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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (Exclusive)

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (Exclusive)
The upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon has made its first casting decision.

Variety has learned from multiple sources that Markella Kavenagh is in talks for a role in the upcoming epic fantasy series. Details of Kavenagh’s characters are being kept under wraps, but sources say she would be playing a character named Tyra.

Kavenagh is known for having previously starred in the sequel series to the Australian film “Romper Stomper” as well as for roles in the shows “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “The Cry.” She is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.

Amazon and reps for Kavenagh declined to comment.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is being developed by the writing team of Jd Payne and Patrick McKay. In addition, “Game of Thrones” alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consultant on the project with J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes.

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Discovery Sets ‘Brady Bunch’ Crossovers to Promote HGTV’s ‘A Very Brady Renovation’

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Discovery Sets ‘Brady Bunch’ Crossovers to Promote HGTV’s ‘A Very Brady Renovation’
To help promote HGTV’s upcoming series about the renovation of the “Brady Bunch House,” Discovery is bringing the “Brady Bunch” to some of its other networks.

“Brady Bunch” cast members will appear in episodes of “Fast N’ Loud,” “Chopped,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “The Kitchen” and “The Pioneer Woman,” which air on Food Network and Discovery Channel. These episodes will air in August and September, leading up to the debut of “A Very Brady Renovation.”

The “Brady Bunch” castmembers taking part include: Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, Hgtv transformed the interior of the Studio City, California, house — which used as the exterior of the what many viewers know as “The
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Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi Team on Adult Animated Netflix Series ‘Entergalactic’

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Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi Team on Adult Animated Netflix Series ‘Entergalactic’
Netflix announced Monday that rapper Kid Cudi will team up with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris to create an adult animated streaming series based on his upcoming album, “Entergalactic.”

Written by Kid Cudi with “How to Make It in America” creator Ian Edelman, “Entergalactic” will follow a young man on his journey to discover love. Barris will produce the show through his company Khalabo Ink Society, which has an overall deal with Netflix.

Barris, who produced the recently released “Shaft” and “Little,” has several other projects as a writer and producer on his slate, including a remake of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” which he co-wrote with director Robert Zemeckis, and the sequel to the Eddie Murray ’80s comedy “Coming to America.” Cudi, who released “Kids See Ghosts” with Kanye West last year, aims to release his new album later this year.

Also Read: Netflix Orders Variety Sketch Series 'Astronomy Club' From Kenya Barris

For Netflix,
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‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV

‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV
WarnerMedia’s truTV isn’t kidding – Impractical Jokers has been picked up for its ninth season. The renewal of the original series featuring James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano will be on the network through 2020.

The announcement was made tonight at the fourth annual Impractical Jokers fan event at the Park at Petco Park in San Diego during a special live streamed Q&a.

The 26-episode order finds the show ranking as the #1 comedy series in cable among P18-49, delivering an average of 768,000 people in Live +7 viewing and reaching more than 1.2 million total viewers each week.

Created and executive produced by its stars, collectively known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, the series recently filmed its landmark 200th episode, which is slated to premiere early next year.

In addition to a reprise of its annual fan event in San Diego, truTV brought Impractical Jokers
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Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal

Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal
Big Little Lies fans are itching for a third season of the Emmy-winning HBO show, but there is a tall order involved for a renewal to happen. Cast member Nicole Kidman weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with News Corp Australia, posted on Saturday, a day before the season two finale. "I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas," she said. "But we would not do it without all of the same people involved...even the kids." Fans were thrilled and somewhat surprised to even get a second season for HBO's female-driven, A-list cast ensemble limited drama series, which also stars returning actresses Reese Witherspoon, Shailene...
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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con

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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con
There will be a fourth season for DC Universe’s popular teenage superhero animated series Young Justice: Outsiders.

Creators and producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti announced the renewal and screened a new episode of the popular series today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Weisman and Vietti said production is already underway on the fourth installment.

The animated series follows the teenage superheroes of the DC Universe as they come of age in an animated world of superpowers, supervillains and super secrets. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) executive prodcues Young Justice: Outsiders from Warner Bros. Animation.
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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School

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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School
The “Riverdale” team dropped a heap of Season 4 news on fans during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, revealing they’re finally doing a Halloween episode and Cole Sprouse’s Jughead is heading to prep school for senior year.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also said Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) are going to become partners with a “Risky Business”-like storyline involving “maple syrup rum,” and Archie (Kj Apa) is starting a freakin’ band with his friends, y’all: The Archies, the group featured in the original Archie comics.

Plus, Bughead fans are going to be tested, as Betty (Lili Reinhart) is going to be dealing with Jughead’s move to a new school — and the fact that they just found out they share a half brother — and Josie will return for the first episode of Season 4.

Also Read: 'Riverdale': Shannen Doherty to
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Bellamy Delivers a Low Blow to Octavia in This Tense The 100 Sneak Peek

Clarke (Eliza Taylor) may finally be out of danger of losing her body to Josephine, but the rest of our heroes still left in Sanctum are in grave peril when The 100 returns this week.

After so many dead Primes and a near mass-execution, Clarke, Bellamy (Bob Morley), Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), and

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Netflix's Another Life Review: Katee Sackhoff's Return to Space Is Derivative Disappointment

Netflix's Another Life is sending Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff back to her zero-grav roots.

The actress leads the new series as Niko Breckinridge, the reluctant commander of a crew tasked with finding the home planet of aliens that have dropped a mysterious artifact -- a giant ship that

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Cable Blackouts Growing More Common, Even If Subscribers Get Angry

Among media companies, “going dark” was once a matter of last resort. Now it’s an option that is seeing more light.

CBS is not currently available on DirecTV or AT&T’s U-verse, the result of a battle over how much the two outlets’ owner, AT&T, ought to pay for the right to send CBS into millions of subscriber homes. The schism between the two companies, which cracked open early Saturday morning, is just the latest example of TV network and TV distributor finding themselves at odds at a moment when the industry is scrambling to lock in reliable streams of cash.
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Tina Majorino Says She Turned Down Veronica Mars Season 4 Due to Mac's 'Diminished Value'

The Veronica Mars revival at Hulu has already given Marshmallows a lot to chew on, from its divisive new theme song to its sloppy handling of Veronica's trauma to that devastating death, and now there's even more sour news to savor. As it turns out, the absence of Mac (Tina Majorino) from Season 4

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Supergirl Stars Talk the Power of Pants, Pregnancy and Lena's Next Move: It's Going to Be 'Elegant… and Dangerous'

Supergirl Stars Talk the Power of Pants, Pregnancy and Lena's Next Move: It's Going to Be 'Elegant… and Dangerous'
“We didn’t mean to do a Supergirl makeover,” cried the heroine’s portrayer Melissa Benoist when she and her colleagues stopped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite Saturday. But between Kara’s bangs and Supergirl’s pants, “we did!”

As excited as the actress was about her alter egos’ new look, she and Team Supergirl actually had even more important business to discuss with TVLine’s Andy Swift. For starters, the imminent exit of Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen in Season 5 (which kicks off Sunday, Oct. 6). Leaving is “a lot harder than I thought it would be,
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The Brady Bunch Cast Is Reuniting for Specials on Discovery and Food Network

The Brady kids are ready to take over your screens again later this year.

Leading up to the September premiere of Hgtv's event series A Very Brady Renovation, Discovery Inc.'s other networks will be tapping all six actors who played The Brady Bunch kids to participate in a series of other Brady-themed

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CBS News Names Maria Elena Salinas Contributor

Maria Elena Salinas, one of the best-known anchors in Spanish-language broadcasting, will join CBS News as a contributor, Susan Zirinsky, the unit’s president, told staffers Monday.

Salinas stepped down from her role at Univision at the end of 2017 after an on-air tenure of more than three decades. She is expected to contribute reports across CBS News broadcasts and to appear during coverage of the run-up to the 2020 election.

“It is an honor to welcome Maria Elena Salinas to the CBS News team,” said Zirinsky, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to sharing her important voice and journalistic credentials
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Veronica Mars: Tina Majorino Breaks Silence on Season 4 Absence — Plus, Why Exactly Was Mac in [Spoiler]?

Veronica Mars: Tina Majorino Breaks Silence on Season 4 Absence — Plus, Why Exactly Was Mac in [Spoiler]?
Although Tina Majorino was not present for Veronica Mars‘ just-released fourth season on Hulu, her super-hacker alter ego, Mac, was at least accounted for. Early into the eight-episode revival, Kristen Bell’s titular sleuth remarks somewhat off-handedly that her bestie had gone Awol in Istanbul. It’s never explained why she’s there, so we’re putting the question to series creator Rob Thomas.

“It was really just to let the audience know that she was off the grid,” the Ep explains of the relatively arbitrary location, which was partly chosen because he recently “had a pleasant vacation” there. “I
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-aftra Board Seats

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-aftra Board Seats
Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others for his work on “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.” Gould is a former board member who was nominated for an Oscar for “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and is best known for his work on Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H” and “The Long Goodbye.
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (Exclusive)

The upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon has made its first casting decision.

Variety has learned from multiple sources that Markella Kavenagh is in talks for a role in the upcoming epic fantasy series. Details of Kavenagh’s characters are being kept under wraps, but sources say she would be playing a character named Tyra.

Kavenagh is known for having previously starred in the sequel series to the Australian film “Romper Stomper” as well as for roles in the shows “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “The Cry.” She is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.

Amazon and reps for Kavenagh declined to comment.
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David Hedison, Actor in ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ and ‘The Fly’, Dies at 92

David Hedison, Actor in ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ and ‘The Fly’, Dies at 92
David Hedison, a film, television, and theater actor known for his role as Captain Lee Crane in the sci-fi adventure television series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and as the crazed scientist turned human insect in the first iteration of the film “The Fly,” died on July 18. He was 92, and the family said in a statement that he “died peacefully” with his daughters at his side.

“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father. He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many,
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Comic-Con: Marvel ‘Shock and Awe’ Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego.

Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the biggest volume of buzz for nine of the top 10 movies or TV shows overall, according to social-analytics firm ListenFirst Media.

“After sitting out Comic-Con in 2018, Marvel Studios basically unleashed a shock-and-awe campaign in Hall H this year,” said ListenFirst Cmo Tracy David. Overall, The CW’s “Supernatural” was the only non-Marvel project to crack the top 10, coming in at No.
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‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ Renewed for Season 2 at MTV

MTV is making another run for “The Hills.”

The network has renewed “The Hills: New Beginnings” for a second season. The series follows a group of friends who live in Los Angeles as they write their newest chapters in relationships, romance and success.

The Hills: New Beginnings” is a reboot of the reality show “The Hills,” which was itself a spin-off of “Laguna Beach,” and followed Lauren Conrad as she navigated the fashion world. The original series ran for six seasons from 2006-2010. Kristin Cavallari took over as the lead for the final season.

The latest iteration reunites many of
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