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Wait, didn't Guillermo Del Toro already do this with his FX Limited Series "The Strain"? :whistle:

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‘Mimic’ TV Reboot From Paul WS Anderson in the Works at Miramax
By Tim Baysinger, TheWrap.com - Aug. 4, 2020

A TV reboot of the 1997 sci-fi horror film “Mimic” is in development at Miramax TV with Paul W.S. Anderson on board to direct the pilot and executive produce.

The series, an adaptation of Donald A. Wollheim’s short story of the same name, will be led by Jim Danger Gray who will write and serve as showrunner. Anderson’s longtime producing partner Jeremy Bolt will be an executive producer as well.

“Mimic” centers on genetically engineered insects who evolve and develop the ability to mimic their human prey. The 1997 film was co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Miramax’s Dimension Films label and Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Josh Brolin. The movie spawned a pair of direct-to-video sequels in 2001 (“Mimic 2”) and 2003 (“Mimic 3: Sentinel”).
Not really the same premise. "The Strain" was about vampire-type creatures, not insects.
 

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‘Mulan’ to Premiere on Disney Plus as Streamer Surpasses 60.5 Million Subscribers
By Elaine Low, Variety.com - Aug. 4, 2020

Even amid a pandemic that has battered major parts of its business, including theme parks and studio entertainment, Disney flexed the power of its streaming service Tuesday, releasing whopper subscriber figures and announcing that its tentpole film “Mulan” will bypass American theaters and go straight to Disney Plus next month.

Disney Plus now has over 60.5 million paying subscribers as of last month, just nine months after the launch of the direct-to-consumer streaming platform. And after several delays to its theatrical release date, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that “Mulan” will premiere on the service on a “premiere access” basis on Sept. 4 for $29.99. The film will be released theatrically in markets in which access to the movie on Disney Plus is not available.

Chapek was quick to emphasize on the call with analysts that the “Mulan” release on Disney Plus is a one-time event.

“We’re looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” he said.

“We find it very interesting to take a premiere offering to consumers at that $29.99 price and learn from it,” said Chapek, noting that they would study the number of transactions and the number of subscribers generated by the movie.
Could be interesting to see how hungry folks are for a movie experience. $30 is way too steep of an entry fee for me, but for a family- who knows.
 

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Could be interesting to see how hungry folks are for a movie experience. $30 is way too steep of an entry fee for me, but for a family- who knows.
For a family of four or five it's a great deal if you compare it to what it would have cost to take the family to the theater.

Personally I will wait until it's on UHD Blu-ray Disc or for free on Disney+.

I wish they would have just pushed Mulan to late 2021 instead. I would have really liked to see it in a theater.
 
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For a family of four or five it's a great deal if you compare it to what it would have cost to take the family to the theater.

Personally I will wait until it's on UHD Blu-ray Disc or for free on Disney+.

I wish they would have just pushed Mulan to late 2021 instead. I would have really liked to see it in a theater.
The family viewing is probably what they are thinking. Here is some analysis about that and how the $$$ would work for them.
 

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TV Notes (Streaming)
'High Fidelity' Canceled at Hulu
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 5, 2020

Break out the sad records.

Hulu has opted to cancel its High Fidelity update after one critically praised season. The cast, including star Zoe Kravitz, were notified of the decision Wednesday.

Picked up to series more than two years ago, the updated take on the 2000 feature and Nick Hornby's novel was originally developed for Disney+. The series, which is produced by ABC Signature Studios, moved to Hulu in April 2019 after Disney acquired full control of the streamer. The adult-focused series was considered a better fit for Hulu's originals than the family-focused fare that Disney+ is developing beyond its Marvel and Star Wars programs.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/l...arring-zoe-kravitz-moving-disney-hulu-1200687
The series, a reimagining of the 2000 movie but told from a female point of view, with Kravitz stepping in to the role originally played by John Cusack, bowed to strong reviews in February. While Hulu, like other streamers, does not release traditional viewership data, High Fidelity had an impressive 86 percent and 82 percent rating, respectively, among critics and viewers on RottenTomatoes.com.

Kravitz starred as the show's pop culture-loving record store owner. Kravitz is the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, the latter of whom played Cusack's ex-girlfriend Marie DeSalle in the original film.

Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka created the High Fidelity TV series and will executive produce alongside Zoe Kravitz and Midnight Radio's Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. David H. Holmes, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Jake Lacy and Thomas Doherty starred in the series.

For their part, West and Kucserka had a long-term vision for their update on High Fidelity, telling The Hollywood Reporter that they hoped there were "many seasons" of the series as they hoped to expand the universe of all the show's characters. "As we move forward into future seasons, I think Rob (Kravitz) is going to date some strangers that we haven't met before," West said. "I think we're going to go on relationship stories and other kinds of stories with Cherise and Simon and the universe will continue to expand."

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Siren Cancelled After 3 Seasons
By Andy Swift, TVLine.com - Aug. 5, 2020

Freeform is telling Siren to sleep with the fishes, cancelling the mermaid drama after three seasons, TVLine has confirmed.

Across Season 3’s 10-episode run, Siren averaged a 0.11 demo rating and 410,000 total viewers (in Live+Same day numbers), down 30 and 15 percent from Season 2. Out of the seven series currently on Freeform’s roster, it ranks second in the demo (trailing only grown-ish) and No. 1 in total audience.

Siren‘s third season finale — which will now serve as its series finale — aired on May 28, delivering the long-awaited final showdown between mermaids Ryn and Tia. Though good ultimately triumphed over evil, the episode didn’t exactly wrap up Ryn’s story in a neat little bow. Sure, her daughter is safe, but Ben’s whereabouts are still unknown. (Click here for our full breakdown of the finale.)

The mermaid drama stars/starred Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, Eline Powell as Ryn Fisher, Fola Evans-Akingbola as Maddie Bishop, Ian Verdun as Xander McClure and Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins.

News of Siren‘s cancellation comes shortly after Freeform ordered additional seasons of witch drama Motherland: Fort Salem and quirky comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. The network’s Party of Five reboot, meanwhile, was cancelled after just one season in April.

In other recent Freeform news, the network announced that new episodes of Good Trouble and grown-ish — which were both supposed to air this summer — are being held until 2021.

TVLine’s Cable TV Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect Siren‘s cancellation.

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Intellivision video game system reboot delayed amid coronavirus pandemic, now due in April 2021
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Aug. 5, 2020

The latest repercussion from the coronavirus pandemic? A delay in the arrival of the rebooted Intellivision video game console.

The Intellivision Amico, the modern reboot of the iconic Intellivision video game console, which had been scheduled to hit the market Oct. 10, now is scheduled for release April 15, 2021.

Because of production challenges during the pandemic, the company decided to push back the system's launch. Not to do so would have compromised quality assurance, said Intellivision Entertainment CEO Tommy Tallarico during an online event Wednesday. "Ultimately our date is going to be determined by specific quality criteria that the team has defined and not a moment before," he said.

Also revealed during the event were updates on new games coming to the system including Earthworm Jim 4, edutainment title Sesame Workshop, and a game based on Mattel Hot Wheels. New action of other games in the works included reimagined versions of classic titles such as Missile Command, Breakout and Battle Tanks.

GameStop is taking preorders for the Intellivision Amico ($249.99 for the black or white models or $299.99 for the GameStop Limited edition purple version; both come with two controllers).

Astrosmash, Shark! Shark!, Skiing, Cornhole and dice game Farkle are included with the system.

Another video game system reboot, the Atari VCS ($389.99, includes a wireless joystick and a controller), is scheduled for a fall 2020 release. In addition to a library of more than 100 classic Atari games, the VCS also works like a mini-PC and can be used to run apps, too.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
‘Big Brother’: CBS Announces ‘All-Stars’ Cast Members For Season 22 Of Reality Game Show
By Alexandra Del Rosario, Deadline.com - Aug. 5, 2020

Sixteen Big Brother alumni returned to the house tonight for the show’s upcoming All-Stars season. CBS announced the cast of returning fan favorites, past winners and notable personalities Wednesday.

The Big Brother: All-Star cast features past winners Nicole Franzel and Ian Terry, fan favorites Da’Vonne Rogers and Kaysar Ridha, and others playing for another shot at the top title including Janelle Pierzina and Dani Briones. Additional houseguests for the new season include Bayleigh Dayton, Enzo Palumbo, Cody Calafiore, Kevin Campbell and Christmas Abbot. Also joining are David Alexander, Keesha Smith, Memphis Garrett, Nicole Anthony and Tyler Crispen.

Julie Chen Moonves returns to host the CBS hit show.

This season’s group of past players will compete for another shot at the show’s grand prize of $500,000. This is Big Brother’s second All-Stars season, following its first in 2006 which saw Mike Mallin walk away with the prize.

Big Brother season 22 was slated to premiere in June, per the show’s tradition, but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the coronavirus still affecting the United States, the Big Brother production team has taken on safety protocols to ensure the safety of the All-Stars cast.

Prior to entering the show’s house during Wednesday night’s premiere, all the returning players quarantined and received several COVID-19 tests. All the cast members will also undergo weekly tests for the infectious disease and will not come into contact with crew members.

Additional protocol for Big Brother: All-Stars crew and staff include regular testing and symptom screenings, PPE requirements and work pods. A COVID-19 compliance officer will also be on set to enforce and monitor the detailed measures.

Season 22 of Big Brother premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS. Following the season kick-off, the series will air Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m.

The show is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Endemol Shine North America with Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan as exec producers.

Source: ‘Big Brother’: CBS Announces ‘All-Stars’ Cast Members For Season 22 Of Reality Game Show
 

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TruTV Renews ‘Tacoma FD’
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Aug. 5, 2020

TruTV has picked up a third season of its comedy series Tacoma FD, part of several programming announcements the network made Wednesday during WarnerMedia’s TCA virtual press tour event.

The series, which stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, will return with a 13-episode third season, said the network. The show’s second season to date has reached some 11 million viewers, said truTV.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work this team has achieved season after season” said Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT, and truTV in a statement. “With Tacoma FD’s fanbase continuing to grow, the show is a huge success story for us, and we can’t wait to see what kind of Station 24 shenanigans Kevin, Steve, and the incredible cast come up with next.”

The network also announced an expansion of its Impractical Jokers franchise across WarnerMedia’s cable and streaming platforms.

Along with resuming production on season nine of the comedy series, the company has ordered a third season of TBS’s The Misery Index -- which features the stars of Impractical Jokers -- and has set a Sept. 1 date for the premiere of Impractical Jokers: The Movie on streaming service HBO Max.

“The Impractical Jokers franchise continues to deliver each and every time,” said Weitz. “The plan is continue to grow their business from an incredibly solid foundation and deliver to a passionate fanbase that’s second to none.”

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Star Trek: Lower Decks: Animated Series Finds the Perfect Balance Between Trekkiness and Silliness
By Keith Phipps, TVGuide.com - Aug. 6, 2020

Whether following the original Enterprise on its five-year mission or bringing Captain Jean-Luc Picard out of retirement to prevent an AI-induced apocalypse, Star Trek has always been about the allure of the unknown, the strange worlds, new life, and new civilizations that turn up when the United Federation of Planets goes where no one has gone before. But what about what happens after that?

Even if no one was asking the question, the promising new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks is here to supply the answer via the adventures of the USS Cerritos, a starship specializing in making Second Contact. "We get all the paperwork signed," Ensign Brad Boimler (voiced by Jack Quaid) explains early in the series' first episode, before continuing, "Make sure we're spelling the name of the planet right. Get to know all the good places to eat," tasks he sums up as "still pretty important."

Coming from a different sort of character, that assessment might sound like someone lying to themselves, but not Boimler. An ensign with an eye on the captain's chair, he's a Starfleet true believer who, when asked to choose a fantastic location to visit while using the Cerritos' holodeck, opts for the ship's warp core. Boimler stands in stark contrast to Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), a fellow ensign and self-appointed mentor who's retreated from her previous ambitions to embrace the rut of grunt work. "Senior officers are overrated," she tells Boimler, "They're always, like, stressed out and just yelling about directives. It is better down here where the real action is." If that action involves smuggling aboard contraband Romulan whiskey and occasionally taking breaks for margaritas between tasks, all the better.

Series creator Mike McMahan's resumé includes a long stint on Rick and Morty and co-creating Hulu's Solar Opposites with Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland. Star Trek: Lower Decks shares a lot of DNA with those shows, from its clean, spare design to its breakneck pace to its love of heady science fiction concepts to its tendency to break out into chaotic fits of violence. But it's also firmly rooted in the Star Trek universe, even if it's set as deep in its farthest reaches conceptually as the Cerritos is physically. A series like, say, Star Trek: Voyager probably wouldn't have featured a character ascending to a higher form of existence only to encounter the image of a smiling koala, but it could have.

Only the second animated Star Trek series after the straight-faced, early '70s Star Trek: The Animated Series, which Lower Decks freely references, Lower Decks requires a careful balancing act. Lean too hard toward silliness and it stops seeming like Star Trek. But play it too straight and the comedy starts to feel like an afterthought. In the four episodes provided to critics, McMahan and his team consistently get the balance right. The jokes — like a character yelling "Interlocked hands!" before employing a fighting style made famous by Captain Kirk — stay rooted in the world of Star Trek, and the plots, if given a quick rewrite to sand off the jokier elements, could work on another series.

Lower Decks gets other details right, too, including the Next Generation-era fonts used for the credits and Chris Westlake's thundering theme and score, which could easily pass as products of the same era. The series comes from a place of deep love for all things Trek, even borrowing its title and core concept from a seventh-season Next Generation episode focusing on the low-ranking characters usually confined to the series' background. That doesn't mean it's above tweaking that world at every opportunity, however. In one episode, Mariner finds herself assigned to a string of humiliating tasks including "Holodeck Waste Removal," the details of which it leaves to viewers' imaginations via some well-placed bleeps.

Whether or not Lower Decks will develop the complex emotional bonds between characters found in the best Star Trek series — or Rick and Morty, for that matter — remains to be seen, but the early episodes point it in the right direction. Boimler and Mariner have a fun, fractious bond — nicely played by Quaid and Newsom — and a revelation late in the first episode provides a clue about the roots of Mariner's bad attitude. They're joined by D'Vana Tendi (Noël Wells), an enthusiastic junior medical officer who's green both literally and figuratively, and Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), a budding engineer still getting used to some cybernetic implants that have a habit of disrupting his emotions and communications skills.

With the exception of Mariner (and even her jadedness often seems like a mask) the central characters share a sense of optimism and curiosity, elements as much at the core of Star Trek as transporters and tribbles. And by eschewing some of the darkness favored by Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard -- both fine shows in their own right -- Lower Decks often feels more like a traditional Star Trek series than more recent efforts, even with jokes about blustering transdimensional energy creatures that require virtually no effort to defeat. Though featuring considerably more gags than other Trek shows, it's still set in a brighter future filled with strange creatures and unexpected possibilities. It's a wonder to explore, even on a ship that habitually gets to see them second.

Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres Thursday, Aug. 6 on CBS All Access. New episodes will premiere Thursdays.
TV Guide Rating:
3.5 (out of 5)

(Disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS Interactive, a division of ViacomCBS.)

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Animal Crossing catapults Nintendo to stratospheric earnings
By Sam Byford, TheVerge.com - Aug. 6, 2020

Nintendo has posted extraordinarily high earnings for its normally quiet April-June quarter, as Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to be a sales juggernaut that drives Switch hardware purchases.

Operating profit is up 428 percent year-on-year to 145 billion yen ($1.37 billion) off 357 billion yen ($3.39 billion) in revenue, with Switch sales up 166 percent to 5.68 million systems in the quarter. Nintendo has now shipped 61.44 million Switch consoles, just 470,000 shy of the original Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold more than 10 million units in the quarter, bringing its total sales up to 22.4 million. Nintendo says that of all the new Switch consoles that were played for the first time this quarter, more than half of them played New Horizons on the first day, demonstrating that the game is bringing new customers to the Switch. It’s also sold over 10 million copies more than any other Animal Crossing title, and is already the second best-selling Switch game overall behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The Switch was affected by COVID-19-related supply constraints in the quarter, but Nintendo says “the situation has almost recovered.” The bigger impact was on fitness RPG Ring Fit Adventure, which has now sold more than 4 million copies but continues to be hard to find.

“Demand for this new proposal from Nintendo of exercising by playing an adventure game was so much higher than our forecasts that the global supply has been unable to keep up since release,” Nintendo says in its statement. “The lingering effects of this product shortage in the market are still an inconvenience to a large number of consumers, but as with the Nintendo Switch family of systems, we will continue to work to ensure a sufficient amount of shipments for the holiday season.”

Nintendo’s schedule for the rest of the year is more or less a mystery. The company announced expanded Wii U port Pikmin 3 Deluxe yesterday, but there aren’t any big-hitter holiday titles that we know of yet. That said, Nintendo released Paper Mario: The Origami King last month just two months after its announcement, so there’s still time.

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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Special Leads NBC Sweep
By Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter - Aug. 5, 2020

A special celebrating 15 years of America's Got Talent helped NBC sweep primetime Tuesday — and drew almost as many viewers as a regular episode a week ago.

The CW's Stargirl also grew in total viewers a week ahead of its season finale, and a remembrance of John Lewis drew 3 million people to CBS.

The AGT 15th anniversary special led the broadcast networks in both adults 18-49 (0.8 rating) and total viewers (6.08 million). The latter figure is nearly equal to last week's 6.12 million viewers for the remotely filmed judges' cuts. At 10 p.m., World of Dance topped its hour in both the 18-49 demographic (0.7) and viewers (3.9 million).

Stargirl was steady in adults 18-49 with a 0.2 on The CW, but its 841,000 viewers were about 100,000 more than last week. Tell Me a Story was even with last week, drawing a 0.1 in the demo and 406,000 viewers.

The Oprah Winfrey-hosted John Lewis: Remembering a Hero posted a 0.3 in adults 18-49 along with its 3 million viewers on CBS, topping ABC's What Would You Do (0.3 in 18-49, 2.12 million viewers) in total audience at 10 p.m.

NBC averaged a 0.8 among adults 18-49 in primetime to lead the broadcast networks. CBS and Univision tied for second place at 0.4, just ahead of 0.3s for Fox and Telemundo. The CW drew a 0.1.

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‘E! News’ among canceled shows in NBCUniversal restructure
By Elaine Low, Variety.com - Aug. 5, 2020

Three E! entertainment news shows — “E! News,” “Pop of the Morning,” and “In the Room” — have been canceled, Variety has learned.

The move comes just a year after E! announced an expansion to its slate of entertainment news programming under veteran former “Today” producer Tammy Filler, who joined in April 2019 to lead creative and production for E!’s news operations. The goal was to build out a secondary studio base in New York and add hours to its daily coverage.

The flagship “E! News” program a year ago transitioned its nightly Los Angeles show to a morning show in New York, following the announcement in August 2019. “Pop of the Morning” was also based in New York, and featured a panel of hosts discussing the day’s biggest entertainment news stories. “In the Room” featured interviews with celebrities and a look inside their homes.

Amid last year’s move to New York were layoffs of around 20-25 staff who worked on the nightly “E! News” broadcast in L.A. Filler will continue on in her current role, overseeing E!’s remaining “Daily Pop” and “Nightly Pop” entertainment news programs.

The cancellations will translate to layoffs within the New York-based production team, which is fewer than 10 people big. The extent of layoffs are unclear, but a source familiar with the situation says that the company is trying to place some of those staffers in other positions within the network.

The cancellations come as E!’s parent company, NBCUniversal, looks to streamline its programming and restructure internally to create more efficiencies. Additionally, the harsh economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic factored into “E! News,” “Pop of the Morning,” and “In the Room” being taken off the cable channel’s programming slate, per a source.

Moving forward, all of E!’s studio production will be centralized in Los Angeles.

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British Game Show ‘Taskmaster’ Pulled By The CW After One Episode
By Denise Petski, Deadline.com - Aug. 5, 2020

It was a very short run for British comedy game show Taskmaster. Just days after its premiere, The CW has pulled the show from its schedule after one airing.

Supernatural reruns will take over Taskmaster‘s 9 pm Sunday timeslot for the next few weeks. Other options for Taskmaster, including a run on CW Seed, are being explored, sources said.

Taskmaster premiered on Sunday with back-to-back episodes, which averaged a 0.1 adults 18-49 and drew 432,000 and 224,000, respectively. It was among several alternative acquisitions made by The CW to its summer lineup.

Taskmaster is an International Emmy and triple BAFTA nominated comedy game show starring comedian and actor Greg Davies in the title role of the all-powerful Taskmaster, who issues simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants – usually comedians – with Alex Horne (the show creator) acting as the Taskmaster’s assistant. The tasks – usually performed in isolation, but occasionally in teams – are designed to encourage the players to think laterally and creatively.

Taskmaster is from Avalon (Breeders, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Catastrophe) with executive producers Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Andy Devonshire (who also serves as the series’ director) with Hilary Rosen for UKTV.

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Apple Orders Cop Drama Series From Team Downey, ‘Billions’ Writer
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Aug. 5, 2020

Apple TV+ has given a straight-to-series order to a crime drama series from Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey and writer Adam Perlman.

The untitled series is based on the Toronto Life article “The Sting” by journalist Michael Lista. According to the series description, the project “follows a frustrated Canadian detective who takes on a decades-old cold case in hopes of winning a confession and becoming a hero. The case quickly spirals out of control when the undercover cop attempts an elaborate sting… adding playacting cops, taxpayer resources, and an unexpected friendship with the peculiar target.”

Downey Jr. will executive produce the series alongside Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell of Team Downey and will potentially appear on the series in a supporting role. Adam Perlman, whose credits include “Billions” and “The Good Wife,” will write and executive produce.

Lista will serve as a co-executive producer on the project as well.

Team Downey most recently produced the film adaptation “Dolittle,” with Downey Jr. in the title role. The company is currently in pre-production on Scott Cooper’s psychological thriller “A Head Full of Ghosts,” starring Margaret Qualley. In the realm of television, Team Downey produces HBO’s “Perry Mason” and is set to enter production on a live-action adaptation of the comicbook series “Sweet Tooth.”

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On The Air

THURSDAY AUG. 6, 2020 Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid

ABC:
8PM - Holey Moley
9PM - Don't!
10PM - To Tell The Truth (Joel McHale, Oliver Hudson, Nikki Glaser, Vivica A. Fox)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Anthony Anderson guest hosts; comic D.L. Hughley; NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace)
(R)
12:06AM - Nightline
12:36AM0 - Jimmy Kimmel Live!
(R)

CBS:
8PM - Young Sheldon
(R)
8:31PM - The Unicorn (R)
9:01PM - Mom (R)
9:30PM - Mom (R)
10PM - NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
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11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Author Mary Trump; Kristen Bell)
(R)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Kevin Bacon; Rita Wilson performs) (R)

NBC:
8PM - Ellen's Game of Games
(R)
9:30PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R)
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R)
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11:34M - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Matthew McConaughey; Jaden Smith talks and performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (J.B. Smoove; journalists Dana Bash, Kaitlan Collins and Kyung Lah; Thaddeus Dixon sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - A Little Late With Lilly Singh (Comic Russell Peters; Michael Ealy)
(R)

FOX:
7PM - MLB Baseball, Regional Coverage: Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals or Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks (3 hrs., LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - Killer Camp: Episode 3
9PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(R)

PBS:
8PM - This Old House
(R)
8:30PM - Ask This Old House (R)
9PM - The War: A Deadly Calling (Part 3, 120 min.) (R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
9PM - Médicos, Línea de Vida
10PM - Como Tú No Hay Dos

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Exatlón Estados Unidos (120 min.)
9PM - Cennet
10PM - Enemigo Intimo

ESPN:
4PM - 2020 PGA Championship: First Round (6 hrs., LIVE)
10PM - SportsCenter (LIVE)


TNT:
6:30PM - NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (LIVE)
9PM - NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets (LIVE)

CBSSN:
7:30PM - UEFA Europa League: Teams TBA (Tape-Delayed)
10PM - Europa League Matchnight

CNN:
8PM - Coronavirus: Facts and Fears: A CNN Global Town Hall (60 min., LIVE)


ESPN 2:
8PM - MLS Soccer, Second Semifinal: Orlando City SC vs. Minnesota United FC (LIVE)
10PM - WNBA Basketball: Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury
(LIVE)

LIFETIME:
8PM - Married at First Sight (3 hrs. 3 min.)


MTV:
8PM - Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
9PM - Revenge Prank (30 min.)

NAT GEO:
8PM - When Sharks Attack: Extra Bite - Ten Minutes of Terror
9PM - When Sharks Attack: World's Shark Capital
10PM - Shark vs. Surfer: Extra Bite


NBCSN:
8PM - NHL Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (LIVE)
10:30PM - PLL Championship, Second Semifinal: Redwoods LC vs. Whipsnakes LC
(120 min., LIVE)

USA:
8PM - Cannonball
9:01PM - Chrisley Knows Best

A&E:
9PM - The First 48
10PM - Court Cam
10:30PM - Court Cam

BRAVO:
9PM - The Real Housewives of New York City (90 min.)

SCIENCE:
9PM - Strange Evidence: Curse of the Alien Egg
10PM - Strange Evidence: Irish Leviathan (120 min.)


TLC:
9PM - Dr. Pimple Popper (120 min.)


WETV:
9PM - Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars

FXX:
10PM - Cake

TBS:
10PM - Lost Resort
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11PM - Conan (Nikki Glaser)
(R)

TRUTV:
10PM - Tacoma FD
10:30PM - Tacoma FD

CNBC:
10:30PM - NHL Hockey: Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets (LIVE)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Daily Social Distancing Show - July 30, 2020 (45 min.)
(R)

SHOWTIME:
11PM - Desus & Mero (Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt)

SYFY:
11PM - SYFY Wire's The Great Debate (Season Finale, 30 min.)

E!:
11:30PM - Nightly Pop (30 min.)


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Kaley Cuoco on her 'perfectly flawed' 'Flight Attendant'; 'insane, raunchy' Harley Quinn

By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Aug. 5, 2020

You don't need a penny to get Kaley Cuoco's thoughts on her busy career after "The Big Bang Theory" ended its 12-season run last year.

"It's been wonderful (and) totally career changing," she said of her dual role as first-time executive producer and star of HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant" (due this fall) during a virtual Television Critics Association panel Wednesday.

Cuoco, 34, who said she loved her time playing Penny on the CBS hit "Big Bang," sounds equally pleased with voicing the title character of the animated "Harley Quinn" on the DC Universe streaming service last November.

"I had no idea it was going to be as insane and raunchy as it has become. I'm even shocked half the the time at the stuff I say, but that has been this enjoyable (experience) that started as a little side gig and turned into something more," she said.

Cuoco, who appeared remotely with "Flight Attendant" co-stars Rosie Perez and Zosia Mamet and executive producer Steve Yockey, said she was looking for projects to produce when she happened upon a mention of the 2018 novel by Chris Bohjalian. (The limited series was filming the sixth of its eight episodes in March when production shut down due to the COVID-19 epidemic, delaying its planned May premiere. Filming is tentatively scheduled to resume later this month, Yockey said.)

"I read one little snippet, a line (about) the book on Amazon. It just was one sentence and I got this weird chill," she said. "I called my team and said, 'Hey, I'd love to look at the rights to this book.' And their first question was, 'OK, so you read the book? You loved the book? And I was like, 'Oh, yeah. I totally read the book.' I had not read the book, but something said to me, 'Jump on this.' … Once they started getting into it, I read it really fast."

Cuoco plays Cassie Bowden, a hard-drinking "flight attendant (who) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened," according to the streaming service's description. It's quite a departure from Penny.

Cassie is "extremely, perfectly flawed. It was kind of an actor's dream to play someone like her. She's got a rollercoaster of issues, but a heart of gold and she's strong and just a great female character to play," Cuoco said.

The darkly comic nature of "Attendant" lets Cuoco expand her range without going too far afield.

"I've always loved comedy and sitcoms and grew up on it … starting out on my first series (ABC's "8 Simple Rules") with John Ritter, I just love the art of making someone laugh and not taking yourself too seriously," she said. "This was a great kind of a new path, but it wasn't so far off that people are like, 'What is she doing?' There's still that levity."

But there are new elements. "I loved the drama. I loved being scared. I loved the running. It's been completely new and different. I've really never done anything like it before, and I completely enjoyed it."

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Seth Rogen, an Absurd Premise and a Vatful of Brine Make for a Delightful American Pickle
By Stephanie Zacharek, TIME.com - Aug. 6, 2020

Even as our political landscape has become overloaded with ridiculously wrongheaded declarations, pronouncements so outrageous we can hardly believe our ears, comic absurdity in the movies—dumb, or even smart, stuff that just makes you laugh—feels more precious than ever. We’ve all become worried Victorian orphans facing our glum future. RIP delight; it was nice while it lasted.

But wait! Seth Rogen as an early 20th century pickle-company grunt who falls into a vat of brine and emerges, perfectly preserved, in modern-day Brooklyn? Did someone actually conceive that as a movie idea—let alone get the thing made? The good news for you and for me, my fellow wan Victorian orphans, is that An American Pickle (HBO Max) is a real movie, and it’s delightful. Sometimes a logically indefensible premise is the only thing that makes life seem logical.

Rogen plays a dual role here: He is, first, Herschel Greenbaum, a native of the Eastern European region of Schlupsk, a land of mud and hardship. We first meet Herschel in 1919, as he woos a local girl, Sarah (Sarah Schnook). “She has all her teeth, top and bottom,” he notes approvingly. Both have tragic backgrounds, alluded to in dashes of black humor—“Her parents were murdered by Cossacks, my parents were murdered by Cossacks!”—and when yet more violence strikes their village, they set out for America, eager to start a family that will stretch forth through generations.

Then Herschel falls into that vat. He awakens, still wearing his rumpled cap and sporting his scraggly beard, to learn that his beloved wife is long dead; his feelings of displacement stir anger in his heart. Then he learns he has one living relative, a great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (Rogen again). Ben whisks Herschel to his nerd–bachelor Brooklyn apartment, introducing him to the wonders of Alexa and the miracle of SodaStream (seltzer was an unaffordable luxury in the old country), as well as teaching him the new dance steps, though Herschel has retained some pretty fly “Fiddler on the Roof” moves.

This is the assertively heartwarming part of An American Pickle. But not to worry, it doesn’t last long. Herschel is Ben’s only connection to family: Ben’s father, Herschel’s grandson, has died in a car crash, as has Ben’s mother. But before long, Herschel and Ben—a failed app developer who also, it appears, harbors anger in his heart—have a falling-out. Herschel strikes out on his own and becomes a pickle-cart mogul. Ben, jealous and spiteful, tries to sabotage him. It becomes clear that neither of these guys is particularly nice, and certainly not to each other. Yet their faults unite them, and their stumbling odyssey back toward one another is what gives An American Pickle its spiky warmth.

Directed by Brandon Trost and adapted by Simon Rich from his own novella, “Sell Out,” An American Pickle has an acidic zing that neutralizes any sentimentality. Rogen has a great feel for Yiddish humor, for its lilting rhythms and its joy, but also for its bleakness. (When Herschel learns that Ben has lost his parents, he says, with genuine compassion, “I’m very sorry,” before asking, “Murder, or regular?”) But Rogen can carry the movie’s more serious threads too: while Ben claims that he’s not religious, he comes to understand that even among the non-observant, religion can be the thread that connects families through centuries. Rogen, Trost and Rich have a sense of how ridiculous, and sometimes punishing, life can seem, in 1919 or in 2020. Yet even without the advantage of being preserved in brine, we get through the madness. L’chaim.

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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 6, 2020

THE OPRAH CONVERSATION
Apple TV+, 3:00 a.m. ET
Last week, at the last minute, Oprah Winfrey and company swapped the content of their premiere installment in this new pandemic-era Winfrey talk show. Therefore, the show I wrote about last week actually is presented tonight, featuring How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi.

STAR TREK: BELOW DECKS
CBS All Access, 3:00 a.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE:
CBS All Access already has launched two Star Trek spinoff series as exclusives: Star Trek: Discovery and the more recent Star Trek: Picard, both of which are live-action dramas that are still running. Now comes a third new franchise entry, but Star Trek: Below Decks is different. It’s animated, not live action. And it’s a comedy, from Mike McMahan of Rick and Morty. The concept is to take the kind of stories that have propelled all previous Star Trek series and push them to the background. In the foreground: the lowly crew members in the lower decks, whose tasks include repairing the food replicators and doing follow-up work on planet exploration. It’s a clever idea, and this new series has fun with it, while sprinkling enough Star Trek Easter eggs to fill a genre TV basket. Not for very young viewers, because the language and action can be a bit rough – but worth watching for even the mildly curious.

UPRIGHT
Sundance Now, 3:00 a.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
Australian Tim Minchin is a stand-up comic, an actor, and a composer. As an actor, U,S. audiences might remember him as Atticus in Californication. As a composer, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical version of Groundhog Day. And now, in this new series import, he’s the star and creator, and one of the writers and directors, of Upright, in which a directionless young man goes on an extensive Australian road trip, aiming to transport a family upright piano to his ailing mother. Milly Alcock plays the spirited young woman he picks up, grudgingly and not at all amorously, along the way – and it doesn’t take long at all before Upright establishes its own irrepressible, attractive quirkiness. Watch for the scene when Minchin, as Lucky Flynn, gets lucky when he’s about to be assaulted by a biker gang at a remote bar stop – and evades being pummeled by getting to the piano in the back of his truck, and joining one of the bikers in a lively duet on “Heart and Soul.”

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: BURT LANCASTER
TCM, 6:00 a.m. ET

Today’s subject on TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” is Burt Lancaster, which makes today’s 24-hour film marathon especially rich. Pay special attention to 1964’s Seven Days in May at 3:15 p.m. ET, 1960’s Elmer Gantry at 8 p.m. ET, and 1962’s The Birdman of Alcatraz at 10:45 p.m. ET. And a few wonderful movies show up late, so set your recorders. There’s 1953’s From Here to Eternity at 1:30 a.m. ET, followed at 3:45 a.m. ET by 1980’s Atlantic City, in which he co-stars opposite the luminous Susan Sarandon, who in this film does more to popularize and immortalize citrus than Anita Bryant ever did.

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In a Battle of Mysteries Between PBS and CW, the Winner Might Surprise You
By Mike Hughes, TVWorthWatching.com's 'Open Mike' - Aug. 5, 2020

Two mystery shows are arriving now, just when we really need some fresh, scripted shows.

One, Endeavour, is in PBS' prestigious Masterpiece series, with rich craftsmanship and subtly nuanced performances. The other, Coroner, is on much-less-prestigious CW.

And the surprise? This time, the second, a CW show, is much better.

Coroner (9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Aug. 5) is a summer surprise, a Canadian drama with smart stories wrapped around excellent performances. It introduces a character, Dr. Jenny Cooper, we care about, played by an actress, Serinda Swan, we like instantly.

Then there's Endeavour, which has movie-length stories at 9 p.m. on three Sundays (Aug, 9, 16, and 23. check local listings) on PBS. A prequel to Inspector Morse, it follows Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as a young police detective in Oxford. It's beautifully filmed, but this time it tries too hard. WAY too hard, actually. The opener leaps skittishly between an endless array of stories.

Morse meets a mysterious beauty in Venice and a cheery guy who's a world traveler. Then there's Thursday, his former mentor (and father of his ex-girlfriend), now in a general funk. And their boss, Bright, struggling to help his ill wife.

These people come across recent murders, including ESP researchers and people who take late-night, riverside walks. There's even a hint of a supernatural element, which doesn't fit.

The show makes little effort to explain what's happening or to tell us how (or if) it all connects. In the first film, some stories are left open, others are unsatisfactory; we have to wait until the final film to get it sorted out, and even then, there are parts that require coincidence or don't make sense.

That doesn't mean these richly filmed shows can't be worth watching. I sort of enjoyed them; then again, I didn't have to wait two weeks to get it all semi-straightened out.

What this three-film season lacks is the quick, Canadian clarity of Coroner.

The story starts with a life-changing event for Jenny. The next time we see her, she has a new job – Toronto coroner – and a new haircut.

From there, we have good characters and solid stories. Particularly well-drawn are Jenny's relationships with her teen son and a handyman who lives nearby.

Then there are the murder stories, crisp and sharp. The first involves a juvenile detention center; the second involves a rich guy in his penthouse.

The latter has one flaw: One person who's interviewed sounds like he's delivering a treatise, not talking with fellow humans. Overall, however, these are good stories that wrap up at the end of the hour and make sense when you think about them later.

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Amazon orders A League of Their Own TV series, reveals changes to story line from film
By James Hibberd, EW.com - Aug. 6, 2020

Amazon Studios is officially rebooting the beloved 1992 sports comedy A League of Their Own as a TV series. The company also released new details about the project, which has been in development for years.

Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) will star and co-create the series along with Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle).

This reinterpretation of A League of Their Own promises to evoke "the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall's beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it."

“Twenty-eight years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked," said Graham and Jacobson in a statement. "We grew up obsessed with the film, like everyone else. Three years ago, we approached Sony with the idea of telling a new, still overlooked set of those stories. With the help of an enormously talented team of collaborators, an amazing cast, and the devoted support of Amazon to this project, we feel beyond lucky and excited to get to bring these characters to life. It took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination and a crackling sense of humor for these players to achieve their dreams. We’re hoping to bring audiences a story with all of those qualities.”

The original film told a fictionalized account of the real-life formation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954. The league was founded after the United States entered World War II as a way of continuing professional baseball league while many male athletes were overseas fighting in the war.

In addition to Jacobson, the new series stars Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Gbemisola Ikumelo (Brain in Gear), Kelly McCormack (Killjoys), Roberta Colindrez (Vida), and Priscilla Delgado (The Protected). Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader) directed the pilot. No premiere date has been set.

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