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‘Empire’ to End Early Due to Coronavirus Shutdown, Fox Sets Episode 18 as Series Finale (Video)

‘Empire’ to End Early Due to Coronavirus Shutdown, Fox Sets Episode 18 as Series Finale (Video)
Empire” is now ending two episodes early. Fox has set Episode 18 as the hip-hop soap opera’s series finale. Since the final three episodes will run concurrently, doing some easy math on dates, the new series finale is set for April 21.

Originally, “Empire” was set to end with a 20-episode sixth season. Due to coronavirus shutdown, Episode 19 had to stop after partial production had been completed and Episode 20 just isn’t happening at all.

Episode 18 will be recut with some Episode 19 footage in an effort to make what was to be the third-to-last episode feel more like a satisfying finale, a person with knowledge of the plans told TheWrap.

Fox did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.

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‘The Nanny’ Original Cast to Reunite For Virtual Table Read (Exclusive)

‘The Nanny’ Original Cast to Reunite For Virtual Table Read (Exclusive)
Nanny Fine, Maxwell Sheffield, and the rest of the gang are getting back together on April 6 — but not in the way you might think.

The Nanny” creator and star Fran Drescher teased on her Twitter page last week, in response to a fan who wanted to watch the popular ’90s sitcom online, that there was a “surprise” in the works.

Awe hang in! We got a surprise for you! Announcement this week! Stay tuned! Weeeee!!! https://t.co/DTe4rE6IRc

— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) March 24, 2020

But the announcement was not that the CBS show’s six-season catalog would coming to one of the soon-to-be launched streaming services like HBO Max or Peacock, as some anticipated, or that there would be a revival of the series, which centers on a cosmetics saleswoman who is fired from her job at a bridal shop and becomes a caretaker to a Broadway producer’s three children.

Variety has learned that the original cast of the Sony Pictures Television-produced show is reuniting for a virtual table read of the pilot via Zoom, which will be posted on the Sony Pictures YouTube page the morning of Monday, April 6.
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Christopher Meloni As ‘SVU’ Character Elliot Stabler To Headline New Dick Wolf Drama Series For NBC

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Christopher Meloni As ‘SVU’ Character Elliot Stabler To Headline New Dick Wolf Drama Series For NBC
Exclusive: A beloved TV character is coming back. NBC has given a 13-episode series order to a new Dick Wolf crime drama series starring Christopher Meloni reprising his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler. The drama, which marks the actor’s return to Wolf World, revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler (Meloni). It is the first show to come out of the massive new five-year, nine-figure, multi-platform deal Wolf signed with Universal Television last month, which includes multiple series commitments.

The new series is executive produced by Wolf, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski for Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. I hear former Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead is being eyed as writer-showrunner.
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HBO Pushes ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Premiere to May

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HBO Pushes ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Premiere to May
HBO has pushed the premiere date for the Mark Ruffalo limited series “I Know This Much Is True” until May 10, the network announced Tuesday.

The drama, based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, was originally slated to premiere on April 27. The decision to delay the premiere comes after HBO said last week that it would postpone the Nicole Kidman-Hugh Grant drama “The Undoing” until later in the year.

Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, “I Know This Much Is True” stars Ruffalo as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Per HBO, the drama is “a family saga that follows their parallel lives in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness.”
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'Shrill' Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

'Shrill' Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu
Hulu is bringing Shrill back for a third season.

The streamer has handed out an eight-episode renewal for the Aidy Bryant-led scripted comedy from exec producer Lorne Michaels.

The series, produced by Warner Bros. Television, is inspired by Lindy West's book Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. Bryant typically films the Portland-based comedy when Saturday Night Live is on hiatus. It's unclear when production on a third season would begin given the near industry-wide production slowdown as the nation grapples with the novel coronavirus crisis.

Still, a renewal for the series should not come as a surprise. Ahead of ...
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TV Ratings: ‘The Good Doctor’ Finale Draws Largest Audience in a Year

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TV Ratings: ‘The Good Doctor’ Finale Draws Largest Audience in a Year
The Good Doctor” ended its third season on Monday night in dramatic fashion with a major character death, and the show’s largest Live+Same Day audience since March 2019 tuned in to watch.

The ABC show scored a season high 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 7.6 million total viewers, a 12% bump from last week’s penultimate episode. Earlier on, the Disney-owned network’s “America Rising: Fight the Pandemic” special about coronavirus scored a 0.8 rating and 4.9 million viewers. A “Celebrity Family Feud” replay came in with a 0.9 and 5.4 million viewers.

The Voice” won the night in terms of rating and total viewership for NBC, scoring a 1.7 and 9.7 million total viewers, which represents roughly the same number’s as last Monday’s edition. “Manifest” followed it up with a 0.7 and 4.3 million viewers, also even week-to-week.

Meanwhile on CBS, James Corden’s “Homefest” special, which featured performances from Bts, Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish,
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‘Normal People’ Trailer: ‘Corrupt and Sexy’ Teen Hookups Blossom Into Real and Forbidden Feelings (Video)

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‘Normal People’ Trailer: ‘Corrupt and Sexy’ Teen Hookups Blossom Into Real and Forbidden Feelings (Video)
Hulu dropped the trailer for its adaptation of Sally Rooney’s beloved Ya novel “Normal People” on Tuesday, introducing you to Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), teens whose “corrupt and sexy” hookups begin to blossom into real feelings. But that possible young love is forbidden by the fact they live in two very different worlds.

Watch the trailer above to see their oh-so-complicated relationship unfold over the course of several years.

Here’s the official description for the 12-episode, half-hour drama series, which drops April 29 on Hulu and premieres April 26 on BBC Three in the UK:

Based on Sally Rooney’s New York Times best-selling novel, “Normal People” tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in a small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. At school, he’s well-liked and popular, while she’s lonely,
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‘Empire’ Final Season Cut Short Due to Coronavirus, Series Finale to Air April 21

‘Empire’ Final Season Cut Short Due to Coronavirus, Series Finale to Air April 21
Empire” has had its fair share of bumps in the road over the last year, but now, the series is having to cut short its final season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sixth and final season of “Empire” was scheduled to run for 20 episodes, however, the production shutdown caused by the pandemic meant that only 18 episodes could be completed. The result is that the final three episodes, including what will now be the series finale, will air on April 21 on Fox. Sources with knowledge of the show say that episode 19 was part-way through shooting when the shutdown came into effect,
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Comcast and Fox Corp. Set Broad New Carriage Agreement

Comcast and Fox Corp. Set Broad New Carriage Agreement
Comcast and Fox Corp. have come to terms on a broad carriage agreement covering all of Fox’s cable channels, including Fox News, and its O&o local TV stations.

The long-term deal is significant for Fox Corp. given the importance of Comcast’s distribution footprint to core earnings. The pact covers authenticated streaming rights to Fox properties that will include what the companies described as “state of the art dynamic advertising.”

“We are pleased to extend our longstanding and productive partnership with Comcast so that millions of Xfinity customers will continue to enjoy Fox’s leading sports, entertainment and
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Creator of ‘257 Reasons to Live’ on How Cancer Survivors Inspired Dramedy

Creator of ‘257 Reasons to Live’ on How Cancer Survivors Inspired Dramedy
Russian comedy-drama series “257 Reasons to Live,” which will play in competition at Canneseries, follows cancer patient Zhenya after she unexpectedly goes into remission and receives the all-clear.

Unable to believe her luck, Zhenya (played by Polina Maximova) is determined not to waste a minute of her life. She comes across an old notebook she started when she was first diagnosed, containing a bucket list of 257 things she would like to do before she dies. So she sets out to complete the list.

Alexey Lyapichev, the creative producer and lead writer on “257 Reasons to Live,” talks to Variety about the series,
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Samuel L. Jackson's 'Stay the F--- Home' Tops the List of Celebs Reading Children's Books for Charity

Samuel L. Jackson's 'Stay the F--- Home' Tops the List of Celebs Reading Children's Books for Charity
For everyone still not taking coronavirus quarantine seriously, Samuel L. Jackson has a message for you, and he's presented it in the style of a children's bedtime story: Stay the F--- at Home. In a remote appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor read the new poem for the world, and while it's

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Guy Fieri Has a Special Recipe for Comfort-Food TV

Guy Fieri Has a Special Recipe for Comfort-Food TV
Before Guy Fieri ever wrapped his mouth around the smoked-wing nachos or Nashville hot fried chicken he regularly nibbles on TV, he had to navigate the twists of the pretzel business.

When he was around ten years old, Fieri’s parents took him on a ski trip, and would essentially let him wander as he saw fit for most of the day. He would eat a big pretzel for lunch. “Have you ever had them?” he recalls asking his parents. “They are steamed. They’ve got salt on them.” He had never been to New York and “I never knew what a pretzel was.
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ViacomCBS’ Path Ahead Grows Steeper Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

ViacomCBS’ Path Ahead Grows Steeper Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
ViacomCBS has come to a crossroads, again.

The company that has endured more drama in the C-suite in recent years than any of its larger rivals was already under pressure this year to prove it could muster a comeback in a big way.

Now, with the black swan named coronavirus roiling the waters, leaders of the newly enlarged conglomerate have to manage that comeback in a wildly different business environment. The coming months will test the mettle of CEO Bob Bakish and his newly integrated management team of Viacom and CBS Corp. executives. The social and economic devastation caused by
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Vancouver TV Shows May Need to Start on Their Next Seasons Late, Based on Province's Current Quarantine Plan

Vancouver TV Shows May Need to Start on Their Next Seasons Late, Based on Province's Current Quarantine Plan
Not only are many broadcast-tv series seeing their current runs end abruptly, they may need to start production on their next seasons later than usual, as any end date for quarantine/social distancing guidelines remains very much up in the air.

Specifically in Vancouver, which is home to nearly 20 TV productions, government officials do not foresee life returning to any semblance of normal until the summer, meaning that the shows that traditionally start back up production in late June/early July would have to cool their heels for at least a little bit (if not longer).

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How to Watch Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's Garth & Trisha Live! Concert Special

How to Watch Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's Garth & Trisha Live! Concert Special
One of country music's most celebrated couples will be making beautiful music together for all the world to see (and hear) on Wednesday. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are joining forces for a new primetime special called Garth & Trisha Live!, which will air on CBS on Wednesday, April 1 at 9 p.m.

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The CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Burden of Truth, Bulletproof, Masters of Illusion, and More

The CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Burden of Truth, Bulletproof, Masters of Illusion, and More
Some good news amidst everything: TV is still (mostly) happening! The CW is here to remind us of that, and also of summer in general, with its announcement of its summer lineup. Spoiler: Things are going to get magical.

Masters of Illusion will return for its sixth season on Friday, May 15 at 8/7c

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Top Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky Executives to Donate Salary Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Top Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky Executives to Donate Salary Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Comcast chief Brian Roberts, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and other division leaders at Comcast will donate their salaries to coronavirus-related relief efforts as the world grapples with the devastating pandemic.

In a memo sent to Comcast’s 190,000 employees worldwide on Wednesday. Roberts said the salary donations would also be made by Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh, Comcast Cable chief Dave Watson and Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch. He noted that Comcast has committed $500 million to continue pay and benefits for employees that have been affected shutdowns.

“For the duration of this situation, our senior leaders, Mike Cavanagh, Dave Watson, Jeff Shell, Jeremy
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How to Get Away with Murder Boss Teases Wes Gibbons' 'Perfect' Return

How to Get Away with Murder Boss Teases Wes Gibbons' 'Perfect' Return
How to Get Away with Murder is gearing up for its final run, which means it's time to get all the answers you've been dying for. Is Annalise (Viola Davis) really dead? Who killed Asher (Matt McGorry)? What in the fresh hell is going on with Wes Gibbons' (Alfred Enoch) surprise resurrection? All this

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Joe Exotic Poll Results: Here's Who You Think Should Play the Tiger King

Joe Exotic Poll Results: Here's Who You Think Should Play the Tiger King
TVLine readers have chosen their Tiger King — and it wasn’t even close.

On Monday, we asked you to choose the actor you think should take on the role of Joe Exotic in Universal Cable Productions’ in-the-works limited series, and the victor received more than 30 percent of the votes — roughly double the closest competitor.

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To streamline the voting process, we narrowed the field to 13 contenders,
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Empire Final Season to End Early, Proper Series Finale Scrapped

Empire Final Season to End Early, Proper Series Finale Scrapped
Empire‘s proper series finale will never see the light of day.

Fox announced late Tuesday in an on-air promo that the show’s 20-episode sixth and final season will conclude on April 21, with Episode 18 now serving as the show’s swan song. As we previously reported, work on Empire ground to a halt last month while the show was in production on Episode 19. With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, any hope there was of completing the final one-and-a-half episodes has been dashed.

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