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HBO Preps Docuseries on NXIVM, Self-Help Group Tied To Sex-Trafficking Case

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HBO Preps Docuseries on NXIVM, Self-Help Group Tied To Sex-Trafficking Case
It sounded like a screenplay the moment the feds unsealed the indictments, and now HBO Documentary Films is producing a docuseries exploring the NXIVM organization. That’s the name of the ersatz self-improvement group with which Smallville alumna Allison Mack was involved. She recently pleaded guilty to racketeering charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in the case.

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated driectors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer are helming the untitled series, which will follow a range of people who joined the group. NXIVM has been under siege, with serious federal charges brought against its highest members including founder Keith Raniere. The program will take a deep, nuanced look at experiences of its members, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth, HBO said.

Noujaim’s interest in the subject began in 2010 when she took NXIVM's introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop.
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"Sharp Objects" (probably) won’t have a Season 2 after all

Don’t tell mama, but a second season of “Sharp Objects” is very much looking unlikely now.

Last month at SXSW, showrunner Marti Noxon shared that she and Gillian Flynn, author of the book on which the limited series is based, were having conversations about possibly continuing the Amy Adams-led hit, a la “Big Little Lies.” But Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, tells our sister site Deadline that he doubts there will be a follow-up season to the current Best Limited Series Emmy contender.

“They haven’t come to us with anything, and my suspicion is one season was right for that show,” Bloys said. “I can’t imagine getting everybody back. The hard thing about these things that are one season is trying to get everybody back together, but also, it feels like the one season was the right thing for that show. It was the right ending,
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Fox Cancels Marvel Drama "The Gifted," Comedy "Rel"

Fox Cancels Marvel Drama
Fox has canceled the Marvel drama “The Gifted” after two seasons and Lil Rel Howery comedy “Rel” after one season, Variety has learned.

“Gifted” was set in the Marvel “X-Men” universe and followed a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

After the show’s first season averaged a 1.0 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 3.31 million total viewers, the average rating for season
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British Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor Dead at 16

British Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor Dead at 16
British child star Mya-Lecia Naylor has died at the age of 16. Mya-Lecia was a rising star in England, where she starred on popular children's series Millie Inbetween and the popular show Almost Never. In a statement to E! News, Alice Webb, Director at BBC Childrens said, "We are distraught and so terribly sad to hear the news about Mya. She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it's unthinkable that she won't be part of our journey going forward." Webb added, "She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans." According to...
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Last Man Standing Renewed at Fox

Last Man Standing‘s first season on Fox won’t be its last: The Tim Allen comedy has been renewed for Season 8, TVLine has learned. The news comes ahead of Friday’s landmark 150th episode.

The ABC castoff returned last September to 8 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, improving greatly upon its previous premiere on ABC (6 mil/1.1) as well as its Season 6 average (6.9 mil/1.2). It currently stands as Friday’s No. 1 scripted series among A18-49, and second in total viewers (behind CBS’ Blue Bloods).

“Hard to believe Last Man Standing hits 150 episodes this week and it gets better
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‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed at Fox

‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed at Fox
Last Man Standing” has been renewed at Fox, Variety has learned.

This is the second season of the family multicamera comedy that will air on Fox, but the eighth season overall. (Its first six years were on ABC before the Alphabet canceled the series. Fox picked it up a year later.)

“‘Last Man Standing’ roared out of the gate on Fox, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “Much of that credit goes to the incredibly funny and talented Tim Allen, not to mention Nancy, Hector and the rest of the show’s great cast.
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Last Man Standing Renewed for Season 8

The Baxters will rise again.

Last Man Standing has been renewed for Season 8, Fox announced Thursday, ahead of the show's landmark 150th episode Friday night.

"Great news for all of us who are creating these stories and working our pants off to make you all laugh," executive producer and star Tim

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Let This Exclusive iZombie Key Art Get You Hyped for the Final Season

The iZombie final season premiere is only two weeks away, and while we may not have a trailer yet, we can share this exclusive key art to ensure you're properly hyped for The CW show's return. In the image, Liv (Rose McIver) is reading the newspaper on public transit, only the seats have been

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Freeform Taps Lauren Corrao to Replace Karey Burke as Original Programming Head

Lauren Corrao has been named executive vice president of original programming and development for Freeform.

Corrao takes over the role from Karey Burke, who was named the head of ABC Entertainment in November following the departure of Channing Dungey. Corrao will report directly to Freeform president Tom Ascheim.

In her new position, Corrao will oversee all scripted and unscripted development and current original programming, in addition to the casting and talent development.

“Lauren’s wealth of experience coupled with her incredible creative instinct as well as close working relationships with many talented writers and producers will be invaluable to Freeform,
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Someone Great Review: Gina Rodriguez Is Great, but the Movie Is Not

There have been times, I'm sure, when you've gone out with your friends and you are feeling free and loud and can't stop laughing and screaming inside jokes at one another. And you may be thinking, "Wow, I am on cloud nine, but I wonder if the other people in this diner are getting annoyed?"

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HBO in Production on Nxivm Sex Cult Documentary Series

HBO Documentary Films is currently in production on a documentary series exploring the Nxivm sex cult case, which implicated former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack among others.

The series, which is to be directed by “The Square” and “Control Room” helmers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, will follow a range of people who joined the Nxivm self-improvement group and take a “deep, nuanced look at experiences of its members, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth.” Noujaim’s interest in the subject began in 2010 when she took Nxivm’s introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop.

According to prosecutors, Mack helped recruited women into Nxivm,
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‘Barry,’ ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Pose’ Among 2019 Peabody Winners (Exclusive)

‘Barry,’ ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Pose’ Among 2019 Peabody Winners (Exclusive)
The Americans,” “Barry,” “The End of the F***ing World,” “The Good Place,” “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette,” “Killing Eve,” “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” “Pose” and “Random Acts of Flyness” have been named the entertainment winners at this year’s Peabody Awards, Variety has learned exclusively.

Additionally, “Sesame Street” has been named the winner of the Institutional Award for five decades of educating and entertaining children, globally. And Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe” has been named the winner of the Peabody for children and youth programming.

The Americans,” from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, aired on FX for
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BBC’s ‘Les Miserables’ Recreates the Dark World of Victor Hugo’s Novel

Director Tom Shankland didn’t want his “Les Miserables” to be anything like the stage-musical version of Victor Hugo’s sweeping historical novel, nor like the 2012 Tom Hooper feature-film musical.

For the BBC limited series — a drama starring Olivia Colman, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo and Dominic West, which aired the first of its six episodes in the U.S. on PBS on April 14 — Shankland’s goal was to get back to the roots of the story, using large portions of what Hugo gave readers in his 1862 book. He worked closely with his crew to impart his vision.

Production designer Richard Bullock,
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So, About That Time Jason Momoa Sent a Game of Thrones Showrunner to the Hospital

You come at the Khal, you best not miss.

HBO has released a new series of animated behind-the-scenes stories from several of its shows, and the inaugural installment is devoted to Game of Thrones because what else is anyone talking about right now anyway? And as it turns out, the show's stars aren't

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‘Chernobyl’: HBO Will Release Weekly Podcast Companion to Limited Series

It makes sense that a story as enduring and wide-reaching as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster can’t be contained to a single medium. On Thursday HBO, the network behind the upcoming limited series “Chernobyl,” announced that it will be releasing a podcast to accompany the TV show’s weekly installments.

“The Chernobyl Podcast” will be co-hosted by a pair of podcast veterans: series creator Craig Mazin and “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host (and unwitting ill-advised sequel generator) Peter Sagal. Mazin currently serves alongside fellow screenwriter John August as the ongoing co-host of the ScriptNotes podcast.

Thursday’s announcement explained that this new audio venture will take “an in-depth look at adapting the true stories that shaped the scenes, characters and themes depicted in the miniseries.”

New episodes of the podcast will be available wherever podcasts can be found following the airing of each episode of the television series.
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Game of Thrones Meets Sesame Street: Can Elmo Solve Westeros' Problems?

Westeros officially has an 11th-hour contender for the Iron Throne: Sesame Street‘s Elmo.

In a video released on Thursday by HBO (which airs both Game of Thrones and Sesame Street), the beloved red puppet pays an unexpected visit to the Lannisters, interrupting a tense conversation between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).

“Elmo thinks that you two need to respect each other,” he bluntly informs the bickering siblings. “When Elmo has a problem with his friends like Abby or Cookie Monster, Elmo doesn’t get upset. Elmo listens and learns from what they have to say.”

As it turns out,
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Netflix's Tuca & Bertie Trailer Looks like Broad City with Birds

What if Broad City, but with lots more birds, zero people?

The hivemind behind Tuca & Bertie clearly knew the answer to that question if their animated comedy series about two 30-year-old bird women named -- you guessed it! -- Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong) is any indication.

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Ratings: Riverdale Eyes New Low

The CW’s Riverdale returned on Wednesday after a three-week break to 830,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating, adding a few eyeballs versus its last fresh episode yet down a tenth in the demo to mark a series low (read recap). Leading out of that, Jane the Virgin (690K/0.2) was steady.

Note: I am on vacation, so the Ratings Report will be on hiatus until Tuesday, barring any seismic superlatives.

Elsewhere:

CBS | Survivor (7.8 mil/1.5) was steady and led the night in both measures; The Amazing Race (5.8 mil/1.2) — with its latest premiere in 15 years — was down from its Season 30 opener but on
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Homecoming Offers a Rare Glimpse at a Vulnerable (But Still Superhuman) Beyoncé

Let's get this out of the way: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has cemented her place as one of the world's greatest entertainers. If you can watch Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé and still question her dedication or work ethic, you are willfully ignoring every piece of evidence in the documentary. You do not

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Santa Clarita Diet's Timothy Olyphant on Zombie Comedy's Fate Amid Netflix Axings: 'Every Time I Turn Around They're Cancelling a Show'

With the future of Santa Clarita Diet very much up in the air following the release of the Netflix comedy’s third season last month, leading man Timothy Olyphant acknowledges that the streamer has been in herd-thinning mode of late, telling TVLine, “Every time I turn around they’re cancelling a show over there.”

For those keeping track at home, Netflix has cancelled five series so far this year, including One Day at a Time, Friends From College, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and Travelers. That number swells to 20 if you factor in the previous 12-month period. (To be fair, Netflix
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