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'The Last of Us' Adaptation Ordered to Series at HBO

'The Last of Us' Adaptation Ordered to Series at HBO

“” series adaptation has officially been greenlit at .The project was first announced as being in development at the premium cabler back in March. Based on the video game of the same name, the series takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.“Chernobyl” creator is attached to write and executive...

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'Darkwing Duck' Reboot in the Works at Disney Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

'Darkwing Duck' Reboot in the Works at Disney Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

A “Darkwing Duck” reboot is in early development at , Variety has learned from sources.No writer is currently attached to the project, but sources say it will be executive produced by , , James Weaver, and Alex McAtee of . McAtee will oversee the project for the company.Reps for Point Grey did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment. Disney declined to comment.The original “Darkwing Duck” was created by Tad Stones and ran from 1991-1992 for three seasons and 91 episodes. It originally aired on The Disney Channel and ABC while also airing in syndication. The series followed...

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Conan O'Brien to End TBS Late-Night Show in 2021, Sets Weekly HBO Max Variety Series

Conan O'Brien to End TBS Late-Night Show in 2021, Sets Weekly HBO Max Variety Series

PETER YANG for VarietyConan O’Brien will end his self-titled late-night show “Conan” in June 2021, WarnerMedia announced Tuesday.The announcement marks an end to an eleven-year run for O’Brien on the cable network. His travel specials, “Conan Without Borders,” will continue to air on TBS going forward. In addition, O’Brien has signed a deal with for a new weekly variety series, though no premiere date has been set for that series.With the announcement, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” will be the sole late-night show on TBS. That series was“In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of...

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CBS Sets Diversity Goal for Unscripted Shows -- 50% of Cast to Be People of Color

CBS Sets Diversity Goal for Unscripted Shows -- 50% of Cast to Be People of Color

announced Monday that it aims to diversify its unscripted shows by setting a target to make the casts of all such shows at least 50% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).The aim is to make the change beginning with the 2021-2022 broadcast season. Per CBS, the network will also allocate at least a quarter of its annual unscripted development budget to projects created or co-created by BIPOC producers at that same time. CBS also plans to develop more initiatives with its production partners to increase diversity across the board in the unscripted space, though those specific plans...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Spy Series Lands at Netflix for Development

Arnold Schwarzenegger Spy Series Lands at Netflix for Development

The has been set up at for development, Variety has confirmed.The series, which hails from Nick Santora and , is described as a global spy adventure with a father and daughter at the center of the story. Monica Barbaro is attached to play Schwarzenegger’s daughter in the show. Should it go to series, it would mark the first regular television role of Schwarzenegger’s career. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the deal is still coming together but it would be a script to series order should it close.Santora created the show and will executive produce as part of his...

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'Filthy Rich' and 'Next' Canceled After Single Seasons at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

'Filthy Rich' and 'Next' Canceled After Single Seasons at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Neither “” nor “” will be getting second seasons at .The network has decided to cancel both series after only a single season, Variety has learned exclusively. Sources say that rising production costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic played a significant part in the decision. Fox will air the remaining episodes of both shows, which were held back for fall due to the pandemic situation.“Filthy Rich” and “Next” failed to draw strong enough audience responses to merit a second outing, with “Filthy Rich” averaging only 3.2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 after seven days of...

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'Assassin's Creed' Live-Action Netflix Series in Development

'Assassin's Creed' Live-Action Netflix Series in Development

An “Assassin’s Creed” live-action series is currently in development at , Variety has learned.The series is part of a deal between Netflix and video game company to develop content based on the best-selling video game franchise. The deal will include live-action, animated, and anime series. The search is currently on for a showrunner for the first series, with Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik set to serve as executive producers.“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ brand into an iconic franchise,”...

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'Dexter' Limited Series Revival Ordered at Showtime

'Dexter' Limited Series Revival Ordered at Showtime

Sharpen your knives, “” fans. has ordered a limited series revival of the beloved serial killer drama with set to return.The premium cabler has ordered 10 episodes, with production set to begin in 2021 for a fall debut. Former series showrunner is also set to return. Much like Dexter’s many victims, plot details for the series are being kept under wraps.“’Dexter’ is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime. “We would only...

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'Green Lantern' Series Gets Greenlight at HBO Max, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim to Write

'Green Lantern' Series Gets Greenlight at HBO Max, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim to Write

has given out a series order to “,” Variety has learned.Based on the DC Comics property, the show was first announced as . Plot details are now available for the first time, however. The show will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.HBO Max has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. The series...

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Kate Mulgrew to Return as Captain Janeway in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' at Nickelodeon

Kate Mulgrew to Return as Captain Janeway in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' at Nickelodeon

is set to reprise her iconic role as Captain Kathryn Janeway in the upcoming animated series “.”The announcement was made Thursday as part of the “Star Trek” universe virtual panel at New York Comic Con. Janeway will be a central figure in the show, which will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The CG-animated series is set to debut in 2021.“I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,'”...

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'Watchmen' Leads Emmys Winners; HBO Tops Networks and Streaming

'Watchmen' Leads Emmys Winners; HBO Tops Networks and Streaming

Mark Hill/HBO“” took home more than any other show of 2020, with scoring the most wins of any network or streaming service.“Watchmen” picked up 11 in total, including wins on Sunday night for best limited series and best actress in a limited series for series star Regina King. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also won for best supporting actor in a drama for his work on the show. The show’s 11 wins helped push HBO to 30 wins total, including 19 wins during the Creative Arts Emmys over the course of last week. Other wins for HBO included Zendaya winning best actress in a drama for “Euphoria.”...

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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (EXCLUSIVE)

©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Eveis set to reprise the role of in a new series currently in development at , Variety has learned exclusively from sources.The exact plot details of the show are being kept under wraps, but multiple sources say Jackson is attached to star with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce. Like all the other Marvel shows at Disney Plus, Marvel Studios will produce.Reps for Jackson, Bradstreet, and Disney did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.Jackson famously portrayed Fury, the monocular head of the clandestine government agency...

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Paramount Network Rebrands, Doubles Down on Movies and Minis (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount Network Rebrands, Doubles Down on Movies and Minis (EXCLUSIVE)

is shifting strategies — and changing names.Variety has learned that the -owned cabler is planning to move out of long form series television and instead focus its efforts on made-for-TV movies featuring big name stars. To that end, the network will be rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network. The rebrand will take place globally within the next year.The current plan is to program 52 original movies per year on the network, or one movie per week. Each movie will have a budget in the low-to-mid-seven-figure range. Once per quarter, the network expects to program a miniseries or scripted...

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'The Boys' Spinoff in Development at Amazon Following Massive Season 2 Launch

'The Boys' Spinoff in Development at Amazon Following Massive Season 2 Launch

Courtesy of Amazon Studios, Prime Video“” could soon be getting a spinoff. Variety has learned that is fast-tracking development on a new iteration of the popular comic book series adaptation.The news comes just under three weeks after the premiere of Season 2 of the series, which is based on The New York Times best-selling comic of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The second season is airing weekly, while the first dropped all at once, with the finale set to air Oct. 9. According to Amazon, the second season had the most-watched global launch of an Amazon original series...

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'Suicide Squad' Spinoff Series 'Peacemaker' Starring John Cena From James Gunn Set at HBO Max

'Suicide Squad' Spinoff Series 'Peacemaker' Starring John Cena From James Gunn Set at HBO Max

has given a straight-to-series order for “Peacemaker,” a spinoff from the upcoming “” film. will play the title role, reprising his role from the film. The film’s writer and director, , will also write the series and direct multiple episodes, including the pilot.HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of the show based on the DC Comics character, which is described as an action adventure comedy. The exact plot of the series is being kept under wraps, but it is said it will explore the origins of Peacemaker, a man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get...

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

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

UPDATED: “” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer involved with the of the series at .“Many of you have been asking me for updates about the ‘Avatar’ live-action Netflix series,” DiMartino wrote in an early Wednesday morning. “I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production.”DiMartino went on to say that when he and Konietzko first signed on to make the series Netflix was committed to working with them on...

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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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'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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'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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'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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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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