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"Lost Boys": Tyler Posey to Star in CW Pilot, Catherine Hardwicke to Direct

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The CW has found the cast and director for its “Lost Boys” pilot.

Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey has signed on to star in the adaptation as Michael, one of the two sons who move to the seaside town of Santa Carla with their mother. “Kingdom” alum Kiele Sanchez will play their mother Lucy, while the role of the younger brother has not yet been cast.

Medalion Rahimi (“Still Star-Crossed”) has also been cast in the pilot as Stella, the carefree Californian who has an immediate spark with Michael. Her boyfriend David, the bad-boy leader of a vampire gang, will be played by Dakota Shapiro (“Valley of the Boom”).

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is also set to return to the vampire genre as director of the Warner Bros. TV pilot.

In the original 1987 film “The Lost Boys,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers
The Walking Dead” definitely isn’t dead, but it is at an all-time low.

Sunday’s episode, titled “Omega,” averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 15 percent from the prior week’s midseason premiere and slightly below its previous all-time demo low of 1.8 last fall.

This week also marked the show’s worst-ever performance in total viewers with 4.54 million people tuned in for Sunday’s episode. That’s down 12 percent from last week and less than the previous low of 4.71 million for the show’s second episode in 2010.

The episode aired against the NBC All-Star Game on TNT and TBS, likely accounting for the week-over-week declines.

The aging series has seen steep ratings declines across the past few years, with viewership numbers for Season 9 coming in well below the previous season. And moving forward, the
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Idris Elba to Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut Next Month

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Idris Elba to Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut Next Month
Idris Elba is set to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time next month.

The “Luther” star will be joined by R&B singer Khalid, also making his “SNL” debut, on the March 9 episode of the NBC sketch series.

Elba’s appearance comes in support of his upcoming Netflix comedy, Turn Up Charlie,” which Elba co-created and stars in as a struggling DJ-turned-nanny to his famous friend’s problem-child. Also starring Piper Perabo, Jj Feild and Frankie Hervey, the series premieres Friday, March 15.

The duo follow the previously announced John Mulaney, who is set to return to the show for the second time on March 2.
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Lena Waithe-Produced Comedy Scores Pilot Order from Showtime

Lena Waithe-Produced Comedy Scores Pilot Order from Showtime
Showtime has ordered a pilot for “How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t), a half-hour comedy anthology series created by Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye. The show landed at the network through Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s first-look deal with Showtime. Kisakye, who will write the pilot, joins Waithe and Rishi Rajani as executive producers.

The multi-part episodes tell stories “about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets,” according to Showtime.

“Cathy’s script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable – it’s the kind of script that
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Fox Still Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Written Out of ‘Empire’

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Fox Still Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Written Out of ‘Empire’
Fox has released another statement on Jussie Smollett, saying the “Empire” star “continues to be a consummate professional on set.” The studio has also restated that his character Jamal Lyon “is not being written out of the show.”

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said Wednesday in their joint statement.

Chicago police are still investigating the physical assault Smollett reported to them on Jan. 29. Earlier this week, CNN reported that Chicago Pd now believe Smollett might have paid two brothers to stage the attack.

Last week, Fox released the following statement on Smollett:

“The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of ‘Empire’ is patently ridiculous.
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Ratings: "This Is Us" Rebounds From Last Week’s Series Low

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Ratings:
This Is Us” bounced back a bit from last week’s series low by airing Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) backstory episode. Led by its Pearson family drama and “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC won another Tuesday primetime in the key demo.

With “NCIS” and “FBI” leading the way, CBS was No. 1 again in total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.4/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” posted a 1.8/7 and 7.6 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 had a 1.0/5 and 5.6 million viewers.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and first in viewers with 9.6 million. “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.2/5 and 12.7 million viewers.
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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama "Utopia"

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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama
Rainn Wilson will star opposite Sasha Lane on “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn’s upcoming Amazon series “Utopia.”

The “Office” alum will play Michael Stearns. Once a promising virologist, Michael is now a forgotten scientist who’s lost his edge–under-appreciated and underfunded in his laboratory work. When a nationwide outbreak of a deadly flu arises, Michael offers his expertise, and soon finds he has landed smack in the middle of something much bigger.

Utopia” follows a group of young adults, who meet online, and “are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”
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Young and the Restless Spoilers: Rey Goes Rogue

Young and the Restless fans are saddened by Nikki’s arrest and what is happening in her life, but she’s okay. We did love to see her 40 years on the show when she wrote a letter to her grandchildren discussing her life and all that’s happened to her. She’s not a woman with many regrets. She worked to keep her family alive and healthy, and that is nothing she will ever feel unhappy about. She’s a woman who has a lot to offer, and she is a woman who has a lot going on for her. She’s not going to

Young and the Restless Spoilers: Rey Goes Rogue
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Germany’s Tele München Group Sold to Investment Firm Kkr

Global investment firm Kkr has acquired Tele München Group, one of Germany’s largest television businesses.

The surprise deal was announced Thursday. New York-based global investor Kkr has holdings in multiple sectors, including infrastructure, energy and real estate. Tele München Group, or Tmg, is active in both production and distribution; its projects include the highly anticipated drama series “The Name of the Rose,” starring John Turturro and Rupert Everett.

The financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close in April, were not disclosed. The sale marks a major shift on the TV landscape in Europe’s biggest economy.
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Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

“My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, who heads the center. “And all areas still have a long way to go.”

The report, titled “Old Story, New Beginning,” is the sixth in six years from the center. The report points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2017– the last
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‘Documentary Now!’: Behind the Scenes of How Owen Wilson Became a Cult Leader

‘Documentary Now!’: Behind the Scenes of How Owen Wilson Became a Cult Leader
It was hot and cramped inside the small two-story building where the cast and crew shot “Documentary Now” last June. Despite the Oregon humidity, there was a lightness on the set where they were midway through shooting fictional cult documentary “Batshit Valley.” And despite the presence of Oscar nominees Owen Wilson and Michael Keaton, it felt more like an ultra-low-budget indie.

“Batshit Valley” serves as the two-part season premiere for IFC’s fiercely authentic parody of iconic non-fiction narratives, and also is the beginning for a show that must reinvent itself. Co-creator and star Bill Hader was unavailable as an actor in Season 3 due to his commitment to HBO’s “Barry,” and the show used this as an opportunity to bring in a brand-new assortment of talent.

“There are so many stories to tell about documentaries that are wonderful, and frankly, we can’t cast Bill and Fred in all of them,
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Chicago Fire/P.D. Crossover Recap: The Key to a Successful Team-Up

The #OneChicago franchise’s latest crossover between Fire and P.D. on Wednesday night took a different approach. Rather than centering around an explosive emergency, the two-parter finds the firefighters and detectives teaming up to solve a criminal mystery.

After a series of robberies are tied to missing lockbox keys, Voight enlists Cruz to go undercover at another firehouse and unearth which firefighter has been abusing their access to the master key. Only Boden, Casey and Severide know what Cruz is really up to, while the rest of 51 is left to believe that Cruz is being punished for leaving equipment on site.
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Lara Logan Says She’s Been ‘Targeted’ for Her Claims of Liberal Media Bias

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on “Hannity” Wednesday evening to expand on her recent remarks characterizing the media as “mostly liberal.”

“It’s obvious, right, because you get targeted,” she said, explaining her earlier comments that she was committing “professional suicide” by criticizing the media. “It’s the same group of people, they’re already starting to target me again now and I was expecting it. I know they’re gonna come after me again. The same people come after you.”

Logan went on to detail precisely who she believes is targeting her.

“Michael Calderone, who was at the Huffington Post.
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Project Runway All Stars Recap: Whose 'Hackneyed' Look Just Couldn't Cut It?

Project Runway All Stars Recap: Whose 'Hackneyed' Look Just Couldn't Cut It?
You know the right designer was sent home when their only defense is: “I really don’t think that my outfit today was that bad.” (Oh, but it was. It really was.)

Wednesday’s episode of Project Runway All Stars sent the season’s remaining eight designers to Jc Penney to “shop for three different daytime separates and transform them into one sensational nighttime look.” Unfortunately, two of those elements — specifically “sensational” and “nighttime” — were missing from Cynthia Hayashi‘s final presentation.

“The vest is a little frumpy,” guest judge Vanessa Williams said in her critiques. “It’s a little matronly.
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The Five Best Smash Mouth Songs of All-Time

Formed in the 90s, Smash Mouth has gone through a lot of lineup changes with only a couple of members staying on the entire time. Quite a few of those that have come and gone have been touring members and others have come and gone for other various reasons. They were a perfect band for the 90s since their sound was light enough but carried a definite edge that was really appreciated among many listeners and kind of summed up the whole experience of the decade in a much more lighthearted way than a lot of other artists that took

The Five Best Smash Mouth Songs of All-Time
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The Masked Singer Recap: Double Take

The Masked Singer Recap: Double Take
The Masked Singer sent not one but two competitors home this week, leaving just three in the running to be the season’s big, sweaty-under-that-heavy-costume winner.

The final five contestants — Lion, Monster, Peacock, Bee and Rabbit — gave it their all in an hour that ultimately removed two cloaked crooners from the running. Meanwhile, on the guessing panel, Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson joined Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke in trying to suss out the singers’ true identities.

Read on to find out which two soloists were sent home (and who they truly were!).

Peacock
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‘Empire’ Producers Consider Suspending Jussie Smollett (Exclusive)

Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on “Empire.” Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett’s status on the show may change amid a fluid legal situation.

On Jan. 29, Smollett told police that he was attacked by two men who poured an unknown chemical on him, put a rope around his neck, and used racial and homophobic slurs. Chicago Pd eventually questioned two brothers,
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Tyler Posey Joins Lost Boys Pilot at CW

Tyler Posey Joins Lost Boys Pilot at CW
Teen Wolf alum Tyler Posey is set to star in The CW’s adaptation of The Lost Boys — but he’s not one of the undead (yet).

The drama pilot is set in sunny Santa Carla, which is home to a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seaside community’s seductive world of eternally beautiful and youthful undead. Per our sister site Deadline,
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Is Christine Ochoa Leaving “A Million Little Things?”

Recently Christina Ochoa’s character Ashley on A Million Little Things was seen making a rather touching goodbye call to Gary before boarding a plane to Spain. Sometime earlier in the episode it had been explained that she had admitted to Delilah & Co. that Jon had taken out a life insurance policy that no one knew about. This kind of made a lot of people feel that Ashley would be leaving the show altogether, but it seems that isn’t the case at all. While Ochoa has confirmed that she won’t be in the rest of the season there’s nothing to

Is Christine Ochoa Leaving “A Million Little Things?”
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