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New Willow Series Was Worth the Wait
New Willow Series
Was Worth the Wait
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New Willow Series Was Worth the Wait

Sequel to 1988 movie hits 'perfect balance of reverence and irreverence'

(Newser) - The new Willow fantasy series, a sequel to the 1988 movie based on a George Lucas story, made its debut on Disney Plus Wednesday, and it's getting mostly positive reviews. British actor Warwick Davis—who was 18 years old when the movie came out—returns as a sorcerer from...

Casey Anthony: 'I Lied, but No One Asked Why'

In upcoming docuseries seen by 'People,' Anthony hints that her father may have killed her toddler

(Newser) - During her 2011 murder trial, Casey Anthony accused her father of covering up what she had originally said was the accidental drowning death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Now, Anthony is "going further" than that, per TMZ . Her newest allegations against her dad come via a new docuseries , Casey ...

Casey Anthony Tells Her Story in Upcoming Docuseries

It's her first on-camera interview since 2011 murder acquittal

(Newser) - Casey Anthony has given her first on-camera interview since 2011, when a jury acquitted her in the murder trial of her 2-year-old daughter. Per NBC News , the interview appears in an upcoming three-part docuseries on Peacock titled Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies. A press release from Peacock says...

Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47
Schitt's Creek Executive
Producer Dead at 47
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Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47

Ben Feigin, who helped launch the hit CBC/Netflix series, has died of pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - One of the driving forces behind the award-winning CBC television series Schitt's Creek is gone. Variety reports that executive producer Ben Feigin died of pancreatic cancer, with confirmation on his death from United Talent Agency, his former employer. Feigin was 47. The Maryland native kicked off his career at...

Growing Chorus Urges Disclaimer on The Crown

Dame Judi Dench says 'cruelly unjust' storylines on Netflix show risk damaging the monarchy

(Newser) - Netflix balked at a request by the UK's then-culture secretary to put a disclaimer on The Crown—one that would make clear that its portrayal of the British royal family isn't accurate—with the release of the show's fourth season, which portrayed a tumultuous time in Charles...

Popular '90s Sitcom Is About to Get Animated

Cartoon version of 'Married With Children,' with original cast, is in the works

(Newser) - The dream team of Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino are getting together again for a revival of their popular Fox sitcom, Married With Children—this time in cartoon format. Sources tell Deadline the animated reboot "is being pitched to networks and streamers and is...

Viola Davis Morphs Into Michelle Obama in First Lady

Upcoming Showtime drama offers a peek

(Newser) - What's it like to be married to the president of the United States? An upcoming TV drama examines that life behind the curtains at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., drawn from the perspectives of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, per the BBC . A new trailer for First Lady—a...

Slick Series About Jesus Upends Crowdfunding Strategy

'The Chosen' is breaking new ground on that front, reports the 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - Like any Hollywood-esque production depicting Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, The Chosen needed plenty of extras for the scene. The twist here: In this case, the extras actually paid for the privilege, with most shelling out at least $1,000 each. Welcome to the unusual—and successful—production model of...

Pam & Tommy Teaser Is Out, With Doppelganger Stars

Lily James, Sebastian Stan take on Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee sex tape scandal for Hulu

(Newser) - It was "America's first big sex tape," footage captured during Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's honeymoon just a week or so after they first met in 1995, then stolen from their home and leaked online. A new eight-episode Hulu series coming this winter will detail the...

Everyone Curtsy to Netflix's 'Biggest Series Ever'

Period drama 'Bridgerton' had 82 million households tune in during its first 28 days

(Newser) - Downton Abbey is so 2015. Bridgerton is the new period drama in town, and Netflix now says the show has become its "biggest series ever." The drama—based on the historical romance novels of author Julia Quinn, and which the BBC describes as being a "Regency-era Gossip ...

Showtime's Most Famous Serial Killer Is Coming Back

Network is bringing Michael C. Hall back for 10-episode run of 'Dexter'

(Newser) - With recreational activities still limited due to COVID-19, people have taken to hunkering down at home and binge-watching TV. Now, fans of one of Showtime's most popular shows ever can gear up for a return of their favorite serial killer, at least for a little while. USA Today reports...

Netflix's Matchmaking Hit: Guilty Pleasure or Hate-Watch?

'Indian Matchmaking' has obsessive fans, but critics have some issues

(Newser) - The majority of marriages in India are still arranged, and often families recruit outside help to get them set up. That's where Sima Taparia, the self-proclaimed "top matchmaker" of Mumbai, steps in, via a new Netflix series that's left people clamoring for more. Indian Matchmaking has become...

Network Cancels Reality Show, Loses Half Its Viewers

A&E nixed 'Live PD' and saw its prime-time viewership drop by 49%

(Newser) - Who knew a reality TV series had so much pull? A&E found that out the hard way after it canceled Live PD last month, a show that shadows police officers as they work their beats. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the show was nixed on June 10,...

Soap Operas Dangerously Low Thanks to Virus

Popular daytime dramas are running out of episodes and can't resume production

(Newser) - The coronavirus has most of us locked down in our homes, and for those seeking routine, diving into the daily soaps can provide some escapist comfort. But Vulture warns that the most popular daytime TV dramas are perilously close to running out of episodes they filmed before the shutdown, forcing...

Sands to Keep Falling Through Hourglass of Longtime Soap

'Days of Our Lives' will be back for a 56th season on NBC, per reports

(Newser) - In the most Stefano DiMera move ever, Days of Our Lives is back from the dead. It apparently was never officially dead to begin with, despite reports last week that the NBC soap opera would go on hiatus at the end of November and the entire cast would be released...

A #MeToo Moment on Survivor
A #MeToo
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Survivor

A #MeToo Moment on Survivor

Contestant Dan Spilo accused of being too handsy

(Newser) - Reality TV got quite real Wednesday night during a double episode of Survivor, with an unexpected dose of #MeToo. People reports on the "major scandal" to touch the CBS show involving contestant Dan Spilo, a 48-year-old Hollywood talent manager, and some of his fellow tribe members. Multiple contestants accused...

Entire Cast of NBC Show on Since 1965 Is Released

Stars of 'Days of Our Lives' were set free from contracts; fate of soap opera is unclear

(Newser) - No one yet knows the ultimate fate of NBC's longest-running entertainment program, but its stars know they're out of a job in a couple of weeks. TVLine first reported the news Tuesday that Days of Our Lives, a soap opera that's been on the network since November...

A 'Friend' Gets Major Ralph Lauren Homage

Designer to offer collection inspired by Rachel Green character

(Newser) - If you didn't win that gig live-tweeting during Friends to celebrate the NBC sitcom's 25th anniversary, there's now another way you can honor the show: Dress like Rachel. Ralph Lauren just made that easier, with its announcement of a new "ready-to-wear" collection inspired by Rachel Green,...

George RR Martin: HBO's GOT Wasn't 'Very Good for Me'

Author says now that show's over, it's more 'freeing' to conclude his writing of 6th, 7th books in series

(Newser) - Although the rest of us may still be in withdrawal mode after the end of Game of Thrones, there's one person who's very glad the HBO series is finally over. That would be George RR Martin, the author of the books the show was based on, who calls...

Lena Headey Reveals the Cersei Scene We Didn't See

The penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' could have included 'great moment'

(Newser) - Yes, spoilers ahead: Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has already come out and said she wished Cersei Lannister had experienced "a better death," telling the Guardian she was "kind of gutted" by her character's demise under a pile of falling rocks. She specified to Entertainment ...

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