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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

Lucifer has been renewed for a third season by FOX. (Variety)

The Royals has received a fourth season order from E!. (Variety)

Amazon has renewed their streaming series Goliath for a second season. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Veteran actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) will star in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC, which centers on EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves. Olmos will star as Felipe Reyes, the family’s formerly strong patriarch who, after years of being crushed by bullets and labor, struggles to keep his past buried and lead his own sons down a lawful and righteous path. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actors Ian Anthony Dale (Murder in the First) and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes and The Musketeers) have joined the cast of the upcoming CBS summer suspense drama Salvation, which follows whip-smart MIT grad student Liam (Charlie Rowe) and tech billionaire Darius Tanz, who bring to a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery: An asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Liam and Darius team to launch a secret project to save the planet — a secret Liam must keep from the ones he loves. Dale will play Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Anders, a consummate Washington insider who is tasked with running the government’s top-secret plan to deflect a planet killer asteroid. A man who’s devoted himself to country, Harris will find himself torn between following orders, following his conscience and following his heart. Meanwhile, Cabrera will play Darius, a charming self-made tech billionaire and visionary maverick, whose great love seems to be his projects. His greatest project of all, however, will be an audacious plan to save the human race from an incoming asteroid. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actor Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time) will have a recurring role on the Amazon series The Last Tycoon, starring opposite Matt Bomer (White Collar), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Lily Collins (box office film Rules Don’t Apply) and Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land). The series focuses on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Bailey will play Clint Frost, an actor who’s handsome as hell, confident and excited about viewing an early preview of his movie, The Bells of Boston, for the studio brass. However, his elation turns to fear when he realizes his performance, like the movie, is not good. (Deadline)

Casting has been announced for the straight-to-series Freeform drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger that centers on Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) who come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Additional cast members include Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) and Gloria Reuben (ER and Mr. Robot). Roth will portray Melissa Bowen, Tandy’s mom, who is the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence; while Reuben plays Adina Johnson, who invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. (Deadline)

Actors Edgar Ramirez (The Girl on the Train) and Darren Criss (Glee) have signed on to appear in Versace: American Crime Story that will explore the murder of Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed five people that year and then killed himself on a house boat, eight days after killing Versace. Ramirez will play Gianni Versace while Criss will play Andrew Cunanan. (Variety)

The new UP TV scripted series Date My Dad, starring Barry Watson (7th Heaven) has added to its cast. The new cast members include Cindy Busby (Cedar Cove and the Hallmark Channel movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy), Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale) and Chris Gauthier (Once Upon a Time and Eureka).  (Press Release)

Actor Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy and The 100) will appear in the 150th episode of Blue Bloods (set to air in late March), playing ESU Deputy Chief Travis Jackson, who goes up against Frank when he files an age-discrimination suit against the department. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

TV NEWS

Uber-producer/director J.J. Abrams and author Stephen King will be working on a new Hulu series called Castle Rock, the fictional town in Maine where many of the author’s books take place. (Variety)

Starz and the BBC will co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel that will bring the beloved novel to the small screen. The four hour-long episodes will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts. Among the cast will be Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street and Pride & Prejudice) and Tracey Ullman. (The Futon Critic)

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First of all, congrats to all the Grammy Award winners, including Adele, Cage the Elephant, Pentatonix (with Dolly Parton) and The Chainsmokers [among others]. (E!)

RENEWALS

ABC has given Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder all new season orders. (Variety)

Netflix has given a second season order to their supernatural drama The OA eight weeks after the first season debuted. The streaming service has also given a second season to the Canadian time-travel series Travelers that stars former Will & Grace star Eric McCormack. (Variety)

Syfy has given the horror anthology Channel Zero a third and fourth season renewal. (The Futon Critic)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Jennifer Finnigan (Tyrant) will star in the CBS summer drama Salvation that centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar (a role that has yet to be cast) who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery — that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Finnigan will star as Grace Darrow, the Pentagon press secretary and a single mom who deftly navigates the complicated waters of both jobs. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and actress Jodi Balfour (Quarry) have been cast as President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the second season of the Netflix series The Crown. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Marlee Matlin (Switched at Birth) will guest star in an upcoming episode of The Magicians. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

STREAMING SERIES CASTING NEWS

Casting for Hulu’s upcoming Marvel’s Runaways adaptation has been announced and among the actors/actresses who have joined the cast include: Kevin Weisman (Alias), Brigid Brannah (Army Wives), Anne Wershing (24 and Timeless), Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans) and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). (The Futon Critic)

TV TRAILERS

Underground Season 2:

The White Princess (Starz):

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

Amazon has renewed Mozart in the Jungle for a 4th season. (Variety)

DEPATURES

Actor Peter Capaldi is ending his run as Doctor Who. He will leave after the annual Christmas special that will air at the end of this year. (Variety)

TV CASTING NEWS

Actress Teri Hatcher (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) will have a multi-episode arc on Supergirl, playing a mystery role, who will become the new Big Bad of Season 2. And actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) will have a recurring role on the show, also playing a mysterious new villain. (Variety and The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Amanda Leighton (The Fosters) will play a younger Sophie (played by Alexandra Breckenridge as an adult), the future ex-wife of Kevin (Justin Hartley as an adult). (The Hollywood Reporter and The Futon Critic)

The MTV fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles has added new members to the cast for its upcoming 2nd season, including Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter) and Malese Jow (The Flash) [among others]. They will join returning stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon). The second season picks up a year later with The Four Lands in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Morgan will play Lyria, a beautiful and mysterious, young woman who is romantically linked to Eretria. Jow will play Mareth, a volatile and unpredictable young woman with magical abilities. (Deadline)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac on the Netflix series The Get Down) will play the villain Black Manta in the upcoming fil Aquaman that will Jason Momoa in the lead role. (Variety)

Actor John Lithgow (The Crown) has joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 3, but there are no details on what role he will play. (Variety)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week, but first congrats to all of the SAG Award winners!! Now on to the news:

CASTING NEWS

Actor Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey and The Good Wife) has joined the cast of the second season of The Crown, which streams on Netflix. He will portray play Antony Armstrong-Jones, a society photographer and filmmaker who was married to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, from 1960 to 1978. (Vulture)

Actor Darren Criss (Glee) will play the villain Music Meister in the crossover episode of The Flash and Supergirl. (Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Nolan Gerard Funk (Arrow and Awkward) has landed a recurring role in the upcoming straight-to-series Starz drama Counterpart in Counterpart, that tells of the story of Howard Silk (actor JK Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Funk will play Angel Eyes, a mysterious guest who has been sent to our world from the other side with deadly purpose. (Deadline)

Actress Melora Hardin (Transparent) will appear in The Blacklist, playing Isabella Stone, who is described as a socialite by day, character assassin by night, who is ruthless when it comes to taking out targets and uses methods including scandal, public humiliation, extortion and theft. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide)

RENEWAL NEWS

TNT has renewed The Librarians for season 4. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWALS

This Is Us has been given a 2nd and 3rd season renewals by NBC. (Variety)

Major Crimes has been renewed for a sixth season by TNT. (The Futon Critic)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Yancey Arias (Bosch) has landed a recurring role on the USA Network drama Queen of the South, playing Colonel Cortez, a reluctant Epifanio, Vargas’s (Joaquim de Almeida) new business partner. (Deadline)

Actress Sara Tomko (The Leftovers and the upcoming AMC son The Son) will appear as Tiger Lily in upcoming episodes of Once Upon a Time. (TV Line)

Actor Misha Collins (Supernatural) will appear as Eliot Ness in an upcoming episode of the NBC series Timeless. (TV Line)

Actress Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex) will appear in the third season of UnReal, appearing as Serena, who is determined to have her pick of eager male suitors. (Deadline)

Actor Manny Montana (Graceland and the short-lived Conviction) will have a recurring role on Rosewood, playing Marcos Villa, brother of Detective Annalise Villa (series lead Jaina Lee Ortiz) who just finished his third tour in the Army. (Deadline)

Actor Johnny Messner (box office film Tears of the Sun and Cold Case) will have a recurring role on Jane the Virgin, playing Chuck, the new owner of the adults-only hotel next door to the Marbella. (Deadline)

NEW SERIES

Actor Barry Watson (7th Heaven) will star in the UP Channel dramedy Date My Dad that is set to debut in June. Watson will star as Ricky Cooper, a single dad raising three daughters, who had the perfect life: A former professional baseball player, he was married to Isabella, the love of his life. Ricky’s world comes crashing down when Isabella passes away, leaving him to raise three daughters alone. (Deadline)

MOVIE NEWS

Actor Richard Armitage (Berlin Station) has joined the female-driven cast of the upcoming box office film Ocean’s Eight that will star Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden [among others]. There are no details on what role he will play, however. (Deadline)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actress Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) has landed a recurring role in the upcoming Amazon drama The Last Tycoon that will center on Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer from White Collar), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer from Frasier). Beals will play Margo Taft, a regal, dignified and scheming Hollywood royalty star who came up through the school of hard knocks and gets her way on every picture, playing mind games to establish her absolute supremacy on the set. The cast also includes Lily Collins and Rosemarie DeWitt. (Deadline)

Actor Hunter Parrish (Weeds) has landed a major recurring role in the ABC drama Quantico, playing a political strategist forced to join forces with the CIA and FBI during the aftermath of the G20 hostage crisis. (Deadline)

RENEWALS

Good Behavior has been given a second season by TNT. (Variety)

Chesapeake Shores has been given a second season order by the Hallmark Channel. (Twitter)

Showtime has renewed The Affair for a fourth season. (Variety)

The Fosters has been given a fifth season renewal and Beyond has been given a second season order by Freeform. (Variety and The Hollywood Reporter)

FOX renewed Empire for a fourth season. (Variety)

FX has given American Horror Story two more seasons in addition to the already picked-up 7th season. (Variety)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past two weeks:

First of all, congrats to the winners at the Golden Globes last night, including (but not limited to) Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Claire Foy, The Crown, Sarah Paulson, Ryan Gosling, Viola Davis and Emma Stone.

CASTING NEWS

Actor Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart) will guest star in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama Timeless, portraying Jesse James. Also, actor Jim Beaver (Supernatural) will appear in the final three episodes of the show, playing NSA Agent Neville, who comes to Mason Industries to lock horns with Agent Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey). (Memorable TV, Twitter and TV Line)

Actor James Kyson (Heroes) will make a guest appearance on Elementary as Joey, the fast-talking CEO of a game gear company and owner of an eSports franchise. (TV Line)

Actress Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) will have a recurring role in the upcoming Netflix drama The Handmaid’s Tale, starring opposite actress Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) [who has the lead role] in the series that is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood that follows Offred (Moss), who is forced into subjugation in an attempt to repopulate the fictional, male-dominated society of Gilead. Bledel will play Ofglen, Offred’s fellow handmaid and companion. (Variety)

Veteran actor Gerald McRaney (most recently seen on This Is Us) has landed a series regular role on 24: Legacy. He will play Henry Donovan, the father of presidential candidate John Donovan (series regular Jimmy Smits), a powerful oil man and passionately devoted father who is dedicated to putting his son in the White House, no matter what the obstacles. (Deadline)

Actor Harold Perrineau (Lost) has landed a major recurring role on Criminal Minds, playing Calvin Shaw, a former FBI agent incarcerated for killing one of his informants. Shaw has a run-in with a BAU agent and the team must determine whether he’s a friend or foe. (TV Line)

Actor Peter Gadiot (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) will play the nefarious role of Mr. Mxyzptlk on Supergirl. (TV Line)

RENEWALS

Amazon has given The Man in the High Castle a third season renewal. (Variety)

The CW has given an early renewal to seven of their existing series, including Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, Supernatural and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The CW will also resurrect DC’s Constantine as an animated series starring the voice of Matt Ryan on their digital outlet CW Seed. (Variety)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) has joined the cat of the upcoming box office film Black Panther. He will play N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s (aka the Black Panther) past. (Deadline)

BOOKS TO MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

Best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz has signed a production deal with Brad Krevoy Television (the production company behind the Hallmark Channel TV series When Calls the Heart) for three TV projects that will air at Christmastime in 2017 on Hallmark Channel. The first movie, called Angel Falls, is about a fallen angel who falls in love and wins back her halo during the Christmas season with actress Rachel Boston (Witches of East End) starring. The second movie, called Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe, will be a gender-swapped re-telling of the classic novel; and the third movie, called Nanny State, will tell the story of an FBI agent who goes undercover working for New York’s finest families to solve a child’s kidnapping during the Christmas holidays. (Deadline)

TV TRAILER

NOTE:  The series is set to debut on February 23 on CMT.

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