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‘Friends’ Cast to Reunite for Exclusive HBO Max Special

‘Friends’ Cast to Reunite for Exclusive HBO Max Special
It’s happening: The “Friends” cast is reuniting for an exclusive untitled unscripted special on HBO Max.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original “Friends” soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to celebrate the long-running series, which ended its run in 2004.

Sources close to the situation tell Variety the six stars will receive at least $2.5 million apiece for participating in the special.

The reunion has been hotly anticipated, with speculation about the HBO Max special swirling since last fall, just months after the WarnerMedia-created
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‘The Witcher’ Adds Seven To Season 2 Cast As Production Begins

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‘The Witcher’ Adds Seven To Season 2 Cast As Production Begins
Netflix has added new seven cast members for season 2 of The Witcher as production begins in the UK for a planned 2021 launch.

Joining the second season are Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Nivellen, and recent graduate Mecia Simson, as Francesca.

Returning for season two are Henry Cavill, who leads the cast of The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia. Anya Chalotra returns as the sorceress Yennefer, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as fan-favourite Jaskier.

The series will be directed by Stephen Surjik (Umbrella Academy) who will direct 201 and 202, Sarah O’Gorman (Cursed) for episodes 203 and 204, Ed Bazalgette (The Last Kingdom) for episodes 205 and 208, and Geeta Patel (Meet The Patels) for episodes 206 and
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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Season 4 at Paramount Network as Co-Creator Signs Overall Deal With ViacomCBS

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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Season 4 at Paramount Network as Co-Creator Signs Overall Deal With ViacomCBS
ViacomCBS has signed “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan to an overall deal and renewed the Kevin Costner-led drama for a fourth season.

Sheridan’s deal covers multiple projects for the newly created Entertainment & Youth Studios led by Chris McCarthy. David Glasser and 101 Studios will executive produce all projects under the deal. Keith Cox, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Studios, will oversee the projects.

Yellowstone” is the most-watched scripted series in the two-year history of Paramount Network, which was re-branded from Spike in 2018. The early renewal for “Yellowstone” comes ahead of the drama’s third-season premiere this summer.

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Sheridan’s deal also includes a first season of scripted drama “Mayor of Kingstown,” which was ordered last month. Set in a small Michigan town centered on seven federal prisons, “Mayor of Kingstown” follows the McClusky family, the power brokers between the criminals,
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‘Tyler Perry’s Ruthless’ Gets Premiere Date On Bet+

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‘Tyler Perry’s Ruthless’ Gets Premiere Date On Bet+
Bet+ has set Thursday, March 19 for the premiere of Tyler Perry’s Ruthless, a spin-off of the hit series Tyler Perry’s The Oval. Multiple episodes of the 24-episode one-hour drama, Perry’s first new original series to stream on Bet+, will be available to stream with new episodes launching every Thursday.

Tyler Perry’s Ruthless tells the story of a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her young daughter to join her in the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult. Melissa L. Williams, Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker star.

Tyler Perry’s The Oval and Tyler Perry’s Sistas have continued to drive strong ratings on Bet. Both series’ January 22 midseason finales hit series highs in the P18-49 demo for the network.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn,
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TV Ratings: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ Reach Four-Week Viewership High

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TV Ratings: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ Reach Four-Week Viewership High
Grey’s Anatomy” and its “Station 19” both drew their largest total audiences in four weeks on Thursday night.

Station 19” ticked up from a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 last week to a 1.0 this time around, drawing 6.3 million total viewers, a 4% bump. One hour later, “Grey’s” came in at a 1.1 and 6 million, a 7.5% jump from last week. “A Million Little Things” rounded off the night even for the Disney-owned network at a 0.6 and 3.7 million viewers.

Young Sheldon” scored the largest audience on the night with 9 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, almost exactly the same numbers as last episode. Both “The Unicorn” and “Mom” ticked down from their multi-week high 0.8 rating. The two shows came in at a 0.7 this time around, drawing 6 million and 6.2 million viewers respectively. “Carol’s Second Act” and “Tommy” held steady, scoring a 0.6 and a 0.4.

The majority of the shows in NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup improved week-to-week.
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‘Paw Patrol’ Movie In The Works For Summer 2021 From Spin Master, Paramount & Nickelodeon

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‘Paw Patrol’ Movie In The Works For Summer 2021 From Spin Master, Paramount & Nickelodeon
Spin Master Corp’s hit animated canine preschool series Paw Patrol is heading to the big screen with a movie directed by Cal Brunker (Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature; Escape From Planet Earth).

Paw Patrol: The Movie, which is eyeing an August 2021 release, is the first in a number of feature films in the works by Spin Master’s Entertainment division.

Spin will produce the movie in association with Nickelodeon Movies, and Paramount will be distribute. Paw Patrol was recently picked up for its eighth season by Nickelodeon, which broadcasts the show around the world. The show follows a “paw-some pack of pups” —Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker—as they embark on rescue missions in their community of Adventure Bay, proving “no job is too big, no pup is too small!”

Spin Master Entertainment’s Evp, Jennifer Dodge, will produce Paw Patrol: The Movie and Ronnen Harary,
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Italy’s Women Filmmakers Set to Make Waves

Italy’s Women Filmmakers Set to Make Waves
The Berlinale in recent years has been a prime launching pad for Italian films directed by women, which though fewer in number to their male counterparts, make up a considerable portion of the country’s representation on the festival circuit — Alice Rohrwacher (“Happy as Lazzaro”) at Cannes, Susanna Nicchiarelli (“Nico”) at Venice, and Berlin regular Laura Bispuri (“Daughter of Mine”) are all festival faves.

Here is a compendium of new and upcoming Italian films and TV series directed by women including two (out of nine Italian titles overall) in Berlin this year.

“Ordinary Justice”

This first feature by Chiara Bellosi,
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Scandinavia Ups Its Game With So Many Markets for Its Fare

When the Nordic entertainment group, one of Scandinavia’s largest media groups, announced last month during the Goteborg Film Festival that it was pulling out of non-scripted content to focus on scripted drama, and film production and distribution, it underscored two market trends in the Nordics: Subscription-based services, whether local or global, are driving the region’s booming drama business, and going forward, the investment into content will be more evenly split between Scandinavia series and movies.

Since Scandinavia is one of the first overseas markets where Netflix and HBO Nordic launched as early as 2012, local streaming services such as Viaplay,
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Berlin: Louis Hofmann Cast in Damian John Harper’s ‘Fresh’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Louis Hofmann Cast in Damian John Harper’s ‘Fresh’ (Exclusive)
German star Louis Hofmann is set to topline Damian John Harper’s upcoming drama “Fresh,” a German-language adaptation of Scottish writer Mark McNay’s novel of the same name.

Hofmann plays a young man who must emancipate himself from his tyrannical older brother.

Unlike the book, which is set in the outskirts of Glasgow, the film’s story takes place in a working-class neighborhood near Duisburg in western Germany’s Ruhr Valley region, known as the country’s rust belt.

Harper describes the tale as “a mosaic of a ticking bomb, brutal memories and trauma-induced daydreams.”

Fresh” is produced by Weydemann Bros.,
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Fresh Off the Boat Series Finale Recap: Cooking Up a Bright Future

Fresh Off the Boat Series Finale Recap: Cooking Up a Bright Future
Fresh Off the Boat signed off on Friday with a double-episode series finale full of nostalgic trips down memory lane — and a glimpse of the future.

In the first half of the series-ender, the Huang family finally embarks on a visit to Disney World, courtesy of a discount for Orlando residents. But on the way there, their beloved van Sheila breaks down, forcing them to go back home. As the family cleans out the vehicle so it can be repaired, the long-forgotten things they find in the van spark flashbacks to old scenes from the show’s early seasons.

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Steve Stark Named President of Newly Formed MGM/UA Television

The newly formed MGM/UA Television label has found a president in Steve Stark, who previously served as MGM’s president of scripted television production and development.

MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman Mark Burnett made the announcement late Friday, adding that Stark has extended his contract with the studio as part of his new role.

“We are pleased that Steve has extended his deal and is now focused on this new specialized division, as I find new ways to expand the overall MGM TV global group through several new labels,” said Burnett. “This supports our broader commitment to grow MGM’s incredible library IP,
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Friends Fans, That Reunion Is Finally Happening

Friends Fans, That Reunion Is Finally Happening
Update 2/21/20: It's official! The Friends reunion is happening, HBO Max announced on Friday. All six stars of the hit NBC sitcom -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc -- will return for an unscripted reunion event at HBO Max, the new

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Supernatural Vet Mitch Pileggi Cast as Jared Padalecki's Dad in Walker Reboot

Supernatural Vet Mitch Pileggi Cast as Jared Padalecki's Dad in Walker Reboot
Winchester family reunion alert! Mitch Pileggi — who recurred as Sam and Dean’s maternal grandfather on Supernatural — will reunite with Jared Padalecki in The CW’s forthcoming Walker, Texas Ranger reboot, our sister site Deadline reports.

The drama, simply titled Walker, stars Padalecki as Cordell Walker, “a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home,” per the official synopsis. “He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family and find unexpected
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TV News Roundup: HBO Sets Premiere Date for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Bad Education’ (Watch)

TV News Roundup: HBO Sets Premiere Date for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Bad Education’ (Watch)
In today’s TV News roundup, HBO Films set the premiere date for “Bad Education” starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney and “Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda” tapes Chris Harrison and Sage Steele as hosts.

Casting

The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison will host “Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda” alongside co-host Sage Steele of ESPN, ABC announced. The pair will go live from the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua as the titular Wallenda becomes the first person to embark on a 1,800-foot-long high wire walk over the volcano. The live two-hour event will air on March 4 at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m.
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‘Babies’ Review: Clinical Netflix Doc Series About Toddlers Puts Academics Over Experiences

‘Babies’ Review: Clinical Netflix Doc Series About Toddlers Puts Academics Over Experiences
Babies can’t really talk.

At least not in the way that documentary participants tend to. It’s an unfortunate fact that puts the Netflix series “Babies” at a bit of a disadvantage — making a six-part series about toddlers means that it’s impossible to get traditional input from its main subjects. What “Babies” chooses instead to fill that time is an unexpected blend of toddler reaction shots and an overestimation of the rousing nature of peer-reviewed studies on adolescent behavior.

At the outset, “Babies” touts that it will follow the development of a select, cross-continental group of infants as they develop from their opening days after birth through their many early developmental milestones. One by one, each successive newborn is introduced, along with their parents, spread out mainly across England and rural New England.

What comes to dominate most of “Babies” is a science-heavy dose of “tell, not show,
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Randall Park, Ed Helms to Host Hybrid Alternative-Scripted Series ‘True Story’ for NBC

Randall Park, Ed Helms to Host Hybrid Alternative-Scripted Series ‘True Story’ for NBC
Ed Helms and Randall Park are attached to co-host a hybrid scripted-alternative series titled “True Story” at NBC.

The hour-long show has received a six-episode order. It is based on the Australian series “True Story with Hamish & Andy.” In the series, everyday Americans sit down with Helms and Park to share their most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories for the first time. As the stories unfold, a star-studded cast of comedians and actors will appear in dramatized re-enactments.

“I can’t wait to bring ‘True Story’ to American audiences with my buddy Randall Park,” Helms said. “It’s an incredibly warm,
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The Best Shows to Stream for Free

The Best Shows to Stream for Free
This might be a controversial take, but not everyone is made of money! We can't all shell out money every month for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+ and/or whatever other subscriptions are fighting for our hard-earned cash these days. This is why I have scoured the depths of the World

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Annie Murphy Cast as Lead in AMC’s ‘Kevin Can F— Himself’

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Annie Murphy Cast as Lead in AMC’s ‘Kevin Can F— Himself’
Schitt’s Creek” star Annie Murphy has been cast as the lead in AMC’s upcoming series “Kevin Can F— Himself.”

The dark comedy centers around Murphy’s Allison, Kevin’s wife, who escapes her confines and discovers her rage.

“Kevin Can F– Himself” probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. The series is said to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the
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NBCUniversal in Talks to Buy Walmart’s Vudu

NBCUniversal in Talks to Buy Walmart’s Vudu
Comcast’s NBCUniversal is looking to add some Vudu into its streaming-video mix.

The media conglomerate is in talks to buy Vudu, the Walmart-owned entertainment rental, download and free-streaming service, sources confirm to Variety. It’s unclear what the terms of the pact would be or the timing. News of NBCU’s interest in Vudu was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The speculation is that NBCU would merge Vudu with Fandango Now, the online-video transaction site that’s part of ticketing service Fandango (after it bought M-Go in 2016). It would boost NBCU’s digital-video presence as it preps the launch of Peacock,
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Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphy Lands Lead in AMC's Kevin Can F*** Himself

Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphy Lands Lead in AMC's Kevin Can F*** Himself
Kevin Can F*** Himself as far as Annie Murphy is concerned, now that the Schitt’s Creek standout has landed the lead in AMC’s dark comedy told from the Pov of a sitcom wife.

Murphy will play Allison, a woman who escapes her confines and discovers her rage, as Kevin Can F*** Himself probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. The series looks to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes.

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