★Kaley Cuoco will star in Peacock's dark comedic thirller Based on a True Story, from The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg and Ozark star/executive producer Jason Bateman. Inspired by a bizarre true event, Based On a True Story is about a realtor, a plumber and a former tennis star whose lives unexpectedly collide, exposing America’s obsession with true crime, murder and the slow close toilet seat. Cuoco will play a married woman named Ava Bartlett. All other details are being kept under wraps. Cuoco is said to have a two-season deal with the series, and the deal will allow her to return to HBO Max's The Flight Attendant should a third season be ordered, which appears likely as creator Steve Yockey is currently working on new ideas for the story.
★OWN has set Tuesday, September 6, 8:00 PM as the premiere for the seventh and final season of Queen Sugar. Series creator Ava DuVernay will direct the series finale.
★An all-new season of Jay Leno's Garage will premiere Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 PM on CNBC. This season, Jay brings viewers into the groundbreaking world of electric vehicles and alternative fuel sources, while featuring new technology, exclusive rides, and celebrity car heads.
★ABC is beefing up its midseason roster with a series order for Will Trent, based on the book series by Karin Slaughter. Ramon Rodriguez will star in the title role. The series, which was originally ordered with a cast-contingent pickup, revolves around special agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI. The cast includes Erika Christensen, Iantha Richardson, Jake McLaughlin and Sonja Sohn.
★Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q is adding guest stars Margaret Cho, Joey Lauren Adams and Joanna Cassidy for the third season. In addition, Jamie Clayton has been promoted to a series regular. Season 3 will premiere November 20 at 8:00 PM.
★Director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is 66. Von Trier stated that he is “in good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms.” He is currently completing post-production on the third and final season of his TV series The Kingdom Exodus, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31. Streaming platform MUBI has picked up the North American rights. Von Trier is infamous in the film world for his unique approach to filmmaking, and has divided critics and audiences with controversial films like Europa, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Manderlay, Antichrist, Melancholia, and Nymphomaniac Volumes I and II.
★Bandai Namco Entertainment and Wayfarer Studios are developing a live-action film based on the classic arcade game Pac-Man. The project will be based on an original idea from Chuck Williams (Sonic the Hedgehog).
★Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John passed away August 8 at the age of 73. No cause of death has been given, but Newton-John had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She recovered but the cancer returned in 2013 and had metastasized to her lower back within four years. Newton-John was a UK native raised in Australia, and began her singing career in country music but crossed over to the pop charts with 1973's "Let Me Be There", the first of 15 Top 10 singles. Of those 15, five were Number 1 hits including “I Honestly Love You,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “You’re the One That I Want”, “Magic”, and "Physical", which topped the chart for 10 weeks and was the biggest single of 1981.
Newton-John segued to acting and got her big screen break in 1978's hit movie musical Grease, which gave her the Top 10 hits "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "Summer Nights". Her follow-up film was another musical, 1980's now camp-classic Xanadu, a box office bomb which still spawned a double platinum soundtrack album, and the title track with rock group ELO has become one of her most popular songs. Olivia re-teamed with John Travolta for the romantic fantasy Two of a Kind, for which she performed the song "Twist of Fate". With neither of those films setting the box office on fire, Newton-John refocused on her music career but made an uncredited appearance as herself in She's Having a Baby (1988). She then starred in the 1990 TV movie A Mom for Christmas and followed that up with 1994's A Christmas Romance. From 1995 on she continued music and acting with TV credits that include Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, Ned and Stacey, Murphy Brown, The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice, Bette, The Wilde Girls and Sharknade 5: Global Swarming. Film credits include It's My Party, Score: A Hockey Musical, A Few Best Men and The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee. In 2000, she was part of the ensemble cast of the cult classic Sordid Lives as Bitsy Mae Harling, and in 2008 she reprised the role for the single season Sordid Lives: The Series, which aired on Logo. Olivia Newton-John will always be remembered for her talent, warmth, generosity and positive spirit in the face of adversity, never letting her battle with cancer overcome her vibrant personality. Here family has requested donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.
★Ryan Fellows, street racer and cast member of Discovery's Street Outlaws: Fastest in America, has died in a car accident at the age of 41. Discovery and the official Street Outlaws Twitter account confirmed the news:
“The ‘Street Outlaws’ family is heartbroken by the accident that led to the tragic death of Ryan Fellows. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ryan’s loved ones as they process this sudden and devastating loss.”
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