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‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’: Marianne Jean-Baptiste Joins Amazon Series For Season 3

‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’: Marianne Jean-Baptiste Joins Amazon Series For Season 3
Exclusive: Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Blindspot) has been tapped for a new series regular role opposite John Krasinski in the upcoming third season of Prime Video’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, a co-production of Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television.

Jean-Baptiste will play Elizabeth Wright, the Chief of Station. There is no production start date yet; filming is expected to begin in 2021.

Jack Ryan is executive produced by Andrew Form, Krasinski, Allyson Seeger, Vaun Wilmott, Brad Fuller and Michael Bay alongside Clancy, Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Mace Neufeld.

Jean-Baptiste, an Oscar nominee for Secrets and Lies, was recently seen in Peter Strickland’s feature film In Fabric and in series Soundtrack on Netflix and Homecoming on Amazon. She will next be seen in Eshom and Ian Nelms’ dark comedy, Fatman. Her TV series credits also include CBS’ Training Day and Without a Trace and NBC’s Blindspot.
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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Scores as Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series to Date

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Scores as Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series to Date
The Queen’s Gambit” set the record as the most-watched scripted limited series to date on Netflix — with 62 million member accounts tuning in to the show in the first 28 days, according to the company.

There’s a caveat, though: The way Netflix reports viewing is based on the number of viewers who have watched at least two minutes of a piece of content, which is very different from how the TV industry measures audience. And the streamer cherry-picks which originals it decides to tout with the proprietary metric.

Netflix boasted about the success of “The Queen’s Gambit,” saying that the show
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Kevin Feige Says ‘WandaVision’ Will Mimic Newer Shows Like ‘The Office’ & ‘Modern Family’

Kevin Feige Says ‘WandaVision’ Will Mimic Newer Shows Like ‘The Office’ & ‘Modern Family’
Even if you’re someone that doesn’t really click with the majority of Marvel Studios’ superhero films, if you watch the trailer for “WandaVision,” your interest might be piqued. In the brief clips we’ve seen and all the discussion about the series thus far, it’s clear that “WandaVision” isn’t the same sort of beast as your typical “Thor,” “Captain America,” or “Iron Man” project.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Nic Bishop Cast in Dr. Strangelove Homage

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Nic Bishop Cast in Dr. Strangelove Homage
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has made an appointment with Dr. Strangelove, casting Body of Proof alum Nic Bishop in an homage to the dark 1964 feature comedy.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the English actor is set to guest-star on the CW series in a Season 6 riff on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed satirization of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Herbert F. Solow, TV Exec Behind ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 89

Herbert F. Solow, TV Exec Behind ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 89
Herbert F. Solow, the TV production executive who helped make “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” a reality, died on Thursday, his wife, Dr. Harrison Solow, confirmed. He was 89.

A graduate of Dartmouth, Solow got his start in showbiz in 1953, working up the ranks at William Morris, starting as a mail room worker and secretary before becoming an assistant and later a talent agent representing stars and filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman. Later, he moved from the agency world to production, taking a brief stop in NBC’s film division before moving to CBS, where he worked on developing daytime soap operas and game shows.

In 1962, he returned to NBC to work in their West coast Daytime TV division, developing a relationship with the network’s vice president, Grant Tinker. Along the way, he oversaw the development and production of multiple soap operas and game shows, including “Truth or Consequences” — the game
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‘Stranger Things’: Robert Englund Among New Cast for Season 4

‘Stranger Things’: Robert Englund Among New Cast for Season 4
The man behind legendary horror villain Freddy Krueger is coming to “Stranger Things.” Netflix’s wildly popular show announced a slew of new casting details on Friday, including the news that Robert Englund will play a recurring role in “Stranger Things” Season 4.

The show’s social media accounts revealed that Englund is among the newcomers who will appear in the series’ fourth season. Englund will portray Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s. There’s no telling how the character will fit into the show’s supernatural universe, but Englund’s pedigree suggests that the answer will be all sorts of sinister; Englund rose to fame for his work in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise and has appeared in a variety of other horror films.

A premiere date for “Stranger Things” Season 4 has not been announced.
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Green Arrow Won't Be Rebooted in HBO Max's Peacemaker, Says James Gunn

Green Arrow Won't Be Rebooted in HBO Max's Peacemaker, Says James Gunn
An online rumor about Green Arrow has sailed very wide of hitting the truth.

James Gunn on Monday drew his bow and ruthlessly shot down a British website’s report that Peacemaker, his upcoming HBO Max companion series to The Suicide Squad, will reboot the Green Arrow, who of course was most recently played by Stephen Amell on the CW series that launched a hero-verse.

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“It’s nonsense,” Gunn
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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘Saved by the Bell’ and ‘The Undoing’ Finale

What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘Saved by the Bell’ and ‘The Undoing’ Finale
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. As many across the country continue to practice self-isolation due to coronavirus, why not while away a few hours on some of the shows below?

This week, the “Saved by the Bell” reboot launches and “The Undoing” comes to an end.

Happiest Season,” Hulu, Wednesday

This groundbreaking Christmas movie centers around Abby (Kristen Stewart) and her
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Netflix to Expand New Mexico’s Abq Studios, Pledges $1 Billion in Production Spending

Netflix to Expand New Mexico’s Abq Studios, Pledges $1 Billion in Production Spending
Netflix is expanding its footprint in New Mexico, announcing Monday that it is expanding Abq Studios and pledging an additional $1 billion in production spending there.

The investment, per a release from the streaming giant, will create about 1,000 production jobs in New Mexico over the next decade as well as 1,467 construction jobs to complete the expansion.

Calling Netflix an “incredible partner,” New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham praised the streamer in a statement for “pushing the boundaries of innovation and expansion while providing fulfilling work opportunities for so many New Mexicans.”

“My administration has expanded our state’s competitive film incentives,
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NBC Eyes Finding Forrester Series, With a Major Mentor Change-Up

NBC Eyes Finding Forrester Series, With a Major Mentor Change-Up
NBC is developing a series adaptation of the Gus Van Sant film Finding Forrester, with a couple of changes to the late Sean Connery‘s titular character.

The 2000 movie starred future Blindspot star Rob Brown as Jamal Wallace, a basketball player who, because he scored exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam, is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. There, he eventually befriends reclusive writer William Forrester (played by Connery, who died in late October).

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‘David Makes Man,’ ‘All Rise’ Showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence Signs Warner Bros. TV Overall Deal

‘David Makes Man,’ ‘All Rise’ Showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence Signs Warner Bros. TV Overall Deal
Dee Harris-Lawrence has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

Harris-Lawrence is currently an executive producer and showrunner on the OWN series “David Makes Man” as well as executive producer and co-showrunner on the CBS legal drama “All Rise,” both of which are produced by Warner Bros.

“I am thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Warner Bros,” Harris-Lawrence said. “They’ve been collaborative and supportive on both ‘David Makes Man’ and ‘All Rise,’ and I am looking forward to the next chapter of creating new content and amplifying visionary storytelling.”

Under terms of the deal, she
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‘Finding Forrester’ TV Series in Development at NBC

‘Finding Forrester’ TV Series in Development at NBC
NBC is developing a series adaptation of the 2000 film “Finding Forrester,” Variety has confirmed.

The film version followed a high school basketball star (Rob Brown) with a secret passion for writing who develops a friendship with a reclusive author (Sean Connery) who published a hit novel years before but then disappeared from public life.

The NBC version explores the unique bond between two gifted black writers: a homeless 16-year-old orphan who leverages his basketball skills to hustle his way into an ultra-competitive elite boarding school, and a reclusive lesbian author whose career was ruined by a public scandal.

Tj Brady
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‘Delhi Crime,’ Glenda Jackson, Billy Barratt Triumph at International Emmy Awards

‘Delhi Crime,’ Glenda Jackson, Billy Barratt Triumph at International Emmy Awards
Netflix’s “Delhi Crime” won best drama series at the 48th International Emmy Awards while iconic British actor Glenda Jackson and 13-year-old Billy Barratt won the acting categories.

The awards were announced during a live ceremony hosted by actor Richard Kind on Monday.

Jackson added to her BAFTA leading actress win for BBC TV movie “Elizabeth is Missing,” while Barratt won for another BBC TV movie, “Responsible Child,” which also won the TV movie/mini-series category.

Netflix’s “Nobody’s Looking” won the comedy award while Oscar nominee “For Sama” won the documentary category.

The non-English language U.S. primetime program
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ShortsTV Acquires Distribution Rights to Women-Centered Documentary Film Collection From Mastercard (Exclusive)

ShortsTV Acquires Distribution Rights to Women-Centered Documentary Film Collection From Mastercard (Exclusive)
ShortsTV has acquired exclusive one-year distribution rights to a collection of short documentary films commissioned by Mastercard, Variety has exclusively learned.

The short films from the collection, titled “Five,” were helmed by women directors, and follow five unique journeys of women entrepreneurs in different countries. The five selected works — “Harfa,” “Justice of the Pies,” “Onganic Foods,” “Sarah’s Bag” and “Talento Incluir” — will premiere on the network’s linear broadast channels on international women’s day in March 2021.

“We are thrilled to be joining Mastercard in highlighting five great films about five great women from around the world who have
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Disney TV’s Head of Business Ops Ravi Ahuja Departs Company

Disney TV’s Head of Business Ops Ravi Ahuja Departs Company
A year and a half after being named president of business operations and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Television, Ravi Ahuja is exiting the company “to seek a new adventure,” Disney General Entertainment chairman Peter Rice.

The move comes amid a greater restructuring at Disney that has seen a greater focus on streaming at the entertainment conglomerate. As Rice notes in an internal memo to staff, Ahuja’s position has “significantly changed.”

Ahuja will stay with Disney as a consultant while the company looks for a new head of operations and finance.

In a separate note to colleagues, Ahuja
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The Best TV Series of 2020

The Best TV Series of 2020
Amid a time-bending stretch like the one we’re still living through, listing the best TV shows of 2020 feels counterproductive, if not downright preposterous. After all, who can definitively say what did or didn’t happen this year?

My calendar states the election was held just under a month ago, and yet certain manipulative powermongers insist it’s still playing out. I could also swear J. Lo ’s unjust renunciation by the Film Academy took place months before her dazzling Super Bowl Halftime show with Shakira, and yet the record books tell me her “Hustlers” snub in January and February’s concert were just 20 days apart. And despite what you may think, Quibi premiered and shuttered in 2020.

Still, TV did play a more substantial role this year than many others. In an age of isolation and social distancing, television was a lifeboat. The family room’s big screen functioned as
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TV Ratings: American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows

TV Ratings: American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows
The 2020 American Music Awards delivered a big decline in rating and total viewership from last year, falling to record lows in both measurements.

Last night’s awards show, which was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and saw Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay emerge as the big winners, averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 3.8 million total viewers. That represents a 50% rating decline and a 43% loss in total viewership. For comparison, last years AMAs were down only 4% on the year prior in the ratings column, and in fact gained around 200,000 viewers from 2018. Its “America’s Funniest Home Videos
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Charles D. King’s Macro Promotes Three Executives (Exclusive)

Charles D. King’s Macro Promotes Three Executives (Exclusive)
Charles D. King’s Macro announced three promotions at the multi-platform media company. Greta Talia Fuentes and Mark R. Wright have been upped to directors of development in the film division, tasked with shepherding a slate of film projects from development through production, while Caryn Lawson has been named chief of staff, focusing on strategic business initiatives for the company.

“Greta, Mark and Caryn have been such star members of the Macro team since they joined the company, and I’m excited to see them develop into the outstanding executives that they are,” King said. “I look forward to continuing
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Titans Reveals Starfire's New Supersuit

Titans Reveals Starfire's New Supersuit
Titans‘ Anna Diop is truly ready to shine as Starfire, from the looks of her snazzy new supersuit to debut in Season 3.

HBO Max revealed both a full-length photo and Gina DeDomenico’s concept art of the Laura Jean Shannon costume design, which — with Diop playing the first-ever live-action Starfire — represents the first-ever physical suit created for the DC Comics character.

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‘The Undoing’ Star Noma Dumezweni on Looking ‘Really Good’ Working With Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant

‘The Undoing’ Star Noma Dumezweni on Looking ‘Really Good’ Working With Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant
With a cast like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland, it takes a special sort of someone to stand out in the crowd. But that’s exactly what Noma Dumezweni has done in “The Undoing,” David E. Kelly’s adaptation of the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel “You Should Have Known.”

Known mostly for work in the U.K. (she arrived in England when she was 17 as a refugee from Africa with her mother and sister) and as a Tony nominee for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Dumezweni co-stars in the HBO limited series as Haley Fitzgerald, a powerhouse
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