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Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser Join ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

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Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser are joining NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” Graham will play Judalon Smyth, who is described as an emotionally fraught woman who has an affair with Dr. L. Jerome Oziel, Lyle and Erik Menendez’s therapist. Reaser has landed the role of Deputy District Attorney Pam Bozanich, who is assigned to the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez and has to fight to keep control of the case. Also Read: NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates, Including 'This Is Us,' 'Law & Order True Crime' Additionally, Larry Cedar will portray Milton Andersen, »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot

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Syfy has ordered a pilot based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers,” Variety has learned.

The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »

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Ratings: Soft ‘Boy Band’ Premiere Drags ABC Down to 3rd Place

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NBC and ABC scheduled a number of summer premieres against each other on Thursday. Ultimately, NBC won that battle, though it was Fox that topped primetime ratings in the key 18-49 demographic, and CBS which landed the most total viewers. For ABC, “Boy Band” began quite soft, though “The Gong Show” at 10 did better. For NBC, “The Wall” outdid its lead-in “Hollywood Game Night.” Unfortunately, “The Night Shift” didn’t benefit much from that boost. Fox was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 3 million, »

- Tony Maglio

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Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner (Exclusive)

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Luke Grimes will star opposite Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone,” Variety has learned.

The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.

The television series was created by Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated writer of “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario.”

Grimes most recently finished filming “El Camino Christmas” for Netflix, which was written and produced by Ted Melfi and was directed by David E. Talbert. »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018

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The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.

The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.

Noting a film has been in the works for some time, Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press »

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Charlie Sheen Sued (Again) for Exposing Ex-Girlfriend to HIV

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An ex-girlfriend of Charlie Sheen has filed a lawsuit accusing him of exposing her to HIV, and then dissuading her from taking antiretroviral drugs.

Neither Sheen nor the ex-girlfriend are identified by name in the suit, which was filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. However, the defendant — referred to as “confidential male defendant” — is said to have learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and given national TV interviews about his HIV status on Nov. 17, 2015, and June 21, 2016. Sheen learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and he publicly revealed it on “The Today Show” on Nov. 17, 2015. He gave an update on the program on June 21, 2016.

The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe, and is described as a “Russian émigré.”

This is the second time that Sheen has been sued for allegedly exposing an ex-girlfriend to the virus. Scottine Ross, his ex-fiance, filed a similar suit in December 2015, alleging physical and emotional abuse in addition to HIV »

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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC

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ABC has canceled half-hour comedy “Downward Dog.” Co-creator Samm Hodges tweeted news of the cancellation Friday.

Hey. Statement from @m_killen and I. Love and hope and not giving up #DownwardDog pic.twitter.com/VUn8NrgdLu

Samm Hodges (@sammhodges) June 23, 2017

More to come … »

- Daniel Holloway

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Casts Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser

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There's really nothing quite like true crime, is there? The "gripping in-depth dramatization" of the Menendez murders is headed to TV in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, and the series has just made two additions to its cast: Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser.

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- Lindsay Macdonald

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Raven's Home: Meet Raven's and Chelsea's Kids in the New Trailer

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Raven is coming home in the new trailer for the That's So Raven spin-off.

The new series, Raven's Home, follows the life of the psychic Raven (Raven-Symone) and her best friend Chelsea (Annelise van der Pol) now that they're adults and mothers. In this new trailer, first posted by E! Online, Raven


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Netflix Orders Justin Willman Magic Reality Series

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As part of its push into reality programming, Netflix has greenlighted an original magic series created and headlined by magician/comedian Justin Willman. I hear the streaming network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the untitled project for a 2018 launch. In what is believed to be Netflix's first original foray into the magic space, the comedic docuseries will follow Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of… »

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The Vampire Diaries Releases Deleted Steroline Finale Scene

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Stefan's (Paul Wesley) untimely demise in The Vampire Diaries series finale was hard on Steroline shippers -- and not just because they had to watch what should have been Stefan and Caroline's (Candice King) happiest night on earth turn into their final hours together. What really burns is that


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‘L&O: True Crime – The Menendez Murders’ Casts Lolita Davidovich, Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser & Larry Cedar

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NBC is rounding out the cast for its upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Lolita Davidovich (The Longest Ride), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga) and Larry Cedar (Trial & Error) are the latest to join the limited series from Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer. The eight-episode first season will focus on the infamous case of Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper), brothers who were convicted in 1996 of… »

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Whatever Happened to Topher Grace?

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Topher Grace is an American actor who is best-known for playing Eric Forman on That 70s Show for a total of six seasons. Since that time, he has made a number of appearances in both movies and TV shows, but his career has never managed to reclaim the heights that he once achieved in the late 90s to early 00s. However, it is interesting to note that he is set to appear in five separate movies in 2017, though their combined effect on his career remains to be seen. Whatever Happened to Topher Grace? As stated, Grace is best-known for

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- Nat Berman

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TVLine Items: L&O True Crime Adds Trio, Younger After Show and More

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Flowers in the Attic matriarch Heather Graham is getting entangled with another twisted family.

The actress has joined the cast of producer Dick Wolf’s anthology series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

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Graham — whose other TV credits include Californication and Scrubs — will play Judalon Smyth, the emotionally fragile mistress of the Menendez brothers’ therapist Dr. Oziel.

Additionally, Elizabeth Reaser (Grey’s Anatomy) has been tapped to portray deputy district attorney Pam Bozanich, who is assigned to the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez. »

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This Week’s Hollywood Red Carpets and Parties (Photos)

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This week’s Hollywood red carpets and parties include Netflix’s “Glow” premiere and HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” party. »

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Matt Lauer Recreates Famous Tom Cruise ‘Glib’ Interview With Andy Cohen

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It’s been 12 years since Tom Cruise lectured Matt Lauer about antidepressants and psychiatry during a now-infamous interview. To commemorate that notorious interaction, Andy Cohen, host of “What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” recreated the cringe-worthy scene with Lauer as the lead of Cruise.

Before recreating the scene for Clubhouse Playhouse, Lauer emphasized, “I like Tom Cruise. We have a good relationship. We have a good friendship. It was just one little moment, okay?”

Lauer wore a Tom Cruise wig and Cohen acted as the “Today” host as they took turns reading lines from the interview in front of a green screen: “Matt, »

- Dixie Limbachia

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The Blacklist's Megan Boone: I'm Not 'Shading' Spader by Lobbying for Better Representation in Promos

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Megan Boone only seeks better representation for The Blacklist‘s female lead, and is not “shading” costar James Spader, with her recent series of tweets taking aim at NBC’s Red-centric promos.

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Boone’s (highly entertaining) crusade began on Monday, when she quoted a tweet from the NBC drama’s official feed that touted, “He’s back and more determined than ever” — and added, “She’s back and more determined than ever.” (Our emphasis added.)

She's back and more determined than ever. #womeninfilm https://t. »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Celeste Desjardins

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There are many factors which contribute to an actor’s success. Talent, work ethic, and charisma are all fundamentally important. However, the unfair reality is that good looks are absolutely essential for most actors. Some are lucky enough to have skills and beauty, such as the emerging star Celeste Desjardins. A model and actor renowned for her beauty and talent, Desjardins is beginning to make a name for herself. While the young actor has only just begun her career, she has already appeared in some high profile productions. Most recently, she was seen in the pilot for The Bold Type. Naturally,

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‘Legion’ & ‘Fargo’ Stunt Coordinator Guy Bews On Executing A ‘Revenant’-Like One-Take Sequence In Two Days

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Watching the elaborate action sequences in FX’s unorthodox superhero series Legion, there is a texture and a level of complexity which brings one particular film to mind: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2016 Best Picture nominee, The Revenant. This is no coincidence—working on that film, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Inception, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, stunt coordinator Guy Bews has brought a new level of cinematic stunt coordination to… »

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‘Dracula’: 7 Things A Series About the World’s Most Famous Vampire Should Have

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It was recently announced that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the creators behind the hit BBC series “Sherlock,” have signed on to write a new TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Fan reactions have been mixed — some remaining hopeful that Gatiss and Moffat will pull the age-old story off, while others have expressed their lack of faith in the writing pair’s ability to keep the integrity of the story and its characters.

Read More: ‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Final Problem’ Proves to Be A Problematic Season Finale

While maybe a bit harsh, these concerns aren’t unjustified — Dracula-centered television shows are notoriously short-lived, and while there are a multitude of shows centered around the supernatural, there aren’t that many dedicated to the main vamp himself. NBC took a stab at it in 2013 with “Dracula,” a British-American horror drama that introduces Dracula as he arrives in London and poses as an entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society (when in reality, he’s arrived to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier). Though promising, the series only lasted one season.  

Dracula was first introduced in Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror novel “Dracula.” The story reads as a series of letters, diary entries, news articles, and ships’ log entries that document the activity and evidence of a Transylvanian vampire in England; filled with mystery, blood sucking, and plenty of garlic, it’s one of the novels that helped kick-start the future surplus of vampire dramas, horrors, and romances that we see today.

One of the reasons that “Dracula”-based shows may not be inherently successful is that the shows don’t seem to capture the essence of who Dracula really is. So we’ve put together a few suggestions for the future series, most of which involve getting back to basics.

1. Fangs

The classic “Dracula” story included terrifying fangs, ones that Dracula showed off well. But in the midst of all of the modern reboots of “Dracula,” many writers/directors decided that subtlety was more important than authenticity. If we’re looking for ways to incorporate Dracula’s fangs into 21st Century fashion, just think of them as a statement piece.

2. The Era

While all of the modern adaptations of “Dracula” and vampires in general have been interesting, it’s time to get back to its roots. The story of “Dracula” originally took place in the 1890s in England, so the new “Dracula” series should do the same. It would be a breath of fresh air after all of the recent modern retellings. Plus, who doesn’t love a good slick back and a cape? No one, that’s who.

3. Tell the Original Story

While a lot of vampire stories have spawned from the original “Dracula,” there haven’t been nearly as many that actually tell Dracula’s story. Bring back characters like Jonathan Harker and Van Helsing! They don’t have to share the spotlight with Dracula, but they’re relatively new characters to the younger generation, and they would help inspire interesting plot points for the new show (something the previous “Dracula” series lacked).

4. Bring Back the Blood — Real Blood

While the premise of “vegetarian” vampires is intriguing, the new “Dracula” series would be better off just sticking to the classic “lust for human blood” angle. It’s what makes the character and story so morally conflicted — the fact that you know it’s wrong to murder but also understand that Dracula is a creature of the undead and has to prey on humans for sustenance. It also makes things more tense, and that makes for interesting content.

5. Make Dracula a Bit Ruthless

Rumor has it that Dracula was based off of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler. It’s said that Vlad Dracula (meaning son of the dragon, or son of the devil) would dip chunks of bread into buckets of blood drained from the people he killed, usually after he invited them to a feast and then immediately impaled them at the dinner table (he always finished his dinner afterwards, bodies and all, in case you were wondering). So it would be nice if that same sense of ruthlessness could be brought to the new adaptation of “Dracula.” There’s no rule that states you can’t be suave and merciless (just ask Klaus Mikaelson of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”).

6. Give Him a Sense of Humor

Speaking of “The Originals,” let’s bring in some of that dark humor and wit that makes characters like Klaus Mikaelson a baddie that we love to hate (but just can’t). That same natural charisma and use of offhanded sardonic remarks should be applied to our newest Dracula, because that’s what the audience connects to. It’s also what keeps people coming back for more, everyone needs a tension breaker once in awhile.

7. Mdha: Make Dracula Hungarian Again!

That is to say, Dracula should not be British, considering Dracula relocated from Transylvania to England and his accent most certainly should have relocated with him. In Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” the Count is described as being Hungarian, and even serves Jonathan Harker a bottle of Tokaji (Hungarian sweet wine) on his first night in the castle. For the sake of authenticity, let’s make Dracula Hungarian again (because he never should have stopped).

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