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Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy

Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy
Amazon's comedy pilot Good People, from creators Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings, has signed a second star.

Oscar and Emmy nominee Greg Kinnear will join Lisa Kudrow in the show, which revolves around three generations of women working in a college ombudsman's office. Cummings will also have an on-screen role.

Kinnear will play Dr. Paul Keating, a charming, charismatic philosophy professor at Sacramento University. Described as Indiana Jones meets Joan Didion, he causes problems for ombudsman Lynn Steele (Kudrow) and Hazel Miller (Cummings) because of his unorthodox teaching methods and refusal to acquiesce to "PC" rules.

Per Amazon's ...
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Reed Morano, Amazon’s "The Power" Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill

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Reed Morano has decided to no longer film any scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia, following the signing of the state’s anti-abortion bill that would restrict abortions beyond the point of detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy.

“The Power” canceled interviews with those working in local production in late April amid uncertainty over whether the production would remain in the state, an individual familiar with the issue told Variety.

“It feels wrong for a reason,” said Morano via Instagram, extrapolating on comments she provided to Time magazine, which first reported the news. “And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it.”

The 10-part thriller drama, which was ordered to series in February, is
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Amazon’s "Lord of the Rings" TV Series Lands "Game of Thrones" Writer-Producer as Consultant

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Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer on “Game of Thrones” since its start on HBO in 2011, isn’t taking a break now that the blockbuster fantasy series has aired its final season. Per Variety, Cogman has been officially hired to consult on Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series. The move is a natural progression for Cogman, as “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has been vocal about his series being inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork.

As previously reported, Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series is being written and developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Cogman will work closely with the writing duo and will serve on the “LOTR” series in a consulting role. Amazon announced last September it had signed an overall deal with Cogman to produce and develop new series.

Cogman got his start on “Thrones” as the assistant to the show’s
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"Succession" Season 2 Adds Holly Hunter in Recurring Role

Holly Hunter is joining HBO’s “Succession.”

Hunter will recur in the second season of the drama series in the role of Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate. She joins a returning cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, and Natalie Gold.

Hunter won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in “The Piano.” She has also received Oscar nominations for the films “Broadcast News,” “The Firm, and “Thirteen.” On the TV side, she is known for roles in the show “Saving Grace” and in
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New Coke to Return This Summer to Make "Stranger Things 3" Even More ’80s

New Coke to Return This Summer to Make
Things are gonna get dark when “Stranger Things” returns with its third season on July 4 — and we’re not even talking about what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana.

In was announced Tuesday that Coca-Cola is partnering with Netflix to journey back to one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history: the birth of New Coke.

The infamous soda sparked outcry when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke in the summer of 1985 in what is now considered the biggest marketing mistakes of all time, according to the AP. New Coke lasted just 79 days before the original recipe returned.

Per Coca-Cola: “In a first-of-its-kind partnership for Netflix, the ‘Stranger Things’ team collaborated with Coca-Cola to immerse viewers in 1980s nostalgia. Executives from Netflix visited the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta last year to study New Coke packaging, memorabilia,
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Ratings: Fox’s "Beat Shazam" Season 3 Premiere Doesn’t Beat Much at 8

Ratings: Fox’s
Monday saw three broadcast TV shows — “The Enemy Within,” “The Fix” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” — wrap their seasons and one, “Beat Shazam” start its summer run. None of them had a particularly good showing.

On NBC, “The Voice” started its finale, which will conclude with tonight’s results show.

NBC and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC had a 5 share, ABC got a 4. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 6.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was third in total viewers with 4 million.

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For NBC, “The Voice” finale Part 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. averaged a 1.2 and 7.9 million viewers. “Enemy Within” at 10 had a 0.6 and 4.3 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Bachelorette” from
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Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969

Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969
Back when Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was first announced, it was revealed that the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and co-writer, co-producer and star Dan Aykroyd were teaming up to start a production company called Ghost Corps. that would focus on developing projects with different takes on the paranormal investigator franchise. And while we’ve heard […]

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NCIS Season 17: [Spoiler] Will Return in Wake of Jaw-Dropping Finale Surprise

The following contains that spoiler from the Season 16 finale of CBSNCIS.

Rule No. 6 tells us, “The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself.” And that is pretty much what CBS’ NCIS did, to pull off its season-ending jaw-dropper.

“Hello, Gibbs. No time for pleasantries — you’re in danger,” Ziva said upon bounding down the stairs to Boss basement workshop. “Well, aren’t you gonna say something?”

“Ziva” is all Gibbs could say, his mouth letting slip a faint smile.

TVLine has learned that to keep Cote de Pablo’s return as Ziva David under wraps, the
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NCIS Just Pulled Off the TV Season's Biggest Shocker With Season 16 Finale

I can barely type through my misty eyes.

I mean, damnnnnn.

CBSNCIS with Tuesday night’s Season 16 finale spun an already compelling story in which Fornell’s daughter, Emily, was revealed to be battling an opioid habit. Her near brush with death led Fornell to challenge Gibbs to hunt down her dealer and bring him to justice, no matter what. That task was echoed by visions of Diane (played again by Melinda McGraw) that Gibbs’ dealt/squabbled with through much of the hour.

In the end, Fornell got an ever obstinate Emily to admit that she needed help and
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‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’

‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’
Since the first season, Ramin Djawadi has composed the music for “Game of Thrones” and created the epic tunes, including the iconic theme song, heard over the series’ most memorable moments. With the series finished, he talked with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 about his experience on the show and an upcoming 20-city “Game of Thrones” live concert tour.

“I have to admit I’m still in denial,” Djawadi said. “I feel like it’s not over yet. I can’t let go. I never expected this to be such a success in that it would have such
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‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993

‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993
Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate for a five-part docuseries for which he will have full access to all of the late rapper’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry, according to an announcement from his rep. The announcement says the series will be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.” A rep for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini is
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Ellen DeGeneres Extends Daytime Talk Show Run Through 2022

Ellen DeGeneres Extends Daytime Talk Show Run Through 2022
Ellen DeGeneres is sticking with her daytime talk show.

DeGeneres announced Tuesday that she has signed a new deal to continue hosting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” through 2022. There had been rumors for some time that DeGeneres was planning to leave the show when her current contract was up in 2020, something she leaned into when making the announcement to her studio audience in a video released Tuesday.

“[From] the beginning I said this show was going to be like a relationship,” DeGeneres said. “We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phase. It’s been a lot
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How YouTube Is Trying to Get Will Smith His First-Ever Emmy Nomination (Exclusive)

YouTube could be the key to Will Smith finally earning a Primetime Emmy nomination — or win.

The superstar Formerly Known as the Fresh Prince has been nominated for two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and one Screen Actors Guild Award, and has won four Grammys (out of eight nominations). Yet a Primetime Emmy nomination has so far eluded Smith.

That’s despite Smith’s long-running stint as the star of the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Smith’s other TV credits include executive producing Upn’s “All of Us.” But neither of those even got him a primetime nod.
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James Corden Gets Celine Dion to Sing ‘Baby Shark,’ Sail the Vegas Seas (Watch)

James Corden Gets Celine Dion to Sing ‘Baby Shark,’ Sail the Vegas Seas (Watch)
Anyone who has seen Celine Dion’s long-running Las Vegas show knows she plays the comedienne almost as much as chanteuse, with a goofball quality that came in especially handy on a Monday night edition of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” The 15-minute segment ended with Dion and Corden trading carpooling for ship-pooling and sailing around Las Vegas’ version of the high sea — the Fountains at Bellagio — with the CBS late-night host in a Leo moptop wig and the singer spreading her arms, Kate-like, at the tiny ship’s mast.

That may have been the highlight for “Titanic” buffs, but
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Greg Kinnear Cast in Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels, Whitney Cummings

Greg Kinnear Cast in Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels, Whitney Cummings
Greg Kinnear has signed on to star in the Amazon comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings, Variety has learned.

Kinnear joins previously announced cast members Lisa Kudrow and Cummings, the latter of whom is co-writing the series with Lee Daniels in addition to starring and executive producing.

Titled “Good People,” the half-hour project centers on three generations of women working in the Ombusdmans office of a college navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race,
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Gersh Agency Stirs Ire After Canceling Network Meeting for Former Client

In a sign of hostility in the war between the WGA and Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, Gersh Agency has come under fire from TV and film writers for canceling a network meeting that it had arranged for a now-former client.

Writer Jorge Reyes disclosed the incident in a series of tweets on Monday. Reyes asserted that he arrived on Monday for a long-scheduled meeting at the Fox network only to find that it had been canceled. The network, according to Reyes’ tweets, later told him the meeting was canceled by his former reps at Gersh.

Reyes could not immediately be reached for comment.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Dark Crystal’ Series at Netflix Sets Summer Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”

Dates

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the prequel series to the original fantasy film, will premiere on Netflix on Aug. 30. Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel will voice the three Gelfling heroes, once again portrayed as animated puppets, named Rian, Brea and Deet. The star-studded voice cast of heroes and villains also includes Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Dormer, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg, Keegan-Michael Key, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander. The 10-episode series will follow the three heroes as
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Amazon's Lord of the Rings Series Adds Game of Thrones Writer Bryan Cogman

The battle for the Iron Throne may have just ended, but one of its chief architects is already moving on to another fantasy realm altogether.

Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings adaptation is bringing in Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman as a consultant, according to our sister site Variety. Cogman will work with Jd Payne and Patrick McKay, who were tapped to develop the Rings series for the streamer last summer.

Cogman served as a writer and co-executive producer on Thrones‘ just-concluded eighth and final season, having been with the series since Season 1. Starting out as an assistant
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Stranger Things' New Coke Teaser Wants You To Believe New Coke Was Good

Netflix's Stranger Things is already the epitome of 1980s television. It's chock full of pop culture references and touchstones from the decade. But if you're wondering how the show can lean even further into its time period for the upcoming Season 3, Netflix has just announced an interesting

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Reed Morano, Amazon’s ‘The Power’ Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill

Reed Morano, Amazon’s ‘The Power’ Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill
Reed Morano has decided to no longer film any scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia, following the signing of the state’s anti-abortion bill that would restrict abortions beyond the point of detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy.

The Power” canceled interviews with those working in local production in late April amid uncertainty over whether the production would remain in the state, an individual familiar with the issue told Variety.

“It feels wrong for a reason,” said Morano via Instagram, extrapolating on comments she provided to Time magazine, which first reported the news.
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