Guy Fieri signs $100 million with Food Network / Starz renews Power Book III: Raising Kanan / Kelli Giddish returning to Law & Order: SVU
PLUS: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and James Norton to lead British period drama series King and Conqueror.
Guy Fieri signs $100 million three-year deal to stay at Food Network
Fieri's new deal is valued at more than $100 million and will carry the Mayor of Flavortown, who won The Next Food Network Star in April 2006, through his 20th anniversary with Food Network. "This fresh pact means that Fieri retains his title as the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable channel’s highest-paid talent and bests his most recent multiyear deal, which closed in 2021 for $80 million," reports Variety's Jennifer Maas. Warner Bros. Discovery head of food content Betsy Ayala adds, in a statement: “Recognized everywhere he goes, there is only one Guy Fieri. Guy’s love of food, restaurants, and the chefs behind the dishes, combined with his extraordinary passion for crafting series with stories that resonate make extending this partnership a clear choice in our mission to deliver to viewers more of what they love.”
Starz renews Power Book III: Raising Kanan for Season 4 ahead of its Season 3 premiere this Friday
“We’re thrilled to continue Kanan Stark’s story, and for fans to see how the events of his formative adolescent years continue to mold him into the cold-hearted villain they were first introduced to in Power,” Starz president of original programming Kathryn Busby said in a statement. “We are quite sure that after viewers see the battle lines being drawn between Raq and Kanan on this epic upcoming third season that they will demand more.”
Kelli Giddish returning to Law & Order: SVU
She'll reprise her Det. Amanda Rollins role for SVU’s Season 25 premiere, her second appearance since officially departing last December, according to TVLine.
The Daily Show bringing back Kal Penn and Charlamagne Tha God as guest-hosts
Charlamagne Tha God will return as guest-host next week after hosting last spring, while Penn — who was reported in August to be among the finalists for the hosting job — will return as host the week of Dec. 11. They are the third and fourth repeat Daily Show guest-hosts after Sarah Silverman and Leslie Jones.
The Crown teases Kate Middleton’s see-through dress in the first look at the final Season 6 episodes
Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy will assume the roles of Prince William and Kate when Season 6, Part 2 drops on Dec. 14.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and James Norton to lead British period drama series King and Conqueror
The BBC series from CBS Studios will star Game of Thrones alum Coster-Waldau as the Duke of Normandy and Happy Valley's Norton as Harold, Earl of Wessex, "two 11th century men destined to meet at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – two allies with no design on the British throne, who found themselves forced by circumstance and personal obsession into a war for possession of its crown," per Variety. The eight-episode series is created, written and executive produced by Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Michael Robert Johnson.
Fargo's David Rysdahl is reteaming with Noah Hawley on Alien
Rysdahl, who is currently breaking out on Fargo Season 5, joins Season 4 Fargo alum Timothy Olyphant on Hawley's Alien series for FX. His character is being kept under wraps.
Fallout reveals the first look at the Power Armor suits, plus Walton Goggins and Ella Purnell
Amazon Prime Video has released photos from Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's video game adaptation, premiering April 12.
Matt Smith to lead Sky's adaptation of Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro
The Doctor Who, House of the Dragon and The Crown vet will star in and executive produce the limited series adaptation of Cave's 2009 darkly comic novel of the same name. "Smith will play the titular role of Bunny Munro, a sex addict, door-to-door beauty product salesman and self-professed lothario whose life is derailed by his wife Libby’s suicide," per The Hollywood Reporter. "Together with 9-year-old son Bunny Junior, he embarks on an increasingly out-of-control road trip across Southern England as the two struggle to handle their grief. Bunny by trying to seduce any woman he meets, Bunny Junior by talking to the ghost of his mother as he slowly realizes his father is a mess. Eklöf and Cave will also executive produce the series."
Squid Game: The Challenge becomes Britain's most-streamed show with 2 million viewers
Official Barb audience figures found the Netflix reality adaptation of Squid Game racked up nearly 2 million viewers in its first five days.
Keith Morrison speaks out for the first time since Matthew Perry's death, requesting a Giving Tuesday donation to his late stepson’s foundation
"This is not the sort of thing I commonly do, this pitch. But this year is different. And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Do what you can; he would have been grateful," the Dateline NBC host tweeted, linking to the recently launched Matthew Perry Foundation.
Sean "Diddy" Combs temporarily steps down as chairman of Revolt TV after being served with sexual assault lawsuits
Combs, who co-founded the music-oriented TV network in 2013, was hit with three sexual assault lawsuits in recent weeks filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act. The lawsuits included one from R&B singer Cassie, Combs' ex-girlfriend, who accused him of raping and beating her over the course of a decade. Combs quickly settled that lawsuit before he was hit with two more last week.
The O.C. considered Emma Stone for Kaitlin Cooper
In the new book Welcome to The O.C.: The Oral History, released today, The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and executive producer Stephanie Savage team up with TV critic Alan Sepinwall to look back at the Fox drama series, including the re-casting of an older Kaitlin Cooper after she was originally played by Shailene Woodley. "We saw quite a few people for that," Savage recalls, according to EW. "We saw Hayden Panettiere, we saw Britt Robertson. Lily Collins." Schwartz adds: "We had a meeting with Emma Stone," who Savage says looked like Melinda Clarke, who played Julie Cooper. But ultimately, Schwartz says Stone "felt green in that moment."
Rick Riordan reveals the Percy Jackson and the Olympians' episode titles will correspond with books
"The chapter, er, episode titles for our TV show," the author, who wrote the first two episodes of Disney+'s adaptation, posted on Instagram. "When I say we followed the book, this is one example. So looking forward to sharing it with you Dec. 20 on Disney+"
Dr. Death's Season 2 trailer features Edgar Ramírez and Mandy Moore
Ramírez plays a charming surgeon known as "Miracle Man" while Moore plays an investigative journalist in the Peacock anthology series based on the third season of the Wondery podcast of the same name. Dr. Death Season 2 premieres Dec. 21.
Apple TV+ unveils the trailer for John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial
The docuseries on the aftermath of Mark David Chapman's December 1980 killing of The Beatles icon promises "the untold truth behind the tragedy" when it premieres Dec. 6.
Watch Netflix's trailer for Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team
The all-access docuseries premiering Dec. 12 goes behind the scenes of the 2023 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, which had a disappointing exit in August.