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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Picked Up By ABC With No Roseanne Barr Involvement

It’s official: ABC has given a 10-episode series order to The Conners (working title), a spinoff of Roseanne, for fall 2018. The spinoff will take over the Tuesday 8 PM slot on the ABC schedule that was vacated when Roseanne was suddenly canceled following a controversial tweet by star and executive producer Roseanne Barr. (Roseanne‘s order had been for 13 episodes.) Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with… Read

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‘The Good Doctor’: Lisa Edelstein To Recur On Season 2, Sets ‘House’ Reunion

EXCLUSIVE: Great news for House fans: Lisa Edelstein is set to join the cast of the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor. She is slated to recur in several episodes beginning with the Season 2 premiere, reuniting with The Good Doctor creator/executive producer David Shore for the first time since their seven-year tenure together on another hit medical drama, Fox’s House. On The Good Doctor, from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, Edelstein will play Dr. Blaize, an expert… Read

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‘Kansas City’: Andrew Caldwell, Jade Pettyjohn & Anthony Keyvan Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot

Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) and Anthony Keyvan (Fresh Off The Boat) are set as series regulars opposite John Slattery, Rafe Spall and Allison Tollman in Hulu's political, dystopian half-hour comedy pilot Kansas City, from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Set in Kansas City, the single-camera project, which has yet to get a formal pilot greenlight but already is in production, was written by Zev Borow (Lethal Weapon), with Rhys Thomas (Comrade… Read

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Kristen Wiig Exits Apple Comedy Series Because Of ‘Wonder Woman’ Conflict, Project Eyes Recasting

EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig has departed Apple’s upcoming comedy series, which she was attached to star in and executive produce, because of a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman. The untitled half-hour project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It, is currently on hold as Apple and the producers evaluate their options, including proceeding with a different actress. Apple closed a deal for a… Read

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Hulu Orders Femme Fatale Pilot ‘Reprisal’ From Warren Littlefield & A+E Studios

Hulu has handed a pilot order to another drama project from Warren Littlefield, executive producer of the streaming network’s Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale. Written by Josh Corbin (StartUp) and to be directed by BAFTA-nominated Jonathan Van Tulleken (Off Season), Reprisal hails from A+E Studios and The Littlefield Company. It’s a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic… Read

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Update: More Progress As Deal Could Come Within A Week

It’s been almost three weeks since ABC’s abrupt cancellation of its flagship comedy series Roseanne following a controversial tweet by star and executive producer Roseanne Barr. And while there is still no official decision on a potential spinoff series, a lot of leg work has been done behind the scenes. I hear Barr is expected to sign an agreement that would remove her from the potential spinoff and prevent her from suing over it. Terms of the agreements are unclear but… Read

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‘Lucifer’ Saved: Netflix Picks Up Series For Season 4 After Fox Cancellation

What a feat — two canceled Fox shows this year made the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, and now both have found new homes. Netflix has made a deal for comic book drama Lucifer, which will become a Netflix original starting with its upcoming fourth season. The Tom Ellisstarring Lucifer joins cult canceled comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which landed at NBC after the Fox cancellation. Netflix’s pickup decision comes just as the options on the Lucifer cast were about to expire… Read

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Leah Remini To Star In Fox’s Rob McElhenney & Rob Rosell Comedy Pilot

Leah Remini is set to topline Fox’s off-cycle half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney, Rob Rosell and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by McElhenney and Rosell, the untitled comedy centers on a woman, Jean (Remini), her ex-husband and her new wife who work together to raise a family in middle America. Remini’s Jean considers herself a patriot who loves her country and firmly believes in everyone's right to be left… Read

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Don Cheadle-Andrew Rannells Wall Street Comedy ‘Black Monday’ Lands Series Order At Showtime

Showtime has given a 10-episode series order to Black Monday (fka Ball Street), its half-hour Wall Street comedy pilot starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, for premiere in 2019. The series hails from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, Black List writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Written by Caspe and Cahan, Black Monday takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the… Read

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Rafe Spall, John Slattery & Allison Tolman To Star In ‘Kansas City’ Hulu Comedy Pilot

Rafe Spall (The Big Short), Mad Men alum John Slattery and Fargo standout Allison Tolman are set as the leads in Hulu’s political, dystopian half-hour comedy pilot Kansas City, from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Set in Kansas City, the single-camera project, which has yet to get a formal pilot greenlight but already is in production, was written by Zev Borow (Lethal Weapon), with Rhys Thomas (Comrade Detective) set to direct. Kansas City is set in a future where the… Read

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Ron Cephas Jones Cast In Apple Series ‘Are You Sleeping’, Will Continue To Recur On ‘This Is Us’

Emmy-nominated This Is Us co-star Ron Cephas Jones no longer will be a series regular on the popular NBC family drama. He has joined the star-studded cast of Are You SleepingApple's upcoming 10-episode thriller drama series from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Octavia Spencer stars. Cephas Jones had been a series regular on This Is Us since the start, earning an Emmy… Read

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‘Are You Sleeping’: Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer & More Join Apple Series

Apple has assembled a star-studded cast for its Octavia Spencer series Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Joining Spencer in the 10-episode thriller drama are Aaron Paul (The Path, Breaking Bad), Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile), Michael Beach (Aquaman, Sons of Anarchy), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Unreal), and Haneefah Wood (Baskets, One Da… Read