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Orange Is the New Black's Final Season Trailer Will Bring a Tear to Your Eye. It's all coming to an end for Piper, Taystee, Alex, Gloria, Nicky, Suzanne and the rest of the Orange Is the New Black crew. Netflix revealed the final season trailer and just a warning, it may pull on your heart strings. "Life likes to test you. And when you make a bad choice, living with what you've done can be its own punishment," Taystee (Danielle Brooks) says in the trailer. When viewers were last in Litchfield, Piper (Taylor Schilling) was released after her wedding to Alex (Laura Prepon), Taystee was sentenced to life in prison after BFF Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) lied on the stand and the prison was nearly torn apart by feuding sisters. Now in season seven, Piper has to get back on her feet outside of Litchfield, Taystee is adjusting to her life sentence, Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and her kitchen staff see just how Polycon is making money now, and life goes on for other inmates. The trailer features new scenes as well as callbacks to past seasons that connect everyone with the trials and tribulations. "One color brought us together. One color inspired change. One color began a movement. One color gave us hope," Netflix says in the trailer. Get glimpses of Piper reuniting with Sophia (Laverne Cox) on the outside, Gloria and Red (Kate Mulgrew) looking mighty concerned, plenty of tears and some happiness and laughs thrown in there. The key art up top was created by fans from around the world. Ten artists from the UK, Armenia, Brazil, Italy and the US were selected vis social media to have their pieces displayed across buses, building and billboards worldwide in celebration of the seventh and final season. (Eonline)
Big Brother Season 21's First Twist Is a Doozy. Camp BB might not make for the best summer ever after all. We saw the houseguests settle into the Big Brother house Tuesday night for the premiere of season 21, but they didn't have long to get to know each other before Julie Chen announced the first twist. Each houseguest had to vote for someone other than themselves to be named Camp Director, and all they knew was that the Camp Director would be safe for the first week and could jeopardize their game. A few houseguests campaigned for the gig, but it was Jackson who got it in the end, and then he learned exactly what his role would be. He has to choose four houseguests to banish from the game, forcing them to compete against each other to get back into the game. Three can succeed, and one person will be eliminated before the first eviction even happens, and it pretty much guarantees that Jackson's about to make four enemies right off the bat. Of course, we'll have to wait for the next episode to find out which four he picks and which one of them will be banished for good, but we're stressed just thinking about it. Elsewhere during the night, two houseguests realized they knew each other and immediately panicked. In her intro, Christie revealed that she had just gotten out of a relationship with a "significantly older woman," and when she walked into the house, Broadway dancer Tommy was shocked. Turns out the significantly older woman Christie had dated was Tommy's aunt, and they were together for seven years. Immediately, both Christie and Tommy independently decided they had to pretend they didn't know each other, so their first hug was "Hi, nice to meet you!" We haven't yet seen them fully discuss this wild coincidence, but we're very much looking forward to see how this bond goes, if they can both survive the week. Big Brother's premiere continued Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)
Maisie Williams to Star in Sky Comedy 'Two Weeks to Live'. The six-parter is described as "a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong." Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will star in a Sky original comedy with the working title Two Weeks to Live, described as "a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong." Written by Gaby Hull (Cheat), the series will be produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK. It revolves around Kim Noakes (Williams), "a strange young misfit who was just a little girl when her father died in murky circumstances," according to the plot summary. "Following his death, her mother whisked her away to a remote rural life of seclusion and bizarre survival techniques." Now all grown up, "Kim sets out into the real world for the first time to begin a secret mission of honoring her father's memory," Sky said. "Meanwhile, socially awkward Nicky isn't good at impressing girls, and when Kim walks into his and brother Dave's local pub, it sets in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger. Who would have thought a few drinks and an ill-judged prank could go so violently wrong?" The unlikely trio ends up on the run from a gangster and the police with a bag of stolen cash. "Looking forward to getting into something new, I think Two Weeks to Live has really great potential and I want to make something incredible with this wonderful team!" Williams said. Added Jon Mountague, director of comedy at Sky: "With Maisie Williams leading from the front, Two Weeks to Live is to die for. Bold, British and very, very original, we can't wait to wow audiences with even more great comedy." The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, managing director content at Sky, and Mountague. Josh Cole is the commissioning editor, Sky. The series, to be executive produced by Phil Temple from Kudos, will begin filming later this year. It will be distributed by Endemol Shine International and air on Sky One and streaming service Now TV in the U.K. and Ireland next year. The show is the latest in a string of recent commissions as European pay TV giant Sky, now owned by Comcast, continues to boost its investment in original productions. Forthcoming Sky originals include Catherine the Great, starring Helen Mirren; Intelligence with David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed; Breeders with Martin Freeman; and season two of In the Long Run with Idris Elba. (Hollywood Reporter)
'The Lincoln Lawyer' TV Series From David E. Kelley Lands Big CBS Commitment. The drama, based on the Michael Connelly novels and subsequent feature film, has received a sizable commitment from the network. David E. Kelley is returning to broadcast. The Emmy-winning creator of Big Little Lies and Mr. Mercedes has signed on to write and executive produce a CBS adaptation of Michael Connelly's best-seller The Lincoln Lawyer. The drama, which is currently in development, comes with a series production commitment attached. That means if CBS does not pick up The Lincoln Lawyer to series, the team behind the project will be paid a sizable penalty fee. The CBS drama, like Connelly's series of novels and the subsequent 2011 feature film starring Matthew McConaughey, revolves around Mickey Haller, an iconoclastic idealist who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln town car as he takes on cases big and small across Los Angeles. Connelly is attached as an executive producer alongside Ross Fineman, who previously worked with Kelley on Amazon's Goliath. The project hails from A+E Studios and CBS TV Studios. The Lincoln Lawyer brings Kelley back to CBS and to broadcast for his first project since the network's comedy The Crazy Ones, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams and was canceled after one season in 2014. His broadcast credits include CBS' Chicago Hope and Picket Fences; NBC's L.A. Law and Harry's Law; ABC's Boston Legal and The Practice; and Fox's Boston Public and Ally McBeal. Kelley currently exec produces HBO's Big Little Lies, Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes, Amazon's Goliath and HBO's upcoming Nicole Kidman limited series The Undoing. The Lincoln Lawyer is Connelly's second TV series, joining Amazon's Bosch. This is CBS' first major development deal for the 2019-2020 season. In the midst of the ongoing feud between writers and agents over packaging fees and affiliated studios, all eyes are on how networks and studios will handle the massive volume of script buys, as each of the Big Four broadcast networks typically picks up 300 comedies and dramas per season. (Hollywood Reporter)
Further proof Ty Pennington's one of the nicest guys in the world ... he's giving Jesse Tyler Ferguson his blessing as the new host for the 'Extreme Makeover' reboot. We got Ty arriving at LAX Tuesday and of course had to ask him about Ferguson becoming the new host as HGTV reboots "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The network plans to air 10 new episodes in early 2020. Ty, of course, hosted the insanely successful show for 9 seasons on ABC. y's advice for Jesse can be summed up with just 2 words. But, in all honesty ... Ty says Jesse's about to embark on the best roller coaster of his life. He does have one suggestion though ... it helps if he's got carpentry experience. And, who can forget Ty's famous line -- "MOVE THAT BUS!!!" The 54-year-old carpenter/designer says Ferguson can DEFINITELY use the line he made famous years ago. In fact ... Ty gives our camera a little history lesson about the origin of the line. Pretty cool stuff. (TMZ)
You Only Have A Year and a Half Left to Watch The Office on Netflix. Oh my god, OK, it's happening. Everybody stay calm. STAY F--KING CALM! The Office is officially leaving Netflix...in 2021. That means you only have a year and a half left to watch the whole series over and over again on repeat forever, on Netflix. In January 2021, the show will be moving over to NBC's new streaming service in a five-year deal. Netflix itself announced the news on Twitter with a tweet about how sad the streaming service is to lose one of its most-watched titles, resulting in a delightful thread of Office gifs wondering things like, "How dare you?" and "Why are you the way that you are?" But before we all start deeming NBC the new Toby Flenderson, let's all think about the fact that it's leaving one streaming service simply so it can go to another, and we all know we'll all be signing up for that streaming service, especially if it will allow us to watch The Office. Plus, again, this isn't happening until January 2021. That's a year and a half, or 18 months away. Who even knows what the world will be like by 2021? By then we could all have streaming services in our heads! Actually, in reality, 2021 is just around the corner and will be here before we know it so we might as well all panic right now. Save Bandit! NBC Universal's ad-supported streaming service will launch in 2020. "The Office has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before," said Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal DTC and digital enterprises, in a statement. "We can't wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal's new streaming service." "The Office is one of our most prized series, and we are thrilled it has found an exciting new home where generation after generation will continue to discover and rediscover Michael Scott's most cringe-worthy moments, Jim and Pam's will-they-or-won't-they, and the incredible quirky ensemble that makes each episode a masterclass in comedy," said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. The Office aired for nine seasons on NBC. (Eonline)