ICYMI: Clark Peters cast in Love Is___, Annaleigh Ashford to lead Three Rivers, Robert Pattinson discusses his move to comedy’s Damsel, and more
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Zach Gilford and Duane Martin will be co-starring role opposite Gabrielle Union in NBC’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff drama pilot. Clark Peters (The Wire) is set to star as a series regular in the humorous drama Love Is___, from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex) is set to lead ABC’s Three Rivers comedy.
Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) been picked up to star in Justin Noble’s untitled pilot and Will Gluck will direct and executive produce the project. It’s based on the book How May We Hate You. Judy Greer is set to star opposite Jim Carrey in the premium cable network comedy Kidding!
Robert Pattinson talks about his new role in the western comedy Damsel.
CBS All Access’ No Activity has been renewed. It stars Patrick Brammall, who also stands as co-creator. The series currently has a 70 score among critics and a 72 user rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Emma Roberts will executive produce and voice the animated TV series, Betches. Lena Waithe’s comedy Twenties, based on her YouTube series of the same name, gets a pilot order at TBS! Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne Foxx has signed with CAA!
Read the press conference details on the accusations of child abuse made by Alexander Polinsky about co-star Scott Baio.
Hot Topic: Van Barnes talks about Jeffrey Tambor’s sexual harassment claims, Lisa Bonet opens up about Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusations, Malcolm D. Lee signs a first look deal, and more
In the wake of Jeffrey Tambor’s sexual harassment claims and exit, Transparent is unlikely to return this year. Jeffrey Tambor’s former Transparent assistant, Van Barnes told Megyn Kelly that Tambor admitted to watching her sleep unclothed. She said she repeatedly deflected comments made by Tambor, explaining that they made her uncomfortable. Watch the Megyn Kelly Today segment about her experiences below!
Bill Cosby’s prosecutors are working to link the plaintiff with other accusers in a pretrial hearing. All of the alleged incidents described had similarities – described by Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe. See more on the story about the hearing here!
For the first time, Lisa Bonet has opened up about the sexual assault allegations against her former TV father, Bill Cosby. Claiming not to be surprised by the allegations, Bonet spoke about the actor in her interview feature for PORTEREdit:
“There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.”
– Lisa Bonet (actress)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Insecure’s Jay Ellis has signed with UTA, Rise Management, and Hansen Jacobson!
The director of Girls Trip, Malcolm D. Lee has signed a first-look development deal with Universal Television! This will be Lee’s first TV pact.
“I am very excited to finally expand my storytelling in the vast space that is television. Having spent the first 20 years of my career immersed in feature film, I really am ready to lend my voice to scripted television where I hope to continue to tell complex and diverse stories on a broader canvas. I am overwhelmed with excitement of working with Pearlena Igbokwe and her team to bring forth stories about which I am passionate. I cannot wait to get started.”
– Malcolm D. Lee (director)
Guess Who: Angel Laketa Moore to star as series regular in Rel, Dax Shepard cast opposite Lake Bell in Bless This Mess, and so much more
Rel has cast ER alum Angel Laketa Moore as a series regular opposite Lil Rel Howery in the Fox comedy pilot which is executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael. Dax Shepard is set to star opposite Lake Bell in Bless This Mess which centers on a newlywed couple — Rio (Bell) and Mike (Shepard) — that gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life.
Brooke Elliott has booked a series-regular role in ABC’s untitled single-camera comedy pilot from My Name Is Earl executive producer Bobby Bowman. Ginnifer Goodwin will be the lead in the female-lead comedy pilot, Steps, which “revolves around four adults in three houses raising three kids after two divorces — together.” Kimrie Lewis (Scandal) and Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-O) are set as series regulars in Single Parents. Ben Lawson and Mark L. Young have been cast in False Profits.
You’re the Worst‘s Kether Donohue has been tapped as the female lead in NBC’s Like Family and Nelson Franklin (Veep), Jessica Chaffin (Search Party) and Leonard Ouzts (Master of None) are set as leads in NBC’s comedy pilot Abby’s.
Raven Goodwin has been cast promoted to series regular in SMILF. See the details.
Martin Freeman is headed back to the small screen in the Avalon Television produced BBC and FX comedy, Breeders. Rosa Salazar will lead the voice cast for Amazon Studio’s first adult animation show, Undone, which is from the BoJack Horseman team.
Social Frenzy: The Glee squad together again
Matthew Morrison – known as Mr. Schue – shared a photo with some of the cast and crew from Glee. The dinner with the reunited cast and crew was documented with social media postings. Joining Morrison was Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Becca Tobin (Kitty), and Vanessa Lengies (Sugar), plus choreographer Zachary Woodlee, script coordinator Aristotle Kousakis, and writers Matt Hodgson and Michael Hitchcock. Check out the Instagram post here!
Interviews: Brian Tyree Henry discusses his Broadway experiences, Jeff Franklin’s post on his removal from Fuller House, and Zazie Beetz discusses her rise in Hollywood
Check out this interview with the cast of the Roseanne reboot as they discuss the comedy’s stance on the Trump presidency and the history of the show.
Brian Tyree Henry stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast to talk about his experiences on Broadway, working as a black actor and the future of his career. Henry discusses his life of staring out on Broadway and he also talks about “living in and being influenced by a house full of women, the importance of listening and representation in Hollywood”. Listen to the full podcast.
Jeff Franklin, of Fuller House, was removed as showrunner after accusations that he had been verbally abusive to staffers and made inappropriate comments in the writers’ room. See what he had to say in an Instagram post.
The executive producer Ron Howard has returned to lend his voice to the narration of Arrested Development season 5. He posted on his Instagram:
“For my birthday this morning, I was back at the mic for the ‘Next…#ArrestedDevelopment.’”
Zazie Beetz talks about her rise in Hollywood and discussed why it’s not always good to quickly find success. She spoke about her doubts about “wondering if you’ve earned your place.” Beetz also discussed her roles in FX’s Atlanta and Marvel’s Deadpool sequel. See more in The Hollywood Reporter’s interview with Zazie Beetz.
Coming Soon: Trailers for A Series of Unfortunate Events and Santa Clarita Diet, a new show coming to Nickelodeon, plus more
Cartoon Network has released its largest ever slate equipped with new and returning series along with digital experiences. It’s described as “a new wave of creators telling stories that are relevant and reflective of today’s kids.” See the full list!
Check out the villainous Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) as he terrorizes the Baudelaire orphans in the season 2 trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Nickelodeon is getting a new buddy comedy called Cousins for Life. Coming from Austin & Ally creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, after Stuart’s (Ishmel Sahid) mom is deployed his dad decides to move the family to Portland, where he will live with his cousin Ivy’s (Scarlet Spencer) family under the same roof. These two best friend cousins will have to learn how to live together with their different backgrounds.
Australian comedian, Chris Lilley (Summer Height High) is set to front a 10-episode comedy for Netflix. Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the series, which will film between March and June 2018.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine in a new time slot, Sunday, 8:30 PM on Fox! The comedy series will return on March 18. The cop comedy will replace Ghosted which has only aired 9 of its 16 episodes so far. The remaining 7 will return later in the season.
Check out the official season 2 trailer for Santa Clarita Diet streaming on Netflix on March 23.
Shortstop Addison Russell will stop by the donut shop on Superior Donuts to meet Arthur (Judd Hirsch), a Cubs superfan. The episode will air on April 9 on CBS. Shameless executive producer Etan Frankel, Keshet Studios and Universal TV has put in development a comedy series, Fallet, for Showtime. Read the full details here.
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