The Fox serial-killer procedural drama, Prodigal Son, already had one Welsh actor headlining is cast: Michael Sheen plays Martin Whitly, a former skilled doctor who is now imprisoned at the Claremont Psychiatric Hospital because he was also skilled as a repeat murderer (his nickname was, of course, “The Surgeon”).

The show just welcomed another Welsh talent when Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) joined the cast as a series regular with the March 2 episode. Zeta-Jones, whose credits also include playing Olivia de Havilland in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, explained her interest in the part during the first of Fox’s two winter Television Critics Association press days.

The all-virtual press days also included panels for The Moodys, The Great North, and The Masked Singer.


TOP STORY

Prodigal Son’s Catherine Zeta-Jones on Questioning Her Character’s Motives

(Photo by Phil Caruso/FOX)

Zeta-Jones plays Dr. Vivian Capshaw, a doctor at the medical facility that houses Martin, whose son, Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), is a criminal profiler who consults for the NYPD and taps into his father’s unique perspective to help solve crimes.

The actress told journalists that she signed on to be a series regular on Prodigal Son the same day that she watched Whoopi Goldberg praise the Fox drama on The View. She said she was particularly interested in her character’s motivations.

“I knew that there was a fundamental interest [and] intrigue,” Zeta-Jones said, explaining that the question became “Why is she in the Claremont Psychiatric Facility?”

“What got her there? She should have surely known who The Surgeon was [and] admired him from afar … and now she’s sequestered in the bowels of this facility with that very person. And it was intriguing to me,” she said.

The series is one of several new and returning shows that deal with serial killers, be it Showtime’s revival of Dexter or CBS’s Clarice — and not to mention all the true-crime documentaries and podcasts about murder. So what makes people interested in something so gruesome?

Co-creator Chris Fedak told journalists that “I think that it speaks to the age we live in. We live in dark and seemingly scary times.”

He added that, “I think, for our show, the way we come at it is we look at it as a family show. We also have a sense of humor. We have this incredible cast that’s really charming and fun, and so, deep down, it’s also a comedy. So, in some ways, it’s a bunch of different things coming together.”

Prodigal Son airs Tuesdays on Fox.


The Game Has Changed in The Masked Singer Season 5

(Photo by Michael Becker/FOX)

Fox’s smash-hit The Masked Singer returns for a fifth season on March 10. And, in the name of keeping things fresh, there will be some changes to the celebrity-studded singing competition.

For one, this season will introduce “wild card” performers, who will appear at the end of an episode on the chance that they might take a current contestant’s place. Executive producer Craig Plestis told journalists that, like other competitors, these new entrants will come with story packages and clues as to who they really are.

“It just adds freshness to the whole show and it just grooms a whole new life to the series,” Plestis said. “So, we are really excited by it. And I think, honestly, the viewer is going to connect with some of them, and it’s really just an amazing format.”

Another change? Niecy Nash will be temporarily taking over hosting duties from Nick Cannon, with Cannon returning toward the end of the season.

All the judges praised Nash’s dedication during the TCA panel, with Nicole Scherzinger saying “Niecy is the boss. She’s a queen. She’s so fast but fun, relatable.”

The Masked Singer season 5 premieres March 10 on Fox.


The Great North Casting Is Not Ironic

(Photo by FOX)

The Great North, the new animated Fox series from sisters and Bob’s Burgers executive producers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, focuses on a single dad (Nick Offerman’s Beef Tobin) and his offspring living it up in the Alaskan wilderness.

It also happens to star musician Alanis Morissette as herself — well, a version of herself who is the imaginary friend of Jenny Slate’s teen-aged Judy and who appears to her via the Aurora Borealis.

“Alanis was always our dream for Judy’s friend. We wrote her in in the hopes that she would do it. I think, from our end, we’d hope she would be into it,” Molyneux-Logelin said while her sister joked that there is no backup plan and “you can’t send it to Jeremy Irons.”

The show is also striving for authenticity when it comes to depicting people indigenous to the area.

“Our casting department reached out to Alaskan community; Alaskan Native actors living in Alaska,” when the started the project, said Molyneux.

Dulcé Sloan, who plays Honeybee Shaw — the fiancé of eldest son Wolf (Will Forte) — added that the producers seek out her input for how her character should react and look situations (such as the fact that her character would have a head scarf on while she was in bed).

“I think sometimes when you’re a person of color that’s in a predominantly white show or white area, I think sometimes white people try to make you comfortable by acknowledging your race all the time,” Sloan said. “Honeybee’s not there because she’s Black. She’s there because her and Wolf love each other. I do like that they do acknowledge her family and they do talk about her family. But at the end of the day, she’s in love and she’s getting married.”

Plus, she added, her character “met somebody on the Internet and it worked and she didn’t get murdered.”

And, much like Bob’s, the series is very family-centric.

“It’s a very wholesome and kind show,” said co-star Paul Rust, who voices middle son Ham. “And the other benefit is that there are no celebrity pot-shot lines. So I don’t have to worry about, like, bumping into Ray Liotta and having him be mad at me.”

The Great North airs Sundays on Fox.


The Moodys Shows You Don’t Have to Just Go Home for the Holidays

The Moodys was a 2019 holiday-centric limited series about arguing adult children staying with their equally enraged parents. But good news for those who still haven’t taken down their tinsel and lights: A second season was ordered and it begets more bickering when it premieres April 1.

“Anybody who has adult children [knows] you do have a lot of love and anger and stories and experiences to build on, especially after dealing with them as adults,” Denis Leary, who plays patriarch Sean Moody Sr. to Elizabeth Perkins’ matriarch Ann, told the TCA audience.

Co-showrunner Bob Fisher clarified that “we’re not saying we’ll never do the holidays, but we wanted to be able to just do different kinds of stories throughout the year.”

The cast also includes Francois Arnaud, Chelsea Frei, and Jay Baruchel.

The Moodys returns April 1 on Fox.


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8. Seth Meyers
9. Graham Norton 
10. Bill Maher

Read more of Rotten Tomatoes’ 2020 Fall TV Survey:

30 Top Returning Fall Shows
30 Top New Fall Shows
10 Top TV and Streaming Movies
30 Favorite Netflix Shows
25 Most Bingeable Shows

Find out the latest ’90s sitcom to get a revival, watch the first footage from a highly anticipated spinoff, find out which famous director has signed a new deal, and more.


TOP STORY

Trailers: The Newest Walking Dead Series and More

The Walking Dead has spawned one spinoff already, but there’s a second in the works — and the first footage of the newest series in the universe debuted at New York Comic-Con last weekend. While it doesn’t yet have an official title, the show follows a group of “the Endlings” — a.k.a. teenagers who were born into a world already plagued with Walkers. It’s scheduled to premiere sometime in 2020 and is currently filming.

In addition, check out the rest of this week’s biggest trailers:


Fall’s First TV Pickup Is…

PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Michael Sheen and Tom Payne. PRODIGAL SON premieres Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Mark Seliger/FOX

(Photo by Mark Seliger/FOX)

While fall premieres are still happening — The CW’s Arrow isn’t back until Oct. 15 — networks are already beginning to decide which shows they’re betting will be big. The first series to receive an order for additional episodes in its first season is Fox’s Prodigal Son, which will get nine more episodes for a full season total of 22. Incidentally, it was already the highest-rated new series on the main broadcast networks this season, with 8.5 million viewers tuning in to the premiere episode on various platforms (i.e. linear and streaming). Last season’s winner was NBC’s New Amsterdam, which began its second season the day after Prodigal Son’s premiere.


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Could Get a Spinoff

The latest ’90s sitcom to get a revival: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. According to a recent Hollywood Reporter profile of Will Smith, the actor and his production company Westbrook Inc. are developing a Fresh Prince spinoff. There are no further details available, so let the speculation of the potential new series’ plot begin!


Drew Barrymore Is Your Newest Daytime Talk Show Host

Drew Barrymore at arrivals for 2017 GLAMOUR Women of The Year Awards, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY November 13, 2017. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection

(Photo by Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection)

Joining Kelly Clarkson in the newest class of daytime talk show hosts is Drew Barrymore, who will head her own syndicated chat series on CBS-owned TV stations across the country.

“It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show,” Barrymore said in a statement announcing the news. “I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”


Yeah B—h! Aaron Paul Recaps Breaking Bad in Less Than Three Minutes

Are you excited to watch El Camino on Netflix this weekend, but it’s been a few years since you last watched Breaking Bad? Aaron Paul is here to help. The actor provided a public service during his recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, recapping the entire series in just two and a half minutes.

Check it out above to refresh your memory about magnets, Jessica Jones, and Nazis.


Casting Updates

Michiel Huisman at arrivals for 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) - ARRIVALS 1, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA January 30, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection

(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)

Haunting of Hill House’s Michiel Huisman has booked his next thriller: the HBO Max series The Flight Attendant alongside Kaley Cuoco and Sonoya Mizuno. He’ll play a wealthy businessman who meets Cuoco’s titular character in Bangkok and suffers from “serious bad luck,” per Deadline.

Jason Behr, who starred in the 1999 teen alien drama Roswell, will star in a recurring role in The CW’s rebooted version, Roswell, New Mexico. Details about his character have not been revealed, though creator Carina Adly MacKenzie teased a “top-secret character with deep ties to Roswell, New Mexico’s history.” In another nostalgic nod to the original series, Behr’s co-star Shiri Appleby directed an episode of Roswell, New Mexico in which he appears. Also guest-starring this season is Friday Night LightsGaius Charles, a.k.a. Dillon Panthers running back Smash Williams. He’ll play Bronson, “a local farmer with a strong moral compass that leads him to see the good in people — and aliens — in a time of great prejudice. Ultimately, his quest to protect those he loves pits him against forces far more powerful than he is.”

Nick Jonas will join The Voice as the singing competition’s newest coach. He’ll compete alongside Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.

Marvel’s first live-action terror comic adaptation, Helstrom, has found its leads: Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon will play Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer who team up to hunt down demons who hurt others. The series will also star Elizabeth Marvel, Robert Wisdom, June Carryl, Ariana Guerra, and Alain Uy.

Allison Janney will narrate National Geographic’s new special Expedition Amelia, a two-hour documentary following deep sea explorer Dr. Bob Ballard’s mission to solve the mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s death. The two-hour event airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. on Nat Geo.

David Oyelowo will star in Showtime’s drama pilot The President Is Missing, about a vice president (Oyelowo) who reluctantly and unexpectedly becomes president halfway through his administration’s first term after a world-threatening crisis. The series is based on the bestseller by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, and will film in early 2020.

Jenna Dewan is set to host Fox’s new dating series Flirty Dancing, where complete strangers learn half of a dance routine and meet for the first time before performing together without saying a word.


Development Update

Alfonso Cuaron

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Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón is the newest creator to sign a big overall TV deal. The director will create new projects for Apple, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

HBO Max has ordered two kids’ reality competition series for the new streaming service. Karma takes 16 kids off the grid to solve puzzles and overcome challenges “with the laws of karma setting the rules.” It’ll be hosted by YouTuber Michelle Khare. Craftopia, hosted by “millennial Martha Stewart” Lauren Riihimaki, will test kids’ crafting abilities.

Quibi’s latest addition: a collaboration with CBS News for 60 in 6, a weekly news series that will condense the biggest stories in six-minute segments for the soon-to-launch short-form streaming service.


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If you’re making your list of what to watch this fall, you might have noticed you can choose from approximately 1,000 new series — OK, maybe not quite that many, but definitely even more shows than ever. That’s because in addition to all the network originals, there are even more streaming services coming (Disney+ and AppleTV+ hit this fall, not to mention HBO Max and Peacock in the spring).

It’s all a little overwhelming. How do you even choose? There are only so many hours in a day, so if you pick a show for each hour to watch live, you can catch up On Demand, on your DVR, or on the streaming service of your choice. To help you make those big decisions, we’ve organized the fall TV schedule day by day and in order of premiere date. We’ve included ongoing series and streaming launch dates in the calendar, but we haven’t included one-off specials or TV movies — check out our handy “Premiere Dates Calendar” to find out when those debut.

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


SUNDAY


7 p.m.
America's Funniest Home Videos : Season 30, ABC (9/29)

7:30p.m.
60 Minutes: Season 52 (2019) CBS (9/29)

8 p.m.
The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth: Season 4 (2019) Showtime (9/22)
The Simpsons: Season 31 (2019) 80% Fox (9/29)
Batwoman: Season 1 (2019) 80% The CW (10/6)
Ray Donovan: Season 7 (2019) Showtime (11/17)

8:30 p.m
Bless the Harts: Season 1 (2019) 82% Fox (9/29)
God Friended Me: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/29)
Back to Life: Season 1 (2019) 100% Showtime (10/6)

9 p.m.
The Deuce: Season 3 (2019) 88% HBO
Shark Tank: Season 11 (2019) ABC (9/29)
Bob's Burgers: Season 10 (2019) Fox (9/29)
Supergirl: Season 5 (2019) 92% The CW (10/6)
The Walking Dead: Season 10 (2019) 77% AMC (10/6)
Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96% HBO (10/20)
Shameless: Season 10 (2019) 20% Showtime (11/10)

9:30 p.m.
Family Guy: Season 18 (2019) Fox (9/29)
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS (9/29)
Leavenworth, Starz (10/20)

10 p.m.
Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 (2019) 92% Epix (9/29)
The Rookie: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/29)
Madam Secretary : Season 6, CBS (10/6)
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Mr. Robot: Season 4 (2019) 97% USA (10/6)
Inside the Actors Studio: Season 23 (2019) Ovation (10/13)
Silicon Valley: Season 6 (2019) 94% HBO (10/27)
Slow Burn: Season 1, Epix (11/24)
The L Word: Generation Q: Season 1 (2019) 81% Showtime (12/8)

11 p.m.
Work in Progress: Season 1, Showtime (12/8)

11:30 p.m.
Rick and Morty: Season 4 (2019) 94% Adult Swim (11/10)

Sunday Streaming Premieres
The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90% Netflix (11/17)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


MONDAY


8 p.m.
Dancing With the Stars: Season 28 (2019) ABC (9/16)
9-1-1: Season 3 (2019) 75% Fox (9/23)
The Voice : Season 17, NBC (9/23)
The Neighborhood: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/23)
All American: Season 2 (2019) 100% The CW (10/7)

8:30 p.m.
Bob Hearts Abishola: Season 1 (2019) 54% CBS (9/23)

9 p.m.
A Very Brady Renovation: Season 1 (2019) 67% HGTV (9/9)
Prodigal Son: Season 1 (2019) 58% Fox (9/23)
All Rise: Season 1 (2019) 56% CBS (9/23)
The Good Doctor: Season 3 (2019) ABC (9/23)
Below Deck : Season 7, Bravo (10/7)
Scream 61%: Resurrection, VH1 (10/14)
Black Lightning: Season 3 (2019) 89% The CW (10/21)

10 p.m.
Bluff City Law: Season 1 (2019) 36% NBC (9/23)
Bull: Season 4 (2019) CBS (9/23)
My Horror Story: Season 1, Travel Channel (10/21)

10:30 p.m.
One of a Kind: Season 2 (2019) HGTV (9/9)

1:35 a.m.
A Little Late With Lilly Singh: Season 1 (2019) 82% NBC (9/16)

Monday Streaming Premieres
Taken Down: Season 1 (2018) 83% Acorn TV (9/16)
Letterkenny: Season 7 (2019) Hulu (10/14)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


TUESDAY


8 p.m.
NCIS: Season 17 (2019) CBS (9/24)
The Voice : Season 17, NBC (9/24)
The Resident: Season 3 (2019) Fox (9/24)
The Conners: Season 2 (2019) 86% ABC (9/24)
The Flash: Season 6 (2019) 85% The CW (10/8)
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Season 6 (2019) PBS (10/8)

8:30 p.m.
Bless This Mess: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/24)

9 p.m.
mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019) 76% ABC (9/24)
FBI: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/24)
This Is Us: Season 4 (2019) 91% NBC (9/24) (pictured in featured image, credit: NBC)
Empire: Season 6 (2019) Fox (9/24)
Arrow: Season 8 (2019) 95% The CW (10/15)
The Purge: Season 2 (2019) USA (10/15)

9:30 p.m.
black-ish: Season 6 (2019) ABC (9/24)

10 p.m.
Mayans M.C.: Season 2 (2019) 100% FX
Greenleaf: Season 4 (2019) OWN
Mr. Mercedes: Season 3 (2019) AT&T Audience Network (9/10)
Emergence: Season 1 (2019) 94% ABC (9/24)
New Amsterdam: Season 2 (2019) NBC (9/24)
NCIS: New Orleans: Season 6 (2019) CBS (9/24)
Most Terrifying Places: Season 1, Travel (10/1)
Ink Master: Grudge Match, Paramount (10/1)
Treadstone: Season 1 (2019) 47% USA (10/15)
The Misery Index: Season 1 (2019) TBS (10/22)

Tuesday Streaming Premieres
Sorry For Your Loss: Season 2 (2019) Facebook Watch (10/1)
The Mandalorian: Season 1 (2019) 93% Disney+ (11/12)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Season 1 (2019) 75% Disney+ (11/12)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum: Season 1 (2019) 82% Disney+ (11/12)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


WEDNESDAY


8 p.m.
%: Season 13, USA
The Masked Singer: Season 2 (2019) Fox (9/25)
Survivor: Season 39, CBS (9/25)
Chicago Med: Season 5 (2019) NBC (9/25)
The Goldbergs: Season 7 (2019) ABC (9/25)
All Elite Wrestling: Season 1 () TNT (10/2)
Riverdale: Season 4 (2019) 84% The CW (10/9)

8:30 p.m.
Schooled: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/25)

9 p.m.
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Season 4 (2019) Bravo
Modern Family: Season 11 (2019) 79% ABC (9/25)
Chicago Fire: Season 8 (2019) NBC (9/25)
Almost Family: Season 1 (2019) 32% Fox (10/2)
SEAL Team: Season 3 (2019) CBS (10/2)
Nancy Drew: Season 1 (2019) 53% The CW (10/9)
Vikings: Season 6 (2019) 100% History (12/4)

9:30 p.m.
The Cool Kids: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/25)

10 p.m.
American Horror Story: 1984 (2019) 87% FX (9/18)
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Chicago P.D.: Season 7 (2019) NBC (9/25)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 14 (2019) 83% FXX (9/25)
South Park: Season 23 (2019) 50% Comedy Central (9/25)
S.W.A.T.: Season 3 (2019) CBS (10/2)

10:30 p.m.
Cake: Season 1 (2019)  FXX (9/25)
Crank Yankers: Season 5 (2019) Comedy Central (9/25)

Midnight
Baroness von Sketch Show: Season 5 (2020) IFC (10/30)

Wednesday Streaming Premieres
Limetown: Season 1 (2019) 71% Facebook Watch (10/16)
Castle Rock: Season 2 (2019) 89% Hulu (10/23)
The Cry: Season 1 (2018) SundanceTV (10/23)
Mad About You: Season 1 (2019) 42% Spectrum (Part 1: 11/20; Part 2: 12/18)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


THURSDAY


7:30 ET/4:30 PT
Thursday Night Football, Fox

8 p.m.
Young Sheldon: Season 3 (2019) CBS (9/26)
Superstore: Season 5 (2019) 100% NBC (9/26)
Grey's Anatomy: Season 16 (2019) 100% ABC (9/26)
Supernatural: Season 15 (2019) 100% The CW (10/10)

8:30 p.m.
Perfect Harmony: Season 1 (2019) 62% NBC (9/26)
The Unicorn: Season 1 (2019) 85% CBS (9/26)

9 p.m.
Mom: Season 7 (2019) CBS (9/26)
The Good Place: Season 4 (2019) 100% NBC (9/26)
A Million Little Things: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/26)
Legacies: Season 2 (2019) The CW (10/10)

9:30 p.m.
Sunnyside: Season 1 (2019) 36% NBC (9/26)
Carol's Second Act: Season 1 (2019) 50% CBS (9/26)

10 p.m.
Mr Inbetween: Season 2 (2019) 100% FX
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 21 (2019) 80% NBC (9/26)
How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6 (2019) 80% ABC (9/26)
Evil: Season 1 (2019) 92% CBS (9/26)
Temptation Island: Season 2, USA (10/10)

Midnight ET/9 p.m. PT
This Close: Season 2 (2019) Sundance TV

Thursday Streaming Premieres
Explained: Season 2 (2019) Netflix (9/26)
Creepshow: Season 1 (2019) 97% Shudder (9/26)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


FRIDAY


8 p.m.
Hawaii Five-0: Season 10 (2019) CBS (9/27)
American Housewife: Season 4 (2019) ABC (9/27)
The Blacklist: Season 7 (2019) NBC (10/4)
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Charmed: Season 2 (2019) The CW (10/11)

8:30 p.m.
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 6 (2019) ABC (9/27)

9 p.m.
Murder in the Bayou: Season 1 (2019) Showtime
Magnum P.I.: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/27)
Dateline NBC: Season 27 (2018) NBC (9/27)
20/20: Season 42 (2019) ABC (9/27)
Dynasty: Season 3 (2019) The CW (10/11)
Ghost Nation: Season 1, Travel (10/11)

10 p.m.
Couples Therapy: Season 1 (2019) 100% Showtime
Blue Bloods: Season 10 (2019) CBS (9/27)

11 p.m.
Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik: Season 1 (2019) Comedy Central
Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, Comedy Central (10/18)

Friday Streaming Premieres

Titans: Season 2 (2019) 81% DC Universe
Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98% Netflix
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Undone: Season 1 (2019) 98% Amazon (9/13)
Disenchantment: Part 2 (2018) 73% Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: UK: Season 1 (2019) 85% Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: Spain: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: France: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: Germany: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Fastest Car: Season 2 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates: Limited Series (2019) 43% Netflix (9/20)

The Politician: Season 1 (2019) 58% Netflix (9/27)
Big Mouth: Season 3 (2019) 97% Netflix (10/4)
Peaky Blinders: Season 5 (2019) 85% Netflix (10/4)
Raising Dion: Season 1 (2019) 83% Netflix (10/4)
Goliath: Season 3 (2019) 80% Amazon (10/4)
Light as a Feather: Season 2 (2019) Hulu (10/4)
Living With Yourself: Season 1 (2019) 80% Netflix (10/18)
Looking for Alaska: Season 1 (2019) 92% Hulu (10/18)
Modern Love: Season 1 (2019) 75% Amazon (10/18)

The Kominsky Method: Season 2 (2019) 100% Netflix (10/25)
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 2 (2019) 67% Amazon (11/1)
The Man in the High Castle: Season 4 (2019) 92% Amazon (11/15)
Dollface: Season 1 (2019) 59% Hulu (11/15)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79% Amazon (12/6)
Reprisal: Season 1 (2019) 53% Hulu (12/6)
The Expanse: Season 4 (2019) 100% Amazon (12/13)
Marvel's Runaways: Season 3 (2019) 83% Hulu (12/13)
Lost in Space: Season 2 (2019) 85% Netflix (12/24)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


SATURDAY


10 p.m.
48 Hours: Season 32 (2018) CBS (9/28)
Star Wars Resistance 92%: Season 2, Disney Channel (10/5)
Destination Fear, Travel (10/26)

11:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live: Season 45 (2019) 72% NBC (9/28)

Malcolm Bright just needs a hug.

“It’s what the world needs now,” Tom Payne joked when Rotten Tomatoes spoke to the man formerly known as Jesus on The Walking Dead about his new role on Fox serial killer drama Prodigal Son.

Payne plays Bright, a former FBI profiler fired for his unorthodox methods; namely, consulting with his dad, Dr. Martin Whitly, a notorious serial killer known as The Surgeon (and played by Good Omens‘ Michael Sheen). The show picks up as Bright begins a new gig as a consultant on murder cases for the NYPD.

“I spend a lot of my time when the cameras are rolling in different emotional states. I’m either incredibly upset, or I’m angry, or I’m high on some substance or other. It’s a very extreme role,” Payne said.


PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Michael Sheen and Tom Payne. PRODIGAL SON premieres Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Mark Seliger/FOX

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“The psychology of the character is very extreme,” he continued, “and I find, actually with the scenes with Michael, that they’re exhausting because there’s so much going on under the surface. Because at the heart of it, he just wants a hug from his dad. But, at the same time, he can’t go there because who his dad has turned out to be. So, those scenes are really, really tiring actually. So if there weren’t nice people to talk to you off set, then I might go a little bit stir crazy.”

Below, the actor discusses the psychology of serial killers, cases of the week, and transitioning from a zombie apocalypse to murder most foul.


Jean Bentley for Rotten Tomatoes: In the first few episodes, your character is the hardest to get a read on because he’s been so affected by what his dad did.

Tom Payne: Actually at the beginning, certainly when we shot the pilot, that was the biggest task for me: Where is the center of this character? What is it? And obviously because we were doing the pilot as well, we were throwing a lot of ideas around — a lot of things which didn’t end up in the show in the end. It took me a while to settle into it, and even watching it now, he’s a difficult character to pin down. But that’s because there is so much going on and he’s a bit of a wild card at the moment. He has different relationships with everyone.

I think in the time that he was away from New York, he established a certain way of behaving and being, but in coming back to New York and reconnecting with his father, it’s really lit a few different fuses inside of him, and he’s a lot more wayward again, and he doesn’t know who he’s going to be from one moment to the next. And that’s quite difficult to play because you want to have precision about what you’re doing. But, at the same time, I kind of have to play it moment to moment, really. You have to push the boundaries of who the character is because it is extreme. And at the end of the day, it’s also entertainment. So it’s entertaining to watch a character who you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

In the pilot we were talking about characters like Riggs in Lethal Weapon, who is just unpredictable and scary at the same time, and you don’t know what’s going to happen. I enjoyed that side of it. He should be unpredictable, but also, at the same time, you want to give him a hug, really, and make sure he’s OK.

This guy just needs so many hugs.

Basically.


PRODIGAL SON: Tom Payne in the series premiere episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: David Giesbrecht / FOX.

This is a darker drama for network TV, and it also plays into pop culture’s current obsession with true crime. Would you agree?

Payne: There’s a lot of deep, dark psychology involved in this show. And actually, for me, even, it raised this question that I hadn’t even thought about, which was about the families of the people who commit these crimes. There was a podcast called “Happy Face” that I listened to, which followed the daughter of a serial killer in interviews that she did with relatives of her father’s victims. It really affected me because it’s so emotionally scarring to have a relative who’s done this — and such a close relative.

It’s a dark place to go to, and it’s going to bring up all sorts of questions about your own inclinations and feelings, and how everyone else feels towards you and that which you have no control over. That’s in the center of our story: Malcolm changed his last name and moved away to get away from all those things. And now, he’s come back to New York and dived straight into the middle of all of it again — which is why he’s somewhat wayward in our story right now.

There’s a huge prevalence of those kinds of stories and a lot of interest in that. And in the show, we try and get into the real family psychology of the situations, and how everyone else is affected by one person’s actions.

What was it like going from The Walking Dead to this? They’re both heavy shows.

Payne: In The Walking Dead, they’re obviously not real — zombies don’t exist in the real world and it’s not something that happens. So there is still a fantasy aspect in that. In Prodigal Son, that stuff happens, and there are people who are related to serial killers and there are serial killers. So actually, this show was a bit more disturbing to delve into and to get involved with.

It’s really heavy. You start to read and do research and get into all of this. And just me, personally, it’s hard to get to the bottom of why people do these things. The character in the show is just much more closely connected to the story than I am. The hardest thing about it is the fact that he’s related to the serial killer. He has this job where he investigates serial killers, but it’s much deeper than that because it raises questions about human nature, and the character himself, and what triggered his father — at what age did he start doing these things? — and if it could possibly happen to him or his sister.


PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Halston Sage, Bellamy Young and Tom Payne in the "Pilot" series premiere episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

(Photo by David Giesbrecht/FOX)

Twist for season 2! There’s also a procedural aspect to the show. What can you say about the cases they’re solving on a week-to-week basis?

Payne: As far as Malcolm’s concerned, he’s excited because he’s always intrigued, and he wants to understand and get to the bottom of why these people do the things that they do. Each serial killer is a new adventure for him really and each crime scene is another puzzle to solve.

And then it comes back to him having a deeper understanding of the whole world of killers and their motivations, and it’s another box to tick, really, for himself and his own brain. He can say, Well, I don’t have that inclination, so I can tick that off the list. That’s not me. But there are aspects of each case which provide a deeper understanding of his own psychology and what might may have triggered his dad. Because at the bottom of it, he’s just trying to get to the core of why these people do the things they do.

At the end of the day he just wants a hug from his dad and he wants to be able to understand him, so that in some way, he can forgive him and treat him as a human being and he can connect with that. It’s very difficult to connect with this monster, this vision of his father that everyone else has, because he was too young to really comprehend what was happening when it happened. He has hearsay and stories and books about what his father did. It’s become this much bigger bogeyman.

Do you have a favorite case they’re investigating so far? Episode two has snakes and it was a lot of fun to watch.

Payne: That was super fun. That crime scene was really cool. Each week is a new and exciting killer, which is lots of fun to play with … they’re exciting for the character — it’s nice to play that kind of weird, off-kilter excitement in those scenes.


PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Frank Harts, Lou Diamond Phillips and Tom Payne in the "Pilot" series premiere episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

(Photo by David Giesbrecht/FOX)

Malcolm has a very complicated relationship with his father, but he has a positive relationship with Lou Diamond Phillips’ Det. Gil Arroyo, his mentor and father figure and now supervisor at the NYPD. He also has his mother, Jessica (Bellamy Young). What’s it like for Malcolm to have those conflicting parental role models?

Payne: He’s an example of how you would think a father should be, and he’s very protective of [Malcolm] and his psychological well-being. That’s a nice comfort zone for Malcolm to have, because he has a relationship certainly with his mother and now his father, but they’re both distant in different ways. His mother and that relationship develops as the show goes on.

They’re not huggers in that family. I come from England, which can be a lot like that as well, so you might want to have that emotional conversation with your parents, but it’s never quite going to happen in the way that you would like it to. So the relationships for Malcolm are quite emotionally strained. For his relationship with Lou and Michael’s characters, it’s difficult because Lou is there and is providing all of this warmth and lovingness and protective energy.

But his dad is still around. His actual biological dad is still there, and he remembers him as this wonderful dad. His memories of his father are as this wonderful person, and they went on trips together, and he taught him so many things, and he was great. And then he became this other thing. That’s really what Malcolm’s trying to deal with: He wants that relationship back, but it will never be what it was.

We grow up and realize that our parents are human beings and have made mistakes and done bad things and done great things. It just so happens that in Malcolm’s life, his father has done things which you can never be forgiven for.


Prodigal Son airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.


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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 40 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWS

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

Comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy titles dominate the top 10 most anticipated new titles of fall. And then there’s Helen Mirren as the Russian empress in upcoming HBO limited series Catherine the Great.

The Mandalorian took first place with 33.36% of the vote, while Watchmen was hot on its heels with 33.22%.

Some of these titles, like third place Carnival Row (31%), are already running or have just launched on streaming services, so you can already start checking out a few of the new series Rotten Tomatoes users said they’re most interested in this fall.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Sunnyside: Season 1 (2019)
36%

#40
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sunnyside settles for broad comedy over the specific insights its subject matter craves, shortchanging its superb cast and timely topics in the process.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As sharply dressed as it is smartly written, Godfather of Harlem walks familiar blocks to its own beat and makes a strong first impression.

Dollface: Season 1 (2019)
59%

#38
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dollface has all of the right parts: a talented cast, a promising premise, and plenty of surreal intrigue -- if only its shallow vision of feminism didn't undermine them.

#37
Synopsis: A strong-willed father navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas.... [More]

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:
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Diagnosis: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#35
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As emotional as it is illuminating, Diagnosis' deep dives into the lives of patients navigating complicated health care systems is at once harrowing and hopeful.
Starring: Dr. Lisa Sanders

#34
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As unique as Dolly herself, Heartstrings' many tales of heartache and love don't always play, but strong performances and a sense of tension should be enough for fans of music and melodramaalike.

#32
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.
Directed By: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bafflingly bad, the only mystery is how The I-Land got made in the first place.
Directed By: Chad Oakes, Mike Frislev

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Groundbreaking, but unfortunately grating, Bob (Hearts) Abishola undermines its own progressive premise with underwhelming humor that relies too heavily on outdated stereotypes.

#27
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Harmony's precarious premise doesn't always hit the right notes, but a charming cast and and a few clever jokes inspire hope that with a little more practice it could really sing.

#26
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.

Daybreak: Season 1 (2019)
70%

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before.

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.

All Rise: Season 1 (2019)
56%

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While All Rise can't quite rise above the shows it aspires to be, it shows potential for future growth while providing a decent showcase for Simone Missick.

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.

mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.

Emergence: Season 1 (2019)
94%

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Allison Tolman, Emergence avoids becoming just another mystery-box mess with strongly-written characters that will keep viewers caring no matter the resolution.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.

#15
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite liven up Nancy Drew, a broody and bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Strange, surreal, and surprising, Living With Yourself takes a minute to come together, but once it does it proves to be a clever rumination on identity driven by Paul Rudd's impressive dueling performances.

#13
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Treadstone is as action-packed and frenetically paced as you'd expect from the Bourne universe, it lacks the narrative momentum and cohesion necessary to set it apart.
Directed By: Tim Kring

Creepshow: Season 1 (2019)
97%

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path.

Evil: Season 1 (2019)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.

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#8

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An epic fantasy adventure that will please old and new fans alike, Age of Resistance expertly builds on the lore of The Dark Crystal, crafting compelling new mythos without losing sight of the humanity at the story's heart.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.
Directed By: Alik Sakharov

Batwoman: Season 1 (2019)
80%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike.

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.

Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted -- if at times a bit too withholding -- The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.

UPDATED 11/24: List updated to remove Lincoln, which won’t premiere until early 2020. And adding Sunnyside to No. 40 on the list. 


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If you’ve been putting off subscribing to YouTube Premium to watch Cobra Kai, you won’t have any more excuses. Plus, SNL loses a beloved cast member, but an old friend makes his long-awaited return.


COBRA KAI AND OTHER YOUTUBE ORIGINALS WILL BE FREE IF YOU WATCH ADS


YouTube announced today that it would officially offer its original series as free, ad-supported videos on demand. You can still subscribe to YouTube Premium to watch them commercial free, but if you just want to see Cobra Kai and don’t mind watching a few ads, you can watch it for free as of today.

Cobra Kai season 2 then becomes available for free on YouTube on September 11. When season 3 rolls around, you may still want to subscribe so you can binge the whole season at once. Complete seasons will be available to Premium subscribers first, and free episodes will drop weekly. YouTube Premium also promises to offer exclusive bonus content for its subscribers.

YouTube also announced more new and returning originals. The documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash will premiere Tuesday, October 8. Three new European originals are coming: The School Of…, Virtually History and The Edge of Science. Second seasons of Liza On Demand and Impulse premiere on September 25 and October 16, respectively. The first seasons are streaming for free so you can catch up in time for the new episodes.


LESLIE JONES LEAVES SNL, BUT EDDIE MURPHY RETURNS

Eddie Murphy at arrivals for The 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA November 6, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection

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As Saturday Night Live gears up for its 45th season, cast member Leslie Jones has opted not to return after her fifth season on the show. EW reported that Jones had decided to focus on movies, comedy specials, and game show hosting opportunities. Jones will appear in Queenpins, I Am Maurice, and Coming 2 America.

SNL announced the fall lineup of hosts and musical guests, including Eddie Murphy on December 21. He appeared in the 40th anniversary special, but this will mark Murphy’s first time appearing in a full episode of SNL since he was in the cast. Woody Harrelson hosts the season premiere with Billie Eilish on September 28, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift on October 5, and David Harbour and Camila Cabello on October 12. Kristen Stewart hosts November 2 and musical guests for Murphy and Stewart’s shows are still TBA.


THE OA REALLY IS OVER

THE OA - Brit Marling (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

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Fans were disappointed when Netflix canceled The OA after its second season. Now, they will have to accept the season finale as the series finale as Variety reports that talks about a wrap-up movie have ended. Creators Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling envisioned five seasons, so they felt they could not wrap up the remaining three in two hours, according to Variety.


A VERY MERRY MR. ROBOT FINAL SEASON

USA released a first look at the final season of Mr. Robot, which will be set around the holidays. The festive decor provides an ominous contrast to the cryptic hacking and violence in store for the big finale. Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) cautions Elliot (Rami Malek) over what he’s about to embark upon over hints of scenes to come. The teaser ends with Elliot’s response.

Also, the first teaser for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie shows Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) withstanding an interrogation, refusing to give up Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Paul is sadly not featured in the trailer but will star in the movie, premiering October 11 on Netflix.

You can also check out the following new trailers:

– The trailer for American Horror Story: 1984 finally shows scenes from the season.

– A trailer for season 2 of Titans on DC Universe, featuring Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) and Cameron Kent (Joshua Orpin) with his dog Krypto.

– A trailer for the Netflix limited series The Spy with Sacha Baron Cohen in a dramatic turn.

– A new featurette for the third and final season of HBO’s The Deuce with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco, set in 1985.

– A teaser for HBO’s The New Pope, with Jude Law in a follow-up to The Young Pope.

– Plus, this week saw teasers for Batwoman, the landmark 21st season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, season 2 of NBC’s drama Manifest, season 8 of Chicago Fire on NBC, and Dickinson.

– And trailers dropped for the new Fox drama Prodigal Son, Steven Soderbergh’s docu-series Leavenworth on Starz, and season 3 of Top Boy, produced by Drake and Briarpatch and starring Rosario Dawson.


KURT SUTTER WON’T SHOWRUN A THIRD SEASON OF MAYANS M.C.

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Kurt Sutter is co-showrunner of his Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C., but he told an audience at the season 2 premiere that he will leave if the show gets renewed.

“It’s time for the white man to leave the building,” Sutter said, according to Variety.

Though Sutter co-created the series, he feels it is time to leave the story of a Latino biker gang to co-creator/co-show runner Elgin James and the Hispanic staff.


DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Renee Zellweger arrives for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP) (Photo credit should read Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP/Getty Images)

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Renee Zellweger signed a first-look deal with MGM TV for two years. She recently made the leap to streaming in Netflix’s What/If. Clickbait, a thriller series about social media, is in development for Netflix.

Julie Plec will turn Amy Chozick’s book Chasing Hilary into a Netflix series. The series will be called The Girl on the Bus, the title of one of the book’s chapters. The show will follow four female journalists on the campaign trail, but will not be set during the 2016 Hilary Clinton campaign as the book was.

Bates Motel and The Good Doctor star Freddie Highmore is developing the dark comedy Homesick for TBS with James Mitchell. Homesick is about the dysfunctional relationship between a 20-something man and his mother.

Mitch Albom is adapting his own book The Five People You Meet in Heaven for Fox. Albom also adapted his book for the 2004 ABC miniseries. CBS is developing a United Nations workplace comedy UNprofessionals from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Academy Award winning Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal will write Rise and Fall: The Story of 9/11 for ABC. ABC plans to air the miniseries in 2021 for the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson will star in Flipped for the yet to be released Quibi platform. Amy Heckerling is also directing the 10 episode Quibi musical series Royalties. Even murder houses can get extreme makeovers in Quibi’s reality series Murder House Flip, according to a Quibi press release.

Hulu is almost ready to give Lamorne Morris’s comedy Woke a series order. Universal Television won the bidding war for Bruce Holsinger’s novel The Gifted School and are looking for a writer. Sherry Marsh is producing. Nickelodeon greenlit the holiday competition series Top Elf and a full season of hidden camera show The Substitute.

I Mom So Hard web series creators Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are developing a pilot based on their web series for ABC. Modern Family star Sara Hyland and Emily Gordon are developing an untitled comedy for ABCDrunk History creators Derek Waters signed a first-look deal with Comedy Central along with the show’s seventh season renewal. Sheryl Underwood will host Freeform’s gift-wrapping competition series Wrap Battle.


CASTING UPDATES

How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis (ABC)

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Viola Davis has been cast as Michele Obama on Showtime’s First Ladies. The drama series will also tell stories about Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford.

Mike Flanagan confirmed on Twitter that Haunting of Hill House star Henry Thomas would have a new role in the follow-up The Haunting of Bly Manor.

John Pankow and Richard Kind will return for Spectrum Original’s Mad About You revival.

Lena Waithe‘s Showtime pilot How to Make Love to a Black Woman has cast Kendrick Sampson and Carra Patterson.

Power’s Lela Loren joins the cast of Altered Carbon for season 2, according to a Netflix press release. Loren will play Danica Harlan, the governor of planet Harlan’s World.

Garcelle Beauvais joins season 2 of CBS All Access’s Tell Me a Storyaccording to Deadline. Beauvais will play evil stepmother Veronica Garland in a season inspired by princess fairy tales.

Plus, Lauren Graham has joined the NBC musical Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, stepping in for the pilot’s Carmen Cusack. Jason Derulo will host the first-ever Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu DhabiBeau Garrett joins the cast of Netflix’s Katherine Hannah adaptation Firefly LaneNaomie Harris will co-star with Jude Law in the HBO/Sky series The Third Day. Philippa Lowthrope has also been hired to direct episodes four through six. Joe Minoso will recur on season 3 of Epix’s Get Shorty.

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