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Brad Falchuk Inks Mega Overall Deal With Netflix

After more than a decade at 20th Century Fox Television, prolific writer-producer Brad Falchuk is heading to Netflix with a massive four-year overall deal. No details are being disclosed but I hear that the pact is in the high eight figures. Under the agreement, Falchuk will develop, write, produce and direct new series for Netflix through his Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision banner. As part of the deal, he also will continue to work on his existing shows with 20th TV/Fox 21,  9… Read

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‘Katy Keene’ CW Pilot Adds Zane Holtz And Katherine LaNasa

EXCLUSIVE: The CW’s Riverdale-verse (or would it be Archie-verse?) continues to expand with more casting news for the forthcoming Katy Keene spinoff pilot. Zane Holtz (Hunter Killer, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn) and Katherine LaNasa (Imposters, Satisfaction) have joined the cast of the pilot starring Lucy Hale as the titular aspiring fashion designer. Holtz will star as Ko Kelly, a boxer with two goals in life: to fight a welterweight championship in Madison Square Garden… Read

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Alex Wolff To Star In Thriller ‘The Line’; John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy Also Aboard

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Alex Wolff has been set to star in The Line, a thriller in the works that will be directed by Ethan Berger in his feature narrative debut. John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy, Jessica Barden and Lewis Pullman have also joined the cast of the movie. Lije Sarki, who won the SXSW audience award for Peanut Butter Falcon, is producing with Valparaiso Pictures’ David Carrico and Adam Paulsen. Bobby Hoppey is executive producer. A fall shooting start is being eyed. The film… Read

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‘Homeland’: Hugh Dancy To Recur On Season 8 of Showtime Series

Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) is set for a multi-episode arc opposite Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin on the eighth and final season of Showtime’s Homeland. Dancy will recur as John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a foreign-policy adviser to the president and a formidable opponent to Saul Berenson (Patinkin). The final season finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but… Read

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Livid Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Insists Jussie Smollett Is Guilty: “Is There No Decency In This Man?”

UPDATE with State’s Attorney statement A visibly angry Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson dismissed Jussie Smollett’s latest insistence on his innocence and decried the prosecutors’ dismissal of criminal charges against the Empire actor as, in Emanuel’s words, “a whitewash.” Johnson said, as bluntly as he has before, that Smollett conducted a “hoax” to further his own financial gain. Emanuel lambasted Smollett as selfishly exploiting… Read

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Lands Top CAA Agent Jim Toth To Lead Content Acquisition And Talent

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EXCLUSIVE: In a shocker, top CAA agent Jim Toth is leaving the agency to join Jeffrey Katzenberg's short-form content incubator Quibi. Toth has just given notice at the agency, I'm told. He will take the title of Head of Content Acquisition and Talent at Quibi. Toth has worked at the agency for moer than 23 years – working up from the CAA mailroom after ending a run as a financial consultant — and he is a senior motion picture talent agent. Toth decided to leave when the… Read

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‘Elementary’, ‘Instinct’, New ‘Blood & Treasure’ Get CBS Premiere Dates

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CBS has booked premiere dates for its new action-adventure series Blood & Treasure, along with the final season of modern Sherlock Holmes tale Elementary and the sophomore run of the Alan Cumming-Bojana Novakovic drama Instinct. Check out new photos from all three below. Blood & Treasure will launch with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, following the season finale of NCIS. The new series follows a brilliant antiquities expert (Matt Barr) and a cunning art… Read

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‘Better Things’ Renewed For Season 4 By FX

Four weeks in to its third season, FX has renewed Pamela Adlon’s Better Things for a fourth go-round. The critically praised and award-winning comedy series directed by, produced by and starring Adlon, will premiere its fourth season in 2020 on FX. "With every season, Better Things becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon's status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today," said John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks… Read

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‘The Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper Joins ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel At Lionsgate

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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hopper, one of the stars of Netflix’s hit freshman series The Umbrella Academy, has signed on for The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel from Lionsgate and Millennium Media. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Richard E. Grant are returning for the follow-up along with director Patrick Hughes. Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, and Frank Grillo are also on board as filming is underway. Set on the Amalfi coast, the pic follows the mismatched, high-octane… Read

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WWE Studios Picks CBS And VH1 Veteran Susan Levison As New Boss

Susan Levison has been named Senior Vice President and Head of WWE Studios, reporting to WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson. Levison comes to the Stamford, CT-based entertainment outfit after a run at CBS Television Studios, where she was SVP of Alternative Programming. Wilson gained oversight of the studio last year, and company and independent film veteran Michael Luisi exited last summer after an eight-year run overseeing the studio. WWE Studios, branching out from its… Read

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The Orchard Film-TV EVP Paul Davidson Exiting

Deadline has confirmed that Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s Film & TV EVP of five years will be leaving the company after the division’s sale to 1091 Media is finished. The news was made known to Orchard staff this morning after Davidson and CEO Brad Navin met. As Sundance was kicking off, it was announced that 1091 Media would acquire The Orchard’s Film & TV division, to be renamed at a later point in time. Meanwhile, The Orchard would re-devote itself to its music business… Read

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Fox “Gratified” That Criminal Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dismissed

Empire broadcaster Fox and studio 20th Century Fox TV have released a statement following the dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett. “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed,” 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment said in the statement. The Illinois state attorney’s office today announced that all criminal charges against the Empire star had been dropped and his record cleared… Read