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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

TV/STREAMING . . .

Manifest First Look: What Happened to Montego Air Flight 828? Ladies and gentlemen, the pilot has turned on the "OMG?!" light. Please return to your seats and watch the first act from NBC's new mystery drama Manifest. NBC released the first 10 minutes of the upcoming drama on Tuesday, Aug. 28 to coincide with the flight at the center of the series: Montego Air Flight 828. The series, which stars Melissa Roxburgh of Valor fame and Once Upon a Time veteran Josh Dallas, follows the passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 after they land safely following a turbulent flight. Everybody is relieved, as most people are after a rough flight, but they soon discover five years have passed since they took off. Five. Years. That means everyone has mourned and begun to move on from their loss. What happened to the flight? As the mystery unfolds, according to NBC, "some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible." Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jeff Rake and Jackie Levine are executive producers. The series also stars Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur. See the mystery unfold when Manifest premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

NCIS: LA: Kensi and Deeks will finally marry this season. It seems like ages since Kensi (Daniela Ruah) proposed to Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) on NCIS: LA. Will a wedding ever happen? Will Densi -- their official shipper name -- get the happily ever after they so richly deserve? EW is happy to report exclusively that, yes -- wedding bells will finally ring on the CBS drama this season. "We are excited to finally see that happen this year, probably after Christmas," executive producer R. Scott Gemmill tells EW. "A meme that developed between Kensi and Deeks, where he said she smells like sunshine and gunpowder. Their wedding will be a perfect example of that." The last time viewers saw the couple was in the finale, when a rocket hit the car they were riding in with Sam (LL Cool J) and G. Callen (Chris O'Connell) during an off-the-books mission in Mexico. The new season will start with Kensi tending to an unconscious Deeks, who's not only injured but suffering from a broken heart. In the penultimate episode last season, Kensi broke off the engagement when she couldn't promise Deeks that she'd leave her job to have their kids. Tear! Ah, but TV love always finds a way! The 10th season premiere of NCIS: LA will air Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS. (Entertainment Weekly)

The Crown Season 3's Prince Philip Revealed: See Tobias Menzies in Character. "Ambition." With that simple word Netflix revealed the first look at The Crown's new Prince Philip for season three and four. Emmy nominee Matt Smith is out, Outlander star and Golden Globe nominee Tobias Menzies is in. Menzies replaces Smith in the role for seasons three and four. The upcoming season, which is set to be released sometime in 2019 and is filming now, features an entirely new cast. Menzies joins the new cast which includes Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson. "I'm thrilled to be joining the new cast of The Crown and to be working with Olivia Colman again. I look forward to becoming her 'liege man of life and limb,'" Menzies said in a statement when his casting was announced. Menzies and Colman worked together on the AMC series The Night Manager. His other credits include Game of Thrones, Catastrophe, Black Mirror and The Honourable Woman. Seasons one and two of The Crown starred Smith, Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, Victoria Hamilton and Matthew Goode. (Eonline)

Sons of Anarchy favorite Ryan Hurst joins The Walking Dead. It looks like Daryl might have some motorcycle competition! Sons of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst has joined The Walking Dead for the upcoming ninth season, EW has confirmed. Hurst will be a recurring guest star and play Beta, the second in command of the Whisperers, a new group from the comics that is set to be introduced. The latest casting, which was first reported by The Wrap, continues to round out the Whisperers, who wear suits of walker flesh to go undetected. Fantastic Beasts' Samantha Morton will play the leader, Alpha, and Ozark's Cassidy McClincy is onboard as her daughter, Lydia. Hurst is best known for his run as Sons of Anarchy fan favorite Opie, the tortured best friend of Jax (Charlie Hunnam). The Remember the Titans alum more recently starred on AMC's Bates Motel and WGN America's Outsiders. The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 7 for star Andrew Lincoln's final string of episodes. (Entertainment Weekly)

It's been a week of highs and lows for Audrina Patridge. On Monday, it was confirmed that the former Hills cast member will be part of MTV's reboot of the beloved series. But privately, the reality star is still dealing with issues surrounding her painful split from ex-husband Corey Bohan, specifically as it relates to their 2-year-old daughter Kirra. "Audrina is stressed that there is still so much drama with Corey," says a friend. "She just wants things to be okay." On Tuesday, Bohan posted a statement on Instagram saying he doesn't want his daughter "exploited" on reality television. But the friend says Bohan's dig at Patridge was unwarranted. They haven't even started filming the show yet," the source says. "Audrina hasn't made any final decisions about whether Kirra will appear." Patridge and Bohan split in 2017 after 10 months of marriage. At the time, she also filed a temporary restraining order and child abduction prevention order against her ex. Patridge has full custody of Kirra, but Bohan has visitation rights, which Patridge hoped to curb earlier this year after allegedly disturbing behavior on his part. "It's been a really emotional and difficult time for Audrina," the friend says. "But Kirra is her top priority, and she's trying to focus on the positive." (People)

Victoria Beckham is about to Spice Up Your Life with a new reality TV show. I see yah, hold tight! Whilst we still await THAT Spice Girls reunion, it has been reported that Victoria Beckham has landed herself a brand new reality TV show. If you are a certified VB superfan, you will know that the singer-turned-designer has had four reality TV shows before: Victoria's Secrets, Being Victoria Beckham, The Real Beckhams and the greatest of all, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America. In the latter, the star was famously seen to employ a bare lolz assistant who then helped her cheat on her driving theory test and she infamously took down Perez Hilton face-to-face. Obsessed. We would advise taking some time out of your day to fall into a Victoria Beckham YouTube hole. But here are some clips to wet your whistle... With her fashion empire booming, the documentary will pay homage to her work as a designer following her in the run-up to her ten-year anniversary spring/summer 2019 show at London Fashion Week this September, according to The Star. We are already crossing our fingers that David will also appear alongside everyone's favorite celebrity children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Beckham. We are not sure our TV screens can take this level of cuteness. Whether or not the documentary will feature the Spice Girls reunion is unknown, but it is thought that VB has ruled herself out of the band's worldwide reunion tour. Either way, watch this space! (British Glamour)

Altice Picks up Sky's 'Britannia' for Lifetime Run, Boards as Co-Producer. The drama is set during the Roman invasion of Britain in the first century AD. European telecommunications giant Altice Group has signed an exclusive life-of-series distribution deal for Britannia, the epic Sky original production set during the Roman invasion of Britain 2,000 years ago. The deal was inked with Sky's sales arm Sky Vision, bringing its total number of global sales of Britannia to more than 209 countries. It also sees Altice -- which will air season one in France this fall -- come aboard as co-production partner on all future seasons of the series. Altice, known for having acquired cable operator Cablevision Systems and a majority stake in cable firm Suddenlink in the U.S., also co-produces Sky's French crime drama series Riviera, starring Julia Stiles. The first nine-part series of Britannia, which aired on Sky Atlantic earlier this year, starred David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective) and told the story of the Roman invasion of Britain, an island at the edge of the Roman Empire where tribes are at war to control the land and Druids are fighting to control their minds with powerful mysticism. Britannia, which was written by Jez Buttorworth, is produced by Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions. Since its launch at Mipcom in 2017, deals have been signed by HBO Europe for the Nordics, CEE and Spain, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Foxtel Australia, Starz Middle East, Sinema TV in Turkey, OTE in Greece, CJ Korea, Quebecor in Canada and Sky Network Television New Zealand. A sale was also brokered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for global home entertainment rights. (Hollywood Reporter)

Adam Brody Joins Sky's Street Racing Drama 'Curfew'. The 'Fast and the Furious'-style eight-part series will be heading to the U.S. on Spectrum Originals. Adam Brody, best known for playing Seth Cohen on The O.C., has joined Curfew, the upcoming Fast and the Furious-style street racing drama from Sky. The actor � soon to be seen in DC superhero outing Shazam! � will play a mysterious megalomaniac millionaire named Max Larsen in the production, set around an illegal nighttime street race. The show also stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adrian Lester (Riviera), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Miranda Richardson (Churchill). Also joining the cast are Harriet Walter (The Crown), Michael Biehn (Aliens), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders), Rose Williams (Reign), Elijah Rowen (Vikings) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen). The eight-part series from Tiger Aspect Productions, in association with Moonage Pictures, will be available exclusively in the U.K. on Sky One and streaming service Now TV. It will premiere exclusively in the U.S. on Charter Communications' Spectrum Originals. Curfew is written and executive produced by Matthew Read (Pusher). The series is executive produced for Tiger Aspect Productions by Will Gould and Frith Tiplady and their new independent production company, Moonage Pictures. It is directed by Colm McCarthy (The Girl With All the Gifts, Peaky Blinders) and is produced by Simon Maloney (Peaky Blinders). Curfew was commissioned for Sky by head of drama Anne Mensah and director of programming for Sky Entertainment U.K. & Ireland Zai Bennett. Sky Vision will handle distribution rights. (Hollywood Reporter)

Nickelodeon Brings Classics Including 'Clarissa Explains It All,' 'Kenan & Kel' to Streaming. A number of 1990s classics -- including 'Doug,' 'All That' and 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' -- are available via the NickSplat channel on VRV. Nineties nostalgia is in full effect at streaming site VRV. The subscription service has teamed with Nickelodeon to offer a slate of the network's 1990s classics. Through the NickSplat channel on VRV, viewers will be able to access a rotating selection of 300 episodes from the likes of All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, Kenan & Kel, Legends of the Hidden Temple and Rocko's Modern Life. All told, the NickSplat channel will over episodes of more than 30 series. Other titles that will be available include AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, CatDog, The Angry Beavers and The Wild Thornberrys. Other shows are expected to be added at a later date. NickSplat will be available as a $6-per-month standalone channel on VRV, the two-year-old video platform that also offers subscriptions to digital networks like Cartoon Hangover, Crunchyroll, DramaFever and Shudder. NickSplat will also be bungled in VRV's $10-per-month premium offering. Nickelodeon launched NickSplat (formerly The Splat) as a late-night programming block in 2011. This is the first time that the Viacom-owned network is bundling the shows for digital distribution. The content won't be exclusive to VRV. Four seasons of Doug, for example, are currently already streaming on Hulu. VRV, which is available on a number of connected TV devices, is the launch partner for NickSplat's digital channel, but it likely will be distributed on other platforms in the future. Viacom already offers its Noggin channel via Amazon Prime's Channels a la carte bundle. "VRV, with a sophisticated user base that loves the best in animation, is the perfect platform to launch our NickSplat channel," said Sam Cooper, Viacom executive vp distribution and business development partnerships. "Viacom's content -- including our deep library of genre-defining television -- is highly in demand, and our audiences are always looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our programming. We're committed to finding the best partners to bring our individual brands direct to the consumer, and this relationship with VRV is an exciting step forward in our strategy." Eric Berman, head of content partnerships at VRV and Ellation, added, "Our partnership with Viacom is a first of its kind. We're very proud to be the premiere launch partner to bring a NickSplat channel into SVOD and share these nostalgic series so our passionate audience can fall in love with them all over again." (Hollywood Reporter)

'Teen Mom' Alum Mackenzie Standifer Calls Out MTV for Filming 'Fake' Family Scene. Mackenzie Standifer may be showing the unreality behind reality TV. The 21-year-old accused MTV for setting up a "fake" family get-together during her stint on Teen Mom OG. In a video Edwards posted to her Instagram Stories on Sunday, August 26, crew members surround a table where a woman and a child -- possibly Standifer's son, Hudson -- are seated. "'Family time' set up by MTV," Standifer wrote in the caption. "Faaakkkkkeeeeeeeeeee." The footage is likely old, since she and husband Ryan Edwards Opens a New Window. recently quit the show. "We're not returning to Teen Mom this season," she told E! News in July, before taking another shot at MTV. "The network told us they don't want to show Ryan as a recovering addict. But they did want to enter a contract with our unborn baby and have the baby film with Ryan's parents so it would look like someone else is raising it." Three days after that interview, Edwards was arrested in Red Bank, Tennessee. The 30-year-old "was charged with Simple Possession of Heroin," according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Edwards, with whom Standifer is expecting a baby, was released a week later but "is in complete denial" about his substance struggles and "refuses to go to rehab," a source told Us Weekly earlier this month. "[He] is happy to be out of jail," the insider added. "Obviously, he was sober while he was in jail. Mackenzie is sticking with him." Teen Mom OG season 8 -- starring Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout and new cast member Bristol Palin -- premieres on Monday, October 1, on MTV. Us Weekly has reached out to MTV for comment. (UsMagazine)

50 Cent will only be showing up on "Power" from here on out in flashbacks -- if at all -- but don't think that's got the guy down ... he's still reaping what the series sows. We got Fiddy on the streets of NYC -- where his own character Kanan was gunned down by the NYPD in Sunday night's episode (whoops, spoiler alert here) -- and he says he's got no worries about the fate of his show without him ... 'cause true fans are ride or die. 50 makes a bold claim -- "Power" is doing very well now and will continue to do so with or without him on screen. Time will tell, we suppose. Either way, he's got an EP credit attached ... so he'll still have a check coming in from the Starz hit show at the end of the day. As for that shooting on the set of his newest music video with Tekashi69, which fortunately left no one inured ... get the strap, literally. (TMZ)

Matt Lauer tells fans he'll be 'back on TV'. Disgraced "Today" anchor Matt Lauer is telling supporters that he'll be back on TV. Sources told Page Six that Lauer -- who was fired in November by NBC over sexual -- harassment accusations -- was recently spotted at an old haunt of his, Donohue's Steak House, telling fans that his return was imminent. "A group of older ladies came over to Lauer, saying, 'We miss you!'?" a source told us. The source said that Lauer told the fans, "I've been busy being a dad. But don't worry, I'll be back on TV." Reports have said that Lauer is hoping for a comeback. He also apparently still has some supporters in broadcasting: Page Six reported in June that Lauer was seen at lunch with a former "Today" senior producer. He's increasingly been spotted in public on the Hamptons social scene, though many residents have called his look while out and about "incognito." In recent weeks, Lauer's popped up at sceney East Hampton spot Serafina, at a Paddle for Pink charity event in Sag Harbor, and at the Hampton Classic on Sunday -- where his daughter, Romy Lauer, has been known to compete. Lauer's estranged ex Annette Roque was also at the equestrian show and they interacted, although Lauer was there with another woman, who sources say is just a friend. Said a spy: "He was with a mystery woman the whole time, beside him. Dark hair, late 40s to early 50s. They were chatting and she never left his side." But the source described their interaction as nothing but friendly. The woman was also seen happily talking to Roque. Our source said of Lauer, "He went in very low key, wearing a baseball cap and didn't sit in VIP .?.?. He sat in regular seats in the stands." A rep declined to comment on who the woman with Lauer was, but did say that "any suggestion that he is dating someone is categorically false." Lauer's been a regular for years at Upper East Side institution Donohue's, near the Manhattan apartment he unloaded for $7 million earlier this year, we exclusively reported. (PageSix)

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