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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon

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Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.

ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.

Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Mammoth Screen managing director Damien Timmer will executive produce the series alongside Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens.

Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.

“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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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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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston

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Netflix has ordered a new comedy series titled “Everything Sucks” that will star Jahi Winston, who played a young Ralph Tresvant in Bet’s “The New Edition Story.”

The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star. »

- Joe Otterson

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Doug Liman’s ‘Impulse’ Gets Series Order From YouTube Red

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YouTube has given a series order to “Impulse,” a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould.

Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein will also executive produce with Lauren LeFranc. Jeffrey Lieber, Jason Horwitch, and Gary Spinelli are writing.

The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.

“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at Ucp and Hypnotic.”

“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on ‘Impulse’,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and president, Universal Cable Productions. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that »

- Daniel Holloway

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AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4

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AMC has renewed “Better Call Saul” for a fourth season.

Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”

Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations

27 June 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” will do anything to get an Emmy nomination. He’ll have star Justin Theroux do anything, at least.

In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.

The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »

- Ashley Boucher

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Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Beats Stephen Colbert for First Time Since Before Inauguration

27 June 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jimmy Fallon has bested Stephen Colbert in the ratings for the first time since the week before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Fallon, won late-night last week with most total viewers, averaging 2.66 million viewers overall compared to “The Late Show’s” 2.62 million. Fallon also saw a 62 percent demo margin over Colbert, which is its highest since the week of Jan. 9-13. He had a 0.68 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, compared to Colbert’s 0.42. This is the second week in a row that “The Tonight Show” can claim its biggest margin of victory versus its »

- Carli Velocci

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Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season

27 June 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Lauren Graham cast in Disney Junior’s ‘Vampirina’: Could she finally win that elusive Emmy?

27 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Lauren Graham has been cast in a new TV role, which raises the perennial question, could it finally win her that elusive Emmy? She has been cast in the Disney Junior animated series “Vampirina” as Oxana Hauntly, the mother of the title character. James Van Der Beek has been cast alongside her as her husband […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Bests ‘The Bachelorette’ for NBC Win

27 June 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

American Ninja Warrior” led NBC to a win Monday night, besting ABC and “The Bachelorette” as well as Fox and “So You Think You Can Dance.” NBC’s agility competition averaged a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 6 million total viewers in its airing from 8-10 p.m. NBC tied with ABC for first in ratings with a 1.3, but was first in total viewers with 5.3 million viewers. Aside from “American Ninja Warrior,” its airing of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” in the 10 p.m. hour garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million viewers. Also Read: Ratings: NBC Tops ABC on »

- Linda Ge

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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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A Fond Farewell to Pretty Little Liars

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When people ask me what I'm watching lately, I run through all the things you'd expect: the latest prestige drama, a critically-acclaimed comedy and I'm obviously rewatching every episode of Golden Girls. I cap it off, though, with my usual winking, "And, of course, Pretty Little Liars." I didn't


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- Nick Campbell

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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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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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Castle Rock: Melanie Lynskey to Star in Hulu's Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Drama

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Melanie Lynskey has scared up the female lead in Castle Rock, Hulu’s forthcoming horror show from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams.

Based on King’s short stories, the 10-episode project is set in the fictional Maine town that’s often featured in his novels. Hulu is billing it as “a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.” 

Lynskey, best known to TV audiences as Two and a Half Men‘s Rose, will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical »

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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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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

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When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke to Star in Vanity Fair Adaptation for Amazon

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Bates Motel ingenue Olivia Cooke is set to play Becky Sharp in the latest adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

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Published in 1848, the classic novel follows the lives of Becky, Emmy Sedley and their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars. The new, seven-part Amazon Studios/ITV co-production, per Deadline, promises to chronicle Becky’s “attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” unspooling her “story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing.” Filming is expected to start in September. »

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Party of Five's Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf Reunited and Dished the Dirt

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Party of Five siblings Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf reunited on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night, and host Andy Cohen got them to dish hot behind-the-scenes gossip from the Fox drama that ran from 1994 to 2000.

Campbell (who currently appears on House of Cards) and Wolf (who's


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- Liam Mathews

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America's Got Talent: Former Nsync Opening Act Delivers Chilling Performance

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Tuesday night's America's Got Talent saw one contestant looking for a second chance.

At 14 years old, Johnny Manuel was signed to a record contract and even got to tour with Nsync as an opening act. "As a kid, I thought I was gonna take off and see the stars," the Flint, Michigan native explained to


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- Keisha Hatchett

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