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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple

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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple
Apple has given a formal green light to Mosquito Coast, a drama series from Luther creator Neil Cross starring Justin Theroux. The series, directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), is based on the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.

Mosquito Coast stars Justin Theroux as an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America. In the 1986 feature adaptation of the novel, directed by Peter Weir, the role was played by Harrison Ford.

The first episode of Apple’s adaptation is written by Cross and Tom Bissell, with Cross writing and showrunning the series.

Wyatt will executive produce and direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season.

Fremantle is the studio, producing with Veritas Entertainment Group whose Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also executive produce, along with Ed McDonnell.

Veritas previously worked with Fremantle’s Euston Films
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NBC Renews The Titan Games, Hosted by The Rock, for Season 2

NBC Renews The Titan Games, Hosted by The Rock, for Season 2
NBC wants another round of The Titan Games: The Peacock network has renewed the reality competition hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a second season, TVLine has learned.

“When we launched The Titan Games, we set out to create an entirely new athletic competition series unlike anything ever done before,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’m excited to get back into the Titan arena and meet our new group of tough, limitless and inspirational men and women from all walks of life… for Season 2, we are taking it to the next level with new challenges, a new arena
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New ‘Saturday Night Live ’ Cast Member Shane Gills Fired Over Racial Slur Use

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New ‘Saturday Night Live ’ Cast Member Shane Gills Fired Over Racial Slur Use
Stand-up comic Shane Gills will not be joining Saturday Night Live this fall.

“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL, an SNL spokesperson said on behalf of Lorne Michaels. “We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

Several hours after Gills was announced as a new featured player for the coming season, a 2018 YouTube video surfaced in which he uses a racial slur against Asians.

After several days of continuous backlash,
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Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins To Star In Quibi Thriller ‘Survive’

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Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins To Star In Quibi Thriller ‘Survive’
Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins are set to star in the Quibi thriller Survive from EMH Consulting Group, Inc and Gunpowder & Sky.

Directed by Mark Pellington and based on the novel by Alex Morel, Survive follows Jane (Turner) whose plane crashes on a remote snow-covered mountain and she, along with Paul (Hawkins), the only remaining survivor must pull themselves out of the wreckage and fight for their lives. Together they embark on a harrowing journey out of the wilderness, battling brutal conditions and personal traumas.

“After reading the script, it was clear that we’d need to find the right artist to take on the lead role in Survive and we couldn’t be happier than to have Sophie starring who brings a high caliber of talent to the table,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky.
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Taylor Swift Joins ‘The Voice’ Season 17 as a Mentor

Taylor Swift Joins ‘The Voice’ Season 17 as a Mentor
Taylor Swift is returning to “The Voice” as a mega mentor in the upcoming 17th season of the NBC singing competition series.

The “Blank Space” singer will offer advice to each team of artists as they prepare for the knockout rounds in the show.

Coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton took to Instagram to share a promotional video with the news. In it, the singers act as if they have no clue who the pop-star mentor will be.

“I heard we have a mega mentor? I heard it’s supposed to be one of the most successful people in music,
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‘Seinfeld’: Netflix Lands Streaming Rights To Comedy Series In 2021

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‘Seinfeld’: Netflix Lands Streaming Rights To Comedy Series In 2021
After losing The Office and Friends, Netflix has stepped up to secure the SVOD rights to another classic NBC comedy series. The streamer, which had emerged as the main contender for the Seinfeld library, has struck a deal with distributor Sony Pictures Television to become the global exclusive streaming home for the entire Seinfeld collection beginning in 2021, when the series’ pact with Hulu expires, for five years.

This is the first time Seinfeld will be available on Netflix and the first time that all 180 episodes will be on one service globally and in 4K.

“Seinfeld is a one-of-a-kind, iconic, culture-defining show. Now, 30 years after its premiere, Seinfeld remains center stage. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to bring this beloved series to current fans and new audiences around the globe,” said Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television:

As Deadline reported last month, Sony Pictures Television this summer had taken out Seinfeld,
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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel

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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel
Exclusive: Former Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is returning to television as the lead of Apple’s sweeping international drama Shantaram, which has been greenlighted to series by the streamer, I have learned.

Apple landed the project, based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel, more than a year ago in a competitive situation to develop for straight-to-series consideration.

Shantaram hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which in early 2018 won a monthlong bidding war for the rights to Roberts’ 2004 novel set in Australia and India that explores love, forgiveness, courage and redemption, as well as for Robert’s sequel novel, The Mountain Shadow.

Written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums,
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‘The Big Bang Theory’ to Stream Exclusively on HBO Max

Bazinga! HBO Max has prevailed in the auction for streaming rights to “The Big Bang Theory,” one of the last major comedy franchises that has yet to be licensed for the binge-watching era.

WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming platform will have exclusive rights to 12 seasons of the show from Warner Bros. Television and co-creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. All 279 episodes of “Big Bang” will be available on HBO Max when it launches next spring.

The deal also includes an extension of cable rerun rights to “Big Bang” for WarnerMedia’s TBS. TBS has consistently ranked among cable’s
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The Big Bang Theory: HBO Max Scores Streaming Rights to All Episodes

The pot just got a little sweeter (and nerdier) for potential HBO Max subscribers: WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer has nabbed exclusive rights to The Big Bang Theory, TVLine has learned.

All 279 episodes of the CBS sitcom, which wrapped its 12-season run in May, will be available on HBO Max when it launches in Spring 2020.

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Netflix Orders Supernatural Thriller Series ‘Equinox’ Based on Danish Podcast

Netflix has ordered “Equinox,” a six-part Danish supernatural thriller series based on a well-known podcast, “Equinox 1985.”

The show, which will be created by Tea Lindeburg (“Kødkataloget”), is set to start shooting later this year. It will be executive produced by Piv Bernth (“The Killing”) at Apple Tree Productions, which is backed by ITV Studios. Production is expected to start later this year.

Equinox” takes place in Denmark and follows a woman named Anna, who was traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of a school class in 1999, when she was 10. Twenty years later, Anna sets off to discover what happened to the
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Dancing With the Stars Tries to Cover Up Its Sean Spicer Drama With the Ugliest Shirt in the World

Sequins and fringe and spray tans, oh my! After nearly a year without the sparkly universe that is Dancing With the Stars, we're back in the ballroom for season 28 of America's Favorite Dancing Competition.* But before we begin our journey to crown the next Mirrorball Trophy winner, let's quickly

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WGA West’s David Goodman on Agency Strategy: ‘We’ll Start Meeting as Soon as Possible’

David Goodman, who was resoundingly re-elected president of the Writers Guild of America West on Monday, said the guild plans to meet with several talent agencies soon in an effort to ease the impasse over packaging fees and affiliated production.

“Many agencies had indicated that they wanted to wait to see the results of the election before they met with us again,” he told Variety.

Goodman noted that the election became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents, particularly the guild’s strategy to negotiate with individual agencies rather than with the collective Association of Talent Agents.
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American Ninja Warrior Finale Crowns Second-Ever Million Dollar Winner

Mt. Midoriyama has been conquered! For only the second time during American Ninja Warrior‘s 11-season run — and the first time since 2015 — a competitor has nabbed the $1 million prize after completing all four stages of the difficult obstacle course.

On Monday’s season finale, Drew “Real Life Ninja” Drechsel impressively climbed the 75-foot rope to the top of Mt. Midoriyama in under 30 seconds, earning $1 million and joining a very exclusive winners club that until now only included one member. Drechsel’s win didn’t come without some steep competition; he faced off with Daniel Gil on Stage 4, but Gil failed
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Dancing With the Stars Premiere Recap: Who Soared in Week 1? Who Stumbled?

Dancing With the Stars Premiere Recap: Who Soared in Week 1? Who Stumbled?
After taking a year-long hiatus, Dancing With the Stars at last reopened its ballroom doors on Monday, welcoming in 12 new contestants who want to foxtrot their way into America’s heart.

Mind you, Season 28 was already plenty dramatic, even before a single second of the show aired: First, the casting of ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer prompted backlash on social media, even from DWTS co-host Tom Bergeron. (For his part, Spicer expressed hope that the ballroom would be a “politics-free zone,” which, sure!)

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‘The Terror: Infamy’ Costume Designer Reveals the Secrets Hidden in the Ghost’s Kimonos

‘The Terror: Infamy’ Costume Designer Reveals the Secrets Hidden in the Ghost’s Kimonos
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Terror: Infamy” Episode 6, “Taizo.”]

Monday’s episode of “The Terror: Infamy” finally tells the backstory of the ghost known as Yuko (Kiki Sukezane), who has been haunting Chester (Derek Mio), his friends, and his family during WWII. It turns out that in 1919, Yuko traveled to Terminal Island for an arranged marriage to Hideo Furuya (Eiji Inoue), but when she reveals she’s already pregnant by another man, he casts her out. Unable to care for her baby boy properly, she gives Taizo — now the grown-up Chester — away and kills herself by leaping off a bridge. The tragic circumstances surrounding her death creates an onnen, or a wild hunger, in her as she becomes the unsatisfied spirit known as the yurei.

While Yuko’s origin story explains why she’s been sticking around after her death, hints of her state of mind have been present from the start… in her clothing. Costume designer J.R. Hawbaker
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‘Titan Games’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

NBC has renewed the Dwayne Johnson-hosted competition series “The Titan Games” for a second season.

The series features men and women battling opponents in head-to-head physical challenges designed by Johnson. Winners advance to Mt. Olympus, a test of speed, strength, agility and endurance.

“When we launched ‘The Titan Games,’ we set out to create an entirely new athletic competition series unlike anything ever done before,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to get back into the Titan arena and meet our new group of tough, limitless, and inspirational men and women from all walks of life. They will be tested
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So You Think You Can Dance Season 16 Finale: Did the Right Dancer Win?

So You Think You Can Dance fans had a near-impossible decision to make on Monday night, as they crowned one winner out of an insanely talented final four.

Bailey Munoz, Mariah Russell, Gino Cosculluela and Sophie Pittman — who may have collectively set a series record for Most Standing Ovations From the Judges this season — took the Sytycd stage one last time on Monday, in hopes of being named America’s Favorite Dancer. (Winning $250,000 doesn’t hurt, either.)

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David Goodman Re-Elected President of Writers Guild of America West

David Goodman has been convincingly re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West, beating Phyllis Nagy in a bitter contest that became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents.

Goodman received 4,395 votes to Nagy’s 1,282 in an election that yielded record turnout among the WGA West’s nearly 10,000 members — more than half of eligible voters cast ballots. Goodman’s allies also won all 10 other seats that were up for election.

Marjorie David ran unopposed for vice president and won with 4,706 votes.Michele Mulroney received 4,164 votes for secretary-treasurer to 1,256 for Nagy ally Nick Jones,
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TV Review: ‘The First Wives Club’ on Bet Plus

Launching a series based on a beloved property is harder than it seems. On the one hand, you get the immediate boost of name recognition to lure in preexisting fans. On the other, straying too far from the plot and/or spirit of the original risks sparking their righteous wrath. It’s a tricky balance to strike, as Hulu’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and Paramount’s shelved “Heathers” reboot found out the hard way.

Enter “The First Wives Club,” a new series from Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”) that will drop simultaneously with Bet’s new streaming service, Bet Plus.
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Guild of Music Supervisors President: ‘The Economics of the Job Don’t Work Anymore’

The Guild of Music Supervisors (Gms) hosted its 5th annual “State of Music in Media” conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Los Angeles Film School. Featuring a wide array of panel discussions on all manner of issues related to music in film, television and advertising, the confab drew top composers, music supervisors, licensing and clearance executives as well as academics to a day’s worth of programming.

The conference was followed by a performance by Daniel Lanois, who scored the game “Red Dead Redemption 2.” The noted producer participated in a Q&a earlier in the day with Rockstar GamesIvan Pavlovich.
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