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Noah Centineo Was Finally on Good Trouble and Oh Boy. Oh, how we have missed you, Jesus. Noah Centineo made his Good Trouble debut this week and he did it with quite the bang. Literally. He hooked up with Callie's (Maia Mitchell) coworker, Becca (Molly McCook), and his very first scene featured him shirtless, lounging in Becca's bed while she brought him coffee. We then went back and saw how the hook up happened, though first we had to discover that Jesus is now a contractor who builds treehouses but wants to get into tiny house building. Nearly everyone else at the Coterie was a little too busy to show him around LA, so Dennis took Jesus to a bar, where he saw Rebecca from afar. (That rhymed, sorry.) Most of Jesus' story was actually about wanting to build tiny houses, and even finding a dude to invest in his tiny house idea thanks to Dennis, and Mariana was not so thrilled that her brother was suddenly succeeding at tiny houses and she could barely get a room full of engineers to acknowledge her. So, Jesus sat her down and talked her down with a heart-melting brotherly speech, all in the midst of wooing Becca with lines like "My buddy wants to get your phone number 'cause he wants to know the best way to get ahold of me in the morning." Is that...a joke?! But it wasn't all just Jesus being his attractive self and trying to build tiny houses while Mariana dealt with stupid sexism. Callie discovered that Becca had been transferred to her job with Judge Wilson because she was sexually harassed by her old boss, a federal judge. She didn't want to report it, and Callie ended up doing it for her...right before she discovered it was Becca who her brother was hooking up with. As usual, everyone's in the middle of a glorious mess and we are thankful for this show. Good Trouble airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Freeform. (Eonline)
Remember The OA? The Season 2 Trailer Is Here to Confuse You All Over Again. Three years later, The OA Part II is here. In case your brain has been overloaded by the million other original shows on Netflix, The OA debuted in December 2016 and followed Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a young woman who suddenly resurfaces after being missing for years. She dubbed herself The OA and, now with her vision restored, refuses to share what exactly happened to her. Her one goal now out of captivity? Helping the other missing people by opening a portal to another dimension. The season ended with a school shooting and OA and her team completing the "five movements" (basically an interpretive dance) in front of the shooter. She was shot and seemingly dying. As you can see, that wasn't the case. Netflix's official description of The OA season two: "The 'mind-bending' story returns with The OA Part II, which follows OA as she navigates a new dimension, one in which she had a completely different life as a Russian heiress, and one in which she once again finds herself as Hap's captive." The new season introduces viewers to Karim Washington, a private detective tasked with finding missing teen, Michelle Vu. Once he crosses paths with OA, they team up to solve the mystery of Michelle as well as several teenagers. The action also shifts back to the first dimension with BBA, Angie and the boys on a journey to understand the truth behind OA's story and the alternate realities she described. Season two stars Brit Marling as The OA, Jason Isaacs as Hunter Aloysius Percy aka Hap, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Karim Washington, Emory Cohen as Homer Roberts, Patrick Gibson as Steve Winchell, Phyllis Smith as Elizabeth Broerick-Allen aka BBA, Sharon Van Etten as Rachel, Will Brill as Scott Brown, Brendan Meyer as Jesse, Ian Alexander as Buck Wu, Brandon Perea as Alfonson Sosa aka French, and Chloe Levine. Guest stars this year include Paz Vega, Irene Jacob, Vincent Kartheiser, Sheila Vand and Riz Ahmed. The OA Part II is executive produced by Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij, Michael Sugar, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg. Part II premieres Friday, March 22. (Eonline)
All 3 'Chicago' Dramas Renewed at NBC. 'Chicago Med,' 'Chicago Fire' and 'Chicago PD' are all averaging better than 11 million viewers for the season. NBC's three Chicago shows will all be back next season. The network on Tuesday announced renewals for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. The senior member of the Dick Wolf-produced franchise, Fire, will enter its eighth season in 2019-20; PD is renewed for a seventh season and Med for a fifth.
Jenji Kohan and Cast Say Goodbye to "Orange Is The New Black' as Series Wraps Production. The stars of Netflix and Lionsgate's acclaimed prison dramedy have been Instagramming their last days filming the seventh and final season. Orange Is the New Black has locked up its Litchfield set for the last time. The veteran Netflix series wrapped production on its seventh and final season on Tuesday, and the cast of Jenji Kohan's prison dramedy has been marking the bittersweet milestone on social media. Kohan shared an image of the final cast and crew photo taken on the New York set (in what looks to be the Litchfield Max setting of season six). Video of the moment was shared by castmember Vicci Martinez on her Instagram story. The creator and showrunner captioned the group shot of her ensemble cast and crew, "This is a family. #OITNB." Kohan has been counting down the days on her Instagram account, sharing set photos with the cast and writers. Natasha Lyonne shared that on the last shot "a guttural sound came out of me, like some wounded animal." Danielle Brooks documented her final ride to set in an Instagram story and, in the last weeks of filming, shared that the script for the penultimate episode "f**ked me up." Uzo Aduba posted an OITNB montage to the tune of Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" on her Instagram story, and Taylor Schilling marked Tuesday's end by writing, "WHOA. My heart is full and achey and so overflowing with gratitude, I'm a little dizzy." Laura Prepon has been posting throwback photos in the final week of filming, and co-stars Kate Mulgrew, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Alysia Reiner, Beth Dover, Adrienne C. Moore, Taryn Manning, Lea DeLaria, Jackie Cruz, Diane Guerrero, Dale Soules, Nick Sandow, Michael Harney, Lori Petty, Jessica Pimentel, Laura Gomez and Emily Tarver have all shared messages or throwback pictures for their "Orange fam" to mark their rolling final days. Piper Kerman, whose true story and book of the same name inspired the series, also shared a video tour of set on the last day. Since helping to launch Netflix into the scripted originals business when it premiered in 2013 -- flash forward to 2018, when Netflix reportedly spent $13 million on content -- OITNB has been a staple drama for the streamer. After six seasons of awards and critical acclaim, prescient political storylines, and becoming a platform for timely topics from prison reform to human rights, Kohan and Netflix announced in October that the already renewed seventh season would be the series' last. The seventh season will premiere in 2019 (new seasons traditionally release in June or July) and is poised to deliver powerful endings to major storylines and characters, according to the cast, when the final episodes return after season six's game-changing Piper Chapman (Schilling) twist. After the fifth season prison riot, a handful of familiar faces amid the show's large ensemble were absent or only briefly appeared in season six (Guerrero, DeLaria, Kimiko Glenn and Vicky Jeudy, to name a few), when the core cast was transferred to Litchfield's maximum security prison. The sixth season finale continued to fissure the group, as some characters were released and others were again transferred. When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter before filming the penultimate episode of the series, Lyonne promised a "satisfying" ending; Brooks (Taystee Jefferson) warned of "surprises"; and Schilling said the ending is coming at the right time culturally: "I feel like we've told the stories, and I don't feel like any stone is left unturned. I think [the show] did what it came to do. And now, in the Trump era, there are new stories to tell," she told THR. Kohan, meanwhile, will remain in business with Netflix. She inked the streaming giant's first massive overall deal and executive produces awards darling GLOW. Kohan produced OITNB for Lionsgate TV before moving to Netflix. (Hollywood Reporter)
Amazon's Gillian Flynn Series 'Upopia' Casts 4 Key Roles. Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie and Christopher Denham will star with Sasha Lane in the thriller. Amazon's upcoming series Utopia is filling out its cast of characters who are on the hunt for a potentially world-altering graphic novel. Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie and Christopher Denham will star in the series from Gone Girl and Sharp Objects writer Gillian Flynn. The nine-episode thriller, which Amazon ordered straight to series, is a remake of a British show that aired in 2013-14. The four actors join the previously cast Sasha Lane and Rainn Wilson. Utopia centers on a group of young adults who meet online are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic's pages may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world. LaThrop (The Kominsky Method) will play Becky, a bright and big-hearted young woman who uses her kindness and empathy as a way to get closer to the graphic novel she desperately needs to save her life. You're the Worst veteran Borges will play Wilson Wilson, a brilliant, paranoid and eccentric conspiracy theorist who is obsessed with the Utopia comic and is convinced it hides more dark secrets about the future of our world. Mackenzie (Logan Lucky) will play Alice, an adopted foster child who's bright and curious but has a steely resolve when thrown into the show's world. Denham (Billions, One Dollar) will play Arby, an emotionally stunted and disconnected, shark-like menace. His cold facade starts crumbling, however, as he learns dangerous truths about his childhood. Flynn is the creator and showrunner of Utopia. She executive produces with Sharp Objects collaborator Jessica Rhoades, Sharon Hall, Karen Wilson and Dennis Kelly, creator of the British show. The series is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America, its U.K. production studio Kudos and Amazon Studios. Endemol Shine North America president of scripted and unscripted Sharon Levy will oversee for the company. (Hollywood Reporter)
Derek Hough uses 'DWTS' experience on 'World of Dance'. Years of competing on "Dancing With the Stars" has helped make Derek Hough the judge he is on "World of Dance." "The first season I did of 'World of Dance,' I think it was the very first show and I came off and my assistant actually started laughing. She goes, 'Derek, you did a Len, a Bruno and a Carrie all in one show!'" the dancer recently told Page Six. "I guess their style or whatever it might be just kind of either rubbed off on me or I don't even know but I just kind of found that hilarious." Hough, 33, joined "Dancing with the Stars" in its fifth season and competed on-and-off up until Season 23. He took home the Mirror Ball trophy six times. He joined "World of Dance" for its inaugural season in 2017, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo. "It's truly the Olympics of dance," he told us, noting that its a "wildly different" show than "Dancing with the Stars" where celebrities learn how to move their feet. Hough's own dancing career is also far from over, as he's currently preparing to embark on a tour in April. "World of Dance" returns to NBC at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday. (PageSix)
Megyn Kelly eyes October return for 2020 race. Megyn Kelly is considering a return to TV in the fall, in time to cover the 2020 race, sources tell Page Six -- although she is still "emotionally scarred" from her unceremonious exit from NBC. For now, the journalist -- who was axed as host of the 9 a.m. hour of "Today" in October over her comments about blackface -- is busy spending time with her three kids and learning to cook. They say she also finally has the time to take exercise classes. While she's been off the scene, rumors have swirled that Kelly is working on a tell-all book. But a source close to her denied the scuttlebutt. The source said: "There's no book. Megyn's already written a book" -- the 2016 autobiography "Settle for More" -- "and why would she want to go back and revisit that NBC nonsense? If there was to be a book, it would be based around policy issues, which isn't likely right now." Page Six revealed that Kelly got a $30 million payout in January after finalizing her exit from the Peacock Network. That means she has received the full $69 million agreed to in her initial contract. "Megyn's trying not to make any decisions right now," the source continued. "She's emotionally scarred from what happened. She needs a break after decades of hard work." They added that the broadcaster "doesn't want to rush into something just for the sake of it." "She needs something good emotionally, intellectually -- something that's good for the whole family," they said. We're told that Kelly expects to remain off TV until October -- which will have given her a full year off-screen -- and is looking at what part she could play in election coverage. Kelly became a part of the 2016 election cycle when she got into a very public feud with then-candidate Donald Trump after she moderated the first Republican presidential debate in August 2015. (PageSix)