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Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency

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Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency
Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the lead in Fox’s drama pilot Blood Relative, lifting the cast-contingency on the pilot order.

Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Blood Relative is a forensic genealogy-themed crime drama from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin, Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Blood Relative is based on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,” about Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, who have combined their genealogy expertise to push the boundaries of forensic science and help law enforcement identify Joe and Jane Does and track down serial killers.

Written by Levinson and Renner and to be directe by Phillip Noyce, Blood Relative centers on genetic genealogy, the best new tool in crime scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Debuts to Winning Numbers

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Debuts to Winning Numbers
American Idol opened its third ABC season Sunday with slightly lower ratings than its 2019 premiere, but it easily led the night's broadcast ratings. NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Good Girls posted modest initial numbers, as did Fox's animated series Duncanville — though they're likely to grow significantly with multi-platform viewing.

Idol premiered with 8.05 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, down about 7 percent in viewers and 12 percent in the demo vs. last year (8.65 million and 1.7). Sunday's installment is ahead of last season's same-day averages of ...
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Canadian Screen Awards: 'Schitt's Creek' Leads Nominations

Canadian Screen Awards: 'Schitt's Creek' Leads Nominations
Eugene and Dan Levy's Schitt's Creek on Tuesday nabbed a field-leading 26 nominations for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, the national film and TV awards.

The Canadian laugher, originally a CBC and then a Pop TV comedy, will compete for best comedy and best comedy writing, with both Eugene and Dan Levy scoring acting nominations alongside stars Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy.

And the CBC's Anne With an E, the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables co-produced with Netflix, grabbed 17 nominations, followed by the Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse-starring Cardinal, a Hulu murder mystery drama originally ...
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Discovery Forges Ahead With Lifestyle, Entertainment for Hgtv, Quest Red

Discovery has signalled a growing reliance on lifestyle and entertainment content with a slate of new and returning shows.

New commissions “The Nolans in the Mood for Cruising,” “Cash in the Spare Room” and “Clear Out Cash In” will air on Discovery’s free-to-air channels Quest Red, Hgtv and Really, respectively, while recommissions “Helicopter ER” and “The Bad Skin Clinic” will return for new seasons on their home turf.

After delivering strong ratings in 2019, “Helicopter PR” will return for seasons five and six on Really, while “The Bad Skin Clinic” comes back for a second season on Quest Red.

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Caroline Flack’s Death Ruled Suicide as Unpublished Instagram Post Surfaces

Caroline Flack’s Death Ruled Suicide as Unpublished Instagram Post Surfaces
U.K. coroners have labeled former “Love Island” host Caroline Flack’s death a suicide. The TV presenter was 40 years old.

Flack, who left the show in December and was due to stand trial on assault charges in March, was found unresponsive at her London home on Saturday.

Though no official cause of death was given at the time, today the U.K. coroner listed the cause as suicide by hanging.

At an inquest into Flack’s death on Wednesday, the coroner’s court was told that Flack was found lying on her back and was pronounced dead on the scene.
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Sky Studios Forges Production Pact With Fremantle’s The Apartment (Exclusive)

Sky Studios and Italy’s The Apartment, the Fremantle-owned production company headed by Lorenzo Mieli, have forged a multi-year development and production partnership that marks Sky’s first agreement of this type outside the U.K.

Under the deal, Sky Studios, which is the Comcast-owned pay-tv broadcaster dedicated production arm, will provide The Apartment development funding for a minimum of three shows alongside a commitment to produce.

Mieli, a co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside and the producer behind globally successful shows such as “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend,” as well as Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming “We Are Who We Are,
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Carlos Montero on New Netflix Original ‘The Mess You Leave Behind’

Netflix’s announcement of new Spanish series late last month underscored the platform’s intent to diversify its palette in the country while betting once again on one of their own, Carlos Montero. After co-writing “Elite” Season 2, and with a third set soon to bow, Montero has made the jump to the director’s chair for the small-screen adaptation of his novel “The Mess You Leave Behind.”

The novel, which won Montero a Primavera Literature Award, is the story of a lit teacher who takes a substitution position in a small town in the interior of Galicia. She soon finds out that her predecessor,
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Paley Center Moves Out of Beverly Hills, Lays Off 3; Finds New Home for Archives (Exclusive)

The Paley Center for Media has vacated its longtime Beverly Hills location earlier than expected, setting up offices in Century City and finalizing a new home for its digital archives.

A spokesperson for the Paley Center confirmed to Variety that the Beverly Hills Public Library will be the new home for the TV and radio archives that previously lived at its now-closed museum. That collection includes at least 160,000 materials, including key moments in broadcast history.

Meanwhile, with the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills museum now vacated, three full-time staffers have been let go, the org said. The three employees were
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Viola Davis, Holly Robinson Peete Pay Tribute to ‘Good Times’ Actress Ja’Net DuBois

Viola Davis, Holly Robinson Peete Pay Tribute to ‘Good Times’ Actress Ja’Net DuBois
Actress Ja’Net DuBois died on Tuesday at her home in Glendale, Calif. at the age of 74. The actress, known for her role in the 70s sitcom “Good Times” as Wilona, the Evans family neighbor, died unexpectedly in her sleep. She appeared in several other films and shows throughout her career including “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Roots,” “Home Improvement” and “Sister Sister.” DuBois was a veteran actress who began her career in the 1960s and went on to become the first African American woman who was a regular cast member on a daytime serial for the television soap opera “Love of Life.
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Legends of Tomorrow Team Talks Latest 'Crisis' Consequence, Bringing 'Iconic' Constantine Comics Story to Screen

Legends of Tomorrow Team Talks Latest 'Crisis' Consequence, Bringing 'Iconic' Constantine Comics Story to Screen
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Tuesday’s Legends of Tomorrow. Proceed at your own risk!

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” has struck again! During Tuesday’s Legends of Tomorrow, Charlie revealed her connection to a mysterious object known as the Loom of Fate. She told Constantine and Gary that she destroyed the Loom of Fate and scattered the pieces across the multiverse, but recently, she sensed that something had changed and that her past was catching up with her.

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This Is Us Recap: A Traumatizing Cabin Visit Serves Up More Time-Jump Clues

This Is Us Recap: A Traumatizing Cabin Visit Serves Up More Time-Jump Clues
Very rarely is a time-capsule opening as satisfying as the one that happens in Tuesday’s This Is Us.

You can keep your historic newspapers and cultural touchstones: I’d much rather have a balled-up piece of drawing paper that leads to another clue — small, but significant! — in the show’s ever-evolving flash-forward to what certainly feels like Rebecca’s deathbed.

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This Is Us Just Made a Tear-Inducing Connection Between the Past and Future Storylines

This Is Us Just Made a Tear-Inducing Connection Between the Past and Future Storylines
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Tuesday's episode of This Is Us. Read at your own risk!]

To be honest, we still have a lot of questions about what is going on in the future timeline on This Is Us. So far, the show has been slow to deliver answers, though we did get a big clue about what

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The Flash Recap: A Pain in the Glass — Plus, Sue Dearbon Makes an Entrance

The Flash Recap: A Pain in the Glass — Plus, Sue Dearbon Makes an Entrance
This week on The Flash, Iris learned a bit more about the strange world inside of which she is trapped, while Ralph learned to be careful about what he wished for, in finding Sue Dearbon.

Pounding on the other side of the loft mirror, struggling to get Barry’s attention, Iris was startled to be found by Eva McCulloch — and vice versa! Eva assured Iris that she was not dead, but trapped, as she herself has been for six long years, ever since the particle accelerator explosion blasted her into her office mirror. Eva, a scientist, explains that she and
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‘The Goop Lab’: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Producing Unscripted TV, Her All-Star Staff and Online Haters

‘The Goop Lab’: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Producing Unscripted TV, Her All-Star Staff and Online Haters
Between a high-profile press tour, a vortex of online negativity and a raging conversation around female genitalia, it is likely you are aware that Gwyneth Paltrow launched a docuseries on Netflix in late January.

The Goop Lab,” announced exclusively by Variety last year, is a six-episode manifestation of Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop and its many content verticals, built around a central thesis that the Oscar winner described as “optimization of self.”

Response has played out across the normal spectrum on which Paltrow and Goop are received: adoration from like-minded seekers, interest from fashion and film fans, and invective from
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Criminal Minds Will Serve Up Justice and Dancing in Its Series Finale

Criminal Minds Will Serve Up Justice and Dancing in Its Series Finale
The end is here: Criminal Minds officially says goodbye this week after 15 seasons. That's a decade and a half of catching bad guys and becoming a family at the Bau. But even though we are down to the final two hours of the CBS procedural, there is still plenty to look forward to before we bid adieu

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Criminal MindsMichael MosleyErica Messer
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The Conners Kills Off Pivotal Roseanne Character

The Conners Kills Off Pivotal Roseanne Character
A tragic turn of events put a damper on the celebratory reopening of The Lunch Box on Tuesday’s The Conners.

Early into Season 2’s 13th episode, Dan learns — via the obituary page in the local paper — that his estranged father, Ed Sr., recently died. The character was last seen in Season 6 of Roseanne, as portrayed by Ned Beatty.

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Everything We Know About The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart

Everything We Know About The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart
The Bachelor franchise is almost 20 years in and is still growing, with a new spin-off, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, set to premiere this spring. Listen to Your Heart will put a new spin on the Bachelor in Paradise format, with 20 aspiring musicians living together, jamming together,

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TV News Roundup: Bet Plus Renews Will Packer’s ‘Bigger’

TV News Roundup: Bet Plus Renews Will Packer’s ‘Bigger’
In today’s TV news roundup, Bet Plus renewed “Bigger” for a second season, and Netflix announced premiere dates for “On My Block” Season 3 and “Feel Good.”

Casting

Josh Hartnett has been cast in Quibi’s upcoming series “Die Hart.“ Hartnett will play a fictionalized character of himself, an alumnus of the action school where Kevin Hart is training. Harnett’s character has returned to the school to participate in Hart’s training where he is trying to become an action star in a movie. The series follows Hart who no longer wants to be the comedic sidekick and tries
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The Safdie Brothers and Nathan Fielder Team Up for Showtime Comedy Series ‘The Curse’

The Safdie Brothers and Nathan Fielder Team Up for Showtime Comedy Series ‘The Curse’
Nathan Fielder and “Uncut Gems” directors Benny and Josh Safdie are bringing their talents to Showtime, which has given the green light to a pilot for “The Curse.”

Deadline reported that the half-hour comedy series, co-written by Benny and Fielder (“Nathan For You”) and directed by the Safdie brothers, will center on a mysterious curse that disturbs the relationship of a married couple who star in a fictional Hgtv show. Fielder is expected to play the husband, while Benny will play the producer of the fictional show. Fielder and the Safdie Brothers will executive produce the pilot, which will be produced by Showtime.

Additional details about the series, including additional casting and a release date, are still under wraps. A Showtime representative declined to comment.

The Showtime pickup continues what has been a prolific few months for the Safdie brothers, whose Adam Sandler-led “Uncut Gems” became a smash critical and commercial hit.
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Every TV Show and Movie Coming to Hulu in March 2020

Love or hate Hillary Rodham Clinton, you can't deny she's fascinating, divisive and worthy of documentation. And Hulu is doing just that with the new documentary Hillary, which premieres March 6 on the streaming service and is arguably its most anticipated offering to date.

The intimate film gives

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