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How a Cancer-Detection Startup Is Helping Production Resume With Fast Covid Testing

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

As film and TV sets start to reopen and production resumes, the key concern is keeping cast and crew safe and coronavirus off the set. Santa Monica-based Quantgene, which normally focuses on blood tests that detect several types of cancer, is helping production companies and studios by offering fast turnaround on tests. While some companies take a few days, Quantgene has upped the ante by providing on-site testing and results within a 24-hour window. ... more

It's Totally Ok That Perry Mason Was Just a Gorgeous, Well-Acted Long Episode of Law & Order

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) did it! He solved the case of Charlie Dodson's murder, even if he couldn't prove it in court, just like we all thought he would. In the unsurprising Season 1 finale of HBO's Perry Mason, the investigator-turned-lawyer was able to deadlock the jury in the murder trial of Emily Dodson (... more

Zac Efron Is Going Full Daddy for a Disney+ Three Men and a Baby Remake

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

Zac Efron is heading back to Disney! The High School Musical alum will be starring in a remake of the classic 1987 comedy, Three Men and a Baby, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news. The feature will debut on Disney+, Disney's streaming platform that saw massive hits this year with originals like The Mandalorian... more

'America's Got Talent' Recruits Kelly Clarkson to Fill In for Simon Cowell After Bike Accident

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

Kelly Clarkson will temporarily take over for Simon Cowell on the “America’s Got Talent” judging panel. The news comes after it was reported over the weekend that Cowell underwent back surgery over the weekend following a bike accident. &ldquo... more

'Bachelorette' Contestant Mike Johnson Criticizes Franchise's Diversity Efforts as 'Atrocious' (Exclusive)

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

The next season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” will feature the franchise’s first Black star in 25 seasons with leading man Matt James. However, a few seasons before James was selected, the network had been eyeing fan-favorite contestant, Mike Johnson, who appeared on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette” and then on “Bachelo... more

Warner Bros. TV Group Restructures; Wbtv, Warner Horizon Scripted TV to Merge

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

Amid the greater restructuring happening at AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, Warner Bros. Television Group is realigning its scripted and unscripted TV production operations, merging Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Scripted TV to create a new division. As part of the restructuring, the role of exec VP and general manager of Telepictures is being phased out. Donna Redier Linsk, who had occupied that position, is departing, a source close to the situation tells Va... more

ABC Pulling a 'Black-Ish' Episode Only Gave it More Power (Column)

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

The most surefire way to make people interested in a product is to ban it from circulation. ABC found this out the hard way in 2018 when it pulled an episode of “Black-ish” (“Please, Baby, Please”) from its schedule less than a week before it was due to air, which all but guaranteed that it would become the stuff of TV industry legend. “Black-ish,” from creator ... more

Food Network Whips Up New Talent Deal With Carla Hall

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Carla Hall, a longtime Food Network contributor who has also logged stints on ABC’s “The Chew” and Bravo’s “Top Chef,” has struck a new talent pact with the Discovery-owned media property. Hall’s new deal means she will work exclusively with Food Network across its linear and digital outlets, and will take part in “Halloween Baking Championship,... more

'MacGruber' Series Ordered at Peacock, Will Forte Reprising Main Role

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

MacGruber is officially back in action. Peacock has issued an eight-episode order for a “MacGruber” series which will see Will Forte reprise the role he created while on “Saturday Night Live.” News of the pick up was announced at the NBCUniversal streamer’s TCA press day, and comes around eight months after the show was first put in development. ... more

NBC Hopes to Extend Late-Night to Streaming Video With Amber Ruffin, Larry Wilmore

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

NBCUniversal broadcasts some of the best-known and longest-running programs in late-night TV. Now the company hopes to add two new shows to its wee-hours roster. The company behind “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night” and “A Little Late” will launch two weekly programs on its Peacock streaming-video outlet, one led by “Late Night” writer and personality ... more

Sara Bareilles to Star in Peacock Music Comedy 'Girls5eva,' 'Rutherford Falls' Sets Main Cast

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Sara Bareilles has been cast in a lead role of the upcoming Tina Fey-Robert Carlock produced Peacock comedy series “Girls5eva.” In the series, when a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. Bareilles will star as Dawn, a... more

Shawn Ashmore Joins the Cast of The Boys Season 2 as Lamplighter

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Lamplighter will finally make his debut in The Boys Season 2. On Monday, Amazon Prime announced that Shawn Ashmore has been cast as Lamplighter and will be a major part of the second season.  In The Boys lore, Lamplighter was an original member of the Seven until his mysterious retirement. Starlig... more

'Star Wars': Cassian Andor Disney Plus Series Casts Adria Arjona

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Adria Arjona has been cast in the upcoming Cassian Andor series at Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed. Arjona joins previously announced series lead Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, both of whom will reprise their roles from the “Star Wars” film “Rogue One.” Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough are also set to appear in the show, as will Stella... more

Disney Rebrands TV Studios, 20th Century Fox TV to Become 20th Television

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Disney Television Studios is rebranding its trio of studios. Shedding the Fox name entirely from 20th Century Fox Television in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger, that studio will now be known as 20th Television. Meanwhile, ABC Studios and ABC Signature will collectively become ABC Signature, while Fox 21 Television Studios has been renamed Touchstone Television. Nixing “Fox” from 20th TV was part of the negotiated merger terms between Disn... more

'Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn' Director on Parallels to Today's Black Lives Matter Protests

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

On August 23, 1989, teenage Yusuf Hawkins took the train into Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with a few of his friends to look at a car for sale. What they didn’t know, being young Black boys from East New York, was that tension was running high in that other pocket of town. A predominantly Italian American neighborhood at the time, Bensonhurst residents didn’t like outsiders, which they made clear on the night of August 23 when a mob of dozens of young white men surrou... more