★Sanaa Latham's feature directorial debut On the Come Up will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ in the US, Canada and Italy September 23, expanding into additional territories later this year. On the Come Up is based on the New York Times #1 bestselling novel of the same name by The Hate U Give‘s Angie Thomas. Newcomer Jamila C. Gray stars as Bri, a gifted 16-year-old rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father – a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. When her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her.
★David Krumholtz will reprise his role as Bernard the Elf in Disney+ series The Santa Clauses, reuniting with Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell from the two feature films.
★Mark Dacaascos and Chelsea Muirhead will be joining the third season of HBO Max martial arts drama Warriors as series regulars. The first two seasons aired on Cinemax and are now on HBO Max.
★The Talk's Natalie Morales will be taking on the recurring role of investigative reporter Talia Morgan in a recurring role on The Young and the Restless. Morales will make her first appearance on August 17.
★ABC will present a two-hour special, Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter, on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 PM, streaming next day on Hulu. The special will pay homage to the man behind some of television's greatest stories and will feature an impressive lineup of celebrity guests and musical performances to celebrate his 100th birthday. Special guests and performers will be announced at a later date.
★NBC's newest competition series Million Dollar Island, which features 100 contestants competing for 50 days for the chance to win $1 million, has been cancelled while in the casting stage. The plug pulling is said to be due to the show's budget. The show's producers are said to be shopping the series to other outlets.
★Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. will be one of five new residents on the upcoming 19th season of Grey's Anatomy. He will play a first-year surgical resident at Grey Sloan, which was ordered to disband and rebuild its teaching program in the Season 18 finale. Shum’s Daniel “Blue” Kwan is sharp-witted, impatient and brilliant. He is generous by nature but competitive to a fault, naturally gifted, and used to winning at everything. A family crisis interfered with his career plans and now he’s got a lot to prove. The character description hints at a backstory that would explain why Daniel is a little older than your typical medical resident.
★Ben Levin (Legacies) and Kim Rhodes (Supernatural) will join the third season of The CW's Kung Fu in heavily recurring roles.
★SNL writing team Please Don't Destroy (Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy) have written and are starring in an untitled buddy comedy for Universal Pictures. Joining their feature debut are Conan O'Brien, Bowen Yang, Meg Stalter (Hacks), X Mayo (The Daily Show), and Nichole Sakura (Superstore). The film centers on three childhood friends who head off to a nearby mountain in search of gold treasure rumored to be buried there.
★A classic Hollywood Western, which just celebrated its 70 anniversary, will be coming to Broadway. The stage adaptation of High Noon will be written by Eric Roth, who wrote Forrest Gump, and directed by Michael Arden (Once Upon This Island). The film was infamous for being a veiled commentary on the Communist witch hunts of the era, and famously lost the Best Picture Oscar to The Greatest Show on Earth because of a campaign against the film led by John Wayne.
★After erroneous reporting a day earlier, it has been confirmed that actor Tony Dow has died on July 27. Dow is best known as big brother Wally Cleaver on classic 1950s sitcom Leave It To Beaver. Dow was a Junior Olympics diving champ when he attended a casting call for the show. After the series ended in 1963, Dow went on to star in the daytime serial Never Too Young, which ran of 192 episodes (it was replaced by Dark Shadows). Dow continued to make guest appearances on many series including General Hospital, Dr. Kildare, My Three Sons, Mr. Novak, Lassie, Adam-12, Love, American Style, Mod Squad, Emergency!, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Square Pegs, Knight Rider, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Charles in Charge, Freddy's Nightmares, Diagnosis Murder, and his last credited roles on two episodes of Suspence. Dow appeared in a few films including The Kentucky Fried Movie, Back to the Beach and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. In 1983 he returned to the role of Wally Cleaver in the 1983 TV movie Still the Beaver and the 1983-1989 TV series The New Leave It To Beaver. Dow directed several episodes of the revival series and continued directing on shows that include The New Lassie, Get a Life, Harry and the Hendersons, Swamp Thing, Coach, Babylon 5, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Crusade, Cover Me, and Manhattan, AZ. Dow always wanted to live a creative life and became a noted sculptor, becoming one of three US sculptors chosen for the 2008 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Louvre.
★Faye Marlowe, best known for her debut role in Hangover Square, died May 5 at the age of 95. Marlowe appeared in the films Junior Miss, The Spider, Johnny Comes Flying Home, Rendezvous with Annie, The Thief of Venice, and an uncredited role in 1954's The Bed. Her last credits are guest appearances on the 1955 TV series Conrad Nagel Theater.
★Jered Barclay, actor on stage and screen, died July 23 at the age of 91. Barclay found a second career as a voice over artists for animated series including The Smurfs and The Transformers. His first film role was an uncredited 'Junkie in Lock-Up' in 1955's The Man With the Golden Arm. Other film credits include The Delicate Delinquent, War of the Satellites, The Naked and the Dead, Tuff Turf, and Whore. TV credits include Cheyenne, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, Bus Stop, Bonanza, The Real McCoys, and Dr. Kildare. Barclay transitioned into voice acting with credits including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Trollkins, The Little Rascals, Ri¢hie Ri¢h, The Dukes, Challenge of the GoBots, Pole Position, and Paddington Bear. In 1962 Barclay moved to New York and performed in Zoo Story and The American Dream at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He also appeared in Next Time I'll Sing To You at the Phoenix Theatre, and in Marat Sade and A Patriot for Me on Broadway.
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