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Chicago P.D. Promotes Tracy Spiridakos to Series Regular for Season 5
Chicago P.D. is losing Det. Erin Lindsay, but the Intelligence unit won’t be without some girl power this fall.
Tracy Spiridakos, who recurred as Det. Hailey Upton during Season 4 of the NBC drama, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming run, TVLine has learned.
A member of the robbery homicide unit, Upton clashed with Voight when she was first introduced in a May episode. She eventually earned the Sergeant’s respect — and even a spot on his unit while Burgess took a leave of absence. »
Leonardo DiCaprio Developing ‘The Right Stuff’ as National Geographic Scripted Series
National Geographic is developing a scripted series adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are serving as executive producers. Will Staples will write and executive produce.
The project is part of a new scripted development deal at National Geographic with DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Based on the 1979 book by Wolfe, “The Right Stuff” tells the story of the U.S. fighter pilots who tested the early aircraft and rockets that became the foundation of the American space program, and of the first Mercury astronauts. The book was adapted into a 1983 feature film.
“Having already had a rich relationship with Leonardo, Jennifer and their production company Appian Way on ‘Before the Flood,’ I’m excited to work with them in a scripted capacity,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks. “With ‘The Right Stuff,’ we’re looking at moment in time where the »
- Daniel Holloway
The Flash's Jessica Camacho Joins Taken Season 2 as a Series Regular
As we previously reported, Taken is shedding six series regulars — Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) — under new showrunner Greg Plageman. Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) are the only two regulars returning.
Camacho, whose TV credits also include Sleepy Hollow and Last Resort, is set to play Santana, a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado. Her forte is logistics.
Taken‘s 16-episode second season was recently bumped from fall to midseason to give Plageman more time to execute his new vision for the series.
Comedy Central Orders More ‘President Show,’ ‘Jim Jefferies Show,’ New Hasan Minaj Sketch Special
Comedy Central has extended the series orders for both “The President Show” and “The Jim Jefferies Show,” in addition to ordering a new sketch comedy special from Hasan Minaj, the network announced Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour.
The Jim Jefferies Show” has received an order for 10 additional episodes. The series, which features the titular Australian comedian tackling politics and world issues, will see original episodes air through August 15. After a brief hiatus, new episodes from this extension will begin on Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, following the fall season premiere of “Tosh.0.”
“I’m very grateful to Comedy Central for making our relationship more official,” said Jefferies. “Like all my relationships, I look forward to a few more months with Comedy Central before it starts crying outside of a bar at 2am. Or spray paints ‘liar’ on the side of my car.”
“Jim Jefferies continues to surprise me,” said »
- Joe Otterson
Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, The Weeknd Lead MTV Video Music Awards Nominations
Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry and The Weeknd lead nominations for the 2017 Video Music Awards (VMAs), MTV announced Tuesday. Rather than release the full list all at once, MTV opted to unfold each category one-by-one and via Instagram Live. According to a statement from the network, this is an unprecedented move, as no other award show has ever utilized Instagram Live to deliver its full list of nominees. Also noteworthy is the award show’s list of categories. As with this year’s “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” the VMAs will feature “genderless” categories. Former “Best Male Video” and “Best Female Video” categories are. »
- Ashley Eady
‘Stranger Things’ Creators Tease Show’s Endgame and the Timetable of Future Seasons
While we’re only just getting to Season 2, the creators of Stranger Things are already thinking about the wildly popular show’s endgame. The Netflix original series seemingly popped out of nowhere when it debuted last year, surging organically (i.e. without some crazy marketing campaign or massive movie stars) to become a bona fide sensation. The 80s-set series touches on the nostalgia for the work of folks like Steven Spielberg and Stephen King while also very much exploring and creating its own story and set of rules, not to mention memorable characters. The finale of the first … »
- Adam Chitwood
Abbi Jacobson to Lead Voice Cast for Netflix's Animated Matt Groening Comedy
The company announced Tuesday that it has officially picked up 20 episodes of adult animated comedy fantasy Disenchantment.
The series, news of which first leaked in January 2016, takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland. The series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, »
- Lesley Goldberg
Team Flash is Losing a Member When The Flash Returns for Season 4
Team Flash might be a tight-knit group, but there's no denying it has a rotating cast of team members every season. Maybe that's why it's not so shocking that Julian Albert (Tom Felton) will not be returning to The Flash in Season 4.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Felton will not be a series
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Local TV News Feels Squeeze Amid Station Consolidation
The state of local TV news is sure to be a flash point when public debate over Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media heats up next month as the FCC fields comments on the proposed merger.
By many accounts, the wave of consolidation among TV stations over the past few years has been brutal for TV newsrooms across the country. The emergence of mega-groups such as Sinclair and Nexstar has put bottom-line pressure on stations to cut costs to help owners manage ballooning debt loads. At the same time, local TV has been grappling with ratings erosion, particularly in the daytime hours, which adds to pressure on profit margins.
The aggregation of stations in regional clusters has become vital to big broadcast groups because viewership of local TV news is generally on the decline. Ratings for late local newscasts, which used to be a license to print money for successful stations, are »
- Cynthia Littleton
TV One Taps Interim Chief as Brad Siegel Departs
Rice was among the first employees hired for the cabler, which bowed in January 2004. TV One targets African-American viewers with entertainment and news programming.
Siegel is leaving the company after two and a half years at the helm. He previously ran the indie cablers Up and Aspire, and before that was a top exec at Turner.
“Michelle is business savvy, understands our demographic and has the energy, vision and discipline to position TV One for the future,” said Alfred Liggins, CEO of parent company Urban One. “She has the respect of our industry and I believe in her ability to provide leadership for our network during this time of intense competition, increased platform availability and growing content targeting the black viewer.”
Rice joined TV One as VP of distribution, strategy and operations. She »
- Cynthia Littleton
TV News Roundup: ‘Vanderpump Rules Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky’ Set at Bravo
Bravo announced “Vanderpump Rules Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky” will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. The new half-hour series follows bartender Jax Taylor and his southern sweetheart, Brittany Cartwright, as they travel to her family’s farm in Kentucky. While Cartwright is back in her element, city-boy Taylor tries to embrace the southern lifestyle. “Vanderpump Rules Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky” is executive produced by Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Bill Langworthy, John Carr, Lisa Vanderpump, and Ken Todd, with Robert Carroll and Joe Kingsley serving as co-executive producers.
The Jackal Group announced the hire of Susan Lierle to the role of senior vice president of Business and Legal Affairs. In this position, Lierle will oversee all business and legal matters for the company in all divisions including television, film »
- Rebecca Rubin
Leonardo DiCaprio Is Rebooting The Right Stuff for TV
My good friend who won't return my calls for some reason Leonardo DiCaprio is doing what his other Hollywood pals are doing and worming his way into television.
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- Tim Surette
Once Upon a Time: Everything We Know About Season 7 So Far
It's almost time to go back to the Enchanted Forest, but it's going to look a bit different in Season 7 of Once Upon a Time.
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- Megan Vick
Universal TV Signs Danielle Claman Gelber to First-Look Deal
“I’ve known Danielle since we were colleagues at Showtime and she’s always had wonderful taste in material and a keen eye for writing talent,” says Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “I couldn’t be happier that she and I will get to continue our collaboration at Universal Television.”
“I’m thrilled to continue such an ongoing productive and fantastic relationship with longtime friends and colleagues, Bob, Jen and Pearlena through NBC and Utv,” Gelber says. “I could not feel more supported, and I’m excited to cover a wide swath of creative territory with them in broadcast, cable and streaming.”
Gelber recently founded a television production company, Acoustic Productions, which will be based at Universal Television.
Gelber most recently served as the exec vice president of Dick Wolf’s »
- Daniel Holloway
Fall TV 2017: Your Handy Calendar of 100+ Season and Series Premiere Dates
Hopefully your DVR is savoring its summer vacation, resting its gears and what not, because TVLine is about to drop on you more than 100 premiere dates for the Fall TV season.
RelatedFall TV Grid: What’s on When? And Versus What?
Yes, it is time for our famously handy calendar (and it is an actual calendar) of season and series launches, taking flight with Fox’s The Orville and the return of Outlander before going absolutely bonkers the week of Sept. 25, where nearly 60 (!) premieres await you.
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Damon Lindelof 'Curious' and 'Excited' About Inevitable Lost Revival — Plus: Is Watchmen His Next TV Project?
“I’ve thought about it a lot,” Lindelof, who co-created the seminal mystery thriller, admitted to me over the weekend when he dropped by TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite (watch video, above), adding that he’s both “curious” and “excited” about the possibility of the franchise spawning a second series. “[I] hope that when that happens, whoever is doing it, doesn’t take the characters from the original Lost and »
Broad City Bleeped Out "Trump" Because It's Sick of Talking About Him
If you're sick of hearing the word Trump, watch the fourth season of Broad City.
The comedy helmed by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer tackles the presidential elephant in the room in a unique way -- by treating his name as an expletive. Every time the girls say "Trump" in the upcoming season's sixth
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- Megan Vick
Legends Video: Cast, Ep Tease Funny Premiere, 'Stranger Things Episode'
“We screwed things up, so now we’ve got to put things right.” That’s the duty facing the Legends of Tomorrow in Season 3, Franz Drameh shared during the CW show’s visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite.
Drameh, Victor Garber, a verbose Dominic Purcell, showrunner Phil Klemmer et al proceed to chime in on who might find romance this season (or at least some “nasty in the past-y”), lie about or reveal to Michael Ausiello the historical figures the Waverider crew will be meeting, »
Discovery Defends Michael Phelps ‘Shark Week’ Special After Backlash
“In ‘Phelps vs Shark’ we enlisted world class scientists to take up the challenge of making the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a Great White,” Discovery said in a statement to Variety. “The show took smart science and technology to make the challenge more accessible and fun. All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side by side race. During Michael’s pre-show promotion, as well as within the first 2 minutes of ‘Phelps vs Shark,’ this message was clear and we are thrilled with the audience and the engagement around the world.”
In the special–which kicked off Discovery’s annual week of shark-themed programming–scientists determined the top swimming speed of a great white, and »
- Joe Otterson
The Flash: Tom Felton Not Returning as Series Regular for Season 4
Looks like Julian Albert won’t be part of the effort to rescue The Flash from the speed force.
Tom Felton, who joined the CW drama’s ensemble last year as Barry Allen’s CSI supervisor, will not return as a series regular for Season 4, TVLine has confirmed.
Over the course of his run, Julian went from being a thorn in Barry’s side in the workplace to an unwitting acolyte of Big Bad Savitar to a valued member of Team Flash. He also developed a budding romance with Caitlin Snow, »
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