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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Katherine Heigl Talks Joining Suits -- and How Her Mom Helped Her Get the Gig. Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry this Saturday at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. With the Suits star retiring from acting, Katherine Heigl is joining the legal drama for season eight. The 39-year-old actress talked about joining the cast while walking the red carpet at NBCUniversal Upfront 2018. "I'm a giant fan of the show, and the actors, and what they do and the stories," she told E! News Giuliana Rancic. "So, I get to walk into something I know I already love and it's just been thrilling." Heigl admitted she's "kind of geeked out about" getting to "peek behind the curtain" of the USA Network show. So, how did the Grey's Anatomy alumna end up landing the dream role? "My mom, actually," she replied, adding that she often works with her mom, Nancy Heigl. The 27 Dresses star said her mother "instigated" the move and that the two called the show's creator. Still, Heigl wasn't afraid to ask for what she wanted. "We didn't know at that point if it was going to go into an eighth season," she added. "So when he said, 'I'm going to be busy with the eighth season,' I was like, 'Really? Do you need anybody? 'Cause I'm available.' I totally pitched myself." In fact, Heigl said she's going to start advocating for herself more often. "I'm going to do that all the time," she said. "I'm just going to call everybody -- the showrunners of all the shows I love and be like, 'Do you need a new character?'" Suits season eight premieres in July. (Eonline)

Project Runway Is Returning Home to Bravo. One day you're in and the next...you're back on Bravo? Nearly a decade after Project Runway decamped from the network that brought it to life and made the leap to new home Lifetime, the long-running reality competition is returning home. During the 2018-19 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront presentation on Monday, May 14 in New York City, Mr. Bravo himself, Andy Cohen, revealed that the Heidi Klum-hosted series would be returning to the cable network. "Project Runway is coming back where it all started," he said on stage. "It's coming home on Bravo." No word yet on when the next season, the show's 17th overall, will debut on its new home. "We are beyond excited to reboot Project Runway at the network where it all began. Leaning into the creative process in an entertaining way has always been part of Bravo's DNA, and Project Runway perfectly captures that," Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's president of lifestyle networks, said in a statement. "This franchise will be an important cornerstone to complement Bravo's original premium scripted and unscripted slate, and we expect it to drive the same level of fan-dom and passion as we experienced last time it was on Bravo." Project Runway made its debut on Bravo in 2004, where it aired for five seasons before a license fee dispute between NBCUniversal and then-producer The Weinstein Company caused enough friction that TWC began looking for a new home. The show made its Lifetime debut in 2009. In the 11 seasons on Lifetime's air, the show has given rise to a handful of spin-offs, including Project Runway All-Stars, Under the Gunn, Project Runway: Threads, Project Runway: Junior, and Project Runway: Fashion Startup. No word whether All-Stars, which has been renewed for a seventh season on Lifetime, will make the move as well. Aside from Klum, Project Runway features Tim Gunn as its irreplaceable mentor and Nina Garcia and Zac Posen as Klum's fellow judges. (Eonline)

This Is Us Stars Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson Really Don't Want to Spoil You. Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson are masters of keeping spoilers a secret. The This Is Us stars told E! News' Erin Lim they have no trouble keeping secrets about their NBC drama from family members. "They think they want to know, but they don't really want to know," Brown told E! News at the 2018 NBC Upfronts, citing creator Dan Fogelman's ability to drop new twists and turns around every corner. "I would hate to ruin that surprise for all of them." "You live for those moments," he said. "I would never deprive anyone of that moment." Watson said her nieces and nephews get "sweeter" when they try and get dish from her. "'Auntie Sue how can you not tell me?'" she said they ask. "Easily." However, she does get some household chores taken care of. Season two of This Is Us ended with Brown's Randall Pearson in a flash forward talking to his adult daughter about the two of them going to see... somebody they're not prepared to see. Who is the mystery person? That has yet to be revealed, however Brown hinted he'll be back in that old age makeup his costar Mandy Moore is already versed with. "The makeup lasts for a good 8 hours and then it starts to sort of peel and what not," he explained, noting he's never had to be in it long enough to get to that point, but he's "seen Mandy in it a couple times when she's been in it all day and she's like, 'I gotta get it off, I gotta get it off!" The cast of This Is Us also includes Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones and Milo Ventimiglia and Watson said working with the cast and crew has given her the wisdom "to enjoy the blessing, enjoy the moment." "To really savor it and really be grateful," she said, also saying the cast is very good at their jobs. "That makes me better in both those ways." This Is Us returns Tuesdays this fall on NBC. (Eonline)

Kristin Cavallari Gets Real With Her Employees and Her Husband in Very Cavallari Season One Supertease. If there's one thing Kristin Cavallari knows how to do, it's keep it real. In this supertease for her new E! series Very Cavallari, which premieres Sunday, July 8 at 10 p.m., the reality star turned business mogul gets real with her Uncommon James employees and her husband, former NFL star Jay Cutler. "This is a really big deal for me," Kristin stresses. "So I hired more girls to help out." But sometimes, more help means more problems. "I hired everybody to make my life easier, and I feel like it's just creating more and more problems for me," and emotional Kristin admits. When it comes to her husband of five years, things are a little more calm. "Jay is a different breed. Writing me love emails and love letters. I don't know what happened," Kristin jokes. She's got more than a few balls in the air, but can she balance a big move, her family and a burgeoning business? See all the very real moments coming to Very Cavallari Sunday, July 8! The premiere of Very Cavallari Sunday, July 8 at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Kristin Cavallari Explains Why You Won't See Her Kids on Very Cavallari. Kristin Cavallari is returning to reality TV with her new show Very Cavallari. However, you won't see her three kids -- Camden, Jaxon and Saylor -- appear on the show. The Laguna Beach star explained the reasoning behind the decision while walking the red carpet at NBCUniversal Upfront 2018. "I don't even really show my kids on social media," The Hills star told E! News' Giuliana Rancic. "They're 5, 4 and 2. When they're old enough to make that decision, that's one thing. For right now, I just want to keep them kids." However, fans will get to see Cavallari's husband Jay Cutler on the show. Although, she said their relationship isn't driving the show. Viewers will also get to see Cavallari as a best friend, an entrepreneur and a star on E!. "It's really everything in my life," she said. "The beauty about this show for me is it's not solely based on my relationship with Jay. That's not what's driving the show. It's about my 24-year-old staff. You know, I'm relying on them to bring the heavy drama. So, it's the best of both worlds for me." Viewers first met Cavallari on Laguna Beach when the reality star was just 17 years old. So, how does starring on a TV show now compare to her teenage years? "Gosh! 17 to 31 -- obviously that's leaps and bounds, no matter if you're on TV or not," she added. "But I think I changed the most when I became a mom. It really softened me as a person and I have so much more love in my life. I'm the happiest I've ever been. I think going into reality tv and having a family to really kind of ground me is probably the best. I do have an executive producer credit, so having that security blanket, as well is not bad." Even though she's a reality TV pro, Cavallari admitted she was "nervous" at first to start her new show. However, she said she had fun with the process. The premiere of Very Cavallari Sunday, July 8 at 10 p.m. on E!. (Eonline)

Fox Boss: Lethal Weapon Season 3 Shake-Up Due to "Real Challenges in the Cast." Lethal Weapon will look a little different in season three. Seann William Scott is set to replace Clayne Crawford as the Fox drama's new leading man opposite Damon Wayans when it returns this fall, with the casting shake-up happening after Crawford was fired for his bad on-set behavior. But replacing Riggs was not an easy decision. "It was not our choice," Fox boss Dana Walden said on a conference call with reporters on Monday, noting it was ultimately the studio's (Warner Bros. TV) decision to recast the role in order to secure the show's future. "Our partners at Warner Bros. came to us three weeks ago that they could not deliver Lethal Weapon as we had known it before," she explained. "There were some real challenges in the cast." Noting WB "thought long and hard" about the decision, and saying it "was not their first choice," Walden said the casting shake-up was the only circumstance "they could offer us the show" under. In his first starring TV role, American Pie's Scott is set to play a new character who enters into a partnership with Murtaugh (Wayans), with The Hollywood Reporter reporting he will be playing Riggs' brother, who likely will use the "Riggs" name as well. "We thought about it a lot and we talked about a lot of different names, and when they came back with Seann and a fantastic showrunner and a great cast and a storytelling engine that works and a fanbase that's very passionate about the show," Walden said. "I think we made the right choice." As for what to expect from Scott and Wayans' onscreen partnership, Walden said, "a new dynamic but a good one." Lethal Weapon will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. this fall on Fox. (Eonline)

The Royals Wedding We've Been Waiting for Is Here, But Will Willow Be Strong Enough to Take Down the Monarchy? It's the season finale of The Royals and the wedding we've all been waiting for is here -- no, not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle our very own TV royals King Robert (Max Brown) and his beloved Willow (Genevieve Gaunt). Up until now, it seemed like the couple was very much in love and ready to take on the monarchy together, but after Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) warned Willow that Robert wasn't to be trusted, their royal matrimony fell into question. Willow's feelings aside, there was still a coup underway and that meant everything had to go according to plan! "Eleanor: You continue designing the wedding. Liam: All your best man obligations. Bodyguard: Security. Cyrus: Fondle the help. Everything as it's always been. Do not slip up," Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) instructed the coup crew. While the rest of the family was going for a more subtle approach, Willow decided to take her concerns to her future husband. "I know you caused the blackout," Willow told Robert. "Who told you that?" Robert snapped back. Instead of ratting out Eleanor, Willow insisted that she came to the conclusion on her own. "You were upset with me after I gave that interview, the one about Martin Kane. It bothered me, so I did some soul searching and connected the dots," Willow revealed. It wasn't just the damage the blackout caused that concerned Willow, it was Robert's tyrannical takeover that gave her pre-wedding cold feet. "Parliament exists for a reason!" a frustrated Willow yelled. "One person shouldn't hold all the power, it's too tyrannical. History bares that out." "I'm not concerned about history. Parliament was a sham, full of corruption and greed," Robert insisted. Worried that the country had lost its way, Robert stood by his vision and his leadership despite Willow's concerns. But it was those very concerns that were keeping her from walking down the aisle. "I can't marry your son," Willow told Helena with tears in her eyes. "I'm sorry. He needs to be stopped." And she was willing to do whatever it took to end his rule, even if that meant exposing Robert during their wedding. "I could expose him," Willow offered. "In front of the world, during my vows. I could tell the world what he's done and who he's been." With everyone on board and a master plan in place, Jasper (Tom Austen) sought the help of the king's security head James Hill (Rocky Marshall) to take Robert down if things get out of hand, but when he refused, Jasper turned to a more reliable adversary. "How would you like to overthrow the current king of England?" Jasper asked Brandon Boone (Thomas Christian). "I've already killed the man once, I'm more than happy to do it again," Boone replied. In keeping to plan, Liam (William Moseley) visited Robert hours before his nuptials for a game of chess and a little brotherly advice. "Dad wanted to disband the monarchy because he understood how that kind of power can corrupt even the best of us," Liam explained. Though there was a game at play, it wasn't competition Liam was there for. "I didn't come here to compete with you. I just wanted to spend a few minutes with my brother, remind him that I love him and tell him that when he was at his best, no one loved him or appreciated him more than I did," he said before leaving the room. With emotions running high, it looked like Liam might get cold feet too. "I feel terrible about all this. I really do," Liam confessed to Eleanor. "Mostly for you." "Why me?" Eleanor asked. "You shouldn't have to lose your big brother in all this," Liam insisted. "I have a big brother, damn good one. I'm sorry I didn't believe you," Eleanor apologized. Despite the family's mixed emotions, it was time to face the music and get this coup...we mean wedding, started! But there was no coup. Instead, the pair exchanged the traditional "I dos" and left us at the altar. So what's next for our favorite royals? We'll just have to wait and see! (Eonline)

Terence and Deann Conspire to Murder Megan on The Arrangement: ''We're Talking About a Life...Ending It.'' Congratulations are in order...sort of! Kyle West (Josh Henderson) and Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) finally walked down the aisle. Well, first, Megan needed to get dressed and drive to the wedding from Xavier Hughes' (Ruffin Prentiss) house where she had a bit of an adult sleepover after finding out that Kyle may have betrayed her. "I was hoping I would wake up to a different life -- something simpler," Megan told Xavier about their night together. "The whole thing is a nightmare and there is nothing I can do about it." If you think cheating on her fiance the night before her wedding stopped her from getting married, then think again. Megan and Kyle ended up walking down the aisle and saying their vows in a picture perfect ceremony, but that is pretty much where the pleasantries ended. No sooner than the ink dried on their marriage license, Megan left Kyle in their honeymoon car and jumped in a car with Leslie (Autumn Reeser). "Kyle, I came back for the wedding. I didn't come back for our relationship," she told him before disappearing with her old agent. So is Megan already bailing on the marriage? Kyle wanted to know the same thing. So did Terence (Michael Vartan) and Deann (Lexa Doig). "I am done with this goddamn experiment! She runs off the second the wedding is over. That's a message. She doesn't care, she can't be controlled," Terence explained to his wife. "She thinks she can take the money and the fame that we gave her and ruin us. And if it's not Aaron and Julie it will be something else...This is going to end now." "What do you want to do?" she asked her husband. They have put far too much on the line for Megan and they are done with her nonsense. "I am not talking about the facility," Terence informed her. "Can't she just disappear like Colton?" Could he really be considering this option? "I don't think this is something we can outsource," Deann said cryptically. After some soul searching, Megan returned home to tell Kyle how things were going to go from here on out. He wanted an arrangement, so that's what he's going to get. They'll put on a show for the world and essentially live their own separate lives. Understandably, Kyle is not up for their new arrangement. "I just want us to go back to the way things were and we cannot do that unless you choose to be here," Kyle told her. "Kyle, we can't get back to what we were. We have to accept what we are," she told her new husband. Once Megan leaves, he does a little soul searching of his own and decides to risk everything for the woman he loves. While Kyle is busy planning to go public about what he did to Aaron, Terence and Deann are planning to end Megan's life. As part of their plan, Deann calls up Megan for a drink and offers to have her meet with June Layton, whose story she wants Megan to play in a movie. Or at least that's what Megan thinks, but it's really a trap to lure her to her death. While Megan is on her way to what she thinks is a meeting with June Layton, Terence and Deann are in the hotel room waiting for her to arrive. For safety, Deann has Terence share his plans for killing Megan with her one last time. Deann looks super nervous after hearing Terence's elaborate plan to murder and frame Megan as an out-of-control drug addict. Only it turns out, what really had Deann nervous is not Megan's impending murder, but the fact that she has been working on her own plan. "Megan's not coming," she revealed. "She was never coming. But I recorded you describing your plan to murder her. It's all here. I just sent it to Megan." Terence is reasonably angry, but even more shocking is that he's also hurt. Who knew he could feel betrayal?! "What is this Deann? Revenge? For what? What did I ever do to you?" Terence asked. But Deann is done with his bulls--t and she's ready be to be her own woman. "Megan is me. She is my Kyle and she's done being held back. You never saw her potential. You tried to stifle it," Deann revealed. No matter what her reasoning, she's drawn a line in the sand that she can't come back from. "You're dead weight to me," Terence told her. "You have been for a long time." Megan meets up with Shaun (Carra Patterson) to tell her what's happening and finds out that Shaun -- not Kyle -- actually moved Aaron and Julie, and Megan is the one who told Terence when she called him to find out where they were, but luckily, Terence doesn't know their location as of now. Which means she cheated on Kyle with Xavier for nothing. Good thing he doesn't know about it -- oh wait! Megan was being followed by paparazzi that night and there are photos of her arriving at Xavier's house and leaving the next morning. Which Kyle now knows thanks to a tip from Iris Holloway and team. Can they repair the damage that's been done? "I did an interview with Iris Holloway. I told her about Aaron," Kyle tells Megan after she discovers the window he shattered out of anger. "I blew my whole life up for you. So that you could see that I'm someone that could tell the truth." It's a little too late for Megan to apologize for not believing him, because Kyle has already formulated a plan. "You want an arrangement, so we're going to have an arrangement. Except it's going to be on my terms now... From here on out, we're going to follow the contract to the letter. You're going to do what I tell you to do. You're going to go where I tell you to go. You're going to see who I tell you to see -- everything. And if you don't, I swear to God I will ruin you the way you ruined me," Kyle informed her. Does Kyle really think it will be that easy? "You think you can control me?" she asked her husband. "Good luck." (Eonline)

The Future of The X-Files: Fox Has "No Plans" to For More Episodes (At the Moment). The truth may still be out there, but more episodes of The X-Files aren't. In a conference call, Gary Newman confirmed what many X-Files fans had speculated after Gillian Anderson declared the second event series of 10 episodes was her last. "There are no plans to do another season at the moment," Fox's Newman told reporters while discussing Fox's 2018-2019 TV schedule. Anderson said she was done playing Special Agent Dana Scully following the most recent season, leading many fans to believe this would be it for the series that also stars David Duchovny. Series creator Chris Carter previously told E! News that he always plans the end of a season as if it was the end of the show. "I always try and play as if this is the end and so even if it isn't the end I try to take the characters and the show to a dramatic climax so you could either fall off that cliff or climb back up," Carter told E! News on set of the Fox series. "I've never imagined The X-Files without Mulder and Scully, without David and Gillian, and I don't want to have to imagine that. So really, as long as they want to do it, I would want to do it. But beyond that it's really a big question mark." In January, Anderson told press she was interested in exploring other career prospects. "It's been an extraordinary opportunity. I'm extremely grateful... I don't want to be tied down to doing one thing for months and months... I like to be challenged as an actor. That's why I got into this business. And it's time for me to hang up Scully's hat. This is it for me -- I'm really serious," Anderson said. The final season 11 episode ended with Scully learning she's pregnant, Mulder confronting and possibly killing the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and Mulder and Scully thinking their son, William (Miles Robbins), was killed. Carter said he saw it as a new beginning for the duo, not an ending. "You know, I'm never satisfied, so I'll leave you with that. I'm standing with them at the end of the pier, that's where I leave this season. I'm in shock like they are, my mind is reeling and thoughts of the future are rushing through my head. I'm as off balance as they are," Carter told E! News in February, adding he was open to continuing the franchise in another capacity. "Animated series is interesting. I'm open to really everything right now. I'm just pleased with this season, as I said to you. I'm happy to be finished and take a little break. I live in an area that has been beset by fires and floods, so I'm still digging out from that situation," Carter said. "I think fans have come to understand for over 25 years, that when this first series ended, there was another movie. When the second movie finished, there was another series. I think The X-Files still has a lot of life in it, not matter what that life might be." (Eonline)

'Lost in Space' Reboot Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix. The pickup for the drama from Legendary TV comes a month after its launch on the streaming platform. Netflix is returning to space. The streaming giant has handed out a second-season renewal for its updated reboot of Lost in Space. The renewal for the drama from Legendary Television comes a month after the family friendly series launched on Netflix. A reimagining of the classic 1960s sci-fi drama, Netflix's Lost in Space is set 30 years in the future when colonization in space is a reality and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. The drama opened to strong reviews, with THR's Daniel Fienberg declaring that Lost in Space was "possibly Netflix's most accessible show to date," while calling it a mixture of Lost in Space and The Martian that's "full of family-friendly thrills." The series currently has a 69 percent score among critics and 74 percent rating with viewers on RottenTomatoes.com. (Netflix, like fellow streamers Hulu and Amazon, does not release viewership information.) Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, Ignacio Serricchio and Parker Posey star in the drama from showrunner Zack Estrin. "If Netflix decides to do a season two, we want to focus on our young cast coming of age. Our kid actors are going to age, so we want to embrace that with our storytelling," Estrin told The Hollywood Reporter in April. "If you look at Will throughout the first 10 episodes, he goes through an incredible arc. He's come a long way from the boy who didn't want to jump into the water in the pilot. He achieves a level of confidence and bravery that will play out over the coming seasons." (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS Sues Redstones to Block Viacom Merger. A Delaware court is asked to stop Shari Redstone from interfering with a meeting later this week that could dilute her company's voting interest in CBS. In a move that escalates an internal battle for control, CBS has filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against Shari Redstone, Sumner Redstone and National Amusements, Inc., currently the controlling stakeholder for CBS. The Redstones have made it clear they would like to see CBS merge with Viacom. The Redstones hold Class A common stock in CBS, which means they currently have the voting power over other public shareholders who maintain Class B common stock. But CBS led by its chairman Leslie Moonves has decided to put up a fight. In a defensive measure, a committee of independent directors at CBS has called for a meeting on May 17 with the intention of issuing a dividend that would dilute the Redstones' NRI voting interest in CBS from approximately 79 percent to 17 percent. With the expectation that the Redstones may attempt to interfere with the planned meeting, CBS is demanding a temporary restraining order from a Delaware judge. "The Special Committee believes that the Company and its public stockholders face a serious threat of imminent, irreparable harm in Ms. Redstone's potential response to the Special Committee's unanimous decision Saturday, May 12, 2018, that the proposed Viacom transaction is not in the best interests of CBS stockholders," states the TRO motion. The lawsuit charges the Redstones with breaching their fiduciary duties. According to the complaint, Shari Redstone has resisted governance protections being demanded, won't consent to allow public shareholders to vote on the Viacom merger, and has been maneuvering to assert herself in other ways. "CBS's management team, led by Leslie Moonves (CEO and Chairman), is one of the most accomplished and successful in the media business," states the complaint. "In a demanding and rapidly changing marketplace, the Moonves-led team articulated a strategic plan, executed on that plan and consistently delivered superior results. Nevertheless, Ms. Redstone has acted to undermine the management team, including, without board authority, talking to potential CEO replacements, deriding the Chief Operating Officer and threatening to change the Board. These escalating attacks make it difficult for management to perform its duties and threatens continuity of management." Ms. Redstone, the lawsuit continues, has discouraged at least one other company from pursuing an acquisition of CBS and has threatened to replace others on the board until she gets what she wants. "This behavior and the uncertainty and negative public attention it has engendered have harmed CBS and its stockholders and will continue to do so," states the complaint. "CBS's stock price has dropped from nearly $70 per share to nearly $50 per share since merger talks were reinstated -- a loss of approximately $7 billion in market cap suffered by the Class B stockholders. This loss of market value has occurred despite management consistently delivering excellent results." (Hollywood Reporter)

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