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‘The First Lady’: Kate Mulgrew To Recur & Cathy Schulman Named Showrunner On Showtime Anthology Series
By Denise Petski June 8, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominee Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black) is set for a recurring role on Showtime’s upcoming anthology series The...
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Ben August To Pen David Permut & Walden Media Movie About Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Only Female Medal Of Honor Recipient
By Anthony D’Alessandro May 27, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: The Billion Dollar Spy screenwriter Ben August has just been tapped to adapt the story of Dr. Mary Edwards...
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‘Escape Room: Tournament of Champions’ Trailer: “This Is Way Bigger Than Last Time”
By Greg Evans May 26, 2021 Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions dropped its first trailer today, paving the way for the thriller sequel’s...
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New Scripted Series For 2021-22 Broadcast Season: A Photo Gallery
By Nellie Andreeva, Erik Pedersen May 25, 2021 It was a long, pandemic-impacted broadcast development cycle, with some pilots taking a year to get produced,...
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Apple Poised To Take ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ With ‘Green Book’s Peter Farrelly & Skydance; Zac Efron & Russell Crowe To Star
By Mike Fleming Jr. May 23, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Director Peter Farrelly finally is ready to follow his Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book. Apple Studios is in...
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Edoardo Ponti To Direct ‘Elizabeth Street’ Series Adaptation In Works At Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar
By Nellie Andreeva May 20, 2021 EXCLUSIVE:  Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar is adapting Laurie Fabiano’s bestselling 2010 historical novel Elizabeth Street...
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NBCUniversal Upfronts Takeaways: Susan Rovner’s Debut, Will Smith Cameo, Late-Night Action Heroes, Renee Zellweger’s Pam & Olympic Sports Push
By Peter White May 17, 2021 NBCUniversal brought out the stars to its Upfront on Monday to demonstate how the company’s new content strategy might work in practice....
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New Scripted Series For 2021-22 Broadcast Season: A Photo Gallery
By Nellie Andreeva, Erik Pedersen May 16, 2021 It was a long, pandemic-impacted broadcast development cycle, with some pilots taking a year to get produced,...
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Netflix Developing ‘Ultraman’ Animated Feature With All-New Story (EXCLUSIVE)
By Adam B. Vary May 13, 2021 For 55 years, “Ultraman” has been one of Japan’s A-list superheroes — defending the planet from alien kaiju and inspiring all manner...
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‘La Brea’: New NBC Drama Series Set To Film In Australia
By Brandon Choe May 2, 2021 La Brea, the new NBC series from writer David Applebaum, is bringing production to Australia, Universal Studio Group announced today....
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'Young Rock,' 'Kenan' Renewed at NBC
By Lesley Goldberg April 30, 2021 NBC is staying in business with Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson. The network has renewed comedies Young Rock and Kenan for...
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Walking Dead Writer Gives a Black WWII Soldier Powers in BOOM!'s Dark Blood (Exclusive)
By Tim Adams April 26, 2021 Screenwriter LaToya Morgan (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Into The Badlands), artist Walt Barna (The Osiris Path) and colorist A.H.G....
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NEWS WATCH: LaToya Morgan and Walt Barna Announce Brand New Series DARK BLOOD From BOOM! Studios
By Ross Hutchinson April 26, 2021 BOOM! Studios revealed that DARK BLOOD #1, an evocative new six-issue original series from screenwriter LaToya Morgan (AMC’s The...
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Morgan & Barna’s historical sci-fi DARK BLOOD coming from BOOM! Studios
By Joe Grunenwald April 26, 2021 A writer of AMC’s The Walking Dead and a first-time comics artist are teaming for a unique new series from BOOM! Studios. Dark...
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‘Escape Room 2’ Moves Up Release to July
By Ellise Shafer April 26, 2021 “Escape Room 2” has moved up its release to July. The sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller will now debut on July 16, 2021,...
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BOOM! Announces “Dark Blood” by LaToya Morgan and Walt Barna
By Christopher Chiu-Tabet April 26, 2021 BOOM! Studios have announced “Dark Blood,” a supernatural comic by writer LaToya Morgan and artist Walt Barna, with...
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Sony Moves Up ‘Escape Room 2’ To Summer, Lands On Same Date As Studio’s ‘Cinderella’
By Anthony D’Alessandro April 26, 2021 UPDATED: Escape Room 2 will now open on July 16 instead of next year, where it had been scheduled for the first...
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‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Series Ordered at Netflix From Executive Producer Ava DuVernay
By Joe Otterson April 20, 2021 The “Wings of Fire” books by Tui T. Sutherland are being adapted into an animated series at Netflix with Ava DuVernay set to...
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Ava DuVernay Adapting ‘Wings of Fire’ as Animated Series for Netflix
By Lesley Goldberg April 20, 2021 Author Tui T. Sutherland and Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register are also attached to the 10-episode event series....
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Wings Of Fire’ Animated Series Ordered At Netflix
By Peter White April 20, 2021 Ava DuVernay’s Wings of Fire, an animated series adaptation of the family fantasy books which had been in development at Netflix since...
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‘The First Lady’: Regina Taylor To Play Michelle Obama’s Mother In Showtime Anthology Series; Saniyya Sidney, 2 More Cast
By Denise Petski April 13, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominee Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away) is set as a series regular portraying Michelle Obama’s mother, in Showtime’s...
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Universal Lands Family Adventure Spec Script From Alex Ankeles And Morgan Jurgenson
By Justin Kroll April 6, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Universal has picked up an untitled family adventure-comedy spec script from screenwriting duo Alex Ankeles and Morgan...
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Apple in Early Talks for Peter Farrelly’s ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever,’ Zac Efron, Russell Crowe to Join
By Brian Welk March 23, 2021 Apple is in early discussions to pick up and finance the next film from “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly, “The Greatest Beer...
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Russell Crowe, Zac Efron Attached to Star in Peter Farrelly’s Vietnam War Movie for Apple
By Mia Galuppo March 23, 2021 Apple is circling Peter Farrelly’s Green Book follow-up, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, with Zac Efron and Russell Crowe now attached...
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Zac Efron, Russell Crowe Replace Dylan O'Brien, Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly's 'Beer Run' Movie
By Jeff Sneider March 23, 2021 Zac Efron and Oscar winner Russell Crowe are in talks to replace Dylan O’Brien and Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly‘s...
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Nicholas Gonzalez Joins NBC Drama Series ‘La Brea’; Rohan Mirchandaney Also Cast
By Nellie Andreeva March 22, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a three-season run as Dr. Neil Melendez on ABC’s The Good Doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez has been tapped...
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‘Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation’ Drama From Antoine Fuqua a Go at Showtime
By Lesley Goldberg March 16, 2021 Showtime is ready to explore the story of a warrior king. The premium cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order...
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‘Shaka: King Of The Zulu Nation’ Drama From Antoine Fuqua Gets Showtime Series Order
By Nellie Andreeva March 16, 2021 Showtime has given a series order to hourlong drama Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, executive produced and directed by Antoine...
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‘The First Lady’: Aya Cash, Jake Picking, Ben Cook Among 8 Cast In Showtime Anthology Series
By Denise Petski March 10, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has rounded out the cast for its upcoming anthology series The First Lady. Aya Cash (The Boys), Jake Picking (Hollywood), Cayden...
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Josh Holloway to star in HBO Max series Duster from J.J. Abrams, LaToya Morgan
By Rachel Yang March 9, 2021 Josh Holloway and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again. The Lost actor will star in the HBO Max series Duster from co-writers Abrams...
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Josh Holloway to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Duster’ From LaToya Morgan, J.J. Abrams
By Joe Otterson March 9, 2021 Josh Holloway is set to star in the HBO Max series “Duster,” which hails from co-writers LaToya Morgan and J.J. Abrams, Variety...
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Josh Holloway To Star In J.J. Abrams’ HBO Max Series ‘Duster’
By Denise Petski March 9, 2021 Former Lost star Josh Holloway is reuniting with series co-creator J.J. Abrams in Duster, Abrams’ new drama series at HBO Max....
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NBC Drama Series ‘La Brea’ Adds Four to Cast, Including ‘Night Shift’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Alums
By Joe Otterson March 4, 2021 The upcoming NBC drama series “La Brea” has added four new castmembers. Eoin Macken, Jack Martin, Jon Seda, and Lily Santiago...
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‘La Brea’: Eoin Macken To Star, Jon Seda To Return As NBC Series Also Casts Jack Martin & Lily Santiago
By Nellie Andreeva March 4, 2021 UPDATED: The Night Shift star Eoin Macken has been tapped as the male lead opposite Natalie Zea in NBC’s drama series La Brea....
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Dakota Fanning to Play Susan Ford in Showtime’s ‘The First Lady’
By Tim Baysinger March 2, 2021 Dakota Fanning has joined Showtime’s upcoming “The First Lady” anthology series, where she’ll play Susan Ford, the daughter of...
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Dakota Fanning to Play Susan Ford in Showtime Series ‘The First Lady’
By Joe Otterson March 2, 2021 Dakota Fanning has signed on to play Susan Ford in the Showtime anthology series “The First Lady,” Variety has learned. Susan...
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‘The First Lady’: Dakota Fanning To Play Susan Ford In Showtime Anthology Series
By Nellie Andreeva March 2, 2021 Dakota Fanning is set to portray Susan Elizabeth Ford opposite Michelle Pfeiffer’s Betty Ford and Aaron Eckhart’s Gerald Ford...
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Berlin: Renny Harlin Horror ‘The Refuge’ Gets Greenlight
By Scott Roxborough March 2, 2021 1980s action legend Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger), will shift into horror mode for his next feature as a director,...
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Highland launches Renny Harlin horror ‘The Refuge’ at EFM
By Michael Rosser March 2, 2021 Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger director Renny Harlin has lined up horror thriller The Refuge as his next project, which Highland...
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‘Cliffhanger’ Director Renny Harlin’s New Horror Project ‘The Refuge’ Unveiled at EFM
By Lise Pedersen March 2, 2021 The new action-horror film set to be shot by acclaimed blockbuster director Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2,” “Cliffhanger”) is being...
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Renny Harlin To Direct Horror ‘The Refuge’ – EFM
By Tom Grater March 2, 2021 Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) is set to direct horror The Refuge from a script by action sci-fi writer Ben Sztajnkrycer....
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‘The First Lady’ Anthology Series at Showtime Casts O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama
By Joe Otterson February 25, 2021 O-T Fagbenle has been cast in the recurring role of President Barack Obama in the upcoming Showtime anthology series “The...
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‘The First Lady’: O-T Fagbenle To Play Barack Obama In Showtime Anthology Series
By Nellie Andreeva February 25, 2021 O-T Fagbenle is set to play President Barack Obama opposite Viola Davis’ Michelle Obama in Showtime’s anthology series The...
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The Handmaid’s Tale star O-T Fagbenle cast as Barack Obama in Showtime's The First Lady
By Tyler Aquilina February 25, 2021 O-T Fagbenle is getting presidential for his next role. The Black Widow and The Handmaid’s Tale star has been cast...
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Gillian Anderson To Star As Eleanor Roosevelt In ‘The First Lady’ Showtime Limited Series
By Nellie Andreeva February 22, 2021 Coming off playing a renowned 20th century British political figure, Margaret Thatcher, Gillian Anderson is taking on an...
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‘First Lady’: Aaron Eckhart To Play Gerald Ford In Showtime Anthology Series
By Nellie Andreeva February 16, 2021 Aaron Eckhart is set to co-star opposite Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer in The First Lady (working title), Showtime’s...
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Corey Hawkins To Star In ‘Last Voyage Of The Demeter’ For Amblin And André Øvredal
By Justin Kroll January 27, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Corey Hawkins is set to star in Amblin Partners’ Last Voyage Of The Demeter with Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark helmer...
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‘The First Lady’: Pamela Adlon & Rhys Wakefield Join Showtime Anthology Series
By Nellie Andreeva January 27, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Pamela Adlon (Better Things) and Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) are set to co-star opposite Viola...
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Michelle Pfeiffer To Star As Betty Ford In 'The First Lady' Alongside Viola Davis
By Paige Gawley January 22, 2021 Michelle Pfeiffer, a three-time Oscar nominee, is stepping into some iconic shoes. Showtime announced on Thursday that the...
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Michelle Pfeiffer to Play Betty Ford in Showtime’s ‘First Lady’
By Lesley Goldberg, Rick Porter January 21, 2021 Showtime has added a second A-list actress to its anthology series The First Lady. Michelle Pfeiffer will play...
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'The First Lady' Pulls Back the White House Curtain
By Rebecca Ford March 17, 2022 There’s a scene in the 2016 film Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, in which the first lady takes a group...
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Apple Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ & Skydance’s ‘Luck’; Unveils Images From ‘Argylle’, ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ & More
By Matt Grobar March 8, 2022 Apple on Tuesday unveiled new details with regard to its upcoming movie slate, including premiere dates for its titles Cha Cha...
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NAACP Image Awards: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Named Best Film; Will Smith & Jennifer Hudson Take Lead Acting Honors
By Erik Pedersen February 25, 2022 The Harder They Fall was named Outstanding Motion Picture during Saturday’s televised portion of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards...
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NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Colin in Black & White,’ ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Among Winners on Night 5 of Non-Televised Ceremonies
By Hilary Lewis February 25, 2022 The 2022 NAACP Image Awards on Friday night wrapped up its week-long reveal of winners in several non-televised categories...
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ EP Olatunde Osunsanmi Inks CBS Studios Overall Deal With Drama ‘Myth’ As First Project
By Nellie Andreeva February 23, 2022 EXCLUSIVE: Olatunde Osunsanmi, director/executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery,has signed a multi-year overall deal...
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‘The First Lady’ EPs Talk Potential Future Installments On Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, & Melania Trump
By Rosy Cordero February 23, 2022 The executive producers of the upcoming Showtime anthology series The First Lady are already thinking about what historical...
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Jon Hamm Stars in True-Crime Thriller ‘American Hostage’ Podcast Series for Amazon
By Todd Spangler February 22, 2022 Jon Hamm finds himself at the center of a hostage crisis in Amazon original podcast drama series “American Hostage,” based...
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The First Lady: Everything We Know About Showtime's Upcoming Anthology Series
By Chloe Foussianes and Meg Donohue February 18, 2022 An exciting new anthology series is in the works at Showtime. The First Lady promises to explore the unique...
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The First Lady Trailer: Viola Davis' Michelle Obama Refuses to Be a 'Black Martha Stewart' in Showtime Drama
By Dave Nemetz February 17, 2022 It’s not easy being in the White House… even if you’re not the President. Showtime has released a trailer for The First Lady...
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CBS Orders ‘East New York’ Police Drama Pilot from William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn
By Selome Hailu February 9, 2022 CBS has given a pilot order to “East New York,” a drama series written by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn. The series follows...
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Joey King Teases Footage From the 'Uglies' Movie: "It Made My Heart Skip a Beat"
By Perri Nemiroff February 7, 2022 Joey King has been bubbling over with raw talent in front of the lens for quite some time now, but in the last few years,...
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‘Pretzel And The Puppies’: Apple TV+ Sets Preschool Series With Mark Duplass & Nasim Pedrad; Unveils Trailer & Premiere Date
By Alexandra Del Rosario January 31, 2022 Mark Duplass and Nasim Pedrad will voice a couple of Dachshunds for Apple TV+’s Pretzel and the Puppies. The animated...
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Apple TV+ announces “Pretzel and the Puppies,” new animated series for kids and families premiering globally on Friday, February 11
Press Release January 31, 2022 Apple TV+ today announced a new animated preschool series, “Pretzel and the Puppies,” premiering Friday, February 11. Based on...
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Meet Michael Starrbury, the Screenwriter Working with Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick
By Justin Kroll November 21, 2022 Michael Starrbury is about to become a household name. Michael Starrbury was the executive producer and lead writer on the...
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Apple, Skydance Media Make Multi-Year Live Action Film Slate Deal
By Mike Fleming Jr. January 21, 2022 After setting its recent films Without Remorse, The Tomorrow War and The Old Guard at streamers, David Ellison’s Skydance...
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‘Quantum Leap’ Reboot Set At NBC With Pilot Order
By Nellie Andreeva January 13, 2022 Quantum Leap’s long-rumored return has taken a big leap toward becoming a reality. NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot...
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Finding Empathy for Characters Beyond Media Headlines in ‘Impeachment,’ ‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax,’ ‘Colin in Black & White’
By Danielle Turchiano January 3, 2022 Beanie Feldstein, who was tasked with bringing Monica Lewinsky to life on “Impeachment: American Crime Story” was only...
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‘La Brea’ Renewed for Second Season at NBC
By Rick Porter November 12, 2021 The giant sinkhole in La Brea is staying open. NBC has picked up a second season of the drama series for the 2022-23 season,...
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‘La Brea’ Renewed For Season 2 At NBC
By Peter White November 12, 2021 Disaster drama La Brea will be back for a second season. NBC has renewed the series for a sophomore run after the ratings success...
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‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Adds Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Matt Cook, Omari K. Chancellor & Will Hochman
By Matt Grobar November 8, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Ruby Ashbourne Serkis (The Serpent), Matt Cook (Man with a Plan), Omari K. Chancellor (The One?) and Will Hochman...
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