‘Supernatural’ to End After 15th Season on The CW

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“Supernatural” will end with its upcoming 15th season on The CW, TheWrap has learned. The final run of the Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles-led drama will consist of 20 episodes.

Padalecki announced the news on behalf of himself, Ackles and co-star Misha Collins via Twitter on Friday, writing: “Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry.”

“Supernatural” is the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television. By the time the Warner Bros-produced show comes to an end, it will have aired a total of 327 episodes.

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The Eric Kripke-created show launched on The WB network on Sept. 13, 2005 and is the only series from that network remaining on The CW.

“Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime,” executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb said in a statement. “The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We’d like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve.”

The “Supernatural” Season 14 finale will air on Thursday, April 25 at 8/7c on The CW.

Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry. pic.twitter.com/QDXDsAyIfK

— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) March 22, 2019

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‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 by ABC

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Looks like the Conner family can continue to make themselves at home at ABC, as the broadcast network has renewed its highly-rated “Roseanne” spinoff series, “The Conners,” for a second season.

The cast for Season 2 includes series regulars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.

Ending on Jan 22, the 11-episode first season of the “The Conners” ranks as the No. 1 new comedy of the 2018-19 season in both total viewers, with an average of 9.5 million, and the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 2.2 rating average, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen.

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The “Roseanne” spinoff follows the Conner family — sans Roseanne, as she was fired by ABC last spring and the original revival series was canceled — as they grapple with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. “Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails,” per ABC.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, said Friday. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”

Guest stars on Season 1 included Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, some fan favorites from the original run of “Roseanne” reprised their roles for the spinoff’s freshman season, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

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“The Conners” hails from Werner Entertainment and is executive produced by Tom Werner. Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez also executive produce.

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy has just revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

Along with Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

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Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.”

See the poster below.

“The Politician” launches Sept. 27 on Netflix

Former ‘River Monsters’ Host Jeremy Wade Returns to Animal Planet for New Series ‘Dark Waters’

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Former “River Monsters” host Jeremy Wade is coming home to Animal Planet to lead a brand new series, “Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters,” the cable network said Friday.

After leaving the cable channel in 2017 following a nine-season run as host of “River Monsters,” the famous biologist will return “in a captivating new series that brings him back to the water’s edge to investigate reports of the unimaginable and unexplained.”

Here’s the official description for the series, which will premiere April 21: In “Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters,” Wade spotlights the bizarre, the weird and the mysterious as he investigates baffling, unsolved mysteries. He takes Animal Planet’s audiences on journeys beneath the water in remote areas, to islands lost in time and out into the open ocean to investigate reports that include, among others, entire fish species suddenly disappearing; unexplained sightings of mythical beasts; once thriving rivers now empty; and genetic oddities that may have produced the biggest monsters yet.

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“These are detective stories with a difference – fishy tales from remote waters, and from right under our noses,” Wade said. “If anybody thought that by now I’d seen it all, you’re in for a surprise – as I was.”

The show will also have an original four-episode digital mid-form series on Animal Planet GO, “Dark Waters: How to Catch a River Monster,” as a companion to the linear show.

Per Animal Planet: In this series, which will drop on May 14, Jeremy goes into deep detail regarding the techniques, strategy and equipment used to find some of the fish featured in the series. “Dark Waters: How to Catch a River Monster” will also be released weekly on Facebook and on YouTube. Additional social content this season will include new installments of a short-form series “Monster Moments” which will highlight the physical attributes of fish, sharks, and other marine animals featured in the linear series, as well as weekly episodic sneak peeks and Instagram stories.

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“Dark Waters” is produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films with Laura Marshall and Andie Clare serving as executive producers with Nicholas Head as showrunner. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer with Patrick Keegan as supervising producer.

Read episode descriptions for the first season of “Dark Waters” below.

Italy’s Lake Monster – According to legend, one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes guards an ancient secret. First reported in the 16th century, the Lake Garda Monster has been described as a huge humped beast – half snake, half dinosaur. Jeremy travels to Northern Italy to investigate but is faced with more than one possible culprit. It turns out these lakes and rivers, despite being in one of Italy’s most populous regions, could be hiding more than one enormous beast worthy of the monster title.

Alaska’s Lost River Kings – Jeremy Wade travels to Alaska to investigate reports of the mysterious disappearance of the majestic King Salmon. His search for answers takes him from the state’s most heavily fished rivers to the mighty Yukon River where the King Salmon is the lifeblood of the native communities and out into the ocean, following a trail of evidence that leads him to encounters with some of Alaska’s most formidable predators. Who or what is killing the kings?

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Return of the Outback Beast – A report of an underwater attack in Australia has caught Jeremy Wade’s attention. The story of a diver tangling with a colossal fish is intriguing, but according to most people, there shouldn’t be any fish of significant size in the area. Chasing a lead, Jeremy travels to eastern Australia to investigate, and discovers that the fish responsible for the attack could be a species back from the brink of extinction.

“Dark Waters” will launch globally, with the U.S. premiere airing Sunday, April 21 at 9/8c on Animal Planet.

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Mark Steines to Host Nat Geo’s ‘Animal ER Live’ in First TV Job Since Hallmark Channel Ouster

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Former “Home & Family” co-host Mark Steines has been set as the host of Nat Geo’s upcoming “Animal ER Live,” the cable network said Thursday. This marks the TV journalist’s first small-screen job since he was abruptly ousted from Hallmark Channel last June.

Here’s the official logline for “Animal ER Live,” which premieres March 30:

Capturing the fast-paced drama and intensity of a hospital procedural mixed with the unbreakable bonds between pets and their owners, each episode of Animal ER Live will trail teams of emergency veterinarians and specialists as they work tirelessly through the night to save the lives of our pets from coast to coast, giving viewers insight into the extraordinary and unpredictable world of urgent animal care. The series will also follow a wide range of touching cases in emergency rooms and waiting rooms, and accompany on-call vets to homes and farms to treat animals that are too sick or too big to travel.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Nat Geo WILD and Big Fish Entertainment on this exciting new series that highlights the amazing work of those who have dedicated their lives to helping animals,” said Steines. “As an animal lover and advocate myself, I’m looking forward to showcasing the realities, drama and heartwarming moments these urgent care teams face on a daily basis as they work tirelessly to save the lives of animals in need.”

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Per Nat Geo, “Animal ER Live” will feature Steines and veterinary experts Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Will Draper throughout the night, “giving commentary on what audiences are seeing in real time as cameras bounce to and from the featured animal hospitals and mobile vet emergency units in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; Charleston, South Carolina; Plainfield, Illinois; Kanab, Utah; Fort Bragg, California; and Waller, Texas.”

At the time of Steines’ ousting from “Home & Family” last June, Hallmark Channel clarified exclusively to TheWrap that there were no complaints about the “Entertainment Tonight” alum’s behavior on or off the set before it suddenly cut ties with the veteran anchor after six years and that the show was simply choosing to go in a different direction. He was replaced by Cameron Mathison in July.

Last September, Steines filed a lawsuit against Hallmark parent company Crown Media, alleging that he was fired after supporting two women who brought sexual-harassment claims against the series’ executive producer at the time, Woody Fraser. Crown Media quickly responded to the suit, stating it had “no merit” and that the decision to replace Steines was due to declining ratings.

“Animal ER Live” airs Saturday and Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT, for four weeks, premiering Saturday, March 30 on Nat Geo.

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‘Full Frontal’: Sasheer Zamata Gets ‘Bandersnatch’-ed Thanks to ‘Racist’ Technology (Video)

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Could “racist” technology make the black community’s future less “Black Panther” and more “African-American Mirror”?

Sasheer Zamata really hopes not, seeing as she got a taste of what her own “Bandersnatch”-style life would be like on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” — and she did not care for it.

On Wednesday’s episode of the TBS late-night series, Zamata spoke with experts about facial recognition, predicted policing, and credit decisions — tech they say can be biased because of algorithms that lead to discrimination against black people.

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“People make choices and our choices influence the future that we have,” one expert told Zamata, before a “Bandersnatch”-like choose-your-own-adventure menu popped up on the bottom of the screen, allowing a viewer to (not really) decide whether Sasheer should “eat cereal” or “stop discrimination against black people.”

Unfortunately, she was forced to enjoy a bowl of Fruit Loops instead of promoting civil rights.

By the end of the segment, however, things were looking brighter for the black community, as Sasheer’s future self traveled back to meet her present self and let her know things are pretty “Black Panther” in her timeline.

Well, except for the fact “Green Book 5” just won Best Picture, so they still have “a ways to go.”

Watch the video above.

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Does ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Poster Reveal Who Will End Up on the Iron Throne? (Photo)

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HBO just revealed the key art for the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” a poster that might actually tell us who will be sitting on the Iron Throne when all of this ends.

In the image (seen below), we get a close-up shot of the infamous chair made of swords that is coveted by all the leaders who have been trying to conquer the Seven Kingdoms over the last seven seasons. But there is one big alteration to the fictional royal furniture: a fiery set of dragon eyes.

So, does that mean Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) aka the Mother of Dragons will actually take control of Westeros after so many years of planning? Did HBO just prepare us for another Targaryen reign? We’ll find out soon, as the show’s Season 8 debut arrives on April 14 — well after winter has come and gone.

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Speaking of the long-awaited premiere, last week, HBO confirmed the air dates and estimated runtimes for the final six “GoT” episodes. And though the first two are just shy of an hour — as TheWrap previously reported they would be– the final four are all super-sized installments.

And yes, that includes the series finale, which clocks in at an hour and 20 minutes, and Episode 803, the big Battle of Winterfell one that took 55 nights’ worth of shooting to complete.

See the key art below.

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 premieres April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.

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Netflix Denies Arranging ‘Love, Death and Robots’ Episode Order Based on Users’ Sexual Identity

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Netflix is denying that the order in which viewers are presented with the episodes of “Love, Death and Robots” — its new Tim Miller and David Fincher-created adult animated anthology series — has anything to do with a user’s own sexual identity.

“We’ve never had a show like ‘Love, Death & Robots’ before so we’re trying something completely new: presenting four different episode orders,” Netflix said via Twitter on Tuesday. “The version you’re shown has nothing to do with gender, ethnicity, or sexual identity — info we don’t even have in the first place.”

That tweet was in direct response to a thread started by Out in Tech co-founder Lukas Thoms on Monday, where he wrote: “Just discovered the most INSANE thing. The ORDER OF THE EPISODES for Netflix’s new series ‘Love Death & Robots’ changes based on whether Netflix thinks you’re gay or straight.”

We’ve never had a show like Love, Death & Robots before so we’re trying something completely new: presenting four different episode orders. The version you’re shown has nothing to do with gender, ethnicity, or sexual identity — info we don’t even have in the first place.

— Netflix US (@netflix) March 19, 2019

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Thoms included screengrabs of the order that his episodes came in versus that of a heterosexual friend, noting: “On the left is my account, starting with the one with a lesbian storyline, and the right is my straight friend Andrew’s account, starting with the one that has the most realistic and explicit hetero sex.”

See below:

On the left is my account, starting with the one with a lesbian storyline, and the right is my straight friend Andrew’s account, starting with the one that has the most realistic and explicit hetero sex. pic.twitter.com/kSMuaFhSbU

— Lukas Thoms (@LukasThoms) March 19, 2019

“We’ve known for a while that Netflix personalized the marketing of their shows based on sexual orientation (trailers, cover images etc) but it’s next level weird to change the actual experience of watching it,” Thoms added. “Thought I was losing my mind trying to talk to Andrew about the show.”

When asked if the four different episode-order versions are assigned at random or by using some other kind of user data, a representative for Netflix declined TheWrap’s request for comment beyond the statement given by the streaming service on Twitter.

Thomas updated his own thread Tuesday in a tweet that said, “a friend I trust at Netflix looked into this, and apparently the episode ordering is just a 100% random A/B test that doesn’t involve any ML. Identity-based recommendations are still a good discussion to have, in this case it was just random!”

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“This makes sense to me as episode ordering is completely new, and there’s nothing keeping them from using the data gathered here for future identity targeting,” he continued. “I hear Netflix thinks and cares a lot about ethical algorithms, but every company needs to be more transparent here.”

A final update: a friend I trust at Netflix looked into this, and apparently the episode ordering is just a 100% random A/B test that doesn’t involve any ML. Identity-based recommendations are still a good discussion to have, in this case it was just random!

— Lukas Thoms (@LukasThoms) March 19, 2019

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Bob Iger on Disney-Fox Deal Close: ‘I Wish I Could Tell You That the Hardest Part Is Behind Us’

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Disney Chief Bob Iger celebrated the close of the Walt Disney Company’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox in a lengthy memo to staff Tuesday night, in which he addressed the “challenging work” the Mouse House will face whe…

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer: Summer Lovin’, Teen Angst – and a Seriously Freaky New Monster (Video)

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The long-awaited trailer for Season 3 of “Stranger Things” has finally arrived. And it looks like this year we’ll be trading in the Upside Down for teenage wasteland. Or at least living between the two different horror settings when the Duffer Brothers-created sci-fi series returns to Netflix on the Fourth of July.

The 2-minute, 47-second trailer opens with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) returning home from some trip to a surprise party hosted by Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink). And for a kid who has seen some the freakiest supernatural creatures we could imagine, he is unreasonably spooked by the sweet gesture.

The rest of the video is set to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” a perfect backdrop to the summer lovin’ and teenage angst the Hawkins crew is going through as they fight puberty and other horrors during their school break.

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Additional highlights from the trailer include a hint of romance between David Harbour’s Hopper (with a mustache!) and Joyce (Winona Ryder), a very concerned Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), the introductions of the charming Mayor Kline (Cary Elwes) and Robin (Maya Hawke), Steve’s (Joe Keery) co-worker at Scoops Ahoy who is concerned he doesn’t have any friends his own age.

Oh, and let’s not forget the terrifying new monster that pops up in the Starcourt Mall in front of the gang at the very end there. Gah, rats!

Yeah, the Demogorgon’s got nothing on whatever the heck that thing is.

“Stranger Things” Season 3 launches July 4 on Netflix.

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David Boreanaz Says ‘Angel’ Reunion Might Be ‘in the Works’ for 20th Anniversary (Video)

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 and its spinoff series, “Angel,” is hitting the big 2-0 itself this fall. And in honor of the momentous occasion, David Boreanaz says there is a possibility a reunion might be in the works.

“Well, you know, we’re coming up on our 20 years,” Boreanaz — who played the titular vampire detective on The WB series, after originating the role on “Buffy” — said on “The Talk” Tuesday. “I mean that’s amazing to have been blessed with a show like that. And that’s really where I started my gig in this acting world. And I love that character. So I will say there may be something coming up. I don’t want to give away a lot. But I can say it’s 20 years coming up this fall, and we may have something in the works.”

Boreanaz starred as Angel, Buffy Summers’ (Sarah Michelle Gellar) much-older (by a couple of centuries), bloodsucking love interest, on the first three seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” before spinning off onto “Angel” — also the work of “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon — in October 1999.

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The series ran for five seasons on The WB and along with Boreanaz starred Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, James Marsters, Amy Acker, Mercedes McNab and the late actors Glenn Quinn and Andy Hallett.

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‘Umbrella Academy’ Star David Castenada Is Just as Confused by Season 1’s Ending as You Are (Video)

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of “The Umbrella Academy”)

If you have questions after watching the first season of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” we can tell you that we don’t have any answers. And neither does David Castañeda, who starred as Diego on the streamer’s adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novels about a dysfunctional family of superheroes.

The ending to the Season 1 finale sees the Umbrella Academy, after failing to stop Vanya (Ellen Page) and avert the apocalypse, decide to let Five (Aidan Gallagher) take them all back in time to try and prevent it entirely. And in doing so, we still Vanya, Five, Diego, Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan) and even Ben (Justin H. Min) all de-age down to their pre-teen selves. Huh?

Yeah, Castañeda doesn’t know what’s going on there either.

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“You know what, I’m as lost as you guys are at that moment,” the Netflix series’ star told TheWrap in the interview above. “Because, obviously, when we were shooting the last episode [showrunner] Steve Blackman didn’t even give us the last page of what was gonna happen until pretty much the day we shot it. So even till now, he doesn’t reply to any of my messages that I’ve been trying to ask him what’s going on. He doesn’t want to talk to me right now (laughs). So who knows.”

Castañeda also told us he did his own stunts when taking on Diego’s knife throwing skills and wore real knives on set, practicing with rubber knives in a warehouse alongside a stunt coordinator before the show started.

“And when I was home I would practice with a dull knife and just be practicing with it, because eventually I wanted to feel — obviously I wanted to wear the real knives on set and when I would take one out I wanted to feel that I would make everyone feel safe, because they were real and they could puncture lungs,” he said.

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Good thing he was trained because there was one scene in Episode 5 where Luther grabs Diego and Hopper actually “punctured” himself when he had to grab his co-star around his chest and grazed the knives. Don’t worry, Castenada says he’s OK!

The Netflix star also gave us his true ranking for Diego a.k.a. the Umbrella Academy’s No. 2 (spoiler alert: it isn’t great, but he has his reasons) among the team and breaks down his role in the siblings’ simultaneous dance sequence to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

Watch the full interview above.

“The Umbrella Academy” Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.

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‘Riverdale’: Cheryl Needs a Chainsaw in Sneak Peek at ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode (Video)

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Well [bleep] Cheryl gently with a chainsaw, because she is not messing around in this sneak peek at Wednesday’s “Riverdale,” which features The CW series’ cast performing “Heathers: The Musical.”

In the preview below, we find out Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) has rightfully been given the part of Heather Chandler, the HBIC from the ’90s cult classic, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) is taking on Heather McNamara and Betty (Lili Reinhart) is Heather Duke. But, as Kevin — once again the Riverdale High musical’s director — puts it, “Cheryl is the mythic bitch.”

And in the musical episode’s second teaser — which you can view above — Cheryl takes that title up to 11 when she finds out Toni has been set as the choreographer for the production, and she’s, uh, not too happy about her ex girlfriend being in charge of her dance steps.

“Um, does anyone have a chainsaw because what the-,” Miss Blossom says before the preview cuts out.

And Betty knows the cast has even bigger problems to worry about, as Evelyn has been appointed Kevin’s co-director and will surely be bringing her farm-girl attitude into all of this.

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Yes, “Riverdale’s” next musical episode — which follow Season 2’s take on “Carrie” — is sure to be “big fun” for everyone.

Watch the teasers above and below.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

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Anya Taylor-Joy to Star on Netflix Limited Series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ From ‘Godless’ Creator Scott Frank

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Netflix has ordered “The Queen’s Gambit,” a limited series about “an orphan chess prodigy” who struggles with addiction, from “Godless” creator and “Logan” screenwriter Scott Frank, TheWrap has learned. “Split” star Anya Taylor will lead the cast, playing said “orphan chess prodigy.”

Here’s the official logline for the six-episode show, which is based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name: “Chronicling the life of an orphan chess prodigy, the story – set during the Cold War era – follows Beth Harmon from the age of eight to twenty-two, as she struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.”

Academy Award-nominee Frank will serve as writer, director and executive producer on “The Queen’s Gambit,” with William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) also executive producing and Allan Scott (“Don’t Look Now,” “The Preacher’s Wife”) acting as co-writer and executive producer.

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Along with her role in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” Taylor-Joy’s other film credits include the 2018 “Split” sequel, “Glass,” and 2015 horror flick “The Witch” along with the upcoming films “Playmobil: The Movie,” “Emma,” and “Last Night in Soho.” Her small-screen credits include Season 5 of “Peaky Blinders” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” another upcoming series at Netflix.

She is repped by CAA, Troika, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Writers ‘Tried to Keep More of the Time Logic Rather Than Jet Packs’ for Season 8

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For all the “Game of Thrones” fans who were up in arms, pointing at maps of Westeros and screaming about how long it would actually take Dany to get from Dragonstone to north of The Wall via dragon during Season 7, we have some good news for you: Season 8 is going to follow a more logical timeline, according to the writers.

Yes, apparently the pacing of the HBO series’ upcoming eighth and final season is more in line with your expectations for inter-kingdom travel and whatnot. However, they still have their reasons for speeding things up a bit last season.

“You obviously don’t want any criticism of any kind,” writer Dave Hill — who penned the upcoming Season 8 premiere, which airs April 14 — told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Tuesday. “But with all the things we were balancing to set things up for Season 8, sometimes we had to speed things up within episodes. We had a lot of time cuts the vast majority of viewers didn’t catch. We could have a [title card] on there saying ‘Three Weeks Later,’ but we did not. Sometimes when moving pieces around you’re going to cheat a little bit. [For Season 8], we tried to keep more of the time logic rather than jet packs.”

But not all of them even paid attention to your pacing complaints, including co-showrunner Dan Weiss.

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“We don’t read a lot of that stuff,” Weiss told EW. “If somebody says, ‘I don’t like the way you do this,’ I have no idea what percentage of the people watching that opinion actually represents. If that opinion happens to surface louder on the internet, I still have no idea — it could be 1 percent of people that becomes an internet thing for 10 minutes and then it just seems like it’s more than 1 percent. But there’s no way of telling — nor am I interested in finding a way of finding out — how accurate those thoughts represent the broad spectrum of people watching. If you start thinking about that you’ll drive yourself crazy.”

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 premieres April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Monday’s “9-1-1”)

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.

“9-1-1” returned after a long hiatus Monday night with an episode that stabbed fans right in the gut in its final moments — when Chimney (Kenneth Choi) got stabbed right in the gut.

Just when it seemed he and Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) were going to finally make things official with their first real date, her estranged, abusive husband, Doug (Brian Hallisay) — who has been secretly stalking her and buddying up to Chimney by hiding his true identity — attacked Chimney in front of her apartment and left him for dead. Right after Maddie had finally summoned up the courage to send him the divorce papers, too!

And while we know you are probably dying to make sure that he’s OK — and not, you know, dying — “9-1-1” showrunner Tim Minear tells TheWrap there will be a pause before you find out Chimney’s fate and what happens to Maddie after Doug busts through her door and knocks her out.

“We want you to be worried for a little bit,” the Fox first responder drama’s chief said.

“As we go out on [Episode 211], Chimney is not OK. (laughs),” Minear said. “And then in the next episode we’re going to be doing a Chimney origin story and it does not forget where we are in the timeline, but we’re going to learn more about Chimney and then we’ll come back and resolve his storyline in the present. And Chimney does everything in this origin story and we learn so much. It’s amazing.”

OK, so we can’t promise you Chimney survives, but the guy has lived through a pipe in the head — so we’re hoping he can make it through several stabs to the gut too.

Meanwhile, Minear told us what else to expected in the backhalf of Season 2, including a “heist” episode called, “Ocean’s 9-1-1” and one installment where they are sent back to the Stone Age — technologically speaking.

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“Episode 214 is called ‘Broken’ where things just start to break, literally, not just Southern California infrastructure but the call center breaks down,” Minear said. “And so we get to see what happens in a situation where they have to go analog and they have to go back to the white boards, and the clipboards, and the 3 x 5 cards, and the Thomas Guides, and the handset radios. Like what do you do when that incredibly complex computer dispatch system goes down? It causes chaos out on the streets and we get to see that chaos in the call center and outside in the world.”

And then yet another origin story, but this one gets to the heart of Peter Krause’s Bobby.

“And then we’ll be doing a hybrid of one of our origin stories and a regular episode, it’s called ‘Bobby Begins Again’ and we get to explore what happens when he first came to the 118,” Minear said. “And then the next two episodes build to a big finale I don’t want to give away yet.”

Fine, as long as Chimney is OK.

“9-1-1” airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.

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Here’s How ‘Game of Thrones’ Burns Everyone Up – Safely (Video)

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Between Dany and her dragons and Melisandre and her love of setting people aflame in the name of the Lord of Light, “Game of Thrones” burns up quite a few people on a regular basis. And though on the HBO series what is dead may never die, the real-life actors being set on fire do need to go home unscathed at night.

In a new behind-the-scenes video posted by HBO on Monday, the “Game of Thrones” stunt team reveals its secrets for keeping everyone in Westeros safe as they douse them in fire.

“We burn more people than anybody else, basically,” stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam says in the clip — seriously, they broke a TV record with 20 full-fire burns in one shot — as he explains how they manage to do this without killing anyone.

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“We’re trying to create this really dynamic frame of action,” he says. “We’d love to go home at the end of the day and no one’s paid any kind of price for it.”

We then see the stunt performers doing a “fire dance,” which is what they call the route they take in the scene from when they are set on fire until they are extinguished by the safety guys.

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Irlam explains they wear three layers of Nomex underwear, which is soaked in fireproof gel and are only burned for 15 seconds at a time.

Watch the video above.

“Game of Thrones” returns with its eighth and final season April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.

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‘When Calls the Heart’ Producers Say Show Is Not Canceled But Is ‘Retooling’ After Cutting Ties With Lori Loughlin

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Hallmark Channel may have cut ties with Lori Loughlin but they aren’t giving up on “When Calls the Heart.”

According to the show’s producers, the Western drama has not been canceled but is undergoing “retooling” after Loughlin — a series regular — was fired by Hallmark Channel last week following her arrest in the ongoing college admissions bribery scandal.

“#Hearties, thank you for your love, support and patience these last several days as we have been preoccupied with the news about Lori Loughlin and her family, and the decisions our colleagues at the Hallmark Channel USA needed to make,” read a “producers’ statement” from Brian Bird and the show’s other executive producers that was posted to the show’s official Instagram page on Sunday. “As you can imagine, everyone involved with ‘When Calls the Heart’ was surprised by these developments, so we hope you can forgive us for initially staying silent while we sorted through how to respond.”

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“As for the show itself, we know millions of fans are on pins and needles wondering what will happen now. Let us reassure you, ‘When Calls the Heart’ has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it has not been canceled. With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.”

“On behalf of our entire producing team, including Michael Landon Jr., Brad Krevoy and Alfonso Moreno, I want to thank you for continuing to show your support. Your private messages of support and your #Hearties4S6 worldwide trending on Thursday brought a lot of tears to the eyes of our cast and crew and to the good folks at Hallmark Channel. Your love for ‘When Calls the Heart’ is the courage we count on as we work through this challenging transition and your Hearties community will always be the most important legacy of this TV series. We love you!”

Hallmark Channel announced it had decided to part ways with Loughlin last Thursday, one day after her arrest in connection with the college admissions scam.

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“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” Hallmark parent company Crown Media said in a statement. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including ‘Garage Sale Mysteries,’ an independent third party production.”

Additionally, Sunday’s episode of “When Calls the Heart,” on which Loughlin is a series regular, was pulled from the schedule.

Loughlin has been a fixture on Hallmark in recent years, toplining a number of its original films, including the “Garage Sale Mysteries” film series.

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The network previously said it would take a wait-and-see approach with regards to Loughlin when the actress, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were first identified by the FBI last Tuesday as two of the parents who are accused of buying into a bribery scheme in order to help place their kids into top-tier universities.

The “Fuller House” star surrendered herself to authorities on Wednesday and appeared before a federal judge in Los Angeles. She was released on $1 million bail. Her next court date is March 29 in Boston.

Loughlin had been ordered to surrender her passport but was given leeway to travel within the continental U.S. and British Columbia for work due to her obligations on “When Calls the Heart,” which films in Canada, and other projects.

Loughlin, along with 46 others including actress Felicity Huffman, were charged with paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into top universities like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC, according to charging documents. During a press conference in Boston on Tuesday, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts, said this was the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” totaling $25 million in bribes.

See the producers’ message to fans below.

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 2 Trailer: The Now-Wicked Witch Is Back (Video)

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Welcome back, witches.

Netflix dropped the trailer for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Season 2 on Monday morning to give fans their first real taste of the delicious dark side Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) will be dealing in when the series returns with a new batch of episodes next month.

Here is the official description for the upcoming season: Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world. Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle. Meanwhile, the Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell. Everything is in question … relationships, identity, true intentions … when the devil’s work is at hand.

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“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as “a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.” Described as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist,” the series follows Sabrina as she wrestles “to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

Shipka stars alongside Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, Lachlan Watson and Gavin Leatherwood.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Season 2 launches April 5 on Netflix.

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