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Netflix renews Rob Lowe's Unstable for Season 2 / Kara Killmer to exit Chicago Fire / Harley Quinn renewed for Season 5
PLUS: CBS to celebrate Dick Van Dyke's 98th birthday with a primetime special.
Netflix renews Rob Lowe's Unstable for Season 2 with a new showrunner
The father-son comedy starring Lowe and his real-life son John Owen Lowe will be back for a second eight-episode season after premiering this past March. Unstable will return with a new showrunner. Married creator Andrew Gurland will replace Victor Fresco, who co-created Unstable with the Lowes. Fresco has exited the series. “It’s a dream come true for us to jump back into the world of Unstable,” the Lowes said in a statement. “Here’s to season two and the many hours of family therapy that we will need along the way.”
Kara Killmer to exit Chicago Fire
Killmer, who joined the NBC procedural as Sylvie Brett in Season 3 in 2014, will leave the show in the latter half of Season 12. Killmer also recurred on Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. Killmer's Sylvie was involved with Jesse Spencer's Matt Casey. Spencer left Chicago Fire in Season 10, but returned in Season 11 to fill the void left by Taylor Kinney's temporary absence. In the final moments of the season finale, Casey proposed to Brett.
Harley Quinn renewed for Season 5
Max's raunchy, violent superhero animated will be back for another season after completing Season 4 in September. “Harley Quinn has raised the comedic crowbar with every new season. We’re excited to continue this partnership with Max and take our biggest swing yet for Season 5,” said Peter Girardi, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at Warner Bros. Animation, in a statement.
Yellowstone to resume production on its final episodes in late spring 2024
As previously announced Season 5's nine remaining episodes are scheduled to premiere in November 2024.
Charissa Thompson's revelation that she fabricates some sideline reports shocks the sports media world
The Fox Sports veteran who currently hosts Amazon Prime Video's Thursday Night Football pregame show made the stunning admission on Pardon My Take. “I’ve said this before,” Thompson said. “I haven’t been fired to saying it, but I’ll say it again. I would make up the report sometimes, because A, the coach wouldn’t come out at halftime, or it was too late and I didn’t want to screw up the report. So I was like, ‘I’m just gonna make this up.’ Because first of all, no coach is gonna get mad if I say, ‘Hey, we need to stop hurting ourselves, we need to be better on third down, we need to stop turning the ball over and do a better job of getting off the field.’ They’re not gonna correct me on that. So I’m like, it’s fine, I’ll just make up the report.” Thompson's comments drew condemnation from sports media stars. "Young reporters: This is not normal or ethical. Coaches and players trust us with sensitive information, and if they know that you’re dishonest and don’t take your role seriously, you’ve lost all trust and credibility," tweeted Molly McGrath, a sideline reporter for ESPN college football. Tulane football sideline reporter Maddy Hudak accused Thompson of “setting women back” by doing her job this way and touting it publicly. The New York Post sports media reporter tweeted that Thompson "messed up on so many levels...All the sideline reporters who do the job correctly look bad as a result."
CBS to celebrate Dick Van Dyke's 98th birthday with a primetime special
The two-hour Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic is set to air Dec. 21, eight days after the comedy icon's 98th birthday. "I started with CBS under contract in 1955 with the CBS morning show, then The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder," said Van Dyke in a statement. “I’ve been with the CBS family for almost 70 years, and I couldn’t be prouder. I’m incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me. Can’t wait to be part of the show!”
Adrienne Warren to star in Peacock's 1915-set Dreamland period drama on Tulsa's Black Wall Street
The Tony winner is teaming with writer and executive producer Eric Haywood on Dreamland, which "explores the world of Black Wall Street, the legendary African-American business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s segregated Greenwood community," reports Deadline. "Set in 1915, the series avoids depicting the well-known deadly massacre that took place several years later. Instead, it explores the daily lives, interpersonal relationships, and class struggles of Greenwood’s residents — all taking place in the shadow of an oil boom that ignited long-standing tensions between the city’s white, African-American, and displaced Native American populations."
Jeff Probst announces he'll no longer snuff out torches for Survivor quitters
“I want to declare right here on your show that from this point forward if you are a Survivor player and you quit, your torch will not be snuffed,” Probst said on Live With Kelly and Mark. “That’s over. To get your torch snuffed, you got to play the game.” Probst’s emotional response comes after Survivor 45 had two players — Hannah Rose and Sean Edwards — quit before making it to the halfway point of the season.
Bert Kreischer feared for the worst when he tackled a protester crashing The Netflix Cup
Although the comedian went viral with his tackle of a female protester during Netflix's first live sports event Tuesday, he feared that something worse was about to happen. “It was such an interesting thing because they had all these celebrities in the pit lane, is what they called it, and I was supposed to do interviews with everyone,” Kreischer tells Deadline. “When those people came running out, this is going to sound really crazy, I kept thinking to myself when I was sitting there, ‘Man, this is where that (Vegas) shooting was. This is crazy. If you’re going to do a shooting, you could kill a ton of celebrities right now.'”
Fox pushes 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 5 to fall 2024
The Rob Lowe-led drama was supposed to return in the spring, but Season 5's 12 episodes will be back next fall due to delays caused by the Hollywood strikes.
The CW yanks acquired series Run the Burbs and Everyone Else Burns, each after three episodes
Canadian sitcom Run the Burbs and British comedy Everyone Else Burns have both been pulled from The CW's Thursday lineup after premiering on Oct. 26, according to TVLine. They'll be replaced by reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Great American Joke Off.
Prince Harry reportedly will skip The Crown's final season due to its "sensitive nature"
According to Deadline, Harry — who has a deal with Netflix — "has no ill feelings towards The Crown’s creators or Netflix about the direction of Season 6. He was not consulted over the show and had no advanced sight of episodes." Deadline's report comes hours after Britain's The Telegraph reported that Harry planned to watch Season 6, which tackles the death of his mother Princess Diana. ALSO: How The Crown handled Princess Diana's death in Season 6.
Donald Glover and Maya Erskine's Mr. & Mrs. Smith isn't trying to remake Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 2005 spy movie
"It's definitely going to be different for a lot of people, which I think is good,"says Glover, who co-created the Amazon Prime Video series with Francesca Sloane. "You can always go back and watch the old one, but this one gives you a different feeling. People are definitely going to be shocked. I just know how much people love the other one, so if everybody's like, 'Eh,' we didn't do a good job. I hope some people are like, 'This is better than the original,' and some people are like, 'This is far worse.'"
Peacock renews Love Island USA for two more seasons
The renewal comes after "there were huge numbers for this summer’s season five, which was the second season on Peacock,” said NBC Universal's head of unscripted content Corie Henson.
Donald Trump may be ready to participate in his first Republican presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle
TMZ reports that the Secret Service has scoped out Moody Music Building Concert Hall at the University of Alabama, home to the next Republican debate on Dec. 6. The former president was absent from the first three debates.
Lauren Graham says her good friend Matthew Perry was really happy in his final year
"This last year, he was so proud of the book he wrote, and of how many people it touched,” Graham, a close friend of the late Friends star for decades, said on CBS Mornings. “It was a success that gave him a level of happiness that I hadn’t seen in him for a really long time, so that’s a nice memory.” Graham added of Perry's death: “I am still in shock. I mean, it’s a really tragic loss, and he leaves his beautiful work behind. That’s something to be thankful for, and again, the book really meant something to him, so it was a really happy year for him.”
Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo is "heartbroken and deeply disappointed" over Netflix’s cancelation
In an Instagram post, Bardugo wrote that she was “heartbroken and deeply disappointed” after learning that there would be no Season 3 for Shadow and Bone, and no Six of Crows spinoff, “but I’m also trying to hold on to my very real gratitude.” She went on to say, “Most authors never get to see their work adapted. Many who do end up regretting the experience. I’m one of the very few who can look at an adaptation with pride and tremendous joy.” ALSO: Shadow and Bone star Archie Renaux thanks fans.
The O.C. producer recalls regretting killing off Marissa Cooper
Executive producer Stephanie Savage recalls after first watching the episode that kills off Mischa Barton’s polarizing character, "I was just bawling. I was like, What have we done? Not just that it was sad that Marissa died, but that we made a terrible, terrible mistake." Savage made her comments in Welcome to the O.C.: The Oral History that she and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz worked with TV critic Alan Sepinwall. The book will be released on Nov. 28. Savage recalls Fox pressuring them to kill someone key to the series. “What you’re doing isn’t really working, and you guys need to do something big or this is the end," she says.
John Cena to host car-based talk show What Drives You for Roku
On What Drives You, Cena and his celebrity friends will partake in in-depth interviews while hitting the road in the guests’ favorite vehicles. "It’s a great opportunity for me to ride shotgun and learn from some of the world’s most entertaining and inspiring individuals," Cena said in a statement.
Modern Family cast and creators reunite without Ty Burrell
Creators Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan reunited with their cast 3-1/2 years after the series finale. But since Burrell was unable to make the reunion, so he appeared via a picture frame.
How Ghosts UK differs from CBS' Ghosts
The BBC original version of Ghosts, which premiered in 2019, begins airing tonight on CBS. "The American version is from creators Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and it’s quite good (and expected to return in February), but the first thing you notice about the UK original is that it’s less sitcomy in its rhythms," says Nina Metz. "It’s also just shot better and more cinematic. The writing’s a smidge sharper. Rooted in a joyously absurd sense of humor, the strength of both shows is how they transcend the initial gimmick and create space for character-based comedy that’s not at odds with the occasional poignant moment." ALSO: How the UK characters compare to their U.S. counterparts.
Why Jon Hamm is wearing nipple rings in Fargo?
Fargo creator Noah Hawley tells The Hollywood Reporter he came up with the accessory for Hamm's frontier lawman Sheriff Roy Tillman character, explaining that “we live in Tiger King America, right — there’s a hedonism to the Christian Right that is unexpected, let’s just put it that way. And I thought it would dimensionalize Jon more than he’s just some sheriff who thumps the Bible.”
Peacock acquires Canadian live-action kids' series Mittens & Pants
The series, which premiered earlier this year on CBC Kids in Canada and Sky Kids in the UK, follows Mittens the kitten and Pants the puppy, best friends who live in the all-animal town of Kibble Corners.
Happy 30th birthday, Pete Davidson!
The SNL alum and comedian is celebrating entering his 30s today as an industry veteran.
Snoop Dogg appears to announce he’s quitting smoking marijuana
"After much consideration & conversation with my family, I've decided to give up smoke," Snoop wrote in a statement posted to Twitter/X. "Please respect my privacy at this time." As Hollywood Life notes, since the statement was vague, it’s not clear if Snoop is entirely giving up marijuana.
TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz will interview filmmakers in new Talking Pictures podcast
On TCM’s Talking Pictures: A Movie Memories Podcast, premiering Jan. 16, 2024, Mankiewicz will speak with directors and writers as they discuss their earliest film memories, favorite films, creative influences and guilty pleasures. Guests include Mel Brooks, Nancy Meyers and Patty Jenkins.
Watch Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine in Starz's Mary & George trailer
Starz has picked up the U.S. and Canada rights to the historical psychodrama starring Moore and Galitzine as a ruthless mother and son who became one of the richest and most influential players in the English court.
Seth MacFarlane's Ted prequel series teaser mocks Peacock and itself
In a statement, MacFarlane and co-showrunners Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh wrote: “Each generation develops its own unique artistic style, its own way of seeing the world. In the twenties, it was the subversive musical phrasings of jazz. In the fifties, it was the bold brushwork of the abstract expressionists. Our generation’s unique art is streaming content based on previously successful intellectual property. In that proud tradition, we humbly give you Ted.” Ted premieres Jan. 11, 2024.