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‘Game Of Thrones’ Tom Wlaschiha Cast In TNT Drama Pilot ‘The Deep Mad Dark’

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Game Of Thrones alum Tom Wlaschiha has been tapped to co-star in TNT's hourlong mystery drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark, produced by John Wells. In the pilot, written by Megan Martin and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Wlaschiha will play the mysterious character of Joda. When Joda appears in the field across from her building in Detroit's north end, Dr. Polly Lewis is amused. He clears the field with a machete, and she watches a weird encampment grow as others join him. Is… Read

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‘This Is Us’: Alexandra Breckenridge, & Jon Huertas Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2 Of NBC Drama

NBC’s breakout drama series This Is Us has handed out its first major cast promotions, making Alexandra Breckenridge, who has recurred as Sophie, and Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel, series regulars. Breckenridge was introduced in the second half of This Is Us‘ first season as Sophie, Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) childhood best friend and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) childhood crush and ex-wife. In one of the major plot twists of This Is Us‘ first season, Kevin knocked on Sophie’s… Read

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‘Castle Rock’: Melanie Lynskey To Star In Hulu’s J.J. Abrams/Stephen King Series

Melanie Lynskey (HBO’s Togetherness) has been tapped as the female lead opposite André Holland in Hulu's upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock, from Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, is named after the fictional town in King's native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. Per the producers, it combines… Read

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‘Impulse’ Doug Liman Action Drama Pilot Picked Up To Series By YouTube Red

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EXCLUSIVE: YouTube's new subscription service YouTube Red continues to ramp up its original programming slate, giving a series order to its first drama pilot, Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman, for a 2018 premiere. The pickup follows series orders by YouTube Red to sci-fi drama Lifeline, produced by Dwayne Johnson and Studio71, the Dan Harmon-produced gaming comedy Good Game as well as a Step Up reboot. The gender-bending hourlong action-thriller Impul… Read

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‘Tremors’ Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon From Blumhouse Gets Syfy Pilot Order

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The long-gestating Tremors reboot, headlined by original star Kevin Bacon, is a go. Syfy has given a pilot order to the project from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television, with Bacon reprising his role from the 1990 cult classic film. In the new Tremors written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle), the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town's only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat… Read

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Eileen Myers Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Sells Drama Spec To Showtime

Eileen Myers (Masters of SexMad Dogs) has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the pact, which will focus solely on development, she has sold drama Queen Fur to Showtime. The pay cable network has made a premium deal for the project, which Myers wrote on spec and brought to Sony TV. Penned by Myers, Queen Fur tells the story of a plus-sized, promiscuous young woman in the South who runs guns for militias even as she pursues her dream to win the local… Read

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‘Doomsday’: Sony TV Eyes Series Order For Ex-ABC Pilot, Extends Cast Options

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EXCLUSIVE: 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… Read

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‘Castle Rock’: Jane Levy & Sissy Spacek Cast In Hulu Series From J.J. Abrams & Stephen King

Suburgatory alumna Jane Levy is set to co-star opposite André Holland in Hulu's upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Also boarding the show in a key role is an actress closely associated with King’s cinematic world, Carrie star Sissy Spacek. Levy has signed a one-year deal for Castle Rock, and she also has been tapped to co-star opposite Glenn Close in the Amazon supernatural comedy pilot Sea Oak, written by George… Read

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‘Girlboss’ Comedy Series Canceled By Netflix After One Season

Netflix has opted not to renew freshman comedy series Girlboss for a second season. The show, inspired by Sophia Amoruso's popular autobiography, starred Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed. Its 13-episode first season debuted on April 21. Written/executive produced by Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon and directed by Christian Ditter, Girlboss hailed from Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah production company. It centered on Sophia (Robertson), a rebellious, broke anarchist who… Read

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‘Olive Forever’: Newcomer Emily Rudd Lands Lead In USA Comedic Pilot

Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who's mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A… Read

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‘Little Women’: Angela Lansbury In Talks For Miniseries Adaptation At BBC & PBS

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Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. The project, from Colin Callender's Playground, is written by Heidi Thomas (Call The Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen). Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help… Read

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George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Gets Syfy Pilot Order, Hypnotic & UCP Produce

Syfy has greenlighted a pilot for Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller based on the novella by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and the 1987 film. Additionally, I hear that the project, from Universal Cable Prods. and studio-based Hypnotic (USA’s Suits), is in the process of setting up a writers room to generate backup scripts in preparation for a potential series pickup. Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the adaptation of Nightflyers, which is set in the future on… Read