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‘American Crime’: Felicity Huffman Set To Return For Season 3


Felicity Huffman has joined Regina King as the second cast member to sign on for the upcoming third installment of John Ridley's praised ABC anthology series. In Season 3, American Crime will be set in North Carolina and will deal with labor issues, economic divides and individual rights. Huffman was nominated for an an Emmy for the first season of ABC's American Crime and is back in awards contention for Season 2. There is no deal yet for fellow star Timothy Hutton, but… Read


‘Furst Born’ CBS Comedy Pilot Extends Cast Options, ‘My Time/Your Time’ Eyes Redevelopment

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CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Furst Born remains in contention for midseason as the options on the entire cast have been extended. Furst Burn was one of two comedy pilots that CBS left in consideration for a series order after the upfronts, along with the multi-camera Jermaine Fowler starrer Superior Donuts, which is being re-piloted and partially recast. Both are eyeing a midseason 2017 berth. Additionally, conversations continue about hybrid pilot My Time/Your Time. I… Read


ABC Sets Fall 2016 Premiere Dates: ‘Designated Survivor’, New TGIT & More

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Like its other counterparts, ABC is launching the bulk of its fall lineup during the traditional premiere week of September 19. That includes high-profile new drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland (September 21) and fellow new drama Notorious (September 22). For ABC, the season is being kickstarted by the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sunday night, September 18, which the network is hosting this year. As usual, Dancing With The Stars is kicking off the… Read


Matthew Goode To Topline ‘Roadside Picnic’ WGN America Pilot Based On Classic Sci-Fi Novel

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The Good Wife and Downton Abbey alum Matthew Goode is set as the lead in WGN America’s alien saga pilot Roadside Picnicbased on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Terminator Genisys and Game Of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to… Read


‘Midnight, Texas’: Jason Lewis Promoted To Regular On New NBC Drama Series


Sex and the City alum Jason Lewis has joined the cast of NBC’s midseason supernatural drama series Midnight, Texas as a series regular. He will reprise his role from the pilot, which originally had been written as a regular but eventually was cast as a guest starring/recurring. Based on the book series by True Blood author Charlaine Harris, Midnight, Texas is set in a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hitmen… Read


USA Network Orders Period Drama Pilot ‘Damnation’ Produced By James Mangold

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USA Network has given a pilot pickup to Damnation, from writer/poet/critic Tony Tost (Longmire), Game of Thrones co-executive producer Guymon Casady and producers James Mangold (Walk the Line) and Daniel Rappaport of Entertainment 360. Universal Cable Productions is the studio. This marks the first USA pilot greenlight under the new centralized NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment scripted structure through the multi-network scripted content group led by EVP Bill… Read


‘NCIS’: Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll & David McCallum Close New Deals For Seasons 14 & 15


EXCLUSIVE: There will be no other NCIS cast departures besides Michael Weatherly this year. I have learned that co-stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll & David McCallum all have signed new two-year deals to continue on CBS’ flagship drama series, which returns for Season 14 in the fall. Like Weatherly, who toplines CBS’ new drama series Bull, and NCIS star/executive producer Mark Harmon, Perrette, Murray, Carroll and McCallum’s contracts were up at the end of… Read


Miranda Sings Netflix Series ‘Haters Back Off’ Gets Premiere Date

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There is news about Haters Back Off, Netflix’s eight-episode series starring top YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger, and just like any other announcement on the project, actress-comedian-singer Ballinger did it herself in a YouTube video. The video revealed that Haters Back Off will debut October 14 on the streaming service. Based on Ballinger's most popular character, Haters Back Off delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident… Read


‘Lucifer’: Aimee Garcia Joins As Series Regular For Season 2 Of Fox Series

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Dexter alumna Aimee Garcia has joined the cast of Fox’s comic book-themed drama Lucifer as a new series regular for Season 2. She will play Ella Lopez, the department's new forensic scientist…and she sure does love her job. Ella grew up in a pretty rough neighborhood in Detroit, but also in a strong Catholic family, under the watchful and protective eye of her five brothers…which might explain some of her opposing personality traits. Her mutual belief in both faith and… Read


‘Superior Donuts’: Rell Battle Upped To Regular For New Pilot At CBS

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Comedian Rell Battle has been promoted to regular on the new pilot for Superior Donuts, CBS multi-camera comedy starring Jermaine Fowler. Battle was a guest star in the original pilot for the show, written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily. CBS recently ordered a second pilot for the sitcom, from CBS TV Studios, for midseason consideration. The project is recasting the co-lead opposite Fowler. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior… Read


‘Scream Queens’: Taylor Lautner To Star In Season 2 Of Fox Series


Twilight alum Taylor Lautner is set as one of the new male leads in the upcoming second season of Fox's Scream Queens, the horror-comedy series from creators-executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. The second season of Scream Queens is set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Lautner will play Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a physician at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition… Read


Tom Everett Scott Joins Andrea Savage TruTV Comedy Pilot; Others Also Cast

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Southland alum Tom Everett Scott has been cast in truTV’s comedy pilot I’m Sorry (working title), created by and starring Andrea Savage (Veep). It follows seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea (Savage), who is forced to expose her inner immaturity and neuroses as life hands her situations no one could have prepared her for. Scott will play Andrea's more straitlaced husband Mike. Newcomer Olive Petrucci has also been cast as a series regular as… Read