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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Riverdale Season 3 Trailer Shows Archie After "Worst Summer Ever." All rise, the trial of Archie Andrews is about to begin on Riverdale season three. The CW series released its first trailer for the upcoming third season during its 2018 Comic-Con panel on Sunday. The footage reveals that there will be somewhat of a time jump since the season 2 finale, which saw Archie (KJ Apa) being arrested and jailed for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, a crime he did not commit. In the trailer, Archie is free. Apa has said the third season will show his character's trial. But that doesn't mean you won't see him with his friends during season 3. "After the worst summer ever, I want us to have a normal Labor Day weekend," Archie tells Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse). In the final moments of the trailer, a new mystery is teased. Riverdale season three premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW. (Eonline)

'Walking Dead' Star Sabrina Gennarino Joins Blumhouse's 'The Purge' TV Series. The small-screen spinoff from the hit film franchise is set to premiere Sept. 3. Syfy's and USA Network's upcoming The Purge TV series has tapped a Walking Dead alum to join its cast. Sabrina Gennarino, who played Tamiel in AMC's zombie series, will star in the scripted drama for both NBCUniversal-owned cable networks, set to premiere Sept. 3. Announced in April as part of Blumhouse's ITV-backed studio deal, The Purge is a small-screen spinoff from Blumhouse's hugely successful horror franchise from creator James DeMonaco. Blumhouse TV will serve as the lead studio on the small-screen adaptation, with the 10-episode, straight-to-series drama being written and executive produced by DeMonaco. Emmy-winning The People v. O. J. Simpson director Anthony Hemingway will helm the first episode. The Hollywood Reporter understands that Gennarino will play a figure called Madelyn, adding to a cast that includes Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Jessica Garza and Amanda Warren. Like Blumhouse's original hit film franchise, The Purge TV series is set in an America under a totalitarian political party rule. Each of the characters must come to terms with their past and figure out how to survive a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. The original team from the films is behind the television series, including executive producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form along with Sebastien K. Lemercier from Platinum Dunes. Thomas Kelly is the series' showrunner/executive producer. "I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of this television series," said Gennarino. "The films of The Purge franchise are a tremendous success, and it is an honor to now be a part of the series with such an amazing and talented cast and crew." Alongside The Walking Dead, Gennarino's TV credits include Claws, Criminal Minds, The Sopranos and NCIS: New Orleans, while her film resume includes Days of Darkness, The Monkey's Paw, Left Behind with Nick Cage, 13 Sins and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, opposite Tom Cruise. As a writer and producer, she made her debut with The Hyppocratic Oath, following up with After, starring Kathleen Quinlan, John Dolan, Pablo Schreiber, Diane Neal and Mandy Gonzalez. Her next project, Craftique, is now in development. Gennarino is repped by Freeze Frame Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Magicians' actress opens up about filming sexual-assault scene. "Magicians" actress Stella Maeve says her on-screen partner Mackenzie Astin helped her emotionally prepare for a sexual assault scene in Season 1 of the SYFY show. "It was really important to do it and to ground it and then also give it levity and be honest with it," Maeve, who plays Julia on the show, told the audience during the "Magicians" Comic-Con panel in San Diego on Saturday. "It was so nice to get to work with Mackenzie Astin, who played Reynard, because he was so sweet when we had to shoot that scene." On the show, which has been dubbed the "Harry Potter" for grown-ups, Julia is assaulted by a trickster demon, Reynard the Fox. Maeve said Astin would constantly ask her if she was OK. "It was nice to have such a great partner to do it with and the way that John [McNamara] and Sera [Gamble] wrote it was just in a format that was easy and not easy, but wonderful to be able to translate that on screen in the way that they have formatted it, so I guess it was a collaborative effort in that we all put this together and tried to ground it and make it as real as possible, but also use fantasy to bring that levity," she said. "The Magicians" Season 4 is set to air in 2019. (PageSix)

New SAG-AFTRA, Telemundo Deal Takes Hold With Minimums, Residuals and Benefits. The board also approved the union's "Netcode" deal, covering nonscripted, primetime English-language programming, and will send it on to the membership for ratification. SAG-AFTRA's board ratified by acclamation Saturday a deal reached July 12 with Telemundo, marking a first in Spanish-language media and bringing to fruition the promise of a successful unionization vote 15 months earlier against a backdrop of difficult times for unions and Latino-Americans. The new contract, a copy of which The Hollywood Reporter exclusively obtained, took effect immediately. It includes minimums, residuals, pension and health benefits and an unusual provision requiring Telemundo to separately pay certain agent or manager commissions. "I could not be more thrilled about our first-ever contract with Telemundo," said the union's national executive director David White. Combined with our Network Television Code, these agreements advance several key interests of our members and position this union for a brighter future." White also thanked the negotiating committee, chaired by Telemundo performer Pablo Azar, as well as union staff including COO and general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who served as lead negotiator. The new three-year deal sets minimums in the first year at $183 for day players, $285 per day for guest stars, $460 daily for stunt performers and $4,076 monthly for so-called main cast performers. Annual increases of 1 to 2 percent apply in the second and third years of the deal. Those rates and annual bumps are significantly less than those in the union's main TV agreement, currently $956 for day players and subject to 2.5 and 3 percent increases. But the new Telemundo rates are a material increase over what the performers were previously being paid, according to union sources. In addition, agent or manager commissions of up to 10 percent are borne by Telemundo for day players and guest stars. The company will also pay SAG pension and SAG-AFTRA health contributions of 11 percent in aggregate on compensation (including residuals), lower than the rate that English-language networks pay, currently about 18 percent. But paying P&H is new for Telemundo, which previously deemed its actors to be independent contractors. Residuals under the new deal are 1.08 percent of gross receipts derived from licensing content to subscription video on demand platforms and 0.54 percent for other domestic and foreign reuse, with no residuals for exhibition on Telemundo or affiliated companies. Those sums are split among the actors according to a pro rata formula. Those formulas are less than what applies to English-language networks, which can be 3.6 or 6 percent, depending on the reuse platform, or even a higher per-actor amount not dependent on gross receipts and not divvied up. But then again, the performers were previously getting no residuals at all. THR has reached out to Telemundo for comment. In other news, the union board approved the tentative Network Television Code with 79 percent of the board voting to recommend members vote "yes" to ratify the contract. That agreement with the four major broadcast networks, also known as the "Netcode," encompasses work from most television day parts, as well as programming produced for digital media, including first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements -- but not including primetime scripted content (or the equivalent on digital platforms), which is encompassed by the union's main television agreement most recently negotiated in 2017. The new three-year agreement contains annual wage increases of 2.5, 3 and 3 percent and also improves funding of the AFTRA Retirement Fund. It retroactively commences on July 1 upon ratification. Ballot postcards are expected to be mailed to members on or about July 26, with a voting deadline of approximately Aug. 16. "I'm gratified by the board's approval and recommendation of a 'yes' vote on the Network Television Code," said union president Gabrielle Carteris. "This agreement reflects $200 million in member earnings [and] is SAG-AFTRA's first major agreement to include language regarding sexual harassment -- a movement toward true systemic change." Separately, the board also unanimously approved the union's public television agreement bargained with seven key local stations and received a briefing from White about upcoming negotiations for a renewal of SAG-AFTRA's commercials contracts, which expire March 31, 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)

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