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‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot on Peacock Casts Zack Morris’ ‘Handsome’ and ‘Privileged’ Son, 3 Others

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot on Peacock Casts Zack Morris’ ‘Handsome’ and ‘Privileged’ Son, 3 Others
Peacock is rounding out the cast of its upcoming “Saved by the Bell” reboot.

Mitchell Hoog has been cast as Mac Morris, son of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who lead the original 1989 series.

Mac is described as “the handsome, charming, privileged son” of California governor Zack Morris. That’s right — in the new series, Zack has grown up to join the state government, and has now gotten himself “into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High,” according to Peacock’s description.

Three other new Bayside high schoolers have also been cast, including the son of Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), who was part of the original “Saved by the Bell” friend group along with Zack (Gosselaar), Screech (Dustin Diamond
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One Day at a Time: Ray Romano to Appear in Season 4, Reuniting With Everybody Loves Raymond Ep

One Day at a Time: Ray Romano to Appear in Season 4, Reuniting With Everybody Loves Raymond Ep
Ray Romano is returning to his sitcom roots: The actor will guest-star on the Season 4 premiere of One Day at a Time, reuniting him with Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer (and Men of a Certain Age co-creator) Mike Royce.

Romano is set to play Brian, “a 2020 U.S. Census taker who comes to the Alvarez household to interview the family,” according to the official character description. The casting announcement comes one day ahead of the ex-Netflix comedy’s first live taping since getting rescued by Pop TV.
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‘Can This Really Be Your Last Post?’: Kobe Bryant’s Death Mourned From Italy to China

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s untimely death has had reverberations around the world, where fans from Italy to the Philippines have united in expressing their grief and honoring the late basketball player, who was one of the most global-facing athletes the league has ever produced.

The coronavirus sweeping China momentarily relinquished its grasp on the nation as fans grappled with the news, while in Italy, where Bryant spent his formative years, national mourning will continue across the entire week. Bryant’s death dealt a crushing blow to supporters in the Philippines and also resonated in France, with major sports stars paying tribute.
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‘Don’t F**k With Cats’: Deanna Thompson and Director Mark Lewis Reflect on Their Creepy Netflix Series

What happens when you mix cats, a couple of Facebook watchdogs and a deranged killer who publishes homicidal videos to the Internet? One of the most talked-about (and disturbing) true-crime shows in recent memory.

(Spoiler Warning: Plot Details Ahead)

“Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer,” about a group of Facebook sleuths attempting to track down Luka Magnotta, the Montreal native arrested for the killing and dismembering of Jun Lin in 2012 – this after Magnotta anonymously recorded himself torturing and killing several cats – has been clawing at Netflix viewers ever since its December release. Just two weeks after debuting,
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TV News Roundup: ‘One Day at a Time’ Books Ray Romano

TV News Roundup: ‘One Day at a Time’ Books Ray Romano
In today’s TV news roundup, Ray Romano got a guest star gig on “One Day at a Time” and Freeform released the trailer for “The Thing About Harry.”

First Looks

Freeform released a trailer for “The Thing About Harry,“ which premieres Feb. 15. The upcoming rom-com tells the story of high school enemies, “uber-jock” Harry (Niko Terho) and “out-and-proud” Sam (Jake Borelli), who are forced to share a car ride to their Missouri hometown for a friend’s engagement party on Valentine’s Day. When Sam learns Harry has come out, things seem to take a turn for the worst
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CBS Head of Business Operations Deborah Barak to Depart at End of 2020

Deborah Barak, the president of business operations of CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News since 2015 and a veteran of the company for well over three decades, will be exiting at the end of 2020.

Barak’s exit is not related in any way to the recently closed ViacomCBS merger, a source familiar with the situation told Variety, and had been in the works for a while. She had already stepped back from daily involvement at the office upon re-upping her contract a couple of years ago, shifting to a three-day-a-week office schedule.

“Debby is someone who intentionally keeps a low profile,
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Saved by the Bell Revival: Meet Zack and Jessie's Sons

Zack Morris and Jessie Spano’s progeny will be among the student body at Bayside High.

Peacock’s Saved by the Bell revival has cast relative newcomer Mitchell Hoog (Roswell, New Mexico) as Mac Morris, “the handsome, charming, privileged son” of Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s beloved slacker, Variety reports.

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Meanwhile, fellow up-and-comer Belmont Cameli (Empire) is set to play Jamie Spano, “the captain of the
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 First Trailer: No One Can Conceive of What Jimmy’s ‘Capable Of’

‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 First Trailer: No One Can Conceive of What Jimmy’s ‘Capable Of’
Better Call Saul” has already been renewed for a sixth and final season in 2021, but before the end can truly begin, the AMC drama has to get through Season 5 first. And based on the latest teaser trailer for “Better Call Saul,” said fifth season is only going to ramp up the tension.

“You can’t conceive of what I’m capable of,” Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) shouts out during the trailer. As for what, exactly, Jimmy is capable of, it’s not exactly good. Things are only getting darker for “Better Call Saul” and Jimmy, especially as his impending complete transformation into the Saul Goodman of “Breaking Bad” looms closer.

Knowing how things end up for other “Breaking Bad” characters — like Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and his bell — you would think that things wouldn’t feel so tense while seeing them in this teaser.
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How ‘Arrow’s’ Series Finale Will Give ‘Everyone a Satisfying Ending’

How ‘Arrow’s’ Series Finale Will Give ‘Everyone a Satisfying Ending’
As the CW’s “Arrow” prepares to sign off after eight seasons, the writers had a difficult balance to strike in the final episode: acknowledging the changes that have come to Earth Prime in the aftermath of the timeline-changing “Crisis on Infinite Earths” arc, wrapping up the characters from the mothership series and also leaving enough of the characters unharmed that the future-set backdoor spinoff could potentially move forward.

Oh yeah, and dealing with the fact that its titular character Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) has been dead for two episodes.

“It was extremely challenging,” executive producer Beth Schwartz says.
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TV Ratings: ‘Awkwafina is Nora From Queens’ Scores Big Debut for Comedy Central

TV Ratings: ‘Awkwafina is Nora From Queens’ Scores Big Debut for Comedy Central
Awkwafina’s incredible run of success continues, as the numbers for the debut of her new Comedy Central show make for more than pleasant reading.

Episode 1 of “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” has amassed 818,000 total viewers after three days of delayed viewing, which represents a healthy 67% boost from the Live+Same Day tally of 489,000. That numbers also stand as Comedy Central’s strongest L+3 launch in more than three years, per the network. In terms of rating, the premiere scored a 0.56 among adults 18-49 after three days delayed, a 79% jump from Live+Same Day.

According to Comedy Central, the premiere
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Grammys’ ‘In Memoriam’ Omits ‘Dead’ Lyricist, Prodigy Frontman; Misspells Names

Grammys’ ‘In Memoriam’ Omits ‘Dead’ Lyricist, Prodigy Frontman; Misspells Names
The Recording Academy’s “In Memoriam” section, which traditionally runs towards the end of the Grammy Awards ceremony and honors those in the music industry who died in the previous year, is bound to displease many — as the internet’s ire proves annually. Omissions are to blame: some due to time constraints, others to very recent circumstances, but more than anything, our musician heroes are reaching that certain age, may they all rest in peace.

This year’s batch omitted some alternative faves, rap legends and one of rock’s most renowned lyricists. Among the missing were Grateful Dead songwriter
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Innovative Artists Signs Deal With Writers Guild of America

Innovative Artists has signed a deal with the Writers Guild of America that allows the agency to represent WGA members following a nine-month standoff.

The agency issued an announcement Monday through Owner and President Scott Harris, along with the Innovative Artists’ Executive Committee.

“We are proud to support our literary agents and the talented writers they represent,” the statement said. “We are grateful for our clients’ loyalty and are excited to resume working for them. As advocates and representatives, we always seek to put our artists’ interests first and foremost, and to that end, we have heard the concerns and
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Starz’s Carmi Zlotnik Exits as President of Programming to ‘Pursue New Creative Endeavors’

Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s president of programming, is exiting the company after a decade with the premium cabler to “pursue new creative endeavors,” Variety has learned.

Zlotnik has been with the company since 2010, overseeing the development and production of “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City,” and ”Spartacus,” in addition to the forthcoming “High Town,” and “Power” spinoffs, including “Power, Book II: Ghost.”

He will consult with Starz to support the transition, according to the company. Zlotnik’s exit follows the departure, nearly a year ago, of Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, after
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‘Saved by the Bell’ Sequel Series at Peacock Rounds Out Main Cast

‘Saved by the Bell’ Sequel Series at Peacock Rounds Out Main Cast
The upcoming continuation of “Saved by the Bell” at the NBCUniversal streamer Peacock has found the final members of its main cast.

Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, and Belmont Cameli will all star in the series. They join previously announced series lead Josie Totah as well as John Michael Higgins, who will play the principal of Bayside High. Original series stars Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are attached to appear in addition to serving as executive producers.

Velazquez plays Daisy, a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down.
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Ratings: Grammys Nearly Steady vs. 2019, Draws 18.7 Million Total Viewers

Ratings: Grammys Nearly Steady vs. 2019, Draws 18.7 Million Total Viewers
CBS’ broadcast of the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday night delivered 18.7 million total viewers and a 5.4 rating (per fast finals), down just 6 and 4 percent from last year while delivering this TV season’s most watched and highest rated entertainment program. That said, that demo number marks an all time low for the show, falling below last year’s 5.6 demo rating. (The 2006 Grammys has the smallest audience: 17 mil.)

Elsewhere, per fast nationals….

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Grammy Awards Ratings Slip to New Demo Low

The 2020 Grammy Awards fell off enough to hit a new key demo low in the Nielsen ratings.

In the time zone adjusted fast nationals, the Sunday awards telecast on CBS drew a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.7 million viewers. That is down a scant 3% in the key demo and 6% in total viewers compared to last year’s telecast, which drew a 5.6 rating and 19.9 million viewers. However, this year’s telecast is now the lowest-rated in Grammys history. The least-watched Grammys was in 2006, with 17 million viewers.

Nevertheless, the Grammys were by far the highest-rated and most-watched telecast on all of television Sunday night.
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Netflix Inks Overall Deal With ‘Big Mouth’ Animation Studio Titmouse

Netflix is looking to up its adult animation game.

The streamer has signed a multi-year production commitment overall deal with Titmouse studio, the animation house behind “Big Mouth.” Under the deal, Netflix will have a first look at shows that Titmouse develops.

“When Netflix asked if we wanted to go steady, we were thrilled. When we asked if it could be an open relationship, they said, ‘Yeah, of course. It’s the 21st century, kid. That’s the only way we’ll have it.’ Now we are friends with benefits and I couldn’t be more stoked,” said Titmouse president and founder Chris Prynoski.
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Aline Brosh McKenna Sets Multi-Year Overall Deal at ABC Studios

Aline Brosh McKenna Sets Multi-Year Overall Deal at ABC Studios
Aline Brosh McKenna has signed a three year overall deal with ABC Studios.

Brosh McKenna was previously under an overall at CBS Television Studios, where she and Rachel Bloom co-created the Emmy-winning CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” on which she also served as showrunner in addition to directing the season finales of all four seasons. She is also known for writing the hit 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Under her new deal, Brosh McKenna and her company, Lean Machine, will develop projects for all platforms for ABC Studios, which is now part of Disney Television Studios under Dana Walden. Emily Rasenick
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NCIS Vet Scottie Thompson Heads to NCIS: La, But in a Very Different Role

NCIS Vet Scottie Thompson Heads to NCIS: La, But in a Very Different Role
You can add Scottie Thompson to the ever-growing club of actors who have played multiple roles in the NCIS multiverse.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Thompson — who in multiple NCIS arcs has played Jeanne Benoit, a doctor/arms dealer’s daughter/sometime Dinozzo girlfriend — will guest-star on a springtime episode of CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles.

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On the NCIS spinoff, however, Thompson will not be playing Jeanne but Sarah Raines, an agent for
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What to Watch on TV This Week: Super Bowl Liv, ‘The Good Place’ and ‘BoJack Horseman’ Finales

What to Watch on TV This Week: Super Bowl Liv, ‘The Good Place’ and ‘BoJack Horseman’ Finales
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Super Bowl Liv hits the turf, “Masked Singer” season 3 premieres, and both “BoJack Horseman” and “The Good Place” come to an end.

Arrow,” The CW, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

The superhero show, which started CW’s expanded Arrowverse, comes to an end after eight seasons on the network. There could still be one big surprise in store,
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