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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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"Castle Rock" Season 2 to Pay Homage to ‘Misery’ with Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes

Season 1 of Hulu's Castle Rock was a treasure trove of homages, Easter eggs, and story crossovers for fans of horror icon Stephen King. Season 2 looks to continue that trend by taking on Misery, King's 1987 psychological horror novel that centered on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 feature adaptation of the story, but now Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan gets a shot at the role. Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock
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Listen: How Taika Waititi, Paul Simms Found the Comedy-Gore Balance in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Listen: How Taika Waititi, Paul Simms Found the Comedy-Gore Balance in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety TV reporter Joe Otterson talks with Taika Waititi and Paul Simms, the executive producers of the new FX comedy “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The show is based on Waititi and Jermaine Clement’s 2014 film of the same name, however, the TV adaptation moves from Wellington to New York City, and follows three vampires, Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Lazslo (Matt Berry), and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The mockumentary-style comedy explores the mundane, daily issues vampires would have
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Kenan Thompson’s NBC Pilot Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)

Kenan Thompson’s NBC Pilot Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)
Dani and Dannah Lockett have been cast in the NBC comedy pilot “The Kenan Show,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The single-cam project stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson as a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law (Andy Garcia) become more involved in their lives.

Dani will play Emma, Kenan’s daughters who is good-hearted and trusting almost at her peril. Dannah will play Sophie, Kenan’s daughters who is less trusting than her sister.

The Locketts rose to fame thanks to their YouTube video “Call Jesus,” which currently has nearly 2 million views.
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HBO Is Bringing Back Perry Mason, and This Time He F*cks

Gather round children, and let me tell you a story of the procedural that launched a thousand cop dramas! Perry Mason, TV's first weekly one-hour series, premiered in 1957 and followed the weekly cases of the titular Perry Marson (Raymond Burr), a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Los Angeles.

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How Audiences of Hit Animated TV Shows Compare

During the past three decades since we got to see The Simpsons grace our TV sets it’s been seen that a serious rise in animated comedies has been occurring as teens and adults have seemed to gain the needed permission, via positive audience reaction, to become a truly impressive phenomenon. The audiences of these shows, not just of The Simpsons, but many other Fox hits such as Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, Family Guy, and just for kicks, South Park have been examined lately to see just how they measure up to one another. In order to do this it was

How Audiences of Hit Animated TV Shows Compare
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Fat Joe Joins ‘New York Undercover’ Pilot at ABC (Exclusive)

Fat Joe has been cast in the “New York Undercover” pilot currently in the works at ABC, Variety has learned exclusively.

Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore (Toby Sandeman) and Melissa Ortiz (Otmara Marrero) as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. This time around, Williams is overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives.

Fat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, will play Beto, described as a villainous gangster. He joins previously announced cast members Sandeman, Marrero, Anna Enger,
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We Need to Talk About That Oa: Part II Ending

Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Oa: Part II.

If you haven't finished The Oa: Part II, click away. Now.

You do not want to be deprived of the joy of experiencing what happens in the season's final few minutes for yourself. Trust.

If you are still here, and you have seen that

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Dynasty Finds Its Dominique Deveraux

Break out your finest bottle of burnt champagne, because Dominique Deveraux is finally coming to Dynasty. ER‘s Michael Michele will step into the iconic role — played in the original series by scene stealer Diahann Carroll — towards the end of the reboot’s current season, TVLine has learned, with a possibility of her returning in Season 3 as a full-fledged series regular.

Blake’s estranged half-sister, Dominique is a “fabulously elegant, self-made woman, known for her outrageous fashion sense and penchant for drama. Dominique will return to Atlanta after a long stint in New York City where she spent the past
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TVLine Items: General Hospital Exit, Titans Casts Rose Wilson and More

General Hospital is down a doc: Matt Cohen is exiting the ABC daytime soap after playing neurosurgeon Dr. Griffin Munro for three years, TVInsider.com reports.

“It was a great time, and I had great fun playing the character, but I’m a guy who gets uncomfortable when he gets comfortable,” Cohen tells the site. “I need to give Griffin a little rest right now.” After talking to executive producer Frank Valentini, Cohen decided to move on and pursue directing projects. But his exit from Gh is “very open-ended,” the actor adds. “There’s always the chance I’ll come back.
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‘The Terror,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ Phylicia Rashad Join 2019 Atx Television Festival Lineup

‘The Terror,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ Phylicia Rashad Join 2019 Atx Television Festival Lineup
Phylicia Rashad; upcoming series “David Makes Man,” “The Terror: Infamy” and “Los Espookys”; and some panels dedicated to female storytelling have joined the eighth annual Atx Television Festival.

Rashad will be honored with this year’s “Award in Television eXcellence” and will take part in a Q&A discussion around the event. This award celebrates her iconic roles on “The Cosby Show,” “Empire,” “This is Us” and “David Makes Man.”

Speaking of “David Makes Man,” the upcoming Own drama will host a pilot screening at the festival, followed by a panel discussion with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence and cast members Rashad and Akili McDowell.
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‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at Atx Festival

‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at Atx Festival
To the growing list of offerings at the 2019 Atx Festival — which already includes a screening of clips from the never-aired “Tremors” pilot — add some Fred Armisen. “Los Espookys,” which stars Armisen and is HBO’s first Spanish-language series, will make its premiere at the Austin-based festival on the first weekend of June. Per HBO’s official synopsis the series “follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.”

Co-written by “Saturday Night Live” writer Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”), the six-part season of “Los Espookys” is slated to arrive on HBO in June, following its Atx Festival premiere. Torres, Fabrega, and Armisen will also be on hand for a panel following the Atx screening.

The
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The Secret Story Behind the Creation of Venom

If you looked at how Venom was created initially you might think that Todd McFarlane was getting a little too big for his britches, so to speak, when it came to his desire to draw Spider-Man’s iconic costume. His disdain for the black costume has been well documented now for quite a while but the story he’s told about how he wanted Peter to ditch the outfit is one that you kind of have to take with a grain of salt. He had such a serious hate-on for this outfit that Marvel finally gave in and allowed him to do

The Secret Story Behind the Creation of Venom
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‘Perry Mason’ Starring Matthew Rhys Scores Series Order at HBO, Tim Van Patten to Direct

The Team Downey-produced “Perry Mason” limited series has been picked up at HBO.

The series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Matthew Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Rhys’ Perry Mason is described as being at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He is
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Was Riverdale Musical Quite Fitting? Did This Is Us Have You Guessing? Why Did No One Seek Rookie? And More Qs

Was Riverdale Musical Quite Fitting? Did This Is Us Have You Guessing? Why Did No One Seek Rookie? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including American Gods, The Resident, Riverdale and Schitt’s Creek!

1 | How did Arrested Development‘s Portia de Rossi maintain second billing on Season 5 when she only appeared in four episodes of the first half, and a single scene in the second half (at the tail end of the finale)?

2 | Did Hawaii Five-0 catch you off guard with how emotionally powerful that final scene between Junior and his dad was?

3 | Dare we theorize that Blue Bloods
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Everything We Know about Google Stadia So Far

The announcement that Google Stadia is scheduled to be released sometime in 2019 has resulted in far more questions than answers. One of the major reasons for this is that there were no meaningful details about the upcoming gaming service given to the public. There is a good amount of speculation on how Google Stadia will impact the gaming industry, but there will be more on that in a separate article. To begin with, the name of the service, Stadia, actually gives us some information on how the service will function. Unless Google just splashed together a bunch of letters

Everything We Know about Google Stadia So Far
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