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The Flash casts Veronica Mars alum Kyle Secor as Caitlin's MIA father. Meet the elusive Dr. Thomas Snow! EW can exclusively reveal that Kyle Secor (Veronica Mars, The Purge: Election Year) will recur on season 5 of The Flash as Caitlin Snow's hitherto absent father. Dr. Snow is an extremely intelligent geneticist who has been MIA for decades. Upon returning to Central City, he will try his best to make up for lost time with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). But what Caitlin doesn't know is that Thomas is hiding a big secret -- because he wouldn't be a new Arroweverse character without one. Needless to say, viewers can expect Thomas to play in role in Caitlin's quest to get her Killer Frost powers/persona back. Toward the end of last season, Caitlin's icy other half disappeared after a confrontation with the Thinker, and in "Think Fast," a flashback featuring her father revealed that Caitlin had powers when she was younger, which was news to both Caitlin and the audience. In season 5, Caitlin will first turn to her mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser (Susan Walters, who guest-starred in season 3), for some insight into her current predicament. "[Carla] is the one she goes to first for answers," executive producer Todd Helbing tells EW. "You're going to learn about what role her mother played in all of this, and there is that mysterious premonition that Cecile had at the end of last year about Thomas. So you're going to learn about exactly who he is and how he plays into the season and Caitlin and Killer Frost, and really just that whole mystery about where she comes from and how she was created is explained." Secor's other previous credits include Notorious, Resurrection, and Homicide: Life on the Street. The Flash returns Oct. 9 on the CW. (Entertainment Weekly)
'Easy' Renewed for Third and Final Season at Netflix. The comedic anthology's final season will air in 2019. Easy is going to close up shop. Netflix has renewed its Joe Swanberg-created comedic anthology for a third and final season. The individual episodic anthology will wrap its run in 2019. An episode count and specific return date have not yet been determined. While Netflix -- like other streamers -- does not release viewership information, Easy has been a favorite among critics. The series has an impressive 97 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com (and an 81 percent among viewers). Season two of the comedy, which has always explored diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture, premiered Dec. 1. The half-hour single-camera comedy series will, in mumblecore fashion, be written, directed and exec produced by Swanberg. He is considered one of a handful of writer-directors most associated with mumblecore, which is a style of low-budget feature filmmaking in which dialogue is improvised and, in some cases, often performed by non-professionals. (Other mumblecore filmmakers include Lena Dunham, the Duplass brothers and Lynn Shelton.) Season two featured returning stars Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Dave Franco, Aya Cash and Marc Maron. Cast details about season three have yet to be determined. Easy becomes the latest series to wrap its run at Netflix as the streaming giant continues to refine its roster of scripted originals amid an $8 billion spending budget. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and A Series of Unfortunate Events are also poised to end their Netflix runs in 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)
Hugh Laurie to Star in HBO Space Comedy From 'Veep' Creator. 'Avenue 5' currently has a pilot commitment with backup scripts at the premium cable network. Hugh Laurie is returning to HBO. The Emmy-nominated Veep alum has been tapped to star in Avenue 5, the space comedy from Armando Iannucci. The project, which currently has a pilot commitment and order for backup scripts, is set in the future, mostly in space. Laurie will take on the role of Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American captain of the Avenue 5. Iannucci created the series and will executive produce. The casting expands Laurie's relationship with Veep creator Iannucci after the actor had a recurring guest role in the fourth season of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy and completed production in the writer-producer's feature film The Personal History of David Copperfield. Laurie recently wrapped production in Hulu's take on Catch-22, where he plays Major de Coverley in the six-part miniseries due in 2019. For Laurie, the Avenue 5 role is his first series-regular part following Hulu's two-season drama Chance. The actor earned six Emmy nominations for his lead role on the Fox medical drama House, and other credits include his Emmy-nominated role on the AMC miniseries The Night Manager and appearances in the features Tomorrowland, Monsters vs. Aliens and Sense and Sensibility. Laurie is repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell. Avenue 5 was picked up to pilot last September. It marked Iannucci's return to HBO since he exited his role as showrunner on Veep at the end of season four to spend more time at home in London. The pilot will shoot in London this year. (Hollywood Reporter)
Brett Robinson Starts a Fire in the 'Big Brother' House While Cooking Bacon. Brett Robinson isn't just starting figurative fires in the Big Brother house. While in the kitchen with fellow houseguest Kaycee Clark, Robinson alerted production that a fire had broken out in the oven -- and the incident was captured on the show's live feeds. "We have a fire!" he yelled. "Are you serious?" houseguest Sam Bledsoe screamed from the other room, to which Robinson replied, "I am dead serious." According to fans watching the incident on the live feeds, Robinson was cooking a bacon and maple syrup concoction in the oven before the fire started. "I guess Brett's maple & chocolate bacon didn't come out to good considering he started a fire in the oven, lol," one person wrote Opens a New Window. . "Hence the feeds. #BB20." Another viewer tweeted Opens a New Window. , "Now we know bacon, sugar and maple syrup may cause oven fires thank you Brett. #bb20." "I don't think any other cast in the history of big brother has caused this much destruction," a third user posted Opens a New Window. . "they have managed to break the studio door, break the hoh sink, and now they've started a fire in the kitchen #BB20." A fourth person joked Opens a New Window. , "Well Brett wont be giving any cooking classes anytime soon. #BB20 #Fire." After briefly showing smoke fIll the kitchen and the fire break out in the oven, the Big Brother feeds cut out. They returned less than a hour later and the houseguests -- and the kitchen -- appeared to be fine. Big Brother airs on CBS Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. (UsMagazine)
Kathryn Dennis has finally seen Ashley Jacobs' apology letter -- and is not impressed. "Are you kidding me?" Dennis, 27, said in a video shared on good friend and costar Danni Bird's Instagram Story on Wednesday evening. The mother of two's reaction was shared hours after Jacobs posted an emotional note on Instagram to publicly apologize to Dennis and Southern Charm fans for things she said on the hit Bravo show. As fans know, Jacobs and Dennis have had a tense relationship -- their feud playing out on Southern Charm's fifth season. At the time, Jacobs was dating Thomas Ravenel, Dennis' ex and the father of her two children: daughter Kensie, 4, and 21/2-year-old son Saint. In her letter, Jacobs wrote, "I've learned a tremendous lesson," to which Dennis said: "This lesson? That's a tremendous word for you!" Dennis added, "Yours truly. Yours truly? She's writing this to nobody! Are you kidding me?" Jacobs apologized for her comments towards Dennis' parenting, including referring to Dennis as an "egg donor," saying her kids "weren't planned on," insulting her mothering, suggesting Dennis was on drugs, and claiming she sees Ravenel's kids more than Dennis does. "I crossed a line and hurt people who don't deserve it," Jacobs wrote, later adding, "I can't rightfully describe how sorry I am, but I'd never forgive myself if I didn't at least try." This isn't the first time Jacobs has attempted to patch things up with Dennis since Southern Charm's cameras stopped filming. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in July, Jacobs said she ran into Dennis at a restaurant, and hoped they could meet to reconcile their differences. "I actually asked her if she would ever want to get together and talk -- coffee, lunch, my treat," Jacobs recalled. "Kathryn said no." Last week, PEOPLE confirmed that Jacobs and Ravenel, 55, had split after more than a year of dating -- each even deleting all traces of the other off their Instagram accounts. She revealed the news on Aug. 15 in a teary Instagram live video, saying, "I love Thomas and I'll always love Thomas. I'll always care about him." "I made a lot of mistakes, and there are things that I just shouldn't have said," Jacobs shared. "I just should have kept my mouth shut. It was not my place. And I think the hardest thing is going to bed every night and thinking how different things would be in my life right now had I just shut my mouth. So I do. I beat myself up a lot." (People)