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Priyanka Chopra Developing Comedy Series About Bollywood Star at ABC (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is developing a comedy series about a former Bollywood star executive produced by Priyanka Chopra, Variety has learned exclusively.

The currently untitled single-camera series would follow a former Bollywood star who settles down in the suburbs of America with her bi-cultural family and tries to bring her colorful lifestyle to an otherwise dull town. The series is based on the real life of Madhuri Dixit, who will also executive produce. »

- Joe Otterson

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Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy (second from left in the photo) appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.

Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts. When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.

Landy also appeared in the 1950s version of the comedy series, which was later syndicated for television and re-titled “The Little Rascals.” Hal Roach produced both productions.

In total, “Our Gang” featured over 41 child actors. Actors from the series who are still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Robert Blake, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

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- Rebecca Rubin

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‘TGIF’ Lives! Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to All 800 Episodes of Iconic ’90s Lineup

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Did Hulu do thaaat?

Yes, it did. In a new agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Hulu has acquired the exclusive streaming subscription video on-demand (SVOD) rights to all episodes of 1990s series “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” You can go ahead and do The Urkel over the news. The deal includes more than 800 episodes, and it marks the first time these show have all streamed together since those family-friendly Friday nights.

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- Tony Maglio

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‘Harlots’ Renewed by Hulu for Season 2

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu has renewed “Harlots” for a second season.

A drama series about rival prostitution houses in 18th-century London, “Harlots” stars Samantha Morton as madam Margaret Wells. The series is executive produced by Moira Buffini, Debra Hayward, and Alison Owen. Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay.

Season two is set to premiere in 2018.

In her review of season one for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote, “Stories about sex work are surrounded by potential pitfalls. There’s the risk of sexualizing the characters to the point of caricatured exploitation; conversely, there’s the risk of making every sex worker’s story a tragedy that ends in misery. There is the risk of making a narrative sex work into an unrealistic parable of feminism, just as there is also the risk of cutting the women’s perspectives entirely out of the story. “Harlots” admirably avoids all of these pitfalls, using the distance of the historical era (the show is set in the »

- Daniel Holloway

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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for a new TV series that will focus on a New York morning show, Variety has confirmed.

House of Cards” producer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves executive producing. Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce, with Witherspoon producing through her Hello Sunshine production banner along with her film and television head Lauren Levy Neustadter. The project hails from HBO alum Michael Ellenberg’s newly-launched Media Res banner.

The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.

Aniston and Witherspoon previously worked together when Witherspoon guest starred on “Friends” as Aniston’s sister. Witherspoon recently made the jump to TV with the HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. For Aniston, it would mark her first regular TV role since the end of “Friends” in 2004.

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- Joe Otterson

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‘NCIS': Maria Bello Joins CBS Drama as Series Regular

27 July 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Maria Bello (“The Cooler”) is joining “NCIS” as a series regular, CBS announced on Thursday. Her character will be introduced on the fourth episode of the show’s upcoming Season 15.

Per the network, Bello will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan.

Bello will be the agency’s premier forensic psychologist. Unlike the other agents, she can second guess and challenge Gibbs (Mark Harmon), leading to both friction and mutual respect, the broadcaster said. She is a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic. »

- Tony Maglio

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The Pfeffermans Head to Israel in ‘Transparent’ Season 4 Trailer

37 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The upcoming season of Amazon’s “Transparent,” begins with the Pfeffermans taking a spiritual and political journey to the Holy Land.

The newly released Season 4 trailer shows the family heading to Israel as they dig deeper into their family’s history. In the clip, Jeffrey Tambor’s character Maura speaks at a conference and makes a startling discovery. The reveal prompts the rest of her family to join her, where they embark on many quintessential Israeli experiences, including visits to the Western Wall, Dead Sea, and camel rides through the desert.

The ensemble cast features Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman. From creator Jill Soloway, the upcoming season continues to tackle themes of identity, sexuality, acceptance, love, and family.

Amazon released the trailer two days after President Donald Trump announced his plans to roll back policies allowing transgender men and women to serve in the military. In an interview Tuesday with Variety, Light »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Anthony Scaramucci’s Politicon Participation Now Looks Unlikely, Even Remotely – Update

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Update, 11:10 Am: The situation is still somewhat fluid but it is increasingly looking like Anthony Scaramucci will truly not be at this weekend’s Politicon, in person or via video. While talks are still ongoing about the White House Communications boss joining the July 29 -30 Pasadena confab via Skype, I hear in the past hour that even that remote presence by the verbose Scaramucci is fading – fast. Also, a statement just put out by Politicon organizers makes no mention… »

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Why Wasn't Thrones' Yara Ready for Battle? Casual Flubs the '90s? What Is Once's Regina Up To? And More Qs!

46 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Twin Peaks, Preacher, Casual and Arrow!

But first, some Qs coming out of San Diego Comic-Con:

1 | Does anyone not think that that Morgan saying “I don’t die” in The Walking Dead’s trailer dooms him?

2 | Kansas performing “Carry on Wayward Son” in Hall H: Peak Supernatural moment? Like, how do they even come close to topping that next year?

3 | Who would you award Miss/Mister Congeniality, of the many who passed through TVLine’s video suite? »

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Laguna Beach Producers Step Back Into the Reality Game With Siesta Key

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It's been more than a decade since Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the coming-of-age reality series that turned Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari into household names, wrapped its three-season run on MTV and now producers are looking to recreate that success with their newest unscripted


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- Keisha Hatchett

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‘UnREAL’ Renewed for Season 4 at Lifetime, ‘Mary Kills People’ Renewed for Season 2

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Lifetime has renewed “UnREAL” for Season 4 and “Mary Kills People” for Season 2, the network announced Friday at the TCA summer press tour

The renewal for “UnREAL” comes ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere in early 2018. The scripted series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a hit dating competition program. THe series is led by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer. It also stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Josh Kelly, Brennan Elliott, and Genevieve Buechner.

Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and produced by A+E Studios, Seasons 3 and 4 are helmed by showrunner and executive producer Stacy Rukeyser. Season 3 is also executive produced by Shapiro, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Peter O’Fallon and David Solomon.

Mary Kills People,” which also returns in early 2018, follows single mother Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner Des (Richard Short), a former plastic »

- Joe Otterson

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Lifetime Greenlights Simone Biles Biopic, Sets Fall Movie Premiere Dates – TCA

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Lifetime has greenlighted The Simone Biles Story (working title) a biopic about Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, and set fall air dates for previously announced movies The Watcher in the Woods, Flint, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, and I Am Elizabeth Smart. The new project and dates were announced during Lifetime’s session Friday at TCA. Based on her book, Courage To Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, the biopic follows Simone Biles through her sacrifices… »

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The Most Ruthless Fictional CEOs in Movies

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Hollywood loves to latch onto a villain and give them even more credibility than they might already have. Everyone loves a good villain, they give us something to hate because they’re the darker side of human nature that we despise and wish wasn’t necessary. In the world of business the CEO is one of the heavyweights that can be the ultimate good guy that can lift a company and its people up, or place their foot upon the neck of the people and line their own pockets. All too often the CEO is the cruel despot at the top of

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‘UnReal’ Renewed For Season 4 On Lifetime; Rookie ‘Mary Kills People’ Also Picked Up – TCA

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Lifetime said last month that Season 3 of its breakout original series UnReal would be delayed until 2018, but that didn’t stop it from renewing the show for a fourth season today. A+E Networks-owned cable net also said at TCA today that it has greenlighted a second season of its euthanasia-themed drama Mary Kills People for an early-2018 premiere. As for UnReal, the drama that looks behind the scenes of a fictional dating competition show had been set to return this… »

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UnREAL Renewed for Season 4

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At this point, UnREAL is well on its way to being Everlasting: Lifetime has renewed the dramedy for a fourth season, the cable network announced Friday.

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

Lifetime re-upped the behind-the-scenes look at a Bachelor-like reality dating show even before its third season premiere. Executive producer Stacy Rukeyser, named showrunner after the Season 2 finale, will continue in the role in Season 4.

UnREAL‘s third season will introduce Everlasting‘s first “suitress” — aka female suitor — Selena, played by Master of Sex alum Caitlin FitzGerald. Though the series was originally expected to return this summer, »

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Donald Trump’s Trans Military Ban “Reprehensible”, ‘Transparent’ Team Says

55 minutes ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The cast and creatives of Amazon’s Emmy-winning Transparent today released a bit more than just the Season 4 trailer of the series. That’s because the trailer reveal came the same week President Donald Trump announced via Twitter his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. The show gave People an exclusive statement to go along with the trailer, which shows the Pfefferman family heading off on a spiritual and political journey to Israel as they… »

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Young and the Restless: Nick Defends His Family

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Young and the Restless fans are beside themselves that Nick is going out of his way to defend his family, but no one is really that surprised. The Newman family is tight-knit even when they hate one another more than life itself. And there is a chance that they do feel that way right now. They will do anything they can to take one another down as often as possible, but at the same time they’ll do anything they can to portray the vision of a perfectly happy family to anyone who will listen. It’s not exactly a prime situation

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- Tiffany Raiford

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Remote Controlled: ‘Black Mirror’ Creators Tease Season 4, Episode Sequels

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein talk with “Black Mirror” creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. The British sci-fi anthology series, which features an entirely different plot each episode, earned two Emmy nominations for its “San Junipero” hour from the third season — for outstanding TV movie and for writing for a limited series, movie, or dramatic special.

Brooker explained that to conceive of the futuristic ideas that comprise “Black Mirror” episodes, he and Jones tend to start out with comedic “what-if” scenarios, as well as try and tackle genres they haven’t covered yet. Brooker cited Season 3’s “Hated in the Nation,” which is a police procedural, as an example, and said that Season 4 will try to embrace even more genres.

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- Erin Nyren

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Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza Had an Adorable Parks and Rec Reunion

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We first met Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza on Parks and Rec as sweet dimwit Andy Dwyer and acerbic assistant April Ludgate. We grew to love them and watched with joy as they fell in love and got married and developed their alter-egos Burt Macklin and Janet Snakehole. The show ended in 2015, and by


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- Liam Mathews

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Fox Ups Jonathan Gabay To Svp Comedy Development & Programming

1 hour ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox has promoted Jonathan Gabay to Senior Vice President, Comedy Development & Programming, from his VP role. In his new position, Gabay will be responsible for helping drive development efforts for the network's comedy slate and leading series coverage on Fox's comedy hits. He reports directly to Suzanna Makkos, Fox's Executive Vice President, Comedy Development & Programming. He joins fellow Svp Comedy Development & Programming Samata Narra. Gabay joined Fox in 2011 as… »

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