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Here are the few news items for this past week:

SERIES NEWS

BBC America has announced that actress Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) has been cast in the lead role of the network’s upcoming original series Killing Eve. The 8-episode drama thriller will revolve around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. The series will be a combination of brutal mischief making and pathos, filled with sharp humor, originality and high stakes action based on the novellas by Luke Jennings. (TV Fanatic)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has joined the cast of the Amazon series The Man In the High Castle as a series regular. He will play Wyatt Price, who fled the war in Europe emigrating with his family from Ireland to New York as refugees, then fled west again ahead of the Nazi invasion. Like most in the Neutral Zone, he’s learned to survive as a hustler, trading in various black market goods and services. But he’s more than just a survivor – he believes in what America was and what the Neutral Zone still is – a melting pot worth saving. (Deadline)

Actor Zachary Levi (Chuck) has joined the cast of Psych: The Movie, the 2-hour holiday movie that the USA Network has ordered based on the hit TV series. He will play Thin White Duke, a ruthless, mysterious and dashing villain of the highest order. The movie will pick up three years after the series finale as the gang reunites after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. All of the cast, including James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen and Kirsten Nelson reprising their roles. The movie is slated to air in December. (Deadline)

Actor Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming second season of Amazon’s original drama series Goliath, which is slated to premiere next year. He will play Chief Deputy District Attorney Hakeem Rashad, who was on the losing side of Billy’s (Thornton) last criminal case and has a bitter, old grudge against him. (Deadline)

Actor Bill Zane (Titanic) will guest star in an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow where he will play Barnum & Bailey Circus founder P. T. Barnum. (TV Guide)

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Here are the news items for this past week:

TV AND MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actress Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) will make a special guest appearance in the Freeform series Shadowhunters, but what character she will play has yet to be announced. (Freeform)

Actor Theo James (Divergent franchise) will appear in the Netflix drama How It Ends that centers on a mysterious apocalyptic event that turns the roads into mayhem, and a young father (James) who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country. (Deadline)

Actress Tala Ashe (As the World Turns, Smash and American Odyssey) has joined the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow where she will play Zari Adrianna Tomaz, a new member of the team aboard the Waverider. This character is from the year 2030, who lives in a world of contradictions: technology has brought about incredible change in her future, but too bad human nature hasn’t kept pace, making her become a “grey hat hacktivist.” In the comics work, Adrianna becomes the hero Isis. (Variety)

Actor Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) has joined the cast of the Audience Network (on DirecTV) drama Kingdom for its final season. He will play the love interest of Lisa (portrayed by his real-life wife Kiele Sanchez). On the show the two meet in a transcendental meditation class and he winds up asking her out on a date. (TV Guide)

Actress Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys and Black Mirror) has landed a role in the upcoming box office movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will find Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprising their roles. Details on what role John-Kamen will play, however, is being kept under wraps. The film is expected to open on July 6, 2018. (Variety)

Actor Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf) has joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Little Women that will include among its cast Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel (both from Switched at Birth). Bohen will play Freddy Bhaer in the film that is expected to be released next year to coincide with the book’s 150th anniversary publishing date. (Deadline)

Actress Jennifer Esposito will be leaving the CBS juggernaut series CBS after only one season as a series regular. (Deadline and Entertainment Weekly)

Actors Nathan Fillion (Castle), Tony Hale (Veep) and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives) and actresses Sara Rue (Impastor) and Lucy Punch (box office film Bad Teacher) have all joined the second season of Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Details on their characters are being kept under wraps for now. (Deadline)

PICK-UP NEWS/CANCELLATION

Not unexpectedly, FOX has decided to cancel 24: Legacy after only one season run of the reboot. However, the network and studio are exploring future iterations of 24, possibly as an anthology built around the real-time storytelling format of the original series. (Variety)

The CW darkly comedic hour-long pilot Insatiable [which was not picked up for the 2017-2018 TV season], that was to star former Disney star Debby Ryan, seems to be on the path to be picked up by Netflix with a proposed 13 episode series order. The series was inspired by real-life Southern lawyer and top beauty pageant coach Bill Alverson, focusing on Bob, a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on Patty (Ryan), a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world. The cast also includes Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) [among others] including Charmed alum Alyssa Milano in a major recurring role. (Deadline)

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Here are the news items for this past week:

BOX OFFICE AND TV CASTING NEWS

Actress Odette Annable (from the short-lived Pure Genius, as well as Banshee and House) will play the next big bad on Supergirl when it returns for season 3 this fall. She will play Reign, known as the infamous World Killer and akin to Doomsday in the DC Comics world. She was taken as an infant by Kryptonian scientists who bestowed her new abilities (Variety)

HBO has nabbed film star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich) will star in the TV limited series Today Will Be Different, which is based on the book of the same name from author Maria Semple. The focus of the show will be on Eleanor Flood (Roberts), who wakes up determined to be her best self, but then life happens. Taking place over a single day, it’s a rollicking portrait of one woman’s fumbling but valiant attempt to navigate the knotty perils and sly grace of modern life. (Variety)

Actor Brendan Fraser (The Mummy franchise) has joined the cast of the upcoming FX anthology series Trust that tells the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It will be set in 1973 when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. Fraser will play J. Paul Getty’s private investigator, James Fletcher Chace, who is eccentric, but is a master fixer who hails from Texas. The cast includes Donald Sutherland and Hillary Swank. (Variety)

Brazilian actor Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will play Sunspot in the X-Men spinoff New Mutants. The movie will focus on Mutants at their most dangerous, both to themselves and others, when their powers are new, especially because mutation reveals itself during the teenage years. Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their pasts. They aren’t out to save the world – they’re just trying to stay alive. The cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch and Split), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Rosario Dawson (Daredevil). The movie is expected to release on April 13, 2018. (Variety)

Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (whose show Pitch just came to an unexpected end) has landed the lead role in the FOX post-apocalyptic pilot called The Passage, which is based on the trilogy of books by Justin Cronin. The series will focus on a 10-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte who must save the human race. Gosselaar will play an FBI agent, who balks at kidnapping Amy, who has been targeted for an unholy government experiment and goes on the run with her with a veritable army of feds on his heels. (Variety)

It is being reported that actor Sam Heughan (Outlander) will play the lead role opposite SNL alum Kate McKinnon and actress Mila Kunis in the box office film The Spy Who Dumped Me. McKinnon and Kunis will play best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her is actually was a spy. (Deadline)

CANCELLATIONS

WGN America has cancelled the period piece drama Underground after two seasons. (Variety)

Netflix has cancelled the streaming series Sense8 after two seasons. (Variety)

The Cinemax 70s-themed series Quarry has been cancelled after only one season. (TV Line)

TV AND FILM TRAILERS

Murder on the Orient Express:

The Last Tycoon:

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CANCELLATIONS

Chicago Justice has been cancelled by NBC after only one season. (Deadline)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Laura Bell Bundy (Hart of Dixie and Anger Management) has landed a recurring role in the second season of Good Behavior on TNT. She will play Carin, an upscale suburban mother who’s heavily involved in her daughter’s school. When she meets her new neighbors, Letty (Michelle Dockery) and Javier (Juan Diego Botto), she’s quickly drawn into their web, and it’s not long before Letty exploits Carin’s deep-seated desire to rebel. (Deadline)

Actress Sophia Bush is leaving the NBC drama Chicago P.D. after four seasons. It was hinted at the end of this season that her character Det. Erin Lindsay would be leaving Chicago to take a job with the FBI. (Deadline and Variety)

Actress Tasya Teles has been promoted to series regular on The 100 where she has recurred as Echo since season 2. (Deadline)

Actor Brandon Scott (Guerrilla) and Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) will be series leads for the third installment of the anthology series Channel Zero on Syfy, which will premiere in 2018. Scott will play Officer Luke Vanczyk, a young but already jaded cop, living in the shadow of his father, the Chief of Police. Luke’s world-weary exterior hides a fierce commitment to justice, and a deep love for his troubled community. Roden will play Zoe Woods, a sharp, tough young woman whose struggles with mental illness have worn her down over the years. She hates that her younger sister has to take care of her and she’d give anything to go back to the way things used to be. (Deadline)

Actresses Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue and Grey’s Anatomy) and Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire) and actor Alimi Ballard (The Catch and Numb3rs) will have recurring roles in season 2 of Queen Sugar, which returns to OWN on June 21. Lawrence will play Lorna, the mother of Charley Bordelon (series lead Dawn-Lyen Gardner). Sophisticated, charismatic, and complicated, Lorna is a successful, self-motivated businesswoman who raised her daughter to never settle for second best. Ballard will portray Dr. Robert Dubois, an epidemiologist who works at The Center for American Progress. Sincere, charming and intellectual, Dr. Dubois makes a lasting impression on Nova (series lead Rutina Wesley). Bingham is Tamar Judith, a cool and confident pop singer who crosses paths with Davis (series star Timon Kyle Durrett). (Deadline)

SERIES NEWS

The History Channel has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama currently titled Blue Book that will chronicle the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. The series will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project. The show will be executive produced by Robert Zemeckis. (Variety)

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Full Red Nose Day Love Actually Reunion

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Hey All,

Here are the news items (and there is a lot to share especially with network upfronts coming up) for this past week:

SCHEDULING NEWS

The second season of The Shannara Chronicles, which aired its first season on MTV, will now air on Spike. An official airdate has yet to be announced, though. (Variety)

SURPRISE OF THE WEEK

The NBC time-traveling drama Timeless was canceled earlier in the week, but three days after the announcement was made, NBC changed its mind and gave the show a second season that will return at some point in 2018. (Variety)

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

CBS has renewed Elementary and Code Black for another season each while the network has cancelled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders after two seasons. (Variety)

The CW has finally officially announced that their two dramas Frequency and No Tomorrow will not be renewed for a second season. And, The CW has renewed The Originals and iZombie for new seasons. (Variety)

FOX has cancelled the drama Rosewood after two seasons, the new police drama APB after only one season and the drama Sleepy Hollow has been cancelled after four seasons. Meanwhile, FOX has given Gotham a fourth season renewal, and a surprise second season order was given to The Exorcist. (Variety)

NBC has given a second season renewal to the action drama Taken and a third season renewal to Blindspot. And, the network has given a fifth season renewal to The Blacklist, but the network has cancelled Timeless and The Blacklist: Redemption after each show’s freshman seasons. The network has also renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med for additional seasons, but no word yet on whether Chicago Justice will get a second season. Additionally, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been renewed for a 19th season. (Variety)

Scandal will end its run on ABC after next year’s 7th season. Meanwhile, ABC has renewed Designated Survivor for a second season, Once Upon a Time for its seventh season and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season. However, The Catch, American Crime and Secrets and Lies have all been cancelled. (Variety)

Starz has given a second season order to American Gods. (Variety)

AMC has given a second season order for the Pierce Brosnan-led period piece drama The Son. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

It is a mass exodus over at Once Upon a Time. Despite recently getting a 7th season renewal, nearly all of the main cast – including Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) – will not be coming back to the show next season. (Variety and The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor John Noble (Fringe and Sleepy Hollow) and actress Rachel Nichols (Continuum) will guest star in The Librarians when it returns for its fourth season. Noble will play Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is secretly the head of the Heretical Order of the Shadows in the season premiere while Nichols will recur as Nicole Noone, a skilled fighter and Flynn’s previous guardian, who he’d thought perished 13 years ago. (Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Isaiah Washington will not be returning as a series regular to The 100. It is unclear at the time how his character will be written off of the who or whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity. (TV Line)

Actress Ana de la Reguera (Narcos) has landed a lead role opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming second season of Amazon’s drama series Goliath. She will play Marisol Silva, a city councilwoman from the seamier side of Venice, in the race to be the first Latina mayor of Los Angeles. (Deadline)

Actor Ryan Eggold will be a series regular on The Blacklist in the fall with the show’s spin-off only lasting one season. (Deadline)

EARLY UPFRONT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOX has picked up the following new dramas (Variety and Deadline):

• 911 – The 13-episode straight-to-series drama will star Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) in the series that is said to be in the vein of ER and revolves around 911 operators;

• The Resident – The new medical drama will follow Devon Pravesh (actor Manish Dayal from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Halt and Catch Fire), an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident to played by Matt Czurchy (Gilmore Girls), who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Bruce Greenwood and Emily VanCamp (Revenge) will also star; and,

• Marvel’s The Gifted – The drama will focus on a family that discovers that their children possess mutant powers and are forced to go on the run from a hostile government. The cast will include Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest and Angel), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Sean Teale (Reign and Incorporated) and Blair Redford (Satisfaction, Switched at Birth and The Lying Game).

NOTE: See below for a quick teaser trailer for Marvel’s The Gifted.

The CW has picked up four new dramas for the 2017-2018 TV season (Variety):

• Dynasty, the reboot of the original 1980’s primetime soap opera that will feature Grant Show (Melrose Place), Nathalie Kelley (UnReal and The Vampire Diaries), Alan Dale (The O.C. and Lost);

• Valor, a military drama about an elite unit of helicopter pilots, starring Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow);

• Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), as a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, who finds out that she’s not dying after all; and,

• Black Lightning, based on the DC Comics character, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie).

NBC has picked up the following dramas (Variety):

• Good Girls – The crime drama about three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe, risking everything to take their power back. The cast includes Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo and Bosch), Manny Montana (Graceland); and

• Reverie – The dramatic thriller about a former detective (Sarah Shahi from Person of Interest) specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. The cast includes Dennis Haysbert (24), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

NBC has also changed the name of the newly picked up military series For God & Country to The Brave. (The Futon Critic)

CBS has picked-up the following pilots (Variety):

• Instinct – Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) will star as a former CIA operative who has since built a ‘normal’ life as a gifted professor and writer. He is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. The cast includes Naveen Andrews (Lost) and Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami);

• Wisdom of the Crowd – The series will follow a visionary tech innovator (Jeremy Piven), who creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process. The cast includes Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones and the Harry Potter franchise), Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy) and Monica Potter (Parenthood);

• Seal Team – The drama will follow the story of the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. The cast includes David Boreanaz (Angel and Bones), Jessica Pare (Mad Men) and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel).

• S.W.A.T. – The drama will follow a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. sergeant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. The cast includes Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and Peter Onorati.

ABC has picked up the following new drams for the 2017-2018 TV season (Variety):

• The Good Doctor – San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital is about to employ a new surgeon, 25 year-old Shaun Murphy (Freddy Highmore from Bates Motel), a young man unlike any doctor they’ve ever hired before, which is causing problems for the Board of Directors. Shaun is autistic. He also has savant syndrome, which means that while he has real and fundamental difficulties communicating and connecting, he is also a genius with almost perfect recall. The cast includes Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Hill Harper (CSI: Miami) and Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce);

• For the People – The drama follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution, handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country — all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The cast includes Britne Oldford (Hunters and The Path), Ben Rappaport (Mr. Robot and Younger), Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains) [among others];

• Deception – The drama follows a Las Vegas magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott from Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life), who begins working as a consulting illusionist for the FBI when his career is ruined by scandal. The cast includes Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Lenora Crichlow (the original Being Human) and Justin Chon (the Twilight movie franchise);

• The Crossing – The drama revolves around refugees from a war torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The cast includes Steve Zahn (That Thing You Do), Natalie Martinez (APB and Under the Dome), Sandrine Holt (MacGyver), Rick Gomez (Justified) and Jay Karnes (The Shield) [among others]; and,

• The Gospel of Kevin – The “lighter” one-hour will Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia), as a cluelessly self-serving person on a dangerous path to despair, who returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher from Once Upon a Time) and niece.

Syfy has picked up two new series based on comic book fare: Krypton and Happy. (The Hollywood Reporter)

• Krypton will be set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, following Superman’s grandfather (relative newcomer Cameron Cuffe) [whose House of El was ostracized and shamed] as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

• Happy is based on the graphic novel, revolving around Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Underground), an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man, who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal.

The new AT&T Audience Network (on DirecTV) will debut a new drama called Mr. Mercedes, based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, on August 9 at 8 PM. The drama follows a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway from Penny Dreadful), who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson from the Harry Potter franchise) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again. (The Futon Critic)

The USA Network has given the new drama Damnation a series order. The drama is an epic saga about the secret history of the 1930’s American heartland, centering on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets. The series will star actor Killian Scott (Ripper Street) as Seth Davenport, a man masquerading as a small town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo and actress Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) as Seth Davenport’s wife, who is not who she seems to be. The series is slated to premiere in October 2017. (Variety)

STREAMING SERIES NEWS

Amazon will launch its own big-budget fantasy series Carnival Row with an 8-episode run. The show is a “neo-Victorian fantasy” set in a world where humans and mythical creatures co-exist. It will follow the investigation into a series of unsolved murders in a city that’s already boiling over with tensions between man and creature. (TV Line)

Actor Andre Holland (the box office movie Moonlight) has landed the lead role in the upcoming Hulu psychological-horror drama called Castle Rock set in the Stephen King multiverse that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Holland will play Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock, Maine. (Deadline)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

Psych will be coming back for the holidays when the original cast and creator will be reunited for Psych: The Movie, the two-hour holiday movie that will pick up three years after the series finale, finding the friends [and family] [Shawn Spencer (James Roday), Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) coming together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. (Variety)

NBC has chosen Jesus Christ Superstar as it next live musical event for the 2017-2018 TV season. It will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. (Variety)

Actors Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) will star in the HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, based on a story about late actor Hervé Villechaize. Dornan will star as struggling journalist Danny Tate, who had an unconventional friendship with the diminutive actor, who sadly committed suicide in 1993. (Deadline)

FOX has chosen the award-winning musical Rent as its next musical for the small screen; right in time to celebrate the musical’s 20th anniversary. Rent tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil, under the shadow of AIDS. (Variety)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Walton Goggins (Six and Justified) has joined the cast of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third installment in the film franchise based on the James Dashner books. Goggins will play Lawrence, an unusual and dangerous character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist, and a voice for the voiceless people. (Deadline)

Actor Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) will appear in all four of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels in the lead role, playing Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan. He joins returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver. (Deadline)

Actresses Anya Taylor-Joy (the box office movies The Witch and Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will star in the X-Men spin-off movie The New Mutants, which will focus on a diverse group of teenage mutants who are still coming of age. Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a young sorceress who is also the sister of the X-Men bruiser Colossus while Williams will portray Wolfsbane, a lycanthrope struggling to reconcile her powers with her religious beliefs. (Entertainment Weekly)

TRAILERS

Blade Runner 2049

The Gifted (New Marvel TV Series)

The Crossing Official Teaser

Love Actually: Red Nose Day

NOTE: The third annual fund-raiser, Red Nose Day, will air on NBC on May 25 at 10 PM. You owe it to yourself to not only watch the trailer featured above, but also to check out the special when it airs.

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Hap and Leonard has been given a third season order by SundanceTV. (The Hollywood Reporter)

FOX has officially canceled the baseball-themed drama Pitch after only one season. (Variety)

Hulu has given The Handmaid’s Tale a second season renewal. (Variety)

Emerald City has been official canceled by NBC after only one season. (Variety)

Netflix has given a second season renewal to the streaming series 13 Reasons Why. (Variety)

EARLY UPFRONT ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBC has given season orders to the network’s first two 2017-2018 pilots: For God and Country and Rise. For God and Country will look into the complex world of the country’s bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The cast includes Anne Heche (Men in Trees and Aftermath), Demetrius Grosse (Justified and Game of Silence), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) and Tate Ellington (Quantico). Rise is inspired by the true story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe, centering around the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town, starring Auli’i Cravalho (the voice of Moana), Rosie Perez and Marley Shelton (The Lottery). (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Will Chase (Nashville and Smash) will be joining the cast of the second season of the Netflix streaming series Stranger Things. He will play Neil Mayfield, the father of a family of recent transplants to Hawkins Indiana from California. The series is slated to return on October 31. (TV Line)

DETAILS ON NEW DRAMAS

Syfy has picked-up the paranormal action series Ghost Wars for a 13-episode debut season that will be set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, focusing on local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia from Twisted and the mini-series Tut) who must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all. The cast will include Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Kristin Lehman (Motive). The show will debut later this year. (Deadline)

Hulu has picked up two drama series: Marvel’s Runaways and The First. Runaways tells the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand one another, but must unite against a common foe: their parents. The First explores the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization in the near future. The series will go into production later this year for a premiere on Hulu in 2018. (Deadline)

Actress Kristin Kreuk (Smallville and Beauty And the Beast) will star in the untitled small-town legal drama that will debut on the Canadian Broadcasting Company (and will perhaps air here in the States) that centers on Joanne, a fast-rising attorney who leaves her fancy big-city corporate job to tackle a controversial case in her hometown; and she ends up staying put. (TV Line)

MINI-SERIES NEWS

PBS will adapt the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women into a three-part mini-series. (TV Line)

Starz will air a four-hour mini-series small-screen adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel Howards End sometime next year, starring Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street). (TV Line)

TRAILERS

Marvel’s The Defenders

The Dark Tower

Teen Wolf Final Season Teaser

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

AMC has renewed Into the Badlands for an expanded 16-episode third season. (Variety)

The Hallmark Channel has renewed When Calls the Heart for a 5th season. (Twitter)

MTV has canceled Sweet/Vicious after only one season. (Variety)

The Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything will return for a second season. (Press Release)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Dule Hill (Psych) has joined the cast of Suits for a season-long arc. He will play Alex Williams, a longtime friend of Harvey’s (series lead Gabriel Macht), who is currently a senior partner at rival law firm Bratton Gould, where he maintains an enviable roster of clients. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Additional cast members have been added to the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery that will air on CBS All Access. They include Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica), who will play Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship; Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) will now play Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire; Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) who will shift from the role of Kol to Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation; Damon Runyan (Gangland Undercover), who will play Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire. (Deadline)

Actors Patrick Sabongui (Homeland) and Troy Garity (Ballers) as well as actress Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood) will have recurring in the second season of Shooter that follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe), a highly decorated veteran who must confront a nemesis from his past in order to return to a life of normalcy. Sabongui will play Yusuf Ali, a core member of Swagger’s original Marine team; Garity is Jeffrey Denning, a seasoned investigative journalist who cares deeply about justice being served and Ortiz will play Angela Tio, a Marine and part of Bob Lee’s former unit. (Deadline)

Actor Mark Consuelos (Pitch) has been cast as a series regular on Riverdale, playing Hiram Lodge, a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. (TV Line and Deadline)

Oscar winner Hilary Swank has landed a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series called Trust, which is set to air in January 2018. The series is set in 1973, when J. Paul Getty, III is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. Swank will appear as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped boy. Donald Sutherland is also part of the cast. (Variety)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE CASTING

Actress Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow) will star opposite Queen Latifah in the Lifetime original movie Flint about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, MI. Greenwood will play the daughter of Queen Latifah’s character who works as a medical assistant and is uniquely positioned to view firsthand the effects of the Flint water crisis. (Deadline)

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