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Live Good Times Cast: Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Tiffany Haddish, Jharrel Jerome and 3 Others

In the immortal words of Captain Holt: Hot damn!

ABC has revealed a mighty impressive cast for its live staging of Good Times, which will air as part of the second, holiday-themed edition of Live in Front of a Studio Audience on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8/7c. Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andre Braugher and How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis will lead the ensemble as marrieds James and Florida Evans, while Saturday Night Live vet Jay Pharoah will assume the “dyn-o-mite!” role of eldest son J.J.

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Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Jharrel Jerome Among Seven Cast in ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’

ABC’s second “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special has added several stars to its cast.

The special, which will air on Dec. 18, will feature classic episodes of “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” Joining the cast for “Good Times” are Viola Davis and Andre Braugher as Florida Evans and James Evans, Jay Pharoah as J.J Evans, Asante Blackk as Michael Evans, Corinne Foxx as Thelma Evans, and Tiffany Haddish as Willona Woods. Jharrel Jerome is also confirmed to join in an unspecified role. In addition, Anthony Anderson and Patti Labelle will sing the show’s theme song live.
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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s ‘Little America’ Renewed for Season 2 on Apple TV+

Apple has renewed Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “Little America” for a second season ahead of its Season 1 premiere on January 17, 2020.

The upcoming Apple TV+ series is inspired by the true stories of American immigrants featured in Epic Magazine and focuses on the “little” but profound stories that Americans typically don’t have opportunities to read about in the media. Apple will release all Season 1 episodes at once.

“’Little America’ episodes are meant to evoke emotions that are as unique as each immigrant’s experience in this country,” executive producers Gordon and Nanjiani said in a statement. “We’re so happy to have the opportunity to be the conduit for these stories, and to have the chance to tell more of them in a second season with Apple.”

Each half-hour episodes will feature a unique story from an immigrant whom hail from all over the world. “The Manager” episode will focus on Kabir,
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Orlando Bloom Sets First-Look Deal With Amazon

Orlando Bloom Sets First-Look Deal With Amazon
Carnival Row” star Orlando Blook has inked a first-look deal with Amazon, Variety has learned. Under the deal, Bloom will develop television and film projects for Prime Video.

Bloom currently stars on Amazon’s “Carnival Row” alongside Cara Delevigne. The series premiered back in August and was renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere. The series is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. This growing population struggles to coexist under the onerous laws of humanity. Vignette (Cara Delevingne) and Philo (Orlando Bloom
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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Series ‘Little America’ Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Apple

Apple has renewed its immigrant anthology series “Little America” for a second season before the first has even debuted.

The half-hour series hails from “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon and is based on true stories from Epic Magazine. It explores the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America.

Star Trek” alum Zachary Quinto is set to star in episode 4 of the first season titled “The Silence,” playing a character named Leonard. Apple has also revealed that Jearnest Corchado, John Ortiz, Angela Lin, Kai To, Sophia Xu, Shaun Toub, Shila Vosough Ommi,
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The Standout TV Moments of the Decade

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‘Queer Eye’s’ Carson Kressley to Host Parrot Analytics’ Global TV Demand Awards (Exclusive)

‘Queer Eye’s’ Carson Kressley to Host Parrot Analytics’ Global TV Demand Awards (Exclusive)
Parrot Analytics has signed up TV personality/style guru/author Carson Kressley to host its 2nd Annual Global TV Demand Awards at Natpe: Miami.

The event, building on 2019’s inaugural edition, takes place on Jan. 21 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

Joining Kressley as presenters are actors Martin Kove (“Cobra Kai”), Hailie Sahar (“Pose”), and Emily Swallow (“The Mandalorian”).

Kressley looks set to bring flamboyance to a ceremony which prizes the most in-demand shows in the world. Breaking out from 2003 with Bravo’s primetime Emmy-winning “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” he also served as a judge on Vh-
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Superstore: Knife-Wielding Dean Norris Plays Dina's Dad — 2020 First Look

Superstore: Knife-Wielding Dean Norris Plays Dina's Dad — 2020 First Look
Superstore will ring in the new year with a long-awaited (and potentially dangerous) family reunion, when Dean Norris enters Cloud 9 as Dina’s deadbeat dad.

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As previously reported, the Breaking Bad vet will assume the role of Howard Fox, a “rugged and eccentric” individual who comes back into Dina’s life, ready to make amends for leaving her when she was just a child. (The character was most recently referenced in the Oct. 24 episode “Self-Care,
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Hulu Hopes to Make Ads Part of Your Binge Session

Hulu Hopes to Make Ads Part of Your Binge Session
If you just can’t keep yourself from watching another episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “PEN15,” then Hulu has an ad for you.

The streaming-video hub is starting a trial run of new commercials aimed specifically at binge-watchers, which the company defines as subscribers who watch three or more episodes of the same series consecutively. Over the course of a three-episode session, a specific ad in the last commercial break of each of the first two episodes offers humorous commentary from Hulu and a specific marketer, and acknowledge that a binge session has begun. Then, just before the third episode,
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Ratings: Seal Team Eyes Season High in Audience, Masked Singer Rises

CBS’ historic episode of Survivor on Wednesday drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, holding steady week-to-week. Leading out of that, Seal Team (5.8 mil/0.7) was steady in the demo with its fall finale while ticking up to its largest audience since Jan. 2. Closing the Eye’s night, S.W.A.T. (4.8 mil/0.6) was down a tenth.

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TV Ratings: ‘The Masked Singer’ Bounces Back, Controversial ‘Survivor’ Episode Doesn’t Budge

TV Ratings: ‘The Masked Singer’ Bounces Back, Controversial ‘Survivor’ Episode Doesn’t Budge
The Masked Singer” rebounded from a season low on Tuesday night to win the Wednesday night TV ratings with its semifinals.

The singing competition show, which unmasked two contestants last night, scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 6.9 million viewers. That represents a considerable gain on the last episode which scored a 1.6 and 5.8 million total viewers, its worst performance to date in both metrics. “Almost Family” benefited from it stronger lead-in, doubling its rating and viewership from last episode to end up with a 0.6 and 2.2 million total viewers, a five-week high.

Second place on the night went to “Survivor” on CBS,
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‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ Trailer: David Attenborough Explores Earth’s Furthest Corners – Exclusive

‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ Trailer: David Attenborough Explores Earth’s Furthest Corners – Exclusive
David Attenborough will explore the far reaches of the planet on BBC America’s upcoming “Seven Worlds, One Planet” and IndieWire is exclusively premiering the trailer for the nature documentary series which will premiere on January 18, 2020.

Each of the seven installments of the Attenborough-narrated series will focus on a particular continent and how it shapes animal behavior and biodiversity. The multi-network series, which recently aired its final episode in the United Kingdom, will air stateside on BBC America, AMC, IFC, and SundanceTV. The show marks the first time that BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series.

The trailer features series theme “Out There,” an original track co-composed by Hans Zimmer and Sia. Jacob Shea, who also composed the theme, scored the series through Bleeding Fingers Music, Zimmer’s production music company.

The soundtrack will accompany all manner of exotic locales,
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Democrats Unveil Four More Debates in 2020

Democrats will hold four more debates among the presidential candidates, as the party continues to try to generate attention for its side in the race for the White House.

On January 14, before the February 3 Democratic primary caucus in Iowa, CNN will moderate a debate in Des Moines, and partner with the Des Moines Register. This will mark CNN’s third debate in the primary cycle. The AT&T-owned network also telecast debates in July and October.

On Feb. 7, ABC will team up with Wmur-tv and Apple News for an eighth debate, which will be held St. Anselm College in Manchester.
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National Lampoon's Vacation TV Show The Griswolds in Development at HBO Max, From Ep Johnny Galecki

Pack your bags and cue up “Holiday Road,” because The Griswolds are returning to a TV near you.

A television series based on the National Lampoon’s Vacation films is in the works at HBO Max, Variety reports. The potential single-camera comedy would follow members of the titular clan after they return home from their vacation, and focus on their lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

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Golden Globes Came So Close to Credibility, and Then Blew It Again This Year (Column)

Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) made some bold choices when it came to Golden Globes TV nominations and winners. For a moment, it appeared that perhaps the organization had finally shed itself of the stereotype that its members were a bit tone-deaf to what or who actually deserved the award.

Well, hold on now. The 2020 Golden Globe Award noms, announced on Dec. 9, featured quite a few head-scratching picks — offering up a reminder that the small, rag-tag group of international journalists still has a long way to go before reaching full credibility.

As one of my colleagues wrote on Twitter,
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Supernatural's Jake Abel Previews His Double Homecoming, Teases 'Tension' Between Adam and the Winchesters

Supernatural is hosting one helluva complicated family reunion in this Thursday’s fall finale (The CW, 8/7c), with Jake Abel reprising his role as Dean and Sam’s long-lost brother Adam. The third Winchester also represents a potential threat to his half-siblings, seeing as how his homecoming means the powerful archangel Michael is back.

Below, Abel talks about his long-awaited return to the series and the challenges of playing both Adam and Michael in the same scene. The actor also previews Adam’s tension-filled reunion with Dean and Sam, as well as his brotherly relationship with Michael.

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‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Series in Development at HBO Max, Johnny Galecki to Produce

HBO Max is developing a series based on the Grisworld family from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” films, Variety has learned.

Titled “The Griswolds,” the series will see the titular family home from vacation and explore their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago. Tim Hobert is attached to write and executive produce the half-hour single-camera series. Johnny Galecki and Holly Brown will also executive produce under their Alcide Bava production banner. Cory Wood of Alcide Bava will produce. Warner Bros. Television will serve as the studio behind the project.

The project represents a homecoming of sorts for Galecki,
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Golden Globes 2020: TV Categories Broken Down With Projected Winners

Variety examines what to expect when the Television winners’ names are announced at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Jan. 5, 2020.

Drama Series

Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. went all-in on shiny new series in this category, but this time, only Apple TV Plus’ “The Morning Show” made it from the freshman class. With it, the second seasons of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “Succession,” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” alongside the third season of Netflix’s “The Crown” made the cut. “Big Little Lies” is a bit of a spoiler in this category, given
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2019 in Review: Best Episodes, Worst Green Screen, Underrated Actors, Guilty Pleasures, Clunkiest Exit and More

They may not come with a shiny trophy or glitzy televised ceremony, but we still have plenty of awards to give to this year’s television shows.

Already this month, our Year in Review series has recognized the best dramas and comedies, as well as the very worst shows, sexiest scenes, strongest performances and much more. But in Part 1 of our “round-up awards” (embedded at right), we’re getting a bit more specific, honoring small-screen details like the best new characters, the most impressive use of green screen and the guiltiest pleasures.

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Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: 6 Underground, Soundtrack

Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of Dec. 13-19.

It's an uncharacteristically light week for Netflix new releases, with only seven originals coming online the whole week. The biggest release is the Michael

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