★Oscar-winning CODA star Troy Kotsur will star in and executive produce a Disney+ series that tells the true story of the 2021 Cubs Football team, where a Deaf team had an undefeated season and earned a spot in the California State Championship game for the first time in its school history. Kotsur will play the team’s coach. Bull Durham director Ron Shelton will helm the pilot.
★AMC+ has renewed sci-fi drama Moonhaven for a second season. Starring Emma McDonald, Dominic Monaghan, Amara Karan, Ayelet Zurer, Joe Manganiello, Kadeem Hardison and Yazzmin Newell, the series is the number one most-watched AMC+ exclusive series and the most watched new series in the streamer's history after Dark Winds.
★ABC will not be moving forward with two of its remaining pilots for the 2022-2023 season -- comedy series The Son-In-Law, starring Chris Sullivan, and an untitled drama from Kay Oyegun. The network still has two drama pilots in contention: The Company You Keep, an espionage drama with Milo Ventimiglia, and Will Trent, based on the novel series by Karin Slaughter.
★BYUtv's family competition series Relative Race returns for a tenth season September 18 at 9:00 PM. Relative Race follows four teams on a 10-day journey throughout the United States as they complete challenges, discover unknown relatives identified through DNA testing and compete for a $50,000 grand prize. For the first time in the show's history, two of the teams are comprised of individuals who have never met and are each searching for their own family members, leading to exciting and emotional discoveries throughout the season. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.
★PBS Masterpiece has renewed Miss Scarlet & The Duke for a third season. The second season will premiere October 16.
★It's official - Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Ryan Seacrest will all return for the sixth ABC season of American Idol.
★Krysten Ritter will star in and executive produce AMC TV's Orphan Black spin-off, Orphan Black: Echoes, which will debut on the network and on AMC+ in 2023. Orphan Black: Echoes takes place in the near future and explores the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women — one of them played by Ritter — as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal. Ritter’s Lucy is a woman with an unimaginable origin story, trying to find her place in the world.
★Michael B. Jordan's Creed III release date has been pushed from November 23, 2022 to March 3, 2023. This is the ninth film in the Rocky franchise, and will be the first in which Sylvester Stallone does not make an appearance. In addition, the studio is also developing a Drago spin-off. It’s unclear if Dolph Lundgren or Florian Munteanu, who portrayed Viktor Drago, will reprise their roles in the spinoff.
★Book Club 2 – The Next Chapter, which reunites Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, will hit theaters Mother's Day weekend, May 12, 2023. There are currently no other wide releases scheduled for that weekend.
★Actress Mary Alice, who won an Emmy for I'll Fly Away, a Tony for 1987's Broadway production of Fences, and played The Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions, died July 27, her age reported variously as 80, 84 and 86. Alice may be best known for her role as Leticia Bostic on Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. Alice made her Broadway debut in 1969's No Place To Be Somebody, and appeared in 1994's The Shadow Box, and 1995's Having Our Say. She made her film and TV debut in 1974 in film The Education of Sonny Carson and TV movie The Sty of the Blind Pig. Besides her two regular TV roles on I'll Fly Away and A Different World, Alice's TV credits include Police Woman, Sanford and Son, Good Times, American Playhouse, The Women of Brewster Place, L.A. Law, Law & Order, Cosby, Touched By An Angel, Providence, Soul Food, Oz, and her last credited appearance on the Kojak remake series in 2005. On film she appeared in the original Sparkle, Beat Street, Teachers, To Sleep With Anger, Awakenings, Malcolm X, The Inkwell, Down in the Delta and Sunshine State. Alice was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2000. She retired from acting five years later.
★British actor Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and starred in the popular film adaptation of The Railway Children, has died at 93. Cribbens got his start on the TV series The Black Tulip in 1956, followed by the role of Thomas Traddles in a 1956 mini-series adaptation of David Copperfield. His first film appearance was in 1957's Battle Hell. Notable TV credits include The Avengers, Cribbins, Fawlty Towers, Get the Drift, Space: 1999, Tales of the Unexpected, Cuffy, Alice in Wonderland, Langley Bottom, High & Dry, Bertie the Bat, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Canterbury Tales, Last of the Summer Wine, Cornoation Street, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, and New Tricks. Film credits include The World of Suzie Wong, The Best of Enemies, The Mouse on the Moon, Carry On Jack, Carry On Spying, She, Casino Royale (1967), Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River, Frenzy, The Water Babies, Carry On Columbus, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, and The Bed-Sitting Room. His last credit was 2021's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories podcast series.
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