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‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ Book Adaptation Close to Series Order at Hulu

  • The Wrap
Hulu is nearing a deal for a straight-to-series order for “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name by Trenton Lee Stewart, TheWrap has learned.

The show will be written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the writers behind Amazon’s “The Boys” series and the “Ride Along” films.

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” is described as the tale of four gifted orphans who are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications, while creating a new sort of family along the way.

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Sonar Entertainment will co-produce with 20th Century Fox TV (part of Disney TV Studios) and Jamie TarsesSony Pictures Television-based production company Fanfare.
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YouTube Head of Scripted Jon Wax in Talks to Join Amazon Studios

  • Variety
YouTube’s head of scripted programming, Jon Wax, is in talks to join Amazon Studios, according to an individual with knowledge of the matter.

Wax is said to be in discussions for head of genre programming at Amazon, a position held by Sharon Tal Yguado until recently. Variety reported on her exit in early May. The genre unit at the studio focuses on sci-fi, fantasy and genre series; the forthcoming “Lord of the Rings” is a major title within the genre head’s purview.

Amazon Studios declined to comment.

Wax joined YouTube in August 2017, leading drama, unscripted and current programming for YouTube’s premium channel, after four years at Wgn America and Tribune Studios. Prior to that, he had spent nearly 15 years at Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox Broadcasting.

YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” series, featuring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, has been one of its most popular scripted series to date,
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Showtime Acquires Kirsten Dunst Series ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ From YouTube

  • Variety
Showtime Acquires Kirsten Dunst Series ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ From YouTube
The Kirsten Dunst-led dark comedy series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is moving to its third network home.

The one-hour series has been acquired by Showtime after it had previously been ordered to series at YouTube Premium while having first been in development at AMC. The nine-episode first season is set to debut on Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. Et on Showtime.

The series stars Dunst, Théodore Pellerin, Beth Ditto, Mel Rodriguez, and Ted Levine. Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky created and executive produce the series. George Clooney and Grant Heslov also executive produce under their Smokehouse Pictures banner along with Dunst, Charlie McDowell, and Esta Spalding. Spalding also serves as showrunner while McDowell directed the pilot. Sony’s TriStar TV will produce.

The series was a passion project for the late Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, who was the head of TriStar TV at the time of her death last March.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium

  • Variety
‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium
Cobra Kai” has been picked up for a third season at YouTube Premium, Variety has learned.

Season 2 of the series premiered on April 24. The series, a continuation of the story from the original “Karate Kid” film franchise, features William Zabka and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from the films.

In Season 1, Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopened the Cobra Kai dojo and introduced its no-mercy style of karate to a new generation of students. Daniel Larusso (Macchio), now a successful businessman, clashes with Lawrence and their old rivalry is reborn. In Season 2, after Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Larusso decides to open his own dojo called Miyagi-do in honor of his late mentor, Mr. Miyagi.

Season 2 also stars Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler, Jacob Bertrand, Nichole Brown, and Peyton List. Martin Kove appears in the role of John Kreese, reprising his role from the films.
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‘Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television’ Canceled After Two Seasons by YouTube

  • The Wrap
YouTube has canceled “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” after two seasons, along with three of the streaming service’s other series, “Champaign Ill,” “Sideswiped,” and “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?”

The four shows were canceled because the tech giant is shifting its focus from scripted programming to unscripted, educational and music artist-focused “docu-follows,” as it begins developing projects for a new ad-supported, free tier in addition to its subscription option, YouTube Premium (which is ad-free and includes YouTube Music), an individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap .

The company is preparing to announce the ad-supported option at its Brandcast event on May 2 and clearing its deck of several shows originally developed for YouTube Premium, before unveiling a new slate of originals designed for both platforms, the source says.

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The four shows
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‘Ryan Hansen,’ ‘Champaign Ill’ Canceled as YouTube Prepares for New Originals Strategy (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Ryan Hansen,’ ‘Champaign Ill’ Canceled as YouTube Prepares for New Originals Strategy (Exclusive)
YouTube is clearing its deck, as the service gets ready to unveil its new original programming plans. As part of the spring cleaning of sorts, YouTube series “Champaign Ill,” “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television,” “Sideswiped,” and “Do You Want to See a Dead Body” won’t be back.

Those shows join previously confirmed cancelled series “Overthinking with Kat & June,” “Youth & Consequences,” and “Origin.”

YouTube isn’t completely wiping down the mat, however. Breakout hit “Cobra Kai” is back for Season 2 on April 24, and “Step Up: High Water,” currently in its second season, continues to perform well for the service. Also, comedy “Liza on Demand,” starring Liza Koshy, and sci-fi drama “Impulse” are both in production for their sophomore releases.

Meanwhile, YouTube hasn’t yet revealed the fates of comedy “Wayne,” which premiered in January, and anthology series “Weird City,” which launched in February.

YouTube will unveil its new originals distribution strategy,
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'Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes,' 'Champaign Ill' Among 4 Series Canceled as YouTube Shifts Scripted Strategy

YouTube is deleting some of its scripted originals.

The video streaming platform has canceled four shows — Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Champaign Ill, Sideswiped and Do You Want to See a Dead Body — as it shifts its strategy regarding original, commissioned programming.

Scripted series were formerly behind a paywall as part of the YouTube Premium subscription service, but the company is moving to a dual distribution model whereby originals will be available on the free, ad-supported YouTube as well as the ad-free Premium tier (which also includes YouTube Music).

The Hollywood Reporter reported in November that YouTube was pulling back ...
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Adam Pally, Abby Elliott Join Cast of NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Uninsured’

  • Variety
NBC pilot “Uninsured” has cast four of its series regulars, with Adam Pally and Abby Elliott playing the young married couple at the center of the show.

Pally will play Dave, who is described as a “natural hype man with a good heart.” Elliott has been tapped to play “super mom” Rebecca, who “longs for the kind of order she can never achieve in a chaotic household.”

Alongside them as series regulars are Jessy Hodges as Dave’s edgy younger sister Joanna and Amer Chadha-Patel as Dave’s fast-talking business partner Aram.

The multi-camera comedy revolves around young parents Dave and Rebecca, who “end up having to take care of Dave’s parents who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt.”

Sony Pictures Television will produce. Dan Levy is writing and producing; Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan are serving as executive producers under the Doug Robinson Productions banner.
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The Other Two: could this be 2019's funniest new TV show?

The rise of a Justin Bieber-esque star has unexpected consequences for his two less successful siblings in this hilarious new series

I’m not exactly sure why, but we’re currently experiencing a smattering of sitcoms about people left behind by fame. YouTube Premium recently launched Adam Pally’s new show Champaign Ill, about a rap entourage forced back to normality after the sudden death of their meal ticket. And now Comedy Central has The Other Two, about a pair of siblings struggling to cope with the fact that their 13-year-old brother has become a Bieber-sized pop sensation.

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The Other Two starts on Comedy Central in the Us on 24 January with a UK date yet to be announced
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Best New TV Shows of 2018

Alec Bojalad Chris Longo Kayti Burt Nick Harley Jan 1, 2019

Hitmen, haunted houses, and homecomings highlight our list of the best new television in 2018.

Who doesn't like new things? Well television, historically.

TV is the rare medium that often prioritizes consistency and age. TV observers and critics delight in pointing out how old things are or how long they've run. The Simpsons has been on air for 30 seasons! It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is about become the longest running live action comedy! Greys Anatomy is...still around!

But despite how friendly we all are to our elder TV statesmen, no one is immune to the allure of the shiny new (sharp) object. Television in 2018 had plenty of shiny new objects for us. Netflix worked hard to bring the days of the charming bingeable reality show back with properties like Queer Eye and Nailed It! HBO continued to be HBO by debuting brilliant comedies like Barry,
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Celebrities Pick Their Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2018

  • Variety
Celebrities Pick Their Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2018
Still looking for the latest and greatest movie, TV series or book to finish before the year is out? Why not ask the folks behind Hollywood’s favorite hits, what they’re reading and viewing this 2018. We reached out to the stars and creators behind the things you love (including Barry Jenkins, Steven Canals and Dan Levy) to find out a few of their favorite things from this past year.

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Movie: “Roma,” “Green Book

“I loved ‘Roma.’ I just saw ‘Green Book.’ I loved that. I haven’t seen much but those were great.”

Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Movie: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado

“‘Sicario 1’ was phenomenal. ‘Sicario 2’ was even better. Benicio Del Toro can do no wrong in my eyes.”

TV Show: “The Bodyguard

“I’ve been really enjoying ‘The Bodyguard.’ We sat on the couch and watched it and were riveted from episode one onward.
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‘Champaign Ill’ Review: Adam Pally and Sam Richardson Pop in Sharp YouTube Comedy

When the universe closes a door, it opens a window. On December 12, Comedy Central confirmed the cancellation of “Detroiters,” a joyous comedy co-starring and co-created by Sam Richardson. On December 13, YouTube Premium released the first season of “Champaign, Ill,” co-starring Richardson and co-created with David Caspe (“Happy Endings”) and a slew of his former writers.

“Champaign, Ill” isn’t quite the second coming of “Detroiters” — its black comic elements stemmed from characters more jaded than Sam (Richardson) and Tim (Tim Robinson) ever were — but the two shows share more than Richardson’s increasingly bankable charms. They both rely on chemistry and creativity, track two best friends who rely on their artistic prowess to succeed in life, and take their show titles from the Midwest.

Most significantly, the new buddy comedy is an absurd, fun, and fresh spin on adults stuck in arrested development. Kicking off in 2003, “Champaign Ill” introduces Ronnie
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‘Detroiters’ Canceled at Comedy Central, But the Show May Find Home Elsewhere

‘Detroiters’ Canceled at Comedy Central, But the Show May Find Home Elsewhere
Detroiters,” for two years one of the brightest highlights in the Comedy Central lineup, won’t be returning to the network for third season. Series co-star/co-creator Sam Richardson announced on Twitter that the series may not be completely finished, but new episodes won’t be coming to Comedy Central in the new year.

“Sadly, @Detroiters won’t be picked up for a season 3 at Comedy Central,” wrote Richardson. “I want to thank everyone who watched and supported the show. It was a dream to make and I’m proud that those who did see it enjoyed it. Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows? But truly, thank you.”

The series, which grew to become a favorite within comedy circles, premiered in 2017, starring Richardson and Tim Robinson as a pair of friends who run a Detroit-area advertising firm.

Sadly, @Detroiters won’t be picked up for a season 3 at Comedy Central.
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December TV Premieres: 10 New Shows and Movies to Look Out for This Month

And so the calendar closes on yet another TV year. As critics start to assemble year-end best lists and look forward to what the next 12 months might have in store, there’s still a final flurry of new original programming to sift through before 2018 fades away.

Per usual, these are spread out across broadcast, cable, and subscription services, this time with an extra peppering of original films debuting on TV airtime. With plenty of other options to juggle as 2018 closes, allow this one final collection to cap off the bunch.

(We do this roundup of new shows pretty much every month — if you missed any of those previous picks, here are some notable TV premieres from February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, and our giant fall preview.)

“Nightflyers”

Joining the ever-growing sci-fi subgenre of “Hey, space is probably not the best place to go with people you don’t completely know!
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‘Wayne’: YouTube Series Looks Like ‘End of the F**ing World’ Meets ‘Kick-Ass’

Two teenagers on the run, looking for answers, trying to evade adult authority figures, dealing with their own repressed rage, in a series that premieres in January. It’s a template that worked for “The End of the F**ing World” this year, and the new YouTube Premium series “Wayne” looks like it’s aiming to follow in its footsteps.

“Wayne” follows the journey of its title character as he tracks down the TransAm his dying father bequeathed to him. As he navigates a criminal underworld with people willing to tie 16-year-old kids up and torture them for information, he takes on an adventure partner in Del (Ciara Bravo), who, judging by the trailer YouTube Premium unveiled, looks like she can handle herself beyond her years.

“Episodes” vet Iain B. MacDonald directed the “Wayne” pilot, while creator Shawn Simmons is a writer on the 10-episode series, set to premiere on YouTube Premium early next year.
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TV Roundup: YouTube Premium Releases Trailer for Adam Pally, Sam Richardson’s ‘Champaign Ill’ (Watch)

  • Variety
In today’s TV News Roundup, YouTube Originals releases the trailer for comedy series “Champaign Ill.”

First Looks

YouTube Premium has released the first trailer for the new series “Champaign Ill,” a comedy debuting on Dec. 12. Starring Adam Pally (“Happy Endings,” “The Mindy Project”), Sam Richardson (“Veep,” “Detroiters”) and guest starring Jay Pharoah (“Saturday Night Live,” “Ride Along”), the 10 episode series follows the struggle of a two-man entourage left in the dust and out of the limelight after their friend, a successful rapper, dies unexpectedly.

Dates

Epix has changed the premiere date for season three of “Berlin Station,” the original spy series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. The new air date is set for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Epix. Season three occurs over the course of 11 days as Chief of Station Valerie Edwards (Michelle Forbes) navigates a high-stakes relationship between Russia, the United States, and Nato allies.
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TVLine Items: Jean Smart to Watchmen, Wire Boss' HBO Miniseries and More

TVLine Items: Jean Smart to Watchmen, Wire Boss' HBO Miniseries and More
Jean Smart can’t get enough of comic book characters: The actress — who co-stars in FX’s Marvel drama Legion — has joined HBO’s upcoming Watchmen adaptation in a series-regular role, our sister site Deadline reports.

Smart will play an unnamed FBI agent who is investigating a murder. (There is speculation that Smart’s character is Agent Blake.)

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, the forthcoming drama “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own,” per the network. Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) will oversee
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