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‘The Knick’ Canceled After 2 Seasons As Cinemax Focuses On Action Dramas

The Knick star Clive Owen

Cinemax has made it official — Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick will not produce more seasons beyond the two that already had aired. Clive Owen, who starred in the first two seasons, had said that he was done, though the network had left the door slightly open for another installment with a new lead actor. Cinemax will now focus completely on its recalibrated original programming strategy — launched recently with the pickups of new Strike Back series and Rellik — as the… Read

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‘Happy!’ Bobby Moynihan To Voice Title Character In Syfy Pilot

Saturday Night Live veteran Bobby Moynihan has signed on to voice Happy the Horse, the title role in Syfy’s pilot Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's graphic novel. Happy the Horse is a goofy little blue unicorn with a relentlessly cheerful personality. Together, Happy and Nick Sax (Chris Meloni) make the oddest of oddball buddy double acts. Moynihan joins the previously announced cast led by Meloni along with Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie… Read

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Veterans ‘Elementary’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Amazing Race’ Among Series Left In Limbo After CBS Renewals

CBS this morning gave early renewals to 11 returning and five freshman series. Those that are staying on the bubble after not making the list include several veterans — dramas Elementary and Criminal Minds, comedy 2 Broke Girls and reality stalwart The Amazing Race. Also in limbo are third-year comedy The Odd Couple, sophomore Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and freshmen The Great Indoors, Pure Genius, as well as midseason entries Doubt, which was swiftly… Read

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CBS Renews 5 Freshman & 11 Returning Series, Including ‘MacGyver’, ‘Superior Donuts’, ‘Life In Pieces’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0’

CBS has given early renewals to 16 returning series for the 2017-2018 season: 5 comedies (returning Life In Pieces and Mom, freshmen Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and midseason entry Superior Donuts); 8 dramas (returning NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Scorpion and Madam Secretary, and freshmen Bull and MacGyver); 1 reality series (Survivor); and 2 newsmagazines (60 Minutes, 48 Hours). They join CBS’ previously renewed top comedy The Big… Read

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Berto Colon Joins ABC’s ‘The Trustee’ Pilot; Robert Baker In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’

Berto Colon (Orange Is the New Black) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds… Read

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JJ Feild & Latarsha Rose Cast In NBC’s Warren Leight Pilot; Rodney To In ‘Redliners’

JJ Feild (Turn) and Latarsha Rose (The Hunger Games) have booked series-regular roles in NBC's untitled medical drama from Law & Order veteran Warren Leight, Paul Haggis and Sony TV. The project, written/executive produced by Leight and directed/exec produced by Charles McDougall, is described as a real-time "extreme event" medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough's last viable trauma center after a… Read

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‘Supergirl’: Katie McGrath Promoted To Series Regular For Season 3

Lena Luthor will be sticking around. Katie McGrath, who has recurred on Supergirl this season, has been made a regular for the upcoming Season 3, which was recently picked up by the CW. McGrath plays vixen Lena Luthor, the baby sister of Lex Luthor, who came to National City to get out from under the shadow of her notorious brother. Lena was introduced in the first episode of Season 2 and has appeared in seven episodes of the DC drama so far. The Irish actress has also… Read

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Beau Garrett Joins ‘The Good Doctor’ ABC Pilot; Sawyer Barth In Fox’s ‘Amy’s Brother’

Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) is set for a key series-regular role opposite Richard Schiff and Freddie Highmore in The Good Doctor, ABC's medical drama pilot from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-O co-star Daniel Dae Kim. Written by Shore based on a South Korean format and directed by Seth Gordon, The Good Doctor centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a… Read

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David Boreanaz To Topline CBS’ Navy SEAL Drama Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: As Bones is heading into its series finale next week, star David Boreanaz has been tapped as the lead of CBS’ Navy SEAL drama pilot. He replaces Jim Caviezel, who was cast in the role last week. Caviezel, who has a long history with CBS as the star of the long-running crime drama series Person Of Interest, has parted ways with the network and the Navy SEAL pilot’s producer CBS TV Studios over creative differences. Boreanaz, coming off leading-man turns on two… Read

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‘Unsolved’: Luke James, Aisha Hinds & Letoya Luckett Cast In USA’s Tupac Shakur Biggie Smalls Pilot

Luke James (The New Edition Story), Aisha Hinds (All The Way) and Letoya Luckett (Rosewood, Ballers) are set for key roles in Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac (working title), USA's scripted true crime serial drama pilot that chronicles the major police investigations into the murders of rap stars Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Written by Kyle Long (Suits), Unsolved, from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg… Read

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Paramount TV & Telefe Partner On Multi-Lingual Drama Series About Nazi Hunters

We are starting to see the closer cooperation between Viacom divisions that the company’s new regime had touted. Paramount Television and new corporate sibling Telefe, a recent acquisition of Viacom, have teamed up to develop the one-hour, multi-lingual thriller drama Cazadores (Hunters). Created by journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Narcos), Cazadores is based on recently declassified documents and centers on men and women hailing from more than 10 countries… Read

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Chris Sacca To Play Himself In ABC Start Up Comedy Pilot

Shark Tank‘s frequent “guest shark” venture capitalist Chris Sacca will make his acting debut in ABC’s untitled Start Up comedy pilot (formerly known as Start Up). Sacca will guest star as himself in the single-camera pilot, based on Alex Blumberg’s Gimlet Media podcast Start Up, whose first season chronicled the launch of Gimlet. The role likely will turn into recurring if the project is picked up to series. Sacca is an actual investor in Gimlet Media. Written by Matt… Read