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Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Mandy Moore Knows How This Is Us Ends, Says It'll Be Satisfying for the Audience. Mandy Moore holds all the secrets to This Is Us. The actress, who is appearing in The Darkest Minds in theaters, knew how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died for some time, but kept that a secret. And now she revealed she knows an even bigger secret: How This Is Us ends. Series creator Dan Fogelman previously revealed he knew how the show would end, whenever that time comes, and that parts of it had been shot already. Moore confirmed that fact while on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "There's no predetermined end date, but... Dan, our boss, I think he has an idea in his mind of when he sort of sees the story ending, and he knows how it ends, which makes me feel good as an actor and as a viewer, he knows where the show is heading," Moore said. "But I think just the nature of our show and the trajectory, people are certain ages now and perhaps they're just going to keep getting older, so you're capturing content in the can now," she continued. Host Jimmy Kimmel asked Moore if she knew what she was filming was for the series finale, but she played coy, and said she doesn't know if she was in any of what would be the series finale. However, she does know what happens. "I don't know if some of the actors that were shooting were aware at the time," Moore said. Again, we're still a ways out from This Is Us ending, season three has yet to premiere, but Moore said, "I think the ending will be very satisfying for people. I think it's very true to sort of what the show evokes from all of us... Dan's a master at that... People will feel their feelings." In May, Fogelman revealed the show shot part of its ending. "We have a story to tell and we want to do this the right way," he said. This Is Us returns Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Murphy Brown revival releases first official cast photo. The FYI team is officially back together! Production is underway on the much-talked-about revival of Murphy Brown, which will include Candice Bergen reprising her iconic role. After posing for their first official cast photo, the actors attended their first table read on Tuesday morning in New York -- and EW has the exclusive first look! Changes have definitely happened in Murphy's world since the show's original 10-season original run from 1988-1998. Murphy now has an eponymous morning show and a grown son named Avery (Jake McDorman), who's also a journalist. A chip off the old block? Maybe ... maybe not. "It's an incredible thing when you can step away from something you care so much about, and now, 20 years later, it's as if not a day has passed," Creator/Executive Producer Diane English tells EW. "It was such a special morning laughing with some of my favorite people." In January, CBS announced it ordered 13 episodes of the groundbreaking sitcom that would also bring back Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana, and Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg. Diane English, the comedy's original executive producer and showrunner, is back as well. The new version will bow Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. (Entertainment Weekly)

This Is Us adds Daredevil actor Rob Morgan to season 3 cast. This Is Us is getting political in season 3. At least on a local level. NBC's hit family drama has cast Rob Morgan in a recurring role, the network has confirmed. Morgan -- who starred in the Oscar-nominated film Mudbound -- will play Solomon Brown, a sharp, charming, church-going city councilman in Philadelphia who works in the district in which William (Ron Cephas Jones) lived. In season 2, William's son, Randall (Sterling K. Brown), bought William's building with his wife, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), and the couple are overseeing its renovation as they hope to give back to the community, so it's possible that Solomon will be sharing scenes with the two of them (or perhaps even the now-deceased William in a flashback scene). Morgan's TV credits include Daredevil, Stranger Things, Luke Cage, and Godless. Among his upcoming big-screen projects is the Tom Hanks World War II movie Greyhound. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Morgan's casting. The guest cast of This Is Us also includes Gerald McRaney, Denis O'Hare, Ron Howard, Debra Jo Rupp, Elizabeth Perkins, and Katey Sagal. Season 3 kicks off Sept. 25. Sterling K. Brown dropped some hints about season 3 right here, while Susan Kelechi Watson shared some intel over here. (Entertainment Weekly)

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' Madison Hildebrand Not Returning for Season 11. Madison Hildebrand is leaving his TV home, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. The 37-year-old realtor and founder of The Malibu Life real estate company has announced that he will not return to the Bravo reality show for season 11. "After a decade of adventure and one of the most unique experiences of my life, I have decided not to continue Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," he said in a statement to the cable network's Daily Dish website on Tuesday. "I am so grateful to have had this opportunity but the time has come for me to re-energize, rejuvenate, and refocus my attention and light onto new endeavors." Hildebrand was one of the show's three original cast members, along with Josh Flagg and former star Chad Roger. He appeared full-time until the end of season six, after which he starred on a recurring basis for two seasons. He returned as a main star in season nine in 2016. "As an original cast member, I feel so lucky to be a part of the show that sparked the Million Dollar Listing franchise," he said in his statement. "For the past 10 years, the show has documented my life and real estate career from the very beginning. I couldn't have done it without the love and support from the fans who inspired me to share my life on camera. Thank you to Bravo, World of Wonder and the crew who became family for all your hard work and dedication to making this show the success that it is today. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you all and hope you will continue to follow my journey as I begin a new chapter of my life." Bravo has not announced when season 11 of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles will premiere. (Eonline)

'Hair' live musical gets airdate on NBC. Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen "Hair" will make its way to your TV next spring. NBC's next musical production, "Hair Live!," will air Sunday, May 19, 2019, TVLine has learned exclusively. The Peacock Net's staging will also feature a live audience. Alex Rudzinski, who has previously helmed NBC's live versions of "Hairspray" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (and won an Emmy for his work on Fox's "Grease: Live"), is on board to co-direct "Hair." He will work alongside Diane Paulus, who directed the Tony-winning Broadway revival of the musical in 2009. As previously reported, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron -- both of whom have executive-produced all of NBC's live musicals -- will once again team up for the "Hair" production. "We have the dream team to bring 'Hair Live!' vividly to life and create another unforgettable night of live television," said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. "I was at the electrifying opening night of Diane Paulus' Tony-winning revival of 'Hair' 10 years ago and was blown away by how relevant and utterly joyous this show became in her hands. She is one of the most successful directors working in the theatre today, and we're thrilled she will be collaborating with Alex Rudzinski, the most daring director working in live musical television. This show also has one of the great scores of all time with songs that climbed the charts 50 years ago and have since become iconic hits in our pop culture." NBC's most recent live musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," nabbed 13 Emmy nominations earlier this month, including nods for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) and recognition for stars John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon. The network had announced a live production of "Bye Bye Birdie" starring Jennifer Lopez back in October 2016, but it has since been delayed twice due to Lopez's busy schedule. (PageSix)

Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner Split as Producing Partners (Exclusive). The duo, who next have 'Camping' for HBO, are close to sealing individual overall deals with the premium cable network as their joint pact expires at year's end. It's the end of an era. Girls and Camping creators and longtime friends Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have split as producing partners ahead of the December expiration date of their joint overall deal with HBO for their A Casual Romance Productions banner. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Dunham and Konner are in talks for individual overall deals with the premium cable network. Sources say that the duo, who jointly executive produce HBO's upcoming Jennifer Garner comedy series Camping, will be taking a break from their partnership to work on other projects. It's unclear how long the pair will remain apart. Dunham and Konner have multiple projects in the works together under their soon-to-expire deal with HBO in addition to a feature film that falls outside of their TV pact. (Details on those projects are being kept under wraps.) "We have had one of the most significant relationships together in our adult lives and we respect each other's choices. While our interests are pulling us in different directions right now, we are excited about our current work and are firmly committed to the projects we have together. HBO has been our home for quite some time and we look forward to continuing there as we both move forward," Dunham and Konner said Tuesday in a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter. While Dunham and Konner's HBO deal does not expire until December, the decision was made to split early as Camping -- written and exec produced by Dunham and Konner -- has already wrapped production on its initial run of eight episodes. Camping marks the first TV series follow-up for Dunham and Konner since Girls ended its critically praised six-season run on HBO last year. It's unclear how or if the split will impact Camping should the comedy co-starring David Tennant earn a second season. The duo, which in March departed UTA for CAA, launched the feminist newsletter, website and book imprint Lenny Letter in 2015. (It is now owned by Conde Nast.) It's also unclear how or if Lenny Letter will be impacted by the split. In a February oral history cover story pegged to the Girls finale, Dunham told The Hollywood Reporter that she and Konner were "giving ourselves the gift of a little time," as they both planned to work together on Lenny and "a bunch of feature ideas" -- and eventually film a Girls feature. Said Konner at the time: "We feel like no one necessarily needs to hear from us right now. But if someone wants to do the [Girls] movie, we'll do it." (Camping, which had been in the works for months, was announced shortly afterward.) A premiere date for Camping has not yet been determined. Dunham and Konner (and Garner) are poised to meet reporters Wednesday as part of HBO's Camping presentation during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. (Hollywood Reporter)

Reese Witherspoon Sets '70s Rock Drama Series at Amazon. Limited series 'Daisy Jones & The Six' has scored a 13-episode order at the streamer, which will also release the audiobook and music from the show. Amazon Studios is ready to rock. The Jennifer Salke-led streamer and retail giant has handed out a 13-episode order for a limited series based on the Taylor Jenkins Reid's forthcoming book Daisy Jones & The Six. The limited series landed at Amazon before it could be taken out to the marketplace. After Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine acquired rights to the book, Salke got a copy ahead of its March 2019 publication and aggressively pursued the TV rights to the title. The project was never taken to market. Daisy Jones & The Six centers on a fictional rock band in the 1970s and follows their rise through the ranks of the L.A. music scene and beyond, eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world. Amazon will distribute original music from the series (via Amazon Music), and the print and audiobook from Ballantine/Random House will also be available via Amazon.com and Audible.com. The Disaster Artist duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will pen the script and will oversee Daisy. Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine banner topper Lauren Neustadter will exec produce alongside Circle of Confusion's Brad Mendelsohn. Neustadter and Weber, whose credits include 500 Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars, will also exec produce. Author Jenkins will be credited as a producer. The series is a co-production between Amazon Studios, which controls worldwide rights, and Hello Sunshine. "When I heard Hello Sunshine was developing Daisy Jones & The Six, I tracked down a copy right away and devoured it in one sitting. I loved it so much I had to take it off the market and bring it to Amazon Studios," said Salke, head of Amazon Studios. "I was immediately struck by how perfectly it fit into our overall approach of bringing passionate creators and entertaining, compelling content to our Prime Video audience. Reese, Lauren and I are kindred spirits!" Daisy becomes Hello Sunshine's latest TV foray. In addition to the upcoming second season of awards darling Big Little Lies, the company also has Little Fires Everywhere -- starring Witherspoon and Kerry Washington -- at Hulu and three shows at Apple, including a morning show drama that she toplines alongside Jennifer Aniston. (Coincidentally, Witherspoon's Big Little Lies co-star, Nicole Kidman, recently inked a deal with Salke at Amazon.) "As soon as I started reading Daisy Jones & The Six, I immediately fell head over heels in love with it, and I'm thrilled to be bringing it to the screen with Amazon and Jen Salke, whose passionate pursuit of the material spoke volumes," said Witherspoon, who also has a blurb on the book jacket. "With Neustadter and Weber, two writers I deeply admire, stewarding this project, I am so confident that Daisy and her band's journey toward finding their voice will leave just as permanent a mark with viewers around the world as it did with me." The drama marks a big play for Amazon Studios, which was among the bidders for Little Fires Everywhere. With the music rights, Amazon has another revenue stream that could prove profitable for the series in a way akin to what Fox achieved with Glee and Empire. Daisy joins a roster of scripted fare at Amazon that also includes Lord of the Rings, Jack Ryan, Julia Roberts vehicle Homecoming, Matt Weiner's The Romanoffs and the recently renewed Man in the High Castle, as well as the Emmy-nominated Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, among others. Witherspoon, who now has six shows at four outlets, is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson. Neustadter and Weber are with CAA, Kaplan Perrone and Marks Law Group. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Humans' Getting Chinese Remake. The AMC/Channel 4 sci-fi series about robotic "synths" is being adapted into Mandarin, with shooting already underway in Shanghai. Humans, the AMC/Channel 4 sci-fi drama from Endemol Shine set in a near-future world in which robotic "synths" are employed as servants, is being remade in Mandarin. The first Asian creation of the series -- which recently concluded its third season in English -- was unveiled Wednesday, with Endemol Shine China set to partner with Croton Media, Kudos and Matador on the adaptation. Filming has already begun in Shanghai, with the cast led by Ray Ma and Stephy Qi. Set in the fictional year 2035, when technology, in particular artificial intelligence, will infiltrate and influence every aspect of our daily existence, the series will maintain the narrative of the original English-language version, while continuing to explore the rapidly evolving relationship between humanity and technology. "Humans marks our first scripted formats partnership deal with a local partner in China, and having enlisted both U.K. and Chinese writers, it's truly a collaborative venture," said William Tan, managing director of Endemol Shine China. "Sci-fi drama is an underrepresented genre across the region, and we really believe that this new take will set a new trend and that Endemol Shine China will continue to be the leader in creativity and innovation, making unique offerings to the market." The Mandarin series is based on Humans U.K., as produced by Kudos for Channel 4 and AMC, which was adapted from the original Swedish series Real Humans, produced by Sveriges Television and Matador Film. Endemol Shine International -- which already sold the original English-language version of Humans to 178 territories -- will also handle international distribution of the new adaptation. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Coasts to Another Easy Win. 'AGT' and 'World of Dance' deliver an easy ratings win for NBC despite small declines. Another Tuesday, another easy ratings win for NBC thanks to America's Got Talent and World of Dance. The two competitions finished 1-2 in both adults 18-49 and total viewers Tuesday night, although both were off a tick versus last week in the demo. AGT delivered a 2.0 among adults 18-49 (versus 2.1 a week ago) and improved in viewers from 11.3 million to 11.5 million. World of Dance also slipped a tenth in the demo to 1.2 but topped the combined competition (0.4 for ABC's The Last Defense and 0.5 for an NCIS: New Orleans rerun on CBS) at 10 o'clock. Beat Shazam (0.7) and Love Connection (0.5) were even with their last airings on Fox. The Last Defense also held steady. The 100 rose a tenth to 0.3 on The CW, but The Outpost gave back last week's gain and came in at 0.1. NBC's 1.7 average in the 18-49 demo for the night beat the combined average for Fox (0.6), CBS (0.5) and ABC (0.5). The CW trailed at 0.2. On late-night TV, The Tonight Show scored a 0.5 demo rating in metered markets at 11:35 p.m., topping 0.4s for The Late Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Late Show led in households at 2.4/7. Late Night and Nightline tied for the lead at 12:35 a.m. with 0.3s. The Late Late Show was at 0.2. (Hollywood Reporter)

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