it seem like she's pretty far along. Disclaimer: we're not doctors.

    Christina's clearly thrilled to be expecting her second child ... saying, "Life keeps getting better."

    What she didn't say -- not that she has to, either -- is who the expectant daddy is.

    We're not at all connecting any dots here, but Christina's hairstylist Mark Hampton also posted images of her ultrasound with the same caption she did. Could just be a very supportive friend.

    Anyway, the pregnancy comes after Christina filed to divorce film producer James Heerdegen after nearly 7 years of marriage, and their split was contentious.

    TMZ broke the story ... Christina got a domestic violence restraining order against Heerdegen after filing divorce docs ... claiming he beat her and terrorized her during the COVID lockdown.

    A judge signed off on Christina's divorce last month, officially making her a single woman ... and with her pregnancy, things are looking up for her again.

    Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart make rare outing with son in Croatia

    (8/9/21) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are flying casual in Croatia.

    The couple, who have been summering in the European country, was spotted sightseeing in Dubrovnik with what appeared to be a tour guide. Their youngest son, Liam Flockhart, 20, joined the notoriously private couple for a rare public outing as a family.

    One photo shows Ford, 79, receiving a shoulder massage while shirtless on the balcony of the villa where he and his family are staying. Flockhart — who at 56 is 23 years younger than Ford — and Liam were seated at a nearby table.

    Ford is currently on hiatus from filming the fifth “Indiana Jones” film due to a shoulder injury. The actor was hurt while rehearsing a fight scene that left production on the film halted for at least three months, as The Post previously reported.

    “The film’s bosses have come together to work out the scheduling and it’s chaos,” a production source told The Sun in June. “The earliest they think they can restart the production is September.”

    The fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise is rumored to be Ford’s last time taking on the role.

    Liam is Flockhart’s only child. She adopted him one year before she and Ford began dating in 2002, and Ford later formally adopted him as his own. The couple wed in 2010.

    Ford has four more adult children from two previous marriages.

    Michelle pfeiffer & David e. Kelley unload pacific palisades mansion And In Record Time Too

    (8/2/21) Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley have taken advantage of the blazing hot housing market by unloading their Pacific Palisades home in a flash ... TMZ has learned.

    The couple listed the estate in July and it only took a week to get a solid offer. The house was listed at $25 million and our real estate sources say they got close to asking.

    It's an eye-popping amount of loot, but it's by no means a bonanza for them. They paid $22,250,000 in January 2020 ... so with carrying costs, upgrades and realtor fees ... it's probably around the break-even mark.

    The house is just over 10,000 square feet, with 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It's right up against the Riviera Golf Course, which is prime real estate in the area. In addition to overlooking the golf course, it has ocean views as well. Of course, it has the requisite pool -- an infinity pool, no less.

    The house was listed by Cindy Ambuehl at Compass.

    Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley check on the Progress of their New Home

    Last we saw Michelle, she was overseeing the construction of a house they were building. Word on the street is they have amazing taste, so the new house has gotta be awesome.

    Lucy Liu Opens Up About Altercation With Bill Murray On Set Of ‘Charlie’s Angels’: “I Stood Up For Myself, And I Don’t Regret It”

    (7/28/21) Lucy Liu has gotten candid about an altercation with Bill Murray on the set of Sony’s 2000 film Charlie’s Angels.

    The actress shared her perspective on the matter for the first time, on an episode of the Los Angeles Times podcast Asian Enough, hosted by Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown, Suhauna Hussain and Jen Yamato.

    Liu said her clash with Murray came about during rehearsal on a scene which had recently been reworked, without Murray’s knowledge.

    “We had taken the weekend to rework that particular scene and Bill Murray was not able to come because he had to attend some family gathering,” she explained. “So it was everyone else, and we just made the scene more fluid.

    “I wish I had more to do with [the rewrite], but I didn’t,” she continued. “Because I was the last one cast, and I probably had the least amount of privilege, in terms of creatively participating at that time.”

    While Liu didn’t specify what Murray said to her during rehearsal of the scene, she confirmed reports that the actor started “to sort of hurl insults” at her, after learning of the rewrites.

    In the moment, the actress had difficulty processing what was happening. “I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.’ I couldn’t believe that [his comments] could be towards me, because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time?” she said. “I say, ‘I’m so sorry. Are you talking to me?’—and clearly he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication.”

    From Liu’s perspective, some of the language Murray used “was inexcusable and unacceptable.” She therefore decided to speak up, in spite of the fact that she was one of the lesser-known actors on set.

    “I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it,” she said. “Because no matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down.”

    Liu related the incident from the early years of her career to a moment from her childhood, when her immigrant mother was spoken down to by a “condescending” salesperson.

    Liu said she isn’t sure her response to the incident was linked to that earlier experience. “But I don’t want to be that person that is not going to speak up for myself and stand by the only thing that I have,” she explained, “which is my dignity and self-respect.”

    The actress later addressed media coverage in the immediate aftermath of the incident, noting that it came off as sexist.

    “What came out in the press was that I was this and I was that. It was incredible to me how it was turned around, and they automatically thought that the woman was the difficult one,” she recalled. “But I didn’t understand how it got flipped when I had nothing to do with instigating it, or creating that platform of confrontation or anxiety.”

    Even if certain media reports were not on her side, she took solace in feedback from collaborators on Charlie’s Angels, who appreciated her response, as a young star in the middle of a difficult moment. “I remember years later, maybe even decades later, some crew members that I didn’t even know at the time came up to me on other sets and told me that they were there at the time,” she shared, “and they were really grateful that I did that.”

    Liu went on to share that she has reconciled with Murray. “I have nothing against Bill Murray at all. I’ve seen him since then at an SNL reunion, and he came up to me and was perfectly nice,” she said. “But I’m not going to sit there and be attacked.”

    Murray last told his side of the story to The Times of London, all the way back in 2009. “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me,” he said. “When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.”

    Hayden Panettiere 'Trying to Forgive and Move Forward' After Ex Is Released from Jail

    (7/21/21) Hayden Panettiere hasn't completely shut ex Brian Hickerson out of her life.

    The two were spotted together in West Hollywood over the weekend, according to E!, with Hickerson himself telling the outlet the duo were "not back together but are working on a friendship."

    A source close to Hayden confirms they are in communication. "Brian is in intensive therapy treatment," the source tells TooFab. "She won't forget what he did but she's trying to forgive and move forward."

    Our source added Hayden "is sober and doing very well."

    That echoes what Hickerson told E!, telling the publication that Panettiere was "not drinking" during their hangout with friends. "We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends," he added. "That's exactly what Hayden has been gracious enough to allow me to do."

    In April, Hickerson was sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading no contest to two felony counts of injuring a spouse/cohabitant/girlfriend/child's parent. He was also sentenced to four years probation, received a five-year restraining order and was ordered to attend 52 domestic violence classes and pay a $500 fee.

    Hickerson initially pleaded not guilty to eight charges brought against him after his July 2020 arrest -- including battery, corporal injury, assault with a deadly weapon and intimidating a witness, for incidents that allegedly took place during his relationship with Panettiere. All remaining charges against him were dropped after his sentencing.

    He was previously arrested over allegations of abuse against Panettiere in February 2020 and May 2019, the latter also for felony domestic violence. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped later that year.

    "I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve," Panettiere said in a statement to TMZ last July.

    "I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I'm grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life," she added.

    "For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233," she concluded, sharing the National Domestic Violence Hotline, "or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474."

    Robert Downey Jr. To Co-Star In Drama Series Adaptation Of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘The Sympathizer’ For HBO And A24

    (7/15/21) After officially hanging up his Iron Man suit in Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. looks to have found his next big role to tackle while also marking his first starring TV venture. Sources tell Deadline, HBO has ordered the A24 drama series adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, with Downey attached to co-star.

    The novel is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States. A worldwide search is underway for the lead role and the rest of the predominantly Vietnamese ensemble.

    Described as a “blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping spy novel and a powerful story of love and friendship,” the novel is hailed as a new classic of war fiction and has been compared to the works of Kafka, Orwell, and le Carré.

    Execs now will look to cast the title character who will co-star opposite Downey.

    Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is on board as co-showrunner, along with Don McKellar, and also will direct the series. Park and McKellar will also exec produce along with Downey, Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell for Team Downey. Niv Fichman will also exec produce through Rhombus Media as will Kim Ly. The series is a co-production between HBO, A24 and Rhombus Media in association with Cinetic Media and Moho Film.

    The project marks the first role for Robert Downey since his final appearance as the iconic Tony Stark aka Iron Man, and the Oscar nominee has been particular since the end of his run. (Production on his 2020 film Dolittle began before Endgame‘s release.) After weighing several offers, sources say what made this role so appealing, besides an incredible story, was the opportunity to show his range as an actor. According to insiders, he is set to play multiple supporting roles as the main antagonists — all of whom represent a different arm of the American establishment including an up-and-coming Orange County congressman, a CIA agent and a Hollywood film director, among others.

    “Adapting Mr. Nguyen’s important and masterful work requires a visionary team,” Robert Downey said. “With director Park at the helm, I expect this to be a creative producing adventure for Susan, me and Team Downey and a stimulating process for myself in playing these complex supporting roles. A24 and HBO are the perfect combination of partners and co-parents. … It’s exactly the type of challenge I’ve been craving, and I believe we will deliver an exceptional viewing experience to our audience.”

    The partnership makes sense following the collaboration between Team Downey and HBO on Perry Mason, with Team Downey producing the HBO series. Matthew Rhys, who stars in the series, was nominated for an Emmy this week. Following the success of that first season, HBO and Team Downey re-upped their overall deal.

    This marks the latest collaboration between A24 and HBO, who have worked together on the Emmy-winning Euphoria and the anticipated Olivier Assayas remake of his own Irma Vep, starring Alicia Vikander.

    Park is best known for directing Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. He is repped by WME, Industry Entertainment Partners and Hansen Jacobson Teller.

    Robert Downey — who recurred on Ally McBeal in the early 2000s — is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson Teller. McKellar is represented by Great North Artists Management.

    2021 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    (7/13/21) The Primetime Emmys will air live Sunday, September 19, on CBS and stream on Paramount+. The Neighborhood star Cedric the Entertainer was just set to host the ceremony, which after a virtual 2020 ceremony will be held in-person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, featuring a limited audience of nominees and their guests.

    Supporting Actress in a Limited/Anthology/Movie

    HamiltonDisney+ • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nevis Productions LLC, Old 320 Sycamore, and RadicalMedia
    Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler

    Hamilton • Disney+ • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nevis Productions LLC, Old 320 Sycamore, and RadicalMedia
    Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton

    Mare Of Easttown
    HBO • HBO in association with wiip Studios, The Low Dweller Productions, Juggle Productions, Mayhem and Zobot Projects
    Julianne Nicholson as Lori Ross

    Mare Of Easttown • HBO • HBO in association with wiip Studios, The Low Dweller Productions, Juggle Productions, Mayhem and Zobot Projects
    Jean Smart as Helen

    The Queen’s Gambit
    Netflix • Netflix Moses Ingram as Jolene.

    HCA TV Awards Nominations

    (7/8/21) The Hollywood Critics Association is out with the nominees for its inaugural HCA TV Awards. The trophies will be handed during a August 22 ceremony at the Avalon Hollywood.

    Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie
    Jean Smart – Mare of Easttown (HBO)
    Jessie Buckley – Fargo (FX)
    Julianne Nicholson – Mare of Easttown (HBO)
    Kat Dennings – WandaVision (Disney+)
    Kathryn Hahn – WandaVision (Disney+)
    Marielle Heller – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
    Teyonah Parris – WandaVision (Disney+)

    Netflix’s Animated ‘My Little Pony’ Movie Gets A Title And A Release Date; Voice Cast Revealed

    (6/30/21) Netflix said Wednesday that My Little Pony: A New Generation will debut on the streamer on September 24, 2021, the same date it had been planned to premiere when the eOne animated pic was set up at Paramount. Netflix acquired global rights in February when the pandemic was wrecking havoc with movie theaters.

    The voice cast includes Vanessa Hudgens (Sunny), Kimiko Glenn (Izzy), James Marsden (Hitch), Sofia Carson (Pipp) and Liza Koshy (Zipp) along with Ken Jeong, Elizabeth Perkins, Jane Krakowski, Phil LaMarr and Michael McKean.

    The plot centers on what happens when Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi are no longer friends on Equestria and live separated by species. But idealistic Earth Pony Sunny teams with Unicorn Izzy team to travel to faraway lands to find a way to bring enchantment and unity back to their world.

    Robert Cullen and José L. Ucha direct the film, and Mark Fattibene is co-director. The story was created by Cullen & Ucha, and Tim Sullivan. Sullivan and Gillian Berrow penned the script. Cecil Kramer and Peter Lewis produce.

    ‘The Flash’: Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker & Candice Patton Ink Deals To Return For Season 8

    (6/30/21) The Flash original cast members Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker have closed new deals with series producer Warner Bros. Television to continue on the CW drama in its upcoming eighth season.

    The trio joins star Grant Gustin, whose current contract already goes through next season. (Martin’s, Patton’s and Panabaker’s contracts were up at the end of Season 7.)

    The network has not indicated whether Season 8 will be The Flash‘s final chapter. The remaining two Flash original cast members, Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes, are leaving at the end of the current seventh season. Martin plays CCPD detective Joe West, a legal guardian to Barry Allen (Gustin). Patton plays Iris West-Allen, the daughter of Joe West and Barry Allen’s wife. Panabaker plays Dr. Caitlin Snow, a bioengineer who works at S.T.A.R. Labs. All three also played alter-ego characters and have appeared on other Arrowverse series as part of crossovers.

    Law & Order and Rent alum Martin is repped by ICM Partners, manager Bob McGowan and Kraditor & Haber. Panabaker is repped by UTA, John Carrabino Management and Goodman Genow Schenkman. Patton is repped by Stride Management and Jackoway Austen.

    Christina Ricci Will Be In ‘The Matrix 4’

    (6/6/21) Christina Ricci is set to be in Lana Wachowski’s upcoming The Matrix 4.

    In an updated press kit from Warner Bros., Ricci’s name was quietly added to the star-studded cast list. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith round out the cast.

    Ricci has previously worked with Lana in 2008 on the Wachowski’s Speed Racer. The movie was based on the novel of the same name by author Tatsuo Yoshida. The futuristic sports action comedy film also featured Emile Hirsch, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon.

    The fourth Matrix is scheduled to premiere in theaters Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, instead of April 1, 2022.

    The Matrix 4 is written by Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon based on characters created by The Wachowskis. Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill and James McTeigue are the producers with Terry Needham, Garrett Grant and Bruce Berman executive producing.

    Regina Hall & Sterling K. Brown To Star In Pinky Promise’s ‘Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul’

    (5/26/21) Regina Hall and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown are set to star in and produce Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul from production company Pinky Promise.

    The film centers on Trinity Childs (Hall), the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist megachurch, who attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown), rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen. Shot in a faux-documentary style, the film takes a satirical look at megachurch culture and the often nebulous perspectives that are cultivated from being both entrenched in it, as well as finding yourself on the outside looking in. “Both Regina and Sterling are forces of nature, and the sense of play and sheer creative energy they bring to these roles will be incredible to see.” said Pinky Promise co-founder Jessamine Burgum. “We’re over the moon to partner with two of the most lovely and hardworking people in town. Honestly, it’s a dream come true.”

    The pic was written and will be directed by Adamma Ebo in her feature writing and directorial debut. The script was selected for the 2019 Sundance Screenwriting Intensive, as well as the 2019 Hit List. Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya will be producing through his 59% banner with Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow, alongside Adanne Ebo and Kara Durrett. UTA Independent Film Group, CAA Media Finance and ICM Partners arranged for the film’s financing by Pinky Promise, and they are co-representing its domestic distribution rights.

    Hall can be seen reprising her role as Dawn Darcy in the hit Showtime comedy series Black Mondayrecently , opposite Don Cheadle. Hall was seen in Tate Taylor’s thriller Breaking News in Yuba County and will star and executive produce the upcoming occult drama Master, with Amazon Studios as well as Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy slated for August. Hall’s recently launched production company, Rh Negative, has signed a first-look deal with Showtime as well as a six-movie slate deal with ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group.

    Two-time Emmy-winning actor and producer SBrown stars in NBC’s critically acclaimed drama series This Is Us. For his role as Randall Pearson, Brown has received an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award. Next month he will executive produce and co-host the OWN television special Honoring Our Kings: OWN Honors Black Fatherhood, alongside Oprah Winfrey. In 2016, Brown won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s highly-rated award-winning television event series American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson. He has received additional Emmy nominations for his work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His film credits include Marvel’s Black Panther, the A24 family drama Waves and Disney’s Frozen 2. He also recently created Indian Meadows Productions under a pact with 20th Television. The company’s chief mandate is to champion diversity through the development and production of entertaining, educational and inclusive projects across multiple forms of media, including film, broadcast, cable and streaming.

    Hall is represented by ICM Partners and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman. Brown is represented by CAA, JWS Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Adamma and Adanne Ebo are represented by UTA, Redefine Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

    Pinky Promise focuses on empowering up-and-coming storytellers with the support and financing they need to achieve their vision, create wonder, and inspire empathy. Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul will join other Pinky Promise projects in development including the upcoming features, Tankhouse and Cuttlefish and upcoming series, To the Moon!.

    Greg Germann Exits ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ As Series Regular

    (5/20/21) (Farewell Video) How is this for a classic Grey’s Anatomy twist — the show is bidding farewell not to one, but two doctors in tonight’s episode.

    Greg Germann is joining Grey’s veteran Jesse Williams in departing the medical drama as a series regular. However, this is not the last we have seen of Tom Koracick, as Germann is expected to reprise his role as a guest star in the future.

    After Jackson’s bombshell’s announcement in Grey’s Anatomy‘s most recent original that he would be leaving Seattle to take over the family foundation to help create racial equity in medicine, signaling Williams’ exit from the show, the promo for tonight’s episode, Williams’ last, prepared viewers for an hourlong farewell to his beloved character. The surprise part is that the double-exit episode, “Tradition,” also marks the last episode as a series regular for Germann. And to tie things up nicely, Jackson and Koracick rode off into the sunset — or, in this case, flew off to Boston — together.

    “Greg Germann is a comic genius and we are so lucky that he brought his talents to our show these last few years,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff told Deadline. “We will miss Greg terribly in the day to day – but we plan to see Tom Koracick again!”

    Germann has played Dr. Tom Koracick, a brilliant neurosurgeon who is unapologetic in his arrogance — and in his romantic pursuits — since 2017. He joined the series as a recurring in Season 14 and was promoted to a series regular at the start of Season 16.

    “To have worked with all the incredibly talented people involved with Grey’s over the past few years has been such a privilege,” Germann told Deadline. “A big thank you to the fans as it has truly been a shared experience!”

    The Ally McBeal alum helped bring some levity to this season, filled with a lot of grief and heartache as it tackled the pandemic; Koracick’s witty banter with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) while she was briefly out of her Covid-induced coma was certainly a highlight.

    Koracick had an intense season arc as he, like Meredith, battled Covid. That storyline had a happy ending, and his love triangle plot also was resolved, with Teddy letting him go and he and Owen (almost) reconciling in a touching moment, giving the character’s journey on the show closure.

    In tonight’s episode, Koracick got to treat a Native American elder with symptoms of a stroke from a tribal community that had been hard hit by the pandemic.

    While Koracick was performing an emergency surgery on the man to remove a clot, he paused with a look on his face like he had just had a premonition when Levi told him that Jo had switched specialties to obstetrics because “she was sick of general.”

    Koracick later appeared moved by the speech the old man, recovering from his surgery, gave to his granddaughter via a video link to another room in the hospital where she had just given birth to his great-granddaughter.

    “I don’t think I know anything anymore,” Koracick told a confused Levi moments later.

    Later that evening, Koracick met Jackson and offered to join him at the foundation in Boston.

    “I lost six roommates while I was treated for Covid; I was the only white guy,” Koracick said.

    “I want to be an ally, I want to spend whatever time I’ve got left making this lousy, stinking place better,” he pleaded with Jackson. “I’ll operate, I’ll administrate, I’ll do anything. I don’t want money, I don’t want a title, just let me help.”

    Jackson hired him on the spot but asked him not to join him on his jet for the flight to Boston so “I am not tempted to fire you before we land.”

    The exits of Germann and Williams follow the departure of another series regular, Giacomo Gianniotti, who left the series earlier this season.

    Germann can currently be seen in Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon, marking the first production post-pandemic to fuse in-person and livestream theater. Germann performs live from a soundstage in Los Angeles, and is transmitted via video-link into the Soho Theatre where Jassa Ahluwalia and Sophie Melville perform in front of an in-person audience. Simultaneously, audiences across the globe can access the production as a live-streamed theatrical experience that combines performances of both the American and British actors in real time.

    Julianne Nicholson To Headline & EP ‘Separation Anxiety’ TV Series Based On Book In Works At Wiip

    (5/5/21) Coming off their collaboration on the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, Julianne Nicholson and Wiip have reteamed for a new series project.

    The independent studio has optioned the rights to author Laura Zigman’s bestselling novel Separation Anxiety, to develop as a premium TV series headlined by Nicholson. In addition to starring, Nicholson executive produces with Zigman and wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.

    Separation Anxiety centers on Judy, who will be played by Nicholson. It is described as an honest and humorous portrait of a wife and mother in limbo, examining the ebb and flow of her most important relationships, her career and ultimately, her self-worth. The novel taps into the insecurities and anxieties that most keep under wraps with a voice that is at once gleefully irreverent and genuinely touching.

    “I fell in love with Judy on page one and she drew me in deeper with every accidental revelation along the way,” Nicholson said. “She has landed in ‘middle age’ and nothing looks like she thought it would. Laura Zigman has drawn a beautifully relatable, and very funny, world of characters. I am so excited to re-team with Mark and wiip to bring Judy’s ups and downs to life on screen.”

    Published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, Separation Anxiety was named to a new of the Most Anticipated and Best Books lists of 2020 and was a finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize.

    “As a huge admirer of Julianne’s work — the intelligence, compassion, and realness she brings to every role — I couldn’t be more thrilled that my novel is in her hands. I can’t wait to see what she and the whole wiip team does with the story,” said Zigman.

    Nicholson currently stars opposite Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown, which is produced by wiip.

    “It’s been a thrill to see audiences and critics rave about Julianne’s brilliant performance in Mare of Easttown,” said Roybal. “Watching her craft that performance every day on set was a career highlight for me, and now I have the privilege of producing with her. I can’t wait for the world to see what Julianne will do with Laura Zigman’s beautifully funny heroine, Judy, in Separation Anxiety.”

    Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry, which was turned into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd. She is also the author of Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. She also produced a popular online series of animated videos, Annoying Conversations. Zigman is represented by Stephanie Rostan at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency and WME.

    Nicholson, who recently starred in HBO’s The Outsider, just signed on to play Cranny McKinney in HBO’s untitled Lakers series. She is repped by UTA.

    ‘Schmigadoon!’: Apple TV+ Sets Premiere Date For Cecily Strong/Keegan-Michael Key Comedy From Lorne Michaels

    (4/30/21) Schmigadoon!, a parody of iconic Golden Age musicals starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key, will debut on Apple TV+ in July.

    The six-episode musical comedy series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels will bow on Friday, July 16 via the streamer. Two episodes will be available at launch, followed by one episode weekly every Friday.

    Schmigadoon! stars Strong and Key as a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship. They discover a magical town living in a 1940s musical and learn that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

    The first season also stars Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada. Martin Short guest stars.

    Hailing from Broadway Video and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, Schmigadoon! is co-created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Cinco Paul serves as showrunner, and wrote all of the original songs for the series.

    Barry Sonnenfeld directs and executive produces. In addition to starring, Cecily Strong serves as producer, and Ken Daurio serves as consulting producer and writer. Andrew Singer executive produces with Lorne Michaels on behalf of Broadway Video.

    Anne Heche: Ellen DeGeneres 'didn’t want me to dress sexy'

    (4/30/21) Actress Anne Heche has accused ex Ellen DeGeneres of dictating her outfit choices during their romance.

    The Hung actress reviewed her “iconic red carpet looks” from over the years in a new TikTok clip when she made the comments about the U.S. talk show host.

    A photo popped up of the pair attending the 1998 Golden Globes together, with the former couple coordinating in navy outfits.

    However, Anne insisted the look wasn’t to her taste, sharing, “Why do I look like a hippie? It’s because Ellen didn’t want me to dress sexy.”

    Anne then gave her look a 0 out of 10, putting her thumb down and saying, “Bye, no.”

    Anne and Ellen dated from 1997 until 2000. She later married Coleman Laffoon, with whom she shares son Homer, before their split in 2007, and went on to welcome her second son, Atlas, with actor James Tupper, in 2009. They separated in 2018.

    Ellen has been married to wife Portia de Rossi since 2008.

    Anne Heche & Ashley Jones recur on All Rise 5/3/21

    (4/22/21) “Caught Up in Circles” – Lola is conflicted when a former judge, Judge Prudence Jenkins, (Charlayne Woodard), whom she idolized, has been accused of bribery and is representing herself in a bench trial. Also, Mark moves forward with the case against McCarthy and he and Corrine Cuthbert (Anne Heche) each get one unchallenged request for a new judge, no questions asked, on ALL RISE, Monday, May 3 (9:00- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Anne Heche (Corrine Cuthbert), Mitch Silpa (DDA Clayton Berger), Ashley Jones (Wendy Gessner), Josh Henderson (Collier Owens), Douglass Bennett (Shayne Monroe), Ahmad Dugas (Bailiff Douglas).

    Tracy Letts, Julianne Nicholson, Jimel Atkins, LisaGay Hamilton, Andy Hirsch Join HBO’s 1980s L.A. Lakers Series

    (4/22/21) Tracy Letts (Ford v. Ferrari, Divorce) Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown), Jimel Atkins (David Makes Man), LisaGay Hamilton (To Kill A Mockingbird) and Andy Hirsch (Fort McCoy) have joined the cast of Adam McKay’s Los Angeles Lakers HBO drama series, based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is producing.

    Written by Max Borenstein, the fast-break series chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court.

    Letts will play Jack McKinney. The unsung hero behind Showtime basketball, Jack McKinney is the original architect of the Lakers’ fast paced running game. Despite having no NBA head coaching experience, McKinney must find a way to translate his groundbreaking vision and unify his new team.

    Nicholson is Cranny McKinney. A coach’s wife who is in many ways a coach herself, Cranny McKinney is frank, funny, and tenacious. No stranger to uprooting her family, she does it one last time – leading the family to LA for what could be the realization of their lifelong dream. It proves to be just that; but as the Lakers rocket to unprecedented success, tragedy derails everything.

    Atkins will portray Jamaal Wilkes. The son of a Baptist preacher who converted to Islam, Jamaal Wilkes is thoughtful, good-natured, and soft-spoken. Which means he’s often overshadowed by the big personalities (and bigger egos) of his teammates. But he doesn’t need headlines or hype. On the court, he’s a silent killer; with game smooth enough to earn his nickname: Silk.

    Hamilton will play Magic Johnson’s mom, Christine Johnson. Like her son, Christine Johnson is a natural leader in her community; able to command a room with charisma and savvy. As Magic’s fame and wealth grow, she tries to keep his feet on the ground.

    Hirsch is David Stern. As commissioner of the NBA for 30 years, David Stern’s groundbreaking marketing transformed the NBA and led it to unprecedented financial success. But in 1979, he was the organization’s legal counsel, determined to use the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to reinvigorate the league – and, hopefully, save it from financial ruin. They join previously announced cast Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman, Lola Kirke as Karen West, Sarah Ramos as Cheryl Pistono, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani, Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr., Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, Kirk Bovill as Donald Sterling, Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, Tamera Tomakili as Earletha “Cookie” Kelly, Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen and Bo Burnham as Larry Bird.

    Borenstein executive produces the series with McKay, who directs the pilot, and Kevin Messick for Hyperobject Industries. Jim Hecht is co-writer of story and executive produces along with Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens and Rodney Barnes.

    Letts, most recently seen in Oscar-winning Ford v. Ferrari and HBO’s Divorce, is repped by Innovative Artists. Nicholson, who currently can be seen in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, is repped by UTA. The Practice and Men Of A Certain Age alum Hamilton is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Greenlight Management. Newcomer Atkins, who recently appeared in David Makes Man, is repped by Hyperion and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Hirsch, whose film credits include World War II drama Fort McCoy and Liz & Dick, is repped by MMV Agency and Larry Hummel.

    Lucy Liu Joins New Line & DC’s ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’

    (4/12/21) Lucy Liu has signed on to play the villainous Kalypso in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the highly anticipated sequel to 2019’s Shazam! from New Line and DC Films. Liu is joining star Zachary Levi, back to reprise his title role, as well as new cast members Rachel Zegler and Helen Mirren, who will play the villain Hespera, a daughter of Atlas and sister to Kalypso.

    David F. Sandberg is back directing from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, based on the DC character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. The sequel will continue the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!” is struck by the Living Lightning of the gods and transformed into his adult superhero alter ego, Shazam. Peter Safran is producing through The Safran Company. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is slated for release on June 2, 2023.

    Liu, who co-starred for seven seasons on CBS’ popular drama Elementary, most recently seen in the CBS All Access dark comedic series Why Women Kill. On the film side, Liu is known for her performances in the blockbusters like the Charlie’s Angels films and Kill Bill.

    Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose.

    ‘Cinema Toast’ Anthology Series From Jeff Baena & Duplass Brothers To Stream On Showtime

    (4/12/21) Showtime has ordered a new anthology series, Cinema Toast, created by Jeff Baena (The Little Hours) and produced by the Duplass Brothers (Room 104), set to stream later this month. The series is described as a post-modernist reinvention of older movies that turns pre-existing imagery from the public domain on its head to tell new unique stories. All 10 episodes of Cinema Toast will premiere on Showtime’s on-demand streaming and partner platforms on Tuesday, April 20.

    Directors of the series include Baena, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Alex Ross Perry, Marta Cunningham, Aubrey Plaza, Numa Perrier, Jordan Firstman, Kris Rey and David Lowery. The episodes are voiced by actors including Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, John Early, Christina Ricci, Megan Mullally, Chloe Fineman and Chris Meloni.

    “When the pandemic first hit and all paths to traditional production seemed unlikely at best, I racked my brain to find a way to still create,” said Baena. “That’s when the idea hit me to re-dub and re-shape old material into something transcendent that extends beyond just a comedic curio.”

    Cinema Toast features stories spanning genres including drama, horror and comedy. Per Showtime, Plaza’s psychological thriller “Quiet Illness” pieces together footage of Loretta Young to create a portrait of an emotionally tortured modern woman, while Cunningham’s “Attack of the Karens” shows just how timely the classic Night of the Living Dead is when re-contextualized within this last year in America. In “After the End,” Eslyn injects the beloved monster movie Beast from Haunted Cave with a mumblecore comedy sensibility. And with “Report on the Canine Auto-Mechanical Soviet Threat,” Perry creates a surreal journey from Soviet rarities about a young boy who is immersed in a new reality inhabited by talking cars and telepathic dogs.

    Cinema Toast is produced by Duplass Brothers Productions. The series is executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Jeff Baena and Tyler Romary. Shuli Harel also serves as producer.

    Christina Ricci strikes custody agreement with estranged husband

    (4/6/21) Christina Ricci may be acting in a new project, but she’s putting her role as mom first amid her contentious divorce.

    The actress and her estranged husband, cinematographer James Heerdegen, submitted a new custody arrangement for their 6-year-old son, Frederick “Freddie” Heerdegen, to the court last month, with a judge signing off on it last week, per Los Angeles County Superior Court documents obtained by Page Six on Tuesday.

    The new order — which favors Ricci — comes in the midst of the pair’s heated divorce, which saw Ricci and Heerdegen both seek restraining orders against each other and make claims of domestic abuse.

    The agreement was made as Ricci, 41, is planning to relocate to Vancouver to begin filming on a project later this month. It is unclear what role will be taken on in Canada, but it was announced last month that she is set to star in thriller-flick “Monstrous.”

    Freddie will live in Vancouver with Ricci, the agreement states, with Heerdegen getting visitation rights. Ricci agreed to pay Heerdegen’s “reasonable costs for travel and accommodations,” which include “economy airfare.”

    Ricci will also select the hotel where Heerdegen says — although it is unclear if it has anything to do with the restraining order she was granted against Heerdegen in January. Heerdegen also sought a restraining order against Ricci the same month, but his request was denied.

    Ricci and Heerdegen married in 2013, but the “Addams Family” star filed for divorce in July 2020 following an alleged domestic battery incident at their home where she sought an emergency restraining order.

    As part of their new agreement, Ricci will have sole legal custody of Freddie and will facilitate 15-minute FaceTime calls three times per week with Heerdegen when he is not able to be in Canada. However, if he “engaged in any inappropriate communication” with Freddie — which includes discussing their ongoing divorce — the call will be terminated.

    The agreement also mandates that all of Heerdegen’s visits with Freddie be supervised and “after four weeks,” he and Ricci will discuss the “appropriateness of expanded visitation and/or overnights.”

    Heerdegen also acknowledged in the agreement that he would not interfere with Ricci’s work contract.

    A representative for Ricci didn’t immediately get back to us.

    Heerdegen’s attorney didn’t return our request for comment.

    Peter MacNicol recurs on All Rise 4/12/21

    (4/2/21) “Forgive Us Our Trespasses” – With Ness nearing the end of her clerkship, Lola sets her up to shadow Emily, who is defending a young man who reoffended, and the verdict lies with Judge Campbell (Peter MacNicol) who is notoriously harsh on repeat offenders. Also, Rachel reveals to Lola that she kissed Mark, and Mark struggles to find out why Luke’s name is on a list of cops dropped off by Deep Throat, on ALL RISE, Monday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    ‘Ally McBeal’ Revival With Calista Flockhart Explored By 20th Television

    (3/26/21) A new iteration of Ally McBeal may be headed to the small screen.

    Ideas about a possible revival of the legal comedy-drama series, which became a pop culture phenomenon, are being bounced around 20th TV, which would produce, sources tell Deadline. Original series creator David E. Kelley is expected to have some involvement in the project, but likely not as a writer. We hear Calista Flockhart, who starred in the title role, has been approached about reprising her role, but there have been no formal talks.

    Ally McBeal aired for five seasons on Fox from 1997 to 2002. Created by Kelley, the series starred Flockhart as Ally, a lawyer working in the Boston law firm Cage and Fish along with her ex-lover and his wife, and followed Ally’s trials and tribulations through life as she looked for love and fulfillment. The main focus of the series was the romantic and personal lives of the main characters, often using legal proceedings as plot device. The series pushed sexual boundaries in the workplace, where lawyers and secretaries in the firm would routinely date, flirt with, or have a romantic history with each other, something that would be clearly forbidden in the #MeToo era. The critically praised series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1997 and 1998, and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999.

    The ensemble cast also included Courtney Thorne-Smith, Greg Germann, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol and Gil Bellows.

    20th Century Fox Television, now 20th TV, and David E. Kelley Productions produced.

    Portia de Rossi undergoes emergency surgery for appendicitis

    (3/22/21) Portia de Rossi is recovering after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Friday.

    The “Arrested Development” star was experiencing pain, so her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with appendicitis, a source confirms to Page Six.

    We’re told de Rossi, 48, is already back at home and doing well following the surgery.

    The pandemic has seen both de Rossi and DeGeneres experience health woes. In December, the 63-year-old talk show host revealed she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing experiencing “excruciating back pain.”

    “One thing that they don’t tell you is you get, somehow, excruciating back pain,” DeGeneres, who since has recovered fully, shared with fans at the time. “Didn’t know that that was a symptom but I talked to some other people — back pain. Who knew, how come? Back pain, bad.”

    DeGeneres also endured a toxic workplace scandal surrounding her eponymous talk show after numerous employees alleged the host treated them with cruelty and abuse. The “Finding Dory” star later said de Rossi was critical in getting her through her low points.

    “It broke my heart; I couldn’t have gone through everything I went through without her,” DeGeneres told People in February. “It was a horrible time in my life, and she was a rock. She kept me going and tried to help me put things in perspective.”

    The couple tied the knot in 2008.

    Christina Ricci Starring In Thriller ‘Monstrous’

    (3/5/21) Christina Ricci will lead the cast of Monstrous, the supernatural thriller that Screen Media and Film Mode Entertainment have pacted to acquire rights on. Ricci will star with Colleen Camp. Chris Sivertson is directing from a script by Carol Chrest. The story centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with. Robert Yocum, Sasha Yelaun and B.I. Rosen are producing alongside Johnny Remo. Screen Media is acquiring the world outside of North America, UK, Japan and Middle East, and Film Mode is handling international sales in partnership with Screen Media. High Octane has acquired Middle East, North Africa and Japan.

    Lucy Liu’s Workplace Comedy & Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest-Inspired ‘Work Wife’ Pilots Passed On At ABC

    (2/12/21) ABC is starting to whittle down its comedy projects.

    The Disney-owned network has passed on two high-profile comedy pilots – Lucy Liu’s workplace comedy, which was formerly known as Kids Matter Now, and Work Wife.

    The workplace comedy, which has also had the title Bossy, starred Lucy Liu and came from Better with You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan, CBS Television Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.

    The multi-camera comedy was ordered to pilot in March 2020 but the Covid pandemic meant that it wasn’t able to shoot until much later down the line.

    Written and executive produced by Goldberg-Meehan and directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless), the show centered on a diva boss with no patience for working parents who adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.

    Former Angie Tribeca star Hayes MacArthur was set as a lead opposite Liu.

    Liu played the fierce and powerful diva boss, while MacArthur played Dean, a handsome and self-assured exec who runs the manufacturing division at Devin’s (Liu) multi-million dollar furniture company.

    In February 2020, ABC handed a pilot order to Work Wife, a single-camera comedy inspired by the real-life partnerships of co-hosts and longtime friends Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

    Similarly shooting later in the year, the show came from David Windsor and Casey Johnson, the longtime writing-producing team and The Real O’Neals co-creators. Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals) directed the pilot, from Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and ABC Signature, where both Ryan Seacrest Prods and Milojo Prods are based.

    Work Wife tells the story of a platonic male-female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Set in the world of real estate, Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team. Now feeling the stress of being the boss, they have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat.

    Angelique Cabral (Life In Pieces) and Tone Bell (Fam) starred as the two central characters, with Christopher Gorham, Annapurna Sriram, Matt Shively and Maile Flanagan also starring and Ripa making a cameo in the pilot.

    ‘The Best Man’ Limited Series With Original Cast Ordered By Peacock From Malcolm D. Lee & Dayna Lynne North

    (2/9/21) Universal’s hit The Best Man movie franchise is getting a new installment as a streaming series. Peacock has ordered a 10-episode limited dramedy series The Best Man: The Final Chapters from the movies’ writer and director Malcolm D. Lee and former Insecure executive producer Dayna Lynne North.

    The core star-studded original cast from the movies are set to return, including Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Harold Perrineau. I hear the actors all recently closed significant seven-figure deals to reprise their roles in the series, which is eying a September start. The only missing original Best Man cast member is Monica Calhoun whose character died in the sequel, The Best Man Holiday, which was released more than seven years ago.

    “We’re excited to reunite this beloved cast for a limited series run of The Best Man for Peacock,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “With a powerhouse duo like Malcolm and Dayna at the helm, fans will fall in love with our favorite group of friends all over again.”

    Based on the eponymous film franchise written and directed by Lee, the series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.

    “Here we go! The band is back together! I am very excited to bring these iconic characters back to the fans who have supported us through this franchise,” said Lee. “We are thrilled to deliver everything one would expect from this group of friends in The Best Man universe and take them through their final chapters. We can’t wait! I told you it wouldn’t be 14 more years.”

    Lee followed up The Best Man franchise with two more very successful feature comedies for Universal, Girls Trip and Night School, which he produced and directed. In 2018, he expanded his relationship with the studio to television, signing a first-look deal with Universal TV.

    “When Malcolm joined the UTV family, our first conversation was about our collective desire to bring his groundbreaking Universal feature franchise to television,” Universal Television President Erin Underhill said. “Three years and one pandemic later, we’re on the brink of doing just that. I’m thrilled for us all to see this goal come to fruition.”

    North is a new creative team addition to The Best Man franchise, but she is a longtime fan of the movies.

    “The Best Man films were a cultural touchstone during my college days — and they’ve remained influential pop culture references to this day,” she said. “I’ve grown up laughing with these characters, copying their dance moves, and grieving at their losses. I am overjoyed to be partnering with Malcolm D. Lee and this amazing cast to adapt this iconic franchise at Peacock.”

    The Best Man: The Final Chapters is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. The series is written and executive produced by Malcolm D. Lee via his Blackmaled Productions and Dayna Lynne North of Loud Sis Productions. Sean Daniel, of Hivemind, who produced The Best Man Holiday, will also serve as executive producer. Sheila Walcott will oversee for Blackmaled Productions.

    In the original 1999 romantic comedy-drama movie, produced by Spike Lee, old college friends reunite for a wedding. It was followed by a Christmas-themed sequel, The Best Man Holiday, released in November 2013. Both films were box office hits. The original grossed $34 million domestically on a $9 million budget. The 2013 followup earned $70 million. A third film in the series, The Best Man Wedding, also written and to be directed by Lee, was announced by Universal in 2014 with a planned release in 2016, but it was never made, largely because of scheduling issues.

    Last year, Diggs revealed that a third installment of The Best Man franchise may be finally happening but as a streaming series.

    On Peacock, The Best Man: The Final Chapters will join a number of revivals and reboots of iconic Universal titles, including Saved By the Bell, Punky Brewster and Battlestar Galactica. Additionally, Universal TV is rebooting The Equalizer as a TV series for CBS.

    Lee, who executive produced the NBC Night School comedy pilot, has another NBC pilot, At That Age, on which he is creator, executive producer and director. In features, Lee has Space Jam: A New Legacy for Warner Brothers/HBO Max. Lee’s Blackmaled Productions banner has several projects in development including I Almost Forgot About You (Universal), an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s novel with Viola Davis, The Classic (Universal), Real Talk (Universal), and Rock the Bells (Fox). Lee is repped by A3 Artists Agency and Del Shaw Moonves.

    North is co-writing and executive producing Young Love, the upcoming series adaptation of the Oscar-winning short Hair Love. She recently was a writer/executive producer on Insecure, co-created by and starring Issa Rae. North is repped by CAA and Narrative.

    Daniel and his company are also executive producers on The Witcher at Netflix and The Expanse at Amazon.

    Chestnut is repped by Verve and LINK Entertainment. De Sousa is with A3 Artists Agency and Meyer & Downs. Diggs is repped by ICM Partners. Howard is repped by Universal Bridges. Lathan is with CAA and Morris Yorn Barnes. Long is repped by Verve, Untitled Entertainment and Meyer & Downs. Perrineau is repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content.

    2021 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Nominations

    (2/2/21) The 2021 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards air live Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 PM ET/PT.

    Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog)
    Robert Downey Jr. (Dr. John Dolittle, Dolittle)
    Will Ferrell (Lars Erickssong, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
    Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton)
    Chris Pine (Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman 1984)
    Adam Sandler (Hubie Dubois, Hubie Halloween)

    NAACP Image Awards Nominations

    (2/2/21) The nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are officially in.

    Set to simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. ET, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across TV, music, film and literature.

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
    Folake Olowofoyeku – Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS)
    Regina Hall – Black Monday (Showtime)
    Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish (ABC)
    Yara Shahidi – Grown-ish (Freeform)

    Peter MacNicol recurs on All Rise 2/22/21

    (2/1/21) “Safe to Fall” – Emily and Sam face off in the courtroom in an emotionally gripping case that will determine the fate of a mentally ill young man who attacked his father. Also, due to financial struggles, Rachel crashes at Mark and Amy’s place, reigniting Mark and Rachel’s flame, on ALL RISE, Monday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Ryan Michelle Bathe (Rachel Audubon), Peter MacNicol (Judge Albert Campbell), Steven Williams (DDA Tony Carver), Shalim Ortiz (Joaquin Luna).

    Jane Krakowski is actually dating famed architect David Rockwell

    (1/27/21) A bizarre report that actress Jane Krakowski had an affair with MyPillow guy Mike Lindell was fiercely shot down — now Page Six can exclusively reveal the “30 Rock” star has been sharing more elegant pillow talk with famed architect David Rockwell.

    Proving the report about beloved theater darling Krakowski and mustachioed Republican Lindell was total horsefeathers — a source exclusively tells us that the actress has been quietly dating starchitect and designer Rockwell for a while.

    The source said, “Jane has been dating David Rockwell for a couple of years now, however, very quietly.

    “Friends are speculating if the strange story about Jane and the silly MyPillow guy was a game of telephone; maybe somehow Rockwell turned into Lindell in rumor-ville.

    “Otherwise, people are baffled where the story came from. Lindell is absolutely not her type.”

    Rockwell has designed many sets for Broadway shows and movies, which is how he is believed to have met the “30 Rock” star.

    Krakowski also appeared on TV in “Ally McBeal,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Dickinson.” On Broadway, she won a Tony for “Nine” and an Olivier Award for “Guys and Dolls.”

    In March 2019, Rockwell and Krakowski were pictured together at the Broadway Opening Night of “Kiss Me, Kate.”

    They were also pictured cuddling up together at Bette Midler’s Hulaween in October 2019. She was also at Rockwell’s 60th birthday at Central Park Zoo in July 2020.

    Meanwhile, Lindell is losing his pillow bobble knit over the story that he and Krakowski were allegedly linked.

    He has filed a lawsuit against saying the story caused him, “Significant humiliation and emotional distress.”

    Reps for Krakowski and Rockwell didn’t get back to us. Lindell reps could not be reached.

    Christina Ricci Husband Claims She's the Abuser But Judge Denies Him Restraining Order

    (1/23/21) Christina Ricci's husband agrees quarantine's been a dangerous time in their household, except he claims she is the one who's the abuser.

    James Heerdegen filed Friday to get a restraining order against the actress, claiming alcohol and substance abuse is fueling her allegedly abusive conduct.

    In his court filing, James claims Christina was boozing hard during quarantine and would routinely abuse him physically and verbally while she was intoxicated. He says she would often hit and scratch him with her arms, hands and nails.

    According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Heerdegen also claims Christina would habitually follow him around their home, screaming and yelling profanities at him in front of their son. He says her alleged outbursts are causing their child emotional distress.

    James says Christina attacked him back in October 2019, claiming she grabbed his throat while he was on the toilet. He says she "squeezed and pushed on my throat with her left hand using her right hand to gain leverage by propping it up against the doorframe" ... according to the docs.

    Heerdegen's filing comes 48 hours after Christina was granted a restraining order against him, claiming he'd beaten her multiple times and she now fears for her life and their son's. She filed to divorce him in July.

    In his docs, James claims Christina filed false domestic violence allegations against him to "leverage" her control over their son and prevent Heerdegen from seeing the kid. He also claims she filed a false police report.

    James says Christina was sober during her pregnancy but claims she started abusing alcohol and pills when she began breastfeeding, and things got to the point where he was throwing out some of her breast milk for fear of alcohol polluting the milk ... according to the docs.

    Christina's attorney, Samantha Spector, tells TMZ ... "This filing is nothing more than a transparently abusive attempt to silence my client. It will not work. Christina will not be intimidated by Mr. Heerdegen and his barrage of misleading claims – and she remains determined to protect her family."

    The judge has not yet ruled on Heerdegen's request to restrain Christina.

    Update 11:44 AM PT -- Christina's legal team was also in court Friday to file an opposition to Heerdegen's request for a restraining order. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says there is "overwhelming evidence" that he is the abusive one -- even beyond the photos she already filed with the court.

    She says she has an audio recording from his alleged attack on her on June 25, 2020. According to the docs, James can be heard "terrorizing Christina, spitting and screaming at her, admitting to violence, following her from room to room, chasing her and then violently assaulting her." She says the recording ends abruptly with her in tears, saying she's going to call the police.

    Update 4:31 PM PT -- The judge rejected Heerdegen's request for a restraining order against Christina. The judge said there was no basis for an emergency order before their next court hearing in March.

    This means Heerdegen must stay away from Christina and their son at least until then ... under the terms of her restraining order against him.

    Christina Ricci Claims Husband's Abused Her in Lockdown ... Gets Restraining Order

    (1/20/21) (Photos: Christina Ricci Injuries) Christina Ricci says quarantine's been a dangerous time in her household, because her husband's allegedly beaten her multiple times, and now she fears for her life and their son's.

    The actress filed Wednesday to get a restraining order against James Heerdegen, who she claims started abusing her in December 2019. In her court filing, Christina claims he beat her, spit at her and made pig noises in her face. She says that incident, during which she suffered multiple bruises, convinced her she needed to leave him.

    Christina says she told James she wanted a divorce, but that was derailed when the COVID-19 quarantine began in March, and she "found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser."

    In docs, she claims Heerdegen attacked her twice in June, while still in lockdown ... chasing her around the house, trying to prevent her from calling 911 after an argument. He allegedly dragged her by her wrists into their yard and threw her into a fire pit ... leaving her cut and bruised.

    During the second attack, she claims he spit on her and threw coffee and a chair at her -- all while their 6-year-old son was watching.

    Christina filed several photos with the court, showing injuries she claims to have suffered at Heerdegen's hands.

    Christina filed to divorce him after those alleged incidents, and her attorney, Samantha Spector, was in court Wednesday to file the restraining order.

    According to those docs, obtained by TMZ, Christina also fears Heerdegen's abuse could turn deadly. During a car ride in late 2019, she claims James "said something that made me think that [he] could kill me. He said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces."

    Christina says she immediately hid all the knives in the cabin where they were vacationing.

    Late Wednesday, the judge granted a domestic violence restraining order ... which requires Heerdegen to stay 100 yards away from Christina and their son, and have no contact with them.

    Christina claims Heerdegen leaves the dog leashed to his living room coffee table when he has visitation with their son -- and under the terms of the restraining order he has to stay away from the dog too.

    Although he's already moved out, Christina wants a formal court order blocking James from returning.

    And, there's this ... Christina is afraid her estranged husband -- who she married in 2013 -- will release private audio and video of her to "humiliate and embarrass" her, or use it to extort her. She wants the court to block him from releasing it, and force him to turn it over.

    Heerdegen's attorney, Larry Bakman, tells TMZ they will file for their own restraining order against Christina "detailing her abusive conduct fueled by alcohol and substance abuse. His papers will also include documentation that Ms. Ricci advised law enforcement in December 2019 that there had been no prior incidents of domestic violence between the couple, thereby calling into question her credibility."

    He also says his client "unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020."

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars To Celebrate Frontline Workers, Talk Coronavirus Vaccine On ‘Stars In The House’

    (1/14/21) Stars In The House will feature some of Seattle’s best surgeons as the cast of Grey’s Anatomy stops by to honor frontline workers, explain the importance of the coronavirus vaccine and more.

    Grey’s stars Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Kelly McCreary, Jake Borelli and more will reunite on the YouTube series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley on Thursday night. The cast will come together to raise money for The Actors Fund and answer any burning fan questions about the hit ABC series.

    Also set to appear are Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, Chris Carmack, Greg Germann, Richard Flood and Anthony Hill.

    The Grey’s Anatomy cast members are the latest to appear on the YouTube series that raises money for coronavirus relief efforts and the Actors Fund. The Waltons actors Richard Thomas, Michael Learned and more were the latest television starts to stop by Stars In The House.

    Previous installments of the YouTube series featured Knots Landing, Melrose Place, Frasier, Glee, SCTV and the Broadway casts of Spring Awakening, Rent, A Chorus Line and The Full Monty, among others.

    The Stars in the House Grey’s Anatomy reunion is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday on the Stars in the House YouTube channel and at

    Big Little Lies Update: David E. Kelley Says Potential Season 3 Would Be a Scheduling Nightmare, 'But... '

    (1/8/21) When it comes to a potential third season of Big Little Lies, all roads leading back to Monterey are currently blocked.

    “I’m not sure logistically how it could be done because everyone is so busy,” exec producer David E. Kelley tells TVLine. “It [certainly] couldn’t be done right away. Down the road? Maybe.”

    Big Little Lies star (and frequent Kelley muse) Nicole Kidman divulged to Marie Claire Australia last fall that Kelley and BLL author Liane Moriarty “have a really good idea for” a third season. And the Oscar and Emmy winner later told us that the pair actually shared a “tidbit” of the premise with her.

    Kelley declined to offer up any details on the aforementioned idea, except to say “it hasn’t progressed very far” as a result of the myriad scheduling hurdles. “Nicole herself has about five projects backed up,” notes Kelley, whose growing list of Kidman collaborations also include HBO’s The Undoing and the forthcoming Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. “Reese [Witherspoon] is equally as busy. Zoë [Kravitz] is [playing] Catwoman [in The Batman] — and that’s just the beginning. All [of the actresses] are extremely busy.

    “But we so love the show and the characters,” Kelley adds, “so none of us have given up on the idea of bringing the band back together.”

    Kidman is equally as game. “I would like there to be [a Season 3],” she recently enthused to TVLine. “There are so many great stories to tell and I am open to all the different horizons.We all love each other and want to work together. We’re deeply intertwined now. Whether that [camaraderie yields] a story that will be fascinating and complex and important, that’s a different thing. It would need to be a story that makes our jaws drop.”

    Anne Heche & Peter MacNicol revurs on All Rise 1/4/21

    (12/17/20) “Bounceback”– It’s a new year and Lola’s baby is due any day. She learns the jury was going to deliver a “not guilty” verdict in a case in which she pressured defendant Leon Parsons (Isaiah Johnson) to take a plea deal, forcing her to decide whether to let the plea stand and protect her reputation, or reveal what she knows to Leon. Also, Mark’s in the midst of an intense negotiation with DA Louis Bravo (Ian Anthony Dale) regarding how and when to arrest and charge Deputy Sheriff Rashel (Nick Wechsler) for attempted murder, when Mark is the victim of a brazen knife attack, on ALL RISE, Monday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Anne Heche, as police union lawyer Corinne Cuthbert, and Rick Fox as August Fox, who introduces Luke to the idea of restorative justice.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Paul McCrane (Judge Laski), Peter MacNicol (Judge Campbell), Anne Heche (Corrine Cuthbert).

    ‘Big Sky’: ABC Hands David E. Kelley Drama Six-Episode Back Order

    (12/7/20) ABC has made its first back-order pickup of the 2020 season, giving David E. Kelley drama Big Sky an additional six episodes.

    The crime thriller, which was the network’s first new scripted series of the season to launch, has performed well since its debut on Tuesday, November 17. After seven days of viewing across linear and digital platforms, the show secured 10.8 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49, becoming the network’s highest-rated debut since The Rookie in October 2018.

    The show’s second episode also held 100% of its L+3 debut rating among the same demo and increased numbers in total viewing.

    The back order take the total number of episodes ordered to 16.

    The series, created by Big Littles Lies’ Kelley and based on C.J Box’s book, follows private detective Cassie Dewell, played by Kylie Bunbury, and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt, played by Katheryn Winnick, who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

    The premiere [SPOILER ALERT] featured a major surprise twist at the end of the episode when one of the seemingly lead characters, Cody Hoyt, played by Ryan Philippe, was shot dead by State Trooper Rick Legarski, played by John Carroll Lynch.

    The series also stars Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jade Pettyjohn as Grace Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie and Valerie Mahaffey as Helen Pergman.

    Produced by 20th Television in association with A+E Studios, Big Sky is exec produced by Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan, Box and Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

    Ellen DeGeneres, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to be neighbors in California

    (12/6/20) Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi will be neighbors with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after snapping up Dennis Miller’s beautiful Montecito estate for a cool $49 million, according to a report.

    The deal makes the compound one of the priciest ever sold in the area, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    Comedian and political commentator Miller and his wife, Carolyn Espley-Miller, a former model, have lived on the estate since 2006.

    The property features three plots which are a combined four acres, and includes a South African Cape Dutch-style main building, a barn and a large lily pond.

    DeGeneres and de Rossi are longtime property owners in the ritzy neighborhood, having just sold a different home for $33.3 million.

    Montecito’s other newest denizens are Markle and Prince Harry.

    Peter MacNicol recurs on All Rise 12/7/20

    (12/3/20) “Bad Beat”– When Lola’s husband, Robin (Todd Williams), shows up in her courtroom in his official FBI capacity, Benner insists that Lola recuse herself. Also, Mark Callan, in possession of a dossier of explosive evidence in an officer-involved shooting, enlists Sam to help him figure out what to do with it, on ALL RISE, Monday, Dec. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Samantha Marie Ware (Vanessa “Ness” Johnson), Todd Williams (Robin Taylor), Peter MacNicol (Judge Campbell), Paul McCrane (Judge Laski).

    ‘All Rise’: Anne Heche To Recur On Season 2 Of CBS Legal Drama

    (12/1/20) Anne Heche has joined the Season 2 cast of CBS legal drama All Rise in a recurring role.

    Heche will play Corrine Cuthbert, an infamous trial attorney who often is called upon by police unions to defend officers accused of violent crime. She is wicked smart, using humor as a distraction while she verbally destroys anyone who gets in her way.

    All Rise follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. The series also stars Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles.

    Creator/co-showrunner Gregg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein, Michael Robin and co-showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence are executive producers for Warner Bros Television.

    Heche recently starred as Deputy Superintendent Katherine Brennan on Chicago P.D., and as Patricia Campbell, Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, on NBC’s The Brave. She previously co-created, executive produced and wrote for the NBC series Bad Judge, starring Kate Walsh. She can recently be seen in the feature film My Friend Dahmer. Heche is repped by Zero Gravity Management and Morris Yorn.

    Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

    (11/19/20) The show airs Sunday, January 10, 2021 on the CW as a two-hour special at 8 pm ET/PT.

    Jim Carrey – Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount)
    Katherine Langford – Spontaneous (Paramount)
    Kathryn Newton – Freaky (Universal)
    Martin Short and Jane Krakowski – The Willoughbys (Netflix)
    J.K. Simmons – Palm Springs (Hulu)
    Hilary Swank – The Hunt (Universal).

    Fox Brings Back ‘Name That Tune’ With Jane Krakowski Hosting & Randy Jackson As Band Leader

    (11/18/20) Name That Tune is returning to screens with Jane Krakowski hosting a rebooted series for Fox.

    Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson is set as band leader for the show, which will premiere on January 6 after The Masked Singer. It comes from Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment, which owns the rights to the show, and Holey Moley producer Eureka Productions. Janine Cooper, who has overseen The Bachelor and The Masked Singer in Australia, is showrunner.

    It joins Beat Shazam, the Name That Tune-esque competition hosted by Jamie Foxx that was renewed for a fourth season, on Fox’s unscripted schedule.

    The ten-episode series order comes three years after CBS attempted a reboot of the classic format, which was created by Harry Salter and first aired in 1953. CBS ordered a pilot, which was hosted by Elizabeth Banks, but it didn’t go to series.

    Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein from Prestige Entertainment, who were involved in that version, will exec produce the series alongside Eureka Productions’ Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin and Cooper.

    The game show, which launches in the 9 pm slot, tests contestants’ music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes.

    Each episode will include two standalone half-hour contests pitting two players against one another as they race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, performed by the live band. Each contest features a rotating variety of games from the original format, before the iconic Bid-a-Note round. The player with the most money at the end of Bid-a-Note wins the game and takes his or her bank into the Golden Medley bonus round, for a chance to win additional cash and potentially the $100,000 grand prize.

    Name That Tune premiered on NBC Radio in 1952. It quickly made the leap to television and aired from 1953-1959 on NBC and CBS. After a 17-year hiatus, the show returned for a syndication run from 1974-1981 and then again in 1984, with Tom Kennedy and then Jim Lange as the host.

    “We’re thrilled to bring the iconic musical game show Name That Tune back to television with this updated revival. It’s been beloved the world over for decades and we can’t wait for a new generation of families to get to play along with the classic series at home,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Fox Entertainment. “With the captivating Jane Krakowski as host alongside band leader Randy Jackson the Big Dawg himself, this surely will be a harmonious pairing.”

    Prestige Entertainment, Jane Krakowski and Randy Jackson are repped by UTA and Jackson is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Peter MacNicol recurs on All-Rise 11/23/20

    (11/13/20) “Keep Ya Head Up”– Lola may be asked to recuse herself from a case after the video of her detainment is leaked. Also, Mark continues to seek the hate crime enhancement in Jesse’s (Tyler Barnhardt) trial, even after being met with resistance, and the case is further complicated when Jesse is suspected of having a medical condition, on part two of a two-part second season premiere of ALL RISE, Monday, Nov. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Ryan Michelle Bathe (Rachel Audubon), Reggie Lee (Head DDA Thomas Choi), Peter MacNicol (Judge Albert Campbell).

    ‘Dangerous’: Scott Eastwood, Tyrese Gibson, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand & Mel Gibson Set For Action-Thriller

    (11/12/20) Scott Eastwood has signed on to star alongside Tyrese Gibson, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand and Mel Gibson in action-thriller Dangerous, which is to be directed by David Hackl (Saw V).

    Eastwood will play a reformed sociopath who, after the death of his brother, heads to a remote island which soon falls under siege from a deadly gang of mercenaries. Forced to fend for himself, he discovers their role in his brother’s demise and sets off on a relentless quest for vengeance.

    International Film Trust is launching world sales (minus Canada) at this week’s virtual AFM. Shoot is being lined up for later this month in Canada.

    Pic will be produced by Kevin DeWalt and Ben DeWalt for Minds Eye Entertainment and by Doug Falconer for Falconer Pictures, with Michael Benaroya executive-producing for his Benaroya Pictures and Todd Shepherd executive-producing for Miscellaneous Entertainment.

    International Film Trust, Invico Capital and 3 Point Capital will finance. Mind’s Eye International is selling Canada and co-repping the U.S. with IFT.

    Eastwood is repped by UTA and LBI Entertainment. Gibson is repped by APA and Pearlman & Tishbi. Famke Janssen is repped by APA, Link Entertainment The Artists Partnership. Durand is repped by ICM Partners. Director David Hackl is represented by APA and Mel Gibson is repped by APA and Brecheen Feldman.

    Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth Among 10 Cast For Apple Musical Comedy Project Starring Cecily Strong

    (10/2/20) Apple TV+ has set a star-studded ensemble cast for its upcoming musical comedy project starring Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong and executive produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Joining Strong are Keegan-Michael Key (Dolemite is My Name), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), Aaron Tveit (Graceland), Dove Cameron (Hairspray Live!), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story film adaptation) Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Jane Krakowski (Dickinson) and Ann Harada (Avenue Q).

    Written by Despicable Me duo Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the as-yet untitled comedy series follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

    Key will play Josh, Melissa’s (Strong) long term, pragmatic partner, and the last person who wants to be stuck in this magical town. Cumming is Mayor Menlove, the welcoming mayor of the town with a secret (and a song) in his heart. Armisen plays Reverend Layton, the mild-mannered religious leader of the town. Chenoweth is Mildred Layton, Reverend Layton’s morally superior wife who is in everybody’s business. Tveit plays Danny Bailey, the town bad boy who is trouble with a capital T, especially once he sets his sights on Melissa. Cameron is Betsy, the farmers daughter who instantly falls for Josh. DeBose portrays Emma Tate, a more modern woman and the town’s teacher, she struggles to fit into the town’s strict mold. Camil plays Doc Lopez, the handsome town doctor with an icy heart. Krakowski plays The Countess, a stunning and sophisticated woman determined to marry Doc Lopez. Harada is Florence Menlove, the oblivious and dutiful wife of Mayor Menlove.

    Paul will serve as showrunner, and will write all of the original music. Barry Sonnenfeld will direct. Strong will produce in addition to star, and Daurio will serve as consulting producer. Andrew Singer will serve as executive producer on behalf of Broadway Video. Caroline Maroney, Micah Frank and Rose Lam will serve as producers. The series hails from Broadway Video and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

    Key is represented by UTA, Viewpoint and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson. Cumming is represented by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment. Armisen is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jared Levine. Chenoweth is represented by Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham, 3 Arts Entertainment and ICM Partners. Tveit is represented by CAA, Elin Flack Management and Wolf Kasteler. Cameron is represented by A3 Artists Agency, LBI Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. DeBose is represented by Anthony Calamita of AC Management, Ryan LeVine & Kimberly Jaime of Jackoway/Austen & CAA. Camil is represented by Zero Gravity and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Harada is represented by her agents in NY and LA at Artists and Representatives. Krakowski is repped by UTA.

    Mickey Rourke & Taye Diggs Board Horror Thriller ‘Mammon’

    (9/28/20) Mickey Rourke, Taye Diggs and Jessica Uberuaga have join the horror thriller Mammon which Isaac Walsh will make his feature directorial debut with.

    The movie, penned by Walsh and Tyler Clair Smith, follows a struggling young couple who are chasing the American dream, and soon realize that their worst nightmare is the demonic spirit in their new home. Mammon is the biblical word for the worship of wealth, and the couple discover that getting rich can come at a hefty price. The feature is in pre-production and will shoot in Southern California next month.

    Mike Hatton is producing under his production company, Ton of Hats. Executive Producers are Glen D. Smith, Gary Smith, and Gary Smith Jr. of MHI Investments, along with Kimberly Hines of Framework Entertainment, Michael Walker, Garrett Zinke, Ryan McDonald, and Asko Akopyan.

    Rourke was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 2009 for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Lead Actor drama and BAFTA win. Rourke’s feature career credits which include Iron Man 2, The Expendables, Immortals, Sin City, Diner, and The Pope of Greenwich Village among several others have amassed close to $2 billion at the global box office.

    Diggs feature credits include The Best Man franchise, Chicago, and Rent, as well as the TV series All American, Muppets Now, Empire and Murder in the First. He won a Screen Actors Guild ensemble award for Chicago.

    Uberuaga starred in the John Travolta movie The Fanatic, the Sharon Stone movie Running Wild, and the Rourke-Michael Jai White action thriller Take Back.

    In August, Ton of Hats completed photography on Take Back, which was one of the first SAG-AFTRA approved independent features to shoot successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ton of Hats is led by producer/actor Mike Hatton (Green Book actor). Most recently, the production company produced the Val Kilmer-Luke Goss crime-heist, PayDirt (2020), the comedy Live Nude Girls (2014) and Vigilante Diaries (2016) which sold to HBO.

    Diggs is represented by ICM Partners. Rourke is represented by Framework Entertainment. Uberuaga and Hatton are represented by Industry Entertainment.

    Big Sky First Look: Ryan Phillippe and Kylie Bunbury Embark on Killer Pursuit in David E. Kelley's ABC Crime Drama

    (9/21/20) (Video) Pitch‘s Kylie Bunbury and Secrets and Lies‘ Ryan Phillippe have no idea what dangers lurk when they set out to catch a small-town killer in ABC’s Big Sky (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c).

    The network’s lone new fall drama — which was previewed in a series of promos during Sunday’s 72nd Emmy Awards — hails from prolific TV producer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), and stars TV faves Bunbury and Phillippe as private detectives on the hunt for two kidnapped sisters in Montana. Soon they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area — at one point, Phillippe’s Det. Hoyt notes that there are 12 missing females within a hundred-mile radius — and must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

    The above teaser features footage of the aforementioned abduction, soundtracked by an eerie rendition of the Ben E. King classic “Stand by Me.” (The phrase “be afraid” is repeated over and over and over.) At one point, a highway patrol officer (played by ubiquitous character actor John Carroll Lunch) tells Det. Hoyt that “things are about to take an ugly turn.”

    ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’: Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt & Amy Sedaris Join Alec Baldwin In DreamWorks Animation Sequel

    (9/17/20) The Boss Baby is back and this time it’s a family affair. DreamWorks Animation has added Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt, and Amy Sedaris to the voice cast of the upcoming Boss Baby sequel, which has officially been titled The Boss Baby: Family Business. Alec Baldwin is returning as Boss Baby Ted, with Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow also reprising the roles of Ted’s parents.

    Tom McGrath, who directed the 2017 installment, which earned more than $500 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar, is back to direct the sequel with producer Jeff Hermann.

    The new chapter sees the Templeton brothers — Tim (Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Baldwin) — as adults now who have drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married dad and Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

    Longoria plays Tim’s wife and mother to super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha (Greenblatt), and super-cute new infant Tina (Sedaris). Tabitha, top of her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, wants to become like her Uncle Ted but Tim worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood.

    Baby Tina reveals to be a top-secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Armstrong (Goldblum). This reunites the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, leading them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.

    Universal will release The Boss Baby: Family Business on March 26, 2021.

    “We are so fortunate to work with such a talented ensemble of actors, all of whom possess tremendous imaginations,” said director Tom McGrath. “The everyday joy for me is not only watching our actors make a line hilarious or heartfelt through subtle adjustments but the process they all share of improvisation and character creation. They are the heart and soul of the characters they bring to life.”

    “We are so thrilled to welcome these new additions to our Boss Baby family,” said producer Jeff Hermann. “James, Amy, Ariana, Eva, and Jeff each bring so much depth, wit, and charm to combine with Alec, Lisa, and Jimmy to form an incredibly rich ensemble, one which expands upon the world of the first movie in unexpected and exciting ways.”

    Goldblum is repped by ICM, Industry Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Marsden by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Longoria by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Greenblatt by Paradigm, Mosaic and Schreck Rose Dapello; Sedaris by UTA and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP..

    Lucy Liu To Star In Drama ‘Rosemead’ Based On L.A. Times Article ‘A Dying Mother’s Plan’

    (9/9/20) Emmy-nominated actress Lucy Liu has signed on to star in the upcoming dramatic feature Rosemead directed by Eric Lin. Marilyn Fu (The Honor List, The Sisterhood of Night, Amazon Studios’s upcoming adaptation of 500 Words or Less) wrote the screenplay based on the award-winning Los Angeles Times article “A Dying Mother’s Plan” written by Frank Shyong.

    Based on a true story that took place in the San Gabriel Valley, the film follows an immigrant mother (Liu) with terminal cancer who takes desperate measures to help her unstable teenage son as she uncovers his growing obsession with mass shootings. Rosemead marks the feature directorial debut of Lin, who has worked as a cinematographer on high-profile festival films including The Sound of Silence, Hearts Beat Loud, I Smile Back and Equity.

    “This heartbreaking, true story shines a light on how important it is to understand all aspects of mental illness, especially in Asian societies,” said Liu. “I’m excited to be working with Eric and Marilyn to tell a story within our shared culture, and to bring attention to the terrible stigma attached to this disease that can cause individuals and families to become ostracized in their own communities, or in this case, lose their lives.”

    Fu, who is Taiwanese American, added, “Creating important roles for Asian women is one of my driving forces as a screenwriter. Not only do we need to see people on screen who look like us, but who feel joy, who struggle, and who confront obstacles, like us. Lucy is a pioneer in showing the power in representation, and the perfect conduit for this complicated woman.”

    Lin was deeply moved when he first read Rosemead and he admits that it was like a script he has never read before. “It beautifully depicts how mental illness, and the shame of it, tests the fierce bonds of a Chinese immigrant family. I’m beyond excited to work with Lucy and to see her bring her fearless talent to a challenging role that we haven’t seen her take on yet.”

    The announcement of Rosemead continues to push the needle in terms of well-rounded, inclusive narratives. In this case, the story gives a deep dive into an Asian narrative that is seldom seen, further showcasing the diversity within immigrant storytelling within the Asian diaspora. “We were all haunted by Frank’s article; we could not shake it,” said Corkin, James, and Louie in a joint statement. “The story addresses so many timely issues, from mental illness to the immigrant struggle to mass shootings. But at its heart is a universal story about love, especially a mother’s love for her son and the lengths she would go to protect him, even from himself. We’re excited to work with Lucy, Eric, and Marilyn to bring this important story to life.”

    The film will be produced by Andrew D. Corkin (A Vigilante, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Theo James (How It Ends, Divergent) through their Untapped banner, alongside Mynette Louie (Swallow, The Tale) of The Population. Jeff Yang and L.A. Times Studios will executive produce. Shyong will serve as a co-producer.

    Liu is a groundbreaking Asian American actress who has numerous film and TV credits. She is best known for her roles in iconic TV series and films such as Ally McBeal, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Charlie’s Angels. She most recently starred in the CBS All Access series Why Women Kill as well as Elementary, CBS’s modern procedural take on Sherlock Holmes.

    Liu is repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello. Lin is repped by WME. Fu is repped by Jen Au Management and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

    Barrymore Hosts Angels Reunion

    (9/8/20) Drew Barrymore is reuniting with Charlie’s Angels: The actress’ talk show will premiere Monday, Sept. 14, with guests Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, who starred with Barrymore in the 2000 movie and its 2003 sequel.

    The talker’s debut episode will also feature Barrymore’s frequent co-star Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates).

    Additional premiere-week guests include Reese Witherspoon, Billy Eichner, Jane Fonda, Gabrielle Union, Charlize Theron, Tyra Banks and Billy Porter.

    V.C. Andrews' Ruby: Double Trouble Brews in Trailer for Next Lifetime Series

    (9/2/20) (Video) Having tackled V.C. Andrews’ Casteel family last summer, Lifetime will next spend some time with the Landrys, as seen in the first trailer for Ruby.

    Naomi Judd (The Killing Game), Crystal Fox (The Haves and the Have Nots), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal) and Deborah Cox (Broadway’s Aida) star in the first installment of the cabler’s next series of V.C. Andrews adaptations, alongside twins Raechelle Banno (Pandora) and Karina Banno (Home and Away) and Lauralee Bell (The Young and the Restless). The movie series follows Ruby Landry, who after being raised in the Louisiana bayou by her loving Grandmère Catherine (Judd), is ensnared in a world of dark family secrets and betrayal, upon discovering that she has another family living in New Orleans. Bellows plays Ruby’s estranged father.

    The Landry Family books — Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters, and Hidden Jewel — are the second highest-selling novel series from Andrews. Lifetime’s series of Casteel Family movies last year ranked as cable’s No. 2 new drama series among Women 25-54.

    Ruby will launch the new movie series sometime in 2021.

    ‘Dancing With The Stars’: ABC Unveils Season 29 Cast Including ‘Tiger King’s Carole Baskin & Rapper Nelly

    (9/2/20) (Video) Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and NBA legend Charles Oakley are among those set to waltz off on to this season of Dancing With The Stars.

    The ABC competition show, which is based on BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, revealed the full cast on Good Morning America ahead of its September 14 premiere.

    The quartet will be joined by Monica Aldama, star of Netflix’s Cheer, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado, The Real’s Jeannie Mai, Catfish’s Nev Schulman and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

    The network confirmed that Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis, Anne Heche, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean will also be joining, after their names leaked over the last few days. The Bachelor’s Kaitlyn Bristowe was the first celebrity to be named a few months ago.

    The professional dancers include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.

    It will be hosted and exec produced by Tyra Banks, who replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews in season 29. The show is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm with Andrew Llinares exec producer.

    One of the challenges for this season is to ensure that the production adheres to COVID-19 protocols, a trickier move for a dance competition format than many other productions. Details of the health and safety protocols and other format refreshes are expected imminently.

    Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis Confirmed for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29

    (8/29/20) The ballroom awaits! Us Weekly can exclusively confirm that Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis are all set to compete on the upcoming 29th season of Dancing With the Stars. According to sources, the three celebs will compete for the Mirrorball trophy when the season premieres on Monday, September 14.

    Heche, 51, is best known for films include Donnie Brasco, Seven Days, Seven Nights and a recent role on Chicago P.D. Metcalfe, 41, for his part, has starred on Desperate Housewives and in the film John Tucker Must Die among others. Former NFL player Davis, 36, played with the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2015. He finished his pro career in Washington, D.C.

    The celebrities join Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean who first teased the news via Instagram when he alluded to his strict eating regimen. “I’m on a very strict diet, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, no sodas of any kind, and completely sober for almost nine months,” he said wrote. “This amazing, but rigorous, workout is all due to my amazing trainer, Mr. Bobby Strong. He’s been a huge asset in my transformation, trying to get myself prepared and ready for what’s to come in the next few weeks. A lot of surprises coming from me.”

    Days later, the “I Want It That Way” crooner, 42, confirmed the news via Twitter: “We’re going for the mirrorball, baby!! I am so grateful to @dancingabc and @abcnetwork for the opportunity to be joining this season’s cast of #DWTS,” he captioned a selfie from a dance studio on August 27. “I also want to thank my wife and my two girls for letting Daddy go on this new adventure. I’m doing it ALL for you!”

    Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is also confirmed to compete. Months before announcing any other celebrities, Chris Harrison asked Bristowe — who has voiced her hopes to do the show — during an episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever in June. Bristowe previously claimed that Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss didn’t allow her to dance on the show.

    Tyra Banks is set to host after Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were axed. Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

    Hayden Panettiere’s ex threatened to release private videos: Report

    (8/20/20) Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson reportedly threatened to release private and humiliating videos of the actress after he was arrested earlier this year.

    The on-off couple finally called it quits four months ago after he was arrested for allegedly punching Panettiere in the face during an argument on Valentine’s Day in Jackson, Wyoming, and she was recently granted court-ordered protection in both Wyoming and California.

    According to insiders, Hickerson “had direct communication with” the former Nashville actress in the wake of his legal troubles, a source told Us Weekly, during which he “threatened to release certain information if she didn’t drop the charges.”

    “Specifically, he threatened to release videos of” Panettiere, the source added. The report follows a pretrial conference on Monday.

    Hickerson – who was also arrested in May 2019 in connection with domestic violence in an incident with Panettiere – has been accused of witness intimidation in the ongoing case, as a warrant for his felony arrest was issued across the U.S. last week.

    Last month, he was charged with eight more counts in the case, with four felony charges of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and a misdemeanour charge of battery on a spouse/cohabitant.

    Court papers allege Hickerson had tried to contact the Heroes star in March and escalated to “much more directed and threatening manner toward the end of June”.

    “Some of the ‘embarrassing’ information… appears to be for short video clips that were sent from (Hickerson) to (Panettiere) during this exchange from a previous incident at an unknown date and time,” according to the legal documents.

    Hickerson “used threatening language throughout the texts and videos referencing having information that would be embarrassing to (Panettiere) if she refused to drop the charges that have been brought against him.”

    He has entered a not guilty plea in the initial case and denies the allegations. Hickerson faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

    Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche weighs in on toxic workplace scandal

    (8/17/20) Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend Anne Heche has weighed in on the daytime talk show host’s ongoing toxic workplace scandal.

    “I haven’t spoken to Ellen in years. I’d listen to the people who have,” Heche, 51, told Mr. Warburton magazine for its cover story.

    Heche described their nearly four-year relationship as “a beautiful part” of her life that she wears “with honor” but hinted that there might be something to the complaints surrounding the “Ellen” show, which have prompted many to wonder if it’ll be canceled. DeGeneres’ producers, however, maintain the show will go on.

    “If I’m standing someplace and I don’t like what’s going on there and I stay there, it’s my fault,” said Heche, who dated DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. “So what are the actions that got me there and why can’t I get out of it easily if that’s not something that I want to be engaged in?”

    She added, “Ellen is standing where she walks, and that is hers to continue that journey.”

    Past and current employees anonymously came forward and complained of a toxic workplace environment on the set of the talk show that always preaches people should “be kind.” The allegations forced WarnerMedia to launch a formal investigation into the show.

    DeGeneres penned an apology but appeared to place the blame on her producers instead of herself.

    Regina Hall Boards ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

    (8/5/20) We have learned that Regina Hall has joined the cast of Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book. The series is eyeing a 2021 debut.

    Hall will play Carmel one of the nine perfect strangers. The Girls Trip and The Hate U Give star joins the previously announced cast of Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten and Samara Weaving in the project from David E. Kelley Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

    Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

    Hall was nominated for a 2019 Independent Spirit Award in the Best Female Lead category for the feature Support the Girls. Her TV credits include Ally McBeal, Showtime’s Black Monday, and HBO’s Insecure. On the big screen, Hall has starred in Shaft, Little, Vacation, Barbershop: The Next Cut and the Scary Movie series. She is repped by ICM Partners and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

    Nine Perfect Strangers is executive produced by Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson for Made Up Stories, Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, Liane Moriarty, Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and McCarthay.

    Anne Heche reflects on son Homer’s ‘bizarre’ 2020 graduation

    (8/3/20) Anne Heche stars in the movie “The Vanished.” That’s this month. Meanwhile, her son Homer starred in his graduation. That’s last week.

    Anne: “He’s 18. Excitedly looking forward to this major event in his life. So where was it held? In a parking lot. The Rose Bowl parking lot in LA.

    “We had to enter wearing masks. Cars were spaced far apart. Nobody allowed outside their vehicle. The graduates onstage were masked and allowed only one second to remove that and mumble thank you. It was surreal. Bizarre.

    “Your pass was preprinted out. You were allowed one car per family. No extra guests. Allowed photos were without the graduate’s face being visible. The security stationed around all wore black masks. Everything else nearby was boarded up, locked up, chained up.

    “It was watching California disintegrate.”

    Portia de Rossi breaks silence on Ellen DeGeneres scandal

    (8/3/20) Portia de Rossi is “standing by” her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, amid reports of the talk show host’s alleged bad behavior behind the scenes.

    “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support,” de Rossi, 47, captioned a quote that said “I Stand By Ellen” in the host’s signature white and baby blue show colors.

    The “Arrested Development” star then added the hashtags #stopbotattacks, which appeared to imply that the allegations came from “bots” and were unfounded.

    De Rossi’s rep did not immediately return a request for comment.

    De Rossi and DeGeneres, 62, have been married since 2008.

    Since May, insiders have been speaking out on DeGeneres’ alleged rude behavior to staff and others.

    A tweet by comedian Kevin Porter branding her “notoriously one of the meanest people alive” received more than 2,000 responses.

    TV writer Ben Simeon wrote in the thread, “A new staff member was told, ‘Every day she picks someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she’ll be mean to someone else the next day.’ They didn’t believe it, but it ended up being entirely true.”

    In July, WarnerMedia launched an investigation into “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” through a third-party firm to see if there was any truth to the accusations of a toxic workplace culture.

    DeGeneres addressed the allegations in a memo to her staff later that month, saying in part, “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

    She added, “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

    Rumors began to circulate that the host, who tells her audience to “be kind to one another,” was considering leaving her show after 17 years on the air.

    However, her executive producers have said she has no intention of quitting.

    Aside from de Rossi, other celebrities in Hollywood have also picked sides in the scandal.

    ‘With/In’: Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Sanaa Lathan, Rebecca Hall, Chris Cooper & More Star In Anthology Movie Inspired By Lockdown; CAA & UTA Rep Sales

    (7/30/20) Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Sanaa Lathan, Rebecca Hall, Chris Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Rosie Perez and Debra Winger are among the all-star cast of innovative feature With/In, a made-at-home anthology film revolving around themes of confinement and isolation.

    Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s newly rebranded Maven Screen Media (American Honey) is in production on the two-hour feature, which is a collection of short films made during lockdown by a slew of top actors and directors. Scroll down for the full list of participants.

    The project was initiated when Maven and Emmy-winning writer-producer Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) asked actor-director families and friends to come up with stories about life stuck inside. Storylines include a couple stuck together after a one night stand, kids scheming to run away from their paranoid dad, a divorced couple isolating together for the sake of their dog, and a widow dealing with her grief.

    It was filmed using shared equipment, with DP Zach Kuperstein and sound consultant Dan Bricker advising remotely through Zoom. Oscar-nominated editor Tariq Anwar (American Beauty, The King’s Speech) is editing.

    Maven partners Rattray and Styler produced with Peter and Michael Sobiloff. Nic Marshall and Jenny Halper oversaw production for Maven. CAA and UTA are handling worldwide sales, with principal photography ending imminently. A portion of the proceeds are earmarked for Feeding America and their response to Covid.

    “We wanted to explore what isolation means to different people, and asked a handful of artists whose work we really admire,” Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler said in a joint statement. “What they came up with, to our delight, were stories about human connection that were powerful and funny and very different. Our plan is to continue to tell these stories, and to capture a moment in time that is continuing to change.”

    Margaret Nagle added: “This moment is collectively bigger than we are and we wanted to capture that. The stories carry themes of love, loss, redemption, hope and transition told through the lens of these artists. The world has been altered so radically in such a short period of time and we wanted to explore creativity within the barriers of confinement and create new forms of storytelling.”

    Maven, which recently wrapped Keira Knightley feature Silent Night and A Mouthful Of Air with Amanda Seyfried and Paul Giamatti, has recently rebranded from Maven Pictures to Maven Screen Media.

    Rattray explained the name change to us: “Maven Screen Media is a new chapter for Trudie and myself. We will be producing content across film, TV and digital but with a strong push into TV and digital. We will be working far more with UK writing and directing talent, which we are thrilled about based on the extraordinary talent here, and we will be shooting more in the UK and hiring here.”

    The With/In filmmakers and cast include:

    – Nuts, Directed by Chris Cooper, Written by Marianne Leone, starring Marianne Leone and Chris Cooper

    – Neighborhood Watch, Written and Directed by Sam Nivola, starring Emly Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, May Nivola and Sam Nivola

    – One Night Stand, Written and Directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Griffin Dunne and Zonia Pelensky

    – Touching, Directed by Jonathan Cake and Julianne Nicholson, Written by Jonathan Cake, starring Julianne Nicholson, Jonathan Cake, Iggy Cake, Phoebe Cake

    – Mother!! Directed by Morgan Spector and Maya Singer, Written by Maya Singer, starring Rebecca Hall, Morgan Spector and Maya Singer

    – Coco and Gigi, Written and Directed by Rosie Perez, starring Rosie Perez and Justina Machado

    – In the Air, Written and Directed by Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel, starring Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel and Silas Camp

    – Her Own, Written and Directed by Arliss Howard, starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard

    – Twenty Questions, Written and Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, starring Carla Gugino and Adrianne Palicki

    – Shell Game, Written and Directed by Gina Gershon, starring Gina Gershon

    – I’m Listening, Directed by Mickey Sumner, Written by Portia Alen-Buckley and Mike Lindley, starring Mickey Sumner and Trudie Styler

    – Leap, Directed by Sanaa Lathan, Written by Margaret Nagle, starring Sanaa Lathan and Lucy Punch

    – Intersection, Written and Directed by Bart Freundlich, starring Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Talia Balsam, Taj Swaminathan-Sipp.

    LeAnn Rimes, Pharrell Williams and Jon Bon Jovi To Keynote DOJ Event On Music Licensing

    (7/24/20) LeAnn Rhimes, Pharrell Williams and Jon Bon Jovi will be keynote speakers next week at a Justice Department workshop on the future of the nearly 80-year-old consent decrees that have governed how works are licensed.

    The virtual event on July 28 and 29 comes as the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division reviews the ASCAP and BMI decrees, a move that would have huge implications on songwriters, artists and publishers. The workshop will be open to the public.

    The event also will include panels on an array of issues related to music licensing and industry competition. Makan Delrahim, chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, will deliver opening remarks, and others speaking include David Israelite, president and CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association; Michelle Lewis, Executive Director, Songwriters of North America; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP; Michael O’Neill, president and CEO of BMI; and Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

    The DOJ last reviewed the consent decrees during the Obama administration, but concluded that “the current system has well served music creators and music users for decades and should remain intact.”

    But the DOJ under Delrahim has been reviewing consent decrees across all industries to gauge their continued effectiveness and relevance.

    Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi Montecito Mansion Burglarized

    (7/23/20) Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are victims in a home burglary -- crooks hit their Montecito estate ... TMZ has learned.

    According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office ... the theft went down on July 4, and cops believe their residence was "targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status."

    No word on the value of what was taken but cops say some of the stolen items include high-value jewelry and watches.

    The Sheriff's Office says it's working with other law enforcement agencies, as part of an extensive investigation, to see if this incident is connected to other recent celeb home burglaries.

    It's unclear at this point if Portia and/or Ellen were home at the time of the break-in.

    Ellen purchased the massive 8,188-square-foot, Balinese-style home in early 2019 for a whopping $27 million ... and it's easy to see why it comes with that price tag.

    It's also just one of several homes the talk show host owns in SoCal.

    Cops offered up some free advice to other residents in the area -- which includes several celebrity estates -- to avoid social media posts about being on vacation and leaving lights and TV on while away.

    How Jane Krakowski’s son supported her during ‘30 Rock’ reunion

    (7/18/20) Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” reunion was COVID-safe by filming remotely over a month with staff working over Zoom.

    “We were asked to do every job,” star Jane Krakowski explained on the “Stars In The House” Web series. “My 9-year-old son Bennett was my main home helper. When I needed a fan to hit on one lyric, the boy had it. I had trained him well. He kept saying ‘Quiet on set!’ when there was no one else in my home. At one point he asked for a union break.”

    Brian Hickerson pleads not guilty to assaulting ex Hayden Panettiere

    (7/18/20) Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson has pleaded not guilty to several felony assault charges following his Thursday arrest.

    People reports that Hickerson, 31, entered a plea of not guilty to multiple felony charges, including four felony charges of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant; a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, “to wit, garage floor;” a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, “to wit, stairs;” and a misdemeanor charge of battery on a spouse/cohabitant.

    Just two days before Hickerson’s most recent arrest, the former “Nashville” star, 30, filed a request for an out-of-state restraining order that would protect her in California, where she now resides. Panettiere’s request came five months after Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly assaulting her on Valentine’s Day in Wyoming.

    Following his arrest, the actress broke her silence on the alleged abuse, telling fans via Instagram, “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I’m grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life.”

    Hayden Panettiere breaks silence on alleged abuse by ex Brian Hickerson

    (7/17/20) Hayden Panettiere has broken her silence on the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson.

    The former “Nashville” star, 30, released a statement on social media saying she’s coming forward with the hope that she can help others who find themselves in similar situations.

    “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I’m grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life.”

    In the caption, she added, “You are not alone,” along with phone numbers to domestic abuse hotlines.

    Panettiere’s statement comes after Hickerson, 31, was arrested on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time in Los Angeles on felony charges, Page Six confirmed. His bail has been set at $320,0000.

    Earlier this week, Page Six also confirmed that Panettiere obtained an out-of-state restraining order to protect her from Hickerson. Her request was filed five months after Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly assaulting her on Valentine’s Day in Wyoming.

    “After suffering for years as the victim of psychological, emotional and severe physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of taking back her life,” Panettiere’s attorney, Alan Jackson, told Page Six in a statement on Friday.

    “Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser, and she intends to assist the prosecution to see that justice is served. As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun.”

    Hayden Panettiere Ex-BF Arrested and Charged ... Dom. Violence & Assault

    (7/17/20) Hayden Panettiere's allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, is now facing serious criminal charges in California ... this, days after Hayden got an order of protection against him.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Hickerson was charged Thursday in an 8-count complaint that includes domestic violence charges, assault charges. Seven of the 8 charges are felonies.

    Panettiere recently reported her ex-BF to the Teton County Sheriff in Wyoming -- along with the Santa Monica police and LAPD -- for multiple incidents involving extreme domestic violence against her during their year-and-a-half relationship.

    The former "Nashville" star tells TMZ ... “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve. I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I’m grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life."

    Hayden's attorney, Alan Jackson, says ... "After suffering for years as the victim of psychological, emotional and severe physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of taking back her life. Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser, and she intends to assist the prosecution to see that justice is served. As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun."

    As we reported ... Panettiere recently got court-ordered protection from Hickerson in Wyoming, and a California judge just granted her that same protection in the Golden State.

    Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence on Valentine's Day in Teton County, Wyoming -- after Hayden told cops he'd roughed her up after an argument and punched her in the face.

    As for Hayden, a source close to the actress says she's been undergoing successful treatment for alcohol abuse issues and is now focused on healing, sobriety and recovery.

    HBO Max Orders ‘A World Of Calm’ Series Based On App; Mahershala Ali, Nicole Kidman, Idris Elba & Others Narrate

    (7/16/20) During these turbulent times, HBO Max wants you to just … relax. The streamer has ordered A World of Calm, a series based on the popular app and narrated by a slew of big names.

    The 10-episode order co-produced by Calm and Nutopia is HBO Max’s first brush with the health and wellness space. From the creators of the Calm app and Nutopia, the series combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars – including Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, and Keanu Reeves.

    Here’s the logline: A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories – bedtime stories for grown-ups – each relaxing tale is designed to transform how you feel. Viewers will be transported into tranquility through scientifically engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage to naturally calm the body and soothe the mind.

    “With the considerable amount of stress and chaos we are all experiencing at this particularly challenging time, we could all use a bit of guided relaxation, and A World of Calm is here to help,” said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP Non-fiction and Kids Programming at HBO Max.

    Jane Root, Nicola Moody, Michael Acton Smith and Chris Advansun serve as executive producers, and Sara Brailsford and Fiona Caldwell as co-EPs.

    “Although this collaboration has been in the works for many months,” said Nutopia CEO and founder Jane Root, “this series has been entirely created during quarantine using Nutopia’s worldwide network of award-winning cinematographers and filmmakers. We hope this series of serene stories will bring a sense of much needed calm to audiences.”

    Added Calm co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith: “Calm started life as a meditation app, but the brand has evolved far beyond that. We are delighted to bring the magic behind our audio Sleep Stories to the screen for the first time. These experiences are visual Valium and will help people relax and unwind during these stressful times.”

    Hayden Panettiere obtains restraining order against ex Brian Hickerson

    (7/15/20) Hayden Panettiere was granted a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson on Tuesday, Page Six confirmed.

    The “Heroes” star, 30, filed a request for an out-of-state restraining order that would protect her in California, where she now resides. Panettiere’s request comes five months after Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly assaulting her on Valentine’s Day in Wyoming.

    In April, Hickerson reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial is scheduled for September.

    It was the second domestic violence arrest for Hickerson, who allegedly assaulted Panettiere in May 2019 during an altercation at their home after a night of drinking. He was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Remember the Titans” actress.

    In early June, Panettiere seemed to allude to having moved on from the relationship when she showed off her “newish” neck tattoo depicting the Eye of Ra, which is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and royal authority.

    Lucy Liu To Star In ABC Workplace Comedy Pilot From ‘Better With You’ Creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan

    (7/9/20) ABC’s workplace comedy pilot, formerly known as Bossy, has found its lead. Lucy Liu will star in the comedy from Better with You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan, CBS Television Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.

    Liu, who most recently starred in CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, will lead the cast of the Untitled Workplace Comedy, which was also known as Kids Matter Now during development.

    This comes after ABC revealed that the pilot was one of five that it intends to film from its current batch of pilot orders as soon as it is safe to do so. Last month, the network said it was picking up the cast options for these projects through to the end of September.

    In the comedy, Liu plays Devin, the fierce and powerful head of Shelter, a large and successful modern furniture company. She is a force and is unfamiliar with failure. But when she adopts a baby she is ill-prepared for the task of parenting and feels at a complete loss as to how to be a mom.

    The multi-camera comedy is written and exec produced by Friends alum Goldberg-Meehan and directed by Speechless’ Christine Gernon. Liu will be a producer.

    It is Liu’s latest network role, having starred as Dr. Joan Watson, alongside Jonny Lee Miller, in CBS’ Elementary. Other roles include Difficult People, Southland, Marry, Cashmere Mafia, Dirty Sexy Money and as Ling Woo in Fox’s Ally McBeal.

    On the feature side, she stars in Netflix rom-com Set It Up and has starred in Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill and Chicago and also voiced the role of Lady Sagami in animated feature The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

    Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    Christina Ricci Files for Divorce

    (7/2/20) Christina Ricci has just filed for divorce from her husband after almost 7 years of marriage ... TMZ has learned.

    The "Casper" and "Addams Family" star filed in L.A. County Superior Court Thursday morning to divorce film producer James Heerdegen, whom Ricci met in 2011 while they working on the set of the show, "Pan Am." They got married on October 26, 2013, in NYC.

    Ricci cites irreconcilable differences as the reason why she wants to end the marriage. She's asking for sole legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old son, Freddie.

    Our sources say there is no prenup but Christina was the main money earner. And, then there's this ... Ricci was granted an emergency protective order by cops after an altercation in which she claims James spit on her. The altercation went down exactly a week ago in her L.A. home.

    Heerdegen, who was not arrested after the incident, has been ordered to stay away from Ricci.

    Ricci's repped by attorney Samantha Spector in the divorce.

    ‘Love In The Time Of Corona’: Freeform Sets Leslie Odom Jr., Gil Bellows And More For Limited Series Event

    (6/29/20) The ensemble for Freeform’s forthcoming COVID-19 drama Love in the Time of Corona has been set. Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Nicolette Robinson (The Affair), Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why), Rainey Qualley (Mad Men), Gil Bellows (Patriot), Rya Kihlstedt (One Mississippi), Ava Bellows (This Too Shall Pass) and L. Scott Caldwell (Lost) have joined the four-part limited series that follows four interwoven stories about the hopeful search for love and connection during this time of quarantine. Virtual production starts today in Los Angeles.

    The series comes from executive producers Joanna Johnson (Good Trouble, The Fosters), Christine Sacani (Good Trouble, The Fosters), Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger. Love in the Time of Corona will be filmed using remote technologies and shot in the talents’ actual homes.

    Odom Jr. and Robinson, who are a real-life couple, will portray James and Sade, a couple who have been living somewhat separate lives. He has a busy career that keeps him on the road and she is at home raising their daughter. Once the pandemic puts them under one roof, their time together leads them to reevaluate their relationship and their priorities. They also serve as executive producers on the project.

    Dorfman stars as Oscar, a successful nonbinary stylist, while Qualley plays Elle, an aspiring singer-songwriter. With the uncertainty of the pandemic, Oscar and Elle’s mostly platonic friendship becomes increasingly complicated as Oscar’s latest online date progresses toward relationship territory just as Elle’s neighborly crush starts to blossom.

    Bellows will play Paul, while his real-life wife Kihlstedt will portray Sarah. Their daughter Bellows will play Sophie. After quietly separating months earlier, Paul and Sarah reluctantly decide to quarantine together when their sweet yet intense daughter, Sophie, returns home from college. But when Sophie’s high school sweetheart suddenly breaks up with her, Paul and Sarah struggle to continue their “happy couple” ruse for their daughter’s sake.

    Caldwell will step into the role of Nanda, a headstrong woman determined to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Charles who is unable to come home from a rehab facility when COVID-19 causes them to go into lockdown. Charlie Robinson is set to guest star as Charles.

    Love in the Time of Corona is set to debut on Freeform in August.

    Jacki Weaver & Lucy Liu Comedy ‘Stage Mother’ Sells Around The World – Cannes

    (6/26/20) Following news last week that Stage Mother, Thom Fitzgerald’s comedy starring Jacki Weaver and Lucy Liu, had sold to Momentum Pictures for North America and Altitude for UK, sales agent Film Mode Entertainment has inked a series of further Cannes deals on the title.

    The pic has now gone to Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Italy (Eagle Pictures), Japan (Regents), Taiwan (Deepjov), Middle East (Eagle Films), and South Africa (African Entertainment Distributors).

    The movie debuted at Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. Brad Hennig wrote the screenplay, which follows a conservative Texas church choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s drag club and tries to save it from bankruptcy. Adrian Grenier, Mya Taylor and Jackie Beat are also in the cast.

    “We love seeing audiences dancing in their seats, laughing and crying all at the same time. It’s evident that even in these trying times, quality films that address current events and the human condition continue to be embraced by audiences worldwide,” commented Film Mode chief Clay Epstein.

    Momentum Pictures Buys Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu Comedy ‘Stage Mother’

    (6/18/20) Momentum Pictures has bought North American rights to Stage Mother, Thom Fitzgerald’s comedy starring Jacki Weaver and Lucy Liu, and has set an August 21 day-and-date release for the pic.

    The movie debuted at Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. Brad Hennig wrote the screenplay, which follows a conservative Texas church choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s drag club and tries to save it from bankruptcy. Adrian Grenier, Mya Taylor and Jackie Beat are also in the cast.

    The deal was negotiated between Dylan Wilcox on behalf of Momentum Pictures and Clay Epstein for sales rep Film Mode Entertainment.

    “We are excited to be distributing Stage Mother in the United States and Canada. It is such a special film; the perfect mix of tenderness, poignancy and laugh-out-loud humor with an incredible cast. We feel privileged to share Thom and Brad’s work with the world,” said Dylan Wilcox, SVP Acquisitions at Momentum Pictures.

    Altitude Film Entertainment is handling the UK release, which is planned for July 31.

    Film Mode Launches Panel Series With Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu & Jacki Weaver

    (6/18/20) U.S. seller Film Mode Entertainment is launching its own series of panel discussions, ‘Stars a la Mode’, to talk up its sales slate during the Cannes virtual Marche next week.

    The discussions will feature talent from its movies, including Dustin Hoffman and Simon Helberg (who appear in Mayim Bialik’s directing debut comedy As Sick As They Made Us), Jacki Weaver and Lucy Liu (who are both in Stage Mother, which recently sold North American rights to Momentum Pictures), and producer Malin Åkerman and Asher Levin (With Teeth).

    Titles also being featured include Tuscaloosa and Broil, which Deadline reported on last week.

    Stars a la Mode will be available to watch via Film Mode’s website.

    “In an effort to better engage and service our distributors, we have thought outside the box with this entertaining concept.” said Film Mode chief Clay Epstein.

    Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson Split: She’s on a ‘Path to Recovery’

    (6/18/20) ( Hayden Panettiere is stronger than ever now that she’s called it quits with Brian Hickerson, multiple sources exclusively reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly.

    “She’s in a good place right now,” says one source. “She’s on the path to recovery.”

    The actress, 30, finally cut ties with Hickerson, whom she began dating in August 2018, after their February dispute that led to his second arrest for domestic abuse. (Hickerson was previously arrested for domestic violence following another argument with Panettiere in May 2019.)

    “She and Brian haven’t had contact,” says the source. “He’s moved back to his hometown in South Carolina, and friends are praying this is the end of her journey with him.

    And the early signs are promising. Panettiere, who rejoined Instagram this month, “has done a 180-degree turn since her terrible ordeal with Brian,” reveals a second source. “She’s moving ahead with her life and getting back into working in Hollywood and being creative again. It’s all very therapeutic for her.”

    Now the mom of 5-year-old Kaya, who she shares with ex Wladimir Klitschko, is not looking back. Panettiere is “calmer and more relaxed,” says the second source, while the first source adds: “She’s trying to move past the pain and focus on her future.”

    Us Weekly Cover Issue 2220 Kelly Clarkson Divorce Hayden Panettiere Path Recovery After Drama With Brian Hickerson

    Pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

    David E. Kelley’s ‘Big Sky’ & Kari Lizer’s ‘Call Your Mother’ Get ABC Series Orders, Other Pilots Still In Play

    (5/22/20) ABC has made its first official new scripted series selections for the 2020-21 season, handing straight-to-series orders to David E. Kelley’s drama Big Sky, starring Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick, and Kari Lizer’s multi-camera comedy Call Your Mother (fka My Village), headlined by Kyra Sedgwick.

    They will join 11 returning ABC scripted series, which have been renewed for next season, including eight picked up today, as well as the previously announced Supermarket Sweep series reboot with Leslie Jones, which also will debut next season.

    “At a time when we are physically apart and shared experiences matter more than ever, these shows will build on the strategy that has made us No. 1 this season – bringing people together, creating cultural moments, and making content that entertains and inspires across generations and demographics,” said ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke, referring to ABC’s No.1 finish for the 2019-20 season (outright or tied with NBC and Fox, depending on metric) with entertainment programming, excluding sports.

    Big Sky (fka.The Big Sky) had a series commitment/ order from the get-go, though it was formally contingent on ABC seeing a pilot, while Call Your Mother had a pilot order. Big Sky, from A+E Studios and 20th Century Fox TV, already had a writers room working on additional scripts, while Call Your Mother, from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, had received an order from the network for 2 backup scripts.

    The remaining ABC pilots, including high-profile dramas Rebel, starring Katey Sagal, and thirtysomething sequel thirtysomething(else), both of which also had opened writers rooms, remain in contention. I hear some will be piloted later, when Hollywood production is safe to resume, and there is a chance that some will go straight-to-series like The Big Sky and Call Your Mother.

    Disney TV Studios, whose divisions 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios produce or co-produce all ABC pilots, is in the process of extending the options of the casts of all outstanding pilots through Sept. 30, I hear. As Deadline reported earlier this month, Disney TV Studios is among the studios that started paying the actors on their pilots, which allows the studio to amend cast deals and extend options.

    As the coronavirus pandemic completely upended the 2020 pilot season, with all pilots grounded before most had started production, the networks ordered backup scripts for their pilots to give them a better sense of projects’ potential and help them make straight-to-series decisions. All nets originally commissioned one backup script, with ABC subsequently ordering a second for all of their pilots.

    Besides the three projects with writers rooms and Call Your Mother, among those that had been garnering very early buzz were drama Harlem’s Kitchen and comedy Home Economics.

    This marks a second series order for the industrious Kelley today; Netflix this morning announced his new anthology Anatomy of a Scandal.

    Written and executive produced by The Practice creator in his return to ABC, Big Sky is based on The Highway, the first book in C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell series of novels. In the procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewell (Bunbury) partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (\Winnick) on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

    Written and executive produced by The New Adventures Of Old Christine creator Lizer, Call Your Mother revolves around an empty-nester mom, Jean Raines (Sedgwick), who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

    Here are more details about the newly picked up series:


    From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) comes Big Sky, a thriller created by Kelley, who will write multiple episodes and serve as showrunner in its premiere season. Private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Based on the series of books by C.J. Box, Big Sky is executive produced by David E. Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan and C.J. Box and is produced by A+E Studios in association with 20th Century Fox Television. A+E Studios is the studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks. 20th Century Fox Television is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

    Cast: Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt.


    From Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine), this multicamera comedy follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought. Call Your Mother is produced by Sony Pictures Television & ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

    Cast: Kyra Sedgwick as Jean Raines, Rachel Sennott as Jackie Raines, Joey Bragg as Freddie Raines, Patrick Brammall as Danny, Emma Caymares as Celia and Austin Crute as Lane.

    ‘Anatomy Of A Scandal’: David E. Kelley, Melissa James Gibson Team For Netflix Anthology Series Based On Sarah Vaughan Novel

    (5/22/20) Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and former House Of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson are collaborating to create an anthology series for Netflix, which will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Succession, Jessica Jones).

    Anatomy Of A Scandal is a six-part series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan and tells the story of a scandal among the British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

    The original 2017 book centers on a high-flying Westminster politician whose marriage unravels when he is accused of rape. Sophie is sure her husband is innocent, while prosecutor Kate is equally convinced he is guilty.

    The idea is that future seasons will focus on different scandals in an anthology format that has echoes of A Very English Scandal. Hugh Grant starred in the first season of the BBC and Amazon show as British politician caught up in a murder conspiracy, while the second season spotlights a 1963 sex scandal.

    Kelley and Gibson will write, showrun and executive produce Anatomy Of A Scandal, which is housed at Liza Chasin’s 3dot productions and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories.

    The other executive producers are Clarkson, Chasin for 3dot, and Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss for Made Up Stories. Vaughan and Margaret Chernin are co-executive producers.

    Anatomy Of A Scandal will be made in the UK. It was meant to go into production this year, but there are now question marks over when filming can begin due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Sets Ricky Martin, Tessa Thompson, Jane Krakowski And More As Guest Judges; Unveils Season 5 Twist

    (5/22/20) (Video) The fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is about to serve some “La Vida Loca” realness with its slate of guest judges. Ricky Martin will kick things off as a guest judge for the premiere episode of the reality drag race competition which will premiere on June 5 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1.

    The star-studded lineup of guest judges does not stop with the “She Bangs” singer. Joining RuPaul on the mainstage are Tessa Thompson, Jane Krakowski, Nicole Byer, Bebe Rexha, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Sam Richardson, Madison Beer, Sarah Hyland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Tommy Dorfman and Drag Race regular Todrick Hall. In the premiere, Martin will help judge the all-star queens for seasons past as they partake in a reading mini-challenge and hit the runway for a “Werq the World” variety extravaganza.

    On top of that, the fifth season has thrown traditional elimination rules out the window. Mama Ru has shaken things up and has “Ru-vealed” that each week she will name a top all-star and that queen will lip sync for her legacy against a mysterious lip sync assassin, chosen from the most iconic performers in Drag Race “herstory”. If the top all-star of the week wins the lip sync, she wins a $10,000 tip and the power to eliminate the bottom queen of her choice. If the lip sync assassin wins, a bottom queen selected from a secret group vote gets the chop, and the money rolls over until a top all-star wins — now that is a gag!

    As previously announced, the 10 queens competing for a spot in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame” and a grand prize of $100,000 are Alexis Mateo (Season 3, All Stars 1), Blair St. Clair (Season 10), Derrick Barry (Season 8), India Ferrah (Season 3), Jujubee (Season 2, All Stars 1), Mariah Paris Balenciaga (Season 3), Mayhem Miller (Season 10), Miz Cracker (Season 10), Ongina (Season 1) and Shea Couleé (Season 9).

    The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 reunion airs May 22 at 8pm ET/PT followed by the finale on May 29 at 8pm.

    ‘Dead To Me’ Live Table Read Set With Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden & Liz Feldman

    (5/6/20) Dead To Me stars Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini and James Marsden and creator Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls) will reunite virtually for a live table read on the eve of the season 2 premiere of the Netflix series.

    After the live reading of the first episode of season 1, Applegate, Cardellini, Marsden and Feldman will hold a Q&A with fans. It’s set for 5 pm PT/8 pm ET on Thursday, May 7 on Netflix Facebook.

    The cast will also be raising awareness for World Central Kitchen. Founded by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen is working to provide meals for kids and families impacted by COVID-19.

    Created by Feldman, Dead to Me centers on Jen (Applegate), a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder, and Judy (Cardellini) an optimistic free spirit who’s recently suffered her own tragic loss. When the two women meet at a support group, they become unlikely friends, despite their polar-opposite personalities. But as they bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann’s cookies and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.

    Feldman serves as showrunner and executive producer on Season 2. The show is produced by CBS Television Studios for Netflix. Executive producers are Jessica Elbaum from Gloria Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Christie Smith and Applegate.

    Dead to Me Season 2 premieres at 12:01 pm PT on Friday, May 8.

    ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Drama Series From David E. Kelley Not Going Forward At CBS

    (5/3/20) This is a shocker — CBS is not proceeding with The Lincoln Lawyer, its high-profile legal drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, based on Michael Connelly’s series of bestselling novels.. The project had a massive series production commitment.

    I hear The Lincoln Lawyer‘s studios, A+E Studios and CBS TV Studios, were informed on Friday of the network’s decision. This is believed to be the first official pass on a project from the 2020 broadcast pilot season.

    More are expected to come from all the broadcast networks as they are trying to make decisions on pilots that have not been shot because all production was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. CBS is expected to step up its series pickup, renewal and cancelation activity next week as it prepares for the network’s May 13 video Upfront special that will replace its upfront presentation this year.

    Even in the context of a highly irregular pilot season decimated by the pandemic, the pass on The Lincoln Lawyer is a jaw-dropper as it is a well known title, comes from one of the top legal drama creators in the business, Kelley, and had a huge commitment.

    I hear no force majeure has not been invoked yet but the two sides are yet to get into the nitty-gritty of settling the big series penalty. It is unclear yet whether leading studio A+E Studios would shop the series elsewhere; it is a likely scenario.

    A lot has changed since CBS preemptively bought The Lincoln Lawyer exactly a year ago with a series production commitment. The network’s parent company CBS Corp. merged with Viacom, and the combined company has been facing big financial challenges that have resulted in waves of layoffs. There also has been a change at the top of the CBS-branded assets, with George Cheeks assuming control as President and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group a little more than a month ago.

    When production on all CBS pilots was shut down on Friday, March 13, The Lincoln Lawyer was in final stages of pre-production. The cast had been assembled, including closing a complex deal with Logan Marshall-Green for the lead that took weeks of negotiations.

    With production suspended, the project’s executive producer/showrunner, Ted Humphrey, was given the go-ahead to open a writers room with three other writers and Connelly closely involved. At the time CBS made the decision not to proceed with the show, the network brass had received two scripts, the original pilot script by Kelley, and one by Humphrey and his team, with two more in the works. A+E Studios had been working on possible production schedules for when Hollywood filming resumes under new safety guidelines.

    It is standard practice for projects with 13-episode commitment to film a pilot episode and take a break for the network and studio to assess it creatively before filming on the remaining episodes commences. Under the extraordinary circumstances this year, other broadcast projects with similar commitments to The Lincoln Lawyer’s, which also were planning to film a pilot during the regular pilot season, are moving straight to series production. The list includes another hourlong project from Kelley, The Big Sky at ABC, as well as comedy Call Me Kat at Fox.

    The Lincoln Lawyer centers on Mickey Haller, an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.

    Kelley executive produces with Connelly, Humphrey and Ross Fineman.

    Video: Melrose Place Reunion Chat

    (4/28/20) (Video) Melrose Place cast reunion including Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga

    ‘Melrose Place’ Cast Sets Remote Reunion For ‘Stars In The House’ Tomorrow

    (4/27/20) Cast members from the 1990s prime time soap Melrose Place – Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Daphne Zuniga – will reunite for tomorrow’s Stars in the House benefit series for The Actors Fund.

    Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the Stars in the House YouTube series has been hosting special reunion episodes for weeks, welcoming casts from Frasier, Glee, Desperate Housewives, SCTV and Taxi, as well as original Broadway casts from Spring Awakening and Les Misérables, among others.

    The Tuesday, April 28 episode, airing at 8 p.m. ET, will featuring the Melrose cast reminiscing about their years in West Hollywood’s most iconic apartment complex. The reunion supports The Actors Fund, with viewers able to donate while they watch. Viewers also can ask questions and interact with with the cast in real time during the show.

    “Seth and I believe that in this time of social distancing and isolation, much happiness can be found by seeing familiar faces from shows beloved by the whole world,” said Wesley. “We call these shows comfort TV. And we plan on having even more every week, along with our beloved theatre pals – all for The Actors Fund.”

    The livestream Stars in the House series raises money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 efforts. The series’ episodes are available at the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

    Peter MacNicol recurs on All Rise 5/4/20

    (4/24/20) “TBD”– With Los Angeles under a mandatory shelter-in-place order and trials piling up, Judge Benner authorizes Judge Carmichael to preside over a virtual bench trial, a case regarding a dispute between brothers over a car, on the virtually produced, timely episode of ALL RISE, Monday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. While Emily represents the defendant, Kurt Beto (Mo McRae), Mark represents the prosecution, marking the first time he tries a case in Lola’s “court.” Also, Mark and Quinn (Lindsey Gort) explore how to continue their romantic relationship while quarantined in separate homes; Judge Benner oversees court from afar and learns to cook; Sara finds temporary work as a food delivery driver; Luke and Emily’s relationship is taxed by separation; and germaphobe and type-A Sherri contends with the new world (dis)order.

    Throughout it all, unknown dance party DJ Tailwind (Dorian Missick) offers a comforting, irreverent voice for all Angelenos in lockdown by sharing his music and thoughts via his laptop at home.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Lindsey Gort (Amy Quinn), Paul McCrane (Judge Jonas Laski), Peter MacNicol (Judge Campbell).

    ‘The Undoing’ Trailer: HBO Sets Premiere Date For Nicole Kidman And Hugh Grant’s Chilling Limited Series

    (3/8/20) (Video) HBO’s forthcoming The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant has dropped a new trailer and has set a premiere date of May 10 for the limited series directed by Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier and Emmy-winning creator of Big Little Lies David E. Kelley.

    The six-part limited series based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known. The story centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son (Noah Jupe) who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

    Donald Sutherland, Edgar Ramirez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis as Elena Alves, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni and Sofie Gråbøl also star. The series is created and written for television by Kelley who also serves as showrunner while Bier will direct. The two will serve as executive producers alongside Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas.

    Watch the tense, riveting trailer above.

    Peter MacNicol Recurs on All Rise 3/9/20

    (3/2/20) “I Love You, You’re Perfect, I Think” – When Lola learns Judge Benner’s whistleblower secret as part of her background research for her Attorney General campaign, she faces an excruciating dilemma. Lola has an obligation to expose the ethical breach, but knows that doing so could end her mentor’s career. Also, Emily is avoiding the implications of Luke’s “I love you” as she represents a client with mental health issues, on ALL RISE, Monday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Paul McCrane (Judge Jonas Laski), Peter Macnicol (Judge Albert Campbell).

    Courtney Thorne-Smith guest on Mom 3/5/20

    (2/18/20) “Beef Baloney Dan and the Hot Zone” – Bonnie suspects that Adam’s sponsor (Courtney Thorne-Smith) has an ulterior motive. And Christy is caught in the middle when Tammy plays hard to get with Chef Rudy, on MOM, Thursday, March 5 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Hayden Panettiere BF Arrested for Dom. Violence Again ... Allegedly Punched Her

    (2/18/20) Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend's been hauled off to jail again for allegedly putting hands on her -- this time in Wyoming ... on Valentine's Day.

    The ex-"Nashville" star's BF, Brian Hickerson, was arrested around 2:30 AM on Valentine's Day, after the couple had a fight and he struck her "with a closed fist on the right side of her face" ... according to cops.

    The Teton County Sheriff's Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence in Jackson. The caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

    When deputies arrived, they found Brian in the driveway, and according to docs obtained by TMZ ... he allegedly told them Hayden was in the house "saying he beat the f*** out of me." Cops say he avoided answering if he had punched Hayden, but claimed he hired a private chef to stick around so he "wouldn't be accused of bulls**t."

    Cops talked to the chef on the phone, and he said he left a little after 1 AM -- but claims he witnessed the couple arguing earlier in the night.

    According to the docs, Hayden told cops she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her. Cops say her face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand -- which she believed came from Hickerson's watch during the altercation.

    The deputies heard enough to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

    When we last spoke with Hayden in November, she told us everything was well between Brian and her -- intimating they'd moved past his felony domestic violence arrest earlier in 2019.

    We broke the story ... the couple allegedly got into an altercation at their L.A. home that left red marks on Hayden's body, and police arrested Brian for it. However, the case was later dismissed for not being able to secure a "material witness" -- AKA, Hayden.

    Hickerson was also involved in a domestic incident in late 2018 ... with his father. Hayden was there for that one too. She's been dating Brian for about a year and a half.

    Robert Downey Jr & Team Downey’s Susan Downey Sign With WME

    (4/5/20) Robert Downey Jr, and Team Downey, his production company with wife Susan Downey, has just moved to WME, which will rep them in all areas.

    Downey Jr had been repped by CAA, and thus ends one of the most lucrative and prolific decade-long runs any actor has had with an agency in recent memory. That covers the period when Downey Jr. blew away all comers to win the role of Iron Man, becoming the signature player in an unprecedented decade of success for Marvel Studios. It also created a situation where the actor was making in the vicinity of $50 million-$70 million each time he donned the metal suit in numerous spinoffs and Avengers films, a run that ended in Avengers: Endgame, the highest grossing film of all time. At the same time, he headlined the billion dollar-grossing Sherlock Holmes franchise and got an Oscar nomination for 2009’s Tropic Thunder.

    The move comes after a flat box office performance of Dolittle. Downey Jr came to CAA after a long run with iconic agent Ed Limato at ICM. It will be interesting to see where Downey Jr. takes the next phase of his career. Early in his career, given his outsized acting talent displayed in films from Less Than Zero to Chaplin, I thought it inevitable he would win an Oscar. As he moves beyond the franchises, there’s no reason to think he can’t still accomplish that if it is important to him.

    Led by Susan Downey, the Team Downey production company has been busy. The company produced Dolittle and The Judge, and is percolating an adaptation of the horror novel A Head Full of Ghosts and an untitled feature based on Gimlet Media’s Reply All podcast episode Man of the People, which Richard Linklater is writing to direct. For TV, the company is producing Perry Mason for HBO starring The Americans and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood‘s Matthew Rhys, premiering this summer as part of Team Downey’s first look with the network. They are also producing the coming of age fable Sweet Tooth based on the DC comic book series. Team Downey released its eight-episode docuseries, the critically-celebrated The Age of A.I. for YouTube Originals. Downey Jr. announced last year the launch of Footprint Coalition, his organization dedicated to utilizing advanced technologies for the good of the environment.

    Downey Jr. remains represented by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Neauman, Warren, Richmond, Rush and Gelman LLP.

    David E. Kelley PI Drama ‘The Big Sky’ Ordered To Series By ABC From A+E Studios

    (1/30/20) Twelve years after The Practice-Boston Legal franchise ended its run on ABC, David E. Kelley is returning to the broadcast network. ABC has given a straight-to-series order to drama The Big Sky, created and executive produced by Kelley. The project, based on The Highway, the first book in C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell series of novels, hails from A+E Studios, which will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television, part of Disney TV Studios.

    Written by Kelley, The Big Sky is a procedural thriller, in which private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Kelley executive produces with Ross Fineman, with whom he works on Goliath, and Box.

    The Big Sky originated as a spec by Kelley had written which A+E Studios acquired about two years ago, setting it up at Epix. While the project did not move forward at the premium network, Kelley and A+E Studios remained high on it. At the same time, Kelley indicated to A+E Studios brass that he was looking to return to broadcast. They collaborated on an adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer, also created and executive produced by Kelley, which scored a straight-to-series order at CBS. The Big Sky also subsequently was reworked for broadcast, landing at ABC.

    This is the second high-profile drama project A+E Studios, whose parent company A+E Networks is co-owned by ABC parent The Walt Disney Co., has at the broadcast network, along with Kevin Costner national parks crime drama ISB, which has a put pilot commitment.

    At Disney, Kelley also has new series Big Shot starring John Stamos, for Disney+.

    The Big Sky is believed to be the first ABC pilot or series from an outside studio to be laid off at new corporate sibling 20th TV vs. ABC Studios. It marks a return of Kelley to 20th TV where he was based for 22 years under a string of overall deals, creating a string of popular series, including the Emmy-winning Ally McBeal for Fox and The Practice for ABC. The latter spawned a spinoff, Boston Legal, headlined by James Spader.

    Kelley most recently collaborated with 20th TV on the 2013 CBS comedy series The Crazy Ones, which starred Robin Williams. Over the past five years, Kelley has been focused on premium cable and streaming with series, including Goliath at Amazon, Mr. Mercedes at Audience, the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies at HBO and the upcoming The Undoing on HBO and Big Shot on Disney+.

    The Cassie Dewell book series includes four novels published to date, The Highway (2013), Badlands (2015), Paradise Valley (2017) and The Bitterroots (2019).

    Why Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t regret wearing blackface in ’Tropic Thunder’

    (1/23/20) Robert Downey Jr. famously wore blackface in the 2012 movie “Tropic Thunder,” where he played an Australian actor who darkens his skin in order to play a black soldier in a war film.

    The 54-year-old actor recently discussed the controversial role on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, saying that he believes the comedy sparked a very necessary conversation that’s more than skin deep.

    “I think that it’s never an excuse to do something that’s out of place and out of its time, but to me it blasted the cap on [the issue],” Downey Jr. shared. “I think having a moral psychology is job one. Sometimes, you just gotta go, ‘Yeah I effed up.’ In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.”

    While he believes the blackface in “Tropic Thunder” ultimately served a purpose, he was still hesitant to accept the role when it was initially offered by director Ben Stiller. His mother, Elsie Ford, was also concerned.

    “My mother was horrified,” Downey Jr. revealed. “‘Bobby, I’m telling ya, I have a bad feeling about this.’ I was like, ‘Yeah me too, mom.’”

    He continued, “When Ben called and said, ‘Hey I’m doing this thing’ – you know I think Sean Penn had passed on it or something. Possibly wisely. And I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that and I’ll do that after Iron Man.’ Then I started thinking, ‘This is a terrible idea, wait a minute.’

    The star went on to joke about wanting the opportunity to “be black for a summer.”

    “I thought, ‘Well hold on dude, get real here, where is your heart? My heart is … I get to be black for a summer in my mind, so there’s something in it for me.”

    He went on, “The other thing is, I get to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion, just my opinion.”

    Downey Jr. also noted that the majority of his black friends had no problem with the part while acknowledging those who did take issue.

    “[Ben] knew exactly what the vision for this was, he executed it, it was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie,” Downey Jr. continued. “And 90 percent of my black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.’ I can’t disagree with [the other 10 percent], but I know where my heart lies.”

    Downey Jr. was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award for the role, losing all three to Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight.”

    Greg Germann guests on 'Station 19' 2/6/20

    (1/22/20) “Eulogy” – While Pruitt grieves a monumental loss, Andy refuses to do the same and, instead, throws herself into work. Meanwhile, the crew responds to a widespread carbon monoxide leak, and Sullivan makes a controversial choice for captain, on an all-new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on, the ABC app and Hulu.

    “Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

    Guest starring is Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Pat Healy as Chief Dixon, Rigo Sanchez as Rigo Vasquez, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Alex Landi as Nico Kim, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Kelly Thiebaud as Eva, Chelsea Kurtz as Shauna, Jeff Davis as Martin and Emily Chang as Penelope.

    “Eulogy” was written by Anupam Nigam and directed by Eric Laneuville.

    Nicole Kidman And David E. Kelley Talk Possibility Of More ‘Big Little Lies’; New Limited Series ‘The Undoing’ – TCA

    (1/15/20) HBO’s The Undoing debuts in May and creator/writer David E. Kelley was joined on the TCA stage by fellow EP and director Susanne Bier as well as EP/star Nicole Kidman and actors Hugh Grant and Noma Dumezweni to talk about the six-part limited series based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known.

    This marks another collaboration between Kelley and Kidman who worked together on two seasons of the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies. That said, the two were asked if we can expect more from the ladies from Monterey County.

    Kidman said they would love to make a third season, but the pair have been focusing on The Undoing and the rest of the cast is just too busy. “I don’t think we’d ever get Laura [Dern] back!” she laughs. She also mentions how Zoe Kravitz is going to be busy in the new Batman film. “Everyone’s working,” she adds. “Hopefully we can collide again at one point.”

    The Undoing centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son (Noah Jupe) who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

    The privileged and affluent characters folded into scandalous circumstances is bound to draw comparisons to Big Little Lies but for Kelley, there was nothing intentional about the similarities.

    “We gravitate to material that fascinates us,” he said. “In this piece, the theme and core of denial that the characters lived in drew me in. He said that the story “gives rise to delusions that have a surprising tenacity” and how for many, “the facts are the facts but the stories are better.”

    The Undoing and Big Little Lies explore the constructs of the perfect world and Kelley said beyond that, the two series have little in common.

    Kelley is known for telling female-driven stories and with the need for more representation front and center, many think that perhaps more women should be writing these stories. For him, he is all for it and although he wrote The Undoing, he said Bier took full control. “She’s the mastermind of this piece. We are all better off having her in charge and in control,” he said.

    Kidman said it was a very collaborative environment on set and feels like six hours of cinema that Bier created. She said that Kelley was great when it came to collaborating. “Whatever I bring, he absorbed it and really listened,” she added.

    The Undoing also stars Noah Jupe, Donald Sutherland, Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Matilda De Angelis.

    Kelley executive produces The Undoing through David E. Kelley Prods. and serves as showrunner. Bier executive produces and will direct all episodes. Kidman executive produces with Per Saari through their Blossom Films alongside Bruna Papandrea via Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas.

    ‘The Age Of A.I.’: Robert Downey Jr. Hosts YouTube Documentary Series – Watch The Trailer

    (12/12/19) (Video) Hey Alexa, how is artificial intelligence reshaping our world? Robert Downey Jr. will explain in The Age of A.I., a new documentary series from YouTube originals that premieres December 18. Check out the first trailer above.

    The eight-episode series takes a deep dive into the fascinating world of the most transformational technology in the history of humankind, per YouTube’s logline. Downey brings an irreverent enthusiasm and curiosity to the screen as the learning series takes an immersive look at artificial intelligence and its potential to change the planet.

    In each episode, viewers will meet the people on the front lines of A.I. – the scientists, innovators and dreamers who are shaping the future and the real people whose lives might be changed forever as technology races to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

    The premiere episode follows co-founder of Soul Machines, Mark Sagar, an Oscar-winning special effects artist who has created some of the most sophisticated avatars, as he builds an autonomously animated digital version of Grammy winner Future episodes will feature prominent figures including former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw, who is battling ALS, as he works with a team at Google to help restore his ability to communicate, testing the prototype of Project Euphonia for the first time.

    The series is produced by Network Entertainment with Team Downey in association with Sonar Entertainment. Sean Foley, Yon Motskin, Emily Ford, Cory Lanier, Tom Lesinski, Paul Gertz, and Derik Murray serve as executive producers alongside Downey and Susan Downey. is a consulting producer with Evan Moore serving as a co-producer on the series.

    Patrick Duffy, Alicia Coppola, Peter Macnicol Guests on All Rise

    (12/10/19) “What The Constitution Greens to Me” – Following her battle with the Commission of Judicial Performance, Lola questions her own brand of creative justice. And when Benner assigns Lola a politically charged eco-terrorism trial that involves a senator’s son, once again, Lola realizes she must trust her instincts in order to succeed, on ALL RISE, Monday, Jan. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Peter Macnicol (Judge Albert Campbell), Patrick Duffy (Ed Parker), Alicia Coppola (Wanda Taylor)

    Juliette Lewis & Christina Ricci Among Eight Cast In Showtime Drama Pilot ‘Yellowjackets’

    (11/19/19) Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Juliette Lewis (Camping) and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything) are set as series regulars in Showtime drama pilot Yellowjackets, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Entertainment One and studio-based producer Drew Comins.

    Rounding out the cast are regulars Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), Sammi Hanratty (Shameless), Sophie Thatcher (Prospect), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Steven Krueger (The Originals) and Amy Okuda (Atypical). They join previously announced Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

    Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct and executive produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Entertainment One. Comins of Creative Engine also serves as executive producer.

    Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and tells the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

    Lewis and Thatcher star as the respective adult and teen versions of Natalie. Despite her natural talent, Natalie’s punk rock spirit and habit of finding trouble make her the unlikeliest member of the team. As an adult, Natalie struggles to quiet the demons that still haunt her from her time in the wilderness.

    Ricci and Hanratty will respective play adult and teen versions of Misty, the Yellowjackets’ equipment manager. Eager to please and easy to overlook, Misty’s abundance of team spirit belies a hidden dark side.

    Purnell will play Jackie, the Yellowjackets’ magnetically charismatic, effortlessly popular, occasionally entitled team captain.

    Nélisse will play Lynskey’s counterpart as the teen version of Shauna.

    Krueger joins as Ben Scott, the assistant coach and the object of many an unrequited crush.

    Okuda will play Cat Wheeler, a history teacher recruited to bolster the female presence on the coaching staff, despite knowing literally nothing about soccer.

    Lewis received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear and an Emmy nomination for HBO movie Hysterical Blindness. She recently played Jandice in HBO’s Camping and next will be seen in Tate Taylor’s Breaking News in Yuba County as well as the HBO limited drama series I Know This Much Is True. She’s currently shooting indie feature Mayday. She’s repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

    Thatcher’s film credits include Prospect and The Tomorrow Man.

    Ricci most recently starred in Z: The Beginning of Everything, for which she also served as executive producer. In film, she starred in critically acclaimed roles in Black Snake Moan, Monster, The Ice Storm and The Opposite of Sex, for which she earned Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations. She’s repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and Melanie Cook of Ziffren Brittenham.

    Hanratty has recurred on Shameless, Salem, Chosen and Pushing Daisies.

    Purnell is best known for her starring roles in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Sweetbitter. Additional credits include Maleficent and Kickass 2.

    Nélisse is best known for her lead role in the critically acclaimed feature The Book Thief, along with feature roles in Monsieur Lazhar, Pawn Sacrifice and 1:54. She’s repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and Ryan LeVine and Marcy Morris at Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

    Krueger is best known for his series regular role in The Original. He’s other notable TV credits include a recurring role on Pretty Little Liars, and guest spots on Hawaii Five-O, Anger Managment, Two and a Half Men and Workaholics. His feature work includes a supporting role in Goosebumps and the lead role in indie thriller Satanic. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Allen Edelman Management.

    Okuda’s credits include recurring roles on How to Get Away With Murder, Atypical, The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    Regina Hall To Executive Produce & Star In ‘Master’ Drama For Amazon Studios

    (11/14/19) Girls Trip and Black Monday star Regina Hall has set her latest project with Amazon Studios. The actress and comedian will serve as executive producer well as star in Master, an occult drama written and to be directed by Mariama Diallo.

    The film follows two African American women at a predominantly white college in Massachusetts – one head of students (aka Master) and one a freshman – who start to experience haunting activities ingrained in the history of the school.

    Hall will play Gail Bishop, the queer, black master of the Belleville house at Ancaster, a liberal arts college outside Boston. She must manage her campus as instances of racism cause tensions while students and faculty are haunted by sinister supernatural forces.

    Andrea Roa, Brad Becker-Parton and Josh Astrachan will produce through their Animal Kingdom label.

    Diallo is the writer and director of the Sundance-winning short film Hair Wolf, a horror-comedy about a staff of a black hair salon who must fend off white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture. Diallo has also directed episodes of HBO’s abstract series Random Acts of Flyness.

    This year, Hall was seen on the big screen in the Shaft sequel from New Line, as well as Universal’s Little. Up next, she co-stars in the Tate Taylor film Breaking News In Yuba County with Mila Kunis and Allison Janney. She’ll also return for the second season of Showtime’s Black Monday.

    Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP. Diallo is repped by UTA.

    Master is slated to begin production early next year in New York.

    Hayden Panettiere defends relationship with Brian Hickerson

    (11/14/19) Hayden Panettiere is defending her reunion with boyfriend Brian Hickerson, after a domestic violence case against him was dropped, insisting the pair’s much-publicized confrontations were never physical.

    The real estate agent was arrested by Los Angeles police officers on May 2 after an argument between the two at Panettiere’s home allegedly turned physical. He pleaded not guilty to an abuse charge, and in September, the count was dropped due to a lack of witnesses, while a restraining order forcing him to stay away from Panettiere was also lifted.

    Now the 30-year-old is maintaining all is well in her relationship, and that her spats with Hickerson never turned violent.

    “Everything was totally OK,” she told TMZ.

    It was initially reported that the pair’s relationship, which began in August 2018, came to an end following the dispute, but earlier this month, the couple was photographed together at a U.S. airport.

    When asked how her family feels about the reconciliation, Panettiere revealed she has their support.

    “My family knows that I’m smart enough to make my own decisions,” she added. “There was never a problem.”

    Her folks previously urged the judge overseeing Hickerson’s assault case to hand him the maximum sentence for his alleged actions.

    The former Nashville star was previously engaged to former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, the father of her four-year-old daughter, Kaya.

    Vision Films Takes Christina Ricci Romance ‘10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up’ – AFM

    (11/10/19) Vision Films has taken North American distribution on 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up, the romance pic starring Christina Ricci (Casper) and Hamish Linklater (The Big Short).

    Film was written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer, it stars Ricci as a single mother who meets an irresponsible man. The pair believe they are destined to end badly, so create a list of ten things they should do before they break up.

    Lindsey Broad, John Abrahams and Katina Winter also star.

    Archstone Entertainment handles sales. Vision is planning a day and date theatrical release for February 2020.

    Hayden Panettiere back with Brian Hickerson month after his domestic abuse case dismissed

    (11/5/19) Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson have reunited nearly a month after a domestic abuse case against him was dismissed.

    The 30-year-old actress and the real estate agent were photographed dragging luggage through an airport together on Tuesday.

    The pair were both dressed casually in sneakers and they each lugged backpacks and wore a similar-looking necklace.

    Their travels together come shortly after Hickerson’s domestic violence case was dismissed at the end of September.

    “The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice [Thursday,]” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling told Page Six in a statement at the time. “Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed.”

    Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence by the LAPD in May after he and Panettiere got into a physical altercation at their home after a night of drinking. Cops saw that Panettiere had redness and marks on her body, TMZ reported.

    Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star after their scuffle. He was arraigned in LA in July and pleaded not guilty.

    Page Six previously reported that Panettiere had not seen Hickerson since from the time the squabble occurred until at least July and that they had split.

    However, the “I Love You, Beth Cooper” actress was spotted holding hands with Hickerson’s brother, Zach, in September.

    Panettiere’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

    Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel, Christina Ricci Among 9 Cast In Quibi Horror Anthology Series ’50 States Of Fright

    (10/4/19) Quibi has given a green light to 50 States of Fright, a horror anthology series, from Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER horror brand, DIGA Studios and executive producer Sam Raimi (Spider Man, Army of Darkness). Cast includes Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft: The Beginning), Christina Ricci (Monster, Z: The Beginning of Everything), Jacob Batalon (Spiderman: Homecoming, Spiderman: Far From Home), Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mandalorian), Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, American Horror Story), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Hugo), John Marshall Jones (The Last Revolutionary, Rectify) and Ron Livingston (Loudermilk, A Million Little Things), who each will star in an episode of the upcoming series.

    The first season will explore stories based on urban legends from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of our country.

    Raimi and Debbie Liebling (Pen 15, Plus One) executive produce through POD 3 along with Van Toffler, Tony DiSanto, Cody Zwieg, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale and Chris Mangano.

    Following are details of each episode with cast.

    Brosnahan, Fimmel and Jones will star in “The Golden Arm” based on a famous urban legend out of Michigan, co-written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell) and directed by Sam Raimi.

    Ricci and Batalon will play lead roles in “Red Rum,” which follows the storyline of Colorado’s scariest story.

    Wen will star in “America’s Largest Ball of Twine,” based on Kansas myth.

    Farmiga and Livingston will co-star in “Almost There,” Iowa’s frightening folklore, which will be written and directed by Iowa natives Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt).

    Butterfield is cast as the male lead in “Grey Cloud Island” a chilling tale from Minnesota.

    “The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators,” said Van Toffler, CEO, Gunpowder & Sky. “With 50 States of Fright we sought out a diverse group of breakthrough performers and fearless horror visionaries and partnered them with Sam Raimi to oversee the creative process. This winning formula ensures we’ll get a s-load of scares.” Additional writers/directors include: Yoko Okumura (Facets, Fed Up) to direct; Sarah Conradt-Kroehler (Out of Her Mind) to write; Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse) to write; Isa Mazzei (CAM) & Daniel Goldhaber (CAM) to write and direct; Cate Devaney (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) to write and direct; Greg Hale (Avengers, Iron Man) to write; Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Series) to write and direct; Adam Schindler (Intruders, Delivery: The Beast With Within) and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within) to write and direct; Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead, Nightmare Cinema) and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project, Queen of the South) to write and direct.

    ‘Mare Of Easttown’: Julianne Nicholson & Jean Smart Among 6 Cast In HBO Limited Series

    (9/28/19) Julianne Nicholson (Monos), Jean Smart (Life Itself), Angourie Rice (Black Mirror), Evan Peters (I Am Woman), Cailee Spaeny (On the Basis of Sex) and David Denman (The Replacements) have been cast opposite Kate Winslet in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, a limited series from Brad Inglesby and Paul Lee’s wiip. The series is a co-production of HBO and wiip. Gavin O’Connor directs and executive produces.

    Written and executive produced by Inglesby, who also serves as showrunner, Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder.

    Nicholson will play Lori Ross. She and Mare have been best friends since they were 4. Lori knows how mercurial and cutting Mare can be at times, but loves and accepts her exactly as she is.

    Smart portrays Helen, Mare’s mother. Opinionated, stubborn, a devout Catholic, Helen never holds back on her opinions, whether solicited or not.

    Rice is Siobhan Sheehank, Mare and Frank’s daughter, a lovely, brilliant young woman who is rebellious and strong-headed in nature.

    Peters plays Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective who has been called in to assist with Mare’s investigation — much to her chagrin.

    Spaeny will play Erin McMenamin, a lonely teen girl who lives with her volatile father. The only love in her life is her infant son DJ.

    Denman will portray Frank Sheehan, an affable, outgoing man, a math teacher at the local high school. He married Mare when they were just 20 years old, but their marriage split apart years ago.

    Inglesby and O’Connor executive produce with Gordon Gray, and Lee and Mark Roybal for wiip. Winslet also executive produces.

    Nicholson’s latest film, Monos, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Special Jury Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. On the television side, Nicholson has wrapped production on Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde and HBO’s The Outsider, based on the best-selling book by Stephen King.

    Three-time Emmy winner Smart will next be seen starring with Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Louis Gossett Jr. in HBO’s Watchmen, premiering in October. On the film side, she’ll be seen in the Warner Bros action comedy Superintelligence, starring Melissa McCarthy, and she recently wrapped the independent feature Senior Moment.

    Rice can most recently be seen starring in Netflix’s latest season of Black Mirror. On the film side, she recently starred opposite Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home, which grossed $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.

    Peters was most recently seen in I Am Woman, the Helen Reddy biopic directed by Unjoo Moon, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Earlier this year, Peters reprised his role as Quicksilver in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg. He also received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for lead actor in a limited series for his role as Kai Anderson in American Horror Story: Cult.

    Spaeny made her feature film debut last year opposite John Boyega in Legendary’s Pacific Rim: Uprising after winning a nationwide talent search at the age of eighteen, and went on to star in Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale and Focus Features’ On The Basis of Sex. She’ll make her TV debut in 2020 in FX’s miniseries Devs and she goes into production for Zoe Lister-Jone’s reboot of The Craft this fall.

    Denman made his feature debut opposite Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves in the football comedy The Replacements. He most recently starred opposite Elizabeth Banks in the upcoming Sony horror film Brightburn from James Gunn. Denman also stars in the JJ Sneed episode of the upcoming Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.

    Nicholson is represented by UTA. Smart is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment. Rice is represented by WME, Catherine Poulton Management and Sloane Offer. Peters is represented by CAA. Spaeny is represented by WME, Identity Agency Group in the UK and Hansen Jacobson. Denman is represented by Berwick & Kovacik, UTA, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    Hayden Panettiere’s ex Brian Hickerson’s domestic violence case dismissed

    (9/27/19) The domestic violence case against Hayden Panettiere‘s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson has been dismissed, nearly five months after his arrest.

    “The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice [Thursday,]” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling told Page Six in a statement Friday. “Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed.”

    According to a Los Angeles court filing, Hickerson also no longer has to pay his $50,000 bail.

    Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence by the LAPD in May after he and Panettiere, 30, got into a physical altercation at their home after a night of drinking in Hollywood.

    At the time, cops saw redness and marks on Panettiere’s body, TMZ reported.

    Following the scuffle, Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star. He was arraigned in Los Angeles in July and pleaded not guilty.

    As Page Six previously reported, Panettiere has not seen Hickerson since the alleged incident in May.

    The duo began dating over the summer following her split from boxer Wladimir Klitschko, the father of her 4-year-old daughter, Kaya.

    Meanwhile, the actress was spotted holding hands with Hickerson’s brother, Zach Hickerson, earlier this month.

    A rep for Panettiere did not respond to our request for comment.

    Photos of Hayden Panettiere holding hands with alleged abuser ex’s brother shocks family

    (9/11/19) Friends and family are “disturbed” after Hayden Panettiere with her alleged abuser boyfriend’s brother, sources reveal exclusively to

    “It’s a very strange set of circumstances,” the insider said of the Nashville star’s rumoured new fling with Brian Hickerson’s brother Zach.

    Panettiere, 30 — who as Radar first reported exclusively, is now living in New York City — showed PDA with the South Carolina-based pastor downtown in the Big Apple on Sept. 4, in exclusive photos revealed by In Touch.

    “I don’t know if it’s better than the alternative,” said the concerned pal. “How strange it may be, the one positive thing about this is Zach is certainly not the violent temper that Brian is.”

    Despite her family’s concerns, Panettiere appeared carefree as she strolled with Brian’s brother. “They were walking hand-in-hand, talking and laughing together,” an eyewitness told In Touch.

    “She was jumping up and down making funny faces, and he was flexing his muscles and laughing. They looked happy together.”

    Sources reveal to Radar the unlikely couple have “been involved for two months now.”

    As Radar readers know, the actress’ bad new beau Brian faces a felony domestic violence charge for allegedly beating his famous girlfriend in a May 2 incident.

    A responding officer testified Hayden suffered bruises on her arms and eyelids, and swelling on her face.

    On May 23, a Los Angeles County judge issued a protective order against Brian, preventing him from coming within 100 yards of the actress.

    The new pairing isn’t sitting well with her loved ones. “Those close to Hayden are not going to pretend to understand it or condone it,” but “there’s nothing anyone can do,” said the informant.

    “She has been reluctant to talk about it because she knows how people feel — it’s definitely something she would not want to discuss. And she doesn’t want to share too much especially because of what’s going on with Brian and his legal issues.”

    With high-powered attorney Shawn Holley by Brian’s side, a jury trial begins in Los Angeles court on Sept. 24.

    David E. Kelley, Jack Bender Developing Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ As Limited Series

    (9/11/19) In a competitive situation, Spyglass Media Group’s TV division has optioned Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute to develop as a limited series, with David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost), the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Mr. Mercedes, also based on a King novel, attached. The announcement marks the first television acquisition for Spyglass and was made by Lauren Whitney, President of Television for Spyglass. Additionally, Spyglass has set a multi-year first look deal with Bender to develop future projects for Spyglass, overseen by Whitney.

    The project marks a reunion for Kelley and Bender who have worked together on Mr. Mercedes, DirecTV’s Audience Network’s adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy that has been renewed for a third season.

    Kelley will pen the adaptation for The Institute and Bender will direct. Both will executive produce.

    “Having the opportunity to work on a new and brilliant book by Stephen King is an absolute privilege,” said Whitney. “We are thrilled to collaborate with this dream team, including the incomparable David E. Kelley, and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, whose extensive directing and executive producing credits speak for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for The Institute here at Spyglass.”

    The Institute, on sale today, has received stellar early reviews. Publisher’s Weekly describes the novel as “the most gut-wrenching tale of kids triumphing over evil since It…”

    Said King, “I’m delighted to be working with Jack and David, the creative team behind Mr. Mercedes. We think alike, and I believe The Institute is going to be a great success.”

    Said Bender, “I am thrilled to be working with Spyglass Media and couldn’t be more excited that we’ll be starting with Stephen King’s extraordinary new book The Institute. Continuing to work with David Kelley only adds to the brilliance I am surrounded by.”

    Said Kelley, “It’s a privilege and a joy to be able to team with Stephen and Jack again. Stephen has written yet another compelling and brilliant book. I cannot wait to jump in.”

    Kelley is coming of the second season of Big Little Lies, whose season 2 finale delivered series high ratings for HBO. His Goliath will debut its third season later this year on Amazon Prime. Up next, Kelley is developing the limited series The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant for HBO, and is writing and executive producing the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s bestseller The Lincoln Lawyer for CBS.

    Bender is well known for directing episodes for hit series including Lost, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Mr. Mercedes, Under the Dome, and Alias. He is the executive producer to HBO’s upcoming The Outsider, based on 2018’s best-selling novel by King and was the executive producer of Under the Dome, the CBS series adaptation of King’s 2009 novel.

    Spyglass is home to more than 250 film library titles, scripted and unscripted television series, including Project Runway; Academy Award winners The King’s Speech and The Artist; box office hits Inglourious Basterds, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained and Spy Kids, and genre franchises Hellraiser and Scream.

    King is represented by Paradigm, Bender is represented by UTA and Kelley is represented by attorney Michael Gendler.

    E! People’s Choice Awards Finalists

    (9/4/19) Fans can vote online at, via Twitter or for select categories on Xfinity X1. Fans can vote up to 25 times per method, per category, per day if they vote via online or Twitter. Voting via Xfinity X1 has a limit of 25 times per ballot, per Xfinity X1 device, per candidate for the duration of the official voting window. Additionally, any vote cast on Tuesdays throughout the voting window will count twice.

    The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10 at 9p ET/PT

    Male Star Movie
    Robert Downey Jr. Avengers: Endgame
    Chris Hemsworth Avengers: Endgame
    Tom Holland Spider-Man: Far From Home
    Will Smith Aladdin
    Keanu Reeves John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    Samuel L. Jackson Captain Marvel
    Dwayne Johnson Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
    Adam Sandler Murder Mystery

    Action Star Movie
    Robert Downey Jr. Avengers: Endgame
    Chris Evans Avengers: Endgame
    Tom Holland Spider-Man: Far From Home
    Halle Berry John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    Keanu Reeves John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    Sophie Turner Dark Phoenix
    Brie Larson Captain Marvel
    Dwayne Johnson Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Dickinson Trailer: Hailee Steinfeld Is a Literary Rebel in Apple TV+ Comedy

    (8/26/19) (Video) Apple is taking some poetic license with its forthcoming Emily Dickinson series. The tech giant on Monday released the first trailer for Dickinson, its Hailee Steinfeld-fronted comedy series that is slated to bow on its Apple TV+ streaming platform this fall, and it’s literally crazy-pants.

    “She’s wild,” Jane Krakowski matriarch bemoans at the start of the trailer, before adding, “She will be the ruin of this family. And she doesn’t know how to behave like a proper young lady.”

    Dickinson — starring actress-singer Steinfeld in the titular role — “audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of the rebellious young poet. Set in the 19th century, Dickinson is a coming-of-age story that finds Dickinson to be an unexpected hero for our millennial era.”

    Created and written by Alena Smith (The Affair), who serves as an EP alongside Steinfeld, the cast also includes Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe.

    Apple TV+ is expected to launch in November with a reported $9.99 monthly subscription price.

    ‘The Stand’: James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young & Henry Zaga Set For Stephen King’s CBS All Access Series

    (8/2/19) James Marsden (Westworld), as we previously reported was in talks, has closed his deal for a lead role in The Stand, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel at CBS All Access. Also starring with him are Amber Heard (Aquaman), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) in the limited event series from CBS Television Studios. The streaming service also announced that King will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that won’t be found in the book.

    Written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

    Marsden will portray Stu Redman, an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.

    Heard will play Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

    Young is Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.

    Zaga will portray Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.

    The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Boone and Cavell will executive produce, with Boone also directing. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske and Miri Yoon as co-executive producers. Knate Lee, Jill Killington and Stephen King’s son, Owen King, will serve as producers.

    Marsden most recently seen on the hit dark comedy Dead to Me. His other credits include Westworld and 30 Rock, and he will also appear in FX’s upcoming Mrs. America. In film, he will soon star in the live-action/animation hybrid film Sonic the Hedgehog and The Comeback Trail opposite Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Zach Braff.

    Heard recently starred in Warner Brothers’ box office hit Aquaman opposite Jason Momoa. She can currently be seen in Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell alongside Elizabeth Moss.

    Young will next be seen opposite Elisabeth Moss in the film Shirley. Her other film credits include Assassination Nation, A Million Little Pieces opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson and The Professor.

    Zaga can be seen in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which was just renewed for a fourth and final season, and the upcoming Trinkets as well as Looking for Alaska, which is currently in production. He will also be seen in Josh Boone’s X-Men: New Mutants.

    James Marsden's role as young Burt Reynolds cut from 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    (7/26/19) James Marsden has joined Tim Roth among the stars cut from Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    The actor was reportedly hired to play the younger version of the late Burt Reynolds’ character, George Spahn, in the film – but Burt didn’t live to portray the blind landowner, who gifted his property to cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson and his hippie followers.

    Instead, Oscar winner Bruce Dern took the role and Tarantino reportedly ditched a flashback scene with Brad Pitt.

    Marsden is still thanked for his contribution to the film in the end credits.

    Meanwhile, Roth, who previously starred in three Tarantino movies, also gets a credit in the film, with the word ‘Cut’ in brackets after his name.

    The Brit’s Reservoir Dogs co-star Michael Madsen, who has also appeared in multiple Tarantino movies, has been added to the final cut of the film after failing to make it into the feature the director showed at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

    Why Women Kill Trailer Features Sex, Death Wishes and… More Sex

    (7/24/19) (Video) Netflix has vetoed Designated Survivor‘s hope for a fourth season, cancelling the ABC cast-off after a 10-episode try-out on the streaming service.

    “We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come,” reads a statement from Netflix. “We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

    The Sutherland-led political drama was cancelled by ABC in May 2018, after its sophomore run (averaging 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) dropped 30 and 40 percent from its freshman season. Then-ABC chief Channing Dungey explained at the time, “We were less confident with the creative path forward than the other shows we brought back.”

    Designated Survivor underwent three backstage shake-ups during its first two seasons. Amy B. Harris (Wicked City) originally served as showrunner on the series (which was created by David Guggenheim), only to be replaced in May 2016 upon its official pickup, with Jon Harmon Feldman (Blood & Oil). Feldman left in December 2016, and was succeeded by Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives). And then The Good Wife grad Keith Eisner stepped in to run Season 2.

    Four months after ABC gave the series the hook, Netflix stepped in to “save” Season 3, with ER vet Neal Baer at the helm.

    Hayden Panettiere’s daughter living with ex Wladimir Klitschko in Ukraine

    (7/17/19) Hayden Panettiere has reportedly been apart from her 4-year-old daughter since splitting from the child’s father, Wladimir Klitschko, last August.

    “[Hayden’s] life is in flux with her daughter living away, and she has other issues weighing on her mind,” a source told People.

    The 29-year-old actress’s child, Kaya, has apparently been living in Ukraine with Klitschko, 43, since last summer.

    Meanwhile, Panettiere’s current boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, is facing a felony domestic violence charge. Panettiere’s family is “begging” her to dump Hickerson, with a source telling People, “It is totally out of control and she has to get over this guy.”

    The LAPD arrested Hickerson in May. Page Six reported that cops were called after the couple got into a physical altercation in their home after a night of drinking in Hollywood.

    At the time, TMZ reported that police saw redness and marks on Panettiere’s body.

    Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star. He pleaded not guilty.

    The duo began dating last summer.

    Hayden Panettiere’s family ‘begging’ her to dump allegedly abusive boyfriend

    (7/17/19) Hayden Panettiere‘s family is worried about her safety.

    The “Nashville” star’s friends and family are “begging” her to dump allegedly abusive boyfriend Brian Hickerson, according to a new report from People.

    Hickerson currently faces a felony domestic violence charge. A source told the outlet that as a result, those closest to Panettiere, 29, “are begging her to straighten up and move ahead.”

    “It is totally out of control and she has to get over this guy,” the source said.

    “Her friends and family have been worried about her for quite a while, and things seem to have gotten worse,” the source added. “She needs to do some soul-searching. For whatever reason, she continues this relationship, but it has done nothing but take her down lower. It’s a sad situation.”

    Panettiere’s family broke their silence on the ongoing trauma that not only the “Heroes” star faces but also other victims of domestic violence as well.

    “We are hopeful that the judge makes the right decision,” the family said. “It’s an important message in terms of domestic violence for all women.”

    Page Six previously reported that LAPD arrested Hickerson after a night of drinking with Panettiere. They returned to their home — where the alleged attack occurred — in the early morning hours. Police saw redness and marks on Panettiere’s body when they arrived and took Hickerson into custody.

    Hickerson was later ordered to stay 100 yards away from the actress after he pleaded not guilty to one count of felony domestic violence.

    2019 Emmy Nominations

    (7/17/19) The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, airing live on Fox.

    GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2018 winner: Katt Williams)
    Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
    Robert de Niro, Saturday Night Live
    Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Peter MacNicol, Veep
    John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
    Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
    Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Hayden Panettiere's family speaks out about boyfriend's alleged assault

    (7/12/19) Hayden Panettiere’s family members are speaking out about the felony domestic violence case where the actress was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend.

    Brian Hickerson was arrested by police on May 2 after an argument with the former Nashville star at her home reportedly turned physical.

    His lawyers tried to fight the charges against him in court on Wednesday, arguing Panettiere was also to blame for the bust-up, but the judge ruled prosecutors had enough evidence to move forward with the case, and denied the defendant’s motion for dismissal.

    Hickerson, who had previously pleaded not guilty, was also slapped with a restraining order, demanding he stay at least 100 yards (91 metres) away from Panettiere.

    If convicted of the felony, he faces up to four years in prison and now Hayden’s family has released a statement, encouraging the judge to take a tough line.

    “We are hopeful that the judge makes the right decision,” it reads. “It’s an important message in terms of domestic violence for all women.”

    Panettiere and Hickerson were first linked in August, 2018, shortly after the actress split from her fiance, former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko — the father of her four-year-old daughter, Kaya.

    Taye Diggs Says ‘Empire’ Should Bring Jussie Smollett Back

    (7/2/19) Empire co-creator Lee Daniels already said it’s not happening, but Taye Diggs thinks Jussie Smollett should be given a chance to return to the Fox series.

    Diggs recently sat down with Black Hollywood Live’s “Inside The Black Actor’s Studio” on Afterbuzz TV, and said he thinks Smollet should be allowed to return to the hip-hop drama.

    “I have no idea what people are going through. And to be honest, it’s kinda none of my business,” Diggs began. He [Smollett] is a good friend of mine. I love him. He’s, he’s only done right by me. So you know people go through things. It doesn’t change who he was and who he is to me. It doesn’t change, you know, the attention that we still need to pay to, you know, homophobic. Like, the people, people trip out, just because; whatever happened doesn’t mean that, that the issue that he stands for don’t still exist.” Diggs then said he thought the decision to write Smollett out of the series last season, following his alleged attack, was made too quickly.

    “If I am being honest, the smart thing would be to bring him back and, and let it interweave it into the, into the show, you know?” Diggs said. “I feel like, people, I may get in trouble for saying this, but they’re so quick to just, uh, to leave, to leave these people. You know what I mean? So quick to, to fire them, so quick to kind of, you know, throw them away as opposed to, you know, taking their time and, maybe letting it, let it, let it work toward, you know, the program or the job, or, you’d probably get to the bottom of it if he, if he stuck around.”

    Diggs had a recurring role as Angelo DuBois on Empire between 2016 to 2017. But his comments may be a moot point, since Daniels said on June 4, Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon would not appear on the sixth and final season of the series.

    “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire,” Daniels tweeted, following reports that the embattled actor’s character was being re-worked into scripts for the series.

    On January 29, Smollett claimed he was beaten up in Chicago by two masked men wearing “MAGA” hats. Police later said Smollett hired two friends to stage the attack.

    Cook County prosecutors charged the actor with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty. On March 26, the state’s attorney’s office suddenly dropped the charges after Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bail and perform community service.

    The case is now being given a second look by a special prosecutor in Chicago.

    David E. Kelley's The Lincoln Lawyer Series Adaptation Eyed by CBS

    (6/24/19) CBS has retained The Lincoln Lawyer, by making a series production commitment to David E. Kelley‘s adaptation of the 2005 Michael Connelly novel.

    The series revolves around Mickey Haller — half-brother of Connelly’s LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch — a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind.

    The Lincoln Lawyer was previously adapted as a feature film in March 2011, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, plus Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins and Katherine Moennig.

    Kelley will executive produce with Connelly and Ross Fineman.

    2019 BET Award Winners

    (6/24/19) Best Actress: Regina King

    Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden and Amber Heard Eyeing The Stand

    (6/23/19) A bunch of big names are prepared to Stand and deliver. Whoopi Goldberg (The View), James Marsden (Westworld), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards) and Amber Heard (The Playboy Club) all are nearing deals to join CBS All Access’ The Stand, TVLine has learned.

    The streaming outlet greenlit a 10-episode limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel in January.

    “I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” King said in a statement at the time. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”

    King’s 1978 novel chronicles the outbreak of an influenza that wipes out nearly everyone on the planet. In its aftermath, bands of survivors struggle to rebuild society. Oh, and did we mention that there’s an evil, supernatural presence stockpiling whatever weapons he and his followers can find?

    Marsden will play Stu Redman, a military vet who is immune to the virus, per our sister site Deadline. Since Stu never got sick after finding patient zero, the government tries to make a vaccine from his blood. No details about the other character roles are currently available.

    The series will be directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), who will co-write with Ben Cavell (SEAL Team).

    Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria

    (6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

    “Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.

    Jane Krakowski on Match Game 6/19/19

    (6/4/19) “Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Tony Rock, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Sarah Chalke” – We’ve got a bunch of posers this week and it’s going to be BLANK! Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode of “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Produced by Fremantle, “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.

    Celebrity panelists for June 19 include the following:
    Chris Parnell (“Archer”; “Rick and Morty”)
    Whitney Cummings (comedian, actress and producer)
    Tony Rock (“Living Biblically,” “All Def Comedy,” “The Game of Dating,” nationally touring comedian)
    Jane Krakowski (“Dickinson,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock,” Tony Award® winner)
    Rob Riggle (“Holey Moley,” “The Hangover,” “12 Strong,” “Midnight Sun”)
    Sarah Chalke (“Friends from College,” “Rick and Morty,” “Scrubs,” “Speechless”)

    Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Mike Brown (hometown: Harlem, New York), Christina Floriza (hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland), Brett White (hometown: Queens, New York) and Julee Snitzer-Levine (hometown: Northridge, California).

    Hayden Panettiere's BF Charged with Felony Domestic Violence

    (5/23/19) Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend is in serious trouble following his arrest for domestic violence ... 'cause TMZ's learned he's now facing a charge that could land him in prison.

    The L.A. County District Attorney's Office has charged Hayden's BF, Brian Hickerson, with 1 count of felony domestic violence. If he's convicted, Brian faces up to 4 years in prison.

    TMZ broke the story ... Brian was arrested earlier this month after an argument with Hayden allegedly turned physical. As we told you ... the couple had been out drinking before an argument ensued at their pad. Law enforcement sources initially said the injuries were marks and redness, but we're now told the injuries were far more serious.

    Hickerson appeared in court this morning and pled not guilty to the charge. His bail was set at $50k. The judge also issued a protective order that prohibits Hickerson from being 100 yards near Panettiere or contacting her. He'll be back in court next month.

    Cops arrested Brian almost immediately after the altercation after determining he started the fight. Hayden and Brian have been dating since last summer.

    Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes

    (5/20/19) Tate Taylor (The Help) has gathered an all-star cast for his upcoming comedy-drama Breaking News In Yuba County, including Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black).

    Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night) and Keong Sim (Dead To Me) will also star while Oscar-nominee Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County), Golden Globe nominee Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom) and Emmy-winner Wanda Sykes (Bad Moms) are in advanced negotiations to join. Like Taylor’s Oscar-nominated box office hit The Help, this is a cast packed with girl power. Additional names are also expected to join the impressive ensemble.

    Shoot is due to get underway in Mississippi next month. Laura Dern was previously aboard but had to drop off for scheduling reasons. Script comes from Amanda Idoko.

    Recent Oscar-winner Janney will portray a pencil pusher who catches her husband in bed with another woman, which causes him to die of a heart attack. So she buries his body and takes advantage of the growing celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband. However, she soon finds herself in over her head, dodging cops and criminals, all while trying hide the the truth, especially from her half- sister (Kunis), a local news anchor who’s desperate for a story, and a determined local police detective (Hall).

    AGC Studios is fully financing and handles international sales. The movie largely sold out at AFM last year. Producing are Taylor’s Wyolah Films, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories, John Norris, and Franklin Leonard’s The Black List. CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content rep domestic.

    Taylor, coming off solid performer The Girl On The Train, has Jessica Chastain pic Eve and Octavia Spencer horror Ma in post-production.

    Sarah Paulson, James Marsden and 9 Others Join Cate Blanchett in FX's Limited Series Mrs. America

    (5/15/19) FX has filled out the ensemble for its upcoming limited series Mrs. America, and it’s straight out of the Prestige TV playbook.

    Sarah Paulson, James Marsden and Uzo Aduba are among 11 additions to the drama, which will star Oscar winner Cate Blanchett. Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (Blanchett).

    Through the eyes of the women of that era, Mrs. America “explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape,” the official synopsis reads.

    Here’s a breakdown of the newly cast roles:

    * Paulson (American Horror Story) as Alice, the fictional best friend of Phyllis who joins her efforts to block the ERA

    * Marsden (Westworld) as Phil Crane, a conservative congressman from Phyllis’ home state of Illinois and one of her most powerful allies

    * Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) as Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first African-American congresswoman. She also became the first African-American candidate to run for president from a national political party when she launched her unprecedented campaign in 1972.

    * John Slattery (Mad Men) as Fred Schlafly, Phyllis’ anti-Communist husband who was a prominent lawyer and GOP donor

    * Rose Byrne (Damages) as Gloria Steinem, the most recognizable leader of the women’s movement, who co-founded the magazine Ms. and played a major part in the effort to pass the ERA

    * Margo Martindale (The Americans) as Bella Abzug, a three-term congresswoman who spearheaded the effort to pass the ERA

    * Ari Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here) as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, a Harvard-educated lawyer and young feminist who co-founded Ms. with Steinem

    * Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock) as Rosemary Thomson, a homemaker in Schlafley’s inner circle who eagerly joined her fight against the ERA

    * Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) as Betty Friedan, known as the mother of the women’s movement. An active proponent of the ERA, Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.

    * Jeanne Tripplehorn (Criminal Minds) as Eleanor Schlafly, Fred’s unmarried sister and a close confidant of Phyllis, who is also a devoted aunt to Phyllis’ six children

    * Kayli Carter (Godless) as Pamela, a young and impressionable (and fictional) housewife who is an early member of Phyllis’ anti-ERA movement

    Mrs. America, which spans nine episodes, is slated for a 2020 premiere on FX.

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: 2019 Nominees

    (5/15/19) BEST HERO
    Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Captain Marvel
    John David Washington (Ron Stallworth), BlacKkKlansman
    Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Game of Thrones
    Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Avengers: Endgame
    Zachary Levi (Billy Batson/Shazam), Shazam!

    Grey's Anatomy Promotes 3 Actors to Series Regular Ahead of Season 16

    (5/11/19) On the heels of Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-season pickup at ABC, the drama has promoted a trio of actors to series regular. TVLine has confirmed that Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli and Greg Germann will officially become series regulars in Season 16.

    “Chris, Jake, and Greg have been recurring for us as guest stars and have popped as fan favorites,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement. “We are excited to continue revealing their characters and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them to the Grey’s Anatomy family.”

    Germann and Borelli joined Grey’s last season as Dr. Thomas Koracick and Levi Schmitt, respectively, while Carmack — who play Dr. Atticus Lincoln (aka “Link”) — joined the series this season.

    Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend arrested for domestic violence: Report

    (5/4/19) Actress Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday amid allegations of domestic violence.

    Sources tell TMZ the former Nashville star had enjoyed a date night in Hollywood with Brian Hickerson on Wednesday, before heading back to their home, but they soon became engaged in a heated argument, which appeared to turn physical.

    Police were called to the property in the early hours of Thursday, when they questioned both Panettiere and Hickerson.

    Insiders claim officers noticed redness and marks on the actress’ body, and placed Hickerson in handcuffs.

    The realtor and aspiring actor was taken to a local police station, where he was booked for felony domestic violence.

    Hickerson was released hours later after posting $50,000 bond.

    The news emerges seven months after Panettiere’s man was involved in a domestic dispute with his father, David, during the couple’s visit to his native South Carolina in late October.

    Reports at the time suggested cops had been called to investigate a claim of assault and battery at the family’s Greenville property, where his dad was noted to have severe bruising and bleeding on his face.

    However, David played down the clash by insisting he had just fallen.

    Representatives for Panettiere have yet to comment on Thursday’s arrest.

    She has been linked to Hickerson since last August, shortly after her split from her fiance Wladimir Klitschko was made public.

    Hayden and the now-retired Ukrainian boxer had been dating since 2009, and became engaged in 2013, a year before welcoming their daughter Kaya.

    Lucy Liu joined by Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore for Hollywood Walk of Fame

    (5/3/19) Lucy Liu’s Walk of Fame ceremony was heavenly.

    On Wednesday, the actress was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, where she celebrated the momentous achievement with her former “Charlie’s Angels” co-stars Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Demi Moore, who appeared in the 2003 sequel, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

    “Lucy and I first met while making ‘Charlie’s Angels’ — didn’t know we were going to have a reunion today!” Moore said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “And I could see that she was, in fact, as I had heard, a badass with brains.”

    Liu, 50, is also the second Asian-American woman to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. She later paid tribute to the first, Anna May Wong, during Wednesday’s ceremony.

    “When I moved to Los Angeles, I actually lived on Vine Street, so it’s thrilling to have Anna May Wong, who is the first Asian-American actress, as my neighbor. A hundred years ago, she was a pioneer while enduring racism, marginalization and exclusion,” Liu said, per Variety.

    “Sometimes people talk about my mainstream successes as groundbreaking for an Asian, but Asians have been making movies for a long time. They just weren’t making them here because we weren’t yet invited to the table. I was lucky that trailblazers, like Anna May Wong and Bruce Lee, came before me. if my body of work somehow helped bridge the gap between stereotypical roles, first given to Anna May, and mainstream success today, I am thrilled to have been part of that process,” she also noted.

    Jennifer Garner To Star In ‘Fantasy Camp’ At STX

    (5/1/19) Jennifer Garner is set to star in Fantasy Camp, a comedy set up at STXfilms. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein are attached to write and direct the feature. They are the helming duo behind the Amy Schumer starring rom-com I Feel Pretty, which was also at STX. Kohn and Silverstein also penned films such as Never Been Kissed, He’s Just Not That Into You and The Vow with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

    Fantasy Camp follows Julie (Garner) to a reunion at the theater camp of her youth, Camp Footlights, where she will get the chance to challenge her fears, live out her dreams and finally take the stage.

    Greg Silverman is producing this project, which we hear was put together by Management 360, which reps Kohn, Silverstein and Garner.

    Garner, who is also repped by CAA and Sloane Offer, is reuniting with STX following the Pierre Morel-directed crime drama Peppermint, which was released in theaters last year. Her other recent credits include the animated feature Wonder Park, Fox’s Love, Simon, and the Lena Dunham/Jenni Konner-created HBO series Camping. She’s also developing Yes Day for Netflix and the series My Glory for Apple TV.

    Kohn and Silverstein’s additional reps are UTA and Sloane Offer.

    Taye Diggs' All American Renewed at the CW

    (4/24/19) The CW’s entire freshman class is officially graduating to the 2019-20 TV season: Rookie series All American and In the Dark have both been renewed for Season 2, TVLine has learned.

    They’re joined by Roswell, New Mexico and The 100, which were also picked up on Wednesday for Season 2 and Season 7, respectively. With those four renewals, The CW is officially bringing back its entire scripted lineup, including all of its newbie series. Ten other shows — including The Flash, Riverdale, Charmed and, well, everything else — received additional seasons back in January.

    That said, The CW will still have some scheduling space to fill in the year ahead. The network will soon lose Jane the Virgin and iZombie after their final seasons (in addition to the recently ended Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), while veteran dramas Supernatural and Arrow will both be heading into farewell runs of their own this fall.

    “As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 season, we’re thrilled to have this roster of 14 exceptionally creative and distinctive series, including all five first-year shows, as the foundation on which to continue to build the multiplatform future of The CW,” network president Mark Pedowitz said. “One of our key long-term goals has been to continually add more original programming all year round, especially in midseason and summer, and with these returning shows and the new series we’ll order as we get closer to the May upfront, next season on The CW is shaping up to be our most robust year round schedule yet.”

    All American averaged a 0.22 demo rating and 670,000 total viewers across its 16-episode run, respectively ranking 12th and 13th out of The CW’s 15 dramas this season. A very recent premiere, In the Dark thus far is pulling a 0.2 along with 760,000 viewers, ranking 13th and 11th among the network’s dramas.

    Lucy Liu to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star

    (4/22/19) Lucy Liu is to be honoured with the 2,662nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    The Charlie’s Angels star will be inducted on May 1 by famous pals Demi Moore and Rhea Perlman.

    Liu’s plaque has been slotted to be placed beside the star of legendary actress Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to grace Hollywood’s film screens, at the corner of Hollywood & Vine.

    The big unveiling ceremony will take place three weeks before the premiere of the final season of her hit Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary.

    Anne Heche on ups and downs of career before receiving Sarasota Film Festival award

    (4/11/19) ( Anne Heche’s career has included late ’90s stardom with blockbusters like “Volcano” and “Six Days Seven Nights,” a post-Hollywood period where she scored Emmy and Tony nominations and a recent return to multiplexes and television screens.

    The Sarasota Film Festival will honor that filmography Saturday when it gives Heche a Career Tribute Award. She’ll also participate in the festival’s In Conversation With series on Sunday.

    Heche told the Herald-Tribune in a phone interview that the award means a great deal to her, particularly from a festival centered on independent film.

    “I don’t know what my life would’ve been without independent film,” Heche said. “I think that’s where some of the most special stories that I’ve been able to tell are.”

    Coincidentally, Heche has her first major role in a wide-release film in more than a decade out in theaters when she visits the festival. She co-stars in “The Best of Enemies,” based on the true story of civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson) and Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis (Oscar winner Sam Rockwell) befriending each other during a school desegregation community summit.

    Heche plays Ellis’ wife Mary. She’s longtime friends with the film’s director Robin Bissell, making his directorial debut, and wanted to support him however she could.

    “I didn’t know that I was going to be able to get the honor of acting with two of my favorite actors and I think two of the most gifted actors today,” Heche said. “Sam is one of those where if there was a bucket list of people I’d like to work with, he’s certainly it.”

    Heche’s own acting career started on the long-running soap opera “Another World.” One of her first major film roles was in recent Oscar nominee Nicole Holofcener’s 1996 indie “Walking and Talking,” with the Austin Chronicle noting Heche was “destined for larger film roles.”

    Indeed, the next year she co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the disaster blockbuster “Volcano” and Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in the crime drama “Donnie Brasco.” She had third billing after Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman on the political satire “Wag the Dog,” playing a role written for a man before director Barry Levinson decided to cast her.

    After meeting and starting to date Ellen DeGeneres, Heche was warned she wouldn’t get the part as Harrison Ford’s love interest in “Six Days Seven Nights” if they went public. They nonetheless attended the “Volcano” premiere together, immediately causing a great deal of public scrutiny over their same-sex relationship.

    That same night, Heche got a phone call from Ford, who said he didn’t care about her personal life and that she was still his choice for the role.

    “If it were not for that stand, I wouldn’t be able to have had the career that I’ve had even outside of the studios,” Heche said. “It was something that without him, I never would’ve been able to do. I owe him my life for that.”

    Though the film was a box-office success when it came out in 1998, it was one of the last studio films she appeared in, due to her relationship with DeGeneres, Heche said. The couple broke up in 2000 and Heche had a breakdown, as documented in her 2001 memoir “Call Me Crazy.”

    Yet Heche continued to act, including in the Golden Globe-nominated indie drama “Birth.” She also co-starred with Kristen Bell in the 2004 television movie “Gracie’s Choice,” playing a drug-addicted mother struggling to care for her children, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination.

    That same year, she starred alongside Alec Baldwin in a Broadway revival of the ’30s screwball comedy “Twentieth Century,” about a struggling theater producer who pursues his former protege and now-successful actress for a role. Heche was nominated for a Tony for Best Actress.

    She’ll reunite with Baldwin and other actors including Henry Winkler this month for a one-night reading of the play, benefiting Roundabout Theatre Company. Heche said she’s excited about the event because the initial show was such a pivotal role for her.

    “There were certain angels that came into my life and Alec was one of them,” Heche said. “He said that he wouldn’t do it without me. He really stood up for me and thought that the focus was being put on the wrong thing in my life.”

    Heche continued to find acclaim with independent films, including her roles as a seductive insurance agent in the 2011 comedy “Cedar Rapids” and an ex-wife in that same year’s cop drama “Rampart.” She also started acting more on television, including a main role on the HBO series “Hung.”

    Recently, Heche has appeared on “Chicago P.D.” as a superintendent, and on the NBC drama “The Brave” as the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Heche said she got the latter role after show creator Dean Georgaris sent her a letter saying he always admired her after seeing her in “Donnie Brasco.”

    “That was a real honor to me, and I feel like that’s part of what has kind of been able to bubble over into ‘Chicago P.D.,’ a woman who is extraordinarily powerful and believes in the goodness and the fight to make things right,” Heche said.

    She’s still working in indie film, as well, including on the upcoming “Hour of Lead” with Thomas Jane. Heche said she remains grateful for all the indie films she’s worked on and collaborators she’s worked with over the years.

    “If it weren’t for people like Alec Baldwin, who said come and be with me on Broadway, or these independent films, these beautiful artists reached out to me and gave me a career that defined some of the most incredible things I’ve been able to do,” Heche said.

    Anne Heche at Sarasota Film Festival: Anne Heche will receive the festival’s Career Tribute Award during the closing night film and awards ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Tickets cost $30-60 or $25-$48 for members. She will also participate in the festival’s In Conversation With series 1 p.m. Sunday at Sage, 1216 First St. Tickets cost $30. For more information or to buy tickets, call 941-366-6200 or visit

    Taye Diggs reveals the kinds of pictures women DM him

    (3/28/19) Ladies, if you want Taye Diggs’ attention, you may not want to send him nudes or naughty pictures.

    Talking candidly about his dating life – or lack thereof – with “Just the Sip” host Justin Sylvester, the actor joked about what goes down in his DMs.

    “Some of these women will put pictures of themselves, and there’s a side of me that is like, ‘Honey, put on some clothes. Oh my Lord,’” he quipped.

    Despite his reaction, Diggs, 49, says he does give it a good peek.

    “You don’t know me, but you’re going to send me that? Where are we supposed to go from there?” he wondered.

    “If stuff isn’t presented to me in a certain way, I don’t really know,” Diggs added. “I feel like I can’t let things happen naturally ’cause that’s not where we are.”

    He was married to Broadway actress Idina Menzel for over 10 years. The pair got divorced in 2014 and share a 9-year-old son. He hasn’t done much dating since breaking up with Menzel.

    “I am not dating,” he said. “I am not technically savvy. I don’t have time. I’m praying on it. I am using my friends. I want to find friends of friends.”

    CBS Sets Dates for Elementary's Final Season, Instinct's Return, Treasure Hunt

    (3/27/19) Elementary‘s end will begin in late May, CBS announced on Tuesday.

    The detective drama’s seventh and final, 13-episode season will launch on Thursday, May 23 at 10/9c, after S.W.A.T. has wrapped its sophomore run. As the farewell salvo opens, Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ Stateside legal trouble threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach (played by James Frain), waits on the horizon to test their limits.

    CBS also announced that Instinct will return on Sunday, June 16 at 9 pm, affording the Alan Cumming-fronted drama some promotion during the network’s Tonys telecast the week prior. In the 11-episode Season 2, NYPD consultant Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is reinstated after being put on leave, just in time to join his partner, Detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic), on their new case — the “Sleeping Beauty Killer.”

    As for fresh fare, the action-adventure series Blood & Treasure will get a special double-episode preview on Tuesday, May 21 — leading out of the NCIS season finale and moving New Orleans‘ closer up to May 14 — before calling Tuesdays at 10pm its regular home.

    Blood & Treasure stars Matt Barr (Valor) and Sofia Pernas (The Brave) as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief, respectively, who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. But as they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

    Lucy Liu Developing ‘Unsung Heroes’ Female-Focused Anthology Series With ABC Studios International

    (3/20/19) Lucy Liu has teamed with Ruthanne Secunda Productions and ABC Studios International to develop Unsung Heroes, a female-focused scripted anthology series.

    Unsung Heroes is about the untold stories of incredible women who overcame adversity to become pioneers of their time. It will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields, but did not receive the acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have impacted history. The first hero to be profiled is the Asian American female silent screen star of film and theatre, Anna May Wong.

    Liu will executive produce the project via her Moonvision Entertainment production banner, and direct the first episode. Secunda will executive produce through her overall deal with ABC Studios. Keli Lee, Managing Director of International Content, Platforms, and Talent, will lead for ABC Studios International. Maryellen Mulcahy Liu’s longtime manager from Framework Entertainment will also executive produce.

    Liu has co-starred for six seasons on CBS’ highly praised drama series Elementary as Dr. Joan Watson, alongside Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. Liu continues to direct episodes of Elementary, now in its seventh and final season, since her directing debut in 2014. She most recently starred in Netflix’s feature film, Set It Up, opposite Taye Diggs, Glenn Powell and Zoey Deutch, directed by Claire Scanlon. She’ll soon be seen in a starring role in CBS All Access’ upcoming darkly comedic drama series Why Women Kill.

    Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, Kiki Layne & Jenifer Lewis Feted At Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Awards

    (2/22/19) The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was exploding with Black excellence during Essence’s 12th annual Black Women In Hollywood Awards. The ballroom was packed with A-list Hollywood players like Regina King, Angela Bassett, Octavia Spencer, and Ava DuVernay, who came out to celebrate the contributions and achievements of some of Hollywood’s leading female artists.

    This year’s honorees were The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall, as well as with If Beale Street Could Take standout Kiki Layne and veteran actress Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), who all offered up words of enlightenment, encouragement, and empowerment.

    “Sometimes it may feel like we carry a lot of weight but it is because we have been given roots that run deep into the earth,” wax poetic Stenberg, who was the first to receive Essense award at the pre-Oscars luncheon. “We are gifted with a knowingness that often doesn’t need words. A love and protection of our ancestors envelops us and transcends time itself. No matter what we are faced we are wrapped in that protection… we are part of the richest tapestry, one that houses the energy of the past, the present, and the future.”

    Not a dry eye was left after an emotional Layne got on stage to accept her award. The rising star made sure to acknowledge those come before her and broke barriers. “This award, in addition to showing me whose already around me, it also reminds me of who has come before and all of the people who had sacrificed so that I could be here, days away from my first Academy awards ceremony representing a James Baldwin adaptation,” she said. “I’m so thankful that I am being shown all of these things and being made aware of this power at this point in my career where it’s just getting started.”

    Coming off of a year that saw her make history as the first Black woman to win best actress at the New York Film Critics Circle awards, Hall, who after some funny quips, reflected on her career journey. “I never had a quantum leap that was overnight but there’s so much you learn in the journey. So I’m grateful for that.”

    She added, “as I celebrate this, I want to celebrate every woman in this room who — and man, shit y’all are here — who at whatever part of the journey that you’re in because it’s a never-ending journey…but it’s not really about that. It’s about what we show each other. It’s about the love we give to each other. It’s about the empowerment that we feel as people.”

    Lewis took the stage to cap off the afternoon, opening up about her early days of dealing with mental illness, depression, and being a victim of sexual assault, and sex addiction. With that said, the self-proclaimed “mother of Black Hollywood” beamed with pride as she celebrated the woman that she is now. “I am now, as you can plainly see, In my skin. I’m happy, free, rich, famous. I’m so amazing I can’t see straight.”

    She went to describe how she had “touched bliss” when she took responsibility for own actions, concluding her speech with, “stop pointing the fingers at others and that includes this administration. You take of what’s right in front of you and make a difference in this world.”

    Singer/actress Kelly Rowland hosted the event which was also attended by Spike Lee, Tina Knowles, Diddy, Maxine Waters, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tarana Burke, Lorraine Toussaint, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Meagan Good, Logan Browning, Loretta Devine, DeWanda Wise, MACRO’s Charles D. King, Shangela, and Angela Rye.

    Arrested Development Season 5B Premiere Date Set at Netflix

    (2/20/19) The stair car is gassed up and ready for a few more hop-ons. Netflix on Tuesday announced that Arrested Development will return for the second half of its fifth (and final?) season on Friday, March 15. The eight-episode drop comes nearly 10 months after the first batch of Season 5 installments, which were released back in May.

    As previously reported, the odds are not in Arrested Development‘s favor to return for a sixth season (particularly in the wake of that disastrous New York Times piece). “I’ve learned to say ‘Never say never,'” co-star David Cross recently remarked on a potential Season 6, “but I can’t see it happening again, I think for a number of reasons.”

    The first half of Arrested Development Season 5 closed with at least a half-dozen dangling plot threads. Among them: Lucille’s plan involving Lucille 2’s disappearance was falling apart; Michael was on the verge of incriminating himself; Lindsay was still M.I.A.; and Tony Wonder was probably dead.

    NAACP Image Awards Nominees

    (2/13/19) 50th NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature and film will be unveiled March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in a ceremony that will air live on TV One.

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    Danai Gurira – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
    Letitia Wright – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
    Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
    Regina Hall – The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
    Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

    Lucy Liu to Star in Marc Cherry Dramedy Why Women Kill at CBS All Access

    (2/12/19) Elementary‘s Lucy Liu will channel her inner desperate housewife for her next TV gig, signing on to star in Marc Cherry’s forthcoming female-centric CBS All Access dramedy Why Women Kill, TVLine has learned.

    The series details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. It will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal has not.

    Liu, who recently completed work on the seventh and final season of CBS’ Elementary, will play Simone (aka the ’80s socialite). “Elegant, stylish, effervescent, Simone is the picture of urbane confidence, moving through the world as if it were a delightful movie starring herself,” per the official character description. “Smugly superior, a woman for whom appearances mean everything, she thrives on shopping and throwing parties, seemingly happily married to her indulgent husband, Karl, who thinks she is simply fabulous. However, despite nagging premonitions, Simone is devastated, her world upended, when she learns that Karl has been cheating on her.”

    Cherry created Why Women Kill and will serve as an EP alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Michael Hanel, Mindy Schultheis and Marc Webb.

    Gil Bellows, Mira Sorvino Star In ‘Drowning’

    (2/12/19) Melora Walters (Venom, Boogie Nights), Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, upcoming Stuber comedy at Fox), and Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal) are set as leads in Drowning, an indie film written and being directed by Walters. It’s based on Walters’ real-life account of the time her young son decided to join the Army and fight in Iraq. It’s A mother’s worst nightmare, compounded by the fact that he’s then stationed in Mosul for the ‘final battle’. Albert Chi, Rory Rooney, and Sergio Rizzuto are producers on the film and are aiming for a festival release. Executive producer is Steven Swadling.

    ‘The Outsider’: Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson Among 10 Cast In HBO Drama Series

    (1/27/19) HBO has cast eight series regulars and two actors to recur opposite Ben Mendelsohn in The Outsider, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel.

    Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Bill Camp (The Looming Tower), Mare Winningham (George Wallace), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Yul Vázquez (I Am the Night), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark) are the new regulars, with Hettienne Park (Hannibal) and Michael Esper (Trust) set to recur.

    The project hails from The Night Of co-creator/executive producer Richard Price, director-producer Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes) Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films, Temple Hill Entertainment and MRC. Bateman is set to direct the first two episodes.

    In The Outsider, written by Price, a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. The book was published in May by Charles Scribners and Sons.

    Erivo will play Holly Gibney, Camp is Howie Gold, Winningham will portray Jeannie Anderson, Considine is Claude Bolton, Nicholson plays Mercy Maitland, Vázquez portrays Yunis Sablo, Bobb is Alec Pelley, Menchaca will play Jack Hoskins. Park and Esper will recur as Tomika Collins and Bill Samuels, respectively.

    Price executive produces with Bateman and Michael Costigan via Aggregate Films, Marty Bowen for Temple Hill Entertainment, and Bender. MRC is the studio on the project, which is being produced by Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Temple Hill Entertainment. Mendelsohn also is a producer.

    Through their relationship with Stephen King, Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Jack Bender secured the rights for the title and attached Richard Price to write and executive produce.

    Temple Hill Entertainment is represented by UTA and Hansen Jacobson. Richard Price is represented by UTA. Jack Bender is represented by UTA and Myman Greenspan.

    Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Erivo will next be seen starring alongside Daisy Ridley and David Oyelowo in the anticipated sci-fi thriller, Chaos Walking, from director Doug Liman. She recently wrapped production on Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet and John Ridley’s Needle in a Timestack, starring alongside Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, and Leslie Odom Jr.

    Camp was most recently seen in a starring role in Hulu’s The Looming Tower. On the film side, he can be seen in Wildlife and Vice. Camp received an Emmy nomination for supporting actor in HBO’s The Night Of.

    Winningham won two Emmys for Amber Wave and George Wallace. She also received an additional five Emmy nominations, including for her performances in The Boys Next Door, Hatfields and McCoys and Mildred Pierce.

    Considine currently stars in Broadway’s The Ferryman. TV credits include the title role in The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Peaky Blinders and Red Riding.

    Nicholson’s latest film, Monos is having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Her TV credits include Law & Order True Crime: the Menendez Murders and a starring role in USA Network’s Eyewitness.

    Vázquez next stars in the anticipated Patty Jenkins’ mystery miniseries I Am The Night opposite Chris Pine. He also stars in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico alongside Michael Pena and Diego Luna, as Rev. Emilio Sheehan on NBC’s drama series Midnight Texas.

    Bobb is best known for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick. Other recent credits include Godless, Mosaic, Manhunt: Unabomber and Escape at Dannemora. He’ll next be seen in Amy Poehler’s Russian Doll.

    Menchaca is known for his turn as Russ Langmore in Emmy nominated Netflix series Ozark and he recently completed production on the upcoming Netflix series Raising Dion alongside Michael B. Jordan.

    Park starred as Beverly Katz in acclaimed series Hannibal. Recurring and guest roles include Blindspot, The Blacklist, High Maintenance and The Good Wife.

    Bon Jovi's restaurant gives free meal to workers affected by shutdown

    (1/21/19) A restaurant owned by musician and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi is providing free meals to local government workers and their families during the federal government shutdown.

    JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank announced on Facebook it will provide the free meals to furloughed workers Monday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

    The meals are a result of a partnership between Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization the Phil and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation.

    JBJ Soul Kitchen opened in 2011, and the restaurant allows customers to pay a donation or volunteer to pay for their meals.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trailer: First Look at the Series' Final Episodes

    (1/17/19) (Video) Slip on a pair of shants and pour yourself a tall glass of Peeno Noir, because the trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s final run of episodes has arrived. Netflix on Wednesday released a sneak peek of what the comedy’s last six episodes have in store for us, even if we’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this group of living Muppets.

    Highlights from the trailer include Kimmy being mistaken for Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, Titus orchestrating a celebrity showmance to make Mikey jealous and Lillian… joining a gang? Also, what are the “Toonys,” and how do we get an invite?

    Season 4B also boasts a bevy of famous guest stars, including Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Amy Sedaris (At Home With Amy Sedaris), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Steve Buscemi (Miracle Workers), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Ronan Farrow (of the news) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends).

    The Netflix comedy returns for its final run on Friday, Jan. 25.

    Jane Krakowski on Match Game 1/30/19

    (1/14/19) “410” – It’s Wednesday night and that means BLANK! Alec Baldwin is at the helm with Chris, Whitney, Kevin, Jane, Ron and Caitlyn on an all-new “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” is produced by Fremantle and features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.

    Celebrity panelists for Jan. 30 include the following:
    Chris Parnell (“Archer”; “Rick and Morty”)
    Whitney Cummings (comedian, actress, author and producer)
    Kevin Smith (writer, director and podcaster)
    Jane Krakowski (Tony Award® winner; “30 Rock”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
    Ron Funches (“Giggle Fit”; podcast “Getting’ Better with Ron Funches”)
    Caitlyn Jenner (best-selling author and reality TV star).

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall & More Set As Essence Black Women In Hollywood Honorees

    (1/14/19) Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Regina Hall (Support The Girls, The Hate U Give), Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish) have been unveiled as Essence’s 2019 Black Women in Hollywood honorees.

    The actresses will be recognized as the annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon which celebrates the global influence of Hollywood’s leading female artist-activists—both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

    “We are proud to salute the marvelous work and stunning achievements of our 2019 Black Women in Hollywood awardees, who as a collective presence are challenging perceptions and impacting social change,” says MoAna Luu, Chief Creative and Content Officer for Essence. “Through their craft and their commitment to causes, Amandla, Jenifer, Kiki, and Regina represent the dynamic intersection of art and activism that is influencing how we shape our own destiny.”

    Last year’s recipients included Emmy-winner Lena Waithe, Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish, Black Panther and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira, and Thor Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson

    The Oscar-week ceremony will take place on February 21 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

    Flash's Jesse L. Martin Set to Return

    (1/12/19) Flash fans will be seeing Detective Joe West again later this winter, now that original cast member Jesse L. Martin has returned from medical leave.

    TVLine has learned that Martin — who last appeared in Episode 4 of the CW hit’s fifth season — is back on set filming and will next be seen in Episode 15. (The Flash returns from the midseason break this Tuesday, Jan. 15, with Episode 10.)

    Martin had suffered a back injury over the summer hiatus, resulting in him almost always sitting in the first episodes of this season. On the heels of his most recent on-camera appearance, a Warner Bros. TV rep told TVLine that the actor had in fact embarked on a medical leave, adding: “We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.”

    Until Joe is seen again, showrunner Todd Helbing tells TVLine that viewers will get an on-screen accounting for Martin’s ongoing absence.

    “There’s an explanation, and then there’s another sort of thing down the line that will give more explanation as to why [Joe] was gone for so long,” Helbing shared.

    It sounds, though, like Iris’ father won’t be completely MIA from these next five episodes…? “I’ll just say there’s some technology that S.T.A.R. Labs has [via which] he’s gone and he’s not gone at the same time,” the EP said, cryptically.

    ‘Little’ Trailer: Regina Hall, Marsai Martin Star In Body-Swap Comedy From Universal & ‘Girls Trip’ Producer

    (1/10/19) (Video) Universal has released the first official trailer for Little, the forthcoming body-swapping comedy starring Regina Hall, Black-ish star Marsai Martin, and Insecure‘s Issa Rae. Tina Gordon directed the Will Packer Productions (Girls Trip) pic, which can be compared to films like Tom Hanks’ Big or Jennifer Garner’s 13 Going On 30 — but in reverse.

    Hall plays Jordan Sanders, a snarky tech mogul who, from the trailer, shows little regard for her seemingly ambitious and obsequious assistant, April (Rae). After a confrontation with a young girl, Hall wakes up to find that she is a tween (Martin) again and has to lean on her assistant, the only one in on the secret, to run the company, while she heads back to grade school.

    Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver co-wrote the screenplay with Gordon. It’s based on a pitch from 14-year old Martin, who serves as an executive producer along with Hall, Josh Martin, and Preston Holmes. Will Packer produced alongside production partner James Lopez and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

    Little hits theaters April 12.

    Check out the trailer above.

    Regina Hall On How ‘Support The Girls’ Became A Surprise #MeToo Hit; The New ‘Shaft’ & ‘Black Monday’

    (1/8/19) ( It might appear at first glance that Regina Hall’s wheelhouse is mostly comedy. There’s Girls Trip, Black-ish, Insecure and Black Monday coming up on Showtime, and now the latest incarnation of Shaft in the offing, but Hall’s sleeper hit feature Support the Girls is a stark reminder that she can do pretty much anything.

    A slice-of-life look at life for women working in a Hooters-type Texas bar, Support the Girls is far from the sexcapade its double entendre title might suggest. Hall brings a nuanced and moving performance as Lisa, a bar manager dealing with a rage-afflicted boss, misogynistic customers, thieving kitchen staff and a team of scantily-clad 20-something women she must protect at all costs. Here she discusses what attracted her to Andrew Bujalski’s project in the first place, and why it’s been a fantastic ride.

    Support The Girls was not what I expected. There was no a neatly tied-up message or big dramatic crisis and I loved that about it.

    Oh, I’m so glad, thank you. When I read it, it wasn’t what I expected either. I think that’s what drew me to it so much. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. It wasn’t something so heartwarming, and so still. I just read the script, and it stayed with me. I didn’t stop. I thought about it, and I thought about Lisa, and that world. I thought it was really interesting to have the backdrop of this restaurant, which I had my preconceived ideas about, and that he created as this idea of sisterhood, and integrity, and they love each other in this workplace.

    Lisa had an optimism about life that was so beautiful, and it didn’t use any of the same things that the studio movies do. It wasn’t like this setup, and then big second act, and then resolution. It just moved along, and I cared about the characters. It wasn’t tragic. It was just people doing the best they could. It’s the frustration of what life is, and I just liked that it was unique, and different.

    Then of course once I got the part, and started doing more research, and really talking to the women who work in [those] places, and the managers, we just wanted to make sure that we showed the humanity of everyone in the script, and not have caricatures and boob jokes.

    The scene where you argue with your boss Cubby (James LeGros) in the car is incredible. He goes from racism to misogyny to being punched in a road rage incident–and every second of it shows on your face.

    I loved James LeGros as Cubby. He’s such a curmudgeon. His clothes, just everything about him, I loved him but, thankfully James Le Gros is really great at driving. And so we literally drove with the cameras in the back seat. We’re driving, and he was so out of control and remember we had that big boat on the back [in a trailer]. It was sad because you saw the dynamic of how many times he’s tried to fire Lisa and he really didn’t ever appreciate her.

    We were in the middle of a high-speed chase, so it was fun but it was a little scary because we were really driving and I was like, “James, you’re gonna turn these corners with that big boat?” But there was no way to have a stunt guy. He could back it up and I was like, “This is crazy.” I was on the edge of my seat, I was like, “Oh my god.”

    What he says about tailoring the numbers of women of color working in the bar, and their specific ethnicities and body types was so horrible that I wondered if it was true-to-life?

    We researched to find out how they cast. They do call it casting and not hiring, and so those places are not bound by the same laws as most employers. They call it entertainment so they’re not bound, and of course he can be like, “I want one version of this…” He’s so like, “The lord only knows we don’t hire fat girls.” He’s such a pig. There’s something wonderful about him getting punched in the stomach, but you don’t expect it.

    You’ve previously said the script appealed because it wasn’t specified whether this was written for a woman of color. So it didn’t feel like, “here’s a white guy writing for a woman of color.”

    I read it, really, just to read it, and I noticed that it didn’t have, “Lisa. 40s, African American’. It said her name and her age, which also made me wonder after the meeting, are they going to go black with this character? Sometimes you almost feel like if its not specified, maybe they won’t do it. But what I loved was that he wrote her with a sense of humanity and sensitivity.

    They don’t ever need to write for her to be black because I’m going to bring that. That’s who I am and how I vibrate in the world. That’s never anything that needs to be written for. It just has to be respected, and you have to understand that that comes with things that may not resinate as true for me to say or for me to do, or this character.

    Your performance has been noticed by critics and you have an Indie Spirit nom, but do you have the sense the film’s strength has been a surprise and and so came a little later to the awards conversation?

    I think one of the things that’s interesting is that when we originally made the film and script hoping to get into Sundance, it was right at the beginning of the #MeToo movement when the film came out and Sundance was like, “No.” I think people got a little nervous because they thought of Support The Girls, like breasts. I think they thought women were going to be objectified, so they were actually afraid to go to support the film. But when you watched it, it was actually absolutely nothing like that.

    I think we were a day-and-date film, so I think everyone was so excited and shocked by the critical reception. It’s really been the support of writers and critics that have even kept it alive this much. Of course it would have been great if more eyes could have seen it, just for the story’s sake and for Andrew, but that’s just what happens, and the timing is great for the people who do see it with the #MeToo movement…we’ve been really grateful just for the reception that we have gotten. It’s been exciting.

    How’s the new Shaft been with Samuel L. Jackson? What can you say about it?

    Well Shaft was great and Sam was so amazing. He’s so badass in the film and it’s funny. It was great to work with Tim Story again, who’s so great and wonderful and fun. That was a great project. It’s interesting for people to see where she fits in the movie.

    And you have Black Monday–about the ‘80s stock market crash–coming out on Showtime.

    In Black Monday, Don (Cheadle) is crazy. The thing about the ‘80s is its really pre-pre-pre-pre-#MeToo movement and you get to see where we’re coming from. It was really creating an understanding, a tone, it was just so fun to do. It was such a collaborative process. Don Cheadle, I love, and Andrew Rannells, and Paul Scheer. It was interesting because I went from a movie, Support the Girls, with all women, and now I’m the only woman. It’s a boys’ club. I think people are really going to have a lot of fun watching it and really care about the characters too.

    Taye Diggs Set As Critics’ Choice Awards Host

    (1/4/19) While the Academy Awards try to dig themselves out of a hole when it comes to finding a host, the Critics’ Choice Awards aren’t having a problem at all. The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced today that TV, film and Broadway star Taye Diggs will host the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which will air live January 13 on the CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

    “I am truly honored and ridiculously excited to be hosting the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, especially since, as an actor, I recognize what a vital role the critics play in the entertainment industry today,” said Diggs. “We are all looking forward to a big night celebrating the best of the best in TV and film!”

    Diggs can be seen in the CW drama All American opposite Daniel Ezra. Diggs also starred in the Netflix rom-com Set It Up opposite Zoey Deutch and Lucy Liu. He can be seen in the forthcoming River Runs Red with John Cusack and George Lopez.

    This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards will honor Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy with the #SeeHer Award, while Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre will receive the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award.

    Grey's: Here's Why a Meredith/Koracick Romance Isn't Happening

    (12/26/18) If you were among the Grey’s Anatomy viewers who were bummed to learn from TVLine’s interview with showrunner Krista Vernoff that Koracick was out of the running to become Meredith’s new love interest, this is gonna be hard for you to read. “In my mind,” the EP says, “Koracick was never in the running for Meredith.”

    But… but… what about the sparks that have flown between the doctors? What about the banter? The chemistry between Ellen Pompeo and Greg Germann? “They really love working together; maybe you’re [picking up] on that,” Vernoff suggests. “Greg is such a delightful actor, and they have such a blast working together.

    “But,” she hastens to add, “[the chemistry] wasn’t scripted or intentional.”

    Online Film Critics Society Nominations

    (12/26/18) Winners will be announced on January 2, 2019.

    Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
    Toni Collette – Hereditary
    Olivia Colman – The Favourite
    Regina Hall – Support the Girls
    Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born.

    ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 4B First-Look Teaser

    (12/24/18) (Video) Netflix has released some first-look photos and a teaser clip for the second half of the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

    The clip features Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) performing the theme song for Season 4B titled “Magic Boy”, that of course, is all about Titus. The first-look photos (see below) feature Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Mimi Kanasis (Amy Sedaris).

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about who she really is. Joining Kimmy on her journey are her best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend Jacqueline White (Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Kane).

    The first ongoing original half-hour comedy series to debut on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been among the streaming giant’s most acclaimed shows. To date, it has earned 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a best series nom for each of its first three seasons. The comedy also quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist with pop culture parodies and songs like “Pinot Noir” that have amassed sizable followings on social media.

    Elementary Cancelled After 7 Seasons

    (12/18/18) Elementary‘s forthcoming seventh season will be its last, CBS announced Monday.

    “A lot of parties came together and talked about their positions on the show — both in terms of business and in terms of creative — and we all decided that this was an opportune time to say goodbye to a show that has been very, very good to us,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said in a statement to our sister site Deadline.

    Added EP Carl Beverly: “[Series creator] Rob [Doherty] set out to tell a story, and it feels like he has accomplished what he had set out to do. The actors, the crew and the cast feel that way, and we feel that. So are grateful and celebrating what we had and looking forward to the future.”

    The show’s sixth season ended with Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) relocating to the UK. “When we come back in the seventh season, a year will have passed,” Doherty previously revealed to TVLine. “So all of our characters will have had time to really reflect on what happened at the end of the sixth season.”

    Production on Season 7 wrapped last week; CBS has yet to announce a premiere date.

    HBO Sets Natalie Wood Documentary From Her Daughter & Amblin TV

    (12/13/18) Production has begun on the HBO Documentary Films presentation Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, which will explore the life of the Hollywood icon through the perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. The film is slated to debut on the premium cable network in 2020.

    Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind will feature previously unseen home movies, photographs, diaries, letters and artifacts, as well as intimate interviews with her friends, family, co-stars and colleagues. The film will re-examine her personal and professional triumphs and challenges, which have often been overshadowed by her tragic death at age 43 when Gregson Wagner was only 11 years old. The documentary comes from Amblin Television and will be produced by Gregson Wagner and Manoah Bowman, author of Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life, to which Gregson Wagner contributed. Laurent Bouzereau, director of Amblin TV’s Netflix documentary Five Came Back, will serve as director and will also produce. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing for Amblin TV.

    “I’m looking forward to working with HBO, Amblin Television and our director, Laurent Bouzereau, to create this unprecedented portrait of a woman who was an actress, a legend and ultimately, my mother,” Gregson Wagner said.

    Wood starred in many films during the golden age of Hollywood, earning Academy Award nominations for her roles in Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, and Rebel Without a Cause. She also starred as Maria in Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 10-time Academy Award-winning movie musical West Side Story which is being remade by Amblin principal Steven Spielberg.

    African American Film Critics Association Awards

    (12/12/18) AAFCA, the largest group of professional black film critics, will host its 10th annual AAFCA Awards GALA February 6 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.


    Best Actress: Regina Hall (Support the Girls)

    Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate

    (12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.

    Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.

    Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.

    Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.

    See the complete list and summaries of the features below.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
    Starring Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman
    January 19

    The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).

    On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.

    A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).

    Love You to Death
    Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs and Tate Donovan
    January 26

    Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.

    Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.

    Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.

    Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.

    Death of a Cheerleader
    Stars Kellie Martin, Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale
    February 2

    In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.

    Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
    Executive Produced and Narrated by Victoria Gotti and
    Starring Chelsea Frei and Maurice Benard
    February 9

    Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
    Starring Delta Goodrem
    February 16

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.

    Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.


    Best Friend’s Betrayal
    Starring Mary Grill, Vanessa Walsh, Jaime M. Callica
    Premieres January 13

    Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.

    My Mother’s Split Personalities
    Starring Lindsay Hartley, Kayla Wallace, Jefferson Brown
    Premieres January 12

    After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment

    New York Film Critics Circle Awards Names ‘Roma’ Best Film, Alfonso Cuarón Best Director

    (12/1/18) The New York Film Critics Circle has named Netflix/Participant Media’s Roma the best film of the year as well its director Alfonso Cuarón. Voting took place over the course of a near five hour period, outstripping last year’s 3 1/2 hour voting length.

    It’s a major breakthrough for the streaming title which is in a limited four-wall theatrical release, and drops on Netflix on Dec. 14. To date, most critics groups have overlooked Roma following its Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival. The pic landed in National Board of Reviews top films of the year, but did not land a win in their above the line categories. At the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Roma, which is also Mexico’s Oscar entry, was only eligible and nominated in the best foreign language film category. In total from NYFCC, Roma counts three wins along with Cuarón’s DP work. Roma was produced and financed by Participant Media for a production cost in the teens, and was later shopped around town to specialty distributors. Netflix scooped up the movie for a reported $20M. Roma will be expanding to other locations prior to its streaming date with showtimes in Dolby Atmos.

    Keeping in tradition for the most part over the last decade, the NYFCC went indie in regards to its best picture choice. Previous indie best pic winners include last year’s Lady Bird from Greta Gerwig, La La Land (2016), Carol (2015), Boyhood (2014), The Artist (2011), The Hurt Locker (2009) and Milk (2008). When it comes to big studio best picture wins, they’ve all belonged to Sony with American Hustle (2013), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Social Network (2010)

    A24, like Netflix, also counted three wins, with Paul Schrader’s drama First Reformed scoring best screenplay and actor for Ethan Hawke as well as best first film for Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade.

    That movie was the first trophy to be announced today 90 minutes into deliberation: In its long wake after premiering at Sundance back in January, Burnham’s middle school opus has already won him the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award at the Gothams as well as Breakthrough Actor for Elsie Fisher. Eighth Grade was also named Best Directorial Debut at the National Board of Review earlier this week plus the film has four Independent Spirit nominations for Best Feature, Best Female Lead (Fisher), Best Screenplay (Burnham) and Supporting Male Actor (Josh Hamilton).

    Regina Hall is nominated for lead actress role in Support the Girls at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated at the Gothams, but she’s a winner here for the Magnolia release at NYFCC.

    Meanwhile, Regina King is walking away with another best supporting actress win after her National Board of Review win for If Beale Street Could Talk. She’s also nominated for a best supporting actress at Spirits.

    NYFCC followed the Gotham Awards in recognizing Richard E. Grant for his turn in Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?; having previously won best actor at that kudos ceremony. He’s also up for a supporting male nom at the Spirits.

    NYFCC agreed with NBR from their choice earlier this week and named Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War as best foreign film. Pawlikowski won best director at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year for the Amazon release.

    Though the organization’s bellwether rate for determining Oscar’s best picture is reportedly over 40%, the last time both AMPAS and NYFCC matched was in the 2011-12 season when they both gave the top prize to Michel Hazanavicius’ Hollywood silent film ode The Artist. Last year NYFCC lauded Lady Bird as best picture which went to score five Oscar nominations, but no wins. While it’s common for many NYFCC winners to continue on as potential Oscar nominees, last year the only category where the group saw eye-to-eye with AMPAS as far as wins go was Disney’s Coco for Best Animated Film. Three years ago, the NYFCC predicted a surprise that no one expected at the Oscars: Mark Rylance taking best supporting actor for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.

    Here’s this year’s NYFCC wins:

    Best Film: Roma (Netflix)

    Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)

    Best First Film: Eighth Grade, dir. Bo Burnham (A24)

    Best Actor: Ethan Hawke for First Reformed (A24)

    Best Actress: Best Actress, Regina Hall, Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)

    Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant for Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight)

    Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)

    Best Screenplay: First Reformed (Paul Schrader) (A24)

    Best Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Netflix)

    Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) (Amazon)

    Best Documentary: Minding the Gap (dir. Bing Liu)

    Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)

    Special Awards: David Schwartz, Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image (who will be stepping down after 33 years) and Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.

    National Board Of Review Names ‘Green Book’ Best Picture; ‘A Star Is Born’s Bradley Cooper As Best Director

    (11/28/18) The National Board of Review today named Universal/DreamWorks/Participant Media’s The Green Book as best movie and Bradley Cooper as best director for Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born. The honorees will be feted at the NBR Awards Gala, hosted by Willie Geist, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

    The National Board of Review does it their way when it comes to lauding awards contenders and often isn’t in lockstep with who the ultimate Oscar winner is. Last year, they named Steven Spielberg’s The Post as best picture along with its stars Tom Hanks as best actor and Meryl Streep as best actress. The Post only earned two Oscar noms last year for best picture and Streep and came up empty in regards to wins. The last time NBR synced with AMPAS on best picture was for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

    Green Book also took best actor for Viggo Mortensen who plays ‘Tony the Lip’, the driver (and bodyguard) of American pianist Don Shirley as they travel through the South during the divided 1960s South on a concert tour. Today’s news is a ray of sunshine for Green Book as the film has struggled in its first week at 1,000 theaters at the box office making $8.3m. That said, audience exits have been through the roof for the Peter Farrelly-directed period drama with an A+ CinemaScore and four-and-a-half stars. Green Book also surprised many earlier this fall when it took the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Last year Greta Gerwig took best director at the NBR for Lady Bird. She would get nominated at the Oscars, but AMPAS handed the trophy to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. The last time NBR and Oscars agreed on best director was the 2006-2007 awards season when they named Martin Scorsese for The Departed. Quite often, in recent NBR millennial history, they’ve lauded notable Hollywood directors like Clint Eastwood (for American Sniper, and Invictus), David Fincher (The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Ridley Scott (The Martian). In addition to Cooper a Best Director, A Star Is Born came up with wins for Lady Gaga as Best Actress and Sam Elliott as Best Supporting Actor.

    Also receiving multiple wins was Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk from director Barry Jenkins (who was actually named best director in 2016 for Moonlight by NBR) with Regina King as Best Supporting Actress and Jenkins for Best Screenplay.

    BR President Annie Schulhof said in a statement, “We are proud to honor Green Book as our best film – it is a warm and heartfelt look at a remarkable friendship, brought to the screen at a moment where its story of love, compassion, and shared humanity deeply resonates. We are also thrilled to award Bradley Cooper as our best director – he is an extraordinary talent behind the camera, bringing a fresh and modern perspective, as well as superb craftsmanship and tremendous heart, to the classic story of A Star is Born.”

    Below is a full list of the National Board of Review’s recipients:

    Best Film: GREEN BOOK

    Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A STAR IS BORN

    Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, GREEN BOOK

    Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN

    Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A STAR IS BORN

    Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

    Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, FIRST REFORMED

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

    Best Animated Feature: INCREDIBLES 2

    Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE

    Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE

    Best Foreign Language Film: COLD WAR

    Best Documentary: RBG

    Best Ensemble: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

    William K. Everson Film History Award: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND and THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD

    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 JULY

    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: ON HER SHOULDERS

    2019 Spirit Award Nominations

    (11/17/18) BEST FEMALE LEAD
    Glenn Close, The Wife
    Toni Collette, Hereditary
    Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
    Regina Hall, Support the Girls
    Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
    Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

    Kayli Carter, PRIVATE LIFE
    Tyne Daly, A BREAD FACTORY
    Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
    J. Smith-Cameron, NANCY.

    ‘The Good Cop’ Tony Danza-Josh Groban Dramedy Canceled By Netflix After One Season

    (11/13/18) Netflix has opted not to renew The Good Cop, its hourlong dramedy starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban.

    “The Good Cop will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement to Deadline. “We’re grateful to creator Andy Breckman and his fellow producers, writers, the incredible crew and especially stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban for bringing this classic odd couple father-son story to Netflix.”

    The move is not a surprise as the dramedy, from Monk creator Andy Breckman, had not been able to cut through the clutter and make noise since its Sept. 21 debut. It was part of Netflix’s efforts to expand its portfolio with broad-appeal shows.

    The Good Cop starred Danza as Tony Sr., a disgraced former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr., (Groban), an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, streetwise advice.

    This marked the return to series television for Danza who is fielding interest from other shows.

    Monica Barbaro played female lead Cara Vasquez, the street-smart and self-assured newest detective on the All-City Homicide Task Force. The actress was recently tapped for a starring role in Top Gun 2.

    Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Bill Kottkamp co-starred.

    Breckman served as showrunner and executive produces alongside Randy Zisk and Howard Klein. Danza was a producer on the series, which was inspired by an Israeli format.

    Jon Bon Jovi slams Kim Kardashian: 'I made a porno and got famous'

    (10/29/18) Jon Bon Jovi has attacked Kim Kardashian, insisting the reality TV star only became famous for starring in a 2007 sex tape.

    The explicit video, featuring Kim and her ex-boyfriend Ray J, was leaked the same year the Kardashians landed their TV series on U.S. network E!

    Kim has since become a successful businesswoman, wife and mother of three, but rocker Bon Jovi can’t get past the fact she’s just a sex tape star who got lucky.

    “I think it’s horrific that we live in that world and I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life, ever, to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians,” he ranted to host Lisa Wilkinson on The Sunday Project. “I don’t know their names, I’ve never watched 60 seconds of the show, it’s not for me.”

    The 56-year-old rocker, who has sold over 130 million albums worldwide, added, “What’s gonna be in your autobiography? ‘I made a porno and guess what, I got famous?’ F—, sorry, I’ll pass. Go and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing…”

    The Bon Jovi frontman also addressed his rift with former sidekick Richie Sambora, who left the group in 2013, telling Wilkinson the guitarist’s problems got the better of him.

    “The truth is he didn’t come to a show, and then he never came to see us in five years,” he explained. “There was no falling out. His habits got into the way of him coming to work. And he just didn’t show up.”

    The former songwriting partners staged a get together earlier this year, when Bon Jovi were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but both have since made it clear that a proper reunion is unlikely.

    Taye Diggs Sued By His Fired Managers Over Unpaid Commissions

    (10/27/18) The firm that managed Taye Diggs for three years until he fired them in July is suing the actor for unpaid commissions. Authentic Talent and Literary Management claims he owes for TV shows including All American and Beauty and the Beast and a slew of endorsement deals.

    The actor’s Deep Down Productions also is a defendant in the suit (read it here) filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. Authentic says it is owed “substantial sums of money” and that “these sums continue to accrue.” “Plaintiff has made repeated efforts to obtain payment from Diggs in order to avoid litigation,” the suit says. “Regrettably, however, Diggs has failed and refused to abide by his obligations hereunder and to tender commissions and post-termination commissions and other payments due and owing Plaintiff.”

    The filing says Diggs hired Authentic to manage his career in June 2015 and that Authentic performed “exemplary” services until he fired the firm in late July. “Diggs has wrongfully failed and refused to abide by his legal obligations to pay Plaintiff commissions in connection with the numerous deals and employment obtained during the parties’ management relationship, including but not limited to the following: the All American, Beauty and the Beast, Crossovers, 25 Words or Less and [multiple] endorsement deals.”

    The suit seeks unspecified damages and declaratory relief. Attorneys Mathew Rosengart and Michael Neighbors of Greenberg Traurig LLP in Los Angeles are representing Authentic in the suit.

    Why Taye Diggs is unsure if he’ll ever get married again

    (10/11/18) Taye Diggs feels ready to remarry — sometimes.

    The actor — who split from Idina Menzel in 2014, and stars as a married man on CW’s “All American” — told us, “I have moments of wanting to be married again even without the show. Just watching couples; I liked being coupled up. I want to be boo’d up at some point.”

    But, he added, “I don’t know if it will happen.”

    Menzel remarried last year, to “Rent” co-star Aaron Lohr.

    But Diggs told us that his 9-year-old son, Walker, has other ideas.

    “Walker told me he wants me to chill out for a minute,” the actor said. “I am right out of a relationship. So when I got out of it, he said that this was good to have me back.”

    Meanwhile, he told us that it’s sometimes a struggle bringing up Walker because Diggs didn’t grow up with parents who had a Hollywood-size bank account.

    “I am first-generation wealthy, 100 percent, so I have no experience when raising my son,” he said. “All I have to fall back on is the way I was raised. My son is in a completely different setting. I can’t raise him based on my childhood.”

    ‘Black Monday’: First-Look Teaser For Showtime’s Wall Street Comedy Starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells & Regina Hall

    (9/29/18) (Video) It’s been more than 30 years since that day when international money markets were pierced in the heart by downward-pointing arrows and the Dow Jones average suffered its worst-ever single-day drop. Maybe now it’s OK to laugh it. That’s what Showtime is hoping for with its new comedy starring Don Cheadle, Andrews Rannells and Regina Hall. Watch the first-look teaser above.

    Written by creators David Caspe and Jordan Cahan and originally titled Ball Street, Black Monday takes us back to October 19, 1987. No one ever really knew who caused it — until now. The series shows how a group of outsiders took on the Street’s blueblood, old-boys club and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, along with a few other things.

    In his second lead role in a Showtime comedy set in the world of high finance, House of Lies alum Don Cheadle stars as Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski, a self-educated, self-made, self-destructive master of the universe whose firm the financial press called, “The L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders.” Rannells is Blair Shmerman, a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading prodigy whose pure heart struggles to survive Wall Street, and Regina Hall plays Jammer’s top lieutenant, Dawn Darcy, the first female head trader on the street, who rides the second wave of feminism through a sea of horny millionaires.

    Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott and Eugene Cordero co-star in the series, and Ken Marino and Kurt Braunohler are guest stars. Set Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed the pilot and exec produce with Caspe and Cahan. Showtime will bow the 10-episode series in early January. Until then, check out the first footage — set to the decided not-period-specific tones on Kids See Ghosts’ “Freeee” — and tell us if your money is on Black Monday.

    Greg Berlanti Assembles Star Cast For Charity ‘Terms of Endearment’ Reading

    (9/20/18) He is the busiest producer in television with record 14 series on the air, including Supergirl, and a married father of a toddler. Yet Greg Berlanti has taken on a side project, a one-night-only reading of Paramount Pictures’ Terms of Endearment at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, to benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

    Presented by Berlanti Productions and Supergirl co-showrunner Jessica Queller, the reading will feature Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist Calista Flockhart and Chris Wood as well as Alfred Molina (The Front Runner, Spider-Man 2), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians, Fresh Off The Boat), Willie Garson (White Collar), Kate Burton (Scandal) and Italia Ricci (Designated Survivor).

    Berlanti and Queller are doing the event to honor the memory of their mothers who both died of cancer.

    Berlanti’s mom passed away just over a year ago. “Throughout the time that she was sick she was always commenting, marveling at all the individuals who had to go through the sickness alone,” Berlanti said. He knew quickly after her death that he wanted to do something to help others battling cancer “to stay close to her and her memory.”

    The idea for a reading came during a dinner Berlanti had with Supergirl stars Benoist and Wood who told him that they sometimes read plays together in their spare time. Berlanti asked them whether they would do it for a cause, and both were in right away. Benoist then texted Supergirl co-star Flockhart who also immediately came on board.

    Berlanti knew Queller’s story and approached her about teaming up on the project.

    Tomorrow will mark 15 years since Queller lost her mom to ovarian cancer after she had beaten breast cancer.

    “My life has been completely colored by my loss,” said Queller who herself has the Breast Cancer gene mutation and has dedicated herself to helping educate young women about the disease and prevention.

    Berlanti and Queller were looking at possible plays to do a reading of when the director they’d brought in, Gordon Greenberg, suggested doing a screenplay instead.

    The Oscar-winning Terms of Endearment was an obvious choice.

    “It’s a timeless story about a parent-child relationship, and it’s dealing with cancer — we felt it was a great way to honor those who lost and those who are still fighting,” said Berlanti, noting that the film’s writer-director-producer, James L. Brooks and studio, Paramount Pictures, have both been gracious, giving their blessing for the reading. The original cast featured Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and John Lithgow.

    All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Stand Up To Cancer and Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program. You can find more information on the event and get tickets here.

    Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint Join ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

    (9/12/18) Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris, Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal, The Shawshank Redemption), and Lorraine Toussaint (Into The Badlands, Selma, Orange Is The New Black) have signed on for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark from CBS Films and eOne. The André Øvredal-directed adaptation based on Alvin Schwartz’s bestselling trilogy of books is being produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman.

    Currently in production, the pic follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.

    The three join previously announced Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

    “Lorraine, Gil, and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails,” said Øvredal. “We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”

    Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind, J. Miles Dale, and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films, which will distribute the film in the US as part of its ongoing partnership with Lionsgate.

    Norris is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment; Bellows by PTM, Untitled Entertainment, Verve, and attorney Jeff Bernstein; Toussaint by Innovative Artists and Frontline Management.

    James Marsden Is Heading to Netflix for a Dark Comedy Series

    (9/12/18) James Marsden is the next star to give Netflix a shot. The Westworld actor is joining Ed Asner in Liz Feldman's (2 Broke Girls) dark comedy Dead to Me, according to Deadline. They'll star opposite Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate, so this series has our full attention!

    The show, which is apparently being dubbed a comedic Big Little Lies (I'd argue Big Little Lies was plenty funny already), has been picked up for a 10-episode first season. It centers on Jen (Applegate), a widow who develops an unexpected friendship with a "free-spirit with a shocking secret" named Judy (Cardellini). Asner plays an elderly man living in the assisted living facility where Applegate's character works, while Marsden will step in as Judy's love interest who is drawn to her free-spirit ways.

    But Marsden's casting could potentially create some interesting complications for Westworld Season 3. His character Teddy committed suicide at the end of Season 2, but because of the nature of the show, there was no real reason to assume the actor wouldn't return for the next round of rebellion. Maybe we truly have seen the last of Teddy? Of course, we have to remember that Westworld tends to have an extended pre-production period, so it is possible that Marsden could film Dead to Me in his hiatus.

    Dead to Me is also executive-produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

    Christopher Walken & Christina Ricci To Topline Anti-GMO Indie ‘Percy’

    (9/4/18) Oscar winner Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci are set to star in Percy, an indie film which is currently in production in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Clark Johnson (The Wire) is directing the pic from a script by Hilary Pryor and Garfield L. Miller.

    The film, based on events from a 1998 lawsuit, follows small-town Saskatchewan farmer (Walken) who challenges major conglomerate when the company’s genetically modified (GMO) canola is discovered in the 70-year-old farmer’s crop. As he speaks out against the company’s business practices, he realizes he is representing thousands of other disenfranchised farmers around the world fighting the same battle. Suddenly, he becomes an unsuspecting folk hero in a desperate war to protect farmers’ rights and the world’s food supply against what they see as corporate greed. Ricci will play anti-GMO activist Rebecca Salcau.

    Additional casting includes Roberta Maxwell as Percy’s wife; Adam Beach as Percy’s neighbor, Alton Kelly; Luke Kirby as Percy’s son; Martin Donovan as the conglomerate’s lead lawyer, Rick Aarons; Peter Stebbings as Rebecca’s NGO boss.

    Scythia Films’ Daniel Bekerman, Ian Dimerman, Brendon Sawatzky, Pryor, and Miller are producing the feature, which will also shoot in India.

    Ethan Lazar, William Santor, Andrew Chang-Sang, and Kevin Hoiseth will serve as exec producers.

    Walken and Ricci are both repped by ICM Partners, while Ricci is also a client of Untitled Entertainment. Johnson is repped by UTA.

    ‘Whiskey Cavalier’: Josh Hopkins Named Series Regular On New ABC Dramedy

    (8/24/18) Quantico alum Josh Hopkins is returning to ABC as a series regular opposite Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan on dramedy Whiskey Cavalier, from Bill Lawrence, Dave Hemingson and Warner Bros. TV. He is joining the cast of the midseason series after guest starring in the pilot.

    Written by Hemingson, Whiskey Cavalier, from WBTV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Prods., follows the adventures of FBI agent Will Chase (codename: Whiskey Cavalier) — played by Foley — who, following an emotional break-up, is assigned to work with quick, cunning and completely fearless CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: Fiery Tribune) — played by Cohan. Together, they lead an interagency team of spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.

    Hopkins plays Ray Prince, a charmingly roguish FBI agent who has a complicated relationship with his former partner, Agent Will Chase (Scott Foley).

    In addition to Foley and Cohan, he joins Ana Ortiz, Tyler James and Vir Das.

    Hemingson executive produces alongside Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold; Foley is a producer.

    Whiskey Cavalier is Hopkins first series regular role since he played FBI agent Liam O’Connor in the first season of ABC’s Quantico. Before that, he starred opposite Courteney Cox in the long-running comedy series Cougar Town. He’ll next be seen in a recurring role on the third season of HBO’s True Detective and in a starring role in the film Crown Vic alongside Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Terms of Endearment starring @MelissaBenoist, #CalistaFlockhart & @ChristophrWood

    (8/22/18) (Poster) Berlanti Productions & Jessica Queller present a reading of @ParamountPics Terms of Endearment starring @MelissaBenoist, #CalistaFlockhart & @ChristophrWood - Monday October 1, 2018 at 8pm. 100% of all proceeds benefit @SU2C & @GeffenPlayhouse. Tixs:

    Celeb Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (9/6)

    (8/21/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on “Celebrity Family Feud,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

    The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are the following:

    Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby

    Kenna Dunham – daughter
    Ashlyn Dunham – daughter
    Bree Dunham Hemphill – daughter
    Audrey Dunham – wife


    Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

    Eric Zee – husband
    Michaela Zee – daughter
    Lang Yee – brother
    Juliet Silva – sister-in-law

    In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are the following:

    Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore

    Marcia Berry – mother
    Christian Diggs – sister
    Gabriel Diggs – brother
    Shalom Israel Diggs – sister


    Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland

    Cynthia Rhea – sister
    Celia Rhea – sister
    William Woods – nephew
    Robert Woods – nephew

    Hayden Panettiere and New Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Enjoy a Date Night at Movie Premiere

    (8/17/18) Hayden Panettiere has found happiness after her breakup.

    The Nashville star and her new boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, enjoyed a night out on the town when they went to the Los Angeles premiere for the film Breaking and Exiting. Hayden could hardly contain her joy on their date night, with a source telling E! News, "Hayden was non-stop glowing with excitement. She looked really happy in general, and her and Brian were very cute while sitting together."

    Just two weeks ago, news broke of the actress' split from former boxer Wladimir Klitschko, after which she promptly started dating the aspiring actor. But an insider says, "She definitely was not trying to hide the fact that she has a new boyfriend, and it seemed like everyone in her group of friends got along with him as well."

    That being said, the source added, "They were not over-the-top affectionate, but everyone could tell they were a couple."

    During the screening of the movie, "Her and Brian were sitting with a group of friends in the back of the theatre and she was laughing, smiling together."

    Afterwards, the duo and their friends headed over to HYDE Sunset for the film's after party. With Hickerson by her side, Panettiere chatted and posed for pictures with the movie's director, Peter Facinelli, before introducing her beau to other party attendees. The source said, "Hayden was very social and was in a great mood."

    Her positive attitude following her breakup from her boyfriend of nine years is no surprise considering the fact that the 28-year-old and her ex split amicably. "Hayden and Wladimir are on great terms and friendly. They are a big part of each other's lives and will continue to be. Hayden is back in Los Angeles and figuring out what's next," a source previously told E! News.

    Meanwhile, the insider says her 3-year-old daughter, Kaya, is staying "with her dad and his family in Europe and Florida. They also spend time together as a family with Hayden."

    Teen Choice Award Winners

    (8/12/18) Choice Action Movie Actor (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
    Robert Downey Jr. – “Avengers: Infinity War”

    Hayden Panettiere selling home amid Wladimir split rumors

    (8/9/18) Now that her show “Nashville” has sung its final note, actress Hayden Panettiere is ready to move on. She’s listed her luxury home in Nashville, Tenn., for $1.6 million.

    Located in the fancy Green Hills neighborhood, the house was built in 2012 and is relatively modest by celeb standards. Just under 5,000 square feet, it has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. What it lacks in grand spaces it makes up for with a show-stopping interior. Each room is uniquely styled — and could appear right at home on a Hollywood set or a Pinterest board.

    According to a recent tour of the house provided by Panettiere, the dining room was designed with the motif of being underwater, topped with a light fixture that looks like a sea urchin. Another highlight is daughter Kaya’s paisley and pink room.

    The house has the latest smart features, including iPad-controlled functions and Lutron lighting and audio. There’s also plenty of luxe amenities such as a heated pool and spa, sauna and fitness rooms.

    Panettiere appears to be in a period of flux. Her show “Nashville” just aired its finale last month. She’s also rumored to be splitting with her fiance, Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who’s Kaya’s father. E! recently reported a sighting of Panettiere with aspiring actor Brian Hickerson around Los Angeles.

    “Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” her mom, Lesley Vogel, told Radar, confirming Panettiere’s split from Klitschko.

    Hayden Panettiere splits from boxer fiance

    (8/3/18) Hayden Panettiere has split from her fiance and baby daddy Wladimir Klitschko, can exclusively report.

    The Nashville actress’ mother Lesley Vogel confirmed the news in an exclusive interview with Radar.

    “Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel told Radar.

    Vogel also said her daughter, 28, has been taking a “break” from working after her hit show Nashville recently ended after six years.

    Amid the split and her show ending, Panettiere has relocated from Nashville to her native Los Angeles, Vogel confirmed.

    Panettiere and boxer Klitschko, 42, are still on good terms, and recently took a trip together with their daughter Kaya, 3.

    “She just was in Greece with Wlad and her daughter,” Vogel said.

    Radar can confirm that fans spotted the former couple together in Greece on July 30.

    The co-parents also vacationed together in Barbados earlier this year.

    The exes started dating in 2009, and announced their engagement in 2013 — but never tied the knot.

    He stood by her through two bouts of rehab for her battle with postpartum depression.

    Fortunately, “I think she is in a very good place,” Vogel assured.

    Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game

    (7/29/18) (Video) Tony Danza might be starring in Netflix’s The Good Cop… but he’s not the title character. (Not by a longshot.)

    Netflix released the first trailer for the Danza/Josh Groban cop dramedy — which you can watch above — where the former Who’s the Boss star plays Big Tony, a self-described “naughty cop” who barges back into the life of his straight-laced cop son TJ, played by Groban. Dad waltzes in unannounced at a homicide crime scene TJ is working… and brings his much younger girlfriend along to gawk at the body, too.

    TJ isn’t exactly thrilled to spend quality time with his pops. When Big Tony crows that he taught his son everything he knows, TJ adds: “Except right from wrong! That, I learned on my own.” Big Tony is a big hit with his former colleagues, though, and he only has the best intentions for his son. He even gets TJ a speaking slot on an ethics panel… by slipping somebody 50 bucks.

    The Good Cop — from Monk creator Andy Breckman — debuts on Friday, Sept. 21 on Netflix.

    Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game

    (7/10/18) “309” – A hilarious hour of non-stop BLANK is in store as Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode, THURSDAY, JUNE 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000 as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. “Match Game” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.

    Celebrity panelists for June 28:
    Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”; “Wreck-It Ralph”; “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)
    Jenifer Lewis (“black-ish”; author “The Mother of Black Hollywood”)
    James Van Der Beek (“Pose”)
    Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
    Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”; host, “To Tell the Truth”)
    Kate Flannery (“The Office”; “All Night”)

    Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Star Mitchell (hometown: Akron, Ohio), Amanda Morris (hometown: Merrimack, New Hampshire), Chris Capuano (hometown: Queens, New York) and Kristy D’Amelio (hometown: Sparta, New Jersey).

    Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.

    Taye Diggs on The 100,000 Pyramid

    (7/10/18) The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games,” the Emmy Award®-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever with a cast of all-star celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000. “The $100,000 Pyramid” airs SUNDAY, JULY 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    This week’s hour-long episode features two separate celebrity couples. First up, Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) competes against actor Taye Diggs. Next, the stars of “Barely Famous,” Sara and Erin Foster, compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.

    “The $100,000 Pyramid” is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winner’s circle and take home $100,000. “Good Morning America”’s Michel Strahan hosts “The $100,000 Pyramid.”

    Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi love divorce rumors

    (6/28/18) Most celebrities loathe tabloid attention, but Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi embrace it, to a degree — because it means their same-sex marriage is viewed as normal.

    “The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed,” the actress, 45, told Us Weekly on Wednesday. “I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, ‘Oh, now we’re finally accepted.’ We get the same s–t as every celebrity couple.”

    “I thought, ‘Wow, this is great that I’m pregnant, not pregnant, divorced, not divorced,’ whatever,” she continued. “That means there is an acceptance for this.”

    The “Arrested Development” star and DeGeneres tied the knot in 2008 and have been going strong ever since.

    Still, despite not minding being the subject of the occasional tall tale, it doesn’t mean the ladies are thrilled with gossip culture as a whole, especially since so much of what they read is inaccurate.

    “I was at a newsstand … and there was a cover of Brad [Pitt] and Jen [Aniston]. I literally just stared at it, and I was like, ‘They haven’t seen each other,’ ” de Rossi scoffed. “‘How is this even a thing? I know for a fact.’ I actually took a picture of it and sent it to Ellen and said, ‘Can you believe this?’ … We avoid it. We don’t care.”

    De Niro, Lupita and Pink among 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees

    (6/25/18) The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the Walk of Fame Class of 2019 on Monday.

    For film honors, Alan Arkin, Kristen Bell, Daniel Craig, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry and Gena Rowlands were selected.

    In the television category, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Sid and Marty Krofft, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest and Julia Child (posthumously) will receive stars along Hollywood Boulevard.

    Recipients in the recording group include Michael Bublé, Cypress Hill, the Lettermen, Faith Hill, Tommy Mottola, Pink and Teddy Riley. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris will also receive a star together for “Trio,” and Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously.

    Idina Menzel, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light and Paul Sorvino will be recognized in the live theater/live performance category.

    Television producer and Walk of Famer himself Vin Di Bona, chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee this year, revealed the honorees with Leron Gubler, president and CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as well as the emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

    “The Committee always tries to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,” Di Bona said. “I feel the Committee has outdone themselves and I know the fans, tourists and the Hollywood community will be pleased with our selections. We are excited to see each and every honoree’s face as they unveil that majestic star on Hollywood’s most famous walkway.”

    Dates have not yet been scheduled for the star ceremonies.

    Christina Ricci, John Cusack Make Virtual Reality Debut In 360 Degree Experience For Film ‘Distorted’

    (6/15/18) (Video) Two companies — Minds Eye Entertainment and Sky VR — have produced a scripted, live-action 360 cinematic VR experience tied to the release of the Christina Ricci and John Cusack film Distorted. To get an idea of what this means, click on the trailer above and you will be able to move the footage to see the entire film set (in its narrative form) while the video is playing. The VR drops today and the film releases on June 22nd.

    The thriller is just the latest film to have done this and for Ricci and Cusack, it’s their VR debuts. Although this is not the first film to get this kind of treatment, you gotta wonder, how does this all physically work with actors and crew?

    Well, first off, the VR portion was shot immediately after director Rob King filmed the live-action portion. The actors, which also included Brendan Fletcher, then re-shot for the VR camera and with more dialogue.

    How do you film in 360 degrees with a full crew? “Sometimes it’s a challenge. You do have to hide the crew because the audience can see everything and everywhere,” said one of the VR producers Travis Cloyd. “You have to make sure everyone is hidden so we have people hiding behind walls and whatever our natural sets allow.”

    Cloyd said they used 16, synchronized GoPro Hero4s filmed with the GoPro Odyssey and under Jump, which is Google’s professional VR video program.

    The result is pretty darn cool. If you click here and above, you will be able to move the entire trailer around 360 degrees.

    Cloyd has shot multiple films the 360 format, including The Recall with Wesley Snipes and The Humanity Bureau with Nicolas Cage. “I feel like it’s an amazing vertical and opportunity for anyone in this medium because it’s the first time in 100 years that the canvas has changed. With the 360 degree format, you can tell more stories and more of the story.”

    The VR experience was written and directed by King (the live-action director) and produced by Josh Courtney, Cloyd, Kevin DeWalt, Danielle Masters and Rob Bryanton.

    Distorted Reality is a 10-minute film that is going to be distributed through OneTouch VR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go and Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and iOs. It will also be available in stereo 3D on various platforms like the Littlstar app on Sony’s’ Playstation VR.

    “We’re excited to be one of the only groups facilitating A-list film star debuts in VR, and we hope that others will follow,” said Cloyd, who would not comment on the budget other to say, “it was done at a very good price.”

    Bridgegate Pictures Corp., Invico Capital and Talking Dog Studios also brought the VR portion to life and it was made possible through the Creative Saskatchewan Screen-Based Media Production Grant Program with participation of the Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

    Lucy Liu, Thomas Sadoski To Star In ‘The Last Weekend In May’ For Director Matthew Lillard

    (6/15/18) Lucy Liu and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) have signed on to lead the cast for director Matthew Lillard’s upcoming romance/drama, The Last Weekend in May. The project mark’s the helmer’s feature directorial follow-up to Fat Kid Rules the World which took home the SXSW Audience Award in 2012.

    Producing the feature film is Gabriela Revilla Lugo (The Tribes of Palos Verdes) of Revek Entertainment and Andrew Carlberg (Sun Dogs). Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International will handle financing and worldwide rights to the film.

    The film will start production early next year in Liu’s hiatus from the popular CBS TV series Elementary.

    Scripted by Jeffrey W. Ruggles, The Last Weekend in May tells the story of Paul and Leah, two people caught in the throes of an extramarital affair. Knowing that the situation is untenable, they decide to rent a house and turn their backs on “real life” one last time before they call it quits. As the weekend progresses, Paul reveals, unbeknownst to Leah, he has left his wife, rented a home and started his life new. His plan for the weekend was to convince Leah, she should do the same so they can build a future together. No decision is easy when love is in mix, and Leah wrestles with her love for Paul and the potential of their life together vs. the husband she has now.

    “We are so thrilled to bring this special and intimate story to life alongside such an amazing and talented group of creatives” stated Lugo and Carlberg in a statement.

    Liu’s other credits include The Man With The Iron Fists (co-starring Russell Crowe, directed by THE RZA), Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Lucky Number Slevin as well as the Oscar winning Chicago.

    She can next be seen in Set It Up, which co-stars Taye Diggs, Glenn Powell and Zoey Deutch and directed by Claire Scanlon which streams this summer on Netflix.

    Sadoski currently stars on the hit CBS comedy series Life in Pieces and portrayed the role of Don Keefer on HBO’s Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom. But the previously Emmy-nominated actor (Reasons to Be Pretty) has a number of other television and film credits. Those include the NBC mini-series The Slap as well as the features The Last Word, John Wick: Chapter Two, I Smile Back, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. He will next star in the independent comedy Mimic, which also co-stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon and Jessica Walter.

    Lillard, of course, is a veteran of both stage and screen (SL Punk!, Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen, and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Scooby-Doo, and the cult horror franchise Scream). His directorial debut was Fat Kid Rules the World.

    He has recently worked on the Amazon show Bosch and Showtime’s Twin Peaks, and is currently working on the new NBC drama Good Girls.

    Gabriela Revilla Lugo is a producer of Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which won the Sundance Jury Selection award and took home several Academy Awards. Lugo also produced Warner Bros. and Blumhouse’s, The Gallows. She oversaw Summer Forever, helmed by director Roman White, which was distributed by Disney’s Makers Studio.

    In 2016, Lugo was the executive producer of The Tribes of Palos Verdes, staring Jennifer Garner as well as Forest Whitaker, and Tom Wilkinson’s Burden, (both produced by Robbie Brenner of The Dallas Buyers Club). Recently, Lugo was executive producer on the indie Saint Judy staring Michelle Monaghan, Common, Alfred Molina, and Alfre Woodard.

    Carlberg is an award-winning feature film, television, new media, Broadway and Los Angeles stage producer who recently produced the film Sun Dogs, which marked the feature directorial debut of Jennifer Morrison and premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival; it was released on Netflix in April 2018. Other recent and upcoming film work includes the 2018 Official Sundance Selection The Blazing World and the feature film Accommodations, premiering this month.

    Liu is repped by ICM, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Sadoski is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment. Lillard is repped by Paradigm, and Linings Entertainment. Carlberg is repped by Nelson Davis. Lugo is repped by UTA.

    Black Monday: '80s Wall Street Satire Starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall Snags 10-Episode Showtime Series Order

    (6/15/18) Showtime’s Wall Street-set comedy Black Monday is indexing high: The bullish cabler has handed a 10-episode order to the ’80s-set satire, which stars Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Regina Hall (Girls Trip).

    The project — which was previously titled Ball Street — promises to answer the decades-old question: What caused the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street on October 19, 1987? Per the logline, “It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.”

    Happy Endings creator David Caspe and frequent collaborator Jordan Cahan (Marry Me) serve as EPs and showrunners. Preacher duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also EPs.

    The cast also includes Paul Scheer (The League), Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island),. Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson and Wet Hot American Summer‘s Ken Marino will recur.

    “Black Monday is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “Don, Andrew and Regina lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms.”

    Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (7/8)

    (6/15/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

    The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are:

    Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby

    Makenna Paige Dunham – daughter
    Ashlyn Evelyn Dunham – daughter
    Bree Dunham Hemphill – daughter
    Audrey Elena Dunham – wife


    Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

    Eric Zee – husband
    Michaela Zee – daughter
    Lang Yee – brother
    Juliet Silva – sister-in-law

    In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are:

    Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore

    Marcia Berry – mother
    Christian Diggs – sister
    Gabriel Diggs – brother
    Shalom Israel Diggs – sister


    Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland

    Cynthia Rhea – sister
    Celia Rhea – sister
    William Woods – nephew
    Robert Woods – nephew.

    Taye Diggs: I was wrongly fired for stealing from an ice cream parlor

    (6/14/18) Taye Diggs was once fired after he was wrongly accused of stealing — and he’s still mad about it.

    Diggs, who stars in the comedy “Set It Up,” told Page Six: “I got fired from this ice cream place in Rochester, [NY].”

    He added at the Netflix premiere, “[The owners] said I stole money from them. They knew I didn’t, but they fired me anyway. I wish I could remember their names. I was on the register and they blamed it on me.”

    He fumed, “Damn, you made me mad just now!”

    Taye Diggs’ son doesn’t want him to have a girlfriend

    (6/13/18) There might be no bond stronger than the one shared by father and son.

    But Taye Diggs says his relationship with his and ex-wife Idina Menzel‘s 8-year-old son, Walker, is really unique.

    “He is now getting kind of more candid and honest,” Diggs, 47, told People. “He said the other day that he doesn’t want me to have a girlfriend. He said, ‘I want you to myself.’”

    “Then he said, ‘Is that okay to say dad?’” the actor recalled. “I was like, ‘Yeah man! I want you to be able to tell me anything. Okay I get that.’”

    Diggs and Menzel, 47, split in 2014 after 11 years of marriage. In 2017, Menzel remarried to Aaron Lohr.

    Kimmy Schmidt's Final Episodes

    (6/1/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s journey won’t come to an end until next year: Netflix has announced that the second half of the comedy’s fourth and final season will debut on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

    The show’s last six episodes may be followed up by a movie to wrap up any loose ends, it was reported earlier this month.

    The first half of Kimmy‘s fourth season hit the streaming service on Wednesday.

    Arrested Development Season 5

    (5/18/18) The first half of Arrested Development Season 5 will debut Tuesday, May 29 on Netflix, while the second half will be available at a TBA date.

    Portia De Rossi confirms she's quit acting on 'Ellen'

    (5/18/18) Portia De Rossi has confirmed that she has retired from acting.

    The Australian actress rose to fame after landing the role of Nelle Porter in legal drama series Ally McBeal and later appeared in TV shows such as Arrested Development, Nip/Tuck and Scandal.

    While Portia will be seen in five episodes of the upcoming season five of Arrested Development, she disclosed during an interview with her wife on her TV show The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday that she would no longer be concentrating on her Hollywood career.

    “You aren’t a big fan of doing press and talk shows, so thank you for being here,” Ellen told her spouse of nearly 10 years. “She really doesn’t. That’s why she actually quit acting. She decided you didn’t want to do anything more with acting and got off of Scandal.”

    Portia then went on to explain that she made the decision about a year and a half ago, when Shonda Rhimes decided to cut her character from political thriller series Scandal.

    “I was approaching 45 and I was just wondering was there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be very challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business,” the star shared, adding that while she tried to explain her decision to Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz at the time, he had other plans for her.

    “I called Mitch Hurwitz, who is the creator of Arrested Development, and I said, ‘If there’s a season five, I won’t be doing it because I quit acting.’ And he seemed really understanding and he totally got it – we had a great conversation. And then he wrote me into five episodes! Don’t know how it happened.”

    Portia is now focusing on developing her new business, an art venture named General Public, in which she collaborates with artists to create their original works as Synographs, or textured prints, and sells them online direct to consumers.

    ‘Westworld’ star James Marsden talks ‘scary and sad’ divorce

    (5/18/18) James Marsden considered himself a lucky and privileged guy — until he and his ex-wife Lisa Linde split up.

    “Being a white male, you’re born with certain unearned privileges,” he told Men’s Health. “My life hasn’t been filled with sorrow and deep struggle. When the divorce happened, it was the first time I felt I lost my equilibrium.”

    The “Westworld” actor married Linde in 2000, but they divorced in 2011 citing irreconcilable differences. They share two children together, a boy and a girl.

    “It was scary and sad and made me pull everything into focus,” Marsden said. “I needed to focus on what was important.”

    As hard as the experience may have been, there was also a lot to be gained from it.

    “I know regrets can be a catalyst for good things,” he said. “Not to talk like a Hallmark card, but it’s true.”

    Marsden eventually moved on with Rose Costa, with whom he shares a son. He’s currently dating British singer Edei.

    Robert Downey Jr. To Topline A.I. Docuseries For YouTube

    (5/15/18) YouTube will explore the world of artificial intelligence in a new docuseries, from Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. The eight-episode hourlong series will premiere exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.

    Downey Jr. will host and narrate the Untitled A.I. Series, which will feature researchers and leading experts in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts sharing their perspectives on A.I. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.

    The Downeys will executive produce with Team Downey’s Emily Ford. The production company’s Evan Moore will oversee the project. Sonar’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski also will executive produce. Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz will produce the series.

    “We are excited to be in business with the smart creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”

    “Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.

    Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.

    Obie Awards Set Andrew Garfield, Laura Benanti, Lucy Liu, Matthew Broderick As Presenters

    (5/15/18) Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of The American Theatre Wing and Peter Barbey, President and CEO of The Village Voice announce today the lineup of presenters at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards. The ceremony will take place May 21 at Terminal 5 in New York City.

    This year’s presenters include Academy Award and two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, Emmy Award nominee Lucy Liu, as well as two-time Tony Award and Obie Award winner Matthew Broderick. Other presenters include Oliver Platt, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, David Morse, Itamar Moses, Arian Moayed, William Ivey Long, Natasha Katz, David Henry Hwang, David Zinn, Emilio Sosa, Lilli Cooper, and Pixie Aventura. Hitchens and Barbey will also present along with Chair of the Obie Judges Michael Feingold.

    Emmy and Obie-winning actor John Leguizamo will serve as this year’s Obie Awards. Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant will receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement.

    Elementary Renewed at CBS

    (5/12/18) Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson have not solved their last case.

    CBS has renewed the long-running drama Elementary for Season 7.

    The show kicked off Season 6 just two weeks ago. Its opener drew 4.7 million viewers and an 0.6 demo rating — up slightly from its Season 5 finale. Although far from a ratings powerhouse, the show is a a huge international player for CBS.

    The sixth season is currently airing Mondays at 10/9c.

    Netflix Lands Stephen King & Joe Hill Novella ‘In The Tall Grass’ With James Marsden, Helmer Vincenzo Natali

    (5/9/18) Despite its absence from the official film program here at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix continues to move forward in its feature slate building. A deal has closed for In The Tall Grass, a novella written by Stephen King and his son and fellow bestselling horror author Joe Hill. Westworld‘s James Marsden is in negotiations to star, and Vincenzo Natali is adapting to direct. Natali is best known for helming Cube and Splice.

    The logline: after hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas but soon discover that there may be no way out.

    The film will be produced by Splice‘s Steve Hoban, Jimmy Miller at Mosaic, and M. Riley. Miller and Riley produced The Lazarus Effect.

    The film will begin production this summer in Toronto. This becomes the third Netflix film with the horror maestro King, following Gerald’s Game and 1922.

    Paradigm reps King and negotiated on behalf of the producers. Natali and Marsden are repped by CAA. Mardsen is also repped by Authentic.

    ‘True Detective’: Josh Hopkins, Jodi Balfour Set To Recur In Season 3 Of HBO Series

    (5/9/18) Quantico alum Josh Hopkins and Jodi Balfour (The Crown) are set to recur, along with Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective.

    Starring Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer and Ray Fisher, the next installment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

    Hopkins will play Jim Dobkins, a private attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas involved in deposing state police detectives in an ongoing investigation. Balfour will play Lori, long-term love interest to Det. Roland West. Chavis will play Wayne Hays’ (Ali) son at age 9.

    They join previously announced recurring cast Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn and Michael Graziadei.

    As with the breakout original installment of True Detective, Pizzolatto is the sole writer of the third season with the exception of Episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch. Daniel Sackheim directs alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut. Jeremy Saulnier directed the first two episodes.

    Pizzolatto, who also serves as showrunner, executive produces with Saulnier and returning executive producers Scott Stephens; Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who toplined Season 1; Cary Joji Fukunaga, who directed Season 1; along with Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown.

    Hopkins played the series regular role of Liam O’Connor in the first season of ABC’s Quantico and before that starred as Grayson Ellis in Cougar Town. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Balfour, who received critical praise for her guest role as Jackie Kennedy in Netflix’s The Crown, currently stars as the female lead in BBC1/Cinemax limited series Rellik opposite Richard Dormer. She’s repped by APA, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

    Chavis recurs as Randall in NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us and played Trevor in White Famous, among other credits. He’s repped by Randy James Management and Eris Talent Agency.

    Robert Downey Jr. set to reprise role in 'Sherlock Holmes 3'

    (5/9/18) Nearly seven years after “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” hit theatres, Warner Bros. Pictures says a third installment of the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise is coming in 2020.

    The studio said Monday that Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective alongside Jude Law as his counterpart Watson.

    “Sherlock Homes” was a box office hit for the studio when it was released in 2009, just one year after Downey Jr. also made his debut as Iron Man. A sequel quickly followed in 2011. Combined, the first two films grossed north of $1 billion. Both were directed by Guy Ritchie.

    A director has yet to be announced for “Sherlock Holmes 3,” however. The film is dated for a Christmas 2020 release.

    Kimmy Schmidt Ending With Season 4; Finale Movie in the Works — Report

    (5/4/18) Kimmy Schmidt has apparently reached her breaking point.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end its run on Netflix after its fourth season, TVLine’s sister site Deadline reports, with a finale movie in the works to wrap up any loose ends.

    The movie will reportedly be written by Kimmy co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock following production on Season 4, which releases its first six (of 13) episodes on Wednesday, May 30. (The second half arrives later this year.)

    TVLine has reached out to Netflix for comment.

    Are you ready to say goodbye to Kimmy and the gang (keeping in mind that you still have a season and a potential movie left to enjoy)?

    Kimmy Schmidt Gets a New Job (and Song!) in Season 4 Premiere — Watch

    (5/4/18) (Video) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is no longer unemployable.

    Netflix has released a first look at the opening minutes of the comedy’s Season 4 premiere (debuting Wednesday, May 30), and in it, Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy is starting her first day at work to the tune of an energetic, Mary Tyler Moore-style theme song — sung by co-star Jane Krakowski, naturally. Kimmy even tosses her hat in the air, just like Mary Richards… but alas, it gets stuck in a tree, along with a dozen others.

    Kimmy’s the new HR manager at Giztoob, a hip tech start-up where she hands out unwanted high-fives and hugs to her fellow co-workers — including a robot named C.H.E.R.Y.L. But her job isn’t easy: Her boss Zach informs her she’ll have to fire an employee for being late — and fix that scratchy record player, while she’s at it.

    Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu To Star In Drag Queen Comedy ‘Stage Mother’

    (5/1/18) Jacki Weaver (Silver Lining’s Playbook), Taye Diggs (Chicago) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) are to lead cast in comedy Stage Mother, set in the drag queen world of San Francisco. Currently in pre-produciton, Film Mode, which handles world sales, will be shopping the movie in Cannes with shoot is due to get underway in Canada later this year.

    Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) is helming the movie penned by San Francisco screenwriter Brad Hennig (The Hot Flashes). The cute story follows a conservative Texas church-choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s San Francisco drag club. Following her heart, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving on her own from Texas to San Francisco save the club from bankruptcy. In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother figure to the club’s flamboyant performers, until a surprise visit threatens to upend her new life.

    J. Todd Harris is producing for Branded Pictures Entertainment alongside Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, 4K Productions’ Laurie Lacob and Emotion Pictures’ Doug Pettigrew. Executive Producers are Clay Epstein, Brad Hennig and Thom Fitzgerald.

    “Stage Mother has the sharp balance of humor and drama that characterize a number of films that focus on mature protagonists in unexpected new surroundings, like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Shirley Valentine, and especially those that focus on conservative straight characters coming to embrace the LGBTQcommunity, as in Pride and Kinky Boots,” Fitzgerald said.

    Weaver is repped by ICM Partners and Elevate Management, Diggs by ICM Partners and Authentic Management and Liu by ICM Partners, Framework and Untitled.

    Jane Krakowski Guest Stars on Modern Family

    (5/1/18) “Clash of Swords” – Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00–9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

    Guest starring are Jane Krakowski as Dr. Donna Duncan, Christian Barillas as Ronaldo, Ben Schwartz as Nick and Dylan Bay Kleckner as Cal.

    Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelly list Bay Area home for $29.5M

    (4/17/18) Actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, TV producer David E. Kelley, have listed their purr-fect Woodside, CA, estate for $29.5 million, according to W magazine.

    The couple purchased the place in 2004 for $12 million, according to property records. Located about 30 miles south of San Francisco, the exclusive enclave is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s wealthiest communities, and residents include Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and finance guru Charles Schwab.

    Pfeiffer’s equestrian property on 8.67 acres features a Spanish-style main house with four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 6,379 square feet of living space. The main level includes a great room with multiple seating areas plus an elevated media/library area, and three sets of French doors that open to the main terrace.

    All the bedrooms are on the main floor, including a “luxurious” master suite complete with sitting area and private rooftop deck, two walk-in closets and a marble bath with steam shower for two.

    The spread also features three studio apartments, a gym plus a separate office and a detached office or guesthouse.

    The manicured grounds feature an array of outdoor pursuits, including a gated pool and spa and tennis court. The main terrace has a fireplace and cedar hot tub.

    If you have a green thumb you’ll appreciate the apple orchard, three fenced and covered vegetable beds, natural grasses, meadows and a formal lawn. For equine pursuits, there’s a historic octagonal barn from 1925 with 10 stalls as well as a fenced paddock.

    The serene space is one more home the couple appear to be shedding. The two were rumored to have listed a 340-acre, waterfront property for $28.8 million in British Columbia that’s accessible only by boat.

    The 59-year-old has been enjoying a resurgence in her acting career of late. Along with the recent films “Mother!” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” the Oscar-nominated actress also stars in the upcoming Marvel film “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

    Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations

    (4/15/18) Bon Jovi reunited onstage with former members for a powerful performance celebrating its admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the late icon Nina Simone was welcomed to the prestigious music club with show-stopping performances from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day.

    Bon Jovi’s portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage. He said he had been writing the speech for years.

    “Some days I write the ‘Thank you’ speech, sometimes I write the ‘(Expletive) you’ speech,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about time. It took a lot of people to get us here tonight.”

    Richie Sambora, who left the New Jersey band in 2013, and Alec John Such, who left in 1994, embraced their former bandmates with a hug after each one spoke onstage to accept the honor. They performed together, too, singing crowd favorites like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” ?You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”

    They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs to the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.

    Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner, questioning why he was qualified to vote on who enters the prominent organization. Stern said the Rolling Stone magazine founder doesn’t play any instruments “but he did start a great magazine … and now it’s the size of a pamphlet.”

    Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock Hall in a groundbreaking way from performers who she has deeply inspired, from Hill to Mary J. Blige.

    Hill was exceptional, stretching her voice as wide as possible, and singing in French, in honor of Simone’s music. Hill earned a standing ovation from the audience.

    Day, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, was also extraordinary, hitting high notes that also earned her applause. Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer “bold, strong, feisty and fearless.”

    “Her voice was so distinctive and powerful and I never heard anything like it,” the R&B superstar said.

    Simone was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor on his sister’s behalf.

    “They said I had three minutes, I said, ‘No, I don’t.’ I’m going to take the time necessary to say what I got to say,” Waymon said.

    Waymon said sharp words during his speech, including lines like, “To all the brothers out there, protect your sisters.” He said he always protected Simone, and continues to do so.

    He also told the crowd, “If you’re sampling (Nina’s) music, you better pay for it!”

    The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing “American Girl,” then transitioning to “Free Fallin’.”

    “Pay some rock ‘n’ roll respect … to the eternal Tom Petty,” frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.

    Later in the event, Ann Wilson of Heart and Jerry Cantrell honored Chris Cornell with a commanding rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel hours after a Soundgarden concert there last May.

    The Cars and four first-time nominees, including Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, make up the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

    Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited “Nights in White Satin” singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be inducted Saturday.

    Wilson of Heart said the English rockers “are and have always been a kick ass rock band.”

    Another English band, Dire Straits, was inducted at the event, but it was without its leader Mark Knopfler, or his brother David Knopfler. Onstage, Illsley said of Mark’s absence: “I’ll assure you it’s a personal thing. Let’s just leave it at that.”

    Illsley thanked the entire band and described the group as “a collective, a brotherhood.” The band did not perform after speaking.

    A flawless Brittany Howard, of the critically acclaimed rock act Alabama Shakes, gave an extraordinary Tharpe impression onstage, winning over the audience with her rousing live performance in honor of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll. Howard was backed by an equally appealing Questlove of The Roots on the drums. Felicia Collins, best known has a member of the band on “Late Show with David Letterman,” also wowed the audience when she performed a tribute to Tharpe.

    Tharpe died in 1973 and was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music. A video package featuring past interviews from Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and others praising Tharpe’s musicality aired at the event. Tharpe earned the “Award for Early Influence,” while the other five acts were inducted as performers.

    Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars’ songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage.

    The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976 and known for combining New Wave and classic rock sounds, were inducted this year after being nominated twice before. Ric Ocasek paid tribute to bandmate Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

    “It’s quite strange to be here without him,” Ocasek said.

    Elliot Easton also was emotional at the end of his speech when he thanked his mom, who he said was watching from above.

    “We did it mom!,” he said, earning cheers from the audience.

    Ocasek also earned applause when he namedropped Cleveland: “I lived in Cleveland for a while. It was actually the first place I played music in front of people.”

    The event will air May 5 on HBO.

    Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations

    (4/10/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess will announce the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 26, the organization announced today.

    The awards ceremony, as previously announced, will be hosted by Michael Urie at Manhattan’s The Town Hall on Sunday, June 3.

    “What an honor to have Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of, producer of the awards ceremony. “With their unique theatrical backgrounds, we are so pleased that they will be on hand to celebrate the New York theater community.”

    The nominations will be announced at 10 a.m. ET on April 26 from Feinstein’s/54 Below and livestreamed on the TheaterMania site. The Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

    Jennifer Ehle, Scott Speedman & Gil Bellows Board ‘Run This Town’

    (4/4/18) Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Scott Speedman (Animal Kingdom) and Gil Bellows (Eyewitness) have been cast in the policial drama Run This Town. They join previously announced Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev and Damian Lewis, with production is underway in Canada.

    Written and directed by Ricky Tollman, the story follows a young journalist (Platt) who is desperate to prove himself and catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs.

    Producers are Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman for JoBro Productions, and Ariella Naymark, while Aqute Media’s Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman and CounterNarrative Films serve as exec producers. Aqute is financing the film with Telefilm Canada.

    Ehle is repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group in the UK. Speedman is also with UTA as well as Anonymous Content. Bellows is a client of Patterson Talent Management and Untitled Entertainment.

    David E. Kelley On Steven Bochco’s Death: “A Devastating Loss For Television”

    (4/3/18) David E. Kelley today is mourning the loss of his mentor Steven Bochco, who died Sunday at 74, calling him “my beacon, my friend.”

    In 1986, Kelley was a practicing attorney in Boston when a legal thriller feature screenplay he had written in his spare time, From the Hip, got in the hands of Bochco. The TV showrunner was looking for writers with a legal background for the new NBC series he had co-created, L.A. Law.

    Bochco gave Kelley his first TV writing job on the show. Kelley, who kept his Boston law office for the first year just in case writing did not work out, excelled, and Bochco quickly promoted him to executive producer. The two shared three consecutive Best Drama Series Emmys together, two of which were accompanied by writing Emmy trophies for Kelley.

    The mentor and the mentee teamed to create together the series Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran from 1989-93 and made Neil Patrick Harris a star.

    “A devastating loss. For television,” Kelley said today about the death of Bochco. “For those who loved him and were loved by him. My beacon, my friend. The ground feels different now.”

    Robert Downey Jr. Unveils Cast For ‘The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle’: Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard, Kumail Nanjiani & More Joining

    (3/27/18) On social today, Robert Downey Jr. announced the entire cast for Universal’s live action-animated hybrid The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle which is due out on April 12, 2019. Pic is currently shooting in London.

    New to the cast are: Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Octavia Spencer, Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, Emmy Award winner Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, John Cena, Carmen Ejogo and Frances De La Tour who will all provide voiceovers.

    Playing live action roles are Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.

    Previously announced cast members include Downey, Jr., Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland and Selena Gomez.

    The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is based on the character from the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting.

    Stephen Gaghan directs from his screenplay, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey. Roth/Kirschenbaum Films has been behind such family blockbusters as Alice In Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Maleficent. Susan Downey’s credits include the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge and The Brave One. Executive Vice President Jon Mone and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for Universal.

    Cotillard is represented CAA and Adequat; Spencer is represented by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Malek is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP; Robinson is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP; Cena is represented by ICM Partners; Nanjiani is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams; Ejogo is represented by WME and Anonymous Content; de La Tour is represented by APA, Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and Simmons & Scott Entertainment.

    Peter MacNicol on The Big Bang Theory 4/12/18

    (3/23/18) “The Reclusive Potential” – A brilliant but reclusive scientist, Doctor Wolcott (Peter MacNicol), invites Sheldon to his cabin in the middle of nowhere, and Leonard, Raj and Howard go along for the trip. Also, Penny and Bernadette improvise after Amy doesn’t like the tame bachelorette party they planned for her, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, April 12 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Grey's Anatomy: Hold Back the River (4/5)

    (3/19/18) “Hold Back the River” – Amelia, Koracick and DeLuca perform a risky, groundbreaking procedure using ultrasound waves to remove a young patient’s brain tumor. Meanwhile, Meredith and Jo work with different polymers to try to salvage their project submission; and Richard’s AA sponsor is admitted to Grey Sloan with a DNR, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring are Jason George as Ben Warren, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Jeanine Jason as Sam Bello, Alex Blue Davis as Casey Parker, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt and Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm.

    “Hold Back the River” was written by Alex Manugian and directed by Geary McLeod.

    Lucy Liu Wants to #BringArtBackToSchools After Her Childhood Passion Changed Her Life

    (3/13/18) Lucy Liu has school art programs to thank for her success as an actress.

    The Kill Bill star, 49, tells PEOPLE she mined her creativity by exploring her artistic hobbies at school. Growing up, Liu says, her parents didn’t encourage art in their home. The only time she could explore that side of herself, she says, was in school.

    “It actually changed my life completely because since we were so math and science oriented,” she recalls. “When I started to get involved and do art on my own and at school in those programs, I was able to understand that I really wanted to have a creative life. Once I graduated from school I obviously pursued that and continued to pursue it even though my parents were not thrilled about that.”

    That’s why Liu says she is partnering up with LIFEWTR, the premium bottled water company, and the brand’s “Arts in Education Series” on Arts Advocacy Day to drive conversation around the importance of arts in education and help #BringArtBackToSchools. On Monday, the actress posted about the campaign to her Instagram alongside a message on how her fans can get involved and help their local schools receive free art kits from LIFEWTR.

    “Today, @LIFEWTR is announcing a commitment to reach one million students nationwide in the next year through curated curriculum, distribution of art supplies and local partnerships to champion this cause and inspire the next generation of artists like myself,” she wrote. “Please join me and share your story about how art has had a positive impact on you or someone you know, zip code and #BringArtBackToSchools. They’ll be donating art kits to classrooms in select schools across the country.”

    The initiative combines two of the things Liu is most passionate about. As a mom herself to 2-and-a-half-year-old Rockwell Lloyd, the Elementary actress says it’s important to make sure kids explore their creativity when young.

    “I have a few focuses. One of them is children, the other one is art and the other one is acting,” Liu says. “With kids especially, there’s a certain freedom that they have with the way they express themselves and that’s what we should tap into now. And what I love about what LIFEWTR is doing is they’re advocating for that and they’re advocating for people to have an opportunity to discover themselves as artists and to inspire other people.”

    Nicole Kidman to Star in HBO Limited Series The Undoing, Reuniting With BLL Writer and EP David E. Kelley

    (3/12/18) Is it fair to call Nicole Kidman a TV star now?

    The Big Little Lies Emmy winner has signed on to star in the HBO limited series The Undoing, which will reunite her with writer David E. Kelley, TVLine has learned. Kidman will play Grace Sachs, a successful therapist on the verge of publishing her first book. But her life is rocked by a series of tragedies: a violent death, the disappearance of her husband and “a chain of terrible revelations” about the man she thought she knew.

    Kelley will write the psychological thriller, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel You Should Have Known, and serve as showrunner. He also wrote all seven episodes of the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which won an Emmy for Kidman last year in the role of abused wife Celeste Wright. (HBO announced in December that both Kidman and Kelley will return for Season 2 of Big Little Lies as well.)

    “David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center,” Kidman said in a statement. “I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley.”

    Grey's Anatomy: Old Scars, Future Hearts (3/15)

    (2/28/18) “Old Scars, Future Hearts” – Meredith tries to learn more about Marie Cerone’s history with her mother. Meanwhile, Jo is applying for fellowships around the country and it throws Alex for a loop; and Tom Koracick helps April acknowledge her crisis of faith, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MARCH 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring are Rachel Ticotin as Marie Cerone and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.

    “Old Scars, Future Hearts” was written by Tameson Duffy and directed by Ellen Pompeo.

    Jon Bon Jovi launches his rosé at Versace mansion

    (2/27/18) Jon Bon Jovi launched his rosé, Hampton Water, at the Versace mansion in Miami this weekend with son Jesse Bongiovi and winemaker Gérard Bertrand.

    Bon Jovi, who modeled for Versace 20 years ago, said, “Welcome to Gianni’s house,” before singing several hits and covering “I Put a Spell on You.”

    Synchronized swimmers performed in the pool. The rocker said working with his son is one of the greatest thrills he’s ever had and that Jesse’s his boss.

    Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Gets May Premiere Date, Will Be Split in Half

    (2/14/18) Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but her show is apparently a different story.

    Netflix on Wednesday announced that it’s breaking the comedy’s upcoming fourth season into multiple parts, with the first half (six episodes) premiering on Wednesday, May 30. The second half will premiere sometime in 2018.

    This makes at least half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth season eligible for Emmy consideration, as episodes must air or be released by May 31 in order to qualify.

    The announcement, naturally, came equipped with this fun little video of Kimmy being… Kimmy:

    STOP… in the naaaame of Season 4! Part 1 streams May 30th! — Kimmy Schmidt (@KimmySchmidt) February 14, 2018

    Bon Jovi loses big after selling West Village condo

    (2/13/18) Jon Bon Jovi is used to making hits — but this time he’s taking one.

    We’re told the rock superstar took a loss after selling his West Village condo for $15 million — $2.25 million down from the original asking price.

    Sources say the “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer bought the apartment at 150 Charles St. — where other celebrity residents have included Sports Illustrated model Irina Shayk and Ben Stiller — in 2015 for $12.95 million and did “extensive renovations” on the pad.

    The rocker listed the 4,031-square-foot duplex — which boasts four bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, river-and-skyline views and a large, grassy terrace — for $17.25 million in June but didn’t bag a buyer.

    We’re told Bon Jovi “just wanted out of the building.”

    He picked up a new place at the “much more elegant” Greenwich Lane building in the West Village for $19 million.

    According to Curbed, the star has “had quite the real estate journey in the past few years,” listing and cutting the price on a Soho penthouse several times.

    Reps didn’t get back to us.

    Grey's Anatomy: You Really Got a Hold on Me (3/1)

    (2/13/18) “You Really Got a Hold on Me” – Seattle firefighters Ben Warren and Andy Herrera head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire. With one of the boys’ lives literally in Andy’s hands, her skills are put to the test. Meanwhile, the doctors are hard at work on their projects for the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest; and Amelia brings Tom Koracick in to consult on her and Alex’s patient, on a special, TGIT Crossover Event episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MARCH 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring are Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Sophia Taylor Ali as Dahlia Qadri, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Jeanine Mason as Sam Bello, Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm and Rushi Kota as Vik Roy.

    “You Really Got a Hold on Me” was written by Stacy McKee and directed by Nzingha Stewart.

    Portia surprises Ellen with a gorilla conservation center

    (2/3/18) (Video) Actress Portia de Rossi is giving wife Ellen DeGeneres her own namesake gorilla conservation center for her 60th birthday.

    De Rossi announced the gift during an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing Thursday. Her donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will create a permanent home in Rwanda for the organization that has been protecting endangered mountain gorillas for 50 years.

    DeGeneres said in a statement Thursday that she is “beyond excited” about the opportunity to work with the group. She said de Rossi “knew the exact right gift to give me.”

    DeGeneres has been an animal-rights activist for many years. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named her “woman of the year” in 2009.

    Fossey wrote “Gorillas in the Mist.” She died in 1985.

    Jon Bon Jovi is launching a rosé

    (1/28/18) Jon Bon Jovi will soon be singing “rosé all day.”

    The future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crooner and acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand will release “Diving into Hampton Water” rosé wine ahead of the summer season.

    “Creating this wine with Gérard was just as creative as collaborating with another songwriter, Gérard uses his talents and wine knowledge just like a gifted musician,” Bon Jovi said in the press release Thursday. “And working with my son on this has been an amazing experience.”

    The brainchild of Bon Jovi, 55, and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, 22, the idea sprouted after spending time in the Hamptons. Though the rocker initially dubbed the wine “pink juice,” his son and a pal settled on “Hampton Water” before taking the next steps and teaming up with Bertrand, whom they met through a mutual friend, to craft a wine encompassing the luxurious, albeit laid-back, lifestyles of the Hamptons and the South of France.

    “We’d tried rosé from everywhere,” Jesse said. “But when we visited Gérard, we realized that there is an entire coastline in France that is producing some of the best-kept secrets on Earth.”

    Set to hit shelves before spring at $25 a bottle, “Diving into Hampton Water” looks poised to follow the track of Bon Jovi’s previous wines, which are currently sold out.

    ‘False Profits’ Comedic Soap From Kayla Alpert & Jason Reed Gets ABC Pilot Order

    (1/23/18) ABC has given a pilot order to False Profits, a comedic soap set in the word of cosmetics marketing from Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios.

    Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.

    Alpert executive produces with Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios, where Jason T. Reed Prods is under an overall deal, is the studio.

    For the past two development seasons, ABC has put an emphasis on lighter one-hour shows in the tradition of Desperate Housewives.

    This is the network’s second official pilot order this season, joining a Tim Doyle Irish-Catholic family comedy. The network also has straight-to-series orders for The Rookie light hourlong procedural starring Nathan Fillion and a Kenya Barris/Alec Baldwin comedy, plus a Get Christie Love reboot, which is casting in anticipation of a formal pilot order.

    Alpert is supervising producer and writer on CBS’ Code Black. Her previous writing/producing credits include TV movie Flowers in the Attic and series Up All Night and Ally McBeal.

    Robert Downey Jr. responds to Hugh Grant’s claim Downey hated him

    (1/12/18) Robert Downey Jr. had a very Robert Downey Jr. response after Hugh Grant said in an interview that the “Ironman” star hated him when they worked together on the 1995 film “Restoration.”

    “A lot has happened over two decades! I respect how Mr. Grant has matured as an artist & voice against violations of privacy,” Downey Jr. wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

    The 52-year-old actor added, “Let’s break bread together soon @HackedOffHugh! #burythehatchet2018”

    Grant, 57, recently gave an interview to People, in which he claimed Downey Jr. never liked him.

    “He took one look at me and wanted to kill me,” he said.

    Your move, Grant.

    Anne Heche and James Tupper have ended their relationship of over 10 years.

    (1/12/18) “James and I have shared a great life together and have many wonderful memories,” the couple said in a joint statement to People on Thursday. “We’ve enjoyed working together, most recently on ‘The Brave,’ where he joins us for our two mind-bending finale episodes.”

    The statement continues, “Relationships change and grow; we’re taking time for that. We care very much for each other and plan to continue raising our two beautiful boys in love and harmony. Thank you for allowing us privacy as our family evolves.”

    Heche. 48, and Tupper, 52, began dating in 2007. They share 8-year-old son Atlas and Heche has a 15-year-son named Homer from a previous relationship.

    A rep did not immediately return our request for comment.

    James Legros on Blue Bloods

    (12/26/17) “Erasing History” – When Henry is the key witness on Danny and Baez’s case, his meddling pushes Danny’s buttons until he leads them to valuable information. Also, Nicky shocks her family by siding with her activist friend, Chrissie (Naian González Norvind), who defaced the NYPD flag at One Police Plaza, and Jamie and Eddie learn a parole officer is taking advantage of his power over parolees, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Genevieve Angelson (Whitney), James Legros (Jim Voorhees), Max Weinberg (Mario Vangelis).

    Bon Jovi finally gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    (12/13/17) Whoahhhhh, they’re all the way there.

    Bon Jovi is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The New Jersey rockers will take their place with music elites in April at the induction ceremony in Cleveland, alongside the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Rock-and-roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also receive a special Award for Early Influence.

    Bon Jovi’s omission has puzzled rock fans for years. The band has sold hundreds of millions of records, had four No. 1 hits and their anthemic songwriting has been aped by many subsequent pop-rock outfits.

    They’ve been eligible for induction since 2009, but the band has only ever been on the nominee docket once before, in 2011. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi has previously put this down to a “falling out” with Rock Hall bigwigs, and a subsequent personal vendetta.

    “There’s other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f–k with me,” he told Howard Stern in 2016. “And that’s okay. I get it. I’ve sold more records than their artists.”

    This time, it’s the people who have spoken. Bon Jovi came out clear winners in this year’s fan vote, which is added to the hundreds of votes registered by music industry professionals. The group clocked up more than a million votes, well ahead of the second-place Moody Blues.

    Now, the question is whether the band will reunite with estranged guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora for the induction. Sambora reportedly battled alcoholism in recent years, and left the group abruptly during its 2013 tour.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is again choosing to leave out some big names such as Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine and, most notably, Radiohead, who were nominated for the first time.

    The Brits appeared to be shoo-ins, but they didn’t help their case by shrugging at the prospect of being inducted. When asked about the possibility by Rolling Stone this year, rhythm guitarist Ed O’Brien said he didn’t “understand it,” while lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood simply stated “I don’t care.” Proving it, the band booked a South American tour in April, meaning they couldn’t attend even if they were inducted.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has long been criticized for its failure to recognize women (Steve Miller took issue with this shortcoming during his own induction in 2016). This year, two out of the six inductees are female – that’s an entire one-third of the acts, y’all! It might not seem especially progressive, but for the overwhelmingly old and male Rock Hall voters, this must feel like the suffragette movement all over again.

    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Evacuate Pets From Home Under Threat From California Fire

    (12/10/17) Ellen DeGeneres says she and wife Portia De Rossi had to evacuate their pets from their California home due to the threat of a raging wildfire that has destroyed and damaged hundreds of properties over the past week.

    The two have several cats and dogs. This past October, the couple bought an $18.6 million beachfront home in Carpinteria, located near Santa Barbara. The Thomas Fire, one of a few wildfires raging in California, has prompted thousands of evacuations, road closures and unhealthy air quality warnings in Santa Barbara County and as well as neighboring Ventura County.

    "Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets," DeGeneres tweeted on Sunday. "I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters."

    "Everyone in the Montecito area is checking up on each other and helping to get people and animals to safety," the daytime host added. "I'm proud to be a part of this community. I'm sending lots of love and gratitude to the fire department and sheriffs. Thank you all. #ThomasFire."

    According to the CAL FIRE website, the Thomas fire began on December 4 and has so far burned through 173,000 acres, destroying more than 750 structures and damaging more than 160. On Sunday morning, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in areas around DeGenerous and de Rossi's home.

    Evacuations have also been ordered for parts of the Montecito area—home to other celebs such as Oprah Winfrey. If it unclear if they have been affected.

    DeGeneres and de Rossi also own a massive Italian-style villa in the Santa Barbara area that they have been trying to sell since early this year. It remains for sale for $39.5 million.

    The Thomas Fire was 15 percent contained on Sunday morning and smoke could be seen dozens of miles away in Los Angeles County.

    Last week, many people who live in the area, including celebs such as Paris Hilton and Lea Michele, evacuated their homes amid the threat of another wildfire that raged near hillside homes alongside the 405 freeway, one of the busiest highways in the U.S.

    The fires have also impacted businesses. Kylie Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics facility in Ventura County has temporary shut down as a result of the Thomas Fire to ensure the safety of workers, according to a message posted on the brand's Twitter page earlier on Sunday.

    "The impact of the fires has meant that many of our staff members have been evacuated from their homes, and have to relocate their families," the message read. "Those who weren't evacuated came in yesterday and have been working around the clock to get orders out."

    "Our team is incredible and everyone is working hard to catch up and we are going everything we can to ship orders, while ensuring the health and safety of our team members," the message continued. "Orders are continuing to ship and we appreciate everyone's patience and support."

    Nashville Final Season Trailer: Wait, Is Juliette Barnes Joining a Cult?

    (12/8/17) (Video) Maybe we’ve watched a few too many episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, but doesn’t this new trailer for Nashville‘s sixth and final season make it seem like Juliette’s heading down a very dangerous path?

    In the new video, released Thursday, Ms. Barnes makes the acquaintance of Darius, a charming founder of a self-actualization movement. “Why isn’t all of this fame and success enough?” he asks her, which isn’t an outrageous question. But then Avery says, “You’re putting all of your trust in this guy. You’re living your whole life by his words,” and that’s a fair observation — made by someone we know truly wants the best for our often impulsive heroine.

    In short, it seems like Ju is headed for cult membership or something equally troubling. And we’re officially worried.

    Other intel gleaned from the trailer:

    * Deacon has apparently given Juliette another chance after she stole Maddie’s song last season, and Ju seems appropriately grateful.

    * Gunnar seems to be having a far harder time dealing with the breakup than Scarlett is.

    * As teased in a previous promo, Will is the one shooting what appear to be steroids in the bathroom,

    * Deacon and Jessie definitely kiss and hold hands, and it’s definitely not making Daphne happy.

    * Maddie gets real cozy with pop star Jonah Ford.

    * Gunnar, Will and Avery play together. Dare we hope they’re forming a new band?!

    * Hey, look! It’s Hallie playing the Bluebird with Deacon! She lives!

    Nashville returns on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9/8c.

    Nashville Final Season Video Teases Will's New Man (?), Deacon-Jessie Kiss

    (12/1/17) (Video) Only a few words are spoken in this new Nashville Season 6 video, and yet it says so much.

    The teaser promo, released Thursday by CMT, tees up the country-music drama’s final season with new footage — and a series of sounds — that give a glimpse into what’ll happen in upcoming episodes.

    Most important things first: the kissing. Will and a new guy, Juliette and Avery, and Jessie and Deacon (almost) smooch during the 30-second spot. Then there’s the first look at new characters in action, including Jonah Ford, a charming and super successful pop star played by newcomer Nic Luken.

    Elsewhere, Maddie thwarts an admirer’s attempt to get closer, Scarlett signs an Exes poster, Daphne sobs, Jessie’s stupid ex twirls his stupid fidget spinner, and Deacon restrings a guitar.

    Nashville returns Thursday, Jan. 4, for its final season.

    Elementary Season 6 Expanded to 21 Episodes

    (11/29/17) Expanding Elementary‘s Season 6 episode count in the wake of a freshman CBS drama cratering is… logical, my dear Watson.

    The Eye network has upped the procedural’s midseason run from 13 episodes to a full-ish 21, our sister site Deadline reports. The order comes on the heels of CBS announcing that the Jeremy Piven-fronted freshman drama Wisdom of the Crowd would not be producing more than its initial 13 episodes.

    Wisdom of the Crowd premiered on Oct. 1 to 8.8 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, but went fractional in the demo with its fifth episode. To date, it is averaging 7.4 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Among CBS dramas, it only outrates Scorpion and MacGyver (both averaging 0.8 this fall) and fellow Sunday series Madam Secretary (0.7).

    Christina Ricci & Judith Light To Star In ‘Nellie Bly’ Movie In Works At Lifetime

    (11/29/17) Lifetime has given the green light to Nellie Bly (working title), a psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci (Monster), Judith Light (Transparent) and Josh Bowman (Revenge) attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere on Lifetime.

    Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity.

    Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). Bowman plays Dr. Josiah, who tries to help Nellie, but the attention prompts Grady’s barbaric tactics to intensify, leading Nellie to question if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.

    A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care. The story also spawned the 2015 movie 10 Days in a Madhouse based on Bly’s book, which starred Caroline Barry as Bly. An untitled drama project based on the book also is in development by Entertainment One, James Bond film producers Danjaq and The Frederick Zollo Company, with Kate Mara attached to star and executive produce.

    Ricci also executive produces via Grey Team Productions along with Howard Braunstein of Howard Braunstein Films. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff directing (Petals on the Wind) from a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).

    The Bly role marks Ricci’s return to Lifetime following her praised performance in limited series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and the prequel movie, Lizzie Borden Took An Axe. Ricci received an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress for her role as Hannah Davies in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and most recently starred in Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything.

    Ugly Betty alum Light currently plays Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent. She’s been nominated for three Primetime Emmys, two for Transparent and one for Ugly Betty, and she won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in One Life To Live.

    Bowman is known for his starring role as Daniel Grayson on Revenge and most recently appeared as John Stevenson on Time After Time.


    (11/27/17) CBS today announced that singer-songwriter Josh Groban will headline the 19th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown are set to perform on the special.

    A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.

    Singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans globally with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 30 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances and comedic film and television appearances. He is the only artist who has had two albums on the Top Ten Bestselling Albums list in the past decade, according to Billboard. Groban has released seven studio albums and received numerous Grammy Award nominations. In 2016 he embarked on an extensive North American tour to support his album Stages, titled “Josh Groban: On Stage.” That year, Groban also made his Broadway debut in the new musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” He is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through the arts.

    Multiple Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, which is a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” She has had over 100 #1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. She has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album and two children’s books.

    Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves received mass critical acclaim and recognition with the 2013 release of her Gold-certified album Same Trailer Different Park, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Her follow-up album, Pageant Material, was released in 2015, earning her a second #1 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and soaring to #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Musgraves is currently working on her highly-anticipated third album and will be joining Little Big Town and Harry Styles on tour next year.

    Multi-Platinum-selling country vocalist Kane Brown burst onto the music scene with the release of his chart-topping, Gold-certified debut album, Kane Brown, less than a year ago. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, the iTunes Country chart and iTunes all-genre chart upon its release last December, Brown released Kane Brown, Deluxe Edition, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brown is the only artist in history to simultaneously top all five Billboard Country charts and is the best-selling new country artist of the past three years. The ACM New Male Vocalist nominee recently released his new single, “Heaven,” which is the follow-up single to his record-breaking #1, Platinum-selling single “What Ifs.”

    Nashville to End After Season 6

    (11/17/17) (Video) A season-and-a-half after Rayna Jaymes went to her final resting place, Nashville will, too: CMT announced Friday that the upcoming sixth season will be the country-music drama’s last.

    “All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters,” executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said via statement. “And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”

    The cancellation is actually the series’ second; longtime fans will recall that ABC gave the drama the ax in 2016, but CMT saved the show by offering a pickup almost a month later.

    “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season” Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said in a statement. “We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the sixth season the most exciting and memorable of all.”

    Season 6 of Nashville will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 4. As reported earlier in November, Rachel Bilson has exited the series and will not appear in upcoming episodes.

    Nashville Sets Season 6 Premiere Date

    (11/14/17) CMT will put a little hot, country-music drama into your cold, post-holiday lives: Season 6 of Nashville will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 4.

    The network tweeted the announcement Tuesday via a video featuring stars Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere.

    (Video) We have a special announcement from @haydenpanettier and @JonathanJackson…
    The new season of #NashvilleCMT premieres Thursday, January 4 on @CMT. ??
    — Nashville on CMT (@NashvilleCMT) November 14, 2017

    After the Season 5 finale, co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz told TVLine that Rayna’s legacy record label Highway 65 — which suffered greatly after her demise — is down but certainly not out. “There is a chance that Highway 65 will survive, but they’re still facing the same kind of real difficulties record labels face these days.”

    Earlier in November, CMT announced that several new characters played by recurring guest stars will grace the screen this season. These include Darius (played by The Affair‘s Josh Stamberg), Sean (Nashville musical contributor Jake Etheridge) and Twig (When We Rise‘s Dylan Arnold).

    Even Josh Groban isn’t immune to Times Square hustlers

    (11/10/17) Even Broadway star Josh Groban isn’t immune to getting hustled in Times Square.

    At the Only Make Believe gala this week, the “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” Tony nominee Groban was presented with an award by Tony winner Lena Hall, who revealed: “At our first meeting, he signed my guitar .?.?. we took a stroll around the middle of 42nd Street together, and I watched as he was hustled out of $40 by a character dressed up in Times Square.”

    “SNL” comic Cecily Strong hosted the event, and Bryan Terrell Clark, Montego Glover and Greg Hildreth performed.

    Big Little Lies Eyes Spring 2018 Production Start for Season 2

    (11/9/17) It’s amazing how a crate full of Emmys can hasten the development process. Case in point: A second season of Big Little Lies is poised to become a reality (much) sooner than later.

    Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that HBO is eyeing a Spring 2018 production start for the female-driven phenom, which snagged eight Emmy statues in September, including for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Nicole Kidman. As recently as two weeks ago, Big Little Lies EP/writer David E. Kelley strongly intimated to TVLine that a second season was nearing the scheduling stage.

    “We’re kicking around ideas and trying to lasso the talent [and] get the band back together,” he shared. “It’s just a lot of logistical things. But I’m optimistic because everyone wants to do it. We feel we still have storytelling to do. No decision has been made yet, but we’re hopeful. Where we left it, I felt like it did open the opportunity for a lot more storytelling.”

    An HBO rep declined to confirm anything about a potential second season.

    Even before Big Little Lies triumphed at the Emmys, HBO asked Liane Moriarty — whose novel the miniseries was based on — to “take a crack at” coming with with a story for a potential second season. Kidman and fellow leading lady/EP Reese Witherspoon both expressed interest in keeping the franchise going, and director Jean-Marc Vallée — who initially balked at doing a sequel — now wants in. “It’d be great to reunite the team and to do it,” Vallée said backstage at the Emmys. “Are we going to be able to do it, altogether? I wish. We’ll see.”

    Portia De Rossi Says Steven Seagal Unzipped His Pants During An Audition

    (11/9/17) Portia de Rossi is the latest actress to come forward with her story about the plague of sexual misconduct infecting Hollywood. She recalls an incident with Steven Seagal where he unzipped his pants during an audition with him.

    De Rossi took to Twitter and said that during her final audition for a Segal movie in his office he told her that it was important to have “chemistry off-screen.” As he sat her down, he unzipped his leather pants.

    “I ran out and called my agent,” de Rossi recalls. “Unfazed, she replied, ‘well, I didn’t know if he was your type.'”

    Her story comes shortly after Julianna Margulies came forward with her own encounter with Segal earlier in her career when he invited her to his hotel room to go over a scene in a role she was up for. She arrived to find that he was armed with a gun.

    De Rossi’s story is the latest in a flood of allegations coming out since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Sexual harassment accusations against prominent Hollywood figures Hollywood have been coming out of the woodwork: Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback and most recently de Rossi’s Arrested Development co-star Jefferey Tambor.

    The Good Cop: Josh Groban Cast as Tony Danza's Son in Netflix Dramedy

    (11/9/17) The bar for unlikely father-son pairings on TV has been raised: Josh Groban has been cast as Tony Danza’s offspring in Netflix’s 10-episode dramedy The Good Cop, TVLine has learned.

    The feel-good procedural, from Monk creator Andy Breckman, centers on disgraced, former NYPD officer Tony Sr. (Danza) and his earnest, obsessively honest son — and current NYPD officer — Tony Jr. (Groban). This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.

    Although known mostly as a singer, Groban has been beefing up his acting resume in recent years with stints on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Life in Pieces and Parks and Recreation. Most recently, he snagged a Tony nomination for his starring role in Broadway’s The Great Comet.

    Breckman, who is The Good Cop‘s showrunner, will serve as an EP alongside Randy Zisk (Bones, Monk) and Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project). Zisk will also direct the premiere.

    Taye Diggs, Diane Guerrero to appear at BookCon

    (11/4/17) Taye Diggs and Shane Evans will be among those on hand for next year’s BookCon.

    Diggs and Evans will be promoting their picture book “I Love You More” during the June 2-3 gathering at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

    Other guests include “Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero, whose book “My Family Divided” will tell of growing up as the child of undocumented immigrants, and popular young adult authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds.

    The guest lineup was announced Thursday by BookCon producer ReedPOP.

    BookCon is a fan-based event that began as an offshoot of the publishing industry’s annual convention and trade show, BookExpo.

    Scarlett Johansson & ‘Avengers’ Mates Slate Puerto Rico Benefit

    (10/22/17) Scarlett Johansson and cast mates from the Avengers franchise will perform a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on November 6 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. So far, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo have signed on for the reading of Wilder’s American classic, with Kenny Leon directing the event, which is being organized by Johansson. The star promises additional, surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. All proceeds from the one-night-only event will be donated to support the relief efforts in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    “The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless,” Johansson said in announcing the event. “It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event. Please help me and my co-stars in coming together for an extraordinary, one-time-only evening to raise lifesaving funds for a devastated island and to help celebrate the true meaning of community with this unique reading of a great American classic.” Johansson is in Atlanta filming the next Avengers movie. “We immediately asked how we could help,” said producer John Gore, whose John Gore Organization is backing the benefit. “We couldn’t be happier to support our friend, Scarlett, and her co-stars in producing this evening for such a worthy cause.”

    The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working on the front lines with these communities.

    Tickets go on sale October 23 through

    Nashville Video: Juliette's On-Stage Tirade Tees Up Season 6 Premiere

    (10/20/17) (Video) When we checked in with Nashville‘s Juliette Barnes at the end of Season 5, she was in a very low place but seemed to be regrouping, reflecting and rebuilding herself as a better person.

    Then again, that was a few months ago.

    And when the CMT series returns for Season 6 in January, it appears that Ju’s regained her signature spunk… as well as the inability to pass up an opportunity to speak her mind.

    “I don’t want your money, I don’t want your attention,” Juliette angrily tells a crowd of concertgoers in the just-released promo above, “and I sure as hell don’t want your love.” (She appears contrite and teary later in the spot, so maybe we’ve got another public apology situation on our hands? How many is that now?)

    Ms. Barnes’ outburst isn’t the only noteworthy aspect of the 30-second video. We also get Deacon and Jessie having a possibly flirty phone call (probably with each other), Will giving a stirring speech about art and risk, and Gunnar as a bottle blonde (!).

    Fox's Christmas Story: Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos Join Live Musical

    (10/19/17) We triple-dog dare you not to get excited about this casting: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski and Silicon Valley‘s Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of Fox’s live musical production of A Christmas Story.

    Krakowski is set to play Miss Shields, teacher to nine-year-old Ralphie (played by relative newcomer Andy Walken). Diamantopoulos, meanwhile, will play Ralphie’s father. (He better brush up on his Italian!)

    Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! is a new rendition of the classic 1983 holiday film, based on the Broadway musical with new songs written by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Krakowski and Diamantopoulos join an all-star ensemble, with Matthew Broderick playing an older version of Ralphie and serving as the musical’s narrator, and Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph playing Ralphie’s mom.

    A Christmas Story Live! is set to ring in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7/6c.

    Greg Germann on Grey's Anatomy - 10/12/17

    (9/26/17) “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Amelia confronts a difficult situation, while Meredith deals with the fallout from her conversation with Nathan. Maggie finds herself at an awkward family dinner, Jackson receives big news, and Richard and Bailey search for the stars of tomorrow, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

    Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt, Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.

    “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” was written by Marlana Hope and directed by Geary McLeod.

    The Brave: Five Things to Know About NBC's Two-Pronged Military Drama

    (9/24/17) To explain the genesis of NBC’s upcoming military drama The Brave, series creator Dean Georgaris invokes not the strategic genius of Sgt. Major Jonas Blane or the war-is-hell mentality of Capt. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce, but the poor choices made by one Walter White.

    “I don’t come from a military family. I don’t have a political axe to grind. I don’t have a particular fascination with death, but I am fascinated with human resiliency and human ingenuity,” Georgaris (Life of Pi) tells TVLine. After watching documentaries about American Special Forces teams, “I was continually impressed with their ingenuity. I was continually impressed with their resiliency,” the EP says. “I would read story after story where the missions almost sounded like episodes of Breaking Bad, in that what started off with one simple decision leads to all these complications.”

    That concept — that the men and women who execute undercover, elite missions all over the world often have to innovate on the fly when plans fall apart — eventually became The Brave, which debuts Monday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c. Georgaris and his team created a fictional paramilitary unit that works all over the globe, using the players’ intelligence, weapons knowledge, language prowess and cultural skills to set bad situations right. Meanwhile, back in the United States, a group of analysts provides real-time backup and much-needed technical support to the unit in the field.

    We got Georgaris to give us some intel on the premiere of the series, which stars Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) and Anne Heche (Hung). Read on for what you need to know about the new NBC drama.

    THE TEAM | Vogel plays Capt. Adam Dalton, leader of a squad of what the show’s official site refers to as “highly trained undercover specialists.” These include Sgt. Jasmine “Jaz” Khan (played by Natacha Karam), a sniper; CPO Ezekiel “Preach” Carter (Demetrius Grosse, Banshee); Sgt. Joseph “McG” McGuide (Noah Mills, 2 Broke Girls), a combat medic; and Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal, The Blacklist), an intelligence officer. Dalton’s team is backed by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s deputy director Patricia Campbell (Heche) and her employees, which include Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington, Quantico), a cultural specialist; and Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas, Jane the Virgin), mission coordinator.

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION | Though the series premiere takes place in a Middle Eastern country, Georgaris stresses that evil doesn’t respect national borders — aka, it’s everywhere. So the show will take Dalton’s gang all over the world in Season 1. “NBC could have said, ‘OK, stay in these four locales, and that’s safest for budget. That’s easiest on everyone,'” the executive producer adds. “But they said… ‘We want missions on five continents,’ and I said, ‘Sounds good to me!'”

    CLOSER THAN YOU THINK | Though Dalton’s team and Campbell’s people won’t often physically cross paths, it will happen at least a few times in the first season. “In general, it’s this interesting intimacy, almost like news producer and news anchor, like the people who are in your ear and the people who are out in the field,” the EP notes. “A lot of our drama will come from what it’s like to be on either end of that connection.”

    ALL IN A DAY’S WORK | Rather than denote specific episodes to flesh out characters’ backstories, Georgaris says, the writers have decided to let the team’s missions do the work of filling us in on who these people are. For example, Amir has a surprising — and rather dangerous — work history that will be revealed when he’s thrust back into a prior role. “Amir comes from a history of service to the CIA, and basically is a lone wolf, deep penetration agent in ISIS,” Georgaris says. “There is an episode where that identity gets reactivated, so he has to go back to the world that he left… and what you’ll come to learn is why has Amir chosen to do this? What made this wealthy, Lebanese-born Muslim from a very successful, not very religious practicing family, what made him decide to fight for his religion at the age of 22?” WHAT LIES BENEATH | In the premiere, we learn that Heche’s Campbell recently lost her son, who was in the military. Georgaris teases that Vogel’s Dalton will play into the grieving director’s backstory. “They have a very deep respect for one another. They have a long-standing work relationship with one another. He knew her son,” he says. “And they actually have a natural chemistry, the two actors and characters, that I think will leave people wondering: Was there a personal history [between Campbell and Dalton] in the past?”


    (9/22/17) MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN, a new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack, will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.

    The special follows millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

    MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.

    Greg Germann on Grey's Anatomy (10/5)

    “Go Big or Go Home” – Harper Avery arrives at Grey Sloan, putting Bailey on edge. A familiar face from Meredith’s past returns as a patient, and Amelia tries to manage a secret, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

    Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt, Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.

    “Go Big or Go Home” was written by Meg Marinis and directed by Chandra Wilson.

    2017 Emmy Awards Winners

    Outstanding Limited Series
    Big Little Lies
    HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with David E. Kelley Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films

    Elementary Video: Lucy Liu, Nelsan Ellis Discuss Joan and Shinwell's Friendship

    (Video) Whether working as a doctor, sober companion or private investigator, Elementary‘s Joan is driven to save people, even — or especially? — if they’re an ex-con like Shinwell Johnson (played by the late Nelsan Ellis, who passed away last month).

    The pair’s unlikely friendship was born because “we wanted to find something that would push [Joan’s savior] buttons a little bit and bring her into conflict with Sherlock,” executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe shares in this exclusive video from the CBS drama’s Season 5 DVD release.

    While the P.I. was “searching for something to do with her life” as she struggled with the criminal element that surrounds her, “Shinwell becomes someone that she can save, that she can help, and work towards making a better person,” star Lucy Liu says.

    “[Shinwell] tries to protect her… and she tries to protect him from himself,” Ellis adds. But unfortunately, Joan couldn’t protect Shinwell from his tragic fate.

    Elementary: The Fifth Season arrives on DVD tomorrow, with a “For the Hundredth Time” featurette celebrating Episode 100, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more extras.

    Elementary Season 6 is slated to premiere midseason on CBS.

    Robert Downey Jr. Warns Fans To Avoid Online Impersonators Looking For Cash

    Robert Downey Jr. took to social media today to caution fans against falling for scammers posing as him online and looking for cash under the guise of donations.

    In his first post on Twitter in several days, the Oscar nominee who is the on-screen personification of Iron Man asked fans to “have each other’s backs” when it came to the “scam artists.”

    Likely not wanting to put even more of a spotlight on the situation, the star didn’t provide specific details of where these scams are taking place. Not that The Avengers star is any stranger to online charitable pleas. As recently as June, Downey participated in a campaign with Microsoft and Omaze offering to raise big bucks for charity.In the past, the Marvel leadman has posted video from the set of Avengers: Infinity War offering visits to those who donate to the Random Act Funding effort. He has also invited fans to doante to join him at the premiere of Spider Man: Homecoming too.Obviously someone was trying to take advantage of that goodwill but Tony Stark is shutting them down.

    Besides more Marvel, Downey has an untitled Doctor Dolittle movie from Universal set to come out on April 12, 2019 and a third Sherlock Holmes pic down the line.

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh Groban to Guest-Star (And Sing!) in Season 3

    (Video) After falling so low last season, has Rebecca Bunch found a new man to (ahem) raise her up?

    The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will welcome chart-topping singer Josh Groban as a guest star in Season 3, TVLine has confirmed. Groban will play “a mysterious and helpful stranger” — and yes, he will sing.

    Series star Rachel Bloom first broke the news with an Instagram post on Monday — but as she says, “it’s a secret so don’t tell anyone.”

    Groban confirmed the news with a tweet of his own on Monday evening, thanking Bloom for welcoming him to her “brilliant show.”

    It’s not clear if Groban’s character might be a new love interest for Rebecca, but she’s definitely in the market for one. Last season of Crazy Ex left off with Rebecca getting ditched at the altar by another Josh: her longtime obsession, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who ran off to become a priest. (Bloom has teased that Season 3 will play like a “funny Fatal Attraction,” with Rebecca seeking revenge on her ex.)

    Along with being a multi-platinum recording artist, Groban’s no stranger to the acting game, having appeared in episodes of Glee, The Office and Ally McBeal.

    Big Little Lies Season 2? 'We're Kicking It Around,' Says Showrunner David E. Kelley

    In just seven episodes, Big Little Lies unspooled a tense murder mystery and provided whip-smart commentary on the daily absurdities of family life. “It’s always tricky blending tones,” says showrunner David E. Kelley. “You don’t want those comedic beats to steal the thunder of your dramatic through lines, and you don’t want the severity of the dramatic points to snuff out the fun.”

    Fortunately, it worked: The show earned 16 Emmy nominations, including Best Limited Series and a Best Writing for a Limited Series nod for Kelley. He credits Big Little Lies’ successful tightrope walk to his colleagues, all Emmy-nominated for their roles in the project themselves: director Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) along with stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who pulled double duty as producers.

    EW chatted with Kelley about the show’s “surprise” success, what the skilled cadre of actors — also including Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz — brought to their roles, and whether he thinks the limited series might get the second season some fans are craving.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that we’re a few months out from Big Little Lies, what kind of responses have you received? Has anything surprised you?

    DAVID E. KELLEY: It’s all been a surprise. You never know how these things will turn out. You sit down and you write them because you like them, and you congregate a cast and a crew that also responds to the material, and you make it to the best of your ability, and then you throw it out there, and you kinda cross your fingers and duck.

    The first reward that you get is if we all like it and believe in what we made, so we had that. But in terms of the reaction to it, it’s just a big guess. So it was a surprise that it caught on with such a frenzy, but as surprises go, one of the better ones.

    What are some of the scenes that you’re proudest of?

    The ones that were the most difficult to write and the most disturbing to me were obviously the ones involving Celeste and the violence and domestic abuse. That was just tough stuff to wade into. It was really, I know, equally difficult — probably more so — for Nicole to play, and for Jean-Marc to direct. But there was some gratification when I saw it on the screen to see how well they had executed it. It was very powerful. We ended up being pretty proud of the depiction of it.

    Let’s see… the finale. I loved the juxtaposition of suspense and music and love and murder. That was a big challenge to pull all that off in 60 minutes. I sat back and marveled at how well Jean-Marc balanced all those story lines and blended those tones.

    Finales can be so divisive, but for the most part, I felt like people agreed this one was extremely satisfying.

    I give great credit to Jean-Marc on that, because he just did masterful work. I remember after the script was written, he came back and said, “Okay, can we try and tell this with the camera as opposed to words, and fill in some of this with subtext as opposed to text?” And by that time — well, we had an almost immediate trust. By show seven, I really felt the series was more his baby than anybody’s. When I saw what he did with it and how he brought that home, it was pretty thrilling.

    When you’re dealing with such a talented ensemble cast like this, do you want to play to their strengths, or do you want to give these actors a challenge they’ve never had?

    In terms of this series, I was trying to be very faithful to a book that I quite loved. Then we attracted a pretty great cast, and you see that they have gifts and strengths, and you want to avail yourselves to them. With Reese’s role, Madeline was the protagonist, she was the antagonist, she was a scorned lover, she was a parent, she was a busybody — she had so many hats to wear, all of them involving different tones. It took a great deal of preparation by Reese and real impeccable execution, because she had to go from being emotional one moment to funny the next to bullying in the next.

    With Nicole, she was so gifted in her subtextual abilities, to be able to tell a story with her face, that when we were writing some of those scenes, especially the therapist scenes, we didn’t have to give her words because she was so able to convey emotion — conflict, surprise, betrayal — just with her reactions. That’s a real luxury for a writer to have an actor with that kind of skill set.

    With Renata, she probably became a little bit bigger in the series, and a little bit funnier, because Laura Dern has those dramatic and comedic muscles, and can shift on a dime. And she has that quality where she can be the antagonist, that character you disapprove of at every turn, and at the same time, she’s becoming more and more beloved with each scene. That, again, is a difficult trip. She brought such a heart and humanity to that character that even though she was the antagonist to our main players, your heart went out to her.

    So when you have five of your cast members being nominated for Emmys — some of them against each other — does it feel like a kind of Sophie’s choice for you?

    [Laughs] Well, I don’t know. I’m just happy for everyone. It’s all icing on the cake, and it actually makes it more fun, because it was such an ensemble piece. This was such a selfless group through and through, so to see everybody get rewarded was very nice.

    I thought the limited series was the perfect medium for this material. And your other shows, Goliath and Mr. Mercedes, also have these tight, short seasons. Is there more freedom in that for you?

    Well, there’s more free time! There is freedom in the storytelling, because without having to write a franchise that has to live in perpetuity, you can go places faster, and you can burn more brightly if you have to, because you don’t have to keep the star burning for a hundred episodes, to keep characters redeeming. You can play to their flaws if it’s a shorter run. And you can be a little bit tighter in your plots. I’ve really enjoyed the limited series format.

    I have to ask the season 2 question. What are your thoughts on doing one?

    We don’t know yet. We’re kicking it around. If we feel that the material warrants it, we’ll do it. Everybody’s game for getting the band back together, but we want to make sure that we’ve got the music to justify it. That decision hasn’t been made yet, and it’ll be story-driven when it is.

    From what Reese and other people have said, it sounds like it’s up to whether Liane Moriarty has a story idea.


    With Mr. Mercedes and with Big Little Lies, the authors weren’t really involved in your adaptations. But would season 2 end up more collaborative if it’s based on a new story from Liane?

    It could be. I’m certainly open to it. I think [Moriarty], for the book, was game to say, “Okay, it’s your baby. Run with it now.” But she’s a great writer, and she also writes excellent dialogue, so if she wanted to jump over to the screenwriting side of the fence, we’d welcome her.

    On that note, are you trying to get in on the Truly Madly Guilty adaptation with Reese and Nicole now?

    No, not yet. I’ve just read the book, but there’s other stuff on our plate before turning to that.

    I have to ask you, as an Ally McBeal superfan: With all these older shows getting rebooted, do we have any hope?

    Oh, I don’t know. Again, it’s not on my front burner. We did it once and loved doing it, but that might be hard to do again.

    Calista Flockhart Set to Return for Season 3 Premiere

    Cat Grant just can’t keep away from National City.

    Calista Flockhart is set to appear in the Season 3 premiere of Supergirl, reports, and is then expected to recur throughout the season.

    A series regular during Supergirl‘s first season, Flockhart appeared in just two episodes of Season 2 before bidding Kara & Co. adieu. She then made a highly anticipated return in the final two episodes of its sophomore run.

    Word of Flockhart’s Supergirl comeback is just the latest bit of Season 3 casting news. Earlier this month, it was reported that Erica Durance, famous for playing Lois Lane on Smallville, will take over the role of Kara’s (late) biological mother Alura Zor-El. (Alura was originally played by the East Coast-based new mom Laura Benanti).

    Supergirl Season 3 takes flight on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.

    Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski Are Singing Dragons—Yes, You Read That Right

    It's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski as you've never seen them before: Singing together. In animated dragon form. Yes, they're singing animated dragons.

    The two costars made their way over to Disney Junior's Sofia the First to play dragons, Kemper is the recurring character of Crackle, and Krakowski plays Crackle's childhood rival Sizzle. In the episode, Sofia (Ariel Winter) disguises herself as a dragon to attend the annual Dragon Roast n' Toast picnic with her pal Crackle. There, they meet Sizzle and another familiar-voiced dragon, Orange Is the New Black star Kimiko Glenn's Cinder.

    And then they sing, of course. And spoiler alert, it's kind of a catchy song. For those missing 30 Rock, you can just pretend it's Krakowski's Jenna Maroney singing and that'll take things to a whole new level.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was nominated for three Emmys for the 2017 ceremony. Kemper, Tituss Burgess and the series itself picked up nominations. Netflix renewed the comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for a fourth season, which is likely a year away. So, let this Sofia the First clip give you a little Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

    Sofia the First has won Daytime Emmys in the past, maybe this original song done by the Unbreakable duo will get it another?

    Sofia the First airs Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. on Disney Channel.


    (Friday, October 20, 9 pm-12 am ET) Two feuding clerks in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie unwittingly find solace in each other as anonymous romantic pen pals—not realizing their respective correspondents are in fact each other. Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel star.

    ‘Luke Cage’: Lucy Liu To Direct Season 2 Premiere For Netflix

    The Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Luke Cage has landed Lucy Liu as director. Having helmed a handful of episodes of CBS’ Elementary, in which she also stars, the Emmy-nominated actress continues her foray behind the camera for the acclaimed superhero series at Netflix.

    “What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters,” Liu said in a statement. “It is such an honor to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”

    Series executive producer Jeph Loeb is excited to have Liu on board to helm the premiere. “When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man, it helps if you have a bulletproof director,” he said. “Lucy brings a keen eye, a superb sense of story and an obvious love of actors. She is rocking Luke Cage 2.”

    Liu’s involvement with the series, which is set to return in 2018, continues her relationship with Netflix. She recently joined Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, and Taye Diggs in the streaming giant’s upcoming comedy Set It Up from director Claire Scanlon.

    The news also comes after shortly after the announcement of Netflix’s continuing foray into the comic book world with a live-action series based on The Umbrella Academy by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

    Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    Michael Jackson's Halloween

    Michael Jackson’s Halloween is coming to CBS this fall in the form of an animated special that will feature music from the late icon’s illustrious catalogue, as well as the voices of TV mainstays Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Lucy Liu (Elementary), Lucas Till (MacGyver), Kiersey Clemons (Transparent) and George Eads (CSI).

    Battle of the Network Stars: Doctors vs. Famous TV Families (7/27)

    “Doctors vs. Famous TV Families” – The revival of “Battle of the Network Stars,” based on the ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic, will continue on THURSDAY, JULY 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The new “Battle of the Network Stars” will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics.

    Here are the teams for this new episode (* = returning to “Battle of the Network Stars”):

    Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, *Willie Aames, *Charlene Tilton)vs.

    Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)

    Josh Hopkins & Charisma Carpenter Join ‘Mail Order Monster’

    Cougar Town alum Josh Hopkins and Angel’s Charisma Carpenter and have come aboard the sci-fi family drama Mail Order Monster, from helmer Paulina Lagudi and Jax Productions. The pic stars young actress Madison Horcher (Best Friends Whenever) as 12 year old Sam Pepper, who lost her mother death in a car accident and her reclusive, quirky nature makes her an easy target for bullying. Realizing she’d had enough, Sam orders the parts to build a “Monster” from a comic book ad, and is finally able to get back at the bully. When Sam discovers that her father Roy (Hopkins) proposes to his girlfriend Sydney (Carpenter), She relies on her monster to keep her from getting a new mom. Lagudi and Marc Prey co-wrote the film, which will go before cameras next month in Kentucky. Lagudi is also producing with Robert Ulrich. Hopkins, who recently starred in ABC’s Quantico, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, while Carpenter, repped by TalentWorks and John Carabino Management, appeared in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Lucifer.

    Robert Downey Jr. thinking over when to quit ‘Iron Man’

    Robert Downey Jr. may be hanging up his super suit and give up playing “Iron Man” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime soon.

    The 52-year-old star recently addressed his future within the ever-growing world of Marvel heroes being brought to the big, and small, screen. Downey Jr. took on the role of Tony Stark in 2008, and his “Iron Man” installments have been a smash hit, but he said in a recent interview he is worried that remaining in the role for too long could tarnish Stark’s legacy.

    “It’s this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first ‘Avengers’ came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.’ But to me, it’s always about people and opportunities, like the (‘Avengers’ directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore,” he told News Corp Australia Network.

    “Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (Marvel movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

    Downey Jr. has had the most screen time of any other actor in the Marvel universe. To date, he’s been featured in six out of the 15 connected films — not counting his brief cameo in “The Incredible Hulk.” However, it’s worth noting that Downey Jr. hasn’t led one of these movies since “Iron Man 3” in 2013.

    In 2014, he disappointed some fans when he confessed to Variety that there were no plans for an “Iron Man 4.” Since that time, though, he’s acted as part of the franchise’s ensemble with memorable supporting roles in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” He’s currently slated to do so again alongside Tom Holland in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as well as “Avengers: Infinity War,” which will be a two-part story.

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe films are the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, beating out heavy hitters like “Stars Wars,” “Harry Potter” and “Fast and the Furious.”

    While the actor seems to be cooling off on the Tony Stark role, he’s not outright refusing to return. According to CinemaBlend, he previously told reporters at a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” press junket that he simply wants to ensure he’s attached to quality projects.

    “What happens to me is that things are presented to me that are really well thought out by folks that have been doing this correctly for a really long time, and I go like, ‘Check.’”

    “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters July 7, 2017.

    ‘Doomsday’: Sony TV Eyes Series Order For Ex-ABC Pilot, Extends Cast Options

    It looks like thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony Pictures TV, will go to series after all. I’ve learned that Sony TV is exploring a series order for the project, originally set up at ABC this past development season where it did not go beyond the pilot stage. While pickup conversations are going on, Sony TV has moved to extend the options on the cast of Doomsday, which were set to expire June 30. The project stars Claire Holt, Jack Davenport, Rachelle Lefevre, Dan Byrd, Taye Diggs, Justin Chatwin and Rochelle Aytes.

    I hear Sony TV is planning to produce Doomsday for global distribution based on oversees interest in the concept and auspices. I hear the studio would open a writers room and fund the production of the series, likely in the 13-episode range, before taking it out to domestic and international buyers.

    I hear one of the potential options considered involves Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN set of international channels, which distributes Sony TV’s straight-to-series Stana Katic thriller drama Absentia that just had its world premiere at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

    Doomsday was one of the first big buys of the 2016-2017 broadcast development cycle, landing at ABC with a production commitment plus a series penalty behind it. It went to pilot but did not make the cut to series.

    Written by Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and directed by Joachim Ronning, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

    Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz executive produce for Sony TV-based Carol Mendelsohn Productions alongside Boyd via Pernomium Pictures and Bianculli via Signal Hill Productions.

    If the deals close and Doomsday goes to series, it would be the second broadcast pilot this season to score a series order after getting a pass by its original network. CBS TV Studios’ Insatiable, originally at the CW, has landed at Netflix. As for Sony TV, it would be the second save this season, following NBC’s un-cancellation of the studio’s drama Timeless.

    Fall TV First Impression: The Brave

    ( THE SHOW | NBC’s The Brave (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date TBA)

    THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s The Good Doctor (new)

    THE CAST | Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Demetrius Grosse (Banshee), Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin), Natacha Karam, Noah Mills (2 Broke Girls), Hadi Tabbal and Tate Ellington (Quantico)

    THE SET-UP | Vogel leads a Special Ops team (comprised of Grosse, Karam, Mills and Tabbal), while Heche calls the shots from D.C.

    THE FIRST IMPRESSION | You had to twist my arm to press play on this one; after watching SEAL Team, Valor and S.W.A.T. in quick succession, I had OD’d on Elite People Doing Elite Things. (I may have even told Andy Swift at one point to keep his head on a swivel and watch my six. Copy that!) But I must say, The Brave (fka For God and Country) is well-produced, the tactical operations are clever and the cast is impressively diverse in a way that makes their opening undercover maneuvers in Syria rather believable. (Conversely, see Michael Scofield and “Whip” scampering around Yemen completely unchecked.)

    Among the ensemble, Vogel has a role that suits him to a tee, Grosse I find to be always engaging and Karam (as a plucky sniper named “Jaz”) is a real find. What’s interesting here is that the cast is poised to always be geographically divided, with Heche (whose DIA honcho suffered a Recent Personal Tragedy, we are repeatedly reminded), Pernas and Ellington manning the strategic ops hub while the others trot the globe. Oh, one last thing: the pilot has the strangest ending.

    THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Can The Brave steal eyeballs from those who appreciate Scorpion‘s derring-do but have grown weary of its cartooniness? With ABC also trying out a newbie, many viewers are up for grabs, though The Brave may be missing the “noisy hook” that helped time slot predecessors Revolution (the lights went out!), The Blacklist (James Spader!), Blindspot (naked in a duffel!) and Timeless (time travel!) get out of the gate — especially in a fall season that is well-armed with military dramas.

    Watch the trailer for The Brave: Video.

    Calista Flockhart, 52, feels older than Harrison Ford, 74

    Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are getting ready to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary on June 15 — and pair couldn’t be happier.

    “Harrison and I laugh a lot, and humor is everything to me,” the 52-year-old actress told Closer Weekly on how the pair keep the romance spark alive.

    And their 22-year age gap is a “non-issue” within their relationship.

    “The truth is, I sometimes feel very much older than Harrison,” admitted Flockhart.

    The 74-year-old actor first met the former “Ally McBeal” star at the 2002 Golden Globes. After dating for eight years, the duo tied the knot in June 2010.

    “I’m in love,” Ford told Hello! Magazine in 2003. “Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is a potential for it at any stage of your life. I was not surprised that I was able to fall in love, and I wasn’t surprised that I did.”

    Even then, Flockhart stressed their age difference wasn’t a factor.

    “Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me,’” she said. “It doesn’t factor into our relationship at all. I like the way he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not handsome, it’s more cute. He looks like a little boy.”

    Lucy Liu Joins Netflix Comedy Feature ‘Set it Up’

    Lucy Liu has joined Zoey Deutch (last night’s WIF Face of the Future award winner), Glen Powell, and Taye Diggs in Netflix’s Set It Up from director Claire Scanlon.

    Written by Katie Silberman, the film follows the story of two overworked and underpaid assistants, Harper and Charlie (Deutch and Powell), who are wasting their 20s working for superiors who treat them like dirt and work them ’round the clock. Harper and Charlie commiserate with each other about their crazy bosses (Liu and Diggs) and realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single. They concoct a plan to solve their problem by setting up their respective bosses with each other. As assistants they have all the access and all the power to pull the strings behind the scenes to lure their unwitting bosses into a faux romance. When the plan is a huge success, Harper and Charlie are now free to live their lives. But, things start to spin out of control as they begin to discover what started out as a harmless plan could lead to some unanticipated consequences.

    Liu plays Kirsten Stevens, described as “an intimidating, no-nonsense, extremely successful sports reporter.”

    The project is being produced by Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman of Treehouse Pictures. Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson on CBS’ Elementary, which is about to wrap its fifth season. On the film side, she’ll next be seen in James Franco’s indie sci-fi film Future World.

    Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix

    It is another quick renewal for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a fourth season of the comedy series, from the 30 Rock duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, less than a month after the release of the show’s third season.

    The Emmy-nominated series starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane follows the travails of Kimmy (Kemper) who, after living in a cult for fifteen years, decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. She quickly finds a new job (working for Krakowski), a new roommate (Burgess), and a new beginning.

    Recurring guest stars have included Anna Camp, Josh Charles, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs and Jon Hamm.

    Kimmy started with a straight-to-series order at NBC, moving to Netflix before the premiere with a second-season order tacked onto the first. The series received a third-season renewal from Netflix in January 2016, ahead of the April 2016 debut of its second season.

    Fey and Carlock serve as executive producers with fellow 30 Rock alums Jeff Richmond and David Miner. The series, from Universal Television, Little Stranger, 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears, has amassed 11 Emmy nominations, including two in the Outstanding Comedy Series category for each of its first two seasons. Like the first two, Season 3 also has been well received by critics.

    Robert Downey Jr. buys Malibu mansion almost as cool as Iron Man’s

    (Pic) Actor Robert Downey Jr. recently picked up a $3.5 million mansion in Malibu’s 90265 — the ZIP code he shares with his on-screen alter ego, billionaire inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

    In the “Iron Man” movie franchise, Stark owns an over-the-top, cliffside mansion on Point Dume that would easily be worth north of $100 million if it actually existed (the filmmakers digitally created the home).

    Downey’s new home is located about 15 minutes south of Point Dume, near Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The 3,384-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home was built in 1972 on a 1.3-acre lot. Its most striking feature is a floor-to-ceiling — and wall-to-wall — sliding glass door that extends from the living room to the glass-enclosed balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    The open-concept living room flows into the kitchen, which is anchored by a trapezoidal island mirroring the room’s shape. There’s a Viking gas range with a glass-tiled backsplash, a sink with a stone backsplash, and open shelving. A free-standing breakfast bar seats three.

    Off the kitchen is a formal dining room. The bedrooms all open to either the backyard or the balcony. The bathrooms have been upgraded, including one with floor-to-ceiling, blue glass tile. Elsewhere, there’s an outdoor kitchen, putting green, exercise studio, black-bottomed pool, whirlpool spa and cabana.

    The home hit the market in early May for $3.95 million, and Downey closed on the house in less than a month.

    Downey, 52, has been on a real estate shopping spree. He and his wife, Susan, reportedly closed on a $10.5 million, windmill-shaped home in East Hampton, NY, earlier this year.

    He’s currently one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes. The former child actor grappled with drug addiction in his 30s, but later achieved sobriety and restarted his career as Iron Man. He’s also appeared in “Weird Science,” “Tropic Thunder,” and Guy Ritchie’s reboot of “Sherlock Holmes.”

    Julianne Nicholson Back In ‘Law & Order’ Fold With ‘Menendez Murders’ Role

    Julianne Nicholson, a Law & Order veteran who co-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and two other Dick Wolf series, has joined the cast of Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders. NBC has ordered eight episodes for the first season.

    The true-crime anthology series centers on Lyle (Gaston Villanueva) and Erik (Gus Halper) Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents seven years earlier. After a mistrial and deadlocked juries — there was one trial but two separate juries, one for each brother — they later were re-tried, convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

    Edie Falco plays defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Nicholson will play Jill Lansing, Abramson’s whip-smart and trusted partner on the defense team, responsible for representing Lyle. Lansing is a caring professional genuinely dedicated to the Menendez case.

    Last week, the series cast Anthony Edwards as Judge Stanley Weisberg, who oversaw the trial and had a contentious relationship with Abramson.

    Nicholson guest-starred on the original Law & Order, was a series regular on Conviction and co-starred alongside Chris Noth on Criminal Intent which ran for 10 seasons on NBC and USA Network. She is repped by UTA and Davien Littlefield.

    Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski Join Voice Cast Of ‘The Willoughbys’

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen have joined the voice cast of Bron Animation’s The Willoughbys which is based on Lois Lowry’s 2010 popular children’s book of the same name. Ricky Gervais is the film’s narrator and one of the executive producers.

    Rudolph will be the voice of Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing candy mogul Commandor Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski give voice to Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other they forget they even have children. Cullen has a duel role of voicing their twin boys Barnaby A and B.

    Additional casting is currently underway on the film, which is being repped by WME Global.

    The logline: The story follows the four Willoughby children – Tim, Jane and the twins who — when abandoned by their selfish parents — embark on a wild adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into,” only to discover along the way the value of love in the “family they choose.”

    The Willoughbys is being written and directed by Kris Pearn with Cory Evans co-directing, and is currently in pre-production at Bron’s studio in Burnaby, BC. Bron Animation President Brenda Gilbert, Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll are producing.

    Along with Gervais, Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media also serves as an executive producer.

    The director/co-writer Pearn previously worked on films at Sony, Dreamworks, Lucas/Disney and Aardman with credits including head of story on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, co-director of Cloudy 2, story supervisor on Arthur Christmas. He also had credits on Surf’s Up, Shawn the Sheep, Home and Pirates: Band of Misfits, and has been nominated twice for Annie Awards (Open Season and Arthur Christmas).


    That Arrested Development renewal you’ve been waiting on has at long last been formalized.

    Netflix on Wednesday confirmed that it has officially greenlit a fifth season of Mitchell Hurwitz’ family farce, with the entire main cast — including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — reprising their signature roles.

    The new season will bow in 2018. An episode count was not revealed.

    In a shade-throwing statement that likens the Bluths to America’s First Family, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz said, “In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”

    Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos hinted that in Season 5 “the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world,” a possible nod to Season 4’s polarizing standalone-character format.

    As TVLine previously reported, Season 5 may include a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors). The move would go a long way in clearing Season 5’s major scheduling hurdle (i.e. corralling the insanely busy cast at the same time) without having to recycle the maligned character-centric conceit. “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes,” said a source.

    Hayden Panettiere Childhood NY Home Hits The Market

    (Pics) The home Hayden Panettiere was living in when she was breaking into showbiz as a child star is now on the market for $1.75 million.

    The crib's in Palisades, New York ... a ritzy suburban enclave where Angelina Jolie grew up, and stars like Bill Murray, Diane Sawyer and Al Pacino have also lived.

    Hayden's folks bought the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in 1995. It sits on a quaint suburban lot, surrounded by trees and it's just a short walk away from the Hudson River.

    Interesting timing on the sale ... Hayden's parents went through a nasty 8-year divorce that finally ended last April. It's unclear whether mom or dad gets the dough from the house. It's still registered in both their names.

    Fun fact: When her folks bought this place, Hayden was playing Sarah Roberts on "One Life to Live" ... at the age of 6!

    Elementary Renewed for Season 6

    It’s an 11th hour Elementary pickup, my dear Watson!

    CBS has renewed up the Sherlock Holmes procedural for a sixth season, TVLine has learned.

    Elementary was conspicuously missing from CBS’ sweeping renewal announcement in March, with the network doling out pickups to nearly all of its established dramas with the exception of Elementary. Although the Jonny Lee Miller-Lucy Liu series has seen its ratings erode considerably in recent seasons, it performs well internationally for CBS (a key factor in its renewal).

    With Elementary set for the 2017-18 season, that leaves medical drama Code Black as the last remaining hour-long drama on the bubble for CBS.

    ‘Difficult People’: Lucy Liu Set To Recur On Season 3 Of Hulu Series

    Elementary star Lucy Liu has signed on for a key recurring role on the third season of Hulu’s praised comedy series Difficult People.

    The upcoming season finds Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) remaining each other’s best friends while still their own worst enemies. Julie embarks on a season long quest for happiness, while Billy begins to sour on New York, just as he begins to fall for his first real boyfriend (John Cho). Marilyn (Andrea Martin) lands a book deal, and Arthur (James Urbaniak) is forced to commute to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter Florida, where PBS has moved all of its productions.

    Liu will play Veronica a morally corrupt, taste-challenged, highly successful alpha female. Veronica is the book editor who gives Marilyn (Martin) a chance to publish her own book.

    Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson on CBS’ Elementary, which is about to wrap its fifth season. On the film side, she’l next be seen in James Franco’s indie sci-fi film Future World. Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

    The third season of Difficult People will premiere August 8 on Hulu.

    Bruce Dern & Gil Bellows Board Indie Film ‘Nation’s Fire’

    Bruce Dern and Gil Bellows have joined the indie feature Nation’s Fire, from writer-director Thomas Churchill. Described as Easy Rider meets The Professional, the story is about a Marine (Paul Sloan) who has to help a woman (Kritsa Grotte) seeking revenge for the death of her son.

    Also in the cast are Chuck Liddell, Kristen Renton and Massimo Dobrovic. Filming is underway in Los Angeles.

    Dern, who is upcoming in Chappaquiddick and White Boy Rick, has two Oscar nominations over his long career for Coming Home (1978) and Nebraska (2014). He is repped by Innovative Artists and Pure Arts.

    Bellows’ credits include the TV series Patriot, on which he also is an exec producer, and Eyewitness. In addition, he won Emmy and Peabody awards for the HBO film Temple Grandin and is starring and exec producer on the indie feature Business Ethics. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Luber Rocklin Management.

    The producers on Nation’s Fire are Phillip B. Goldfine, Robert Ori and Carmine Famiglietti. The film is being financed by Hollywood Media Bridge. Executive producers are Binh Dang, Benjamin Sacks and Jason Hewitt.

    Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski’s Indie ‘Support The Girls’

    Regina Hall and Split co-star Haley Lu Richardson will star along with James Le Gros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer and Brooklyn Decker in Support The Girls, a new indie comedy from writer-director Andrew Bujalski. Shooting is underway in Austin.

    Sam Slater will produce for Burn Later Productions alongside Houston King of Houston King Productions, reteaming with Bujalski after they produced his 2015 Sundance pic Results starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan. Jonathan Fryd, Scott Carmel and David Bernon are executive producers.

    The plot centers on Lisa Conroy (Hall) who may not love managing the restaurant Double Whammies, but she loves her employees more than anything, not only Danyelle (McHale), and Maci (Richardson) her closest friends, but also her extended family. Unfortunately, the cheap, curmudgeonly owner Ben Cubby (Le Gros) doesn’t care nearly as much, and confronts Lisa when he learns that she’s using the restaurant to raise money for Shaina (Kramer), an employee in legal trouble related to an abusive boyfriend. To get even, the girls decide to sabotage the restaurant on the night of a major mixed martial arts fight.

    Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Principato-Young Entertainment, and Richardson by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group. LeGros is with Innovative Artists and Industry Entertainment, AJ Michalka by Gersh and Primary Wave Entertainment. Gelula is represented by CAA and Management 360. McHayle is represented by Kathryn Kenealy and ICM Partners. DeLaria is represented by The Katz Company. Jana Kramer is repped by Primary Wave and WME, and Decker is with Gersh and Authentic Management.

    Bujalski is represented by CAA.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Jane Krakowski Says Jacqueline Will Sing in Season 3

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's first two seasons raised the bar for absurd sight gags and goofy musical numbers, and Season 3 will be no exception. In fact, Season 3 will be more musical than ever, Jane Krakowski told at the premiere in New York Friday.

    And while exuberant performer extraordinaire Titus (Tituss Burgess) traditionally gets all the shine for fanciful musical follies on the show -- including the classic "Peeno Noir" from Season 1 and "Outside Bones" from Season 2 -- Season 3 is going to spread the musical love around, specifically to Krakowski's character Jacqueline.

    Though creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey initially balked at having Jacqueline croon because the idea was too close to her role as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, she'll now get to share her vocal talents -- a development that, as you see in the video, is enough to make Krakowski break out in song on the spot.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns on Friday, May 19 on Netflix.

    ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Star Christina Ricci On Presenting Zelda Fitzgerald’s Full Humanity

    (Video) Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.

    A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler—Z: The Beginning of Everything presents a fictionalized look at the extraordinary life and times of American socialite and writer Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci), one of the most iconic public personas of her era, alongside her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin).

    “I just happened to read Therese’s book, and I loved it, and I couldn’t believe that I had such misconceptions about Zelda Fitzgerald,” Ricci said, of the way in which she found her way to the project.” Assuming someone was already making a film about Zelda’s incredible life story, Ricci had her manager inquire about the rights to the novel, which she ultimately realized were still available.

    The executive producer and star of the Amazon series, Ricci was inspired by the idea of taking a figure shrouded in mythology and bringing her to life in a new way. “I think that for me, what I really wanted was this idea of giving this woman who lives in myth—either adored or reviled—make her human, give her back her humanity,” the actress remarked.

    When it came to preparations for their roles in the series, Ricci and Hoflin had very different methodologies, with Ricci pursuing a deeper dive into research, to do the part justice. “I did tons and tons of research about Zelda—I read two biographies, I read all of her writing that I could get my hands on, and I read all of [F. Scott Fitzgerald’s] writing,” she explained. “I read about that period of time in America—I pretty much covered all my bases, because it is very intimidating to play somebody who is kind of the stuff of legend. You don’t want to disappoint anyone, or embarrass yourself.”

    Hoflin, on the other hand, found that indulging in too much research can become an all-consuming venture. “I think you can go crazy, doing so much research, because there’s so much stuff written about them, and then not only that, but we’ve got obviously scripts to read, and there’s an element of a storyline that Z’s telling,” he said. “It’s a person’s view on what happened, so I think there’s gotta be a limit, or at least there was for me. There’s a limit to doing research, and then trying to work out how that relates to the actual work that you’re doing.”

    In approaching Z, Ricci was much more interested in examining who Zelda Fitzgerald really was away from the glamor, the Hollywood spotlight, and the persona the writer put on in public—though the actress admitted that Fitzgerald’s real and constructed personas did, at times, coincide.

    “For me, it’s very much about playing a woman, about being very real, and human, and heartfelt,” Ricci explained. “It’s sort of like pulling back the curtain a little bit, so the celebrity aspect of it and the iconic kind of aspect of it was something I didn’t even think of at all, except for the way that celebrity affected her behavior, and how she felt about herself.”

    Emmy-winning costumer Tom Broecker sparked to the idea of visually examining a fascinating moment in fashion and culture, generally, profiting in his process from visual resources and a “wealth of information” that are readily available to the public.

    “The interesting part about this show, for me anyway, is that it is a really ugly period, until you actually get to know it, and then it’s a really spectacularly beautiful period, because it’s actually right before what we imagine as the most beautiful period in fashion, which is the later ‘20s,” Broecker said.

    Bowing in January, Z‘s first season follows Zelda’s marriage to the author, and subsequent marital tensions stemming from both a raucous partying lifestyle, and F. Scott’s inability to take his wife on her own terms, recognizing her worth and innate ability as a writer.

    With the announcement of a Season 2 renewal for the series coming just hours before the night’s panel, Ricci expressed her excitement at the prospect of a second season, discussing what it may mean for the show going forward.

    “We’re truly thrilled. It’s such a rich history and their story is so fascinating. It should be a pretty exciting second season,” the actress said, while acknowledging that the story may continue to travel down some darker avenues. “Certainly, we’re going to get more into the complexities of their marriage, and what led to her (Zelda’s) breakdown.”

    The Z panel last night and a final presentation at the Hollywood Athletic Club tonight mark the culmination of a two-week FYC event, in which Amazon set up ten rooms within the two levels of the Sunset Blvd. facility, each specifically designed for one of Amazon’s roster of television series. The series represented include The Man in the High Castle, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Goliath, Sneaky Pete, Patriot, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, Transparent, the yet-to-premiere I Love Dick, and two beloved children’s television programs, Just Add Magic and An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win.

    To view Deadline’s conversation with Christina Ricci, David Hoflin and costume designer Tom Broecker for yourself, click above.

    ‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon

    Amazon has renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything for a second season, Deadline has confirmed.

    Created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s.

    Starring Christina Ricci as Zelda, Z: The Beginning of Everything starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin) and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage—made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years. David Strathairn co-stars.

    Prestwich and Yorkin who also exec produce along with Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon and Ricci.

    Lucy Liu uses Mandarin skills to help out lost man

    Lucy Liu to the rescue.

    Prior to a Sunday performance of Broadway’s “The Little Foxes,” starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, a spy says, “a delivery man was confused about where he should be. He spoke very limited English, but kept asking about a hotel.”

    We’re told no one at the Manhattan Theatre Club could help.

    “He was holding up the box-office line .?.?. A woman stepped forward and said, ‘He just needs to know where he’s going. I can help.’?”We’re told the woman was Liu, who gave the man directions in fluent Mandarin and sent him on his way.

    “It was very classy,” said the source.

    ‘Scandal’ Bids Farewell To Series Regular; Departing Co-Star & Creator Shonda Rhimes React

    SPOILER ALERT: The story includes a detail about tonight’s episode of ABC’s Scandal.

    Tonight’s “Trojan Horse” marked the final episode of Scandal‘s Portia De Rossi, whose character Elizabeth North was brutally murdered in the ongoing fight for power. Introduced in Season 4 of the soapy Washington DC-set ABC drama, the brash and resourceful Republican operative Liz North was an instant standout, with De Rossi joining the cast as a regular at the beginning of Season 5. But she had been rarely seen lately as her character had not been involved in the current storylines of Season 6.

    “I am incredibly grateful for my time here at Scandal!,” De Rossi said in a statement. “I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I’ve made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I will always love my Scandal family. I’ll be watching!”

    Scandal creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who executive produces alongside Betsy Beers, bid a fond farewell to the popular character and to De Rossi.

    “I have been a fan of Portia’s for years and it was an honor to have her join our Scandal family,” she said in a statement. “Portia infused Liz North with a smart powerful vulnerable soul while also making the humor sing — and that brought all of us in the writers room a lot of joy. If I could keep her forever, I would — but kidnapping is illegal. Besides, I am incredibly impressed with the vision she has for her creative future. I wish her all the best.”

    While Scandal has had a sizable body count over the years, more recently President-elect Vargas, Huck’s duplicitous girlfriend Meg and bystander Jennifer Flowers, the main cast of the show has stayed intact. Guillermo Diaz’s Huck came this close to death a couple of episodes ago but pulled through.

    Supergirl: Calista Flockhart Returning for Final Episodes of Season 2

    Looks like Superman isn’t the only fan-favorite character booking a return trip to National City.

    TVLine has confirmed that Calista Flockhart will reprise the role of Cat Grant in the final two episodes of Supergirl‘s second season. Unfortunately, any further details — including the reason for Cat’s return — remain tightly under wraps.

    A series regular during Supergirl‘s first season, Flockhart appeared in just two episodes of Season 2 before bidding Kara & Co. adieu. As expressed repeatedly by the show’s producers, a return has been in the cards for quite a while — it was always an issue of timing.

    “We’re still trying to work out her schedule,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told reporters back in October. At the time, he said the team hoped to have Flockhart back for “as many [episodes] as we can get.”

    Nashville Renewed for Season 6 at CMT

    Rayna Jaymes must be smiling down on her former CMT series, because Nashville will be back for a sixth season, CMT announced Tuesday.

    Season 6 of the country-music drama will consist of 16 episodes, premiering in early 2018.

    Nashville made its official CMT debut in January to a total audience of 1.2 million, before floating down toward the 800,000-viewer range. But since Rayna’s death, the same-day audience has ticked up, settling back in around a million weekly viewers.

    CMT also revealed that the drama’s midseason premiere, which will pick up a few months after Rayna’s death, will air on Thursday, June 1 at 9/8c.

    Charles Esten (Deacon) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette) happily shared the news with the cast and crew in a Facebook video that you can watch here.

    Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts & Zachary Quinto To Star In New Matthew Newton Pic ‘Who We Are Now’

    Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have been set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere. The new pic, which reunites Newton with his From Nowhere star Nicholson, has just started shooting in New York.

    The drama centers on convicted felon Beth (Nicholson), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public defense lawyer Jess (Roberts), who does everything she can to get Beth’s young son back from her sister after Beth went into prison 10 years earlier for manslaughter. Beth finally lowers her guard enough to meet a former U.S. soldier (Quinto) unfazed by her checkered past.

    No Place Like Films’ Newton and Kate Ballen (who co-wrote From Nowhere, which won the Narrative Spotlight audience award at SXSW 2016) are producing with Living the Dream Films’ Ray Bouderau and ESA’s Varun Monga. Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Oriah Entertainment are executive producing with Cedarvale Pictures’ Michael Bien. UTA Independent Film Group is repping the project.

    Nicholson is repped by UTA and Davien Littlefield, Roberts is with CAA and Sweeney Entertainment and Quinto with CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Newton is repped by ESA.

    ‘Redliners’: Greg Germann Joins NBC Drama Pilot

    Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) has joined the series regular cast of Redliners, NBC‘s drama pilot based on short stories by Charlaine Harris. Written by Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comic creator Kelly Sue DeConnick and directed by Jason Ensler, in the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Redliners mixes humor, romance and espionage. It follows a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Germann will play David Angola, Holt’s handler at the FBI, a shrewd, political opportunist who learned spycraft from books. Known for playing Richard Fish in the hit TV series Ally McBeal, Germann can most recently be seen in feature Get Hard opposite Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. He’s repped by Innovative Artists, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Frank Stewart.

    Eyewitness Cancelled

    USA Network’s Eyewitness report has come to an end.

    The cabler has cancelled the crime drama after one season.

    Eyewitness — which was adapted from the Norwegian program Øyevitne — centered around two teenage boys (played by Tyler Young and James Paxton) who witness a triple-homicide during a romantic encounter in a cabin. The show also starred Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex) and Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal).

    Empire's Taye Diggs to Star in ABC's End of Days-Themed Doomsday Pilot

    Don’t tell Cookie Lyon, but it appears Angelo Dubois is moving on.

    Taye Diggs — who’s currently recurring on Fox’s Empire as Taraji P. Henson’s love interest — is set to star in ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned.

    Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down.But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

    Diggs will portray Dr. Davis, a celebrity at the Navy SEAL training base who’s dubbed he’s “Captain America by way of Harvard. He holds a PhD in anthropology and a masters in military strategy. But unlike your average soldier or sailor, Chris is not one to blindly follow orders — a trait that has gotten him benched by the SEALS despite a heroic act in combat. Chris is a devoted family man, tough and tenacious, but with a warm sense of humor, he, too, is a member of the former Doomsday Project think tank, and being summoned again to thwart an imminent attack is the first real military situation he’s been a part of since his suspension.

    The Doomsday ensemble also includes Under the Dome‘s Rachelle Lefevre Smash‘s Jack Davenport and Cougar Town‘s Dan Byrd.

    Anne Heche Nabs Lead in NBC Military Drama Pilot For God and Country

    Anne Heche is ready to serve again at NBC.

    The Hung grad — who previously toplined the Peacock network’s Save Me and recurred on The Michael J. Fox Show — will star opposite Mike Vogel in NBC’s military-themed pilot For God and Country, our sister site Deadline reports.

    The drama, penned by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), is said to take an in-depth look into the complicated world of our bravest military heroes, who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

    In the pilot, Vogel plays Michael Dalton, leader of a special ops group in charge of retrieving a kidnapped American doctor. Heche’s Patricia Campbell works opposite Dalton, and as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, oversees a team of surveillance analysts in charge of uncovering and interpreting threats. She is the mother of both a 19-year-old son currently enlisted in the Marines and a seven-year-old son at home who is known for her ability to remain calm while supervising any looming crisis.

    Heche most recently appeared alongside real-life hubby James Tupper on Syfy’s one-and-done Aftermath. Her previous TV credits also include Dig, Men in Trees, Everwood and Another World.

    Robert Downey Jr. To Star In Con Man Pic Based On Podcast; Richard Linklater Directs

    Annapurna Pictures has partnered with Susan and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey production company on an untitled feature film based on the episode “Man of the People” from Gimlet Media’s “Reply All” podcast. Richard Linklater is set to direct the project with Downey Jr. attached to star.

    The podcast tells the true story of charlatan Dr. John Brinkley who scams his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine, populism, and the newest technology of the time: radio. As Brinkley’s fame grows, he gets the attention of Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the American Medical Association who begins a decade long quest to take him down. “Reply All,” which features stories about how people shape technology and how technology shapes people, aired “Man of the People” on January 19.

    Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. will produce alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Filmproduction banner with Gimlet Media’s PJ Vogt, Tim Howard, and Chris Giliberti.

    Downey Jr., of course, plays Iron Man in the Marvel Comics movies and next appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. His recent non-superhero films including The Judge and Chef. Linklater is a five-time Oscar nominee whose Boyhood was up for Best Picture in 2015, and most recently helmed Everybody Wants Some!!, which Annapurna produced. Other credits include Before Midnight and its predecessors, along with Bernie, Fast Food Nation and the stoner classic Dazed and Confused.

    Annapurna recently produced 20th Century Women, Sausage Party, Joy, American Hustle and Foxcatcher.

    CAA represents Gimlet Media, Linklater and Downey Jr.

    2017 Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations

    John Cena will host the ceremony live from USC's Galen Center in L.A. March 11 at 8 p.m.

    Favorite Movie Actor
    Ben Affleck (Batman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
    Will Arnett (Vernon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows)
    Henry Cavill (Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
    Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Captain America: Civil War)
    Chris Evans (Captain America, Captain America: Civil War)
    Chris Hemsworth (Kevin, Ghostbusters)

    Favorite Frenemies
    Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake (Poppy/Branch, Trolls)
    Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill (Batman/Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
    Chris Evans & Robert Downey Jr. (Captain America/Iron Man, Captain America: Civil War)
    Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman (Judy/Nick, Zootopia)
    Dwayne Johnson & Auli'i Cravalho (Moana/Maui, Moana)
    Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake (Poppy/Branch, Trolls)
    Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt (Ravenna/Freya, The Huntsman: Winter's War)

    Captain America: Civil War - Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman
    Finding Dory – Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Willem Dafoe, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy
    Ghostbusters – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson
    X-Men: Apocalypse – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn

    Christina Ricci Discusses Her Amazon Original Series

    (Video) Christina Ricci stops by to give us the scoop on her role as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon original, “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” The biography series gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Zelda Fitzgerald before she meets, “The Great Gatsby” author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. From wild parties and turbulent love affairs to jazz music and mental illness, the series doesn’t hold back. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series.

    Courtney Thorne-Smith on Fresh Off The Boat

    Courtney Thorne-Smith (‘Melrose Place’) Guest Stars as Ann.

    “Neighbors with Attitude” – Jessica is disappointed to learn that she is excluded from the Neighborhood Watch, because she has a reputation of not being a team player. But when Ann’s son goes missing, Jessica proves that her independent security measures work better than everyone else’s. Meanwhile, Eddie sets the stage for the perfect first kiss with Alison, on a special Valentine’s Day-themed episode of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” airing on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (9:00–9:30 p.m. EST).

    Ellen, NPH, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox and Others Say 'Thanks Obama' on Behalf of LGBT Community

    (Video) Ellen DeGeneres has assembled some of television’s biggest stars to thank outgoing President Barack Obama for all that he has done for the LGBT community.

    The heartfelt tribute airs as part of Friday’s Ellen (check your local listings), which in many parts of the country will be broadcast following coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

    Among the long list of celebs who pay their respects to Obama: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Nathan Lane (The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), George Takei (Star Trek), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Jonathan Groff (Looking), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Chris Colfer (Glee), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) and DeGeneres’ wife, Portia De Rossi (Scandal).

    “It would have been hard to believe we could have repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the Hate Crimes Act and legalize marriage equality all with one president, but yes, we could, and yes, we did,” DeGeneres said. “President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name of equality, kindness and love.”

    People's Choice Awards 2017 Winners

    Favorite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

    Margot Robbie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Adds Julianne Nicholson

    August: Osage County actress Julianne Nicholson has joined the cast of I, Tonya, the biopic starring Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding along with Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Paul Walter Hauser. Filming commenced today in Atlanta on the Craig Gillespie-directed film that centers on Harding’s involvement in the 1994 assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic and funny story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid scandals in the history of figure skating and the Olympics.

    Nicholson will play Diane Rawlinson, Harding first skating coach. Her recent credits include the films Black Mass and Sophie And The Rising Sun, which bows in theaters January 27. She also toplined the USA Network series Eyewitness.

    Miramax will distribute the pic written by Steven Rogers. Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, LuckyChap’s Robbie and Tom Ackerley, and Rogers are producing, with AI’s Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi as exec producers. Rosanne Korenberg is overseeing the film for Miramax, and Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.

    UTA Independent Film Group and CAA handled representation of U.S. rights.

    The Lifetime movie starring Viola Davis and Hayden Panettiere

    The Lifetime movie Custody, starring Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), will air Saturday, March 4 at 8/7c. The film centers around three women brought together when a single mother has her children taken from her. Additionally, the new drama series Mary Kills People, featuring Hannibal‘s Caroline Dhavernas as a doctor who helps others end their lives with dignity, will debut Sunday, April 23 at 10 pm.

    Charles Esten And Hayden Panettiere Discuss "Nashville"

    AOL Build Video: Charles Esten And Hayden Panettiere Discuss "Nashville".

    Hayden Panettiere Opens Up About Postpartum Depression and Rehab: "I'm All the Stronger for It"

    Hayden Panettiere is starting 2017 off strong.

    The Nashville star appeared on Good Morning America Thursday and opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression after welcoming daughter Kaya, 2. "It takes you a while and you feel off," Panettiere explained of how she realized something was wrong. "You don't feel like yourself."

    With the love and support of her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, Panettiere checked into rehab to receive treatment—a decision she said made her a "better mom."

    "Women are so resilient, and that's the incredible thing about them," she said. "I think I'm all the stronger for it. I think I'm a better mom because of it because you never take that connection for granted."

    Even though Panettiere is away from her daughter these days—little Kaya is skiing in Austria (no big deal!)—the Heroes alum is "feeling fabulous."

    "I'm feeling great," she gushed, adding that filming Nashville has helped her get back on track. "I'm so glad to be back playing Juliette. Everything she's been through has been like a hazard sign in the road. She made me stronger. I feel like she's a phoenix. She crashes and burns and then she rises from the ashes and she always takes the lesson and becomes stronger for it.

    "So we have that in common I think," Panettiere added.

    Panettiere's onscreen character also struggled with postpartum depression. "It absolutely helped me," she said of playing her country star character. "I think it helped me identify what was going on. And to let women know that it's OK to ask for help and it's OK to have a moment of weakness. It doesn't make you a bad person, doesn't make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You've just got to let it make you stronger."

    Taye Diggs Survives Crash, G Wagon Trashed

    Taye Diggs got a wheel torn clear off his Mercedes SUV during what looks like a solo wreck Wednesday night in West Hollywood.

    The photos from the rainy accident scene show Taye was lucky to walk away from the crash -- looks like he somehow ended up in a ditch on the side of Melrose Ave.

    Taye seemed to be okay as he walked away from the scene, but his G-Wagon had to be towed.

    We've reached out to Taye's camp, but no word back yet.

    2016 Critics’ Choice Award Winners

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix

    Bon Jovi to rock Art Basel with secret show

    Art Basel will go out on a hell of a high note — Bon Jovi is playing a secret uber-VIP show in Miami on Saturday.

    The iconic band fronted by Jon Bon Jovi is performing a much-anticipated private show for SiriusXM at the Faena Theater for just 200 invited guests and subscribers Saturday night.

    Jon signed up for the show after he was a guest at Coldplay’s intimate SiriusXM show in the Hamptons this summer, and it will air live on the broadcaster’s Bon Jovi Radio channel.

    Word is getting out about the hot-ticket show, with just a select few of the VIPs in town for Art Basel and the surrounding fairs attending, along with lucky subscribers.

    A source told us of the Bon Jovi show, “The band’s arena tour starts in February. This is one of the world’s biggest bands playing a tiny room.”

    Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not for Sale” tour kicks off in Greenville, SC, on Feb. 8.

    Meanwhile, frontman Jon Bon Jovi was seen perusing the art on sale at Art Basel on Thursday, and being stopped numerous times to take photos with fans.

    Nashville Sneak Peek Set for Dec. 15 on CMT

    ( The holidays are coming early for the Nashies!

    As a gift for the fans, CMT will sneak the first hour of the two-hour season premiere of Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Video)

    Additionally, CMT just dropped the first trailer for the new season. Check it out!

    The season begins with Rayna and Deacon facing a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery.

    The two-hour season premiere of Nashville will debut on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    What breakup? Hayden and Wladimir party at Art Basel

    After shooting down breakup rumors, Hayden Panettiere and boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko stepped out together at an Art Basel Miami Beach party.

    The “Nashville” star and Klitschko appeared together at the Daily Front Row bash at the Faena Art Dome on the beach on Tuesday night.

    The couple happily posed for photos and mingled with other guests including supermodel Natasha Poly, the covergirl for the Daily Front Row’s Art Basel edition, plus editor-in-chief Brandusa Niro and publisher Mark Tevis.

    Panettiere, who said she recently sought treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of their daughter Kaya, who is nearly 2, shot down rumors that she and the Ukrainian boxing champ had split after she was spotted in New York without her engagement ring.

    “Missing rings don’t mean the end of relationships,” she captioned a photo of herself cuddling with Klitschko and their daughter, “Blessed to be with my beautiful family.”

    Bon Jovi’s donation saves Benjamin Franklin’s gravestone

    A fundraising campaign to help save Benjamin Franklin’s damaged gravestone is no longer livin’ on a prayer.

    Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, on Tuesday donated $5,000 to the Christ Church Preservation Trust to quickly push it past its $10,000 goal.

    The marble ledger tablet marking Franklin’s grave at Philadelphia’s Christ Church Burial Ground has developed a significant crack on top of the pitting caused by the ritual of tossing pennies onto Franklin’s grave.

    Thousands of coins are thrown onto the marker each year in a tribute to Franklin’s adage, “a penny saved, is a penny earned.”

    Franklin, who died in 1790, is one of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried across from Independence Mall.

    The trust received grants to cover most of the restoration costs.

    People’s Choice Awards Nominees Set

    Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.

    Kevin Hart
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Ryan Reynolds
    Tom Hanks
    Will Smith

    Chris Evans
    Liam Hemsworth
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Ryan Reynolds
    Will Smith

    Jennifer Lopez
    Lucy Liu
    Mariska Hargitay
    Pauley Perrette
    Sophia Bush

    Tumultuous period for the band inspires new Bon Jovi album

    Jon Bon Jovi has been waiting for a cue from Mick Jagger to know when it's time hang up his microphone.

    "At least I know where the end zone is," Bon Jovi joked.

    But then after hearing that Chuck Berry is still playing music at 90, the 54-year old rocker threw his hands up.

    As Bon Jovi releases their 14th studio album, "This House Is Not For Sale," the frontman admits that he's thinking about the finish line a bit more these days. Though he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon — Bon Jovi goes on a world tour in February — he doesn't see the band performing in their seventies, a la the recent Desert Trip concert series in Indio, California, featuring Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Stones and more.

    "I am so proud and in awe of them. And that was the music of our youth," Bon Jovi said.

    "But it hurts here and here," he added, pointing to his neck and back.

    Besides, even if he stops touring at some point, he knows the music will always be there.

    "This is the closest thing I will ever know to immortality," Bon Jovi said.

    The new album not only adds to the band's catalog, it also makes a statement, particularly about the difficulties they endured since the release of their last album, 2013's "What About Now."

    They flirted with the possibility of leaving their longtime music label, Universal Music Group, when it seemed the sides couldn't come to terms.

    "Though we were the longest tenured and biggest-selling artist on the label, we had come to a crossroad. We had to come to terms to what the future would look like," he said.

    They ended up working out a deal, but "The Devils in the Temple," off the new album, paints a negative view of the music industry now.

    Their record label challenges didn't compare to their most seismic jolt — the departure of guitarist Richie Sambora, who had been with the group since its inception, during their tour for that album. Sambora, who in the past had battled substance abuse, was almost as popular with fans at Bon Jovi himself.

    "He decided not to show up one night. But we had 80 more shows and there's 120 people whose families depend on the paycheck for a year, and the record company that was having an album come in at No. 1 that Tuesday. That was one of those days," he said.

    He was replaced by guitarist Phil X, who felt the disappointment of fans — some held signs reading "Where's Richie?" in the audience.

    "But then the Phil X signs started to pop up," he recalled.

    It was a difficult situation for him to be in, and it remains so.

    "Musically — as a guitar player, it's one if those things where I'm not like Richie, but I'm not really me. I'm this guy in the middle that shows up and delivers and expresses the guitar parts and the vocal parts," said Phil X. "Richie, you gotta tip your hat to his ability."

    And despite the loss of Sambora, Bon Jovi not only survived, but also has managed to thrive. The group's ability to soldier on is represented by the photo on the album cover: It shows an old house spawning from thick roots, as if it were part of a large tree.

    "A lot of history had lived in those four walls. But it was in disrepair. (And) it all came to me — this house is not for sale. That became the cornerstone of the record," he said. "Because now it wasn't going to be a collection of songs, it was going to a thread that was gonna take us through these last tumultuous three years."

    "Those roots are our integrity," said Dave Bryan, the band's keyboard player.

    Lucy Liu Has a Few Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Know Now

    Not all of us can say we work on a hit TV show for a living, but most of us can relate to an eight-hour-plus workday.

    So how does 47-year old Lucy Liu manage to always look fresh, and quite honestly, the same age she did a decade ago? It probably has something to do with her healthy eating habits, hardcore morning workouts and her insistence on only wearing comfortable heels.

    In fact, the Elementary star favors comfy shoes so much that she just partnered with Italian shoe designer Bruno Magli to help design "The Lucy" pump (with portion of the proceeds benefiting UNICEF) for his new fall line.

    "I just like the idea of a pump because I'm shorter, and it gives the illusion of a longer leg," the actress said.

    What other easy-yet-wise lifestyle tips does this Hollywood veteran offer up? Keep reading.

    Tell us about the Lucy pumps you helped design.

    They're classic with a twist. I like a little bit of toe cleavage, and you get that look with the classic M-design of these shoes. It was important that all of the colors were neutral and timeless (think two-toned palettes in combos of nude, black, snakeskin, grey, metallic and red). I always gravitate toward neutrals. I especially love a grey neutral; it goes with brown, black and you can wear it with anything—on the red carpet and even with jeans.

    What's most important in a shoe for you?

    Comfort. I feel the inside…that's what I do when I buy a shoe. I check to see if it's cushioned. If it's not, then I won't buy it. I kept that in mind with these pumps.

    What's a typical outfit for you?

    I love to wear a dress during the day. I usually go workout in the morning, take a shower and throw a dress on with a pair of heels. It's easy because, as soon as I get to work, I have to take it off to put on a costume. And then when I'm done at work, I throw it back on and it still feels fresh. It's simple to dress up if I'm going out after work, too.

    What's a typical workday like for you?

    I get up early, around 6 a.m. I'll get up, take the dog out and workout. I have an hour and a half before I even get to the gym, then an hour at the gym and then I'm off to work. Typically my workday is 14 hours long, so by the time I come back home, I'm dead.

    What workouts do you do?

    I am obsessed with SoulCycle right now. It energizes me and helps wake me up in the morning. With all of the lines that I have to memorize, it sort of activates my brain. Obviously, it's not easy to get up, but it's fun to be in a group of people. We all kind of suffer together.

    What's your skin-care routine like?

    I've really minimized my skin-care routine over the years. I used to do a lot of different things, but now I put coconut oil and Avène cream on my face and call it a night. And if you drink a lot of water, that helps, too.

    What's your go-to everyday makeup?

    A concealer, mascara and cream blush. I think that's the key. The cream blush I have, I think it's Avon, I use on my lips, too. The mascara I have is literally just from the Japanese supermarket. Tom Ford does a really great foundation stick. It looks great on camera, too. Oh, and a wonderful Elizabeth Arden eyebrow pencil. Maybe I'll bring that with me for an evening look.

    Do you have any non-product related beauty tips?

    Aside from exercising, these days I'm eating really organic. I'll even pass on something if I don't think it's organic. I'm doing that more now because I have a 1-year old son and it's important for me to feed him things that are fresh. For him, who's growing and developing, it's going to make a big difference. For me, when I don't eat organic, I just feel tired.

    ‘Murder In the First’ Canceled By TNT After 3 Seasons

    TNT has opted not to pick up a fourth season of crime drama Murder in the First. The series, created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, was a departure for TNT when it premiered in 2014 as it was an anthology — each season chronicling one murder investigation — instead of a standard procedural like The Closer or Rizzoli & Isles.

    Murder In the First was set in San Francisco and starred Taye Diggs as a homicide inspector and Kathleen Robertson as his partner. Ian Anthony Dale, Raphael Sbarge, Lombardo Boyar, Currie Graham and Mimi Kirkland co-starred.

    The third and now final season wrapped its run on Sept. 4. The show actually ended on a high note, with the Season 3 finale hitting a season high audience of 1.6 million viewers in Live+same day.

    Sarah Carter Scores High In ‘Business Ethics’ As Comedy Rounds Out Cast

    Sarah Carter has signed on as the female lead opposite Larenz Tate in Business Ethics, the indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Skylight Picture Works. Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laysla De Oliveira have also joined the cast, as has Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film. Nick Wernham is directing the pic from his short, about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme.

    Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen have already joined the cast. The pic begins production next week in Toronto.

    Carter, who stars on DirecTV’s drama Rogue, will play Veronica, the loyal but unsuspecting assistant to Zachery Cranston (Tate). Unaware of his financial schemes, she develops unrequited feelings for him. She recently wrapped five seasons on TNT’s Falling Skies is repped by Paradigm and Global Creative.

    Bellows will play Edwin Murk, a wealthy but crooked investment manager, who also becomes Cranston’s surrogate father and mentor. He also is an executive producer on the pic after toplining the 2015 short. He’s next up in the upcoming Amazon series Patriot, which he also executive produces. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Luber Roklin and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

    Kennedy, who recently wrapped Gemini with Zoe Kravitz and co-stars in the Starz series Black Sails, is repped by Gersh and Armada Partners. De Oliveira will play Cranston’s ex-wife Rosa. She’s repped by Gersh, Wright Entertainment and The Characters.

    Sanzhar Sultan is producing. In addition to Bellows, Tate, Richard Wernham, Loudon Owen, Jai Khanna, and LaRon Tate are exec producing.

    Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'

    For Anne Heche, her career in Hollywood has become a family affair.

    In the new Syfy series Aftermath, Heche and her longtime partner James Tupper star as a husband-wife duo navigating their family through a post-apocalyptic world full of supernatural scares.

    And the actress says her real-life relationship with Tupper informed the one that plays out on screen.

    "We're very strong family people, and we felt a connection to this story," Heche, 47, says in the new issue of PEOPLE.

    "Our sense of commitment helped us get into character," she adds.

    Of course, this isn't the first time the couple has appeared together on the small screen.

    "We obviously did a show many years ago," Heche says of the 2006 dramedy Men in Trees, in which they costarred before they began dating. "We enjoy working together," she says, but to work together again, "It had to be the right fit."

    Aftermath was partly because "family is the core," adds Heche.

    And Heche and Tupper's own brood was front-and-center when the cameras weren't rolling.

    "The kids were with us all the time," she adds of her sons: 14-year-old Homer (with ex Coley Laffoon) and 7-year-old Atlas, whom she and Tupper welcomed in 2009.

    As for her youngest, Heche says he might be eyeing a future in acting, too.

    "He was one of the background characters in one of our scenes," Heche says of Atlas' gig as an Aftermath extra. "Now he wants a speaking role!"

    Netflix Gets ‘Naked’ With Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall

    Netflix has set Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall to star in Naked, a remake of the 2000 Swedish film Naken. The romantic comedy reunites Wayans with helmer Michael Tiddes, who directed him in A Haunted House and most recently Fifty Shades of Black. Cory Koller, Wayans and Rick Alvarez wrote the script. Netflix has set the film to start production next month in Charleston, SC, to premiere globally on the streaming site in 2017. Wayans becomes the latest film star to take a film to Netflix, and it seems a good match, since his movies play well on the service.

    “The response I’ve gotten from fans worldwide to my films on Netflix has been overwhelming, and I’m thrilled to be working with them on an original film,” Wayans said in a statement. “Also, I’m excited to be working with Regina again.”

    The premise is Groundhog Day, sans clothes. Wayans stars as Rob Anderson, a charming man-child who wakes up on his wedding day, naked in an elevator. He relives the hour before the ceremony over and over again. The film is being produced by Wayans, Alvarez, Todd Garner (whose relationship with Wayans goes back to the Revolution pics White Chicks and Little Man), and Ryan Lewis. Sean Robins, Michael Flynn and Paul Hanson serve as executive producers. Wayans is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, UTA and attorney Lawrence Kopeikin. Hall is repped by ICM and Principato Young.

    Joss Whedon Recruits Stars of Buffy, HIMYM, Grey's, Castle, SNL, S.H.I.E.L.D. for Anti-Trump PSA

    (Video) Joss Whedon has assembled one of his largest casts ever to speak out against Donald Trump, “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.”

    The Avengers director has released a new star-studded “Save the Day” PSA to encourage people to get out on Election Day and vote for Hillary Clinton. Featuring A-list talent like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, the video encourages people to put an end to “this nightmare before it even begins” and elect the candidate who isn’t famous for firing people.

    Among the many TV stars featured in the LOL video: Nathan Fillion (Castle), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), James Franco (11.22.63), Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Bradley Whitford (Transparent), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away With Murder), Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot), Stanley Tucci (Fortitude), Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash), Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Martin Sheen (Grace and Frankie).

    James Le Gros, Amy Hargreaves & Nolan Lyons Cast In Indie Drama ‘Buck Run’

    James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Lovely And Amazing, Showtime’s Billions) will play the alcoholic father of angry young Nolan Lyons (Boardwalk Empire) in Buck Run, set to begin filming in late October in central Pennsylvania. First-timers Nick Frangione and David Hauslein (director and writer, respectively) are making the film for Tomorrowland Production Company and Intuition Film Productions.

    Also cast are veterans Kevin J. O’Connor, Amy Hargreaves, Jim Parrack and Angus Macfadyen. Story centers on teen Shaw Templeton (Lyons) forced to reunite with his estranged father (Le Gros) following the death of his mother (Hargreaves).

    Buck Run is produced by Nancy Degnan, Julio Lopez Velasquez, Allison Vanore and Nick Frangione. Executive Producers are Julio Lopez Velasquez, Harley Kaplan and Brandon Powers.

    “This is a dream cast of actors with work I admire, performances that have stuck with me and audiences everywhere long after the credits rolled on a number of legendary films,” says Frangione. “I lost my mother to cancer at age 17 during a cold, Pennsylvania winter, so I know Shaw’s story all too well, and I couldn’t possibly imagine a better cast to bring this film to life.”

    The Comeback Poster Boy: How Robert Downey Jr. Completely Revamped His Career

    It's the spring of 2001, and Robert Downey Jr.has just been fired from Ally McBeal. He's also checked himself into (yet another) emergency rehab session after his second consecutive arrest in Southern California.

    Then, cut to August, 2015 and he's the world's highest-paid actor, with an IMDB page that promises years upon years of further franchises and their associated high paychecks. He also happens to be happily married, with two toddlers at home. (Just recently, he was ousted from Hollywood's top salary spot by Dwayne Johnson—blame all the Fast and the Furious money—but that's all just extraneous details at this point.)

    So how exactly does this happen? How does a guy go from radioactive to the top of the industry? It's a story worth revisiting time and time again.

    It all started in the mid-90's—at least for today's purposes. Downey was one of the most wanted men in the business, whether you were looking to cast a movie or to build a guest list for a party. He was fresh off an Oscar nomination for his role in Chaplin, he had just completed a quickie wedding to singer Deborah Falconer (after having relationships with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, among others), and he was, shall we say, celebrating life a bit too much.

    In other words, his partying and drug use was up to a constant level and it was beginning to take a toll on his personal life and career. Friend Sean Penn even chartered a plane to fly Downey to detox—which he would flee from after a mere 24 hours. His first major arrest came when he was stopped for speeding near his Malibu home, allowing the cops to discover a plethora of illegal extracurriculars. Let's call this point the beginning of the end, round one.

    His arrests and substance abuse caught up to him the first time around in 1997, when he spent hard time in a Los Angeles county jail. For those unacquainted with the nuances of the criminal justice system, let's just say this wasn't exactly the sleepaway camp experienced by the likes of some other celebs. He also spent a year in a rehab facility as so ordered by a judge. For most of this country's population, that alone would spell the end of one's career—you certainly couldn't expect to come out of the treatment program with a job lined up.

    For Robert Downey, Jr., he was cast on Ally McBeal seven days after leaving.

    The gig was billed as the ultimate comeback. He was once Hollywood's golden boy, and now here he was on one of the late '90s most popular shows, ready to show the world that he was a changed man. And for a while, the fairy tale played out just so.

    As lawyer Larry Paul, RDJ helped the show's ratings hit astronomical numbers during his two-season stint. He even won a Golden Globe in 2001 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. It was the kind of win viewers could root for—in his acceptance speech, he thanked series creator David E. Kelley for creating a character that he described as " a new toy" and vowing, "I will do my best not to get sent back to the factory."

    Can you say foreshadowing?

    Wait a couple months, throw in two more arrests, a character arc on an award-winning show that suddenly comes to an end, and you've got yourself a rock bottom. But the thing about hitting rock bottom is that the only way to go is up. RDJ is luckier than most, because his upward mobility was actually quite smoother than most. As soon as he began to tackle his personal demons and attempt to get clean for good, the next issue that arose was the problem of finding roles again.

    After all, even though there were plenty of directors who still had faith in his immeasurable talent, actors with legal or drug issues typically find it nearly impossible for insurance companies to cover them on a production. And no insurance means no jobs. That's where fellow trouble-seeker Mel Gibson came in—he cast Downey in a small movie called The Singing Detective and put himself on the line to get the actor insured. (It was a huge favor, and one that Robert himself attempted to repay when Mel found himself on the business end of a major Hollywood scandal.)

    Once the industry saw that gig go successfully, the parts started rolling in. For his part, RDJ managed to pull off all of his post-rehab roles with great talent and without incident. But, his personal turnaround must also be credited to his now-wife Susan Levin.

    The two met during the height of Downey's issues, and not only did she help level out his wild ways and deal with his demons, she carefully curated his career. As a producer, she was able to guide him to make great choices—and get big paychecks. Like Iron Man, the movie that changed everything.

    The flick was the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo project (in fact, there was barely even a cinematic universe to speak of), and booking the gig came not only with lots of notoriety and positive press, but the promise of many sequels and franchise work to come. Signing on meant that RDJ could bet on reliable work, and have the freedom to choose more creative projects in between his superhero stints—like Tropic Thunder (which earned him another Oscar nom), Sherlock Holmes and Chef.

    Add to that a personal life that finds you building yourself an adorable little family, hobnobbing with Hollywood's biggest A-listers, and dazzling the world with your charm on all your big fancy Marvel-sponsored press tours, and you've got a recipe for the perfect scandal recovery. Consider RDJ written into the comeback hall of fame.

    Lucy Liu Celebrates Son Rockwell’s First Birthday: ‘This Has Been the Most Incredible Year’

    (Pic, Video) Many happy returns to the littlest Liu!

    On Saturday, Lucy Liu wished her son Rockwell Lloyd a happy first birthday with a sweet photo and message on Instagram.

    “Happy 1st birthday to my little love Rockwell!” she wrote next to a snap of her son at the Bronx Zoo, wearing a birthday hat and taking in a monkey exhibit.

    “This has been the most incredible year of new adventures and endless fun,” the Elementary actress, 47, added. “Giant thanks for everyone’s generosity.”

    Liu also shared a clip of herself helping her son blow out the candles on a huge birthday cake, on what looked to be the set of her show.

    “1st Birthday Wishes,” she captioned the video.

    The proud mama welcomed her son via a gestational surrogate in 2015, and told PEOPLE in May that motherhood is something she enjoys greatly — and realizes is going by quickly.

    “I didn’t realize how quickly babies progress,” she said. “Very basic things that you just take for granted. They’re just this little lump of flesh, and then all the sudden they’re turning around, they’re observing you and they’re smiling and they’re interacting. It’s a magical experience.”

    Nashville Season 5 Premiere Set at CMT

    Nashville‘s comeback tour will kick off just after the new year.

    The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c, the cable network announced Wednesday.

    As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) will take over as showrunners; Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return.

    We hear that the proposed Nashville after-show is still a possibility, as well, even though it was not included in the network’s announcement.It’s safe to assume that Nashville‘s season-opener will deal with the cliffhanger that ended the drama’s ABC run: Divorced parents Avery and Juliette were on the verge of reconciliation… just before her private jet went missing. (A happier ending was shot, but Lionsgate and ABC Studios convinced the network to use the more ambiguous outcome, in hopes of making the drama more attractive to potential buyers.)

    In addition, CMT also announced that its series adaptation of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), will premiere sometime in March and that the Billy Ray Cyrus scripted series Still the King will return for Season 2 in the spring.

    The network also has ordered a pilot for the soapy comedy His Wives & Daughters, which follows “the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country-music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks.” The potential series is created and produced by Dina Chapman (Tia & Tamera) and Steve Sessions (Still the King).

    New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT

    It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!

    The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.

    In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.

    Also joining CMT’s scripted lineup is Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which will premiere in March. Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, the eight-part limited-run series tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with 1950s R&B and changed the course of music forever.

    The all-star cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Billy Gardell as Presley and Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart, Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, Keir O’Donnell as Dewey Phillips, Jennifer Holland as Sam’s wife Becky Phillips and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker.

    Million Dollar Quartet will also be joined this spring by season 2 of the hit show Still The King, which won over fans this past summer. The comedy centers on Vernon Brown, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator. In Season 1, he re-connected with a former one-night-stand, played by Joey Lauren Adams, only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, played by Madison Iseman.

    Additionally, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. The soapy, comedic series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold. Casting is underway now with production slated to begin in the fall.

    Be sure to follow CMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on all of our shows, and don’t miss the season premieres of I Love Kellie Pickler and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on Thursday (Aug. 25).

    Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Lucy Punch Join Whitney Cummings’ ‘The Female Brain’

    Ben-Hur‘s Toby Kebbell, X-Men‘s James Marsden and Bad Teacher‘s Lucy Punch have joined Sofia Vergara and others in the cast of Whitney Cummings’ comedy The Female Brain. Based on the book by neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, Female Brain looks at the inner workings and complex power of brain chemistry among couples at different stages of their relationships and focuses on five couples who are struggling with each other — whether its commitments issues, parenting or simply admitting to being useless around the house.

    Cummings is also starring and making her directorial debut on the project after adapting the book with Neal Brennan. The film is being financed by Black Bicycle Entertainment and produced by Erika Olde and Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff, who earlier this year was nominated for four Tony Awards.

    Black Bicycle recently announced Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again which they are financing and producing alongside Nancy Meyers.

    Others in the film include the already announced Cecily Strong (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live), Beanie Feldstein (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Blake Griffin (Broad City), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project), Chris D’Elia (Undateable), and Deon Cole (Black-ish).

    Kebbell, one of the stars of this weekend’s release Ben-Hur, has a number of interesting movies upcoming including A Monster Calls and Kong: Skull Island. Likewise, Marsden will be seen in the reboot of Westworld as well as in Rob Reiner’s Shock And Awe, a drama about the only journalists who asked vital questions in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Punch, who is multi-talented as a singer in stage and film (and also has TV credits), is a comedic and dramatic talent who has been in Into the Woods and will next be seen in You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.

    Cummings, Marsden, Punch, Kebbell, and D’Elia are all repped by CAA, which also represents the film’s worldwide distribution rights.

    Vergara is represented by UTA and Latin World Entertainment. Strong is represented by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment, Feldstein by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, and Griffin by Excel Sports Management. Roquemore is represented by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and SDB Partners, and Cole by APA. Marsden is also repped by manager Sean Elliot at Authentic.

    Singer Josh Groban finally sells Malibu estate for $3.75M

    Singer-songwriter Josh Groban, who’s making his Broadway debut this fall, has finally jettisoned his gated estate in Malibu, CA, for $3.75 million, says the Los Angeles Times.

    The singer has been trying to sell the 3,300-square-foot, Tuscan-style house on 2 acres with mountain views for nearly six years. It features a two-story entry hall, living room with wood-paneled walls, and ironwork stair and landing rails. The property also boasts a lighted tennis court and a pool with spa.

    The singer snapped up the sweet house in 2005 for $4,125,000. After four years of Malibu life, he listed the Point Dume property for $6.1 million in 2010. He reduced the price a few times over the years, but ultimately let it go for less than what he paid for it over a decade ago.

    Groban, who began his career as a stand-in and rehearsal singer for tenor Andrea Bocelli, has made his mark as a mainstream singer, songwriter, and actor. He has reportedly sold over 25 million records worldwide.

    In the fall, Groban will play the role of Pierre in Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” He’s currently touring the country in concert with Sarah McLachlan.

    Lucy Liu Designed a Shoe and She’s Calling It ‘The Lucy’

    (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) A little black dress and diamond studs are the two elements that make up Lucy Liu’s signature look, and now she’s found the perfect finishing touch for her go-to outfit — a pair of nude and silver pumps she designed in partnership with Bruno Magli (shown above). The Elementary star, 47, is the new brand ambassador for the Italian footwear company, and the $475 two-toned shoes she designed are part of the brand’s first women’s assortment available in the U.S. in three years. She also stars in the campaign for the brand alongside male model Marian Kurpanov, seen below.

    “I like a shoe that becomes classic and is not something that is so of that season all the time,” she tells PeopleStyle of her inspiration when we caught up with her during a break from shooting the Bruno Magli campaign on the Upper East Side in New York City. “I wanted to bring a little bit of that classic style that they have but I also wanted to make it special in the sense of the dual-tone shoe.”

    When creating the style, she paid special attention to the color and heel height. “I like a nude shoe because it lengthens your leg,” she says. “I’m not that super tall [she’s 5’3”] but I like the way that looks and it doesn’t cut you off in the front. Also, we made the heel so it wasn’t super high so that it could be easy to wear. You know in New York you walk to work and then your walking in the office all day. So I wanted to make it actually something that people would actually use not just put in their bookcase like it’s holding up some books.”

    And she didn’t just create this silhouette for the sake of adding shoe designer to her résumé. Bruno Magli is donating a portion of the proceeds of the shoe sales to benefit UNICEF, the non-profit global children’s rights organization that Liu has been working with closely since 2004. “I love the aspect of doing something that’s creative and it also contributes to a great cause,” she says. “I used to do a lot of missions, and I’ve seen how very little these kids have. I think it’s a nice idea not just have Bruno Magli just coming back but actually have something that it’s connected to. That makes it a little more important, don’t you think? Especially nowadays.”

    Robert Downey Jr., True Detective Boss Eye (Perry Mason?) Series at HBO

    As it mulls a third season of True Detective, HBO is reportedly teaming with series creator Nic Pizzolatto on a series that would star Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

    Per our sister site Variety, Pizzolatto and Downey Jr. are in talks to respectively pen and star in a drama series that just might be a small-screen reboot of the Perry Mason film the latter had been developing at Warner Bros.

    Among its several incarnations, Perry Mason is best remembered as a CBS TV series that ran 1957-1966, starring Raymond Burr as the titular criminal defense attorney. (Burr reprised the role in numerous TV-movies, from 1985 until his death in 1993.

    HBO had no comment on Variety‘s report.

    Downey Jr.’s scant previous TV credits include a run on Ally McBeal.

    Bon Jovi ready with first album since split

    Bon Jovi, one of the top-selling rock bands of all time, on Friday announced a new album -- the first in the group's three-decade history without guitarist Richie Sambora.

    "This House is Not for Sale," the 14th studio album from the New Jersey rockers, will come out on October 21 with the band releasing the first single Friday.

    The album is the first since the seemingly amicable departure in 2013 of lead guitarist Sambora, a fixture in the group along with frontman and namesake Jon Bon Jovi.

    Sambora said that he wanted to devote more time to his family rather than embark on another of the lengthy arena tours for which Bon Jovi is famous.

    Sambora last year told the site Ultimate Guitar Rock that his decision was also about music, as he felt "starved" for more improvisation and innovation after playing Bon Jovi's hits for so long.

    Bon Jovi's new lead guitarist is Phil X, a veteran Canadian session musician for leading artists.

    The title track off "This House is Not for Sale," released as the first lesson, may reference the split as Bon Jovi takes a house as a metaphor for stability.

    "This house was built on trust / That's what it is, it always was / No wrecking ball could knock it down," he sings.

    Bon Jovi is also known personally for his stable family life in an industry known for excess. He and his wife have been active in charitable efforts, recently opening an anti-hunger center in New Jersey.

    Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums since the band's start in 1983, generating arena-packing anthems such as "Livin' On a Prayer," "I'll Be There for You" and "You Give Love a Bad Name."

    While most identified with hits from the 1980s, the group's last studio album, "What About Now," debuted at number one on the US chart in 2013.

    Empire EP Confirms Taye Diggs' Arrival in Season 3 'Is All About Cookie'

    Just as we suspected, Taye Diggs’s new Empire character will quickly become obsessed with the C-word when he makes his debut in Season 3.

    “His story is all about Cookie,” exec producer Ilene Chaiken confirmed Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “It starts as a Jamal story and then intersects [with Cookie].” Asked by TVLine if Diggs’ Obama-esque Angelo Dubois will be a love interest for Taraji P. Henson’s alter ego, Chaiken teased, “He certainly would like to be.”

    In possibly related news, Chaiken also shared that this will be the season that Cookie will “try to leave Lucious,” adding, “She’s going to try to move on… She’s fighting for her life. She’s fighting for her opportunity to start over.”

    Empire‘s third season premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c on Fox.

    Calista Flockhart Sets Supergirl Return (But Not as a Series Regular)

    A major Supergirl cliffhanger has been resolved: Calista Flockhart will indeed return to the CW series in Season 2 as Cat Grant. That’s the good news. The subpar news is that the actress will no longer be a series regular. Instead, she will recur as her schedule permits.

    A Warner Bros. rep tells TVLine that Flockhart will be appearing in multiple episodes, beginning with the Oct. 10 season premiere.

    According to sources, her status change was a direct result of the show’s move from Los Angeles (where Flockhart lives) to Vancouver (where she doesn’t).

    “Supergirl wouldn’t be Supergirl without the amazing Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement.” We are so excited Calista has agreed to continue on the show when she can. We and the audience love to see her on screen.”

    Josh Groban and Kat Dennings Break Up After Almost 2 Years of Dating

    Another Hollywood couple has decided to call it quits this summer.

    E! News can exclusively confirm Josh Groban and Kat Dennings have split after almost two years of dating.

    "It was a mutual breakup," a source shared with E! News. "They are still friends and care about each other, but it's not the right time for them now as a couple."

    The Hollywood pair made their relationship official back in October 2014 when they stepped out together at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills. "They were so cute together!" a source said of the stars. "They were adorable on the carpet. She was whispering in his ear a lot and they seemed really happy."

    Soon after, Josh would admit that the charity event was the first time the 2 Broke Girls star had ever heard him sing.

    As to what brought them together, the Broadway star admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that both bonded over their nerdiness.

    "She's, well, she's such a brilliant and funny person," he gushed during an appearance on the talk show. "Humor is such a huge thing for me, so the fact that we could talk about Monty Python and all sorts of weird other things, I was like, 'OK, yeah, we're on the same page.'"

    While the two Hollywood stars finish up the summer with a new relationship status, both will be hard at work on various projects.

    Josh is set to star in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1982 beginning early October while Kat's popular CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls returns the same month.

    Jon Bon Jovi Wants to Be 'Secretary of Entertainment' for Hillary Clinton

    He'll give Hillary a good name.

    Jon Bon Jovi is pitching a place for himself in Hillary Clinton's cabinet that would meld both politics and music.

    "I'm gonna be the Secretary of Entertainment when Mrs. Clinton gets in," the 54-year-old joked during his final Runaway Tours appearance at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.

    Would he ever take on the big role of Commander in Chief, though? No way, Bon Jovi said: "There'd be so many skeletons that would fall out of my closet."

    Bon Jovi revealed that he's known the official Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for some time, sharing an anecdote about their time together at a horse race "many years ago.”

    "He asked Dorothy and I to come with him and there was only three other people, and we flew down on this private plane," Bon Jovi shared, explaining that the other passengers began badgering President Clinton with questions, including, "Whose job is cooler, your's or Jon's?"

    The musician stepped in to answer, asserting that his job as a rock star was definitely superior because "I got to keep the airplane and the house."

    He laughed, adding, "I got him to agree that mine was the cooler position."

    Bon Jovi campaigned for Clinton in June, appearing at a rally for the former Secretary of State in New Jersey.

    Last year, Bon Jovi was spotted celebrating Bill's birthday at the Blue Parrot restaurant in East Hampton.

    Hayden Panettiere -- My Dog Sitter is a Dirty Dog

    (Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere claims the woman to whom she paid a queen's ransom for dog sitting services not only grossly overbilled her ... she gave her dogs away.

    The dog fight began when Tia Brooks filed a lawsuit against Hayden for more than $8,500 for unpaid services.

    Hayden fired back with a letter from legal pit bull Marty Singer, who accused Tia of giving the 2 dogs away and then having the nerve to continue charging for her services.

    Turns out Hayden rescued the 2 rescue pooches ... Zander, a Rottie/Lab mix, and Xena, a Lab/Pit Bull mix. The arrangement was Hayden would pay Tia $30 a day until Hayden could find a permanent home for the dogs.

    Singer claims Tia put an ad on Craigslist last month, found a home but continued billing. Tia disputes it and says her bills were all legit.

    Get this ... according to Singer's letter, Tia's been caring for the dogs for 6 years, charging a grand total of $119,335.88!!! As for how the bill got so high, Singer claims, in addition to the daily fee, Tia tacked on all sorts of extras, including dog bones, bug spray, tick control, dog beds and other stuff.

    Tia tells us a big chunk of the money was for vet bills after one of the dogs got really sick.

    It's expensive to be a dog in L.A.

    Emmys Twist: Veep's Peter MacNicol Loses Guest Actor Nomination

    Veep actor Peter MacNicol’s Emmy nomination has been vetoed.

    Having last week been bestowed with his fourth career Emmy nod, for his turn as Jonah’s uncle Jeff Kane on the acclaimed HBO comedy, the Academy on Wednesday disqualified the actor, since he appeared in half of Veep‘s Season 5 episodes. Per Emmy rules, a nominee for guest actor must appear in “less than 50 percent” of his/her series’ eligible season.

    A new nominee for Guest Actor in a Comedy will be announced imminently, to round out the list, which includes Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Larry David (Saturday Night Live), Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Martin Mull (Veep).

    The Hollywood Reporter first reported on MacNicol’s disqualification.

    MacNicol’s mantle isn’t fated to be empty, however — he converted one of his previous Emmy nods, for his run as Ally McBeal‘s John Cage, into gold in 2001.

    Taye Diggs Joins Empire Season 3 in Major Barack Obama-Infused Role

    Wait until Cookie gets a load of that million-watt smile.

    Taye Diggs has signed on for a major recurring role on Fox’s Empire, TVLine has learned. The Private Practice vet will first appear in the Fox drama’s Sept. 21 Season 3 premiere as Angelo Dubois, a city councilman hailing from a respected and affluent New York family.

    With his pedigree and a Harvard law diploma, Diggs’ Angelo could have made a fortune in the private sector. Instead, he is ruled by his sense of noblesse oblige, and focuses his energies on community organizing and local politics, inviting comparisons to Barack Obama.

    Diggs, who is currently starring in TNT’s anthology drama Murder in the First, joins a Season 3 guest roster that also includes singer Sierra McClain, rapper French Montana and music mogul Birdman (as himself). As TVLine scooped last month, rapper-actor Xzibit — who joined Empire last season as Lucious’ drug-dealin’, music-makin’ adversary Shyne Johnson — has been promoted to a series regular.

    Hayden Panettiere Spends Family Time With Wladimir Klitschko and Daughter Kaya

    (Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT) shared gorgeous photos with Wladimir Klitschko and their daughter Kaya!

    After checking herself back into rehab for postpartum depression back in May, the actress now looks happier and healthier than ever.

    Presumably in response to rumors that she and Klitschko had split when she was seen without her engagement ring, Panettiere wrote, “Missing rings don’t mean the end of relationships. Blessed to be with my beautiful family.”

    Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing with a 19-month-old, as evidenced in this image where poor Kaya is clearly having a moment! “Me,” Panettiere wrote of the pic. “Stuck somewhere between clueless and Russian. Let it out, girl!”

    With Panettiere set to return for the fifth season of NASHVILLE when it returns to TV via CMT, it’s nice to see her back on her feet and ready to tackle anything life throws at her!

    Robert Downey Jr. gets picked for jury duty

    Robert Downey Jr. isn’t one to try and use his clout to skirt his civic duty.

    The “Judge” star, 51, is currently serving as an alternate juror in a car accident case in Los Angeles, reports TMZ.

    Downey, who said he worked in the film industry during the selection process, was picked because he came off as a “fair guy,” a source who claims to be “connected to the case” told the website. Alternates are customarily chosen so that a retrial doesn’t have to be called if a juror is excused before the end of a trial.

    The court case appears to be rather mundane, with no “horrific injuries” having been suffered as a result of the crash. Fifty-thousand dollars is reported to be on the line.

    Although the $15 per day pay he gets for serving as an alternate is significantly less than he is used to earning, Downey doesn’t appear to mind. In fact another source told the website that the actor “seems happy to be here.”

    News of Downey’s service comes just days after it was reported that Katie Couric was passed over for jury duty because she was “too inquisitive.”

    ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy

    ABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.

    For one, full seasons of 38 “throwback” series — including Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Body of Proof and Sports Night — will be available via the free, ad-supported service.

    Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect, Manhattan Love Story, Mixology, My Generation, The Neighbors, October Road, Off the Map, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Perception, Reaper, Red Band Society, The River, Samantha Who?, School House Rock, Secret Millionaire, Smart Guy, Trophy Wife, Ugly Betty and What About Brian?

    Additionally, ABCd will feature original content, including Boondoogle, which stars Modern Family patriarch Ty Burrell as a 40something TV actor who has finally made it big (with the series Wingbot) and now hangs with his “non-tourage” of best buds (played by Joel Spence, Mel Cowan and Johnny Meeks). Other fresh fare includes Forever 31, starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

    The ABC app also added live streaming for 14 markets — Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Boston, Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Jackson, MS, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn, Savannah and West Palm Beach-Ft Pierce — as well as improved its user interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (is that still a thing??) and Apple TV users.

    James Marsden Joining Woody Harrelson In Rob Reiner’s ‘Shock And Awe’

    James Marsden is joining the cast of Rob Reiner’s Iraq war drama Shock and Awe opposite Woody Harrelson. Written by Reiner’s LBJ screenwriter Joey Hartstone, which also starred Harrelson, the politically-charged project centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction) which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in 2003.

    The pic follows Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who after the events of 9/11, meet with their bureau chief John Walcott to get to the bottom of who was responsible. They find their sources telling them the Bush Administration is trying to tie Saddam Hussein to the terror attacks, even though there is no evidence to support the claim. As the push for war in Iraq increases, they bring in legendary reporter Joe Galloway to give them the high-level sources to help counter the false narrative of Hussein, al-Qaeda and WMDs. They find themselves one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative. In the end, Iraq is invaded and their reporting is proven true.

    While more iconic papers follow the administration line, the smaller-market Knight-Ridder papers try to get beneath the surface and serve the smaller markets where the military bases are, with the reporters believing the military troops in their markets were going to be the most affected by the decision to go to war. It is those troops whose lives would be risked and lost on the battlefield.

    The film, which Reiner has had in development for several years, is scheduled for production this year, with financing from Savvy Media Holdings and Acacia Filmed Entertainment. The producers are Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner.

    Marsden can next be seen in HBO’s hugely-anticipated Westworld, the big budget adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. Also in the cast are Ed Harris, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton.

    Marsden is repped by CAA and Authentic.

    Hollywood’s newest bromance: Rami Malek and Robert Downey Jr.

    Move over Amy Schumer and J.Law: There’s a new friendship in town.

    Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke to “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek for Interview magazine, revealing the blossoming bromance between the pair.

    “You turned me into a hero when you came to set [to visit],” Malek told Downey Jr. in an article published on Tuesday. “I’m not kidding. They were like, ‘You know him?’ ‘How do you know him?’ I knew it was very cool to know you, but the world started paying me more attention on that day on set. Maybe I elaborated on our relationship too much and started fantasizing it was more than it actually was. No, I just told them how close we were and that we hang out, we celebrate holidays together, we watch movies together, all of which is true!”

    The pair also bantered about making plans together.

    “Are you in town next Wednesday?” Downey asked, to which Malek replied he unfortunately would not be. “I guess if I want to see you for the foreseeable future, I just have to come to set again.”

    We will be patiently awaiting their beach vacation together.

    Hayden Panettiere Shuts Down Relationship Trouble Rumors with Heartwarming Family Photo

    (Pic) Hayden Panettiere has not split from her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko.

    On Wednesday, photos surfaced of the actress sitting alone on a stoop reading a book in New York City – sans her engagement ring, prompting speculation that she and the Ukrainian boxing champ were on the outs.

    Panettiere quickly squashed those rumors on Thursday by posting a black-and-white family photo with Klitschko holding their daughter, Kaya, 18 months.

    "Missing rings don't mean the end of relationships," she wrote. "Blessed to be with my beautiful family."

    Panettiere, 26, and Klitschko, 40, began dating in 2009 but split in 2011. They reconciled two years later in early 2013, he popped the question that October and they welcomed Kaya in December of the following year.

    In May, Panettiere announced she was seeking holistic help for her continued struggles with postpartum depression.

    "The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," she announced on Twitter at the time. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life."

    It was recently announced that the actress would be returning to Nashville for season 5 when it moves to CMT.

    Jon Bon Jovi belts out ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ at a wedding

    (Video) Jon Bon Jovi was a reluctant singer at a Florida wedding last weekend.

    Videos show the rocker sheepishly taking the microphone after a wedding band led by singer Lourdes Valentin launched into Bon Jovi’s 1986 classic, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

    Bon Jovi opted for a smoother delivery of the song to match the jazz quintet. A trumpet player added a solo to fill in for the song’s missing electric guitar riff.

    Valentin tells The Associated Press she knew Bon Jovi would be a guest at the wedding and she prepared the song specifically for him. She says he told her he didn’t think he wanted to sing before the party and she was “very surprised” when he decided to “grace us with his talent.”

    Jenna Fischer & Greg Germann To Star In Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ At The Old Globe

    Jenna Fischer and Greg Germann have been tapped to star in Meteor Shower, the new comedic play by Steve Martin that will reunite him with San Diego’s The Old Globe. That’s the venue where Martin and Edie Brickell debuted their musical Bright Star, which ended up on Broadway and scored five Tony nominations after its 2015 bow.

    Meteor Shower revolves around Norm and his wife Corky who invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly — literally. Alex Henrikson (Fish In The Dark) and Josh Stamberg (The Affair) will play the other couple, the production said.

    Gordon Edelstein is directing in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where he serves as artistic director. The play begins previews July 30 and will run through September 11, with opening night August 7 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The Old Globe has extended the run by a week due to ticket demand, it said today.

    Martin isn’t done at the Globe yet: In February, as part of the 2016-2017 season, the venue will mount a production of his comedy Picasso At The Lapin Agile set to run February 4-March 12, 2017.

    Hayden Panettiere Steps out Without Her Engagement Ring After Seeking Help for Postpartum Depression

    (Pic) In May, Hayden Panettiere announced she sought holistic help for her continued struggles with postpartum depression. And nearly two months later, the actress was spotted for the first time in New York City on Monday.

    Dressed in a plaid shirt and blue tights, Panettiere, 26, had her nose in the book Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano’s Story of Life in the Mafia while sitting on a stoop and smoking a cigarette. Missing on her left ring finger was her six-carat engagement ring from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Panettiere and Klitschko, 40, began dating in 2009 but split in 2011. The pair reconciled two years later in early 2013.

    Recently, Panettiere had called her fiancé one of the “loves of [her] life” during the couple’s beach outing with their child Kaya Evdokia in March.

    The Nashville star first sought treatment for postpartum depression in October 2015 after giving birth to the couple’s daughter, who is now 18 months. Panettiere has never been ashamed to talk about her battle with postpartum depression. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think it’s not real, that’s it not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones,'” she said prior to her very first treatment. “They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”

    And in May, the mother of one tweeted: “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life.”

    Panettiere’s N.Y.C. outing comes a week after it was reported that she would return to Nashville for season 5 when it moves to CMT. Panettiere is expected to reprise her role as Juliette Barnes, who also suffered from postpartum on the show, along with series regular Connie Britton.

    Nashville Update: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Plus 7 Others Set to Return for Season 5 on CMT

    Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are set to return for Season 5 on CMT. The network and Lionsgate aren’t commenting, but sources tell Deadline it’s pretty much a done deal.

    The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons, but it was unclear when the show moved from ABC to CMT that all regulars would continue full-time. Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack also are set to return as series regulars. As Deadline reported last week, Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be returning, but could come back for guest-starring appearances subject to availability.

    Along with a new network and tweaked cast, Season 5 of Nashville also will have new showrunners, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who have succeeded Dee Johnson.

    Britton and Panettiere’s casting was first reported by TVLine.

    Jon Bon Jovi surprises cancer-stricken fan with guitar, kiss

    A New Jersey woman battling lung cancer has received an unforgettable surprise from one of the state’s most famous rockers, Jon Bon Jovi.

    Rosie Skripkunis says her mother, Carol Cesario, is a lifelong fan of Bon Jovi and has always wanted to meet him.

    Last month, Skripkunis shared a sign on social media asking the singer to visit her mother.

    Skripkunis later told her mother that Bon Jovi’s Toms River restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, had invited them over for a free meal.

    While at the restaurant on Saturday, Bon Jovi sneaked in behind Cesario and stood beside her without saying anything. Video shows Cesario yell out “oh my God!” after seeing Bon Jovi.

    He gave her an autographed guitar and a book, as well as a kiss on the cheek.

    Kelly Ripa and hubby host star-studded grad party for son

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos threw a high-school graduation party for son Michael at ­Locanda Verde in Tribeca Thursday.

    Sources told Page Six the glitzy guests toasting Michael included Bravo host Andy Cohen and “Elementary” star Lucy Liu. Consuelos also joined his wife on her show, ABC’s “Live With Kelly,” on Friday to talk about the milestone.

    “How are we old enough to have a kid that’s going to college?” well-preserved Ripa asked.

    “I don’t know,” Consuelos said, adding that he hoped their son would take a “gap year” before heading to college.

    Ripa jokingly disagreed, saying, “I’ve got big plans for his bedroom — that bedroom is going to be turned into a megacloset!”

    CMT confirms 'Nashville' fifth season, 22 episodes

    "Nashville" will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu thanks to a unique deal that was reached on Thursday after weeks of negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks.

    The show was canceled by ABC after a four-season run, but fans of the show banded together and launched a social media campaign to save the country music-focused drama. Lionsgate began pitching the show to other networks and ultimately found a home on the Nashville-based CMT.

    In a press release on Friday, CMT confirmed that it had picked up the show, which will have a 22-episode run this season. Under the deal, Hulu will have streaming rights to episodes the day after they air.

    “CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”

    Crucial to the deal is the incentive package that will see the state, Metro, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality chip in funds to offset the cost of the show's production. The state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives, though the final amount for "Nashville" has not been announced.

    The state and Metro have justified incentives for "Nashville" by arguing the show brings tourists to the city and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, in addition to bringing production jobs.

    The entire cast is expected to return for the show, which will be under the direction of a new creative team. The show is a joint venture between Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, a division of Ryman Hospitality.

    “‘Nashville’ has long been a fan favorite show on Hulu and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu. “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”

    "Nashville" was conceived by Ryman Hospitality and developed by Lionsgate. The show's ratings were inconsistent in its fourth season, but a loyal fan base has remained. And "Nashville" has additional revenue streams than the typical television show because of its music licensing component.

    In fact the show's stars have been on a tour in recent weeks. Some observers have said that no scripted show has licensed more original music than "Nashville."

    The show has also taken local film production to another level, providing steady employment for hundreds of workers behind the scenes. The local payroll was in the neighborhood of $21.2 million for season two, according to the most recent numbers released by the show's representatives.

    'Nashville' incentives

    Season 1: $14.4 million

    Season 2: $13.25 million

    Season 3: $8 million

    Season 4: $10 million.

    Carpool Karaoke Goes Broadway With Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald & more

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    Nashville Season 5 Update: Axed ABC Drama on Verge of Renewal at CMT

    Juliette’s errant jet has been cleared for landing at CMT.

    The country-infused cable network is nearing a deal with producer Lionsgate to pick up a fifth season of Nashville, which last month was cancelled at ABC. A formal announcement is expected to be made during Wednesday’s CMT Awards.

    Execs at Lionsgate and ABC Studios were so confident they would find the series a new home that they convinced the network to end what could’ve been its series finale a cliffhanger. “We wouldn’t take such a strong position to advocate for [the cliffhanger ending] if we didn’t feel good about our chances moving forward,” Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs told The Hollywood Reporter.

    In the cancelled series’ ABC swan song on May 25, the fate of Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette was left very much up in the air as the plane that was carrying the starlet lost radio contact. As TVLine reported, an alternate ending showing Juliette alive, well and being reunited with estranged hubby Avery (Jonathan Jackson) at the airport was shot but ultimately discarded.

    As TVLine was first to report, TV vets Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) are set to take the showrunner reins in Season 5, replacing Dee Johnson. One big question mark: Which current cast members will join the show over at CMT? Reps for Lionsgate and CMT declined to comment for this story.

    Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations

    Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Ben Affleck – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
    Chris Hemsworth – The Huntsman: Winter's War
    Henry Cavill – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
    Robert Downey Jr. – Captain America: Civil War

    Paltrow, Downey Jr, Evans visit Avengers fan with cancer

    Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.

    The Marvel Comics fan knows a thing or two about those heroic attributes. He is battling cancer for a second time in his life, and so when he recently received some bad news about his prognosis, his schoolmates rallied and called in the Avengers.

    On Monday, the 67-pound teen answered his front door and was shocked at what he saw: Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America Chris Evans had not only teamed up, they were with "Iron Man" star Gwyneth Paltrow on a mission to lift his spirits.

    "Hey what's up buddy?" Evans is heard as Wilcox shakes his head, doing a double take in a video taken by Paltrow. "We were in the neighborhood and thought we'd cruise by."

    "Hey guys," says Wilcox, wearing a T-shirt featuring Captain America's shield.

    Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the "Iron Man" films, hugged Wilcox's mom, as the other two stars plopped down on the carpeted living room floor. They spent an hour at the home, conversing with the teenager, like they were old friends, his mom, Amy Wilcox, said.

    "She told me this is a gift from one mom to another mom," Amy Wilcox said. "She knew how happy it would be for me to see Ryan so happy."

    Wearing a blue "Stark" hat with Downey's autograph on the bill, Wilcox was still reveling Tuesday in what he described as the best day of his life.

    "It was really cool hanging out with them. That really picked me up," said Wilcox, his voice barely above a whisper. "I'm going to get through this."

    Captain America has been a symbol of strength for Ryan Wilcox. The film series has kept him going, keeping him distracted as he has undergone chemotherapy and bone marrow treatments during numerous hospital visits.

    Wilcox was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer at the age of 16. His mother said the cancer may be the result of chemotherapy treatments he underwent to fight a brain tumor at the age of three.

    He had a bone marrow transplant from his 14-year-old sister in April 2015, but he had a relapse in December of that year. In February, he had to leave school because his immune system was too weak, and last month the family was told the treatments are not working so far and his disease is progressing, his mother said.

    Thousands of students at Grossmont High School in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon held a rally two weeks ago, chanting "Ryan Strong." Scores were dressed in red, white and blue in honor of his favorite superhero. Then a group of students made a plea on Facebook for the cast of "Captain America: Civil War" to visit Wilcox.

    Evans responded within days of the posting with a video message telling Wilcox to "stay strong."

    Evans on Monday signed the shield in the portrait of Wilcox dressed as Captain America above his bed. It reads: "Stay strong Brother!! Chris Evans. CAP."

    James Franco’s ‘Future World’ Beefs Up Cast As Lucy Liu, Method Man, Snoop Dogg & Suki Waterhouse Sign On

    The cast of James Franco’s apocalyptic drama Future World continues to expand, as Lucy Liu, Method Man, Suki Waterhouse and Snoop Dogg have joined the pic which Franco appears in and is co-directing alongside Bruce Cheung. Set in post-apocalyptic world plagued with heat, ravaged by disease and crippled by chronic war, Future World follows the young Prince from the Oasis (one of the last known safe-havens), who embarks on a journey through the wasteland in order to find medicine for his dying mother. Armed with his faithful bodyguard and only a slim hope that this medicine actually exists, he must forge courageously on, facing danger and ultimately the Warlord of this world who has plans of his own as he takes control of a beautiful, life-like robot assassin. As Deadline exclusively reported, Milla Jovovich has also recently signed on – she’ll be playing a drug lord. Cheung and Jay Davis wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Franco, with AMBI Pictures and Dark Rabbit Productions producing. Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis are producing, with AMBI Group financing in association with the Fyzz Facility and Black Sparrow, and AMBI Distribution handling global sales.

    Fall TV 2016: Trailers for ‘Supergirl’

    ‘Supergirl’ - Action/drama, Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

    (Video 1, Video 2)

    By now, you know the story: Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth like her famous cousin and raised by Earth’s Danvers family. Now, the mid-20s super being is embracing her powers, hanging with Martian Manhunter and dealing with evil threats. Supergirl will now lead into “Jane the Virgin” on its new network, while retaining its old timeslot.

    Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Peter Facinelli

    Producers: Michael Cedar, Yahlin Chang, Michael Grassi

    CW Boss Defends Benching Originals, Touts Next Fall's 'Biggest Ever' Superhero Crossover Event

    The Originals failed to secure a spot on The CW’s fall schedule, but there’s no need administer last rites to the Vampire Diaries spinoff.

    In a conference call on Thursday morning, network president Mark Pedowitz spoke of his decision to hold the show until midseason, telling reporters, “We have a very strong schedule. We still believe quite a bit in The Originals. We only have 10 hours, so we made a choice to [hold it] to further boost our schedule at midseason.”

    Pedowitz also shot down speculation that Vampire Diaries upcoming eighth season would be its last. “No decision has been made one way or the other,” he maintained, before adding, “My dream is it isn’t [the final season].

    Meanwhile, with Supergirl joining The CW’s already DC-packed stable that includes Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, Pedowitz promised the network’s annual superhero crossover event will be “the biggest one ever.” The exec also remarked that the ex-CBS drama always “should have been” on The CW.

    Regarding buzz that Calista Flockhart’s role may be reduced in Season 2 in light of Supergirl‘s move from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Pedowitz said that there are “ongoing discussions” with the actress, adding, “We are thrilled she wants to continue with the show and we’re happy to have her in whatever capacity.”

    The CW Fall Schedule: Supergirl Retains Monday Perch, Supernatural on Move, The Originals and iZombie MIA

    Supergirl is keeping her Monday home.

    The CW is the final broadcast network to unveil its 2016-17 schedule, and the ex-CBS drama will retain its Monday-at-8 pm timeslot, where it will lead into Jane the Virgin.

    Also of note: The network is plugging in new series No Tomorrow and Frequency after its two biggest hits, The Flash and Arrow, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively; Supernatural is shifting to Thursdays following Legends of Tomorrow; and The Originals is being held until midseason.

    Also on tap for midseason:Returning series iZombie, The 100 and Reign, as well as new entry Riverdale.

    All told, the The CW’s fall schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS, click for details. (And for handy reference, here are ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC‘s fall lineups.)

    8 pm Supergirl
    9 pm Jane the Virgin

    8 pm The Flash
    9 pm NO TOMORROW

    8 pm Arrow
    9 pm FREQUENCY

    8 pm Legends of Tomorrow
    9 pm Supernatural (new timeslot)

    8 pm The Vampire Diaries
    9 pm Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: America’s Next Top Model, Containment and Significant Mother.

    Hayden Panettiere Taking "Time to Reflect Holistically" on Health & Life Following Postpartum Depression Battle

    Hayden Panettiere has been very open about her battle with postpartum depression and knows there is no shame whatsoever in seeking help.

    The Nashville star, who welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014, let fans know Thursday via Twitter that as a result of her postpartum depression experience, she would be taking some time to take care of herself.

    "The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," wrote Hayden, 26. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!"

    We definitely wish Hayden the best and applaud her to help de-stigmatize the issue of postpartum depression and what follows it. "It's something a lot of women experience," she said on Live! With Kelly and Michael back in September. "But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

    Hayden checked into a treatment center this past October for her postpartum depression. After voluntarily seeking treatment, she continued to be open about her experiences, telling Yahoo! Style earlier this year that she was "floored" by the amount of love she received after speaking out.

    "The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people," she said. "I got so much support and so much love. I was floored. I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way."

    Nashville Cancelled at ABC

    And just like that, the ballad of Rayna and Deacon is done: ABC has cancelled Nashville, our sister site Deadline reports.

    Season 5 would have found the country-music drama under the leadership of new showrunners: thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick were set to replace Dee Johnson, who was stepping down from the role.

    The Season 4 finale — which now likely will serve as its series finale — airs Wednesday, May 25.

    Supergirl Moves to The CW for Season 2

    Supergirl has been cleared for takeoff for Season 2 — though from a new launch pad.

    The CW will take over as the new home for the superhero drama, which in October debuted on CBS to 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, tying NBC’s Blindspot as the 2015-16 TV season’s top-rated drama launch.

    And speaking of new homes, TVLine can confirm that Supergirl will move production to Vancouver, after setting up shop in Los Angeles for its maiden voyage. At this very early stage, sources say there is nothing to report yet, either way, on Calista Flockhart‘s participation in the relocation away from L.A.

    Starring Glee grad Melissa Benoist in the title role, Supergirl averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, numbers which with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 10 mil/2.5. Its freshman finale last month did 6.1 mil and a 1.3 in Live+Same Day numbers.

    One of Supergirl‘s most popular outings featured a crossover from the star of The CW’s The Flash, Grant Gustin, which boosted the CBS series to a 7-week high in the demo.

    Lucy Liu Gushes About Son's Latest Milestones, Reveals the Most Important Thing Every Parent Can Do

    Motherhood completely changed Lucy Liu's life last summer after she welcomed her first child into the world.

    The actress posted the very first photo of her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, on Twitter last August and wrote, "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son."

    Shortly thereafter, a rep told E! News that Lucy's pride and joy was "brought into the world via gestational carrier."

    And now, the actress is opening up to us exclusively about how she's juggling a career with being a single mom, and the many, many milestones in Rockwell's life.

    "I am obviously somebody who is very career oriented. I really enjoy what I do and how I do it, but I really decided later on to consider having a family and I never really kind of had the dream of, ‘Oh, I'm going to get married and I'm going to have a baby.' I didn't dream about that, that was never really something that was in my cards necessarily," Liu, who is now part of the Tylenol #HowWeFamily Campaign, divulged.

    "I think that having the ability to make that decision and that opportunity and that choice is something that is a gift, so I'm really glad I was able to go about it the way I did. My son is the greatest gift I've ever had."

    Liu admitted that being a single mom is "really challenging and I think the most important thing to do is to be able to open up and ask for help."

    So how is the little one now? Well, according to the proud mama, "he's started crawling, at seven months, and he's starting to get teeth now and he started eating when he was five-and-a-half months old."

    "Every day there's sort of something fabulous and interesting and different that he does, you know, pulling himself up to standing, even learning how to sit down on his own is just amazing to watch the process."

    Robert Downey Jr. Really Doesn't Care About Being the World's Highest-Paid Actor

    You'd assume someone would be jumping for joy to know that he is the highest-paid person in his industry (especially when that industry happens to be Hollywood). However, Robert Downey Jr. is more focused on his legacy and finding continued success as an actor at this point in his life.

    In the latest issue of GQ Style, the 51-year-old actor opens up about getting older, wiser and understanding that monetary value has nothing to do with his creative value.

    "First of all, could you imagine back in, let's call it the golden era...Pacino's and De?Niro's—do you think they would ever have allowed such a paltry discussion, reducing them to a monetary figure?" he asks the publication. "I have had and I have created some of the worst luck in the history of anybody in the public eye. And then there was five minutes there where I was batting a thousand."

    Despite what he may consider his "worst luck," R.D.J. says he never sees anything as a failure. "I don't want to talk about failure. I want to talk about moments of humility," he explains. "Like when you feel suddenly sick and embarrassed but then you have to continue on to the next moment immediately in full view of others. Because it's not failure if you just recognize, I fell short, and that's okay."

    In order to prevent himself from falling short in the future, he looks at the roles he takes on with a keen eye.

    "Honestly, just as someone who loves movies, it's: Can I be bothered to go see that movie if that guy makes it?" he tells GQ. "And I'm not saying that I only want to do quote-unquote popular mainstream movies. But life is short, and ultimately I'm in a service industry. As much as I exist to do anything else, I exist to create widgets of entertainment for other people to consume. And some people, that's a big affront to their sensibilities, and I go, okay. End of the day, you are in a service industry, like Kirkland. It's that simple."

    He continues, "When you're on the outside looking in, for years, for decades, only a fool misplays [success] once he's given a winning hand. And aside from certain devastating genetic weaknesses, I am not a fool."

    As for his advice for younger actors seeking the same path as him, he says, "If you always talk about all the cool stuff you're gonna do, and you don't understand why it hasn't already happened for you, because, you know [snaps fingers]… The fumes of that will get you over the first hurdle, and nothing else. You must learn to put your nose to the grindstone for years and not look up, no matter how much rejection is heaped on you."

    He also expresses the power of appreciating what you have when you have it. Looking back on his role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, he gets nostalgic. "When I watch that movie I say, 'You were beautiful. And now…you just need to accept the fact that you're going to age as gracefully as possible.'"

    Read R.D.J.'s full GQ Style interview here.

    Bon Jovi opens hunger center in shore town hit hard by Sandy

    Jon Bon Jovi knows he can't help society by curing cancer or splitting atoms. But he can use his celebrity to command the attention of millions of people, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful.

    The Sayreville, New Jersey-born rocker and his wife, Dorothea, are joining with local charities and wealthy fellow philanthropists to tackle hunger and poverty in a shore town that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

    He and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation held a grand opening Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The center in Toms River is designed as a one-stop facility to help people get food stamps, health care and culinary-related job training. It also provides meals for at-risk children and seniors.

    Surrounded by crates of potatoes, apples and turnips and pallets of canned ravioli and green beans, the singer best known for rock anthems like "Livin' On A Prayer," ''You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead Or Alive" said hunger is something he can actually do something about.

    "We didn't need scientists to find a cure," he said. "There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help."

    He and several others active with the center said one of its main goals is not just to feed the lines at food pantries but to also permanently shorten them. The center will house a second JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant, where diners pay a minimum $10 donation or do volunteer work for their meals. The first one opened in 2011 in Red Bank.

    Bon Jovi says many area residents are still recovering from Sandy and don't have enough nutritious food to eat. But he says the need predated the storm in Ocean County, where one in five residents is low-income or lives below the poverty level of $15,000 a year for a family of four.

    "This is happening across our nation," he said. "When there's 15 percent of children going to be hungry at night in a nation like ours, that's not an issue it takes a scientist to solve."

    Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, 2012. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated, and many homes and businesses still have not been rebuilt as the fourth summer after the storm approaches.

    Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center's first year of operation.

    The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families and donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts.

    Why Lucy Liu Chose Gestational Surrogacy: It Was the ‘Best Solution for Me’

    (Pic1, Pic2) Lucy Liu welcomed son Rockwell Lloyd via gestational surrogacy eight months ago, but the actress remembers it like it was yesterday.

    “I cried when he came out,” Liu, 47, told PEOPLE while promoting Tylenol’s #HowWeFamily campaign on Wednesday.

    “I think ‘How We Family’ is about how we as a modern family are connecting now. Whether it’s your gay parents and you’re doing it that way, or you have a child that’s transgender, it’s more about how you love.”

    She adds, “I think that’s a really wonderful way to support non-traditional families and make what we are doing now what is tradition.”

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    With a hectic schedule, the Elementary star knew she was destined to be a mom, even if she didn’t take the traditional route.

    “It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop,” Liu says of her decision to turn to gestational surrogacy. “I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great.”

    With her little one growing at a rapid pace, Liu admits that she is loving everything about motherhood.

    “I didn’t realize how quickly babies progress,” she says. “Very basic things that you just take for granted. They’re just this little lump of flesh, and then all the sudden they’re turning around, they’re observing you and they’re smiling and they’re interacting. It’s a magical experience.”

    At 8 months old, Rockwell already has a best friend: Apple, the family dog.

    “She’s really gentle,” Liu explains of her chocolate lab. “She’s protective, too. She’ll sit between him and whoever else comes in just to make sure they don’t step on him. It’s really beautiful to see how they interact.”

    James Tupper & Anne Heche To Topline Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’

    Real-life couple James Tupper (Revenge, Men In Trees) and Anne Heche (Hung, Men in Trees) will star as husband and wife in Aftermath, the Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment. It’s set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Space in Canada later this summer.

    Tupper and Heche will play Joshua and Karen Copeland who, along with their three teenagers, must battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by devastating natural disasters – and the rise of supernatural creatures. The series was created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, who will executive produce with Julie Hope. Suzanne Berger and Connie Dolphin will produce.

    Tupper is repped by United, UTA, and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Heche is repped by United, Paradigm, and attorney Ashley Nissenberg.

    La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun Among Five Cast In ‘New Edition: The Movie’ On BET

    BET is rounding out the cast for its three-part miniseries New Edition: The Movie. La La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office; The New Odd Couple), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The Wire) have signed on to play the mothers of the iconic 1980s R&B/ pop group.

    Anthony will play Flo DeVoe, mother of the young Ronnie DeVoe, Brown will play Michael Bivins’ mother Shirley Bivins, Calhoun is Ralph Tresvant’s mother Patricia Tresvant, Carson will play Ricky Bell’s mother Mae Bell and McCree is Bobby Brown’s mother Carole Brown. They join previously cast Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, and newcomers Algee Smith and Woody McClain.

    Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket), the miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

    New Edition: The Movie is executive produced by Real Husband’s of Hollywood’s Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

    Anthony is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

    Robert Downey Jr. Says Gwyneth Paltrow Is His 'Free Pass' – But There's a Catch

    Robert Downey Jr. has a "free pass" with pal Gwyneth Paltrow, but not to worry – his wife approves.

    "My free pass is – because her and Susan are such good friends – is Paltrow," the 51-year-old star said on The Howard Stern Show Thursday. "I gotta get her back in these movies so I can make out with her onscreen again."

    Paltrow, 43, played love interest Pepper Potts in the first three Iron Man movies, and although she does not appear in Captain America: Civil War, which has Downey reprising his Tony Stark role once again, he said that doesn't mean she's gone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    "She's coming back," he said. "We need her."

    Stern asked if that would make his wife jealous, and Downey Jr. responded, "She could care less."

    That's probably because this "free pass" only applies if Downey Jr. and Paltrow are "rolling on a take." Plus, he isn't really looking to cash in on his wife's offer.

    "I'm very happily married," he said, after explaining that he doesn't go on Facebook and look up exes.

    The Iron Man costars reunited in August in a beach selfie that Paltrow, who is currently dating producer Brad Falchuk, posted to her Instagram.

    "@robertdowneyjr how I love thee #pepperony," the Goop boss wrote in the caption.

    Tony Award nominations

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
    Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
    Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
    Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
    Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
    Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

    Robert Downey Jr. Puts His Son to Bed Under Superhero Sheets (But Not Iron Man Ones!)

    As one of Marvel’s most valuable leading men, Robert Downey Jr. frequently uses his superhero connections for good. He visits fans at children’s hospitals, invites special guests to attend movie premieres with him, and the Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man star seems happy to share his wares with his own kids, including son Exton, 4.

    When PEOPLE caught up with Downey Jr. and his Civil War rival Chris Evans (a.k.a. Captain America) recently for a lively chat about finding humor in their superhero status, Downey Jr. revealed that he’s a big Captain America and Chris Evans fan, something he shares with his son.

    “I was tucking my boy in last night when he fell asleep and I put a Captain America blanket on him,” Downey Jr. told Evans.

    “Did you?” Evans asked in disbelief.

    “Yeah, so that’s the last time I saw your face,” Downey Jr. said. “Keeping my kid safe.”

    Altogether: “Aww.”

    And lest you think the compliments were one-sided, Evans spent plenty of time talking about his Civil War costar.

    “People know Downey as a phenomenal actor, but he’s a really great writer too, he really is,” admitted Evans. “It’s just crazy working with him.”

    “My character’s name isn’t in the title,” Downey Jr. playfully interjected.

    “But it’s just nuts working with someone like Downey where you’re just kind of like, ‘You’re Downey! You’re Downey!’ What am I supposed to say?” Evans added.

    Downey Jr. said Evans has come into his own over the last few years, becoming more comfortable with his fame and place in Hollywood — even if he might not admit it outright.

    “Evans plays very low status, he’s extremely shrewd,” he said. “You’re very shrewd. You can’t see it right now.”

    Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.

    For more from Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

    Cary Grant story could be heading to Broadway

    Who’ll play Cary Grant on Broadway?

    The leading man’s ex-wife Dyan Cannon has been working for years on a musical version of her best seller, “Dear Cary.”

    “We have a book. We have some songs. The next step is the 29-hour table read,” Cannon told me.

    The story of her romance and marriage with the Hollywood icon — which produced his only child, Jennifer Grant — was a No. 1 best seller 4 ¹/2 years ago and recently was back on the lists.

    “I can’t explain why it’s suddenly selling again,” Cannon said. “I’m just happy about it.”

    Nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Oscars, she plans to play herself.

    The story won’t be a light romantic comedy. It includes Cannon being institutionalized for depression and the toll her LSD use with Grant took on her.

    “It’s about the things we think we need in life to make us happy, and we find out that’s not the case,” says Cannon.

    Born in England as Archibald Leach, Grant was a vaudevillian before he co-starred on-screen with Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.

    “It’s an amazing part for a man,” Cannon said. “Whoever gets it will be lucky.”

    Taye Diggs To Host ‘You’re Back In The Room’ Hypnosis Game Show On Fox

    Taye Diggs (The Best Man Holiday) has been tapped to host You’re Back In The Room (working title), Fox’s new eight-episode hourlong comedy game show based on the hit UK format. In addition, hypnotist Keith Barry, who stars in the original UK show, will join as resident hypnotist.

    You’re Back In The Room (wt) features physical comedy and unpredictable situations, as contestants work together in teams and are challenged to complete a variety of simple, everyday tasks, from frosting a cake to blowing up balloons…after being hypnotized. With big money at stake, the contestants need to work together as a team, but their entranced state causes hysterical hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their progress.

    The series will begin production in July.

    “The second I saw this show I knew I needed to be a part of it. It’s the most unique blend of comedy and competition I’ve seen in years,” said Diggs. “I’m also quite excited as this is a program I can watch and laugh at with my six-year-old son.”

    Diggs currently stars as Detective Terry English in TNT drama series Murder in the First. He recently wrapped a multi-episode arc on Fox’s Rosewood, before ending his run in the title role of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He also recently wrapped production on upcoming feature One Shot opposite Topher Grace. Diggs is repped by ICM, and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

    In addition to UK’s You’re Back in the Room, Barry also starred in cable’s Deception with Keith Barry and the Irish TV Studio series Brain Hacker. He’s also the Chief Magic and Mentalist Consultant on upcoming feature Now You See Me: The Second Act slated to premiere in June.

    You’re Back In The Room, produced by Tuesday’s Child, debuted in the UK as the No. 1 new unscripted entertainment series in 2015, ending its first season as a Top 10 series overall. The series is currently airing its second season and the format has been produced in France, The Netherlands and Australia and optioned internationally in multiple territories, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.

    You’re Back in the Room (wt) is executive-produced by Tuesday’s Child in association with BBC Worldwide Productions. Karen Smith and Joe Sungkur serve as executive producers.

    Hayden Panettiere's Parents' Nasty Divorce Over ... Dad Still Owes Hayden

    Hayden Panettiere's parents have finally put their divorce to bed, and part of the final terms include an outstanding debt to their daughter.

    According to the divorce docs ... Alan will pay $5,000 a month in spousal support to Hayden's mother, Lesley, for the next 5 years or until she remarries.

    Alan also agreed to shoulder all of the money owed to their daughter. As we reported ... Hayden helped out mom and dad last year by letting Lesley live in her condo, and loaning Alan $100k.

    Based on the docs, Lesley wanted to make sure that dough wasn't coming out of her pocket. The divorce settlement brings the nearly 8 year divorce battle to a close.

    Just Like Mom! Jane Krakowski Says Her Son Bennett Is a ‘Fun, Dramatic Child’

    Jane Krakowski is a comedy queen, but there’s one special person who sends her into fits of laughter: Her son Bennett Robert.

    “I came home from rehearsal [the other day] and he ran to the door yelling ‘Mommy!’ and then pretended to faint and fall on the floor,” Krakowski, 47, told PEOPLE at the season 2 world premiere of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in New York Wednesday night.

    “I love coming home and seeing his joy running to the door,” she says. “He’s a real ham — a fun, dramatic child!”

    Those traits are ones he most certainly gets from his mama, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me while juggling shooting for Kimmy and motherhood. “I’m in rehearsal six days a week [and have] eight performances a week,” she says.

    But recently, Krakowski was able to combine the best of both worlds when Bennett paid her a visit at the Roundabout Theatre where she’s performing. “He came to see me in the Broadway show,” she says. “He sat through the whole thing — it’s a long show!”

    Her only worry was that he’d disrupt the theatre. “I just said, ‘Please don’t yell [for] Mommy! You have to stay quiet,’ ” she explains.

    And Bennett did just that while still offering the actress some encouragement. “Apparently during my numbers he was giving me signals — if he liked it, [he gave a thumbs up] and when a man treated me badly, he did a thumbs down. He’s very sweet!”

    On top of her incredibly busy schedule, Krakowski has a party to plan.

    “I’m planning his [fifth] birthday party,” she says, “It’s Star Wars Jedi training-themed. It’s a really fun age because you can chat with them and he’s got his own opinions and ideas. I’m so in love.”

    Once Upon a Time: Hades and Zelena "Definitely Have Sparks" - But Is That A Good Thing?

    None of the heroes of Once Upon a Time have a past history with Hades (Greg Germann) but last Sunday's episode revealed that the Lord of the Underworld has another wicked connection.

    The secret to defeating Hades is with Zelena (Rebecca Mader). The missing storybook pages reveal that Hades and the Wicked Witch have a big secret together and so now the heroes must track down their least favorite person if they want a chance of saving Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and returning home. In the meantime, Hades is aiming a precise chisel at each of the heroes' Achilles' heels, including the formidable Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle).

    Greg Germann talked to about what Hades' past with Zelena will reveal and why he takes such pleasure in being so bad. See his answers below.

    What can you tease about the nature of his relationship with Zelena?

    Greg Germann: Hades and Zelena could either be great adversaries or a great match. Because of both of those things, they are both formidable in their own way. There's definitely some sparks that will fly in one direction or another between those two.

    What does he plan to do with Rumpelstiltskin and the unborn child?

    Germann: Anything that is going on with Hades, whether its with Rumple or any of the other characters, he's an opportunist. It's not so much that he wants a baby but he's finding the Achilles' heels of all the characters to move things forward for the things that he wants.

    Hades makes it clear that he can kill any of the heroes at any point, but he seems to take more pleasure in torturing them. Why is that?

    Germann: It's really fun to have one up on your adversary. What if the world were that way -- if we had some adversary in the world and we could just go 'Yeah you're gonna do that? Well what about this?' and stump them. That would feel really satisfying. In a way, Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis] are writing to that desire that we all have in us if we could all just easily one up the people that are hurting us. Hades, like Zelena, has abandonment issues, which is a funny way to say it. They both in their own way have suffered in their lives. They feel that they are the other end of some victimization maybe. I don't want to say there's any bitterness there, but if they can get back at the world that feels satisfying. It feels good.

    Does Hades have any particular feelings on Zelena and her new baby?

    Germann: I don't know that he's got strong feelings that she's had other relationships. Hades is very mature. I don't know if that's the issue necessarily for him or other things like whether the sparks that fly between them or the power that each of them have can enhance each other and help one another.

    Will we find out why Hades chose Regina, Emma and Snow White as the three of the heroes that he wanted to keep?

    Germann: That's something you have to wait to tune in to see. Hades isn't really doing anything arbitrarily. Everything that Hades is doing, there's a reason why [he's] doing it. I definitely have an agenda and everything I'm doing is moving that agenda forward.

    Is his ultimate goal to keep everyone down there or would he be willing to let some of them go?

    Germann: I like having people down there. I don't want to let anyone go. The more lost souls, the more souls down there that have unfinished business, as Adam and Eddy say, the better. Hades' ultimate ambition is an ABC spinoff.

    One of the things this show loves to do is show a human side to its villains. Will we get to see that side of Hades?

    Germann: Yes. What Adam and Eddy understand as writers is that these characters, whether they're humans or villains, they're three dimensional. It's not just a two dimensional renderding of a bad guy or a good guy. We've got all sides to us, even Hades ultimately.

    Once Upon a Time continues Sunday at 8/7 on ABC.

    ‘The Blacklist’ Spinoff Starring Famke Janssen In the Works At NBC

    After successfully spinning off its Chicago franchise, NBC is looking to do the same with The Blacklist, its drama from Sony TV and Davis Entertainment. The network is pursuing a potential offshoot series toplined by X-Men star Famke Janssen. Like with the Chicago series, the network is taking a planted spinoff approach, with Episode 322 of The Blacklist, which airs May 12, serving as a pilot for the potential new series. It is written by The Blacklist creator/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp and exec producer/showrunner John Eisendrath and will be directed by Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex).

    Janssen will be introduced in the May 5 episode before the planted spinoff. She will play Susan “Scottie” Halsted; it will be the female lead if NBC proceeds with the series, a decision that likely will be made in the next month and a half.

    No details are being provided on Janssen’s character or the storyline for the spinoff, but I hear that Scottie Halsted was conceived to be to Tom (Ryan Eggold) what Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is to Liz (Megan Boone). Actresses in their 60s and 50s were considered for the role. Making Episode 322 a planted spinoff was contingent on finding a star name to play Scottie, with the contingency lifted by the casting of Janssen.

    The spinoff was created by Bokenkamp and Eisendrath, who executive produce with The Blacklist exec producers John Davis and John Fox.

    The Blacklist, now in its third season, was a breakout hit for NBC when it launched in fall 2013. The drama has been dinged in the ratings since it was moved from its lofty Monday 10 PM perch to anchor NBC’s struggling Thursday lineup at 9 PM but it has done a respectable job in its challenging new slot and continues to be very strong in delayed viewing.

    In addition to The Blacklist offshoot, NBC has Episode 21 of Chicago P.D., which serves as a planted spinoff for a fourth Chicago series, Chicago Justice.

    In TV, Janssen, co-star of The X-Men and Taken franchises, recently toplined the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and recurred on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. She is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management.

    Hayden Panettiere Has a Sexy New Role: Carl's Jr. Commercial Star

    (Video) Hayden Panettiere is turning up the heat!

    The 26-year-old Nashville actress stars in a new Carl's Jr. commercial to promote the fast food chain's Midnight Moonshine Burger. Wearing a cleavage-baring black button-down top tucked into matching shorts, Panettiere bites into the massive sandwich inside what appears to be a distillery as a fire rages in the background and Jessie James Decker is heard singing.

    The actress joins a long list of stars who have appeared in sexy Carl's Jr. ads. The roster includes Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Audrina Patridge, Emily Ratajkowski, Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi.

    Panettiere has appeared in commercials before. In 2013, she showcased her singing chops in a Cotton commercial. She is also a celebrity spokesmodel for Neutrogena and has appeared in several of the skincare and makeup company's ads.

    The Midnight Moonshine Burger contains a charcoal-grilled, 100 percent black Angus beef patty topped with a moonshine glaze, pepper jack cheese, garlic and pepper fried onions and thick-cut, applewood-smoked bacon, according to CNBC. Parent company CKE Restaurants partnered with Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Junior Johnson on the sandwich. He is a partial owner of Piedmont Distillers, the dispenser of Junior's Midnight Moonshine.

    The burger will be available for a limited time in more than 3,600 Carl's Jr. and Hardees restaurants.

    "It knocked everybody's socks off when we tasted it," CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder told CNBC.

    How Hayden Panettiere Got Her Pre-Baby Body Back!

    Hayden Panettiere didn’t put too much pressure on herself to lose baby weight – and her healthy attitude has obviously worked out for her.

    “The more that you give yourself grace, the better that you feel,” the actress, 26, told PEOPLE on the set of her upcoming Carl’s Jr. commercial.

    “You go through the, ‘I’m not going to eat,’ ‘I’m not going to eat this,’ ‘I’m not going to eat that,’ ” she continues. “Part of [losing the weight] is mind, body and spirit. Spirit’s a huge part of it, so being happy and being content [helps].”

    Going back to work on her hit show Nashville also helped her drop the baby weight.

    “I’m standing on my feet on the show for sometimes hours in a day,” she explains.

    For added exercise, Panettiere likes to get on the treadmill and zone out.

    “I put on some guilty pleasure TV and just jog,” she says.

    And her 15-month-old daughter Kaya sometimes gets involved in her workouts too.

    “Working out with your baby is actually great,” says Panettiere. “When I’m holding her in my arms, I lift her above my head, or do bicep curls with her, or I’ll dance with her a lot. She’s the best weight I can find!”

    Hayden Panettiere on Recovering from Postpartum Depression: ‘It’s Okay to Ask for Help’

    Since recovering from her own struggle with postpartum depression after seeking professional treatment, Hayden Panettiere wants to let other mothers know that taking the first step towards health is nothing to be ashamed of.

    “The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” the Nashville star, 26, told PEOPLE on the set of her new Carl’s Jr. commercial. “You feel mommy guilt — it’s for real.”

    Panettiere — who gave birth to daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 — knows that many moms can judge themselves too harshly for their perceived shortcomings.

    “It’s like being in a tunnel,” she said. “You can’t even remember when you felt good. You try and think back to when you felt good, when you felt positive, when you felt happy, and you can’t. All you see is this enveloping darkness.’

    Going public with her battle and recovery has helped the actress to move past those feelings.

    “I’ve just been trying to be much more open and honest about who I am,” says Panettiere. “I’m 26 years old, I’m an adult, and [I don’t] have to falsify who I am.”

    For more of Panettiere’s interview on postpartum depression and how she moved on, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.


    USA Network today announced four additional cast members in the upcoming drama series EYEWITNESS (original title “Øyevitne”). James Paxton (“Texas Rising”) and Gil Bellows (“Ascension,” “11.22.63”) join Julianne Nicholson (“Black Mass,” “Masters of Sex”) and Tyler Young (“Empire”) as lead characters in the Norwegian drama adaptation. Tattiawna Jones (“19-2,” “Strange Empire”) and Matt Murray (“Kevin From Work,” “Rookie Blue”) join the ensemble cast as recurring guest stars.

    Paxton will co-lead as “Lukas Hallenbeck,” a young teenaged boy who seems to have it all – popularity, motocross stardom, and the hottest girl in school. But beneath the surface, he’s deeply conflicted about his sexuality. When he meets Philip (Young) – a classmate who’s more comfortable in his skin – Lukas starts a journey towards self-acceptance that is interrupted when the boys witness a quadruple murder. His sanity begins to slip as he’s hunted by the killer and haunted by the fear of being outed as gay and losing everything he has.

    Born and raised in Ojai, CA, Paxton started his career at the age of nine in “Spy Kids 3.” After attending New York University, he studied British film and theater in London. Son of actor Bill Paxton, he most recently starred alongside Vince Vaughn in “Term Life” and appeared in “Texas Rising.”

    Bellows has been cast as “Gabe,” a small-town veterinarian whose decency, integrity and compassion rescued Helen from her self-destructive cycle of living. But the pressures of fostering Philip amidst Helen’s shocking homicide case threaten to tear the marriage apart.

    As a respected producer, Bellows executive produced the Emmy® and Peabody® Award winning, Golden Globe® nominated movie “Temple Grandin.” Additionally, he co-wrote, produced and directed the film “3 Days in Havana” and will soon produce and direct the Blacklist feature “Loose Women.” Bellows film career include credits in the Academy Award® nominated film “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Love and a .45,” “The Weatherman,” “Parkland” and “Kill the Messenger.” TV credits include “Ally McBeal” and “11/22/63” opposite James Franco. Additionally, he co-created, executive produced and appears in “Patriot.”

    Jones is set for the role of “Kamilah,” an unapologetic FBI agent who suddenly finds her loyalty to her job and troubled sister at odds. When Kamilah’s own case intersects with Sherriff Hellen Torrance’s, they forge a friendship that leads her to question everything she thought she wanted.

    After graduating high school, Tattiawna Jones went to York University and completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Acting. Recent credits include a recurring guest star role in the TV series "19-2" and a series regular role in the TV series "Strange Empire.”

    Murray will be featured as “Tony,” Helen’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed deputy with big dreams, whose life is forever changed when a grisly crime happens in his small town.

    Most recently, Murray starred as ‘Brian’ on “Kevin From Work.” He also starred in two seasons of the hit drama series “Rookie Blue” and will soon appear in the comedy pilot “What Goes Around Comes Around.” He received a degree in Theatre Performance from the esteemed Humber School of Creative Arts and was accepted to the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory, a program that selects only 8 actors from across Canada per year.

    From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), EYEWITNESS explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitness and is executive produced by Adi Hasak (Creator, “Shades of Blue”), Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters (“V,” “THE 4400”) also serve as executive producers.

    Courtney Thorne-Smith will guest-star on Fresh Off the Boat

    Melrose Place vet Courtney Thorne-Smith will guest-star on the April 5 episode of Fresh Off the Boat, in which Jessica becomes desperate for drama after Melrose Place‘s season ends.

    2016 MTV Movie Award nominations

    Fan voting is now open The awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, air Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

    Best Fight
    Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) – “Deadpool”
    Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear – “The Revenant”
    Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) – “Mad Max: Fury Road”
    Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
    Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
    Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri) – “Spy”.

    Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Indio: Judge Dismisses Cocaine Case as Father Watches

    Robert Downey Jr.'s son has followed in his footsteps, getting his drug record wiped clean.

    Indio Downey showed up at an L.A. courthouse Tuesday morning, where a judge dismissed his cocaine case, after he submitted proof he had successfully completed a drug diversion program.

    The dismissal comes 2 months after California Governor Jerry Brown gave Robert Downey Jr. a full pardon for his drug convictions.

    Indio spoke to Judge Lauren Weis Birnstein in open court, saying, "I would like to say I am truly grateful for the experience I had over the last 20 months in recovery." He went on, "I'm so blessed to have my life back. I hope to be an inspiration to work with others in the future."

    Indio was arrested in June 2014 in West Hollywood when cops drove alongside the vehicle in which he was riding and noticed he was smoking something out of a pipe. Cops found coke on the actor's son.

    The dismissal erases the entire criminal case ... it's as if Indio was never even arrested.

    Disney Channel's Tangled Series Adds Ashley Judd, Jonathan Banks and More

    A whole bunch of big names want to get caught up in Tangled.

    The Disney Channel series Tangled: Before Ever After has added a slew of TV and movie stars to its ranks, the network announced Tuesday. Among the cast additions: Ashley Judd (Divergent); Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul); Sean Hayes (Will & Grace); Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl); and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), reprising his role from the 2010 movie.

    As previously reported, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi also will voice their characters from the film —Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, respectively — in the series, which will feature music and lyrics from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (How to Train Your Dragon) will executive-produce.

    Judd will lend her voice to Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna, while Broadway’s Eden Espinosa (Wicked) will be Rapunzel’s handmaiden/confidant Cassandra. Tambor will voice Snuggly Duckling Pub Thug Big Nose — joined by the film’s Shorty (Anchorman‘s Paul F. Tompkins) — and M.C. Gainey (Lost) will voice the Captain of the Guards as he did in the movie.

    Other new cast members include: Richard Kind (Gotham), comedian Jeff Ross, Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal), Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), and Charles Halford (Constantine).

    Set between the events of the feature film and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, the animated series finds Rapunzel acquainting herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, as she realizes there is so much left to learn before she can accept her royal destiny. The series is slated to premiere in 2017.

    Hayden Panettiere Details Her Experience with Postpartum Depression: ‘It Is One of the Most Debilitating, Scary, Guilty Feelings’

    Hayden Panettiere is relieved that she’s been able to open up about her struggle with postpartum depression, but admits she was once scared of sharing her truth.

    “I was always so terrified that people weren’t going to accept me,” the 26-year-old tells Yahoo! Style in a new interview of revealing that she had PPD.

    “I finally just went, ‘I’m tired of living afraid. I’m tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so, you know, I’m just going to put it all out there on the table and I’m not going to worry about the judgment.’ ”

    The Nashville actress — who shares daughter Kaya Evdokia, nearly 15 months, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko — entered treatment last October, and was immediately “floored” by the outpouring of support she received.

    “The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people,” she told Yahoo!. “I got so much support and so much love.”

    Panettiere added, “I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way.”

    What the star doesn’t appreciate, however, is the sometimes negative stigma that surrounds PPD.

    She says of critics: “It’s like you have no idea what you’re talking about. If you think for one second that a mother wants to feel that way toward her child, you’re outta your mind. It is one of the most debilitating, scary, guilty feelings that you can ever feel.”

    Continuing, “That a mother would not be able to connect with their child, would not be able to get a grip, or would not know what’s going on, for anybody to say that it’s false or created by us, you must have your head examined.”

    On top of her personal journey, Panettiere was also faced with her Nashville character’s own struggle with PPD — an unplanned coincidence. In fact, Juliette’s battle has extended past Panettiere’s own.

    “It was strange having to throw myself back into that frame of mind,” she shared. “The way I do things is to pull from my own personal experience and sometimes even turn myself into what I’m portraying so that I can pull from my life and step into that person’s shoes by being able to relate.”

    Julianne Nicholson To Topline USA Series ‘Eyewitness’

    Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass, Masters of Sex) has been cast as the lead of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness.

    The project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne, explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses. In it, two innocent teenage boys — one of them played by Tyler Young — secretly meet up in the forest where they witness a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever.

    Nicholson will play Helen Torrance, a former big-city homicide detective who left her harrowing career to become a small-town sheriff and loving wife. However, when a gruesome crime occurs she’s thrust back into the traumas of her past – just as she’s begun her hardest case yet: fostering a teenage boy (Young). Anneke von der Lippe won a best actress International Emmy for playing the role in the original series.

    Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the USA version, produced by Universal Cable Prods. Eyewitness will begin production in Canada later this year for later this year.

    Nicholson most recently co-starred opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton in Black Mass. She also starred in the Sundance scripted series The Red Road, and recurred on Masters of Sex and Boardwalk Empire.

    Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak wrote the series. and will serve as executive producer/showrunner. The series’ original creator Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters also executive produce.

    Lucy Liu Honored at Harvard

    Actress Lucy Liu has been honored at Harvard for her humanitarian work.

    The “Kill Bill” and “Charlie’s Angels” actress, currently starring in the CBS series “Elementary,” was named 2016 artist of the year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.

    She received the award Saturday evening in a presentation at the Cultural Rhythms Festival at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.

    Born to immigrant parents in the New York City borough of Queens, Liu is a UNICEF Ambassador and has been a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign. Harvard says she’s “worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the plight of women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.”

    Previous Harvard Foundation winners have included Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington and Salma Hayek.

    Watch the First Trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2

    Watch the First Trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2: .

    NCIS Episode 300 Casts Taye Diggs in Pivotal, Musical Role

    NCIS has enlisted Broadway vet Taye Diggs for a pivotal, musical role in the series’ 300th episode.

    In the landmark hour of TV’s most watched drama (airing March 15), Diggs will play Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis, a Special Ops sniper who suffered traumatic injuries and PTSS after an ambush attack in Iraq. For the past six months, Davis has been at Walter Reed Medical Center, facing a slow but effective rehab that includes a cutting-edge music therapy program.

    Once a free spirit and a gifted musician, Davis has spiraled into a shell of his former self When Gibbs (Mark Harmon) attempts to reach the wounded warrior, needing as he does an account of the aforementioned ambush to solve a murder.

    Of the casting, NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg said in a statement, “For our 300th episode we needed a guest actor who could proudly portray one of our nation’s wounded warriors as well as participate in a very touching musical performance. This emotionally charged role is tailor-made for Taye Diggs and we are so thrilled and honored to have him join us.”

    Well known for his Private Practice run (if not the woefully underappreciated Day Break), Diggs’ recent TV credits include a lead role on TNT’s Murder in the First (which has been renewed for a third season), Rosewood, The Good Wife and New Girl.

    Hayden and XTina bring the heat for ‘Lady Marmalade’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

    (Video) The Tim Tebow-Nina Dobrev “Lip Sync Battle” last Thursday (Feb. 4) may have been a bit of a dud, but the show is looking to bounce back with an epic showdown between Hayden Panettiere and Eva Longoria — and it looks like the “Nashville” star is pulling out all the stops for “Lady Marmalade.”

    Panettiere has enlisted the help of one Christina Aguilera to perform the 1975 hit by girl group Labelle — made up of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash — that became a smash when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink and Missy Elliott recorded it for “Moulin Rouge” in 2001.

    Sporting big blonde wigs, Panettiere is handling the other three singers’ parts while Aguilera is there to bring the house down by lip-syncing to her own run-filled vocals.

    Eva Longoria better bring her A game to top this sexy, sassy “Lady Marmalade” that Panettiere and Aguilera have cooked up.

    “Lip Sync Battle” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.

    Kids' Choice Awards 2016 Nominations

    This year's festivities will be held on March 12.

    Favorite Movie Actor
    Chris Evans, Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
    John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Will Ferrell, Daddy's Home.

    Josh Groban might wear five pairs of underwear on Broadway

    Singer Josh Groban landed a role in his Broadway debut — “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — when he tweeted he loved the show’s downtown predecessor.

    “There can’t be any more rituals than solo recording artists have,” he figured of learning any backstage traditions of Broadway. “I mean, any singer’s crazy no matter what the genre.”

    We ran into Groban at the Acura Studio at Sundance.

    “I have a lot to learn as we gear up into rehearsals in a lot of ways … I’m sure I will be wearing five pairs of underwear or whatever I have to do.”

    Denée Benton was cast in the show this week to star with Groban. The show originally debuted in the Meatpacking District in 2013.

    Regina Hall To Star In Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Crushed’ From ‘Peeples’ Filmmaker

    I’ve learned that Regina Hall is set as the female lead in Crushed, a single-camera comedy pilot at Hulu from Peeples writer-director Tina Gordon Chism and Lionsgate TV.

    The project, written by Chism, was originally developed for HBO two years ago. Recently greenlit to pilot by Hulu, it centers on an African-American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa, with Hall playing the wife, Celia. The comedy is described as a fish-out-of-water story following the family’s unorthodox approach to wine making and their unique life style. Chism is executive producing alongside Stephanie Allain Bray. C. Deneen Brown is co-producing.

    Chism made her directorial debut with Tyler Perry/Lionsgate’s Peeples, starring Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington. She also wrote the scripts for Drumline and ATL. She is repped by ICM Partners.

    Ally McBeal alumna Hall has starred in a number of successful comedy feature franchises, include Scary Movie, The Best Man and Think Like a Man. She will next be seen in Barbershop: The Next Cut. Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Principato-Young.

    Lionsgate TV has been an early Hulu adopter, coming on board to produce one of the streaming services’ first breakout original comedy series, Deadbeat.

    At Hulu, Crushed joins comedy pilot Future Man, from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sony TV.

    Hayden Panettiere: Being Honest About Postpartum Depression Struggle Is a ‘Weight Off My Shoulders’

    Hayden Panettiere has been in the limelight for nearly two decades, but says walking the red carpet is “so new” again after undergoing treatment for postpartum depression.

    “It feels different for me because of things that I’ve gone through recently, over the last year,” the Nashville star told PEOPLE exclusively on the red carpet for the Critics’ Choice Awards. “I’ve really gone, ‘You know what, I’ve been in this industry for so long, forget it!’ I’ve been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down — it’s like a weight off my shoulders.”

    She adds, “I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”

    Sunday night marked Panettiere’s first U.S. red carpet appearance since entering treatment in October, and the actress says she enjoyed walking in front of the cameras “so much more because I don’t feel like I have to hide anymore.”

    After welcoming daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, Panettiere said she felt scared. Choosing to be open about her struggle has helped, though, she contends.

    “Honestly, when I said [I had PPD] the first time on Kelly and Michael I didn’t plan on it,” she says. “We talked about it for a second, but it was just like a conversation, and I was like, ‘Why should I be ashamed or hide when it costs so much?’ It costs me so much to hide. It costs you so much to lie.”

    Panettiere has used her own personal journey to address the stigma surrounding PPD, and tells PEOPLE that “there is no overcoming” the often negative sentiment.

    “The only important thing to me is that I’m not causing myself pain and discomfort anymore, and I can be a strong woman for my daughter to look up to,” she says. “It would horrible for me to be going, ‘You can be whomever you want! You can do whatever you want in life!’ yet I was unable to follow the same words.”

    As she tells E! News, “I was floored by the positive response. I’m really happy that I can stand up for the women who are out there suffering from this and let them know it’s okay. They’re not alone. It doesn’t mean they’re weak. It doesn’t mean they’re a bad mom. It doesn’t mean they’re strange. They can get help if they need it, and that’s okay.”

    Hayden Panettiere Wears Plunging Peach Gown to First Red Carpet Since PPD Treatment

    (Pic) Hayden Panettiere is no stranger to making a big statement on the red carpet — who could forget her baby bump debut, or the time she bought her own Tom Ford? But her Critics’ Choice Awards look was especially noteworthy for two reasons: One, that it was a totally eye-popping keyhole-cutout halter, and two, it was her first red carpet since entering treatment for postpartum depression.

    After welcoming daughter Kaya in December 2014, Panettiere entered treatment in October for PPD, saying “It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.” Her Nashville character, in an ironic twist, was also suffering from the same disease.

    After receiving treatment, Panettiere made her first public appearance in late November to support fiancé Wladimir Klitschko ringside during his boxing match against Tyson Fury. Shortly thereafter, she debuted a big haircut on Twitter, writing, “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new.”

    Sunday night (just days after she announced she’d be returning to Nashville), she officially returned to the red carpet, sporting a pale peach Maria Lucia Hohan dress that showed off her figure thanks to the seriously plunging neckline and side cutouts. Delicate silvery jewels and a small clutch were all she added to accessorize the already head-turning look, and she kept her new bob wavy and makeup clean and fresh.

    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi adopt a ‘Kid’

    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are the proud parents of a nine-week old pooch named Kid.

    DeGeneres, 57, made the announcement on Thursday’s show.

    “I have not talked about this yet, but we have a new puppy,” she said. “Portia and I got a puppy and his name is Kid so now we have a kid. Yep. I mean, he is absolutely adorable.”

    Although the couple is thrilled at the new addition, they’re not so pleased with the constant after-hours attention Kid needs. DeGeneres said it’s “not cute” to wake up at 11, and 1 and 3 and 5 for all his puppy needs.

    “It really makes me appreciate what it’s like to be a mother,” she added. “Because like I’m trying to hold a puppy while I’m trying to make coffee. And I can’t do anything. He doesn’t let me do anything.”

    There’s always been speculation as if and when DeGeneres and de Rossi will ever have a child. “And I named him Kid because, you know, people… There have been rumors forever,” DeGeneres began. “‘When are you and Portia gonna have a kid?’ So, now I can say we have a Kid. So it can just stop.”

    Kid joins DeGeneres and De Rossi’s other four-legged babies Wolf and Auggie.

    Hayden Panettiere Returns to Nashville Following Medical Leave

    Juliette. Barnes. Is. Back.

    Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere — who in October took a leave of absence from the ABC drama to undergo treatment for postpartum depression — has returned to work on the series, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    An ABC rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the actress reported back to the set on Friday to begin work on Season 4’s 14th episode, which is slated to air in April. (Nashville returns from its midseason break on March 16).

    Panettiere left the series in early October just as Episode 9 was about to start production. Her character, Juliette — who in an eerie parallel was also battling postpartum depression — was last seen in the Nov. 18 episode.

    At the time, executive producer/showrunner Dee Johnson said that she fully expected Panettiere to return.

    “It’s not the entire season, it’s just for now,” Johnson told Deadline, adding, “We’ve had to make adjustments, but it’s not uncommon for shows to have to make such accommodations when real life intervenes.”

    Josh Groban and Kat Von D are set to guest-star on Life in Pieces

    Singer/songwriter Josh Groban and tattoo artist Kat Von D are set to guest-star on an upcoming episode of Life in Pieces. According to, Groban will play a guitar salesman trying to woo Clementine, while Von D will fittingly play a tattoo artist that Tim seeks out.

    Robert Downey Jr Pardoned For Drug Convictions In California

    Gov. Jerry Brown just made Robert Downey Jr’s Christmas a little more merry. The Iron Man star has been pardoned for his drug convictions in the 1990s. Downey’s official forgiving was one of 91 issued by Brown, who has a made the pardons a December 24 habit.

    Back in October, Downey was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. “I think I might be first inductee who’s been in the correctional system,” he later joked during a pre-Thanksgiving appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    “By completion of his sentence and good conduct in the community of his residence since his release, Robert John Downey, Jr. has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon,” reads the declaration.

    Downey was arrested multiple times from 1996-2001, first for possession of heroin, cocaine and a handgun while driving in Hollywood. Soon after, he was busted for breaking into a neighbor’s home while intoxicated and on parole. The actor was given probation but was jailed in Los Angeles for missing a court-ordered drug test. He was arrested in 1999 after missing another drug test and sentenced to three years in state prison. He was granted early release the following year.

    Pardons mainly are symbolic and don’t erase a criminal record, but they can allow ex-convicts to own firearms, serve on jury duty or work in some government jobs. To be eligible, individuals must have been out of prison for at least a decade, committed no new crimes and received a court-granted Certificate of Rehabilitation if they still live in California.

    Other pardons Brown granted today were for crimes ranging from arson. kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon to DUI, perjury and use of a fake ID. See the full list of pardons here.

    Click Here to read Downey’s pardon.

    Ally McBeal Star Lisa Nicole Carson on Her Battle with Bipolar Disorder: 'When You Lose Your Mind, It's as Traumatic as It Sounds'

    (Pic) In the late '90s, Lisa Nicole Carson was best known as Calista Flockhart's bold and bubbly roommate on the hit show Ally McBeal, but behind the scenes, she was grappling with bipolar disorder.

    In this week's PEOPLE, Carson, 46, speaks in depth for the first time about the bipolar diagnosis that nearly shattered her life and career. "From the time I stepped away from show business [in 2001] until now, I've been on a long, very complicated and challenging journey," says Carson. "I didn't know if I was going to make it out."

    "I don't really have an option to be silent about my illness, although I wanted to be for many years," Carson reveals. "But since I had a public breakdown, it's something I felt I had to address."

    She is now living quietly in Hollywood, where she hopes to relaunch her acting career.

    She tells PEOPLE, "When you lose your mind it's as traumatic as it sounds. It's not anything you can imagine happening to you."

    Just before her career took off as Flockhart's sidekick on the show, Carson had her first psychotic breakdown in 1997. For the next seven years, she says, there were "too many breakdowns to count."

    After she was first diagnosed as bipolar, "It didn't make any sense to me, at all. I had never heard of it. I was in denial and would not take my medicine."

    In the years that followed, she experienced more mania than depression. "Sometimes it can be beautiful," she says. "And sometimes it can be horrifying."

    In 2000, Carson had a breakdown at a Manhattan hotel that made headlines and left her terrified and confused. "I remember glass breaking, yelling, screaming and terror," she says. "Sheer terror."

    She spent several weeks in a psychiatric ward before returning to work at Ally McBeal.

    "The cast was very concerned," she recalls. "They put together a video for me, wishing me well."

    Petrified, "I busted my butt and worked hard for a year. And then in 2001, I got the call, 'We're not renewing your contract.' I cried for a week."

    Although devastated, Carson doesn't harbor ill feelings about the situation.

    "Something very weird happened to me and everybody had a reaction," she says, "and it was more weird to me than anyone."

    Her last breakdown, in 2004, "was the most terrified I have ever been," she recalls. "It was the closest everything came to collapsing for me. That's what marked the beginning of the end of the disease for me. I decided that whatever was going on in my life, had to take second place. I had to take my medication and fight this with everything I am."

    After years of consulting with doctors and experimenting with numerous medications, Carson finally found the mood stabilizer she is currently taking. "I've been stable and haven't had a breakdown in 10 years," she says.

    Since returning to Hollywood in 2014, she says, "Just being at a place where I am healthy, excited about life and auditioning is a joy. I feel very blessed."

    Carson hopes her story can help others. "It's a risk for me to be open," she admits. "I never wanted to breathe a world about what happened to me. But I've had a change of heart. It's rare for someone who has something as severe as I've had to come out the other side, but I'd like to let people know that you can. You can get to the other side."

    Harrison Ford is Not Solo At Star Wars Premiere As He Arrives with Wife Calista Flockhart

    (Pic) It may be Han Solo and Princess Leia on the big screen, but it's all about Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart in real life.

    The married couple were all smiles at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere on Monday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

    The 73-year-old actor looked suave in a black suit and baby blue collared shirt while the 51-year-old Supergirl star color coordinated in a long sleeve LBD with jeweled collar detailing.

    Over 38 years since his first Star Wars premiere, Ford – who broke his leg during the latest production – expressed the big difference of going to the first showings then and now.

    "In the 70s nobody knew what to anticipate, nobody had ever seen anything like it," he shared on the red carpet – streamed live on "Now we have to live up to what the first film delivered."

    With over $50 million in pre-sale tickets sold and many fans already lined up ahead of the official Dec. 18. release, the actor jokingly brushed off the pressures of delivering a box office success.

    "No its not my fault you can blame it on JJ [Abrams] – I just work here," he said.

    Josh Groban eyes Broadway, says he's in that 'headspace'

    Josh Groban will be following up his album of Broadway standards by doing it for real — singing on a Broadway stage for the first time.

    "I was kind of in that headspace to begin with," Groban said Monday. "There was this nice stars-aligning-thing happening."

    Groban will play Pierre in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," a musical by Dave Malloy that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." It starts on Broadway in September.

    Groban has been offered parts on Broadway before but timing never worked out. This time, he'll be ending a tour in support of an album — "Stages," for which he just earned a Grammy Award nomination for best traditional pop vocal album — that coincidentally has him singing musical theater hits from "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Les Misérables," ''Into The Woods" and "A Chorus Line," among others.

    Since he made his debut in 2001, Groban's soaring anthems and soothing yet stirring ballads have sold millions of albums.

    The sung-through musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" premiered at New York City's Ars Nova in 2012 and is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.

    He caught an off-Broadway version in 2013 and vowed that if he ever returned to his musical theater roots it would be for "the right piece of music."

    Rachel Chavkin, who has directed previous versions of the show, is directing the new Broadway-bound version. Additional casting, design team and theater will be announced later. (Phillipa Soo, who played a dynamite Natasha, is currently in "Hamilton.")

    By the time the "Great Comet" makes it to New York again, it will have changed a great deal since its earlier off-Broadway lives, which included strobe lights, actors racing about and smoke pouring as dance music competed with traditional Russian folk music.

    The show reached for an immersive experience by trying to erase the line between audience and performer. A full Russian-themed meal — including vodka — was served and audience members were asked to pass along love letters or interact with actors.

    Groban said he was "totally transfixed" by the intimate production when he saw it and wants to "pass along that magic." On Broadway, stage designer Mimi Lien will put many seats onstage, let actors move around the theater and there will be some sort of food and drink on offer.

    The show centers on a bright young thing, Natasha, who falls for one man, only to be seduced later by another.

    Groban said he's looking forward to the sense of comradery that comes with joining a Broadway cast. He said he'll protect his voice for the grueling eight-shows-a-week rhythm.

    "My regiment is not going to be any different. At this point in my career, I've learned how to take care of myself. I'll just try not to burn the candle at both ends and try not to have real vodka on the stage every night."

    Calista Flockhart Reveals Harrison Ford Is Learning to Text at Age 73, but He's Not Quite Sure How to Use Emojis Yet

    (Video) Apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks.

    Supergirl star Calista Flockhart appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, and host Jimmy Kimmel began by asking the actress about her famous husband, Harrison Ford. "How is Harrison? Is he in Star Wars land?" he asked. "Is he off promoting and stalking about things?"

    "He is," Flockhart said. "He is currently in Australia."

    "We talk all the time," she added. "He's learning how to text."

    Flockhart, 51, then demonstrated how Ford, 73, composes his text messages, and let's just say he's not the fastest. Still, she's happy to hear from Ford. "He's getting better," she said. Asked if he uses emojis, she replied, "No. He says, 'Where'd you get that picture from?' It's really bad."

    Kimmel told Flockhart that when Ford has appeared on the show, he gets a feeling that "he really likes me but he never shows it in any way." Perhaps that was wishful thinking on his part.

    "It's funny because I was just talking to him and I said, 'You know, I'm going to do Jimmy Kimmel.' And he said, 'Yeah…yeah, I don't know about that guy,'" Flockhart explained. "And then he said, 'I remember the last time you were on Jimmy Kimmel, Calista. Yeah, I remember.'"

    Kimmel knew exactly what Ford was referring to during his conversation with Flockhart. "In fact, people sometimes ask me what from the show is your most embarrassing moment, that is the first thing that usually pops to mind, the last time that you were here," he told his guest.

    The two then reviewed a clip of Flockhart's last appearance on Feb. 26, 2009. "We have a clip here. Do you want to set the clit up—clip up?" Kimmel asked at the time. Red in the face, the host told a giggling Flockhart, "You go ahead and set it up. I'm going to sit under the desk."

    After re-watching it, Kimmel joked, "I stayed under there for like a month."

    "It's Harrison's fault!" he added. "He brought it up."

    "My heart is pounding," Flockhart admitted. "This is so awkward."

    Tell it to Ford.

    Hayden Panettiere Makes First Red Carpet Appearance Since Seeking Postpartum Depression Treatment

    (Pic) Less than two months since seeking treater for postpartum depression, Hayden Panettiere stepped out on the red carpet for the first time with smiles for all.

    The Nashville actress joined her fiancé, former heavyweight world champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko, on the international red carpet of the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 show in Berlin, Germany on Saturday.

    Dressed in a fashion forward black ensemble, complete with leggings bedazzled with a silver stud trim line down the side and sky-high black wedge booties. Despite their severe height, the boots weren't quite tall enough to match her beau's incredible height.

    Her future husband opted for a dark suit and deep blue skinny tie as they cozied up to each other for photos along the red carpet.

    Vitali Klitschko and Natalia Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother and his wife, later joined the happy couple for a silly group photo, Hayden throwing up a "hang loose" sign as she laughed for the cameras.

    The actress' happy spirits are a positive indication of a new chapter in the blond beauty's life after E! News confirmed in October she had voluntarily sought treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of her first child Kaya in December 2014.

    The actress spoke publicly of the common post-pregnancy affliction during an interview with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa days before it was revealed she had entered into a facility.

    "It's something a lot of women experience. When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.' I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do," Panettiere told the co-hosts.

    "But, you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

    5 Reasons Cat Grant Is Supergirl's Best Influence

    ( Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) has a lot of people mentoring and guiding her on her Supergirl journey, but it's Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) that's consistently pointing her in the right direction. Weirdly enough, she's the only person in Kara's circle that doesn't know her secret, yet she still gives the best advice.

    More than Kara's Fortress of Solitude Mom, her adopted mom or even her big sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) - Cat is doing the most to make Kara into the superhero that National City needs, and that's why she gets our vote for best influence. Let's recap:

    1. She does "it all" without complaining: Cat Grant is the head of a media conglomerate and a single mom, but she still gets the job done. Yes, she pushes her employees to the limit, but it's so that she can present the best product for the company, and she's made it clear on several occasions that she cares more about her son than anything.

    Better yet, when Kara asked how she manages to keep it all going, Cat delivered some of the most practical advice ever offered on this show. Juggle two balls before you juggle three. Kara needs to get her personal life in check, and then add superhero stuff and when she has that under control she can tackle DEO investigations. Managing Supergirl's many responsibilities is the key to Kara's sanity and Cat's the only one that can understand that.

    2. She doesn't coddle Kara or Supergirl: Mentoring someone doesn't mean you have to hold their hand all the time. Many of the people looking out for Kara are trying too hard to protect her rather than making sure she gets better. Since Cat doesn't know Kara is Supergirl or have any sentimental attachment, she's not afraid to tell Supergirl the truth, even if it's hard to hear.

    Cat was the first one to point out that Supergirl is actually kind of bad at being a superhero. It's not the critique that Kara wanted, but the astute point forced her to reevaluate how she was handling thingsand made her better.

    3. She actually has the most faith in Supergirl:Don't mistake Cat's criticism for a lack of caring. As Alex points out early on, Cat's editorial about Supergirl was passionately written, meaning she wants Supergirl to succeed even if she can see some flaws in the superhero's game plan. It even goes back to the debate about Supergirl's name when Kara wanted to get up in arms because it was 'girl" instead of "woman."

    "Are you saying there's something wrong with being a girl?" Cat queried. At the time it may have seemed that Cat cared most about branding the new superhero, but really she's been the one challenging Supergirl to accept who she is rather than what everyone else thinks she should be from the very beginning.

    4. She encourages Kara to be strong: Cat respects Kara most when she stands up for herself, and that's an important thing for any superhero. Kara tends to wear rose-colored glasses, but she's in a dog-eat-dog career field - both as Kara and as Supergirl. Cat is the one pushing Kara to have a backbone. She'll get her name wrong as long as Kara lets her, but when Kara bit Cat's head off for being so mean you could see the pride in Cat's eyes. And then Cat actually took time out of her busy day to sit Kara down and discuss anger management and psychology over a couple of martinis. Those are the actions of someone who cares.

    Also, when Kara explained that her parents had died, Cat responded with compassion about Kara's resiliency, but never pitied her assistant. She saw a new side to the meek girl that delivers her coffee, and their relationship has started to expand ever since.

    5. She's protective of Kara's well-being: Remember that time a crazed ex-employee tried to electrocute Cat and Kara, but Cat sent Kara to safety while she tried to keep Livewire (Brit Morgan) distracted? Sure, there was a dig about how useless Kara was in there, but really it was to make sure Kara was safe while Cat took responsibility for the situation. If she were really the terrible person she wanted you to think she was, Cat would have left Kara in the dust.

    It's clear that Cat has some severe Mommy issues, just like Kara, but that didn't stop her from standing up to her mom (Joan Juliet Black) when she tried to come down on Kara. It's even more proof that when Cat is hard on her assistant it's an attempt to make her stronger, but that doesn't mean she's going to let anyone else attack her. What else could you want in a mom figure?

    Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.

    Hayden Panettiere Cuts Her Hair: 'It's Like Getting Rid of Metaphorical and Literal Dead Ends'

    (Pic) Hayden Panettiere is opening up about her recent haircut. The actress shared a photo on Twitter showing off her textured, shoulder-grazing strands — and the chop marks a new chapter for the star.

    “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new ??,” she captioned the snap on her feed.

    The tweet is one of the first the actress has posted since entering treatment for postpartum depression in October.

    The Nashville star 26, is a mother to 10-month-old Kaya Evodokia with her fiancé, professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and has been very open about her struggle since her daughter’s birth last December.

    During an interview on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September, she said she could “relate” to her on-screen character Juliette Barnes, who navigates her own journey with PPD in the current season of the hit ABC show.

    “It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings,” she shared. “Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”

    And the cast of the show has been very supportive of Panettiere during her treatment.

    “We have connected, and I think she’s doing really well,” Connie Britton, 48, told the Associated Press. “She’s right where she needs to be, and that’s really good, and we all support her in that.”

    Panettiere stepped out publicly for the first time Saturday, looking happy and healthy as she cheered on her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko during a boxing championship in Germany. And her new do seems to be giving her a fresh outlook as well.

    Lucy Liu’s Son Is ‘All That and Dim Sum’: Check Out Rockwell’s Adorable Onesie

    (Pic) Lucy Liu‘s son is cute enough to eat.

    The actress shared a photo of her little boy Rockwell Lloyd, 3 months, to Instagram on Wednesday in a special red onesie with the text, “I’m all that and dim sum.”

    The cute outfit also featured a graphic of a traditional Cantonese steamed bun. Both of Liu’s parents were born in China, the home country of the delicious dish.

    “When it’s your birthday and you’re feeling…” Liu, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Tuesday, wrote of her smiling baby.

    Rockwell was born via surrogate in August and is the first child for the Elementary star.

    While it’s doubtful that anyone could look as adorable as Rockwell, the dim sum onesie is available online — and for only $15!

    Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Co-Stars Show Their Support for Her Hiatus

    Hayden Panettiere is taking a break from her career—including her hit show Nashville—to focus on herself, and her co-stars are totally supportive of her decision.

    The 26-year-old actress decided to seek treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter, Kaya, whom she welcomed with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014. In order to fully focus on recovery, she had to take a bit of a hiatus from Nashville.

    Chatting with E! News at the CMT Artists of the Year Awards on Wednesday, some of her fellow co-stars expressed their immense amount of support, but also couldn't help from showing their excitement for her return when she's ready.

    "I think she seems to be doing really well, and obviously all of us are very excited for her to come back when it's time," Jonathan Jackson told us. "But I'm also really grateful that she's taking the time that she needs, and I think that that's really a wonderful example for people."

    Lennon Stella reciprocated his thoughts, adding, "She's doing good! You know, she's doing what she's doing, and we're like super supportive. We haven't heard any more on when she's coming back, but she's been doing great. We've been in contact with her and she's great."

    "We all support her so much, and we're really excited for her return," Aubrey Peeples noted. "But we don't have any new information yet."

    Meanwhile, Hayden seems to be doing much better these days! She was all smiles as she cheered on her fiancé during his fight against Tyson Fury at the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest in Germany over the weekend. It marked her first public appearance since she entered treatment in October.

    "It's something a lot of women experience," Hayden opened up about her struggle on Live! With Kelly and Michael at the time. "When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.' I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do, but you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on."

    She added, "It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

    We are happy to see that her healing process is going well.

    Connie Britton Supports Nashville Costar Hayden Panettiere During Postpartum Depression Treatment: 'She's Doing Really Well'

    Days after her first public appearance since seeking treatment for postpartum depression, Hayden Panettiere was on her Nashville costars' minds – and in their hearts.

    Connie Britton, who plays country queen (and Panettiere's character Juliette's onetime mentor) Rayna, and Jonathan Jackson, who appears as her estranged husband Avery, both spoke about the actress's progress at Wednesday night's CMT Artists of the Year awards.

    "We have connected, and I think she's doing really well," said Britton, 48, told the Associated Press. "She's right where she needs to be, and that's really good, and we all support her in that."

    "We've been in communication, and she seems to be doing well, and we're really excited to get back to work when the time comes," Jackson, 33, told PEOPLE on the red carpet. "My wife and I were really grateful that she took the time that she needed. I think that's a really great example for people."

    Pannettiere, 26, looked happy and healthy Saturday as she cheered on her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko during a boxing championship in Germany. (Klitschko, 39, lost the match.)

    The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Kaya Evdokia, on Dec. 9, 2014, and Panettiere opened up about her private battle with PPD in September, entering treatment in October.

    "There's a lot of misunderstanding," the mom, whose character also has PPD, said on Live with Kelly and Michael. "There's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."

    A source close to the show previously told PEOPLE that Juliette's heartbreaking storyline was planned long before Panettiere shared her own struggle – and production has worked around her treatment schedule for season 4.

    Nashville airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

    Hayden Panettiere Beams During First Public Appearance Since Entering Treatment for Postpartum Depression

    (Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere looked happy, healthy and gorgeous in her first public appearance since entering a treatment center for postpartum depression last month.

    The Nashville star had been battling the condition since the birth of her daughter Kaya last December, openly describing it as "really scary".

    But Panettiere, 26, looked like the picture of health as she sat ringside to support her fiancé, heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko, as he fought to defend his world title against British challenger Tyson Fury in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday.

    Panettiere entered a treatment facility in October, and spoke candidly about the condition a month earlier during an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael.

    "There's a lot of misunderstanding," she said. "There's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."

    On Saturday, Panetierre showed off a more lighthearted side, beaming as she draped a Ukrainian flag over her shoulders in support of Klitschko, 39, while wearing a cream striped sweater with a plaid mini-skirt, black tights and cute tan fedora.

    Sadly, her gesture of support proved to be in vain: her fiancé's 11-year reign as World Heavyweight Champ came to a juddering halt on a unanimous points decision in favor of the British underdog.

    In an echo of Fury's unexpected pre-fight serenade to Klitschko – when he suddenly broke into an acapella version of the Bette Midler classic "Wind Beneath My Wings"– Fury, 27, stunned boxing fans across the world with a live rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" after his victory.

    Luckily for Klitschko, this time the target of Fury's romantic crooning was his pregnant wife Paris, who stood visibly moved in the center of the ring as her man sung the classic rock love ballad in front of 50,000 fight fans and a global TV audience of millions.

    ‘Murder In The First’ Renewed For Third Season By TNT

    TNT has renewed Murder In The First for a third season to air in 2016. The crime drama, created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, averaged an OK 2 million viewers in its second season, which wrapped its run on August 25. Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson star.

    Murder In The First marked a departure from TNT’s procedural formula as it tracks one case for an entire season. It joins Rizzoli & Isles and The Last Ship, which also were renewed for next year. New Turner regime have been very selective in deciding which TNT and TBS series would stay on as both networks are undergoing a brand makeover.

    James Marsden and British Singer Edei Step Out: They're 'More than Friends,' Says Source

    James Marsden and British singer-songwriter Edei could be taking their relationship to the next level.

    The X-Men: Days of Future Past star and the "I'll Go" singer "are a little more than friends," a source tells PEOPLE.

    The actor, 42, was previously spotted out with Bradley Cooper's ex-girlfriend Suki Waterhouse in April, when they grabbed dinner together with a group of friends at Little Door restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Edei (née Emma Deigman) is a 27-year-old up and coming musician from the UK who's currently working on a new album, according to her Twitter page.

    Marsden, who's starring on HBO's Westworld, was formerly married to actress Lisa Linde from 2000 to 2011. They have two children together, Jack Holden and Mary James.

    Elton John, Bon Jovi to headline 24-hour climate concert

    Elton John and Bon Jovi will headline a 24-hour performance this month aimed at urging environmental action ahead of key climate change talks in Paris, organizers said Monday.

    The event, spearheaded by former US vice president Al Gore and known as "24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth," will feature artists, scientists and politicians and will air online November 13 and 14.

    "Each hour, the broadcast will be punctuated by thought-provoking, knockout appearances from an all-star lineup," organizers said in a statement.

    "The broadcast is aimed at urging world leaders to push for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming UN conference in Paris, and at urging people to take action in their own communities and homes."

    Back in May, Live Earth -- a set of global concerts backed by Gore -- announced a delay to planned shows on each inhabited continent.

    Live Earth was initially intended to consist of concerts on June 18 in Australia, Brazil, China, South Africa and the United States, as well as Paris.

    The November 13-14 broadcast is a partnership between the Climate Reality Project and Live Earth, designed to "include an unprecedented artistic lineup and distribution platform to maximize its global reach," organizers said.

    Among those scheduled to appear are French President Francois Hollande, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, California Governor Jerry Brown, actors Ryan Reynolds, Jared Leto and Ed Begley Jr., and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

    The first Climate Reality broadcast aired in 2011.

    Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on climate change.

    A slideshow presented by Gore about the dangers of climate change was the basis of the popular 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which won two Academy Awards.

    PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 Nominees

    Winners will be revealed during the live broadcast of PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 from the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Fans can vote now at

    Favorite Movie Actor
    Channing Tatum
    Chris Pratt
    Johnny Depp
    Robert Downey, Jr.
    Will Smith

    Favorite Action Movie Actor
    Chris Hemsworth
    Chris Pratt
    Dwayne Johnson
    Robert Downey, Jr.
    Vin Diesel

    Favorite Cable TV Actor
    Adam DeVine
    Christian Slater
    Eric Dane
    Kevin Hart
    Taye Diggs

    Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
    Emily Deschanel
    Lucy Liu
    Mariska Hargitay
    Pauley Perrette
    Stana Katic.

    Once Upon a Time: Greg Germann Cast as Season 5B's Devilish Mystery Man

    ABC’s Once Upon a Time has cast one helluva role for the second half of Season 5.

    TV vet Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) has landed the heavily recurring role of what is for now being dubbed “The Distinguished Gentleman,” TVLine has learned exclusively.

    ABC would confirm no further details on the character or his storyline, but the casting call described him as “a mysterious figure with god-like powers who is always clad in a perfectly tailored suit,” someone who can “strike fear into people just by being friendly” and “the last person you ever want to share a drink with.”

    Last month at New York Comic-Con, Once co-creator Eddy Kitsis summed up Season 5B as “hell,” spurring speculation that our heroes next will brave the Underworld and perhaps clash with Hades himself. Subsequent casting calls cited by Matt’s Inside Line — though not confirmed — suggest we will meet Hercules and Megara at some point this spring.

    Germann will make his debut in this season’s 12th episode aka the series’ 100th, which will launch the second half of the season sometime in March.

    In addition to his aforementioned run as Ally McBeal‘s Richard Fish, Germann’s TV credits include arcs on House of Lies, Raising Hope, NCIS, SVU and Chasing Life.

    Lucy Liu Shares Adorable Photo of Newborn Son Rockwell

    (Pic) If you’re having a tough day, Lucy Liu is here to lighten your mood.

    The actress took to Instagram to share an adorable, smiley photo of her 10-week-old son, Rockwell Lloyd.

    “Mood #Rockwell,” Liu, 46, captioned the pic.

    In the photo, the chubby-cheeked baby boy rests on a bird-printed blanket with a stuffed animal near as he smiles for the photo.

    The Elementary star hasn’t been shy about sharing her son with the world through social media. After welcoming him in late August, Liu shared a photo with the caption, “Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockewell Lloyd Liu. In [love]!”

    Although Rockwell is Liu’s first child, she’s dedicated herself to children around the world, volunteering with UNICEF since 1994 and credits her own parents for helping her value what she had, making her want to help others.

    “I felt like they really gave me an appreciation for the care and love we had,” she told PEOPLE of her parents.

    Now, the doting mother of one can share that love and care with her own child.

    Greg Germann & Katherine Castro Join ‘Reinbou’

    Greg Germann and Katherine Castro have joined the cast of Reinbou, a fantasy pic from Andrés Curbelo that begins filming this week in the Dominican Republic. Based on the novel Maceta, it tells the story of the 1965 American invasion into the Dominican Republic seen through the magical eyes of a child, Angel Maceta. It centers on Captain Horton (Germann), one of the commanders who leads the invasion and marries a young native Dominican (Castro). Gilberto Morillo, Nashla Bogaert and David Maler are producing the film, which also stars Hector Anibal. Exec producer Gilberto Morillo will be touting the film at AFM later this week.

    Robert Downey Jr. 'Thrilled' to Be Inducted into the California Hall of Fame

    Robert Downey Jr. just joined fellow Californians Charles Shulz and Bruce Lee in a very exclusive club.

    The Iron Man star, the Peanuts creator and the Kung Fu icon were all inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Brown in Sacramento on Wednesday.

    "Had the honor of being one of a number inducted into the CA Hall of Fame yesterday by Gov Brown. Thrilled to be in any group that includes Bruce Lee and Peanuts creator Charles M Shulz. #goodcompany #CAProud," Downey Jr., TK, wrote on Instagram.

    The actor posted a picture of himself accepting the award wearing a dark blue suit, grey sneakers and a pair of red framed glasses. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Susan.

    Although Downey Jr. was born in New York City, he went to high school in Los Angeles before dropping out to pursue acting. The ceremony was established in 2006 by Maria Shriver "to honor legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history," according to the Hall of Fame's website.

    Lester Holt, the new anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, Ellen Ochoa, first Latina astronaut in space, country star Buck Owens and Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi were also on the list of inductees.

    Supergirl's Calista Flockhart: Our Show Is a 'Celebration of Girl Power'

    Sometimes television shows can be about more than just entertainment.

    "Our show is a real celebration of girl power," Supergirl's Calista Flockhart tells PEOPLE. "I think it's refreshing and really important for young girls to have a role models to look up to."

    Flockhart costars on the new CBS series as Cat Grant, the boss of the titular character's alter ego. And even though her character doesn't have superhuman strength, Flockhart thinks she's pretty strong.

    "The exciting part about playing Cat is that there really are no boundaries. She's kind of out there. She's unapologetic and uncompromising," says Flockhart. "She's kind of earned this position in her life. She can be really nasty at times, but I don't want to cross over into the world of making people not like her. We want to keep a likable and sassy as possible. I think that's the balance we're hoping to strike."

    Hayden Panettiere checks into facility for postpartum depression similar to her ‘Nashville’ character

    In a tragic case of art imitating life, actress Hayden Panettiere has checked into a treatment center for postpartum depression. On the show “Nashville,” the 26-year-old actress plays a country music superstar who is grappling with a similar struggle.

    “Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression,” a rep for the actress says in a statement to Us Weekly. “She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”

    Just last month, Panettiere was doing a media tour and telling outlets like “Live! With Kelly and Michael” that she “can very much relate [with her character Juliette],” adding, “It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings.”

    The former “Heroes” actress gave birth to her child Kaya in December 2014.

    On Saturday (Oct. 10), the actress tweeted a message that had sounded like positive news, but she hasn’t posted since Saturday. “Feeling like I’m finally coming back to my own body,” she wrote with the hashtags #daughter and #wellworthit.

    Taye Diggs Joins Fox Drama ‘Rosewood’

    Taye Diggs (The Best Man Holiday) has landed a recurring role on Fox freshman drama series Rosewood. Created by Todd Harthan, Rosewood stars Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a private pathologist in Miami who partners with Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz). Diggs will play Mike Boyce, a world-renowned infectious disease doctor based in Miami and the longtime best friend of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), who is brought in to consult on a case and catches the eye of Detective Villa, much to Rosewood’s surprise. It’s a reunion for Diggs and Chestnut, who starred in the hit feature The Best Man and sequel The Best Man Holiday. Diggs is repped by ICM, Authentic Management, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, and Burt Goldstein and Co.

    Bon Jovi honors high school football player who died

    Bon Jovi has honored a high school football player who died in New Jersey after taking a hit on the playing field last week.

    The New Jersey rocker posted a tribute online to 17-year-old Evan Murray, and he placed a sticker with Murray's number 18 on his guitar during a show in the United Arab Emirates Thursday.

    Bon Jovi says that as a father of football players, his heart and prayers go out to Murray's family. He wished Murray's teammates at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington Township the best and told them to "win one for Evan."

    Authorities say the 17-year-old died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.

    The funeral for the popular three-sport star and honors student was held Thursday.

    Bon Jovi's son, Jesse Bongiovi, made it onto Notre Dame's football team as a walk-on in 2013.

    Hayden Panettiere Opens Up About Postpartum Depression: It ‘Needs to Be Talked About'

    Hayden Panettiere and her Nashville character Juliette have a lot more in common than some might know — they’ve both experienced postpartum depression.

    “I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal,” Panettiere, 26, said during a Monday appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael.

    “There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”

    She adds, “Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”

    While the actress praises women for being able to give birth, she jokes that she wishes that her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, 39, could “figure out a way to get pregnant.” Better yet, she admits he would “absolutely” go through with it.

    “When I was pregnant, he would do this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving, almost like she was in his stomach,” explains Panettiere, who welcomed her daughter, Kaya Evdokia, with the professional Ukrainian boxer in December 2014.

    “He wanted to feel what it was like to have a baby as close to him as it was to me.”

    As for the bond between Klitschko and their 9-month-old baby girl, Panettiere shares the two are “inseparable.”

    Over the summer, the happy family took a vacation to France, Germany and Klitschko’s native Ukraine, where Kaya was baptized. Sadly, Kaya didn’t think the moment was as special as the rest of the family.

    “This kid loves water. She’s never cried anytime we’ve put her in the shower or the bath or the ocean — she loves swimming. Of course, the one time we need her to not cry … the priest dipping her into the holy water and this kid is just wailing,” Panettiere says with a laugh. “All the pictures — beautiful pictures, everyone is all dolled up and she’s like, “Ahhhh!!’ ”

    And when Mom and Dad didn’t come to the rescue, Kaya took the situation into her own hands — literally.

    “At one point [the] priest takes a little bit of her hair and cuts it — it’s part of the tradition — and she was like, ‘Honey, you take my hair, I take yours,’ and she took his beard [and yanked],” says Panettiere. “My husband still has the [priest’s] beard hair, which is about this long. She’s a fighter.”

    Panettiere is looking forward to adding to her brood, but she’s not ready to make a final decision on exactly how large her family might one day become.

    “I would love to have a big family. I always said four, but I’m not gonna speak too soon. One at a time,” the proud mama shares.

    Hayden Panettiere Wants to Have Four Kids, Wishes That Wladimir Klitschko "Figured Out a Way to Get Pregnant"

    Hayden Panettiere has babies on the brain!

    The Nashville actress and her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko welcomed their firstborn daughter, Kaya, in December 2014. Over the summer, the family traveled to France and Germany, "and we spent some time in Ukraine," Panettiere recalled on Live! With Kelly and Michael Monday. "Kaya got introduced to her other native country. We did her baptism there, and that was one of the most incredible parts."

    Kaya's baptism didn't go smoothly, however. "This kid loves water. She's never cried anytime we've put her in the shower, the bath or the ocean. She loves swimming. And of course the one time that we need her to not cry is the priest dipping her into the holy water, and this kid is just wailing. All the pictures are these beautiful pictures and everyone's all dolled up and her head is covered and [she screamed]," Panettiere said. "The priest, at one point, he takes a little bit of her hair and cuts it—it's part of the tradition—and she was like, 'Honey, you take my hair, I take yours.' She took his beard and yanked. My husband has the beard hair."

    Panettiere "would love to have a big family," but she's not putting the cart before the horse. "I always said four, but I'm not going to speak too soon. One at a time. I mean, I would love it if Wlad figured out a way to get pregnant and he could have the baby," she said. "We would be going right now, no problem."

    "If he could, would he?" Kelly Ripa asked. "That's the question."

    "Absolutely. Absolutely," Panettiere replied. "I asked him this question...He's going to be like, 'I can't believe you told them!' But when I was pregnant, he did this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving—almost like she was in his stomach. He wanted to feel what it was like to have a baby as close to him as it was to me."

    "Wow," Michael Strahan said. "You put it that way, it makes me wanna cry."

    "And then, labor happens!" Ripa said.

    "Oh, he felt it! I made sure of that," Panettiere joked. "No, he was a trooper."

    Strahan then asked Panettiere why she won't be reprising her role as Claire Bennett on NBC's Heroes Reborn." You know, I loved that show. That show was such a huge part of my life," said the actress, who played the part for four seasons from 2006 to 2010. "It took me such a long time to get out of a cheerleading outfit. I just love where I