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Scott Speedman Joins Netflix’s ‘You’ For Season 3
Exclusive: Animal Kingdom alum Scott Speedman has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of the Netflix series You, headlined by Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti.

Speedman will play Matthew, a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father. He’s reserved, at times mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn, all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath.

The actor is the latest major addition to You for next season, joining recently cast new series regulars Travis Van Winkle and Shalita Grant.

Developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, You is based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling books You and Hidden Bodies. In the second season, Joe Goldberg (Badgley) moves from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past, and starts over with a new identity. Fresh out of an intense relationship that ended in murder, the last thing he expects is to
‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Series in the Works
The classic 1977 action comedy “Smokey and the Bandit” is getting the TV treatment.

Ucp, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door are teaming to develop a series based on the Burt Reynolds movie.

The series is being written by “Pineapple Express” director David Gordon Green and regular collaborator Brian Sides. MacFarlane and Green are both executive producing.

Smokey and the Bandit” is an epic adventure of family, small-town crime, unlikely heroes, legend and legacy. Inspired by the genre of 70s and 80s drive-in double-features, the series will “explore the crossroads where humble realities meet those larger-than-life, all in a blast of tailpipe exhaust.”

The original film was produced by Universal Pictures and starred Reynolds, who passed away just over two years ago, in the iconic role of Bo “Bandit” Darville. Bandit was payed to bootleg 400 cases of Coors beer across the country from Texarkana, Texas to Atlanta.
‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ Writer Teases Characters From “The Earliest Marvel Movies” Returning For The Series
For a TV series that features two Marvel characters that have appeared in numerous films, there’s still a lot of mystery that surrounds “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Will Anthony Mackie’s Falcon become the new Captain America? What’s up with USAgent? And how does Zemo figure into all of this? We honestly don’t know what’s going to happen, as Marvel sure does love its secrecy. And according to writer Derek Kolstad, there are even more mysteries that we haven’t even speculated about already.

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Virgin River Gets Season 2 Premiere Date at Netflix
Netflix has (finally) locked in on a Season 2 premiere date for Virgin River, and it may be sooner than you expected.

Whereas the drama’s freshman run released on Dec. 6 of last year, its sophomore season will arrive in late November — Friday the 27th, to be exact.

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In Virgin River, Melinda “Mel” Monroe (played by This Is Us‘ Alexandra Breckenridge) relocates to the titular remote California town to work for Tim Matheson’s “Doc
The Undoing: Nicole Kidman Addresses Big Little Lies Comparisons, Drops Fresh 'Tidbit' About Potential Season 3
The Undoing and Big Little Lies share a network (HBO), a writer (David E. Kelley), a star (Nicole Kidman) and a conceit (wealthy moms in crisis!). But that’s pretty much where the project’s similarities begin and end, maintain Kidman and her Undoing director Susanne Bier.

The fact that Bier has a “very different” visual style than Big Little Lies‘ respective Season 1 and 2 helmers, Jean-Marc Vallée and Andrea Arnold, allows The Undoing to stand on its own, Kidman tells TVLine, adding, “That’s the beauty of great filmmakers.”

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Tricycle Talent Backs Former Ymu Executive Kamla Pande’s Moondust Management (Exclusive)
Sara Curran’s Tricycle Talent has taken a minority stake in up-and-coming Los Angeles-based talent firm Moondust Management.

Launched by former Ymu Group executive Kamla Pande earlier this year, the outfit represents a variety of emerging and established digital-first entrepreneurs and personalities, and specializes in brand sponsorship and endorsements, product development and licensing, as well as original content development and distribution.

Current clients include travel expert and host Kiersten Rich; lifestyle video creator and parenting influencer Nikki Phillippi; Panic! At The Disco musician Nicole Row; DJ and podcaster Brandi Cyrus; and former Real Housewives of Orange County cast member and influencer Jo De La Rosa.
A&e Will Show Off 2021 Programs to Advertisers Well After Upfront Sales Season
TV’s “upfront” sales session is more or less over. But that doesn’t mean A+E Networks has closed the sales window.

The company, which operates A&e, History, Lifetime and several other cable networks, plans to hold a half-hour showcase to highlight its 2021 programming. The preview will be made available between October 27 and 29, and will feature appearances by Tim Allen, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Salt-N-Pepa, Wendy Williams and others, who will help highlight more than 1500 hours of original content.

“Our business is 52 weeks a year and that’s why it is critical for content providers to have an enormous cache of immediately available,
Mbc Group CEO Talks High-End Carlos Ghosn Doc and TV Series Project (Exclusive)
After churning out several successful Arabic originals, Dubai-based Mbc Studios is entering the international TV dramas arena with a high-end English-language doc and series about Carlos Ghosn, the French-Lebanese-Brazilian former CEO of automakers Nissan and Renault, who jumped bail and absconded to Beirut while on trial in Japan for alleged financial misconduct.

“It’s not very often that one of the world’s top CEOs finds himself sent to jail and then, more importantly, managed to escape the way he did,” Mbc CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin tells Variety.

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Donald Trump Behaved in the Second Debate, Which Gave Joe Biden the Chance to Destroy Him
Whatever your opinion of Donald Trump, there’s no denying that he has a sixth sense not just for lowering the bar but for keeping it low, for taking previously unacceptable levels of presidential bad behavior and normalizing them, for turning rage, chaos, and lies into everyday reality. The latest example might be the way that at the second and final presidential debate, held between President Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Trump largely abandoned the insult-comic-on-Adderall, I-interrupt-therefore-i-am kamikaze tactics that defined his performance during the first debate. And the
Final Biden-Trump Faceoff: Voters Get One Presidential Debate That Does What It’s Supposed to Do
The second and final presidential debate between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday was a stark contrast to the duo’s disastrous first debate in September.

The primary reason for this was that there were significantly less interruptions throughout the roughly 90-minute Thursday evening event, which was aptly moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker. Each candidate was given ample time to answer questions and respond to accusations from his opponent. Welker supplied both candidates with tough questions on their records and didn’t hesitate to follow-up or repeat questions when Biden or Trump failed to provide sufficient answers. Thursday’s event actually resembled a typical presidential debate from prior election seasons.

That’s not necessarily high praise, but after the thoroughly embarrassing affair that was the first Biden-Trump bout several weeks ago, expectations for Thursday’s event were rock bottom. Indeed,
Presidential Debate No. 2: Grade Trump vs. Biden, Moderator Kristen Welker
At least one long, national nightmare is now over — and that is the 2020 Presidential Debate season. Who emerged from the six-week fracas with the best crack at winning the Nov. 3 election?

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger/ former VP Joe Biden faced off for a second time on Thursday night, more than three weeks after their first debate and one week after their second debate wound up essentially replaced by “dueling town halls,” the fallout of Trump’s recent Covid-positive diagnosis.

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Supernatural Recap: Tell Me a Secret
Need to catch up on Supernatural? Check out our recap of last week’s episode here.

Oh no, Dean’s keeping a secret from Sam. This can’t be good.

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On this Thursday’s Supernatural, the Winchesters get a call from Caitlin, the sister of an old friend, Travis, who recently
Joe Biden Accuses Trump of Using Russian ‘Plant’ in Final Debate
Democratic challenger Joe Biden accused President Trump of trafficking in Russian disinformation in the final debate on Thursday, and asked Americans to weigh each candidate’s character in deciding how to vote.

Trump brought up allegations involving Joe Biden’s son Hunter, referring to the “laptop from hell” cited in a New York Post story about the younger Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine.

“What he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant,” Biden said. “What he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend Rudy Giuliani.”

Trump shot back: “You
Big Brother All-Stars Recap: Who Was Evicted Ahead of Finale Night?
Heading into Thursday’s eviction episode, the Big Brother house seemed to be fresh out of holiday spirit.

After getting nominated for the third week in a row — and failing to win the crucial, final Power of Veto — Christmas spent much of this week in tears as her fate was left in other players’ hands. And Christmas’ fellow houseguests didn’t have a whole lotta patience for her emotional spiral (or for her re-enactment of her middle-school talent show performance), making these quiet days in the Bb house even more uncomfortable.

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Elizabeth Mitchell Joins Outer Banks
Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell has found her latest gig, and it will take her to the Outer Banks.

The Netflix drama, which released its first season in April, follows a tight-knit group of local teens (aka the “Pogues”) at the titular beach vacation destination in North Carolina. The freshman run involved a hurricane, a missing father, “forbidden romances,” a high-stakes treasure hunt, and an escalating conflict between the Pogues.

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Borat Sequel, Featuring Compromising Rudy Giuliani Scene, Drops Early on Amazon Ahead of Presidential Debate
How’s this for an October surprise? The Borat sequel, featuring a controversial scene involving President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has been made available on Amazon Prime several hours ahead of schedule.

The early release comes just an hour before the start of Thursday’s final presidential debate between Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. It also comes with this special message from Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego:

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Presidential Debate Live Stream: Watch Trump and Biden's Final Face-Off
Who’s ready for (the postponed) Round 2?

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will convene Thursday for the second (and final) presidential debate, live from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The 90-minute, commercial-free event is set to air on most major networks — including ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS — starting at 9 pm Et. NBC News’ Kristen Welker will serve as moderator.

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The Commission on Presidential Debates previously announced that each
Pachinko: Apple TV+'s Trilingual Adaptation From The Terror's Soo Hugh to Star Min Ho Lee and Jin Ha
Apple TV+ this month will commence production on Pachinko, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Min Jin Lee, to be told in Korean, Japanese and English and film across multiple continents.

Soo Hugh (The Terror) penned the adaptation and will serve as showrunner and an executive producer.

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Chronicling “the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family” and described as “epic in scope,
Lee Min Ho Among Six Cast in ‘Pachinko’ Series at Apple
Apple has officially announced the cast for its “Pachinko” series, with Korean superstar Lee Min Ho among those starring in the series.

Set to begin production on Oct. 26, “Pachinko” is an adaptation of the Min Jin Lee novel of the same name. It chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden love and moves into a saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell the story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning. The story will be told in Korean, Japanese, and English.

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‘Prodigal Son’ Books Chris Grismer for Season 2 (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, Chris Grismer will join Fox’s “Prodigal Son” as co-executive producing director, and Audible unveiled a multi-project deal with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company.


Apple TV Plus’ “Servant,” executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, will return for its second season Jan. 15. Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones”) and Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter” franchise) will all reprise their roles for the new season.

Showtime announced that its new limited series “Your Honor,” starring Bryan Cranston, will premiere Dec. 6. The 10-episode legal thriller follows
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