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Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy

Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy
Amazon's comedy pilot Good People, from creators Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings, has signed a second star.

Oscar and Emmy nominee Greg Kinnear will join Lisa Kudrow in the show, which revolves around three generations of women working in a college ombudsman's office. Cummings will also have an on-screen role.

Kinnear will play Dr. Paul Keating, a charming, charismatic philosophy professor at Sacramento University. Described as Indiana Jones meets Joan Didion, he causes problems for ombudsman Lynn Steele (Kudrow) and Hazel Miller (Cummings) because of his unorthodox teaching methods and refusal to acquiesce to "PC" rules.

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Reed Morano, Amazon’s "The Power" Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill

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Reed Morano has decided to no longer film any scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia, following the signing of the state’s anti-abortion bill that would restrict abortions beyond the point of detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy.

“The Power” canceled interviews with those working in local production in late April amid uncertainty over whether the production would remain in the state, an individual familiar with the issue told Variety.

“It feels wrong for a reason,” said Morano via Instagram, extrapolating on comments she provided to Time magazine, which first reported the news. “And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it.”

The 10-part thriller drama, which was ordered to series in February, is
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Amazon’s "Lord of the Rings" TV Series Lands "Game of Thrones" Writer-Producer as Consultant

Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer on “Game of Thrones” since its start on HBO in 2011, isn’t taking a break now that the blockbuster fantasy series has aired its final season. Per Variety, Cogman has been officially hired to consult on Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series. The move is a natural progression for Cogman, as “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has been vocal about his series being inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork.

As previously reported, Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series is being written and developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Cogman will work closely with the writing duo and will serve on the “LOTR” series in a consulting role. Amazon announced last September it had signed an overall deal with Cogman to produce and develop new series.

Cogman got his start on “Thrones” as the assistant to the show’s
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"Succession" Season 2 Adds Holly Hunter in Recurring Role

Holly Hunter is joining HBO’s “Succession.”

Hunter will recur in the second season of the drama series in the role of Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate. She joins a returning cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, and Natalie Gold.

Hunter won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in “The Piano.” She has also received Oscar nominations for the films “Broadcast News,” “The Firm, and “Thirteen.” On the TV side, she is known for roles in the show “Saving Grace” and in
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New Coke to Return This Summer to Make "Stranger Things 3" Even More ’80s

New Coke to Return This Summer to Make
Things are gonna get dark when “Stranger Things” returns with its third season on July 4 — and we’re not even talking about what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana.

In was announced Tuesday that Coca-Cola is partnering with Netflix to journey back to one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history: the birth of New Coke.

The infamous soda sparked outcry when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke in the summer of 1985 in what is now considered the biggest marketing mistakes of all time, according to the AP. New Coke lasted just 79 days before the original recipe returned.

Per Coca-Cola: “In a first-of-its-kind partnership for Netflix, the ‘Stranger Things’ team collaborated with Coca-Cola to immerse viewers in 1980s nostalgia. Executives from Netflix visited the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta last year to study New Coke packaging, memorabilia,
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Ratings: Fox’s "Beat Shazam" Season 3 Premiere Doesn’t Beat Much at 8

Ratings: Fox’s
Monday saw three broadcast TV shows — “The Enemy Within,” “The Fix” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” — wrap their seasons and one, “Beat Shazam” start its summer run. None of them had a particularly good showing.

On NBC, “The Voice” started its finale, which will conclude with tonight’s results show.

NBC and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC had a 5 share, ABC got a 4. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 6.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was third in total viewers with 4 million.

Also Read: Ratings: 'American Idol' Finale Dips From Last Year, When It Wasn't Stacked Against 'Game of Thrones'

For NBC, “The Voice” finale Part 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. averaged a 1.2 and 7.9 million viewers. “Enemy Within” at 10 had a 0.6 and 4.3 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Bachelorette” from
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Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969

Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969
Back when Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was first announced, it was revealed that the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and co-writer, co-producer and star Dan Aykroyd were teaming up to start a production company called Ghost Corps. that would focus on developing projects with different takes on the paranormal investigator franchise. And while we’ve heard […]

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Netflix Announces Premiere Date, First Look at ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season

Netflix Announces Premiere Date, First Look at ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season
The seventh and final season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ will premiere on Netflix on Friday, July 26, announced the streamer, offering up a first look at some of the last images of life at Litchfield.

Viewers will get to see Piper’s struggle with life on the outside, Taystee’s friendship with Cindy as she faces a life sentence, among other inmates’ stories.

In a teaser video for the last season, the cast — including Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and others — sings the theme to the opening credits, Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time.”

Created by Jenji Kohan,
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Oitnb Gets Final Season Premiere Date at Netflix — Watch the Cast Sing Prison Dramedy's Iconic Theme Song

Piper Chapman’s post-Litchfield life will begin on Friday, July 26, when Netflix releases the seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black.

The date announcement above features members of the ensemble singing the show’s iconic theme song, Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time.” (Among them is Doom Patrol‘s Diane Guerrero, whose inmate Maritza Ramos was last seen in Season 5. Series creator Jenji Kohan also makes a cameo, at the 0:33 mark.)

In the final 13 episodes, “Piper struggles with life on the outside, while life in Litchfield Max, as corrupt and unjust as ever, goes on without her,
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Legends of Tomorrow Boss on What That Zari Twist Means for Season 5

DC's Legends of Tomorrow might be the Arrowverse's zaniest show, but it looks like the goofy time-traveling series is reeling it in next season. The Season 4 finale ended on a major cliffhanger that suggested the show will be returning to its history-based roots next season, with classic foes


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‘The Rook,’ Shondaland, Ted Sarandos Among Programming for SeriesFest 2019 (Exclusive)

The fifth edition of SeriesFest will deliver panels and programming designed to celebrate individual talent as well as companies who are “taking creative risks and leveraging advances in technology to reimagine storytelling.” On the linup is Starz’s upcoming supernatural thriller “The Rook,” a panel with the creatives behind Shondaland, a look at Lgbtq representation on television and attendees such as Stevie Wonder and Ted Sarandos, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The ‘Year of Innovation’ speaks to the powerful narratives and groundbreaking work that our growing SeriesFest community has come to be known for,” said Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook,
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Game of Thrones: The 12 Dumbest Things the Show Has Ever Done

Game of Thrones: The 12 Dumbest Things the Show Has Ever Done
We love Game of Thrones here at TVLine… but that doesn’t mean we can’t complain when the show takes a wrong turn. And boy, it has taken a few of those, hasn’t it?

With Sunday’s series finale in the books — quite literally; A Song of Ice and Fire, indeed! — we’re looking back on all eight seasons of HBO’s fantasy epic with a decidedly critical eye. Overall, it’s unquestionably a massively successful achievement, but it did stumble a few times along the way. From plot points that dragged, to twists that ignited controversy, to forgotten coffee cups…
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Spoof Talk Show Fronted by an Animated Vladimir Putin Coming to the BBC

The BBC will air a spoof talk-show fronted by an animated Vladimir Putin. The U.K. pubcaster has ordered two pilot episodes of “Tonight With Vladimir Putin,” a semi-scripted talk show hosted by a CGI representation of the Russian leader.

The first guest will be Alistair Campbell, a former high-ranking political spin doctor in the U.K. Other interviewees are plucked from the world of British TV and popular culture. Visual effects specialist Framestore has used performance capture technology to enable the 3D animated Putin character to walk around the set and interact with guests.

The producers said that the
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Inside Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ Live Remake Special

Inside Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ Live Remake Special
It’s probably no surprise that Norman Lear has seen his relevancy rise even higher in recent years. Lear’s classic 1970s sitcoms, such as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons,” feel just as applicable today as they did 40 years ago.

And that’s part of the motivation behind ABC’s Wednesday night special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.'”

The special is a re-creation of two episodes, one from each series, as performed by contemporary stars — including Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker,
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10 Upcoming Shows to Watch if You’re Mourning ‘Game of Thrones’

10 Upcoming Shows to Watch if You’re Mourning ‘Game of Thrones’
Millions of people’s Sunday night routines are ruined now that “Game of Thrones” is over, and there are holes in their hearts as big as the hole in The Wall that are aching for a new fantasy series to fill them. Several prequel series are on their way, but as there’s no word on just how long it will be until they hit the small screen, here are a few TV shows filled with magic, monsters and mighty heroes in the works that might have a shot at filling the “Game of Thrones” void.

His Dark Materials” – HBO
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The Voice Season 16 Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner?

Maelyn Jarmon or Dexter Roberts, Dexter Roberts or Maelyn Jarmon. Ahead of Tuesday’s Season 16 finale of The Voice, that was the pair that it felt like it had all come down to.

My heart was with Team Legend’s Maelyn. Since as far back as the Blind Auditions, she’d given one beautiful performance after another (after another after another). And her rendition of “Hallelujah” Monday had actually made me cry — and I never cry when recapping. Well, unless the Internet cuts out right as I’m trying to post the story!

That said, Team Blake’s Dexter performed exceptionally well Monday,
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NCIS Season 17: [Spoiler] Will Return in Wake of Jaw-Dropping Finale Surprise

The following contains that spoiler from the Season 16 finale of CBSNCIS.

Rule No. 6 tells us, “The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself.” And that is pretty much what CBS’ NCIS did, to pull off its season-ending jaw-dropper.

“Hello, Gibbs. No time for pleasantries — you’re in danger,” Ziva said upon bounding down the stairs to Boss basement workshop. “Well, aren’t you gonna say something?”

“Ziva” is all Gibbs could say, his mouth letting slip a faint smile.

TVLine has learned that to keep Cote de Pablo’s return as Ziva David under wraps, the
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NCIS Just Pulled Off the TV Season's Biggest Shocker With Season 16 Finale

I can barely type through my misty eyes.

I mean, damnnnnn.

CBSNCIS with Tuesday night’s Season 16 finale spun an already compelling story in which Fornell’s daughter, Emily, was revealed to be battling an opioid habit. Her near brush with death led Fornell to challenge Gibbs to hunt down her dealer and bring him to justice, no matter what. That task was echoed by visions of Diane (played again by Melinda McGraw) that Gibbs’ dealt/squabbled with through much of the hour.

In the end, Fornell got an ever obstinate Emily to admit that she needed help and
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‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’

‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’
Since the first season, Ramin Djawadi has composed the music for “Game of Thrones” and created the epic tunes, including the iconic theme song, heard over the series’ most memorable moments. With the series finished, he talked with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 about his experience on the show and an upcoming 20-city “Game of Thrones” live concert tour.

“I have to admit I’m still in denial,” Djawadi said. “I feel like it’s not over yet. I can’t let go. I never expected this to be such a success in that it would have such
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‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993

‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993
Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate for a five-part docuseries for which he will have full access to all of the late rapper’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry, according to an announcement from his rep. The announcement says the series will be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.” A rep for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini is
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