ICYMI: Grace and Frankie and Bosch get season 5 renewal and more!
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Ryan Murphy is leaving Fox behind and has officially signed a $300 million deal with Netflix. He will be joining the likes of Shonda Rhimes, who also plans to leave her home network of ABC for Netflix, as was announced last August. Murphy will make the official move after his contract with Fox ends on July 1st.
Grace and Frankie has been renewed for its fifth season on Netflix! Not only will the hilarious Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for their iconic roles, but RuPaul is set to guest star during the next season.
Amazon has renewed Bosch for a fifth season well ahead of its season four premiere on April 13th. Eric Overmyer will return as co-showrunner after being absent for the fourth season to work on Man In The High Castle. The streaming service has also ordered German drama, Beat, which will follow a murder that takes place in the midst of the Berlin club scene.
Despite sexual harassment allegations, HBO’s The Deuce will keep James Franco on as star and executive producer for its second season.
CBS All Access has renewed Will Ferrell produced comedy, No Activity, starring Patrick Brammall (Glitch) and Tim Meadows (Mean Girls).
Hulu has acquired the streaming rights for The Hollywood Reporter and Sundance TV series, Up Close With The Hollywood Reporter. The series includes roundtable discussions with individuals from the industry–writers, directors, actors, and actresses.
Netflix’s Altered Carbon and Cloverfield Paradox showed a reduction in viewership in comparison to Bright and Stranger Things.
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Hot Topic: Amazon fires Jeffrey Tambor, Netflix’s The Highwaymen begins initial production, and more!
Netflix announced The Highwaymen has begun principal photography for the movie starring Kevin Costner (as Texas Ranger Frank Hamer) and Woody Harrelson (as Frank’s ex-partner). The movie will be directed by The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock and follow the story of the rangers who left retirement to chase down the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. Other cast members on board are Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens, and John Carroll Lynch.
Laeta Kalogridis, creator of Altered Carbon, will be taking on the Japanese series, Sword Art Online, for Netflix. The series follows two characters that get trapped playing an immersive VR game. In an interview with Collider, Kalogridis discusses that neither her or Netflix are looking to “whitewash” the Asian characters in the adaptation.
Jeffrey Tambor has officially been fired from Amazon’s Transparent following the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against him. The story and scripts were being rewritten following the first allegation so the series could take the focus off Tambor’s character, Maura.
Author of 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher, was removed from the Society of Children’s Book Writers following sexual allegations. His spokesperson, Tamara Taylor, has come forward denying any such claims and stating no evidence was presented against Asher.
Guess Who: Guy Pearce to star in Netflix’s supernatural series and Mary J. Blige joins the cast of The Umbrella Academy!
Guy Pearce (Memento) will be starring in Netflix’s supernatural series, The Innocents. He will be playing a character by the name of Halvorson in this British series. Percelle Ascott (Wizards vs. Aliens) and Sorcha Groundsell (Clique) have already been cast in roles for the eight-episode series.
Mary J. Blige will be joining the cast of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy as Cha-Cha. According to Netflix’s press release, Blige’s character is “a ruthless and unorthodox hitwoman who travels through time to kill assigned targets.” Sabrina The Teenage Witch has also added to its cast with Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who), newcomer Chance Perdomo, and Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda.
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will be reprising their roles from Karate Kid for YouTube Red’s original series, Cobra Kai. The streaming service will also be creating a comedy series, Psychopath, starring Chris D’Elia (Undateable).
Michelle Rodriguez will star in a first-person point-of-view virtual reality series called The Limit. The series will air on on VR channel Surreal and have a pay-per-experience structure.
Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale for a recurring role in season two. He will play Commander Joseph Lawrence who is the architect behind the world of Gilead.
Coming Soon: Elizabeth Olsen to executive produce new Facebook series, The city of LA joins forces with Hollywood moguls to raise funds for EEF, and much more!
Facebook has officially joined the streaming world! It gave a ten episode straight-to-series order for a drama/comedy that will star and be executive produced by Elizabeth Olsen. The series is untitled but will stream on Facebook Watch, becoming one of the first shows ordered for Facebook’s initiation into creating original content.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is combining efforts with the city of LA, Issa Rae, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Murphy, Ava DuVernay, HBO, CAA, and many others to raise funds upwards of $5 million for the Evolve Entertainment Fund. This fund is designed to raise money and build opportunities for those in underserved communities, people of color, and women allowing them to pursue their dreams of working in Hollywood.
Netflix dropped a teaser trailer for their upcoming British supernatural series, The Innocents, set to stream in 2018. Check out the teaser announcement below!
Remember the adorable, sweet dog, Benji? Well, he is making a comeback on Netflix with a brand new movie directed and written by Brandon Camp (Love Happens), the son of the original creator of Benji. The movie will be streaming on Netflix on March 16th. Check out the trailer below!
Netflix dropped a teaser trailer for season 5 of Voltron Legendary: Defender. Be sure to check out the teaser below as it hints at Voltron’s team up with enemy Prince Lotor!
YouTube Red’s Youth & Consequences released a trailer for its upcoming eight-episode series set to premiere March 7th. Take a sneak peek at the first look below!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return for its fourth season on Netflix in May. The show will be split into two parts with the first six episodes airing on May 30th and the rest set to air in late 2018.
Netflix’s Safe will premiere at the closing night of the CanneSeries TV Festival in April. Dexter’s Michael C. Hall will present the premiere alongside his co-star in the drama series. Netflix has also ordered a reality show from author and organizing consultant Marie Kondo.
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