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Melanie Lynskey Joins Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’

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Melanie Lynskey has been cast in the upcoming Hulu Stephen King series “Castle Rock.”

Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.

Lynskey recently appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and starred in HBO’s Duplass Brothers series “Togetherness.” She also had a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the deranged neighbor Rose. She is repped by The Gersh Agency.

Lynskey is the latest casting addition to “Castle Rock,” which will also star André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Jane Levy. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, centered around the inhabitants of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which figured prominently in several of King’s works.

Castle Rock” has landed a 10-episode first season order, with »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox News Signs Congressman Jason Chaffetz as Contributor

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Jason Chaffetz, the Republican Congressman from Utah, will join Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network as a contributor, the networks announced Wednesday.

Chaffetz is slated to step down as a lawmaker on June 30th. His new role is expected to commence on July 1.

Chaffetz has represented Utah’s Third Congressional District since November, 2008, and recently announced he intended to step down from his role.  He has served as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He has also served on the Homeland Security Committee. He has drawn attention for his roles in several government investigations, including into the operations of the Secret Service, and the attack at Benghazi.  He had worked as a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.

Before his political career, Mr. Chaffetz  specialized in corporate communications and operated his own communications firm, Maxtera »


- Brian Steinberg

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‘Younger’ Boss Darren Star on Liza’s ‘Watergate-Level’ Lie, Season 4’s Extended Episodes

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Darren Star is ready for the fourth season of his hit TV Land comedy “Younger” to premiere. In fact, the show’s executive producer has been ready for quite some time, given that the network announced the renewal last June, just as the show was entering production on its previous season — a season in which Liza’s (Sutton Foster) secret about being a 40-something masquerading as a 20-something in the publishing world was revealed to her boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), as well as to her partner in a new millennial imprint, Kelsey (Hilary Duff).

All those twists will play out in season four, reveals Star.

“What the show’s about is how one relatively small lie can just metastasize and have big, big ramifications. And that’s the story of what’s happening here and what [will] continue to happen,” Star tells Variety. “Let’s just say, in Watergate it wasn’t about the break-in, it »


- Danielle Turchiano

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CBS News Will Launch Primetime Series ‘On Assignment’ from Streaming-Video Cbsn

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CBS News said it would launch a new, limited-run primetime TV series based on reports prepared in the style of its streaming-video news outlet, Cbsn. “Cbsn: On Assignment” will air on four consecutive Monday evenings starting July 31 at 10 p.m. eastern, and attempt to bring a more on-the-ground perspective to an audience more accustomed to CBS News mainstays like “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

“The stories are intense, interesting and immersive,” said Mosheh Oinounou, the executive producer, in a prepared statement.

The maneuver aims to bolster Cbsn, a live-streaming outlet launched by CBS News in November, 2014. Once seen primarily as a vehicle for repurposing reporting done for “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” CBS News has in recent months steadily introduced more original programming to Cbsn, including political-news programs lead by Elaine Quijano and Major Garrett. CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, for example, has explored volatile suburbs around Paris and Brussels in the wake of terrorism for Cbsn »


- Brian Steinberg

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Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’ Picked Up Internationally, Including in Russia

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Oliver Stone’s televised interviews with Vladimir Putin will be seen in the Russian president’s homeland and in other countries around the world where broadcasters have snapped up the four-part series.

The Putin Interviews” went out on Showtime in the U.S. earlier this month over four nights and was simulcast on Sky in Britain and Germany. National Geographic has now taken rights across Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as for Belgium and the Netherlands. Channel One will show the interviews in Russia.

Im Global Television is distributing the series and has also sold it to Sbs in Australia. In Europe, Dr has it in Denmark, Iti in Poland, and Ftv in Czech Republic. In Spain, it will air on pay-tv, on the Movistar+ platform.

The Putin Interviews” was produced by Fernando Sulichin (“The Untold History of the United States”), New Element Media and Rob Wilson. The »


- Stewart Clarke

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Now That ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Over, Would the Cast Return for a Reboot?

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Ever since Freeform announced “Pretty Little Liars” would come to a close after its seventh season, rumors have swirled that the Liars could return someday for a reboot, spinoff, movie or reunion.

Creator Marlene King has been vocal about the possibility of bringing the Liars back, and over the past few months, cast members have all chimed in on the possibility if bringing “Pll” to the big screen. “It’s the end — the end for now,” King said on Variety‘s podcast earlier this year. “But I feel like this world is so rich, and our fans are so loyal and so passionate and we’re so grateful to them. The fans have so much power in this story, and I think they’ll find a way to say, ‘This is how you should do it.'”

Now that the show has officially wrapped, Variety checked in with the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and producers to get »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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ABC Reaches Settlement in ‘Pink Slime’ Suit

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ABC said it reached a settlement in a closely scrutinized lawsuit filed against it by a South Dakota meat producer over ABC News reports that led to critics labeling one of the company’s products “pink slime.”

“ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of ‘lean finely textured beef,'” the network said in a statement. ” Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this product.  Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the company’s interests, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer’s right to know about the products they purchase.”

Financial terms of the settlement could not be immediately learned. A spokesman for Beef Products Inc. could not be reached for immediate comment.

An adverse outcome in the trial, which started earlier this month, could »


- Brian Steinberg

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Comic-Con 2017 TV Schedule: Is Your Favorite Show Heading to San Diego?

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With a surge in television content this year, it should be no surprise that the small screen offerings at San Diego Comic Con are continuing to grow in numbers as well. To keep you updated on the happenings this year, Variety has compiled a master list for the July 20-July 23 pop culture convention. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the schedule, as we will continue to update when networks and studios release their schedules for the event.

Thursday, July 20:

Ghosted (4:45-5:45 p.m., Room 6Bcf, Fox) Be among the first to see Craig Robinson and Adam Scott partner up for Fox’s new action-comedy, which chronicles two “polar opposites” who are recruited to investigate an unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles. Join Robinson, Scott, Ally Walker, and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten as they discuss this paranormal buddy comedy coming to Fox this fall.

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- Erin Nyren and Rebecca Rubin

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Amazon’s New Japanese Series ‘Face’ to Premiere Next Month

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Tokyo – Amazon Prime’s new Japanese original series “Face: Cyber Crime Special Investigation Unit” is set to premiere on the streaming service July 11.

Starring Ayame Goriki as a cyber-crime special agent, the series will be more oriented toward what Amazon describes as a “life or death struggle against criminal hackers” than geeks glued to computer screens. Amazon produced the show in partnership with Oscar Promotion, a leading Japanese talent agency, for which Goriki is a top star.

A new episode of the show will be released weekly.

Amazon has announced more than 20 new titles for its Amazon Prime service in Japan, including “Tokyo Vampire Hotel,” a nine-episode series by international cult director Sion Sono; “The Bachelor Japan”; and new iterations of the long-running Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Crayon Shin-chan franchises. »


- Mark Schilling

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ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke

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A new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV.

Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, which produced “Victoria,” is owned by ITV Studios.

Cooke, the star of Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” will play heroine Becky Sharp in the show, which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows her attempts to make her way in English society.

Period drama was once considered the preserve of the BBC in the U.K., but commercial network ITV has had notable historical hits in recent years with “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria,” although the World War II-set “The Halcyon” fared less well and was canceled after one season. ITV »


- Stewart Clarke

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Hulu Nabs U.S. Streaming Rights to Teenage Ballerina Series ‘Find Me in Paris’

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Paris – Hulu has acquired U.S. streaming rights to “Find Me in Paris,” the time-traveling ballerina series produced by French banner Cottonwood Media with German broadcaster Zdf and Zdf Enterprises.

The half-hour teenage series has already been acquired by France Télévisions in France, Disney in France and Italy, Zdf in Germany, ABC in Australia, and Vrt in Belgium.

Created by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, the duo behind Nickelodeon’s hit series “Ride,” “Find Me in Paris” is set against the backdrop of the Garnier Opera House in Paris and centers on Lena Grisky, a young dancer and princess poised to become the next young star of the ballet world in 1905.

The show is produced by industry veterans David Michel, Zoé Carrera Allaix, Cecile Lauritano, and Pascal Breton, along with line producer Leila Smith. Cottonwood Media’s sister company Federation Kids & Family and Zdf Enterprises are co-repping the series in international markets.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Man in the High Castle’ Producer Ramping Up

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Big Light Productions, the company behind Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” is set to ramp up its slate of dramas, with two seasoned executives joining its ranks.

Frances Flannery (“Spotless”) will work up a slate of original scripted projects for the production company, which was founded by Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”). She has worked at Kudos and Wall to Wall.

Emily Feller comes to Spotlight from Studiocanal’s Red Production Company and will executive produce new original series and the new season of Rai and Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence.” Her credits include British shows “Bodies” and “The Driver.”

“With projects already in development in the U.K., the U.S. and Europe, it’s an exciting moment for Emily and Frances to join the team,” said Big Light’s head of drama, Katie McAleese. “They’re both exceptionally writer-focused and have fantastic editorial instincts. I’m thrilled that they’re joining as »


- Stewart Clarke

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed

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The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s large ranch burned down on Monday night in a massive fire, Variety has confirmed with the actor’s reps.

Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.

The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.

The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.

According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »


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‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Rachel Breaks Out the Axe in Scandinavia

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“I’m so annoyed by this,” Rachel says in the first twenty minutes of Tuesday’s episode of “The Bachelorette.” To what was she referring? Who cares! It’s a perfect way of describing the opening sequence, which wrapped up Rachel’s two-on-one date with Kenny and Lee in the Norwegian wilderness.

Rachel says that her choice between Kenny and Lee is based on trust. “Lee after hearing what I heard today, I don’t trust you,” she says. “And because of that, I’m going to send you home.” Oh! That was easy! At long last. Kenny and Rachel are about to board a helicopter to freedom, and leave Lee alone with only his fur-upholstered chair to keep him company. But, then, Kenny leaves Rachel to go have some last words with his former competition. It’s a bad move for Kenny who could have proved that he was done with the drama and ready to »


- Seth Kelley

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DeMario Jackson Likely To Appear on ‘The Bachelorette: Men Tell All’ Special (Exclusive)

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Production on “Bachelor In Paradise” has now resumed after an investigation found no misconduct had occurred on the set, but the contestants at the center of the controversy — DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios — likely won’t return. But that doesn’t mean viewers have seen the last of the reality stars.

A source close to “The Bachelor” franchise tells Variety exclusively that Jackson is “likely” going to appear on the “Men Tell All” special, which airs at the end of each season of “The Bachelorette.”

ABC and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment on Jackson’s potential appearance on “Men Tell All.”

The “Men Tell All” special, which usually airs the week before the finale of the reality series (typically in July), reunites all the past contestants in front of a live audience, along with the star of their season. For this current season, that means Jackson would return to discuss season 13 with “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay and »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Claws’ Star Carrie Preston on Playing a Con Artist and ‘Gunning For’ a Lead Role

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Carrie Preston has been playing twisted Southern belles all her life, but as Polly in TNT’s “Claws,” she gets to try something a little different: a fabulist ex-con with an indomitable attitude and a killer manicure. Preston has long been a scene-stealer, in everything from rom-com “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to the vampire soap “True Blood” and legal procedural “The Good Wife.”

Now, as Polly, she’s part of a crew of five women who are also involved with the local West Florida mafia. “That alone was intriguing enough to get me to read the script,” she tells Variety. Her character is a compulsive liar who enjoys her fictional histories more than her depressing real one. But as Preston learned when discovered more about “Claws’” “insane words and incredible characters,” she learned that the story of what really happens to Polly — a story slowly unfolding in “Claws” — is even more bonkers than the stories she »


- Sonia Saraiya

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TV News Roundup: Rob Lowe’s A&E Supernatural Reality Series Sets Premiere Date

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In today’s roundup, A&E reveals the premiere date for “The Lowe Files,” while Freida Pinto joins the cast of “The Path” on Hulu. 

Dates

A&E announced that “The Lowe Files” will launch on August 2 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Executive produced by Rob Lowe, the series follows the famous actor and his two sons, Matthew and John, as they explore mysteries, legends, and supernatural phenomena such as Bigfoot sightings and the existence of ghosts. Watch a sneak peek of the series below.

PodcastOne and A&E are partnering together for the launch of “Cold Case Files: The Podcast.” Based off the A&E series “Cold Cases,” crime fans will follow detectives on their journey to solve a range of unsolved cases. With the aid of forensic technology, investigators will be able to unveil the secrets of these tragedies. Hosted by Brooke Gittings, “Cold Case Files: The Podcast” will air every Tuesday on »


- Dixie Limbachia

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Behind-the-Scenes Set Tour With Creator Marlene King (Watch)

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Have you ever wondered what it’s really like in Rosewood? Well then, you’re in luck.

To celebrate the series finale of “Pretty Little Liars,” creator Marlene King takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the set where “Pll” has filmed for the past seven years since it premiered back in June 2010.

Pretty Little Liars” was filmed on the Warner Bros. backlot located in Southern California, where other popular TV series like “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Conan,” “Gilmore Girls,” “ER,” and “Friends” all call home. Fun fact: King’s newest show, Freeform’s “Famous in Love” with Bella Thorne, also tapes at the Warner Bros. lot on one of the sound-stages — Stage 8 — that was vacated by “Liars” when the show wrapped. “Pll” shot on Stages 6, 7, and 8.

In this behind-the-scenes video, exclusively released to Variety from Freeform, King drives around in her golf cart, aptly named the “Pretty Little Mar Cart,” to »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV Exec Who Discovered Roger Ailes Is Facing Sexual Harassment Claims

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The legendary TV executive who gave Roger Ailes his start, and much later produced a show on Fox News, announced on Tuesday that attorney Lisa Bloom is threatening to sue him for sexual harassment.

Woody Fraser, the 82-year-old creator of “The Mike Douglas Show” and many other programs, is attempting to turn the tables on Bloom by preemptively announcing that she is targeting him. According to Fraser, two women have hired the attorney and demanded a significant sum to make the allegations go away. He said they have threatened to go public within the next few days.

“I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus,” Fraser said in a statement. “So, instead, I am going to take away the hammer of publicity and am letting the public know that these unfounded claims are about to be aired publicly, including an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.' »


- Gene Maddaus

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ to Launch Monologue Recap on Amazon’s Echo Show Device

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NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is about to get yet another digital destination: Amazon’s Echo Show voice-activated video device.

Starting Wednesday, users of the $230 Echo Show will be able to watch a video replay of Fallon’s “Tonight Show” monologue from the previous night. After subscribing to the show’s flash briefing in their settings, users can start playing the video clip on the Echo Show’s 7-inch screen just by saying, “Alexa, what is my flash briefing?”

Currently, the “Tonight Show” flash briefing is the only recap-segment content on Alexa for Echo Show, according to Amazon. But there are several other flash briefings that have been optimized for video on Echo Show from content partners including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, TechCrunch and People.

Of course, not many people will be able to catch the first installment or two of Fallon’s monologue replays: Amazon is set to begin shipping the Echo Show on »


- Todd Spangler

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