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Casting Set for TV Portrayal of Michelle Obama

Viola Davis will portray her in Showtime series 'First Ladies'

(Newser) - It looks like Viola Davis will be the first actor to play Michelle Obama on television. The Oscar winner has signed on the play the former first lady in a new Showtime series First Ladies, from writer and executive producer Aaron Cooley. The first season of the show—which Davis... More »

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... More »

Lewinsky on New Gig: 'I'm So Grateful'

She'll co-produce 'Impeachment: American Crime Story' for FX

(Newser) - Monica Lewinsky has a new gig—as co-producer on American Crime Story. The FX show's third season will cover former President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and in particular, "the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a... More »

Special Effects Chief Killed on Titans Set

Warren Appleby was hit with debris from car

(Newser) - A special effects "wizard" is dead following an accident on the set of DC Universe's Titans. Warren Appleby, the special effects coordinator for the show, was hit by metal debris that broke off from a car without warning at a special effects facility in Toronto on Thursday, reports... More »

13 Reasons Why Is Now 3 Controversial Minutes Shorter

Netflix cuts suicide scene after consultation with health experts

(Newser) - Netflix has scrubbed a difficult-to-watch suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why on the advice of mental health experts. The 3-minute scene from the season one finale, showing character Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) cutting her wrist with a razor blade and bleeding out in a bathtub, has been removed so that... More »

Christian Group's Netflix Petition Gets the Job Done

Netflix is on board; Amazon not so much

(Newser) - Mission accomplished for Return to Order —kind of. "We promise not to make any more," an official Netflix account tweeted Thursday in response to the Christian group's petition demanding the company cancel Good Omens. Thing is, the show is made by Amazon Prime. Amazon also got... More »

20K Christians Demand Netflix Cancel Amazon Show

Return to Order claims 'Good Omens' normalizes Satanism

(Newser) - Good Omens is getting good reviews , with the Radio Times calling the six-part miniseries "a devilishly funny love letter" to the 1990 fantasy novel from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, on which it's based. But some 20,000 Christians aren't impressed, having signed a petition demanding Netflix... More »

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 ... More »

You Won't See This Gay Wedding in Alabama

Alabama Public Television blocks episode of kids' show 'Arthur'

(Newser) - Alabama Public Television will not air the season 22 premiere of the PBS kids' show Arthur because it features a gay wedding. "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," in which Arthur's third-grade teacher marries a chocolatier, earned praise for "the inclusion of an LGBT character as... More »

As GOT Fans Cry for Remake, a Defense From Stephen King

Nearly 800K have now signed petition to HBO

(Newser) - In a seemingly appropriate twist for the realm of Westeros, fans are turning on Game of Thrones. A Change.org petition calling on HBO to remake the eighth and final season of the show "with competent writers" launched last Thursday and saw a huge spike in support this week,... More »

Her Show Just Got Renewed. Her Tweets Were Unhappy

Constance Wu clarifies negative posts after 'Fresh Off the Boat' gets green light for 6th season

(Newser) - ABC announced on Friday that it was renewing one of its sitcoms, pleasing everyone involved with the show except, seemingly, its star. People reports that after word got out that Fresh Off the Boat will be back for a sixth season, Constance Wu, who's been with the series since... More »

Here Are the Most-Streamed Shows on Netflix

Most on the list aren't the service's original content

(Newser) - Despite heavy spending on original content, Netflix can't keep viewers away from favorites for long. Just six Netflix shows are in the top 20 shows streamed on devices connected to the US service in 2018—accounting for 70% to 80% of US Netflix viewing—and only two, Orange Is ... More »

GOT's Sexy Feast: Feelings Revealed, and a Major Hookup

Wait, Jaime did what with who?!

(Newser) - Last week's episode of Game of Thrones, which saw the destruction of the Night King, sent fans reeling . After all, as Daniel D'Addario puts it for Variety , "Killing off your main villain with three episodes to go is a weird thing to do." He also thinks... More »

Another Actress Will Don the Black Turtleneck

Kate McKinnon set to play disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon will don the black turtleneck . The comedian-actress of Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters fame has been cast to play Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in a limited miniseries inspired by ABC's The Dropout podcast, which explores how "the world's youngest self-made female billionaire [lost] it all... More »

NBC Names a New Late-Night Host

YouTube star Lilly Singh will be only female late-night host on major network

(Newser) - Hugely successful YouTuber Lilly Singh is moving on in a big way: with her own late-night talk show on NBC. Best known for her "Superwoman" persona on YouTube, a platform she left in November, the Indian-Canadian actress-comedian with 14 million subscribers can be found on NBC at 1:35am... More »

Empire Producers Make Move to 'Avoid Further Disruption'

Jussie Smollett axed from final two episodes of this season

(Newser) - One of the first places Jussie Smollett headed after being released on bond Thursday was back to work, showing up on the set of Empire to reportedly shoot some scenes and plead his case with the cast and crew. It looks like he won't be doing that again anytime... More »

NYC Mayor on New MTV Show: 'Shameless Ratings Grab'

Staten Island residents aren't happy about 'Made in Staten Island' for its Italian-American 'stereotypes'

(Newser) - If a neighborhood was featured on a new reality show, one would think locals would be pretty excited. But for Staten Island residents, MTV's new series debuting Monday is nothing but a "shameless ratings grab" full of "stereotypes." That's per a recent tweet from NYC... More »

Eerie 1950s Western Predicted 'Con Man Trump'

Robert Culp faced off against a swindler on 'Trackdown'

(Newser) - "Uh, your name is Trump?" So asks Robert Culp in an episode of the 1950s Western drama Trackdown that you could say eerily foretells today's politics, Variety reports. An episode of the show titled "The End of the World," which first aired May 9, 1958, depicts... More »

Winter Is Coming, and So Is Big Meeting on Game of Thrones

HBO promo shows Daenerys Targaryen face-to-face with Sansa Stark

(Newser) - A one-minute HBO promo that dropped during the Golden Globes contains a mere five seconds that has the internet buzzing. Nestled amid brief teasers for Veep, True Detective, and Watchmen is one for Game of Thrones that features an apparent meeting between two powerful characters—and hints at how the... More »

1970s Rocker Now a 4-Time Jeopardy Champ

Jackie Fuchs of The Runaways has won $87K

(Newser) - Jackie Fuchs, aka Jackie Fox, played bass in the all-female rock band The Runaways as a teenager in the late 1970s. But "I don't want that to define me," she says. Mission accomplished: Per LA Weekly , Fuchs became a four-time Jeopardy champion during a Wednesday taping in... More »

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