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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff: Jaina Lee Ortiz To Star In New Shondaland Series On ABC

EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a two-season stint as the female lead of Fox’s crime drama series Rosewood, Jaina Lee Ortiz has been tapped for a starring role — believed to be the female lead — in ABC’s upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff series. The ten-episode drama, which follows a group of heroic firefighters, hails from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Set in a Seattle firehouse, the spinoff, slated for a midseason launch, is being written by Grey's executive… Read

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‘Olive Forever’: Tatyana Ali, Malcolm-Jamal Warner & Christian Antidormi Join USA Comedic Pilot

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alumna Tatyana Ali, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson) and Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: Blood & Sand) have been cast as series regulars opposite Emily Rudd 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… Read

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Matt Groening Netflix Animated Comedy A Go With 20-Episode Order, Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon & Eric Andre Lead Voice Cast

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Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s long-gestating adult animated comedy fantasy series for Netflix, is moving forward with an official 20-episode order. The series from The Simpsons creator and Futurama creator will premiere in 2018, with the 20 episodes airing over two seasons of 10 episodes each. Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre headline the voice cast of Disenchantment. Set in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, the series will follow the misadventures of… Read

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Lily Rabe & Enrique Murciano To Star In TNT Pilot ‘Deadlier Than The Male’

American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe and Bloodline alum Enrique Murciano are set to lead the cast of Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT’s drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and a… Read

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‘Wayward Sisters’: The CW Spinoff Adds ‘Supernatural’ Trio & Newcomer To Cast

EXECUTIVE: This is the Wayward Sisters core cast Supernatural fans had been wishing for — Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen from the original series have closed deals to join the proposed Supernatural spinoff toplined by fellow Supernatural standout Kim Rhodes. Also cast in the project, which is being developed as a planted spinoff and will have a backdoor pilot airing as an episode of Supernatural's upcoming 13th season, is young actress Clark Backo… Read

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‘Happy!’: Patton Oswalt Set To Voice Title Character In Syfy Series, Replacing Bobby Moynihan

Veteran voiceover actor Patton Oswalt has been tapped to voice the title role of Happy the Horse in Syfy’s newly picked up series Happy! He replaces Bobby Moyhihan who voiced the character in the pilot. Happy!, set to premiere in the fall, follows Nick Sax (Chris Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a relentlessly… Read

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‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’: Raven Metzner Tapped As New Showrunner Of Netflix Series

Marvel's Iron Fist will have a new showrunner for its newly picked up second season. Raven Metzner (Fox’s Sleepy Hollow) is taking the reins of the Marvel series for Netflix as executive producer and showrunner. He replaces Scott Buck, who ran the first season. Buck is exec producer/showrunner on the new ABC series Marvel’s Inhumans. Iron Fist, whose renewal was announced at Comic-Con Friday by series executive producer and Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb, is the fourth Marvel… Read

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Don Todd To Run ABC’s New Shondaland Series ‘For The People’ As Part Of ABC Studios Overall Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Who? co-creator Don Todd is returning to ABC Studios with a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, Todd has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner on the new ABC legal drama series, For The People, from ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes’ studio-based Shondaland. Todd will be working alongside creator/executive producer Paul William Davies. Todd is coming off an overall deal at 20th TV where he served as executive producer/co-showrunner alongside… Read

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Jimmy Smits Joins ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ In Major Season 4 Guest Arc

Two decades after the end of his Emmy-nominated run on NYPD Blue, Jimmy Smits is returning to ABC for a major role opposite Viola Davis on the upcoming fourth season of the network’s drama series How to Get Away With Murder As is the case with all Shondaland series, details about Smits’ season-long recurring role are not being revealed, but his character will be a prominent figure in Annalise's (Davis) life and will have a key role in this season's mystery. Smits is… Read

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‘The X-Files’: Mitch Pileggi Set To Return For Season 11 Of Fox Series

Mulder and Scully will continue to have their trusted ally Walter Skinner by their side. The X-Files veteran Mitch Pileggi has closed a deal to return for the recently picked up 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama and second as an event series. He will reprise his role as Walter Skinner, an assistant director at the FBI, which he played on the original Fox series as well as the 2016 six-episode event series revival, both from creator Chris Carter. Pileggi… Read

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‘Homecoming’ Drama Series Starring Julia Roberts Lands At Amazon With Two-Season Pickup

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In a very competitive situation, with production offers from multiple streaming and cable outlets, I have learned that Amazon has nabbed the hot drama series project Homecoming starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts. I hear the half-hour drama from Universal Cable Productions and Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who is directing and executive producing, has received a two-season straight-to-series order. Shutterstock Homecoming, based on Gimlet Media's breakout fictional… Read

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‘Chicago P.D.’: Mykelti Williamson Joins NBC Cop Drama As Recurring In Season 5

Lieutenant Denny Woods is coming back to Chicago P.D. Mykelti Williamson is joining the cast of the NBC cop drama as a recurring in its upcoming fifth season. He will reprise the role he originated as a guest star in Episode 20 of the the most recent fourth season. In that episode, Voight (Jason Beghe) dug back into an old case under the watchful eye of his former partner (Williamson). There are several changes on Chicago P.D. heading into next season. It has a new showrun… Read