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Gotham PD Series From Matt Reeves, Terence Winter Set in 'The Batman' World Ordered at HBO Max

Gotham PD Series From Matt Reeves, Terence Winter Set in 'The Batman' World Ordered at HBO Max

has given a series commitment to a drama set in the Gotham police department from and Terrence Winter, Variety has learned.The untitled series will be set in the world Reeves is creating for the feature film “,” with the intent being to launch a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. It is said to build on the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City. It is the first project announced under .“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a...

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'Ramy' Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

'Ramy' Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu“” has been renewed for a third season.Like the first two, Season 3 will consist of 10 episodes. The news comes just over a month after the debut of Season 2, which premiered on on May 29.The series, co-created by and starring Ramy Youssef, follows first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan (Youssef) who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. In the second season, Ramy delves further into his spiritual journey, finding a new Muslim community and embracing a deeper commitment to his faith.Along with Youssef, the series Hiam...

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'Magnum P.I.,' 'MacGyver' Showrunner Peter Lenkov Fired Over Toxic Work Environment Claims

'Magnum P.I.,' 'MacGyver' Showrunner Peter Lenkov Fired Over Toxic Work Environment Claims

’s relationship with has been terminated due to accusations the producer and showrunner created a toxic work environment on his sets, Variety has confirmed.Lenkov developed and was the showrunner on the CBS revivals of “Magnum P.I.” and “,” but has now been fired from those shows. In addition, his overall deal with CBS Television Studios has been ended. Lenkov was previously the showrunner on the CBS revival of “Hawaii Five-O,” which ended earlier this year.“Peter Lenkov is no longer the executive producer overseeing MacGyver and Magnum P.I., and the studio has ended its relationship with...

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Jul 7
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'Batwoman' Casts Javicia Leslie as New Series Lead

'Batwoman' Casts Javicia Leslie as New Series Lead

“” has found its new series lead, with set to step into the cape and cowl for the show’s upcoming second season on .“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie said.Leslie will portray a new character on the show named Ryan Wilder. She is described as likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane (previously played by Ruby Rose), the woman who wore the Batsuit...

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Jul 8
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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner to Develop Mystery Dramedy at FX (EXCLUSIVE)

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner to Develop Mystery Dramedy at FX (EXCLUSIVE)

has a new series in the works.Variety has learned exclusively from sources that the “Mad Men” creator is developing a half-hour series at . Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the series is being described as a mystery dramedy. Weiner is writing the series and will also executive produce and direct. FX Productions will produce.FX declined to comment.Should it move forward, the show would mark Weiner’s return to the world of basic cable, though it could potentially end up on FX on Hulu as well. “Mad Men” aired on AMC for seven seasons, with Weiner having served as director,...

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Renewed for Season 11 at HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Renewed for Season 11 at HBO

“” has been renewed for an eleventh season at .The show stars “Seinfeld” co-creator as a heightened version of himself. Season 10 also starred Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, J.B. Smoove, and Ted Danson. The series is famously shot without a script and cast members are given scene outlines and improvise lines as they go.“Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” David said. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”“Curb Your Enthusiasm” originally debuted in 2000 and has aired 100 episodes...

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Jun 30
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'Ozark' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Netflix

'Ozark' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Netflix

“” has been renewed for Season 4 at , with the new season also being the show’s last.The fourth season will consist of 14 episodes, with the first three seasons having been 10 episodes each. Season 4 will be split into two parts consisting of seven episodes each.“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving ‘Ozark’ more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” showrunner Chris Mundy said. “It’s been such a great adventure for all of us — both on screen and off — so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”Mundy will return as...

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Chris D'Elia Dropped by CAA After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Chris D'Elia Dropped by CAA After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Chris D’Elia is no longer repped by , Variety has learned.The news comes after D’Elia was accused by multiple women of trying to engage with them sexually via social media. Some were girls as young as 16 at the time of the alleged encounters. Many of the women accused him of sending inappropriate messages to them and attempting to solicit nude photos from them. The Twitter account @SheRatesDogs maintained aD’Elia denied the allegations in a statement last week.“I know I have said and done things that might have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly pursued any...

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Jun 23
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Action Park Series in the Works at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)

Action Park Series in the Works at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)

is developing a comedy series about the notorious New Jersey theme park Action Park, Variety has learned.The half-hour series is based on the book “Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park” by Andy Mulvihill and Jake Rossen. The book was acquired by 20th Century Fox Television and Hulu in a competitive situation.The show is described the almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained. It will be told through the eyes Andy...

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Jun 16
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Bad Robot, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Foundation Pledge $10 Million for Anti-Racist Organizations

Bad Robot, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Foundation Pledge $10 Million for Anti-Racist Organizations

Productions and the & Family Foundation announced charitable donations to a number of organizations “committed to anti-racist agendas.”In a statement posted on the Bad Robot page on Monday, they announced a pledge of $10 million over five years to various organizations. For starters, they will donate $200,000 each to the following groups: Black Lives Matter LA, Black Futures Lab, Community Coalition, Equal Justice Initiative, and Know Your Rights Camp.“Enough is enough,” the statement began. “Enough police brutality. Enough outsized privilege. Enough polite conversation. Enough white...

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Why 'Batwoman' Star Ruby Rose Left the CW Series

Why 'Batwoman' Star Ruby Rose Left the CW Series

from series “” stemmed from an ill fit between star and production.According to multiple sources, Rose was unhappy with the long hours required of her as the series lead, which led to friction on the set. It was thus decided by her and the network and studio, Warner Bros. Television, that they would part ways.Reps for Rose, Warner Bros., and The CW declined to comment.Rose’s time on “Batwoman” marked the first TV starring role of her career. She previously appeared on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and has appeared in supporting roles in several films to date.Given the sudden nature of...

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May 20
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'Westworld' Renewed for Season 4 at HBO

'Westworld' Renewed for Season 4 at HBO

HBO“” has been renewed for a fourth season at ahead of the conclusion of Season 3.“From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”Season 3 of the series debuted on March 15. The eighth and final episode of the season is set to air on May 3. Based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, the series is described as a dark...

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Apr 22
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'Star Wars’ series From ‘Russian Doll’ co-creator in the works at Disney Plus

'Star Wars’ series From ‘Russian Doll’ co-creator in the works at Disney Plus

A new “Star Wars” series is in the works at Disney Plus, Variety has learned from sources. The series hails from Leslye Headland, the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Russian Doll.” Details of the exact plot of the series are being kept under wraps, but sources say it will be a female-centric series that takes place in a different part of the "Star Wars" timeline than other projects. Headland is said to be attached to write and serve as showrunner on the series, with the show currently staffing. Advertisement Reps for Disney and...

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'Justice League Dark,' 'The Shining'-Inspired Series From Bad Robot Set at HBO Max

'Justice League Dark,' 'The Shining'-Inspired Series From Bad Robot Set at HBO Max

has handed out three production commitments to one-hour dramas from Bad Robot Productions, including one set in the “” universe.In addition, HBO Max and Bad Robot have teamed on the series “Overlook,” inspired by ’s “,” and “Duster,” an original drama co-written by and Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams. All three shows will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s head of television, Ben Stephenson. Rachel Rusch Rich, Bad Robot’s executive vice president of television, will serve as a co-executive producer. will produce all three shows, while Warner Bros. International Television...

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Hulu Employee in Los Angeles Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Hulu Employee in Los Angeles Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An employee at ’s offices in Santa Monica has tested positive for .According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the employee in question immediately began self-isolation once they started experiencing symptoms. The individual is said to be recovering at home. Anyone else in the office who came into contact with the person has been informed, with those employees now required to also self-isolate and begin working from home immediately.The floors that those offices take up in that office building are now closed and undergoing a deep cleaning. Other Hulu offices in the area are...

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Hilary Duff Asks Disney to Move 'Lizzie McGuire' Revival to Hulu

Hilary Duff Asks Disney to Move 'Lizzie McGuire' Revival to Hulu

has posted a statement asking that the planned revival of “” be moved from to .“I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating,” Duff wrote on . “It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to , if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.”Her statement can be read in full below. Variety has reached out...

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'Ray Donovan' Canceled After Seven Seasons at Showtime

'Ray Donovan' Canceled After Seven Seasons at Showtime

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