Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
AMC cancels Dietland after one season
The Marti Noxon-created dark comedy starring Julianna Margulies and Joy Nash never got big ratings, despite a slew of promotion for its June 4 premiere. Only about 537,000 total viewers watched the July 30 finale, despite AMC's efforts to turn Dietland into a summer event that included an Aisha Tyler-hosted Unapologetic companion show. "Among adults under 50, the ratings were even worse: A mere 158,000 viewers in the demo watched the finale," reports Josef Adalian. AMC issued a statement, announcing the cancelation, saying the show was “bold, original and brave," and noting that it had “garnered critical acclaim and passionate fans. We are beyond proud of our partnership with Marti Noxon, Joy Nash, Julianna Margulies, Skydance and everyone else involved in bringing Sarai Walker’s story to the screen.”
HBO renews The Deuce for a third and final season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The David Simon 1970s porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been given a third season to wrap things up after performing with modest ratings. "We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," tweeted Simon. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story."
Chloe Dykstra says she contemplated suicide after accusing Chris Hardwick of abuse and sexual misconduct
“After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it,” Dykstra tells Time magazine. “I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?'” Dykstra recalls that after posting her Medium in June that didn't name Hardwick, "I opened trending and saw my face. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.'”
Star Trek: Short Treks standalone series gets premiere date
The four-episode series will debut on Oct. 4 ahead of the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 premiere next year. Each episode will revolve around a key character on Discovery, including Doug Jones' Saru, Mary Wiseman's Tilly and Rainn Wilson's Harry Mudd.
Why CBS might still end up paying Les Moonves $120 million in severance
Source: The New York Times
"Whether he collects the $120 million severance payment will come down to a seemingly simple question: Was he fired for 'cause'?" explains James B. Stewart. "For most people, the allegations against Mr. Moonves would be more than enough cause. But in the strange world of chief executive contracts, they may not be. Mr. Moonves’s most recent contract, which he signed last year, stipulates that cause for being fired includes a felony conviction, fraud, failing to cooperate fully in a company investigation and violation of any company policies, including those concerning sexual harassment. Mere allegations of sexual misconduct, which now have been made publicly against Mr. Moonves by 12 women, do not constitute cause. Nor is it likely that behavior that occurred before he joined CBS could be considered a violation of any company policy."
Lost alum Jeremy Davies will play the villain on The CW's Arrowverse crossover event
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Davies will play John Deegan, "a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats."
Alan Tudyk takes role as Syfy's Resident Alien
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Firefly alum has joined the Syfy pilot adaptation of the Dark Horse comic in the role role of Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, a small-town Colorado doctor whose body is taken over by an alien. Tudyk was recently cast as Mr. Nobody on DC Universe's Doom Patrol.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose music for HBO's Watchmen
The Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails duo have been enlisted to write original music for the DC Comics graphic novel-based series. Reznor and Ross shared an Oscar for their score on the 2010 movie The Social Network.
Chrisley Knows Best is getting a sibling spinoff
Source: Us Weekly
USA says it's working on a reality show starring Todd and Julie Chrisley's 22-year-old son Chase, 21-year-old daughter Savannah and other family members. Chrisley Knows Best concluded its sixth season in August.
Suits spinoff adds Bethany Joy Lenz
The One Tree Hill alum is one of four new cast members joining Gina Torres on the Los Angeles-based series revolving around the dirty world of Chicago politics.
Nat Geo special to go behind the scenes with the Secret Service
United States Secret Service: On The Front Line will air a two-hour special on Oct. 14, featuring "exclusive access" to four separate Secret Service missions over the past year, including President Trump's visit to the Philippines last year.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book finds a new publishing home
The Buffy comic book is moving from Dark Horse Comics to BOOM! STUDIOS! in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Fox pulled Dark Horse's license last month after 20 years.
America’s Got Talent winner Shin Lim to make his Broadway debut
Lim has nabbed his first gig after last night's AGT victory. The 26-year-old magician will be featured in The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays on Broadway from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30.
William Shatner to release his first-ever Christmas album
Source: ET Canada
The Star Trek alum's Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album will feature contributions from Brad Paisley, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Judy Collins and more.
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