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Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Upshaws’

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Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Upshaws’
Netflix has ordered “The Upshaws,” a new multi-camera comedy series starring Wanda Skyes and Mike Epps, the streaming service said Tuesday.

Regina Hicks is set as co-showrunner and executive producer on the show, which “centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it,” according to Netflix.

In addition to starring on “The Upshaws,” Sykes will executive produce and serve as co-showrunner on the series, with Epps, Dan Spilo, Page Hurwitz and Niles Kirchner also executive producing.

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Earlier this year, Sykes launched her first comedy special for Netflix — and fifth overall — “Wanda Sykes: Not Norma.” Her other recent small-screen credits include “Black-ish,” the ABC special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” “The Other Two” and “Broad City.” Her other
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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO
Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO.

The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series.

“We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming. “We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich. In today’s world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, ‘Succession’ presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community.”

Created by Jesse Armstrong, Season 2 of the series began where the first season left off. It follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire,
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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years

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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years
Hallelujah, HBO execs: The series premiere of Danny McBride’s “The Righteous Gemstones” on Sunday was the pay TV channel’s most-watched linear debut of a comedy series in more than three years.

The hour-long “Righteous Gemstones” premiere brought in 844,000 viewers across HBO’s platforms yesterday, including streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now.

The 10 p.m. airing alone averaged 593,000 viewers, making it the HBO comedy to launch with the highest linear-viewership tally since the 2016 premiere of “Vice Principals,” which also starred McBride and put up 1.2 million viewers.

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The comedy about a “televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work” stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Calvero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams star.

The Righteous Gemstones” is created, written, executive produced and directed by McBride. Jody Hill
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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team

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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team
The creative team set to bring Kaley Cuoco’s dark comedy series “The Flight Attendant” to HBO Max has taken shape.

The series, which tells the terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened, has tapped Susanna Fogel to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

Fogel has been highly active on the feature front recently, directing 2018’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and earning a co-writing credit on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart.”

Previously announced executive producer Steve Yockey, who co-executive produced on “Supernatural,” has been named as showrunner for the Yes, Norman Productions, Berlanti Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television series. “Nashville” executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin have been tapped to serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on “The Flight Attendant,” working alongside Yockey, who
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‘Criminal Minds’ Star A.J. Cook Wins Court Ruling Against Ex-Lawyers Over Fees

‘Criminal Minds’ Star A.J. Cook Wins Court Ruling Against Ex-Lawyers Over Fees
A judge ruled in favor of “Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook on Monday is her dispute with her former attorneys, who said they were entitled to 5 percent of her payments from the hit CBS drama.

Cook argued that attorney Neil Meyer and his firm, Meyer & Downs, raised their fee from 2.5 percent per episode of “Criminal Minds” to 5 percent without her agreement, and that her then-manager, David Guillod, arranged for the increased payments to be made to Meyer & Downs without her consent.

She left Guillod in 2017 when he was accused of sexually assaulting four women — accusations he denies. She then stopped paying both the lawyers and Guillod’s former management company, Primary Wave.

Meyer & Downs sued, saying the firm was owed fees because of a verbal contract. Cook’s attorney, Michael Saltz, argued that an oral contract wasn’t enforceable for contingency fees. (A contingency fee is a fee that
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The Walking Dead's Christian Serratos to Play Selena in Netflix Bio-Series

Netflix has found its Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in The Walking Dead actress Christian Serratos, who will play the Latin singer in the streamer’s upcoming bio-series.

Initially picked up at Netflix in December, Selena: The Series will consist of two parts and will chronicle Selena’s coming-of-age, when she “must make tough choices to hold on to family, true love and music,” the project’s logline reads.

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Songs for Screens: ‘American Horror Story’ Makes ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ Sizzle Again

FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘Ahs 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody “Suddenly Last Summer” plays as aerial footage of an idyllic summer camp scene from the 1980s at fictional ‘Camp Redwood’ plays out, until things take a darker turn, quickly.

“The slightly haunting vibe of the song, and the connotation of the unexpected implied by the lyric, made it a perfect fit for the campaign,
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Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Multi-Camera Comedy Series for Netflix

Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Multi-Camera Comedy Series for Netflix
Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are headed to Netflix.

The streamer has ordered a multi-camera comedy series starring the two comedians titled “The Upshaws.” The series centers on a working-class Africian American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it.

Sykes will executive produce and serve as co-showrunner in addition to starring, with Regina Hicks serving as showrunner and executive producer. Epps will also executive produce, along with Page Hurwitz of Push It Productions, Dan Spilo, and Niles Kirchner.

Sykes released the comedy special “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” on Netflix earlier this year,
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Succession Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

The Roy family feud isn't coming to an end any time soon. HBO announced Tuesday that Succession has officially been renewed for Season 3.

The news, which comes after just two episodes of Season 2 have aired, shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's checked their Twitter feed on Sunday night for

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Vader Streams Shut Down by Hollywood Studios

A coalition of Hollywood studios and streaming companies announced on Tuesday that they have shut down Vader Streams, which was once a popular source of pirated TV content.

The service went offline in early May under mysterious circumstances, leading to speculation that the operator had either absconded or been forced out of business. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment — the five major studios plus Netflix and Amazon — disclosed that it had shuttered Vader and seized its assets through a sealed court proceeding in Canada.

The organization has undertaken similar actions in the U.S. against several other pirate providers that use open-source Kodi software,
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‘Room 104’ Trailer: Season 3 Unveils Another Crazy Good Cast, Director List — Watch

For anyone who wondered how the HBO series “Room 104” would keep being able to tell different stories from within the exact same motel, there’s a new group of episodes ready to reinvent the show once more. Season 3 of the series created by Mark and Jay Duplass is set to return with another round of inexplicably divergent tales from within the world of this tiny, unassuming room, this time with a few natural excursions to boot.

With an ever-changing cast for this ongoing anthology series, this new season also brings with it a bevy of new folks to help tell these wild tales. Filling out the Season 3 ensemble are a lengthy list that includes Sam Richardson, Luke Wilson, Aasif Mandvi, Dale Dickey, Macon Blair, Arturo Castro, Fred Melamed, David Paymer, June Squibb, and a shockingly non-mustachioed Paul F. Tompkins.

As usual, these half-hour episodes come to life through the style of some exciting independent filmmakers.
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Netflix Teams With ‘The Killing’ Creator for Crime Thriller ‘The Chestnut Man’

Haugesund, Norway — Further expanding its Scandinavian footprint, Netflix has announced its second Danish original series, “The Chestnut Man,” a police thriller based on “The Killing” creator Søren Sveistrup’s popular novel.

The streaming giant will team with Sveistrup’s Sam Productions, minority owned by Studiocanal, part of Vivendi Canal Plus Group, to deliver this noir-influenced literary adaptation, which will track two Copenhagen detectives as they investigate an increasingly high profile murder case.

“Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I’m excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for [it],” says Sveistrup.
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ICM Blasts Writers Guild Over Withdrawal of State Lawsuit

ICM Partners has slammed the leaders of the Writers Guild of America over its decision to withdraw from its state court lawsuit in favor of refiling the action in federal court.

The agency, which was sued in April by the guild and eight WGA members over charging allegedly illegal packaging fees, issued a statement Tuesday saying that the WGA leaders are seeking to delay a court ruling being issued prior to its Sept. 16 election — widely viewed as a referendum on the hardline approach to agents. Phyllis Nagy is running against current WGA West President David Goodman in order to re-launch
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TVLine Items: Riverdale Casts Nemesis, CSI: NY Vet Visits Nola and More

TVLine Items: Riverdale Casts Nemesis, CSI: NY Vet Visits Nola and More
A new season of Riverdale is almost upon us, which means it’s time for yet another shady adult to develop a creepy interest in noted teen Archie Andrews. Juan Riedinger — whose previous small-screen credits include roles on Claws, Good Behavior and Narcos — will recur in Season 4 as Dodger, a new nemesis of Archie’s, our sister site Deadline reports.

As previously reported, Sam Witwer (Supergirl, Once Upon a Time) is also joining Riverdale‘s fourth season, playing Mr. Chipping, a questionable creative writing teacher at Jughead’s new prep school. Additionally, Shannen Doherty — who currently stars on Fox’s
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Succession Renewed for Season 3

HBO has renewed Succession for Season 3, just two weeks into the dysfunctional family drama’s sophomore run.

TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has thusly been updated.

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Season 2 opened on Aug. 11 with a series high of 1.2 million viewers across HBO’s linear network and digital platforms. In linear viewing alone (612,000 viewers), the season opener was up 5 percent from last summer’s series launch.

Episode 2 drew 603K in linear alone, and just over 1 million
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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

“Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO.

The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series.

“We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming. “We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich. In today’s world where the
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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team

Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team
The creative team set to bring Kaley Cuoco’s dark comedy series “The Flight Attendant” to HBO Max has taken shape.

The series, which tells the terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened, has tapped Susanna Fogel to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

Fogel has been highly active on the feature front recently, directing 2018’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and earning a co-writing credit on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart.”

Previously announced executive producer Steve Yockey,
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Mayim Bialik Signs Warner Bros. TV Production, Talent Holding Deal

Mayim Bialik Signs Warner Bros. TV Production, Talent Holding Deal
The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik is expanding her relationship with the production studio behind the long-running CBS comedy.

Bialik and her newly launched Sad Clown Productions banner have signed an exclusive multi-year production deal with the studio, coupled with a talent holding provision for her acting services. Bialik is bringing on former Chuck Lorre Productions exec Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught to head development for her new shingle.

The actress is following in the footsteps of “Big Bang Theory” co-stars Kaley Cuoco, who inked a multi-faceted deal with Wbtv back in July, and Jim Parsons, who has an overall deal at
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Bryan Cranston Showtime Series ‘Your Honor’ Casts Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

The upcoming Showtime drama series “Your Honor” has added Carmen Ejogo and Isiah Whitlock Jr. to its cast as series regulars.

The pair join previously announced series lead Bryan Cranston. Cranston stars as a respected New Orleans judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. The series also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Sofia Black-d’Elia, and Hunter Doohan.

Ejogo will play Lee Delamere, a smart lawyer at a moneyed law firm whose passionate pursuit of justice pulls her back into the New Orleans criminal justice system. Ejogo is known
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