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'The Crown' Casts Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip in Seasons 5 & 6

Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday 06:30 PM

“The Crown” has found its final Prince Philip. Legendary British actor Jonathan Pryce has been cast to play the Queen’s husband in the fifth and sixth seasons of “The Crown,” Variety has confirmed. Pryce will be taking over from fellow “Game of Thrones” alum Tobias Menzies,... more

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Creators Exit Netflix Live-Action Adaptation

Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday 02:30 PM

UPDATED: “Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer involved with the planned live-action adaptation of the series at Netflix. “Many of you have been asking me for updates about the ‘Avatar’ live-action Netflix series,” DiMartino wrote in an open letter on his website ... more

HBO, Sky Order Horror Comedy Series 'The Baby'

Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday 10:30 AM

HBO, Sky, and SISTER are teaming on the co-production “The Baby.” The eight-episode series is described as a darkly comic horror series co-created by Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer.  When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Whe... more

Seth MacFarlane Developing 'The Winds of War' Limited Series With Ucp

Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday 10:30 AM

Seth MacFarlane has set up his first project under the bumper overall deal he signed with NBCUniversal earlier this year. The “Family Guy” and “American Dad” creator is developing a limited series called “The Winds of War” (working title), based on Herman Wouk’s novels “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance.” ... more

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Drama Reboot in the Works, Will Smith Attached as Executive Producer

Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday 02:30 PM

A dramatic reboot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is in the works, Variety has confirmed. It will be based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video that reimagined the NBC comedy series as a drama titled “Bel-Air.” The trailer, which Cooper posted online last year, has racked up over five million views on YouTube alone. Watch it below. The project is cu... more

DC Universe, DC Comics Staff See Layoffs Amid WarnerMedia Restructure

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 10:31 PM

DC Comics and streaming service DC Universe have been impacted by parent company WarnerMedia’s corporate realignment, with layoffs at both units. But a source tells Variety that through WarnerMedia’s streamlining efforts, the DC brand will actually be expanding, with DC chief creative officer Jim Lee overseeing creative of all DC-related growth in the company. At DC Comics, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, editors Brian Cunn... more

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