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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Chandler Riggs Insists ‘Carl Wasn’t Being Forgotten’

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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Chandler Riggs Insists ‘Carl Wasn’t Being Forgotten’
Of all the deaths we’ve been through on “The Walking Dead,” the death of Carl Grimes just might hit the hardest — especially because of the cliffhanger way the audience found out about his fate. Actor Chandler Riggs, who plays the one-eyed son of the show’s main character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), is happy with the legacy his character is leaving behind, though. “It’s really cool knowing that my character still has a legacy that was left behind,” Riggs said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Carl wasn’t being forgotten. He might be gone, but he’s leaving behind something that’s...
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom., Jr. to Sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LII

‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom., Jr. to Sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LII
Leslie Odom Jr., best known for his Tony Award-winning role in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will sing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.

The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium. It was previously announced by the NFL and NBC that Pink will sing the National Anthem. Justin Timberlake performs the Pepsi Super Bowl Lii Halftime Show.

The pregame and halftime shows are executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

Odom was an original cast member of the award-winning musical created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and was named Best Actor in a Musical at the 2016 Tony Awards. As a principal singer on the cast recording of a”Hamilton,” he also won a Grammy.

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A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ F-Bombs, from Paul Shaffer to Sam Rockwell (Photos)

A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ F-Bombs, from Paul Shaffer to Sam Rockwell (Photos)
In more than 40 years of live television, it’s amazing there haven’t been more people who have dropped an f-bomb on “Saturday Night Live.” How is it that Jimmy Fallon has giggled his way through more sketches than there have been Freudian slips from rookie cast members or famous musicians who just couldn’t give a f—, whoops! Sam Rockwell is the latest to have committed “SNL’s” cardinal sin, but he’s hardly the first. Paul Shaffer, 1980 This is the reason why musicians aren’t in more sketches. Shaffer, then a part of “SNL’s” house band, appeared in a sketch during the show’s...
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New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has confirmed. Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders. Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at…
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J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama Series Shopped to Apple, HBO

J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama Series Shopped to Apple, HBO
J.J. Abrams has written a new sci-fi drama television series that is currently the subject of a bidding war between Apple and HBO, Variety has confirmed with sources.

Details of the project are being kept under tight wraps, but it would reportedly deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Should the project move forward, it would be Abrams’ first TV writing gig since “Fringe” in 2008.

Abrams would also executive produce, with Ben Stephenson–head of television for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions–also serving as an executive producer. Warner Bros. Television would produce.

Warner Bros., HBO, and Apple declined to comment.

Abrams has kept plenty busy in the past few years on the film side alone. In addition to writing, producing, and directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams also executive produced “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and will again produce, write, and direct “Star Wars: Episode IX.” He is also
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TVLine Items: True Detective Adds Halt Star, Atlanta Season 2 Teaser and More

TVLine Items: True Detective Adds Halt Star, Atlanta Season 2 Teaser and More
Halt and Catch Fire alum Scoot McNairy is getting entangled with HBO’s True Detective.

The actor has joined the Season 3 ensemble as a father who suffers a terrible loss that ties his fate to that of two state police detectives, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The third installment of the crime anthology series stars Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Carmen Ejogo (Zero Hour) and Stephen Dorff (Star).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* FX has released a teaser for Season 2 of Atlanta, premiering Thursday, March 1 at 10/9c:

* Netflix’s coming-of-age ’90s dramedy Everything Sucks!
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Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘Wkrp In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74

Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and Wkrp in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. Wcav-tv Charlottesville, Va, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County. Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom Wkrp in Cincinnati, which aired for four…
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That Time Ian McKellan Broke Down on the Set of “The Hobbit”

Anyone ever hear about that time that Ian McKellan broke down in tears on the set of The Hobbit? To start with he wasn’t all that keyed in on the idea of returning as Gandalf, but really no one else could have done it even half as convincingly as he could. Despite the fact that the character is a part of classic literature no one has managed to bring him to life like McKellan has. And yet strangely enough it wasn’t a particularly emotional moment in the film that brought him to tears, but something else that you might have

That Time Ian McKellan Broke Down on the Set of “The Hobbit
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New J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama Series Demimonde Sparks Heated Bidding War Between HBO and Apple

The hottest TV series at the moment is one you’ve never heard of.

TVLine has learned that HBO and Apple are currently embroiled in a heated bidding war for Demimonde, an ambitious new series from J.J. Abrams. Written and possibly directed by the Felicity/Lost/Fringe vet himself, the project — titled Demimonde — is being billed as a big-budget sci-fi family drama about a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.

RELATEDReese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston’s Morning-Show Drama Gets 2-Season Series Order at Apple

Demimonde is expected to find a home by week’s end, with either HBO or
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‘9-1-1’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

Fox has renewed drama series “9-1-1” for a second season, the network announced Tuesday.

The series–from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear–explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and emergency operators who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. It stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, and Rockmond Dunbar.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group. “They have tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and reimagined the procedural as only they could, bringing it to life with a dream team of actors led by Angela, Peter and Connie. This is storytelling at its best and we’re so pleased that it’s resonated with our audience. We’d like to thank everyone involved with this production for their
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

Just two episodes in, Fox has renewed hit drama series 9-1-1 for a second season. Written and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1 is coming off record ratings for its series premiere. The debut episode has drawn more than 15 million viewers in seven-day multi-platform viewing for Fox’s largest premiere since Empire in 2015, excluding post-Super Bowl premieres, according to the network. In Nielsen Live + 7, the show drew 10.7 million…
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A Breakdown of the Silicon Valley Title Sequence

There are so many different references within this short little title sequence to Silicon Valley that I will let you watch the clip for yourself since I don’t believe I would do it justice. This has something to do with the fact that being born in the late 1970’s has definitely given me a very different outlook on shows like Silicon Valley than it might to those that were born a decade or two later. It’s very impressive to look at but it’s also enough to make me shake my head and think of how simple things used to be

A Breakdown of the Silicon Valley Title Sequence
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9-1-1 Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

Fox is making the call early: 9-1-1 will return for Season 2.

The network announced Tuesday that it has renewed Ryan Murphy’s star-studded procedural less than three weeks into its rookie run. The drama — starring Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton — got off to a strong start in its Jan. 3 premiere, drawing 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating. Not only did it build substantially on its X-Files lead-in (5.2 mil/1.4), but it won the night in the demo and represented the TV season’s best drama launch since ABC’s The Good Doctor. With DVR playback and multiplatform viewing,
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Days of Our Lives' Drake Hogestyn Lands 'Elite' Role on Criminal Minds

Days of Our Lives' Drake Hogestyn Lands 'Elite' Role on Criminal Minds
“Days of Our Lives veteran Drake Hogestyn is roamin’ over to Criminal Minds“… would have been a Pulitzer Prize-winning opening line here, if he was still playing Roman Brady on the NBC sudser.

But he isn’t— he plays John Black — so, let me instead just tell you about his role on the CBS crime drama.

RELATEDJanuary TV Calendar: 130+ Premiere Dates, Returns and Finales

TVLine has leaned that Hogestyn is set to guest-star on the Wednesday, March 14 episode of Criminal Minds as Senator Richards, who is described as a “powerful congressman and part of the D.C. elite.”

Hogestyn (who
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