Brad Falchuk Signs Overall Deal With Netflix, Exiting 20th Century Fox TV

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“American Horror Story” co-creator Brad Falchuk has inked a new multi-year overall deal with Netflix, leaving his longtime studio, 20th Century Fox.

The four-year deal, which reunites Falchuk with his frequent collaborator Ryan Murphy, will see Falcuk develop and produce new projects through his Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision banner. Terms of the deal have not been made public, but it is said to be worth somewhere in the eight-figure range.

Falchuk currently serves as executive producer on a number of ongoing 20th series, including “AHS,” “Pose,” “9-1-1” and “American Crime Story,” as well has the upcoming political satire “The Politician” for Netflix.

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Falchuk is the latest big-name producer to exit his longtime home at a traditional studio in favor of a rich overall deal at Netflix, following in the footsteps of the likes of Murphy, Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris.

He also becomes the first producer to leave 20th Century Fox TV since the studio officially became a Disney property last week. The studio has since signed a number of deals with other creators, including “Daredevil” showrunner Drew Goddard, “Pretty Little Liars” creator I. Marlene King and “Speechless” duo Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar.

Falchuk is repped by WME and Gendler & Kelly.

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Chicago Prosecutors ‘Stand Behind’ Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: ‘We Didn’t Exonerate Him’

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Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, but the office says it stands behind the investigation and having brought the charges in the first place.

“We didn’t exonerate him,” First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats said in an interview with New York Times on Tuesday. “We stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him and we stand behind the charges in the case. The mere fact that it was disposed of in an alternative manner does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities in the case or the evidence.”

The Cook County State’s Attorney and an attorney for Smollett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Smollett, who had been accused of staging a hate crime, was indicted earlier this month on 16 felony counts of filing a false police report. Magats told the Times that the decision to drop those charges was made after Smollett agreed to serve community service and forfeit his bond to the city of Chicago.

“Here’s the thing — we work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime,” the prosecutor said. “Public safety is our number one priority. I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.”

Magats’ comments came within minutes of a press conference from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in which both voiced strong displeasure with the state’s attorney’s office’s decision.

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“This is a whitewash of justice,” Emanuel said, noting that a grand jury indicted Smollett based on a “sliver” of the evidence police had gathered in the case.

Standing behind his detectives and their investigation, Johnson said Smollett’s team “chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”

“Do I think justice was served?” Johnson said. “No.”

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In their press conference earlier on Tuesday, Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes said that “no deal” was struck with prosecutors, because the actor “voluntarily” agreed to forfeit his bond.

Smollett, who has consistently denied accusations that he enlisted two men to stage the racist and homophobic attack, told reporters that he would “like nothing more than to get back to work and move on with my life.”

“I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of,” he said. “This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”

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‘Charmed’ Reboot Changes Showrunners – Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger to Take Over

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The CW’s “Charmed” reboot is changing bosses.

“Faking It” creator Carter Covington, who served as showrunner on Season 1 of the supernatural drama, is exiting ahead of the previously announced second season.

Covington will be replaced by “Salvation” duo Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger, who are under an overall deal at CBS Television Studios, as the CBS-produced series heads in a new creative direction.

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Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery star in the freshman series about a trio of sister witches, a reboot of the WB series of the same name, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006.

Developed by “Jane the Virgin” duo Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin along with “Jane” creator Jennie Snyder-Urman, the show was picked up for a second season by The CW along with nine other shows earlier this year.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Boss I Marlene King Jumps From Warner Bros to 20th Century Fox

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“Pretty Little Liars” creator I. Marlene King has jumped from Warner Bros. to 20th Century Fox Television with a new multi-year overall deal, the TV studio announced on Monday.

Under the new deal, King will develop, write, produce and direct new projects for network, cable and streaming platforms through her production company, Long Lake Media. She will also remain on as showrunner for Freeform’s recent “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists.”

King’s move from her longtime home at Warner Bros. to the newly Disney-owned studio brings her under the same corporate umbrella as her show’s network home, with both 20th Century Fox Television and Freeform now part of the Disney TV portfolio.

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“Terence [Carter, EVP of Development, Comedy and Drama] and I were obsessed with bringing Marlene to 20th because she’s such a special talent– her voice is so specific and wildly entertaining and relevant,” said 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a delicious, smart, juicy soap that spoke to women, teens and millennials in such a powerful way, and ‘Now and Then’ remains a favorite film of so many of us here. Marlene’s hire is part of our ongoing strategy of bringing the best creative talents to our studio and offering them the widest array of platforms for which to produce their biggest, boldest ideas. We’re thrilled she’s made 20th her exclusive home.”

“I could not be more excited to join Jonnie, Terence and the 20th team.” King added. “They’ve embraced my voice with open arms and it’s a perfect time to create daring new shows for all platforms.”

King is repped by WME, and attorneys Kevin Yorn and Gregg Gellman.

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Eunetta T Boone, ‘Raven’s Home’ Showrunner, Dies at 63

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Eunetta T. Boone, a veteran TV writer and showrunner on Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home” died Wednesday at the age of 63.

“Eunetta Boone was a wonderful person and a consummate storyteller and teacher, and through her leadership on many productions including ‘Raven’s Home,’ she did so well what she enjoyed most — mentoring creative talent,” the network said in a statement. “Eunetta will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. All of us at Disney Channel grieve her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.”

Production on the third season of the “That’s So Raven” spinoff has been shut down for the rest of the week, with the network making grief counselors available to cast and crew.

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Boone joined “Raven’s Home” last November as the new showrunner for the upcoming third season. She had previously served as a consultant, working alongside executive producer and star Raven-Symoné.

“My heart is heavy following the loss of ‘Raven’s Home’ executive producer Eunetta Boone,” Raven-Symoné said in a statement. “Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s family and friends and all who knew and loved her. She will be missed. Thank you for everything Eunetta.”

Boone served as creator and executive producer of the comedy series “One on One,” starring Kyla Pratt, as well as its spin-off “Cuts,” led by Marques Houston and Shannon Elizabeth. She also served as co-executive producer on “My Wife & Kids” and “The Hughleys.” Her other credits include “Living Single,” “The Parent ‘Hood” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

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She first began her career as a sports reporter for the Baltimore Sun, the first African-American woman to cover sports in the city of Baltimore, and only the third African-American woman in the nation to cover at a major daily. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree and received her Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University.

For the past six years, Boone has been a screenwriting instructor with an emphasis in comedy writing for The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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‘Daredevil’ Creator Drew Goddard Signs Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox TV

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Twentieth Century Fox TV has signed an overall deal with “Daredevil” and “The Defenders” creator Drew Goddard, the studio announced Thursday.

Under the multi-year deal — the studio’s first since the completion of its acquisition by Disney — Goddard will develop and produce original series for the studio for all platforms. The deal reunites him with the studio and Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden more than a decade after getting his start as a writer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Goddard was the creator and an executive producer on Netflix’s first Marvel superhero series, “Daredevil,” as well as its spinoff, “The Defenders.” He most recently wrote and directed the film “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

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His other TV credits include “Lost,” “Alias,” “The Good Place” and the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel.”

“We have wanted to be in business with Drew since the day his work on our series ‘Angel’ was over. That was in 2004,” said Walden. “Having a new deal with him after all of this time makes me unspeakably happy. As a writer and director, he’s a 10; as a collaborator and magnet for other incredible writers, directors and actors, he is off the charts. Our goal is to support Drew as he builds his own spectacular production company inside of the Disney Television Studios.”

“I am thrilled to be working so closely with Dana and her team,” added Goddard. “My relationship with Dana stretches back to the beginning when I first started at ‘Buffy.’ Since then, I have had the privilege of working with Disney and Fox for the majority of my career in television, and I look forward to continuing those relationships over the next few years.”

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The role marks her first as a series regular in a broadcast comedy.

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Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.”

Since departing “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl has held a number of major TV roles, including most recently starring on the final season of the USA drama “Suits.” “Our House” marks her return to CBS after previously toplining the short-lived legal drama “Doubt” from former “Grey’s” showrunners Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.

Heigl is repped by Zero Gravity Management, Nancy Heigl, and attorney Stephen Barnes of Morris Yorn.

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‘The Perfectionists’: I Marlene King on Reviving ‘Pretty Little Liars’ With a New Generation of Liars — and Two Returning Favorites

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“I’m still here, bitches, and I know everything.”

It’s been nearly a decade since the original “Pretty Little Liars” received the text from their dead best frienemy that kicked off a years-long series of twists, turns and shocking reveals in what would become a runaway hit for Freeform and a singular subject of obsession for its devoted fans. Now, less than two years after that series went off the air, Freeform and series creator I. Marlene King are aiming to show that, like “A” herself, “Pretty Little Liars” still has life, even in death.

“Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” the new spinoff premiering Wednesday, is based on an entirely different series of novels by “Pretty Little Liars” author Sara Shepard, but the show cleverly brings its storylines into the world of the original by incorporating two fan-favorite characters as pseudo-mentors to a new generation of beautiful, high-achieving, sometimes manipulative, more often manipulated and frequently victimized young people.

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“As [“Pretty Little Liars”] started coming to an end — maybe a year before — I started talking to the cast and floating around the idea of who’s ready to move on and who’s ready to keep exploring their characters and where they go from here,” I. Marlene King said in an interview with TheWrap. “And Sasha [Pieterse] and Janel [Parrish] were both really excited about the opportunity to do that.”

Parrish’s character Mona, in particular, gets the biggest shift, taking a break from serving as a foil to the main cast and getting a turn as the victim of the mystery herself.

“I was excited because I really didn’t think we got to see enough of Mona on the first round of ‘PLL,’” King said. “I know fans wanted to see more and learn more about her. They wanted her to have romance and a full life beyond just being that sort of Crazy Mona on ‘PLL.’”

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While plot details are carefully guarded, the focus of the spinoff largely remains on the new characters — the Perfectionists, in show parlance — three students at the fictional Beacon Heights University who are driven by their school, their parents, their own dreams of success to be, well, perfect, even to their own detriment.

Played by former Disney star Sofia Carson, “The Walking Dead” alum Sydney Park and newcomer Eli Brown, the Perfectionists are tied together by a potentially devastating secret — revealed in signature “Pretty Little Liars” fashion at the end of the first episode — but King promises the show won’t be all lies and intrigue, all the time.

“‘Pretty Little Liars’ was a show about these friends who become like family, and this show has that as well,” she said. “There’s murder, there’s intrigue and there’s all these twists and turns, but at its core, it’s really about that friendship. And I’m having a lot of fun watching these five — the Perfectionists and the two from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ — become friends on and off screen. It’s such a joy to watch.”

And to King, that element of the show — the central friendship, the romance, the emotional core — is as signification to the “Pretty Little Liars” brand as the mystery component.

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So keep that in mind, because while this is just the first follow-up, King says that colon in the title “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” just might signal more to come. After all, in the world of “Pretty Little Liars,” you never really know what’s coming next.

Read TheWrap’s full interview with King below.

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TheWrap: When did you first start talking about doing a spinoff of “Pretty Little Liars”? And I know it’s based on Sara Shepard’s books, but how did you settle on this idea to bring “The Perfectionists” into the “PLL” universe?

King: As the show started coming to an end — maybe a year before — I started talking to the cast and floating around the idea of who’s ready to move on and who’s ready to keep exploring their characters and where they go from here. And Sasha and Janel were both really excited about the opportunity to do that. Warner Bros. had the rights to Sara’s book, and I thought this was such a great place to explore new secrets, new lies, and incorporate a couple of our great O.G. characters.

How did you settle on these two characters as the ones who would anchor the new show?

Well, they were really excited about getting to explore their characters more. And I was excited because I really didn’t think we got to see enough of Mona on the first round of “PLL.” I know fans wanted to see more and learn more about her. They wanted her to have romance and a full life beyond just being that sort of Crazy Mona on “PLL.” So that was a real no-brainer for me.

But she’s still a little bit mysterious on this one. Will we get to see her be maybe a little bit more at the mercy of the mystery this time around?

You’re going to have to wait and see. Mona was never really trustworthy on “Pretty Little Liars” — I mean, she loved Hanna, but she still hit her with a car — but I think you’re going to get to see a side of Mona that you haven’t seen before, and you’re going to be able to trust her a little bit more than you were on the other show.

I know you were pretty meticulous in plotting out how the mystery unfolded on “Pretty Little Liars,” but do you already have a plan about how “The Perfectionists” will go?

We know who our original Big Bad is. It’s still “Pretty Little Liars,” so there’s going to be a Big Bad, and I definitely know who that person is. So for now, at least, we’re just going to have a lot of fun getting to the end of that road.

Do you have a vision for long the series could go? “PLL” had a bunch of interwoven storylines and mysteries that all kind of spun off from this one central storyline. Do you have similar plans for this show?

Yeah, I think we have just a richness of opportunity in this new world. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are so many great characters and such a rich woven story that there’s going to be tentacles from this first story that go one for a long time with plenty of twists and turns. With “Pretty Little Liars,” I thought that we’d be lucky to go for five seasons, so to get to go for seven, honestly, I just give so much credit to the fans and to the actors.

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I’m not too familiar with the book series, but I know “PLL” diverged quite a bit from the source material. How much will you draw on the books for this one?

I think everybody should read Sara’s books because if you watch the show, we’re not going to give away the twists from the books. Because if you read the books, it would be almost impossible to pull off on a TV show and sustain that. So we’re really embracing this world of perfectionism and these young people who feel like they have to be perfect in everything. I’d say that more than anything — the characters and the overall mystery of the show — we pull from Sara’s original ideas.

The “PLL” pilot aired almost a decade ago at this point, but I think back to that moment at the end of that episode when they all get the first text from “A,” and how pivotal that was in terms of signaling the role technology would play on the show. How have you had to adapt your thinking on that aspect of the show as times have changed?

I think the technological advances, specifically social media and everything, will play a part in this world in the way that texting did on “Pretty Little Liars.” [In the pilot] is a perfect example showing how we’re sort of taking technology to the next level and how it helps us and hurts us all at the same time.

I want to talk a little bit about casting the “Perfectionists.” What were you looking for in that process and how did you settle on Sofia, Sydney and Eli as your central three?

Well, I have a great casting director, her name is Gayle Pillsbury, and she casts all of my shows, the pilots especially. We’re looking for good people, first of all. Quality human beings who you just feel have that something special. Sofia was doing an arc for us on “Famous in Love” when we were casting this, and I knew she was a big “Pretty Little Liars” fan. I just love and adore her, so she came in and read. I hadn’t had time to write a scene for her character yet, so we gave her a scene from “Pretty Little Liars” and just changed the names, but she knew immediately that it was a Hanna-Mona scene from what season and when. She initially read for Sydney’s character, but she’s such a fashion icon that we thought — even though in real life she’s such a Spencer Hastings — making her this coder-fashion icon was such a perfect fit. Because she is such a workaholic and just such a smart, bright young lady.

How about Sydney and Eli? They’re maybe not as well known, but what was it about them that made them the right fit for the show?

Well, Sydney has been for a while because she was a child comedian, basically. And she’s done significant work on “The Walking Dead.” So she came in and read for Caitlin, and she also just checked all the boxes, basically. A really good human being, really connected with the material, you know, and sit well with the other cast. So we were excited to have her. And you’ll see as the show progresses, she’s surprisingly our comic relief. It’s not surprising if you know her, but once we realized how strong her comedic sensibilities are, we started giving her a lot of our comic relief. Which is really fun on a show that can get this intense.

And Eli, I think we were maybe his first audition for a real paying job. He’s from Oregon and he had recently driven down here and was going to try out for some shows. When he came in, his resume literally just had high school theater on it. But when he read, he had such a presence and confidence that we knew right away he’d be our perfect star.

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How does it change your thinking to have one of the central characters be a boy? Is it different at all?

Well, he’s having a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that. I was looking at photos today and here’s this good-looking guy with all these beautiful women. He’s having so much fun. But it’s fun. It’s really fun to have a guy be part of the group. As the show goes on, it starts to become what I’m calling “friend porn.” Their chemistry as friends is just so beautiful. “Pretty Little Liars” was a show about these friends who become like family, and this show has that as well. It’s really what the show’s about. There’s murder, there’s intrigue and there’s all these twists and turns, but at its core, it’s really about that friendship. And I’m having a lot of fun watching these five — the “Perfectionists” and the two from “Pretty Little Liars” — become friends on and off screen. It’s such a joy to watch.

Should viewers expect any other familiar faces to pop up on the show? Have you had conversations with any of the other “Pretty Little Liars” cast about coming on?

Yeah, I think they’re all really excited for us. And because the show is premiering this week, we’re all getting together, there’s lots of different opportunities for the cast to support the show, and they’ve all been really fantastic. There’s quite a few people who’ve expressed interest in coming on. But for the first season, I felt it was really important to launch the show on its own and let it stand on its own two feet, so it’s not really about those appearances. But I think next season we’ll be a lot more open to having some of those OGs and those fun moments. I will say, though, even though we don’t see them, there are moments through Mona and Alison where we find out what’s going on in Rosewood. We will get information from them about what the other characters are doing.

In your mind, what are the core elements of the “Pretty Little Liars” brand? When a viewer turns on a “Pretty Little Liars” show, what are they seeing?

I think you know it when you see it. It’s not always that easy to verbalize, but I do think you know it when you see it. I think it’s a combination of things. It’s a little bit of a heightened world, but we can still find a way to make it plausible that these things could happen. I think the day-to-day problems that the characters have are very relatable to people who aren’t living in a heightened world, and there’s romance. It’s, of course, friendship. There’s scares, thrills, a mystery at the core, and somehow you put all that together in a blender with a great cast, and you come up with what “Pretty Little Liars” looks like.

Do you plan on expanding the franchise even further? Maybe more spinoffs, is this the kind of universe that can sustain multiple shows airing at the same time?

Maybe. I feel like there’s absolutely a world [where that’s possible]. There were all these meetings about “should it be “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” of “PLL The Perfectionists” and then someone explained to me that if we want more to come, it should have a colon. So we’re definitely open to expanding the universe. It’s so much fun to play in this world, so I’m always open to new ideas and new tentacles to explore.

In those moments where you let your mind wander, what is your dream “Pretty Little Liars” show?

Hanna and Caleb as detectives is the one idea that comes to mind. I would have so much fun with that show.

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“Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St John’s Cause of Death Released

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“The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John’s cause of death has officially been ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County medical examiner.

The longtime soap star died last month at his home in Woodland Hills, California. According to an autopsy report released on Tuesday, St. John’s death was caused by hypertrophic heart disease. He was 52.

Hypertrophic heart disease, also known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. Per the Mayo Clinic, the condition can cause atrial fibrillation, obstructed blood flow and, in rare cases, sudden cardiac death.

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The autopsy report also noted that St. John “reportedly has a history of alcohol use, bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation.” He was released from a mental health hospital just two days before his death, after being admitted on a 72-hour hold, according to the report.

St. John originated the role of Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” and had portrayed him for 27 years, becoming the longest running African American actor to appear on the soap. His other credits include the ABC TV mini-series “Roots: The Next Generation” and the NBC soap opera “Generations.”

He was the recipient of nine Daytime Emmy award nominations, winning twice, and 10 NAACP Image Award nominations. He most recently was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2017.

A special storyline paying tribute to St. John and his character will air on the CBS soap next month.

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Lilly Singh to Host NBC Late-Night Show, Replacing Carson Daly

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YouTube star Lilly Singh will takeover Carson Daly’s old late-night timeslot on NBC, the network announced on Thursday.

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” will air at 1:35 a.m. beginning in September, making Singh the only woman to host a late-night show on any of the four major broadcast networks. The half-hour program will combine in-studio interviews, pre-taped comedy sketches and “signature segments.”

The announcement of Singh’s new show follows last month’s news that Daly’s “Last Call” would come to an end after 17 years and 2,000 episodes. She is set to formally announce the news during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday.

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Singh becomes the latest digital star to make the foray into late-night, with a YouTube channel that boasts more than 14 million subscribers. Her film and TV credits include HBO’s recent “Fahrenheit 451” adaptation, “Bad Moms” and “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

She also previously starred in the Kenya Barris pilot “Bright Futures” for NBC, alongside Emily Ratajkowski, “The Get Down” alum Shameik Moore and “American Vandal” stars Calum Worthy and Jimmy Tatro. The pilot ultimately was not picked up to series.

“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”

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“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “She is a multi-talented performer who will surely have a great rapport with not only all her guests but also with our devoted late-night audience. We can’t wait to get started.”

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” will be produced by Universal Television and Unicorn Island Productions. Singh will executive produce and Polly Auritt will co-executive produce.

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‘Pachinko’ Adaptation Picked Up to Series at Apple

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Apple is moving forward with its series adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko,” TheWrap has learned.

Based on Lee’s bestselling 2017 novel, “Pachinko” chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family.

Apple’s adaptation, described as “epic in scope, intimate in tone,” will be told in three languages — Korean, Japanese and English. Per the streamer, the story “begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell the unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.”

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Hailing from studio Media Res, which is also behind the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show drama for Apple as well as its Brie Larson spy drama, “Pachinko” will be written and executive produced by Soo Hugh. Lee will serve as executive producer alongside Media Res founder Michael Ellenberg. Media Res’ Dani Gorin will co-executive produce.

Hugh most recently served as showrunner on Season 1 of the AMC anthology “The Terror.” Her other previous credits include the acclaimed series “The Killing” and “The Whispers.”

Hugh is repped by WME and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead. Lee is also with WME.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Rachel Zoe Sets Fashion Design Show at MGM Television

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Rachel Zoe is returning to television.

The stylist and fashion designer is set to executive-produce a new fashion design competition show for MGM Television.

Per the studio, the untitled project will see undiscovered designers “work together to create original designs, bringing completely new and unique looks to the runway.” The winning designs will be made available online immediately following each episode.

Zoe will executive produce the show alongside MGM Television chairman Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick and format creators Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes of Shaggy Entertainment.

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The news comes just days after MGM announced it had enlisted “Fast and Furious” star Tyrese Gibson for a celebrity car racing series. Like Gibson’s show, Zoe’s fashion design competition does not yet have a network attached.

“This is the show I have always wanted to make. The show will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world and I am thrilled to be able to highlight their work,” Zoe said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Mark Burnett and the team at MGM — this is my dream partnership.”

“I love fashion and have wanted to do a show in this space for quite some time. We are thrilled to have Rachel Zoe on board for this epic global fashion showdown that will bring trendsetting designs to your doorstep.  Rachel is the epitome of STYLE and FASHION!” said Burnett.

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Hallmark Channel Cuts Ties With Lori Loughlin Over College Admissions Scandal

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Hallmark Channel has cut ties with “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin amid the ongoing college admissions bribery scandal, the network announced on Thursday.

“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.”

Loughlin has been a fixture on Hallmark in recent years, toplining a number of its original films, including the “Garage Sale Mystery” series, in addition to serving as a series regular on the Hallmark drama “When Calls the Heart.”

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The network had 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 on 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.

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The official charges for both actresses were “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.” If convicted, they could each face up to five years in prison. Huffman made her initial court appearance on Tuesday and was released on $250,000 bond. Huffman’s next court date is also March 29 in Boston.

According to the charging documents, Loughlin and Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

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‘One Day at a Time’ Canceled by Netflix After 3 Seasons, Sony to Shop Series Elsewhere

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Netflix has canceled its “One Day at a Time” reboot after three seasons, the streamer announced on Wednesday.

Despite critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase, the show had been on the bubble for renewal, becoming the subject of a campaign for renewal on social media in recent months. Co-creator and co-showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett called on fans last month to stream the show and express their desire for a fourth season.

However, Netflix said Wednesday that the Norman Lear sitcom’s viewership numbers did not justify a fourth season. “The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season,” the streamer said in a statement.

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Sony Pictures Television plans to shop the show to other outlets and networks in the coming weeks, according to an individual familiar with the situation.

“We had the time of our lives making this show,” executive producer Mike Royce said in a statement, confirming that the studio is searching for a new home for the show. “We worked with the best, most giving and talented cast, writers and crew ever, as well as the incomparable Norman Lear. So while our hearts are very heavy, they are also bursting with appreciation for this amazing experience.”

A Cuban-American-centric reboot of the 1970s sitcom that ran for nine seasons on CBS, “One Day at a Time” centers on a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenage daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old-school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider (Todd Grinnell).

Stephen Tobolowsky, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz also star. Michael Garcia and Brent Miller serve as producers on the series from Sony, Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios.

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“It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart and humanity. This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.”


— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) March 14, 2019

You got to LA, You did the work, You worked hard for a long time, You finally got a show, It was a critical darling and it STILL got canceled. A THREAD. Here we are. I can’t believe it but it happened. The show I love just got canceled. This happens. This is part of the gig.

— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) March 14, 2019

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‘Press Your Luck,’ ‘Card Sharks’ Get Reboots at ABC

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ABC is adding two more classic game show reboots to its lineup.

“Press Your Luck” and “Card Sharks” have been picked up to series at the network and are set to go into production this spring, the network said on Wednesday. No host or premiere dates have been announced.

The Fremantle-produced game shows join a roster which also includes “Celebrity Family Feud,” “$100,000 Pyramid,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth.”

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“Press Your Luck” first aired in 1983 on CBS, running for three seasons with Peter Tomarken as host. A new version, titled “Whammy!” ran briefly on the Game Show Network in 2003.

During each game, three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the “Big Board” where they could either win cash and prizes or lose all their earnings at the hands of a “Whammy.” John Quinn is showrunner on the new iteration, in addition to serving as an executive producer, along with Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin.

Running in a number of different iterations since its debut in 1978, “Card Sharks” is described as a game where “one turn of a playing card can make you a winner or a loser!”

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Contestants are asked to guess whether a face-down playing card is higher or lower than previous cards in order to win money. Per ABC, “Ultimately, players can either take their earned cash and quit or continue betting with the hope of reaching the top for a chance to take home a life-changing cash prize.”

The new “Card Sharks” showrunner and executive producer is Scott St. John. Jack Martin and Jennifer Mullin are also executive producers.

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‘The Bachelor’ Finale: Does Colton End up With Cassie?

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The first half of the “Bachelor” finale on Monday night ended on a huge cliffhanger, but fans finally got to see the resolution of Colton’s final plea to Cassie in Tuesday’s second part.

Picking up right where Monday’s episode left off — after yet another reminder from host Chris Harrison that Colton is the franchise’s first virgin Bachelor — the finale opened with Colton at Cassie’s door in Portugal, newly committed to their relationship. Despite having been dumped by her once, Colton was hoping for another chance

“I hope she’s not at peace with her decision. Because I’m not,” he tells the camera before telling Cassie he “sacrificed and gave up everything” by dumping both Hannah G. and Tayshia.

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“I knew I wanted to have another conversation with you, but first I wanted to make sure that I ended things with Tayshia and Hannah,” he said. “Two women that could’ve given me a good life, given me everything that I want. But it wasn’t with who I wanted it to be with.”

Cassie, repeating what she said during their first breakup, told Colton that she wasn’t “sure” about her feelings for him and wasn’t ready for a long-term commitment. “You’re on ‘The Bachelor,’ you’re here to get engaged,” she said. “I didn’t know if I would get there. I didn’t know if I did get there that it would be real.”

Ultimately, Cassie, moved by Colton’s willingness to give up his “Bachelor” obligations for her, agreed to give it another go, this time “taking it day by day.”

And without so much as another date, Cassie was whisked off to Mallorca, Spain and put in front of Colton’s parents, forced to explain her choice to leave him once and prove that their relationship is worth forgoing an engagement for.

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“Coming in here and knowing that you guys had expectations for what you wanted from him and what you expected to happen today — it’s been hard knowing I’m not going to live up to that, necessarily, right now,” she said.

Later picking back up on the live finale broadcast, Colton and Cassie confirmed that they were, in fact, still together. The couple hadn’t yet gotten engaged, but they professed to still be very much in love. Colton also declined to answer Harrison’s continued prodding regarding his virginity, opting to instead keep that particular detail of his relationship with Cassie “private.

Harrison closed out the show by announcing that fan favorite Hannah Brown would get another shot to find someone to love her “fiercely” as the next Bachelorette.

He then surprised her by introducing the first five suitors live on stage at the finale, and the former Miss Alabama was tasked with handing out the first rose before her season’s formal start. She chose Cam, praising his ability to “pump up the jams” with an original rap upon their introduction.

However, fans will have to wait until Monday, May 13 to meet the rest of Hannah’s potential love interests when “The Bachelorette” returns to ABC.

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