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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)
Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with Stuart Blumberg writing and executive producing.

This marks the latest TV project for Watts. She was recently cast in a major role in the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO, and signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” She earned Academy Award nominations
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Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg

Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg
Apple’s upcoming streaming service is still, as the tech folks say, “vaporware” but that isn’t stopping the massive corporation from continuing to purchase new content that will eventually infect cell phones around the globe. And for its latest foray in TV, the tech giant has enlisted one of Hollywood’s most high-profile producers, Simon Kinberg.

Read More: Simon Kinberg Apologizes For ‘X-Men 3’ & Explains How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Influenced ‘Dark Phoenix

Deadline is reporting that Kinberg, along with co-writer David Weil, has signed a deal to write and produce a 10-episode science fiction series for Apple.

Continue reading Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg at The Playlist.
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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has picked up “The Kominsky Method” for a second season.

The comedy stars starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin recently won two Golden Globe Awards, one for best comedy series and the other for Douglas in the best actor in a comedy series category. Arkin was also nominated in the supporting actor category.

Season 2 will consist of eight half-hour episodes and is scheduled to begin production later this month in Los Angeles. Douglas and Arkin will return as series regulars along with Sarah Baker and Nancy Travis.

The show follows actor and acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and his agent Norman Newlander (Arkin), two friends trying to navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.

Chuck Lorre created the series and serves as executive producer along with Al Higgins and Douglas. Chuck Lorre Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“I wanted
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"Vikings" Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10 Cast in TNT Drama "Raised by Wolves"

TNT has set 10 cast members for the Ridley Scott-produced drama “Raised by Wolves.”

The show, which was ordered straight-to-series in October, centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

The cast includes:

Amanda Collin will play Mother, an android with a secret past who has been programmed to raise a brood of human children on a faraway planet. In addition to teaching her children to survive,
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Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’

Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’
Peter Sarsgaard will star in “Interrogation,” CBS All Access’s true-crime drama.

Co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, “Interrogation” is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, with the conclusive season finale to be released at a later date.
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The Five Best Colbie Caillat Songs of All-Time

If you can recall that Colbie Caillat was rejected twice before ever reaching the stage for American Idol then you’ve done your homework. But you’ll also be likely to think that there are some true gems that the judges just don’t get the chance to see in their full element since it’s obvious that being in front of them is, for some folks, kind of unnerving and can make a person extremely shy. Thankfully Colbie was grateful for the chance and din’t hold it against them that she was rejected twice. In fact this kind of inspired her to keep

The Five Best Colbie Caillat Songs of All-Time
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Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations
Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the At&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.

“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for Lgbtq inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding
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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)
Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with Stuart Blumberg writing and executive producing.

This marks the latest TV project for Watts. She was recently cast in a major role in the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO, and signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime.
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Arrow's 150th Episode Twist Revealed — How Does Kelsey Grammer Fit In?

The CW’s Arrow, as hinted in recent by creatives and crew via Twitter, has something very special on tap for its landmark 150th episode.

Airing Monday, Feb. 4 as the 12th episode of Season 7, “Emerald Archer” will showcase a “documentary” that is entitled “The Hood and the Rise of Vigilantism” and stars Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak and the rest of Team Arrow.

Per the official synopsis, “As a camera crew follows Oliver and team around to talk about their past as vigilantes and what the Green Arrow means to Star City, Oliver must also deal with William’s return from
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How Has The Conners Held Up Since Roseanne’s Exit?

It can be stated that last fall was not the easiest time for network TV, but the Connors somehow pulled through by being one of the biggest hits of the season that didn’t take a serious nosedive towards the cutting room floor so to speak. There were a great many individuals that believed that the show would never work for a single episode after Roseanne Barr was fired over and ill-advised tweet that essentially cost her a spot on her own show. But like it or not the Connors have been given a script that they can follow and have

How Has The Conners Held Up Since Roseanne’s Exit?
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HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer

HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer
“Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary.

The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit spoke for everyday people and transformed reporting about New York City and the country.

The doc also aims to take viewers back to the charm of the old New York, while delving into issues of race, class, and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully in our own time.
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You Is Blowing Up on Netflix! What's Next for the '40 Million' Viewer Hit?

All eyes are on You. The not-so-romantic thriller, which enjoyed a modest following during its one-season run on Lifetime, has become a bonafide hit since transitioning to Netflix, where production has already begun on the show’s second season.

First-time viewers are suddenly flooding social media with their thoughts, sparking fresh debate about whether it’s Ok to be attracted to leading man Joe Goldberg (played by Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley) despite him being a murderous stalker. Even Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown recently came to Joe’s defense, declaring in an Instagram story that he’s “not creepy,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode

TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode
In Thursday’s roundup, “Riverdale” is set to tackle “Heathers: The Musical,” and Freeform has announced its second annual summit.

Dates

The musical episode of the CW’s “Riverdale,” featuring nine songs, will air Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. On the show, Riverdale High School takes on “Heathers: The Musical,” with queen bees Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) channeling the three Heathers in the production.

Variety has exclusively learned that Zach Anner, a writer and actor from ABC’s “Speechless,” is launching the “Speechless Podcast” on Jan. 22. The 30-minute podcast,
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Penny Dreadful 'Spiritual' Offshoot Casts Fear the Walking Dead Vet

Penny Dreadful 'Spiritual' Offshoot Casts Fear the Walking Dead Vet
Penny Dreadful‘s next chapter has found its hero: Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead) will be a part of the upcoming series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

City of Angels is a “spiritual descendant” of the original Penny Dreadful, featuring an all-new cast of characters and set in 1938 Los Angeles, “a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension,” according to the official logline. (And this being a Penny Dreadful series, we can expect a supernatural element as well.) Zovatto will star as Tiago, the Lapd’s first Mexican-American detective who “grapples with racism,
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‘Smilf’ Season 2 Review: Confronting Trauma, From Woody Allen to Harvey Weinstein

‘Smilf’ Season 2 Review: Confronting Trauma, From Woody Allen to Harvey Weinstein
Smilf” is two shows in one, and only half of them work. The first show is an experimental mishmash of short films exposing the world to a woman’s experience in 2019 — particularly, an abused woman’s experience. The other show is a more typical serialized narrative, tracking a single mother trying to get her life together.

In the show’s second season, the more classic half is damn near stagnant. Bridgette Bird (creator and star Frankie Shaw) faces added hardship, sure, but in the first five episodes she does little to address it. Meanwhile, Shaw’s creative side — the one that got her short film into Sundance and later landed a deal for her own Showtime series — should elicit strong reactions ranging from outright shock to deep contemplation. Not all of the basketball star’s big shots swish through the net, but even Shaw’s acrobatic airballs are far more
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The Five Best John Leguizamo Movies of His Career

John Leguizamo isn’t an inordinately short man but he’s not all that big either. The only reason I mention this is that he’s actually stated in the past that he got beat up quite a bit when he was a kid and had to learn how to be funny in order to avoid a beating now and again. This tends to happen when a person is small enough or weak enough that they can’t fight, they find ways to get around the beating or avoid it completely. With John it was humor that got him out of the tight spots

The Five Best John Leguizamo Movies of His Career
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Netflix Claims 40 Million Households Watched ‘You,’ Is Still Vague on What That Actually Means

As a great Greek thinker once mused, “If I hover my mouse over an icon for a Netflix show and it starts auto-playing in my browser, have I really watched it?” As part of its quarterly earnings report, the streaming giant declared that 40 million households had viewed “You,” the Penn Badgley-led series that premiered on Lifetime last summer before finding a new home at Netflix. With Season 2 of the series still on the way, those numbers represent the total from the series’ first four weeks of availability on the platform.

That figure is similar to the one provided for “Bird Box,” the film that in addition to spawning a rash of blindfolded antics across the globe, also drew eyeballs from 45 million subscribers. That number, first sent out in a tweet, was eventually clarified to Variety by a Netflix spokesperson to mean that 45 million accounts had watched at least “70% of the total running time including credits.
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Why The Show “Kids Baking Championship” Is Great for Adults

It’s interesting how things that are great for kids can be great for adults as well. In the case of the popular Food Channel show Kids Baking Championship it would seem that the first beneficiaries of this challenge aside from the kids would be their parents. You might wonder just why or how that could possibly be, but the truth is that kids that are able to do things such as this are a lot more capable and can usually handle themselves in ways that even some adults haven’t yet mastered. Let’s go ahead and discover just why it would

Why The Show “Kids Baking Championship” Is Great for Adults
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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to Mark Trump’s Mid-Presidency With Bob Hope-Style ‘Tribute’ Special

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to Mark Trump’s Mid-Presidency With Bob Hope-Style ‘Tribute’ Special
As Donald Trump hits the end of his second year in office, Jimmy Kimmel will mark the occasion with a new special this Monday. “Jimmy Kimmel Live Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump” will air in Kimmel’s normal time slot, 11:35 p.m. Et, on Jan. 21.

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Kimmel plans to take stock of the mid-point of what his press release calls a “‘bigly’ successful first term.” The special will be produced as a throwback parody of the Bob Hope variety shows of the 1970s and 1980s.

Guests scheduled to appear include Will Arnett, Paul Scheer,
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NBC Orders ‘Bone Collector’ Drama Pilot ‘Lincoln’

NBC has ordered the drama pilot “Lincoln,” formerly known as “The Bone Collector.”

Based on the internationally bestselling book series, “Lincoln” follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Lincoln forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD.

VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli will serve as writers and executive producers on the pilot. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman,
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